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I love showbiz with every molecule of my being! Dilshad Burman

Posted on 26 April 2013 by admin

What you don’t see is the equally diverse team behind the scenes. Off camera too, the team is very representative of our ethnic and cultural diversity here in Canada.


  • Please tell us a bit about you academic/family background?


I was born and raised inBombay,India. I’m the baby of the family and compared to my siblings I turned out to be the most adventurous of the bunch. I did everything from summer and horse riding camps to saving stray dogs after school!

I sang, acted in plays and danced starting in kindergarten. I also played field hockey and soccer and generally topped my classes in most subjects when exam time came around.
In university I continued doing a lot of theatre and worked part time at aBombay radio station for a short while.
I majored in English Literature, topped my class in the graduating year and went back as a ‘returning fellow’ to teach a few lectures before leaving forCanada in September 2005.
I came toCanada to study Television Broadcasting. After studying inCanada for 2 years and working for another 2, I got my permanent residency in 2010 and here I am!

  • Why showbiz?

Because I’m a show off! Haha!


But also because I love it with every molecule of my being!


  • Have you gone through the periods like we hear in interviews of celebrities like Amitabh that in the beginning no one was willing to give them work but they persisted and are legends now?

Not exactly, but close enough.
As a new, young immigrant I definitely had to struggle to establish myself.
I had interned with Omni as a news editor right out of school and once visa rules turned in my favour in 2010, I was able to re-establish that connection and go back as a freelancer after 2.5 years of being away from editing and TV.
One thing led to another and I expressed interest in on air work as well. Between 2010-2012 my life changed dramatically.

I guess I’m still working on the ‘legend’ part, but for a girl fromBombay with no contacts whatsoever inToronto, I think I did alright. J

  • What’s your family’s reaction to your profession’s choice?

They are 2000% supportive.


Is it a profession where you can make money?


That depends on a lot of factors- how long you’ve been working at the same place, what part of the industry you choose to work in, how good you are and how much experience you have etc etc.
TV in general pays well enough to survive inToronto though. J

  • Is there a fair representation of visible minorities in channels like City TV, OMNI etc?

The launch of Omni 1 and Omni 2 was a HUGE step in a positive direction in terms of representing the cultural diversity ofCanada. Not only does Omni have newscasts in 5 different languages but it caters to numerous communities through shows designed specifically for that community. In order to do that of course Omni has proven a leader in hiring and representing visible minorities and I am proud to be part of that family.


In a City TV newscast too you’ll see the multicultural team – anchors, meteorologists, reporters and hosts all represent the melting pot that is our cosmopolitan city ofToronto.
What you don’t see is the equally diverse team behind the scenes. Off camera too, the team is very representative of our ethnic and cultural diversity here inCanada.

  • What in your opinions are issues of young South Asian professionals?

In the current economy, finding a job to suit your skills and education is a struggle, for any young person, from any background. That’s a broad answer.


I find a lot of young South Asians here deal with issues of identity and we are still considered a visible minority.  There’s a struggle between traditional values from their parents and the modern sentiments they identify with at school or work, and reconciling those two to form a cohesive self identity is difficult sometimes. Going into the professional world and still having to fight stereotypes and answer questions about where you’re from can be a hurdle sometimes. But not insurmountable! J

  • What kind of pressures do you feel as professionals?

Being a grown up is hard!


Managing my time and finding enough time to actually eat, sleep, rest and spend time with friends and family is something I struggle with daily.

  • Which are popular clubs for South Asian youth to visit?

I really see no difference between South Asian youth and any other kids. We’re all the same. The club scene is rough downtown! I like places where you can relax, eat, dance…and I’ve been known to be awesome at karaoke!

  • How do you feel aboutToronto’s night life?

I love it! Torontohas an amazing, vibrant and comparatively safe nightlife. If you’re into the club hopping scene, we’ve got tons! Lounges and jazz bars are everywhere too!
I’m a foodie so I find the selection of restaurants and eateries enticing. I have my little secret all night places too, to get my NOM on after a long night- which is one of the reasons I adoreToronto. You can get sushi all the way till 2am!

  • In spite of growing number of South Asian artists, very very few have really made a mark. What’s the reason in your opinion?

