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Anita Sharma Goes One-On-One with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

[ 0 ] December 4, 2011

November jobs data is rather bleak for Canada.  Back-to-back months of losses (18,600) with the unemployment rate inching up to 7.4% indicates employers remain pessimistic about hiring new workers in light of troubling global headlines.  Anita Sharma gets reaction to this data from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Canadians Give Big in Movember!

[ 0 ] November 27, 2011

Peter Bombaci of Movember Canada dropped into the TSX to talk to Anita Sharma about raising awareness for men’s health during Movember.  We also learned something about Anita’s colleague – Pat Bolland – and his ‘stache.  Check this out!

 

Happy Anniversary Sun News Network!

[ 0 ] November 20, 2011

Launch of Sun News with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau (April 2011)

Sun News Network recently celebrated its half-year anniversary! It’s not everyday Canada gets a new national network and it took a forward-thinking entrepreneur (with deep pockets!) to make it happen.  Many thanks to our big chief, Pierre Karl Peladeau and his trusty generals, Kory Teneycke and Luc Lavoie for giving Canadians a new perspective.  Onward!

NBA Star Steve Nash On Staying Healthy And Active

[ 0 ] November 17, 2011

 

Two-time NBA MVP champ Steve Nash talks to Anita Sharma about his latest entrepreneurial endeavour and being vegan!

Star Service: DSquared2 on Canada’s Walk of Fame

[ 0 ] September 28, 2009

I had an opportunity to chat with one-half of the dynamic design duo, DSquared2.  Dean Caten was absolutely thrilled and honoured to be recognized by Canada’s Walk of Fame for his (and brother Dan’s) contribution to the world of style.  Will have to try and get the phone interview up on the blog.  Dean was quite the colourful character chatting from his phone while vacationing in Greece.

Here’s the newspaper article which ran in the Sun papers across Canada.

Jessica Simpson: A Public Affair

[ 0 ] August 17, 2009

jessicaThe trials and tribulations of being in-and-out-of a relationship.  We’ve all been there but maybe not as publicly as Ms. Jessica Simpson.  Check out the article and video I produced for Canada’s Sun Media.   Three experts weigh in on Simpson’s problems and provide tips for those currently residing in Heartbreak Hotel.  Personal Trainer Ryan Campbell of Ryancamp.ca also gives us great workout tips to get back in shape and back at the ex!

Click here to read the article.

Click here for the quick and (not-so) easy workout video!

Suzy Welch & Her 10-10-10 Decision-Making Formula

[ 0 ] April 28, 2009

As it often happens, I come across great things, people and events by chance.  After confirming with Suzy Welch via Twitter (!) that she would be at Indigo Books in Toronto, I headed down last night for her booksigning.  There she was, being interviewed by her husband, the legendary Jack Welch and Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books.  Her book, 10-10-10, A Life-Transforming Idea made the New York Times best-sellers list and is poised to enter the Top 10 next month (under the advice category).

Suzy Welch and her 10-10-10 approach to decision-making.

Suzy Welch and her 10-10-10 approach to decision-making.

I haven’t read it yet but judging from the buzz it’s getting, it seems the former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review and mother of four has come up with a concept that resonates with many women (and men) struggling to be everything to everyone.

Last night, she told a poignant story about a woman who went through most of her life living her parents’ dream of becoming a doctor (a story quite common in the Indian community, btw).  However, in her 40s, she decided to reclaim her power by (1) finally telling her parents that neurosurgery was making her miserable and (2) following her true passion of becoming a photographer.

Many of us (especially women) can relate to that story.  Ok, not neurosurgery but trying to please others often at the expense of our own happiness.  There has to be balance and according to Welch it can be achieved.  When faced with a dilemma she says she employs her 10-10-10 method.  It involves thinking about how a certain decision will impact your life in the next: 10 minutes (the present), 10 months (the near future) and 10 years from now.  She believes that will encourage us to maintain our core values rather than fall victim to societal pressures or the desires of others.  Welch says this helped her survive some serious challenges in life, namely the public scrutiny of her relationship with Jack and the blending of their families after marriage.

Talked politics with Jack Welch at his wife's booksigning in Toronto.

Talked politics with Jack Welch at his wife's booksigning in Toronto.

I had an opportunity to chat politics with Jack Welch too.  His message to the President? “Put more stimulus in the stimulus package!  Focus on creating more jobs than social programs.”  He says more people are embracing frugality in these tough economic times and that even he has made some changes, taking taxis instead of limos!  Welch is as charming as ever and alongside his formidable partner, still able to captivate an audience.

Celebrating Earth Day: From Obama to Starbucks

[ 0 ] April 22, 2009

I never thought of myself as an “environmentalist”.  For me, the term evokes images of hippies hugging trees and chanting Kumbaya (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  With this being Earth Day, however, I’m thinking more about my role in helping to preserve our land and make it better.  Like most people, I already recycle and tote around reusable shopping bags.  I also shop more frequently at bulk food stores to cut down on wasteful, and often unnecessary, plastic packaging.  While I’m vegetarian for spiritual and health reasons, it’s good to know my “lifestyle choice” helps reduce my carbon footprint too.

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The idea of Earth Day was first proposed in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. The Iowa native made the pitch at the national UNESCO conference in San Francisco.

It’s only fitting that, four decades later, Barack Obama returns to Iowa to make the push for a greener economy.  Tending to his “political garden” in the state where his presidential ambitions were first “rooted” (I’m finished with the puns now!) the U.S. President is using Earth Day to promote his message for a plan he believes will help alleviate the country’s environment and economic problems.

Everything counts on Earth day from sowing seeds in your backward garden to promoting a national job plan.  The business community is embracing the concept too.  While many are cynical about their role, I think it’s great if it draws attention to the cause.  If they make money while doing it – good for them.

Starbucks in Canada is offering free java today as long as you bring in your travel mug.  After today, you’ll get ten cents off when you bring your own mug.

LUSH Cosmetics has an interesting campaign as well.  Their Seed the Nation Contest encourages us to make a difference in our community whether it’s planting vegetables in the garden or mending a neighbor’s fence.

Whatever you do, have a fantastic Earth Day!

Top 12 Fruits & Vegetables To Eat Organic

[ 0 ] February 13, 2009

Most people would attest to the merits of eating food not sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals but often it is the wallet which decides whether you ‘go organic’.  In fact, eating organic is still considered by some to be a luxury and not a necessity.  As people hunker down and prepare for the economic storm headed our way, frivolous spending is likely being curtailed including $4 lattes from Starbucks (no surprise it reported poor quarterly results).  In this tough economic climate, promoting the benefits of organic fruits and vegetables may prove to be a tougher sell, too.

Apples and peaches score highest on the pesticide scale.

Apples and peaches score highest on the pesticide scale.

For those who can still afford to buy only organic foods, good for you.  If however, you are forced to compromise then check out the list below.  It states the top 12 fruits and vegetables to eat organic since they score high on the pesticide scale.  For a complete list of organic produce to eat and more importantly, which foods to avoid (due to high levels of pesticides) please visit www.foodnews.org for more information.

Top 12 Fruits & Vegetables to Eat Organic

1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Sweet Bell Peppers

4. Celery

5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Lettuce

9. Imported Grapes

10. Pears

11. Spinach

12. Potatoes


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