Monday, March 30, 2015

Communities across Canada to join March 31st National Day of Action for a new Health Accord

Communities across Canada will be holding events on March 31st as part of the National Day of Action for a new Health Accord. Canadians from coast to coast to coast are calling on the federal government to negotiate a new Health Accord that would ensure stable funding and universal care.

WHEN: March 31st, 2015
WHERE: Events across Canada (click through for local details)
WHY:  No Health Accord means $36 billion in cuts to health care and the quality of health care will depend on where you live.  This is not the universal and stable health care system that Canadians expect and creates a context that is ripe for health care privatization.

Canadian Health Coalition
Melissa Newitt, National Coordinator
613-688-4973 ex. 1 | Twitter: @healthcoalition #stand4medicare
The Canadian Health Coalition is a public advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Medicare. Our membership is comprised of national organizations representing nurses, health care workers, seniors, churches, anti-poverty groups, women, students and trade unions, as well as affiliated coalitions in 9 provinces and 2 territories.
Copyright © 2015 Canadian Health Coalition / Coalition canadienne de la santé, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Canadian Health Coalition / Coalition canadienne de la santé
251 Bank St. Suite 220
Ottawa, On K2P 0A1

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Friday, March 27, 2015

In Love with spring

Colour is returning to life - including on garage doors, interior doors, and walls.

The spring collection at is ensuring this.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Water with a Vision Announces Distribution Agreement with Fresh&CO, a Café/Restaurant That Promotes and Serves Healthy Food

Water with a Vision Announces Distribution Agreement with Fresh&CO, a Café/Restaurant That Promotes and Serves Healthy Food
New York, NY, March 16, 2015 --( Water with a Vision (WWAV), an innovative Water Advertising Company, which focuses on disseminating companies and organization's mission statement/slogan on personalized bottled water, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Fresh&CO for the distribution of personalized bottled water.

Attention to detail is truly the key to exceptional marketability and being remembered in business. Water with a Vision takes pride in using one of the top commercially consumed beverages in the United States to successfully position your campaign, brand, and/or mission statement. From promotional giveaways to tone-setting office fixtures, "Personalized bottled water is a universally appropriate marketing tool for any company," says Jean Maurilus, CEO at Water with a Vision.

Although water is essential to life, unfortunately not everyone has access to clean water.
 Water with a Vision is focused on making a global impact, which is why
 they joined forces and partnered with WATERisLIFE,
WATERisLIFE is a not for profit organization that helps provide clean water to those in need in over 32 countries.

Water with a Vision donates a portion of its proceeds from each bottled sold to
WATERisLIFE to ensure that both organizations remain impactful.

About Fresh & CO.
Fresh & CO, is a fast casual-restaurant located in
the Metro New York area that serves and promotes healthy eating. Whether you are
 in a hurry or just compensating for a weekend indulgences, Fresh&Co has your
nutritious, wholesome and tasty meal that meets the needs and standards of any health seeking individual.

From their slogan "Just made. just for you"(TM), to their seasonal signature chopped
 salads to a wide variety of homemade soups, and freshly-made sandwiches Fresh&Co
 continues to evolve based on customers tastes and requests.

Not only does Fresh&CO serves great tasting food, but Fresh&CO is consciously
involve in making an impact in our community.

"We love our city, and we're proud to do what we can to feed and nourish every New Yorker,"
 says Ty Sullivan marketing director.

Fresh&Co actively supports and donates food, time and money to the following:

No Kid Hungry:

Friends of

City Harvest:

To purchase their product or to learn more about Water with a Vision’s culture
and purpose, please call 516.400.9888 or visit us at

About WATERisLIFE: WATERisLIFE’s mission is to provide clean water, sanitation
 and hygiene programs. Saving Lives. Transforming Communities.

About No Kid Hungry: The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious
 food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also
engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

About Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and
 advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help
 keep them strong, functioning and able to cope.

About City Harvest: City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout
New York City. We do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and
other practical, innovative solutions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thinking of entering the butter tart contest?

