Archive | November, 2012

Risk of Developing Depression

Posted on 29 November 2012 by admin

Young people are the key to success for any society’s future. Their ambition, relentless energy is a source of healthy innovation in any industry. Lately however, youth inCanadaare under tremendous stress and are not doing as well as some of the more experienced members of the society.

The new technologically advanced world has made the transition from school to career, family to home owning difficult.

“The new normal,” according to Ian Bird, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada is

‘The linear path from school to career, home ownership, and family has disappeared.

 The report from the Community Foundations of Canada released a few weeks ago seeks to find answers reasons for this new phenomenon.

Students go to postsecondary institutions to make their futures better and to get high paying jobs. However, given the economic situation many students are frustrated and unable to find the kind of jobs for which they have gone to school. It takes up to 14 years for students to pay off their college debts.

Less and less summer jobs are available. In some Canadian provinces the number of students who have delayed their postsecondary education has jumped up to 200 per cent. Late retirement of baby boomers who are also uncertain of their economic situation have also delayed their retirement plans. And roughly one in six Canadians belong to a visible minority and increasingly work jobs that are low paying.

The report notes that young Canadians are among the best educated in the world, knowledgeable about technology, connected to social networks and animated by global issues, but that there’s a gap between those who thrive and others left behind.

Stress from the changing landscape puts Canadian youth at risk. The report says 3.2 million of 12- to 19-year-olds are at risk for developing depression, citing a study ofOntariostudents that found “the rate of students reporting psychological distress has risen to 43 per cent, up from 36 per cent in the 1999 survey.”

In many ways Canada’s young have an “extraordinary skill set” to deal with change, the report says, but it is “colliding with unprecedented economic, demographic and social conditions.”

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Government of Canada Launches International Travel Website

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November 23, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), was in Toronto today to announce the launch of the newly revamped Travel.gc.ca, Canada’s official “one-stop shop” for international travel information.

“Our government is pleased to announce Travel.gc.ca, a newly revamped tool to help Canadians travel smarter and safer,” said Minister Ablonczy. “For the first time ever, we have brought together in one place information from all government departments to help Canadians be informed before, during and after their travels.”

Travel.gc.ca is a single website where Canadians will find, easily and efficiently, the information they need to travel or live abroad safely and to make informed decisions. In addition to the website, a new mobile application, Travel Smart, is now available; it allows Canadians anywhere in the world to access Government of Canada information and services on international travel.

Canadians will also be able to access key travel information from anywhere in the world through Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and email updates. Travel.gc.ca is supported by a social media presence distributing the latest travel advice, crisis updates and emergency contact information. Social media channels will also provide a venue for Canadians to let the Government of Canada know about their travel-related needs and priorities.

“Canadians access Travel.gc.ca and government services from their mobile devices in surprising numbers,” added Minister Ablonczy. “The Travel Smart app and social media channels are a natural fit in our age of smart phones.”

Travel.gc.ca is managed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Environment Canada, Health Canada, Passport Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada and Transport Canada.

For more information, please visit Travel.gc.ca.

To download the Travel Smart mobile application, please visit Travel.gc.ca/mobile.

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Ontario Takes Action to Limit Access to Generic OxyContin

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McGuinty Government Protecting Ontario Families

 Ontario is helping save lives and protect the health of Ontarians by proposing regulations to limit access to generic OxyContin unless it is tamper-resistant.

 The province believes that the cost to society of the reintroduction of the more easily abused version of OxyContin far outweighs the financial benefits of the reduced generic price. The proposed regulations will help limit access to easily-abused generic OxyContin, protecting patients and those who may be addicted to prescription narcotics.

Ontario is also ensuring that patients who legitimately need prescription drugs to manage pain will continue to have access to a wide variety of pain medications, including the more tamper-resistant OxyNeo.

 The province is working with physicians and pharmacists regarding appropriate prescribing and dispending practices to protect Ontarians.

 Ontario has already taken strong steps to address narcotic addiction issues, including:

  • Investing $15 million to increase access to opioid addiction services and treatment across the province
  • Implementing the Narcotics Monitoring System to track all prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications dispensed in the province
  • Removing easily abused OxyContin from the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary and placing tamper-resistant OxyNeo in the Exceptional Access Program
  • Educating prescribers and partnering with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health to create treatment guidelines for front line workers, doctors and nurses

Promoting the appropriate dispensing and use of narcotic substances is part of the Action Plan for Health Care’s priority of keeping Ontario families healthy.

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Canadian Sikh Association Gala celebrates Human Rights

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Brampton, November 19, 2012: Over 600 people attended Sunday night’s gala celebrating Human Rights, Equity and Race Relations at Chandni Banquet hall in Brampton.

