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Baba Ramdev ‘forgives’ PM and govt; open to talks Baba R amdev began Tu e s day in a more forgiving state of mind than he has been e v e r s i n c e the government dismantled his camp in Delhi late on Saturday night. The yoga icon, who has been furious over the last two days, struck a more benign note when he said he “forgave” the Prime Minister and his government. He made clear, however, that the “forgiveness” was at a personal level. “I forgive the PM and government for atrocities and wrongs done to me...but for destroying democracy, the nation will have to decide.” With the latter political statement, the Baba also added that he was once again

“open to talking to the government, if they approach us.” The Baba’s new forgiving avatar has made an appearance at a time when the warfare between the government and Baba Ramdev has been poised to enter a takeno-prisoners phase. He now also faces heat from the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department, which are studying the financial records of nearly 200 companies that are owned by the Baba’s trust. Earlier, Ramdev had announced that he was resuming his indefinite hunger strike against corruption and then attacked the government for the umpteenth time for dismantling his Delhi camp where 65,000 people had gathered before they were lathicharged and tear gassed by the Delhi Police. The Baba himself was evicted and then flown back to his headquarters in Hardwar on the government’s orders. In Delhi on Monday, the Supreme Court asked the government to explain its action at a characteristically lengthy speech in Uttarakhand, the Baba said he was grateful for the court’s intervention.

TRUCK SHOW HELD SUCCESSFULLY: The 3rd Annual Road Today Truck Show held at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on May 28th and 29th was a successful event attended by thousands of visitors. The weekend multicultural show included plenty of activities including indoor trade show, outside display, show & shine competition, road safety awareness including OPP rollover simulator, educational seminars, motorcycle drill performance, truck roll over recovery display, kids and family entertainment, ethnic food court and lots more. Hon. Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (above, with the organizers) was one of the high profile visitors at the show. See report on page 3.

FAMOUS BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS BIPASHA BASU TO VISIT BRAMPTON WEEKEND OF JUNE 17 – 19 Bollywood actress and the former Ford Supermodel of the World, Bipasha Basu will be participating in a special Walk of Fame ceremony on Friday June 17. The actress will also be featured on a float in Brampton’s Flower City parade on June 18 as part of the City’s celebration of the upcoming International Indian Film Academy Awards. The awards are taking place in Toronto on June 25. “This is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ weekend in our community,” says Mayor Susan Fennell.

“We have never hosted a full weekend of activities that solely promotes the best of South Asian entertainment and culture. There will be something for everyone to enjoy in downtown Brampton on that weekend.” Bipasha Basu made her film debut in Abbas Mustan’s Ajnabee, with Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and Kareena Kapoor, and also won an award for her performance. In 2002, she starred in Vikram Bhatt’s thriller Raaz, which was a big commercial

success and surfaced as the biggest hit of that year. For her performance in the film, she received her first Best Actress nomination. She appeared as Sonia Khanna in the 2003 hit movie Jism alongside John Abraham. The movie earned her the Best Villian Award nomination. For more information on the IIFA Buzz Brampton Festival, visit The IIFA celebrations are presented by CIBC and supported by the Government of Ontario.

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Fourteen year-old Bilaal Rajan, a UNICEF Children’s Ambassador, best-selling author, fundraiser and social activist, has just completed his mission of living life without shoes to raise awareness of child poverty in the developing world. June 1st was International Children’s Day, and to celebrate the occasion, Rajan participat-

ed in an annual event he launched two years ago called the Barefoot Challenge. “I’ve visited countries in the developing world and met with hundreds of children who walk miles every day barefoot to fetch water, work on their farm lands, and even go to school,” says Rajan. “I thought of what life would be like to live without something as simple as

shoes.” The Barefoot Challenge gained tremendous momentum. Thousands of people participated by kicking off their shoes and attended school or work barefoot in countries such as Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, India, Malawi, Kenya, United

Arab Emirates, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Bermuda and South Africa, among others. “The support we received from people all over the world was really incredible,” says Rajan. “Students emailed me and told me of their experiences. It got a lot of people talking about the very important issue of child poverty in the developing world.” Since 2001, Rajan has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for various causes. He has been an official Youth Ambassador for UNICEF Canada since 2005, and in 2008 became a published author of the bestselling book Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever. Rajan also asked Barefoot Challenge participants to raise awareness and contribute to their children’s charity of choice or to donate to UNICEF Canada. “I received some strange looks on people’s faces,” says Rajan. “But when people asked why I didn’t have shoes, I reminded them that millions of children throughout the world didn’t either.” For more information, visit his website at

Ontario Government Cracks Down On Election Fraud, Protects Voters Ontarians will now be better protected against misleading phone calls and other fraudulent attempts to stop them from voting. The Ensuring Integrity in Ontario Elections Act, 2011, which was passed in the legislature, makes it illegal to: • impede or attempt to stop a citizen from voting by providing false information directly or indirectly, such as providing voters with incorrect information on the polling station

where they would be voting in a provincial election • impersonate an agent or representative of Elections Ontario, a provincial candidate, or a representative of a candidate, political party or constituency association • direct or hire someone or a company to commit the above offences. Anyone caught breaking the new law will face tough penalties, including fines of up to $25,000 and up to two years less a day in

prison. QUICK FACTS • Provincial elections are held every four years in Ontario. The next election is scheduled for October 6, 2011. • Penalties for existing offences under the Election Act, such as voting twice or providing false residency information, will also increase from a maximum fine of $5,000 up to $25,000, and up to two years less a day in jail.

Go Big & Go Om at Yogapalooza Brampton will find inner peace during Yogapalooza. 1000 people are expected to join free Yoga classes of movement, meditation and music at Gage Park on June 18th, 9 AM-1 PM and June 19th, 11 AM-1:00 PM. “Yogapalooza is more than just a yoga class – it’s a celebration of peace, love and strength,”

“Bring your mats and your friends and become a part of the celebration. Yoga does more than just limber you up – it helps you feel better. Let Yogapalooza’s fierce postures inspire you to release your inhibitions. Yogapalooza and its sponsors – Lululemon Athletica,, Yo-

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June 8 - 21, 2011

3rd Annual Road Today Truck Show in Brampton brings industry and community together The 3rd annual Road Today Truck Show held at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on May 28th and 29th was a colorful event and well-embraced by the industry and community. The show featured activities of interest for attendees’ young and old, including an indoor and outdoor trade show, a show and shine competition, Ontario Provincial Police rollover simulator, motorcycle drill performance, live entertainment and lots more. The motto of the Road Today Truck Show was to Inform, Educate & Entertain. The participants, displays and activities of the show were tailored to give life to this motto. The weekend show generated interest from all sectors of the trucking and transportation industry, and had around 100 exhibitors to showcase the latest in the industry. They included trucks, trailers, heavy-duty parts and accessories, engines and power train components, servicing equipment and supplies, fuels and fuel additives, financial and computer services as well as numerous other products and services used in the trucking industry. Thousands of visitors came through the doors and were seen making the best use of available resources. The booth of Ministry of Transportation was a big hit as visitors posed many questions to the enforcement staff. Hon. Bal Gosal, Federal Minister of Sports, Hon. Harinder Takhar, Ontario Minister of Government Services, Dr Kirsty Duncan, Member Parliament Etobicoke North and Vicky Dhillon, City Councilor Brampton were present during the opening ceremony. Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources also visited the show and met the exhibitors. The closing ceremonies on Sunday were presided over by Hon. Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Hon. Tim Uppal, Federal Minister of Democratic Reform and Parm Gill, Member Parliament for Brampton-Springdale. The Show and Shine Awards were won by Ajaib Samra of SLH Transport (Judges’Choice), Randhir Mann of K&T Transport (Best Interior), Lala Chauhan of GMA Transport (Best Dump Truck), Shawn Bowles of Keena Transport (Best Company Owned Truck), Ajaib Samra of SLH Transport and Kevin Hunt of Hunt Trucking (Best Light Show), Sukh Garcha of Mercer Transportation (Best Owner Operator Truck), Kevin Hunt of Hunt Trucking (Best Chrome), Randall Gerred Jr. of 4 Refuel (Best Tanker), Paul Davidson of W.D Potato (Best Antique), Kulvinder Chaudhary of Versa Cold (Best Day Cab), Raj Transport (Best Fleet) and Jason Swan of Superior Propane (Best Social Awareness). The trucking excellence awards were presented to Raj Walia of Trux Solutions (Safety & Compliance Professional of the Year) and Bruce Outridge of Outridge Consulting (Trucking Ambassador of the Year). The overall mood of exhibitors and visitors was upbeat and positive which brought great smiles to the organizers. To view more pictures of the show visit

