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CUTV, Concordia University Television and Political Discussions

In Video Work on November 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This is a video of CUTV and Concordia University political discussions while I was doing my master’s degree at the school.

With this Ring Movie Event in Montréal, Canada

In Writing (all kinds) on April 3, 2017 at 11:55 AM
Ameesha Joshi invited you to With This Ring‘s event
With This Ring | Montreal Premiere
Monday, April 3 at 7 PM
Concordia University – Hall Building in Montreal, Quebec
Going
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Back to where it all began! We’re thrilled to be finally showing our film in Montreal AND at Concordia University. We first met while studying at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and starte…

End Piece: an uplifting experience (Originally Published in Concordia University Alumni Magazine)

In Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 29, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write. My master’s degree in media studies from Concordia helped me reach that goal — and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

Invitation – Fête des neiges de Montréal continues this weekend!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 8, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Weekends
January 17 to February 8, 2015

MONTREAL, le 31 janv. 2015 /CNW Telbec/ –

Not-to-be-missed activities every weekend

  • Tube slide
  • Zip-line
  • Ferris wheel with a great view of downtown Montréal
  • Refrigerated skaters’ path along the river
  • Dog-sled and horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Bing Bang Bulle
  • Battle of the Forts by La Guerre des Tuques 3D
  • And more than 25 exciting winter activities!

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Artwork from Salon Utopia

In Business, Technology, Uncategorized on April 3, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Here are four pieces of the artwork I did for a website I had called “Salon Utopia” that I did as part of my graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

Betsy was the receptionist of the virtual Salon Utopia

Betsy was the receptionist of the virtual Salon Utopia

Example of people talking in online forum
Example of people talking in online forum

Portrait of myself as a baby
Portrait of myself as a baby

Example of people who would come to virtual Salon Utopia Example of people who would come to virtual Salon Utopia

Coffee on the Cheap

In Business, Entertainment, Health, Writing (all kinds) on March 29, 2015 at 3:00 AM

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

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Happy Birthday Anna Zammarchi!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Have a wonderful day!

Low Flying: Island Wings has promise, but never takes off (Originally Published in the Hour in Montreal)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Writing (all kinds), book reviews on June 1, 2009 at 13:23

As many Canadian children were being told fairy tales of mystic lands where houses were made of candy cane and gingerbread, where glass slippers and a mere kiss could turn girls into royalty, the magical tales told to a young Cecil Foster were about joining his parents in the Land of Plenty: “We would sit around the fire with Grandmother enthroned on the big rock, her dress or skirt lapped between our legs, while she told us stories. She taught us about our family history and painted glowing pictures for Stephen, Errol and me about the great life awaiting us, when we joined our parents in England.” This is the story Foster tells in Island Wings: A Memoir. Read the rest of this entry »

Hair – by Donna Kakonge (published December 1999/January 2000 – Panache Magazine)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 30, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Beauty, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on November 2, 2008 at 14:27

Back in the mid-80s, watching Oprah Winfrey’s bouncing and behaving hair was like a dream come true. I never knew that black hair could do that. I rushed to a salon, telling them to duplicate the Oprah ‘do on my head, and they did. The bad part is that just like what once happened to Oprah, my hair fell out. I was left with no hair on my head to duplicate any ‘do. Read the rest of this entry »

Modifications- principales entraves sur le réseau routier de la région de Montréal pour ce soir et la nuit prochaine

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

ONTRÉAL, le 18 mars 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – à 17 h 45 – Le ministère des Transports avise les usagers  des modifications suivantes aux entraves planifiées sur le réseau autoroutier de la grande région métropolitaine de Montréal.

EN BREF –AJOUT

Île de Montréal

A-40 (AUTOROUTE MÉTROPOLITAINE)
Montréal
Direction OUEST
À la hauteur de la sortie no 73 (R-335, avenue Christophe-Colomb, rue Saint-Hubert)

  • fermeture COMPLÈTE, de mardi 23 h à mercredi 5 h

Détour : voie de desserte Read the rest of this entry »

Pinnacle of Vandalism (A selection of thoughts, feelings and musings) by R. William Patry will steal your heart

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

me and pov

I am a warrior of mighty battles and I challenge a mighty foe

A dreamer of endless passions that capsizes in an undertow

Of swirling visions and endless fears blown up in front of me

Being chased by demons of evil nature trying to set me free.

