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Contents

Publisher & Managing Editor

Jawed Anwar

Staff Writer

Unver Saad

Layout & Design

Mustafa Morbiwala

06 Kids and Parents Fun Day

IT Web Consultant

Rana Zafrullah Khan

10 John Carmichael Broke the Liberal Fortress

Web Ad Design

Syed Ali Athar

Advertisement Sales

Mobashshir Rahman

13 An Interview with John Carmichael

Accounts Manager

Sidra Javed

Contributors

Sumaiya Javed Saad Bin Javed Irshad Alam

05 Publisher’s Note

15 In Support of PR System 16 Art Valley Project 17 The Truth about Technology 19 Entrepreneur: Faisal Motiwala 21 Thorncliffe Food Bank 23 Toronto Cop is right in Advising Dress Code 24 Finding Job the Web 2.0 Way 25 Parenting 27 Senior’s Life 29 Recipe: Chicken Chapli Kabobs 30 Mulla Nasruddin Jokes

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Publisher’s Note

Second Issue The second issue is in your hand. We received a tremendous response from the community in appreciation and congratulations for a good endeavor in starting a local news magazine. Thank you for your calls. We continuously need your feedback, your comments, and criticism to improve the magazine. Federal election is over, and election fever has gone in a short period of time --in a month. Stephen Harper’s pursuit for a majority mandate is complete on May 2, 2011. Liberals go into the wilderness, Bloc Quebecois is almost vanished, and NDP got the seat of official position. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe

lost their seats in Parliament. John Carmichael broke the liberal castle of Don Valley West. You will read his interview, a federal election news analysis, and a related column in this issue. Thousands of kids and parents attended the Fun Day of Thorncliffe Park Public School, Canada’s largest primary school. You will see the pictorial report. We are starting several regular columns that you will read every month. You may agree or not agree with all opinions; however, you will find different perspectives, innovative ideas, and new contents. Employability is a section you will find regularly here. The section will cater to the needs of the jobless

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and to new Canadians. We are starting a section on “Senior’s Life” beginning with this issue. If you are a senior and have a good life story and words of wisdom to share, let us know. Hunger is a real problem, and feeding the hungry is the most rewarding act in all religions. Saturday, June 11, is the fundraising day for Thorncliffe Food Bank, which contributes to the society by feeding more than 300 families. Don’t forget to buy a $20 ticket in advance to attend the fundraising lunch at Thorncliffe Banquet hall at 1 pm. You will find a story in this issue.

JAWED ANWAR, Publisher


Feature

Kids and Parents Fun Day: Parents Were More Excited Than Kids By MICHAEL BOBB

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eavily crowded with hardly walking space inside bazaar and with a long queue on different activities, the 2nd annual fun fair at Thorncliffe Park Public School was observed on Saturday May 14, 2011. It was a cloudy day, and, despite rain forecast, event organizers put their full efforts to hold this event. Reptile, magic and jugglers shows were overcrowded while six Jumping castles had long lines patiently waiting for turns even in showers. Carnival games run by teacher and student volunteers added additional flavor to this event. Dozens of food and cultural booths were run by parents supporting the school cause of raising funds for 3 different programs. The school council chair Mr. Khalid Mahmood said that it was the first time we have raised a total of $11, 500 and saved around $4,000 after all the expenses to fund the school. He mentioned, “I know this is not significant amount, but we have set a trend for creating funds and, if weather permitted us, then we should at least reach to double of this.” We had two

goals: one is to raise funds and the other was to bring smile curve on everyone’s face. And we give thanks to our God who made us succeed in both. He stated, “Parents were more excited than kids. Every parent wished to have at least two events like this every year. We have received some calls who wanted to reserve booth for next event.” School chair said, “When I met one lady next day in one fund raising dinner, I asked her that has she made a visit to school’s fun fair. She laughed and showed her dress that ‘This is what I bought yesterday from there and it was amazing.’” This year at least 16 businesses/individuals sponsored this event and made it possible: Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Iqbal Food, McDonald’s, Food Basic, Staples, Royal Bank, Home Depot, Popeye’s, Tandoori Village, Icare Pharmacy, RBC, Shawn Graphics, Thorncliffe Petro Canada, Concord Travels, John Carmichael, and Ketherine Wynne. I felt that the main event was in the gym, and it reminded me of how colorful our community really is. There were so many different foods, clothes, jewelry, and event sponsors’ booths were there. 6

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People really came out to help raise funds for the school. People were buying, selling, eating, laughing, and having a great time. Kids were all over the school because carnival type games were posted all over, and the kids could win prizes. There were a juggler, henna hand-painting, animal fake tattoos, and art exhibited for a contest for everyone to vote for the best one. Bikes and several other gift items and gift certificates were won by lucky draws at the end. It was a great day for everyone. Megan Snell, one of the teachers, was there in support of the fund-raising day. Megan had just bought

a beautiful bracelet from one of the stalls and was having a great time. Abdul Munaf, one of the dads was there having a great time with his twin son and daughter. Aiesha, one of the kids from the neighborhood was having a good time with her friends. Running up and down, she had just had enough time to let me know this was great and she hopes it happens again next year. Raees Ahame helped with organizing of the Fun Fair and was so busy we had only two minutes to talk. He said it was a great turn-out and everything was going great. Once again, on a day where

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you would expect everyone to stay home because of all the rain, our community was at the Fun Fair helping to raise funds for our community school. I would say at least four thousand people were in attendance. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our school! The chair thanked the whole community for their visit and volunteers who made this event more memorable. He also thanked school principal Mr. Battaglia whose efforts were unmatched throughout the event. He congratulated all school council members Mr. Muhammad Sharif, Mr. Ijaz

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Hussain, Muhammad Ayub, Ms. Farah Hussaini, Mr. Rubina Shakoor, Mr. Ossam Al Sarraf, Mr. Abdul Azeem Mohammad, Ms. Fatima Patel, Mr. Raees Ahmed, Mr. Rana Khan, and Mr. Saeed Siddique for a terrific job. A fun day started by Jawed Anwar, school chair last year, has now become an annual tradition for which parents and students will eagerly wait so that they can spend an enjoyable afternoon of fun and excitement. It’s given everyone a lift and we’re all looking forward to bringing more smiles and fun next year.


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John Carmichael Broke the Liberal Fortress DV NEWS REPORT

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onservative John Carmichael broke one of the Liberal fortresses riding Don Valley West and celebrated the victory on the night of May 2 at Spirale Banquet Hall on Don Mills Road. Volunteers and supporters from all cultural background from this most diversified riding were gathering just after voting finished. They anxiously watched a TV screen on one side and a power projector screen on the other side as the collection of data from the polling stations was in progress. Supporters were cheering and singing loudly. Carmichael was leading from the beginning of the count, and it continued to

the end. He said that his support came from all over the riding, specifically pointing to new Canadians living in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park, who volunteered and voted for him.

