Sunday, 5 August 2012

Guelph Public Library Golf Tournament - September 14 - Victoria Park East Guelph

Tickets are going fast for the 1st Annual Library Links: GPL Golf Classic on Friday, September 14th @ Victoria Park East Golf Club!

Register online at

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

World's Largest National Golf Fundraising Event Ever Launches In Canada!

4 Players, 4 Clubs, 4 Hours, 4 Cancer. It's as simple as that.

TORONTO, August 1, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Today marks the announcement of what is destined to be the world's largest golf fundraising event ever: Golf To Conquer Cancer presented by Harry Rosen. On a single day, this one-of-a-kind nationwide fundraising event will unite thousands of Canadian golfers of all skill levels, as well as the golf industry and other corporate sponsors, to help conquer cancer. On Thursday, July 25, 2013, golfers from across Canada will step up. All that is needed to participate are four golf clubs and a commitment to raise funds for cancer research.

"One of the best things about Golf To Conquer Cancer is the format: The 4-Club Challenge," commented Ian Leggatt, former PGA Tour champion. "It's great for all skill levels, but more importantly, it's designed to be played in four hours, all while raising funds to conquer cancer."

Golf To Conquer Cancer offers a compelling format designed to challenge golfers of all levels. Players each choose only four clubs and work as a team within their foursome to determine their strategy for the day as well as for each hole. Interested golfers can register as a foursome or as an individual at Golfers will be grouped into foursomes to participate in The 4-Club Challenge that will be the format of Golf To Conquer Cancer.

Hundreds of courses across Canada will host the inaugural Golf To Conquer Cancer event. Participants choose the area where they want to play and then select a participating course. New host golf courses are being added daily, so interested participants should visit the website regularly.

Harry Rosen Inc. is the national presenting sponsor for this national fundraising event, TaylorMade is the official golf equipment sponsor and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is the primary Canadian golf industry partner.

In Ontario, net funds will benefit The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Outside of Ontario, all net funds will be granted to researchers working in the province or region where the funds are raised. At the request of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, the Canada-wide Terry Fox Research Institute's eminent researchers will determine where to allocate net funds in each province or region where they are raised.

Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, said, "Today, researchers are embarking on a new era of discovery with Personalized Cancer Medicine. Events like Golf To Conquer Cancer have a major impact on the resources needed to conquer cancer."

Larry Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Harry Rosen Inc., stated, "We are very excited to be the presenting sponsor of this wonderful new event and to support the groundbreaking work that is being done at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and across the country. Cancer is a cause that my colleagues and I care about deeply and have supported for many years. We hope that with this new initiative, we can all work together to achieve the collective goal of conquering cancer."

"We are so excited to launch Golf To Conquer Cancer, the world's largest national golf fundraising event," stated Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. "It is a unifying event. It is uniting golfers on a single day, uniting golf courses right across Canada and, in fact, is uniting Canada. And we're all united in conquering cancer."

For more information or to register, call 1-855-543-GTCC (4822)
or contact

About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute

The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre brings together an elite team of cancer researchers and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, visit

Lake Nipissing walleye fisheries in crisis

MNR must act now and suspend commercial gill net fishing

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, July 31, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is calling on the provincial government to immediately suspend commercial gill net walleye fishing on Lake Nipissing. The OFAH is basing its recommendation on data provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), which recently commissioned an independent review of the status of the Lake Nipissing walleye fisheries and asked the OFAH to provide comment. OFAH biologists have concluded that the walleye population has suffered dramatic declines over the past decade due to unregulated commercial gill net fishing.

"Lake Nipissing, one of Ontario's specially designated waters, has seen its walleye fisheries virtually collapse. The MNR has the authority and responsibility to manage our natural resources for the benefit of all Ontarians, and yet they have allowed overharvesting by commercial gill net operations to continue unregulated for more than a decade," said Dr. Terry Quinney, Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services.

Since 1999 increasing restrictions have been imposed on recreational anglers such as shorter seasons, lower limits and a protected slot size, in which they've complied with in an effort to help stabilize and restore the walleye population. Despite this, recreational harvest levels in recent years are at an all time low.

Although MNR biologists repeatedly indicated that there was reason for grave concern, the province ignored its own science and failed to implement a fully regulated commercial walleye regime, which has allowed the situation to reach to crisis proportions.

"Until the provincial government suspends all commercial gill net operations and implements enforceable regulations, their own data tells us that the Lake Nipissing walleye population will not begin to recover. The problem is not the recreational fishery. The problem is, and continues to be unregulated commercial gill netting," said Quinney.

OFAH action on this issue can be found at

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit, like the OFAH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Special Golf Tournament

A few years ago, the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association Golf Group donated money to the Children's Wish Fund of Guelph.

Ron Asseltine, a former NHL referee, received the cheque at one of our year end lunches.

Now, I am reminded of their annual golf tournament, a fund raiser for a very worthy cause. He is asking for our support and it sounds like a fun day.

The date is July 14th 1:00 pm shotgun at Victoria Park East, the format is a 4 person scramble. Entry fee is $125 a person which includes, hot lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, wonderful supper, gifts and prizes.

