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Published on Wed, 11/06/2013 by Oxfam Canada

Life Changing Gifts – no Wrapping Required

Life Changing Gifts – no Wrapping Required

It’s that time of year again when many of us start thinking about giving. Oxfam - an international aid agency that works to end global poverty through women’s rights - is asking Canadians to consider give a life-changing gift this holiday season.

For Parawo and the women of Ilchoroi, receiving goats and sheep has meant a better life for themselves, and a better future for their children.  So, why not give a really meaningful gift this year?

How does it work? You visit www.oxfamunwrapped.ca, choose a gift to buy - for example a goat or a set of schoolbooks – you get a card to send to your family, friends, co-workers or clients, and your donation item goes to those who need it most.

Published on Thu, 10/31/2013 by The War Amps

Extraordinary friendship between a child amputee and Second World War Veteran

Extraordinary friendship between a child amputee and Second World War Veteran

Jenna and Bert

Not only is Jenna grateful for Bert’s friendship, but Jenna’s parents are as well because as an amputee, she faces unique challenges.

While most 15-year-olds consider TV personalities and pop stars to be their role models, Jenna Nixon says 88-year-old Bert Steinhoff, a Second World War veteran, is hers. The two have a special friendship that spans more than 11 years. Although it may appear Bert and Jenna should have little in common, they are both leg amputees and members of The War Amps, allowing them to share a unique bond.     

Published on Wed, 10/16/2013 by Ontario Press Council

Star, Globe reporting on Fords appropriate, Ontario Press Council hearing concludes

Star, Globe reporting on Fords appropriate, Ontario Press Council hearing concludes

Panel points to ‘understanding gap’ between readers, media about acceptable regulations governing investigative reporting

“The panel concluded that The Star and the Globe both followed appropriate journalistic guidelines in their reporting on the Fords.”

- George Thomson, Senior Director, National Judicial Institute

TORONTO -- The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail each followed appropriate journalistic guidelines when producing and publishing stories about alleged drug involvement by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Toronto Councilor Doug Ford, the Ontario Press Council has concluded.

Published on Wed, 10/02/2013 by H&R Block

Canadians turn a blind eye to tax cheats

Canadians turn a blind eye to tax cheats

Canadians say they’ll play fair with the tax man, but seem indifferent as to whether their neighbours do the same, according to a recent survey.

“There are serious consequences for filing a tax return you know is wrong. The best way to pay less tax is to make sure you’re using all of your legal options for reducing your tax burden.”

Only 27 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they were likely to notify the Canada Revenue Agency if someone they knew was cheating on their taxes, according to a survey conducted by Leger Marketing for H&R Block Canada.

At the same time, 72 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they would let the CRA know if they had been overpaid on their tax refund.

Published on Mon, 11/19/2012 by The GATE

The GATE challenges media, bloggers to give back this holiday season

The GATE challenges media, bloggers to give back this holiday season

TORONTO (November 16, 2012) - The 2012 edition of The GATE's Holiday Gift Guide series launched today, and as is tradition, The GATE kicked it all off with some suggestions for charities you and your family can support.

This year, The GATE selected Plan Canada as our feature charity, and purchased the motorcycle ambulance gift from their Gifts of Hope program.

Published on Mon, 11/07/2011 by National Council of Veteran Associations

Government Should Exempt Veterans From Budgetary Cuts

Government Should Exempt Veterans From Budgetary Cuts

By: Brian N. Forbes, Secretary General, National Council of Veteran Associations, November 7, 2011

As the National Council of Veteran Associations (representing 58 member-organizations) gathered for its annual meeting last week, its focus was on the declared intention of the Government that many Federal Budgets are to be potentially reduced and that substantial financial cuts will have to be exercised by individual Departments, including Veterans Affairs Canada.

Published on Tue, 05/24/2011 by CUSO-VSA

On June 6th, CUSO-VSO turns 50 -- but does international volunteering still work?

On June 6th, CUSO-VSO turns 50 -- but does international volunteering still work?

Volunteering over five decades

On June 6th 2011, CUSO-VSO (formerly CUSO, still known by many as Canadian University Service Overseas) will turn 50.

Since 1961, more than 15,000 CUSO-VSO volunteers have contributed to a world of solutions in more than 70 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. CUSO-VSO is one of the oldest volunteer-sending agencies in the world, the same age as the Peace Corps in the United States.

Published on Mon, 08/30/2010 by World Vision Canada

World Vision medical clinic culturally acceptable for women

World Vision medical clinic culturally acceptable for women

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Although Badar Munir is not sick and needs no clinical help, he visits the World Vision Emergency Medical Camp every day in Koto village near Lower Dir.

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