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In Writing (all kinds) on October 23, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )–You will get a chance to generate some extra bucks, but you’ll need to guard against being overly materialistic.  Circumstances will be creating a couple of tricky choices in terms of work or school, but the planets indicate that you’ll be guided into the right choice. It might be best, to be honest or straightforward about your feelings in committed relationships. The week will be hectic but full of romantic moments too.You could see the chance to take a new training or vocational course, The best week for career opportunities and developments.  Favorable Date: Oct 27 Favorable Color: Blue

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May )–The months ahead are likely to start on a fabulous note, as an opportunity to take a trip or short break. The theme of travel and fun continues well although you might be tempted to put work or studies on the back burner and this will lead to a rather heavy backlog in your workload.  It looks like a superb time for some home improvements, but don’t go over budget. The weekend sees a minor conflict between you and a loved one. You will find ways to balance the key areas of your life with sometimes unreasonable demands from colleagues and loved ones. Favorable Date: Oct 26 Favorable Color: Yellow

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) –  You will need to recognize the opportunities. Expect some changes in terms of new interests as exciting career developments can occur. For some Geminis, a house move is possible around this time! For students and office goers, it will be a time to concentrate on work or school. Romance looks fabulous, but cash matters during this period may be strained. Singles are likely to meet someone who is fun, but who is quite a demanding individual. A stroke of good luck should help finance during the weekend .Favorable Date: Oct 27 Favorable Color: Red Read the rest of this entry »

The Author

In Writing (all kinds) on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Dr. Michael Brickey is America’s preeminent Anti-Aging Psychologist. His first book, Defy Aging was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Voice of America. It was a Finalist in Foreword magazine’s Book of the Year awards and endorsed by Dr. Bernie Siegel, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine President Dr. Ronald Klatz, feminist and gerontologist Dr. Betty Freidan, and men’s movement leader Dr. Sam Keen. Dr. Brickey’s just released book, 52 baby steps to Grow Young, was endorsed by Art Linkletter, Nido Qubein, the 2005 President of the American Psychological Association, and five past APA presidents. He also developed a unique set of six anti-aging hypnosis CDs,  Reverse Aging that helps people profoundly relax and have their unconscious mind effortlessly absorb anti-aging concepts. Dr. Brickey is a Board Certified Psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Putting it all together

In Writing (all kinds) on October 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

So is it just a matter of positive thinking? Hardly. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you neglect the weak link it breaks. Thus you need to eat reasonably well. You need to keep yourself physically fit, including strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility. If you have any health problems, it is essential to address them with whatever it takes to lessen the problem. Once you have this basic foundation, mental factors become paramount.

Defy Aging has the research, theory, and how to for living well into your hundreds. It also shows you step-by-step how to develop a written plan for your life. Because so many people don’t read thick books, Brickey distilled the concepts in 52 baby steps to Grow Young. It gives two-page-a-week steps for being youthful every age. Or you can bypass your conscious mind and effortlessly absorb the concepts with his six hypnosis CDs, Reverse Aging: Hypnotic Journeys to Ageless Lifestyles. If you are serious about looking, feeling, and being as youthful as possible, you need all three so you understand the principles, put them into practice each week, and address both your conscious and unconscious mind. Defy Aging is also available on cassette tapes so you can learn while you drive or while you do the dishes.

You will also be getting a booster shot every two weeks from the Defy Aging Newsletter. You have a choice—to just go along with conventional thinking or to defy aging and live a long vital life. As Robert Frost put it:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. . . .
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The benefit is feeling younger and having a more youthful outlook. That shows in your face and your whole demeanor. When that happens people even treat you better. Plus, you live longer, healthier, and happier. And all it takes is learning your Anti-Aging ABCs™.

C is for Coping Skills

In Writing (all kinds) on October 20, 2017 at 3:00 AM

There are four key coping skills:
1. Continually renewing your sense of purpose
2. Having a serenity about the deaths of friends and family
3. Embracing lifelong learning and change
4. Developing and sustaining a rewarding marriage or dealing effectively with intimate relations beginning and ending

Consider one aspect of dealing with loved ones dying. If you are going to live well into your hundreds, a lot of people you love will die. If you have difficulty dealing with the losses, you become vulnerable to depression and health problems. Defy Aging has a whole chapter on strategies for dealing with death. Space only permits discussing Brickey’s personal favorite—what he calls the Fred Sanford strategy.

Remember the TV program, Sanford, and Sons? What would Fred do when he was having a tough time? He would hold one hand over his heart and have the other hand in the air and say, “Elizabeth, I’m coming, this is the big one (a heart attack).” Then he would carry on an imaginary conversation with her and receive love, comfort, support, understanding, and guidance. He knew her so well he knew what she would say. (He probably got along with her better after she died because he was a pretty cantankerous guy.)

Fred was a simple, uneducated person. If he can do it, you can do it. Seeing a deceased love one as an ongoing presence in your life is a very powerful way of dealing with the death.

There is a bonus benefit that comes with the strategy. In doing 30 some years of therapy with clients Brickey has often heard clients lament, “I wasn’t there when he died.” “He died when I left the room.” or “I never told him I loved him.” It was like there was a brief window of opportunity and it is gone forever. If he or she is an ongoing presence in your life, however, you have unlimited opportunities for unfinished business.

British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 11:01 AM
Out November 10th and available to pre order now
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British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’ – combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written.

I’m so delighted to announce that my brand new album, Standards, is out November 10th. This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream.

It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.

Seal’s new album brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present, and his signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra(such as Luck Be A LadyI’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You).

Available on CD, Deluxe Signed CD, and Vinyl, ‘Standards’ is available to pre order now. ‘Standards’ is also available to pre order, stream, and download here.

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Belief #3. My mind gets richer and better with age

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

In the 1950’s researchers reported that you lose 100,000 brain cells a day and that senility is inevitable if you live to 100. Your brain has about a trillion neurons. Even if the 100,000 neurons a day were true, at 150 you would still have 99 per cent of your brain’s neurons. More precise research methodology and the use of computers, however, have discredited the dying cell research and yielded a more optimistic picture of aging. Recent research finds that you can grow new brain cells at any age.

Brickey often hear people make remarks such as, “My mind isn’t what it used to be.” It sounds harmless, but if you make remarks like that often enough you will come to believe them. Your mind is like a muscle. Use it and it grows strong. If idle, it withers. Research with nuns at a convent found that while they all had the same routine, ate the same food, etc., the nuns who were better educated or who continued learning were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Consider an analogy with computers. As you age your hard drives acquire a richer and richer data set. You also acquire a richer and richer collection of programs (software). Last year Brickey taught his teenage son how to drive. He thought it would be a snap with all the computer games he plays. It wasn’t. He said he couldn’t believe how complicated it was to watch the road in front and behind, the instrument panel, the signs, etc. Brickey suspects that when you drive, you are so bored you are also listening to radio, or talking with someone, or talking on your cell phone, or putting on makeup. Because you have a well-developed program for driving, you only need a small portion of your short-term memory to monitor what is happening. Programs are why a sixty-year-old experienced bridge player can run circles around someone who has only been playing for a few years. Her unconscious mind’s program catches the patterns.

It is true that as you age, your processing speed (megahertz) becomes a little slower. Would you really want to trade that richer hard drive and rich array of programs for the anemic hard drive and programs of a teenager just to get a faster processing speed? Not a good trade.

If you are inclined to make a remark like “I just can’t remember things very well anymore,” be kind to yourself and remember that you have much larger, richer data files to search than a younger person has. So it may take a little longer. You know a lot more Smiths and Jones and you have seen a lot more faces.

One of my pet peeves is “senior moments.” It says you are brain damaged so you aren’t even going to try to remember. Rather, ask yourself, am I stressed? tired? sleep deprived? taking medication? had a few drinks? Any of these keep your memory from being sharp. Tell yourself, “It will come to me.” That’s telling your unconscious mind to keep searching while you go on to other things. Often five minutes later the name comes to you. Sometimes a chance association will trigger the memory. Keep yourself in the game by trusting your memory.

Happy Diwali!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Everyone, enjoy the festival of lights!

The Option of Fostering a Child, or Many

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 7:02 PM

According to the Canadian Census of 2011, there are 47,885 children who are in foster care in Canada. Only 0.5 percent of this number are children who are under the age of 14. Indigenous children make up 50 percent of children who are in foster care.

While growing up, I heard some children that I knew who were in foster care state to me plainly and simply that they truly believed that the only reason why their foster parents were taking care of them is that of the money. Could this be true?

