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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips | Department of Energy

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips | Department of Energy: "This article will help you find strategies to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.

If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.
Also check out no-cost and low-cost tips to save energy during the spring and summer.


Photo of a window with the curtains open. Sun is shining into the room and snow-covered mountains are visible outside. Copyright iStockphoto.com/Giorgio Fochesato.
  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.


  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
    Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.


  • When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
    Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings. Also see ENERGY STAR's June 5, 2008, podcastfor video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat.



  • Schedule service for your heating system.
    Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  • Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
    Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler.
  • Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.
    Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.


Photo of a fire in a brick fireplace. Copyright iStockphoto.com/Oliver Malms.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly--approximately 1 inch--and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
    Find out more techniques to improve your fireplace or wood-burning appliance's efficiency.
    Learn tips for safe and efficient fireplace installation and wood burning.


Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
    Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Tales from the Gerrard India Bazaar

Beevision & Village of Dreams  Productions  
Village of Dreams – Tales from the Gerrard India Bazaar
December 1, 2016 – Beevision & Village of Dreams Productions in partnership with TVO, the Gerrard/Ashdale Library (TPL) and City of Toronto Archives  proudly announces the What's Your Bazaar Memory? contest.
What's Your Bazaar Memory? is a photo and story sharing contest aimed at finding and preserving photographs and stories that celebrate South Asian Heritage and the rise of the Gerrard India Bazaar, North American's largest South Asian Marketplace - an important hub that helped and continues to help South Asians maintain and celebrate their culture and lifestyle. A cash prize of $500 CN will be offered for best photo and best story.
Fondly known as Toronto's "Little India", the neighbourhood sprung to life in the early 1970's when businessman Gian Naaz rented, and later purchased, the Eastwood Theatre on Gerrard Street and began screening Bollywood and Pakistani films. Being the first and only theatre in North America to exclusively screen Bollywood Films, it drew large numbers of Indo-Canadian visitors from across Toronto and beyond. Restaurants, businesses and stores started popping up to serve the burgeoning South Asian communities immigrating to South Western Ontario and the North Eastern United States.  Forty-Five years later, the community boasts over 100 South Asian shops and businesses and hosts the annual Festival of South Asia - one of Toronto's top cultural attractions.
To better understand the significant contribution South Asians have made to Canada's diverse identity, TVO has commissioned a television and digital platform documentary called Village of Dreams, produced by Beevision & Village of Dreams Productions.  Having been born in India and a resident in the community, documentary filmmaker and Beevision Productions founder Nina Beveridge wanted to make a film that explored and celebrated her unique neighourhood. As part of the project she has launched a photo and story sharing contest to help protect and preserve the neighbourhood's legacy. "It is my dream that this contest will inspire members of the South Asian community and visitors to the Gerrard India Bazaar to dig up their old photo albums and think back on their favourite stories of the Bazaar, and to share them with us so the history and legacy of the Gerrard India Bazaar can be preserved."  Members of the South Asian community have travelled to the Bazaar for years, sometimes from as far as Trinidad, the US and the UK, for the wide selection of specialty products and services.
Beevision & Village of Dreams Productions has partnered with TVO, City of Toronto Archives and the Gerrard/Ashdale Library so that the photographs and the stories can be preserved and shared.
According to K.S. Khorana, owner of Kala Kendar and the Founding President of GIBBIA (Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area, founded in 1981), "Canada and Toronto's Gerrard India Bazaar was the perfect place for South Asians to come to and make a fresh start. There was lots of opportunity to find work or start a business here, so many South Asians immigrated, worked hard, had children and became successful in our new country of Canada."
The Village of Dreams documentary explores and reflects upon the dreams and challenges of entrepreneurial families in the Bazaar and will be aired in 2017. A sneak peek of shareable digital shorts from the project can be viewed here: http://villageofdreams.ca/villagers/
The What's Your Bazaar Memory? contest is now open and runs from until March 31st, 2017. 
Please see www.villageofdreams.ca/bazaar-memory for details.
Electronic press kit with images and social media assets for sharing the contest with your community can be found here:
 CONTACTNina Beveridge | ninab@beevision.com | www.villageofdreams.ca | +1-416-868-1700 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

House of Common Citation presented to Tushar Unadkat

Toronto, Dec 4, 2016

International and Bollywood celebrities attend 14th Annual TD Festival of South Asia and wins three mainstream accolades!!!
Gerrard India Bazaar BIA proudly presented the 14th Annual TD Festival of South Asia with an estimated crowd of 200,000 in rotation over the weekend of July 16-17, between Greenwood and Coxwell. For the first time, TD Festival of South Asia showcased a truly multi-disciplinary line-up of artists and including Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Live Arts installation on-site alongside the Performing Arts.

