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  Flying high to help fight autism
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The gift: Raising $250,000 by flying around the worldThe cause: Toronto's Hospital for Sick ChildrenThe reason: To fund research into autismDave McElroy has been flying airplanes as a hobby for more than 40 years and he has travelled extensively in North America and Europe. But he has never taken a plane across an ocean, something he is about to do several times this summer as part of a fundraising venture he has launched with his friend Chris Elgar.
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Broadening kids' minds outside the classroom
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The donor Michael ComisarowThe gift: Founding Daytrippers Children's CharityThe reason: To fund field trips for school groupShortly after Michael Comisarow got his first job in Toronto in the investment industry, he ran into a friend who was working as a student teacher in Kingston. She explained how difficult it was for some students to go on field trips.
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Providing a magical getaway for families with autistic kids
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The gift: Two houses in Florida for use by families with autistic childrenThe reason: To give these families a place to get awayWhen Canadian businessman Luis Navas bought a home in Florida two years ago and made it available to families with autistic children, the response was overwhelming.
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Russian sanctions, trade implications
PAUL WALDIE, JEFF GRAY  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Kiev recently to show support for Ukraine's new government, he took a hard line on sanctions against Russia and mused about kicking Russia out of the G8.
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AIDS fundraiser cut from colourful African cloth
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The gift: Raising $275,000 and climbingThe cause: The Stephen Lewis FoundationA few years ago, fashion designers Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell were at an awards dinner when they started chatting about vacations with the woman sitting next to them.
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Sanctions begin to weigh on Russia
PAUL WALDIE  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Russia is beginning to feel the impact of Western sanctions related to the annexation of Crimea, and the World Bank says the country's economy could contract sharply if the crisis gets worse.
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Establishing their alma mater's first permanent scholarship
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The donors John Ellis and friendsThe gift: Raising $120,000, and climbingThe cause: Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School in VancouverThe reason: To finance scholarshipsWhen John Ellis and some friends got involved with preparations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their old high school, Vancouver's Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School, they noticed that their alma mater didn't have a permanent scholarship fund.
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Funding fun for nearly 30 years
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The gift: Starting the Jerry Love Children's FundThe reason: Recreational programs for children in MississaugaWhen Jerry Love was director of recreation for the City of Mississauga, parents would occasionally call wondering whether there was any financial support available to cover the cost of enrolling their children in various activities.
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From flak jackets to finances in Ukraine
PAUL WALDIE  

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the rarefied world of central bankers, Stepan Kubiv stands out.A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Kubiv was one of the leaders of Ukraine's protest movement, called Maidan. He spent months organizing supplies for thousands of protesters, taking on police and occasionally shouting ''death to the enemies'' from a stage in Kiev's Independence Square.
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As Moscow circles, Ukraine's stock exchange holds onto hope
PAUL WALDIE  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dmytro Tarabakin winces when he's asked to comment on the state of the Ukrainian stock market.''The local market here? There's not much left,'' said Mr. Tarabakin, managing director of sales and trading at Dragon Capital, one of Kiev's largest investment firms. ''It started to pick up lately as we started seeing hope at the end of the tunnel, we hope at least.''
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Ukrainian journalists vindicated after Gas King's assets frozen
PAUL WALDIE  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When Canada and several other countries recently froze assets and bank accounts belonging to Ukrainian businessman Sergey Kurchenko, journalist Vladimir Fedorin gave a small smile.In 2012, Mr. Fedorin and his colleagues at Forbes Ukraine had been investigating Mr. Kurchenko for months and they wrote a lengthy profile of him that raised questions about his sudden rise to power in Ukraine's business scene.
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And the bands played on for the Parry Sound hospital
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The gift: Raising $71,000 and climbingThe cause: West Parry Sound Health CentreThe reason: To help pay for new equipmentWhen Joe Bamford got out of the music management business, after stints with several groups in the 1980s, including Glass Tiger, he decided to try something different.
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Philanthropist's gift to B.C. university was 40 years in the making
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, March 01, 2014