 There's cash prizes and accolades to be won! You have until April 30th to apply. to download your contest application.
To those who have applied, looking forward to seeing what kind of marvelous creations you come up with! *yum*

Monday, March 23, 2015

Families invited to come together and celebrate all things Mom at Canada’s National Mom Show

Inaugural event launches Mothers Day 2015, features entertainment for entire family
 Each year, families across Canada commemorate Mother’s Day, honouring Mom’s hard work, dedication and unconditional love by giving her a day off from the things for which she’s best known. Typically, this comes in the form of expensive brunches and dinners, spa packages and salon gift certificates or just the promise of personal quiet time.
While Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all the things that makes Mom special, it’s also a day for families to come together to create lasting memories. With this in mind, for the first time in Canada, the Peoples Show Event Group announces a brand new show, perfect for the whole family – one that truly celebrates motherhood and Mom.
Canada’s National Mom Show is a public event that will deliver an inexpensive source of entertainment for the entire family, including a mini spa/makeover section for moms, a section for kids and dads, family cooking demonstrations, health and beauty secrets, a fashion show and more.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming families from across the GTA at Canada's National Mom Show this Mother’s Day,” says Sheetal Sahdev, President & Founder of Canada's National Mom Show. “The show is truly a one-of-a-kind endeavour, dedicated solely to celebrating all the wonders of motherhood and women, but also their families – even dad will find some exciting things to see and do.”
Conveniently located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Canada’s National Mom Show will be held at the International Centre, home to some of Canada’s largest and most popular events.
Show highlights include:
·      Jennifer McConville, Stylist and Fashion Expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris, will give a keynote address and host a fashion show featuring top Spring/Summer looks for the whole family
·      Lynzie Kent, event planner, DIY decorator and owner of Love by Lynzie, will run a workshop presentation  focused on family-friendly crafting ideas including how to create a floral arrangement and how to set a table for an upscale family dinner
·      Free swag bags for the first 1,000 moms
·      Complimentary mini-makeovers for the first 100 moms
·      Food/cooking demos
·      Health & Nutrition advice
·      Home décor workshop
·      Kids zone with fun-filled activities for kids
When: Sunday, May 10th, 2015, 10 AM – 6PM
Where: International Centre, Hall #6
Tickets: Available online at Early Bird special until March 31st: $25 Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) or $10 per adult, $5 per child 4-13, children under 4 free. Regular pricing after March 31st:  $50 Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) or $20 per adult, $10 per child 4-13, children under 4 free.
About Peoples Show Event Group
Canada’s National Mom Show is produced by Peoples Show Event Group, a Canadian company dedicated to producing top-notch events featuring exhibitors and entertainment geared towards Canadian families. For more information on Peoples Show Event Group and Canada’s National Mom Show, visit


Friday, March 20, 2015

Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitness: New Book, from “Charlie Brown to Superman”Grandfather, Gets Baby Boomers Fit, Muscly and Boasting Unshakable Longevity

Julio Antas Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitnessfuses his remarkable personal story of health and success with a proven blueprint any over-forty can use to get fitter, look younger and remain healthier for longer than they ever thought possible. The author started life as a weak boy, changing his outlook on life after discovering secret methods to getting into bodybuilder shape and looking younger than just about any other fifty-seven year-old on the planet. By following his proven plan, anyone else can now do the same.

While it’s now impossible to believe, Julio Anta was once a weak and sick young boy, too weedy to play with the tough guys and destined for a life as a pushover. However, those now crossing him are in for a surprise; he is three times as tough as them at fifty-seven years-old!
Approaching his forties, Anta was well aware he was losing muscle tone fast and was committed to a life of health, happiness and longevity by finally getting fit. Finding no books on fitness for those aged forty and over, Anta set out to develop his own methodology and launch his own business to share it with the world. ‘Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense’ has since become a staple on the Florida fitness scene, pushing Anta into the national media spotlight and creating demand for a series of best-selling books.
His latest, ‘Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitness’, could be the most powerful yet. Aimed specifically at those aged forty and above, Anta weaves his own personal story of fitness in middle-age with a tried-and-tested blueprint anyone can use to foster the longevity they crave.

