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Nominees sought for national youth award

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The Canada Day Youth Award is designed to recognize and reinforce the outstanding achievements and contributions of young people from across Canada.

It is a chance to salute and encourage Canadian youths who work hard to make a difference in their communities.

Potential recipients must be 18 years of age or younger, and have made a truly exceptional contribution in a number of areas, such as community participation, promotion of Canadian values, and sustainable development initiatives (e.g., recycling programs or tree planting).

It is recommended that entrants should have completed a minimum of 100 hours of community service.

Individuals, schools, post-secondary institutions, community groups, and businesses are encouraged to nominate a youth from the community who exemplifies the qualities of citizenship that strengthens society and enriches the quality of life.

Nominations must be sent to the Canadian Heritage regional office no later than March 31.

For further information and nomination forms, contact the “Celebrate Canada” information line toll-free at 1-800-749-7061 or visit www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/pjfc-cdya/youth-eng.pdf

Self or family members’ nominations will not be accepted.

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At its meeting Jan. 13, Emo council passed a motion to join with other municipalities across Canada to declare April 25, 2009 as World Malaria Day.

Back in May, 2007, the World Health Organization resolved that World Malaria Day should be commemorated annually to provide “education and understanding of malaria,” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.”

The goal of the “BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group” is to provide, in partnership with community-based groups, long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets and anti-malaria medicines free of charge to villages across Uganda.

This program is Canada’s first citizen-driven initiative aimed at the prevention of malaria—one village at a time.

It is such a special program that the Ugandan minister of health officially has acknowledged the “BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group” and personally thanked Canadians for their part in improving the health of Ugandans, especially those in poor rural villages.

Malaria is the leading killer of children in Africa. For only $6, Canadians can contribute to this program by buying a net and saving a life, it’s that simple.

To make a donation or for more information, visit the “Buy-a-Net” website at www.buyanet.ca

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The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is hosting a two-day workshop entitled, “Growing Your Opportunities–Quest for New Farm Value,” on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.

It will be held at the Emo Inn from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.

Ontario farm business owners, entrepreneurs, and advisors will share lessons learned and best practices to engage participants in evaluating new product and service ideas, as well as steps to successfully bring them to market.

If you have an idea for a value-added product, then this is a workshop you really should attend. You can learn to put your unique ideas into action using the seven-step value-added development process.

If you would like to register or if you need more information, contact Angela Halvorsen at angela@rrfdc.on.ca or call her at 274-3276. Registration is limited to 25 participants.

The cost for attending is $75, and pre-registration is required.

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