Have Fun in the Snow (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com)


It’s here, so you might as well enjoy it. It’s snow, and if plenty has fallen in your area, there are many ways you can make of the most of it.

A nearby golf course, no longer green, can make for a great free cross country ski park. You can also snow-shoe too.

Making snowmen is a better workout than going to the fitness centre. Your nearby park can make a great place for sledding if it has hills. You can buy sleds for as low as $20CDN and have all the entertainment you want, all winter long. It’s a good investment.

For free entertainment, snowball fights are great! As long as you have that kind of snow that is soft and you avoid the eye areas, you can turn a snowfall into a wonderful bonding experience. Plus, all that activity will warm you up.

Once the streets are clear from ice and some of the snow that is really difficult to get through, going for a walk is a relaxing way to spend your weekends. Even if you have to plough through the snow with your legs, this is great exercise. You can marvel at the trees that have changed so much since the spring. Especially around holiday times, if you do your walking at night, you can enjoy the holiday lights on the houses and stores – all this for free.

With a pair of rented skates or ones you already own, many places have rinks where you can get some great exercise. Using the rinks is free most of the time; all you need to worry about is the cost of the skates.

Once the snow falls, if you need to shovel, you can see it as a great way to burn calories. Shovelling snow can be the equivalent to many hours spent at the gym and help you to burn off those holiday meals.

Nothing is better in the winter sometimes than watching it fall from the inside on stormy days. Sit back, drink a cup of hot chocolate and listen to Billie Holiday on the radio to get you into the winter mood. The snow is around for a while, so you might as well enjoy it.

Donna Kakonge is a freelance communicator living in Toronto. Her website is www.donnakakonge.com. She can be reached at kakonged@rogers.com. pair�^��s�

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Getting Around for Less (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com)


With high gas prices now it helps to know how to get around for less money. There are so many options; all you have to do is choose.

If you are travelling within a given city, check out AutoShare. You can rent a car by the hour and bring it back at many convenient locations within your city. This is great if you are planning to do grocery shopping because you have an army to feed or a hurricane is coming either one. You may have somewhere special to go with someone special and need the wheels to impress. Whatever is your fancy? To find out more about this service, please visit www.autoshare.com.

Another possibility is Craigslist in the San Francisco Bay area. They have Rideshare lists for many cities around the world. This works similar to AutoShare where you have to pay. But, if you are looking for something for free Berkeley has a free rideshare program for people who commute across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. Many universities have services like these, so check your bulletin boards.

In Quebec, there is Allostop. This service is great. When a former chum and I were living in different cities, this was my primary mode of transportation to see him. Unfortunately, I have been banned from Allostop because I got into an argument with one of the drivers over the fact he was late and I did not want to pay. I was young and hot-headed. I hope I know have my chance to make amends and promote this great service. I advise anyone using these services to pack your anger in your bags.

Many youth hostels around the world, especially the beautiful ones in Germany and through many parts of Europe, have free rides or rides posted for low fees up on their bulletin boards. You will not ever know who you may get, so use this one with caution. If you are travelling in a group, you are less likely to get into trouble.

Caution aside, traveling with rideshare programs or renting a vehicle can be a great way to meet people. If you do not need to get to your destination in a hurry, there are other ways to get around.

September 22nd is a day where everyone is encouraged not to bring their cars to work. Everyone is encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation. If you hunt at places like garage sales you can find great deals on bikes. What is the sense of investing in something expensive when it could get stolen? September, October, April, and May are great months to bike because they tend to be cooler. This applies to colder climates.

If biking is not your style, then rollerblading, skateboarding, running and walking are also great alternatives. A good pair of comfortable shoes and it can be amazing what distance you can cover in a relatively short period of time. Just recently, I covered the span of two neighbourhoods in four hours with my friend. It was great!

Last but not least, public transport is always a good option. Even that guy from that terrific movie Crash managed to make it on the bus after dismissing it.