This book is Julio Anta's journey to being fit and looking young at 57. Learn how how Julio Anta went from being like Charlie Brown to Superman and how this grandfather has improved in his 50's. Julio Anta believes in leading by example. As you will see by his youthful looks and physique not only does he talks the talk but walks the walk. *Discover your Fountain of Youth *Age defying fitness, health and longevity *How to look, feel, and function 20 to 30 years younger *How to raise your testosterone and growth hormone levels for longevity *Discover the secretes to longevity and fitness of celebrities and athletes *Learn how local ageless warriors stay fit *Learn how to train around injuries *Healthy eating for longevity *Anti-Aging and longevity supplements.
“The problem is that most anti-aging advice is given by professionals in white coats who are anything but muscular and often suffering from the rapid loss of muscle tone they are trying to prevent,” explains Anta. “My book will keep you slim while bulking up your muscle; a combination rarely seen in the middle age and senior markets.”

Continuing, “My story proves that you can get into awesome physical shape at any age, and I provide a plan for doing so that I have spent two decades testing on thousands of clients. Other fitness plans for older adults are unproven and unpredictable, but this is the real deal. In fact. I’ve hand-picked a selection of my clients to contribute their experiences and prove that you really can bulk up and get super fit at any age. Who doesn’t want to live longer?!”
Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. For example, Eric Guttmann comments, “I have personally known Julio for a couple of years and can tell you that this man walks his talk. His big takeaway from researching training for people over 50 was that if you train geriatric style you will feel like a geriatric case. However, if you train like an ageless warrior then you will feel, look, and perform as an ageless warrior regardless of you age. I am very happy to call Julio my friend and fellow on the path to ageless living.”
‘Anta's Ageless Warrior Fitness’ is available now:
For more information on the author’s work, visit:

About the Author:
Head instructor Julio Anta is a member and certified instructor of Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association. He also holds rank in Paul Vunak's Jeet Kune Do, DOM (Descendants of the Masters) as a certified JKD  Phase One Instructor, Law Enforcement instructor and Edge Weapon instructor. He is also a Hung Gar Kung Fu Master under the late Grand Master William J. Chung of New York, and the National Hip Sing Association. He was Grand Master Chung’s personal representative in the South East United States. Grand Master Chung was a Personal Disciple of Southern Shaolin Abbot Chang Ding Fujian Province Quanzhou Southern Shaolin Temple.

Anta is a video author of “Shaolin Physical Conditioning” and “The Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying.”
He is also a certified C.O.R.E Krav Maga instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing instructor under the Tran Muay Thai Association, Haganah F.I.G.H.T. Israeli Self Defense instructor, and SABER Edge Weapons Combative System. In fitness he is certified as a Kettlebell Instructor, Certified Burn with Kearns MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach, Indian Club specialist, ISSA Fitness (Personal trainer), Fitness Kickboxing, Battling Ropes, Elite Combat Fitness and IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist. He was inducted in the WMAU Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also inducted in the United States Martial Arts Union Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2003.

Julio Anta and his martial arts and fitness classes have been featured on local, national and international TV shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision, Telemundo, America TeVe, Pax TV, TBN, Telefutura, Galavision, Fusion, Mega TV, CV Network, Azteca America, UPN and numerous other stations. They have also been featured on numerous magazines and newspapers.

Contact: Julio Anta / 305 305-5434 /

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1 in 3 Dogs Go Missing Every Year - Gibi Pet Tracker Can Help!

Gibi is GPS enabled allowing pet owners to find their furry family members immediately.
A study conducted by ASPCA recommends that pet owners equip their pets with microchips and detailed I.D. tags for a higher chance of being returned when lost. In fact, according to the same study, 15% of lost pets are returned because they are chipped.  With Gibi, pet parents get all the benefits of chips and tags but with an added bonus of GPS tracker,
so they don’t have to wait, worry and rely on others to find their wandering pooch.
At Gibi, they make it easy to track wayward pets and reunite them with their owners in the easiest, fastest, and most fashionable way possible. Here’s how:
•   Gibi devices sync automatically to a handy smartphone app for up-to-the-minute info regarding pet’s precise GPS location
•   Owners can set up virtual fences where pets normally roam and automatically receive text and email alerts when pets leave the “fenced” area
•   Gibi provides a pet’s exact location on Google Maps at a press of a button

