Urban Edge Yoga

Dear friends,

We want to invite you to two extremely special events in the coming weeks. Read More


CRTC Decisions

The CRTC seeks input from Canadians as it undertakes an online
consultation on the implications of implementing a compensation regime for
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Raelian leader held in Turkish deportation center faces grave health threat

“Let all the human rights organizations hear my voice and ask them to

save me from this inhuman environment.” Negar Azizmoradi

MONTREAL, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ – According to a statement released today by the International Raelian Movement, Negar Azizmoradi, leader of the Raelian Movement in Iran, has become seriously ill with a severe lung infection while being held in Istanbul’s deportation center. Read More

R E P E A T — It’s A Whimsical Weekend for Thousands of Children at Downtown Yonge BIA’s Kidzfest/

– Big birds, cool cats and cartoon celebrities entertain at Yonge-Dundas
Square –

TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ – A mob of teeny toddlers will descend on Yonge-Dundas Square for a fun-filled weekend of kid-friendly rides, face-painting, crafts and interactive performances at the Downtown Yonge BIA’s Kidzfest – a free two-day event with guest appearances from cartoon celebrities Max & Ruby, Dora & Diego and Spongebob Squarepants on his 10th anniversary tour. On November 28th and 29th, adventurous tots will swing around the square in a colourful swing carousel, whirl around on the ladybug ride and take their ‘coverkid’ moment posing in a faux magazine shoot. Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs pack prehistoric fun into the first performance of the weekend, followed by a slew of musical guests including David Archibald and Maggie G. Fun will ‘let fly’ with Birds of Prey on Saturday, and Jungle Cat World brings a rip-roaring good time to Sunday. Read More

Canadian Pacific announces industry-leading biodiesel testing underway

CALGARY, Nov. 27 /CNW/ – Canadian Pacific (TSX/NYSE: CP) and Natural Resources Canada have partnered on an industry-leading biodiesel fuel pilot project under the National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative, announced Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, and Fred Green, Canadian Pacific President and CEO, today. It is the first time biodiesel will be used in Canadian cold-weather rail service.

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Al Jazeera English granted approval to broadcast in Canada

Award-Winning International News Channel Breaks Into Canadian Market

OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW/ – Al Jazeera English is pleased to announce that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has included the award-winning international news and current affairs channel on its digital Lists of Eligible Satellite Services. This decision will allow Canadian cable and satellite distributors to include AJE among their channel offerings.

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From Worldwide Freelance Writer

Five Ways - Freelance Writing - November 25, 2009
Five Ways To Shine As A Professional Writer
By Dana Blozis
With the growth of social media and marketing techniques like
online article marketing, it seems that everyone is a writer of one
sort or another. In fact, I've read a handful of articles that
assure the reading public that anyone can write. While this may be
technically true, those of us who write for a living know that it
isn't as easy as it sounds. There is much more to the craft than
meets the eye.
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Touched By Fire

Touched By Fire - November 24, 2009
This is the third annual evening of Touched By Fire, celebrating the
remarkable work of artists across Ontario with mood disorders.
This extraordinary art show and sale will be held at the prestigious
Royal Ontario Museum and admission is absolutely free.
Please send an RSVP to carlinb@mooddisorders.on.ca
or 416 486-8046, x222.
Thursday, November 26
7 pm until 10 pm
The Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

The Temptation to Buy a Car

TTC - November 23, 2009

Living in Toronto is difficult without a car. With all of this H1N1 flu virus talk going around, you cannot even cough on a bus without someone thinking you have been infected. Plus with the way the TTC has been running over a long period of time now, it seems ridiculous that now TTC wants to hike up the fees to $3 CDN, from $2.75.

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It’s At Hugh’s Room

Music - Jacksoul - November 23, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; Children under 15:  $10


“The Prayers We Light”:  A celebration of Taylor Mitchell’s life and her music.