If you have got a car fetish like me and you don’t have a car J, you can always live out your fantasies by reading the automotive sections of many papers. This could also help you make an informed decision about the type of car you would like to rent or ride in. As well, make sure to keep up-to-date with auto safety news to find out how some of these cars test out in crash tests.

Enjoy the ride!

Culture in Toronto on the Cheap (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com)


September is the biggest tourist time in Toronto and if you’re headed this way, there are many cultural things to do for free.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) located at the corner of Avenue and University Streets has many interesting things for the young and old and everyone in between. They have a free night on Fridays where you can listen to music, catch a bite at one of the hot dog stands and browse through collections on dinosaurs, precious gems and ancient Africa. There’s much more do, you have to be there to find out.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) which is located at the corner of McCaul St. and Dundas St. West. has been renovated by Frank Gehry and the permanent collection which can get on for free on Wednesday nights is just as beautiful as the outside.  They have a Café AGO if you’d like a bit to eat, the Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives if you’d like to do some work while you’re there and rentals of their art if you’re looking to impress a special client if you’re in for business or just to please your own eyes.

The Bata Shoe Museum which houses one of the rarest collections of shoes in the world is at the corner of St. George and Bloor Streets. It’s free on Tuesday nights and it’s a great place if you’re a student to meet other students because it’s close to the University of Toronto downtown campus. They also give school and group tours.

The Design Exchange (DX) which is in the heart of the financial district and housed in the old Toronto Stock Exchange building on the lower level at Bay and King Streets is a great place to see that all that relates to design. They have furniture, costumes, appliances and a funky gift store where you can find interesting stuff. The DX has the only collection of pre-1945 industrial design. Their free nights are on Thursdays. If you decide to become a member, admission is free at any time.

The Textile Museum of Canada is located at 55 Centre Ave. in Toronto. You can put that address in www.mapquest.ca to find out the exact location. On Wednesday nights they have a “pay-what-you-can.” Check out their website at www.textilemuseum.ca to find out more information.

Actually, Google all places you can find out more information about the different opportunities to explore culture in Toronto. Remember as well there are lots of great antique stores and galleries along Queen St. West that are always free to enter and you can enjoy looking at the art – and if you have some extra cash on hand, may even find something you like enough to buy.

Enjoy your time in Toronto!

Cold Weather Heating Tips (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com)


As we battle the snowy storms outside and ignite the furnaces inside, sometimes keeping a place warm can be a real challenge. If you are the type to pump up the heat, you will probably end the month with heating bills that leave you cold.

There are a number of ways to keep warm inside, without breaking the bank and keeping your bills lower.

Starting from when you go to bed at night – this is a perfect time to turn down the heat. If you have made the wise investment in a duvet or especially warm and comfy blanket, about $100CDN, you will not need that extra heat at night. Sometimes having the place a bit cooler is a benefit once you wake in the morning because the cool air will help you to wake up.

The next thing you do is raise the heat a little once you’re awake, but if you live in a small place you may want to invest in a spot-heater. Many stores have them for about $40CDN, where they can basically warm up a small space you may be centralized in and cut down on the cost of heating the whole home.

Something else many people don’t remember is that if you’re going to be out of the house for most of the day, keep the heat low. This will save on your bills as well.

When you’re home, doing things like turning on the oven, drinking warm liquids, keeping a blanket around you and wearing a robe will all help to keep you warm, the heat down and your bills lower.

Other things to remember, if you live in an apartment – sealing the windows to keep the draft out can greatly reduce the amount you need to turn the heat up. Making sure your home is well-insulated can also decrease the amount of money you actually spend on heating bills.

With these tips, you can end up with heating bills that are as low as $25CDN a month, depending on the size of your home. It’s also good for our resources to use as little energy as you can.

Donna Kakonge is a freelance communicator living in Toronto. Her website is www.donnakakonge.com. She can be reached at kakonged@rogers.com. fi�^��O�

Coffee on the Cheap (Originally Published in The Shoestring.com)


Some people can spend anywhere from $200 on coffee a month buying it outside of the home. But, there are lots of great ways to brew coffee right in your own abode and save a lot of money.