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June 8 - 21, 2011

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Hackers who attacked two of Canada’s federal departments stole classified information before being discovered last January, CBC News has learned. The revelation comes from documents obtained under Access to Information laws, and contradicts what the minister in charge said at the time. Six months ago, hackers launched an unprecedented cyber attack on the federal government. In January, the government’s computer system came under attack. Hackers sent malicious emails to staff that appeared to be coming from senior managers. When staff opened the attachments, hackers found a path into the federal network, providing access to classified information. “Indications are that data has

been exfiltrated and that privileged accounts have been compromised,” said a memo written Jan. 31, 2011. Former Treasury Board president Stockwell Day said he was never told that any classified information was stolen from government computers. “Certainly, on the information that I got, I had full confidence that the systems had moved quickly to shut down, that significant information had not in fact been carried away, and that the ongoing assessment of that by the technicians continues,” he told CBC News on Thursday. Day said up until he retired as minister, he was told the information was safe. “All the information that I had been getting, up until the point when I was no longer minister, the folders were protected. The walls had been breached, but it looked like the folders were protected, and now comes the painstaking work of seeing if in fact everything was maintained.” The departments now have separate computer stations on each floor — systems that are not part of the government’s computer

network. That’s where workers can go to access websites they need for research and policy work. If those computers are taken, people do their surfing at a coffee shop. CBC News contacted all the departments involved, including Public Safety, and none had any further comment. Access documents show the communications response to the cyber attack has been carefully monitored and scripted. Former auditor general Sheila Fraser raised alarms in 2002, saying that cybersecurity was not up to snuff and warned about “weaknesses in the system.” She urged an overhaul to deal with the vulnerabilities, but found not much had changed when she checked again three years later. In May, 2010, a top secret memo from CSIS, Canada’s spy agency, warned that cyber-attacks on government, university and industry computers had been growing “substantially.” Reprinted with permission from

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Mail volumes at Canada Post have fallen as much as 50 per cent since the union started rotating strikes on June 3rd. This decline in volume comes at a time when the company is already struggling to address significant business challenges. Canada Post does not understand why the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) would willingly damage the business with strike action when the company has put a strong offer on the table. Specifically, the company has proposed the following for current regular employees: • Annual wage increases that

will bring the top wage rate to $26 an hour • Continued job security • No changes to a Defined Benefit pension plan • Comprehensive medical benefits for employees and retirees • Generous vacation leave that gives employees up to seven weeks off each year Canada Post has proposed a new wage and benefits package for employees hired in the future. This includes a starting wage of $19 an hour that rises to $26 an hour over seven years; up to six weeks vacation; and fully indexed

defined benefit pension by age 60. The package for new employees is still superior to the wages and benefits offered by competing logistic and delivery companies. Equally important, these changes will help Canada Post manage labour costs that take-up two-thirds of its revenues. The most recent decline in volume triggered by strike action comes at a very difficult time. Mail volumes at Canada Post have fallen 17 per cent per address since 2006 and the company is struggling with a pension plan solvency deficit of $3.2 billion.


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Ultraviolet rays that can cause sunburn and skin cancer are at unusually high levels in Canada this year, due to record ozone loss above the Arctic this past winter, Environment Canada warns. The ozone-depleted air above the Arctic is expected to work its way down to southern Ontario and is just getting into the area, Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson has said. Consequently, the federal department forecasts that UV levels will be “a little stronger than normal” — roughly three to four per cent higher than levels before 1980. Coulson, who specializes in weather warnings and making sure people are prepared, said there have already been a few days the UV index has already been nine or very high in southern Ontario. “There may be certain days in the coming weeks where we’re going to have a UV index of 11-plus or extreme,” he said. Dr. Peter Vignjevic, a dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., said the best protection against the sun’s UV rays is a physical barrier such as a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and long pants. He recommends that for parts of the body where the skin is exposed, people use waterproof sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more that is designed to block both types of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. The record ozone loss in the Arctic has been caused by ozone-destroying chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons and halons left over from before the Montreal Protocol. That was the international agreement signed in 1987 to phase out those chemicals, which were used in products such as refrigerators, aerosol spray cans, fire extinguishers. Climate change is producing conditions in the atmosphere that enhance ozone-destroying chemical reactions. Greenhouse gases are trapping heat close to the surface of the Earth, preventing it from reaching the stratosphere above, where the ozone layer is found. Colder temperatures in the stratosphere boost ozone depletion. Reprinted with permission from

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Biometric scanning for immigrants coming: ministry Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office has confirmed Canada will soon roll out biometric scanning for travellers seeking visas to Canada, but it won’t say which country will be first. On Friday, the Toronto Star reported the federal government is planning to roll out the first phase of the $200-million electronic fingerprinting program in India because of ongoing concerns about widespread immigration fraud on applications from that country. But spokeswoman Celyeste Power said the story isn’t true and there has been no decision yet on which countries are going to get the biometrics. “There hasn’t actually been a decision yet on which countries are going to be involved in biometrics,” she said. “There are countries in discussion right now ... No one’s being leaned towards.” Power wouldn’t say which countries are being considered for the program, but said the ministry expects to make a decision in early

fall, or sometime in 2012. Biometric technology uses the measurement of key attributes of either the face, fingerprints or retinas to create digital identification records, but the ministry has not yet confirmed which method it will use. The government announced in 2008 it was moving to biometrics, which is considered more reliable than the use of subjective photo identification by immigration agents, because of the digital measurements that can be read into computers using scanning technology. In the 2008 budget, the government said, “Border security remains a priority for Canadians. Criminals are increasingly more sophisticated and well funded, including those who engage in document fraud to illegally move

people or goods across borders,” according the immigration ministry’s website. “Further to biometric field trials in Canada that were successfully completed in 2007, the government will introduce the use of biometric data, such as fingerprints and live photographs, in its visa-issuing process to accurately verify identity and travel documents of foreign nationals who enter Canada,” says the website. Reprinted with permission from





June 8 - 21, 2011

Peel Police - Arrests Made in Break and Enters Peel Police - Eleventh Annual Officers from 11 Division’s Criminal Investigation Bureau have arrested four men in relation to a series of residential break and enters. Between Friday, April 15, 2011, and Tuesday, May 17, 2011, a series of residential break and enters took place in Mississauga. Total losses from these break and enters are estimated to be in excess of $50,000.00. Some of the property has been recovered. During these break and enters, the suspects would knock on the victim residence’s front door. If no one answered, the suspects would then proceed to break down the door and enter the residence. Once inside, they would take jewelry, electronic equipment video games and cash. Investigators suspect that an increase in the price of precious metals may have contributed towards an increase in popularity for this types of crime. Following an extensive investigation, officers arrested four suspects in relation to these break and enters. Mohammed KHALID, a 21 year-old resident of Mississauga, has been charged with five counts of Break Enter and Theft and one count of Break and Enter with Intent. Zain AHMAD, a 20 year-old resident of Mississauga, has been charged with five counts of Break Enter and Theft and one count of Break and Enter with Intent. Sreeram JEYARAMACHANDRA, an 18 year-old resident of Mississauga, has been charged with five counts of Break Enter and

Theft and one count of Break and Enter with Intent. Dominik CRNOGORAC, a 19 year-old resident of Mississauga, has been charged with two counts of Break Enter and Theft. Peel Police would like to suggest the following crime prevention strategies to the public; • Try not to have a fixed routine. Whenever possible, incorporate changes in your routine. • If you have a second vehicle, leave it in the driveway. • Even within your residence, keep valuables out of sight. • Maintain your property so as to provide clear sightlines from your front door to the street. • Where possible, mark your property so as to establish your ownership. • Fortify your doors and windows with secure locks and other security devices. Police are also asking residents to be aware of the activity around their neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity to police. If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or believe a crime is in progress, call 911 immediately. Anyone with information on the incidents themselves is urged to contact investigators at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1133. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477), or by visiting their website at

