L’Oréal Paris today proudly announced the inspirational recipients of its inaugural Canadian Women of Worth program. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris belief that ‘Every Woman Is Worth It’ by elevating and celebrating women who find beauty in giving back. The 10 Women of Worth Honourees will be celebrated and awarded more than $100,000 in charitable grants at an Awards Gala on March 8, International Women’s Day, hosted by L’Oréal Paris spokesperson, award-winning actress and humanitarian, Blake Lively.
“We have been inspired and awestruck by the hundreds of Women of Worth nominations we received about extraordinary Canadian women who are selflessly volunteering their time and talents to make Canada a better place,” said Stephanie Binette, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris in Canada. “Our first Canadian Women of Worth are advocates for refugees and the homeless, and champions for women and youth in need, among many other important causes. We applaud this year’s Honourees, and look forward to celebrating their worth, generosity and innovation on International Women’s Day.”
The Women of Worth program honours Canadian women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve and improve their communities. In its inaugural year in Canada, the program received more than 350 nominations which were judged by L’Oréal Paris, Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, and esteemed volunteer leadership experts. Selection criteria was based on the impact of the cause on the social fabric of the community, the nominee’s ability to meet an unmet community need or concern, as well as the passion and innovation she has demonstrated to effect change.
Public Invited to Vote for National Honouree
One of the 10 Women of Worth Honourees will be selected as the National Honouree and will be awarded an additional $10,000 grant for her charity at the Awards Gala. The public can visit www.womenofworth.ca to read more details about each Honouree’s inspirational cause and vote for their favourite until March 7. Voters can cast one online vote per email address each day. These votes will be a core factor in the judging panel’s selection of the National Honouree.
The inaugural Canadian Women of Worth Honourees are:
- Abirami Abi Kirubarajan, Multicultural Youth CAN in Mississauga, Ont. – has aided more than 700 Sri Lankan youth in their transition to Canada
- Audrey Guth, Nanny Angel Network in Toronto – provides free relief childcare services to mothers who are battling cancer to enable them to get the care and rest they need
- Betty Lorraine Cornelius, CANGRANDS in Belleville, Ont. – assists extended “kinship” families raise children when their parents are unable or unwilling to
- Cheryl Perera, OneChild in Richmond Hill, Ont. – spreads awareness, lobbies government and fundraises to rescue and rehabilitate human trafficking survivors
- Deanna McCarron, Kidzact in Dayton, N.S. – offers free dance and gymnastics programs to local youth in exchange for their pledge not to drink or use drugs
- Eva von Jagow, DueNORTH from Montreal / Stittsville, Ont. – provides and promotes access to nutritional food for students in Nunavut to give them a better foundation for learning
- Kirsten Bourque, Street Feet at Sunshine House in Winnipeg – provides essential foot care to homeless and street-involved people in Winnipeg’s Inner City
- Lia Grimanis, Up With Women in Toronto – offers strategic career development program to recently homeless and at-risk women to help them rise above the cycle of poverty
- Nayiri Tavlian, Hay Doun in Montreal – provides vocational counselling and life coaching to Armenian refugees so they gain confidence and succeed
- Sheliza Kassam, Children’s Birthday Miracles in Calgary – has held birthday celebrations for more than 4,000 underprivileged children and their families
Each Honouree will receive a $10,000 grant for her charity, as well as a trip for two to the Awards Gala in Toronto and marketing support to increase visibility for her charity from L’Oréal Paris.
Source: L’Oreal Paris
Science Minister Kirsty Duncan marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by announcing the launch of an engaging national campaign to encourage young women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The social media campaign and its accompanying website, which use the promotional tagline “Choose Science,” give young women an opportunity to engage in the sciences. They also provide material—such as easy, home-based experiments and citizen science projects—that parents, teachers and mentors can use to support the women in their lives who see a future for themselves in research.
The Minister launched the campaign today during a panel discussion that included Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef; Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua; Amanda Mason of Oculus; and Dr. Angela Schoellig of the University of Toronto. The lively discussion, hosted at Facebook Canada’s headquarters and moderated by Erica Ehm, founder of the Yummy Mummy Club and former Much Music VJ, engaged girls across Canada, including those participating in the University of Toronto’s Engineering Outreach program. The panelists delved into how to support more young girls and encourage them to choose a scientific career and how to foster a culture of curiosity in all Canadians.
When women, along with those who are otherwise under-represented in labs across the country, make the choice to join science, the overall research community will become a more inclusive and welcoming place to be. Increasing the diversity of talented people fuelling Canada’s future will enhance the richness of discoveries and innovations that support a strong middle class and those working hard to join it.
- According to the United Nations, female students are significantly less likely to graduate with a degree in the sciences than their male counterparts. In 1987, only 20 percent of those working in the sciences were women. Today, that number is still only 22 percent, despite an increase in the number of women graduating with STEM degrees.
- The Government of Canada is helping employers create more experiential learning placements in STEM fields, providing new opportunities for youth, including young women and Indigenous peoples.
- The United Nations first commemorated “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” on February 11, 2016. By marking this day, member states demonstrate their continuing resolve and commitment to eliminate gender inequality in science employment, opportunities and education.
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
With eating disorders having a higher mortality rate among girls and young women than any other mental health condition, eating disorder groups across Canada will mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017 with a new campaign to reinforce the message that eating disorders are not a choice.
From February 1 to 7, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) and other groups across the country will host a variety of awareness-raising and educational activities to help dispel the myth that eating disorders are just a phase or a diet gone too far. Using the hashtags #NotAChoice and #EDAW2017 (or #SEMTA2017 in French), they will spread the message that eating disorders are serious biologically-influenced mental illnesses with potentially life-threatening consequences — and they can affect people of all ages, genders, classes, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.
Six provinces and more than 50 municipalities across Canada will participate in Eating Disorders Awareness Week activities. Dozens of notable landmarks will be lit up in purple throughout the week to raise awareness of this important cause, including the Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls, the High Level Bridge in Edmonton and City Hall in Vancouver.
“By generating awareness, we can promote public understanding about these illnesses while also spreading hope to those affected,” says Marbella Carlos, Outreach and Education Coordinator at NEDIC. “We know that open, supportive dialogue can help break the shame, stigma and silence that affect those living with an eating disorder as well as the millions of others who struggle with food and weight preoccupation.”
An estimated 600,000 to 990,000 Canadians are living with an eating disorder at any given time — a number greater than the combined populations of Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, Yukon, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Those seeking support can contact the NEDIC Helpline toll-free at 1-866-633-4220 from 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday.
For more information about Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017, visit www.nedic.ca.
Please also join the Twitter Party on February 1, 2017
It’s that time of year again! If you live in Toronto then it is time to make reservations at your favourite restaurants, or the ones you really want to try!
About Winterlicious and Summerlicious
The Summerlicious and Winterlicious programs are produced by the City of Toronto. The Licious programs began in 2003 as a way to boost Toronto’s restaurant industry during typically slow periods of business. In the years since the programs’ inception, participating restaurants have served 6.2 million meals during the promotion periods, generating more than $275 million in economic activity for the local restaurant industry. The Licious programs were ranked in the top three all-time favourite festivals, fairs and events in Field Day’s fourth annual Toronto entertainment survey.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
Details about Winterlicious are available at toronto.ca/winterlicious.
2017 Culinary Event Series
The Winterlicious 2017 exclusive Culinary Event Series features nine one-of-a-kind cooking and dining experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest venues and chefs. Tickets for the nine culinary events, listed here, make exceptional holiday gifts and go on sale today. More information is available at toronto.ca/winterlicious.
• Happy 150th! A Decadent Taste of Canada at Palais Royale
Palais Royale – January 27
• Elements of Soul – 150 years of Caribbean Influence
FUSE Restaurant – Jan 27 and 28
• Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Cuisine
Casa Loma – January 28 and 29 and also February 4 and 5
• Martinis, Manhattans & Old Fashioneds: Time-Honoured Classics from the Golden Age of Bartending
Rosewater – February 1
• A Night at the Court
Arcadian Court – February 2
• La Dolce Vita
Fabbrica – February 2
• Murder at Sea! A Canadian Cruise of Titanic Proportions
Mysteriously Yours – February 3 and 4
• Mare a Mare – Fresh Canadian Seafood the Italian Way
Cibo Wine Bar, Yorkville – February 6
• Syria: A Living History
Diwan, Aga Khan Museum – February 9
2017 Prix Fixe Promotion
More than 220 restaurants city-wide are participating in the Winterlicious Prix Fixe Promotion. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $18, $23 and $28, and dinner is priced at $28, $38 and $48. Restaurants start accepting reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion on January 12, 2017.
Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishment. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at toronto.ca/winterlicious.
ESKA Natural Spring Water continues as the official water sponsor of the event, featuring both still and sparkling water at select restaurants.
The latest Winterlicious updates are available at toronto.ca/winterlicious or via social media: Twitter (@LiciousTO and #LiciousTO), Instagram (instagram.com/liciousto) and Facebook (facebook.com/LiciousTO).
I finished painting my living room in December. It should have been November but I kept putting off painting the trim. The next room on my list is the guest bedroom. I really like light colours, but may decide to go a little more dramatic. It is a small room, so I need to think of any DIY projects for that room at the same time.
I am the type of person that likes to paint one room at a time. Even if I select the same colour of paint for my entire home, I will still only paint one room at a time. I only want to move furniture one room at a time. I frankly don’t have the patience to do more than one room.
I don’t hire a painter, I instead, rely on my family and friends. I host a painting party and provide food and cocktails. I get quick results. One room gets done quickly and my family and friends don’t mind coming in for a short period of time instead of an entire day or weekend of painting.
My Paint of Choice
I used the Canadian Tire Premier Paint for my living room. I noticed the new brand at the end of 2016. I picked the Premier Active. I was very happy with it, so I will choose this paint again. (Note to self, I must write a blog post about my living room). I do have a ton of CTMyPoints which I can also use to purchase my paint and accessories.
Check out the new Premier Formulation from Canadian Tire
Here is a chart to help you select the right paint for your room. You can select from Premier, Premier Active and Premier Infinity.
The bedroom is currently a creamy white colour so I won’t require great coverage like I did for my living room. I will select Premier regular line. I will double check with the paint representative at Canadian Tire just to make sure.
You can check out all of the wonderful paint colours online. Click here to find the perfect colour for your next room! There are over 1,000 colours to choose from!
Don’t forget your paint accessories. There are specific brushes and rollers for each paint type.
Now I just have to select the colour, pick up my paint and accessories and then pick a date and time to host my painting party. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know!
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2017 takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The Bell Let’s Talk Day conversation works to end the stigma of mental illness while also driving Bell’s funding for Canadian mental health programs. Bell donates 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs for every text message, mobile, and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers; every tweet or Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk; every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk; and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Snapchat geofilter. Over the last six Bell Let’s Talk Days, Bell`s total commitment to Canadian mental health has grown to $79,919,178.55.
Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.
Join the conversation and drive Bell’s funding of mental health
On January 25, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions made that day:
- Every text message, mobile call and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers
- Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk
- Every Instagram post using #BellLetsTalk
- Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on Snapchat
Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants. Normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.
Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016 set new records with 125.9 million messages of support, growing Bell’s funding for Canadian mental health by $6,295,764.75. #BellLetsTalk was the #1 Twitter hashtag in Canada for all of 2016, and the most used in the world on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016.
With its original anchor donation of $50 million and the results of the first 6 Bell Let’s Talk Days, Bell’s total commitment to mental health now stands at $79,919,178.55, and is expected to surpass $100 million in 2020.
5 simple ways to help end the stigma
You can help end the stigma around mental illness with 5 simple ways developed by Dr. Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University:
- Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness
- Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs
- Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot
- Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen
- Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence
To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
The holidays are not the holidays without holiday baking. We get together with my mom and we bake starting around the first week of December. Then we continue on baking right until the end of the month. We bake from scratch. The KitchenAid gets used the most during December.
What do we bake? Maybe I should rephrase with What DON”T we bake! All recipes are my mother’s recipes. My mother has been baking since she was seven years old. She is amazing. Eveything she bakes is so delicious. She really does enjoy baking as well. Baking and cooking. I am not really a baker but during the holidays I am happy to spend time with my mom and my sisters and we create all these masterpieces.