Depending on how you like your coffee and what type you like you can buy it cheap and splurge on the special stuff and still get the sips in cheaper than all those times you’ve been to Starbucks.

Hitting the ethnic neighbourhoods in your city is a great way to get a nice sealed bag of coffee. You can pick your brew from all over the world. If you don’t live in a city that is cosmopolitan, then ask your friends in other cities to send you a taste of something special. It makes a good gift.

When I was living in Montreal, I would often go to Jean Talon market and buy different coffees. I was especially into some of the flavoured ones at the time, like French vanilla. Now, I find that you can sometimes buy coffee cream that has the flavour you like and add it to any blend. I stick with the standard stuff now, like Nescafé at times for guests in my house. I also drink this brand called Caf-Lib, which is non-caffeinated. Now I find just regular cream will do and I’m good to go in the early mornings.

Going out for a coffee can be a great way to change your surroundings, but there are ways to save money. Bring a thermos and help the environment and your pocketbook at the same time. Many places also have coffee cards where you can get one free after you buy about six so you could get a free one every week if you go out for one every day. Of course, you’ll be putting more money in your pocket if you make it at home then put it in a thermos.

If you’re like me and you like splurging on the lattés and mocha chinos at times, give your bank account a break and just add milk or cream to regular coffee and shake it in a thermos. This will give you the frothiness you like and save you about $2 to $3 dollars every time you buy one of those special drinks. 

It could even be worth it to invest in a small coffee maker in your office or working environment. The one I bought was awful (and to be kind, I won’t say where), but if you shop around, you could probably find a good one. Keep in mind that if you’re brewing grains from a bag, a simple Bodum, a small coffee grinder (the word coming from Italy), will do. You can find ones at The Dollar Store that do a good job.

If you’re into those huge mugs you used to see the gang from Friends drinking from on the TV show, then you can get one of those from The Dollar Store too and create that experience right in your own home or office.  

Remember that the money you’re paying out for coffee each month is something you could be putting towards something more long term, or simply pay bills to keep you afloat.

Avoiding Pitfalls of the Scam Artist (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com)


You can find scam artists big and small every where you look in the world today. It may be a telemarketer offering you a trip that sounds too good to be true. It might be a car mechanic that overcharges you for an oil change. It can even be a friend who offers you a great job in a business that is basically shrouded in fraud. It can even be advice from a tarot reader.

One really has to watch themselves in the world today to make sure they are not a victim of scams. Just today, when I was buying coffee and a muffin at Loblaws, the price I paid yesterday, $1.60 CDN became $1.89 CDN today. The cashier told me that the price had gone up and it was interesting how I even made a mental note that she threw away the receipt I was supposed to receive when I bought my coffee yesterday.

Now, this is a small example, but my Dad was getting his a turn signal on his car fixed yesterday at a garage in Toronto where he goes often. The price for the service doubled from the quote. Now is this a fair business practice? Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where people told the truth?

Thinking that Canadians are more honest than other people are is fiction. Thinking that your own cultural group will not rip you off just as much as another culture would is also a non-realistic idea too. As a freelance writer, I was doing an advertorial (PR on my website) for a photographer where we agreed upon the payment and the only reason I’m writing about it in this article is that I was never paid for the work I did for him. He’s brown like me and crooked as a fault line after an earthquake.

Some of the ways to avoid scam artists are to ask questions. If something seems fishy – it probably is. Most of us know that saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but if you read it, then you can. Learn to read a situation, delve into it and look at any given scam situation closely.

If someone calls you asking you to give your money for something that seems too low in cost for what you’re getting – like a trip to Florida for a fraction of the price – question this. In many cases like this, whether dealing with a cashier, car mechanic or bank, it’s sometimes not the person employed themselves who are a fault – but there are some bad business practices going on.

Advice about checking out Better Business Bureaus is a good idea. I’ve heard about people who have been scammed by gym memberships, but this one place that I went to for a year called Trainers Fitness in Toronto was a trustworthy place. Their only sin was one woman asked me some noisy questions because I was good about fully using my membership, but they did not scam me financially and I lost weight. A win-win situation.

