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and windshield design that is less vertical than traditional minivans; its smooth exterior skin and 20-inch wheels exude a modern appearance while projecting the confidence and strength of an SUV. The KV7 concept’s most striking feature is its passenger-side gullwing door, which creates a massive point-of-entry to the lounge-like interior when opened in conjunction with the pillar-less front passenger door. Despite its non-traditional look, the KV7’s length (191.85 in.), width (80.0 in.) and wheelbase (122.0 in.) are consistent with the van segment allowing for flexible seating configurations and a multitude of storage options. The KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled, providing both the front and rear displays with Internet capabilities and the ability for multiple passengers to connect their smart phones to the vehicle at one time and sign on to social networking sites. The final element that separates the KV7 concept from the rest of the minivan crowd can be found under the hood - the concept is powered by Kia’s new Theta II 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged engine which is capable of delivering up to 285 horsepower, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to deliver V6-type power and performance while achieving better than 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
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(NC)—Over the last few years, an increasing number of headlines about people who have lost their lives’ savings due to ponzi schemes have appeared. Unfortunately, this type of personal devastation is not restricted to North America; in fact, it’s worldwide problem. Luckily, there are things you can do right now to ensure that you don’t also become a victim. Step 1: Do your research — How well do you know your advisor? The best way to protect yourself against fraud is to be proactive. If you’re in the market for a new financial advisor, ask your friends and family for a referral. Has the advisor been well trained? Do they have a strong foundation in financial education and certification? Do they work for a reputable company? If they’re independent, would they be recommended by any of their current clients? It’s important to check their credentials with the Financial Advisors Association of Canada, the local better business bureau or the local regulatory body’s information centre or website. Remember that an advisor who sells insurance products must be licensed by a provincial oversight agency. Step 2: Keep a cool head When you meet with your potential advisor, make sure you’re not swayed by a persons’ title or by their sales pitch. Be particularly wary of anyone who promises high returns or asks you to write a personal cheque to them instead of their firm. And remember, a lack of transparency should be considered an im-
mediate “red flag”. For example: • You should never be asked to keep a secret. • A representative should never avoid stating who they work for. • You should never feel pressure to invest in “sure things”. Step 3: Learn all you can Before purchasing an investment or insurance product, it’s important to identify your financial needs and to learn about the different products. For example, there are typically three types of life insursance: • Term life insurance provides coverage for a set period of time. • Permanent life insurance provides lifetime coverage. • Universal life insurance provides lifetime coverage and tax-free savings opportunities. When you meet with your advisor, remember to ask questions like: • Will the premiums go up? • Are the returns guaranteed? • Are there any related tax implications? Step 4: Be patient Congratulations. You’ve done your due diligence in terms of securing your financial future and avoiding personal fraud. But, finding the right advisor may take time. Stay the course and be patient. To learn more, visit your province’s financial services regulatory body and the Canadian Life and Health Insur-
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GO Transit’s successful E-News notification system is adding another option to keep passengers instantly informed of service changes. GO riders may now sign up to receive SMS text messages directly to their mobile device, simply by subscribing for free at www.gotransit.com/enews. “We are very excited to offer even more ways to communicate with our passengers. We’ve promised
to keep our customers in the know, and SMS messages will reach out to even more of our customer-base”, said GO Transit President Gary McNeil. E-News messages, either by email or SMS text, include information on service improvements, new schedules, service status updates, station updates, and other news of interest to passengers. Email and SMS alerts are fully customizable, al-
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Following the success of the contest held during the first school term, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) has decided to hold a second contest for teachers and students who enroll in The City, an online interactive resource that teaches basic financial skills. Teachers who register to the program can enter a draw to win a SMART Board™, while students can win one of three laptop computers. To be eligible, students and teachers in any Canadian province or territory must register and participate in The City before March 31, 2011. The contest rules are available on www.fcac.gc.ca, or can be obtained by calling the FCAC Consumer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-866-4613222. Winners of the first term contest will be announced in February. The City is a free, Web-based
learning program developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) in order to help educators teach young people financial skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives. It is a great way for students to learn more about the difference between their wants and needs, budgeting, managing money, keeping expenses under control, building savings, using credit wisely and the basics of insurance and investments. They also learn how to avoid getting into debt and becoming victims of fraud. If the students learn from mistakes made in the virtual world, they can avoid making what could be a costly mistake in the real world. FCAC’s gateway to financial education, The Money Belt, provides tips, quizzes and interactive resources for teachers, students and parents.