The average salary for a foster parent in Canada is $42,541. Highly experienced foster parents even make as much as $60,000 per year. Mind you, all of this income is tax-free. In the United States, salaries for foster parents are dramatically less at about $20 to $25 per day on average.

However, if you look at the lives of most foster parents, the money that they receive does not equate the average expense to care for a child to levels above decency is at least $12,825 per child up until the age of 18. This does not also account for the tax benefits that can be received for taking care of a child, where sometimes the tax benefits themselves can pay for the child in and of itself.

So, honestly, yes, there probably are a lot of parents and guardians who foster parent because of the money. However, if you put your heat, mind, and soul into it there is a whole lot more than monetary rewards to receive by giving a child an opportunity for a better life.

Despite these facts, a 2016 article in the Toronto Star states that the level of foster care for children that need foster parents, particularly black children, is reaching a crisis point.

So, I will ask the question again. Could it really be true that the only reason why foster parents foster is that of the money? Or, do they want to make a difference?

Sympathies from Donna Magazine to Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip and His Family

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Deepest sympathies. Gord Downie brought so much joy and elevated the level of Canadian music to international acclaim. May he rest in peace.

Belief #2. I cultivate fond memories and let the bad ones wither (or better yet see the humor in them)

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM

People tend to assume their memories just happen. Some default program just creates them. Actually, you create your memories every time you think of them. You pull up some information and construct the picture and words. If you rehearse the memory often enough, the memory will get burned in. With post traumatic stress disorder the events are so traumatic the memory gets burned in. Otherwise, you are the artist.

Belle Boone Beard’s research with centenarians found that they related twice as many positive memories as negative memories. It wasn’t that they had an easy life. They lived through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and most of the time did not have much money. She found that even when their lives had a lot of tragedy, they often focused on the positive, such as how kind people were to them. She observed, “In general centenarians can recall so many more pleasant memories that I wonder whether they may deliberately have repressed unhappy memories.”

Cultivating memories is like gardening. You need to nourish the good memories by telling the stories again and again with great enthusiasm and vivid details. Eventually, you will get so good at telling the stories that people will ask to hear them again and again.

You can choose to minimize and weed out the bad memories. People say “someday you’ll laugh about this.” Why wait? Most humor is based on painful events. Seeing the humor can take the sting out. Keeping the pain to yourself allows it to fester. When you share it with someone, it is much easier to get perspective and to see the humor. And humor makes for great stories.

Wonderful Women Writers Event: Oct 23

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Dear all,

This is a reminder for our Wonderful Women Writers event coming up next Monday, October 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12:00pm – 5pm

Room 2-225, OISE, University of Toronto

Phone: 416-978-2080

B is for Beliefs

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

In modeling vital centenarians and studying the best psychology research, Brickey came up with 36 beliefs that foster living longer, healthier and happier. Hopefully, Brickey will discover even more. Let’s consider four of the 40 beliefs:

Belief: #1. I am many ages.

A librarian told him that she happened to mention to her staff that she was over 50. Suddenly they started treating her differently. “Brittney Spears, oh I’m sorry, you wouldn’t know who she is would you?” They started leaving her off committees. She was young at heart. They had arteriosclerosis of the attitudes.

When you tell someone your age, they pull out their stereotypes for that age and expect you to “Act your age.” Worse yet those stereotypes are based on how your parents’ and grandparents’ generations aged. So what should you say?

I think the best answer came from comedian Bob Hope. He describes himself as “many ages.” There are times when you want to get down on the floor and play with little kids like you are a little kid yourself. There are times when you want to have a teenage rhythm to relate well to teens or just to have fun. And there are times when you want to draw upon your years of experience for sagely wisdom. The trick is time traveling to whatever the occasion calls for. The beauty is that the older you get, the richer your repertoire becomes.

There is an interesting bonus benefit. When you meet new people you often get routine questions such as “What do you do for a living?” Often they get to the end of their list, don’t know what more to say, and move on. Tell someone you are many ages and you not only avoid being stereotyped, you get an interesting conversation that goes deeper than the usual questions and answers.

Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 12:44 PM

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In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Your popularity remains high; your understanding and wisdom flow; and you remain lucky in love, far travel, legal, educational or media concerns. Your energy and effectiveness will keep you in the race. The ideal time for you to pursue financial and intimate matters. Work at a steady pace. Love, romance, beauty, pleasure, and joy from children bring a thread of relief from the chores that surround you. If you’re attached, this week brings cozy reassurance. If you’re single, this week urges you to touch base with your inner self. Favorable Date: Oct 22 Favorable Color: Red

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – Your energy, charisma and effectiveness rise high giving you the ability to cope with some major obstacles that have existed in the past. The study is under favorable influences and this would be a good time to look into courses, promotions, and new contracts. A face you did not think to be your ally is set to pleasantly surprise you.  Life, in fact, is about to prove to you that nothing is what it seems and that good thing are indeed worth fighting for. Time spent with persons of opposite sex can help you see the lighter side of life. Favorable Date: Oct 20 Favorable Color: Yellow

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) – You have a lot to ponder especially about education, foreign travel, legal matters or a cultural prospect. Don’t be rushed into anything. The week ahead is a good time to act on investment, debt, finance, security, charity and spiritual matters – but it’s a poor time to seek attention, praise or romance. Shy away from anything that demands a vibrant or charismatic presence on your part. Your cool logic, innovative ideas, and analytical skills should come in handy as you figure out what to do next. Favorable Date: Oct 21 Favorable Color: White Read the rest of this entry »

Explanatory Style of Optimists and Pessimists

In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM


Good Events Bad Events
Permanence Optimists: permanent
Pessimists: temporary
Optimists: temporary
Pessimists: permanent
Pervasive Optimists: universal
Pessimists: specific
Optimists: specific
Pessimists: universal
Personal Optimists: internal
Pessimists: external
Optimists: external
Pessimists: internal

If an optimist does well on a math test, she is likely to say something like: “That just proves that I’m a good student.” Note that she: presumes her skills and success are ongoing traits (permanent)
generalizes beyond math to being a good student in general (universal) attributes her success to her skills (internal)

A pessimist who does well on a math test is more likely to say something like: “I guess I got lucky on that math test.” Note that she: suggests her success was not characteristic (temporary)
does not generalize implications beyond that particular math test (specific) attributes her good scores to external, chance events (external).

When it comes to bad events, the same principles apply in reverse. An optimist who does poorly on a test is likely to say: “I’m a good student. I just had an off day and an unfair test.” Thus she views her poor performance as a fluke, an exception to her usual performance, and not her fault. The pessimist is likely to say: “That proves I’m stupid and will never pass this course (or worse yet will never graduate).”

Seligman does not have a category for importance (if sticking to his alliteration, you could call it Prominence). When good things happen, optimists tend to see them as important, for example, “Seeing that butterfly made my day.” When bad things happen, optimists tend to say, “It’s really not very important anyway.” Pessimists, on the other hand, discount the importance of positive events the way some people brush off a compliment about their clothes with an “Oh, this old thing,” and amplify the importance of negative events with thoughts such as “But I know there is a spot on it even if no one else sees it.” After all, many pessimists are also perfectionists.

Optimism is a very learnable skill. You might say it is learning to be a spin doctor for your own life.

The clocks go back Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 a.m.

In Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2017 at 9:55 PM


A is for Attitudes

In Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Brickey studied vital centenarians, people 100+ years old who dance, sculpt, do well in sports, conduct symphony orchestras, run for Congress, write best sellers, do math in their heads, and even fly airplanes. They had little in common physically. They almost all shared four attitudes: optimism, gratitude, dealing with it, and embracing lifelong learning and change. You might call these the ‘BeAttitudes.’ Let’s consider optimism.

Imagine a football coach getting the team ready for a game. The coach tells the team the opponent outweighs them and is a 15 point favorite. His chances of winning are slim–but let’s play ball. Being brutally objective makes for good science but is not the most effective way to play sports or to live your life. There is a wealth of research that indicates optimists live longer, healthier, happier lives. For example:

● When West Point studied why nearly 10 per cent of their 1,200 member freshman classes dropped out within the first month, they found most of the drop outs were pessimists.
● Pennsylvania State University freshmen who were optimists were more likely to have better first semester grades than their high school grades and SAT aptitude tests suggested. Pessimistic freshmen were more likely to have lower grades than expected and more likely to drop-out.
● When Metropolitan Life Insurance Company included optimism in their selection process for life insurance agents; the agents they chose sold more insurance and stayed with the company longer.
● A long-term study of male Harvard graduates found most were in reasonably good health until age 45 when the men who were pessimistic at 25 began having significantly more health problems than the men who were optimistic at 25. The difference became even more pronounced at 60. While the Harvard research looked at many factors, optimism was the strongest predictor of health after 45.
● Athletes and teams that made optimistic statements to the press were more likely to increase their winning percentage and or beat the point spreads.
● Politicians who were more optimistic than their opponents were more likely to win elections.
● Optimists who developed cancer or had heart attacks had better survival rates than patients who are not optimistic.