- Shortbread cookies
- snow ball cookies
- spinch pies
- cheese pies
- onion pies
After we complete our baking, we then take pretty boxes and bags and wrap them up nicely to get ready to share with our friends, family and the special people in our lives.
Holiday Baking Short Cut
When we want to have some fun, we like to bake with the kids over the holiday season. We count on Pillsbury to help us out. Baking and cookie decorating is a great way to get the family to turn off of their cell phones and other mobile devices and spend time together. It is fun, and it makes the entire house smell so good!
The first set of Ready to Bake cut-out holiday cookies (sugar cookies) included Christmas Trees and Snow Men. We love the fact they are small so that they the kids don’t over indulge. (And well so that the adults also don’t over indulge) There are 12 cookies per pack. These are the cookies we make as a family, in the after school or on the weekends.
You can’t go wrong. You just take them out of the package, put them on a baking sheet and then place them in them in the oven.
We are a family of gingerbread lovers. We used to bake and make gingerbread houses and gingerbread condo’s. Now that everyone has pretty much grown up, we settle for Pillsbury pre-cut cookies instead.
Do you bake with your family during the holidays? If so what do you bake? Do you bake from scratch, or do you get a little help like we did with Pillsbury?
Do you have WINTER Tires?
Well if you live in Canada, then I think snow tires are a must! Being safe on the road with snow and ice can make driving challenging. After hearing all about the bad winter the weather men have been forecasting, I decided it was time to get winter tires. I headed off to Canadian Tire to get my tires. They do have the word “tire” in their name, so they must know a thing or two about tires.They have also been selling tires since 1923!
The Difference Between All Season and Winter Tires
First, I think I should tell you the difference between tires. I used to think that my all season tires were good enough in the snow until I was educated during the Canadian Tire #CanadasGarage Twitter Party.
All Season Tires
These tires use special compounds to improve your traction, stopping and handling whenever the thermometer dips below 7°C/45°F. A winter tire is marked with the mountain/snowflake symbol. Although all weather tires are good in many conditions, they don’t provide the same grip and control that winter tires can in cold or snowy weather.
Watch this video to find out the difference between all season and winter tires.
Why buy winter tires from canadian Tire?
Canadian Tire puts all of their tires through rigorous testing, so you can make the most informed decision possible.
This is how Canadian Tire tests tires in the snow.
Here is how Canadian Tire tests tires on ice.
Canadian Tire has a great selection of tires to select from.
- BF Goodrich
- General Tire
Which Tires Did I Select?
I selected the Michelin Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires. They seemed the best tire for the best price.
winter is here! make sure you Prep for Your Vehicle for winter
We live in Canada, so we know that each year we must prepare for winter. The temperatures have started to change which means it is time to get your vehicle ready for winter. Have your car serviced in advance, so winter weather doesn’t slow down your busy family.
Maximize Your Visibility
It is really important for you to be able to see clearly during the winter weather. Be sure to have a snow brush in your vehicle, install winter wiper blades and check your windshield washer fluid levels.
Make sure your Show Brush is in your vehicle. Don’t get stuck without a snow brush on that first snow fall. Also we sure to clear ice and snow before using your wiper blades, or you could scratch and tear the rubber element leading to streaks, smears, and chatter. If you need a new snow brush, click here to check out some options available.
Winter Wiper Blades.
Install winter wiper blades help prevent snow and ice build up and offer ultimate performance in extreme weather. Changing your wiper blades is easier than you think! Click here to see how simple it really is.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Windshield Washer Fluid removes ice, frost and bug splatter, and cleans away salt and grime. It also helps reduce re-freezing on windshield for better visibility. Look for washer fluid with an advanced formula provides water beading action and creates a water repellent finish. Click here to see the many options available.
Winter Safety Kit
Also, it’s extremely important to make sure you have a safety kit, such as this Winter Safety Kit from Canadian Tire. This kit contains all the essentials such as a tow strap, shovel, traction aid, booster cables, and headlamp. A fleece blanket, hat, gloves, and hand warmers will keep you warm. It also comes with one year free roadside assistance.
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