This is a fun day and is for a great charity, to date they have raised well over $300.000. Barry Scutt, a golfer with the A group is the contact person for this tournament. If you are interested in particpating, please contact Barry at 519-836-6529.

I would like to go and invite others to join me ... Ken Hills

Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Government of Canada Supports the 2012 Canada Cup of International Wrestling

GUELPH, Ontario, June 29, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association. This funding is to support the 2012 Canada Cup of International Wrestling, which is being held in Guelph on June 30 and July 1, 2012.

"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is pleased to contribute to this important wrestling tournament," said Minister of State Gosal. "I know our Canadian athletes will be competing at their peak in preparation to represent us at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games."

"Sports and sportsmanship are an integral part of our culture, and we are proud of our wrestling athletes and all they have accomplished," said Minister Finley. "The hosting of international sport events like this one not only benefits Canadian athletes, but also has a positive impact on the local economy and the community."

The Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (Wrestling Canada Lutte) is the national sport governing body for Olympic-style wrestling in Canada. The association's role is to encourage and develop the widest participation and highest proficiency in Olympic wrestling in Canada.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. Funding of $45,000 has been provided for this event through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. In 2011-2012, the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association received more than $1.8M from the Sport Support Program, and over $600K was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 42 men and women wrestling athletes.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Sunscreen safety tips for infants, toddlers and adults

FERGUS, Ontario June 25, 2012 - Health and Safety - With the temperatures rising this summer, Canadians are starting to enjoy the beach season and various outdoor activities. People should be reminded about safety when using sunscreen products. Special attention must be paid to products used for infants and toddlers. The following information has been adapted from Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents. Click on Sources tab for original articles.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause sunburns and skin cancer. It is important to wear sunscreen, along with other sun protective measures, to protect yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Exposure to UV radiation, primarily UVB, can cause sunburns and may eventually result in skin cancer. It is important to note that while sunscreens can help reduce sunburn, they are not as effective against the other harmful effects of UV rays, like premature aging of the skin and depression of the immune system.

All sunscreens have a sun protection factor (SPF) on their labels. The SPF represents the length of time that sunscreen-protected skin can be exposed to UVB rays before a minimal redness (erythema) appears, compared to the length of time it takes on unprotected skin. In other words, it indicates how much longer you can be exposed to the sun before getting a sunburn.

The amount of time it takes for unprotected skin to burn depends on skin type. In general, fair skin burns more quickly than darker skin. If you have the type of skin that would burn after 20 minutes in the sun without protection, then the proper application of sunscreen with SPF 15 would allow you to spend up to 300 minutes (15 times longer) in the sun without getting a sunburn. However, this does not mean that your skin is protected from all UV effects. Damage to your skin, other than sunburning, may have already started.

How sunscreens protect your health:

There are many different brands of sunscreen available. They are classified according to their active ingredients, as some products contain chemical filters, some contain physical filters, and some contain both.

...Chemical filters absorb some of the UV radiation and convert it into heat. There are more chemical filters that absorb UVB rays than absorb UVA rays.
...Physical filters are small particles (usually zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) that scatter and reflect both UVB and UVA rays.

Recommended Actions:

Infants and toddlers

Contrary to common belief, it is usually not recommended to use sunscreen products for infants. The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun, and to avoid exposure to the sun in the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense.

Babies' skin is much thinner than that of adults, and it absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen more easily. Infants have a high surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults. Both these factors mean that an infant's exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens is much greater, increasing the risk of allergic reaction or inflammation.

The following tips will ensure protection of your child:

...The best protection is to keep your baby in the shade, if possible.
...If there's no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella or the canopy of the stroller.
...Hydrate your baby/toddler by giving formula, breast milk and other liquids to drink.
...If there's no way to keep an infant out of the sun, you can apply a small amount of sunscreen—with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15—to small areas such as the cheeks and back of the hands.
...It is recommended testing your baby's sensitivity to sunscreen by first trying a small amount on the inner wrist.
...Avoid sunscreens containing the insect repellent DEET on infants, particularly on their hands. Young children may lick their hands or put them in their mouths. According to AAP, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old

Adults and older children

Protect your health by using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Look for claims on the label indicating that the product is resistant to removal (e.g., water resistant, very water resistant, waterproof).

For best results, be sure to follow the instructions on the product label. Use the recommended amount of sunscreen and respect the waiting period between application and exposure to the sun. If you are sweating heavily or swimming, reapply sunscreen often to get the best protection.

Steps to protect yourself against UV exposure include:

...If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
...Look for shade, stay under a tree, or use an umbrella.
...During outdoor activities, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. When the UV index is three or higher, you should also wear protective clothing and a large-brimmed hat.
...Remember to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your skin.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Car is an Aphrodisiac, New Study Finds

More than a third of Canadians report driving a sexy car makes them feel more attractive

TORONTO, May 23, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Step aside chocolates and oysters, a new survey reveals the car may be our new aphrodisiac. More than one in three Canadians (36 percent), including almost 40 percent of women and close to 50 percent of young Canadians under 35 report driving a sexy car makes them feel more attractive.

Findings from the new study were released today, and came from The CarCourting Report, commissioned by and conducted among Angus Reid Forum panel members across Canada.