Many people think of optimism in terms of positive thinking and affirmations, e.g., Emile Coue’s “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” or thinking of a glass as half full rather than half empty. Brickey finds these global approaches do not work for most people.

The seminal researcher in optimism, Martin Seligman, described optimism as how you think about the causes of good things and bad things that happen to us, your “explanatory style.” Optimists bias their interpretations of events in a way that protects their egos and gives them hope to keep on trying. Pessimists have a neutral posture or a negative bias.

Benefits of Staying Young and Healthy

In Writing (all kinds) on October 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Edited by Donna Kakonge

You have many more years of feeling great in your body. This will allow you to have more energy to do what you love and to pursue your dreams.

You can learn all the time by taking one of my courses and discover new things, new people, new foods, new countries and anything else your heart desires.

Learning the habits, lifestyles, cultures, foods, and dances of a multicultural world will help you to stay young. Contributing your gifts and talents to the community and to the world will help you to leave a legacy on this planet and to enjoy your retirement.

Releasing old beliefs, personal growth and learning new attitudes will help you to get the best out of the next 30 years of your life. This will be discussed later in the e-book.

Of course, keeping fit, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually are also important and will be discussed later in this e-book.

Living your true purpose and becoming the person you are is another topic covered in this e-book.

Living fully in this life, loving immensely, fulfilling all aspects of your life responsibly will allow you to do all that you want so you don’t have to come back to fulfill the dreams left behind.

Let’s begin on this journey…

Michael Brickey, Ph.D., writes about the three most important secrets to youthful life and a young mind. He’s America’s Anti-Aging Psychologist.

He says the challenge is focusing on the end in mind and how you would like to be now tomorrow and when you’re 100. The desire for you is to be mentally sharp, physically fit and passionate.

“If you want it, you need to believe it, desire it, and attract it,” Brickey says.

You are not alone in your desire to slow the aging process. A U.S. Census Bureau states Baby Boomers hate to age. In 2000, the U.S. had 72,000 centenarians, people 100 years and older. The Census Bureau predicts 1.2 million centenarians in 2050 and 1.87 million centenarians in 2060 (when just the first four years of Baby Boomers have turned 100). That’s enough people for a good sized city.

Brickey says the Census Bureau is underestimating the number of centenarians the U.S. will have. Some will still be healthy. Some will be in wheelchairs and nursing homes. Barring any accidents, being healthy and happy in your retirement years is largely up to you.

“Research shows that as people get older, they become happier,” says Brickey. “In their twenties, only 28 per cent of Americans said they were happy. The percentage keeps going up with age. In their seventies, 38 per cent of Americans say they are happy. While many romanticize their younger years, for most of us our teens and twenties were a time of great insecurity and anxiety. As they get older, most people become clearer about who they are, what they want, and how to achieve it.”

Many of you may be looking for ways to stay young in the wrong places. You may be watching MTV, playing video games, drinking with your buddies from high school or college or indulging in plastic surgery.

Michael Brickey has three secrets to really fight aging he calls your Anti-Aging ABCs™. They’re based on Attitudes, Beliefs and Coping Skills.

“The good news is the ABCs are all skills you can learn–many very quickly and easily,” Brickey says.

[TPS] – Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Roa

In Writing (all kinds) on October 13, 2017 at 5:48 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Road

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 5:45 AM
41 Division

41 Division’s “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 65 Ellesmere Road.

Officers from 41 Division will sit down with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

This event is relaxed, informal and open for discussions about the issues community residents feel are important.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more news, visit

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Constable Mark McCabe, 41 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

Stuttgart Summer Festival By Canadian Michael Gold

In Writing (all kinds) on October 13, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Micheal was at the festival and listening to “Play that Funky Music White Boy” when he took this photo.

Eminem Rebukes ‘Racist’ Donald Trump in Awards Show Rap

In Writing (all kinds) on October 12, 2017 at 7:49 PM

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Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Hon. Ahmed Hussen to deliver Keynote Speech at the Excellence Awards next Saturday!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 12, 2017 at 4:42 PM



The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Excellence Awards on Saturday, October 21st at The International Centre. A lawyer by profession, Hon. Hussen was  elected in the 2015 federal election and represents the riding of York South-Weston in the Canadian parliament.
Hosted by Hamilton City Councillor Matthew Green, the glitzy red carpet affair is presented by Afroglobal Television, a 24-hour global super channel currently available on channel 708 on Rogers Cable and 2472 on Bell Fibe across Canada. 
Formerly Planet Africa Awards, the Excellence Awards program has honoured achievers and brought together people of African heritage and others of goodwill, to celebrate leadership and excellence. Headliners and keynote speakers have included, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Centre and daughter of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior; Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey and South African music superstar Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
Date: Saturday October 21st, 2017
Time: Red Carpet Reception,  6.00 PM; Dinner and Awards at 7.00 PM.
Tickets are $150 and a table of 10 is $1500
Venue: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Tickets are $150 per person and $1500 for a table of 10.
Gala tickets need to be purchased in advance.
1. Send an Interac Email Money Transfer to, then email guest names
2. Purchase  with credit card at, click on awards, then on the buy ticket button.
3. Call Simi or Princess at (416) 650-6424 to make arrangements for ticket purchase.


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Minister of the Public Service Commission and
African Nova Scotian Affairs, Nova Scotia
Honourable Tony Ince is the Minister of the Public Service Commission and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election, representing Cole Harbour-Portland, where he defeated the incumbent premier, Darrell Dexter, on October 22, 2013, and was re-elected in May of 2017.
Honourable Ince has been involved with organizations dedicated to family, youth and services to the incarcerated. His multi-talented professional experiences include working as a counsellor at the Department of Community Services, Regional Educator, and Youth Worker. He also worked as a Major Accounts Sales Representative with Xerox Canada, emergency room patient attendant, a labourer/stevedore at the Halifax Waterfront, Military Police, and the Army Reserves.
Honourable Ince has owned businesses in Halifax and Toronto. He has been a member of ACTRA, with expertise as an actor and stuntman. Ince enjoyed coaching for basketball, rugby, football, cricket and soccer. He is the Co-Founder of the Black Leaders Summit, which meets yearly as the Canadian Caucus of Black Parliamentarians, representing the African Diaspora in Canada. The Honourable Tony Ince receives the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Paulette Senior
President & CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Paulette Senior is the President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in Canada. She has captured significant attention at home and abroad as a leader and advocate for women and girls, resolute to build a safe and just society free from violence and poverty. Ms. Senior is currently the Chair of Women’s College Hospital, Canada’s leading academic and ambulatory hospital in women’s health.
In her illustrious career, Ms. Seniorhas served as CEO of YWCA Canada. She has spent many years on the frontlines of social and community development. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs and housing, helping women, children and youth in Toronto. Ms. Senior has worked with Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and Central Neighbourhood House.
Ms. Senior has been an advocate at the local, provincial, and federal levels, addressing matters pertinent to social and economic transformation. She is a graduate of York University, has been bestowed recognitions such as: African Canadian Achievement Award, Black Women Civic Engagement Award, MicroSkills Margot Franssen Leadership Award, and a Woman of Influence citation. She receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Leadership.

Charles Marful
Director, Ernst & Young Canada
Charles Marfulis Ernst & Young (EY) Canada’s Talent Team Director for Assurance Practice. Prior to joining EY, he served as the Human Resources Director of PwC Consulting, and later at IBM BCS. He also served as a Manager of Employee Relations, dealing with both human resources and labour relations in the retail industry. He is involved in career mentoring initiatives and speaks on career development at community events.
Mr. Marful was part of a judging panel for Corporate University Exchange’s 13th Global Conference on Leadership Innovation in the US, helping to select innovative leadership development organisations. He is a frequent speaker on HR Strategy, Leadership & Succession, Employee Engagement as well as Mergers & Acquisitions.He sits on the Board of Farm Radio International (FRI), an Ottawa-based NGO focused on improving food security and health in rural Africa.
Mr. Marfulserves on the HR Program Advisory Board of Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. He has served on the board of AIESEC Canada and the Editorial board of HR Professional Magazine. He holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Business Administration from the University of Ghana’s Business School. He is a Certified Human Resources Executive. He receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Professional Achievement.

