March 2015

Mar 31 2015
April 1, 2015 This month’s notables, Jane Harbury, Brad Long, and Bunny Iskov, share their thoughts on caring for the environment. more...

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Mar 31 2015
April 1, 2015 In this Q and A column, communications coach Vera Held explores with Good News Toronto readers important aspects of courage that surface in our personal and professional lives. more...

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Mar 31 2015

What do you get when you cross doctors with Game of Thrones? We’re glad you asked! This year the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation put together an outstanding Game of Thrones-themed event: the Ice & Fire Rouge Gala at the Liberty Grand. Guests were treated to a medieval feast on both floors of the immaculately decorated […]

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Mar 31 2015

The CMP Canadian Mortgage Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence across the entire spectrum of mortgage brokering. There are 21 organizational and individual categories that have been designed to ensure national recognition of both large and small organizations on their individual merits. This annual black-tie gala is the event highlight of the year that attracts the biggest names […]

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Mar 31 2015
Josh Linkner is on a mission to make the world more creative. Named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a “President Barack Obama Champion of Change” award recipient, Linkner both inspires and entertains: in speeches and workshops alike, he provides powerful and practical techniques to jumpstart creativity, getting people thinking out... more...

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Mar 31 2015
Lately, I’ve had a few conversations with other business owners about the ongoing dilemna of… more...

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Mar 31 2015
Let’s get right to it, shall we? Tuesday is as good a day as any to announce an exciting giveaway! You, my awesome readers, know that I have been a loyal member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars (which I have redeemed for airfare, hotel, car rental, merchandise, and more), for almost 20 YEARS! I believe in this brand so strongly, that I am very proud to be their Brand Ambassador for a few years now. more...

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Mar 31 2015
Analyze where your time is spent now. You cannot change what you don’t know so… more...

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Mar 31 2015
Ryan Estis challenges conventional thinking on corporate culture, communication, client acquisition, brand ambassadorship and change. The former chief strategy officer for the marketing division of McCann Erickson, he helps companies, leaders, and sellers more effectively connect to their two most important audiences: employees and customers. Guiding audiences through the realities of the new economy, he... more...

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Mar 31 2015
My 2-year old nephew A.J. loves to count. Note that I didn’t say he likes to count but he LOVES to count. This little one has blown us all away as he doesn’t just count to ten, he can count … Continue reading more...

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Mar 31 2015

Where & Wear Event Listings We are back with this week’s Where & Wear event listings,  helping you fill up your social calendars with events all across the country. We help you with that dilemna that arises every weekend, where are you going and what are you going to wear? What: Fur Ball The Shaw Centre […]

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Mar 31 2015

Trend Tuesday: Toronto Fashion Week Trends Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2015 Trends Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week is held semi-annually – during March and October – to showcase Fall/ Winter and Spring/ Summer collections. Spring styles included a lot of classic black and white combinations as well as sunset hues that made us excited for warmer weather. […]

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Mar 30 2015
SHANNON’S TRAVEL BAG: travel tips for women Shannon Skinner’s Q&A with expert on India travel, Vikas Abbott from Vasco Travel, based in Delhi.     As I pack my bags for India, my excitement is growing by the minute about my upcoming visit to this vast, colourful and diverse country that I have longed to […] more...

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Mar 30 2015
At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to six million dollars in sales in just eleven years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Passionate about inspiring others to reach their goals and stressing... more...

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Mar 30 2015

Working Women Style: How-to Wear a Cocktail Dress to Work Transition a Cocktail dress from Office to Evening Now that the weather is warmer I bet all women are dreaming of wearing dresses and skirts. This is good news for us at RfR, but it’s also great news for you! Spring and summer holds a […]

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Mar 30 2015
Most interviews begin with some variation of the following question: where do you see yourself in five years? Most people realize that the question is this not so cleverly masqueraded question: how much return on our investment will we receive if we hire you? A good chunk of us probably lied when that particular question came up. I’m looking for a long term job. From what I’ve heard so far, I believe this will be it. Honest or dishonest. The idea that one employee will remain at a business for a large chunk of their life is archaic. According to Forbes, most individuals remain at a work place for an average of 4.4 years before seeking employment elsewhere. Even if you’re only a couple of years in, and generally satisfied, chances are you might have a job change on the horizon. The trick? Don’t let that job change knock you off your feet, recognize the signs that a job change is eminent, and start the job search process before circumstances escalate. Here are 5 clues that you need to start working on your resume: more...

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Mar 30 2015
Canadian comedian Gerry Dee is one of the funniest men to hit the comedy scene—ever. Gerry is the creator, writer, and star of the smash hit CBC TV comedy series Mr. D, and can frequently be seen in The Score’s segment “Gerry Dee: Sports Reporter.” Gerry is presently in the midst of a Canadian stand-up... more...