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Carmichael got 22,992 of the 53,506 ballots cast, which is 43% of the total vote. Rob Oliphant was close capturing 22,353 votes, or 41.8%. NDP candidate Nicole Yovanoff received 6,284 votes or 11.7% despite

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the fact that she didn’t disclose any of her contacts and never showed up in the campaign. Later the Toronto Star disclosed that she was managing another NDP campaign, 1,300 kilometres away in Kenora. She was a sleeping and


Candidates Party

John Carmichael Rob Oliphant Nicole Yovanoff Georgina Wilcock Dimitris Kabitsis

NDP filler candidate, In fourth place was Green candidate Dr. Georgina Wilcock, who received 1,699 votes, or 3.2%. Dr. Georgina Wilcock worked hard and introduced the Green Party in “vote for future” campaign

for its policies on the environment and cities. At the all-candidates meeting in Leaside, her performance was the best. She continuously asked to give full support for the Party Leader Elizabeth May. Elizabeth May won

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Polls In: 218/218

Total Vote

Conservative

43%

22,992

Liberal

41.80%

22,353

NDP

11.70%

6,284

Green

3.20%

1,699

Communist

0.30%

178

Party of Canada

the election, the first and only seat of the party. The fifth candidate was Dimitris Kabitsis of the Communist Party of Canada, who got 178, or 0.3% votes. Voter turnout was 66.7% (national average was 61.4%). In the final count, John Carmichael won by 611 votes. John Carmichael won this seat after his third attempt. “This is a historic day for the 416,” said Carmichael, noting it has been 23 years since a Conservative was elected in Don Valley West. “Well how does it feel?” Carmichael said to loud cheers in a packed ballroom. “We’ve been at this a long, long time, and here we are tonight, a winner. It’s your win as

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much as it is mine.” Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak arrived at Carmichael’s party and said, “John’s an outstanding guy, successful businessman, really dedicated to the area. If anybody earns it from effort, it’s John Carmichael.” John Carmichael, a business tycoon, having a car dealership, has good ideas for job creation to share with the government. The opponent, Liberal incumbent Rob Oliphant, arrived at Carmichael’s victory party at about 1 a.m. to offer congratulations to John Carmichael. In a very short speech of 30 seconds in front of Carmichael’s


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supporters, Oliphant praised them for running a good campaign and pleased the teams focused on issues. The riding has been steadily Liberal since John Godfrey was first elected in 1993. Godfrey announced his retirement and a Liberal nomination election was held in which Rob Oliphant won. He won 2008 Federal Election by only 2,771 votes. Before 1993, the riding was represented by Tory John Bosley, who served as Speaker of the House. Carmichael emphasized his experience as a smallbusiness owner and the importance of job creation and economic stability. “It’s my third recession. I know about making payroll, making sales happen,” he said in an all–candidates meeting in the party room of Leaside Memorial Gardens. John Carmichael invited Jim Flaherty, the Finance Minister of Harper’s cabinet in Thorncliffe Park where Mr. Flaherty announced a hiring credit for small business owners. Under the plan, the Conservatives would establish a one-year employment insurance (EI) break for small businesses to encourage them to hire more workers. Employers would get a one-time tax break of up to $1,000 off the EI premiums they would have to pay for new employees. Jason Kenny, the Minister of Citizenships and Immigration, has visited several times in the riding

and was easily available to answer all immigration related issues. Immigrants showed serious concerns about dealing with immigration issues particularly longer wait period for reuniting families. Tory government has to fix this issue to win and retain new Canadian votes. At the all-candidates meeting in Leaside, Oliphant focused on the need for more help on immigration issues, including reuniting families who are facing waiting periods up to 13 years. Don Valley West is the second largest Muslimpopulated riding and one Muslim group Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park Muslim Association (FATMA) supported John Carmichael by volunteering and voting. According to Statistics Canada 2006 Census, the population of Don Valley West is 117,083 and Population Change 2001 to 2006 was +1.3%. Population age 18 and over was 90,465. Immigrants as a percentage of total population was 45.8%. English (mother tongue) was 55%, French (mother tongue) was 2%, and non-official languages were 44%, and Urdu was the largest among non-official languages.

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An Interview with John Carmichael Don Valley News: You won the election by 611 votes from Don Valley West, a Liberal stronghold and one of the softest riding for Liberals in Toronto. How do you feel? John Carmichael: I’m incredibly excited and humbled that the residents of Don Valley West have put their trust in me as their Member of Parliament. I’m also thrilled that we have a majority government and four years to achieve results for Canadians. I’m looking forward to working with all my newly elected colleagues from the 416. DVN: What are the critical success factors in your victory? JC: Hard work, perseverance, and a dedicated team of volunteers. DVN: Your family played a significant role in this campaign by reaching the people door to door. Your response?

JC: As you know, my family is extremely important to me. If not for their continued support, it would have made this journey much more challenging. My wife Kerry was out door knocking daily with a great team and my children volunteered in different capacities. I even had my grandchildren out canvassing with me on a few occasions, which was great fun. They are excited for me in this new chapter and will continue to support me every step of the way. DVN: What were the good elements of your campaign? JC: I was blessed to have a highly motivated team of volunteers and supporters out with me everyday. While this was a challenging campaign day-to-day, they made it a very enjoyable and memorable one. DVN: What were the nasty things you encountered? JC: In general, each candidate in Don Valley West ran a clean campaign and behaved respectfully toward one another. We ran into some minor issues such as having our signs vandalized, but we maintained a sharp focus on running a strong campaign and achieved success on Election Day. DVN: What are the main concerns of the people in Don Valley West riding? JC: I think everyone in Don Valley West is concerned about the continued June 2011

uncertainty of our economic recovery. While Canada is on the strongest footing of our G7 partners, the recovery is still fragile and we need to maintain good economic policies and ensure taxpayers’ dollars are spent wisely. My constituents can count on our Conservative government to continue delivering steady leadership to move Canada forward. DVN: What are your priorities? What you are going to do in next four years? JC: Throughout the campaign, I shared three main priorities with voters: families, jobs and the economy. I will focus my efforts on ensuring residents of Don Valley West have every opportunity to find rewarding employment, feel safe in their homes, and look forward to a brighter future for their children. Of course, I will also act on emerging local priorities and provide strong, principled representation for my constituents in Ottawa. DVN: What will be your strategy in helping government and constituents for creating jobs and more reasonable immigration policies? JC: For Don Valley West to reach its full potential, it’s critical we create a more diverse and sustainable job market here. There are many qualified individuals, especially among new Canadians, 13

who unfortunately have not been able to find rewarding employment in this economy. I will work with my colleagues in government to deliver on important platform commitments such as loans to enable new Canadians to get their credentials recognized, and a $1,000 EI holiday for small businesses hiring new employees. I will also continue to support our important measures to reform Canada’s refugee system, crack down on crooked immigration consultants, and create opportunities for newcomers to prosper in this country.

“I Will Create Opportunities for Newcomers to Prosper in this Country” DVN: How do you outreach to your constituents after election? JC: Regardless of what roles I may take on in Parliament, I will first and always be your Member of Parliament. I will work tirelessly to be present in our riding to attend local events, meet with constituents and connect on the issues that matter. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months to learn how I can better represent your interests and priorities in Ottawa.


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In Support of Proportional Representation System

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tephen Harper's pursuit for a majority mandate is complete on May 2, 2011. Liberals go into the wilderness, Bloc Quebecois is almost vanished, and NDP got the seat of official position. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe lost their seats in Parliament. NDP Leader Jack Layton won from our next-door neighbor Toronto-Danforth riding will now make history by becoming the first-ever NDP leader to move into Stornaway as official opposition leader. Green Party leader Elizabeth May won the first and only seat of the party from Victoria, B.C. riding. Much of the NDP's rise has been credited to rupture of support in Quebecois, while the Conservatives were able to break the Liberal heartland in Toronto. Furthermore, NDP’s national surge devastated the Liberals and smoothed the way of Conservative power. Harper is going to form the Conservative majority government. However, in actual votes count nationwide, Conservative got minority votes. Three in five Canadians have never voted for Harper. Harper takes advantage of flaws in the Canadian British electoral process in which most of the times minority mandated party forms the government. The turnout of voters in 2011 election was 61.4%. Out of

polled vote, Conservatives got 39.6% votes (for 166 seats), NDP got 30.6% (for 103 seats), Liberals got 18.4% (for 34 seats), Bloc Quebecois got 6% (for 4 seats), Green 3.7% (for 1 seat). 39.6% mandated (in actuality, Conservatives got 26% mandate of the total voters, and the party will form the majority government). Moreover, the Prime Minister of Canada is the most powerful person, even more powerful than US President who is at least accountable to Congress. In most of national and international issues, Canadian