I think the answer is the same whether it’s South Asian artists or other local, indie artists – the support system and infrastructure is still growing and developing here inCanada. Everyone still looks south of the border to make it “big” so to speak because traditionally, that is where opportunities abound for artists.


  • Do you feel generation gap between your parent’s and your generation?

For the record, my mom is the COOLEST!

I do feel that on a larger scale, ours is a generation that has seen the MOST change and the most rapid growth – in technology, arts, sciences and social networking. So for our parent’s generation to keep up with that and engage at the same level has become harder.

  • What and who do you turn to when depressed?

I sing or listen to music. Constantly. When I’m happy or sad. The songs change depending on my mood. J
But I mostly turn to my mum. After I’ve struggled with an issue for a while, I’ll finally make that long distance call so I can hear her tell me everything is going to be fine.

That and good old comfort food. Food from home, Indian food, is a huge ‘cheer me up’ and I have to have some after a rough day!

  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Still inToronto! But hopefully with bases inBombay,LAandNew York! Haha!
While I plan for the future, my plans are more immediate. I like to go with the flow and see where life takes me. My life has never worked out exactly how I planned – but it has worked out for the best!

  • What would you like to change in the world.

People’s narrow perspectives and perceptions.
Artist – that is a tough one. Michael Jackson forever!!

Movie – My Fair Lady is an all time classic and favourite!

Book-  Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy tops my very extensive reading list.

Place to visit – Bombay and New York City.

Activity – Among MANY other hobbies, I also secretly sew to release stress and wear a LOT of the clothes I make myself.

Politician – I haven’t settled on this one quite yet!  





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If you allow young people to lead, great things happen Mohsin Khan, recipient of Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Samuel Getachew

 “Grassroots groups are the risk takers and innovators of the non-profit sector. Supporting them allows the pursuit of new ideas that have great potential to make an impact.”

 On the occasion of being the National Volunteer Week all across Canada – Ontario via the Honourable David C. Onley – Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – will honor nine outstanding youth with the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers – Ontario’s highest honor for youth. According to the Province of Ontario – the “honorees championed causes such as increasing access to education and community resources, enhancing safety in schools and increasing awareness of social issues”. Among the nine recipients is Mohsin N. Khan – Executive Director, Lead2Peace.

Generation Next interviewed this young man on his accomplishments:

 Congratulations on being chosen as the recipient of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. What does this honor mean to you?

I am honored to receive this award, because it is a reminder of the all hard work my colleagues and I have put into the community over the past five years. It showcases the impact of Lead2peace on youth, and further motivates me to continue working with the community.

Tell me about Lead2Peace? Your group started with the ambitious goal of motivating youth in Regent Park. Share with me your experience. 

 Lead2Peace has two main programs. The in-school leadership program consists of going into classrooms on a weekly basis and taking the students outside to learn about social issues first hand. Through this the youth are asked to explore the root causes of these problems. Then using the knowledge and skills they have gained through the program, the youth are asked to create a service learning project with a budget of $2,000 that will benefit their community by addressing the social issue of their choice. This gives them the opportunity to lead, and try out different ideas, creating the space for real innovation. The youth have done projects ranging from creating a massive garden shaped as a Peace sign to publishing a book on the impact of the Regent Park revitalization.

 The second program provides youth with a chance to learn the fundamentals of Taekwondo in their gym classes and local community centers. The program is designed to improve the fitness level as well as provide a medium to relieve stress and gain skills such as discipline, self-confidence, and control. This is something many of these youth would otherwise be unable to afford. The main reason for this program was to expose youth to martial arts without them worrying about the high cost. Through key partnerships, the program provides all the equipment necessary such as uniforms to create an authentic environment for youth. After a certain period of time, the youth test for a higher rank and belt.

 Lead2peace has been a work in progress, ever changing to better meet the needs of the community. Over the last 5 years, we have grown from a small group of friends to an organization that is widely recognized for its innovation. Looking back at our first year, the belief has not changed, which is that if you allow young people to lead, and give them the resources, great things happen. We have learned a lot, in terms of dealing with the complex workings of running an organization, as well as developing the time management skills to balance Lead2peace alongside school.

Why is it important to mentor and support grassroots groups such as Lead2Peace?