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Mar 30 2015


It's me again... a dog with a blog

Mom always say "animals connect people!"

Gotta say.... she's right!

Check out this amazing story of how people are coming together to bring a dog named Jake back home to Canada.
Photo Credit: Bring Jake Home Facebook page


Jake’s unusual story has a community of people in Canada & the USA collaborating to bring this rescue dog home & give him the best second chance possible. 

Jake is a Lab cross with an out of service # Drayton Valley, Alberta tag who ended up lost and in an Imlay, Michigan Shelter.  Lisa Litwinski is working with the USA Shelter in Imlay & an Edmonton Rescue: Infinite WOOFS making plans for Jake to journey home to a loving foster home while we help him to find his new forever family. Jake has a Charity ATB Financial Community Spirit bank account, Facebook page, & a twitter account. Things are moving up in the world for this boy! We are fundraising to cover the cost of expenses to bring this dog home. Contact: BringJakeHometoAlberta@shaw.ca for ways to donate. Check out Jake’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bringjakehometoalberta or Twitter: @BringJakeHomeAB #BringJakeHometoAlberta

Thank you for your caring, sharing and support. Let’s bring this dog home!



Here's some info that Lisa provided mom... with all the pawsome details and backstory:


Fundraiser to Help Bring Jake the Rescue Dog Home to Alberta
Jake is a Lab cross with an out of service # Drayton Valley, Alberta tag who ended up lost and in an Imlay, Michigan Shelter.  Lisa contacted the Shelter to explore how to help Jake in the event that his family was not located.  The Shelter was very open to working together to bring Jake home to Alberta & the initiative formally launched.  Jake has a Charity ATB Financial bank account, Facebook page, & a twitter account. Things are moving up in the world for this boy!

Hundreds of people shared Jake’s posts in efforts to reunite him with his family. We did not find them. Any inquiries about Jake came from Canadians as a result of this collaborative initiative. No one locally called or came in to look for Jake. The USA Shelter did their due diligence with the legal hold period to find the family.  Jake has been pulled by the Imlay rescue and they are working with us to bring Jake home. Lisa found a fabulous Alberta foster home for Jake and a wonderful no kill, foster home based, Edmonton rescue for Jake to help oversee the process of finding Jake his new forever home. www.InfiniteWOOFS.org. Lisa is excited about helping Jake to find his new family. Jake is a happy and affectionate dog who loves to run and play with his tennis ball. We are so excited to bring this boy home to have an amazing second chance!!

We have an approved ATB Financial Community Spirit Account set up for Jake. 100% of all donations go directly to covering our expenses to bring him home.  Income Tax receipts are available for donations over $20.00.  There are three ways to donate: 1) Pay Pal to a friend – search for BringJakeHometoAlberta@shaw.ca. Select immediate transfer.  2) E-transfer to BringJakeHometoAlberta@shaw.ca 3) Go to any ATB Financial and deposit directly to “Bring Jake Home” Community Spirit Account in Edmonton.  Please include your name, email address, & mailing address so that we can get a tax receipt to you. 

We are raising funds to cover the expenses related to bringing Jake home: pull fee from the shelter, vet exam, vaccinations & health certificate, travel crate & supplies, travel & plane fare, & further vet care upon arrival to Edmonton. Many of the expenses are in US dollars.

 Jake is now vet approved to travel and up to date on his vaccinations. We are working on finalizing some of the legal documents and travel arrangements. 


Thousands of people have been moved by Jake’s story.  There is a community of people in Canada & the USA collaborating to bring Jake home. Thank you to those who have donated & reached out to support Jake in so many ways. If you have questions please contact Lisa at: BringJakeHometoAlberta@shaw.ca

 Let's Rally together to bring this pawsome dog back home!!  Mom and I donated to this cause because we want to help this awesome dog get back to Alberta.  Hope you will too!

HUGS and Big Tail Wags of Support,
Toby...
xo

For people who love travelling, please check out canadiantraveller.com for awesome destinations, travel tips, bucket-list adventures and so much more.  Canadian Traveller is one of our amazing partners on our recent PAWs Across Canada tour, and, our upcoming Million Acts of Kindness Tour.




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Mar 29 2015
March 29, 2015 Toronto’s James Rice and Jamie Matechuk come home from New York City with a 2015 Digital Book Award, leading the way for ground-breaking paperless schools. more...

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Mar 28 2015
March 27, 2015 "Patiently waiting for spring" This vivid photograph was taken by our GNT contributor Barry Shainbaum. more...

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Mar 28 2015
Hello beautiful souls, Happy Weekend! This week was overflowing with reminders to LOOK UP! Look up and be amazed by the beauty in the sky. Look up from our circumstances and recognize that sometimes the fastest way to receive a … Continue reading more...