“Race Against Racism�

The Peel Regional Police Diversity Relations Unit will be hosting its 11th annual “Race against Racism� on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. As in previous years, the race will be located at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre (park areas A-E), located in Mississauga. This 5 km run/walk is for everyone from the competitive runner, to those who just want to enjoy the sunshine, walk and have fun. The run/walk will be followed by awards to the top two finishers in a variety of age groups. The community’s multicultural presence will be showcased via a variety of free ethnic foods, multicultural dancers, singers and a D.J. The event will conclude at 4:00 p.m. The first 500 registrants will

receive a free t-shirt. There will also be free door prizes, community booth displays and face painting for children. The entry fee for participants is $5.00 for youths 17 and under, $5.00 for seniors 60 years and over and $10.00 for adults between the ages of 18 and 59 years of age. Participants should register early as the entry fees increase if registration is done the day of the event. For those wishing to register early, registration forms can be found online at, or at any Peel Police division or community station. For any additional information, please contact Detective Adrian Adore at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3639, or by email at adrian.


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The length and width of large trucks can create special driving situations for both small and large vehicle drivers. Often it is a lack of understanding by small vehicle drivers of large trucks that can lead to collisions. To share the road with a truck means being aware of its capabilities and limitations. The following suggestions can help drivers share the road comfortably and safely. At intersections, drivers of long trucks that are turning right may move into the left lane to avoid hitting the curb as they turn. If you ignore the truck’s turn signals and pull up on its right side, you may be squeezed between the truck and the curb as it makes the turn. Most trucks need a longer distance to stop. Signal your intentions well before turning, slowing or stopping to give trucks behind you more time to brake. When stopped, especially going uphill, a truck may roll back farther than a car when the driver releases the brake and engages the clutch. Leave at least one car length between your vehicle and the truck ahead and stay slightly to the left of your lane so you can be seen in the truck driver’s mirror. Be visible. Stay out of a truck’s blind spots, typically to the sides and back. Truck drivers rely on their mirrors to see what’s happening in these areas. Never follow so closely that a truck driver cannot see your vehicle in the mirrors. If you can’t see the driver in the mirrors, then the truck driver cannot see you. When passing trucks, do not stay alongside for too long a time. Pass as quickly and safely as possible and don’t cut in front of a truck too closely. On multi-lane freeways, trucks longer than 6.5 metres cannot use the far-left lane. Instead they must use the lane immediately to the right (middle lane) to pass slower vehicles. Never drive or walk around the back of a truck when it is reversing. You may be in the driver’s blind spot and you may be unknowingly hit by the truck. When meeting or passing a truck on a highway, stay as far away from it — in your lane — as you can to avoid the wind pressure created at high speeds.


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June 8 - 21, 2011

Flaherty sticks to deficit pledge, but adds no details

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warned that government programs will be cut in order to balance the books by 2014-2015, as he tabled a revised budget Monday. The updated budget includes all of the measures contained in the one tabled in March, plus the two additions

Flaherty identified earlier: $2.2 billion for an HST compensation deal for Quebec and a commitment to phase out the per-vote subsidy for political parties. Wr i t t e n into this budget, however, is the campaign promise made by the Tories to eliminate the federal deficit a year ahead of schedule. The March budget had forecast a deficit of $300 million in 2014-2015 and a surplus in 2015-2016. Now, the Conservatives are promising the deficit will be history by 20142015, once Flaherty books the savings from a government-wide operating review that will serve as the basis for the



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new target. Opposition leader Jack Layton and interim Liberal leader Bob Rae criticized the latest version of the budget, including the plan to phase out the per-vote subsidy. “We believe the financial support of our parties is important for democracy in Canada. We don’t agree with the approach the government is taking,” Layton said. “We’ll live with it, we’ll work with it, we’ll go out and fundraise ... those that raise the most money will be able to have the most say when it comes to presenting their ideas and that’s not very democratic.” Layton also accused the government of trying to hide where it plans to make billions of dollars in cuts. Treasury Board President Tony Clement is leading a review of the annual $80 billion in program spending, with a goal of shaving 5 per cent from that budget, eventually resulting in $4 billion in annual savings by the time the cuts fully take effect in 2014-2015. The government has said transfer payments to individuals and the provinces, for health and social programs, will be maintained, which has left critics wondering what is on the chopping block. The budget revealed the per-vote subsidy for political parties will be phased out in annual increments of 51

cents, starting April 1, 2012, until it is completely eliminated by 2015-2016. The move, one long-desired by the Conservatives, is expected to generate annual savings worth $30 million when the subsidy is fully eliminated. The budget also dedicates $2.2 billion to Quebec’s coffers for the HST compensation agreement, which has yet to be signed. The Conservatives promised during the campaign to seal the deal by mid-September. Negotiations have been ongoing for months, but the money had not been set aside in the budget tabled on March 22. While the contents of the budget remained largely the same, what has changed is that the Conservatives, armed with a majority, don’t need the support of an opposition party to pass it. The last time Flaherty introduced it the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois immediately rejected it, but the government fell on March 25 before they had a chance to vote on it. Their objections to the budget this time will carry little weight. With the Conservatives also holding a majority in the Senate, the government will likely meet its goal of passing the budget before Parliament breaks for the summer. Reprinted with permission from





June 8 - 21, 2011

Debunking H2O myths (NC)—Can drinking water help me lose weight? Is it possible to drink too much water? How much do I really need to drink during a workout? Nutritionist Kari Carvey outlines four common H2O myths and their truths. 1. Hot or Cold: Despite the wives’ tale to the contrary, hot and cold water provide the same benefits. Cleanse and hydrate your body with warm water and a drop of lemon for added flavour. 2. Sweatin’ it out: While we may not always feel it, the average adult loses approxi-

Tips to help stay sunburn free this summer (NC)—Growing up, you were taught to be safe. You wouldn’t cross the street without looking both ways, or ride in a car without your seatbelt. So don’t let your family head outside on a summer day without the proper protection. Help keep every member of your family safe with these protection essentials from the Banana Boat brand. • Hydration. Water is a crucial part of any outdoor activity. Make sure you pack enough water for every member of your family. The best time to hydrate is before you

are thirsty. An extra glass of water with breakfast will help get you through the day. • Sun Protection. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Protect yourself appropriately. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and more often if you are swimming, sweating or if you have recently toweled off. • Clothing. Wear sun– protective clothing. Choose light weight material to help keep you cool outdoors. More summer safety tips can be found online at www.

mately 2.5 litres of water a day through perspiration and bodily waste. This amount increases when exercising or in extreme heat situations. Carvey recommends hydrating before, during and after a workout. She suggests choosing a one litre bottle, such as glacéau smartwater to create an easy measurement system. 3. Weight loss: Water is a simple way to control hunger and curb weight gain. According to Carvey, “Water provides a feeling of fullness and will help keep you satisfied between meals.” While it won’t melt the

pounds away, drinking the recommended two litres of water is beneficial to your overall health. 4. Drinking too much water: In rare cases, water toxicity can occur which is a condition in which body water levels are too high. This can occur with excessive water intake and can be harmful in the body. Symptoms include puffy fingers and ankles, headache and weight gain during exercise. The cases are very individual so if you are concerned, it is best to check with your physician.

