Can you see Canada in places it shouldn’t be?

toronto(NC) You probably know that in many movies, Canadian locations serve as stand-ins for American ones. But these examples may surprise you:

Chicago

Could it be that a movie named after ‘the Windy City’ was actually shot in Canada? Better believe it. Chicago, the 2002 Oscar-winning musical was shot mostly in Toronto, in some of the city’s period buildings. It makes sense. The two cities share similar architecture and follow a similar urban-sprawl pattern due to the lakes surrounding them.

Detroit Rock City

This rock ‘n’ roll cult favourite was filmed almost entirely in Ontario, despite being set in Detroit. Lucky KISS fans from Hamilton were cast as extras in the movie’s concert scene and got to watch KISS play live at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.

Seven Years in Tibet

The glorious opening shots, supposedly of the Himalayas, were shot on Mount Waddington in British Columbia. To prepare themselves for the shoot, lead actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis underwent intensive mountain-climbing training to conquer Western Canada’s most popular peak.

“The diversity of scenery in Canada, from the natural environment to the colourful cities, makes it a great backdrop for blockbuster films,” says Kate Brennan, senior communications manager for Redbox, a leading name in new release movie rentals. “It really shows the transformative power of movies, giving you a glimpse of a world that may be closer than you realize.”

Brennan points out that for a low cost, the Redbox service offers a wide range of new-release DVDs and Blu-ray discs, featuring the most popular celebrities and characters. It’s also the best option for Canadians to view new release movies, not available on Netflix or any other streaming services on the market. You can reserve them online at redbox.ca, or make a selection in the kiosk at your favourite retailer.

What movies do you know are impersonated by Canada?

Beautiful Lashes Without Extentions

Who knew magic came in 2 tubes!?

Or as I call it, unicorns and fairies, jumping over rainbows and sprinkling lash love inside each tube.

Probably the greatest invention for make up loving ladies like myself.  And if you’re not into make up *gasp*, just having beautiful lashes can truly make all the difference in your day (I bet you’ll get a few extra smiles from strangers you meet) as it frames your true beauty!  Even on my blah days, a coat of mascara and a nice lip gloss make me feel ready to take on the world.

Did you know, mascara originated to ward off evil spirits and ill-wishers around 4000 BC?  Egyptian men and women, lined their eyes with kohl and used the mascara to deepen their lashes as eyes were believed to be the windows to the soul.  Concealing them would ward off any evil spirits and bad energy.

Through Egypt’s influence, kohl usage persisted in the subsequent Babylonian, Greek and Roman empires. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, kohl fell into disuse on the European continent, where it had been considered solely a cosmetic; conversely, it continued to be widely used in the Middle East for religious purposes

Mascara became a beauty product in Victorian times, as these ladies were quite the beauty divas! Mixing ashes and elderberry, Victorian ladies created their own mascara concoctions.

Fast forward to 2012 – and Younique introduces their 3D Fiber Lash Mascara!

Now, understand, this is coming from me, a 45 year old Granny, that went through a breast cancer conundrum which changes everything in your body, including the lashes you once had as a blossoming teenager and young adult. Age, health, the environment, life style – call it whatever you’d like, but I had very scarce lashes, even with my expensive department store mascara (bummer).

It's hard being me without beautiful lashes!

It’s hard being me without beautiful lashes!

 

I had a friend, selling mascara in Hawaii.  Being the good, supportive friend I am, I supported her mascara business and bought one <inside praying, but not expecting any mascara miracle, because I’m a born skeptic>.  You see, we’re a family without lashes! Even my precious pet kid Mattie is lashless!  Seems to be our fate.

Mattie the Min Pin & doggy extraordinaire.

Mattie the Min Pin & doggy extraordinaire.

 

Let me fast, fast, forward …. 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Younique arrives and I fall-in-LOVE!  What’s not to love about this product?

3 simple steps – Transplanting Gel / Natural Fibers / Transplanting Gel to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of (even for us lash challenged folk)! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily wash off with warm water and your favourite facial cleanser or check out my DIY make-up remover.

