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Comment parler aux gens fous + Plus en vente maintenant

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The Spirit of Kasacba: A Creative Non-fiction Novel, Twisted Romance and Three Quarters Available Now on Lulu.com

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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How To Talk To Crazy People and More On Sale Now

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM

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2012 in review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Boxing Day

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM

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Taste of Water Book Launch at Supermarket in Kensington – December 2, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 27, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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How To Talk To Crazy People Book Launch – Great Event!!!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

The book launch at Accents on Eglinton Bookstore at 1790 Eglinton Ave. West at Dufferin in Toronto, Canada was a fantastic event and all of the 21 people in attendance agreed. Everyone received a free .pdf copy of the book in attendance as a holiday gift of thanks. The former publisher of the book was not there. The book is now published by me…Donna Kakonge.

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Book will come out soon on Amazon, iBookstore and on Barnes & Noble.

Thank you to all of those who came out tonight and showed your support by being honest.

My Books Available @ Accents on Eglinton – 1790 Eglinton Avenue West @ Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

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 Accents Bookstore on Eglington at 1790 Eglinton Ave. West is having a Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, December 15th from 1-6pm. The pop up shop will feature art, books, fashion, beauty products and more highlighting the work of diasporic African, Latin, and Caribbean people. We are contacting you to find out if you’re interesting in vending and selling your products at this pop-up shop.

I will be there selling my books, as well as How To Talk To Crazy People.

It is also available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged?searchTerms=How+To+Talk+To+Crazy+People and soon on Amazon.

Also find out more about the event here:

Looking for that special gift for the holidays? Or just want to check out what your local artisans and entrepreneurs are doing?

 

Accents Bookstore on Eglinton Av W (@Dufferin) is having a Pop Up Shop on Saturday, December 15th from 1-6pm. The Pop Up Shop will feature art, books, fashion, beauty products and more highlighting the work of diasporic African, Latin, and Caribbean people.

PLEASE remember to invite your friends, fans, clients, and customers to the event. Post on your facebook page, social media, blog, twitter etc. The Facebook link is provided below. 

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Featuring: 
Cha’coal
Be Classy Boutique

Asikere Afana

Art Card (Prints of original paintings by A.Itwaru & Natasha Ksonzek)
Black Empowerment

Disfiyu (Professional Skin Care)
Donna Kakonge (writer)
Guillermina Castillo
Love Jewelry and Accessories
Luze.Arte
Max International
Reflection Designs

Global Wealth Trade
Thelma Nozzaci (writer)
Tray Arts
Wild Moon Jewelry

Bernard & Andrea Richards (art)

Gregory Frank (drummer)

Cuban Coffee &(Cubita+Serrano+Turquino)+ Music

Children Books
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Special !!!!! Accents’ Gift Cards available!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
1-6pm

Accents Bookstore
1790 Eglinton Ave W
(@ Dufferin)

Phone: 647-352-8558.

CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust suspends operation of distribution reinvestment plan

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust (“CANMARC”) (TSX: CMQ.UN) announced today that in light of the entering into of the previously announced support agreement among CANMARC and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, CANMARC will suspend, effective immediately, the operation of its distribution reinvestment plan (the “DRIP”). As a result, the previously declared distribution of $0.07917 per unit of CANMARC for the month of January 2012 which will be paid on February 15, 2012, to unitholders of record as at January 31, 2012, will not be eligible for reinvestment pursuant to the DRIP.

About CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust

CANMARC (www.canmarc.ca) is an unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Quebec. Managed internally, CANMARC owns a portfolio of Canadian income-producing commercial properties, consisting of retail and office properties with certain industrial properties. In total, CANMARC properties comprise approximately 9.4 million square feet of commercial gross leasable area and 464 multi-family residential units located in Quebec, Atlantic Canada, Western Canada and Ontario.

Life Rattle – Three Quarters

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 3, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Here is the link for the show on Life Rattle Radio:

http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/show1185.html

Happy New Year!!!!!!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Donna Magazine wishes you a Happy New Year filled with health, wealth and prosperity to name just a few really good puns. This year, the magazine has accomplished the over 200,000 unique visitors mark with it also being top-ranked in Google. The magazine has more than 1,500 articles for you to go over and enjoy and what I hope is a pleasant, peaceful and relaxing day for you. Please do continue to read the magazine. It is YOU who makes a tremendous difference and I cannot express in these simple words alone how much I appreciate and everyone past, present and future directly affiliated with Donna Magazine.

