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DULUX Colours of the Year


2020 Colour of the Year – Chinese Porcelain (DLX1160-6).

Deep blue skies ahead in home decor: DULUX Paints by PPG unveils inky cobalt as 2020 paint Colour of the Year

Complimentary warm teak named brand’s first stain Colour of the Year

TORONTO, August 15, 2019 – In today’s fast-paced, data-driven world where stress and anxiety are all too common, people can find refuge from their blues by surrounding themselves with, well, blue. Not just any blue, though – think deep, comforting, inky cobalt blue.

That’s the message of trend forecasters at DULUX® Paints by PPG in unveiling the brand’s 2020 Colour of the Year – Chinese Porcelain (DLX1160-6). This rich and traditional hue combines the energy and brightness of cobalt blue with a muted, dark navy tone, emitting a feeling of calm, restfulness and hope.

“Everyone today is looking for an escape from technology, a way to slow down and infuse simplicity into their lives in an uplifting environment. This is, in part, why we’re craving blues like Chinese Porcelain,” said Rob McDonald, Senior Brand Manager, Dulux Paints by PPG. “Exuding depth, richness, and drama, next year’s blue brings us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky – creating lavish serenity in any space.”

According to McDonald, the trending earth-tone aesthetic will be reflected in all facets of home decor in the coming year, highlighted by uncluttered spaces with organic, deep mineral and metallic tones that delight the senses.

“The colour palette shifts away from the cool, stark greys of the past and builds on last year’s introduction of warm shades that emit an air of old-world charm and craftsmanship, blending together classical and modern design elements to create sophisticated looks,” said McDonald.

With natural materials such as wood and rattan dominating this design movement, Dulux Paints by PPG has, for the first time, also announced a stunning Colour of the Year for 2020 – Teak, a warm, semi-transparent medium-brown stain that has a 1970s retro vibe with a richness that fits today’s world. An ideal complement to Chinese Porcelain and part of the Dulux Professional Wood Finishes line, Teak has a raw, organic feel that brings out the best of inky cobalt blue, whether used for a home’s interior or exterior.

. Chinese Porcelain and Teak are deep mineral tones such as Dulux Paints’ Gracious Glow (DLX1116-5) yellow-olive green, Talavera (DLX1018-5) warm taupe, Brown Clay (DLX1199-6) soft terracotta and Gray Marble (DLX1002-4) stone gray

Other complementary trending colours that pair well with both Chinese Porcelain and Teak are deep mineral tones such as Dulux Paints’ Gracious Glow (DLX1116-5) yellow-olive green, Talavera (DLX1018-5) warm taupe, Brown Clay (DLX1199-6) soft terracotta and Gray Marble (DLX1002-4) stone gray. The combination of these nod-to-nature hues delivers an ambiance of state-of-the-art luxury in its simplest form, particularly when accessorized with warm metal accents and linear geometric patterns.

To incorporate this blue into any home, Dulux Paints by PPG offers these tips:

·         Paint an accent wall with Chinese Porcelain as a perfect backdrop for vivacious colours to pop.

·         Use blue as a feature colour in a bedroom with crisp white bedding and crown molding to provide a sharp contrast.

·         In a living room, layer inky cobalt blue with additional blues in tufted and velvet furniture or pair with trending metallic finishes to create an elegant living space.

·         Complement the hue with decors such as lush drapes or velvet pillows in warm saffron and turmeric tones.

·         In addition to warm teak wood, pair deep blue with leather accents and dusty sand tones for an attention-grabbing look.

“Incorporating even a splash of Chinese Porcelain into your home will not only help brighten the space, but it also will go a long way in infusing a room with the calm and tranquility that everybody is after,” McDonald said.

For more information about Dulux Paints’ 2020 Colour and Stain Colour of the Year, visit www.dulux.ca.

Find Dulux Paints by PPG in more than 260 company-owned Dulux Paints and BÉTONEL®/Dulux Paints stores across Canada serving the consumer and professional markets. No matter where the Dulux brand is sold in Canada, it offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services to the marketplace.

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Top Industry Experts to Present Next Week at First-of-its-Kind Fashion Lab For SMEs, Designers, Independent Retailers, Entrepreneurs, Students, and Micro Brands


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ATSC 2019 to Debut Fashion Lab Conference Series For SMEs, Designers, Independent Retailers, Entrepreneurs, Students, and Micro Brands

Top industry experts to present at this first-of-its-kind fashion series at Toronto International Centre, August 19-21, launched to help Canadian talent succeed

Toronto, Ont., August 12, 2019 — The Canadian fashion, apparel, and retail community will have a first-of-its-kind opportunity to learn about the latest trends and insights in marketing, costing, sourcing, sustainability and running a fashion business from some of the industry’s top experts next week, as they come together for a unique Fashion Lab™ conference series being launched at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show.

Canada’s No. 1 apparel sourcing event, ATSC – which takes place August 19-21 at the Toronto International Centre – announced the launch of this second conference track in addition to the show’s popular international seminar series, following the successful introduction of the Fashion Lab at its sister show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami, in May.

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Curated by Frances Harder, owner of Los Angeles-based Fashion For Profit Consulting, and produced by TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com, the Fashion Lab is being launched to give a boost to SMEs, designers, independent retailers, entrepreneurs, students and microbrands looking to succeed in Canada’s thriving apparel and textile sector.

“Education has always been a core focus of the ATS trade shows, yet we found that there was a need to cater to up-and-coming designers, buyers and brands in addition to established industry players – something most trade fairs fail to do,” said Jason Prescott,CEO of JP Communications, producer of the show and publisher of North America’s leading of B2B trade platforms TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com. “The Fashion Lab fills this important industry gap by offering guidance and inspiration on how to succeed in today’s rapidly-evolving retail and production landscape.”

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Featuring 500 international apparel and textile exhibits, and dozens of conference sessions, ATSC provides an unprecedented industry platform for sourcing, networking, and education. Since the event’s inception in Toronto in 2016, ATS trade shows – which now also take place in Montreal and Miami, with a new ATS show making a debut in Berlin, Germany in September – have drawn tens of thousands of visitors.

Trending Fashion Lab Talks

According to Harder, “attendees at the Fashion Lab sessions will hear from some of the industry’s top local, national and international experts about the latest fashion industry trends, the challenges today’s designers, brands and retailers face and how to overcome them, and the evolving shopping preferences of today’s consumers.”

Fashion Lab presenters will provide unique insight into topics such as how to successfully launch a fashion line, tips and tricks to drive website traffic and boost online sales, emerging technologies that change the way consumers interact with brands, strategies, and tactics for e-commerce, new digital shopping channels, experiential retail, sustainable solutions, the critical role of social media in the world of fashion, how to successfully working with a manufacturer and best advice to cost merchandise for maximum sales success.

Speakers include fashion experts such as:

·         Former DKNY and Adidas Head of Licensing Sal KhokharCEO of Kollective Moda;

·         Sought-after fashion business and career coach Christine Daal;

·         Leading fashion consultant Anna Livermore;

·         Popular trend and style forecaster Cynthia Florek of The Trend Office;

·         Author, educator, and Fashion for Profit president Frances Harder;

·         Facebook ads expert Kevin Moore;

·         Top branding and fashion lawyer Ashlee Froese;

·         And many others.

A full list of ATSC seminars can be found here.

Latest Canadian, International Fashions to Hit the Runway

On August 20 at 12:15 p.m., ATSC – in partnership with Toronto modeling agency Spot 6 Management – will showcase international brands, collections from top Canadian students, and the latest garment trends from exhibitors in a show-stopping fashion extravaganza.

Event visitors will have a unique opportunity to see the latest creations by local talents – such as Farley Chatto, Rhowan JamesDorian Who, Christopher Paunil and JmTrends – as well as trending global designers. International talent includes top designers from South Asia – whose creations will be featured in the show’s India and Bangladesh Pavilions – as well as the latest fashions from eight of China’s top brands, featured in the show’s Brand China AVENUE section: VeralbaSanyiRebodyJilierHODOBosidengAparso and Aiyimei.

For more information about the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada show, visit www.appareltextilesourcing.com.

Media are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event, which is free-of-charge for all those who register at www.appareltextilesourcing.com. Excellent interview opportunities with local fashion designers, as well as industry experts and show organizers, will be available. 

Connect with Apparel Textile Sourcing shows:

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/ATS_Tradeshow

·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/appareltextilesourcing/

·         LinkedIn  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7051124/

·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apparel_textile_sourcing/

About Apparel Textile Sourcing 
Apparel Textile Sourcing is the apparel industry’s link to the entire global supply chain. Resources, experts and manufacturers come from more than 20 countries and cover the worlds of fashion, apparel, textiles, and sourcing.  New sources, products, and ideas come alive with education, fashion shows, and trade opportunities. The ATS brand produces a range of shows, as follows:

ATS Canada (Toronto) — August 19-21, 2019

ATS Canada (Montreal) — August 23, 2019

ATS Germany (Berlin) — September 11-13, 2019

ATS Miami — May 2020

2019 marks the 2nd year ATS expands to Montreal. More than 500 sourcing professionals are expected to visit the Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel – located at 555 Boulevard McMillan – where 70+ suppliers from China, Bangladesh, India, Canada and more will exhibit, as ATS continues to expand in Canada’s prime hub for fashion. “Quebec’s fashion sector represents more than 80,000 jobs and close to 2,000 companies. The manufacturing capabilities that the Apparel Textile Sourcing show brings to Montreal add an important infrastructure that meets the needs of many industry players across the province” said Mathieu St-Arnaud Lavoie, Deputy Director & Director of Market Development of mode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster.

