Wednesday, May 18, 2011

University of Western Ontario To Welcome Over Three Hundred Presbyterian Commissioners From Across The Country

TORONTO, May 17, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Representatives from Presbyterian churches across Canada will gather in London, Ontario for a week of deliberations and fellowship. The 137th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada convenes June 5th at the University of Western Ontario and continues through June 10th. The week will be filled with meetings of the Assembly, daily worship, and learning and fellowship opportunities for the approximately three hundred delegates that will attend.

The PCC is comprised of over nine hundred congregations, ministries, and mission partnerships across Canada and around the world. On any given Sunday, worship services are conducted in sanctuaries, school gyms, and living rooms across the country in as many as seventeen languages.

The honour of hosting the Assembly rotates among the forty-five regional presbyteries. Rev. Keith McKee, minister at St. George's Presbyterian Church in London, chairs the local committee making arrangements for the Assembly on behalf of the Presbytery of London.

"It has been 25 years since the Presbytery of London hosted General Assembly," says McKee, "The local Presbytery has been planning for over four years to ensure that commissioners have a warm welcome to London. The Presbytery is honoured to have commissioners from coast to coast, as well as ecumenical visitors, church staff, and others, as London's guests."

The General Assembly, which meets annually, elects a Moderator who, in addition to presiding over the week-long meeting of Assembly, is the de facto spokesperson for The PCC while the Assembly is not sitting. The sole nominee for Moderator of the 137th General Assembly is the Rev. Dr. H.D. (Rick) Horst, minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Barrie, Ontario. Rev. Horst is quite familiar with the London area having served seventeen years as minister in nearby St. Marys.

Specific information about the 137th General Assembly, including each of the recommendations to be considered by the commissioners and schedules for special events, is available online at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Web camera captures osprey action for the fourth year

CALGARY, May 10, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Once again, the public will have access to a bird's eye view of an osprey nest via a high-resolution webcam thanks to an arrangement between the Calgary Zoo and ENMAX Corporation.

For over 15 years, a pair of nesting osprey has built their summer home on a platform constructed by the Calgary Zoo atop a pole erected by ENMAX subsidiary, ENMAX Power Corporation, as part of its Osprey/Avian Nest Management program. The platform is located at the extreme east end of St. George's Island and eggs have already been laid this season.

"ENMAX is pleased to provide nature enthusiasts with a unique, intimate opportunity to view the ospreys' seasonal activities," said Doris Kaufmann, ENMAX Corporation. "This is the fourth year we have worked with the zoo on this initiative and online viewers will benefit from the brand new camera installed earlier this spring."

The live streaming camera captures in full cycle the birds' dramatic seasonal milestones, from nest building and mating rituals, to egg laying, incubation, hatching, feeding and fledging, a period of intense activity that is all centred at the nest. Last year, more than 50,000 hits were recorded as people watched the exciting events of the ospreys unfold between April and September.

For more information on this osprey camera and to watch the ospreys live, 24 hours a day, visit the ENMAX osprey pages at A link and further information about ospreys is also available on the Calgary Zoo website at

ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for more than 100 years. ENMAX Corporation provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to more than 640,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer locations in Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailer. Through subsidiaries, ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest investors in renewable energy and was the first Canadian electricity retailer to offer customers the option to support wind generated energy. As well, ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiary ENMAX Envision Inc., provides fibre optic networks for high speed data and internet communications. Visit our website at

Monday, May 9, 2011

National Nursing Week (May 9-15) Statement from Ontario's Doctors

TORONTO, May 8, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - It is National Nursing Week (May 9-15), and on behalf of all of Ontario's doctors I would like to take a moment to recognize nurses for their hard work and dedication to patients and the health care system. Working on the frontlines, nurses have and will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that patients across the province receive the health care services they need and deserve.

Ontario's health care system continues to evolve at a rapid pace. All health care professionals are faced with many challenges on a day-to-day basis which is why it is important that we work together so that we can better serve our patients. Working across the spectrum of health care in long-term care homes, hospitals and doctor's offices to name a few, we are fortunate to be working alongside Ontario's nurses.

By working collaboratively, we can deliver high quality services and provide timely access to every Ontarian across the province. It is our hope that patients in Ontario will take a moment to appreciate the work that nurses do not just during National Nurse Appreciation Week but throughout the year.

Dr. Stewart Kennedy, MD
Ontario Medical Association

Friday, May 6, 2011

Brain Researchers Bringing Ideas, Discoveries to Guelph

GUELPH, Ontario May 04, 2011 - University of Guelph News Release

Neuroscience research is one of the fastest-growing areas of study at the University of Guelph, but it's still a relatively unknown field among non-experts. Hoping to change that, Guelph’s “brain professors” are inviting the public to the annual conference of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association, which will draw researchers from across the province to campus May 9.

“We’re working hard to share the exciting advances in neuroscience beyond our academic peers,” said Prof. Mark Fenske, Department of Psychology, who studies how the brain’s attention and emotion systems can enhance performance.

“We want to let people know how such findings relate to their day-to-day lives.”

The conference theme is learning and motivation; lecture topics will include aging, memory, emotion, and links between movement and musical rhythm. More than 100 poster presentations will discuss everything from behaviour and addiction to stroke, depression and music-dependent memory.

The all-day event will begin at 9 a.m. in Rozanski Hall. Keynote speaker Harriet de Wit, University of Chicago, will discuss determinants of human drug preferences at 11:30 a.m. A complete schedule of talks and poster presentations is available online.

“All speakers are being asked to include messages about the importance of their research for the general public and any implications for mental health,” Fenske said.