“Harper forms majority government with minority mandate” Prime Minister Office is free to develop and execute policy. He can prorogue the parliament whenever he likes to do it or whenever he dislikes the debate. There is no reflection and respect of people’s mandate. If we go for proportional representation system and award seats in the House of Commons based on the percentage of the popular vote in the federal election across the country, then from the result of 2011, NDP, Liberal, and Green were going June 2011

Jack Layton, a leader of NDP, the supporter and advocate of PR system

to form a majority government with their combined votes of 52.7%. If we include Bloc Quebecois, it will be 58.7% votes. That means Conservatives will be in minority. 58.7% of polled votes went against Tory but still forming a majority government. NDP leader Jack Layton is vocal and pursuer of PR system in Canada. He is now opposition leader. It is the right time for him for joining hands with all opposition parties to do effort for election reform and to establish a Proportional Representation election system that elect a government, a real reflective of the majority of the mandate. By his recent surge and prominence in national politics, he is in the right position to educate the public and organize and lead a movement to change the electoral system. Most of the real democracies follow the PR system. In the case of coalition government, the proportional representation coalitions in most countries have fixed terms --four or five years. The coalition parties 15

agree to policies that they will support for that term. Coalition governments based on PR system have fewer elections than Canada. Canada had a pure two-party democracy until the 1920’s, and did not evolve into a genuine multi-party political system until the 1990’s. If democracy means people’s representation with all their political platforms, then it is time now to accommodate the parties and people according to their percentage of mandate. All the parties should cooperate to change the electoral system. By electing regional MPs through proportional representation, every vote would count; co-operation, adjustment, tolerance would become the norm. The NDP surge would mean NDP seats, and the Bloc would not have a lock on Quebec, and Green Party will take its share according to the percentage (i.e., 11 to 12 seats in present result). Conservative party will represent from its own and actual power. PR would suit all the parties and in every circumstance.


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Art Valley Project:

A public Exhibition of Art from the Students of Valley Park Middle School By MICHAEL BOBB

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n May 3, from 7 – 9 pm, Art Valley Project showcased an exhibition of textile art created by students and parents from Valley Park Middle School at East York Town Centre located at Overlea Blvd. Sixty-five students and parents joined in creating textile art focusing on themes of identity and family. This exhibition of vivid banners and bold emblems was displayed May 3 – 8, 2011. Art Valley Project is an integrated, intergenerational art project operating in partnership with Valley Park Middle School, East York Town Centre, The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, The Ontario Arts Council, and Flemingdon Health Centre. On a day where you would expect people to stay home because of the rain, there was a great turn-out for the “Showing Our Colours” event at East York Town Centre. The person heading the textile art event was Cas Reimer. Hired by Flemington Health centre, Cas was asked to come up with an after-school program for Valley Park Midde School. With lots of experience in the arts, Cas figured doing

a textile art program would be great. “We are proud of our creative association with the Art Valley Project,” said Eleni Koukoulidis, marketing director of East York Town Centre. “The Art Valley Project has been successful in celebrating local artists through an exhibit which exemplifies the diversity of the Thorncliffe Park Community.” Nick Stefanoff, principal, Valley Park Middle School and co-chair of the Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project, and Sandra Larosa, viceprincipal of Valley Park Middle School, were present in organizing the Art Valley Project and “Showing Our Colours” textile artwork. They were also looking for community support for The Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project and are asking everyone to go to http:// www.refresheveything.ca/valleyparkgogreen until June 30th and vote so the school has the chance to get $100,000. Cabinet Minister Kathleen Wynn, who was a guest speaker, says she was having one of those crummy days until she got to the colorful event. She says that she felt very optimistic and her spirit and soul were uplifted, and she thought the program was great for everyone in the community. 16

This program involved 55 kids and 10 parents. Elizabeth, a mother of two kids, says her children came home one day all excited about the art program and asked if she wanted to join it with them. Elizabeth said yes, and they started the program. At the event, “Liz” (the name on the art work she did with her kids) says it was a great experience to share waith her kids, and she is willing to even do a fundraising to help the program happen again next year. Twelve-year-old Tasin stood in front of his artwork. He looked proud to show his mom what he had done. His mom was very proud of his colorful work and said it would be great for the program to continue again next year. Nejima, who also did the arts program with her two daughters Iman and Niya, was a speaker and hopes to do it again. Iman and Niya said that they had a lot of fun and learned a lot while doing their artwork. Tahia, a new immigrant from Pakistan, heard of the art program and volunteered her help. After finding out all the experience Tahia had in textiles from her homeland, Cas asked her to be her assistant. Tahia

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says her experience doing the program was great and hopes to do it again. Ana Paolini from Hinicks Dellerest Centre, a place that helps children with mental issues, also spoke and said this program is a great thing for the community and she hopes it continues. Edith Karwecki of East York Town Centre spoke and said she was very proud of the community for doing the textile art and presenting it at the town centre. “Everyone did a great job, and I hope to do it again.” Volunteers for the “Showing Our Colours” event were exceptional. Volunteers at the school made sure everyone was safe. They put the whole thing together in the East York Town Centre. Everyone that spoke was very thankful to the volunteers. At the end of it all, the “Showing Our Colours” textile arts event accomplishes what they set out to do. Parents and kids did come together and did beautiful and colourful artwork that was uplifting to everyone that was there. To put the icing on the colourful event, licen from Flemington Health Centre was there to give everyone in attendance a big slice of cake.


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The Truth about Technology

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e live in the Age of Technology; a description uttered with respect if not with awe, for it supposedly represents the most advanced thinking of humankind. A belief exists that technology will eventually solve all the ills of society and therefore societal rectitude requires the support of technological development. To decry technology in present day society is considered to be an expression of ignorance if not outright blasphemy. To deny the existence of God represents free thought, but to not recognize the infinite benefits of technology expresses gross ignorance if not mental derangement. Recognizing the prevailing thinking I will nevertheless state that technology is a sophisticated extension of gross materialism. It represents the ultimate ignorance of the unseen and focuses entirely upon what is seen. It indicates a lack of awareness of spirit and the purpose of human existence. Technology funded by large financial institutions has become empowered ignorance. Technology caused the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and the collapse of the levees during hurricane Katrina. Gross materialism through

its highly financed extension called technology runs and ruins our lives. Technology has caused smog in our cities, pollution and acid rain on our food, pollution of our drinking water, pollution of our bodies from medicinal drugs. Listening to and using the communicative products of high technology produces hearing impairment in our youth and malfunctioning of their minds. The problems with the nuclear power plants in earthquake torn Japan result from technology, as does the suffering of those trapped in Japanese high-speed trains. Probably the single major detriment to society caused by technology is in the work place and the lifestyle necessary to accommodate it such as commuting, routine and boring work, or pay depend-

to nurture the race. Nurturing the race has little priority in a materialistic society; self-indulgence and material accumulation are its priorities, which in most cases require having a job. The negative effect on society of jobs is so great that the American government has a cabinet position to address labor problems, and has established the Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to deal with job related health issues. Occupational therapy is a major industry in America with about 30,000 locations generating 20 billion dollars in annual revenue. Job related litigation totals in the billions of dollars. The cost of jobs is high to the individual not only in dollars but to the physical and mental damage done. Technology focuses on efficient produc-

