Archive | September, 2013


CHOGM: Commonwealth Business Forum 2013 promoted in the U.S.

Posted on 26 September 2013 by admin

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC
Press Release



Washington DC: On September 19th, The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, DC organized a special briefing to high-level US corporate delegates, Chamber of Commerce representatives and senior US Government officials regarding the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the Commonwealth Business Forum 2013 in Sri Lanka.  Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya chaired the conference, which was held at the Churchill Embassy Row Hotel in Washington from 4pm to 6pm.


Ambassador Wickramasuriya in his opening remarks underscored the immense potential of the Commonwealth Business Forum to be held in Sri Lanka from November 12-14 on the margins of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 to create new opportunities for the business community in the United States. He pointed out that the forum will be attended by a diverse business community from more than 60 countries representing six continents and addressed by over a dozen of heads of state and more than 100 international business speakers.  

He said the unique setting, where nearly 1000 business delegates meet in one place for three days in a magnificent surrounding, will be an excellent networking opportunity that no growth-focused firm would want to miss.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya also briefed the participants about the program of the CHOGM 2013 and the related activities that are scheduled to take place in the sidelines of the summit. He expounded on the rapid economic and social development currently underway in Sri Lanka under the visionary leadership of President His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that, as the US is Sri Lanka’s single largest export market, the country is very much eager to see US corporates invest and promote their business in the Sri Lankan market.

Minister Commercial of the Embassy, Mr. Bandula Somasiri, explained the huge business potential in Sri Lanka due to its strategic location in the region, liberal economic policies of the government and political stability. 

He also informed the audience about the Reflection of Sri Lanka, an international trade fair jointly organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Industry & Commerce in Sri Lanka that will be held concurrently with the CHOGM.  

This unique exposition covering trade, investment and tourism will be held from November 13-17, in Colombo Sri Lanka, attracting a large number of local and international business visitors. Ambassador Wickramasuriya invited US companies to exhibit at this mega exposition and US importers and tour operators to visit the fair.

Information packets containing brochures and other details on the Commonwealth Business Forum and Reflection of Sri Lanka trade exhibition were distributed among the participants. 

Watch video on Embassy YouTube Channel 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Posted on 26 September 2013 by admin

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, on September 23. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sept. 25 in New York. Both leaders are in the City this week, attending the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 The discussion between President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Sharif centered on the different ways Sri Lanka and Pakistan could further strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in the area of economic cooperation. They acknowledged that the long-term friendship between the two countries has resulted in the solidarity that Sri Lanka and Pakistan share.
The Pakistani delegation included several high-level officials, including the Adviser to the Prime Minister on national security and foreign affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Minister of Finance Mr. Ishaq Dar and the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Mr. Masood Khan.
The Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona and Additional Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne were also present at the meeting.

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Two arrrested after SriLankan Airlines plane diverted to British airport

Posted on 20 September 2013 by admin

British police arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a Sri Lankan Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, officials said Saturday.

The Airbus A330, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew, was due to land at London Heathrow Airport but was diverted to Stansted, eastern England, just after 1830 GMT on Friday, a Stansted spokesman said.

"The aircraft, which was flying from Colombo to Heathrow, landed safely with Essex Police in attendance," the airport spokesman said.

A spokesman for Essex Police added: "Police officers boarded the aircraft and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

"The passengers have been removed safely. Enquiries are ongoing."

The nationality of the arrested men was not immediately disclosed.

The remaining passengers are being looked after at a reception centre at Stansted and are due to be transferred to Heathrow later Saturday.

Stansted remains open and operating normally, the airport spokesman said.

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China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement from November

Posted on 20 September 2013 by admin




For the first time in Asia, China will sign a Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka. This would be implemented from this November.

Minister of Investment Promotion Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that this FTA would allow selected Sri Lankan items to be exported to China on 100% zero duty.

“This is a unique and special FTA extended and offered only to Sri Lanka”, he said. Sri Lankan companies could then have the opportunity to export to the large Chinese market thus opening a new era of trade. “Sri Lankan apparel sector is one to benefit first”, he said.

