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 www.library.guelph.on.ca/golf
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 www.library.guelph.on.ca/golf
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 www.golftoconquercancer.ca. 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."
GOLF TO CONQUER CANCER presented by HARRY ROSEN
For more information or to register, call 1-855-543-GTCC (4822)
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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 www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca
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.
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 www.ofah.org, like the OFAH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
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
"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.
FERGUS, Ontario June 25, 2012 - Health and Safety Watch.com - 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.
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.
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 autoTRADER.ca 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 autoTRADER.ca's new Facebook app, dubbed 'The autoLYZER', which is launching today. This unique app helps Canadians discover three automobiles which are for sale on autoTRADER.ca 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 autoTRADER.ca'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. AutoTRADER.ca'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.
AutoTRADER.ca offers The Most Cars in One Place™ with the largest online vehicle inventory in Canada. The autoLYZER is part of autoTRADER.ca'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. AutoTRADER.ca's mission is to help Canadians buy and sell cars quickly, easily, and with confidence through digital platforms such as web, mobile and tablet.
from TreeHugger.com 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.
stopconcussions.com 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 stopconcussions.com 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 stopconcussions.com. "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 http://www.ontarioshores.ca/education/highschoolandelementary/ or the resource section at teenmentalhealth.org. 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.
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 www.walmart.ca.
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.
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 BMOsoccer.com. 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 BMOsoccer.com.
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).
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.
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 www.ofah.org or follow the OFAH on Facebook and Twitter.
"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.
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!"
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."
"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."
"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."
photo credit: InsideHalton.com
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 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."
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.
"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.
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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.