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission gave the key note address and spoke eloquently about the need of community involvement. “When a community stands up for equity issues, it benefits everyone, no matter the race or religion. We need to work and cross cultural lines to ensure that human rights isn’t simply a tag line but a reality for all Canadians.” said Chair of the Canadian Sikh Association (CSA), Baljit Singh Ghuman.

Police Chief Jennifer Evans put a challenge out to the audience. Asking the community to do the policing and that the police were the public. Each of us has a duty as concerned citizens to speak up about the issues that affect our neighbours as well as ourselves.

Other speakers such as Andrew Pinto, Toronto lawyer of Pinto, Wray, James, LLP echoed the community sentiment. “More can be achieved from the grassroots level where a community comes together to bring these issues to the forefront.” said Mr. Pinto. All political parties were represented with remarks given by the Hon. Harinder Tahkar, Minister of Government Services, Ms. Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party and Mr. Rod Jackson, MPP (Barrie). In addition, Journalist and author Jarnail Singh, and human rights activist Aridaman Jit Singh addressed guests on the need for greater awareness of human rights violations at home and abroad.

Chair Ghuman spoke about the campaigns that the CSA has been actively involved in such as the helmet exception for turbaned Sikh motorcycle riders and the Kirpan, a ceremonial dagger, to be allowed in courthouses. Chair Ghuman also spoke about advocating for greater employment equity at the municipal level, so that city staff was much more reflective of the communities they serve. Culture is what makes Canada unique. Nowhere in the world can any country bolster such a diverse population that not only identifies with Canada and being Canadian but who also encourages being active in their communities.

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Everyday Child’s Launch Party

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TORONTO, ONTARIO-Last Thursday, movers and shakers of Toronto (media, political leaders, business executives, young professionals and entrepreneurs) gathered together at the Centre for Social Innovation in the Annex for the launch party of Everyday Child, an education-based charity that follows a simple, yet powerful motto: Learn, Earn, Return.

The purpose of the fundraiser was to garner additional support in order for them to reach their goal of $150,000 by January 30, 2013, so they can build and sustain their first Learning Centre in an impoverished community in Mumbai, India.

“This is by far the most exciting time in our charitable journey,” said Sean Lamba, the 29 year old founder of the organization. “Once our first Learning Centre is built, we are going to launch an online platform that will enable people all over the world to donate something more important than money – time. This means you will be able to take part in our curriculum and help foster the skills, talents and dreams of the youth we are aiming to serve,” Lamba added.

Co-hosted by media sponsor personalities Veronica Chail, Host of Bollywood Boulevard and Mohit Rajhans of CityNews/OMNI TV, the event began with an endorsement by City of Brampton’s Mayor Susan Fennell and SickKids Foundation president & ceo, Ted Garrard. Moreover, Broken Dance, Canada’s #1 Bollywood Dance Company, surprised the audience with a flash mob and performed to various songs including ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Gangnam Style’.

“I am pleased to support the work of Everyday Child. Sean’s vision and commitment to improve learning conditions for children in developing countries is a wonderful example of how young Canadians are embracing social action and philanthropy to make a difference in the world,” said Garrard.

To conclude the evening, the charity premiered their first ever short film entitled ‘The Story of Everyday Child’, a production sponsored by ADVIDEO. Moreover, they also gave away over $9,000 in prizes including a $5,000 travel package to India, courtesy of Hype Travel. Once the Learning Centre is built, scheduled for March 2013, the winner and guest-of-choice are going to fly to Mumbai, India, to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Founded in 2010, Everyday Child is an education-based charity that is aiming to build outdoor Learning Centres in impoverished communities throughout the world, starting with its first one in Mumbai, India. Their mission is to encourage leadership and foster skills & talents amongst individuals by engaging them in workshops, guided by an underlying principle: Learn, Earn, Return.

For further information about their charitable movement, please visit www.EverydayChild.organd www.facebook.com/EverydayChild.