Quick tips for reducing energy consumption in summer Homeowner Q&A:

(NC)—There are many small things homeowners can do to consume less energy over the summer. Dave Walton, director of home ideas at Direct energy, has these tips. Adjust your load – try to use major appliances such as washers, dryers and dish washers during off–peak hours (check with your service provider for this information). Use your microwave or barbeque for

cooking and reheating where possible, it uses considerably less energy than the oven. Unplug vampire electronics, they still suck power when they’re not in use. Ideally, unplug anything you’re not using and turn off power bars. Check your lights – lights generate heat, so turn off unneeded lighting. This reduces the amount of hot air your A/C needs to cool. Use energy–sav-

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Teach children compassion this summer (NC)—You look over at your children and see the first buds of selfish behaviour. One child refuses to share with their sibling. The other child is screaming because they didn’t get a toy they really wanted. This summer, motivate your family to think about others and practice compassion through these activities: Be more informed. Clip news articles from the daily paper and discuss them at the dinner table or watch the six o’clock news together. Your family will learn to discuss world issues and develop their own thoughts and opinions. Get rid of “stuff ”. Over the years, you may notice that there is no longer one designated storage space in your house. It has now expanded to

several different rooms and you’re fretting that yours is next. Force yourself and your family to get rid of items by hosting a garage sale. In the process, you’ll all have an excuse to get to know your neighbours and find out what their needs are. Help someone else. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank as a family. Sorting and distributing food to those in need can be a very humbling and eye–opening experience. Also consider sponsoring a child overseas together. You and your family can take turns writing to a child in need and provide them with education and nutritious meals. Charities like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada offer child sponsorships at little more than a dollar a day.





Go green to see more green ( NC ) — Hom e owners overwhelmingly agree it’s important to reduce their effect on the environment. Yet, research by Ipsos Reid found more than three–quarters of respondents would only spend more money to make their homes environmentally– friendly if they could make it back in savings. Fortunately, saving money and reducing greenhouse gases can go hand in hand. Here are some ideas from to go green while spending less on energy bills: • Replace 12 75–watt incandescent bulbs with 25–watt compact fluorescent bulbs to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions

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duce annual greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 500 pounds and reduce energy use and costs (vs. an older model) by up to 40 per cent. • Install an insulation/air barrier system such as the kind created by Icynene. It will help reduce a home’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 4,000 pounds, if you heat by natural gas and up to 7,000 pounds if you heat with electricity, and save up to 50 per cent in energy costs (based on an average monthly natural gas or electrical bill of $110). More money–, energy– and environment– saving ideas can be found at www.insulationsmart. com.

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India to test fire Agni-V by year end: DRDO India will for the first time test fire its 5000-km range Agni-V ballistic missile by the end of this year in what is being seen as a major leap in the country’s missile capability. “Agni-V missile would be ready for test by the end of this year, probably in December,” Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chief V K Saraswat said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi last week. He said that the 3000-km range AgniIII missile has already been inducted into the armed forces. “Agni-III is already inducted. Its development has been completed and is under production,” he said. Saraswat was replying to the queries on development schedule of Agni-III and Agni-V series of missiles after Defence

Minister A K Antony, who addressed the function, asked DRDO to prioritise development of the 5000-km range ballistic missile. Congratulating DRDO for developing Ballistic Missile Defence System, Antony said, “DRDO must demonstrate the capability to develop missiles of the range of 5000 km at the earliest. This is a challenge for the DRDO and I hope they will successfully meet this challenge at the earliest.” “The first trial is expected to start in December this year followed by a series of modifications and further trials over the next few years. This missile would be based on the concept of re-entry vehicle capable of covering whole of Pakistan and China,” DRDO officials said.

Sri Lanka appreciates Chinese support to safeguard sovereignty The Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne expressed appreciation for China’s support to Sri Lanka regarding its development and safeguarding of its state sovereignty and territorial integrity. Sri Lanka welcomes the active role China plays in the international community, the Premier has said. The Prime Minister has hailed the bilateral friendship with China when he met the Chinese State Councilor

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Ahead of UP polls, Uma Bharti re-inducted into BJP

Nearly six years after she was expelled from the party, Uma Bharti was on Tuesday re-inducted into the BJP that entrusted her with the task of looking after Uttar Pradesh which is going to polls next year. Announcing her re-entry, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said Uttar Pradesh will be the main area of her work and she will have a “prominent role to play” there in the campaign of

the party. “The decision to reinduct her into the party was taken with consensus... BJP will get a new energy in Uttar Pradesh with Uma,” he said. 52-year-old Bharti was expelled for indiscipline and defying the BJP’s central leadership in December 2005 after she had objected to L K Advani’s praise of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Bharti had then formed her own outfit Bhartiya Janshakti Party. Expressing happiness over her homecoming, Bharti said she was feeling like the proverbial bird of the ship, who leaves it only to come back again. “Out of the party for five six years, I have realised that only BJP is my anchor and destination... In these six years I learnt that if one has to serve the nation and keep some ideological committment, there is no option other than BJP. I want to forget the last five years I was out of BJP,” Bharti said.

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threat. As per the initial plan, access to the combined data will be given to 11 agencies, which include various central intelligence agencies and the National Investigation Agency among others. The detailed project report of NATGRID was ready in December 2010. The project was launched in December 2009 and was targeted to operationalise by May 2011. Earlier, the government had extended the services of Chief Executive Officer of NATGRID Raghu Raman for six more months beginning 1st June. Home Minister P Chidambaram said earlier this month that whatever concerns regarding the architecture of the Nat grid would be brought to the CCS, and would be discussed at the meeting. The NATGRID is the Home Ministry’s ambitious project to facilitate robust information sharing by security agencies and law enforcement agencies to combat terror threat at home and abroad.

June 8 - 21, 2011

Sri Lanka keen to boost trade with Pakistan Sri Lankan HC Sri Lanka is keen to expand trade ties with Pakistan, said Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Air Chief Martial (Retd) Jayalath Weerakkody earlier this week. Talking to a delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), which met him at his office in Islamabad, the High Commissioner said Sri Lanka has strong political relations with Pakistan and now trade ties between the two countries will be promoted. The High Commissioner said Pakistani products are very popular in the Sri Lankan markets and they have established their names due to their high quality. Jayalath Weerakkody said that Sri Lanka has been a victim of terrorism and sectarianism due to which economic growth of the country remained slow, adding, Sri Lanka was fully aware of the current situation of Pakistan. He informed the delegation that

his country will also boost its investment in Pakistan. Underlining the need of strengthening bilateral trade ties he said, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have inked several bilateral agreements including for free trade and now both the countries should take benefit to the free trade agreement. Pakistani exports volume has reached to $20 billion, he said adding, increasing exports volume further is not a difficult task if the government takes on board the business community while formulating the national export policy. He said Pakistan and Sri Lanka have enjoyed very close and strong friendly ties but the trade volume between the two countries is $300 million which is too small. Stressing the need to increase the trade volume he said, solid steps aimed at boosting business between the two countries are necessary.



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SC issues notice to Centre on Ramdev’s eviction

A vacation bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatenter Kumar on Monday issued notices to the Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary of Delhi, Delhi administration, and Delhi Police Commissioner asking them to respond within two weeks.

The court asked them to reply as to what were the circumstances under which the people had to be dispersed in the midnight by the use of force. The court posted the matter for hearing in the second week of July. However, the court declined to entertain a petition filed by advocate Ajay Aggarwal on the issue. The bench expressed its displeasure that before the matter came up for hearing before it, the entire contents of the petition were leaked to the media. Police had cracked down on Baba Ramdev and thousands of his supporters at Ramlila Maidan on Satur-

day night, forcibly ending their hunger strike on corruption and black money issues. When the advocate mentioned the petition, the bench interrupted him and expressed displeasure that its contents were leaked. “We are shocked to learn that before the file reaches us, the contents have been published in the media. All the grounds raised in the petition have been published in the newspaper. Further it has been reported that the matter has been listed for hearing today at 10:30 am. Why it is so?” the bench asked. The bench said it has not seen the file about the matter which has already come in the media. “In view of this, though it is not able to probe how the contents of the

petition are leaked, we are not inclined to entertain this petition,” the bench said. The petitioner had sought a direction to the government to issue a white paper on the entire episode leading to the eviction of the yoga guru and the alleged barbaric police action against his followers. Meanwhile prohibitory orders are in force throughout Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh and police have been deployed in three check posts in the state bordering Uttarakhand to prevent Baba Ramdev’s entry. District authorities have posted police at Bhuraheri check-post on Haridwar-Delhi national highway in Muzaffarnagar and Biharighar and Bharawala check-posts in Saharanpur and Bijnore districts respectively.