Namugenyi Kiwanuka
Journalist & Television Personality
Namugenyi “Nam” Kiwanuka is a multi-platform journalist and the new host of TVO’s The Agenda In The Summer. She has hosted magazine shows for the NBA and CFL. She was widely known as a Much Music VJ from 1999 to 2003. She has worked with CNN and BET. Born in Ugandan, she has written for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Upscale Magazine, was the editor of the African Business Journal, and a columnist for BBC Focus On Africa Magazine.
The ReelWorld Film Festival named Ms. Kiwanuka Emerging Filmmaker for the Class of 2013. In 2009, Chatelaine Magazine named her as a Woman to Watch. In 2003, she was awarded Best Media Personality by Urban Music Association of Canada. A highly sought-after speaker, she has presented at TEDxRyersonU and contributed to TEDxWomen. To shine light on the dilemma of the vulnerable, Ms. Kiwanuka traveled to Northern Uganda to document and produce segments for AMREF on the plight of those living in IDP camps as a result of the country’s 20-year war.
A graduate of Applied Arts in Journalism at Ryerson University, Kiwanuka has managed and trained a group of 10 reporters at Radio Democracy in Sierra Leone. She conceptualized and produced This Is Africa, which celebrates the faces and places of Africa. She has guest-hosted on CBC’s The Current, filling-in for Anna Maria Tremonti, and contributed to The Marilyn Denis Show. She receives the prestigious Media Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Michael Thompson
Toronto City Councillor
As Councillor in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, Michael Thompson represents Ward 37, Scarborough Centre.  First elected in 2003, his strong advocacy led to a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a police task force on guns and gangs as well as programs for young offenders. He has served as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, leading the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough. He has earned a reputation as a community-focused consensus builder and one of Toronto’s hardest working Councillors.
Councillor Thompson spearheaded the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and the Taste of Lawrence Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of people to celebrate diversity. He has served as Chair, Economic Development and Culture Committee; past Vice-Chair, Toronto Police Services Board; Chair, Invest Toronto, Board Member, 1812 Bicentennial Steering Committee;Member,Civic Appointment Committee; and Chair, Youth Assisting Youth as well as Toronto Zoo.

Thompson has served as Director, Commonwealth Local Government Forum;Vice President, Municipal Section, Canadian National Exhibition; Member of the International Relations Standing Committee, Chair of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Standing Committee, as well as Director, FMC. Before politics, he worked in business and the financial sector. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Concordia University. He receives the Marcus Garvey Memorial Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Dr. Liza Egbogah
Body & Posture Expert, and
Creator of the Dr. Liza shoe line
Dr. Liza Egbogah is one of North America’s leading body and posture experts, a manual osteopath, myofascial release therapist, and the Clinical Director of the[fix]. She has a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating with Summa Cum Laude and clinical honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, a diploma in manual osteopathic practice and also holds a pharmacology degree with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Liza has had extensive experience consulting with celebrities, professional athletes and political leaders on health matters, injury treatment, prevention and stress reduction strategies. In 2015, she was part of the Basketball Medical Team for the PanAm Games. She has provided treatment as a celebrity fixer of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Oscars. Presently, she is dedicating a part of her time to the practice of manual osteopathy.
Dr. Liza is often a guest expert on CTV’s The Social and Morning Live. She has appeared on Cityline, The Morning Show as well as on CBS, TLC, MTV, Sirius Radio, CTV News, Huffington Post, 680 News, NOW, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, among others. Her clinical expertise in orthotics andlove for fashion allowed her to create the Dr. Liza Pumps shoe line, which is comfortable enough to be worn for 12 hours, and are worn by celebrities and regular folks alike. She receives the esteemed Science & Technology Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Dr. Mansfield Edwards
President, SDA Ontario & Chaplain, York Regional Police
In 2009, Dr. Edwards was elected president of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, leading approximately 32,000 members. The same year, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, where he still serves as trustee. He pursued his graduate studies at the Northern Caribbean University, and post-graduate studies at Loma Linda University, Andrews University, and the University of Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Edwards founded Discover The Power,a television program aired on Vision TV, Hope TV, Afroglobal Television and around the world via satellite. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chaplain for the Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE), which includes Black police, court, customs and immigration officers in Ontario. He is also a Chaplain at York Regional Police. In 2007, he was appointed to the executive committee of the Canadian Federation of Inter-Cultural Friendship.
Dr. Edwards worked as Adjunct Professor in Ethics and Philosophy for Northern Caribbean University. He has served as co-chair of the Montreal Black Ministers Executive Council, exploring improvement for the marginalized. He received the 2008 Mayor’s Award for outstanding contribution to the City of Markham; a 2010 Distinguished Man of Honour Award from the BBPA,and an African Canadian Achievement Award in 2010.He receives the prestigious Visionary Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Jackie Appiah
Actress & Model
Jackie Appiah is a Canadian-born Ghanaian. She is one of the biggest stars and favourite leading ladies in the film scene in Africa, including Nigeria’s Nollywood. She started acting at the age of 12 as a part of her local church group. Her appearance on screen became regular when Edward Seddoh Junior, writer of Things We Do For Love, invited her to play the role of Enyonam Blagogee. She later took part in Tentacles, Games People Play, Sun City and other TV series.
Ms. Appiah has starred in blockbuster films like Beyoncé, The President’s Daughter, Princess Tyra, Passion of the Soul, Pretty Queen, The Prince’s Bride, The King is Mine and The Perfect Picture. She has starred in over 100 titles, most of which she played the lead role. Appiah’s face has graced many billboards and TV commercials in Africa, including a GSMF advert on protection against HIV AIDS. She won the Face Of UB in a commercial she did for television and has served as the Face Of IPMC.
Awards and accolades Ms. Appiah has received include Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards; The FACE List Awards (USA);Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress In Drama (2013); Best International Actress Award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) in 2013 and 2014, as well as Best Actress in a Comedy role in 2014 and 2015 by Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. She receives the prestigious Entertainment Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017

Dr. Stan Chu Ilo
Professor, DePaul University (USA), & President,
Canadian Samaritans For Africa
Dr. Stan Chu Ilo is the Founder and President of the Canadian Samaritans for Africa, which has implemented more than 20 projects in four African countries, including skills development, women’s micro-credit initiatives, water and sanitation as well as civic education. A Catholic Priest, Dr. Ilo is a Research Professor of African Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. Fluent in English, French and Italian, he is the author of four books, and editor of three other titles.
Dr. Ilo championed the water and sanitation project and the Adu Achi Women’s Skills Center in Eastern Nigeria which was executed in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (USA) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. This project was recognized as one of the top ten student led community global projects at the Mondialogo Awards in 2009, sponsored by UNESCO. It won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA USA) award and was recognized by the US State Department.
He has two doctorate degrees in theology and religion from the University of Toronto, and in Sociology of education from University of South Africa; three master’s, two bachelor’s, three diplomas and two certificates from Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Oxford’s School of Government. Dr. Ilo has published over 100 essays and has written for the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Chicago Tribune, Premium Times, The Hill, Huffpost, National Catholic Reporter, CNN, CTV, The Guardian among others. He receives the 2017Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Global Impact

Prof. Andrea A. Davis
Chair, Department of Humanities, York University
Professor Andrea A. Davis is Chair of the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto, where she also holds cross-appointments in the graduate programs in English; Interdisciplinary Studies; and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. She is Associate Professor in Black Cultures of the Americas and has developed a certificate program in Black Canadian Studies. Prof. Davis approaches teaching as a form of activism through which she empowers her students to challenge assumptions and reach across differences, and translate the knowledge they acquire for positive change.
Prof. Davis is an accomplished researcher who has published widely on Black women’s fictional writing and constructions of gender, and she has been invited to present her work across the Caribbean, Europe, the United States and Canada. As the former Director, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, she worked to expand research partnerships between Canadian universities and the University of the West Indies.
The Canadian government (SSHRC)funded her research on Black youth in Canada and Jamaica. One such partnership was recognized for its exemplary contributions to Canadian society in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters Campaign in 2013. Her awards and accolades include the 2017 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and the 2012 Ian Greene Award for Teaching Excellence. She receives the prestigious Renaissance Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Emmanuel Kabongo
Actor & Star ON CBC’s 21 Thunder
Emmanuel Kabongo is an actor, best known for his work on the web series, Teenagers, for which he earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2016. He is one of the lead stars in CBC’s dramatic series, 21 Thunder, where he plays an Ivory Coast mid-fielder named Junior Lolo. The series premiered in Canada on July 31, 2017, to great reviews.
Kabongo co-produced the first season of the series, Teenagers (2014-present), alongside filmmaker M. H. Murray. He also stars as the lead male protagonist in the series. Born and raised in th Democratic Republic Of Congo, he has starred in several feature films, including The Anima Project (2013), directed by Ingrid Vennger, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and Antibirth (2016), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the USA.
Also in 2016, Kabongo produced and starred in short films, including A Man’s Story, for which he received funding from bravoFact. The film went on to screen at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto, where it won an award for Best Short Film in 2016. Kabongo has also guest-starred on a variety of television programs, including Rookie Blue (2013-2014), Murdoch Mysteries (2014) and Quantico (2015-2016). He completed an actor’s residency at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre in 2015. He receives the 2017 Rising Star Award from the prestigious Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program.