When doing business, try to get recommendations from people you respect. But, remember, sometimes the way a business or businessperson will treat your friend, co-worker or even family member is not the way they will treat you. You still have to read into the situation.

Good luck in all of your business dealings – and may wish you all a scam-free day!

16 Handy Tips on Cheap Car Maintenance (Originally Published in The Shoestring.com)


Next, to owning a home, cars are the second biggest expense you can have in your life. Here are some tips, from lowering car insurance prices, gas prices, car maintenance and a whole more to help you save a bundle of cash.

When it comes to car insurance, some people, especially young men, have rates that hit the moon. Websites like www.insurance.com and www.esurance.com can come in real handy to save money. Just by inputting some basic information, you can find out a company that could beat the rate you currently have.

Here’s a tip on gas. When you’re driving on the highway, avoid filling the gas tank near an exit. The rates are always higher at these places that may also have fast food places for you to eat as well. You could end up spending $5 or more than you would if you filled up in your city or town.

Cruise control saves on gas on the open roads. When it comes to wet roads, avoid using it – it can take up a lot of gas.

A handy tip I got from Everyday Cheapskate’s Greatest Tips by Mary Hunt is baking soda is good to use for removing tar, bugs and stuff like paint from another car. This is much cheaper than commercial products you may buy at places like Home Depot.

If you’re in the market for a new car – call your insurance agent first. Based on the type of car you buy – this can make a big difference in how much you pay in insurance. Make sure you’re getting the best “bang for your bucks.” Also, if you’re in the market for a car, check out www.edmunds.com first – there’s a heap of information that can help you make the best decision for you.

If you travel with a child in the car, keep old towels, bath mats, etc. underneath the car seat to avoid unwanted spills from your precious one.

Also to remove any stains from the interior of your car, try a vinegar and water solution with an old toothbrush to clean up the mess.

Getting into your car is essential to get the motor running. If you lose your keyless remote, try dropping by a department store to pick up a substitute, rather than to your dealership. You can save a lot of money.

Remember to wear your seatbelt and with all the money you’ll save – you can buy me a car.

Donna Kakonge is a Toronto-based writer and professor who have recently published two e-books which can be downloaded at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

How to Make Your Mall Experience a Free One (Originally Published in The Shoestring.com)


Being in a shopping mall can be an overwhelming experience – especially when you don’t have the cash to spend. But, there are ways to have a good time without spending a cent.

Before you go shopping, you want to make sure you look good. Visit a makeup counter and get a free makeover and look gorgeous while you walk through the mall. It’s also a great form of exercise.

First and foremost – know about samples. Rather than buying anything you need, you can always ask for samples of things and stock them for supplies. This goes for just about anything. For example, I had heard that there was this great hair product called Phyto and went to the mall to get samples every time I needed some. You can do this for face creams, body lotions, and many other toiletries.

Trying on new clothes for the fun of it could give you some great ideas to find cheaper versions of what you love at discount places or to get hand-me-downs from friends.

Once you’re done with looking your best, catch some entertainment by going into an electronics store and watching some of the stuff they have on their screens. Some really nice stores have chairs set up and might even have a new DVD on. You could always ask them to put on something interesting so you can see the quality of the latest flat screen monitor, without having the money to buy it.

What is this world without music? Even the smallest of malls will have one music store and the bigger ones will have more for you to choose from. The best way to find out what’s hot and what’s not is to look at the racks and see how the different CDs are ranked. You can even mellow out by checking out the listening stations in places like HMV and enjoy the tunes.

Speaking of how things are ranked – check out the bookstores for the bestsellers. Books from Dr. Phil or the upcoming biography on Bob Denver you can read for free at Indigo or Chapters. Take your time; some bookstores have places to sit so you can be there for a while. Or squat on the floor.

If you have a child, spend that special time in the children’s department of a bookstore reading to your little one. Toy stores are great ways to keep the kids occupied. Perhaps if they can play with that doll or toy truck in the store, they’ll tire of it and won’t hound you to buy it.

Get decorating ideas that you can do on the cheap from places like the Pottery Barn.

After all this excitement, go to the furniture department and take a nap on one of the luxurious couches of any of the big stores like Sears.

Now after you’ve experienced a fulfilling free time, look for loose change in pay phones and on the ground (it can pay to walk with your head down) go to the mall’s bank and make a small donation to Hurricane Katrina relief (every penny counts as you know).

If you do have a little cash to spend – The Dollar Store is always a great place. For example, I bought a pair of sunglasses for a dollar with black frames from there and took them to a one-hour optical place and paid way more for the prescription lenses than the frames. People are telling me all the time they look like $300 glasses – but I didn’t spend anything near to that.

When you get hungry, try checking out places like Baskin Robbins and many others for samples to get a quick fix. If you go to enough fast food joints for samples, you might even end up feeling full.

All this will make your shopping experience pain-free for your wallet and enjoyable. Have a good time and remember to throw a penny in the waterfall if your major mall has one!

Where to Eat for Less in Toronto (Originally Published in The Shoestring.com)


The Canadian dollar is strong, but the American one is still stronger. If you’re on vacation in Toronto, there are many places to eat extremely cheap in some neighbourhoods that seem scary to many Torontonians, but many Americans may not even blink an eye.

A lovely young man named Avi Zer-Aviv and I had a meeting to discuss doing work together with Youth Assisting Youth (YAY). YAY is a non-profit organization that matches high school students with younger kids for mentoring. I was a mentor myself when I was in high school. Avi was kind enough to take me to a place close to the corner of Lansdowne and on Bloor Streets. The restaurant is called South Indian Dosa Mahal. In a neighbourhood like that where you need to be wearing your glasses not to be sold any drugs, this restaurant is a gem. With a clean and pleasant environment, you can get a lot of food for under $10 CDN.

Heading south to the Parkdale area, there are many places with good food at good prices. Rhino Restaurant and Bar which is close to Queen and Dufferin Streets is seen as an oasis in the neighbourhood. There you can eat for the same price as South Indian Dosa Mahal, but with a different flavour of food. They have quesadillas, great hamburgers and a weekend breakfast special that is tasty. They also have an outdoor patio and parking.

Heading east, there is a place called Friendly’s on Queen Street close to Dovercourt that serves an all-day breakfast for as little as under $6 CDN.

If you’re out on the town and it’s later at night, there’s a place called John’s café on Baldwin Street close to Dundas and University Streets that is a quaint little hideaway. If you drink, you can get martinis for around $3-$6 CDN on Thursday nights. They also have a large outdoor front patio.

In the downtown Chinatown, there’s a place on Kensington Ave. called Saigon Pearl that has a great dim sum for low prices. Make sure you don’t go overboard and you can walk away spending less than $21. If you really want to treat yourself and a friend, go wild and it still won’t hurt the pocketbook too much. Plus, you probably won’t have to eat for a while afterward.

Little India in the east end on Gerrard St. has many places where you can have Indian food for less. There are so many places to choose from, just take your pick. Walking down that whole stretch, you can’t go wrong. Pick a place that looks clean and inviting to you and that’s probably the perfect place to get a great meal.

If the weather is great, take a stroll on the boardwalk by Ashbridge’s Bay, just walking or biking distance from Little India. Enjoy yourself – Toronto is a great city.

The Twelve Days of Xmas on the Cheap (Originally Published on The Shoestring.com


Christmas time is near and you have to buy for your true love. Keep these tips in mind for giving during the 12 days of Christmas on the cheap:

On the first day of Christmas, you may give the true love seedlings that you can find for under $5 CDN to grow a pear tree. They may need to buy their own partridge you can note on the card.

On the second day of Christmas, two turtle doves can be costly, but two bars of Dove soap is handy and practical. If you look for them on sale, you will only be out a maximum of under $10 CDN.