Scotiabank and the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) has launched a new initiative to support hockey in the Greater Toronto Area and to attract new participants from all backgrounds to the sport. Each season, the Scotiabank GTHL New to the Game Development Grant will distribute a maximum of $25,000 among GTHL association and member teams that demonstrate a program plan targeted at attracting new participants to hockey. “The popularity of hockey in Canada is stronger than ever, and the excitement of the sport is being carried into several of Canada’s diverse communities,” said John Doig, Senior Vice-President, Toronto Region. “Through this program, Scotiabank is looking forward to introducing the game of hockey to a new generation of players while instilling teamwork and interpersonal skills that will last a lifetime.” Between Monday, January 10 and Friday, February 11, 2011, any GTHL association or member club may apply for the program funding individually,
or in collaboration with one another. Applicants must demonstrate their program plan targeted at attracting new participants to hockey in their local community. Scotiabank and the GTHL will collectively choose the most viable program(s) from the pool of submissions and distribute the necessary funds totaling $25,000. “The Scotiabank GTHL New to the Game Development Grant enables our member clubs and associations to engage and interact with their community on a new level, helping grow hockey and attract new players through the approved programs,” said GTHL President John Gardner. “For the first time, member associations of the GTHL will have the additional funding to reach out to their communities and invite youth from any background to participate in Canada’s favourite sport.” For more information about the program or to download an application form, please visit the GTHL website at www.gthlcanada.com
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Small and medium-sized businesses to benefit from reduced administrative burden Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the creation of the Red Tape Reduction Commission, which will work to reduce the burden of federal regulatory requirements on Canadian enterprises, especially small- and medium-sized businesses. “Small and medium-sized businesses are a critical driver of the Canadian economy,” said the Prime Minister. “This initiative will help ensure that they can grow, prosper and create jobs without being impeded by unnecessary government regulations.” The Red Tape Reduction Commission, chaired by Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), will help find effective and lasting solutions to support Canadian small- and medium-sized
businesses. It will consult with Canadians and Canadian businesses to identify irritants that have a clear detrimental effect on growth, competitiveness and innovation. The Commission will also look at the cost associated with federal regulatory requirements that businesses face, and provide advice on permanent solutions for reducing the overall compliance burden. The Commission will hold consultations with Canadians and Canadian businesses during a series of round tables later this month. An online consultation process will also take place (www.reduceredtape.gc.ca) before the Commission issues its recommendations to the Government in the fall of 2011.
Conservatives Not Serious About Red Tape Liberal Small Business Critic Navdeep Bains has panned Conservative announcement to set-up a RedTape Reduction Commission, saying the news leaves small business “no better off today than they were yesterday”. “This idea was announced in the last budget but they’ve taken almost a year to create a bureaucracy to tackle the growth of bureaucracy…its beyond belief ” said Mr. Bains. “They’ve been in power for 5 years, if this was so important why didn’t they act sooner?” Bains pointed out that most of the work that has been accomplished in reducing red tape up until now
was the result of the Paperwork Reduction Initiative started by the previous Liberal Government. “Before one more piece of red tape is cut, this new Commission will take its time travelling the country at great expense but won’t report back till next fall,” said Mr. Bains. “That’s almost another year before we can even start debating what regulations we should be cutting. The Government clearly isn’t taking this issue seriously.”