Ettie Rutherford
Author & CEO, Women Are Worthy
Ettie Rutherford is Author and CEO of Women Are Worthy, a consulting firm that provides programs and services for women of all ages. Having served as an elementary school principal, education consultant, anti-racism expert and curriculum programmer, Ms. Rutherford continues to impart knowledge by organizing workshops, speaking at events and coaching. She initiated the Black Heritage Saturday Morning School, the Caribees Singers and Dancers, Black History celebration while working with the Police to build co-operation and partnerships.
Ms. Rutherford has served as National Vice President for the Congress of Black Women of Canada. On a CBC production of Ettie’s profile in Calgary, she was referred to as the Iron Lady for her ability to bring about change in the community.Author of Women Are Worthy: Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like an Eagle, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Calgary. She developed the “R-I-S-E-U-P”organizational system, through which she presents programs and services based on a concerns-based model of positive change.
Awards has received many awards including the Kay Livingstone Award for her work with the Congress of Black Women of Canada; Certificate of Recognition from Markham City Council for community involvement and a Certificate of Recognition from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for her contribution to Multiculturalism. In 2016 she was honored as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.She receives the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Léonie Tchatat
Founder and President, La Passerelle-IDÉ
Léonie Tchatat is the Founder and President of La Passerelle-IDÉ and LéoCharité. Since she arrived in Canada from Cameroon at the age of 16, she has designed and implementedcommunity transformation models to catalyze the full contribution of African and other immigrants to Canadian society. La Passerelle-IDÉ’s bidirectional cultural competency skills training program has been recognized for best practice by the federal and provincial governments, having served and accompanied over 15,000 newcomers by fostering their integration.
Ms. Tchatat’s contributions to high level public policy expert committees in Canada have included serving on federal, provincial and municipal government-community advisory boards working towards strategic solutions in immigration, diversity and poverty reduction. Internationally, she has been invited to speak at academic, government and community seminars to share innovative solutions, leading to the implementation of new Canada-France diverse youth entrepreneurship and civic leadership avant-garde programs.
Founder of TalouaMulticulturelle, a Francophone magazine to give young and diverse Francophone women with a unique and dynamic forum, Ms. Tchatat was a member of the Canadian delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in 2001. She has served in the Planning Committee for a French-Language University in Ontario and is a Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Ms. Tchatat receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Community Development.

Dr. Oladunni Churchill Abiodun
President  & CEO, Big Church Group
Dr. Oladunni Churchill Abiodun is the President& CEO of Big Church Group, with operations in agriculture, real estate, security, training, entertainment, tourism and hospitality,mining and consulting services, among others. A serial philanthropist and Goodwill Ambassador, Dr. Abiodun is the Founder of Big Church Foundation, which serves people in various countries. It is involved with fighting breast cancer,scholarships, and support for orphans, fire fighting equipment and ambulance provision.
The Foundation is involved with organizing charity football matches for theunderprivileged. Celebrities are invited to play to encourage persons with disability. Funds raised from the events are donated to improve lives.For instance, highly acclaimed musician Praise Adejoh, popularly known as Praiz, was signed as a Big Church Foundation ambassador for an empowerment program via Big Church Green Agriculture and mining, which is working on empowering 36,000 youth.
Dr. Abiodun and his Big Church Foundation have visited Liberia at the invitation of President Ellen Johnson SirleafThe visit was aimed at facilitating peace in the election process among Africans. Dr. Abiodun used the opportunity to launch his agricultural empowerment program in the country as a part of his quest to extend his tentacles and philanthropic work to the rest of Africa.He receives the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Elder Franklin Omoruna
President & CEO, Wellness Anew & De Runa Ballroom
Elder Franklin Omoruna is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wellness Anew, an organization with over 45 employees. Since its inception in 2007, it has focused on championing strategies to manage individuals with special needs and mental health challenges. Recently, Mr. Omoruna launched De Runa Inc., operators of Banquet Halls, Event and Entertainment Centers in Toronto.
A Registered Nursewith over 33 years of experience, Mr. Omoruna works with mental health clients and as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Toronto as well asthe University of New Brunswick/Humber College Nursing Programs. Mr. Omoruna has served as President of the Nigerian Canadian Association andthe Edo Association Worldwide.  In 2011, he was profiled on NTA International as The Diasporan Of The Week.
Omoruna was also featured in many newspapers and magazines for spearheading large scale initiatives,which include the building of group homes for disadvantaged and developmentally challenged youth in Canada, leading the UNIC Club to upgrade the Edo State Children’s Hospital, as well as provision of medical equipment in 3 senatorial districts in Edo State. Nigeria. He receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Enterprise.

Dwayne Dixon
Executive Director, Nia Centre For The Arts
Dwayne Dixon is the Executive Director of Nia Centre For The Arts; a youth arts organization focusing on helping young artists find their purpose. With over 15 years’ experience in the corporate, community arts, and entertainment sectors, Mr. Dixon has hosted, produced and programmed radio shows; emceed events and recorded as a performing artist.  In  2001, he landed a corporate job at Manulife Financial / John Hancock (USA), while serving in the arts.
Mr. Dixon established an Urban Artist Showcase entitled, Follow Your Instinct (FYI) to create opportunities for aspiring performing artists. He joined the Board of Directors of Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) as Membership Director, and eventually became Vice President. In 2013, Dixon became the Executive Director of Canada’s largest Hip Hop and Urban Arts Festival, Manifesto.
Back in 2010, Dixon started FYI Kids, an enrichment program focused on re-instilling self-esteem, confidence and stage presence in children using music, culture and sports as tools. FYI Kids has worked with over 3000 children and the Canadian National Institute For The Blind (CNIB), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Toronto Centre For The Arts and Chinese Moon Festival Celebrations. He receives the 2017Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Heritage.

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Happy Birthday Mommy!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 9, 2017 at 3:00 AM

May you have much more and wishing you health, wealth, happiness, laughter, and joy!


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Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – You will experience positive growth when traveling, teaching, learning, exploring and moving beyond your own preconceived limitations. The key is to balance this with your work commitments and relationships to higher-ups- as going rogue without thinking of the consequences could cost you. Changes in your beliefs and attitudes, as well as in your friendship connections – can lead to more grounding and happiness. There’s also the potential for deep spiritual shifts or awakenings-, particularly around Oct 13th. It looks like a dynamic week full of opportunities, but that must be approached with care and wisdom. Favorable Date – Oct 13 Favorable Color – Blue

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Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) – You will feel a bit frustrated and overwhelmed at times by the obstacles in your path but you also have a very good plan. Now it is time to set this plan into motion during the week ahead but you do not need to rush in to get this done. Take the time needed in order for you to get the results you are hoping for because a little more attention to details at this time will mean a better reward for you in the future. You will require balancing your fire and passion with some discipline, mastery and healthy boundaries in relationships Favorable Date – Oct 10 Favorable Color – Yellow Read the rest of this entry »

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Who inspires you? Nominate an artist or arts organization today! | Qui vous inspire? Proposez la candidature d’un artiste ou organisme artistique aujourd’hui!

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Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

2018 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Submit your nomination by December 5, 2017!

Are you inspired by an outstanding Ontario artist or arts organization? Show them how much impact they’ve had on you and your community – nominate them for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts!

These awards have two categories: an artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. You can nominate an artist or arts organization engaged in any art form or artistic practice, including:

  • book and magazine publishing
  • cultural industries (such as digital media, film, television and sound recording)
  • craft
  • dance
  • film
  • literature
  • media arts
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts

NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Nominations are now submitted online using Nova, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s online application system. Nominations are due December 5, 2017 at 1 p.m.