“We are currently preparing the list of items to be included to the FTA and the agreement would be effective before the CHOGM,” he disclosed.

He added that Foreign Direct Investments to the country increased by over 20% in the first half of 2013. Minister Abeywardena said that from January to June 2013 it stood at US$ 540.211 million.

In the first half of 2013, most investments were in the infrastructure sector, totaling $ 284.2 million, followed by $ 174.36 million for manufacturing, $ 79.1 million for services and $ 2.6 million for agriculture.

The single largest investment was the Colombo International Container Terminal, a Chinese/Hong Kong project that represented an investment of $ 116.2 million.

This project was followed by the investments by Cairn Lanka Pvt Ltd, from UK/Mauritius ($ 29.4 million) and MAS Fabric Pvt Ltd, from Hong Kong ($ 25.5 million) large scale projects approved by Cabinet.

Another major investment was the Waterfront Properties Pvt Ltd, by the John Keells Group which is a mixed development project. The total value of the project will be US$ 850 million and would create 3,000 direct employment opportunities.

Lake Leisure Holdings Pvt Ltd project is the second major project that was also approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and also operating under the Strategic Development Act.

This is to be located at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha and would become an integrated resort, with an investment value of US$ 350 million and would generate 2,600 direct employment opportunities and many more indirect jobs.

Both projects would be completed in 60 months.

The Minister also inaugurated a new online application system in the BOI website which is in operational now. Investors can apply online to start projects in the Section 17 category, which were the projects that operate under the BOI law and represent about 90% of all applications.

The application by the investor can be accepted online, prior to the final approval. Other features include a payment gateway to handle online payments for application fees.

“Sri Lanka was placed second after Poland among the countries that had made the most improvements in the field of business friendliness.” 


Courtesy: Ceylon Daily News of Sept.18, 2013


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A Nice and Touching Article by a Singaporean

Posted on 20 September 2013 by admin

Slump time has arrived with a bang.

While I worry about the poorer Singaporeans who will be hit hard, perhaps this recession has come at an opportune time for many of us. It will give us an incentive to reconsider our priorities in life.

Decades of the good life have made us soft. The wealthy especially, but also the middle class in Singapore, have had it so good for so long, what they once considered luxuries, they now think of as necessities.

A mobile phone, for instance, is now a statement about who you are, not just a piece of equipment for communication. Hence many people buy the latest model though their existing mobile phones are still in perfect w orking order.

A Mercedes-Benz is no longer adequate as a status symbol. For millionaires who wish to show the world they have taste, a Ferrari or a Porsche is deemed more appropriate.

The same attitude influences the choice of attire and accessories. I still find it hard to believe that there are people carrying handbags that cost more than thrice the monthly income of a bus driver, and many more times that of the foreign worker labouring in the hot sun, risking his life to construct luxury condominiums he will never have a chance to live in.

The media encourages and amplifies this ostentatious consumption. Perhaps it is good to encourage people to spend more because this will prevent the recession from getting worse. I am not an economist, but wasn't that the root cause of the current crisis – Americans spending more than they could afford to?

I am not a particularly spiritual person. I don't believe in the supernatural and I don't think I have a soul that will survive my death. But as I view the crass materialism around me, I am reminded of what my mother once told me: 'Suffering and deprivation is good for the soul.'

My family is not poor, but we have been brought up to be frugal.. My parents and I live in the same house that my paternal grandparents and their children moved into after World War II in 1945. It is a big house by today's standards, but it is simple – in fact, almost to the point of being shabby.

Those who see it for the first time are astonished that Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's home is so humble. But it is a comfortable house, a home we have got used to. Though it does look shabby compared to the new mansions on our street, we are not bothered by the comparison.

Most of the world and much of Singapore will lament the economic downturn. We have been told to tighten our belts. There will undoubtedly be suffering, which we must try our best to ameliorate.

But I personally think the hard times will hold a timely lesson for many Singaporeans, especially those born after 1970 who have never lived through difficult times.