The BIA Chairman, Mr. Chand Kapoor, Toronto City Councilor, Ms. Paula Fletcher, MP for Toronto–Danforth, Ms. Julie Dabrusin, Councilor, Ms. Mary-Margaret McMahon, BIA Vice Chair, Mr. Inder Jandoo and other committee members joined the 45 minutes opening parade on Saturday July 16th from Culture Gully to the main performance stage from 5:30pm onwards.

The introduction of signature CULTURE GULLY, by the festival producer/director Tushar Unadkat was authentic crowd-puller. Located North of Woodfield on Gerrard St. E., gave visitors an experience of rural South Asia with walk-in Mud Hut by Chintan Bhavsar, who won the first prize of $200 cash, at the Rangoli competition (folk floor-art) curated by Asha-Aditi Ruparelia. Culture Gully also staged Ishrat Raza Suhrwardy, a potter with a wheel, kite exhibition by Dimple Nayak and a backdrop of Taj Mahal as a vintage photo-booth. The traditionally dressed Chaiwallah (tea vendors) offering free tea in clay pots left the audience charmed. The Panwallah, the flutist, an astrologer, the flower-girl were interesting characters seen floating in the Culture Gully for audience engagement.

For the first time in 14 years, FSA had artist not just from all over the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and different provinces but international. Bollywood celebrities gave an exciting experience to the audiences on stage located South of Haiwatha on Gerrard St. E., including youth heartthrob, singer Raghav, Ali Quli Mirza (Bigg Boss fame) and Kabir Sadanand (Bollywood actor, director).

Juno and Much Music Award nominee Tony Singh (AKA Punjabi by Nature) and his band Sirens of Shanti, energized the festival audience with the new Bollywood style music.

India's president's award for Nari Shakti (woman power) winner, standup comedian Vasu Primlani hosted the 2-day event alongside with Roger's TV talk-show host Randy Persaud. Local celebrities graced the stage as guest MC like Geetika Bhardwaj (OMNI's Badhai Ho & Bollywood Boulevard Fame) and Annie Koshy (JAZZFM).

For entertainment, main stage had vivid Bollywood style dances to Indian folk dance by Sanskriti Arts, and similarly Sawitri Theatre mesmerized the Culture Gully.

"Oneness", the theme of visual arts, comprising of digital photographic prints combined the idea of yoga and spirituality by acclaimed Indian artist, Nilaoyy Nandi, was on display at the Riverdale Hub from July 9-17, 2016.

Literary Arts panels included authors and artists from contemporary to veterans in the industry including, critically acclaimed Tarek Fatah, Pushpa Acharya, Tahir Aslam Gora, Meena Chopra, Munir Pervaiz, Mayank Bhatt, Jasmine Sawant, Ravi Jain (DORA Winner), Dalbir Singh Jawaid Danish, Danish Ahmed and book read by Harjit Dhillon at the Gerrard-Ashdale Toronto Public Library.

The FSA offered main stage performances included act by the members of Toronto Table Ensemble, karaoke singers like Kairav Naik and Julia Tyne, Steel Pan Band to name a few. FSA also had 50's rock and roll music by Tony Day Music with a Vintage car as a back drop at Highfield and Gerrard. From Mermaid Oracle, hula-hoops, sword-dancing and belly-dancing by Stacie Noel, face-painting, caricature artist, to scrumptious line-up of food vendors made the weekend perfect for families to celebrate the South Asian arts and culture. Free admissions from Noon to 11pm had visitors enjoy the summer as in South Asia.

Over all, the FSA embodied the true spirit of South Asians by showcasing Bolly Yoga by Ashima Suri, Cloga (clown Yoga for the kids) by Melanie Rosen and merged non-South Asian performances to symbolize the oneness of the city and diverse entertainment for every age group.