On the third day of Christmas, three eggs from a French hen is something you can probably get for free right out of your own fridge. Just caution your loved one to handle with care. If they are a vegetarian, you might want to remind the person to keep stored in a cold place. If for your pet, they make for a good source of protein if your pet likes human food.

On the fourth day of Christmas, calling birds to remind me of calling cards, which always come in handy. Ask around amongst people who use them to find out some of the cheaper places to go to get good ones. I’ve heard that in Toronto places around Spadina and Dundas Streets in Chinatown are great for getting calling cards. This may be one of your more major expenses among the 12 days unless you buy three $5 CDN cards which would give you at least half an hour of chirping, even on the other side of the world.

Okay, the fifth day – five golden rings can be expensive even if you buy them at a pawn shop. See if you can find your true love five plastic rings at The Dollar Store in the children’s department that are the colour of gold. You can suggest they put it on their keychain for decoration.

On the sixth day of Christmas, this is a time where you can use your creativity. Again at The Dollar Store, you can buy art supplies and draw “six geese a-laying.” You can even buy a dollar store frame for it and the whole thing should cost you about $3 CDN for the paper, art tools, and frame.

This is where you can take your true love on a trip to your bathroom. For under $7 CDN, you can buy plastic swans at The Dollar Store or a place like Home Hardware, fill your bathtub with water and let the seven swans a-swim. If you’re concerned about your hydro bill, go back to the sixth day and use the money you have spent on the art supplies and paper – for a dollar more buy another frame – and you’ve started to create quite a gallery for your true love as you draw the “seven swans a-swimming.”

For the eighth day, I will interpret “eight maids a-milking” as meaning barmaids. Take your true love out for a drink (in time for them to get the liquid out of their system) and order eight glasses of milk for them – hopefully one at a time.  Nothing says in the rules that there’s anything wrong with chocolate, strawberry, mocha or other flavours of milk. It could even be goat’s milk if the restaurant serves that. It could also be cheaper to stay at home and buy a jug or carton of your love’s favourite milk, put an apron on and pour the eight glasses – imagining you’re a barmaid for a night. What you do after that is up to you.

On the ninth day of Christmas, rent Moulin Rouge or Chicago, under $5 CDN, for your loved one and play a game where you can see at least nine ladies dancing.

On the tenth day of Christmas – this is a moment where you and your loved one can huddle around your computer. For the low cost of your Internet connection or free connection, you can visit www.lordofthedance.com and enjoy video clips of Michael Flatley’s Celtic dance and “ten lords a-leaping.” You can make a game out of this as well and count them in the video clip. If you want to see the whole performance which has sold out all over the world, check out your local video store.

On the eleventh day, you will need to do some planning. Check out your TV Guide or online one and see what HBO or Bravo in Canada is scheduling for that day that includes an orchestra. You will find at least “11 pipers-piping,” there is entertainment for the low cost of your monthly cable bill. If you’re not home at the time it airs, remember VCRs? You may even be fortunate enough to have a recordable DVD player – I hope you got a deal on it.

Last but not least, the 12th day – where you have “twelve drummers-drumming,” is a wonderful time to introduce some music into this art of seduction. I would suggest anything Aboriginal or African where drums play a key role in a lot of the music. I will leave the selection up to you, but if you buy something you like for your true love at a second-hand CD shop, or download something from the Internet onto your IPod, you’re looking at a price anywhere from $10 CDN to free.

[TPS] – Holiday on-street parking enforcement


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Holiday on-street parking enforcement

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Parking Enforcement
416-808-6600

The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the upcoming holidays of Good Friday on Friday, April 19, 2019, Easter Sunday on Sunday April 21, 2019, and Easter Monday on April 22, 2019:

• Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas
• Rush-Hour Routes
• Posted signs indicating Monday to Friday regulations

All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Officer-in-Charge Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement Operations

There are no files attached to this release. 

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With books in the Toronto Public Library: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=Donna+Kakonge

With books in at least 24 other libraries throughout North America.

With audiobooks on CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/DonnaKayKakonge

With books in the Library and Archives of Canada.