"Canadians really didn't hold back in this study, showing us that although choosing a car might seem like a wholly rational decision, emotion and even social implications are a major influence on Canadian car buyers," said Ian MacDonald, Director of Marketing, Trader Corporation. "We discovered that people not only judge others on the type of car they drive, they also internalize their choices - cars appear to be a key part of how we identify ourselves personally."

Case in point: a full 61 percent of Canadians admitted they would even walk away from purchasing the car of their dreams if it wasn't the right colour! Moreover, 41 percent believe people should drive cars that match their personality. This figure jumps to 47 percent among young Canadians under 35 years of age for whom image is clearly a more important consideration. One in five Canadians even go as far as agreeing that people should drive cars that match their appearance.

Based on such personality matching, survey respondents assigned the following cars to some of our most-loved Canadian celebrities (based on the most popular vote):

...Ryan Gosling would be a macho Ford Mustang
...Shania Twain would be a stylish BMW 3 Series
...Wayne Gretzky would be an active Subaru Forester
...Pamela Anderson would be a status-seeking Porsche 911
...Alanis Morissette would be an environmentally-friendly Toyota Prius
...Michael Bublé would share the limelight with Ms. Twain as a stylish BMW 3 Series

Canadians looking for their own perfect match can test-drive's new Facebook app, dubbed 'The autoLYZER', which is launching today. This unique app helps Canadians discover three automobiles which are for sale on at that moment in time, best suited to their personality and social life. The app analyzes real-time data via Facebook, looking at an individual's lifestyle, interests, social activities, and Facebook friends' opinions via existing posts, to help narrow down which cars would be the best fit for him or her personally. All in a matter of seconds!

"This study confirmed our hypothesis that the car-buying process is a very social and emotional one today," said MacDonald. "Sixty-four percent of Canadians said they would seek out advice from friends and family when car shopping; our new autoLYZER app leverages the latest technology to assist in that exact need - to give Canadians that kind of advice and present them with real cars for sale from's 389,000 current listings."

When it comes to finding the true love of our lives in automobiles, sadly, this country falls short. More than 7 in 10 Canadians polled (71 percent) said they were not in love with their current ride. But by no means are we a country of quitters! When it comes to courting cars, the majority of Canadians (58 percent) report being polygamists - admitting they would test drive many different makes and models before settling on the car they like best.'s new autoLYZER app may help them curb those wild ways, by narrowing down their selection process, so they can ultimately unite with their true automobile love.

From May 2nd to May 3rd 2012 an online survey was conducted among 1,524 randomly selected Canadian adults who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.51%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current census data on age, gender, region and education (and language in Quebec) to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

About offers The Most Cars in One Place™ with the largest online vehicle inventory in Canada. The autoLYZER is part of's commitment to delivering faster, more seamless ways for users to find the right vehicle, by incorporating the most advanced technology and latest innovations into its offering.'s mission is to help Canadians buy and sell cars quickly, easily, and with confidence through digital platforms such as web, mobile and tablet.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Yosemite Time-Lapse Video of Landscapes and Stars Is Unbelievable

photo credit: Shawn Reeder/Video screen capture

from by Jaymi Heimbuch - Science / Natural Sciences

You can't go through life not having watched this video created by Shawn Reeder. That's all there is to it. It's spectacular.

And if you don't feel some level of humble appreciation for the grandeur of nature after watching it, you might want to check that your heart is still beating.

As Brent Rose says, "Go full screen HD or go home." Learn more about the project and photographer, Shawn Reeder, from our pals at Discovery.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

New Resource Supports Youth Concussion Care and Awareness

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia May 3, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and are proud to be among the more than 20 supporters who have joined together to support education concerning brain injury in youth.

Media conferences were hosted today in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario announcing this initiative and revealing supporting partner organizations. The initiative is led by Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, and is conducted in collaboration with a team of international experts. Together the team developed two comprehensive brain injury guides, one for youth and a companion guide for coaches and parents.

"We are fulfilling a need for engaging, easy-to-understand information that is based on the most recent scientific studies about brain injury," explains Dr. Kutcher. "Young people who suffer a concussion during their adolescent years may have difficulties in various aspects of their lives, not only right after the injury but even up to thirty years or longer. The best way to prevent traumatic brain injury is to recognize it when it occurs, know what to do if a concussion happens and ensure that we do not unwittingly act in a way that can make the problem worse."

Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that can often go unnoticed by young athletes, coaches and parents. Like most injuries, victims think they will heal over time; however, brain injuries can have much stronger affects on individuals. Their impact can be life-altering, especially to an adolescent who is still growing and developing. Until recently, we had not realized how serious even a mild or moderate concussion could be to the health and well-being of teenagers.

The Toronto event, held at the Hockey Hall of Fame, was supported by a number of NHL alumni including Ron Ellis, Keith Primeau and Wayne Primeau. Remarks were also given by Catherine Fife, President of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association and Dr. Ian Dawe, Chief-of-Staff at Ontario Shores.

As a specialized mental health care centre, Ontario Shores understands the long-term impacts of acquired brain injury. Ontario Shores is also working with Dr. Kutcher to enhance mental health literacy in Ontario schools through training and advocacy. The introduction of these guides is one more tool to help provide better mental health care for youth.