•   Gibi is durable and waterproof. Doesn’t have to be removed at the beach, lake, pool, etc.
•   Gibi can be customize with a series of eye-catching decals for a personal touch
According to the ASPCA, only 6 percent of dog owners will find their furry family members at shelters. With Gibi, pet owners have their dog’s safety literally in their hands and can track them down immediately so they don’t become another statistic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Statement From Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Foundation On New 'Kids Eat Right' Nutrition Education Campaign

CHICAGO, March 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kids Eat Right initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is collaborating on a nutrition education campaign to raise awareness that the diets of America's kids are lacking in three important components– dairy, calcium and vitamin D.
As part of this nutrition education initiative, the Kids Eat Right logo will appear on KRAFT Singles packaging, identifying the brand as a "proud supporter" of Kids Eat Right and encouraging parents to visit for tips to help kids get more vitamin D and calcium.

Contrary to recent published reports, this collaboration does not constitute any endorsement or nutritional seal of approval by the Academy, its Foundation or Kids Eat Right. The Academy Foundation does not endorse any products, brands or services. The Kids Eat Right logo on KRAFT Singles packaging identifies the brand as a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right. It also serves to drive broader visibility to, a trusted educational resource for consumers.
The Academy and our Foundation deeply appreciate all supporters of Kids Eat Right, including KRAFT Singles, in raising awareness of the nutrient deficiencies in our children's diets and finding solutions to overcome them. This collaboration aligns with the purpose of Kids Eat Right to provide nutrition information and resources, both directly to the public and through registered dietitian nutritionists who work with schools and communities to improve kids' healthy eating and lifestyle practices.
In the coming months, Kids Eat Right will be releasing more information on the new collaboration including web content and kid-friendly recipes.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and the Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. The Foundation's mission is advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians. Visit the Academy Foundation at
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Mouth-Watering Novel "Truffle Hunt" Released via Eckhartz Press Named "Top Ten Foodie Novel of All Time"

CHICAGO, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Truffle Hunt, a foodies' dream novel,
 has been named to The Gourmet Today's "Top Ten Foodie Novels of All Time" list
( Author Brent Petersen explores the most enticing food in
 the world, truffles, in one of the most exotic locations in the world, Istria, and the
 results will make you reach for your cooking utensils.

Food writer Frank Lasher is living the dream. New York City's finest restaurants
are his office and the gorgeous Lisa is his dining partner. When Frank is given the
chance to write a series of articles about the discovery of the world's largest truffle,
 he jumps at the chance. Who wouldn't want an all-expenses paid trip to Europe
 in return for researching this most expensive and exotic of foods? What Frank
 doesn't know is that instead of a working vacation in France or Italy, he's going
to Croatia, a country just emerging from war. And, when he becomes a suspect
 in a murder, Frank must help find the killer before he can return home to claim Lisa's love.

"Truffle Hunt serves up a five-star gourmet feast of murder, hidden 
 historical gems, deep family pride, a dash of humor and romance,
 topped with delicate slices of heavenly, golden truffles and a glass
 of nectar from the deepest Eastern European wine cellars. As a
 gourmand, mushroom hunter, animal lover and world traveler,
 I ate the delicious book up in just a couple of sittings. 
-Vesna Plakanis, Owner, A Walk in the Woods, Nature Guide Service
"One of the best Foodie Novels of All Time."
 –The Gourmet Today (
"Truffle Hunt blends a rich regional history with delectable 
 elements of daily cooking and family traditions. Brent leaves you 
with a taste you'll never forget."