Grassroots groups are the risk takers and innovators of the non-profit sector. Supporting them allows the pursuit of new ideas that have great potential to make an impact.

In almost three years – the group has grown to be inclusive of older youth and has focused its efforts in to classrooms. Tell us about that?

 We try to expand our programs to as many youths as possible. To benefit more than just elementary students but high school as well. This is because to create change in a community, you need to impact as many demographics as possible. To do this we have created key partnerships that allow us to reach the older youth through in school and after school programing.

To young South Asian who may want to emulate such an activist journey, what advice do you have for them?

At the end of the day, key things to remember are;

  Always pursue your passion, that way work seems less like work and more like play

  Surround yourself with a good team of people who you can rely on

  Network as much as possible

  Try your best, but when it’s out of your hands, relax

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Will there be a Spring Ontario Election?

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

The PC party is pushing to defeat the Liberal minority government before Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa can present a budget on May 2nd over gas power plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville.

Progressive Conservatives would like the NDP to support “want of confidence” motion against the government “within days.”

Tory House leader Jim Wilson said “We’re asking the NDP to stop propping up a corrupt government.”

 “The power plant cover-up will probably go on for months and months and months the way things have been going, ” he added.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called PC tactic a political game.

“The last thing people want in this province are political games that are going nowhere just for the sake of headlines,” she said.

In reaction to PC’s announcement that they will present “want of confidence” motion, Ontario Minister of Government Services Harinder Takhar said in an interview with Generation Next that ” the opposition have their rights, they will do whatever they want to do” however “we need to focus on our priorities” which is to present the budget that is “acceptable to Ontarians as well as the Opposition.”

He sees PC’s motion as an attempt to position themselves “to take some stand on it.”

But the question remains, will the government fall after it has presented its budget.

Minister Takhar says that Ontario Liberals agree with the NDP leaders’ demands to lower auto insurance premiums, to reduce wait times for seniors at senior homes, to close loopholes so that larger corporation do not get away with “deductions. “

The question, he says, is “how can it be done and how quickly can it be done.”

He added “we are working hard to make sure that people’s concerns are addressed and some of her concerns are addressed.”

As for Spring elections, “I don’t think anybody is looking for an election or people are looking for an election, so we wanna make sure that the budget gets passed.”

Nonetheless how will Ontario Liberal gain trust of Ontarians with one scandal after another especially the cancellations of gas power plants in Mississauga and Oakville.

“I don’t see them as scandals,” he responded. He conceded that it was “a mistake to put the plants there.”

” We should not have put the power plants” in Mississauga and Oakville. Nonetheless, he says “all parties agree that the power plants should be put somewhere, NDP agreed to it, PC agreed to it .. and there was gonna be cost involved whether we do it or they had done it.”

$275 million cost of Mississauga gas power plan cancellation is the cost of the entire project and not just of cancellation, he stated.

At the end of the day, MPP from Mississauga Erindale says that ” PCs are gonna eliminate deficit in the same timeline as we are going to eliminate it unless they find huge savings somewhere” and their claims of lowering taxes or the HST should be seen in this context.

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Brampton councillors approve controversial townhouse plan

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

A Brampton council meeting to decide the future of a controversial townhouse development was halted as security had to rush in to calm the raucous crowd while councillors rushed out of the chamber.

Eventually, they came back after many in the capacity crowd left or were escorted out.

Councillors then voted 9-1 in favour of the development Thursday evening.

That prompted those still in the audience, mostly from the city’s large Punjabi community, to continue jeering.

Residents in the Springdale area say townhouses will decrease property values, overcrowd schools and prevent large, extended families from having the type of housing they desire.

Most of the dozen residents who spoke at the meeting emphasized that the Metrus development for 333 townhouses was not what the land was zoned for when the company originally planned a commercial project.

“We are not against development, we are not against townhomes, we are not against small, affordable homes,” said Anil Khanna.

He repeatedly told council that residents oppose the construction of residential units on land zoned for commercial use. He mentioned the loss of badly needed jobs that will result from the reduction of commercial space.

However, a Metrus spokesperson pointed out that the land is actually designated for residential use.

After members of the public began raising their voices in disbelief, Brampton chief administrative officer John Corbett confirmed that the site is indeed designated for residential development under the city’s official plan.