Pre-show/post-show matchmaking

While ATS trade shows take place over a number of days, trade happens 365 days a year. ATS maintains a 24/7 Buyer Relations team year-round to help buyers find manufacturers through Manufacturer.com and 1000s of wholesale brands on TopTenWholesale.com. Together both platforms enable visitors to connect with the proper exhibitors long before and after trade show dates alongside hundreds of thousands of other suppliers. Attendees can source online at their leisure or speak with a matchmaking agent free of charge at any time.

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Gail Bergman PR Teams Up with International Digital Marketing Agency SunHouse Marketing


Toronto, February 6, 2018 – Toronto-based public relations firm Gail Bergman PR (GBPR) is pleased to announce that it has formed a joint venture with international digital marketing agency SunHouse Marketing to provide full-service PR and digital marketing services to clients across North America.

“The combination of the expertise of both GBPR and SunHouse Marketing provides our clients with unprecedented online market reach, fueled by strong digital content strategically developed to increase targeted website leads and sales, social engagement and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking,” said Gail Bergman, GBPR president.

GBPR is a full-service public relations agency specializing in media relations, social media marketing and communications in both the consumer and B2B markets. SunHouse Marketing is an expert in SEO, Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) and lead generation, providing clients with hundreds of thousands of targeted, qualified leads annually.

Bergman explained that the two companies made the decision to form an association after successfully working together on client accounts over the last several months, with record results.

“GBPR has a strong track record of creating newsworthy content that gets strong pick-up by online sources, including media and social outlets,” said Fran Jakubowicz, SunHouse Marketing CEO, explaining that SunHouse Marketing is able to maximize the reach of that content, both written and video.

“In today’s competitive digital environment, strategic content and online promotional channels are imperative to effectively reach targeted audiences, boost ROI and maximize conversion rates that translate into increased business for companies,” Bergman said, noting that this joint venture enables clients to achieve just that.

Jakubowicz added that through the cohesive mix of PR and digital marketing services the two firms provide, clients are experiencing unprecedented, measurable results in terms of website traffic and online rankings.

For more information, visit www.gailbergmanpr.com or www.sunhousemarketing.com.

About GBPR

GBPR is a full-service public relations firm based in Toronto, with clients across Canada and the U.S. focused on both the consumer and B2B markets. Specializing in media relations, social media marketing , nd communications, GBPR develops and implements creative public relations campaigns that help companies generate business buzz, raise brand awareness, increase sales, and build relationships with stakeholders and influencers.

About SunHouse Marketing

SunHouse Marketing is a global digital marketing agency delivering full-service marketing solutions with measurable results, across the most influential platforms. Experts in every part of the digital marketing ecosystem, SunHouse has generated hundreds of thousands of leads and millions of dollars in sales for clients.  Sunhouse works in dozens of vertical markets, including medical devices, health and wellness, pharma, finance, law, education, high-tech and eCommerce.

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Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas (Recipes, cooking tips, photos included)


Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Culinary pros offer tips and tricks for preparing dishes that woo

Toronto, Ont., January 30, 2018 – Wondering what to serve that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Certain foods lend themselves to a romantic meal better than others, says one of Canada’s top chefs.

According to John Morris, Executive Chef of the CN Tower, date night meals should be kept simple, light and mess-free. “Think short noodle cuts and lighter seasonal ingredients, such as seafood or vegetarian fare,” he said, adding that seasoning with pungent spices should be minimized.

Chef Morris shared his ideas for simple, creative date night dishes at a recent culinary speed dating event for journalists and bloggers at the top of the CN Tower, where 10 up-and-coming Toronto chefs wooed guests with their culinary skills. The chefs, graduating student chefs from Toronto’s leading George Brown Chef School, prepared a variety of noodle dishes and had seven minutes to impress each guest before their dishes were scored according to simplicity, creativity, personality, and taste.

The creators of the top three dishes each received a $2,000 scholarship prize for courses at George Brown Chef School, courtesy of event sponsor No Yolks® noodles.

Taking first place was Chef Lucas Hum, who created an “Eggless Bacon Carbonara” dish. Chef Kshitiz Sethi took second place with his “Royal Rose Pudding” dish and Chef Janikka Murray placed third with a recipe called “Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff.”

Chef Morris explained that shortcut noodles, such as No Yolks, make an ideal date-night meal as they are quick and easy to prepare, light and great tasting.  “Shortcut noodles go with just about any ingredient so it’s easy to be creative and have fun with a noodle dish, whether it’s with sauce or as the base for a noodle soup,” he said, adding that cooking together can enhance the overall mood on date night.

He also emphasized the importance of balance when preparing a dish. “Aim for a combination of noodles, protein, and vegetables to ensure an easy to digest yet satisfying meal, and of course save room for dessert,” he suggested.

Envisioning an ideal date night dish, Chef Morris created a Valentine’s Day recipe, called Saucy Shrimp Noodles with Lemon Fetish Goat Cheese, that features noodles combined with lemony-flavoured shrimp, wine, and cheese (see recipe below). “The combination of aromatic wine sauce-infused noodles and flavourful, light-tasting shrimp deliver an elegance to this dish that’s perfect for a romantic date night,” he said.

No Yolks® noodles sponsored the event to support up-and-coming Canadian chefs as part of its #BringHomeNoYolks campaign. As Canada’s only yolk-free, cholesterol-free and low-fat noodle brand, “No Yolks®noodles are a popular choice for daters of all ages, particularly among college students and young professionals who don’t have the time to cook, but still want a great-tasting meal that makes a good impression,” said Alistair Senn, No Yolks® Senior Brand Manager. “Our message is that No Yolks® noodles are light, simple and fail-proof to make, go with just about any ingredient and happen to be healthy to boot.”

Visit https://www.facebook.com/NoYolksCanada/ for recipe ideas.

Recipes, along with a summary of date night meal tips from Chef John Morris, Executive Chef of the CN Tower, follow below.

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Date Night Meal Tips from Chef John Morris:

  • Use shorter cut noodles for neat and easy consumption.
  • Cook noodles in a large pot to allow plenty of room for the noodles to move around and prevent sticking.
  • Limit ingredients that linger after consumed, such as garlic, onions and pungent spices.
  • Use light-tasting ingredients such as seafood, and limit heavier ingredients.
  • Cut leafy and or larger ingredients (such as broccoli, kale, and spinach) into smaller pieces so they are easier to chew and do not get stuck in teeth.
  • For impressive plating, top noodle dishes with a small ingredient such as shrimp, using an odd number of ingredients per dish (seven instead of six, for example) for more visual appeal.
  • Pipe sauce artistically to create designs, such as a heart, on the plate.
  • Warm serving plates in a 200oF oven before plating to keep food warmer longer and allow for extra time to plate for presentation.

Saucy Shrimp Noodles with Lemon Fetish Goat Cheese

By Chef John Morris, Executive Chef, CN Tower

Product: No Yolks® Broad Noodles

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

Tomato Basil Sauce

1 tsp (5 mL)              olive oil

4                                  garlic cloves, halved                       

4                                  basil leaves, torn

4                                  vine-ripened tomatoes, diced

                                    sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Main Dish

4 cups (1 L)              No Yolks® Broad Noodles

1/4 cup (50 mL)       sun-dried tomatoes, sliced

1/2 cup (125 mL)     white wine

1 tsp (5 mL)              lemon juice (or to taste)

1 tsp (5 mL)              finely grated lemon zest

6                                  fresh oregano leaves

1/2 lb (225 g)            peeled and deveined frozen raw shrimp, thawed (about 24 large shrimp)

                                    freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup (50 mL)       crumbled Lemon Fetish goat cheese (can be substituted with Feta cheese, if desired)

                                    microgreens

Instructions:

Tomato Basil Sauce

Step 1: Heat olive oil in saucepot at medium heat.

Step 2: Add garlic and cook until tender. Stir to avoid browning.

Step 3: Add basil and stir quickly for a few sections. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Season to taste with sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Main Dish:

Step 1: Prepare noodles according to package directions.

Step 2: Meanwhile, bring the tomato basil sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest and oregano to a simmer in a large skillet set over medium heat. Stir in the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until no pink remains. Season to taste with pepper.

Step 3: Serve the tomato sauce-shrimp mixture over the hot cooked noodles. Garnish each serving with Lemon Fetish goat cheese and microgreens.

Tip:

Prepare tomato basil sauce in advance to save time on the day of cooking.

Eggless Bacon Carbonara

By Chef Lucas Hum, George Brown Chef School

Product: No Yolks® Dumpling Noodles

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Makes: 5 servings

Ingredients: 

1 lb (450 g)                bacon, diced

4 cups (1 L)              No Yolks® Dumpling Noodles

3 tbsp (45 mL)         butter, unsalted

1 head                       garlic, roasted

1 cup (150 g)            cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup (120 ml)       heavy cream, 35%

1/2 cup (65 g)           parmesan cheese, grated

                                    salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: 1/4 cup leeks, finely sliced and 1/2 bunch basil, chiffonade

Instructions:

Step 1: Place diced bacon in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Cookout the fat, stirring occasionally until crispy, about 8 minutes.

Step 2: Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.

Step 3: Remove crispy bacon bits and set aside. Drain remaining bacon grease on a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan.

Step 4: Return the pan to medium heat and add the butter to melt. Add garlic and tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 5: Stir in heavy cream, then add the cooked and drained noodles to the skillet and toss to coat. Stir in parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 6: Serve hot, topped with crispy bacon bits, leeks, and basil to garnish.