We hope you consider submitting a nomination. Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested.

For more information

The OAC manages the nomination and adjudication process for the awards on behalf of the Government of Ontario.

Questions about how to use Nova,
how to submit your nomination,
or for technical support:
General questions about the
Premier’s Awards for
Excellence in the Arts:
Rohana Buzamlak
1-800-387-0058 ext. 7416
Carolyn Gloude
Associate Officer
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7423

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-17, OAC funded 1,657individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.


Prix de la première ministre pour
l’excellence artistique de 2018

Proposez un candidat avant le 5 décembre 2017!

Êtes-vous inspiré par un artiste ou un organisme artistique remarquable de l’Ontario? Témoignez de l’importance de cette personne ou de cet organisme pour vous et votre collectivité en proposant leur candidature pour les Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique!

Il y a deux catégories de prix : un prix Artiste de 35 000 $ et un prix Organisme artistique de 50 000 $. Vous pouvez proposer la candidature d’un artiste ou d’un organisme artistique qui travaille dans n’importe quelle forme ou discipline artistique, y compris :

  • Édition de livres et de périodiques
  • Industries culturelles (médias numériques, cinéma, télévision et enregistrement sonore)
  • Métiers d’art
  • Danse
  • Cinéma
  • Littérature
  • Arts médiatiques
  • Musique
  • Théâtre
  • Arts visuels

DU NEUF CETTE ANNÉE : Les candidatures sont maintenant soumises en ligne dans Nova, le système de demande en ligne du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO). Les candidatures doivent être soumises au plus tard à 13 h, le 5 décembre 2017.

Nous espérons que vous envisagerez de proposer un candidat. N’hésitez pas à transférer ce message aux personnes que ces prix peuvent intéresser.

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Pour obtenir des renseignements généraux au sujet des Prix de la première ministre pour l’excellence artistique, sur l’utilisation de Nova et les modalités de mise en candidature ou pour obtenir une assistance technique, communiquez avec :

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1-800-387-0058, poste 7416

Cela fait plus de 50 ans que le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario joue un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion et l’aide en matière de développement des arts au profit de tous les Ontariens. En 2016-2017, il a octroyé des subventions totalisant 50,8 millions de dollars à 1 657 artistes et 1 089 organismes dans 212collectivités de la province.


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Life in Canada by Joy (A Pseudonym)

In Writing (all kinds) on October 6, 2017 at 10:20 AM

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.         

                                                             Romans 8:28


I moved to Toronto in August 2010. As I started my new life in Toronto I did not know a single person. I was not prepared for the high rental prices of Toronto and, after being priced out of rental housing close to the University, I finally ended up renting almost an hour away by bus and subway from the university.  During the first year, I spent a lot of time traveling as well as studying and found that my greatest challenge concerned my housing environment rather than academics.  The problem was that I had neighbors (a couple) in my apartment that liked to turn loud the movie/music and fight and drink until the early morning. I called the building security guard/manager and reported them 3 or 4 times per week. Eventually, they became tired of me and said that I had to report it to the police by myself. I lived in the building until my contract of one year was up.

In my second year, I lived in a five-story building of a Jewish owner. This time, I had issues that arose regarding both loud music and loud children as well as the dirty state of the building.  I was once again seen as a troublemaker because I complained so much. This time I reached the unbearable point one day when I discovered a dead mouse on the bathroom floor that had seemed to come from a small hole in my closet. Again, as soon as my one-year contract ended I left the apartment.                    

I then decided I needed a new approach to housing.  My solution was to seek a rental room in a house. I lived with a Chinese couple about two years and after that they wanted to sell the house. So quickly, I found another new place. Now I continue to rent a small room in a house of another Chinese couple.                                  

The years quickly passed and are now almost a blur.  I met many good people who I learned with and from. I studied hard and was completely satisfied with every single grade I received except for one where the professor made it very clear that failure to support her views on a particular social topic in the class discussion would be penalized.  It was the one class where I felt dissatisfied with my grade.  

Otherwise, I had some very good professors.  I hesitate to mention specific professors because I fear I might leave out other good ones.  However, there was one professor that I do have to mention. He had received an early Confucian oriented education that was probably much like mine and he had later somehow ended up teaching at the university.  The reason I have to mention him is that he is living proof that you do not have to be a native English speaker and a cultural native to be an effective teacher of learners who are. The Chinese Confucian educational model has a term for those who have traveled far along the Dao, the way of the Heavens.  The term used for such a person/teacher is “junzi”. This particular teacher made me proud to be Confucian Chinese in the background. His superior knowledge, his ethical treatment of learners, and his kind caring attitude toward learning and learners gave clear evidence of his progress along the Dao and of his status as junzi.

At present, I have finished my work at the university this year and have received the degree toward which my effort for so long has been aimed.  However, it was with deepest thanks and appreciation to all my dear OISE professors, friends, colleagues and OISE staff that I ended my journey in Toronto. I understood that without their spiritual support, suggestions, encouragement and their help, I would not have finished.

My next step is following God’s instruction where He wants me to serve Him.

Some pictures from Düsseldorf by Canadian Michael Gold

In Writing (all kinds) on October 6, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Some pictures from Düsseldorf by Canadian Michael Gold

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Join us October for great literature, book launches and thought provoking writers.

777-779 Bathurst St, Toronto.

Wednesday, October 4th, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Book Launch “The Black Peacock”

by: Rachael Manley (Cormorant Books Ink)

Winner of the Governor General award for non-fiction.

Thursday, October 5th 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Book launch of “Dreams of Re-Creation in Jamaica: The Holocaust Internment, Jewish Refugees in Gibraltar Camp, Jamaican Jews.” (FriesenPress)

With author Professor Diana Cooper-Clarke

An evening of cultural intersection within history.

Saturday, October 7th 4.00 – 7.00 pm

Book launch of “The Classroom as Privileged Space: Psychoanalytic Paradigms for Social Justice in Pedagogy.” (Lexington Books)

by: Dr. Tapo Chimbganda

Dr. Chimbganda is an expert in psychotherapy who is deeply involved in the mental health community in Canada.


This book examines the psychic and emotional effects of the dehumanization of children based on discrimination and difference in classrooms. Using psychoanalysis, it highlights the emotional structures that develop in learners through the repeated trauma of racism and homophobia. Recommended for scholars in education, psychoanalysis, and sociology.

Tuesday, October 10th, 6.00 – 9.00pm

Book launch of “Sam & Eva” (Simon and Schuster)

by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Innovative and award winning multi-media artist.

Promises to be an evening of fun and artistic expression.

Thursday, October 12th 5.00 – 9.00 pm

Book Launch of “How We Did It.” (Penguin Random House)

By Karl Subban and Scott Colby

5.00-6.00 Reception at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre.

6.30-8.30 Book talk and signing at Randolph Theatre 736 Bathurst St, Toronto.

The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons–P.K., Malcolm and Jordan–who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl’s inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to the big leagues and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child.

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Friday, October 13th – 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Book Launch of “Cuba-U.S Relations: Obama and Beyond.” (Fernwood)

by: Arnold August

“Expert on Cuba who offers a revealing view of the conflict between Washington and Havana and the foreign policy of the United States and Cuba.”

Based on twenty years of fieldwork in and investigation of Cuba, this book provides a unique perspective on the island’s diverse approaches to the cultural war being waged by the U.S. and illustrates the heterogeneous nature of Cuban society.

Saturday, October 14th – 6.30 – 9.00pm

A tribute to Thomas Sankara on the 30th Anniversary of his assassination.

Film Screening and panel discussion

Film: Burkina Faso: A revolution Rectified

Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso
(1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the
“land of the incorruptible.”
During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country saw an unprecedented
participation of the population towards a collective goal of self-sustained development.

Sunday, October 15th- 3.00-5.00PM

Join us for a Skype presentation and discussion of “Pan-Africanism and Communism”with Historian and Author Professor Hakim Adi. (Africa World Press) in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

This book examines the interaction between the Communist International (Comintern) and the global struggle for the liberation of Africa and the African Diaspora during the inter-war period.

Friday, October 20th 6.30 – 9.00pm

Book Launch of “Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada From Slavery to the Present.” (Fernwood Publishing)

by Robin Maynard.

“A crucial work in chronicling black experiences in Canada.”


Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

Monday, October 23rd 7.30 – 9.30pm

Book Launch of “Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.” (Chicago Review Press)

by: David McCallum and Ken Klonsky

David McCallum will speak about his experiences in prison and the extraordinary circumstances of his exoneration which came about through an unlikely friend.

