Friday, October 24, 2014

The Birrells

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Syd and Pam Birrell cut the cake at their 25th wedding anniversary I was at a very special party last night: the 25th wedding anniversary party of Syd and Pam Birrell. Syd and Pam are the devoted parents to Rebecca, Ben and James, who died in 2001 at the age of 7 of neuroblastoma, a deadly […]

The James Fund neuroblastoma Retreat – A Beautiful Noise – W-Five

W-Five recently aired a heartbreakingly beautiful documentary on James Birrell, a little boy who left a very big legacy. James died of neuroblastoma, a deadly form of childhood cancer in 2001. He was just 8 years old and had been fighting cancer since he was 3. James made it his mission to fight the neuroblastoma […]

The James Fund neuroblastoma Retreat – A Beautiful Noise – Peter Zezel and the fight against neuroblastoma

Peter Zezel A popular hockey player who played for a variety of teams, including the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Peter Zezel was devoted to his family. Peter Zezel lost his battle with a blood disorder on May 26. He was 44. Zezel had stayed active in the community, donating considerable time to […]

The James Fund neuroblastoma Retreat – A Beautiful Noise – James Fund Neuroblastoma Family Retreat 2009

The James Fund is a leading fund fighting neuroblastoma, one of the deadliest childhood cancers. Its Honourary Patron is Hollywood actor Tom Hanks. The James Fund’s work with neuroblastoma families has made them increasingly aware for the need these families have to come together as they ride the roller coaster of this terrible disease. The […]

The James Fund neuroblastoma Retreat – A Beautiful Noise

 The following reflections are by Faye Whyte, the mother of a neuroblastoma child. Faye’s family was part of the recent James Fund retreat held at Camp Ooch.   Some of us find beauty in sound, and some in the absence of sound. Life these days seems so full of noise that a quiet place can […]

Journalism Online

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As media outlets desperately search for business models that will save them from continued implosion, Journalism Online is one many are watching closely. Journalism Online is a subscription service that will allow customers access to premium content on participating publishers websites. Journalism Online was announced in April and is expected to kick into high gear sometime […]

Facebook and Privacy

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Yesterday, The Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a report that cited the popular social networking application Facebook for privacy violations. That’s a big deal when you consider that 1 in 2 Canadians has a Facebook account with an average of 150-300 friends.   The Privacy Commissioner of Canada noted problems on everything from how Facebook […]

Why we give back – Driven to Sustain

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Cloe Whittaker and Tyson Jerry of Driven to Sustain We at Babble On Communications consider ourselves wildly privileged to work on the caliber of projects we do. We express our gratitude to the universe through the donation of a substantial amount of services to organizations we believe could use our help. We also lend a […]

Remembering Neil Munro (1947 – 2009)

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Neil Munro I had the great privilege of working with Neil Munro a number of times over the course of my time as General Manager of Workshop in the Performing Arts (WPA) in Vancouver.  Neil Munro’s classes were always inspiring, humbling, insightful – and very popular…Actors loved being in his workshopped productions because he took […]

The Future is…Questionable

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I wish things could go back to the way they were but that’s not how the universe works. We are a society of consumers but how and what we consume must change. To pretend we can go back to be a disposable culture is to threaten the lives and economies of generations to come. And […]

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