Tip:

Consider frying the leeks in the bacon fat to create a crispy leek garnish to add texture.

Royal Rose Pudding

By Chef Kshitiz Sethi, George Brown Chef School

Product: NO YOLKS® Fine Noodles

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Makes: 4-5 servings

Ingredients: 

6 tbsp (90 mL)         mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio, cashews), chopped

4 cups (340g)           NO YOLKS® Fine Noodles

1 cup (250 mL)        khoya cheese or unsalted ricotta cheese

6 cups (1500 mL)    whole milk

4 tbsp (60 mL)         desi ghee butter or unsalted butter

4-5 pcs                      green cardamom and saffron, ground into a powder

10 tbsp (150 mL)     sugar (or to taste)

Garnish chopped nuts of your choice and a sprinkle of rose water.

Instructions:

Step 1: In a pan on high heat, sauté nuts in butter for 2 minutes. Add noodles and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 2: Add the crumbled khoya or ricotta cheese and mix until it breaks down. Slowly add milk and bring to a boil. Continue to boil on medium high for about 15 minutes until it becomes thick or pale in colour.

Step 3: Add the cardamom/saffron powder and sugar and boil for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Finish with rose water and garnish with chopped nuts of your choice.

Tip:

Add milk slowly to avoid lump formation and stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

You can skip the ricotta cheese or khoya and increase the amount of milk by 50% and boil to get the right consistency (ricotta cheese makes the cooking faster).

This dish can also be served cold, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with rose jelly and chocolate.

Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff

By Chef Janikka Blair Murray, George Brown Chef School

Product: No Yolks® Extra Broad Noodles

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients: 

1 tsp (5 mL)              olive oil

3 slices                      bacon, diced

1                                  shallot, diced

2 cloves                    garlic, minced

1 tbsp (15 mL)         flour

4                                  cremini mushrooms, sliced

4                                  black oyster mushrooms, sliced

1 tbsp (15 mL)         champagne (any kind) or sparkling wine

1/2 cup (125 mL)     mushroom stock or broth

1/4 tsp (1 mL)           salt

Pinch                         pepper

1/4 tsp (1 mL)           thyme, dried

1 tbsp (15 mL)         Greek yogurt

1 cup (250 mL)        No Yolks® Extra Broad Noodles

1 tsp (5 mL)              truffle oil (optional)

Garnish: Goat cheese crumble

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large pot, bring water to a boil.

Step 2: In a separate pot, heat olive oil on medium heat and cook bacon partially. Add the shallot and garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, approximately 3 minutes.

Step 3: Add flour and mix well for 1 minute or until well coated. Add two types of mushrooms and cook until softened. Add champagne and mix well for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Add mushroom stock, salt, pepper and thyme and bring to a boil.

Step 5: Turn heat down to medium low and stir in Greek yogurt. Once fully incorporated, remove from heat.

Step 6: Once water has boiled in the separate pot, add noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and mix noodles with mushroom sauce.

Step 7: Serve with truffle oil drizzle, if desired, and crumble goat cheese on top.

Tip:

Use homemade or store bought stock. The taste of the stock will determine how much seasoning to add to the sauce.

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Stories About What Matters Most to Canadians Captured On Board VIA Rail Trains


Students of Challenge for Change (C4C) project rode train throughout summer to talk to Canadians

By Gail Bergman PR 

Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, January 8, 2018 — VIA Rail passengers are making more connections than ever following the launch of a new, thought-provoking podcast series on VIA Rail’s On Train Entertainment system in the Quebec City–Windsor corridor. This marks the first time VIA Rail has introduced a podcast channel for riders.

The podcast, called C4C Conversations, was created from Canadians’ conversations recorded by six Mitacs researchers — three journalism students from Carleton University in Ottawa and three from Ryerson University in Toronto — who spent the past summer travelling across Canada by train, meeting and listening to fellow passengers. Starting this month, the 10-episode series is available for passengers to enjoy while riding the train.

Working on behalf of Challenge for Change, a not-for-profit media organization launched in 2016, and funded by Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit research and training organization, the students recorded candid conversations between hundreds of passengers — from friends to strangers — to develop a one-of-a-kind compilation of raw, honest and organic dialogue on topics ranging from bullying, parenting, fear and belonging, to what it means to be Canadian.

Hosted by popular social media editor for Buzzfeed Canada, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, the podcast aims to “inspire all Canadians to really listen to one another and think about what it feels like to be in someone else’s shoes,” said Senior Producer Brittany Spencer, a Ryerson student who has since graduated and now works at CBC in Charlottetown.

“It’s extremely satisfying to have captured this collection of incredible conversations and know that they have the potential to impact other peoples’ lives,” said Spencer, explaining that the overall goal is to strengthen understanding between different groups of Canadians, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear what each other has to say.

“These are their words, their thoughts, their feelings — even complete strangers were finding connections with one another,” she said. “We hope listeners will be encouraged to keep conversations going, and maybe even launch discussions of their own.”

A common theme flowing through every conversation is the desire for a sense of belonging, whether from the point of view of a recent immigrant, an Indigenous person or a transgendered individual, the students explained.

One exchange, between 55-year-old Peggy and Pete, a young visitor from England, is so moving that it is being streamed as a standalone, special episode, Spencer said. “Peggy spoke about her experience as a child in the Canadian residential school system in such a candid way, it was incredibly powerful,” she explained, noting that Pete wasn’t aware that the Canadian government-sponsored religious schools for the purpose of assimilating Indigenous children into settler culture.

The Mitacs students rode the trains in pairs, working with VIA Rail staff to find volunteers to share their stories. One woman decided to share her experience of giving birth to her stillborn son only to find that her seatmate was returning home from her sister’s funeral.

“They talked about grief in this very compassionate and open way,” Spencer recalled. “It was amazing to see these strangers, from different ends of the country, connecting.”

What makes the project unique is that the journalism students didn’t set out with a specific story in mind, but allowed topics to develop naturally.

“We helped start up the conversations, but then we just let them flow. For the most part, this was just about listening and offering a platform so that different voices could be heard,” said Carleton student Maureen McEwan, who is pursuing a Masters in Journalism. “We weren’t chasing a sound bite. We were a little bit invisible in the process.”

One of McEwan’s most eye-opening moments came when a scheduled stop in Churchill, Manitoba, was cancelled when flooding made the tracks impassable. She ended up spending time in Ilford and Thicket Portage, two Indigenous communities that rely on the train for essential services, where she gained a new perspective on issues facing remote communities.

“It was interesting to see the contrast between youth riding the train for fun on their Canada 150 pass and the difficulties faced by northern communities where the railway is a part of life,” said McEwan. “Meeting the people in Northern Manitoba was the highlight of my summer and I hope to carry forward my research and reconnect with them in the future.”

According to Jennifer Bauer, Editor in Chief, Communications, and Marketing at VIA Rail, “this was a project that we were very interested in from the get-go. From the perspective of our heritage and Canada 150, of course, but also because our work is about connecting people, in every sense of the word. This innovative podcast series is about listening to our passengers, which is something we strive to do every day.”

C4C Executive Director Cindy Witten said the project would not have happened without the support of VIA Rail, as well as Mitacs, which helped fund the students’ salaries.

“Mitacs saw the opportunity for our organization to partner with talented Masters students,” Witten said. “Their involvement allowed us to test and evaluate the methodology for potential social impact. Along the way, we met a lot of incredibly generous people and captured some amazing stories.”

The founding partners of Challenge for Change (C4C) are Inspirit Foundation, The MacMillan Family Foundation and The National Film Board of Canada in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Discourse Media, and Mitacs.

In addition to streaming on VIA Rail, the C4C Conversations podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

 Quick Facts:

 Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 18 years.

  • Mitacs internships connect companies and organizations with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to research challenges.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design and more.
  • Mitacs is funded by the federal and provincial governments as well as university and industry partners.

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For information about Mitacs and its programs, visit mitacs.ca/newsroom.

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Un appareil unique en son genre fabriqué au Canada


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Se rend aux Jeux olympiques avec les triathlètes du Canada

Nouvel appareil portatif Venowave lancé récemment pour traiter les problèmes circulatoires tels que la thrombose veineuse profonde, les plaies diabétiques et le gonflement chronique tout en améliorant la santé globale

Stouffville, Ontario – 24 juillet 2012 – Les membres de l’équipe de triathlon du Canada, dirigée par le porte-drapeau Simon Whitfield, viennent d’arriver à Londres pour les Jeux olympiques de 2012, mais ils ont déjà une longueur d’avance sur leurs concurrents. C’est parce qu’ils portent le Venowave VW5, un appareil fabriqué au Canada, le premier du genre, conçu pour améliorer la circulation, augmenter le flux sanguin dans les jambes et les pieds tout en améliorant la santé générale.

«Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir aider nos athlètes canadiens», a déclaré John Saringer, inventeur de Venowave, président et directeur général de Saringer Life Science Technologies Inc., une entreprise de Stouffville, en Ontario. «Notre produit est conçu pour améliorer la circulation sanguine, que l’utilisateur est un athlète de haut niveau ou un senior souffrant d’un gonflement chronique des jambes dû à une maladie vasculaire. ”

Le Venowave VW5 breveté est une pompe de compression compacte à piles qui se porte sur le mollet juste au-dessous du genou. Entièrement certifié par Santé Canada, la Federal Drug Administration (FDA) aux États-Unis et CE en Europe, il utilise un mouvement ondulatoire doux pour augmenter le débit sanguin, fournissant ainsi plus d’oxygène pour améliorer la circulation et améliorer les performances musculaires. Lorsqu’il est allumé, il imite le système veineux du corps, empêchant le sang de rester immobile et la coagulation.