For ten years before Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s death, he and his friend and coauthor Ken Klonsky had been working to help free another wrongfully convicted man, David McCallum. McCallum was eventually exonerated and freed after serving twenty-nine years in prison. This is the story of how Carter and Klonsky, along with a group of committed friends and professionals, managed to secure McCallum’s release.

Tuesday, October 24th – 6.00 – 8.00pm

Book Launch of “Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy” (Second Story Press).

by: Manjusha Pawagi

“A unexpected, wry, and funny memoir about one woman’s experience with Cancer.”

Wednesday, October 25 6.30 – 9.00pm

Book Launch of “Blank: Essays and Interviews” (BookThug)

by Marlene Nourbese Philip

Location: Room 1-067 Ted Rogers School of Management Building

Ryerson University 55 Dundas St W. Toronto

Blank is a collection of previously out-of-print essays and new works by one of Canada’s most important writers and thinkers.

“Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Playwright, Public Intellectual: M. NourbeSe Philip is the principal–and most principled–woman-of-letters in English right now. Her every word is a must-read because she writes nothing that doesn’t change everything. She isn’t politic; she’s political. Unabashedly. Her ruthless truth-telling is page-turning and paradigm-overturning.” –George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-1

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Amendment to Promoting Healthy Hair for All Hair Types

In Writing (all kinds) on October 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

There is an expression, “a season, a reason.”

Again, I cannot promote this enough. If you live in a hot climate, it is very good to wash your hair on a daily basis. I am actually writing this in late May of 2017 and the ants, the outdoor bugs, even the flies are starting to come out. Particularly when you are a woman and you are still menstruating, when that time of the month comes, you better bathe! You better! We all know that, so I hope this is a worldwide common understanding. As I write this other part in October of 2017, I find, even when the temperatures are occasionally cooler, even to the extremes of cold, I always feel better when I am washing from head to toes. I have actually done research online and experimented with this myself that dreadlocks, locks, and locs, as they are known in alternative terminology, actually locks faster with daily hair washing, rather than the myths that you should wash it less than this. When I lived in Montréal, there was a man named Patrice that I did a journalistic story on who would wash and blow dry his hair every single day. I personally avoid the heat, however, Patrice did have at that time a beautiful head of locs that honestly did look even better than Lauryn Hill’s. Lauryn Hill, I love you and all, but it is only common knowledge that most of the time most men do have better-looking hair than women do because they simply do less with their hair in terms of styling and heat damage.

Another great tip for those people with hair locs is that if you have ever thought about what is the best time of day to wash your hair, well you may be surprised with this answer. Straight hair, Caucasian hair, any hair that does not want to be loced, in dreadlocks, or in locks, does not work well with being washed later in the day, in the evening, or at night prior to sleeping, and then air dried. It will tangle the hair. The counter spin to this is natural African-originated hair. This hair, when in a loced state, works very well being washed later in the day because what you want is for it to be tangled. Washing at night, washing in the evening, and also washing later in the day, and allowing the hair to air dry would be a recommendation for loced hair that would also help for the hair to loc faster.

Yet again, when your climate is more temperate, to even cold, then yes, the numerological methodology that I propose in the Promoting Healthy Hair for All Types book released earlier this year can work, however, nothing should override your own good judgment. When you feel the need to wash, particularly your hair, go right ahead. Your intuition is stronger than any numerological theory.

If you are concerned about your water bills, a very dear friend of mine who was actually running a water business with her husband in a country where the water supply is sparse (however, the water is greatly needed), then just a quick shower – no need to spend even as much as 30 minutes – can do it. Minimizing your beauty routine for both men and women, particularly if you share your surroundings with others, cannot only encourage better relationships surrounding bathroom use with your partner and loved ones but also decrease the amount of your water bill alone.

For those of you whom I am preaching to who are already converted, may I wish you some time well spent reading this article in order to reinforce and to “concretize,” which is also a word that my dear friend uses, the information that you already know? Well, yes you do.

Here’s to Health, Wealth, Prosperity and Long Life…May Beauty be Always With You All…It is within Everyone.


Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Source: Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

Talking About Hair Today

In Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Bringing time forward to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Kentucky specials  may add too – I bought Carol’s Daughter shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil for the first time after decades of my sister raving about it. First use is a huge win! This is the winner in the personal battle I had about shampoos for extra curly hair. It’s Carol’s Daughter, founded by Lisa Price.

Back in 2007, I had cut off all of my hair. This photo above is how I look today with my glasses as of Friday, July 7, 2017, at 8:42 p.m. EDT. I already look different, as of July 16, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. EDT and I will tell you why.

If you are wondering, how could I possibly look different? Well, you do also. A wise and gentle homeopathic doctor told me not too long ago when I went to her to quit smoking cigarettes that the body renews its cells every three months. This is exactly why people who have been once been diagnosed with cancer can have a different diagnosis only months later there are not any cancer cells in the body. This is why people with mental illness can go decades without a remission. This is also why even people who have been diagnosed with diabetes can live to be 100+ years old. Yes, the homeopath is right and each of us is changing every single day, every single moment, every single second. All of us – regardless of age.

I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and shampooed with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint shampoo, washed my skin with the citrus one, used Aveeno Intensive Care skin lotion after washing and that was it for about 10 years. Oh yes, I would also use during that time whatever conditioner I could find, but when I was in my 20s, I really loved Aveda products. Before I used the Rosemary Mint Aveda conditioner. The Aveda website also has a 20 percent discount going on recently for Canadian customers. The only reason why I do not use the Aveda conditioner anymore is that it is not recommended for locs. However, Aveda is good, but it is now designer shampoo. It is owned by Estée Lauder. The former owner of Aveda sold the beauty company to Estée Lauder. The original owner of Aveda now has a new beauty company called Intelligent Nutrients. It’s sold in New York City and throughout America, as well as across Canada and also in Europe. You can Google it to find out more information. Intelligent Nutrients is more affordable and actually a good beauty product, for hair is what I can comment on. Instead, since my locs are mature, I use a selection of my oils in warmer weather and all of the oils in colder weather to deep condition my locs. My hair oils are featured on this site.

I just recently started using Aveda again and will purchase it when finances are good. Now I am using the Be Curly Aveda shampoo and conditioner.

I also recently started pre-conditioning my hair before washes with mayonnaise since Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian people have sworn by it and told me about it for years. You need to use the natural and/or organic mayonnaise that you can find in a health section of a grocery store or a health food store. The commercial mayonnaise has sugar, where the more organic one has just salt and not sugar. I also try to eat eggs at least three times a week. I have one loc in the back of my head that is past the middle of my back and I am rather tall. Recently, I have noticed about two locs in total that is into the middle of my back.

Loc care really is simple! It need not be complicated. I would say that the most important thing that I used to have for my locs is Dr. Bronner’s shampoo and my oils. Now, I have decided to use Dr. Bronner’s shampoo only if I am finding a lot of build-ups in my hair, as well as for cleaning purposes around the home because it is actually an all-purpose shampoo which is why it could appear to be drying on the more mature hair.

I keep the hair oils in and help to deep condition my locs with a heating cap when the weather is rather dry. Thank goodness Toronto is humid. I have come to appreciate it for its humidity.

The hair oils are a must for mature loced hair that is of African origin. I have recently started using Herbal Glo Shampoo for Thinning Hair, plus the compatible conditioner. So far, so good. However, what I discovered is that Herbal Glo Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair (which I actually found out is not my problem), is extremely drying just like Dr. Bronner’s can be. The way you can solve this with any shampoo and conditioner which would bring down the price of what you pay in order to stay clean (this would also be true of body wash as well), is to add oils to it. Add oils to the combination and try to use something like a plastic straw or something such as that in order to mix it together. You cannot do this right after buying it. However, it does work well because you will find out if the product is too oily, just right, or too drying for your hair and if it is too drying for yor hair (particularly with daily washing), then you can add the oils if you wish to.