No matter how poor you are in Singapore , the authorities and social groups do try to ensure you have shelter and food. Nobody starves in Singapore ..

Many of those who are currently living in mansions and enjoying a luxurious lifestyle will probably still be able to do so, even if they might have to downgrade from wines costing $20,000 a bottle to $10,000 a bottle. They would hardly notice the difference.

Being wealthy is not a sin. It cannot be in a capitalist market economy. Enjoying the fruits of one's own labour is one's prerogative and I have no right to chastise those who choose to live luxuriously.

But if one is blinded by materialism, there would be no end to wanting and hankering. After the Ferrari, what next? An Aston Martin? After the Hermes Birkin handbag, what can one upgrade to?

Neither an Aston Martin nor an Hermes Birkin can make us truly happy or contented.. They are like dust, a fog obscuring the true meaning of life, and can be blown away in the twinkling of an eye.

 When the end approaches and we look back on our lives, will we regret the latest mobile phone or luxury car that we did not acquire? Or would we prefer to die at peace with ourselves, knowing that we have lived lives filled with love, friendship and goodwill, that we have helped some of our fellow voyagers along the way and that we have tried our best to leave this world a slightly better place than how we found it?

We know which is the correct choice – and it is within our power to make that choice.

In this new year, burdened as it is with the problems of the year that has just ended, let us again try to choose wisely.

To a considerable degree, our happiness is within our own control, and we should not follow the herd blindly.

With very warm regards,

 Chwee Seng

Editor's Note: The Times of Sri Lanka does not vouch for the authenticity of this article, but posted for whatever it is worth

  • Lee Kuan Yew
    Singaporean Politician









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Canada to introduce biometrics to many countries, including Sri Lanka

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin


September 17, 2013 (Courtesy: Colombo Gazette)

Canada is to introduce the biometrics requirements for several countries including Sri Lanka from the end of this year, the Canadian media reported.

Under the system,  travellers must submit their fingerprints and photos when applying for a Canadian visitor, student or work visa.

Starting Oct. 23, travellers from Albania, Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Tunisia must submit the biometrics information while from December 11 it will apply to Sri Lanka and several other countries.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released a country list, following the imposition of the biometrics requirement earlier this month on Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica, the Star reported.

Visitors from these countries must pay an extra $85 for Ottawa to collect their fingerprints and photos in their visa applications — as part of Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act passed last year to tighten border entry to the country.

Officials said the countries were selected for their volumes or rates of visa refusals, removal orders, refugee claims, and nationals arriving without proper documentation or attempting to travel under false identities, as well as their relevance to Canada’s foreign and trade policy objectives.

About 20 per cent of the 300,000 visa-required applicants — visitors, students or temporary foreign workers — would have to submit their biometric information in the first year. Children, the elderly and diplomats are exempted.

The applicants must present themselves at a biometric collection service point, a third-party visa application centre contracted by Ottawa, to provide “all available fingerprints and have a photograph taken.”

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Canada`s hi-tech Porsche dealership opens in Oakville

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin

OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 16, 2013 /CNW/ – Porsche Centre Oakville, the largest and most technologically-advanced Porsche facility in Canada, officially opened its doors today, ushering in an advanced customer experience for car enthusiasts and owners in Canada.

The state-of-the-art facility measures 5,000 square metres and boasts a 22-vehicle showroom and 43-metre video wall, a 20-vehicle indoor pre-owned display, covered outdoor canopy, and the Porsche After Sales Service Centre. This indoor area includes Porsche Classic Service, the Porsche Club Lounge with a full gourmet professional kitchen, the Carrera Café, Porsche Driver's Selection Boutique and Porsche Kids Play Area. In all aspects of sales and service, the latest Porsche innovations – from web and mobile tools to diagnostic equipment and parts management – have been incorporated to provide a customer experience that is second-to-none.

"Porsche Centre Oakville embodies the ambitious characteristics of the Porsche brand," said Francesco Policaro, General Manager for Porsche Centre Oakville. "Porsche actively seeks ways to stretch boundaries.
We're committed to making our Porsche Centre the most exciting outpost for Porsche this side of the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany."