"Concussions can have a significant impact on the life of a young person," says Dr. Dawe. "As with any mental health issue, early identification, treatment and a recovery plan are vital. This educational resource along with the Ontario Shores Adolescent Mental Health Literacy Program in Ontario high schools will be instrumental in supporting the well being of our youth."

The two resource guides are designed in simple terms to assist with signs, symptoms, treatment, prevention and support: Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence, which is designed for the adult in a young person's life (parent, coach, teacher, etc.) and the Brain Injury Guide for Youth, specifically designed for youth.

Several leading sports and health organizations have agreed to support and use these guides.

"The more people understand about brain injury, the better chance health professionals have for early detection, which may prevent further worsening of the injury and ensure those who need it receive the right treatment," emphasizes Dr. Kutcher.

The guides have become a catalyst for a series of partnerships with sporting organizations and other brain injury advocates across Canada. They're part of an initiative brought on by to bring concussion-related resources into organizations across Canada.

"These guides are crucial in educating everyone on this very serious issue," says Kerry Goulet, Director of "The information is so important in the battle against this invisible injury. We are ecstatic to be partnering with Dr. Kutcher and his great team."

Baseball Canada has also taken the step to have these materials available to national teams and provincial organizations across the country.

The guides and more information can be downloaded for free at the education/schools section at or the resource section at Copies of the guide can also be purchased in print version from the website and delivered directly to the purchaser.

The creation of the Brain Injury Guides was made possible through the support of Sun Life Financial, T. R. Meighen Family Foundation, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation and the Kathryn A. Weldon Charitable Foundation.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Majority of Canadians have less money to spend after paying for necessities

Spending power slows in February and March

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 30, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Today Walmart Canada released the Walmart Canada Income Tracker for the month of February and March. The average Canadian household had $11 less per month in spending power in February 2012, compared to February, 2011, and $3 less per month in March 2012 (vs March 2011). Spending power has been negative for nine months straight, beginning in July of 2011.

...After paying taxes and living costs, the average Canadian household had $11 less per month spending power in February 2012 vs February 2011, and $3 less in March 2012 vs March 2011

...Spending power growth has remained negative for nine straight months

...Regional break-out in March shows that residents of Atlantic provinces, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia see an increase in spending power while residents in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba see a decline.

The Walmart Canada Income Tracker compares average household income with the key financial obligations facing Canadian households each month, including taxes, shelter, transportation, cost of utilities, and food. Spending power is the money available after these obligations are met to save or to spend on discretionary items (e.g., toys, clothing, furniture) or experiences, (e.g., movies, sports events, restaurant meals).

In February, on average Canadian household income rose by 2.5 per cent. Household financial obligations which rose in February at a faster rate than income include transportation costs, which rose 6.9 per cent in the month compared to a year earlier, shelter costs (up 2.8 per cent), food (up 3.9 per cent), and medical (up 2.6 per cent).

In March, increases in wages (up 2.7 per cent) and a drop in the cost of utilities (down 1.8 per cent) helped offset higher costs for food (up 4 per cent) shelter (up 4 per cent) and transportation costs (up 6.9 per cent).

While March saw a decline in spending power on a national basis, the data shows significant regional differences in spending power. Atlantic provinces saw an increase in spending power of $57, Alberta of $59, Saskatchewan of $29and British Columbia of $48. Spending power decreases come in the two largest provinces— Quebec saw the largest decrease in spending power of $54 and Ontario of $17—as well as Manitoba, down $45. Mo< The Walmart Canada Income Tracker reports monthly on Canadian household spending power.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 333 stores, employs over 85,000 Canadians and serves more than one million customers each day. The company is recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one of Canada's top 10 corporate cultures. Since 1994, Walmart has raised and donated more than $150 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Additional information about Walmart Canada can be found by visiting

The Walmart Income Tracker has been developed to track spending power of Canadian households using publicly available income, cost of living and consumer price index statistics compiled nationally by Statistics Canada on a monthly or quarterly basis.

The Walmart Income Tracker is developed by Fusion Retail Analytics and leverages Statistics Canada's national income and expenditure accounts (released quarterly), personal expenditure on goods and services (released quarterly), labour income (released monthly), labour force estimates (released monthly) and the consumer price index (released monthly) as well as additional proprietary Fusion Retail Analytics data sources. The Walmart Spending Power Tracker is updated monthly and updated each quarter with the most recent Statistics Canada revisions.

Friday, 27 April 2012

BMO Kicks off Second Year of BMO Team of the Week Youth Soccer Program

Canadians will again get to vote for their favourite youth soccer team

TORONTO, Ontario Marketwire - April 2, 2012 - BMO Financial Group today launched the second season of its nationwide youth soccer program, BMO Team of the Week. The contest, open to youth soccer players ages 7-12, recognizes 15 weekly winners who demonstrate team pride, spirit, community commitment and passion for the game.

The 2012 Champion will be crowned this summer when Canadians cast their vote to select their favourite team from the 15 weekly winners. The winning team will receive: $125,000 towards a field refurbishment; a trip to see a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact or Canadian National Team home match; and a $5,000 donation to the team's charity of choice.

