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Friday, October 31, 2014

Break Bad Eating Habits by Retraining Your Brain

Just as junk food can become an addiction, researchers at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that the brain can be retrained to prefer that. People aren't born loving cheeseburgers and creamy pasta dishes; they're conditioned over time by repeatedly eating such foods, creating addiction circuits in the brain. The study followed 13 overweight or obese men and women over six months using MRI imaging of their brains. "The brain scans showed changes in areas of the brain reward center which are associated with learning and addiction," writes Harold Mandel for the Syracuse Natural Health Examiner. "At the end of six months this area of the brain had increased sensitivity to healthy, lower-calorie foods. This served as an indication of increased reward and enjoyment of healthier food cues. There was also decreased sensitivity to the unhealthy foods."  This is great news for those trying to lose weight or break even lifetime-long habits of unhealthy eating. Click here to read the full study, published September 1 in The Journal of Nutrition and Diabetes.

Source: "Your Brain Can be Trained to Prefer Healthy Foods" by Harold Mandel, Examiner.com, September 2, 2014.

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Exercise Offers Hope for ADHD/Prescription Drug Epidemic

The CDC says 6.1% of American children were taking an ADHD medication like Adderall or Ritalin in 2011 (the latest data available), up from 4.8% in 2007. Eleven percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, also up from 7.8% in 2003. Despite the well-documented dangers of ADHD drugs (and legitimate questions about the diagnosis), the trend doesn't seem likely to reverse any time soon.  

Minister Kenney Talks Jobs and Skills Training at the 8th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit on Vancouver Island

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, delivered a keynote speech today to the 8th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit on Vancouver Island. The Summit brought together hundreds of business, government, and community leaders to discuss how to promote a sustainable and diversified economy for all residents of the Vancouver Island economic region.
Minister Kenney is focused on the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to creating jobs, economic growth, and ensuring the long-term prosperity of the Canadian economy.  He talked about our Skills Agenda, the Government’s plan to ensure Canadians have the skills needed for available jobs, and highlighted initiatives and investments related to skills training and improving labour market inclusion for all Canadians, including those in underrepresented groups such as aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth. He also outlined recent improvements to Canada’s immigration system to better align it with the needs of the Canadian economy.                                                                                                       

Improving Canada's Caregiver Program

Government of Canada announces reforms to end the live-in requirement, reduce family separation and provide more options to caregivers in Canada

October 31, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant reforms to the Caregiver Program that acknowledges the valuable contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and the economy.

Celebrate Halloween Differently this Year by Helping Others Discover the Creative and Performing Arts

Celebrate Halloween Differently this Year by Helping Others Discover the Creative and Performing Arts - starbuzz.ca@gmail.com - GmailNorth Americans have the opportunity to share their skills and passion for dance, drama, music, and art in disadvantaged communities abroad

TORONTO – October 30, 2014 – Halloween is a time of the year when many North Americans seize the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. Creativity is encouraged, and people celebrating Halloween craft elaborate costumes for costume parties, parades, and trick-or-treating, carve pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, and enjoy scary stories and movies. Unfortunately for thousands of children in developing countries across the globe, the ability to express their creativity and exercise their imaginations is one that is neglected in the face of more pressing issues, such as poverty, hunger, and violence. International volunteer organization Projects Abroad seeks to address this through several different Creative & Performing Arts volunteer programs, which cover a range of fields including art, drama, dance, music, and music production and management.

The Creative & Performing Arts projects are flexible, and any volunteer with a passion for the arts is sure to find a project that suits them. For volunteers who want to help disadvantaged children and teenagers discover and develop their artistic sides, Projects Abroad offers projects in schools and orphanages throughout the developing world. The impact of volunteers at these placements is incredibly beneficial for the children, especially if skilled volunteers can fill the gap left by a lack of local teachers. Not only do the children learn about different cultures, but their appreciation for the arts increases, as does their self-confidence and ability to express themselves. Projects Abroad also gives volunteers the opportunity to work with adults and volunteers could find themselves practicing and even performing alongside local artists and performers, or taking on the role of a manager and helping them succeed in their music careers.

"Our Creative & Performing Arts projects are a step into an entirely new world for everyone involved," says Kaisa Partanen, a Program Advisor at Projects Abroad Canada. "While volunteers are helping others discover a love for the arts and learn new skills, they are also exploring the culture of the world around them and gaining a new perspective on life. It's a rewarding way to give back and the lessons that the children learn from volunteers, such as positive self-expression, will help to shape the rest of their lives."

Projects Abroad offers Creative & Performing Arts projects in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Here are a few examples of what the organization has to offer:

Music & Dance in South Africa 
This versatile project provides several different opportunities for volunteers based on their skills and interests. Volunteers with a background in music can teach an instrument of their choice and focus on any aspect of music, including singing. If a volunteer has experience in dance, they have the option of teaching modern dance or ballet in South African schools. Volunteers with an interest in music production work with Sounds of the World, a Projects Abroad initiative where volunteers are responsible for assisting the artist or band throughout the recording process, and in advertising and promoting their music. Artist management is another possibility in South Africa and volunteers will get involved in organizing local gigs, concerts, and promoting local artists, as well as writing articles, interviews, and concert reviews.

Drama in Romania 
Although there is a growing theater community in Romania, there is a distinct lack of theater education. By leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups, and helping students prepare a production for local performances and festivals, volunteers can help nurture young artists and share their skills abroad. Volunteers on this project are based in Brasov and work directly with elementary and high school students.

Creative Arts in Ecuador 
Many disadvantaged students in Ecuador are unaware of their talents and of opportunities in the field of creative arts because of a lack of opportunities. For children, the arts can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as helping their personal development, and volunteers can help a great deal with this. Volunteers work in schools and local arts and culture centers and can teach art, dance, music, and drama. They can also paint large educational murals in classrooms and on outside walls of the town.

For more information about Creative & Performing Arts volunteer projects, please visitwww.projects-abroad.ca/projects/performing-arts.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

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Colours of INDIA Shows - Mississauga Convention Centre November 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AGM Exhibitions Explore the Power of Perception and the Aftermath of War

Rehab Nazzal: Visible, Dipna Horra: Dhunia: Octet and Rena Sava: Urban Abstraction on view November 6 - January 1

October 28, 2014


(Mississauga) - The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) expands the conversation about how art can create social change with three exhibitions that explore how perception shapes reality and blurs the distinction between the personal and the political.

In Rehab Nazzal: Visible, the Palestinian-born Canadian artist reveals, through web-sourced sounds and images, the atrocities and tragic aftermath of war. How much is our understanding of war mediated and shaped by those who interpret it for us? This body of work makes visible the headlines, the tragedy and strife alongside the coping mechanisms that are required to address the complex political issues of Gaza, Negev Prison and the village of Bil'in. The artist invites and guides the viewer to bear witness.

Dhunia: Octet is the latest in a series of sound installations in which artist Dipna Horra transforms antique window frames into speakers, playing sounds and stories that explore transcultural identity to posit the question: What is our world, and how do we construct, situate ourselves in, and view this world?

Finally, in the XIT-RM, regional artist Rena Sava presents Urban Abstraction, a series of urban landscape prints created using Styrofoam blocks. The material creates a "fragmented" feel, and the contrast between the coloured prints and the harsher black and white pieces explores how colour influences our perception of urban space. The XIT-RM is sponsored by the RBC Foundation.




"All year, the AGM has asked the question: what is the role of the artist? With these exhibitions, we shift the focus slightly to encompass the role of the viewer as well. How can perception shape reality, and how can artists inspire open conversation? The AGM does not take a single political stance; rather, as a public institution, we provide a space where dialogue and independent thought are encouraged. How can we make sense of the brutality of war, of stories told through generations, of an ever changing urban landscape? At the AGM, artists lead these conversations. We invite you to respond."
-Stuart Keeler, Director | Curator, Art Gallery of Mississauga



  • Rehab Nazzal's recent exhibition Invisible garnered international attention when it was mounted in Ottawa earlier this year.
  • Dipna Horra's sound investigations are intersections in architecture, art and cultural studies. Her current project, Dhunia, is a meditation on identity and storytelling as it crosses cultures and languages.
  • Regional artist Rena Sava has been featured in several juried art shows at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. This exhibition marks her move from the printmaking process of etching to that of relief printing.
  • The exhibitions open at the Art Gallery of Mississauga on Thursday, November 6 at 6 pm. The opening reception will feature screenings of short films by The Digital Silk Route at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. There will be a free bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto) at 6 pm


The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre right on Celebration Square across from Square One Mall. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

Engage. Think. Inspire. 
This phrase opens the dialogue at the AGM.  The Gallery connects with the people of Mississauga through the collection and presentation of relevant works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian artExpressing multiple ideas and concepts, this visual art translates into meaningful cultural and social experiences for all audiences. The AGM employs innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts.The mandate of the Gallery is to "bring art to the community and the community to art."




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