In keeping with Porsche's commitment to environmental responsibility, the structure includes a number of efficiency features such as fully automated LED lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and audio and video systems, an industry-leading TPO membrane roof, and water powered aqua-lifts in each service bay.

The new world-class dealership will service the western GTA including Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding communities. It is located on the south side of the QEW between Bronte Road and 3rd Line. The centre now employs 42 skilled and Porsche-trained personnel.

About the Policaro Automotive Family
The Policaro Automotive Family employs 402 trained, motivated and inspired employees and is a world-class automotive retail group known for strong performance and excellent customer satisfaction. With eight automobile franchises embracing seven automobile brands – Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Scion, Toyota and Porsche – the group has been building and operating successful automobile dealerships around a single-minded dedication to customer service and the enduring belief in the value of strong relationships with customers, community and manufacturing partners.

About Porsche Cars Canada
In August 2008, Porsche Cars Canada Limited (PCC), previously operating with the United States as Porsche Cars North America, became a fully independent subsidiary. It now has complete market and financial accountability as an independent importer and reports directly to Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

PCC employs 24 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 15 Canadian Porsche Centres. Its headquarters are located in Mississauga, Ontario.

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LCBO Promotion Shines Spotlight on Ontario Wines

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – The LCBO, in partnership with Ontario's wine and grape industry, is launching its largest annual promotion of Ontario wines called SHINE {ON} in all LCBO stores from September 15 to October 12. This year's promotion celebrates the best wine and local culinary talent that Ontario has to offer and showcases 167 wines from 55 Ontario producers.

"We are proud to work with our local industry to showcase the excellent Ontario wines they produce," said Nancy Cardinal, LCBO's Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "This promotion helps recreate the Ontario wine country experience for consumers in our stores and encourages them to share in the pride of what's truly special and ours by shining a spotlight on Ontario's quality products ."

During the month-long promotion, customers can discover many new Ontario VQA wines made from 100 per cent Ontario-grown grapes. LCBO WINES category is unveiling 26 new products and Vintages, LCBO's fine wine and premium spirits business, is releasing 23 Ontario VQA wines. There will be more than 1,200 in-store wine tastings and many opportunities for customers to sample local food and wine pairings from featured chefs in LCBO event kitchens and at food trucks at 12 select stores.

LCBO's autumn FOOD&DRINK magazine, celebrating its 20th anniversary, also highlights the evolution of Ontario wine and looks at the next generation of winemakers. During the promotion, some 130 restaurants across the province are offering a special SHINE {ON} menu that pairs local foods with Ontario wines.

The September 14 Vintages release main feature is dedicated to Ontario VQA wines. In addition, Vintages will be hosting two Taste Ontario events featuring 80 VQA wines from 30 Ontario wineries in Ottawa on October 7 and Toronto on October 10.

The microsite will highlight key wine regions and showcase videos and stories of some of the passionate people in the wine industry, including local winemakers, chefs and winery owners. Consumers can also join the conversation online during SHINE {ON} through Facebook and on Twitter (@LCBO using hashtag #shineON) to share their stories and experiences of how Ontario wine country shines.

For more information on the SHINE {ON} wine promotion, call the toll-free, bilingual helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-ONT-LCBO (668-5226). In Toronto, call 416 365-5900 or visit your nearest LCBO store. The TTY number for people who are deaf or hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.