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Only My Voice: Vignettes of Crazy People Singing to Stay Sane is Available

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Purchase Donna Kakonge’s Latest Book online today:

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Kaliyana

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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At $27.20, Fonds de solidarité FTQ share reaches a new high

In Contact Information, Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 27, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Highlights for the six-month period ended November 30, 2012:

  • Share at $27.20;
  • Increase of $0.61 since July 2012;
  • Net earnings of $198 million;
  • 6 month net return of 2.3%;
  • 12 month net return of 4.7%;
  • Net assets increase to $8.8 billion;
  • No limit on the number of shares that can be issued this year.

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CRTC increases the diversity of voices in the Montreal market

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2012 at 3:00 AM
OTTAWA-GATINEAU — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved a new multilingual
television station to be called International Channel/Canal International
(ICI). The CRTC also approved an application by Rogers to acquire CJNT, an
ethnic television station, and authorized it to convert the station to an
English-language station.  Read the rest of this entry »

Resolute Forest Products to Host Management Call to Discuss Third Quarter Results

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) plans to issue its third quarter financial results on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, in a press release to be issued at approximately 8:00 a.m. (ET). The Company will then hold a conference call to discuss those results at 9:00 a.m. (ET). The public is invited to join the call at 888 789-9572 (pass code 9922866) at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time. A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under “Presentations and Webcasts” in the “Investors” section of www.resolutefp.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website. Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder – Media invitation – Join us for the PREMIERE of Once upon a Winter … in the Tropics at the Montréal Biodôme

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM

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MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ –

On the program:

10 a.m. Eggs (exhibition)
10:25 a.m. What’s That Egg? (puppet show) (In French)
11 a.m. Meet the creators and artists of What’s That Egg?
11:15 a.m. Becquer bobos rescue centre and Commander Arara
11:30 a.m. Photo op: A taste of what you can look forward to on Boxing Day, December 26, at the Biodôme: decorated boxes to pique different species’ curiosity and encourage them to play. Featured on Saturday: the lynxes.

Saturday, December 17, at 10 a.m.
4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Viau metro station – parking: 4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin for commercial vehicles and pay to park at 3000 Viau or 3200 Viau

What’s That Egg? is a puppet show for young people, starring animals from the tropical forest and written especially for the Biodôme. Little ones will enjoy the Becquer bobos rescue centre, where they can pretend to be apprentice veterinarians.

winter.espacepourlavie.ca
For further information:
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053
nadine.fortin@ville.montreal.qc.ca Anik Robichaud-Gauvin, Marketing Representative
514 868-3123
Anik.robichaud-gauvin@ville.montreal.qc.ca

Montreal: Quelle Ville!

In Business, cars, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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What a great city Montreal is – quelle ville! If you buy your bus ticket in advance like I did from Toronto to Montreal for $89 with the tax, you can pay very little for your travel. There are other cheap ways to travel, but please see my Free Ride article for more information on your options.

The subway system is one of the best ways to get around once you’re in the city. I bought six bus tickets for approx. $11, one costs $1.87 CDN. That’s less than Toronto and you can still get the very same world-class feel as T.O. in Montreal.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good friend there like I do, then you can always crash on her coach and show your thanks in the most inexpensive ways you can think of. Such as, I paid for some of her necessary shopping as we walked and scooted around the city to run her errands. I bought her gummy bears and paid for a green tea drink from a health food store at Berri-Uquam Metro – which is one of the central stations close to where the bus is. Shopping with Anna was fun and educational (I learned a lot about good things to buy at health food stores like fresh almonds). This was lots of fun because it reminded what life is like for busy Montrealers and daily living with juggling work and home life.

We mainly shopped around the Mile End, Outremont and Plateau neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods are French areas, but many people do speak English. Outremont is a rich area and for free you can walk around and see how the other half lives. I don’t think I’ve seen so many Saabs parked in one place in my life.