En plus d’utiliser le produit pendant les voyages aériens pour prévenir des affections telles que la thrombose veineuse profonde (un problème commun lors des vols long-courriers), les triathlètes du Canada utilisent également le Venowave pendant les activités de pré-échauffement, de récupération et de guérison. temps de garder le sang circulant pour un flux sanguin optimal pendant les jeux.

Les études cliniques indiquent que le Venowave est efficace. De nombreux patients impliqués dans une étude récente ont rapporté une amélioration clinique après l’utilisation de l’appareil pendant une période de huit semaines. Les chercheurs ont conclu que le Venowave est une «nouvelle thérapie très prometteuse» pour les patients atteints du syndrome post-thrombotique sévère – un terme utilisé pour décrire les symptômes à long terme de maladies vasculaires comme la TVP, telles que la douleur, l’enflure, la lourdeur et le picotement. Le dispositif révolutionnaire est également utilisé pour traiter et prévenir les jambes enflées (œdème), l’insuffisance veineuse chronique (IVC), les varices, les plaies diabétiques des jambes et des pieds, le lymphoedème et la maladie artérielle périphérique (MAP).

Ce qui rend le Venowave unique, c’est sa mobilité. Contrairement aux dispositifs pneumatiques généralement utilisés dans les hôpitaux qui se fixent sur un mur et obligent les utilisateurs à rester stationnaires, le Venowave est léger et ne pèse que 250 grammes. Il peut être utilisé pour la marche, la course et la randonnée. En attendant, il est tout aussi efficace que les plus gros appareils, souligne Saringer.

“Le Venowave peut pomper comme les machines plus grandes, mais dans un très petit paquet”, dit-il, notant qu’il a inventé le produit comme un moyen d’améliorer la circulation sans les limitations. “Nos corps sont conçus pour bouger, il est donc parfaitement logique de développer une technologie qui permette la mobilité.”

La Dre Sonia Anand, directrice de la médecine vasculaire au McMaster University Hospital de Hamilton, est une fervente partisane du Venowave. «Chez les personnes qui ont un gonflement chronique des jambes, le Venowave peut être très utile pour prévenir la fin de la journée ou un gonflement important des jambes», explique le Dr Anand, qui a établi une clinique de médecine vasculaire à Hamilton en 2001. traite un grand nombre de patients souffrant de problèmes vasculaires. “Les individus peuvent continuer leurs activités habituelles sans avoir à s’asseoir, être branché sur un mur ou accroché à une machine.”

Les statistiques indiquent que près de 20 millions de personnes courent un risque élevé de développer une TVP chaque année et que plus de 50% des patients hospitalisés sont à risque de développer une TVP. Pendant ce temps, on estime que toutes les 30 secondes une personne dans le monde perd un membre inférieur en raison d’une plaie diabétique récurrente. Le Venowave favorise une guérison plus rapide dans les deux cas en raison de sa capacité unique à augmenter le flux sanguin.

Après avoir vu sa mère âgée subir une amputation douloureuse à la jambe en raison d’un ulcère du pied qui a refusé de guérir – même si elle était traitée par des chirurgiens vasculaires expérimentés et recevait des soins infirmiers quotidiens – Selwyn Firth, résidente de Toronto, l’a présentée au Venowave. croyant fermement dans ses capacités. Juste un mois après avoir utilisé le Venowave, une plaie d’orteil semblable sur le pied restant de sa mère avait complètement disparu. “Je pense que si j’avais su au sujet du Venowave quand la première blessure s’est produite, elle n’aurait jamais dû perdre sa jambe,” dit Firth.

Basé sur le succès initial de Venowave, Saringer Life Science Technologies recrute actuellement des patients qualifiés pour participer à des essais cliniques liés au traitement et à la prévention des ulcères de plaies diabétiques afin de

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PAINT FOR A CAUSE


Sico is Beautiful Paint for a Cause - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman

Sico is Beautiful Paint for a Cause - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman

By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico to Donate a Portion of Ceiling

Paint Sales to Breast Cancer Research

Longueuil, Quebec – August 31, 2009 – Think pink. That’s the message Sico is sending to Canadians this fall with the announcement that it will donate a portion of sales of its disappearing-pink Flat for Ceilings paint to support lifesaving breast cancer research.

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PAINT FOR A CAUSE


Sico Flat for Ceilings - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico Flat for Ceilings – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

by Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico to Donate a Portion of Ceiling Paint Sales to Breast Cancer Research

Longueuil, Quebec – July 20, 2009 – Think pink. That’s the message Sico is sending to Canadians this fall with the announcement that it will donate a portion of sales of its disappearing-pink Flat for Ceilings paint to support lifesaving breast cancer research.

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Brush Away Hassle of Painting Outdoor Metal


Metalblaster Can Help You

Metalblaster Can Help You

By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra
Surfaces with First-of-its-Kind Paint Gun

Unique gun paints railings, fences, garden furniture and other metal objects four times faster than a brush, coating both sides of a surface at once.

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Sico Introduces New Top-Performing Exterior Paint, Designed to Boost Home’s Curb Appeal, Protect its Exterior


by Gail Bergman or Indira Tarachandra

Longueuil, Québec – March 30, 2009 – With Canada’s harsh winters taking a toll on homes across the country, leading paint brand Sico has launched a high-quality, top-performing exterior paint designed to beautify the outside of the home and protect it from the elements.

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Liven up Kitchen, Bathrooms with a Splash of Colour


By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Sico introduces high-end, trendy kitchen and bathroom paint

Longueuil, Québec – March 30, 2009 – The economic outlook may be gloomy, but that doesn’t mean your home has to be.  In fact, studies show that surrounding yourself with brighter colours serves to lift spirits, and what better place to start introducing colour to your home than on the walls of the most widely-used rooms – the kitchen and bathroom.

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SICO Paint unveils three simple steps to a beautiful, long-lasting deck


No Stain, No Gain
SICO Paint unveils three simple steps to a beautiful, long-lasting deck

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, June 23, 2015 – It’s no secret that Canadians savour summer, sparing little expense to beautify their backyard living spaces after a harsh winter. When it comes to creating a long-lasting lavish outdoor décor, it all starts with a properly-stained and well-protected deck, according to leading paint brand SICO® paint.

“Outdoor living continues to be a strong trend as more and more people extend their indoor décor outside, adding everything from furniture to kitchens to accessories,” said Mathieu Hamel, assistant brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “The richness of a wooden deck is a perfect backdrop for a stylish and welcoming outdoor space that will both provide a relaxing haven and wow your guests.”

Before embarking on a deck-staining project, however, Hamel cautioned that in order to protect your investment for the long term, it is important to adhere to a proper plan. He recommended following these three steps to guarantee professional-looking, enduring results:

1. Product and colour selection: Decide what look you would like to achieve. If the wood on your deck is worn and you want to hide it, but still keep its texture, a solid stain is the way to go. If you’d like both the wood grain and texture to show through, a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish is the product to use. When using a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish, remember that the type of wood used for your deck will affect the colour outcome. For example, a yellow-toned stain will look different on red cedar than on treated pinewood, which has a green tinge. Keep in mind that the wood hardness and porosity, as well as the amount of wood stain applied, may alter the colour as well, so test the stain on a small piece of the wood or in an inconspicuous area before starting.

2. Preparation: How you prepare the surfaces to be stained will make or break your project. Start by removing any wood fibres, dirt and contaminants from your deck using a high-quality exterior wood cleaner. Allow the wood to dry slightly, brush away loosened debris and rinse with a pressure washer. Next, tighten any loose screws, scrape away bits of flaking wood and sand all surfaces. For easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, Sico paint has launched a how-to video that walks homeowners through the entire staining process in just five minutes. Accessed at http://www.sico.ca, the video is full of tips on surface preparation and how to achieve best results when staining.

3. Application: To give your exterior wood maximum richness and depth, select a top-quality product, and know that less is more when it comes to applying stain. Never use more than two coats in order to ensure the stain adheres to the shape of the wood without cracking or peeling. Always use a brush instead of a roller, so you get into all the nooks and crannies of your deck. If you prefer to stand while staining, simply apply an extension pole to your brush. Always brush in the same direction as the wood grain, moving from unstained to stained wood. If more than one person is doing the staining, assign each person a separate section of the project to ensure consistency with technique and even colour application. When staining a deck, for example, have one person work on the main surface and another on the steps or vertical beams.

No matter how eager you are to be done, it’s important to wait the prescribed drying time, Hamel said. Typically, stains require up to 24 hours to dry in clear weather.
He emphasized that before starting any staining project, it is critical to carefully read the application instructions on the product being used.

Sico paint offers a broad range of staining products in a variety of colours and finishes, including Sico Solid Wood Stain, Sico Semi-transparent Wood Stain, Sico Translucent Wood Finish and Sico Semi-transparent Wood Protector.

To view the full selection of Sico paint products and stain colours, and learn more about choosing the right stain for your job, visit http://www.sico.ca.

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Sico is a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company.

SICO® Paint
Since 1937, the Sico brand has provided Canadian DIY consumers a complete line of high-quality interior and exterior paints. The brand is recognized as the market leader and can be found on the shelves of RONA® stores as well as other retailers. Developed with professional painters in mind, the brand also offers SICO EXPERT™ paint, a specialized line sold exclusively to the painter’s market.

About PPG Architectural Coatings
PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company, and manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit PPGAC.com.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.TM
PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Sico is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.
Sico Expert is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Rona is a registered trademark of Rona Inc.

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The richness of a wooden deck is an ideal backdrop for a stylish outdoor space. A dark brown stain, such as Mountain Shelter (1713-503) by SICO® paint, pictured on the base of this deck, coordinates well with light grey siding.

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SICO® paint offers a broad range of staining products in a variety of colours and finishes, including Sico Solid Wood Stain, Sico Semi-transparent Wood Stain, Sico Translucent Wood Finish and Sico Semi-transparent Wood Protector.

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Top Mistakes People Make When Choosing Paint Colour: Dulux Paints


TORONTO, June 11, 2015 – Does the thought of choosing a paint colour turn you yellow with fear? You’re not alone, according to leading paint brand Dulux Paints. Feedback from employees at the brand’s 250 stores across the country indicates that paint colour selection is the biggest challenge consumers face when undertaking a paint project.

“When it comes to paint colour, many people are so afraid of change that they end up sticking with the same colours for years,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager, Dulux Paints. “Yet, all they often need is a bit of guidance to get out of their colour rut and adopt a more current look for their living spaces.”

According to Dulux Paints, here are the top five mistakes people make when choosing paint colour and how to avoid them:

1. Choosing a paint colour out of context. Contrary to popular belief, taping a small swatch to a wall won’t help you choose the right colour for your room. Instead, examine paint chips against furniture, rugs, accessories, countertops and other items in the room, making sure to test the colours in direct, indirect and artificial light at all times of day.

2. Playing it safe with neutrals. Neutral paint colours tend to be a popular choice, yet there are times when a more saturated colour may bring out the best in a room. A good way to introduce some colour to your walls is to apply the “new neutrals” – whites, beiges or greys that are infused with a small amount of colour such as lilac, sage or blue. Choose new-trend neutrals that coordinate well with your furniture or a favourite accessory. You can also take a neutral room up a notch by painting an accent wall a deeper shade of the wall colour or a more vibrant, coordinating colour.

3. Going with the same old, same old. Just like an old pair of jeans or out-of-date hairstyle, it’s easy to get comfortable in your room’s décor. Take a step back, really examine your space and ask: What year is this room stuck in? If the answer dates back at least a decade, it might be time for a change. Adding colour with paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to update a space. You’ll be surprised how a fresh coat of paint will make your furniture and accessories look newer.

4. Fear of using more than one colour. There’s no reason to use only one paint colour on the walls of a room. In fact, using two or even three shades can turn a room from ordinary to extraordinary. A good rule of thumb is to use a base colour in about two-thirds of the room and introduce other colours in smaller quantities. To achieve an elegant, relaxing feel, try a monochromatic colour scheme, with one main colour supported by others from the same colour family. For a harmonious effect, combine colours located beside each other on the colour wheel. To create a dynamic look, choose complementary colours found directly across from one another on the wheel.

5. Failing to consider a room’s function. Will you be playing, sleeping, eating or relaxing in the space to be painted? Make sure you choose your colour accordingly. Yellow, red and orange, as well as soft grey, violet, blue and green, are known to be more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation, making them good choices for the kitchen and any main-floor living space. Bright red will energize and stimulate kids in a playroom, while cooler blues have a calming, serene effect ideal for a bedroom. Golden yellows and warm apricots tend to flatter any skin tone in a bathroom.

Still not sure what colours to choose? Get inspiration from Dulux Paints’ palette of hot colours for 2015, including Ruby Ring (09YR 11/475) red, Red Badge (30YR 21/505) orange, Golden Harvest (20YY 28/613) yellow, Southern Forest (30GG 33/275) green, Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) blue, Nostalgic (70RB 11/196) violet or Heron Grey (20YY 37/094) warm neutral.

You can also experiment with different colours using the Dulux Paints Colour Visualizer online at http://www.dulux.ca. The tool enables users to virtually paint sample rooms or use their own uploaded photos to explore colour combinations before picking up a paintbrush. Visitors to the website can also upload photos of their favourite sites or vacation spots, and the software will help recreate the feeling of the image in a room by suggesting a paint palette based on the colours in the photo.

“A change of wall colour is the best and most economical decorating tool out there,” Tustin-Fuchs said. “If your room is stuck in the 1990s, you can bring it forward to 2015 just by swapping out pastel peach and moss green for a more modern palette such as turquoise blue with lime green accents. With paint, the possibilities are endless.”

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About DULUX® Paints
You will find Dulux paints in 250 company-owned Dulux Paints and BÉTONEL® paint stores across Canada serving the consumer and professional markets. In addition, within the province of Quebec, the strong regional Bétonel brand is combined with the Dulux brand to form 70 Bétonel / Dulux Paints stores. No matter where the Dulux brand is sold in Canada, it offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services to the marketplace.

About PPG Architectural Coatings
PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company, and manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit PPGAC.com.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™
PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

The Multi-Coloured Swatches Design is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. The PPG Logo is a registered trademark and Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. Bétonel is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies. Dulux is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Inc., for use in Canada only. © 2015 PPG Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Dulux Photo 1
Adding colour with paint – such as Dulux Paints’ Ruby Ring (09YR 11/475) red – is one of the easiest ways to update a space and make furniture and accessories look newer.

Dulux Photo 2
A good way to introduce colour to your walls is to apply a neutral tone infused with a small amount of colour such as lilac or light blue, as pictured on the walls of this sitting area featuring Dulux Paints’ Margate Blue (30BB 46/086).

Dulux Photo 3
Consider a room’s function when choosing paint. Cool tones – such as Nostalgic (70RB 11/196) violet by Dulux Paints – have a calming effect, ideal for a bedroom.

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Nominate a Neighbourhood Space in Need of a Colour Infusion Fast-growing DULUX Paints brand aiming to brighten up Canadian communities in celebration of 250thstore opening


TORONTO, April 20, 2015 – In celebration of its 250th store opening in Canada, leading retail brand DULUX® Paints is infusing Canadian communities with colour. If you know of a non-profit organization with space that could use a lift, Dulux Paints is looking for your suggestions.

This year, Dulux Paints stores nationwide are donating paint and volunteers to help beautify 25 buildings from coast to coast, with the aim of making a positive impact on the people who pass through the organizations’ doors and on communities as a whole.

“Our plan is ultimately to impact every community where we have a presence across the country through an infusion of colour,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux Paints, explaining that giving back is core to the brand’s philosophy and the neighbourhood focus of each Dulux Paints store. “We’re encouraging the public to nominate buildings of charities, non-profit organizations or other community groups in need of renewal anywhere in Canada, and from those we’re aiming to transform the 25 in greatest need.” Continue reading

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SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends: Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead


Comfort Zone The fusion of natural and man-made worlds characteristic of the Comfort Zone theme is evident in this bedroom, which features Ancient Lava (6208-73) brown and Snail Shell (6193-31) tan by Sico paint.

Comfort Zone
The fusion of natural and man-made worlds characteristic of the Comfort Zone theme is evident in this bedroom, which features Ancient Lava (6208-73) brown and Snail Shell (6193-31) tan by Sico paint.

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SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends

Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, Sept. 29, 2014 – After years of playing it safe with neutral decor, Canadians are demonstrating more confidence in their colour choices, and this will translate into bolder, more expressive-looking homes in the year ahead.

That’s the forecast of leading Canadian paint brand SICO® paint in unveiling its top colour picks for 2015. From rich wood and terra cotta shades to deep slate, aqua blue, fruity red and vivid jewel tones, next year’s palette by Sico paint is filled with bold, energetic hues from all colour families – with blues of all shades being a favourite in each group. Continue reading

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Touchscreen technology latest innovation in choosing paint colour


PPG Colour Work Station

PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS Brand Launches Industry-First In-Store Colour Work Station
Touchscreen technology latest innovation in choosing paint colour

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2014 – Taking a cue from popular mobile applications, a leading paint brand has introduced what it calls a more fun and effective way to choose paint colour.

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS® brand has launched the PPG Colour Work Station, a first-of-its-kind interactive in-store paint palette display with an integrated 42-inch digital touchscreen. The work station is available at PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealers across Canada. Continue reading

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SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends: Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead


Tempo The vibrant, playful hues of the Tempo palette by Sico paint infuse an element of energy into a decor and appear almost illuminated, such as Pesto Pasta (6513-24 Δ) green, featured on the walls of this living room.

Tempo
The vibrant, playful hues of the Tempo palette by Sico paint infuse an element of energy into a decor and appear almost illuminated, such as Pesto Pasta (6513-24 Δ) green, featured on the walls of this living room.

SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends

Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead

 

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, EMBARGO TO Sept. 29, 2014 – After years of playing it safe with neutral decor, Canadians are demonstrating more confidence in their colour choices, and this will translate into bolder, more expressive-looking homes in the year ahead. Continue reading

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Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting: Dulux


Dulux Exterior Photo 1 Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

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Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting
Add pizzazz to the outside of your home with this season’s top colours

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2014 – If you put off painting the exterior of your home this summer, don’t fret. Early fall, not summer, is actually the best time to paint or stain the outside of your house, according to leading brand DULUX® paint.

“Most people wait for summer to get outside and paint, but contrary to popular opinion, a hot sunny day is not the ideal time for an exterior paint or stain job,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint in unveiling the brand’s new exterior colour card. “What the majority of Canadians don’t realize is that weather conditions can make or break a paint project and affect the longevity of a job.” Continue reading

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Vitality-Boosting Pasta Salad


Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

Vitality-Boosting Pasta Salad

This pasta salad – developed by leading nutrition expert Rose Reisman – is a powerhouse when it comes to vitality-boosting ingredients, including whole grains, edamame beans, berries, orange veggies and Greek yogurt. Continue reading

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Canadian Survey Shows People Eating Healthier Than Five Years Ago


Vitality Boosting Pasta by Catelli!