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Indo-Canadian RCMP officer denies harassment allegations

Posted on 29 November 2012 by admin

VANCOUVER: An Indo-Canadian RCMP officer who has been accused of harassing a fellow Mountie in British Columbia is denying the allegations, arguing the conduct complained of simply didn’t occur.
The civil lawsuit against Corp. Baldev (David) Singh Bamra was filed by Const. Karen Katz in January 2012 and is one of several sexual harassment suits filed by female officers against the RCMP.
Katz’s lawsuit, the first of two she has filed over allegations of on-the-job harassment, claimed Bamra complained about her to other officers, engaged in inappropriate roughhousing and on one occasion, pushed his genitals against her.
“The defendant Bamra denies that he ever harassed, assaulted, sexually assaulted or even battered the plaintiff as alleged or at all,” states Bamra’s statement of defence filed last week.
Bamra also denied he ever acted in a manner inconsistent with his duties, said he didn’t breach codes of conduct, didn’t wilfully engage in misconduct, abuse his authority, or conspire against Katz or act maliciously towards her Bamra stated he didn’t initiate a campaign “of consistent complaining” to others about Katz or even work with her very often, and if he did work with the constable, it was an “infrequent occurrence.”
“The RCMP fully and properly investigated the plaintiff’s complaints after becoming aware of them in 2011,” stated Bamra’s court documents. “The RCMP determined the defendant Bamra did not engage in misconduct in relation to the plaintiff as then alleged or at all.”
Bamra also argued that under the Limitations Act, Katz filed her lawsuit too late and he said her complaints are better addressed through the grievance process.
The federal government, also a defendant in the lawsuit through the Attorney General of Canada, denied the allegations in court documents filed in October.
Katz said in an interview she’s not surprised by the response because it follows a strategy of “deny, deny, deny.”
“When I read the response, it looks like they simply almost copied the Department of Justice’s response, you know, saying I should have put in a grievance,” said Katz.
The RCMP’s own investigation of Bamra was “faulty,” said Katz who noted she has hired an expert to analyze Bamra’s statement to code-of-conduct investigators.
“They’re not taking any responsibility for their actions,” she said, noting the force wants people to go through the “ineffective” grievance or code-of-conduct processes instead of the courts.
In her statement of claim, Katz said she and Bamra worked together in the RCMP’s protective services division in Vancouver, and that’s where she alleges Bamra began a campaign of complaining about her to colleagues.
The behaviours escalated and became physical, and included incidents where he slammed into her chest while wearing his bullet-proof vest and grabbing her in a bear hug, Katz has alleged.
The lawsuit claimed that during an incident in 2007, Bamra pinned Katz on a desk and pushed his genitals against her until she was able to free herself.
On medical leave since 2009, Katz said she is suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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FDI In Indian Real Estate Will Push Up GDP : Bob Dhillon

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Top Indo-Canadian landlord Bob Dhillon, who is on the Canadian prime minister’s entourage currently visiting India, says, “India can be a developer’s dream because of so many factors. If India now goes for the kind of reforms it has just announced for retail, I will be the first person to invest in India.”
Japan-born, India-educated Dhillon, who is one of the the biggest Indian-origin landlords in the western world, said in an interview before his departure for New Delhi that Indian policy-makers need to unlock the real estate market for institutional investors and then see the results.
“As I said, India is a developer’s dream because of its demographics, migration from rural to urban areas, and the breakdown of extended family to the nucleus. Any push to foreign investment in real estate will be a major boost to India’s GDP,” said the founder and CEO of Calgary-based Mainstreet Equity which runs over 8,500 properties from Canada to Belize in Central America.
Dhillon, whose company has been the 10th best performing stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange in these tough economic times, said foreign institutional capital will create a real estate industry in India rivalling that of China.
“The Indian correlation of real estate industry to the GDP is very low compared to other developing and developed countries. For example, in North America real estate accounts for 30 percent of the GDP. But in India, real estate accounts for just 5 percent of the GDP. Now that is not good for a country which has to lift millions and millions out of poverty,” said Dhillon who started his company from the back of his car and went on to become one of the first Indian-owned companies to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in the 1990s.
Asked what major steps India should take to attract foreign institutional investors in real estate, the man who is estimated to be a billionaire said, “They need to make some major changes to alter the face of real estate – and thus the economy. One, they have to relax FDI in real estate as they did in retail. Two, they have to spell out ownership rights. Right now, it’s a grey area and we don’t know what our rights are.

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‘Pakistan needs a dispassionate review of political & religious developments’

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Dr. Hasan Askari

 There have been more actual and busted terrorist incidents during the first ten days of the month of Muharram than was the case last year. The Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan took responsibility for some of these incidents. If we take a longer view of the security situation in Pakistan there have been more killings of security personnel and civilians in the wake of terrorism since 2001 than the civilian and military personnel killed in all Pakistan-India wars.

 A good number of people subscribing to Islamic or conservative-rightest orientations talk about the treacherous Indian policies that threatened Pakistan but they do not criticize any specific militant Islamic groups that have killed more Pakistanis. They often defend the Taliban and similar extremist and terrorists groups by suggesting that violent activities are resorted to by the agents of Pakistan’s foreign enemy-countries rather than the genuine Taliban who are friends of Pakistan. They also attribute sectarian killings to hired killers rather than engaging in dispassionate review of the developments in Pakistan over the last two decades to understand internal turmoil.