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Theatre at UrbanEdge Yoga

Theatre at Urban Edge Yoga - November 20, 2009
Dear friends,
Thank you for your participation and great response for the InSpirit events from Nov 10-12 with Devamrita Swami. Please check out the pictures at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?p=gallery&albumId=InSpiritNov09. These capture a few glimpses of the beautiful time we all had.
This marks the beginning of even more fun events in the coming months. I specially wanted to invite you to the launch of ‘Spiritual Theatre/ Drama’ at UrbanEdge. We will be hosting the screening of the first performance of the ‘The lonely person’ on Dec 3 @ 6.30 PM. This play is produced and Directed by The Walking Monk – Bhakti Marga Swami and features artists who are all practitioners of Yoga and Meditation. Check event details and RSVP at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=miEvent1
Also lined up is an interesting mix of yoga, meditation, cooking classes and spiritual discussions. Here is a quick summary of the upcoming events:
Wed, Nov 18 – Overcoming Anger: Isn’t it normal to be angry once in a while…or is there a way around. Check details and RSVP at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=special
Thu, Nov 19 – Vegan Curries: There is something about the curries – spicy but not too hot, flavor and not to runny. Learn some great recipes through interactive demos and RSVP at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=miEvent3
Fri, Nov 20 – Real Identity, Who am I: The topic of ‘real identity’ has intrigued mystics and scientists alike for ages. Check details and RSVP at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=miEvent2
Mon, Nov 23 – Kirtan 101: Learn to play instruments, sing chants and enjoy vegetarian feast. Check details and RSVP at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=event1
Tue, Nov 24 – Baking 101, Vegan desserts and pies – We talk about how wonderful Broccoli is but, at the end of the day, we know what really wins people over is a creamy pie smothered in caramel or perhaps pecans. So find out secrets of delicious vegan deserts and join us for an interactive demo. Check details at http://www.urbanedgeyoga.com/index.php?d=current&p=current&event=event2
Don’t forget, we have a delicious vegan feast which will be awaiting you!
Quote of the week: The body is always dead. It is like a big machine. A tape recorder is made of dead matter, but as soon as you, the living person, push a button, it works. Similarly, the body is also dead matter. But within the body is the life force. As long as this active principle remains within the body, the body responds and appears alive. But what exactly is that active principle? That is a separate subject matter, and the answer to that question is the real beginning of spiritual knowledge.
See you soon,
Urban Edge Yoga

Writing Workshops and Self-Publishing Offered at Aangen Community Centre

Aangen Centre Workshops - November 19, 2009

Hello everyone in Toronto!

Please check out this site and scroll to the bottom for workshops I will be offering to start on February 21st and happening once a month. Here is the link: http://www.aangen.com/workshops.asp. Join in the fun!

Make Setting up an Effective Home Office Part of Your Pandemic Plan H1N1 is here. Is your home office ready?

Home Office - November 19, 2009 - 1

TORONTO, Ontario – November 17, 2009 – H1N1 is here and causing havoc at home and in the office. Ensuring employees can remain productive by working from home is a critical piece of any business continuity plan. Health Canada suggests that as many as 35 per cent of Canadians could become ill during the H1N1 pandemic. They recommend that if you feel at all sick or are infectious (with H1N1 this can be up to ten days after the onset of symptoms) you should stay home. Add to this time needed to tend to children who are sent home due to illness or school closures, and employees feeling well enough to work could be out of the office for days or weeks leaving offices understaffed and productivity down.

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Authors Access Interview Featured

Authors Access 2 - November 8, 2009

Donna Kakonge’s interview with Viktor Volkman and Tyler Tichelaar is featured on Irene Watson’s Reader Views. Check it out:


Authors Access Interview



Authors Access
Each week Loving Healing Press and Reader Views bring insightful interviews from people around the world who can help you get your work published, and if already published, noticed!
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Engine Gallery

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Great Podcast

Another Podcast Link - November 13, 2009

Authors Access - November 7, 2009

Here is another great link to listen to a great podcast – featuring Donna Kakonge discussing journalism: http://www.bloggingauthors.com/

New Online Magazine

Twenty Something - November 12, 2009

Twenty Something - November 12, 2009

One of my former students from the joint University of Toronto Centennial program and Centennial College program has launched a new magazine. It’s geared towards the 20-something age group. You can find it here: http://www.20-something.ca/. Enjoy!