Last but not the least, for the first time, FSA wins three accolades by the mainstream media are:

Twelve things you must do in Toronto this summer
-          The Globe and Mail

Toronto's Top 100 Events of 2016
Five Festival and Parades include Festival of South Asia
-          BizBash

The Best Food and Drink Fests happening in Toronto this summer
-          Now Toronto
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Question Period Exchange Between Maryam Monsef and Rona Ambrose


Huffington Post Story: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/12/01/maryam-monsef-math-equation-electoral-reform_n_13358776.html


Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC): 

Mr. Speaker, the report of the multi-party committee on democratic reform is in, and the recommendation is clear: If the Prime Minister wants to change the rules of democracy, then Canadians get to have a say in a referendum. This is a huge victory for democracy and a huge victory for Canadians. Will the Prime Minister actually respect the recommendations in this report, and commit to holding a referendum if he wants to change the way we vote?


Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.): 

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the members of the special committee for their time and effort in studying this. We have received the report. I am going to review it carefully and I urge every member of the House to do the same. I know this was a challenging process, and the report shows just how challenging electoral reform can be, because the only consensus that the committee found was that there is no consensus on electoral reform. In the coming days, we will be taking specific actions to continue this conversation with Canadians.


Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC): 

Mr. Speaker, the multi-party committee on electoral reform presented its report, and its recommendation is clear: if the Prime Minister wants to change the rules of democracy, Canadians must have their say in a referendum. This is a major victory for democracy. Will the Prime Minister heed the committee's recommendation and commit to holding a referendum if he plans to change the voting system?


Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.): 

Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned, we have received the report, and we encourage all members of the House to do the same. My first impressions are that there are some good ideas in there. For example, the only way that we can engage Canadians on their preference for an alternative to first past the post is through a values-based conversation. But on the main question and the hard choices that we asked the committee to make, the members of the committee took a pass. The NDP critic said, choose your own adventure. I thank the committee members for their time, and we will continue this conversation—


The Speaker: 

The Leader of the Opposition.


Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC): 

Mr. Speaker, this is unbelievable. The multi-party committee spoke and it was clear, and Canadians have also spoken, that a referendum needs to be held. The only thing that we are hearing from the other side is that the Prime Minister thinks he is smarter than Canadians and that only he can decide how we vote and what our vote means. That is an insult to every Canadian in this country. If he wants to change the way we vote, he has to have a referendum.


Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.): 

To the contrary, Mr. Speaker, our Prime Minister asked that we bring together a special committee to study the options available to us and to recommend a specific system as an alternative to first past the post. We asked the committee to help answer very difficult questions for us. It did not do that. We now have to make those hard changes, and I am looking forward to continuing this conversation with Canadians.


Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC): 

Mr. Speaker, the insults just keep coming from the other side of the House. Every opposition party worked together, worked hard, and came to a consensus. The problem here is that the Prime Minister does not want to listen to Canadians and he does not want to listen to the other parties, just like he will not have a referendum because he thinks that Canadians are not smart enough, that they are not as smart as he is to pick the kind of system that we are to rely on. The Prime Minister is wrong. Canadians are smart enough to cast a vote.


Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.): 

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are smart, reasonable people and we are doing this for them.

The committee did not offer a specific alternative to first past the post. Instead, it offered us the Gallagher index. So the hon. member wants us to have a referendum on the following: Would Canadians like to take the square root of the sum of the squares of the difference between the percentage of the seats for each party and the percentage of the votes passed?



Monday, November 28, 2016

Question Period Exchange between PM and Rona Ambrose

Question period  exchange between PM Justin Trudeau and the Leader of the Opposition, Rona Ambrose, regarding the Chinese fundraising story that was published in the globe and mail 22nd Nov, 2016 morning.

Globe & Mail story: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-attended-cash-for-access-fundraiser-with-chinese-billionaires/article32971362/

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC):Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome the Prime Minister back to the House for the first time since November 2nd. We all know that the Prime Minister likes-

The Speaker:The hon. Leader of the Opposition is aware that members do not draw attention to the presence or absence of other members in the House

Hon. Rona Ambrose

Hon. Rona Ambrose:Again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome the Prime Minister to the House.

