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WORKING WOMEN’S WAGES PALPABLE PROBLEM – April Conference Enhances Entrepreneurial Advances

You’ve slept through conferences. Paid cold cash for common crudite. Fill your business belly with the good stuff at the WIBN Conference this month!

Register by April 21 and get the special rate! For $150, you can nosh on knowledge and dine on divine direction. (Your fee also covers breakfast, lunch and the end-of-day reception). Plus, you’ll get 12 months’ WIBN membership, with all the coaching and networking you can stomach!

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Lynn Filusch
For Women in Biz Network

Toronto, April 17, 2014 – As Ontario touts its first officially-recognized “Equal Pay Day” this week, the wage gap between men and women remains strikingly vast. According to Statistics Canada, that divide is deepening, with women earning less in all occupational categories. Canada’s Women in Biz Network (WIBN) is doing something about the problem, hosting a conference later this month to both empower female entrepreneurs and strengthen their skills. 

The founder of WIBN, Leigh Mitchell, says women often walk away from their business dreams: “The infrastructure doesn’t exist to bolster females in our economy. Women are expected to improvise and create our own solutions without help. The astronomical cost of daycare alone creates a chilling effect for mothers who wish to return to the work force.” WIBN provides free childcare for their conference attendees – making personal business development possible for women with families.

A working mother herself, Mitchell successfully runs her own business coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs. The culmination of her efforts takes place April 28, when WIBN hosts its Passion to Profit conference at the Hyatt Regency Toronto. Kelsey Ramsden, Profit magazine’s Top Female Entrepreneur in 2012 and 2013, will deliver the opening keynote.

“Your business is only as strong as your network,” says Mitchell.  “Helping female entrepreneurs confidently grow their businesses in smart, measurable, and sustainable ways is what the Women in Biz Conference is all about.”

About the Passion to Profit Conference

Thanks to generous sponsors, Passion to Profit is an affordable opportunityfor Canadian entrepreneurs to grow their networks and find the support and training they need: 28 April 2014; Hyatt Regency King Street Hotel; 7:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Investment is $130 for members, $150 non-members (until April 24).

About Women in Biz Network

Women in Biz Network is Canada’s fastest growing national organization of over 18,000 social influencers dedicated to professional & entrepreneurial development for women. With in-person locations in Toronto and Vancouver, we empower our community by providing online business content, events, business services and powerful connections for our members. Our network meets online (via social media and webinars) and at national, in-person events across the country.

Got Weekend Plans? Save & See the Harlem Globetrotters in Toronto This Weekend 25% off tickets Friday April 11 and 12th!


When I was 9 years old my Dad took me to see the Harlem Globetrotters at Maple Leaf Gardens. I wasn't really sure what I was in store for, I had heard of the World famous Basketball team and that they were playing a 'Championship' match against the Washington Generals in our hometown - how exciting! We arrived at the Gardens and it was instantly a different vibe than the Hockey games I was lucky enough to see there. It seemed much groovier that night. There was a pulsing energy on the court and in the crowd. My Dad treated me to a large program that featured the players of the day; Curly Neale, Goose and other cool guys.

When I watched the Globetrotters perform, I couldn't help being blown away entertained by their hilarious antics and zany skills. In my mind these guys in loud, shiny blue and red outfits were surely some of the greatest athletes on Earth!

Well the Globetrotters did handily pull off that 'Championship' win against the hapless Generals and I felt l privileged to be there to witness it. I kept that large program by my bedside for months after the show and looked through it frequently, reimagining more Globetrotter antics. I also got switched-on to their Saturday morning cartoon show that I looked forward to weekends for so I could watch it. When I got my  tickets to this weekend's performance at Ricoh Centre, I shared that memory with Dad who told my that my Grandad had taken HIM to see the Globetrotters beat up on the Generals back in the 1950s and he loved that show in much the same way. 

This weekend, April 11/12, the Globetrotters bring their world famous act to Toronto's Ricoh Centre. I am really looking forward to taking my 2 boys to watch them and seeing what they make out of seeing a 'Championship' basketball game and a hilarious show. Check out the link here through GTAParent.com to save 25% on last minute tickets. See you at the game / show!



Rob Mitchell, GTA Parent @bobeeats

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6th!

OTTAWA, CANADA (April 4, 2014) – Right To Play President and CEO Johann Koss gathered with Athlete Ambassadors and representatives of the Government of Canada at École Secondaire Publique Louis-Riel in Ottawa today for an early celebration of the first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, to be observed annually on April 6.

The event was marked by the announcement from Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Hon. Christian Paradis, of a new $5.3 million commitment from the Canadian government to support the Right To Play project: Advancing Health, Education and Development for Children and Youth (AHEAD) in West and Francophone Africa.

“I am very grateful to the Government of Canada for this important investment in our work and its on-going support of the Sport for Development movement,” said Koss. “It is a true milestone to now have an official UN-sanctioned day to celebrate each year. The recognition of sport and play as effective tools for promoting education, health and peace has been elevated to a global level. We believe play has the power to change a child’s life. This is something Canada has understood and supported for years, and I am both grateful and honoured to mark this inaugural day here together.”

