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.

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.

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.”

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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


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)



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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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

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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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


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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