"The response we had last year to the BMO Team of the Week program was truly amazing, as 300,000 Canadians from communities across Canada - from Whitehorse, Yukon to Gabriola Island, B.C. to Hunter River, P.E.I. and everywhere in between - voted for their favourite teams," said Sandy Bourne, Vice-President, Corporate Advertising & Sponsorships, BMO Financial Group. "We've heard from people across the country who have told us that the program has done an excellent job in promoting the value of participating in sport, along with the importance of being involved in the community. Our hope is that the achievements of last year's winners will encourage other youth soccer teams across Canada to rise to the challenge and participate."

For the next 15 weeks, Canadian soccer coaches, parents and community members can nominate their favourite youth soccer team aged 7-12 at BMO Team of the Week winners will be announced weekly starting on April 18th, and will receive $500, Team of the Week tracksuits, and a donation to a local charity. Each of the winning teams will become finalists for the grand prize and Canadians can vote for the winner starting on August 13th at

To learn more about the contest, including the story of last year's winner, click here.

BMO Team of the Week 2011 Champion: Glen Shields Sun Devils

Last year's BMO Team of the Week champion, the Glen Shields Sun Devils, U - 11 girls team from Vaughan, Ontario, have since put their title - and the prize - to good use. In addition to raising money of their own, the team successfully rallied the community and the City of Vaughan council to help with a larger refurbishment of their local soccer field. They also generously gave the $5,000 donation from BMO to the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

About BMO and Soccer

BMO supports soccer across Canada from youth players in local neighbourhoods and communities all the way up to the professional level. Our deep commitment to 'The Beautiful Game' is evident from the beginning of the curve with our grassroots sponsorship of more than 900 youth teams nationally. The relationship continues with support of Canada's men's and women's national teams, our professional teams (Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Montreal Impact) and our soccer venue title sponsorship (BMO Field).


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Canadian Congress on the Future of Fish and Wildlife

photo credit: explorethebruce

Bi-national event to address fish and wildlife
conservation in a changing world

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, April 24, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - From May 27 - 31, 2012, the first ever National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress will take place at the Westin, Ottawa, bringing together governments, policy and program managers, fish and wildlife experts from across Canada and the U.S., nongovernment organizations (NGO's) and others to chart a course for the future conservation of our nation's fish and wildlife resources.

The Congress is being led by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) in partnership with the federal government, government of Ontario, and a long list of national and international NGO's such as Ducks Unlimited Canada, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Boone and Crockett, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Wildlife Society, among others. The event has attracted over 100 speakers from government, conservation organizations, academia and industry, who will deliver presentations and facilitate workshops designed to develop recommendations for the road ahead. Topics will include invasive species, fish and wildlife diseases, sustainable use, funding policies and a host of other topics relevant to the conservation of our valuable natural resources for today and into the future.

"The Congress is the first event of its kind to be held in Canada. Many leading experts in the field of fish and wildlife conservation from Canada and the U.S. and most of the largest conservation based organizations across North America will come together to discuss the challenges we face, and opportunities for the future in a unique format that will result in key recommendations being developed. These will serve as the impetus for creating a collaborative map on both sides of the border for the road ahead," said Greg Farrant, OFAH Manager of Government Affairs & Policy, and Congress General Manager.

Notable speakers include the Hon. Peter Kent, federal Minister of Environment, Hon. Keith Ashfield, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Hon. Terry French, Minister of Environment and Conservation, Newfoundland and Labrador, Hon. Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Virginia Poter, Director General, Canadian Wildlife Service, Rosie Cooney, World Conservation Union and Simon Roosevelt, Boone and Crockett.

For further information on the Congress program and the Congress agenda, or to register and book hotels, visit

With over 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 675 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, conservation-based organization and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information visit or follow the OFAH on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Harry's Spring Run-Off Enables Personalized Prostate Cancer Medicine at The Princess Margaret

More than $2 Million Raised for The Princess Margaret

TORONTO, April 7, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - On a beautiful Saturday morning in High Park, almost 5,000 participants showed their support by raising $300,000 for the internationally recognized Prostate Centre Program at The Princess Margaret in the 34th annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K and 5K to Fight Prostate Cancer. This was the 7th year of Harry Rosen sponsorship. The run was the first event of the year in the East for Canada Running Series 2012, and kicked off "Run Canada Month" in the country's largest city.

"We are so proud to say we've raised over $2 million with the $300,000 from today's event," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 55 associates in the event. "It's amazing to contribute to the incredible work and significant advances made by the doctors of the prostate team."

"We are thrilled to partner with Harry's Spring Run-Off, as the monies raised are being used to advance personalized prostate cancer medicine - a unique and comprehensive program that focuses on four key areas from prevention to survivorship." said Dr. Bristow, Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and GU Radiation Oncologist at The Princess Margaret.

Participants in the event, sponsored by luxury menswear retailer Harry Rosen, ranged from serious elite runners, to those attired in outlandish outfits, and even children as the event also included an 800 metre dash for kids.

