November 27, 2014
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RBC, Public Health Agency of Canada, ParticipACTION commit $8.2-million to 'RBC Learn to Play'

Today, RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in partnership with ParticipACTION announced a three-year, $8.2-million commitment to the RBC Learn to Play Project, a collection of national programs and partnerships that provide children with the opportunity to learn how to play and become happy, healthy and active for life.

One in Three Children Globally Say We Are Failing in Our Duty to Protect Them

A new survey released today by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) unveils children’s views on their rights. The results clearly show that we have to do more to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. In fact, a startling one-third (32 percent) of children from throughout the globe say that their basic rights to be protected are not being met. The fifth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey is one of the most comprehensive polls of children's views in the world. This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6,040 children aged 10 to 12 years in 44 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia were asked for their views on child rights.

Tim Hortons yarn-bombs MOBILE coffee truck to spread #WarmWishes TO Torontonians

Tim Hortons surprises Torontonians by “yarn-bombing” its mobile coffee truck, the TimsRunner. The yarn-boming, complete by Toronto-based knitting store, Lettuce Knit, is to celebrate the launch of Tim Hortons new #WarmWishes holiday cups and social media campaign encouraging Canadians to do good for others this holiday season. Each time a guest shares a good deed using the #WarmWishes hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, Tim Hortons will pay-it-forward and donate a toque to a child in need through the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Tim Hortons’ goal is to provide up to 10,000 children with a warm and cozy toque.

National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims/Journée du souvenir des victimes de la route

Wednesday, November 19 is the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada. Since 2007, the third Wednesday of November has been set aside for Canadians to remember those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured on Canadian roads. Le mercredi 19 novembre 2014 correspondra à la Journée nationale du souvenir des victimes de la route au Canada. Depuis 2007, le troisième mercredi de novembre, les Canadiens honorent la mémoire des personnes décédées ou gravement blessées sur les routes du pays.

GLUTEN SENSITIVITY LINKED TO THYROID DISEASE

A new survey reveals that one out of 10 Canadian adults who have been diagnosed with sensitivity to gluten or its more severe form, celiac disease, also have a thyroid disorder. More than 2.5 million Canadian adults have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder making it one of the most prevalent glandular disorders in Canada. One in every four Canadian adults avoids gluten for various reasons. One in every ten said they feel better when they avoid gluten even though they have not been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. Interviews with: Endocrinologist Dr. Wendy Rosenthall and Patient Frances Salvaggio, Board Member, Thyroid Foundation of Canada

FAMILY LEGACY PROTECTS ONTARIANS FROM CARBON MONOXIDE

Today, with the passage of the province’s new carbon monoxide (CO) law – Bill 77, The Hawkins-Gignac Act – two families are confident that Ontarians are now much less likely to experience a tragedy like the one that shattered their lives back in the winter of 2008. OPP Constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their children Cassie and Jordan all died from CO poisoning in Woodstock, Ontario in December 2008. The vent leading from their gas fireplace was clogged causing the deadly gas to seep back into their home. They didn’t know they were in danger because carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless. And they did not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

A Full House Rocked with Laughter Thanks to Chris Rock and Will Arnett with $2.5 million raised

Last night, Toronto was treated to one of its most fun and funniest evenings of the year, as Chris Rock performed at Laughter Is The Best Medicine II—a comedy gala that raised $2.5 million in support of Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH.) With Will Arnett as Master of Ceremonies, over 1400 guests celebrated the completion of the hospital's $60-million private sector capital campaign at the sold-out affair, held at the Allstream Centre. Chris Rock—the multi-Emmy and Grammy award winner, critically acclaimed as one of the world's best comedians—had the crowd in stitches for more than an hour, with all-new material, prepared especially for TEGH's guests. The occasion marked the first time Rock had ever performed for a private event.

Global food trendologist, Christine Couvelier and Travelocity.ca unveil Culinary Travel Trend Report

Think of the last trip you took. Now, I bet you can't remember every detail of what you saw, but no doubt you remember some of the amazing food you tasted. In fact, food is so special to the travel experience that in a new survey by Travelocity.ca it was revealed that 75 per cent of Canadians believe food is important an important factor when choosing a destination. As food themed trips become increasingly popular Travelocity.ca has partnered with global culinary trendologist, Christine Couvelier to discover the top ten destinations for culinary travel this Fall and their up and coming food trends.

A RACE AGAINST TIME: NEW PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH GIVES 24,000 CANADIAN MEN A FIGHTING CHANCE

Prostate Cancer Canada grant aims to accelerate pace of discovery of novel therapies. TORONTO: Prostate Cancer Canada is in a race to give the approximately 24,000 Canadian men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year a better fighting chance. In response to the urgent need to increase the pace of discovery, Prostate Cancer Canada just awarded a Translation Acceleration Grant (TAG) to a team led by Dr. Paul Rennie of the Vancouver Prostate Centre and the University of British Columbia.

Mike Weir Takes a Swing for Arthritis

Eight-time PGA Tour winner Mike Weir was in Toronto today to talk about breaking free from the pain of arthritis. In partnership with ALEVE and The Arthritis Society, Weir shared his own story that took him from the top of his game to one of the most challenging periods of his life. After a 2011 golfing accident led to an elbow injury that later developed into arthritis, Weir’s career came to an abrupt halt and, unable to do what he loved, he experienced physical, mental and emotional hardship.

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