Anna is a great cook and made fantastic egg noodle pasta (a traditional Italian dish) with parmesan cheese. The trip was so exciting that I didn’t feel like I needed coffee and the sun shines so bright in Montreal that I chose to go with decaffeinated coffee instead. Anna also introduced me to something known as chicory, which is a coffee alternative. I know from experience that West Indians have something like this known as Milo that is also a coffee alternative. I bought the chicory from a health food store on St.Laurent which is also known as the Main (it kind of divides the more English part of Montreal to the west and the more French part of Montreal to the east). The chicory costs only $4.79 for quite a decent size jar and I can get a lot of coffee-tasting flavour out of it. Compare this to spending about that much on a specialty drink at Starbucks.

My main purpose going to Montreal was to help to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Concordia University communications program where I did my graduate studies. It was terrific bumping into old friends and finding out what they’re up to. I even bumped into a notable grad Scott Laurie who is an anchor for CTV in Canada who I didn’t know was a Concordia grad. It helped me reaffirm my feeling that I did go to a good school. Plus, Columbia University is too expensive anyway ;-).

Montreal is a wonderful city when it comes to higher learning. The city has four universities, two English-speaking (Concordia and McGill) and two French-speaking (Université du Montreal and Université du Quebec à Montreal). Just experiencing the campus environment is a big part of taking in life for many people in Montreal.

What wasn’t expensive were the 10K gold earrings I bought at a jewelry store in the Plateau called Bijouterie Zenith. I got a great deal on them – they were practically a steal at $60 CDN without the tax. They’re from Portugal and they’re beautiful as the people from there.

I can’t rave about the nightlife in Montreal, but I do know what it’s like from past experience. There is a lot to do, but often it comes at a price. Clubs come and go, but if you’re into movies – a must-be-there place is Ex-Centris close to St.Laurent and St.Catherine. This movie theatre shows some terrific stuff and has a video imagining to look at when you go to the booth to buy your tickets.

I had some good old-fashioned entertainment on the television with rabbit ears (because the reception in Montreal without cable is good) and watched a modern show like Niptuck on CTV. It’s a show about the lives of plastic surgeons and it was my first time watching it. I found it quite interesting.

The ride back home wasn’t too bad at all. I even got two seats for one because there wasn’t a lot of body traffic on the bus for most of the ride. Montreal in September is a great time to go and you will enjoy it. My trip was short but sweet – and if you’re looking for a power vacation – Montreal is the place to go. Don’t forget a Metro map while you’re there.

Taylor-Birks Foundation hosts much-awaited grand opening of respite home for children with complex needs, built with $1 million in private donations

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on June 17, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Home For Children With Intellectual Disabilities – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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June 16, 2011 @ 11:30AM

MONTREAL, Quebec, June 16, 2011 — The Taylor-Birks Foundation today hosted hundreds of guests at the grand opening and open house of Eleanor Côté Home, a brand-new specialized children’s respite home in Beaconsfield, which corporate donors, West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC), Centre Marc Vanier (CMV) and the community have helped to grow over two years by raising over $1 million.

The facility will provide much-needed respite to parents of children with an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and/or severe behavioural disorder. It will be able to accommodate up to six children at once, including those with physical disabilities, and will provide those children with a wide variety of fun activities tailored to their interests and needs.

“This house is a dream come true for the families of children with complex needs,” said Gary Whittaker, chairman of the fundraising committee and the WMRC Board of Directors.

“We built this house for them because there’s no other way they can get a break from caring for their child full-time.

“To our partners, our employees, our community and all of our donors: we really couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your dedication, collaboration, and hard work.”

The home

Eleanor Côté Home is located in Beaconsfield behind WMRC’s Department of Child and Family Services with its specialized staff and facilities, which include a gym and multisensory room.

While the Taylor-Birks Foundation raised the funds necessary to build the house, WMRC partner Centre Marc Vanier contributed seed money, owns the building’s title and will be in charge of maintaining it.

“Because it has been built from scratch, Eleanor Côté Home’s design and every detail have its future clients in mind,” said Michel Massie, president of the property management non-profit. “It is perfectly adapted to their needs.”

From the beginning, planners insisted that the house be a “home” and not an institutional residence. It is spacious, accessible and safe, with playful and colourful decor inspired by Louise Chaddock Design.