You can't deny, one simple coat is a huge difference, imagine 3!

You can’t deny, one simple coat is a huge difference, imagine 3!

 

Now, if only I had this magic in a mascara bottle when I had to pose for pictures in meeting my all time crush Jim Cuddy  … duh dum dum dum

Don’t delay – get your 3D Fiber Lash Mascara today >> HERE <<  because I deem this a Product HIT!

Today I’m signing off …. lash beautiful Granny! ❤

 

granny

 

Walk of Hope for Ovarian Cancer Canada

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Walk Date:

September 08, 2013

Location:
Woodbine Park, Coxwell Avenue & Lakeshore Blvd E, Toronto

Route distance
2.5 km or 5 km – 5K Fun-Run option

Event Day Schedule:
9:30am Registration and entertainment
11:00am Walk
Post-Walk Lunch and closing ceremonies (Veloute Bistro & M&M)

Pre-Walk warm-up provided by GI Jane
Exercise warm-up and massage services generously provided by Toronto Sports and Orthopedic Clinic.
All day entertainment provided by Absolutely Jack
this year there will be a 5K fun run

THINGS TO BRING:

your camera

your camping chair or picnic blanket

your reusable water bottle

your (teal!) running shoes

a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses

your dog!

your appetite

Please remember the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is RAIN OR SHINE…The walk must go on!

Huge thanks to some wonderful local sponsors!

We couldn`t do it without our amazing sponsors.

We couldn’t do it without our amazing sponsors.

Saturday September 7th – set up day in Toronto!

Through the mud and rain – set up continued, and everyone had smiles on their faces, knowing it’s a wonderful cause being supported. Will you be at  the Walk of Hope in your community September 8th?

This is where the magic begins – set up day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (watch the video)

The Toronto set up team kept their spirits up knowing it's all for a great cause!

The Toronto set up team kept their spirits up knowing it’s all for a great cause!

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New diagnostic tool detects skin cancer immediately

Canadian-made Verisante Aura improves the chances of early skin cancer detection.

Canadian-made Verisante Aura improves the chances of early skin cancer detection.

 

(NC)—With over 1,000 moles covering her body, Kim Ellis’ chance for early detection of melanoma is similar to finding a needle in a haystack on first glance. However, advances in medical technology have turned what was once a subjective “eyeball” evaluation into an objective, potentially life-saving scan.

 

 

In contrast to the standard and somewhat subjective visual inspection of moles by a dermatologist, the made-in-Canada Verisante Aura (verisante.com/aura) diagnostic device uses a light ray to help medical professionals make a biopsy decision in under a second.

Ellis recently had a scan by the device, which flagged a very subtle rose-coloured blemish for further investigation. What would have normally been bypassed was biopsied and found to be malignant. Ellis is soon to have the full lesion area removed.

“My skin lesion was barely visible,” she says. “My doctors and I have to keep a vigilant watch to be sure other malignancies don’t pop up. This new tool that quickly scans might have saved my life had the lesion been diagnosed as melanoma and could save more lives.”

This new technology, which is now in use at clinics across Canada, was developed in partnership between the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and the University of British Columbia over a 10-year period. Testing for the device took place at the Skin Care Centre at Vancouver General Hospital over a six-year clinical study. The results published last year in a peer-reviewed journal showed a significant advancement over current clinical diagnosis, demonstrating that the tool has a 99 per cent success rate of finding skin cancer.

According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in this country. It’s estimated that one in six Canadians will develop it during their lifetime.

“Early detection is key and underlines the need for technology that can screen for skin cancer quickly and accurately,” says Annette Cyr, the chair at Melanoma Network of Canada. Patients have a 99 per cent chance of survival when melanoma is diagnosed early; in late stages, it falls to 15 per cent.

“Aura represents a new paradigm in skin cancer detection,” she continues. “It is the first available device that takes an objective measurement almost immediately, significantly improving the chances of early detection and better health outcomes for patients.”