-Kate Payne, author The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking and
The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen
The trade paperback of "Truffle Hunt" is available at
 The e-book is available on Amazon. To arrange a book signing or interview
 with the author, contact Eckhartz Press co-publisher, Rick Kaempfer.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tourism Experiences Promoted for the 2015 Season

TORONTO, March 5, 2015 /CNW/ - There is no better time than now to explore the great outdoors and tourism experiences in Northern Ontario. Through its current marketing campaign, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is encouraging visitors to "Explore the Possibilities in Northern Ontario" in 2015.
Working with tourism partners from Northern Ontario, the OTMPC campaign shares the endless, unique and awe-inspiring opportunities available in the North. A key piece of the marketing campaign is the distribution of 810,000 copies of the new Explore the Possibilities in Northern Ontario magazine. The magazine contains a distinctive 'flip-the-book' feature with half of the publication dedicated to activities across Northern Ontario's regions and half dedicated to specific avid experiences such as angling, hunting, power sports touring and outdoor adventures.
The campaign is targeted at visitors from across Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and the United States. Northern Ontario will be prominently featured at trade and consumer shows focussed on activities popular in the north such as fresh-water fishing, kayaking adventures and motorcycle touring. Urban areas of the North are providing travellers with ideas: visitors can enjoy a boat ride with beautiful scenery during the day, followed by a delicious culinary dinner and festival concert in the evening.
The magazine will also be directly distributed over the next few months to outdoor enthusiast subscribers of magazines such as Outdoor Canada, Maclean's, Our Canada and National Geographic Traveler (U.S.).
Tourists are encouraged to visit to obtain more information on Northern Ontario tourism experiences and packages.   
QUOTES"With its stunning landscapes and unique tourist attractions, Northern Ontario has long been a special destination for those who have visited. We are lucky to live in a great province with so many cultural, historic and eco experiences at our fingertips and I encourage everyone to enjoy them all. Consider choosing Northern Ontario for your next adventure – it's closer than you think."
— Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 
"The North is truly one of Ontario's gems. The beauty of the landscape and the experiences both indoors and outdoors will have visitors raving when they return home. OTMPC is pleased to partner with tourism stakeholders to share all the possibilities that Northern Ontario has to offer."
— Ronald Holgerson, President and CEO, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation
"Northern Ontario is front and centre with the new campaign launched by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation. Great outdoor products, cities, towns and attractions are all captured through thoughtful stories about why everyone should visit this part of our province. From fantastic fishing and hunting, touring experiences that are second to none and, of course, our nature and adventure product, the campaign is sure to entice travellers to the North."
— Carol Caputo, Chair, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation Northern Tourism Marketing Committee
"Northern Ontario is a vast and inviting region with a diverse and dynamic tourism economy. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with OTMPC and our sub-regional partners on this important campaign featuring the Northern experiences that resonate with consumers."
— David MacLachlan, Executive Director, Tourism Northern Ontario
"The best thing about the famous Canadian wilderness is that it's closer than you think. Just two hours north of Toronto, you will find some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the nation, from iconic Algonquin Park in the east to sparkling Georgian Bay in the west. Head to the Explorers' Edge region of Ontario to experience this province's seriously great outdoors in a thousand spectacular ways."
— James Murphy, Executive Director, Explorers' Edge    
  • Visitors can obtain Explore the Possibilities in Northern Ontario magazine from an Ontario Travel Information Centre, by calling 1-800-ONTARIO, at SAIL stores throughout Ontario and by download.
  • To jointly market the North, OTMPC works in partnership with Regional Tourism Organizations (RTO) Tourism Northern Ontario and Explorers' Edge, and Northern Destination Marketing Organizations.
  • Visitors are encouraged to share their Ontario tourism experience on Twitter using the hashtag #DiscoverON.
  • Tourism is an important economic driver. 2012 figures indicate that tourism supported over 359,400 jobs and generated $28 billion for Ontario's economy.
  • Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a vision to position Ontario as a preferred global destination.

  • Learn more about Northern Ontario adventures and experiences.
  • Enter the Great Canadian Boreal Forest Adventure Contest.
  • Learn more about OTMPC, its programs and partnership opportunities.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Ontario School Break at Mont SUTTON: An unforgettable ski vacation!