“The world of technology is crumbling all around us and at an accelerating rate. God in the blinking of an eye can destroy what it took men millennia to build.� ent upon continually increasing performance goals. Jobs are not natural; work is. The normal work of men since the beginning of time centered on providing the environment and means for women June 2011

tion reducing people to work units. Jobs become standardized routines that eventually become robotized. In the process people become dehumanized then eliminated. This dehumanization creates 17

stress that affects increasing numbers of high technology society members. The sale of tranquilizers, painkillers, and anti depressants has developed into a trillion dollar industry. Technology does not cure, eliminate or eradicate issues; it creates them. It makes an omnipotent and omniscient God of matter that engulfs and destroys lives. Technocrats look upon nature as something to be tamed, used and abused instead of something to be respected and cared for. A society that abuses mother earth also abuses its women by taking them out of the security of home and dumping them into the dehumanized workforce. Children are removed from the nurturing love of mothers and stable home environments and given to the state to raise where they will be developed into future drones of society. Technology has not cured anything in the medical field. It has not eliminated any diseases but has caused many. Parkinson and Alzheimer’s diseases did not exist before


Vigilance the onset of high technology. Nor did diabetes and cancer. The mutation of animals in the interests of scientific, medical and consumer research further evidences the abuse of nature and the insensitiveness to all life by gross materialistic pursuits in the interest of science and its practical ap-

Technology does not cure, eliminate or eradicate issues; it creates them. It makes an omnipotent and omniscient God of matter that engulfs and destroys lives. plication called technological development. Everything that technology develops ultimately becomes a weapon. Everything! This occurs on the overt level and the covert level. Automobiles become tanks, planes become bombers, and atomic power becomes a means of annihilation. High tech communications become vehicles of propaganda and medical research provides the potential for germ warfare. On a covert level, high tech cameras cover an increasing amount of human activity keeping larger members of the population under surveillance. Credit cards, toll cards, and phone records track an increasing amount of human

activity. Personal lives have become an open book to those who have access to high technology. This knowledge by others about the every movement of people becomes a weapon that can and is used against society. Educational systems focus on training and orienting youth in matters material with emphasis on the works of man, which increasingly depends on advances in technology. Students do not receive training in thinking, for the very nature of technology reduces activity to its smallest component so that it can be robotized. The feminine characteristics of reaction, responsiveness and recitation predominate in the educational system as it prepares our youth to obey and follow rather than to think, lead and create. The student body of Canadian and American universities consists of 38% males and 62% females, with male enrollment on a continuous decline. Real men do not stay in higher education. The time has arrived for all men to reassess their purpose in life, rescue their sisters from their unnatural lifestyle, and start building a new society. There is nothing that technology has produced that man was not able to do before its development. Technological communication is as nothing compared to the natural telepathy that exists among people who live close to the earth. American forests and African jungles are not filled with the bodies of lost tribesmen. People were located by and communicated with 18

telepathic abilities. The health of society has deteriorated under technology and flourished before it. Shamans, bush ladies, medicine men, and a variety of healers kept all races healthy throughout the world. Jesus and his disciples did a fine job of healing without technology. The world of technology is crumbling all around us and at an accelerating rate. God in the blinking of an eye can destroy what it took men millennia to build. The recent Japanese earthquake serves as an example. It took only seconds to occur but resulted in tremendous devastation to the most advanced technology. The international flooding that occurred in 2010 was probably the greatest seen since the days of Noah; it

washed away technological structures on every continent. The infrastructure of the world is crumbling from decay, and that which isn’t is being blown apart by the warbased economies of materialism. Long after the earth swallows the last edifices of technology, the Sun will still shine, the Moon will still reflect its light, and Mother Earth will still nurture us with her tremendous abundance. Humans will devote themselves to their propagation and preservation by living in harmony with the natural patriarchal structure of the universe as they move forward on their spiritual journey. All else passes.

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entrepreneur

I-Care Pharmacy:

Customer Service, Language, and Best Price Make a Big Difference, Says Faisal Motiwala By UNVER SAAD

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atience!, Never try to deviate from your profession and from your area of interest. Concentration to your goal, Allah’s help, supportive family, the prayer of parents are the key factors in my success,” says Faisal Motiwala President of I-Care Pharmacy located at 2 Thorncliffe Park Dr., Unit#26. Faisal Motiwalla, a native of

Rajkot, Gujarat, India, has been living in this country for the last ten years. “In the beginning, my friends were showing the short-cut path and several easy ways to get easy money. However, I resisted. First of all, I have passed my licensing examinations and completed requirements for pharmacist. I did some odd jobs in the beginning, worked free for a pharmacy to get experience, and then I worked as a pharmacy

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of losing my profession” said Mr. Motiwala. Mr. Faisal Motiwala earned his Bachelor degree from B.K. Modi Govt, Pharmacy College, Rajkot, India, and completed his pharmacy licensing requirements within a year of his landed immigration at Toronto, Canada, in 2000. Mr. Motiwala started a pharmacy with the franchise of Rexall and the store name ‘Fenton Pharmacy’ in Markham at Steel and Brimley. He expanded to Brampton at Sandalwood Parkway and established a new pharmacy with the same franchise of Rexall in Thorncliffe Park in 2010. It is a joint collaboration of a medical, a dental, and an optical clinic. “There was a persistent request

from my friends to open a pharmacy in Thorncliffe Park that is another hub of South Asian communities,” said Faisal Motiwala. “We are providing the medical services under one umbrella office --pharmacy, family physicians, walk-in, dental, and optical. “Our community is continuously growing here. I am doing business; however, educating, guiding, and helping the community, and customer satisfaction are my top priorities,” said Mr. Motiwala. He said that our community was ignorant on several issues related to health and medicine. “I found several low-income customers did not even know about Trillium plan that caps limit of your medicine expense 20

and funds above the limit expense. We try our best to save the money of customers as much as possible,” he said. “Language was the big barrier. Here we speak Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, and other South Asian languages, along with English, to cross the language barrier,” said Motiwala. I-Care Pharmacy and Dr. E Medical Clinic got tremendous response from the Thorncliffe Park and adjacent neighbourhoods within a year. There are several doctors, both male and female, speaking different languages. Dr. F. A. Ibrahim, Dr. Parsa Amin, and Dr. Shahnaz Timol, and recently-joined Dr. Khalid Zia who speaks Punjabi and Urdu. June 2011

“Customer service, language, and best price make a big difference,” said Faisal Motiwala. Mr. Motiwal is also introducing Halal vitamins (vitamins extracted from vegetables). He is waiting for Health Canada approval to start supplying. Halal vitamins will be supplied to all pharmacy chains of stores. Faisal Motiwal, a husband, father of three children, remembers the days of his early struggle: “It is all fresh in my memory. I was working for the company Celestica for survival, working free in a pharmacy, never slept more than 5 to 6 hours. However, I never deviated from my focused target to become a pharmacist entrepreneur,” he said. “I am thankful to my wife Shabana, my son A. Kadir and daughter Fatema who helped and supported me in my struggling days.” “My parents’ prayer for me played a pivotal role in my success. I will urge all those whose any of parent is alive, to serve them, please them to get their prayer from their heart,” he said. “Focused, goal-setter and target-oriented people can get entry in their own profession within one or two years in Canada,” Mr. Faisal Motiwala said emphatically.


organisation

Thorncliffe Food Bank: Feed the Hungry, Share the Bounty By Jawed Anwar

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aturday, June 11, is the fundraising day for Thorncliffe Food Bank (TFB), which contributes to the society by feeding more than 300 families. Feeding the hungry is one of the most rewarding acts in all religions. Don’t forget to buy a $20 ticket in advance to attend the fundraising at Thorncliffe Banquet hall at 1 pm. Thorncliffe Food Bank is one of the projects of ICNA Relief Canada. It is a communityrun initiative launched in June 2009. The slogan of Thorncliffe Food Bank is, “Feed the Hunger and Share the Bounty.” The Food Bank (consisting of halal food) provides free non-perishable, survival food items and meat (if donated meat is available) to needy and poor of the community irrespective of any ethnicity, religion, or race. Hunger is a real problem throughout the world. In Ontario, according to Ontario

Youth Volunteers of TFB are outreaching for a food drive.