 The divided and confused state of mind of a large section of populace has enabled religious orthodoxy and religious and cultural intolerance to seep deep into the society. It has penetrated the state institutions, including the lower echelons of the military and a large section of ex-service personnel. The political parties like the PMLN issue vague statements on terrorism, avoiding direct criticism of the Taliban and the Punjab based sectarian groups. The Pakistan-Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) is supportive of the Taliban perspective on terrorism. Islamic parties and madrassas that share sectarian-religious perspective of the Taliban publicly support them publicly.

  In the first week of November, the Taliban leaders based in Pakistani tribal areas refused, once again, to recognize the Durand Line as the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This stand is in line with the policy of the Afghan government on the Durand Line. This exposes their so-called friendship with Pakistan. This is in addition to the repeated claim of the Taliban leaders that they wanted to implement Islamic Sharia as articulated by them in Pakistan, rejecting Pakistan’s constitution and law.

 Had India publicly questioned the legitimacy of the Durand Line, all supporters and sympathizers of the Taliban would have condemned the statement. When it comes to the Taliban, the story is different. These developments have distorted Pakistan’s identity and vision.

 There is a strong need to renew Pakistan’s identity as enunciated by the founding fathers, especially by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal as a counterpoise to Taliban’s vision of Pakistan.

  Jinnah visualized Pakistan as a modern democratic state that sought ethical basis of state and society from Islam. He viewed Islamic teaching and principles as a source of guidance for the society and law making rather than a set of punitive and regulative legal system. He and his colleagues were convinced that Islam and democracy can work together and the touchstone of a political system was its representative and popular orientation.

 The state was to encourage the Muslims to lead their lives in accordance with the principles and teaching of Islam rather than enforce a sharia-based notion of the state. Jinnah pleaded the case for the establishment of Pakistan as a homeland for the Muslims. He never argued that a new country was needed because Islam was danger in united India. He talked of the threats to Muslim identity, rights and interest in a Hindu-dominated united India.

  He articulated an alternative nationalism that challenged the hegemony of the one Indian nation concept and emphasized Islam as a common denominator for political mobilization and identity formation for the Muslims. Thus, the movement for the establishment of Pakistan was not a religious movement. Nor was Pakistan created for Islam or for enforcement of Islam as visualized by Islamic parties and groups.

 The perspective of Islamic orthodoxy was never entertained by the Pakistani state and policy makers until General Zia-ul-Haq assumed power in July 1977. He sought the cooperation of orthodox and conservative Islamic groups to sustain him in power. Later, his government joined hands with the United States and conservative Islamic states, especially Saudi Arabia, to build Afghan-Islamic resistance to the Soviet troops in Afghanistan (December 1979-February1989). Zia-ul-Haq used the state apparatus to enforce Islamic legal order as visualized by Islamic orthodoxy, mainly influenced by Saudi vision of Wahabi Islamic traditions.

 If Pakistan has to overcome internal violence, civic disorder and narrow political and religious approach the people have to undertake a dispassionate review of political and religious developments over the last thirty years Pakistani state and society need to discard the legacy of the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq that has divided the country.

 There is a need to the return to the legacy of Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah and Allama Iqbal that emphasizes tolerance, liberal democratic constitutionalism and equal citizenship irrespective of religion, region, ethnicity and gender. Islam is viewed as the ethnical basis of the social and political order with focus on social justice and equality and fairplay. This will gradually turn Pakistan into a normal functioning democratic and forward looking state.

 The improvement of internal situation will help to boost Pakistan’s economy that has suffered a lot due to increased intolerance and terrorism. Therefore, an all-out effort is needed to check religious and cultural intolerance. More resources should be allocated to education, health care and civic facilities. The state should assign the highest priority to the welfare of people. 

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Congress dismisses Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party

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DIVYA KAELEY

Over two months after his split with Anna Hazare to take a political plunge, Arvind Kejriwal last week launched his party naming it ‘Aam Admi with an aim to provide gram sabhas more say in law making and making higher judiciary accessible to common man.

The launch of the party came at a day-long meeting of around 320 people here during which the party’s Constitution, which envisages establishment of ‘Swaraj’ in the country, was also adopted. The meeting was held at Constitution Club.

