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alamgirToronto October 3rd 2013 – News Desk:  Pop Diva of 80s from Karachi’s entertainment world, Alamgir, a house hold name for millions of Pakistanis, will have a live performance in Toronto on October 20th 2013 at a Capital Banquet Hall in Mississauga.

Among him will be the disciple of famous folk singer Shaukat Ali, Mohsin Shaukat Ali will also perform and present some classical and folk music of his father and some new numbers of his own.

This yearly traditional gala dinner musical event is being organized by Media Personality Arshad Bhatti of Radio Pakistan Toronto to celebrate occasion of Eid which is a grand religious celebration of Muslim world.

A number of local business men are contributing to this program including known names like Wajid Malik, Imran Khan and Zia Abbas, ethnic media of Toronto is also supporting this event.

Details for more information and tickets can be obtained by calling 416-300-5600.

Now anyone can stream hundreds of personalized stations that draw from over 20 million tracks.

Now anyone can stream hundreds of personalized stations that draw from over 20 million tracks.

Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Rdio, the groundbreaking digital music service that has reinvented the way people discover, play, and share music, today announced that its new, highly personalized streaming stations are now free on mobile to all iOS and Android users. Starting today, stations are free for all users — even those whose subscriptions or trials have ended. Any user is now invited to listen to all of Rdio’s stations — drawing from over 20 million songs — at no cost through the Rdio mobile app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Launched in August, Rdio’s new and improved stations are a culmination of Rdio’s focus on beautiful design and usability. Stations are also smarter and custom-tailored to users, creating an effortless listening experience that highlights the best of Rdio. Everyone can now listen to all of the artist, song, and 400 genre stations available on Rdio as well as You FM and Friend FM — personalized stations inspired by an Rdio user’s taste in music and likes on Facebook. Since launching in August, nearly 2.3 million stations have been created.

In addition, Rdio also announced two new features for stations:

  • Station sharing. Think your You FM is proof positive of your superior music taste? Now you can share it — and any song, artist, genre, or other type of station — on Facebook, Twitter, or with any friend on Rdio.
  • Playlist and album stations. Creating an endless stream of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) songs keeps getting easier. With the introduction of playlist stations and album stations, Rdio has more station types than any other music service in the market.

“Station plays are up over 50 percent since our launch in August,” said Drew Larner, Rdio’s chief executive officer. “We’re excited to make one of our most popular features available to everyone for free, forever.”

Non-stop listening for free on Rdio’s stations is available on Rdio for iOS and Android in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Visit the Apple App Store and Google Play to download the Rdio app today.

Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ – Scholars of 8 faiths and philosophies and some 800 delegates including members from academia, governments and faith organizations are gathering at the River Run Centre for Canada’sLargest Multi-Faith event – the 33rd World Religions Conference (WRC), on Sunday, October 6, 2013, first time inGuelph.

Supported by the contributions of so many faith communities that thrive in Canada, WRC has enriched Canadian society by promoting peace, understanding, and tolerance for over 3 decades.

This year’s conference will explore the theme, “Religious Freedom as Practised by Founders” which is timely in the wake of recent killing of worshipers in Pakistan.

Distinguished scholars representing Aboriginal spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Humanism (Atheists and Agnostics) will present their views on the subject. Numerous faith Groups will participate in poetic and hymn presentations.

SOURCE Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at - Kitchener-Waterloo Branch

 For further information:

Nabeel A. Rana
Chief Planning and Coordinating Officer
Phone: 519-722-0841
Email: info@worldreligionsconfence.org

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Deb Matthews help kick off the Canadian Cancer Society's new Women to Women movement that empowers women to spread the message that mammograms save lives alongside Women to Women ambassadors and CCS staff at Queen's Park on October 1. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Deb Matthews help kick off the Canadian Cancer Society’s new Women to Women movement that empowers women to spread the message that mammograms save lives alongside Women to Women ambassadors and CCS staff at Queen’s Park on October 1. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))

A new movement is being launched by the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario, which is bringing women face-to-face to talk about the importance of getting regular mammograms. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Women to Women campaign is empowering women to care for one another by spreading the message that mammograms save lives.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that women aged 50 to 69 should be getting a mammogram every two years. Alarmingly, a new poll from the Canadian Cancer Society found that 62 per cent of women in Ontario don’t know when to start getting regular mammograms.

While breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women, as many as 39 per cent of Ontariowomen aged 50-69 don’t get screened for breast cancer regularly. In fact, the survey also revealed that nearly half (47 per cent) of women do not know that a mammogram is the best way to screen for breast cancer.

“It’s clear that women need to know more about the importance of mammograms, and they need to get talking,” says the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minster of Health and Long-Term Care. “Women to Women is a unique initiative that will mobilize women across the province to take their health into their own hands and detect breast cancer earlier.  Studies show early detection saves lives and the Ontario Government supports this through the Ontario Breast Screening Program.”

When it comes to making health decisions, the poll found that close to four out 1of five women say that aside from their doctor, their girlfriends influence their actions the most.

“We know that mammograms are the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. We also know that women confide in each other and talk about their health.  Women to Women gives them a chance to weave a lifesaving message into those intimate conversations,” says Rowena Pinto, Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives from Canadian Cancer Society.

Advances in early detection and improved treatment are the cornerstone of improved survival rates for breast cancer.  By getting regular mammograms, cancer is found when it is very small, on average the size of an apple seed and at an earlier stage when it is most treatable.

Women to Women ambassador, Brenda North, knows first-hand about the power of peer influence and the consequence of not getting screened regularly starting at age 50.

“I waited until my daughter and partner urged me to get checked before getting a mammogram at 52. By then, I already had a large tumour and stage 3 breast cancer,” says the breast cancer survivor.

North believes that this conversation saved her life and so she’s now doing her part to spread the word that mammograms save lives.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I am proud to be among the hundreds of women in Ontario who have signed up to be Women to Women ambassadors,” she says.  “I’m sharing my story in the hopes that it inspires other women to get screened.”

Women to Women will see hundreds of Ontario women, like Brenda North, become lifesaving ambassadors who are spreading the message that mammograms save lives to their sisters, mothers and girlfriends. The fact that nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of Ontario women know someone who had or has breast cancer, increases the need for women to be proactive and join the movement.

Women in Ontario can join the movement by registering at cancer.ca/womentowomen. Once registered, ambassadors will receive: 11 Thingamaboob key chains – one to keep and ten to give to others while having conversations about the importance of mammograms; tools to share the message online through e-mail and social media; and a personal fundraising page to raise funds for essential breast cancer research.

October 2nd, 2013

Canadians unlikely to turn in tax cheats

News Desk

A survey found more than half of Canadians (53 per cent) would not rat out someone they knew was cheating on their taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency according to a Leger survey conducted by H&R Block Canada. On the flipside, only 27 per cent said they were somewhat likely or very likely to report tax evasion.

The survey found that, while Canadians might be willing to overlook others’ tax dodges, they are likely to be honest with the tax man themselves. If the CRA overpaid them on their tax refunds, 72 per cent claimed they’d notify the agency of the error. Residents of Quebec and Ontario were the most likely to say they would take the money and run, with 31 per cent and 24 per cent respectively saying they would not tell the CRA about an overpayment.

The survey also revealed:

  • One in five Canadians knows a tax cheat. Men (26 per cent) were more likely than women (15 per cent) to know someone who has cheated on taxes.
  • Only 11 per cent of Canadians ranked cheating the CRA as the worst. Extramarital affairs were the worst with 66 per cent saying that cheating on a spouse was the lowest form of treachery.
  • Survey respondents didn’t necessarily see cheating on taxes as an indicator a person would cheat in other spheres of life, with the exception of expense reporting. Fifty-nine per cent of those surveyed believed a tax cheat would likely fudge an expense report.
  • Men and those aged 55 or older were particularly inclined to turn a blind eye to tax cheating, with 60 per cent reporting they would not turn in someone they knew was cheating on their taxes in both demographics.

Even if your neighbours might not turn you in, cheating on your taxes is not a good idea. There are serious consequences for filing a tax return you know is wrong. The best way to pay less tax is to make sure you’re using all of your legal options for reducing your tax burden.

The survey was completed online from September 3 to September 5 using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 1,501 Canadians 18 years of age or older.

Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ – You are invited to join thousands of British Columbians as they “drop, cover and hold on” for the 2013 Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The BC Earthquake Alliance and Insurance Bureau of Canada(IBC) are pleased to present Canada’s largest earthquake drill this year on Thursday, October 17, at 10:17 a.m.

The province of British Columbia has officially proclaimed October 17 ShakeOut BC Day. Participating in the Great BC ShakeOut and practising the life-saving drill of “drop, cover and hold on” is an important step for you and your family to help you respond more quickly and effectively when an actual earthquake occurs. You can register for the BC ShakeOut at www.shakeoutbc.ca.

“Hundreds of thousands of people up and down North America’s earthquake-prone west coast have already registered to participate. The ShakeOut drill is also a great time to review and update your emergency plans and supplies, so you can further minimize damage and injuries when an earthquake hits,” says Teron Moore, Co-chair of the Great BC ShakeOut Organizing Committee.

“Earthquakes can strike anywhere at any time. Although we cannot predict when the next big one will hit, we can prepare,” says Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President, Western & Pacific. “You can practise protecting yourself from an earthquake by annually participating in the BC ShakeOut drill, having an emergency plan and kit at the ready to protect your family for at least 72 hours.”

IBC and the insurance industry are leaders in preparing Canada for an earthquake. IBC’s partnership with the Great BC ShakeOut is an important step toward raising awareness about the importance of earthquake preparedness. IBC has also commissioned research on how a major earthquake would affect Canada’s western and eastern seismic zones. The study is expected to be released later this fall.

To find out why you should participate, check out this video:

To learn more about all the ways to participate in this year’s ShakeOut drill, go to:

You can also download the BC ShakeOut audio drill broadcast and play it during your “drop, cover and hold on” drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. Listening to the broadcast will make your drill more interesting and informative. Clickhere to download the drill broadcast. If you are a TV or radio station that has agreed to play the drill on the day of the Great BC ShakeOut, have your name appear on our website by filling out this form.

For more information about IBC and the 2013 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, visit ibc.ca.

Fortis BC and BCAA are also sponsors for this year’s event. For a full list of sponsors and organizers, click here.

About ShakeOut
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you can have assurance that you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from the next big earthquake in your region. As of today, there are over 14.6 million people that have been registered to participate in ShakeOut drills in 2012, including over 10 million people, on October 18th.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market inCanada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $46 billion.