Happy New Year!

Tranquil Prisons: Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on November 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Book release:

Tues Nov. 1, 2011, 7 pm, The Gladstone Hotel Gallery,
1214 Queen Street West @ Dufferin,
Toronto, Canada.

Featuring: Drs. Rachel Gorman and Geoffrey Reaume (Associate Professor in Critical Disability Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada), and, appearing on skype, Tina Minkowitz, Esq. (founder of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry).

Free and wheelchair accessible.
See more reading dates: http://www.erickfabris.com/tp.html

About the book:

“A brave and innovative book, Tranquil Prisons is a rare academic study of psychiatric treatment written by a former mental patient. Erick Fabris’ original, multidisciplinary research demonstrates how clients are pre-emptively put on chemical agents despite the possibility of alternatives. Putting forth calls for professional accountability and more therapy choices for patients, Fabris’ narrative is both accessible and eye-opening.” – Erica Burman, Research Institute of Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University

Tranquil Prisons is a unique and accessible study of psychiatric treatments used as restraints. Medications assumed to be safe and effective are imposed on many patients who are neither violent nor resistant. A psychiatric drug intervention can be indefinitely prescribed through legal constraints like Ontario’s Community Treatment Orders. As choicely is healthy in any medical arrangement, the author calls for an abandonment of pre-emptive toxic bio-psychological interventions, which he argues to be cruel forms of restraint and detention. Fabris is himself a former psychiatric patient and his ethnographic narrative also describes patient resistance to contemporary psychiatric practices and theories.

life rattle show no. 1174

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

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Totally Unknown Writers Festival at Rivoli on Wednesday Schedule

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

2011 Festival Schedule

2011 Festival Invitation

The Totally Unknown Writers Festival Coming Up October 19th at the Rivoli on Queen St. West

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM

2011 Festival Invitation

Totally Unknown Writers Festival – October 19th

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 21, 2011 at 6:44 AM

I will be performing and publish at the Totally Unknown Writers Festival on October 19th. Please visit Liferattle.ca for more information. The event is at the Rivoli on Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the event.

2011 Festival Invitation

New Donna’s Store

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Check out Donna Kakonge’s new link on Lulu.com’s Authors Spotlight: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged.

Ugandan Travelogue

Expressive Writing Exercise – 5

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

 

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I’m onto a new journal. This one has lined paper. I have been a writer since the age of seven. There was a Chinese teacher of mine in grade two who wrote “outstanding” in red pen on my class assignment about dinosaurs. She wanted to get it published. My Dad came to the school to speak to her about it. I waited the rest of the school year, thinking it would get published. Summer came and I still had my story from Mrs. Chen.

I’m now thirty-eight, thirty-nine on August 12, 2011. I have self-published forty-three books. I have a short story in Concordia University’s Headlight Anthology – the first one. That makes forty-four. I signed a contract with Rowman and Littlefield’s group of publishers in the States in August of 2010. They are going to publish three of my books. How to Write Creative Non-fiction, Journalism Stories Collection and The Best of Donna Magazine. I need to get back to the corrections from the spec editor soon. Finding time has been hard. I get ten percent of the profit only if so many are sold. My other books were mainly published with Lulu.com. I have books on Amazon Kindle and Amazon too. I have not ever published the dinosaur story. I do not even know where it is.
I was the one who approached the Rowman and Littlefield Group of Publishers first. It was a suggestion from a psychic who charged me fifteen United States dollars a minute. His name is Nicky Power on the Keen Psychic Chat. It’s been months since I have phoned a psychic. I have been doing Hans Decoz’s free numerology reports since 2007. Numerology does not change like astrology since the planets move.

Diaspora Dialogues – Friday Nights

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 29: Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues

Our Friday Nights series brings you an eclectic sampling of some of our best writers and performers – for free!

Don’t miss this final night of our popular and jam-packed series with the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading festival. Featuring readings by Antanas Sileika (Underground), Jacob McArthur Mooney (Folk), Adebe DeRango Adem (Ex Nihilio) and emerging writer Joyce Wayne; spoken word by Angelica LeMinh; and a short reading from Rebecca Applebaum’s play Complex. Hosted by Dalton Higgins.

WHAT: Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues (part of Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading)
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011, at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, Atrium – 789 Yonge Street (Yonge & Bloor)
COST: Free
CONTACT: Aisling Riordan – aisling@diasporadialogues.com or 416-944-1101 x 363

Biographies

Rebecca Applebaum is a playwright, actor, and musician and was born and bred in Toronto. She earned her M.A. in English from U of T and was a member of fu-GEN Theatre’s seventh Kitchen Playwriting Unit. As an actor, Applebaum works in theatre, film, and television. Recent stage work includes paper SERIES (Cahoots Theatre Company), Harriet’s House (Gailey Road Productions), Project ACT (Mixed Company Theatre), and The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination (Birdtown and Swanville/ Harbourfront HATCH). She also co-wrote and co-starred in the Next Stage Theatre Festival hit, Don’t Look, and was a member of the 2011 Acting Ensemble for the Women in the Director’s Chair program at the Banff Centre. Applebaum has also worked as a facilitator in theatre for social change with Mixed Company Theatre and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People and was a member of the indie pop band Europe in Colour.

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer whose words travel between Toronto and New York. Her work has been published in various North American sources, such as The Claremont Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, and Descant. Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010) was one of ten manuscripts chosen in honour of Frontenac House’s Dektet 2010 competition, using a blind selection process by a jury of leading Canadian writers: Bill Bissett, George Elliott Clarke, and Alice Major. Ex Nihilo was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under 30. She is also the co-editor, alongside Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out.

Dalton Higgins’ fourth book Fatherhood 4.0: iDad Applications Across Cultures dissects fatherhood through the lens of hip-hop, popular culture, and multiculturalism. A print journalist who’s penned National Magazine Award-winning features, Higgins spends some of his nights and weekends trolling the web for inspiration (when he’s not fielding a zillion public school level questions from his two seedlings, Solomon and Shiloh) and recently was one of 30 Torontonians blogging for the Toronto Star about ways to make the city more liveable.

Angelica LeMinh is an analog girl in a digital world. She’s been an old lady since she was eight, when the folks at the post office used to cower at the sight of her coming to complain about rising stamp prices. It’s because of a book that she learned compassion for the first time, and to date, she still does everything in her power to read and write. She is ecstatic to contribute “The Hip Hop Reading Rainbow”, a book column for Pound Magazine. Her empire bites back at http://www.metrotextual.wordpress.com

Jacob McArthur Mooney is a Nova Scotian now living in Mississauga, Ontario. He is an editor with the always controversial web journal ThievesJargon.com and the founder of The Facebook Review. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, he is currently an MFA student at the University of Guelph. His work has been widely published, and in 2006 he was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award in Poetry. The New Layman’s Almanac is his first book.

Antanas Sileika is the author of two novels and one collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time, which was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His last novel, Woman in Bronze, was a Globe and Mail Best Book selection. He lives in Toronto, where he is the director for the Humber School for Writers.

Joyce Wayne has just completed her first novel, a historical thriller entitled The Cook’s Temptation. Now she is writing stories, such as the one in TOK 6, about Jewish immigrants in the 1940s and how their sympathies were divided between the old country and Canada. Shortly, she intends to begin a novel about Russian spies operating in Canada at the dawn of the Cold War. Joyce teaches journalism at Sheridan College where she is the head of the Media for Global Professionals program. She sits on the Board of Directors of the college and is a member of the board of the Oakville Arts Council. In the past, Joyce worked as a staff writer at Quill & Quire and as an editor at various Canadian publishing companies.

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation, and TD Bank Group.

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Books on Amazon for as Low as $3.99

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM

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All of my books are available on Amazon for as low as $3.99!!! Discounted paperbacks and hardcover copies also available on Amazon and http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. Do some comparison shopping and find out the lowest price for you.

Dog day afternoon at the spa

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 7, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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By: Andre Thurairatnam

After her morning run, she spends a nice relaxing day at the spa – complete with manicure, pedicure and another pampering. She fashionably exits the establishment in her brand new designer shoes and jacket, looking like a model fit for the runway. Rested, and with more confidence than ever, she finally makes her way home to a meal fit for a queen. No, it’s not her birthday, anniversary, or wedding, it’s just another Saturday for Fluffy – the family dog.

According to the Canadian Press and Leger Marketing, over half of all Canadians have household pets, 30 percent of these people being dog owners. If we do the math, that’s about five million dog owners in Canada alone.