With just one book left at A Different Booklist: https://www.adifferentbooklist.com/

With more than 150 books, audiobooks, and ebooks, plus one multi-media book, plus self-made movie of my bestselling book that is experimental, I can help you to make a residual income from self-publishing.

We can work online, which is what I prefer, via email. It works.

Self-Publishing Around Course for One-Year, Renewable Each Year Until You Complete Your Book for Each Book.

Self-Publishing Around Course for One-Year, Renewable Each Year Until You Complete Your Book for Each Book. Coach you to write, edit, and help you design the cover and/or do it, format the book, plus distribute it online and also within bookstores, marketing on Donna Magazine included in the price with an additional fee to market on ThatChannel.com online TV that can be as low as a $30.00 CAD membership cost that can be done anywhere in the world via Skype or any other compatible online platform. And yes, your ebook is included in the price. An audiobook and translated books are additional. They are priced below. Must pay upfront.

$250.00

Translation of Your Book

Translating Your Book into any language you want.

$50.00

Audiobook of Your Book with Your Voice or Mine (Former Broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), with a North Atlantic sound

Audiobook.

$100.00

Mariam Ibrahim’s Natures WavesTM Moving to a New Address


Greetings Family!
Nature WavesTM Is Relocating Business To Accommodate a growing clientele.
Where: 1401 Ellesmere Road Unit 102 When: On April 9, 2019, My email Nwaves90@hotmail.com and phone.  number  647-781-8932  remains the same. Many many Thanks and Gratitude!

🏾
Looking forward to seeing you and to continue providing the best quality service at our new location!

http://Naturemwaves-tru2self.com

🙏

FREE Hairnet Café


I was reading a really interesting article on Global News email alerts today about a woman who used a cheap shampoo for 30 years and caused wax build-up in her hair! Well, my hair friend, just creating my dreadlocks the first time back in 1999, I used beeswax, and the buildup in my hair was so thick that it caused me to go to a hair salon called O’mari’s in Montréal when I was living there and the barber cut off my hair to look like one of the singers from Boyz to Men (he really had no choice). Only the hair close to my scalp was not murky:

So, my friend, the 30-year build up from cheap shampoo my friend, I would then use products that would also cause build-up on my hair. Even with the locks that I started in March of 2012 with the help of Mariam Ibrahim who has written a great book that I helped to edit:

Stepping Out by Mariam Ibrahim, Cover Design by Mariam Ibrahim

I would use products on my hair and then have just realised pretty much within the past six months, that my hair, and even afro-textured hair, pretty much wash and go and really does not require a lot of product, nor washing. Some of the people with straight hair, because most people with curly hair or frizzy hair know this, but most people even with straight hair, as I have been told by straight-haired people themselves, probably wash their hair more often than they actually should. Mariam Ibrahim herself, told me after I asked her: “how often should I wash my hair?” Yes, a common question I know, however, Mariam’s answer was not common. She said: “whenever it feels dirty.” Yes, this is true. And even many people know this about the skin on their bodies. Many people will wash their skin too often, then wonder, why they have dry skin? Well, if you wash your skin, face, clean your nails, etc., based on the theory that simply dirt, literal dirt, grime, buildup, etc., needs to be removed, then I would imagine, as I experience myself, that you will not have dry skin.

Why would this be important? Well, many people complain even about things such as wrinkles. As I grow older, I think about this. I am almost 50 years old, and not to brag, but I really don’t have wrinkles. But, it’s not necessarily because I am black, it has more to do with the fact that I use Castille soap which has an alkaline level to egg white, and I also dilute it, I’m not a construction worker, I’m a writer, I’m not exposed to any harsh chemicals as even some hairdressers themselves could be, therefore, I am really not exposing my skin to anything particularly damaging. It’s not that much different, in order to be a little funny, then if you have a piece of favourite clothing. If you barely wear your favourite clothing, it will last longer. If you wear it out, just like shoes as well, a lot, it will start to look raggedy.

All of this is meant to start an online forum that is absolutely free, called the Hairnet Café.