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Mar 28 2015
For many of us, spring is a season that brings change. When we go through change there is usually some resistance at first because most of us like routine and predictability. We tend to feel secure when things stay the … Continue reading more...

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Mar 27 2015
Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity, and performance in every professional and personal arena. In  his new book, Performing Under Pressure–which has recently become a New York Times Bestseller–Leadership and Performance Expert Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry (with co-writer Dr. Hendrie Weisinger) introduces people to the concept... more...

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Mar 27 2015
Spring has officially sprung, and whether you’re a working girl or stay-at-home mom, here are some spring fashion trends that you might like to wear. I think you all know by now, my daily fashion usually consist of sweats, tees, bun and glasses when I'm home writing, but when I am out and about working, on TV, coaching a client, or enjoying a date night with my man, I am LOVING some of these cool spring fashion trends! more...

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Mar 27 2015
Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential and fabulous women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Television, along with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.... more...

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Mar 27 2015

Accessorize with a Belt How to Accessorize a Dress with a Belt Belts are not just for pants anymore and they are so versatile in how you can wear them. You can keep together a loose cardigan with a wrap belt, or wear one with an empire-style shirt, but my favourite way to use a […]

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Mar 27 2015

HOW TO FROCK: Spring Time at the Office Spring is here, as of March 20th 2015, it is officially spring! Along with warmer weather, it is natural to want to make our wardrobes more fresh and happy (or is that just me?). We are taking this this gorgeous Abstract Pink Floral Print Dress from Keepsake and demonstrating how to […]

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Mar 27 2015

  FOODIE FRIDAY: Wine Deals in Toronto There is nothing like getting to “un-wine-d” after a hard day of work, especially at great prices! Believe it or not Toronto is filled with tons of great deals from mixed drinks, beer to wine! You just have to look hard enough for them, but thanks to us […]

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Mar 26 2015
Getting unstuck means realizing that living well in a world of unreason is a commitment we must make to ourselves every day. Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ) 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! We cannot lead, communicate and succeed well; we cannot take footsteps that  build a sustainable future without …

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Mar 26 2015
Photo courtesy of  Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

 I recently read a blog in which the writer was exploring the topic of the wrong decisions we can make, but how we need to make them; otherwise we’d be stuck and too scared to take a risk.

It started me thinking.  In her blog she was more talking about the decision to take a job or not; to start a business or not, and she saw them as mistakes when you make the wrong choice.


Somehow a mistake implies something much smaller than a wrong decision.  A mistake is choosing to attend an event that didn’t meet your needs.  A mistake is forgetting to order supplies when you are running low.  A mistake is posting a blog before proof-reading it.  A wrong decision, on the other hand, in my opinion, has much deeper repercussions.


Like everyone I’ve made my share of mistakes but I prefer to think of them as lessons I needed to learn, albeit the hard way.  The key is to learn the lesson, reflect and not repeat it.  Trust me, there’s always fresh opportunities for you to make mistakes.


But when I reflect back on the wrong decisions I’ve made – they have been more major, and all revolve around people.  Such as partnering up with the wrong person and discovering after the “honeymoon” period is over that it is a total mismatch and that we don’t share the same values or goals after all.   Or hiring someone who creates chaos within the team, and having to let them go.


Yes, it has been my judgment around people that has led to wrong decisions – (and I used to be in HR.)  The trouble with these wrong decisions is that they are tougher to resolve, to terminate or remedy.  In fact, rarely is there a remedy if it is the wrong fit.  People rarely change their stripes.


But like mistakes, there is always the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience.  For example, over ten years ago I partnered up with someone to run my first business conference.  While the conference was a success, the behind-the-scenes shenanigans made it impossible for us to work together ever again after the conference was over.  


Yet, he did me a favour, as putting on the conference made me realize I didn’t need a partner to make a conference happen.  In fact I would do better on my own, without all the game-playing, ego trips and temper tantrums which were tiresome to say the least.


So sometimes we can make wrong decisions and reach the right outcome. 


What about you?  Have you ever made wrong decisions and then down the road, realized it turned out for the best after all?





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Mar 26 2015
Photo courtesy of  Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

 I recently read a blog in which the writer was exploring the topic of the wrong decisions we can make, but how we need to make them; otherwise we’d be stuck and too scared to take a risk.

It started me thinking.  In her blog she was more talking about the decision to take a job or not; to start a business or not, and she saw them as mistakes when you make the wrong choice.


Somehow a mistake implies something much smaller than a wrong decision.  A mistake is choosing to attend an event that didn’t meet your needs.  A mistake is forgetting to order supplies when you are running low.  A mistake is posting a blog before proof-reading it.  A wrong decision, on the other hand, in my opinion, has much deeper repercussions.