Association of Food Banks (OAFB), “Over 350,000 Ontarians a month are served by food banks across Ontario. Many of those are hungry children, helpless adults, and seniors in the community.” Lack of nutrition is causing negative development effects in young children. Due to insufficient food, adults are found depressed and are more likely to have chronic diseases. In our community, everyday, families and individuals struggle to put food on their tables. The ones who are blessed with

Thorncliffe Food Bank office at ICNA resource Centre

sufficient provisions can help feed the poor and hungry fellows of our community. The Food Bank service is for needy people from Toronto City. A significant number of populations comprise poor people and new immigrants (without jobs) from all over the world. Currently, more than 300 families have been registered with Thorncliffe Food Bank to collect food once a month. The majority of them are living in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park. Some visit Food Bank occasionally to supplement. Food

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baskets are given according to the family size. The approximate minimal cost of a food basket ranges from $25 to $50 per family. Applicants must meet the established financialneed criteria to register with the Thorncliffe Food Bank. Due to limited resources, a registered member can only use the Food Bank once in a month. Thorncliffe Food Bank is a community-support project based on volunteers who give their cash and in-kind donations. Mostly, Food Bank depends on local food drives in the community groups, food drives through e-newsletters, food drives in front of prominent food stores, a once-a-year, ten-day food drive in East York Town Centre at Overlea Blvd, an annual food drive at the end of the year at Thorncliffe Park Public School, individual donations, and food collected


organisation Thorncliffe Park Drive, with the help and support of the Town Centre management. Holidays Food Drive We do an annual Holidays Food Drive at Thorncliffe Park Public School (elementary) in the last week before the winter holidays of the school. We manage this food drive with the help of principal, school administration, and teachers who pursue the kids to ask their parents to donate for Thorncliffe Food Bank. A flier (printed by the school) with the school newsletter was distributed for the kids to carry home for their parents. A substantial amount of in-kind donations were collected with the involvement of parents and kids. Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly

Food Basket “A” $25 x (Numbers) = Pledged Amount for each month Food Basket “B” $35 x (Numbers) = Pledged Amount for each month Food Basket “B” $50 x (Numbers) = Pledged Amount for each month Donations can be paid either by cash, check, by credit card or in-kind (food). TFB issue a tax deductible receipt even for in-kind donation if it is accompanied by a receipt. Thorncliffe Food Bank’s mailing address is: 5B-1, Leaside Park Drive, Toronto, ON M4H 1R1 (Checks should be named in favor of ICNA Relief ). Khalid Mahmood is coordinator of Thorncliffe Food Bank. He can be reached at 647.428.9755

Food Drives From summer until the month of November, we managed food drives in front of major grocery/food stores with the help of our volunteers. The drives have given a wide exposure to Thorncliffe Food. ICNA’s Thorncliffe Relief Food Bank struggles to ensure that no one in our neighborhood sleeps without a meal. Thorncliffe Food Bank has been well recognized and well known in the community. Muslims chose this food bank for halal food items. NonMuslims also chose this food bank for quality food items, particularly meat and basmati rice. The other attraction of this food bank is its respectful and clean office environment.

TFB has been receiving in-kind donations (drop-off ) at the location and getting foods from the food bins placed at different grocery stores. TFB‘s growing clients need regular fund raising and support from the community. Most needed in-kind Items are following: rice, flour, cooking oil, lentils, cereals, teabags, tomato ketchup, tuna, canned fish, evaporated milk. TFB facilitates the Sadaqah sacrifice of animals. The most preferred way of payment is signing a pledge form and issuing a void check for automated deduction of pledged amount every month from your account. TFB has three types of food baskets based on family size and need:

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Whatever However

Toronto Cop Is Right in Advising Dress Code

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isit a food store. Can you imagine that a banana offered for sale without its peel would be safe? The banana would be bruised and smashed. The same is true for mangoes, pineapples, papayas and all other good fruits with peels. Fruits stored without peels would be attacked by insects, bugs and will be contaminated with germs and bacteria. They would be unsafe. Visit a jewelry store. See the costliest items of gold and diamonds. They will be secured in locked cases. Store keepers will show those costly items of jewelry when they believe in the reliability of customers. An insecure display of costly jewelry may attract more robbers than buyers. Women are like precious gems. Furthermore, they cooperate with Almighty God to produce the most valued creature, human beings, and hence elevated their position as mothers. Good men on this earth respect women and their dignity and treat them as mothers, sisters, and daughters. But among men, there are thugs who are insane, lusty transgressors. Good women try their

best to keep their dignity, and one of the defensive tools is modest dressing. To avoid being attacked and assaulted by bad men, good women try to be modest in dressing and covering as much possible. If you go to the history of great people and great civilizations, you will find women in Hijab and Niqab. The most popular woman of Hindu scripture is Sita. Ravan, the kidnapper of Sita, the wife of Ram witnessed later after her release that he had not seen any part of Sita’s body except her feet. That means Sita’s face was covered. She was in Niqab. Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus was

Jacob, Joseph, Jesus, and their supporters. Aisha (a.s.) and Fatima (a.s) followed the same dress code as was followed by Mary. Now you witness the media, organized perverted minority groups campaigning against women’s right to choose to wear Niqab and now campaigning in support of women in sluttish dress. Recently the Toronto police officer’s comment came during a campus safety information session held at York University in January in which two police officers were giving safety pointers to students. One of the tips given to women by an Officer was to avoid

“Good men on this earth respect women and their dignity and treat them as mothers, sisters, and daughters.” fully covered. Even today, nuns of the Church follow the dress code. They cover everything except face. When the last messenger of God, Muhammad (s.a.w), came, he revealed and preached the same lifestyle as it was practiced before by Noah, Abraham, Moses, June 2011

dressing in a promiscuous fashion. He said that women could avoid rape if they didn’t dress like “sluts.” Whatever, the dressing is not and shouldn’t be excuse for rapists. They must be punished in all circumstances. The officer’s use of words 23

may not be appropriate; however, it is a fact that the dress of early twentieth century’s European sluts is now the fashion of the day of Europe and North America. Society at large accepted this perversion as a norm. The police officer should be praised for his wise advice. Instead, we see he has been condemned and isolated from various segments of the society. The officer himself has apologized and Toronto Police Service issued an official apology and explanation. Thousands of women gathered for a “slut-walk” in slut dress in protest of the Toronto police officer’s comment in all over North America. However, in essence, the police officer’s comment was correct and in compliance of the law of nature and religious teachings. The “slutwalkers” are misleading the society, particularly young girls. They should watch their behavior. Promiscuity was never and can’t be a good sign for any healthy society. It leads to destruction of mind, body and soul and ultimately the collapse of family and society.