It was rezoned for commercial use, but Corbett and an independent consultant hired by the city explained the builder is allowed to incorporate residential because that was the original intention for the site.

After the crowd grew agitated, shouting a chorus of “No” when the consultant needed extra time to present his report backing the development, some questioned who paid the consultant and whether he’s a Brampton resident.

One resident wheeled in a large box on a cart and told Mayor Susan Fennell there were 20,000 signed petitions asking her to reject the development.

Councillor John Sprovieri, who voted for the development, said Metrus will still build all the commercial space it can fill while scaling back the number of townhouses, from 446 units. It will also provide green space, a water park and land for a library and community centre.

Harkanwal Thind, who came in second to Sprovieri in the 2010 election, said: “Please don’t play politics with this sensitive issue.”

Sprovieri has suggested the only reason some are taking on the development is to make a name for themselves ahead of next year’s election.

Sprovieri has repeatedly told his constituents that if they fight the new plan Metrus will win its case at the Ontario Municipal Board, which rules on such disputes.

He and other councillors warned the crowd that all the concessions (the reduction of housing units and all the amenities) would likely be lost.

A city staff report recommended support of the updated Metrus plan, saying it meets provincial density targets.

But the community is convinced it can win at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Many of the delegates noted councillors voted unanimously against the development at a March planning meeting, questioning why they would now vote for it.

Vicky Dhillon, the only councillor who voted against the development, echoed the words of many delegates, saying the OMB is just a threat used by developers.

“Municipal politicians always make wrong decisions under this threat,” Dhillon said.

When Sprovieri tried to read an email from a resident supporting the development, the crowd erupted, some accusing him of making up the email and telling all council members they would be replaced in the 2014 election.

After the meeting was restored to order, Dhillon said, “The fight is not over.”

Councillor Gael Miles said: “We know that a lot of you want to be candidates in the next election. . . . Threaten us if you want, but we believe this is the best decision.”

Fennell, who was not at the March meeting and had remained quiet on the issue, supported the majority of her council colleagues.

“The option of no townhouses is not real,” the mayor said.

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Strengthening Protection Against Aggressive Door-to-Door Sales

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Ontario is taking steps to provide consumers with more protection against aggressive, high pressure, door-to-door sales tactics, especially for the sale of water heaters.

As part of its plan to strengthen consumer protection, the province intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would impose new rules for dealing with door-to-door sales fairly, including:

Doubling the existing 10-day cooling-off period to 20 days for water heaters, providing consumers more time to consider their decision
Banning delivery and installation of water heaters during the new 20-day cooling-off period
Creating rules requiring companies to confirm sales by making scripted and recorded telephone calls to the customer and that key contract terms are disclosed in clear, easy-to-understand language
Providing new consumer protections when the rules are not followed, such as requiring the supplier to pay all cancellation fees when the 20-day cooling-off period is not observed

These proposed reforms would help protect the rights of consumers while furthering the new Ontario government’s commitment to building a strong economy and a fair, safe and informed marketplace. 

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TINY TRANSFORMERS…Changing the world one step at a time!

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

By: Aabida Dhanji



The annual Toronto World Partnership Walk is just around the corner and will take place on May 26, 2013!  The event is not only packed with fun-filled activities for the entire family, but it is all for a fantastic cause.  The Walk is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and funds to fight global poverty.  It is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), a non-profit international agency and registered Canadian charity, working in Asia andAfricato find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.  Last year close to 40,000 people and more than 500 corporate and community teams participated in the Walk in 10 cities across the country.


I had a chance to talk to Rehana, an inspiring and driven Torontonian, who is contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating a team of “tiny” changemakers for the Walk this year.


In 2006, Rehana had a life changing experience volunteering and living in rural areas of South Africafor 9 months.  She says, “I will never forget the day we arrived – a foreign country, a new language, no friends or family, none of the comforts I took for granted at home on a daily basis such as toilets or running water. It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the least, but being thrown into a new culture makes you face the reality of your own. It made me realize how much “first” world countries can learn from “developing” countries.  I quickly adjusted to living a simple life and was filled with many soulful moments and lessons. I became very aware of the differences between needs and wants. The trip taught Rehana how little it takes to make a big difference.   When she had her first child in 2009, it was very important that he would grow up with strong values of compassion, empathy, generosity, kindness, gratitude and a strong inclination to philanthropy.  