Although Fluffy’s Saturday may seem a bit over the top, the reality is that a good portion of these five million dog owners routinely spoils their pets. Owners may feel as though they’re doing a good deed by making their pets “happy”, but could very well be harming them psychologically.

Dog owners have been known to go over-the-top out of “love” for their pet. Everything from letting your dog sleep on your bed, to painting their nails, to feeding them gourmet meals three times a day.

Lisa Wagner of Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid in Vancouver, B.C. warns that dogs who get used to this type of treatment tend to become over-dependent on their owners.

“Dogs really thrive on being given things to do and being told that they’re smart,” she said.

In this day and age, people forget that dogs were originally bred to serve a purpose, whether it be hunting, guiding, herding, sledding, etc. When dogs feel as though they aren’t living up to their purpose, there is a chance they may suffer from low self-esteem issues.

Lauren Molloy of Banda Mastiffs in Zephyr, Ontario urges that the number one thing to keep in mind is to let your dog be a dog. Do not treat it like a human being. Molloy has seen her share of spoiling behaviour in her 21 years experience with dogs.

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“I have seen many people, with small dogs in particular, in baby backpacks or carriages, and I really think that is ridiculous. They have legs. I have Mastiffs, and they carry my things in backpacks when we go out, and they love it,” She said.

Matt Belvedere of Barks n’ Rec doggy daycare in Mississauga, Ontario concludes that the best preventative step to “over-humanizing” your dog is to have it become comfortable around other canines. He strongly believes that having your dog fully socialized and comfortable around other dogs is the number one thing you can do for it.

“It’s more important to socialize your dog than to give it a walk every day,” Belvedere said.

Wagner also recognizes the importance of socializing your pet.

“If dogs don’t understand how to communicate with other dogs, they become fearful of them creating aggression problems,” she said.

Wolfram Klose of the Havelberg Dog Academy in Orona, Ontario, however, says that rewarding your dog for good behaviour is not something to frown upon. Reinforcing good habits by feeding your dog treats, or buying them a new toy is highly effective in moderation. Klose swears by this system.

“A dog should know the difference between play and work,” he said. “It is all right to spoil your pet a bit, but on the other hand, you expect him to listen and behave well in certain situations.”

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What it all comes down to is balance, moderation, and discipline. The old saying is that if you treat your dog like a human, they will treat you like a dog. Fluffy deserves to be treated like a dog. You’re the one who deserves the spa day.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 1, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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Donna Magazine wishes you a Happy New Year filled with health, wealth and prosperity to name just a few really good puns. This year, the magazine has accomplished the over 100,000 unique visitors mark with it also being top-ranked in Google. The magazine has more than 1,000 articles for you to go over and enjoy and what I hope is a pleasant, peaceful and relaxing day for you. Please do continue to read the magazine. It is YOU who makes a tremendous difference and I cannot express in these simple words alone how much I appreciate and everyone past, present and future directly affiliated with Donna Magazine.

Happy New Year!

THE HOTTEST PERFORMERS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF 2010

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CURTAIN UP! A BOOK FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS, a children’s picture book by DIRK McLEAN with colourful illustrations by FRANCE BRASSARD has been published by Tundra Books in Toronto & Tundra Books of Northern New York.

Written by an author with extensive firsthand theater experience, Curtain Up! is a
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In Curtain Up!, a fiction picture book, Amaya has been chosen for the lead role in what will be her first professional play. Although she has acted before, she’s about to learn how much team effort and hard work is involved in putting on a show. Through Amaya’s journey, readers will experience the audition process, the many rehearsals, the costume fittings, the memory work, and the thrill of performance.

Dirk McLean, writer-actor, was born in Trinidad & Tobago. His autobiographical radio drama, The House on Hermitage Road, was produced by the CBC and subsequently published. McLean’s previous children’s books have garnered starred critical reviews: Steel Drums and Ice Skates (Groundwood Books) and Play Mas’! A Carnival ABC (Tundra Books), with promotions at Book Expo America, American Library Association, Book Expo Canada, Bookstores, and Libraries. McLean’s writing also extends to plays, screenplays, and memoir ghostwriting. He lives in Toronto.

France Brassard, the illustrator, has been fascinated by illustration since she received a tiny picture book in a Christmas stocking when she was a child. After studying both interior and graphic design, she became an illustrator in the 1990s. Brassard now has several books to her credit including Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters by Deborah Hodge and If I Had a Dog by Carolyn Jackson. She lives in Quebec.