Matt Loiselle of Athletics Toronto battled the scenic, rolling hills of High Park to take first place in the 8K competitive run, with a time of 23:55. There was a great duel for second and third with Kitchener's Derek Nakluski surging away from Kenyan Kibet Rutto on the final spring road hill. Tarah McKay-Korir of St. Clements, Ontario was the first female to cross the 8K finish line with a time of 27:12. Brapton's Kate Van Buskirk was second, and last year's champion Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, Ontario placed third.

The $300,000 raised in today's event came from the combined efforts of over 600 individuals and 30 teams who participated in fundraising for The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. In addition to title sponsor Harry Rosen, funding for the event was generously provided by The Globe and Mail and CBS Outdoor, media sponsors.

More information about today's run, including full results, and photos, visit

About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation

The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and the enhancement of compassionate patient care at one of the world's leading cancer research hospitals, The Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit University Health Network consists of The Princess Margaret, Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is celebrating its 58th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single 500-square-foot store in Toronto to become a powerhouse in Canadian retailing with 15 stores across the country, accounting for 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end men's wear. Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collections of the world's finest men's wear labels including Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Armani Collezioni, Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Hugo Boss, Prada, Cole Haan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn.

About Canada Running Series.

Canada Running Series is the country's premier running circuit, comprising 8 events in Montreal Toronto and Vancouver. Recognized for innovation and international-class organization, it brings together Canada's top distance athletes, thousands of recreational and charity fun runners. In 2011 the Series attracted more than 60,000 participants and raised $6.5 million for 238, mostly local charities. Information at

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Tee off at GOLFZON PARK starting this month!

Advanced 3D Golf Simulator Technology now available in Canada

TORONTO, March 14, 2012 /Canada NewsWire Telbec/ - GOLFZON Canada Inc., an international leader in the distribution of golf simulator systems, is pleased to announce the launch of its 3D, virtual golfing experience in Canada. From mid-March until May, the Company will open its first five locations in the Greater Toronto Area under the GOLFZON PARK banner. By integrating its online and offline products and services, GOLFZON PARK will create a rich new golf culture, making the experience of simulated golf more real, enjoyable and accessible to everyone, regardless of their skills.

"We are proud to bring our brand of golf simulator technology to Canada," says Jay Park, Director of GOLFZON Canada Inc. "Not only do we offer an alternative to indoor sports, but we also offer an alternative to avid golfers. Our systems allow everyone to play golf, in any climate and without the hassle of scheduling tee times. Our high-end 3D graphics also make the experience feel real as it lets you play some of the most famous golf courses in the world right in your own city. The GOLFZON technologies are easy, fun and enjoyable - a real crowd pleaser!"

Golf simulator technology has opened doors for a unique golfing experience and opportunity, and GOLFZON PARK goes beyond the typical virtual reality. Real golf clubs and balls are used in a closed environment in order to simulate an authentic 3D golfing experience and help everyone improve their swing and overall game. With its screens, swing plates sensor mats and specialized cameras, all players will feel like they are on a real golf course. Furthermore, a number of games are available to help either improve golf skills or to simply have fun from stroke play, match play, skins to longest-drive, nearest-to-pin, putting and driving range.

The golf experience does not end when customers leave GOLFZON PARK locations. The experience continues on the GOLFZON website with the 'My GOLFZON' feature where players can check their score cards and swing motions.

Founded twelve years ago in Korea, GOLFZON continues to build on its successful history, making Canada's opening its first expansion in the Western hemisphere.

GOLFZON PARK locations and openings:

(7501 Woodbine Ave.) March 19 I 10 AM - 11 PM

Richmond Hill
(9737 Yonge St.) March 26 I 10 AM - 11 PM

(1095 Maple Ave.) April

Meadowvale, Mississauga
(6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle) April

(214 King Street West) May

2012 Canadian GOLFZON Tournament:

GOLFZON will also hold special Live tournaments every two months, which will include a competition from contestants that have signed up under each GOLFZON PARK location. The contestants from each location will then compete for three weeks in the qualifying rounds. The top scorers from this round will then be selected to compete in the final round, also known as the "Branch Representative Players" round, and will be placed in the store's ranking system.

The first tournament will begin on March 26 with the qualifying rounds and will end on April 22 with the final round. Each final round will take place at the most recently opened GOLFZON PARK location. Winner and runner up will be awarded with $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, while the third place finisher will receive an iron set of clubs. A golf gift set will be awarded to all final participants.

For more information about GOLFZON, please visit


GOLFZON was established in May 2000. Two years of research and development later, the company produced its first golf simulator models, GOLFZON P and P+. Manufactured with cutting-edge South Korean technology, GOLFZON virtual golf systems commanded tremendous industry attention by capturing majority share of the Korean market in its first year. As of 2010, GOLFZON is the biggest player in the international golf simulator market, earning worldwide recognition and having exported golf simulators to over 30 countries. Also, by inventing GOLFZON LIVE, a service involving on-offline golf competitions and events, GOLFZON continues to offer innovative customer satisfaction. The current model being used in Canada is GOLFZON N, while its newest model being used in Korea at the moment, GOLFZON VISION, will be introduced next year. It will provide more realistic graphics through CryENGINE2 and Vision camera sensors.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Memories Lost To Climate Change: End Of Outdoor Ice Skating & Ice Fishing May Be Near

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"In winter, a section of the Rideau Canal passing through central Ottawa becomes officially the world's largest skating rink."

by John Laumer Living / Culture
In Canada, Ottawa's famous Rideau Canal had a shortened skating season this year because of warm weather. Canadian researchers project that because of climate change, the "number of viable ice-flooding days could reach zero by mid-century."