The Congress, meanwhile, played down launching of a political outfit by Arvind Kejriwal saying there were 1453 political parties registered in India and one more would strengthen the democratic fabric. Information Minister Manish Tewari dismissed Kejriwal’s appropriation of Congress’s favourite phrase. “‘Aam admi’ has been synonymous with the Congress party since 1885. Nobody can hijack the intrinsic relation between Congress and the ‘aam admi’,” he told reporters. “If a person or group of people have decided to float a political party, it is their right,” senior Tewari reportedly said. “There are 1453 political parties registered with the Election Commission. So, if one more is added, this will only strengthen our democratic fabric,” he said. “The more the merrier,” Tewari quipped when asked to comment on one more party “Aam Aadmi”, floated by activist Kejriwal, coming into existence.

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday said he was ‘ideologically’ with Ram Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha who have sought the resignation of party president Nitin Gadkari over allegation of corruption. “The issue raised by them (Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha) should be looked at seriously,” Sinha, BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, told reporters.

But the BJP on Saturday indicated it may take disciplinary action against Ram Jethmalani who has demanded party president Nitin Gadkari’s resignation and disagreed with the party’s stand over the appointment of new CBI director. “Jethmalani has been making statements against the BJP President and has now spoken against the two Leaders of the Opposition. We completely deny his charges against them. The party has taken serious note of his statements and strong action will be taken at the appropriate time,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

In a letter to Nitin Gadkari Saturday, Jethmalani had criticised the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley for writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as the next CBI Chief.

 West Bengal Chief Minister MamataBanerjee wooed industrialists on Saturday asking them to send e-mails to her if they face any problems in their projects and lashed out against a ‘section’ which was giving her government a negative publicity. “If you have any problem, you can send me e-mail. There will be no problem,” Banerjee told industrialists at a programme and appealed to entrepreneurs to invest in the state.

Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh has said the Army should stay put in the Siachen because of the strategic advantage there. He was speaking to journalists at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) here on Saturday after reviewing the passing out parade of the naval cadets.

Gen. Singh, responding to a question on the Siachen, however, said that it was for the government to take a decision on the pullout from the glacier. “I feel that we need to stay there because of the strategic advantage and if we have to pull out from there we have to do it very diligently after a great deal of deliberations,” he said.

In another case, serious differences have cropped up between the BJP government and the Congress over the special status to be provided to the Hyderabad-Karnataka (H-K) region. While the BJP has insisted nothing less than a Telangana-like status, the Congress has alleged that the BJP government has become a stumbling block for the development of the region. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said on Saturday that the State government was firm that the Telangana model of special status should be provided to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

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10 Ways to Avoid Being “The Talk of the Office” at the Holiday Party

Posted on 29 November 2012 by admin

Toronto, ON – It’s that time of year again; it’s getting colder outside, Christmas music is taking over the radio, and the office Holiday party is just around the corner. We all have heard the horror stories, or know of that one person who enjoyed the eggnog a little too much and ended up acting completely inappropriate. Proper office party etiquette should be common sense, however according to the statistics below, company staff seem to need a refresher on how to stay out of trouble.

A recent survey of office holiday party goers, conducted by TorontoJobs.ca found that:

  • 77% of party attendees have witnessed extreme cases of intoxication by co-workers
  • 64% observed co-workers inappropriately dressed for the occasion
  • 52% of party goers observed unsuitable behavior (co-workers flirting, verbal fights, etc.)

Given the stats, TorontoJobs.ca felt it was necessary to emphasize how to act appropriately at the annual party. Our top 10 include:

  1. Eat, drink and be merry – but in moderation. Excessive drinking could be cause for an awkward situation come Monday morning in the office.
  2. Leave the mistletoe at home. The office party is not the place to flirt and try to find a date for New Year’s Eve!
  3. RSVP yes. Don’t pass up the invitation to the annual holiday party; not attending could hurt your reputation.
  4. Watch your words. Just because the setting is more relaxed, doesn’t mean your language should be. More people than you think take offense to profane language.
  5. Dress appropriately. The office party isn’t the right place to show off your new mini skirt or backless dress.
  6. Absolutely no gossiping about other coworkers. You never know who is listening. Keep in mind that with the evolution of social networking; news travels fast!
  7. Take the office party as an opportunity to get to know your coworkers. Create conversation that doesn’t involve business – show your coworkers that you have a life outside of the office.
  8. Give thanks. Be sure to thank your boss and whoever hosted/organized the party before leaving. You don’t want to be remembered for being rude.
  9. Avoid controversial topics such as politics and religion. The office party is a time for relaxing, not heated discussions.
  10. Don’t overstay your welcome. Arrive shortly after the start time and mingle, but don’t overstay your welcome by partying until the wee hours of the night.

Source: TorontoJobs.ca

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