Vitality Boosting Pasta by Catelli!

Canadian Survey Shows People Eating Healthier Than Five Years Ago
Most prefer eating simple foods, associate healthy eating with vitality and happiness

TORONTO, August 12, 2014 – Ninety-five per cent of Canadians who responded to a recent survey eat healthier, more natural foods today than they did five years ago.

The national survey of eating habits – performed by Montreal-based BAM Strategy on behalf of Catelli Foods Corporation – also reveals that of the 15,593 respondents*, 54 per cent said they feel more vibrant and happier when eating healthy, natural foods. Continue reading

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Menopause a Hot Topic, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40: Companies get Creative with Products


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Menopause a Hot Topic Among Canadian Women, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40 Years Old

Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable

Toronto, Ontario – June 25, 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Continue reading

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Hot Colours for Summer: DULUX paint unveils palette rooted in the garden‏


Dulux Summer Colours 1   The summer 2014 colour palette by DULUX paint includes floral pastels, field greens, and bright yellows, oranges and reds, such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407) pictured on the walls of this room.

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The summer 2014 colour palette by DULUX paint includes floral pastels, field greens, and bright yellows, oranges and reds, such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407) pictured on the walls of this room.

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Hot Colours for Summer

DULUX paint unveils palette rooted in the garden

TORONTO, June 23, 2014 – “Garden fresh” is taking on a whole new meaning this summer. Once associated with the culinary world, the concept has branched into home décor, infusing outdoor freshness into living spaces.

That’s the message of leading brand DULUX® paint in unveiling its summer 2014 colour palette. According to the DULUX brand, this season’s hottest hues – becoming firmly planted in all areas of the home – including floral pastels, bright reds, yellows and oranges, and field greens.

“After a long, cold winter, warm garden-like colours are quickly gaining popularity on Canadian walls as well as in furniture and accessories,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for DULUX paint. “The trend moves consumers away from the comfort zone of whites and beiges towards brighter tones that emit a feeling of renewed energy and help lift spirits.”

Topping the list of summer favourites by DULUX paint are tomato reds such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407), spicy oranges such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468), pastel yellows such as May Yellow (50YY 75/254), and meadow greens such as Potpourri Green (50GY 66/111).

Explaining that paint is the easiest and least expensive way to bring summer’s warm colours into the home, Tustin-Fuchs suggested choosing the main colour for a room and then adding other hues in unequal amounts. “A good rule of thumb is to use the dominant tone in about two-thirds of the room and the other colours in lessening quantities,” he said. “For example, if you select a soft green as the dominant colour, you may want to paint your trim, doors, and ceilings in varying shades of that green or another colour of the same concentration.”

Dulux Summer Colours 2   Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside this summer by painting walls in lively shades, such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468) orange and May Yellow (50YY 75/254) by DULUX paint, featured on the walls of this living space.

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Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside this summer by painting walls in lively shades, such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468) orange and May Yellow (50YY 75/254) by DULUX paint, featured on the walls of this living space.

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When painting more than one room, Tustin-Fuchs said he recommends planning your entire colour scheme before starting the job. “Paste paint chips of the colours you’ve chosen for each room on a piece of white cardboard to make sure they work well together, and adjust your choices accordingly, keeping in mind that the shades will be much more intense on a large wall.”

To make the paint selection process easier, DULUX paint has introduced several online tools that help take the guesswork out of choosing colours, he explained. The DULUX paint colour visualizer, for example, accessible at http://www.dulux.ca, enables users to virtually paint sample rooms or their own uploaded photos and explore different colour combinations before picking up a paintbrush. Visitors to the website can also upload photos of their favourite sites or vacation hotspots, and the DULUX paint software will automatically help them recreate the feeling of the image in a room by suggesting a paint palette based on the colours in the particular photo.

“A change of wall colour can freshen up a room like no other decorating tool,” Tustin-Fuchs said. “Particularly, this summer’s colours will help bring the beauty of the outdoors inside and keep your home feeling warm even once winter rolls around again.”

For more information about DULUX paint’s summer 2014 colour palette and to try the colour selection tools, visit http://www.dulux.ca or a DULUX paint store near you.

About DULUX® Paint

You will find DULUX paints in more than 240 company-owned DULUX paint stores across Canada serving the consumer and professional markets. In addition, within the province of Quebec, the strong regional BÉTONEL® brand is combined with the DULUX brand to form 70 Bétonel/DULUX Paint Stores. No matter where the DULUX brand is sold, it offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services to the marketplace.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG help customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Net sales in 2013 were $15.1 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

BETONEL is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.

DULUX is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Inc., for use in Canada only.

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Menopause a Hot Topic Among Canadian Women, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40 Years Old


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Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable

Toronto, Ontario – Summer 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

This reality has opened a new market of opportunity for Canadian businesses, which are coming up with creative solutions to this centuries-old problem as more Generation Xers edge towards middle-age. Continue reading

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Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Bow Tie Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto Arugula and Pine Nuts Chef Peter George, CN Tower, Toronto


Chef Peter George, Toronto Recipe

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 
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Toronto’s CN Tower Chef Joins Other Canadian Culinary Superstars to Launch Unique Cookbook in Support of Local Food Banks


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Toronto’s CN Tower Chef Joins Other Canadian Culinary Superstars to Launch Unique Cookbook in Support of Local Food Banks

Project spearheaded by Catelli® pasta in effort to help feed country’s hungry in summer, the slowest time of year for food banks

Toronto, Ontario – April 23, 2014 – Food banks across the country struggle in the summer, their slowest donation time of the year, so 15 of Canada’s leading chefs have come together to help give them a boost.

Part of a campaign spearheaded by Catelli® pasta, the chefs have contributed to a unique cookbook, called Catelli® Pasta Plus Five: Five-ingredient summer pasta dishes by some of Canada’s top chefs, launched today. Available for download free-of-charge at www.catelli.ca or on Catelli’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/catelli‎), the cookbook features easy, gourmet pasta recipes that are made using only five key ingredients in addition to the pasta.  For every “share” of the cookbook on Facebook, Catelli® pasta will donate a serving of pasta to the hungry. Continue reading

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April 5 is National Caregiver Day: Nominate a Caregiver for a Prestigious Award and Chance to Win $10,000


April 5 is National Caregiver Day: Nominate a Caregiver for a Prestigious Award and Chance to Win $10,000

  Communities and employers to also be awarded for their leadership in support of caregivers

 Toronto, Ontario – April 1, 2014 – The search is on for exceptional caregivers across Canada. In celebration of National Caregiver Day, which takes place on April 5, Canadians are being asked to nominate a family or professional caregiver for a unique caregiver award and explain what the caregiver would do with $10,000.

It’s all part of a unique program, called Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org), that supports and celebrates caregivers of all kinds across the country. The awards, which will be presented at both a regional and national level, will recognize a total of 10 exceptional caregivers – five family and five professional caregivers – in four regions: Western, Central, Atlantic and Northern Canada. Continue reading

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Go for Glam in 2014: Opulence Is Latest Trend in Home Decor, Says Sico Paint


SICO Design Splendour 1 Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, presenting itself throughout the décor in the form of dramatic colours. Pictured in this hallway, featuring striking black flooring and railings, is SICO Jazz Night (6019-83) on the foreground and staircase walls, and Amalfi Lagoon (6149-83) on the far wall.

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Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, presenting itself throughout the décor in the form of dramatic colours. Pictured in this hallway, featuring striking black flooring and railings, is SICO Jazz Night (6019-83) on the foreground and staircase walls, and Amalfi Lagoon (6149-83) on the far wall.

Go for Glam in 2014: Opulence Is Latest Trend in Home Decor

SICO paint introduces unique colour palette to achieve a lavish look

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, March 11, 2014 – We’re seeing it on the runways, on the highways, and now in all facets of home décor.

Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, according to leading brand SICO® paint. It’s presenting itself with dramatic colours, rich metallic shades, and plush velvet and suede – think shimmery antique golds highlighted by sophisticated darks and extravagant gem tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire. Continue reading

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New Air-Purifying Hardwood Floor is First-of-its-Kind in World


Lauzon Pure Genius 1 The Pure Genius flooring pictured in this living room is from the Lauzon Designer Collection, Organic Series, colour Charm in Hard Maple.

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The Pure Genius flooring pictured in this living room is from the Lauzon Designer Collection, Organic Series, colour Charm in Hard Maple.

