Friday, January 30, 2009

Invitation to a fundraising event for Ontario Nature's Northern Boreal Forest Campaign

As one of the Board of Directors for Ontario Nature, I wanted to let everyone know about a fundraising event that Ontario Nature is holding.

You are invited to a Green Tea on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 on behalf of Ontario Nature’s work to save wildlife habitat in the Northern Boreal Forest.

This vast, world-significant Forest is Canada’s last frontier. It encompasses crucial habitat for endangered species and is the nesting ground for millions of north American songbirds.

Your $100 ticket is your important individual contribution to help Ontario Nature maximize Premier McGuinty’s pledge of protection for half the Northern Boreal.

Help us conserve the vast tracts of forest required by species such as the endangered Woodland Caribou, so future Canadians can enjoy seeing these iconic animals in the wild not just on the reverse of the Canadian 25-cent piece. Help us safeguard the nesting habitats of our warblers and other beautiful songbirds.

This is a cause that should resonate with every Toronto-area resident who thrills to spring birdsong as the migration passes through each year.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, author of Silence of the Songbirds, a passionate expert on songbird decline. She will entrance you with her photos of birds and her astounding radar images of bird migration over the Great Lakes. You’ll see the clouds of birds descend into Toronto’s ravines, parks and backyards to rest before their long flight north to mate and nest.

Our Tea sponsors are Isabel Bassett, former Ontario cabinet minister and former chair of TVOntario, and Rosemary Speirs, past-president of Ontario Nature and a former journalist. We assure you that every dollar of your ticket is going to Ontario Nature.

Ontario Nature is one of Canada’s most respected conservation organizations, with 142 affiliated clubs across the province. We maintain a Boreal Program office in Thunder Bay and our campaigners work with First Nations and local communities in building support for conservation north of the 51st parallel. Because we are a registered charity, you will get a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount.

Please share this invitation with friends, family, and high-school age children, and bring them with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please RSVP to Chemayne D'Souza at by February 2, 2009. Tickets can be purchased by cheque made out to Ontario Nature and sent to Chemayne D’Souza, Ontario Nature, 366 Adelaide Street West, Suite 201, Toronto, M5V 1R9. You may also pay by credit card by calling Chemayne at 416.444.8419 ext. 271.

Friday, January 23, 2009

ATSC vs Windows 7 Media Center/TV Pack for Windows Vista walkthrough

As a useful followup on my previous blog post, ATSC in Canada for Windows 7 Media Center and WMC TV Pack, where former Media Center MVP Peter Near details getting ATSC reception to work in Windows 7 Media Center and the TV Pack for Windows Vista, Peter has just posted a complete walkthrough of how to get ATSC reception working in Canada on Windows 7 Media Center and/or TV Pack for Windows Vista (note, this only works with the HDHomerun ATSC product by SiliconDust, and not other ATSC tuners).

Check it out here:

For those of you still looking for instructions on ATSC in Canada with Windows Vista, here is the link to Peter's older (but still useful) tutorial:

Thanks for the awesome post, Pete.

ecoSUAVE 2009 - Live Jazz and Local Food

Here is an event some of you might be interested in, especially for those that are interested in learning more about local food sources that have been produced in a sustainable manner.

A couple of friends of mine, Tommy and Mihee, who are fellow Toronto Environmental Volunteers, are organizing an event, EcoSUAVE 2009, through their company, Enlightened Events, in partnership with Local Food Plus. This event, being held at Canada's National Ballet School on the evening of Saturday, February 21, 2009, will give guests the opportunity to sample locally produced delicious wines, beers, and finger foods. To accompany the food and drinks, guests will be treated to Live Jazz music.

With the many externalities that exist in food supply chain, education is key to ensure that people know what the true cost of food actually is. Many organizations and even governments such as the City of Toronto now have local food policies in place (e.g. City of Toronto - City Council Minutes Item 25.26 - Local Food Procurement Policy and Implementation Plan). As more people learn about the social, environmental and economic benefits of local food production, we will all make better choices with outcomes that result in a more sustainable form of food production, processing, distribution, and consumption.

Below is a press release with further information about EcoSUAVE 2009.

For Immediate Release

Live Jazz Meets Local Food Affair at EcoSUAVE 2009
Toronto - Enlightened Events is proud to present its upcoming event, EcoSUAVE 2009, to be held at Canada’s National Ballet School on Saturday February 21, 2009. EcoSUAVE 2009 is an green affair where guests can sample delicious, local and sustainable food & drinks whilst enjoying Live Jazz music performed throughout the night.

At EcoSUAVE, a term coined by Enlightened Events as being “Effortlessly gracious and green in a social manner”, attendees will have the opportunity to sample delectable hors d'oeuvres and beverages, including organic wines, beers, canap├ęs, chocolate truffles, popcorn, and ice cream, among others. To accompany the food and drinks, guests will be treated to Live Jazz music from the golden era of the jazz standard. Listeners will be exposed to songs from variety of composers, from Gershwin and Cole Porter, to Rogers and Heart.