There are many other good shampoos that you can find from a health food store that are for thinning hair and Aveeno shampoos tend to be good too that you can find from most grocery stores. I still pre-condition with the mayonnaise, the oils and put the Giovanni in right after I have shampooed. Sometimes I also use Maui Moisture Coconut as a pre-conditioner as well. Well, often, I do use Maui Moisture to pre-condition my hair. Giovanni leaves too many white marks in black coloured hair if you put it in when your hair is not wet.<!–more–>

I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week and I will be 45 this year. I will be 46 next year and 47 the year after that and so it goes. I also have started to take a plethora of vitamins (a whole bunch of different kinds) again. I have cut this down for financial reasons to omega 3-6-9 plus flaxseed oil and borage oil, a multivitamin for women,  cold-doctor to prevent colds and vitamin D3 all of the Exact brands from Loblaws. I have also just recently within the last two weeks or so cut out caffeine from my diet, yes, that means no coffee or cola either. I have not had an alcoholic drink since February 2004. I also have been adding hair recipe tea drinks to my selection of beverages. Brings the fun back into drinking and staying sober at the same time. Horsetail tea, nettle tea, alfalfa tea, ginger tea, also mixed with green tea and some honey tends to work well. The honey is optional. I find I can drink a mixture of horsetail tea, ginger tea, and green tea easily without honey. I do need to put honey into my Greens+ mixed with fibre. Since I am out of honey I have been using black strap molasses and I actually prefer the taste. I also have been drinking a glass of moringa powder in water and also drops of oil of oregano in powder too. When my moringa powder runs out, before I buy more, I am going to drink the moringa tea that my Mommy gave me as a gift a few years ago. When the moringa tea runs out, I’ll purchase both the powder and the tea of moringa.

I also started taking aloe vera juice again. I used to use aloe vera right from the plant in my 20s when my hair was as long as it is now. The kind I use is Lily of the Desert that I bought from Strictly Bulk on Bloor Street in Toronto and a put a bit of the aloe vera juice in a glass with water and then some organic raw blue agave syrup for sweetener as I have been doing lately instead of using too much of the black strap molasses. I also started to use nettle vitamins at night.

Also, if you find you are out of lemonade, which I also drink, lemon tea, dark berry teas, peppermint tea and a coco-lemon Thai tea that you can find at David’s Tea is great. I just recently bought a great combination to replace my coco-lemon Thai tea from David’s tea.

With water, I add just a little bit of blackstrap molasses with water and a touch of apple cider vinegar in water each day and this could be the key to also keeping the doctor away :-). Medical doctor, I do mean. I am also starting to drink POM juice again, pomegranate juice which is currently on sale at Loblaws and it is better than wine! I also drink the honey & ginger lemonade that you can find at Loblaws.

I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week. Praying to be 120 – let’s hear it for medical technology! I do not colour my hair, but I do have some gray hairs. I do not plan to colour my hair. I’m not in a rush, but I actually love gray hair even on women so I plan to embrace mine.

So, the photo above is a selfie and this is a professional photo done by Caitlin Cronenberg back in 2007. This is how I looked then:

Photo Courtesy of Ben Barry Models – Caitlin Cronenberg

What 10 years will do, eh? Now mind you, the makeup artist was a miracle worker. Literally, that beautiful makeup artist was a miracle worker. With hair like this, conditioners and mayonnaise pre-conditioners would be recommended.

I cannot do makeup even 0.00001% as good, however, what I can do is help you to loc (dreadlocks) and to listen to your talk. I do other things, so I am not looking to get rich from this, however, if you would be interested in locing and/or deadlocking your hair – basically what I would be doing is getting to the spots that you cannot reach for yourself – then please email at I will under no circumstances deal with men’s hair or anyone who has been a man. Just a policy. Sorry. Women only. Thank you. Does not matter your culture, I will do it for you and I can find a public space in order to do it as long as you book far enough in advance. I would need about one week’s notice at the minimum.

It’s a big decision. One should think about it. It is not a decision to be rushed. I did not loc until 2012 – it took five years after I cut my hair in 2007 after basically a failed locing attempt. I have been loced now for five years as well, going on six, and this is actually my third attempt at locing that worked out.

Again, if interested, please contact Please see my page on this site for my books and audiobooks for a list of the number of items I have related to the politics of hair.

As for my drinks which are cold in the summer, I will just heat them up for the winter.

Using Mayonnaise in Dreadlocks

In Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2017 at 3:00 AM

For decades I have had good Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean friends of mine telling me to use mayonnaise in my hair. Finally, I decided to listen when I saw some on sale at Loblaws.

I bought some canola mayonnaise earlier this year and it is really good! The avocado one would have been better and I know this, but it was not on sale :-). You do have to just put it in and wash it out because as my neighbour Duncan says, you do not want animals chasing after your head :-). It does help to make your hair feel great though! It is especially good for mature locs, as well as well as unlocked hair.

You can use it between washing with shampoo and rinse out your hair and then use your usual conditioner plus the mayonnaise to extra condition the hair.

You can also go through your usual hair washing routine of a pre-hot oil treatment, shampoo, conditioner and use the mayonnaise at the end of the hair washing routine. Then, you can also apply your oils after you have thoroughly rinsed out your hair.

I have seen a lot online that if you are going to use mayonnaise in your hair that you should not use it more than once a month. I think this would depend on your hair type and also the time of year regarding the climate.

Regardless of how you use mayonnaise for your hair either dreadlocked or not, it is a great conditioner and will truly have your hair feeling silky.

I have been using the mayonnaise every time I wash my hair and it works just fine. I have mature dreadlocks/locs though.

New Book Essentials of Writing for Small Business by Teresa Madaleno to be Released in Early October

In Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2017 at 6:21 PM

Source: New Book Essentials of Writing for Small Business by Teresa Madaleno to be Released in Early October

Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Source: Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

[TPS] – Toronto Region Board of Trade announces Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews as 2016 TPS Police Officer of the Year

In Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Region Board of Trade announces Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews as 2016 TPS Police Officer of the Year

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 9:25 PM
Professional Standards Support

The winner of the 2016 Police Officer of the Year award was announced during the annual reception held this evening at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

This award was created by the Board of Trade in 1967. Its purpose is to recognize officers of the Toronto Police Service who have made significant contributions to making Toronto one of the safest cities in the world. Each month, an officer or a group of officers is selected for Police Officer(s) of the Month, based on the following criteria: bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work and outstanding police skills.

The monthly winners are then re-evaluated by a panel of judges and a winner is chosen to receive the Police Officer(s) of the Year award.

This year, the winner is Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews of Intelligence Services.

He has successfully demonstrated outstanding bravery, professionalism and dedication to duty. The professional manner with which he has conducted himself is worthy of substantial recognition, not only by their peers, but also the Toronto Police Service and the community in which he proudly serves.

On August 8, 2015, a shooting occurred at Muzik club. Two people died.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews was working a paid duty when the call came over the radio. He was near Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road, right behind a stopped taxi with a shooting victim inside. He approached the passenger, who had been shot three times and was bleeding profusely. He pulled him out of the vehicle, started applying pressure, dressing the wounds, and called for an ambulance. He got a passerby to assist with first aid, to keep the victim stabilized, awaiting the ambulance.

In the time it took for the ambulance to arrive. Staff Sergeant Matthews was faced with a hostile crowd. He was on his own, in uniform. A woman approached him, yelling at him and punched him in the face. He knew that, if he arrested the woman, the victim he was treating might die. He maintained first aid while he verbally tried to deescalate tensions. The woman left the scene.

He attended the hospital with the victim, covered in the victim’s blood. The victim remained in critical, but stable, condition and survived the shooting.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Matthews was also selected as the Police Officer of the Month for August 2016.

Congratulations to this officer and to all the award winners for their continuing efforts to make Toronto a safe city.

For more news, visit

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for A/Superintendent Peter Callaghan, Professional Standards Support

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In Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )This week is strong to find love, fall in love or build significant connections with someone close to you. You will also enjoy the connections with children and you may get involved in a sport or hobby. Finances and financial opportunities shine for you after 5th October. You can expect to budget and save for the future but this is also a time to cut back on expenses. Old business acquaintances may turn up or there may be dealing with someone from the past. You may also renew contact with siblings. Favorable Date: Oct 6 Favorable Colors: Blue & Yellow

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You may need to review matters of money and personal spending. Look at the budget. Watch the way you do things and make changes where necessary. This could be a tricky period with regard to money. Something may come to light with your nearest and dearest, bringing a testing emotional climate. You may need to attend to joint finances, negotiating or resolving outstanding matters. There may be pressures brought about by the emotional state of partners and the obligations of work or responsibility. An old creative project may take on new life. Favorable Date: Oct 6 Favorable Colors: Red & White

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – You may have success through creative or spiritual pursuits. It’s a time of new ideas, new ways of doing and seeing things and a revised perspective on your relationship with the wider community. There can also be changes on a scale that you simply must learn to accept. A cycle of dealings with authority or taking authority may come to an end.  A new responsibility may fall to you by default as someone leaves or makes an end to their situation. There could be a shift or even a change in career direction for some. Favorable Date: Oct 8 Favorable Colors: Green & White Read the rest of this entry »

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