Where I live in Eastern Pennsylvania there are virtually no winter sports this year due to unseasonable warmth and those who do want to ski or snow board, for example, are driving north as far as Vermont.

I have many wonderful childhood memories of flooding our backyard to make a rink. My Dad would let us run the hose out a basement window. All the kids in the neighborhood would pitch in with snow clearing and sweeping and on weekend evenings we'd have a group skate and maybe a game. By mid-March it was lumpy or gone, which was OK because, by then, we were sick of skating and winter in general.

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"Backyard Hockey"

Kids who grew up in the South probably have no such memories so why would they care? But, in the Upper Mid-West through New England and all across Canada, outdoor skating will be sorely missed.

When I bring up our warm winter here in PA as a topic of conversation - not even mentioning climate change, mind you - there is a discomfort in their body language. It is simply too unpleasant to continue with the personal cognitive dissonance if the language centers of the brain have to kick in. So they look at the ground and change the subject.

Ice fishing too?
The following excerpts are from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reporting on an unfortunate ending to a February 2012 ice fishing contest on Lake Winnebago Wisconsin.

No contest: Lake Winnebago swallows sturgeon fishermen's vehicles

By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 26, 2012

Fishermen participating in the annual Lake Winnebago ice fishing contest over the weekend found themselves instead scouting for their modes of transportation after 36 parked vehicles went through the ice, authorities said Sunday...

Tournament organizers for the Battle on Bago reportedly warned people about parking on the ice Saturday, but some had trouble finding spots elsewhere and parked on the lake anyway. Of about 50 cars parked on the ice, four were submerged more than half way, 18 were partially submerged, and 14 sunk to the top of their wheels, according to the sheriff's department.

"They all started early in the morning. Throughout the day with the sun and everything else, vehicles started to sink," the dispatcher explained.

The ice was about a foot thick.

I lived on the shores of Winnebago for many years. To have the ice rot that badly during the last week of February is not unheard of. But, on average, this is way ahead of time. The sturgeon fishermen are disappointed and probably thinking about what it means.

Actually, the ice was bad much earlier that that: at beginning of February 2012. And that's weird. It goes against all cultural memory. As reported by the local Fox News station on 03 Feb 2012,
With just a week to go before sturgeon spearing starts, normally there are hundreds of ice shacks out on Lake Winnebago, but local fishing clubs say the thin ice is a bad sign that may keep many people off the lake altogether.

The story is similar at other places around the lake.

Ryan Kamba of Chilton made several signs for the Quinney Fishing Club, warning people venturing out on the lake of the dangers of the thin ice. It's a warning many may have never seen before on Lake Winnebago this time of year.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Mats Sundin establishes medical fellowships at U of T, Karolinska Institutet

TORONTO, February 10, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Former Toronto Maple Leafs Captain Mats Sundin announced today he will establish an elite scientific exchange program in the field of developmental health between the University of Toronto and Karolinska Insitutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sundin's gift - one-third of $1 million dollars - was announced today at a press conference at U of T. The gift will support two fellowships at world-renowned labs in Toronto and Stockholm where scientists are probing how maternal health and our earliest life experiences can determine sickness, health, learning ability and overall well-being down the road.

"We all want our children to grow up healthy, with the best opportunities to learn and live free of disease, but how do we make that possible? What can we do to give our kids the best shot at reaching their full potential?" said Sundin. "By establishing this program at U of T and KI, we're creating an Olympic training camp for our brightest young minds to work with global leaders and answer these challenging questions."

"Every player knows we have a responsibility to pass on our skills and knowledge to the next generation - that's how the sport moves forward, and science as well," Sundin added. "It means so much to me to be able to support these two great universities and their incredible drive to find the breakthroughs that can change our lives."

Historically, genetics were thought to be the sole factor in determining whether a child would grow up to be a healthy, well-functioning adult. Now, scientists are realizing that the interaction between genes and the environment is critical. Teams at U of T and KI are leading the global charge to figure out what environmental factors - from breast-feeding to stress to nutrition - might impact the way a person's genes are expressed, effectively determining their well-being from the early years to later on in life.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that the early environment of the fetus and infant can have major influences on susceptibility to developing cardiovascular, metabolic and mental health disorders in later life, not to mention on learning and social functioning," said Dr. Stephen Matthews, Professor of Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medicine at U of T. "These elite research fellows will help us advance our understanding of this complex relationship and assist in our efforts to build trajectories towards health and away from disease."

The Mats Sundin Award in Medicine will establish two post-doctoral fellowships in developmental biology - one at U of T and one at KI. The fellows will be chosen from a highly-competitive pool of researchers at each institution, and starting in September 2012, they will travel to their partner institution for a year of research under the direction of world-leading scientists in the field. At U of T, Dr. Matthews and Dr. Stephen Lye, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Physiology, will lead the program. Dr. Ola Hermanson, Associate Professor in Molecular Neurodevelopment, will lead the program at KI.