The gift: $2.5-millionThe cause: Thompson Rivers UniversityThe reason: To fund research programs, lab equipment and awards for studentsThompson Rivers University was holding its annual fundraising gala in Kamloops, B.C., recently when 75-year-old Ken Lepin stood up to make an announcement.
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Dog had his day, now his story helps pets
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The gift: Raising at least $100,000The cause: Animal shelters and welfare organizationsWhen Helen Brent gave her husband, Malcolm Bernstein, a terrier for his 50th birthday, the little dog quickly became an integral part of their family.
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Former snowboarder gives concussion research some momentum
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The gift: Raising $130,000The cause: Toronto General and Western Hospital FoundationThe reason: To finance research into concussionsA couple of years ago, Allison Haggart would have been dreaming about competing in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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A hockey tournament with a big goal
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The gift: Raising more than $400,000The cause: The Reena FoundationThe reason: To fund services for people with developmental disabilitiesAlmost every time Jon Schwartz played hockey, his older brother, Joel, would be in the stands cheering him on.
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Couple's literacy program is one for the books
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The gift: Helping to raise $100,000The cause: Vancouver's John Oliver Secondary SchoolThe reason: To fund reading programs for at-risk studentsBarj and Rita Dhahan know how difficult it can be for immigrants to fit into a new community. Mr. Dhahan immigrated to Canada from India at the age of 10 while Ms. Dhahan's parents came from Germany. Both attended John Oliver Secondary School in South Vancouver, an area known for its multicultural makeup, and both saw how new arrivals often fell behind in reading and other subjects.
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A beautiful cure for drab and dreary hospitals
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The gift: Creating the Art for Healing FoundationThe reason: To put artwork in health-care centresA few years ago, Gary Blair and his partner Earl Pinchuk were visiting a sick friend in a Montreal hospital when they began to notice the dreariness of the rooms, corridors and work stations.
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Sharp fall in Britain's unemployment leaves Carney in a tricky position
PAUL WALDIE  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Britain's unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level in five years, putting Bank of England Governor Mark Carney in a tricky position as the jobless rate moves to within a fraction of a threshold he set to consider raising interest rates.
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Ireland's cautious comeback
PAUL WALDIE  

Monday, January 20, 2014

A quick glance at Dublin's docklands area and it's hard to imagine Ireland ever had an economic crisis.The streets are lined with gleaming office blocks housing the European headquarters for Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Yahoo Inc. and several international banks. There's a new five-star hotel, a 2,100-seat theatre and pricey condominiums populated with young professionals from across Europe.
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Cambodian students 'stole my heart' - and thus began a charity for young women
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Cause: Founding Cambodian Legal Education for WomenThe Reason: To help women in Cambodia become lawyersWhen Toronto lawyer Chuck Gastle returned from a business trip to Cambodia a few years ago, he began telling his law partner, Elizabeth Bennett-Martin, about a pair of students he had started supporting at a university in Phnom Penh.
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Turning to the kids helped turn a charity around
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Gift: Volunteering to run the Children's Aid FoundationThe Reason: To help the charity reorganizeWhen Joe Canavan became chair of the Children's Aid Foundation a couple of years ago, he started asking some tough questions. He didn't like what he heard back.
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A reality check on the Northwest Passage 'boom'
PAUL WALDIE  

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

When the Nordic Orion loaded up with coal in Vancouver in September and sailed through the Northwest Passage to Finland, the voyage was hailed as a breakthrough in Arctic shipping and a sign of things to come as global warming opens up the Far North. But many experts have become less convinced about the potential of the Arctic as a major shipping route or a source of vast mineral wealth.
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Putting her own spin on fundraising for cancer research
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The gift: Organizing Compete for the CureThe reason: To raise money for research into pancreatic cancerLauren Clarfield was 11 years old when her father, Michael, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in Canada.
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Scoring goals to help prevent bullying
PAUL WALDIE  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Gift: Evan Grykuliak Memorial SocietyThe Cause: Raising money for bullying prevention programs in Edmonton schools.When Evan Grykuliak turned 17 in 2006, his friends organized a birthday party in a community hall in Edmonton. During the evening, Evan went outside to talk to a group that had not been invited. An argument ensued and Evan was stabbed to death by a teenage gang member.
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