Author: Ray Yurkowski

AIDS in Africa: the untold story

Joanna Henry, bestselling author of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa, will reveal the untold story of AIDS in Africa at a Brampton Library event on Jan. 15. Co-hosted by the library and the Canadian Federation of University Women, the presentation will detail visits to eight African countries by Henry and photographer Alexis MacDonald to interview and photograph hundreds of grandmothers (including Barack Obama’s grandmother, Sarah) who are reclaiming hope and resurrecting lives. By the time the AIDS pandemic in Africa reached its peak early in the new millennium, millions of children had been orphaned. In...

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Winning Lotto Max ticket sold in Brampton

Ontario is kicking off the new year with a big Lotto Max jackpot. The winning ticket from the Jan. 5 draw, worth more than $35 million, was sold in Brampton. A second prize winning ticket, worth more than $300,000, was sold in Toronto. Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario Lotto Max players have won more than $4 billion in prizes, including 55 jackpot wins and 390 winning Maxmillions tickets from across the province. Photo courtesy of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming...

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MonstrARTity releases new videos of Bollywood singers

MonstrARTity is sharing videos of two Bollywood playback singers on YouTube, as part of their latest program, the Monster Artist Development (MAD) series. Based in Mississauga, the MonstrARTity creative community was born in 2011 to provide entertainment for all ages. The not-for-profit organization is the producer of the Bollywood Monster Mashup, the largest South Asian festival in Canada, as well as the team behind the award-winning Monster Rock Orchestra show. The new videos feature Aakanksha Sharma and Abhilasha Chellam. Sharma stopped by the MAD studios for an exclusive acoustic performance featuring a medley of her favourite tracks, collaborating with...

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StatsCan says Canadians spending as much on marijuana as wine

With the Government of Canada poised to legalize access to cannabis for non-medical purposes in 2018, Statistics Canada released a report, on Dec. 18, estimating consumption of the herb from 1960 to 2015. The study estimates 4.9 million cannabis consumers in Canada, aged 15 and older in 2015, including both medical and non-medical use. That translates to an estimated 697.5 tonnes of weed. Assuming a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram, the estimated value of cannabis consumption in Canada in 2015 ranged from $5 billion to $6.2 billion, making the pot market roughly one-half to two-thirds of the size of the $9.2 billion beer market or about 70 to...

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New buyer stress test set to limit home price appreciation in 2018

According to a Royal LePage market survey forecast, released on Dec. 13, the House Price Composite, which measures home prices in 53 key Canadian cities, is expected to increase 4.9 per cent by the end of 2018 to $661,919, in the face of a series of measures aimed at affordability challenges in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). One of the most significant regulatory interventions in the housing industry in years is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) mortgage financing stress test, which takes effect on January 1. The stress test targets existing and prospective...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Black Enslavement in Upper Canada

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  2. The Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  3. A Thread and a Story

    November 10, 2017 - February 25, 2018
  4. What’s for Dinner?

    November 25, 2017 - November 25, 2018
  5. Skate on the Square

    December 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 16, 2018 @ 10:30 pm

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