“…the illustrator (Brassard) gives Amaya, who looks biracial, distinctive features and an appropriately big personality. McLean, an experienced actor, does tuck a case of stage fright and a few tricks for memorizing lines and the like into his brief, upbeat narrative.”
Kirkus Reviews, August 2010

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Quebec: a case of cultural and linguistic imperialism?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Quebec - September 9, 2010

Gaetan Tremblay’s essay poses the question – “is Quebec culture doomed to become American?” He answers that there is a real threat of cultural invasion. But, the situation is not that bad, he writes, at least in the early 1990s when the article came out.

This paper is a critical analysis of Tremblay’s essay. After a brief summary of the article, some points of criticism will be raised, followed by questions arising from the work. There will also be an attempt made to update Tremblay’s article by referring to the recent television ratings in Montreal done by the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM). The results of an informal survey will also be used to update the ideas presented by Tremblay.

Tremblay uses certain data concerning television supply and demand. He beings his thesis by citing the Broadcasting Act, and then reviews those elements which highlight broadcasting as a service to preserving Canadian culture. The Quebec government’s effort to defend and develop Quebecois culture is also examined. He contrasts this notion with the American one to see cultural products as commodities like any other, subject to free market rules. In the essay, Tremblay presents his research and makes observations. He notes that two-thirds of all programs broadcast by Quebecois networks are of Canadian origin. The remaining third of programming is foreign. Public television has slight higher quotas than private television. The situation in programming is in the area of entertainment, particularly drama programming, which includes series, “teleromans,” films, and cartoons. Films make up the bulk of these programs, and more of these films are of American origin.

Tremblay observes that there is a strong presence of American products. However, he says the 50 percent proportion is not out of control. The reason it is not out of control is that of the language barrier, CRTC regulations, and view preferences. The BBM reports that Quebecois programming makes up the majority of the 20 most watch programs. Tremblay asserts that the Quebecois want to keep their protective policies and regulations for fear that the problem will deteriorate. This fear stems from four things: the proximity of America, the limited internal market, Quebec’s status as a linguistic minority in North America, and market rules favour American products.

Though Tremblay accomplishes much in his essay, it does have some shortcomings. For instance, Tremblay asserts that the Quebecois want to keep protective policies and regulations on Quebecois culture, but he does not support this claim with any data or evidence. Since throughout the essay he supports his ideas with data and his own research, it seems odd that his claim in the essay has none. In the data that Tremblay uses, it would have been interesting to have an age breakdown. To know what younger people are watching would give some sense of the future of Quebecois television viewing habits.

Another shortcoming of Tremblay’s article is that he sets out to answer a question about Quebecois culture by only looking at television. What the Quebecois watch on TV is only a portion of what the culture is. If Tremblay really wants an accurate answer to the question and title of his essay, his research will have to include more than just television.

Throughout the essay on television and Quebecois culture, many questions arise: should cultural products be commodities like any other and thus be subject to market rules? What happens to a cultural form when you change the language? Does it become part of the culture, is it recreated? What is Quebecois culture? Should there continue to be laws protecting Quebecois culture? Tremblay’s essay was written in 1992. The most recent part of his data is from 1990. Tremblay’s article raises some very important issues that are still relevant today. In order to update the information in this article, an informal survey was conducted and recent reports of the BBM were consulted.

BBM conducts surveys for its members, who include media organizations across Canada, both Francophone, and Anglophone. It selects a sample of the population to see what they are watching on TV and listening to on the radio. For the purpose of this analysis, only the share of the television market in the extended Montreal area was consulted. Particularly, the Francophone stations were compared the American stations in terms of viewing habits in primetime, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Ratings and the share were taken from the summer of 1996, which includes surveys from the weeks of June 20 to June 26 and July 4 to 10. BBM monitors individual viewing habits in one-week windows. The results of this survey included 3,368 respondents from the extended Montreal area. The share is the percentage of the total number of hours watched on television in a time slot. For example in a 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. slot, CFTM’s TVA edition got a 32 percent share of the total number of people watching in that time. Yves Robert, account executive at BBM, says one should look at the share when figuring out how a TV station is doing compared to others. An example of the survey used for the following analysis is enclosed at the end of this paper.