In 2010 Rehana and a group of mothers created The Tiny Transformers team with the same hope: To get their little one’s involved in the Toronto World Partnership Walk to take steps towards alleviating global poverty.  The Tiny Transformers range in age from 18 months to 7 years old.   Although the moms do the work in soliciting donations, they get the kids involved by explaining the intention of the Walk and encouraging others to get involved.


The team started out with 9 kids and raised $7,871.  In 2011, they grew to 11 kids and raised $11,333.00.  In 2012 they grew to 14 kids and raised $13,965.00.  To, date the Tiny Transformers have raised over $33,000 and aspire to bring that total to $50,000.00 this year!


While reflecting on working as a team, Rehana says, “We all know that we couldn’t have made this much impact on our own. We come together with a lot of love, a bit of effort and a strong desire to make a difference that allows us to exceed our goals every year. The biggest impact we have all noticed is in our children.” Last year Qais (age 3) looked at his team photo from the previous year and said, “Mommy, are we going to help the kids who don’t have food again – can I give them my toys too?”


Why is it that the Tiny Transformers walk and want to participate in the World Partnership Walk?  Rumi, aged 7 says “I walk because the money goes to people who are sick because they can’t buy medicine – so we can help them.”.  Armaan, aged 7 says “The World Partnership Walk means that we help poor people get clean water.”.  So, despite their size, these kids are passionate about making a difference!

In almost 30 years, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $75 million to support international development initiatives.  Another factor that makes the Walk unique is that 100% of funds raised go directly to poverty alleviating programs, including health, education, rural development and supporting community-based organizations.  Additionally, funds raised leverage additional support from large donors like the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Join the Tiny Transformers and thousands of Torontonians at the 29th Annual World Partnership Walk on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10:00am at Metro Hall in Toronto.


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We Must Act Now to Stop Bullying

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Parm Gill, M.P.

Brampton Springdale

It seems not a week goes by without a high-profile case of bullying in the news. Youth who have been tormented by their peers, often with tragic consequences. As a society, we cannot allow incidents like this to continue to happen, and must work together to make harassment and bullying of this kind a thing of the past.

Bullying, sadly, has come a long way since my generation was young. What was once contained to school yards has entered the digital age. With the rise of cyber-bullying, these children have no escape from their harassers. While once limited to schoolyard taunts & threats in the hallways between classes, bullies now have the ability to prey on their victims using social media, such as Facebook or Twitter. This spreads their message to a larger audience, bringing more individuals into the fray, and increasing the feelings of isolation felt by victims.

This inability to avoid their tormenter has sadly led to many of these children being feeling lost & alone, and far too many have made the tragic choice to end their lives in the hope of making the pain stop. No child should ever feel that there is no escape from their torment, and

When asked about the recent high-profile case of cyberbullying involving Rehtaeh Parsons, a young girl who was sexually assaulted at a party & tormented online when photographs of the assault were circulated, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “I think we’ve got to stop using just the term bullying to describe some of these things. Bullying to me has a kind of connotation … of kids misbehaving. What we are dealing with in some of these circumstances is simply criminal activity.” Prime Minister Harper is absolutely correct in this statement, and it speaks to how easily social media technology can cause bullying to spiral out of control. In the case of Ms. Parsons, the taunting from classmates regarding the assault became too much to bear, and she took her own life.

Bullying has, in some form, always existed in schools and groups around the world. What we see now, with cyber-bullying, goes far beyond kids simply being mean to each other. We see children and youth harassing their peers in a way that cannot be seen as anything less than criminal. It will take efforts from all levels of government, school boards, community groups and from parents to solve the problem that is cyber-bullying, and ensure those who engage in cyber-bullying face the full consequences of their actions.

This week, as we mark National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has launched their You(th) Are Not Alone campaign in support of cyber-bullying victims. The Centre has also launched the website as a resource for children who are being victimized, with tips for handling the situation & reminders that they need not face this trauma by themselves.