Mortgage rules toughened to rein in consumer debt
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources have announced prudent adjustments to the rules for government-backed insured mortgages to support the long-term stability of Canada’s housing market and support hardworking Canadian families saving through home ownership. “Canada’s well-regulated housing sector has been an important strength that allowed us to avoid
the mistakes of other countries and helped protect us from the worst of the recent global recession,” said Minister Flaherty. “The prudent measures announced today build on that advantage by encouraging hard-working Canadian families to save by investing in their homes and future.” “The economy continues to be our Government’s top priority,” continued Minister Paradis. “Our Government will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure stability and economic certainty in
Canada’s housing market.” The new measures: • Reduce the maximum amortization period to 30 years from 35 years for new government-backed insured mortgages with loan-tovalue ratios of more than 80 per cent. This will significantly reduce the total interest payments Canadian families make on their mortgages, allow Canadian families to build up equity in their homes more quickly, and help Canadians pay off their mortgages before they retire. • Lower the maximum amount Canadians can borrow in refinancing their mortgages to 85 per cent from 90 per cent of the value of their homes. This will promote saving through home ownership and limit the repackaging of consumer debt into mortgages guaranteed by taxpayers. • Withdraw government insurance backing on lines of credit secured by homes, such as home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs. This will ensure that risks associated with consumer debt products used to borrow funds unrelated to house purchases are managed by the financial institutions and not borne by taxpayers. The adjustments to the mortgage insurance guarantee framework will come into force on March 18, 2011. The withdrawal of government insurance backing on lines of credit secured by homes will come into force on April 18, 2011.
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HIV in Canada - Should you be getting tested?
(NC)— Dr. Brian Conway was on the front-lines during the first Canadian cases of HIV and AIDS. He’s now a leading Canadian expert on HIV/AIDS. Are people hearing that they should be getting tested for HIV? The rate of HIV is unchanged in Canada in the past 12 years, and experts think that as many as a third of those who are HIV-positive don’t know they’re infected. Testing isn’t happening as broadly as we would like. People who are at risk aren’t getting tested. We should be happy that Canada’s rate of HIV isn’t going up, but we should be disappointed that it’s not going down. Who should get tested? What causes HIV is widely known. It’s transmitted by sexual and blood contact of various kinds. So anyone who thinks they have engaged in risky behaviour should get tested. If you’re not sure, then err on the side of caution and get tested. What types of tests exist? There are many different ways of getting tested. Point-of-care tests exist where the results are available in two minutes. You walk in, they take a drop of blood and results can show if you’re negative in two minutes. Positive tests must be confirmed by
blood test, but current technology makes a negative test almost 100% reliable, unless you have been recently infected. You can go to a clinic, an STD clinic or you can see your doctor. You can get tested anonymously or with a pseudonym. It’s easy. It’s available. Get it done. How often should people get tested? People at highest risk should be tested twice a year and immediately if they think they have symptoms consistent with being HIV positive, including flu-like symptoms, fever or headache. Beyond that, anyone who thinks they are at risk should get tested once and retested if there’s an ongoing or specific risk. It’s been years since the HIV/AIDS was first diagnosed in Canada. What’s different today? The availability of new treatments has made HIV/ AIDS into a chronic disease and offers people hope that they will outlive their disease.
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(NC)—Canadian winters. They’re known for heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and strong winds. Some parts of the country even face seven months of the season—which, yes, often equals seven months of shoveling the driveway. Enter the snow blower. This could be the time to consider investing in one, with forecasts that this winter will be longer and more intense than last year. Before purchasing a snow blower, keep in mind your budget and the size of your property, and then compare models, sizes, and prices. Larger properties require heavier equipment. If your driveway can fit more than four cars or is on a slope, you may want to invest in a blower with a track-drive system that provides superior traction through all type of snow conditions. With the benefit of pliable, low-temperature rubber tracks that come with sure-gripping cleats, you will achieve solid traction and ideal balance. A smaller driveway and less sidewalk space will benefit from more agile equipment. Smaller snow blowers allow for easier maneuvering along sidewalks and steps and come with a convenient pull
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Don’t stash it, cash it!
Holiday debt is likely on the minds of many Canadians this month, according to research that reveals nearly 30 per cent of Canadians expected to incur some form of shortfall due to holiday splurging. Whether they used a credit card to pay for purchases or borrowed money to fund their holiday shopping, Canadians are likely feeling the post-holiday pinch. Based on the results of the eBay Canada-sponsored survey, Canadians should consider reselling holiday gifts that missed the mark to reduce their holiday debt, cashing in on unwanted items rather than stashing them in the basement or the back of a closet. In fact, based on last year’s holiday season, approximately four-in-10 Canadians received at least one unwanted item, some worth more than $200. Three-quarters of Canadians, however, don’t plan to recoup the value of unwanted holiday gifts by selling them. Some will even let the items go to waste, either “misplacing” them or throwing them in the garbage.
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Unwanted gifts can be the solution to Canadians’ holiday debt
“There’s nothing wrong with tastefully and discreetly reselling or re-gifting an item,” said Cathie Mostowyk, eBay Canada’s budget expert and editor of the Shoestring Shopping Guide. “Our research reveals that three-quarters of Canadians don’t plan to sell unwanted holiday gifts this year, choosing to let the item go unused instead of taking the opportunity to make some extra cash.” An unwrapped and unwanted holiday gift doesn’t have to collect dust in the basement or take up valuable closet space. Canadians looking to re-gift or resell unwanted items should follow a few simple tips: • Be thoughtful. Re-gifting an item is acceptable as long as it is thoughtful and personal based on the intended recipient. Someone else will appreciate an article of clothing or a great book even if the item doesn’t perfectly match your taste. • Be careful. There’s nothing more humiliating than re-gifting a present to the original gift-giver. Keep track of gifts and their giver as you unwrap
them to avoid any gifting goof-ups. • Be generous. If you don’t feel comfortable regifting the item to someone you know, consider giving it to a charitable organization. Your gift will make a difference to someone who really needs it. • Be discreet. Discreetly selling the item on eBay.ca may be the easiest way to spare both the giftgiver’s feelings and your closet space. eBay makes it easy and, in some cases, free to list unwanted holiday gifts. Depending on the starting price of the item, sellers can take advantage of free insertion fees. By using eBay’s Sell Your Item form, it’s easy for sellers - whether they’re novices or experts - to post the item on the world’s largest online marketplace with a few simple steps. Sellers who are unsure of the gift’s value can search for similar items on eBay.ca via their computer or mobile phone. It’s a great way to ensure that they recoup the gift’s full value.
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(NC)—The average Canadian spent about $550 shopping online over the past year with almost three million households reporting some kind of online purchase*. And why not? Online shopping is fast, convenient and allows you to comparison shop at the click of a mouse. While most shopping sites are credible, there are those that prey on trusting consumers. To protect yourself while shopping online, follow these tips: • Know who you’re dealing with. Look for phone numbers, e-mail addresses and street addresses so you can follow up if needed. • Know exactly what you’re buying. The vendor should tell you everything you need to know about the product to make a satisfactory purchase, such as size, colour, weight, texture, warranties and other factures. • Know what you’re agreeing to. Look for detailed information about the terms of sale, the company’s privacy, complaint policies and the expected delivery date and costs. • Read the return policy. The vendor should outline the return policy and any fees associated with it such as shipping costs. • Know exactly what you’re paying. Ask for the total price, including taxes, shipping, insurance and handling. International orders may be subject to customs and brokerage fees. • Look for secure payment methods. Look for an icon of a closed padlock and for an address with https:// as the “s” indicates a secure site. • Be cautious. Never give your credit card information before entering a
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US retail giant Target expands to Canada with Zellers purchase Hudson’s Bay Company has announced that its subsidiary, Zellers Inc., has reached an agreement with Target Corporation for C$1.825 billion for the sale of up to 220 leasehold interests that are currently operated as Zellers stores. As part of the transaction, Zellers Inc. will sublease the properties back from Target Corporation upon closing and continue to operate them as Zellers stores for a period of time. Target Corporation expects to open 100 to 150 Target stores throughout Canada in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, it is anticipated that a select number of Zellers locations will be assigned to other retail enterprises. Zellers Inc. will continue to operate a portfolio of certain Zellers stores in specific communities across the country. The sale of these leasehold interests is estimated to create over 20,000 net new jobs in Canada and has the potential to generate over $1.5 billion in Canadian economic activity through the renovation of the Zellers locations. The entry of Target Corporation into the Canadian market will provide a broader retail product offering to Canadian consumers.
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vitamin intake, early in the day, and some people find sublingual (under the tongue) B12 supplements improve sleep. 9) Cover your eyes. Light in the bedroom can interfere with quality and depth of sleep. 10) Earplugs, the soft industrial type, allow you to hear the alarm or the baby but can cut out annoying environmental noises that prevent deep sleep. Besides making you extremely cranky, sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Insufficient sleep is
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Now easier to distinguish trail enforcement personnel The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) have unveiled a new S.T.O.P. (Snowmobile Trail Officer Patrol) logo as the OPP and OFSC jointly promoted Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week at OPP General Headquarters. Provincial Snowmobile Safety Week runs from January 16 - 22, 2011. Snowmobilers will now find it easier to distinguish a volunteer S.T.O.P. officer from an OPP
officer on OFSC trails this winter. The new logo will be worn on S.T.O.P. officers’ snowmobile suits or patrol vests. Ontario’s snowmobile trails are patrolled by OPP Detachment Members, OPP S.A.V.E. (Snow Machine, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessels Enforcement) Teams in partnership with S.T.O.P. officers. The S.T.O.P. program is a community-based enforcement program carried out through a partnership between the OPP and the OFSC.
S.T.O.P. officers are OFSC volunteers who earn appointment as Special Constables and designation as Provincial Offences Officers. This provides them with the authority to enforce the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act on OFSC prescribed trails. While they perform their duties with an OPP officer much of the time, they can operate unsupervised if fully trained. Off the trails, S.T.O.P. officers provide education and awareness about snowmobile safety in Ontario.
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has decided to stay away from International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held at Toronto in June. “Not coming to Toronto IIFA ... IIFA says my services are not required,” tweeted Big B. “We are not coming to IIFA,” read another tweet from Big B. IIFA promotes Indian film industry globally and institutes an award ceremony along with celebrations in foreign venues every year. This year, Toronto will host the awards ceremony from June 23-25
Mallika Sherawat turns item girl! Madhuri Dixit lifestyle ambassador for ‘Food’ channel Popular Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit has agreed to play Brand Ambassador for chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s new channel called FOODFOOD. The much awaited channel, which was officially unveiled in India is a joint-venture between Malaysia-based Astro All Asia Network and Sanjeev Kapoor. Madhuri Dixit has been named Brand Ambassador for Lifestyle Aspects and Sanjeev Kapoor, the Brand Ambassador for Food Aspects on the channel. FOODFOOD’s programming will include shows such as ‘Ready Steady Cook’ hosted by Roshni Chopra, ‘Hum
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It’s the season of item songs. After ‘Munni Badnaam’ and ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’, it is now Mallika Sherawat’s turn as she will be seen shaking her body in an item number called ‘Razia Gundo Mein Phas Gayi’ in Anees Bazmee’s multi-starrer Thank You. Composed by Pritam, the song will feature Mallika with all the male actors of the film- Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Suniel Shetty. It may be recalled that Mallika had done a special appearance in Anees Bazmee’s blockbuster Welcome.
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