“Not only is this house desperately needed, it has turned out to be more beautiful than anyone ever imagined,” said Martine Beaurivage, director, Child and Family Services, WMRC.

“It is a real home that blends in with our family-friendly neighbourhood. It’s comfortable, inviting and safe.”

The house has been operating for three weeks and will allow 48 families to receive one three-day respite period per month. Please visit a Website dedicated to the home at http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/maison-repit

Who will benefit?

The respite home’s services will be chiefly available to families from the West Island, Lachine, LaSalle, Point St. Charles, Westmount, NDG and Park Extension. Six children will be able to stay in the home at once, for up to three nights in a row, providing hundreds of “children nights” of respite to parents and siblings of children with complex needs and slashing WMRC’s waiting list for respite by almost half. Ultimately, this respite home will help to keep our community’s families together.

The donors

“There is a huge need for projects like these, which go beyond what the government can provide, and the community recognized that,” said Ian Moodie, president of the Taylor-Birks Foundation.

“We can’t be grateful enough for the tireless efforts of our campaign team and the generosity of our donors.”

The facility is named Eleanor Côté Home in recognition of the Eleanor Côté Foundation, the donor that “put the Building Hope campaign over the top” and launched the home’s construction.

Mrs. Côté herself energetically shoveled the first pile of earth at a ground-breaking ceremony for the home one year ago. Nearly 90 years old, Mrs. Côté has been a volunteer and community organizer for the West Island, and for people with an intellectual disability, for over five decades.

Among other major donors, the Rotary Club of Westmount helped to launch the campaign in 2008 with the first major donation, followed by Power Corporation of Canada, the Tenaquip Foundation, the Service d’adaptation et d’intégration de Montréal and the Trottier Family Foundation.

The project has also benefited from several WMRC employee-driven and community fundraisers as well high-profile donations from MNAs Yolande James (Nelligan), Geoffrey Kelley (Jacques Cartier), François Ouimet (Marquette) and Pierre Marsan (Robert Baldwin).

Other corporate donors have included Desjardins, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Telus, Dormez-vous? and the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation.
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About the Taylor-Birks Foundation

A longstanding partner of West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC), the Taylor-Birks Foundation aims to strengthen the network of families supporting people with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

As a registered charitable foundation, it financially supports projects that improve quality of life for WMRC users and their families, but that lie outside government mandates.

The Building Hope campaign is the biggest in the foundation’s history and has so far raised $1 million to build a respite home on WMRC property.

More information on the Taylor-Birks Foundation and how to donate is available at http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/taylor-birks-foundation

About Centre Marc Vanier

Centre Marc Vanier (CMV) is a non-profit property management foundation that has partnered with West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) since 1980 to provide quality housing for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

Eleanor Côté Home, a new respite home inaugurated in June 2011, will bring the number of homes CMV owns and manages to 30.

More information on Centre Marc Vanier is available at
http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/centre-marc-vanier-EN

West Montreal Readaptation Centre

West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) is a rehabilitation centre for children and adults with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder living within the territories of the CSSS Cavendish, CSSS Jeanne-Mance, CSSS de la Montagne and the CSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île.

Over 400 bilingual employees help to provide habilitation, rehabilitation, residential and community integration services in English and French to some 600 children and close to 1,000 adults.

WMRC earned its first accreditation from Accreditation Canada in November with an exceptional first-time grade of 96.9 percent.

http://www.crom-wmrc.ca
http://www.facebook.com/crom.wmrc

The Lighthouse of Montreal North to provide hundreds of meals a week

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

The Lighthouse of Montreal North – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

April 30, 2011 @ 02:00PM

Montreal North – The official opening of the Lighthouse of Montreal North, a community restaurant, and food bank, took place today in the presence of a federal member of parliament Denis Coderre.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North plans to provide hundreds of meals a week to people from Montreal North who find themselves in need. The idea for the project came out of the community’s desire to have a place that could provide food at no cost. This initiative comes at a time when 17 percent of adults in Montreal North find themselves living on social assistance.

