Month: November 2017

Mississauga horse owner building up a big operation on a historic property in Caledon

By Perry Lefko After starting out at Woodbine Racetrack in the early ‘70s walking thoroughbred racehorses after their morning exercises, 40 years later, Joe Guerrieri has ramped up his interest and investment in the sport. The 60-year-old Mississauga resident is the owner of Winview Farms, on a property in Caledon that was once the breeding ground for the historic Gardiner Farms. He is also the proprietor of Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, which won the Breeders’ Stakes, one of Canada’s three Triple Crown races, in August, with Channel Maker. Guerrieri sold a half interest in the horse in his two-year-old year...

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Brampton school launches cultural exchange with First Nations

Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton has partnered with the First Nations school, Chief Sunrise Education Centre in the Northwest Territories (NWT), to launch a cultural exchange program. They kicked things off with a comprehensive school presentation with cultural activities like the KAIROS blanket exercise. Guest speakers included Henriette Thompson, director of Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice at the Anglican Church of Canada and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Marjorie Paleshi, of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit working group for Ontario Secondary Teachers’ Federation also spoke at the event. Students who participated in the KAIROS blanket...

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New York Region District School Board director has roots in Peel

Louise Sirisko has been appointed the new director of education for the York Region District School Board. Sirisko has been working at the provincial Ministry of Education for about the past three years as director of the branch overseeing special education policy and programs. She began teaching in 1990, in Peel Region, later becoming a vice-principal, a principal and an elementary school superintendent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Toronto, an education degree from York, and a master’s in education/business administration from Brock. Sirisko is known for her work in equity and...

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Postmedia/Torstar local newspaper deal is cynical and destructive: CAJ

The message Postmedia and Torstar sent when they swapped Ontario community newspapers was succinct: local journalism is not a priority at either company, says the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). “Postmedia and Torstar pretend to support thriving local news, and advocate for more journalism when they testify at parliamentary committees,” said CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey. “But they’ve proven once again that cutting newspapers, and destroying media diversity in cities both big and small, is routine business.” Canada’s latest media swap saw Postmedia acquire 24 Torstar properties in exchange for 17 newspapers. Only seven of those won’t be closed down....

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Brampton’s Alessia Cara scores big in Grammy nominations

Brampton native, Alessia Cara, has gone from strength to strength since the 2015 release of her debut single Here and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. Her debut album Know-It-All produced the top-ten Billboard Hot 100 hit “Scars to your Beautiful”, but it was her collaborations in 2017 that led to recognition by the prestigious awards group. Cara is nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for the single, Stay that she generated with music producer, Zedd.  She is also nominated in two categories, “Song of the Year” and “Best Music Video” for the song, 1-800-273-8255 that she performed on with...

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