No intention to quit Lokpal panel, says Hazare team A day after boycotting the meeting of Lokpal bill drafting committee, Anna Hazare-led team has made it clear that they had no intention to quit the joint panel. Activist Arvind Kejriwal said civil society members will attend the next meeting and contended that if they leave the ten-member committee, it will have “no credibility” as it will only remain a government panel with five ministers.

“Kapil Sibal has said that whether we come or not, they will go ahead (with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill). Why did that question arise? We had written to (Finance Minister) Pranab Mukherjee that we will not be attending June 6 meeting. “We also said that Anna Hazare will not be available on June 10 and so that the meeting on that be postponed. So it makes it clear that we are going to attend meetings. We are not going

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India backs Ban for second term as UN Secy General

India has declared its support for the re-election bid of Ban Ki-Moon as Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban has led the global body since 1st January 2007 and his term ends on 31st December. The Asian Group at the UN met in New York on Monday and endorsed, by acclamation, Ban’s candidature for a second term. “India’s Acting Permanent Representative, Ambassador Manjeev Singh

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June 8 - 21, 2011

Govt serious about fighting corruption; Police action at Ramlila Maidan was unfortunate

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the Govt is very serious about fighting corruption but there is no magic wand and further reiterated that police action at Ramlila Maidan was very unfortunate and there was no alternative. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Mondy gave away KC Kulish International Award for excellence in Media and journalism instituted by the Hindi daily. Singh further said that the issue of paid news is a serious concern. He said such irresponsible reporting lowers the dignity attached

with journalism. Singh said their coverage should not induce speculations that can prove detrimental for the society. “I am confident that people concerned with the media will try to remove lacunae in the coming days,” he said. Talking about the challenges before the media today, the Prime Minister said that in the fast-changing world, everybody should strive to ensure that no instability and tension is created in society. “Media, especially language media, has the duty to ensure that our separate identity, values and culture remain intact while taking steps to make the country modern,” he said. “It is the duty of all kinds of media to promote constructive debate on those issues which are important for all our countrymen, especially those socially and economically backward”, he added.

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A Nova Scotia student’s invention to prevent cars from rolling over is getting some attention from GM Canada. Brandon Fillmore, 14, came up with his design for a science fair. It places an air-pressured spring at each wheel of the vehicle. As the car leans, the outside springs pump up, levelling out the body of the car so it won’t roll over. Brandon, a student at Bible Hill Junior High, said it’s very different than other systems on the market. “The closest thing would probably be StabiliTrak, which General Motors uses now. But it uses brakes to make up during emergency situations, whereas this would prevent them,” he said. Kevin Sibley was floored when he saw Brandon’s design. The engineering professor at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College reviewed the teen’s project. “I’ve never seen anything like

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NATO helicopters hit targets in Libya NATO has stepped up its attacks on Libyan government forces, using attack helicopters in the north African country for the first time. Two British Apache helicopters attacked a radar installation and a military checkpoint overnight, near the eastern coastal city of Brega, before returning to HMS Ocean, according to a statement from the ministry of defence in London French helicopters also carried out a mission that began late Friday and continued into Saturday, but there are no details regarding the location. However, the French military released a statement saying the targets of the Gazelle and Tigre helicopters included 15 military vehicles and five military command buildings. The French helicopters took off from the helicopter transport ship Ton-

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, pleaded not guilty in New York City Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted a maid in the luxury suite of a hotel in mid-May. Strauss-Kahn, once considered a likely candidate for the presidency of France, appeared in a New York courtroom Monday morning to enter his plea. Speaking in a strong voice and flanked by his defence lawyers and wife Anne Sinclair, Strauss-Kahn answered not guilty to the accusations. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Orbus told Strauss-Kahn he needed to appear in court and had a right to be present at his trial, to which the economist said “yes.” His next court date is set for July 18. Strauss-Kahn, 62, has been out on bail of $1 million US and living under house arrest with his wife in a newly

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June 8 - 21, 2011

Indo-US partnership to help stability in S Asia: Gates

The Indo-US partnership, which is based on shared democratic values and vital economic and security interests, will be an indispensable pillar of stability in South Asia and beyond, American Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said. “The United States and India are

working more closely together than ever before. During the Cold War there was an uneasy co-existence between the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest,” Gates said in his speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Now, there is a partnership based

Expansion of China’s N-weapons may push others to go nuclear A dangerous arms race is fast spreading in Asia due to the proliferation of naval weaponry, according to a top Australian expert, who warned that the expansion of China’s atomic arsenal could prompt others in the region to exercise their nuclear options. “The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missile systems is now proceeding much more rapidly and extensively in Asia than in any other part of the world,” Des Ball of the Australian National University’s Strategic Defence Studies Centre told an international gathering. He told a Asia-Pacific Roundtable conference, organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, that China could have its first aircraft carrier at sea within a year and that the first 50 pilot cadets were inducted at the Dalian Naval Academy in 2008 to start training on what was reported as “shipborne aircraft flight”. “The expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal could also cause other countries in northeast Asia to exercise their own nuclear options,” he warned. Ball underlined that the arms race was much more complicated and a potentially more volatile process than the bipolar superpower strategic nuclear arms race of the Cold War period, add-

ing that East Asia was embroiled in a serious maritime strategic competition. Hideaki Kaneda, a retired Japanese vice-admiral, now director of the Okazaki Institute in Japan, said China had begun “acquiring capability for missions beyond the Taiwan issue to perform operations in areas more distant from China’s shores”, The Australian newspaper reported. “China pursues a national defence policy which is purely defensive in nature, and implements a strategy of active defence,” he said, adding “Where conflict threatens our national interests, a strong navy can deter the ambitions of aggressors and protect our citizens while working to maintain good order at sea.” Ball said that during the 1980s and 1990s, Asian countries spent on replacing obsolescent equipment and modernisation. China now had 62 attack submarines compared with the US’s 53, Ball was quoted as saying by the Australian daily. Taiwan had acquired 14 new frigates and four guided missile destroyers, while South Korea had built the first of three Aegis-equipped destroyers, and was constructing nine German-designed submarines.

on shared democratic values and vital economic and security interests, he noted. “A partnership that will be an indispensable pillar of stability in South Asia and beyond whether countering piracy, increasing participation in multilateral venues, or aiding the development of Afghanistan, our partnership is playing a vital role,” Gates said in his speech in which he emphasised on the need to have engagement with top Asian countries. He said the US is a Pacific nation, and that requires it to sustain its allies while maintaining a robust military engagement and deterrent posture across the Pacific Rim. “Indeed, one of the most striking and surprising changes I’ve observed during my travels to Asia is the widespread desire across the region for stronger military-tomilitary relationships with the United States much more so than during my last time in government 20 years ago,” he said. The US engagement in Asia has

been guided by a set of enduring principles that have fostered the economic growth and stability of the region, Gates said. These principles, supported by both US major political parties, include free and open commerce; a just international order that highlights rights and responsibilities of nations and fidelity to the rule of law; and open access by all to the global commons of sea, air, space, and now, cyberspace. “I believe our work in Asia is laying the groundwork for continued prosperity and security for the United States and for the region,” he said. The US will do more and expand into other areas in non-traditional ways, he added. “We’ve taken a number of steps towards establishing a defence posture across the Asia-Pacific that is more geographically distributed, operationally resilient, and politically sustainable,” Gates said. The military posture proposed will maintain American presence in northeast Asia while enhancing US presence in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean area, he noted.

WORLD FOOD PRICES SET TO REMAIN HIGH INTO NEXT YEAR, SAYS UN REPORT Citing dwindling stocks and only small production increases for the majority of crops, a new United Nations report released this week says world food prices are likely to remain high for the rest of this year and into 2012. The biannual ‘Food Outlook’ published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that the next few months will be critical in determining how the major crops will fare this year, according to a news release issued by the Romebased agency. “The general situation for agricultural crops and food commodities is tight with world prices at stubbornly high levels, posing a threat to many low-income food deficit countries,” according to David Hallam, Director of FAO’s Markets and Trade Division. FAO’s monthly food price index showed that global food prices, which earlier this year soared to levels seen during the 2007-08 food crisis, dropped by one per cent in May. Declines in the prices of cereals and sugar were responsible for the slight decrease in the May index, says FAO, adding that this offset increases in meat and dairy prices. The agency says current prospects for cereals in 2011 point to a record harvest of 2,315 million tons – a 3.5 per cent increase over 2010, which marked a one per cent drop over 2009.

