Month: December 2016



Canadian actor and filmmaker Keanu Reeves lends his voice to short film for TIFF’s Save This Moment campaign
 Keanu Reeves is urging the world to help TIFF protect and project film through its Save This Moment campaign, which aims to raise funds to cover storage, revision, and maintenance costs for 1,460 recently acquired prints from NBC Universal, Mongrel Media, eOne/Les Films Séville and Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler. Continue reading “WHOA! KEANU REEVES AND TIFF SHOW THEIR LOVE FOR FILM”

Yoga holds potential promise in helping improve PTSD

— per University of North Carolina study

“Overall, the researchers found that yoga holds potential promise for helping improve anxiety, depression, PTSD and/or the psychological consequences of trauma”, according to a University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill news-release regarding a study by researchers at its School of Social Work.

Release adds that the study “suggested that clinicians and service providers consider recommending yoga as an intervention” in addition to other treatments.

According to the published abstract of this study in “Trauma, Violence, & Abuse” Journal, under the title “Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems”, which undertook a systematic meta-review of 13 literature reviews (which examined 185 distinct studies): Findings show that the evidence regarding yoga as an intervention for the effects of trauma as well as the mental health symptoms and illnesses often associated with trauma is encouraging. Continue reading “Yoga holds potential promise in helping improve PTSD”

Walk Off The Earth to headline Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square

The City of Toronto has released the program for New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square today, with Walk Off The Earth confirmed to headline the event on December 31. New Year’s Eve is the kickoff to the City of Toronto’s “TO Canada with Love” year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday.

The evening of entertainment and fireworks will feature local and national talent while recognizing cultural and artistic diversity. Live musical performances include 2016 JUNO Awards Group of the Year, Walk Off The Earth; award-winning Mexican/Canadian artist, Boogat, Canadian/Jamaican reggae artists, Exco Levi and High Priest; and soul/pop singer and songwriter Nefe. Other site animations include a skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons with DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red. Full program details for New Year’s Eve are available at

Continue reading “Walk Off The Earth to headline Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square”

President of India inaugurates ninth World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the inaugural session of the ninth World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality, organized by ASSOCHAM, Srei Foundation and the Times Group today (December 16, 2016) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the theme of this convention, “Sach Bharat: Spirituality at Work”, is of immense relevance. He stated that spirituality is important for any individual. At times, it is confused with religion but spirituality carries a deeper meaning in its strong connect in our daily lives, including our workplace. Being spiritual is being devoted, including devotion to one’s work. Working harder for the growth of the nation is an act of devotion in itself. He expressed hope that the forum would help in propagating such a message. Continue reading “President of India inaugurates ninth World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality”

IUPUI physical education students learn fundamentals of cricket


Pioneer in cricket education in United States Jatin Patel conducted a basic cricket education (practical training) for the physical education students (future PE teachers) of Indiana University-Purdue Indianapolis. As many as 15 students enthusiastically learnt the basic fundamentals of the game and played cricket.

Highly reputed and certified international cricket coach Jatin Patel, who originally hails from Gujarat (India) and well known for his USA soccer coaching expertise, explained that the project is a ” four-year tie up for cricket education at IUPUI with third year in a row for the practical coaching sessions held every year during December towards the end of semester, theory and game knowledge and other modules are covered online or media take home option and in class by the IUPUI Faculty staff member and in-class instructor Sandra S. Barnett.” Continue reading “IUPUI physical education students learn fundamentals of cricket”


–By Alexis Marie Chute

The song lyrics in “Joy to the World” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” say it all. Christmas is meant to be a season of cheer and happiness. Funnily enough, though, we women sometimes look for this feeling of joy in all the wrong places.

Who else has a mental checklist that sounds something like this:

  • Find the perfect holiday party dress that disguises certain key areas
  • Shrink said key areas by hitting the gym and pounding back smoothies
  • Buy memorable gifts for family and twenty close friends
  • Arrive extra early to the kids Christmas concert to get the best seats
  • Hunt for a hilarious present for the office’s Christmas gift exchange
  • Pull out all the decorations and turn the house into a winter wonderland

Continue reading “WHO CONTROLS YOUR JOY?”


Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.

Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing ArtsIn the tradition of grand romantic orchestral music, the KSO, under the direction of Maestro Kristian Alexander, performs a night of exceptional music.  Being his first successful opera, the Overture to Rienzi, was Wagner’s only opera composed in the “grand opera” tradition that featured extravagant ballets and pompous marches. A rare occurrence in concerto repertoire, Brahms highlights the violin and the cello in his “Double” concerto; his last orchestral work written to mend a broken friendship. Rounding out the program is Berlioz’ Harold en Italie: a picturesque Italian sojourn in four movements for symphony orchestra and solo viola.
Conrad Chow | violinist             Andrew Ascenzo | cellist          Keith Hamm | violist