We need to treat youth crime seriously, and we must never forget the victims. Our government will remain vigilant when it comes to protecting Canada’s most vulnerable individuals, our children, and will look for new ways to protect youth from this sort of harassment. My own bill, Bill C-394 is just one of the ways we’re working to protect our youth from those who wish to cause them harm.

In tackling cyber-bullying, we must all work together to prevent bullying in all of its forms, ensuring that no child is forced to suffer in silence. It will take a combined effort from government, school boards, community groups and parents to end the threat of cyber-bullying and ensure no child faces such harassment again.

Parm Gill is Conservative MP from Brampton-Springdale.

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Generation Gap: 4 Things to Know About Your Workforce

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

North American workforces are changing fast. Older workers are retiring en masse, leaving gaps that younger workers may be unready to fill.

We don’t yet have enough data know how wide the chasm is now or could become, but the early statistics are startling. At the University of Michigan, 39% of faculty and 35% of staff will be eligible to retire within five years. More broadly, a GE study found that 22% of the workforce is now over 55.

A more diverse factory floor presents new challenges for motivating and managing workers of differing age groups. Here are five ideas for how and when to engage them:

  1. Millennials. While there’s no specific birthday range for those who identify as Millennial, otherwise known as “Generation Y,” most accept that this group is typically not far removed from college, still in their twenties or early 30s, and hungering for experience andrecognition. These workers are more likely to take to social networks, and as a result, they crave public accolades for a job well done – both in person and via technology networks. Engage early and often.
  2. Gen X. These middle-aged workers were born during the 20 years that stretched from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. They share an affinity for technology with Millennials, some of who may be their children, but that doesn’t mean they crave more recent big ideas such as social media. They’re also used to sharing the burden of making ends meet with a spouse and may prize a balanced lifestyle as a result. Consider using time off and flexible work arrangements as motivators.
  3. Baby Boomers. Traditionally known as those born in the aftermath of World War II, most Boomers are either approaching retirement or already retired. They face the prospect of leaving the workforce at a troubled economic time and with less saved than only a few years ago. Consider one-time bonuses for outstanding achievements in production or leadership. Create incentives for these workers to help train younger peers who will one day have to replace them.

Mature Workers. Those either about to retire or working past the traditional retirement age have varied reasons for doing so. For some, income is a priority. For others, the prospect of not working is simply too scary. Get to know these workers individually and customize your rewards program accordingly. Assume nothing.

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Top 10 Habits That Can Help You Lose Weight

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

Weight control is all about making small changes that you can live with forever. As you incorporate these minor adjustments into your lifestyle, you’ll begin to see how they can add up to big calorie savings and weight loss. Here are my top 10 habits to help you turn your dream of weight loss into a reality:

1. Evaluate your eating habits. Are you eating late at night, nibbling while cooking, finishing the kids’ meals? Take a look around, and it will be easy to identify a few behaviors you can change that will add up to big calorie savings.

2. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. You need a strategy for your meals and snacks. Pack healthful snacks for the times of day that you know you are typically hungry and can easily stray from your eating plan.

3. Always shop with a full belly. It’s a recipe for disaster to go into the grocery store when you are hungry. Shop from a prepared list so impulse buying is kept to a minimum. Eating right starts with stocking healthy food in your pantry and refrigerator.

4. Eat regular meals. Figure out the frequency of your meals that works best in your life and stick to it. Regular meals help prevent bingeing.

5. Eat your food sitting down at a table, and from a plate. Food eaten out of packages and while standing is forgettable. You can wind up eating lots more than if you sit down and consciously enjoy your meals.

6. Serve food onto individual plates, and leave the extras back at the stove.Bowls of food on the table beg to be eaten, and it takes incredible will power not to dig in for seconds. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your mind to get the signal from your belly that you are full.

7. Eat slowly, chew every bite, and savor the taste of the food. Try resting your fork between bites and drinking plenty of water with your meals.

8. Don’t eat after dinner. This is where lots of folks pack on the extra pounds. If you are hungry, try satisfying your urge with a non-caloric beverage or a piece of hard candy. Brushing your teeth after dinner helps reduce the temptation to eat again.

9. If you snack during the day, treat the snack like a mini-meal. The most nutritious snacks contain complex carbohydrates and a small amount of protein and fat.

10. Start your day with breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. After a long night’s rest, your body needs the fuel to get your metabolism going and give you energy for the rest of the day.