Global wheat output is expected to be 3.2 per cent up from last year’s reduced crop, mostly reflecting improved yields in Russia. World cereals stocks at the close of the crop seasons in 2012 are put at 494 million tons, up only two per cent from sharply reduced opening levels. “Demand for cereals has also been increasing so that the 2011 crop, even at record levels, is expected to barely meet consumption, providing support to prices,” notes FAO. In the oilseeds market, supplies in 2011-12 may not be sufficient to meet growing oil and meal demand, implying further reductions in global inventories, the agency adds. Meanwhile, the global supply and demand balance for sugar points to some improvements, supported by large anticipated production in 2010-11, which is likely to surpass consumption for the first time since 2007-08. Turning to global meat production, the agency says that high feed prices, disease outbreaks and depleted animal inventories were forecast to limit the expansion of production to 294 million tons in 2011 — only one per cent more than 2010. The international meat price index hit a new record in May and a combination of strong import demand and limited export availability pointed to a further “firming of prices” in the next few months, FAO points out.





June 8 - 21, 2011

Don’t forget the importance of after–sun skin care

(NC)—Can you think of anything nicer than spending a day outside enjoying the summer sun? Canadian’s may try their best to protect their skin when they’re outside, but what happens afterwards? The skin care experts at Shoppers Drug Mart have the follow-

ing tips for after–sun skin care. Hydrate It’s important to drink water when spending time in the sun, and is just as important to drink water afterwards. Staying hydrated will help keep you going, even after a long day in the sun. • To cool and hydrate sun–drenched skin, try an after sun gel that contains a nourishing blend of ingredients such as extracts from the vitamin and antioxidant–rich Mexican prickly pear cactus. • Relax after a sun–filled day with a face hydrating after sun mask. This is a real treat for the face and helps restore skin’s natural moisture while

soothing the discomfort and dryness that can be caused by sun exposure. Apply aloe generously • Protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with a high SPF sunscreen is a great first step. Pay just as much attention to your skin post–poolside with the well known soothing benefits of aloe–infused products. • Getting a little rosy? Soothe sunburned skin with an aloe vera after sun gel. Choosing a continuous spray option, such as Sunthera3, will ensure equal coverage and relief to sunburned skin. • Even if you manage to avoid a burn, aloe can give you a refreshing and long–lasting boost of moisture.

Choosing a Life Brand aloe spray that comes in coconut lime or pomegranate will help moisturize your skin, while the scents will make you feel like you’re still at the beach. Make the most of your glow • A healthy glow goes hand in hand with summer. After a day at the beach, make your colour last with a tan extending moisturizer. Not only will you get a dose of intensive post– sun moisture, but you will help prevent peeling and extend your sun–kissed glow. • Try going faux. Self tanning and gradual colour moisturizers are perfect for those who want some natural–looking colour without the sun exposure.

A medical check–up is a great Father’s Day present (NC)—The last thing on a man’s to–do list is likely a visit to the doctor. But regular check–ups and monitoring of health can be the best gift for ensuring optimal health. For example, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men and it can often be cured or managed successfully when caught early. Many men with this disease never have symptoms, do not receive therapy, and eventually die of other causes. Therefore, it’s important for men to add healthcare to their task list: they need to recognize signs of change in their body and speak up about it to a medical professional. “It is quite natural for men over 60 to experience physical changes,” says Dr. Doug Tkachuk at LifeLabs, a leading diagnostic test centre. “Most discomforts are not life–threatening, but it is important to

monitor even minor changes. Expert opinion is required because some of the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to those of normal aging. “Urination is a good illustration of this. As a man gets older, the prostate may become enlarged and block the urethra, or bladder. An enlarged prostate is a common condition called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), but BPH is not cancer. On the other hand, a tumour on the prostate can also press on the urethra making it difficult to pass urine, so medical testing is required to confirm a diagnosis.” The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It’s about the size of a plum located close to the rectum just below the bladder. The main function of the gland is to make part of the seminal fluid that mixes with sperm to

make semen. When problems arise, the key prostate symptoms to monitor are: inability to urinate; intensely needing to urinate; a sense of incompletely emptying the bladder; the need to urinate often, especially at night; blood in the urine or semen; weak, decreased, or interrupted urine stream, and painful ejaculation. Reduce your risk You can’t change some of the risk factors for prostate cancer such as your age, ancestry, or family history, but what you can control is how you take care of yourself with food and exercise. Obesity is being studied as a possible risk for prostate cancer, but even so, insisting on a program of regular aerobic exercise plus a nutritious daily diet–low in saturated fat and high in fibre, vegetables and fruit–is a smart thing to do for overall good health.

Help kids overcome a fear of needles

(NC)—Many of us don’t like needles. In fact, 10 percent of the population actually have “needle phobia”. So imagine what it’s like for those who require regular needle injections to treat a chronic illness. Picture what it’s like

for children who have a natural tendency to fear needles in the first place. Overcoming this fear is essential since their quality of life depends on it. Here are some tips offered by Jeff Tuck, a field nurse with EMD Serono, a pharmaceutical company which among other disciplines provides treatments for children with growth hormone deficiencies. In his role, Jeff provides injection support and training to hundreds of parents of children undergoing treatment annually. • Involve the parent. Not only should parents always be present, they can help to distract the child through conversation. • Create a ‘safe place’. This may mean choosing a location for the injection that the child is familiar and comfortable with. • Distract the child by asking them questions, or through the use of a favourite toy, movie or video game. • Make them feel in control. Ask if

they would like to lie down; sit on your lap; which arm is best, or what you can do for them during the procedure. • Let them express themselves. For example, give them permission to shout out loud. • Practice. Use toy needles and bandages to explain how injections work and why they keep us healthy. Encourage your child to play doctor on a favourite stuffed animal. • Don’t let the anxiety build up. The best approach is to inform the child just a few minutes before administering the injection. • Don’t physically restrain them. This increases their anxiety, creates a negative memory and will make all future injections a challenge. • Numb the injection site. An anaesthetic cream or spray can be purchased from most local pharmacies. They numb the skin and dull the pain. • Apply an ice pack for 1–2 minutes pre–injection to create a similar

effect. • Reward the child for being brave with a fun band aid or sticker. • Use an injection device. Needles have come a long way. By working with children, EMD Serono has developed an automated injection device called “easypod” that is specially designed with a hidden needle to help reduce a child’s fear. The device is so easy to use that older children can administer the injection by themselves, which can increase the feeling of control that is so important to overcoming a personal phobia. • In extreme cases, where the anxiety persists, it’s always recommended to get more advice from your doctor. “The most important thing is to understand and adapt to your own child’s needs,” says Tuck. “With empathy, support and a little creativity you can remove the fear and fill your child with courage.”





June 8 - 21, 2011

How will the world No salt? No problem! feed more people Tips on how to limit your sodium intake with less land?

(NC)—The world population is on the rise and it’s expected to reach nine billion by 2050. Naturally, the more people there are in the world, the more food is needed to feed them. This makes agriculture a real bal-

ancing act. Farmers need to produce more food than ever before, but they need to do it in a way that protects the planet for future generations. Producing more food used to simply be a matter of cultivating more land. The problem is that most of the quality farmland across the world is already being used. So what’s the solution? Well, farmers certainly don’t want to have to turn valuable wildlife habitat into farmland, so they turn to modern technology to help them produce more food on the same amount of land. Today’s farmers use safe and effective tools like pesticides and plant biotechnology to increase their crop yields. Agricultural production has almost doubled in the last 50 years and these technologies have played a big part in accomplishing this. They will also be essential to continuing to allow farmers to produce more food on less land as the world population continues to grow.