Happy Remembrance Day!

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2009

Happy Remembrance Day everyone. Let us not forget those who have fought or given their lives for our freedom.

Yoga Event Finally Here!

Yoga Event - November 10, 2009

Yoga - November 4, 2009

Join us this week as we launch our Yoga lifestyle festival ‘InSpirit’ with Devamrita Swami from Nov 10 to 12. A Monk for 40 years, Yale graduate and author of several spiritual texts, Devamrita Swami is stopping over in Toronto as part of his world tour to take us through some not-to-miss workshops:

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Sesame Street Anniversary with Google

Sesame Street - November 9, 2009

Sesame Street - November 9, 2009

I have been thoroughly enjoying the Google themes for the Sesame Street anniversary. Sesame Street was a big part of my childhood with my brother and sister. It is wonderful that it continues on to this day.

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Authors Access Interview

Authors Access 2 - November 8, 2009
Authors Access 2 - November 8, 2009
On November 5th, 2009 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke 
with Toronto-based educator and print, radio, and TV journalist Donna 
Kakonge about how any writer can successfully refocus their work into 
the freelance journalism marketplace. 
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How to Turn Your Writing Career into Journalism

Authors Access - November 7, 2009

Libraries - November 2, 2009

I’ve been interviewed with Authors Access – where authors get published and published authors become successful. To listen to the show, visit:


Add Donna Magazine To Google Alerts

Google Alerts - November 7, 2009

Find out what is going on in the world of Donna Magazine. Include this magazine to your Google Alerts and be reminded to check the magazine daily. You can access Google alerts from this site: http://www.google.com/alerts. Thank you visiting the site to see what is new every day.



Sico Paints 2010-2011 Colour Forecast

Sico - 1 - November 6, 2009

Sico - 1 - November 6, 2009

More Lively Colours Making a Comeback

as Canadians Seek New Beginning

Longueuil, Quebec – November 5, 2009 – Move over neutral colour schemes.  More lively hues will be making a comeback in home décor in 2010-2011 and it’s all about using colour as a mood-lifter in the midst of challenging times, says leading Canadian paint brand Sico Paints.

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The Ladies Anthem

The ladies anthem

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UrbanEdge Yoga

Yoga - November 4, 2009
Yoga - November 4, 2009
Dear friends,
One week from now, Nov 10 we launch our Yoga lifestyle festival ‘InSpirit’ with Devamrita Swami, a Monk for 40 years, Yale graduate and author of several spiritual texts. He stops over in Toronto as part of his world tour to take us through some not-to-miss workshops:

Katie and Marc

Katie and Marc - November 3, 2009

Katie and Marc - November 3, 2009

Katie bumped into her boss as she was leaving the Radio Canada International building in Montreal.

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The Wonderful Things About the Toronto Public Library

Libraries - November 2, 2009

Libraries - November 2, 2009

I have discovered the glories of the Toronto Public Library thanks to my sister.

I have been able to expand my musical tastes by borrowing CDs, as well as read some of the most interesting and intriguing books thanks to the Toronto Public Library. If I had only really understood the power of the library when I was doing my graduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, I would have saved a lot of money on buying books. Of course, there are always books you want to own and I do not regret all of the books I have bought.

Not only is the TPL good for getting books, CDs, ebooks, and videos, it is also good for exploring the city of Toronto for free. On Sunday, I went to the Textile Museum thanks to the MAPs that the TPL give out. I have also been to the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as the AGO thanks to these MAPs. These MAPs are free passes to enter the museums and art galleries with two adults and I believe about two children. They currently have some that expire on December 31st. It is a great way to spend some affordable and quality time with friends and family.