Like everyone I’ve made my share of mistakes but I prefer to think of them as lessons I needed to learn, albeit the hard way.  The key is to learn the lesson, reflect and not repeat it.  Trust me, there’s always fresh opportunities for you to make mistakes.


But when I reflect back on the wrong decisions I’ve made – they have been more major, and all revolve around people.  Such as partnering up with the wrong person and discovering after the “honeymoon” period is over that it is a total mismatch and that we don’t share the same values or goals after all.   Or hiring someone who creates chaos within the team, and having to let them go.


Yes, it has been my judgment around people that has led to wrong decisions – (and I used to be in HR.)  The trouble with these wrong decisions is that they are tougher to resolve, to terminate or remedy.  In fact, rarely is there a remedy if it is the wrong fit.  People rarely change their stripes.


But like mistakes, there is always the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience.  For example, over ten years ago I partnered up with someone to run my first business conference.  While the conference was a success, the behind-the-scenes shenanigans made it impossible for us to work together ever again after the conference was over.  


Yet, he did me a favour, as putting on the conference made me realize I didn’t need a partner to make a conference happen.  In fact I would do better on my own, without all the game-playing, ego trips and temper tantrums which were tiresome to say the least.


So sometimes we can make wrong decisions and reach the right outcome. 


What about you?  Have you ever made wrong decisions and then down the road, realized it turned out for the best after all?





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Mar 26 2015
Over the past few decades, celebrity culture’s grip on our society has tightened. For Timothy Caulfield, a celebrated author and  health science expert who is a University of Alberta professor and a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy, this culture has a measurable influence on individual life choices and health-care decisions. While acknowledging... more...

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Mar 26 2015
Getting everyone in the family to get along and participate in keeping order can sometimes be a big frustration. I found in my family that the kids are at the age where they fight a lot and getting them to clean up can be more stress than just doing it myself. I heard about ‘family(...) more...

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Mar 26 2015
Did you know that March is “Fraud Prevention Month”? Before it winds to a close, we wanted to highlight three extraordinary speakers who help people identify dishonesty in both individuals and organizations, and explain what can be done to protect yourself, and others: Lynn Brewer Former Enron Executive Dubbed the “Enron Whistleblower,” Lynn Brewer rose... more...

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Mar 26 2015

Top 7 Spring Transitional Pieces Spring has sprung! And for most of us that means re-vamping our wardrobe to make sure we have all the pieces needed for the upcoming season. There are always some pieces that can re-wear through different seasons. I am going to look at seven pieces that you have in your […]

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Mar 26 2015

  “You lovely ladies have done it again! I got so many compliments on the dress! It is super comfortable and I loved wearing it. Thanks again for everything!”- Jen  This week, we are doing a throwback edition to our customer of the week Jen, who is looking stunning in our turquoise floral print sleeveless […]

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Mar 26 2015

This week, we are returning with a throwback customer of the week edition! Our customer of the week goes out to Sarah, who looks beautiful in our royal blue and black strapless floral gown, by designer the Badgley Mischka! This dress is perfect to wear to any formal occasion. This floral print gown by Badgley Mischka features a ruffle […]

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Mar 25 2015
Cheers to this lady and her courage and braveness on sharing so openly and candidly with the world in hopes of both spreading awareness and saving her own life. ... Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history. But that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries. more...

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Mar 25 2015
Speakers’ Spotlight’s 19th Annual Showcase was held earlier this month in Toronto, and featured six of our outstanding speakers and one fantastic emcee! This year, the event supported Jacob’s Ladder: The Canadian Foundation for the Control of Neurodegenerative Disease. Take a peek at video clips that capture some of the entertainment, insight, and inspiration that... more...

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Mar 25 2015
Award-winning, Harvard trained physician Dr. Shimi Kang, Tangerine CEO Peter Aceto, and former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk, were just a few of the incredible speakers who thrilled hundreds of top meeting and event organizers at our 19th Annual Showcase. Held in Toronto in early March, the event was deftly emceed by comedian Naomi Snieckus. We’ve... more...

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Mar 25 2015
Spring is around the corner! And keeping in line with our spring cleaning week on WomenOnTheFence.com, I wanted to share how Microsoft Office can help you in your spring cleanup and organization! more...

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Mar 25 2015
Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in social media, and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the “Top 20 Female Bloggers,” Ann Handley is a veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals. A monthly columnist for Entrepreneur, a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program, and the... more...

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Mar 25 2015

Spring is in the air! Flowers and trees are beginning to blossom, so take the kids to one of Toronto’s many glorious gardens for a run-around or a picnic

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Mar 24 2015
I just returned from a lovely vacation that included palm trees and sunshine. Just what… more...

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Mar 24 2015
Let’s talk about something I know a lot of small business owners struggle with –… more...

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