  • This month, LCBO launched Our Wine Country boutiques in select LCBO stores in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Windsor, with more opening in the fiscal year. These boutiques have the look and feel of a trip to wine country and will offer an expanded selection of Ontario wines, including hard-to-find, niche and ultra-premium products. This will make it easier for customers to discover and learn about the exceptional products produced here at home and support Ontario wineries.
  • In fiscal 2012-13, Ontario wine sales through LCBO and VINTAGES were 5.4 per cent higher than in 2011-12. VQA reds showed the strongest growth of 7.8 per cent, while sales of VQA white table wine grew by 2.8 per cent. By contrast, imported table wine sales were up 4.2 per cent in the same period. Since 2006-07, sales of VQA wines at the LCBO have more than doubled compared to imported wine sales  over the same period.
  • In fiscal 2012-13, LCBO sold more than 1,155 different Ontario VQA wines from 101 different wineries.
  • LCBO Wines category offers 520 Ontario-produced wines, including 298 VQA wines year-round.  In fiscal 2012-13, LCBO Wines category released 60 new VQA wines, including many varietal blends, one of the fastest-growing segments. Vintages offered more than 200 Ontario VQA wines, including 23 available year-round through the Vintages Essentials program.
  • Ontario wines enjoy significantly more shelf space than their share of sales in LCBO stores. They are prominently located at the front of most stores, with specially-designed Ontario VQA wine displays in the 250 largest LCBO outlets. Since fiscal 2007, LCBO has added 35,000 linear feet of Ontario wine shelf space and will add an additional 20,000 linear feet by the end of fiscal 2014.
  • WOW (World of Ontario Wines) leaders: LCBO employees take pride in recommending Ontario wines and staff in 327 LCBO stores have been specially-trained through educational programs run in partnership with Wine Country Ontario to promote Ontario wines with customers and colleagues.

For more information, see the backgrounder "LCBO support for Ontario wines" in the media centre at and also the attached fact sheet on the SHINE {ON} promotion.

Video B-roll and photographs available upon request.



Fact Sheet

  • LCBO, in partnership with Wine Country Ontario, presents SHINE {ON}, its largest annual promotion of Ontario wines.
  • SHINE {ON} is a celebration of Ontario. It encourages consumers to share in the pride of what's truly ours and showcase Ontario's quality local wine, food and talent.
  • SHINE {ON} runs in 521 stores from September 15 – October 12, 2013 and provides LCBO customers with an opportunity to discover Ontario VQA wines, made from 100 per cent Ontario-grown grapes.
  • LCBO supports the Ontario wine industry year-round.  SHINE {ON} allows customers to experience more Ontario wines at the time of year when winemaking is at its peak.
  • Wines featured during SHINE {ON} were selected by LCBO in consultation with the participating wineries.





    • SHINE {ON} highlights 167 products from 55 Ontario wineries.
    • Of these, 26 are new LCBO Ontario wines including; the fruity and vibrant Cattail Creek Cabernet Merlot; the delicious and bright Union Gold; the fun and casual Pelee Island Island Time Semi Sweet Merlot; and the full-bodied Sandbanks Dunes Red.
    • Three new Ontario VINTAGES Essentials products will be launched in-store.  VINTAGES Essentials is a collection of hand-selected, finely crafted wines and spirits from around the world.  Timeless treasures, proven favourites and always available.
    • In addition, VINTAGES will be releasing 23 VQA Ontario wines in their September 14 Release.
  • The LCBO SHINE {ON} campaign will be supported through external advertising including print, digital, radio and out-of-home.
  • LCBO invites customers to join in the conversation during SHINE {ON} through Facebook and Twitter.  @LCBO #shineON
  • Extended content of new interviews and videos of winemakers and influencers will be available exclusively on and


On Saturday, September 21, 28 and October 5 and 12, customers are invited to LCBO event kitchens to discover and experience food and wine pairings.  New Ontario VQA wines will be showcased with chef demonstrations of delicious recipes featured in our SHINE {ON} recipe book – available complimentary in all participating stores.

Event kitchen locations include:

    • LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Square, Toronto
    • LCBO The Kingsway, 2946 Bloor Street West, Toronto
    • LCBO Bayview Village, 2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
    • LCBO Windsor Roundhouse Centre, 3165 Howard Avenue, Windsor
    • LCBO Millcroft Centre, 2000 Appleby Line, Burlington
    • LCBO Rideau Street, 275 Rideau Street, Ottawa
    • LCBO Nepean Crossroads, 543 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean
    • LCBO Oakville, Olde Oakville Marketplace, 321 Cornwall Road, Oakville
  • Additionally, the LCBO is excited to feature enhanced special events for our customers to taste the featured VQA wines from Ontario winemakers.