(NC)—Sodium is an important nutrient in our diet. When consumed in appropriate amounts, it helps maintain the functioning of our muscles and nerves, and regulates our fluids and blood pressure. The over consumption of sodium, however, can be dangerous. Most Canadians adults consume more than the recommended upper limit of 2,300 mg per day. According to Health Canada, a diet heavy on sodium leads to serious health risks, including high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. You can decrease the amount of sodium in your diet with the following three easy tips: • Be a number cruncher: Look for products with 480 mg of sodium or less per serving. • Think fresh not processed: It may be a quick and easy option, but processed and prepared foods contain a lot of ingredients that are rich in salt. If you’re in a time crunch, try a pita sandwich from Extreme Pita ( Its new menu, which debuted in locations across Canada in April, includes

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China’s Li sets sights on next major title

China’s newly-minted first Grand Slam champion Li Na, who won the French Open title at the weekend, is not resting on her laurels -- she’s already thinking about winning a second major title. The 29-year-old Li, who beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 on Saturday at Roland Garros, also says she hopes her fellow Chinese players can be inspired by her victory to realise their full potential. The Wuhan native, who is known as a strong player on hard courts, confessed she was surprised that her major breakthrough came on the red clay in

Paris. “French Open title? No, I never thought about it before,” Li admitted. Li is having a breakthrough season. She reached the finals of the Australian Open in January -- eventually losing to Kim Clijsters -- before her historic win at the French, which gave Asia its first ever Grand Slam singles win. When the new WTA rankings come out on Monday, she will be the world number four -- equaling the Asian record set by Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm. Li, who had never gone beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros before this year, said her storybook success at the French would help her throughout the rest of the year on the grass and hard courts. Li’s win has generated a groundswell of support in a country where tennis still lags far behind basketball, football and table tennis in terms of

popularity. More than two million web users have registered as fans of Li on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular microblogging sites. Tens of millions watched her semi-final and final victories live on CCTV. Chinese tennis chief Sun Jinfang said he was certain Li’s win would “inspire more youngsters to play tennis” in the country of more of 1.3 billion -- a vast market that both professional tennis tours have worked hard to develop. China has four players in the top 100 on the women’s tour including Li. But on the men’s ATP tour, the topranked Chinese player, Bai Yan, is just 354th, and no Chinese man has ever played in a Grand Slam singles event. Li said she hoped her victory could help change that. She also dismissed the idea that her age could prevent her from adding to her career achievements. “For me, age means nothing but strokes on paper. I’ll keep playing as long as I’m healthy,” she said.

Nadal defends Roland Garros title

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has successfully defended his French Open crown after beating arch-rival Roger

Federer in the final. Federer had a great start to the match, breaking his Spanish opponent

to take a 3-0 lead. But Nadal managed to come back into the game and eventually snatched the opener, 7-5. The second set was an even tighter encounter, with Nadal taking the upper hand only in the tie break, which he won 7-3. Nadal looked in command, enjoying a 4-2 advantage in the third set, but this time it was Federer who displayed his character, producing fantastic tennis to get one set back, 7-5. But it was to be all the Swiss star could achieve on the day. It was oneway traffic in the fourth set as Nadal proved that he was the better man on the day, winning 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1. It was the sixth career success at Roland Garros for the Spaniard, which sees him equal the record of the legendary Bjorn Borg.

June 8 - 21, 2011

New Winnipeg team hits 13,000 ticket goal Winnipeg ice hockey fans needed only 17 minutes on Saturday to purchase all 13,000 available season tickets for the city’s new National Hockey League team, the relocated former Atlanta Thrashers. True North Sports and Entertainment, which completed a purchase deal for the Thrashers four days earlier, said it wanted to sell 13,000 season tickets for its 15,000-seat arena before NHL owners met June 21 to approve the deal. “While I had no doubt the ‘Drive to 13,000’ would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans’ hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North’s initiatives,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. Online sales through Friday were limited to season-ticket holders for the Manitoba Moose, the top-level developmental team that had been based in Winnipeg but will now move to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Those fans purchased more than 7,100 season tickets before sales were opened to the public Saturday, when a list to purchase tickets was formed in only two minutes. Sales were processed for 15 additional minutes before seats were gone. Ticket packages were available for three to five seasons and secured the viability of the as-yet-unnamed team, which returns NHL action to the central Canadian plains city 15 years after the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix. Phoenix was thought for many months to be the likeliest relocation target but city officials approved spending $25 million to cover expenses for the NHL next season while it operates the Coyotes during the search for a new owner for the team

Afridi returns home hoping for ‘justice’

Thousands of cheering fans greeted former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi

as he returned home on Sunday hoping to “get justice” in his battle with the country’s cricket authorities. The 31-year-old’s attempts to join Hampshire for the English Twenty20 season were halted when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revoked his permission to play following his decision to retire from international cricket last week. Around 3,000 fans gathered at Karachi’s international airport in support of the all-rounder, chanting slogans against the PCB and its chairman Ijaz Butt. Afridi took the abrupt decision to

retire in protest after he was replaced as Pakistan’s one- day captain last month despite leading the side to the World Cup semi-final earlier this year. In a situation that will be all too familiar to Pakistan fans, differences had developed between Afridi and coach Waqar Younis, prompting the all-rounder to make his grievances public - - which led to the PCB replacing him. In announcing his retirement, Afridi accused the PCB of mistreating him and vowed not to play under the current set-up of the board, headed by Butt. The PCB responded by suspending Afridi’s contract and revoking the so-called “No- Objection Certificate” that would have allowed him to play for Hampshire in the Twenty20 tournament.

The board also convened a threeman disciplinary committee to deal the case and ordered Afridi to appear before it on June 8. Afridi said he was never bothered about the captaincy. “It’s not a matter of being replaced as captain, it’s a matter of honour,” he said. “A lot of other players also feel they were mistreated but they cannot go public fearing for dire consequences.” Since announcing his retirement Afridi has received political support, with opposition Pakistan Muslim League (N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, an ally of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, vowing to support him. The PCB said it was concerned that Afridi’s case had turned into a political issue.





June 8 - 21, 2011

CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE UNVEILS NEW OLYMPIC BRAND IDENTITY Simple, Classic, Iconic Maple Leaf Anchors New Canadian Olympic Team Mark The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has unveiled a series of new marks for all of its competition wear and merchandise, designed to inspire Canadians’ national pride for their elite athletes. “We are very pleased with the new brand logo. It is simple, clean and drives attention to the Team, where it belongs,” said Christopher Overholt, Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Operating and Chief Marketing Officer. “The maple leaf is what connects all Canadians. We hope Canadians see this new logo as a badge of honour and another way to show support for the Team.” The link between the Canadian Olympic Team and Canadians was forged at the 1908 Games, when ath-

letes debuted uniforms displaying the red maple leaf. Since then, the Team and its uniforms have gone on to inspire national pride for more than a century. “I really love it! It’s a throwback to a simpler era, it’s focused and direct” said three-time Olympic kayak medallist Adam van Koeverden. “I’m proud more than ever to be racing with the maple leaf on my chest.” The key elements to the brand identity are: The Canadian Olympic Team Mark The new designs include a distinctive Canadian Olympic Team mark, with the maple leaf as its centerpiece, sitting above the Olympic rings encircled by a red oval border. The result

Still much to be done in Ukraine before Euro 2012 – UEFA inspector

With just over a year remaining before Euro 2012, the European football governing body is not fully satisfied with the way Ukraine is preparing to host the event. UEFA officials have visited the reconstruction of the Olympiysky National Sports Complex in the capital, Kiev, meeting up with members of the local organizing committee in the process. The venue will stage the final on July 1 next year, with the capacity of the stadium having been increased to almost 70,000. There had been concerns that venues would not be ready for next year’s event. The headlines have calmed in recent months, but according to the inspectors, there is still a great deal of room for improvement. “There’s a lot of work still to be done. We really do need the continued support of government in particular to have these further improvements in infrastructure. But in some ways I’m rather glad that we are not in Portugal, ’cause the recession in Portugal is, I think, a lot worse than the economy here in Ukraine,” David Taylor, UEFA’s secretary general, said. Ukraine will co-host the European football championship together with neighboring Poland, where the preparations are going to plan.