This Product is Pure Genius

 

New Air-Purifying Hardwood Floor is First-of-its-Kind in World

 

January 7, 2014 – A new product recently launched on the North American market makes living spaces healthier from the ground up – literally. The first of its kind in the world, Pure Genius® smart hardwood flooring by leading Canadian manufacturer Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, improves indoor air quality of a home while beautifying the decor. Continue reading

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Dulux Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead


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Start Afresh with 2014 Paint Palette

DULUX Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead

TORONTO, ON (November 18, 2013)  The DULUX® brand has given new meaning to the words “fresh paint” with the unveiling of its 2014 paint trends forecast. The colourful palette is filled with rich, invigorating hues that represent renewal and refreshing change, says the leading Canadian paint brand. Continue reading

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Eleven Canadians Win Prestigious Caregiving Awards


Eleven Canadians Win Prestigious Caregiving Awards

 

Toronto, Ontario – October 23, 2013 – Eleven Canadians have won prestigious awards recognizing them as exceptional caregivers. Six of the winners are family caregivers and five are professional caregivers. Continue reading

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Family Caregivers can Now Access Local Resources and Advice with Help of New Caregiver Hotline, Web Tool


Attention Family Caregivers:

 

Access Local Resources and Advice with Help

of New Caregiver Hotline, Web Tool

 

Experts will help you avoid making these top five caregiving mistakes

 

Toronto, Ontario – October 23, 2013 – With the number of family caregivers growing – estimates peg the total at one in four Canadians – a first-of-its-kind caregiver support organization has launched a unique hotline and web tool to help family caregivers cope and find the resources they need to take care of their loved ones. Continue reading

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Get this Season’s Hot Colours on your Walls and your Clothes


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Get this Season’s Hot Colours on your Walls and your Clothes

DULUX paint unveils fall colours for the home through unique fashion collection

TORONTO, October 21, 2013 – What will your walls be wearing this fall? Leading Canadian paint brand DULUX® paint is making it easier than ever to bring one of the hottest trends in fashion into your home décor with the launch of a unique colour campaign.

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CORRECTION: Photo Op Wednesday — thousands of Servings of Pasta to be Delivered to North York Harvest Food Bank


Unique Photo Opportunity:

 

Thousands of Servings of Pasta to be Delivered to North York Harvest Food Bank

 

Toronto, Ontario– Catelli® pasta is helping to battle hunger in Toronto one serving of pasta at a time.

 

Approximately 14,570 portions of Catelli® pasta will be delivered to the North York Harvest Food Bank as part of a campaign called Help Us Feed the Hope. This significant donation is just one of many deliveries that will take place across the country, as Catelli® aims to reach a donation goal of one million servings of pasta to feed the hungry across Canada.

 

Media are invited to participate in the unloading of the pasta. Excellent visual opportunities will be available.

 

WHAT:                  Unloading delivery of 14,570 portions of Catelli® pasta 

 

WHEN:                  June 12, 2013

                               11:00 a.m. – Noon

 

WHERE:               North York Harvest Food Bank

640 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto

 

As part of the Help Us Feed the Hope campaign, Catelli® pasta is donating a serving of pasta to Toronto food banks for every box purchased by Torontonians at Sobeys and Foodland stores until the end of June.

 

“In Ontario alone, there are more than 160,000 families in need, yet hunger is a solvable problem, so we’re encouraging everyone in the community to get involved and help lighten the load of fellow community members,” said Sandra Kim, Director of Marketing for the Catelli® pasta brand.

 

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Business Coach Identifies Market Gap, Launches Unique Home Renovation Service That Benefits Both Contractors and Homeowners


First-of-its-kind initiative, called Renovantage™, seeing steady growth since 2011 launch

 

Toronto, Ontario – April 29, 2013 – As a business coach, Greg Peterson has seen his share of business trends and patterns over the years. That’s why he knew he had a high-value fixer-upper when he identified a market gap in the home renovation business. Continue reading

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Top Toronto chef featured in unique cookbook that aims to help feed city’s hungry


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Catelli® Pasta Unveils Unique Cookbook as Part

of Program to Feed Toronto’s Hungry

 

“Gourmet Family Meals for Under $10” features recipes from top Canadian chefs,

including Chef John Higgins of Toronto’s George Brown College Chef School

 

Toronto, Ontario – April 8, 2013 – Catelli® pasta is helping to battle hunger inToronto one serving of pasta at a time. Continue reading

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April 5 is National Caregiver Day: Show Canadian Caregivers You Care with an Award Nomination


Canada Cares and We Care Home Health Services to grant one caregiver $10,000 to fulfill a special wish  Toronto, Ontario – March 28, 2013 – Do you know a caregiver who deserves recognition? In a unique initiative, Canadians are being asked to nominate a family, friend or professional caregiver for a “best in Canada” caregiver award and explain what they would do with a $10,000 prize. Called the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards, the new initiative is being launched in celebration of National Caregiver Day, which takes place on April 5. It’s all part of an innovative program, called Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org), that supports and salutes caregivers of all kinds across the country. The awards, which will be presented at both a regional and national level, will recognize two exceptional caregivers – one family or friend and one health care professional – in Western, Atlantic and Northern Canada, as well as four exceptional caregivers in Central Canada. Two National winners will be chosen from selected regional candidates. Caregiver Award winners will be selected by a national committee of caregivers and health professional organizations, according to such criteria as caregiver strength, commitment to care, community involvement and compassion.  One deserving nominee will also be selected to win the Canada Cares One Wish Award, worth $10,000, sponsored by We Care Home Health Services. The Canada Cares One Wish Award will be evaluated on the strength of the caregiver’s commitment to care, the creativity of the response regarding how the $10,000 would be used, and the level of need. “The number of caregivers in Canada is rapidly increasing, with current estimates pegged at over five million,” said Caroline Tapp-McDougall, Chair of Canada Cares. “It’s time to support and recognize caregivers from coast to coast for their tireless, selfless efforts to help improve the lives of others.” Nominations, which can be submitted online, by mail or by video, will be accepted until September 30, with winners announced in November. For details on how to nominate a caregiver, visit www.canadacares.org.   About Canada Cares (www.canadacares.org)Canada Cares is a not-for-profit program that involves a virtual community, grassroots events, and caregiver coaching program. It has been created through a unique partnership between healthcare organizations and businesses across the country, including Canadian Red Cross, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, The Canadian Abilities Foundation, Kohler Canada, MV-1 Canada, Zoomer Wireless, Stroke Recovery Canada, We Care Home Health Services, Lifestage Care,  Invacare Corporation, Spectrum Health Care, Ability Online, Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Caregiving Matters, Brain Injury Association of Canada and many others. About We Care (www.wecare.ca)We Care Home Health Services, a leading national provider of in-home care and support services with over 50 locations across Canada, provides professional and compassionate care that allows seniors and others to live independently in the comfort of their own homes in over 800 communities across Canada. 

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Young Mother from Ontario Is First in North America to Receive MRI-friendly Defibrillator Implant


Life-altering device, implanted by Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre,

opens doors for thousands of cardiac patients currently denied MRIs

 

Newmarket, Ontario – January 29, 2013 – Every year an estimated 1.5 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed in Canada and the number is growing at a rate of about 10 per cent per year. At the same time, a soaring number of Canadians who rely on implanted defibrillators to keep their hearts beating are denied this valuable, life-saving diagnostic test despite a 50 to 75 per cent probability that they will require one over the lifetime of their defibrillator. Continue reading

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Fiesta Fit Soup


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By Liz Pearson

Fiesta Fit Soup

This delicious soup is a one-pot meal containing ingredients that are linked to reducing belly fat, including whole grains, fibre, healthy fats, peppers and flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables. What’s more, it’s easy to make, taking only 25 minutes from stove-top to table. Continue reading

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Belly Fat, Not Scale is Best Measure of Health


This New Year, resolve to get the skinny on five fat-burning foods,

 including whole grains, soluble fibres and plant compounds

 

Toronto, Ontario – January 3, 2013 – When resolving to lose weight this year, don’t rely on the scale. Measuring belly fat, rather than weight, is often a better indicator of a healthy body.

So says leading Canadian dietitian Liz Pearson, emphasizing that excess abdominal fat significantly increases the risk of health problems – such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer – as well as death. It may also speed up the aging process and the onset of dementia. Continue reading

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T’is the Season to Care


Canadians Encouraged to Take the Caregiving Challenge,

Demonstrate Which City is Most Caring Community in Canada

 

December 10, 2012 –  T’is the season to care, so why not do something nice for a caregiver in your life – and tell the rest of Canada about it?  The Canadian city with the most residents who share their do-good stories will be deemed the most caring community in Canada. Continue reading

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Dulux® Announces Top Colour Picks for Fall


CIL Classic Liberty Red Bedroom

Rich reds, oranges, and yellows bring out the best of the season in home décor

 TORONTO, ON (August 7, 2012) – As the outdoors parade an array of colours this fall, Dulux® paint has announced its top paint colour picks to transfer some of the season’s hottest shades indoors.

From rich reds to coppery oranges and spicy yellows, the trend in home décor this autumn is towards more saturated, sophisticated colours that bring out the best of the season, according to the colour experts with Dulux.

“Brighter colours of the past are making way for deeper and richer tones that exude a greater feeling of warmth, just in time for the colder weather,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Brand Director for AkzoNobel, makers of Dulux® paint. The following three Dulux colours have been selected as the brand’s top recommendations this season.

French Stripe Red (10YR 17/465): Deep, warm and misty, this tropical red contains subtle hints of peach. Recommended for living and dining areas, reds of this season are toned down from their previously fiery qualities, making them more versatile than in the past.

Simmering Cider (50YR 26/461): This burnt orange has a tan undertone and a light element reminiscent of copper. With a rustier hue, this mature orange moves away from the pumpkin-inspired tones of last year, delivering a happy, reassuring tone to a classic colour.

Provincial Majesty (30YY 33/613): More exotic and spicier than the recently-popular sunny and lemonade-like yellows, this yellow breaks free of the colour’s traditional role. With a hint of curry, mustard and gold ore, this fall’s yellows pair well with neutrals and oranges, inspiring some unexpected combinations.

“Fall is reminiscent of the lush colours of nature, and this season’s paint palette is no different,” said Tustin-Fuchs. “With a colour trend that is leaning towards maturing tones, we can expect to see more classic, richer looking décor settings in the home.”

For more information about Dulux colour trends, visit www.dulux.ca.