    On September 21, 22, 28 and 29, customers are invited to 12 select LCBO stores for parking lot events pairing Ontario wines with food samples served from food trucks.

    • The diversity of food trucks will help demonstrate the versatility of Ontario wines with a variety of cuisines. Four new VQA wines will be featured at each event.

Food truck event locations include:

Event date GTA locations WESTERN locations EASTERN locations
Sat. Sept. 21 Toronto – Queen's
Quay & Yonge
St. Catharines
Geneva & Scott
(Fairview Mall)
Ottawa Barrhaven –
Nepean Strandherd &
Sun. Sept. 22 Toronto (North York)
Crossroads –
Highway 401 and
Weston Road
London –
Wonderland &
Southdale (Power
Ottawa – Orleans
Innes & Tenth Line
Sat. Sept. 28 Mississauga – Mavis
& Britannia
(Heartland Town
Guelph – Scottsdale
& Stone Road West
Peterborough –
Lansdowne West &
Sun. Sept. 29 Oakville – 3rd Line &
Rebecca (Hopedale
Kitchener – Ottawa
& Homer Watson
(Alpine Centre)
Kingston – Midland &


  • The SHINE {ON} promotion will provide LCBO customers with more than 1,200 opportunities to taste Ontario wines in more than 200 LCBO locations during the month-long promotion.
  • For detailed information on all these in-store tastings, visit
  • In addition to the LCBO in-store events, VINTAGES presents the newly re-branded Taste Ontario events.

VINTAGES will be hosting two Taste Ontario events in Ottawa and Toronto:

Monday, October 7, 2013
Westin Hotel
Timing: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. -Tasting
$65 per person
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Timing: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. -Tasting
$65 per person
  • Opportunity to taste a selection of 80 VQA local wines from 30 Ontario wineries.
  • Discover the versatility of Icewine at the VINTAGES Icewine lounge – six Icewines will be paired with different varieties of food
  • Purchase exclusive Ontario wines at the event
  • Attendees can enter to win a trip to wine country

Additional Initiatives:

  • Just This Month Wine Event! – International Canadian Blends products offer amazing value and, between September 15 – October 12, the value is even greater than expected.
  • Food & Drink magazine will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the autumn issue in stores September 4.  Stories highlighting Ontario include: the Evolution of Ontario wine, a look into the Next Generation of Winemakers and Complements of Ontario, a series of delicious, locally-inspired dishes paired with Ontario's exceptional varietals from each wine region.
  • Over 130 restaurants across Ontario will be participating in their own SHINE {ON} program by offering local wine by-the-glass to pair with special local menus from September 15 to October 12. Visit for a list of participating restaurants.
  • The September 14 VINTAGES Release will be dedicated to Ontario and specifically the quality of Ontario wines.  Features include: interviews with local chefs and sommeliers that champion and endorse the spirit of SHINE {ON}, a focus on Ontario's signature varietals and styles and a world stage report with international endorsements of Ontario wine.


















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Canada Post to deliver orders the same day

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin

Media invited to see how Canada Post will have it Delivered Tonight™

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Canada Post has announced this morning that the hundreds of customers in parts of the Greater Toronto Area will be delighted tonight when the products they ordered online from Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, Indigo or Walmart today are delivered that same evening. Members of the media are invited to capture visually the behind the scenes logistics of Deliver Tonight™. Interviews can also be conducted at the following sites:

  • 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Future Shop store (10, Dundas Street East, Toronto)
  • 9:30 to 10 a.m. Best Buy store (65, Dundas Street West, Toronto)
  • 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Canada Post Etobicoke Delivery Hub (145, The West Mall, Etobicoke)
  • 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Canada Post Downsview North Delivery Hub (500 Oakdale Road, North York)

For more information or to book an interview, please contact Canada Post media relations at 613-734-8888 or

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Cell Phone use warning with safety alert worth reading

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin





"Treasure today–Tomorrow might be too late"












Please send this information to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.



Safety Alert!

Here are some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc…)

TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.

2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.

3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas

6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.

7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.




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