We all know that the Prime Minister would rather hang out with billionaires than answer questions in Parliament. When he is not mingling with them in Sun Valley or Davos, he is hitting them up for Liberal Party donations back home. In May, in fact, Chinese billionaires paid $1,500 for exclusive access to the Prime Minister at a Toronto mansion.

Rubbing elbows with millionaires at these cash for access events does not pass the smell test and the Prime Minister knows it. Why does he keep doing it?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.):Mr. Speaker, Canadians faced a period of 10 years of lower than needed growth under the previous government. That is why we have committed to engaging positively with the world to draw in investment. I am pleased with the representations we have made in Davos and elsewhere to demonstrate that Canada is a good place to invest.

When we talk about investments like Bell Helicopter in Mirabel with 1,000 more jobs, or the GM research in Markham, or the GE plant down in Niagara Region, we know that drawing in global investment is a great way to grow the economy and create jobs.

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC):Mr. Speaker, it is not a coincidence that these billionaires the Prime Minister meets with actually want something from him. One of the guests at the mansion in May wanted government approval for a new bank in Canada. So, an individual pays $1,500 for exclusive access to the Prime Minister and that individual will get final approval for a bank a few months later.

Not only does this event break the Prime Minister's own ethics rules, it does not pass the smell test. He could stop this right away. Why will he not?

Right hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.):Mr. Speaker, Canadians can be reassured that the federal level has some of the toughest rules and laws around political fundraising of any level of government in this country. We have always followed those rules and the principles that underlie them.

Politicians should not decide the future of CBC - Deepak Obhrai

Politicians should not decide the future of CBC

November 24, 2016: (Calgary) Responding to recent comments by politicians to revamp, or altogether abolish, the CBC, Conservative Party Leadership Candidate Deepak Obhrai, said "why are politicians getting to decide what will happen to the CBC? The CBC is funded by Canadian taxpayers; therefore Canadians should decide the future of the corporation".


When asked why the CBC has become a Conservative Leadership issue, Mr. Obhrai responded by saying, "the reason the CBC is a topic of discussion is because many Canadians feel that in the past, the CBC has displayed biased reporting.


"I propose a more Canadian approach. An independent task-force to look at the future of CBC."


"It would be wise to look at the issue in terms of addressing Canadian taxpayers' concerns rather than a political agenda. Once we start to threaten our media, we start to threaten freedom of speech."

Strong Muscles = Strong Grades? b

Strong Muscles = Strong Grades?

The socialization process in grade school is interesting, to say the least. Too often, kids get labeled, stigmatized and categorized according to their primary area of performance. Good athletes become "jocks." Good students become "brainiacs." But we need to teach children that they can be both; in fact, it's high time to hail the student-athlete! Here's why.

According to a recent study of 9-11-year-olds, muscle fitness, determined by 30-second repetitions of a battery of upper-body, lower-body and core exercises (lunges, push-ups, shoulder presses, etc.) using either body weight or a medicine ball, correlated with performance on memory, math, reading and writing tests. Kids who performed better (more repetitions) on the muscular fitness tests also did better on the memory and academic tests than their less-fit peers, according to the study.
  Parents all want their children to succeed in all areas of life, but too often, they make a choice between academics and athletics. Here's a great reason to prioritize both! Talk to your chiropractor to learn more about the importance of muscular fitness and how to get your kids started on the path to fitness.

For more information on health and safety please visit www.toyourhealth.com and the Ontario Chiropractic Association web site at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1877-327-2273. Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416-499-5656 or www.infinite-health.com

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Doctors of chiropractic are specialists, who provide drug free, hands on treatment that targets the source of pain. Studies show that chiropractic treatment is increasingly recognized as one of the safest and most effective health care solutions. Chiropractic care can be used successfully to treat injuries resulting from automobile accidents and sports injuries. For more prevention and wellness, or to find a doctor of chiropractic near you, go to the Patient Information section of the Ontario Chiropractic Association Website at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1-877-327-2273. More health information can be found at www.toyourhealth.com.
Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416-499-5656 or www.infinite-health.com

Dr. George I. Traitses
Infinite Health / Secretropin Canada
Office: 416 499 5656  Fax: 905 201 6811
2914 Sheppard Ave. Suite 206 Scarborough, Ont. L3P 4E1
90 Fincham Ave., Markham, Ont, L3P 4E1

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