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Finding Job the Web 2.0 Way Branding Key to Standing Out in Today’s Job Market By SOPHIE BIFIELD

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t wasn’t long ago that job searching meant circling interesting opportunities in the Sunday newspaper or dropping off a resumé by hand to a receptionist. Now, with social networking evolving so rapidly, even traditional online job boards are struggling to keep up with the fast-changing way employees are getting hired. Candidates are no longer the only ones actively searching for jobs—employers are now hunting on the Internet to find top talent as well. When I first started job hunting in 2008, my digital footprint didn’t extend much past my private Facebook account. I was being rejected by even low profile companies. Personal branding myself online helped change the direction of my job hunt Since December I haven’t applied for a single job. In fact, I’ve neither read any job advertisements nor shown much interest in searching for a job. But I have attended a few interviews with high profile companies, I’ve picked up a few contracts, I’ve been offered a few consulting positions and I recently accepted a full-time role with an international advertising agency. So how exactly did I manage this? And how can you do the same? Well, the answer is relatively simple and doesn’t really involve much ‘luck’ either– just a bit of personal branding

and online foot printing. Think of yourself as a brand and define your niche Rather than focusing on what you want to do, focus on what you already do or have done that is relevant to your ‘dream job.’ For example, companies contacted me not because I wanted to work in the digital space, but rather because I had social media skills. Defining what you do will help employers determine whether or not you have the skills they are looking for. Also remember to be clear and concise with your personal brand messaging—it should be apparent at first glance what it is that you do. Treat yourself like a marketing campaign I’m not suggesting that you put banner ads all over the web to promote yourself, but I do recommend using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to showcase your professional skills. Think about where your ‘target industry’ hangs out and make sure you are present there as well. I have to admit, I haven’t personally been approached via Facebook, but I know it has worked for others. I can personally vouch for LinkedIn and Twitter being goldmines when it comes to attracting attention from companies. In fact, the job I recently accepted started on Twitter when I was contacted by one of my followers. Complete your profiles and 24

keep consistency between them Without overloading your profiles with details of everything you have ever done, profiles should give more information than just the bare minimum. Complete profiles will not only give employers more insight into your skill set than just a name or title, but they will also help you show up more frequently in search results. Consistencies between profiles will also help employers find you. One company that contacted me told me they called because every time they did a search a different profile of mine showed up in the results. Be searchable by trade I’m going to take an educated and non-conceited guess that when the companies who contacted me did their searches, they weren’t searching me by name but rather specific keywords. Do your homework in your industry and know what all the keywords that surround your dream job are. Once you have determined which industry specific keywords are used, scatter them around all of your profiles. Don’t change your title to something like Digital and Social Media Marketing Web 2.0 Internet Networker and Consultant if you’re aiming for a job in the digital space, but I recommend using the words interchangeably (within common use boundaries) for the sake of upping your chances of showing June 2011

up in search results more frequently. Don’t run off and start creating or strengthening your online profiles yet, however. There are two things to you should know: 1. It’s important to remember that although fancy images, a bit of clever branding and search engine optimization (SEO) work will almost certainly help employers navigate their way directly to your profiles, you should always be honest about your skills and experience. With so much information available on the web any lies of fabricated truths will be exposed almost immediately. 2. As I mentioned before I wasn’t necessarily looking for a job when companies started contacting me – but this doesn’t mean I would recommend setting up your profiles and leaving them to work for you. If you are actively searching for employment then your digital footprint should compliment your job hunt rather than replace it. With the way we use the web changing daily, there is no better time to get online and start building your personal brand. With millions of users performing searches and interacting every second, you never know what opportunities could be waiting to find you.


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Discipline Cannot Be Done By the Discovery Approach

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oday’s world is a “think-for-yourself ” world. Our children hear it all the time. “Think for yourself.” Children are expected to make their own decisions and learn by experiencing the outcomes of their actions. The Belief is that children will learn from their experiences and will grow up to be responsible, co-operative and productive. Most parents and teachers have adopted this approach. The result is that children have found themselves surrounded by choices. At home, many children are allowed to decide what to wear, how to do their hair, what to eat and when to go to bed. Their bedrooms are often treated as private areas and neatness is a personal concern. The school environment is much the same. Children select their own activities. Line-ups are passé. Clothing is a personal statement and dress codes may be considered an infringement of individual rights. Students have even been given the freedom to decide on the quality of their work and the marks that they wish to earn. Teachers readily adopted behavior management, not just because it was recommended by experts, but also because it fit well with other educational theories. During the 80’s, about the same time as

behavior management came on the scene, educators embraced the “discovery approach” to learning. This approach was based on the premise that children learned concepts best if they discovered them on their own. Entire programs were redesigned to allow children to select their own activities. Techniques such as direct instruction and lecturing fell into disrepute. Educational goals emphasized the need to develop “independent, selfmotivated and self-directed learners”. As a result, it was natural for teachers to adopt a similar approach to discipline. Behavior management is, in effort, the discovery approach to discipline. But Wait! Will this approach really teach children to be responsible? Should discipline be designed so that children will learn life’s important lessons from their own experiences? Consider this true story that formed the basis for a television documentary. Not only does it provide great insight, its ending is a real surprise. Khaled had spent his life herding camels across the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He had no formal education. His father had been a camel herder and his grandfather before him. Everything he needed to know had been passed down from generation to generation. June 2011

The camel drive was difficult. Even though the camels were stubborn and temperamental, they had to be kept moving. Otherwise, the herders would be attacked by bandits who lay in wait in the desert. Move too fast, however, and the camels would lose weight which would lower their value at the market in Cairo. There were also large areas of shade which had to be crossed. The camels’ feet had to be protected with leather “shoes” or else they would go lame. Since lame camels would slow down the drive and make everyone an easy target of the bandits, they would have to be destroyed. That would upset the owners and the herders would lose their pay. On the last night of the drive, everyone was sitting around a fire discussing the problems that had occurred on the journey. The commentator turned towards Khaled and said, “I want you to know that I’m really impressed with everything you’ve learned from experience.” Khaled leaned back and laughed. “We have an old saying”, he replied. “It’s the unlucky who learn from experience. The lucky learn from the experience of others.” That’s right, and this is what discipline is all about. It isn’t supposed to be a system where adults allow children to learn from their own experience. Real discipline is the exact opposite. It’s a system that 25

By RONALD MORRISH adults use to protect children from life’s painful experiences. We want children to learn from our mistakes of others. We already know that drugs are addictive. We’ve seen the tragic results when people drink and drive. We know the life-long impact of dropping out of school. Our children shouldn’t have to learn these lessons from themselves. They should learn them from us. The discovery approach may be good for playtime, kindergarten and computers. When it comes to raising children, however: Discipline cannot be done by the discovery approach. It’s time to get discipline back on track. We need real discipline in our homes, schools and communities. We need discipline that teaches our children the skills, attitudes and knowledge they so desperately need in order to live in the modern world. Behavior management will never do the job because it lacks two of the three critical components of real discipline.


PARENTING The Building Blocks of Discipline Real discipline has three parts and they work like building blocks. Each has an essential role to play in creating the structure that we call discipline. One component focuses on training children to comply with rules, limits and adult direction. The second focuses on teaching children the skills of being responsible and co-operative. The third deals with the management of choices, which is the past presently covered by behavior management. The training and teaching components form the foundation for discipline. Now that you know what the three parts of discipline are, it’s time to take a closer look. First comes the “Training” part of discipline. In their early years, children are impulsive and self-centered. They want their needs met immediately and hate to be denied anything. Just think of them as having a natural form of “Centre of the Universe Syndrome”. If these behaviors were allowed to continue, then children would experience all sorts of problems during their adult life. To avoid this, we have to teach them to obey adult direction, to respect authority and to comply with rules and limits. This part of discipline raises a lot of eyebrows. We live in a world which stresses individual rights and freedoms and people wonder if it is appropriate to teach obedience to children. Not only is it appropriate, it is essential. Every one of us must willing to comply with certain rules and limits, whether it be for driving cars or respecting another person’s property. This is the