About two dozen U of G researchers from six departments study neuroscience. Their studies include protein structure in multiple sclerosis, epilepsy in dogs and cats, and drug addictions and relapses.

U of G offers a neuroscience minor through the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and a neuroscience graduate degree in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Administrators plan to expand the grad degree to an interdepartmental program and to create a B.Sc. major in neuroscience.

Guelph neuroscientists host annual events such as Brain Awareness Week and Brain Bee competitions for high school students. Fenske writes about brain topics as a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail and co-wrote The Winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success, published in 2010.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guelph Community Food Drive - Sunday May 29 to Sunday June 5

Chalmers Community Services Centre is joining forces with the Food Accessibility Working Group of the Guelph Wellington Food Round Table, Epicentre (part of the Billy Graham Association), the Salvation Army and other community groups to participate in the Guelph Community Food Drive that will run from Sunday, the 29th of May to Sunday, the 5th of June.

Here is how you and your congregation can help:

Invite members of your congregation and their friends to bring food to your church on these two Sundays. Here are the preferred food items that Chalmers would particularly appreciate receiving: skim milk powder, peanut butter, rice, pasta, canned tuna/salmon, high fiber cereal, instant oatmeal, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, and canned beans. Please call our office at 519-822-8778 to arrange a time to drop off collected items at 40 Baker Street.

Help canvas the area in the city that we have particularly been assigned, Waterloo to Norfolk/Woolwich to London to Edinburgh East to Waterloo. This requires delivering a flyer inviting people to bring their donated food items to Chalmers Community Services Centre on Saturday, the 4th of June between 9am-12noon. If you could volunteer for this activity, please leave your name at CCSC, 519-822-8778 or email

Thank you very much for participating in this major community food drive.

John Buttars (Chair of the CCSC Board)

Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) operates Chalmers Downtown and Chalmers West. CCSC offers a number of services but the main services are a food pantry (formerly the Fair Share Food Shelf), clothing, as well as personal support, referral, dignity, and community for a significant number of people who live on the margins of our affluent city.

Kind Regards,

Anita Jarvis
Program Leader
Chalmers Community Services Centre


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Salvation Army Announces May as Dignity Month

Annual Red Shield Campaign, concert event and report to promote dignity for all

TORONTO, May 4, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Salvation Army is announcing May as Dignity Month in support of the Dignity Project and its annual Red Shield Campaign. The Campaign aims to raise money to fight poverty across Canada.

The Salvation Army's Dignity Project launched in March with a goal of educating the public about the reality of poverty in the 21st century - underscoring that everyone deserves the fundamental right of human dignity. This concept continues into the month of May with a number of events planned nationwide, including:

...Dignity Speaks: An evening of education and entertainment featuring music and guest speakers sharing Salvation Army success stories. The event, taking place on Sunday, May 15 at the Harbour Light in downtown Toronto will feature Juno-award-winning artists Downhere, the up-and-coming band Hark the Herons and former Toronto Argonaut quarterback Damon Allen. Herbie Kuhn, the voice of the Toronto Raptors, and Colonel Floyd Tidd, Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army in Canada will host the evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

...Local Dignity Events: Throughout the month of May, The Salvation Army and many of its local units will host events focusing on the concept of dignity. These events will be highlighted on a Google-powered Map, similar to the "Fill the Kettle" map used during The Salvation Army's Christmas Campaign. The map will include the location, time and more information about each local dignity event. The Google map can be found at

...Partnership with BioPed: BioPed's goodytwoshoes foundation is teaming up with The Salvation Army to provide footwear to Canada's most vulnerable. On May 18th, BioPed will close its clinic doors to distribute shoes and conduct routine foot assessments and foot-related education to Salvation Army shelters across Canada.

...Homelessness Perceptions Report: Later this month, The Salvation Army will release a report including new national polling data from the Angus Reid Forum on perceptions of homelessness in Canada. The report is part of the Army's continuing effort to educate the public about perceptions and attitudes surrounding marginalized people in society today.

...Red Shield Campaign: For more than 90 years, The Salvation Army in Canada has promoted the annual Red Shield Campaign. Traditionally launched during the month of May, this fundraising appeal targets donors to raise money for programs and services available to the more than 3 million Canadians living in poverty today. Last year, $2.7 million was raised to help The Salvation Army feed, clothe, shelter and otherwise care for more than 1.6 million Canadians. This year, the campaign goal is $3 million.

"With the launch of our annual May Red Shield Campaign, there's no better time for us to declare a month devoted to restoring dignity to Canada's most vulnerable," said Graham Moore, Public Relations & Development Secretary for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. "Our goal this month is to inspire action in others - to educate and motivate the public to change their thinking about the many struggling to get by everyday."

Money raised during the month of May will directly support those living in poverty today through Salvation Army social services like emergency shelter care, substance abuse counselling and employment training. Each year, The Salvation Army serves more than 1.6 million people in more than 400 communities across the country.

Financial contributions can be made by visiting, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by mailing donations to The Salvation Army, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H1P4 or by dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation Army facility in your area.

Donors can also support the May Red Shield Campaign by texting HOME to 45678 from most mobile carriers in Canada. A $15 donation will be added to your monthly mobile bill.

About The Red Shield Campaign:

The May Red Shield Campaign is an annual fundraising and public awareness campaign held annually throughout the month of May. The Salvation Army utilizes online, phone, direct mail and door-to-door appeals to solicit donations from generous Canadians. Giving to The Salvation Army offers an opportunity to invest in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community. On average, 86 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used directly in charitable activities.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.