During my visits to some of these galleries and museums, I have also rediscovered my own interest in art. I have bought oil pastels that I used to create a nature scene picture, as well as a tabletop easel on a different occasion and canvas. Now, I am inspired to have most of the artwork in my living room be my own.

The Toronto Public Library is fantastic and I hope you discover your local one, or the reference one today. Keep in mind that the libraries on the college and university campuses are also fantastic too.

Excerpt from My Story of Transportation

Bicycle - November 1, 2009

Bicycle - November 1, 2009

My first bike had training wheels. I believe my Mom bought it for me and I would proudly ride around my neighbourhood in Greek town with my Mom nearby feeling free for my age.

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Canadian Diabetes Association Events

The Canadian Diabetes Association Will Be Holding Events - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Diabetes - October 31, 2009

Mark your calendar for our November events!

1. ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN SYMPOSIUM: On Diabetes and Heart Health
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

See below for details.

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Aires Entertainment



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Love Town Records

Love Town Records

Richard Alexander Davis

“Back In Love”



From The album


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Sinfonia Toronto

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Devamrita Swami presents at Urban Edge Yoga

Urban Edge Yoga Is More Than a Studio, It's an Experience - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Urban Edge Yoga - October 28, 2009

The newest non-profit Yoga Studio on the block promises
a unique Yoga experience with music, food and great company!

Toronto, ON – Urban Edge Yoga, a unique Yoga Lifestyle Centre, has opened its doors to the budding yoga community in Toronto. A grand opening event is planned on November 10 to launch its annual Yoga Lifestyle festival, InSpirit, featuring Devamrita Swami – A Monk of 40 years, Yale graduate and author of several books.

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Yoga Festival

Mangal-aarti Writes About a Yoga Festival in the Works - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Spiritual Festival - October 24, 2009

Dear friends,

Almost 15 days from now, Nov 10 we launch our Yoga lifestyle festival ‘InSpirit’ with Devamrita Swami, a Monk, Yale graduate and author of several spiritual texts. He stops over in Toronto as part of his world tour to take us through some not-to-miss workshops:

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Coming Up on Donna Magazine

Director Mikel Guillen - Photo Courtesy of Datehookup.com
Director Mikel Guillen – Photo Courtesy of Mikel Guillen

Mikel Guillen - October 25, 2009

Coming up on Donna Magazine – Interview with Director Mikel Guillen from Pickpocket Media Films on his latest project.

Proposal to University Health Network

Donna Kakonge Writes About the Plans She Has For an Upcoming Documentary - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
Donna Kakonge Writes About the Plans She Has For an Upcoming Documentary – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Proposal - October 24, 2009

First of all, I would like to thank the selection committee for taking the time to review my application. I would also like to thank those people who made the UHN documentary at the Toronto General Hospital Psychiatric ward possible.

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Spiritual Festival

Mangal-aarti Writes About a Spiritual Festival Coming to Toronto - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
Mangal-aarti Writes About a Spiritual Festival Coming to Toronto – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Spiritual Festival - October 24, 2009

Dear All

This winter, we bring to Toronto an exciting Spiritual Festival – InSpirit from Nov 10-12 with Devamrita Swami. He is a world-renowned monk from New Zealand who has traveled to every continent of the world for nearly 40 years sharing his spiritual expertise and realizations.

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Airport Flirt – Excerpt from Do Not Know

Do Not Know is One of Donna Kakonge's 31 books - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
Do Not Know is One of Donna Kakonge’s 31 books – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com


It took an old man to touch my young breast toDo Not Know wake me up. I did not hear him come up to me as I sat in a plastic waiting chair because my Walkman blasted “Keep on Moving” from my Soul II Soul CD. I was in concourse E of Miami’s airport, waiting for my flight to Barbados. I was coming from Montreal in the February winter wonderland and did not know how to dress. I wore a beige cotton knit ensemble with my black winter jacket curled over my arm. I was also wearing the burgundy slightly padded bra I got for Christmas from my sister. The old man had touched more foam than flesh.

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