structure which allows people to live and work together in families and in communities. It allows everyone to feel safe and secure. Either people buy into this structure or they buy into chaos. The second building block of discipline involves the teaching of skills. The only way that children become responsible and cooperative is to learn the skills associated with these attributes. They must learn how to resolve conflict, how to work and play with others, and how to set personal goals. They must learn how to organize tasks and manage time. They also have to learn the important skill of selfdiscipline so they will be ready for independence. After all, we won’t always be with them to govern their choices and decisions. They have to learn how to do it for themselves. These skills aren’t learned by accident. No child masters the complex skill of responsibility merely by experiencing the outcomes of personal choices. Instead, these skills must be systematically taught using appropriate teaching techniques, including direct instruction, practice, correction and review. In addition, parents and teachers must require children to use these skills in their everyday interactions. This takes practice and determination. Skills develop over many years and continue to grow right through adulthood. Learning never stops. The third building block of discipline deals with choices. If children are to become responsible adults, they need to be given more freedom as 26

they get older. This is where they make many of their own choices and learn from personal experience. Adults provide the guidance that children require so they learn how to take the rights and needs of others into account. If you think this sound a lot like today’s popular discipline, you’re right. The management of children’s choices is what “behavior management” is all about. It is an essential part of discipline because it provides our children with opportunities to develop independence. This is good news because it means that you don’t have to drop all your present strategies. Over the years, you have probably developed a good deal of expertise about behavior management and the use of rewards and consequences. You also know all about giving choices to children. Hang on to these skills. They are valuable. All you need to do is to improve your skills for the other two parts of discipline. You won’t find this difficult because you regularly use these skills in other facets of your life. You just didn’t realize that they apply to discipline as well. The Missing Triplets Today’s popular discipline does a good job when it comes to the management of children’s choices. Unfortunately, that’s all it does. (Hence the name “behavior management”) The training and teaching parts of discipline are missing. Where children require limits, behavior management substitutes choices. This lack of limits has an extraordinary impact on our children. Behavior management also has June 2011

no teaching component. Children are expected to learn their skills from personal experience. Supposedly, they will learn to be responsible and co-operative just by experiencing the outcomes of their choices. This is why so many children are struggling these days and why so many adults are frustrated with discipline. Behavior management doesn’t work because it gives children choices without laying the foundation. First, children need to be well-trained and welltaught. Then, they are capable of handling their choices with maturity and sensitivity. Remember that children who are not well-trained and well-taught are often called “unmanageable”. That’s right. If you don’t do the training and the teaching parts of discipline, then the management part won’t work for you. So when you think of discipline, think of all three parts. Train your children to comply with limits. Teach them the skills of being responsible and co-operative. Then, with this foundation in place, gradually increase their choices so they learn to handle independence with responsibility and maturity. Ronald Morrish has been an educator and behavior consultant since 1972 and hold a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Toronto. He is an international speaker and a frequent guest on radio shows. His presentations and workshops have helped countless parents and teachers improve their skills for raising responsible children.


Senior’s life

Ahmed Abdulla:

Five Times Collective Prayer, Charity, One Hour Walk, Healthy Food Keeps Him Fit By UNVER SAAD

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hmed Abdulla, known as Ahmed Bhai, a resident of 79 Thorncliffe Park, is 69, but young and adventurous. After retirement, he decided to go for expedition of Mount Everest in 2004. He traveled from TorontoKathmandu to Lukla, the place in Nepal from where he started to climb to Mount Everest with the help of a guide. Unfortunately, before reaching to the destination, Ahmed Bhai tripped, and his knee became swollen. He told the story of how he journeyed down from Mount Everest after his injury. “At some point I found a horseman and asked his service. He asked rupees (local currency) 20,000. When I confirmed, he increased the fare up to Rs. 60,000 just to exploit the situation for taking advantage of my injury. I rejected and decided to come down with my own,” he said. He came down and returned to Toronto in one week. He still has some problem in his left knee; however, he manages to walk from 45 to 75 minutes daily --indoor in winter and outdoor in summer. In 1990’s TTC strike, he was using his own two-wheeler feet and going to office by walking and by spending hours. Another expedition was a visit of his grandparent’s seventeenthcentury-style remote village chota kahadba, Lalpur, Jamnagar in Gujarat, India. There was no four-wheel motor journey. The only way to go from Lalpur to

chota kahadba was by oxen-cart from crossing two villages and two rivers, Rupawati and Ddanadher. However, Ahmed Bhai was lucky; he found and rented a cart carried by an expert motorcyclist instead of oxen. Ahmed Bhai has several unique qualities and features. For example, he set a record of punctuality and consistency by working Bell Canada for 25 years without

are part of his diet. In contrast, at a party Ahmed Bhai will take all sweets offered. He is confident with his health and has no medical problem. Ahmed Bhai has born and raised in Dar Es Salaam, the principal commercial city of the United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa. The name Tanzania derives from the names of the two states Tanganyika and Zanzibar

any day off. He received the Bell Canada perfect attendance award. He had been highly praised by his company for a very rare achievement. Ahmed Bhai, always an early bird, never had a car in Canada and preferred to use his feet to visit many places even long distances. He travels several miles daily. His food habit is exceptional; he eats a lot of all kinds of fruits. Most of them are Canadian, but some of them are imported. Bananas, papayas, apples, grapes, pears, berries, cantaloupe, custer apple (Sita Phal) are a few on his list. He advised to take less salt, less oil, less meat, but more vegetables. Carrots, raddishes, red tomatoes, and green vegetables

that united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which, later the same year, was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. Travellers and merchants from the Persian Gulf and Western India have visited the East African coast since early in the first millennium AD. Islam was practiced on the Swahili Coast as early as the eighth or ninth century AD. Ahmed Bhai’s grandfather, Abdulla Mawji, an Ismaili Muslim migrated Tanganyika from Porbander, Gujarat,

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India in nineteen century. Ahmed Bhai, a sports-loving guy, after completing Cambridge school certificate from Dar es Salaam, began working first in a store and then in East African Airways (later merged into British Overseas Airways). He also helped his father Hussain Abdulla Mawji, who was a commissioned agent and later opened his own business. Ahmed Bhai migrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1973, where his elder brother Gulam Ali had already migrated before him in 1971. Ahmed Bhai came to visit in 1971 to see his brother who had fallen in snow and had broken his shoulder. Ahmed Bhai revisited in 1972 on a vacation tour with his one of his friends. He brought his sister and parents from Tanzania in one year. In the beginning, for three months, he stayed with his brother who was living in Young and Rowanwood, and then he moved to Greenwood Av. and Danforth. After getting Canadian citizenship, he voted in all elections. Living in the riding of NDP, Ahmed Bhai always voted for NDP. He moved to Thorncliffe Park in 1985, and the MP seat belonged to Conservative Party at that time. Residing in Thorncliffe Park, he has chosen to vote Liberal except in last two Federal elections --NDP in 2008 and Conservative in 2011. Ahmed Bhai, in profession of accounting, has never found difficulty in finding a job. In September 1973, he joined Deloitte Haskins, the largest chartered


Senior’s life

Ahmed Bhai is watching CricWorld on computer for cricket test match score.

accountant firm at that time. It was situated in Royal Trust Tower at King Street. He left the job in March 1974 and went back to Tanzania to bring his parents to Canada. Along with his providing visa sponsorship and air tickets, one more condition was set by the parents. They insisted that Ahmed Bhai join them in the migration journey. After returning, Ahmed Bhai started working for Workman Compensation and finally joined Bell Canada in February 1976 and worked for 28 years in different departments of Bell Canada. Ahmed Bhai retired in 2003 from Bell Canada. The saddest part of his life is family dispute and divorce. He married in 1975 and separated in 1977 at the wife’s request, and they finally divorced in 1980. His only son is living in London, England. The reason of indifference in family was Ahmed Bhai’s commitment to his parents. Serving and helping his ailing mother and father was his passion and the way to get maximum rewards from God. His wife was not on the same page. His other sister settled in England. His elder sister in Toronto became a widow in 1983. His father expired in 1984, and his mother died in 2004. His brother died in