The report reveals that at the supper hour most people are watching the news on the Francophone stations, but there is a significant number, between 16 to 22 percent of the share, who watch ABC News. Moving further into primetime, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the most watched shows on Monday night are American programs, such as Beverly Hills 90210. On a Friday night, however, the most watched show is Cine-Columbo on CFTM, Télé-Metropole and second is Family Matters, an American show. Overall, from looking at primetime viewing habits, the audiences of Francophone TV slightly outnumber the American programs. Tremblay’s research still holds true, but he never mentions the American sitcom, whose influence becomes apparent when looking at the BBM report.

To update the information in Tremblay’s article even more than give voice to his ideas, an informal survey was conducted on Saturday, November 8, 1997, in the Eaton Centre, Montreal Trust Place and the streets of downtown Montreal. The survey is in no way as representative as BBM’s. It was conducted with 30 respondents, but it still gives a sense of what the Quebecois (in this case Francophone) are thinking and feeling about issues that stem from Tremblay’s essay. Thirty Francophone respondents were chosen randomly in an effort to be diverse in terms of gender and age. The respondents were asked three questions.

1) What kind of television do you watch the most, Quebecois or American? Why?

2) Do you think that Quebecois culture will become American? Why?

3) Do you think there should continue to be laws to protect Quebecois culture? Why?

Overall, the results were in keeping with Tremblay’s findings.

Table 1: Quebecois versus American Television Viewing Habits

Quebecois TV – 12
American TV – 10
Both – 8
Total respondents – 30

Similar to Tremblay’s findings, overall Francophones are watching more Quebecois television than American television. A significant number are watching both. Not everyone gave reasons for their viewing habits. Here are some of the reasons for those who did answer the question:

Jean, 18: watches more American programming. He finds it funnier, watches American TV for movies.

Sara, 29: watches more American television. “It’s what everybody watches at work and this way I can talk about it too.”

Sophie, 38: watches more American TV. “I watch with my child and all he likes are the English sitcoms and cartoons.”

Denis, 43: watches more American TV. He watches the movies and the comedy shows. Denis watches French TV at the supper hour.

Constance, 32: watches both. “They both have good things to offer. I like the news on French TV and movies on American TV.”

So, just as Tremblay found, the Quebecois are watching American programs for the movies and cartoons, or basically the entertainment programming. It is also interesting to note from this survey that it is mainly those people who watch more American programming who explained the reasons for their viewing choice. Even seven years later, (from the original date of this publication in 1997), Tremblay’s findings are still relevant.

Francophones surveyed also seemed to agree with Tremblay in terms of the major question he raises in his essay, according to Table 2.

Table 2: Is Quebec Culture Becoming American?

Yes – 8
No – 14
Already is – 7
Maybe – 1
Total Respondents – 30

According to Table 2, the majority of Francophones do not think Quebec culture will become American, that’s 14 out of 30 respondents, almost half or 47 percent. However, a significant number thought there is a threat of cultural invasion, 8 out of 30 respondents, or 27 percent. What is also interesting is that almost as many people thought that Quebecois culture already is American, 7 out of 30, or 23 percent. If the respondents who thought Quebecois culture would become American and those who thought it already is American are combined, then that makes 50 percent, more than those who answered “no.”

Here are some of the reasons respondents gave for their answers. Again, in this case, not everyone gave reasons:

Jean, 18: “Quebec culture already is Americanized, look at the McDonald’s, the Burger King. I drive an American car, I wear American clothes [had a Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt on]. Actually the culture is very similar so of course, were influenced.”

Sara, 29: “No, the language difference will always stop Americans from ruling completely.”

Sophie, 38: “Yes, I think Quebecois culture is in danger of becoming American, especially among young people.”

Benoit, 22: “Yes, Americans are going to take over the world.”

Suzanne, over 40: No, she says, Quebecois culture will not become American, it’s the same thing.

Virginie, 26: Yes. There are a lot of immigrants in Montreal. This makes her think she’s no longer in Quebec. She is from Trois-Rivérès. “I think Montreal will become American, but the rest of Quebec will stay the same.”

Mathieu, 27: Yes. “Quebecers like the American way, you see American fashion in the shows. Quebecers like the powerful way of Americans. They are like chameleons, Jacques Villeneuve wins and we’re proud to be from Quebec. We don’t have an identity, we go along with what’s cool.”