This is a revival of a café similar to the vibrations of the universal voices, not just curly hair talk, but straight hair talk, all different colours, as well as American spellers, and people with absolutely no hair. Let’s talk about hair, skin, nails, etc. If we get some advertisers on here, you may find out about some of the best places all over the world you can go to look the way you want to. If we have some great do-it-yourself types out there, you may receive some wonderful free tips.

This would be an on-going free Hairnet Café that is universal, where actually I began this idea in 1998 in Montréal, Québec inspired by Mariame Kaba who was talking black hair and writing it while I was just thinking about it:

http://bcrw.barnard.edu/fellows/mariame-kaba/

Also, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” documentary in 2009:

But this time, the conversation I would like to be universal, not just about black folk! All folk have the same issues. Listen to notable academic Grant McCracken who also wrote another inspiring book I read while doing my original research on black hair politics back in 1998 and here is the book first, then a video from TEDxHarlem:

https://www.amazon.ca/Big-Hair-Grant-Mccracken/dp/B006CDNDEE

Grant McCracken discussing culture in corporations.

Donna Magazine encourages your comments and let’s see where this discussion takes us! I will be moderating the comments. British, American, and other written languages are welcome to respond. If you have a good comment and I can figure out the language that you are communicating in with Google Translate, it will be approved.

The NFB is Nominated for Four Webby Awards!


NFB.caView online DOCUMENTARY 
ANIMATIONINTERACTIVE The NFB is Nominated for Four Webby Awards!
We’re so honoured to have four projects nominated in the 2019 Webby Awards: True NorthBiidaaban: First Light, OK Google and Ocean School. And you can help us win! Show your support and vote now.  
VOTE NOW
ExperienceTidal Traces
Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece where the viewer joins in—directly composing the performance through their gaze.WATCH NOWThe Tesla World Light
Matthew Rankin’s award-winning short was a Vimeo Staff Pick! Catch it there before it comes to NFB.ca on April 15. WATCH NOWNFB’s Montreal Studio RememberedHundreds of films have been made in the NFB’s labyrinthine Montreal studio. As we prepare to move, Cartoon Brew chats with filmmakers on the building’s legacy.
WATCH NOWThe Rwanda Series: 25 Years Later
July 1994, not long after the Rwandan massacre, filmmakers Yvan Patry and Danièle Lacourse arrived on site. They were amongst the first foreign film crews to capture the aftermath. 
WATCH NOWNFB events near you see EVENTSCONNECT WITH THE
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
P.O. Box 6100, Station Centre-ville, Montreal (Quebec) H3C 3H5

FREE TICKETS FOR YOU AND YOURS


First 100 tickets are free, & they’ll go fast… | View online
JOIN US AT BUY GOOD FEEL GOOD EXPO & HEAR NASREEN SHEIKH’S STORY OF ESCAPING FORCED LABOUR & CHILD MARRIAGE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12!
You are invited to join us in a VIP experience with Canadian & international ethical brands at the Buy Good Feel Good expo’s Opening Reception! We’ve got 100 free tickets (!!!!), and with our exclusive discount code WorldVisionVIP you get first dibs on ethical, fair trade, sustainable and organic exhibitors representing 50+ countries and over 200, 000 lives impacted.

When: April 12th, 2019, 5 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Hall C – Enercare Centre – Exhibition Place – Toronto

  BE OUR VIP

 
Inspirational Gender Justice Advocate Nasreen Sheikh Presented by World Vision and Fair Trade Canada, Friday night’s keynote speaker Nasreen Sheikh is the founder of Local Women Handicrafts. Nasreen’s incredible story of escaping a life of sweatshop labour and forced marriage reveals the harsh reality of child labour in our international supply chains. Learn from a woman who fought hard for her human rights and defied a system of gender-based violence and poverty.FREE TICKETS  
 If you can’t make it to the opening reception (bummer), be sure to register for the Expos free public days!
 
Saturday, April 13th: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 14th: 10 am – 5 pm WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU! 
 
, World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

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