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Canadian Couples With Kids More Likely To “Cheat”

23% of those in a relationship who have children in their home indicated that they have "cheated" on their spouse/partner/significant other by streaming a TV program(s) before their partner had a chance to watch.

23% of those in a relationship who have children in their home indicated that they have “cheated” on their spouse/partner/significant other by streaming a TV program(s) before their partner had a chance to watch.

 

TORONTO, May 16, 2013 – Canadians in relationships who also have children at home are almost twice as likely as those without to have “cheated” on their spouse/partner/significant other by streaming a TV program(s) before/without them, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix1. But don’t start grilling your significant other or giving them the evil eye just yet.

 

 

Twenty-three per cent of those in a relationship who have children in their home indicated that they have “cheated” on their spouse/partner/significant other by streaming a TV program(s) before their partner had a chance to watch, versus just 12 per cent of those without children. Additionally, 29 per cent of those with children indicated that they have been “cheated” on in the past.

Those in a relationship who have kids in their home are more likely to “cheat” by streaming a TV program(s) while in the bathroom, before their significant other had a chance to watch.

Fourteen per cent of those in a relationship who have kids in their home confessed to their partner they watched a streamed program before them and 36 per cent of those in a relationship who have kids said they would feel guilty after streaming a show without their partner.

“For all of the joy and innovation that comes with streaming TV shows on Netflix, it’s clear this paradigm shift has had a cultural impact and effect on human behavior,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “Our researchers investigated the situation, and it’s clear many people are ‘cheating’ on their significant other by watching ahead. Let me be clear: Netflix does not condone adultery. As always—our message is to Watch Responsibly.”

Fourteen per cent of those in a relationship who have kids in their home confessed to their partner they watched a streamed program before them and 36 per cent of those in a relationship who have kids said they would feel guilty after streaming a show without their partner.

Fourteen per cent of those in a relationship who have kids in their home confessed to their partner they watched a streamed program before them and 36 per cent of those in a relationship who have kids said they would feel guilty after streaming a show without their partner.

Other interesting data from the survey:

  • “Cheaters” chose a number of different locations:
    • 64 per cent would be likely to do so at home by themselves on the main TV
    • 18 per cent admitted they would watch while their significant other was traveling for work
    • Seven per cent would watch during a break at work, while six per cent would watch while traveling for work
    • Four per cent admit that they would “cheat” by streaming a TV program in the bathroom.

 

  • Perhaps to get out of sleeping on the couch, results showed that many of those in a relationship would do any of the listed behaviors to try to hide that they watched a TV program via streaming before their significant other. Of those who would do any of the listed actions:
    • 34 per cent would not spoil scenes before they happened
    • 39 per cent would re-watch with their partner without saying anything
    • Eight percent would re-watch and “fake it” with emotion
    • 16 per cent would feel so guilty that they would need to confess to their partner.
  • A little more reckless with their viewing habits, younger couples (31 per cent of those ages 18-39) were more likely to have “cheated4” than older couples (six per cent of those ages 50+).
  • Younger adults appear more likely to come clean about “cheating” than their older counterparts—21 per cent of those ages 18-39 vs. five per cent of those ages 40-49; and three per cent of those ages 50+.

Netflix continues to revolutionize entertainment by letting viewers control what and when they watch. Netflix is not responsible for trust issues, lovers’ spats, or marital troubles that arise because the programming offered is just too addictive.

Survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix from April 23-26, 2013 among 1,011 Canadian adults (of whom 664 are married, living with a partner or dating) ages 18 and older.

2 Their spouse/partner/significant other watched a program(s) via streaming before/without them.

3 Those in a relationship who would “cheat” by streaming TV program(s) before their spouse/partner significant other had a chance to watch.

4 Have watched a program(s) via streaming before their spouse/partner/significant other had a chance to watch it/them.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

The survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netflix between April 23rd and April 26th, 2013 among 1,011 adults ages 18 and older (of whom 664 are married, living with a partner or dating) via its Global Omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, education, region, household income and ethnicity were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. This data were weighted to reflect the composition of the general adult population.

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