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Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival

It doesn't start until the end of February (Feb. 24-March 6), but I wanted to give you a heads up to buy your tickets for the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival. I spoke with Jasmine Herlt, the Executive Director of the Canadian branch yesterday on TmTm about four of the ten compelling films that make up this year's programme. According to Herlt, HRW included film as a component in it's fight for justice because film is a visceral way of making these issues "real", regardless of whether the format is fictive narrative or documentary. There is something about seeing the issues played out on a screen that make people react and take notice of what's going on in this world we all share.

BACK YARDA fictionalized version of true events in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. How can women be murdered on a regular basis with no one seeming to care? Director, Carlos Carrera and his crew risked much to bring this story to …

CIUT 89.5 FM to do Special Broadcast on Haiti - Sunday, Jan. 17th

Mario Beausejour, host of CIUT's weekly Haitian show "Creole-a-go-go" will host an expanded show this Sunday. Mario will welcome Haitian-Canadian community leaders, and members of the Haitian-Canadian community-at-large from throughout the GTA and southwestern Ontario to the show. Conversation, etc., will be centered around the horrific situation in Haiti following the earthquake this week. Mario's guests will bring a truly unique perspective to the on-going scenario there. Please tune in to CIUT 89.5 FM this Sunday for this special radio broadcast. It will be presented in Creole, French, and English.

When: Sunday, January 17th from 10am - 2pm

Where: CIUT 89.5FM or listen live @

Source: Ken Stowar, Programme Director, CIUT 89.5 FM

Baby, It's Cold Outside but GET OFF THE COUCH!

Yep. It's COLD outside, but come on! It's January. I'm no cold worshiper, but I came from Jamaica to Canada one January many, many years ago, so maybe that's why I don't fear the cold. Now, gray days? That's a different story, but as long as the sun is shining, I'm a happy go lucky gal. Do what I do: layer up. The Weather Network is my dearest friend, and I don't leave my house without checking for that wind chill. -15 and on go the thermals, public layers, and coverings for the extremities.

The Toronto Fringe wants you to think of them more often than just in July when they have their huge theatre festival, so they have devised a brilliant slogan to promote their Next Stage Theatre Festival: "January is the New July". Yesterday, I had the opportunity to connect with three festival participants: Tessa King (BURIED), Jordan Merkur (JUST EAST OF BROADWAY) and Justin Sage-Passant (QUITE FRANKLY). The Next Stage Theatre Festival(Jan. 6th - 17th) i…