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Modern Means of Campaigning in Pakistan

Posted on 24 April 2013 by admin

       Dr. Hasan Askari

  Pakistan’s 10th general elections are drawing a lot of attention inside and outside of Pakistan. A large number of media teams are expected to be in Pakistan during the last week before the polling date. Foreign correspondents and their local representatives are already busy on reporting on different political developments in Pakistan that are bound to have implications for the elections. Over two hundred foreign election observers are going to be in Pakistan for election monitoring. The largest contingent of foreign observers is coming from the European Union. In addition to them, several thousand local election observers will be active on the polling day, monitoring the voting process. Most of them belong to non-governmental organizations and the media.

  Foreign election observers get briefings from the Election Commission, federal and provincial governments on the election arrangements. They will be talking to different party leaders and, on the voting day, they will visit polling stations. However, their activities are going to be limited to urban centers because of their personal security considerations. They are not expected to visit Balochistan and the tribal areas. Some of the Balochistan based political parties have demanded that the elections observers should visit that province.

 Modern communication technology is being used more frequently this time than was the case in the February 2008 elections. Mobile phones are the main communication system in election campaigning and the monitoring of the polling stations. Mobile phone message system is currently being used to send political messages for seeking support for the elections as well as for inviting activists and voters to party meetings. Facebook and Twitter are also being used for debating the elections affairs, especially the election manifestos and the role of the leadership in political parties. Some of these exchanges are contentious and the supporters of different political parties trade charges and counter charges. The e-mail messages are also used for sending publicity material and for inviting people to meetings.

  Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) was the first party to use modern communication technologies for political mobilization and publicity. Others have followed the PTI. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has established a special team working under the leadership of Marriam Nawaz (daughter of Nawaz Sharif) for using Information Technology for building support and communicating regularly with voters and supporters. The PPP was rather slow in adopting modern communication technology. Now, it is also using e-mail, Facebook, twitter and SMS through mobile in its election campaign. Almost all political parties have their web pages, although all parties are not efficient in updating their web pages.

 However the use of modern communication technology, especially the use of computer for communication, is limited to urban population, especially the young ones who are more into the modern technology. A large part of rural population and the poor section of population in cities do not have much access to computer related communication technology. The old traditional ways of door-to-door interaction, circulation of handbills and corner meetings are used more frequently.

 Much has changed over the years in the making of advertisement and publicity material for the elections. It was in the 1988 general elections that the political parties hired professional advertising agencies to manage an election campaign. In 1988 and 1990 the focus was on negative propaganda against the political rival. A lot of negative publicity material was distributed by Pakistan Muslim League against Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto; some of the propaganda was nothing more than character assassination of these ladies. Now the election campaign focus has shifted to projection of one’s achievements and promises for the future rather than character assassination of the political rival.

   Currently we see a lot of focus on newspaper advertisements. Major political parties have been publishing full page advertisements in the newspapers. Television advertisement is more expensive than newspaper advertisement. All major political parties are regularly using private sector TV channels for advertising their manifestos and agenda.

 The administrations of some cities, including Lahore and Rawalpindi, have started charging fee for displaying party/candidate posters on roadsides. The rates for main streets are higher for the side roads and streets. In this way the city administrations are earning a reasonable amount of revenue.

 The traditional festival like atmosphere is no longer visible in the current election campaign. The traditional methods of election campaigning like holding big public meetings, taking out of election marches and a high visibility of candidates in the election campaign are not used so often. The threats of terrorist attacks have dissuaded the candidates from using these methods.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan has not merely threatened to disrupt the election campaign of left-liberal political parties like the PPP, the ANP and the MQM, it has actually launched suicide attacks and bombing raids on the candidates of these parties.

 These terrorist incidents have made it difficult for these three political parties to engage in electioneering freely. The Islamist parties are benefiting from this situation but these parties are not expected to perform well in the elections with the exception of the JUI-Falur Rahman. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League are also not the declared target of attack by the Taliban, although these leaders adopt security measures. None of these parties has condemned the Taliban attack on the election campaign of their adversaries.

 The election campaign will pick up momentum by the end of this month but the dark shadow of terrorism will continue to haunt election campaigning.

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