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About Dulux® Paint

Dulux® paint is AkzoNobel’s flagship paint brand worldwide. First introduced in 1931, the brand is sold in more than 40 markets globally today, making it the most widely available paint brand in the world. In North America, you will find the brand in nearly 240 Dulux Paint Stores across Canada serving the professional market. Within the province of Quebec, the leading Bétonel®,brand is combined with the Dulux brand, to form seventy Bétonel/Dulux Paint Stores. No matter where the Dulux brand is sold, it offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services to the marketplace. Dulux and Bétonel paints are brands of AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company.

About AkzoNobel’s North American Decorative Paints Business

Within its North American paints business, AkzoNobel produces a portfolio of well-respected brands, including Sico® , Glidden®, Glidden Professional™, Dulux®Bétonel®, CIL®, Ralph Lauren® and Devoe® paints; Flood®, Sikkens® and Synteko® wood care products; and Liquid Nails® and Mulco® adhesives and caulks. Products are sold through company-owned stores, national retail outlets, distributors and independent dealers throughout North America as well as exported internationally.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the largest global paint and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Glidden, Sikkens, International, and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

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Paint Projects Popular in Fall, Thanks to Long Weekends, Back to School


CIL Classic Liberty Red Bedroom:
This season’s rich reds – such as CIL’s Classic Liberty Red (30R 07/354), painted on the walls of this bedroom – are reminiscent of striking fall foliage.

CIL® paint unveils top colours for this season

Sico Photo 3

TORONTO, ON (August 7, 2012) – As the weather turns cooler, Canadians tend to warm up to paint. That’s the finding of leading paint brand CIL® paint, which reports that it has seen strong fall paint sales over the last several years.

“August and September have become huge months for painting,” said Alison Goldman, Brand Manager for AkzoNobel, makers of CIL paint. “While in reality, interior painting season is anytime thanks to new eco-friendly paints that don’t even require open windows for ventilation, many people still seem to choose the fall months to paint when the air begins to get cooler.”

 Explaining that the motivation to paint in the fall is often spurred by a desire to provide a fresh start for kids going back to school, or to prepare for long weekend guests, Goldman says that “next to Christmas, Thanksgiving is a huge entertaining time and, for many, a perfect excuse to give rooms a lift.”

With the popularity of autumn paint projects, CIL has unveiled its palette of hot fall colours for this season. Leading the trend are yellow-toned reds and oranges, and green-toned blues and purples. 

 “This year’s fall colours include both warm and cool shades, so they can easily adapt to a wide range of individual tastes,” said Goldman, citing CIL’s top picks for the season as warm colours Golden Tan (90YR 34/468) burnt orange, Warm Gold (35YY 59/533) yellow, Classic Liberty Red (30R 07/354) and Peach Swirl(80YR 57/293), and cool colours Black Bordeaux (70RR 07/100) eggplant purple,Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) royal blue and Caribbean Waters (65BB 17/353) deep teal.

CIL Blazer Blue Kitchen:
Royal blue, such as CIL’s Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) featured in this photo, cheers up a kitchen wall.

Fall Colour Trends 2012

What these colours have in common is that they are all rich, full-bodied hues that convey character, she explained, adding that they also each bring into a home the best of the outdoors – from striking fall foliage and autumn’s dramatic skies to quiet, shady corners of nature.

Goldman recommends painting even one accent wall with one of this season’s top hues to give a room added personality. For example, royal blue cheers up a kitchen wall, burnt orange enlivens a dining or living area, and deep purple soothes a sitting room, she explains.

CIL Golden Tan Living Room:
Burnt orange, such as CIL’s Golden Tan (90YR 34/468) pictured on the walls of this living room, is a hot colour this fall.

 

CIL Golden Tan Living Room

To view CIL’s fall colour picks online, or for colour selection and painting tips, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

 About CIL® paint

Available in Canada at The Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Walmart and independent paint dealers, CIL® paint has been a trusted brand in businesses, communities, schools, and homes across the country since 1927.  With more than 1,200 colours in its palette, CIL paint has developed a colour mood system that guarantees a perfect match across a wide spectrum of colours. Regardless of whether it’s interior or exterior paint or advanced wood stains, the CIL brand stands for delivering simple to use paint solutions that offer outstanding value to do-it-yourself consumers.  CIL paint is a brand of AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company. 

About AkzoNobel’s North American Decorative Paints Business

Within its North American paints business, AkzoNobel produces a portfolio of well-respected brands, including Glidden®, Glidden Professional™, Dulux® Bétonel®, CIL®, Sico®, Ralph Lauren® and Devoe® paints; Flood®, Sikkens® and Synteko®wood care products; and Liquid Nails® and Mulco® adhesives and caulks. Products are sold through company-owned stores, national retail outlets, distributors and independent dealers throughout North America as well as exported internationally.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Glidden, Sikkens, International, and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

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Penne Rigate Bruschetta Pasta


Penne Rigate Bruschetta Pasta

With a sauce that doesn’t require cooking, this meal is fast, easy and a perfect pre-exercise dish.

 Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 

Ingredients:

 1 pkg ( 375 g )            whole wheat penne rigate, such as Catelli® Healthy Harvest® brand

1/2 cup ( 125 ml )        chopped sweet or white onion

1 cup ( 250 ml )           loosely packed, chopped fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup ( 125 ml )        loosely packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 tbsp ( 15 ml )            sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp ( 2 ml )             each salt and pepper

4                                  cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 1/2 cups ( 625 ml ) chopped, ripe, on-the-vine tomatoes

1 tbsp ( 15 ml )            extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Toss the tomatoes with the onion, basil, parsley, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic. Let stand for at least 10 minutes.

Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain well and toss with the reserved bruschetta mixture.

Toss mixture with olive oil and adjust seasonings before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional information:

Per serving (about 2 cups/500 ml):
408 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 304 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrates, 11 g fibre, 15 g protein. Excellent source of folate, niacin, thiamin, and iron. Good source of vitamin C.

For more energy-boosting meal and snack ideas, visit www.wholegrainpasta.ca or www.lizpearson.com.

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Carbs are Gold When it Comes to Boosting Energy


Penne Rigate Bruschetta Pasta

Summer Olympics perfect time for Canadians to adopt good eating habits of athletes 

June 18, 2012 – With the Summer Olympics set to take place in London next month, many of us are inspired to get into shape. Keep in mind, though, that the most successful exercise regimes start with what you eat, emphasizes leading Canadian dietitian and best-selling author Liz Pearson.

 “Carbohydrates are the primary and most important source of energy for the body,” says Pearson, co-author of Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and author of Broccoli, Love and Dark Chocolate, to be released in Spring 2013. “Many people today have developed a phobia of carbs, but the truth is that carbs are actually good for us and we need to consume them every day, particularly when we’re active.”

 In fact, the U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends that most of our daily calories – 45 to 65 percent – come from carbohydrates, with 20 to 35 percent coming from fat and 10 to 35 percent from protein. Pearson explains that our bodies break down carbs into sugar (glucose), which provides energy for our cells, tissues, and organs, and gets stored in our muscles for when it’s needed. Once storage is depleted, however, muscles quickly fatigue.

 “anytime we exercise, we should adopt the mindset of an athlete and think of carbs as fuel for our muscles, but it’s critical to be aware that not all carbs are created equal,” Pearson says, explaining that 100 percent whole grain bread and pasta – such as Catelli® Healthy Harvest® pasta – fruits, vegetables, and beans are the best fuel for our bodies. Most of the carbohydrates we eat on a daily basis should be these ‘good carbs,’ she says. “Because they’re slowly digested, they provide a gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream, and contain valuable nutrients and plant compounds that protect health, guard against diseases and can save lives.”

 On the other hand, “getting carbs from refined grains such as white breads and pasta, or cereals, cakes and cookies made with white flour, as well as highly-processed sugary drinks, candy and desserts, can increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, macular degeneration and some cancers,” Pearson cautions.

Given that the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week – with children and youth requiring 60 minutes per day – how can one best incorporate carbs into a diet to get a workout of Olympic proportions?

Citing research by the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Pearson suggests eating a meal consisting of good carbs three to four hours before exercising, followed by a carb-mixed-with-protein snack 30 to 60 minutes before getting started to optimize performance. Consuming another carb-and-protein snack immediately following exercise is ideal to enhance carbohydrate storage.

According to Pearson, examples of good carb options that help fuel muscles and provide energy are:

Three to four hours before exercise:

  • 100 percent whole grain spaghetti or pasta salad (see recipe below).
  • Stir fry on a bed of brown rice.
  •  Whole grain pancakes.

30 to 60 minutes before exercise:

  • A small bowl of whole grain cereal.
  • Whole grain crackers with bean dip.
  • Half a sandwich with lean protein on whole grain bread.
  • Fruit smoothie made with milk or yogurt.

Post-workout:

  • Chocolate milk.
  • Yogurt.
  • Whole grain energy bar.

 If increasing energy levels isn’t incentive enough, Pearson emphasizes that good carbs are also excellent for brain health – including memory building, learning, and thinking – and may even promote weight-loss because of their ability to satisfy hunger. A recent Canadian Community Health Survey, for example, showed that of the almost 4,500 people studied, those who were at the lowest risk of being overweight got 47 to 64 percent of their calories from eating carbohydrates.

 “Numerous studies reinforce the benefits of eating carbohydrates, including research that shows athletes who don’t consume a daily diet high in carbs experience fatigue and poor performance,” Pearson says. “So go for the gold standard in health and make sure you get enough carbs each day – your body will thank you for performing better.”

 For more energy-boosting meal and snack ideas, visit www.wholegrainpasta.ca or www.lizpearson.com.

 

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