Right To Play has been a pioneer and global leader in Sport for Development for more than 13 years. A proud Canadian-based organization, it uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Working in more than 20 countries worldwide – including Canada – Right To Play reaches one million children through regular, weekly play programming

Right To Play was joined in Ottawa by Athlete Ambassadors and Canadian Olympians Rosie MacLennan (2012 London gold medallist) and Philippe Marquis (2014 Sochi men’s freestyle skiing), Ottawa—Orléans Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau, and more than 30 local students.

“As a Canadian athlete, I am so proud to have represented my country internationally,” said MacLennan, who has visited Right To Play programs in Liberia. “As an Athlete Ambassador, I am so proud to see the way my country represents itself internationally through such incredible investment in the power of play.”

The AHEAD project represents a one-year investment that will help Right To Play reach more than 235,000 children through critical play programs in Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Rwanda. It follows on a six-year (2007-2013), $20 million investment by the Canadian government for the Play To Learn program in West and Francophone Africa, as well as a $5 million commitment announced in January to establish Right To Play’s three-year Learning, Empowerment and Play project in Jordan, which provides educational support to local children and communities affected by the Syrian Crisis through play.  

About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Our programs are facilitated by 600 international staff and more than 13,500 volunteer Coaches.

Chevrolet launches new Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program

Safe and Sure Car Seat Safety Workshops Coming to Toronto!

I remember the very first time I considered car seat safety. I was a new mom to be, nine months pregnant and I was really worried about how to put my future son in our new car seat. I remember my husband used a teddy bear to demonstrate how to place the child in the car seat after studying the car seat manual. He was rather rough placing the teddy bear into the car seat straps and I remember feeling instant anxiety thinking about our child's car seat safety! The need to be safe has never left me even now that I have two children both in school. I have always wanted to be sure we were doing everything correctly with each transition. Installing the seat is one thing, but then you must be sure the child is placed in that seat properly too!  That also goes for when he/she is transported by grandparents too!

Over the years I have consulted manuals and "googled" for clarification. So it is was with great excitement that I attended the Chevrolet Safe and Sure Car Seat Safety Event on Family Day. Children are our most precious cargo, but when parents don’t know proper car seat safety procedures, they put their children’s lives at risk on the roads. That is why Chevrolet is launching the national Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program, offering families expert advice on installing car seats into any make or model of vehicle for free.

Parent Rob and Leigh watch how to properly use car seats
and ask lots of questions the clinic

Attend Workshops and Ease Anxiety - Knowing You Have Mastered Car Seat Safety!

Families and caregivers can sign up for the free workshops at www.safeandsure.ca. Sessions will begin at Chevrolet dealerships in Vancouver and Toronto in April 2014. Dealerships in Montreal will begin offering the workshops in late spring 2014. No matter what vehicle you drive, or the type of car seat you own, parents and caregivers can register online now for their free expert consultation.


Car Seat Safety.....Did you know?

  • Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death by preventable injury for Canadian children between the ages of one and nine (Public Health Agency of Canada).

  • A properly used child seat or child restraint system (CRS) reduces the risk of fatal injury by 71 per cent and risk of serious injury by 67 per cent (Canadian Paediatric Society).

  • Misuse rates range from 44 per cent to 81 per cent for car seats and 30 per cent to 50 per cent for booster seats (Canadian Paediatric Society).

  • Car seats have an expiry date. If it is not listed on the label or the seat itself you can call your manufacturer directly to get the expiry date for your model. Do not use a seat that has been in a crash, or a seat that you don't know the history of. Even if there is no visible damage, a crash can still compromise the integrity of the car seat.

  • Children shouldn’t be rushed out of a booster seat. The booster seat works to position the adult seat-belt over the strong bones of the body. Children should not move into a seat-belt until they are 145 cm (4’9”). Check your provincial laws around booster seats for applicable laws and restrictions for your province.

Parents are not alone when it comes to car seat safety. To register for a Safe and Sure Chevrolet Car Seat Installation Workshop visit www.safeandsure.ca.  

Visit the Chevrolet Canada YouTube channel to view the program video.

About Chevrolet in Canada

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.ca, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletcanada or by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.

About Parachute

Parachute is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Parachute officially came into being in July 2012 and unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one leader in injury prevention. Parachute's injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while achieving Parachute's vision of an injury-free Canada where Canadians enjoy long lives lived to the fullest. For more information, visit www.parachutecanada.org.

OUR KIDS Camp Expo - Feb 23, 2014

Meet 50+ day and overnight camps in one day, at
campexpo1one location at the OUR KIDS Camp Expo on February 23rd.  Planning your child's March Break and Summer has never be easier. Get your free family admission tickets today!
  • Meet with 50+ camps and programs. Every age. Every interest. Every budget.
  • Fun activities, animal shows and games for kids and teens.
  • Lots of prizes to be won plus $2,500 in camp scholarships.
  • Free 2014 OUR KIDS Camp Guide featuring 200+ programs to choose from.

Help your kids develop confidence and life skills!

When kids go to camp they try new things, build confidence, have fun and become leaders. Give your kids the experience of camp this year. Get your free tickets today at  http://www.ourkids.net/campexpo/

Date and Location

Feb 23, 2014 - 12:00 to 4:00

Roy Thomson Hall: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario