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Toronto Island Airport-Fly to New York City

Monday March 31, 2008

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that acclaimed soprano and JUNO Award nominee, Measha Brueggergosman, will host the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards happening on the evening of Saturday, April 5th. Nominees, performers, music luminaries and peers will convene at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for a private industry event to celebrate an extraordinary year in Canadian music.

Measha Brueggergosman to Host Juno

Toronto March 27, 2008

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that acclaimed soprano and JUNO Award nominee, Measha Brueggergosman, will host the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards happening on the evening of Saturday, April 5th. Nominees, performers, music luminaries and peers will convene at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for a private industry event to celebrate an extraordinary year in Canadian music. 

Toronto Prosperity - Gateway to North America

Toronto March 20, 2008

Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, announced today that they are leading an April business mission to the cities of Chongqing, Beijing and Shanghai together with 15 business leaders. "This mission implements significant goals and objectives of our Agenda for Prosperity by increasing economic activity in emerging markets with cities beyond North America," said Mayor Miller. 

Dr. Terence Kavanagh - Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist

Toronto March 20, 2008

Dr. Terence Kavanagh, medical consultant to the CCRF (Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation) and world-renowned cardiac rehabilitation specialist, will be speaking at the inaugural Judy Carlyle Lecture on Thursday, March 27, 2008. His talk will focus on the health benefits of exercise, especially in relation to preventing and combating heart disease. 

History of Yonge and St. Clair

March 17, 2008

Beginning its existence as nothing more than a line drawn on a surveyor's notebook, St. Clair Avenue, located in the heart of the city, is a major east-west thoroughfare and a colorful neighborhood often favored by Toronto's "rich and famous".

Toronto Life Square Adds Adrenaline - AMC Yonge & Dundas 24

March 17, 2008

Preview Event to be held Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 6:30pm  Toronto, Ontario March 17, 2008 PenEquity Management Corporation (PenEquity) and AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) are proud to announce the Gala VIP Opening of the all-digital AMC Yonge & Dundas 24, at Toronto Life Square, a new 500,000 sq. ft. mixed-use retail, office, entertainment and media centre developed by PenEquity and located within Downtown Yonge at Canadas busiest intersection (Yonge & Dundas) on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 6:30pm (EST).

Hearthstone By the Bay - Luxury Retirement Living

March 14, 2008

Dog walking, airport pick-up and gourmet room service are only a handful of the services planned for luxury retirement condo – Hearthstone By the Bay. “The retirement industry is transforming and we are pleased to provide a very unique package that includes condo ownership, a resort lifestyle and health and wellness services as people need them”, says Nelson Reis, VP of Development at Davies Smith Developments.

Worlds First Virtual St. Patricks Day Parade

March 13, 2008

Sometimes it seems that the whole world wants to be Irish and on Saint Patricks Day it can be. If you cant make it to Ireland in person for the celebration, why not visit Ireland virtually and take part in one of the worlds biggest parties online!.

Pizza Pizza Introduces a Gluten-Free Dough

Toronto, March 12, 2008

Canadians who suffer from an allergic intolerance to wheat or gluten will find it easier to enjoy a freshly made pizza. Pizza Pizza, a regular innovator in the QSR segment of the foodservice industry, has announced a pilot project to offer a gluten-free dough recipe in some 50 Greater Toronto Area restaurant locations.

Laura Secord bring springtime flavours to Canadian Forces in Kandahar

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 11,2008

Thousands of men and women of the Canadian Forces serving in Afghanistan are getting a special delivery from Laura Secord as the Canadian chocolate maker today announced that it has
donated 2,500 of its famous Secord Easter Cream Eggs to soldiers stationed in Kandahar

Pirate Treasures -March Break at Casa Loma

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The search for treasure is on at Casa Loma! Follow the lead of Pirate guides on a treasure hunt through the castle.
Its a golden opportunity youll not want to miss.

Plus, you can catch gems of swashbuckling showmanship. Prepare to be astounded as The Pirate Baron reveals the mysteries of the high seas in an amazing and amusing magic performance in the Library.


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Mississauga, Ontario -- Longo’s is pleased to announce that its biggest store ever is now open at the Riocan Centre on Burloak Drive, on the border of Oakville and Burlington. The new store is designed to appeal to the lifestyle enthusiast, time starved families and for people looking for an escape from life’s hectic routines.

"Our Burloak store represents everything Longo’s stands for … outstanding team members who are passionate about food and the customers they serve,” says Anthony Longo, President and CEO. “We encourage families to come and experience the adventure in food we have created here."

Free flowers to brighten morning commute at Union Station

Monday, March 03, 2008

Flowers are a great way to brighten the day of a friend, loved one or even a stranger. On Tuesday, March 4, Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. will be brightening the morning of thousands of commuters as they give away free Ontario flowers at Union Station in Toronto.

"Early March can be a dreary time of year, so we thought what better way to lift the spirits of Torontonians than giving them an Ontario flower to start their day," explains Gary Gander, Marketing Director of Flowers Canada (Ont) Inc. "The floral event at Union Station is also the launch of our Pick Ontario campaign, aimed at encouraging consumers to choose Ontario grown cut flowers and potted plants when making purchases."


Monday, February 25, 2008

Convenience foods compete for top honours at LIVERight Awards aiming to prevent Canada’s most prevalent liver disease

Toronto, ON, February 20, 2008 – March marks both nutrition and liver health month and this year, the Canadian Liver Foundation wants Canadians to connect the two health themes as they raise awareness of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), North America’s most prevalent form of liver disease.

Spa Week is back!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spa Week is coming April 14th-20th.  We anticipate over 500 spas this spring, marking our biggest event ever!

Participating spas throughout TORONTO will be offering 2-3 full-service spa treatments for $50!!!!

Final Crime Writers of Canada Reading Series at Casa Loma, with Lyn Hamilton and Rick Blechta

Friday, February 15, 2008

Join Lyn Hamilton, internationally best-selling mystery author, to celebrate cold-blooded Canadian crime writing with an archeological twist. This event will be the last of the popular six-part series, which has featured Canada's top crime writers reading to a full house at Toronto's castle on the hill. Lyn Hamilton will read from the latest adventures of crime-solving archeologist-meets-detective Lara McClintoch, in her book The Chinese Alchemist. Hamilton's critically acclaimed first McClintoch book, The Xibalba Murders, received an Arthur Ellis Award nomination for the best first crime novel in Canada. Her sixth McClintoch novel, The Magyar Venus, was also nominated for an Ellis award for best crime novel.

Valentini Event raises $13,000 for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Friday, February 15, 2008

Cupid was hard at work last night helping those attending the second-annual Valentini celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day and raising funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF).

Over 150 guests, both singles and couples filled Alleycatz Lounge (located at Yonge and Eglinton) for a fun evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing – and some match-making. While totals are still being finalized, it is expected that the event raised more than $13,000! Most importantly, every ticket sold and dollar spent on CCFF activities at Valentini will help bring the CCFF one step closer to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

On Sunday, April 27, 2008, Torontonians are invited to celebrate 40 years of improving heart health by taking part in the 24th annual GTA Walk of Life. Cardiac survivors, their families and all those who support the rehabilitation of cardiac disease are encouraged to take part in one of the first ‘walks’ of the season.

Toronto Board of Trade - Power Breakfast Series

Thursday, February 14, 2008

With rapid changes in technology sweeping through the Canadian energy sector, companies will soon be facing new and complex options. With the right advice, the energy sector could benefit greatly from these technological changes.

Wine waste becomes health food

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Niagara area chef is helping turn a wine industry byproduct into a healthy food ingredient. Chef Mark Walpole and the founder of Vinifera for Life, has developed a flour additive made with grape skins left over from the pressing process. The product contains resveratrols, which are natural anti-oxidants being touted for many health benefits.

Toronto Catholic District School Board Acquires St. Joseph’s College School From Sisters of St. Joseph

Monday, December 10, 2007

Toronto Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that it is the proud new owner of St. Joseph's College School located at 74 Wellesley Street West, Toronto.

TCDSB purchased the property from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. The transaction was completed December 6, 2007.

Outsourcing Software Development

Monday, November 19, 2007

With more companies outsourcing their software development, the debate is growing over the best location for outside developers – offshore, local or near shore?

Join the discussion, moderated by John Simke, Chair of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education, at this special edition of the Toronto Board of Trade’s popular Technology Innovators Breakfast series.

Status Quo Won't Work For Four More Years

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Blue dresses aside, Dalton McGuinty has successfully followed the Bill Clinton model of campaigning. Express empathy and 'share the pain' of the voter. On the policy front, offer little change other than to promise to spend more on everything. On October 10th, Ontario voters bought this approach and have again handed Mr. McGuinty the reigns of power and the keys to the treasury. However, there is one other part of the Clinton script that Mr. McGuinty needs to follow. In addressing the status quo he said, "I have news for the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It is time for change."

Historic wall reveals stories of Ontario's first psychiatric hospital

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

For Immediate Release - October 10, 2007 - (TORONTO) - In 1860, patients of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum-- as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) was then known - helped to build a brick wall that would conceal them and their lives from the surrounding world for more than one hundred years. Today, the wall at CAMH’s Queen Street West Site is both a monument and emotional manuscript to the lives lived at Ontario’s oldest psychiatric hospital.

