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16th September 2011

Summer In Smallywood Video Game Makes Learning Fun For Young Adults

The CentreVideo games have a reputation for being frivolous time-wasters that prevent young adults from doing better in school or at work. Summer in Smallywood, a series of video games developed by Untold Entertainment and  The Centre for Skills Development & Training, is helping to dispel this negative reputation by leading the way in game-based learning.Untold Entertainment

Summer in Smallywood is a free-to-play, online Flash game funded by the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills. It is designed to help young adults (ages 15 – 30) enhance their ability to succeed at work. Users play the game as employees of “Smallywood,” an amusement park home to the world’s tiniest rides. The retiring owner, Mr. Small E. Wood, is looking for a replacement who can master three Essential Skills. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2011

History Makers International Awards Open For Nominations

history makersThe call for entries for the 2012 History Makers Awards has been officially opened.  Presented during History Makers International on January 25th-27th at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York, the History Makers Awards recognize the very best in History, Current Affairs and Non-Fiction programming, across TV and digital platforms.

In order to be eligible for nomination, an entry had to have been released for the first time anywhere in the world, between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. Entries in the competition must be in the English language or have English subtitles or have dialogue dubbed in English. There is a $115.00 USD fee per entry, and nominations close on November 4th 2011. The Categories are listed below, but please see the competition website for the complete list of rules and regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2011

Puffle Launch Mobile New from Behaviour

behaviour interactiveEverything you love about Club Penguin’s Puffle Launch game is now available anywhere you go, thanks to Puffle Launchthe latest Disney title developed by Behaviour Interactive. Launch your extreme pet puffle and find the fiery prize in each of the 24 high speed levels.  Use the game’s touch controls to dodge crazy obstacles, battle the cranky crab who has stolen all your snacks, and discover amazing surprises.

Try out some special moves and collect Puffle O’s as you unlock Time Trial, Turbo and Slo-Mo Modes.  and earn tons of virtual coins to transfer them to your account on Club Penguin. Priced at 99 cents USD, Puffle Launch is rated 4+ and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 4.0 or later

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16th September 2011

John A – Birth Of A Country Political Thriller Airs on CBC This Monday

CBCJohn A: Birth of a Country, a two-hour political thriller produced by Indian Grove Productions, will air on CBC Television on Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). Produced by Bernard Zukerman, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, and written by Bruce M. Smith, the film stars Shawn Doyle as John A. Macdonald, Peter Outerbridge as George Brown, David La Haye as Georges-Étienne Cartier and Patrick McKenna as Alexander Galt.John A.: Birth Of A Country

John A: Birth of a Country lays bare the passionate, titanic struggle between Macdonald, the charismatic leader of the Conservative Party, and his opponent, the fiercely determined Brown, leader of what would become the Liberal Party and founder of Toronto’s Globe (later the Globe and Mail). Both men were fired by dramatically differing visions of this country…and a deep hatred for each other.

The time period of the film is 1856 to 1864. The English in Upper Canada (later Ontario) are pitted against the French in Lower Canada (later Quebec). It’s a dysfunctional situation and the United States eyes the chaos, coveting the idea of annexing a vulnerable land. Britain, meanwhile, has no stomach to fight for us. On this stage, lit by the threat of war and the brutality of abandonment, two men, John A. Macdonald and George Brown, each profoundly committed to his own view of the country, battle to dominate the shape of Canada’s future. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2011

Go Speed Go Coming Soon From JPK Games

jpk gamesGo!Speed!Go! is the latest all-ages arcade racing game from independent developer JPK Games. Coming to an iPhone and iPod Touch near you, Go!Speed!Go! will be available for $0.99 on September 28th. Players will be challenged to race their car along the track to get the highest score. Pay attention to the lines – green will gain you fame, glory and points, while red will literally fire you up – into a fiery explosion.

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16th September 2011

Canada Media Fund Announces Changes To Convergent Stream Program Guidelines

Canada Media FundIn order to address the current inconsistencies or conflicts between the Canada Media Fund (CMF) program Guidelines and the Terms of Trade Agreement that was reached last April by the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and private broadcasters Astral Television Networks, Bell Media Inc., Rogers Broadcasting Limited, Shaw Media Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc., the CMF has adopted changes to its Guidelines for all production programs in the Convergent Stream. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2011

Payfirma Adds Kalle Radage to Executive Team

PayfirmaMobile and integrated payment solutions developer Payfirma Corporation, a leading developer of mobile and integrated payment solutions, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Kalle Radage to Chief Product & Strategy Officer.

Mr. Radage has a broad background in product management, marketing, and business development, primarily focused on Internet, mobile, and emerging technology.Kalle Radage

Prior to joining Payfirma, Mr. Radage co-founded and ran the product & strategy teams for various business units within Nokia. Prior to Nokia, Mr. Radage was Senior Product Manager at Oracle, with the objective to create new revenue streams by driving emerging technologies into Oracle’s main product lines. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2011

Serebra Learning Corporation Reverse Takeover Update and Resumption of Trading

serebraSerebra Learning Corporation has announced that trading in its common shares will resume on the TSX Venture Exchange today,  Friday September 16th. The Company is proceeding with its previously announced business combination with Blue Drop Inc. and are in the process of finalizing the definitive agreement as well as the information circular to be provided to Serebra shareholders. A summary of the transaction is provided in the Company’s news release dated March 24, 2011.

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15th September 2011

CPRS Creates Educational Guidelines For Canadian PR and Communications Programs

cprsThe Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has launched the first-ever comprehensive program to formally recognize public relations and communications management education programs in Canada. The guidelines for curriculum development, published recently, will allow educational institutions in Canada to produce highly skilled public relations practitioners that are prepared for the current and future demands of the changing workforce.

Pathways to the Profession: An Outcomes Based Approach Towards Excellence in Canadian Public Relations and Communications Management Education was developed by the CPRS National Council on Education over the past three years in co-ordination with the academic and professional public relations communities across Canada. Pathways outlines recommendations for curriculum and program design in five pathways to the profession: technical, career, management, leadership and scholar. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th September 2011

Five Canadian Games Named As IndieCade 2011 Finalists

IndieCade is an annual independent games festival that is open to industry as well as the public. At this year’s event, which takes place in Culver City on October 6th through 9th, there will be five Canadian-made titles available for attendees to play.

According to the IndieCade web site, this year’s events will include a professional conference, an exclusive business pre-event called the IndieXchange, a Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, this year presented by LG Electronics, festival workshops, keynotes, and family-focused activities, meet-and-greets with game creators, free gameplay with a GameWalk and big games as well as numerous social events.

The five Canadian nominees are:

FEZ by Polytron Corp.
Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure by Untold Entertainment
superHYPERCUBE by Game Dev Collective Kokoromi
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EPSuperbrothers, Capybara Games, Jim Guthrie
The Depths to Which I SinkBigpants

Good luck to all of you at IndieCade!

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