Located at the award winning National Ballet School on 400 Jarvis Street in Toronto, the event will open its doors at 8 PM and end at Midnight. Tickets are $20 at the door, and $18 online. Advanced tickets can be purchased at

Candice Batista, host of A Greener Toronto on Rogers TV will serve as emcee for the evening. Candice has collaborated with Enlightened Events in the past, sharing her in-depth understanding of global weather patterns as the opening speaker at the EcoSavvy Festival. “Candice was a natural choice to be emcee at EcoSUAVE 2009” says Mr Tommy Trinh, Co-founder of Enlightened Events. “Candice's A Greener Toronto and our events share a commonality, in that we both feature green businesses in the hopes to inspire others to live greener lives.”

“We created this event as a fun and interactive way for guests to learn about ‘greener’ food and drink options“ says Mr Trinh. “Guests will learn that when you couple local food production with sustainable farming practices, what you get is delicious & healthy food that benefits the consumer, the farmer, and the environment”

EcoSUAVE 2009 is created in partnership with Local Food Plus (LFP) to raise awareness about local and sustainable food production. LFP is an award winning non-profit organization that brings farmers and consumers to the table to share in the benefits of environmentally and socially responsible food production. They are committed to building and fostering local sustainable food systems by certifying farmers and processors and linking them with local purchasers committed to building and fostering local sustainable food systems by certifying farmers and processors and linking them with local purchasers.

To learn more about EcoSUAVE 2009, visit

About Enlightened Events
Enlightened Events is an educational event company dedicated to building environmental and social awareness through fun, informative, and interactive events. At our events, such as the EcoSavvy Festival and EcoSUAVE 2009, we focus on helping consumers make informed choices while promoting local and truly sustainable businesses and organizations. We are mindful of the environmental, social, and financial impact of all products and services at our events, and work diligently to eliminate “greenwashing”.


Contact Information:
Company: Enlightened Events
Contact: Ms Mihee Kim
Address: 378 Margueretta Street, Toronto, ON, M6H 3S5
Office: 647-723-3693
Fax: 647-436-7642

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Windows Home Server Giveway winner is....

As per my blog posting, Free copy of Microsoft Windows Home Server for a blog reader..., the winner of the free copy of Windows Home Server is....

Comment number 7 - Wayner

I will be in touch with the winner to arrange prize delivery details.

Due to the success of this giveaway, I plan to hold another one in the near future, so stay tuned!

ATSC in Canada for Windows 7 and WMC TV Pack

It was with much disappointment that Media Center in both Windows 7 and the WMC TV Pack did not support ATSC for those of us in Canada, even with hacks such as this. However, former Microsoft MVP Peter Near described a potential workaround for this issue, as mentioned in his blog entry, ATSC, Canada, and Windows 7 - A Sliver of Hope, and worked with SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomerun ATSC product, to create a viable solution.

For more details, see Peter's latest blog entry on this issue, ATSC in Canada on Windows 7 - It's Here!, and this link on SiliconDust's support forum named ATSC OTA in Canada with WMC TV Pack or Win7.

Many thanks to both Peter and the folks at SiliconDust, for pushing to come up with a solution for us Canadians.

Note, this is not supported by Microsoft, but I'll definitely take what I can get. Once you have seen ATSC, NTSC just simply is not good enough anymore!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Microsoft Hardware Support for Windows 7 Public Beta

If you are participating in Microsoft's Windows 7 public beta, you might want to download the beta driver versions for your Microsoft mouse, keyboard, webcam, or headset. The downloads are available at the following site:

The readme notes for the beta driver versions are available here:

The feedback forum for these beta releases of Microsoft Hardware drivers is the Windows 7 Hardware Compatibility forum on TechNet.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Davis Cup is coming to Toronto!

Tennis Canada announced that the Rexall Centre, home of Rogers Cup Toronto, will be the host site for the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I tie between Canada and Ecuador. The event will take place from March 6-8, 2009 and will mark the eighth time in Davis Cup history that Canada has played in the provincial capital, but only the third occasion since 1958.

Matches will be played on hard courts in the Centre of Excellence, the indoor facility at the world-class stadium and national training centre. The only other Davis Cup tie contested at Rexall Centre was outdoors in 2005 when Canada played host to Belarus, losing a tough World Group tie that was decided in the fifth rubber.

The Miele Canadian Davis Cup team members facing Ecuador will be selected by Tennis Canada at a later date. The 2008 team consisted of multiple Canadian Davis Cup record holder, Wimbledon and Masters Cup champion and world No. 1 doubles team member Daniel Nestor (Toronto); Canada’s top male singles player Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario); Davis Cup veteran Frederic Niemeyer (Sherbrooke, Quebec) along with rising star Peter Polansky (Thornhill, Ontario).

Historically, Canada has a 1-4 overall record against Ecuador. The two teams last faced each other in April 1998 on outdoor clay courts in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A win for Canada would pit them against Peru on the road in May for a second round tie and a chance to advance to a World Group playoff. Tickets are on sale now to the public. Call the Davis Cup hotline at 416-665-9777 ext. 4755 or 1-877-2TENNIS (1-877-283-6647). The event will also be Web cast live in both official languages on

More information available here:

Hope to see some of you there!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to everyone for 2009!

For those who still want a chance at winning a free copy of Windows Home Server, leave a comment either here or at the original blog posting 'Free copy of Microsoft Windows Home Server for a blog reader...'