School break means winter family fun! A ski outing often equals winter fun. With the snow received in the last few weeks and especially the flurries welcomed in the last few days as well as the diversified program offered from March 14th to 22nd, everything is in place for unforgettable ski-vacation with your family.
Daily dose of fun with the program of activities

Every day during the school break, Mont SUTTON has scheduled activities for the whole family! Here are some of the activities not to be missed:
- Family Tour with an Ambassador Guide
- Giant volleyball games on the snow
- Treasure hunt on the trails for the family
- mini "boardercross"
- Animation and friendly competitions in the snow park
- Fischer & Rossignol ski demo on the Boutique Expérience SUTTON gallery
- Animated après-ski at the Bar Le Tucker
- Maple taffy on the snow ($)
Detailed school break calendar:
Animated vacation week with the SUTTON Snow School
The SUTTON Snow School offers to skiers and snowboarders a perfect vacation week on the slopes with the Ski Week program. Offered from Monday to Thursday, this program includes: group lessons, welcoming cocktail, organized activities, friendly race, award presentation and group photo. For little ones, the daycare school offers a flexible schedule and a 5 visit package, ideal for school breaks. Reservation and information: or at

A few tricks to help you save a little during the March break
Mont SUTTON gathers together on many great promotions to save during the school break:
- ski and stay packages on weekdays starting at $89 + tax including 1½ of skiing, 1 night and 1 breakfast
- SUTTON Familiflex Card including 6 adult weekday lift tickets and 6 children weekday lift tickets for $362 + tax
- 1 ½ day for the price of one on weekdays
- multi-day lift tickets
- reduced price on day lift tickets for chairlifts servicing the Family Zone and the snow park
- Carte Blanche for a 5th free visit
Also note that children of 5 years old and under always ski for free at Mont SUTTON (proof of age is required).
For numerous suggestions of things to do in the Sutton area, for lodging packages and even for top tips to plan your ski escapade at Mont SUTTON, visit

A few words about Mont SUTTON
Mont SUTTON’s glades are renowned to be the best in Canada. Expert skiers would say they appreciate Mont SUTTON for the variety of the terrain and the endless combination of path thanks to the 204 junctions. Beginner skiers can also have the feeling of glade skiing at Mont SUTTON; beginner glades marked with a green circle, like the Barcarole, the Coucou or the Forest of Wonders, give to beginner skiers an idea of this unique concept of glade skiing. Also, the mountain’s terrain naturally separates the easy and intermediate trails from those that are mostly for advanced skiers.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Easter Bunny & Chick Cookies

Easter Bunny & Chick Cookies


1 pouch (496 g) Betty Crocker* Sugar Cookie Mix
1/2 cup (125 mL) butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup (50 mL) flour
1 egg
Yellow, pink, purple decorating sugar
Red string licorice
Candy corn
Miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces
White candy sprinkles


  • 1Heat oven to 375°F (190°C) for shiny metal baking sheet or 350°F (180°C) for dark or non-stick baking sheet. Stir cookie mix, melted butter, flour and egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms.
  • 2For 12 chicks: Shape dough into 12, 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls for bodies and 12, 1/2 -inch (1 cm) balls for heads. Roll balls in yellow or pink sugar. On ungreased baking sheet, arrange small balls on top of large balls to look like chicks. In bottom of large ball, place licorice pieces for legs. On each small ball, place 1 candy-coated chocolate piece for eye. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately place candy corn on head of each for a beak. Cool 1 minute; remove from baking sheet. Cool completely on cooling rack.
  • 3For 12 bunnies: Reserve 1/4 cup (50 mL) dough. Shape remaining dough into 12,1-inch (2.5 cm) balls for heads. Roll balls in pink or purple sugar. On ungreased baking sheet, for each bunny, place 1 ball and flatten slightly. With reserved dough, shape bunny ears and cheeks and roll in sugar as desired; arrange on each cookie. Place 2 candy-coated chocolate pieces on each face for eyes and 1 candy-coated chocolate piece for nose. Place white candy sprinkles in cheeks for whiskers. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from baking sheet. Cool completely on cooling rack.

