Month: April 2016

National Youth Week / National Youth Arts Week

BRAMPTON, ON: The City of Brampton is planning a series of exciting events for National Youth Week and National Youth Arts Week, May 1-7.  Young people between the ages of 12 and 24 are invited to participate in a range of free activities to celebrate their positive contributions to our community through the arts, volunteerism, sports and leadership.

Highlights include:
• Youth Week Kickoff at Gage Park, on May 1, 12-4 pm, featuring live entertainment by youth in the Brampton community and inflatable games
• Music Monday concert for schools and community choirs on May 2, 11 am at Garden Square, celebrating music education
• Youth Nation Appreciation on May 3, 4-6:30 pm at Gore Meadows featuring fun-filled activities and workshops such as dance, face and hand art, interactive games and challenges, Power of ONE, and team building exercises
• Wrap-up Party May 7 in Garden Square, 12-5 pm, featuring a talent showcase, Battle of the Bands, and flash mob

Activities and events will be happening all week long including visual arts showcases at City Hall, Rose Theatre, and Brampton Library and PAMA. Numerous drop-ins, workshops, sports, arts and environmental activities at community centres will be offered throughout the week. For a full schedule, please



 Los Angeles, CA – Matson Films today announced plans to release Jillian Elizabeth and Neil Dalal’s acclaimed film Gurukulam (One Without A Second) in New York June 3rd and Los Angeles June 10th, with a multi-city roll-out to 50 plus cities to follow.

Called “a rich and engrossing [film] about a way of life that is rooted in ancient texts and wisdom” by best-selling author and Harvard professor Sanjiv Chopra, Gurukulam follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity.

Set at an ashram in a remote forest in Tamil Nadu, India, Gurukulam (meaning: family of the teacher; traditional place of study) follows a French Muslim businessman, an American psychology professor, a Japanese Yoga teacher, and a young South Indian Brahmin, as they study the ancient practice of Advaita Vedānta, the Hindu tradition of non-duality and one of the philosophical roots of the Yoga movement, as taught by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, spiritual Guru of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and one of the few remaining traditional teachers of Vedānta.

This was, in fact, the last long-term residential course that he taught, as Swami Dayananda passed in September of 2015.


Ajay Devgn continues Shivaay shoot despite teething weather conditions

Ajay Devgn’s ambitious directorial venture ‘Shivaay’ has been at the cynosure of all eyes, since its unique motion posters and creatives were revealed to fans.

For all those who can’t wait for Shivaay to come to theaters, here’s a very special sneak peak of the megastar shooting at a height of a staggering 2914 meters above sea level!! Situated in the Balkan Range of Mountains, Devgn chose the Vihren peak due to its impressive and powerfully dominating presence with its breathtaking high wall.

We hear, Devgn and his team were shooting at the highest peak of Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountain’s at VIHREN peak in Bansko. Interestingly in 2014 the Winter Olympics were housed in the resort below the Vihren peak that Ajay Devgn decided to shoot on.

There was heavy snowfall the night before and the temperatures unusually were running record low at the time for the season. Due to the extreme cold, Devgn suddenly got hypothermia. The Doctor advised at least 2 days of rest but Ajay Devgn was back in 30mins inspite of the temperature that they were shooting in. It was -19 degrees Celsius.

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Phillauri Goes on Floors with Baisakhi Blessings

Mumbai; 15th April 2016: The festival of Baisakhi brings to mind bright colours, spirited culture and attractive flavors of Punjab. This year, it turned a little more special for the cast & crew of Phillauri as the film went on floors in the heart of Punjab. The enthusiastic cast including Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma, have rung in their festive spirit with these special messages.

Diljit Dosanjh, Punjab’s favorite star, calls it a double celebration- Baisakhi & the start of Phillauri shoot. Fresh off the rigour and hard work of the much-awaited Sultan, an excited Anushka hopes that the good will and positive energies of Baisakhi will impact the sets of her home production too. As for the film’s youngest star, Suraj Sharma, with the traditional Sat Sri Akal salute, he is revving up to jump on this adventure.

Co-produced by Clean Slate Films (Anushka’s production banner with brother Karnesh Sharma) and Fox Star Studios, Phillauri is an uncommon romantic Hindi film set in Phillaur, Punjab. Directed by debutant Anshai Lal & written by Anvita Dutt, the film has a unique premise- it took almost 100 years, a crazy Punjabi wedding and rank strangers to complete this love story. With this premise and an interesting star cast this film will be one entertainer to surely watch out for.

Phillauri is now on floors.

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Markham Thrives and Celebrates Economic Success

Mayor is joined by York University and Seneca College Presidents to discuss innovation and diversity

MARKHAM, ON ~ April 7, 2016 ~ The success of the City of Markham’s economic development strategy, Markham 2020, was celebrated at a public meeting earlier this evening. A full house of residents, media, and business and community leaders attended the event. Markham 2020 has been a successful blueprint for guiding the City’s economic development program and has positioned Markham as the premier destination in Canada to live, work, play and build a business.

“Markham’s strong diverse community of innovators and entrepreneurs is admired by other Canadian municipalities,” said City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham 2020 has guided us in establishing Markham as a vibrant centre for business growth and investment.”

This evening’s event highlighted Markham’s award-winning economic development strategy, the bright future ahead and the substantial contributions that York University and Seneca College will be making to the City’s success.

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Brampton Springdale Residents Among Hundreds of Volunteers to Receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards

April 04, 2016

MPP Harinder Malhi is celebrating 25 volunteers who received Ontario Volunteer ServiceAwards at a special ceremony this evening at the Mississauga Convention Centre, in Mississauga. An additional 14 Brampton Springdale residents will be recognized at the event on Tuesday, April 5th

This Mississauga North event – held over two nights – is one of 54 Ontario Volunteer Service Award ceremonies being held in communities across the province between March and June to acknowledge the commitment and outstanding dedication of more than 11,000 Ontario volunteers. The awards recognize people for volunteering their time to organizations like the Brampton Civic Hospital (William Osler Health System) and Scouts Canada; and helping out with community volunteer projects such as organizing science fairs, planting trees, helping seniors stay active and welcoming newcomers.

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Ontario Renovating More Than 300 Long-Term Care Homes

Province Investing in Renovations to Improve Care and Comfort for Residents

April 4, 2016 8:30 A.M.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is investing in long-term care homes to improve the quality of care and comfort of residents.

Today, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dipika Damerla visited Stouffville’s Bloomington Cove Care Community, where more than 30 resident spaces will be upgraded. This is one of more than 300 long-term care homes that will be upgraded over the next nine years and are eligible to receive a construction funding subsidy.

Through these enhancements, residents will benefit from:

  • An environment that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and as home-like as possible with renewed interior design.
  • Additional space for specialized programs like rehab and physiotherapy.
  • More spacious rooms with a maximum of two residents per bedroom.
  • Greater wheelchair access in bedrooms, bathrooms, showers and doorways.
  • More air-conditioned areas.
  • Accessible dining areas that provide a home-like atmosphere.
  • More private work spaces for staff.

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