“Whether it’s to help them out of a temporary bind or to give them something more long-term, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be there. We want to support those who are in financial straits and help them better their situation. We also want to let people know that there are some positive things taking place in Montreal North,” said Pastor Mario Catalano of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church, who spearheaded the initiative.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North’s mission is to offer assistance to people of all religions and backgrounds who find themselves in need. Warm and welcoming, it will treat people with the dignity they deserve. “The Lighthouse of Montreal North is a place where people can feed both body and soul. They will find something to eat, but they’ll also get some attention, meet some friendly folks and be at the centre of a great community project,” added Pastor Roberto Angelone, who has been responsible for the endeavour.

Supported entirely by donations and a group of 80 volunteers, the Lighthouse of Montreal North, will be offering breakfasts and lunches, from Monday to Friday. The food bank will be open on Fridays.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North is located at 11,835 Langelier Blvd, near the corner of Maurice Duplessis Blvd.
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“Whether it’s to help them out of a temporary bind or to give them something more long-term, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be there. We want to support those who are in financial straits and help them better their situation. We also want to let people know that there are some positive things taking place in Montreal North.”

Pastor Mario Catalano, Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church

“The Lighthouse of Montreal North is a place where people can feed both body and soul. They will find something to eat, but they’ll also get some attention, meet some friendly folks and be at the centre of a great community project.”

Pastor Roberto Angelone, Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church

Movie Pirater Sentencing

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 21, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Alina Smirnova Writes about Movie Pirating – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - March 21, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

Canada may see its first jail sentence for breaching cinematic copyright laws.

On March 16, a Montreal man known as the country’s biggest movie pirate will be sentenced for distributing illegal copies of Hollywood films, CBC reports.

The 27-year-old Geremi Adam pleaded guilty to two counts of disseminating copyrighted materials online.

The exact number of movies Adam recorded in theatres and sold over the Internet is not known, according to CBC, but he had a reputation for cheap but high-quality movie copies under the name “Maven.”

According to authorities, he copied and sold two films in August and September 2006 – Invincible and How to Eat Fried Worms, CBC reports.

Recording movies in theatres became a criminal offence only in 2007, punishable by a fine up to $25,000 and a six-month jail sentence.

The defense lawyer asked for community service on the grounds that Adam is struggling with depression and a troubled childhood, CBC reports. The Crown prosecutor, however, suggested a four-month jail sentence.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/03/16/film-pirating-sentencing.html

ReBoot Winners

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Winners Have Been Announced for the ReBoot Project – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Reboot - Februrary 23, 2010

February 22nd, 2010

Dear DOC Members,

The ReBoot winning project has been chosen! DOC would like to congratulate The Guinea Pig Detectives pitched by the Montreal-based team of Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson.

Although it was a difficult decision, the jury felt that The Guinea Pig Detectives had the most cross-platform potential and could succeed both as a traditional documentary and as a non-linear documentary experience online.
The winning project will receive further mentorship for a three month period by EyeSteelFilm, as well as a group of industry professionals specializing in various aspects of new media production.

We want to thank Rob Spence, Mandy Leith, Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson for sharing their projects and all of the presenters and participants of ReBoot for making it such a successful week!
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Le 22 février 2010

Chers membres,

Le projet gagnant de ReBoot a été choisi! DOC félicite l’équipe montréalaise composée de Patricia Bergeron et de Magnus Isacsson qui ont présentés The Guinea Pig Detectives.

Malgré la décision difficile qu’ils ont eu à faire, les membres du jury estiment que le projet présente un grand potentiel multimédia et pourrait être un succès tant sur le plan du documentaire traditionnel qu’en tant qu’expérience non-linéaire. Le projet se mérite trois mois de mentorat additionnel sous l’expertise de l’équipe de la maison EyeSteelFilm, ainsi que d’un appui additionnel fourni par un groupe de professionnels du milieu de la production numérique.

Nous tenons à remercier Rob Spence, Mandy Leith, Patricia Bergeron et Magnus Isacsson d’avoir partagé leur projet et nous remercions également tous les présentateurs et les participants qui ont fait de ReBoot un succès tout au long de la semaine.

ReBoot is made possible through support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund / ReBoot a été rendu possible grâce à l’appui

Emboursement:
OMDC Bell New Media Fund

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