Louise, 35: “No, not necessarily if we are aware of the difference in cultures. If people were aware they would choose Quebecois culture.” The shows are the same. There should be laws to protect Quebec culture.

Yves, 38: “Perhaps, with independence, Quebec will become American. The States will take over.”

Kenel, 32: No. He said the rest of Canada will administrate Quebec if there are independence and Americans won’t take over.

Marie, over 65: “No. But if Quebec gets independence then it won’t become American. If it stays part of Canada then it will become American because all of Canada is becoming another state.”

Constance, 32: No. She said that laws will continue to protect Quebecois culture.

Martine, 34: “No, as long as there are strong supporters of Quebecois culture, like me, then the future will be OK.”

Angelique, 19: “Yes. This whole free trade is dangerous to Quebecois culture. Quebec is a small market, it can’t compete with the big Americans.”

A variety of reasons were given as to whether or not Quebecois culture would become American. A few people cited Quebec laws preserving the culture as the reason why Americans would not take over. Several people saw the power of the Americans winning out, and a few people noted the similarity of the cultures.

Although Tremblay did not have research as evidence for his claim that Quebecers liked the laws to protect culture, according to this informal survey, he was correct. All 30 respondents answered ‘yes’ to whether there should continue to be laws to protect Quebecois culture. Very few gave reasons for their answers, but here are some of the responses that arose:

Jean, 18: “The situation would get even worse for programming if there weren’t any laws.”

Sophie, 38: “It’s cheaper for broadcasters to have American programming. Without the laws, they will just do what is cheaper.”

Virginie, 26: “There should be laws to protect the culture because laws help people to do the right thing.” She’s a law student.

Mathieu, 27: “America is so big and close and powerful, we need something to protect our culture from such power.”

Lousie, 35: She says the laws help us to distinguish what is French culture versus American culture.

Tremblay again proves to be correct. He states four reasons why Quebecois want laws to protect culture, and some of these reasons come up in the answers from the respondents.

What greatly distinguishes this survey from Tremblay’s research is the age breakdown of the respondents (Table 3), and how responses can be categorized corresponding to age (Table 4).

Table 3: Age of Respondents

Under 25 – 8
Twenty-six to 64 – 20
Over 65 – 2

Table 4: Respondent Choices by Age

Question 1: what kind of television do you watch the most, Quebecois or American? Why?

Under 25
French TV – 4
American TV – 4
Both – 0
Number of Respondents – 8

Twenty-six to 64
French TV – 8
American TV – 6
Both – 6
Number of Respondents – 20

Over 65
French TV – 0
American TV – 0
Both – 2
Number of Respondents – 2

Question 2: Do you think that Quebecois culture will become American? Why?

Under 25
Yes – 4
No – 1
Already is – 3
Maybe – 0
Number of Respondents – 8

Twenty-six to 64
Yes – 4
No – 11
Already is – 4
Maybe – 1
Number of Respondents – 20

Over 65
Yes – 0
No – 2
Already is – 0
Maybe – 0
Number of Respondents – 2

There were definite differences in responses by age. For the purpose of this paper, the answers from the age group that is under 25, the future leaders, will be highlighted. An equal amount of people watched Quebecois TV and American TV, while no one watched both. Perhaps 38-year-old Sophie was “half-right” according to the survey. This number for the under 25-age group is less than those of the 26 to 64 age group. On the question of whether Quebecois culture will become American, only one respondent under 25 answered ‘no’ compared to 11 from ages 26 to 64 and all the respondents over 65. According to this survey, those under 25 tended to be more pessimistic about the future of Quebecois culture than other age groups.

These papers has critically analyzed the article by Gaetan Tremblay, “Is Quebec Culture Doomed to Become American.” A BBM report from the summer of 1996 was used to update the material in Tremblay’s essay. According to the report, the material from Tremblay is still relevant. Also, an informal survey of 30 respondents in the downtown Montreal area was conducted. The responses corresponded with the findings of Tremblay and also shed some light on issues he never raises, such as the sentiments of the future leaders of Quebec society.

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Five child authors who have stayed successful

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Rachel Muenz - James Valitchka - October 11, 2009

By Rachel Muenz

It’s a common story: An author gets published at a very young age. For a few weeks, she is the centre of media attention, people rave about her talent, her book may sell well, but then she vanishes from the literary world, never to be heard of again.

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