Toronto Waste and Perks Report Card: Council Golfs While Taxpayers Burn

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

• Two-thirds of Toronto Council Get Failing Grade

• Council Chooses Free Golf Over Spending Control

Toronto :

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a waste and perks report card for Toronto city councilors revealing that two-thirds of council get a failing grade including the mayor and the budget chief. CTF Ontario Director Kevin Gaudet asked, "when council refuses to give up a single perk or to meaningfully reduce waste in Toronto, how can they justify imposing new taxes on already over-burdened taxpayers? Leadership by example would be the first place to start; not tax hikes."

"Flying refined" with Porter Airlines

Violent Crime in Toronto

  • Apr. 7 - Shooting - Around 6 p.m., a 22-year-old man was shot twice, including once in the head at the North Kipling Community Centre in the Kipling and Finch area of Etobicoke. The victim was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive. Police have no suspects and no motive for the attack.

  • Apr 5 - Shooting - Around 3:30 p.m., an 18-year-old man was shot in the head and killed in a drive-by shooting. The incident happened in the driveway of Burnhamthorpe Collegiate near East Mall and Burnhamthorpe Dr. in Etobicoke. Police have no suspects.

  • Apr 2 - Stabbing - A 20-year-old man was shot and stabbed in an apartment complex in the Jane/Finch area. He was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital and later died. Police are examining surveillance tapes.

  • Mar 31- Shooting - Around 9 p.m., shots were fired in the Old Finch and Morningside area of Sc********gh. When police arrived, the victim had left the scene but one man was taken into custody. About an hour later, the male victim showed up at a hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

  • Mar 27 - Shooting - Around 7:45 p.m., a man in his 20s was shot in the chest. The shooting happened near the East York Town Centre at Thorncliffe Pk. Drive and Overlea Blvd. The man was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. Police are searching for 2 suspects who fled to a nearby apartment building.

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    Home Security

    Combat Wire Theft

    Sunday, March 4, 2007

    I'm not impressed with the amount of wire theft that is effecting our communities. Wire theft is definitely on the rise and efforts to prevent this kind of violation should be addressed sooner than later.

    Toronto Restaurant Reviews

    Casa Mendoza

    Authentic Spanish estate on the shoreline of Toronto

    By Judi McLeod

    Like discovering diamonds in the grass, visitors lucky enough to happen upon Toronto's Casa Mendoza Restaurant can't believe their luck. Built by a refreshingly eccentric connoisseur, who indulged his dream of creating an authentic Spanish estate on the shoreline of Toronto, Casa Mendoza's captivating bay windows overlook breathtaking Lake Ontario & Downtown Toronto

    Casa Mendoza offers literally acres of free parking. Nestled amongst abundant foliage, there is no doubt it offers one of the most incredible views no other restaurant can match.



    Leafs Chad Kilger, Argos Keith Pelley and Peterborough Police Chief Terry McLaren Inducted into Special Olympics Sponsors Hall of Fame

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Toronto Maple Leafs’ Chad Kilger and Toronto Argonauts’ President Keith Pelley have been inducted into the Special Olympics Ontario Sponsors Hall of Fame, along with Peterborough Police Chief Terry McLaren. The Hall of Fame recognizes volunteer fundraisers and directors who’ve made significant contributions to benefit Special Olympics athletes.

    Films & DVDs

    Toronto International Film Festival—A Thumbnail Sketch

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    The party’s over and the stars have gone back home. The Festival has ended and now it’s time to take a look back at what happened. This wasn’t the best Festival I’ve attended. There seemed to be no overwhelming hits and there seemed to be little agreement among festival goers as to the best films. Personally, I didn’t see anything that really blew me away. I saw a number of films that I liked, and I saw a few that I didn’t like, but most of the films I watched were just OK. So let’s take a quick look at what I did see. I wound up watching about 42 films, which is a few more than last year. Many of these films will be in theatres within a short time. In fact, a couple of them are already in the theatres. Here’s is a rundown of what I saw and a very short statement of what I thought about them. I’ll try to give a more definitive review when they arrive at the theatres.

    Gardening March Gardening

    Sunday, March 4, 2007

    The plants sold prior to 17 March as "Irish Shamrock" are likely to be Oxalis. Since there are several hundred species, identifying which is something of a conundrum. Alfred Byrd Graf, one of the greatest experts on indoor ornamentals, has written that Oxalis oregana, a wood sorrel native from California to Washington was "sometimes sold as 'Irish Shamrock'." Hedging his bet, Graf also labelled O. deppel from southern Mexico as 'Lucky Clover.'

    broken watermains

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