is a classic yet contemporary look. The non-verbal mark will appear on competition wear at the Olympic Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee Mark The updated mark of Canada’s National Olympic Committee, is a modified version of the original mark created in 1995. The gradient in the flame has been removed to help improve consistency when replicating the mark and the typography has been updated to match the new design direction. Youth Olympic Team and Pan American Team The new mark will now be specific to each edition of the respective Games. The marks will take effect for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan

American Games. The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame The new mark honours the amazing athletes and contributors who have entered since 1949. It showcases the top Canadian Olympic athletes, teams, coaches, officials, administrators, and volunteers. The Mosaic Maple Leaf Graphic The COC created the mosaic maple leaf graphic drawing inspiration from both Canada’s and the Team’s diversity. It is based on the geometry of the most renowned Canadian icon, the maple leaf. The tones are based on the five colours of the Olympic rings and from Canadian landscapes, representing Canada’s cultural mosaic





June 8 - 21, 2011

Sonakshi Sinha gears up for Kick, Rowdy Rathore and Vishwaroopam After Dabangg, Sonakshi’s next film with Salman, Kick, will have more footage for her than she had in Dabangg. Says the confident newcomer, “Kick is a remake of South Indian film. The girl has lots more to do. It’s a very good role. I’m very kicked about Kick. Yeah, there’s definitely much more scope for me in Kick than Dabangg. And I am going to make the best of it.” While Sonakshi is part of Dabangg 2, she’d also be a part of the film that the Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap makes, although the Dabangg producer Arbaaz Khan and Abhinav parted bitterly recently. On the Bhojpuri KBC, Sonakshi spoke in Hindi while her dad hosted

the show in Bhojpuri. “I had never seen him talk in Bhojpuri .He did it very well. I’m looking forward to doing a film with my dad.” She now starts 3 back-to-back films. “There’s Kick with Salman Khan, Rowdy Rathore with Akshay Kumar and Vishwaroopamwith Kamal Haasan. Then there’s Dabangg 2 coming up. Since there’s nothing else I’d rather do I am so glad I’m working throughout the year. Getting success is easier than sustaining it.” For Vishwaroopam, Sonakshi gets to sport both the Indian and Western look. “I love to see myself in sarees. I hope I get to wear lots. We start shooting in June.”

YouTube launches Bollywood film channel YouTube the video streaming site from Google has launched a new film channel called ‘YouTube Box Office’ that will feature a film every month, free of cost. The channel is being launched by showcasing a new Hindi film titled ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’. The YouTube Box Office channel will also feature other popular movies which users can watch for free from the YouTube catalogue comprising 1500 titles including regional language films. The channel will be available to all users in India and will be IP blocked for users in other countries. The video streaming site has roped in Intel as the exclusive presenting sponsor for the channel. “The initiative opens up a new window of opportunities for marketers to utilize the platform and engage the YouTube community,” said Gautam Anand, director content partnerships for YouTube Japan-APAC in a statement. A recent premier of mega hit Dabangg on YouTube got a phenomenal response from the users in India with over 1.3 million channel views.


This year’s International Indian Film Academy awards, Bollywood’s version of the Oscars, are being held in Toronto. Leading up to this event, TVO presents a week-long festival of films, documentaries and current affairs programs that showcase Indian film and culture June 17 to 26. FILM TVO’s Bollywood bonanza begins June 17 at 10:30 pm with The Interviews, TVO’s filmmaker series, exploring the wedding tradition in contemporary Indian culture through the 2001 film Monsoon Wedding. The conversations include Monsoon Wedding composer Mychael Danna, film critics Brian Johnson and Katrina Onstad, and Weddingbells Magazine editor-in-chief Alison McGill. The following evening, June 18 beginning at 8 pm, Saturday Night at the Movies showcases a night of romance,

comedy, drama and action when TVO’s long-running film anthology series focuses on Bollywood cinema for the first time ever. The night begins with the Bollywood masterpiece and action classic Sholay (1975) in which a former police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) recruits a pair of bandits (Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan) to battle a ruthless villain terrorizing a village. Later that night, SNAM presents Ayan Mukherjee’s Wake Up Sid (2009) starring Ranbir Kapoor as a spoiled college student who falls for an aspiring writer (Konkona Sen Sharma). In between the two films, The Interviews explores the popularity, misconceptions, vast storytelling style and international influence of the Bollywood genre. DOCUMENTARIES TVO’s India Week documentaries kick off with India with Sanjeev

Bhaskar airing Fridays at 7 pm beginning June 17. In this four-part series the British-born actor gets under the skin of modern India as he sets out on a personal mission to reconnect with the ancestral homeland that his family left behind. On Wednesday June 22 at 9 pm, TVO presents the Canadian premiere of Pink Saris by director Kim Longinotto (Sisters In Law, Rough Aunties). The film examines the plight of rural underclass women in Indiaand follows the work of Sampat Pal, the leader the Gulabi Gang (the Pink Gang), a group of women who attempt to get justice for other ostracized and abused women and girls in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. On Sunday June 26 at 11 pm, TVO brings back the award-winning film The Holier It Gets by Jennifer Baichwal (The True Meaning of Pictures,

Manufactured Landscapes) in which the renowned filmmaker journeys from Canada to India with her siblings and husband to fulfill her father’s final wish - to spread his ashes in the Ganges River. CURRENT AFFAIRS On Allan Gregg in Conversation during India Week, Allan talks to a leading Canadian government and private sector consultant on India, and a Brampton-born funnyman who has taken the comedy world by storm. On Friday June 17 at 10 pm, Kasi Rao talks about how we can improve trade, social and cultural relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies. On Friday June 24 at 10 pm, comedian Russell Peters talks about his book Call Me Russell and about his Anglo-Indian roots, his childhood in Brampton, Ontario, and his rise to fame.





June 8 - 21, 2011

ENTERTAINMENT CIBC brings Bollywood Magic to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square June 10 & 11

CIBC proud presenting sponsor of the 2011 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Celebration, invites you to experience the glamour and creativity of the Indian film industry at the CIBC Celebrates the IIFAs all Weekend Long festival on June 10 and 11. The event will feature top South Asian musical and dance performances, a free movie screening, CIBC’s live dance competition finale and draws for free tickets to the sold out IIFA Awards show or for a round-trip airfare for two to India (Toronto to Delhi). “CIBC’s family-friendly weekend will give Bollywood film fans of all ages a taste of the excitement that Toronto will experience on IIFA Awards night,” said

Raza Hasan, Senior Vice President at CIBC. “The highlight of the festival will be the finale of the CIBC IIFA Bollywood Moves Competition that will select two people to perform onstage at the Awards show in front of a sold-out Rogers Centre and a global TV audience of 700 million people.” Weekend activities for families will also include Mendhi artist Dimple, Maharaja and Maharani costumed entertainers, Rangoli chalk artist, Face painters and traditional Indian sweets. Visit for a full schedule of events for the weekend including the CIBC IIFA Bollywood Move Dance Competition Finale on Saturday night.

Kareena Kate Winslet no longer shy of Kapoor to stripping in movies after be waxed motherhood at Madame Tussauds First it was Amitabh Bachchan, then came Aishwarya, SRK, Salman and Hrithik. And now, it’s none other than Kareena Kapoor, whose wax statue will soon be featured at Madame Tussauds in London. News is that Bebo’s wax statue is already in the making; in fact the actress flew to London last evening to check out her statue. However, the statue will be unveiled on the Indian Independence Day weekend (August 15-16) which coincides with Saif ’s 41st birthday (August 16). The Madame Tussauds team flew down to Mumbai four months ago when the measurements were taken and other formalities were completed.

British actress Kate Winslet has revealed that she is no longer insecure about stripping naked in films despite her stretch marks and sagging breasts. W i n s let, 35, who stripped for sex scenes in Nazi drama The Reader, said that giving birth to her two children had made it easier for her to strip in movies. “I think as you get older, especially once you’ve had children, so many inhibitions go out

the window,” theDaily Star quoted the actress as saying. The actress has also recently stripped for photographer Mario Testino’s ‘Todo o Nada’ exhibit in Rome.




June 8 - 21, 2011

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