 Tip: Create your own coloured sugar by mixing sugar with drops of food colouring in a small bowl. Gradually add food colouring until you get desired colour.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 celebrates Canadian television, feature film and digital media

New Website launches during the Canadian Screen Awards

(Toronto, March 1, 2015)—Audiences across Canada and around the world are invited to discover and share the wealth of Canadian audiovisual talent on, a new bilingual Website dedicated to showcasing Canadian feature film, television, and digital media. Created by the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), is a user-friendly online property that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Canada’s thriving audiovisual industry.
Designed with consumers of Canadian feature film, television and digital media, like videogames, in mind, the Website features profile pages on Canadian productions—past and present—featuring trailers, official pictures and production details, including lead cast members.
Additionally, provides access to dynamic social media content so users can follow and join the conversation on their favourite productions or discover new ones. The Website invites users to share and engage in conversations through the use of the hashtag #eyeoncanada. The hashtag, introduced in 2013, is used as a reference by a growing number of supporters of Canadian content.
Updated regularly, users of the site will find new original content like interviews with cast members, producers and those involved in the creative process. The first set of original behind-the-scenes videos features nominees and winners from the 2015 edition of the Canadian Screen Awards.
As the Website continues to grow, users will soon be able to access curated editorial content from well-known Canadian bloggers/vloggers about what’s the latest in the Canadian screen-based entertainment industry. A newsletter will be added to allow subscribers to be the first to know about updates to Eye on Canada.
Helping to make a destination for Canadian content, producers are invited to submit their television, film or digital media productions through a few easy steps in an online form found on the Website or by clicking here.
A national strategy to engage audiences on Canadian Content
Eye on Canada was launched at the Banff World Media Festival in 2013 as part of a national strategy to promote Canadian content. It was developed to unite all initiatives surrounding the promotion of Canadian content and to resonate with various audiences at home and internationally.
About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms.  The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. Please visit
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at

About the Canadian Media Production Association
The CMPA is a national non-profit organization that represents the interests of over 350 leading screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media content in all regions of Canada. Visit for more information and to join.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Help Canadian kids get active - Spin4Kids Plus, Canada's largest one-day fitness fundraiser

GoodLife Kids Foundation hosts one of Canada’s largest one-day fitness fundraisers

—Thousands of Canadians are gearing up to participate in the annual Spin4Kids Plus event on March 7 at GoodLife Fitness locations across the country. GoodLife members and staff will join partners and friends to ‘Spin, Groove and Move’ to help support GoodLife Kids Foundation, a private foundation with a vision to provide every Canadian kid the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. Participants, in teams of up to eight, will pedal on spin bikes, dance to the Zumba or engage in a number of fitness activities to help raise money to get kids active. 

This year, the goal is to raise $1.5 million across the 75 different events.

When:                  Saturday March 7, 2015
Where:                Media and the public are encouraged to attend Spin4Kids Plus taking place at more than 75 GoodLife Fitness locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland – Literally coast to coast! For a full list of Spin4Kids Plus locations click here.
Join the conversation using:
·         #Spin4Kids
·         #Spin4KidsPlus
·         #SpinGrooveMove
·         @goodklifekids

Monday, March 2, 2015

Before smartphones, video games and working lunches, we were wild.

A new national survey by Go RVing Canada shows that families miss the freedom, curiosity and joy of discovery they had when they were kids.  Somewhere along the way, many of us have fallen prey to the idea that overproduced games, overscheduled days and shiny gadgets mean a happy childhood. However, many of our favourite childhood memories don’t involve a jam-packed schedule, the most shiny plastic toy or even hours upon hours of playing video games.

·         When we were younger, we experienced that unadulterated feeling of happiness that came from seeking adventure at every corner. In fact, 64 per cent of Canadians feel they used to be more adventurous as a child and have given it up once the responsibilities of becoming an adult crept in.
·         Today, 70 per cent of Canadians find themselves missing the freedom, curiosity and joy of discovery they had when they were kids
·         53 per cent of Canadians agree they were more willing to explore and discover the world as a child than they do as adults.
·         43 per cent of Canadians wish they were more adventurous as a family, but over half of Canadian families see money as a deterrent for not travelling and seeking adventure.
·         There is an RV that fits every family and budget. Purchase an RV for as little as $6,000 – there truly is an RV for everyone.

·         Exploring the great outdoors in an RV helps us bring back our thirst for those amazing childhood adventures and connect with our children in new ways.