"Research that is happening right now at U of T and Karolinska Institutet is resulting in unprecedented opportunities to pre-empt, regulate and even eradicate some of the world's most common illnesses," said U of T President David Naylor. "By establishing these fellowships, Mats Sundin is helping us mobilize the power of our respective research towards areas that intrinsically shape the human condition."

"Karolinska Institutet is very proud to receive this gift. It is our clear goal to promote interactions like this and make the future even brighter for true young ambitious talents in science," said KI President Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. "The support from Mats Sundin is a great step to improve the already fruitful collaboration between KI and U of T."

The fellowships build on a long and successful exchange program between U of T and Karolinska Institutet dating back to 1996. The exchange program leverages the very best research themes from both institutions to train and develop students into future scientific and medical leaders, with a particular focus on maternal-infant health, neurodevelopment and regenerative medicine.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

TO2015 Reports Milton Council Confirms Velodrome

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TORONTO, January 31, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Town of Milton made a landmark decision at last night's municipal council meeting to build a permanent velodrome at the Milton Education Village for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

"On behalf of TO2015, we would like to thank the Town of Milton for making this velodrome a reality," says Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "This is the result of sound deliberation and an appreciation for the potential associated with a permanent velodrome."

This legacy cycling centre also includes an infield that could support other recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball or badminton.

"This is a great day for cycling and amateur sport in Canada," said Olympian Curt Harnett. "This will result in a world-class facility that will make Milton a cycling hub for the surrounding community, the province and eastern Canada."

TO2015 looks forward to working with Town of Milton and the Organizing Committee's partners to build a velodrome that will attract the best athletes from the Americas in 2015 and leave a lasting sport legacy.

About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

The Pan and Parapan American Games are one of the world's largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17 municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Canadians Unaware of Staggering Cost of Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis National Survey finds

VANCOUVER, January 24, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Twenty-five years after the historic Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour to raise awareness about spinal cord injury research, accessibility and inclusivity, Canadians vastly underestimate the costs of treating and caring for people with spinal cord injury and other chronic illnesses that result in paralysis, according to a wide-raging survey conducted for The Rick Hansen Institute by Angus Reid Public Opinion.

Despite the widespread lack of knowledge about SCI indicated by this poll, Canadians still attribute high levels of importance to healthcare and scientific research, acknowledge that continued investment in this research is important, and feel positively towards organizations working to improve quality of life of individuals while reducing healthcare costs.

"Spinal cord injury continues to be one of the most expensive initial and ongoing health care costs in the entire medical system, yet most Canadians are largely unaware of SCI's impact on individuals and society as a whole," said Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute.

An estimated 86,000 Canadians have an SCI, with more than 4,300 new cases reported each year.


...The majority of those polled (87%) vastly underestimated the cost of SCI on Canada and its healthcare system, guessing the figure to be no greater than $100 million a year (about 3% of the actual figure of $3 billion a year)

...Only 7% were able to identify the approximate number of Canadians who develop paralysis each day from stroke and spinal cord injury (estimated at 60 Canadians each day).

...89% of Canadians support continued investment to spur research that investigates new treatments applicable to multiple diseases and medical conditions.

"The survey shows that Canadians are undeniably supportive of scientific research, and are aware of the fact that many advances have arrived when science is supported by the public," said Mario Canseco, of Angus Reid Public Opinion.

Infographics and other charts illustrating polling results are available here:

About the Rick Hansen Institute:

The Rick Hansen Institute's goal is creating a world without paralysis after SCI. It works towards this goal by accelerating research and translating clinical findings into practical solutions to develop new treatments, improve care and reduce the cost burden on taxpayers.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Canadian Skier Takes Skiing to the City, Catches Bus for his Next Run (Video)

© Sherpas Cinema

by Jeff Nield - Living / Culture January 19, 2012

Barcelona's proposed indoor ski hill got me thinking about whether skiing could be considered a green activity at all.

Typical ski hill infrastructure significantly alters the local ecosystem where it is built, not to mention all the fuel needed to haul people up to the base of the slope and to keep the lifts running, the runs groomed, and the lodge heated. Heading to the backwoods is always an option, but not for everyone, and while you can snowshoe, hike, or cross-country ski in, it's more likely that you'd catch a ride on a helicopter or snowmobile.

But, there is another way, which one avid skier proves in this amazing video: Urban Skiing.

I live in Nelson, BC. Here, it's an unwritten requirement of residency that in the winter everyone must ski or snowboard at one of the local mountains. But, for the adventurous staying in bounds gets boring quick.

JP Auclair is one such local skier who, instead of looking for a first descent out in the wilderness, brought his skis into town and rode the streets of Trail, Rossland, and Nelson, BC. Sherpas Cinema filmed him in action and the results are stunning. Watch for yourself.

JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

I love the ending when he gets on the bus for his next run. And yes, that is the city bus on its regular route, there is an area in town called Uphill. Check out Sami's review of the film that this excerpt is from. It's called All.I.Can. and is available for purchase at the Sherpas Cinema website.

If you know of anywhere else where you can actually ski in the city, let us know about it... read the full story at