2009. He and his elder sister (age 76) are living together. Ahmed Bhai is sports-crazy from the very beginning. He played soccer in his youth, and he still watches passionately all the tournaments of cricket, tennis, and soccer. He remembers and calls his friends and acquaintances with famous player names like Bradman, Miandad, Imran Khan, etc. He bought a computer for the sole purpose of watching cricket score info at CricWorld. Ahmed Bhai has no e-mail and has no interest in surfing internet; however, he watches TV and reads Toronto Star for daily news. He keeps himself updated on current affairs and has interest in reading and watching global politics. He changed his lifestyle in 1988. Starting from no interest in religion and prayer, he became so committed to God that he tries to never miss any collective prayer five times daily. He revolves his work around his prayer times. He must leave for Masjid at prayer time no matter if he is sitting in a meeting, attending any event or celebration. He starts his one hour daily jogging journey after offering fajr prayer (the early morning prayer before sunrise) at Masjid Dar-us-salam. Ahmed Bhai also believes that his 28

Ahmed Bhai is starting his daily walk.

best health secret is charity. He is quite generous in helping the needy and feeding the hungry and feels that he is blessed because of his good deeds. He feels not much difference in Thorncliffe Park and Toronto in past and present except 81 bus frequency and price hike. 81 bus frequency was 15 minutes at peak times; now it is 10 minutes; and, one could buy groceries for one family for $15 a week at that time. After 25 years of continuous service with Bell Canada, he got a heart surgery, angioplasty. When I asked why and how it happened despite your exceptional quality lifestyle and eating habit, he said, “You can’t avoid stress here. There was a time when, after finishing my job, I was visiting daily my ailing mother in one hospital, my sick father in another hospital, my sick brother in third hospital, and dealing with divorce issue at the same time.” Ahmed Bhai remembered those days with grief. Ahmed Bhai said, “Anger and stress filled your body with poisonous chemicals and extremely harmful for health.” He also said that the food available in the market is not pure. For example, a chicken developed in one week contains poisonous chemical feeds, eggs are the products of June 2011

those chickens that use wrong feeds, and fruits and vegetables are badly affected by chemical fertilizers and poisonous pesticides produced by corporations whose only mission is to maximise the profits. Ahmed Bhai told many stories of Tanzania, East Africa, on culture, agriculture, plants, treatments, cures, and herbs. He witnessed the complete treatment of diabetics from an unknown leaf and by an African herbalist. His sister, who is now living with him, had diabetics in early age. They (family) went to Tabora, a small town for vacation in Tanzania, and met a black man who provided leaves (of one type) and told them to boil the leaves in water and then drink. After two weeks, she was completely cured. She takes sugar food and enjoys life without any health problem at her age in 70’s. “You will not find anything like this there anymore. Westernization, industrialization, and commercialization destroyed old wisdoms, old methodology of treatments and knowledge of body, soul and mind, and those herbal medicines that were used to work perfectly.” Ahmed Bhai, approaching 70, is healthy and active. He is much healthier and more active than many men in their 40’s.


Recipe

Chicken Chapli Kabobs

By Sumaiya Javed

Chapli kebab is a patty made from beef/ chicken mince, and is one of the popular barbecue meals in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. This popular dish gives an aromatic flavor and smells that leaves everyone mouth watering for more. Oh and it’s very simple to make. Why wait give this delicious recipe an instant try!

2 Directions :

1 Ingredients : • 1 kilogram of minced chicken • 3 tbsp gram flour roasted • 1 tsp. Red Chili Powder (crushed) • ½ tsp. Black Pepper (coarsely ground) • 1 tsp. Coriander (coarsely ground and roasted) • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds (roasted and finely ground) • 4 Green Chilies (finely chopped) • 1 medium Onion (finely sliced) • 4 Tomatoes (finely chopped) • 1/2 bunch of Fresh Mint Leaves (finely chopped)

• 1/2 bunch of Fresh Coriander Leaves (finely chopped) • Salt (to taste)

1. Mix all of the ingredients with minced chicken and knead mixture well. Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. 2. Take about 1 ¼ tbsp. of meat mixture in your hand. Place it in center of palm. Roll it to form a smooth ball. Flatten the ball by pressing firmly between your palms. 3. Heat oil in frying pan. When oil gets hot lower heat and fry kabobs. Each side of kebab should be cook for 3 to 4 minutes until well done. 4. Each side of the kabob should have a nice brownish crust. 5. Serve hot kabobs with chutney, ketchup, salad, rice or Nan.

• 1 Egg • ½ cup Cooking Oil

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Mulla

Nasruddin’s Jokes

and he left. The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time when he asked the same question, the people replied “YES” So Mullah Nasruddin said, “Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won’t waste any more of your time” and he left. Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mullah to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question - “Do you know what I am going to say?” Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered “YES” while the other half replied “NO”. So Mullah Nasruddin said “The half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the other half ” and he left!

Once, When Mullah Nasruddin Was Visiting a City Once, when Mullah Nasruddin was visiting a city, he was invited to attend a fashion show. He went, and afterwards he was asked how he liked it. “It’s a complete swindle!” he exclaimed indignantly. “Whatever do you mean?” he was asked. “They show you the women - and then try to sell you the clothes!”

One Day Mulla Nasruddin Lost His Donkey One day Mulla Nasruddin lost his donkey and he was crying and grieving for the poor donkey. Some one tried to console mulla “You may have lost your donkey, Nasruddin, but you don’t have to grieve over it more than you did about the death of your first wife”. Ah, but if you remember, when my wife died, then all the villagers said: We’ll find you someone else. So far, nobody has offered to replace my donkey.” replied mulla

Mulla Nasruddin in a Mental Hospital Mulla Nasrudin, a mental patient, was speaking with the new superintendent of the mental hospital. ”We like you a lot better than the last doctor,” he said. The new superintendent was pleased to hear this lovely remark from Mulla and he asked ”Why you feel this liking for me” “It is all because some how you just seem to be one of us” repiled Nasrudin.

People of the City Invited Mulla Nasruddin to Deliver a Khutba Once, the people of The City invited Mulla Nasruddin to deliver a khutba (sermon). When he got on the minbar (pulpit), he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked “Do you know what I am going to say?” The audience replied “NO”, so he announced “I have no desire to speak to people who don’t even know what I will be talking about” 30

Mulla Nasruddin Saw a Troop of Horsemen Rapidly Approaching Walking one evening along a deserted road, Nasruddin saw a troop of horsemen rapidly approaching. His imagination started to work; he saw himself captured or robbed or killed and frightened by this thought he bolted, climbed a wall into a graveyard, and lay down in an open grave to hide. Puzzled at his bizzare behaviour, the horsemen - honest travellers - followed him. They found him stretched out, tense, and shaking. “What are you doing in that grave? We saw you run away. Can we help you? Why are you here in this place?” “Just because you can ask a question does not mean that there is a straightforward answer to it,” said Nasruddin, who now realized what had happened. “It all depends upon your viewpoint. If you must know, however, I am here because of you - and you are here because of me!”

Mulla Nasrudin - May the Will of Allah Be Done May the Will of Allah be done,” a pious man was saying about something or the other. “It always is, in any case,” said Mullah Nasruddin. “How can you prove that, Mullah?” asked the man. “Quite simply. If it wasn’t always being done, then surely at some time or another my will would be done, wouldn’t it?”

Mulla Nasrudin - All the Great Rulers of the Past Had Honorific Titles Mulla Nasrudin - A certain conqueror said to Nasruddin: “Mulla, all the great rulers of the past had honorific titles with the name of God in them: there was, for instance, God-Gifted, and GodAccepted, and so on. How about some such name for me?” “God Forbid,” said Nasruddin.

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