LumaPharm Brings Science to Skin with DermaQuest

May 25, 2015

LumaPharm, a leading Canadian professional
beauty brand distributor has brought DermaQuest Skin Therapy onboard
their growing roster of professional skincare lines. LumaPharm is
exclusively distributing the DermaQuest line, which is committed to
advancing the practical science of skin care, as the product is making
its official Canadian debut in multiple markets.

Lisa Santos, the National Business Development and Education
Manager of LumaPharm and a Certified Medical Aesthetician of over a
decade has partnered with Jerry Silva, the Founder of LumaPharm and one
of Canada’s leading beauty brand business developers to distribute
unique professional award winning skin care lines.

“We are excited to be exclusively distributing DermaQuest to
the Canadian market as it successfully advances the practical science of
skin care. The process of introducing, educating and making an
innovative product available to consumers in order to help change the
way they feel and look is what we are passionate about at LumaPharm,”
says Lisa Santos, National Business Development and Education Manager at LumaPharm.

With the help of Canadian distributor LumaPharm, the 2014
Canadian Beauty Innovation Award Winning brand ‘DermaQuest’ is rolling
out an exciting debut in a city near you:

Calgary: At ‘Skin Science’ on May 20, 2015

Victoria Island: At ‘Clean Skin Victoria’ on June 2015

Vancouver: At ‘LIFT: The Facial Revolution’ on June 2015

Toronto: Fall 2015

*Within each city, members of the media can book a
specialized consultation session to get introduced with the DermaQuest
brand and receive a complimentary skin analysis. If interested please
see contact information below.

Super ingredients, layering technology and value, DermaQuest
is known to craft exceptional luxury skincare products that makes sure
one’s skin realizes its fullest potential. From performance ingredients
such as plant stem cells to essential skin hydrators, DermaQuest is an
innovator in providing products that provide advanced therapy in order
to become a staple in your personal home care regimen.

About DermaQuest: As the first to formulate with innovative ingredients that are now considered essential to the industry, DermaQuest
is pleased to offer a comprehensive line of outstanding skincare
products for professional and home use. As lead chemist and CEO, Sam
Dhatt directs DermaQuest from a place of knowledge and understanding
about the multifaceted world of skincare with the highest quality of
ingredients, state-of-the-art lab and a team of educators to craft
exceptional luxury skincare products. DermaQuest products are
paraben-free and not tested on animals.

For more information on DermaQuest:

About LumaPharm: LumaPharm is the Canadian
distributor of result-based professional skin care lines. Committed to
advancing the practical science of skin care every product under
LumaPharm is scientifically formulated using performance ingredients.
All products distributed by LumaPharm are paraben-free and not tested on

For more information on LumaPharm:

Contact Information

Ahmed Saleh
Media Strategy Coordinator
(647) 865-0991


Housing Construction in Halifax to Increase in 2015

May 25, 2015

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation’s (CMHC’s) Spring Housing Market Outlook – Halifax report,
residential construction in the city is expected to increase in 2015 and
remain stable in 2016.

“Multiple starts are forecast to take the lion’s share of
construction activity in both 2015 and 2016, as the low vacancy rate in
new buildings and favourable interest rates stimulate construction
activity in the Halifax CMA,” said Guillaume Neault, Principal, Market
Analysis with CMHC’s Atlantic Business Centre.

“Inventory levels of unsold new homes will continue to impact
single-detached home starts in 2015 with 525 units expected. However,
demand will remain relatively stable for new single-detached homes
located in peripheral areas of Halifax CMA over the forecast period,”
added Neault.

“The resale market in Halifax is expected to remain in a buyers’ market in 2015 and as a result the average MLS®
house price will record no real growth. Sales, on the other hand, are
expected to increase slightly this year and next to 4,800 units,” said

As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the
stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support
for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and
information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing

For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at CMHC Housing Market Information.

Follow CMHC on Twitter @CMHC_ca

Additional data is available upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Guillaume Neault
    Cell: 902-221-1826
    gneault@cmhc.caMedia Contact:
    Katherine LeBlanc
    Cell: 902-789-5709



Unique Online Training Opportunity for Clinical Research Professionals in Canada

May 23, 2015

Attention all Clinical Research Professionals — want to be less
overwhelmed by complex regulatory responsibilities? This June Xtalks
eCademy is launching its inaugural online training division with a well
sought after course for clinical research professionals that will help
them more easily understand, and follow, regulatory obligations for
research in Canada as it relates to Health Canada Division 5 and ICH-E6

Course trainer Kim McDonald-Taylor MSc, CRPC, of
McDonald-Taylor Consulting and Toronto Chairperson of the Clinical
Research Association of Canada (CRAC), stated she wants to help
participants learn to differentiate between their regulated obligations
from other suggested, but important, recommendations for action when
doing research in Canada.

Frequently asked by clients if there is a
less complex way to decipher which regulations and/or guidelines to
follow, she stated: “We are told as Canadian clinical researchers we must follow Health Canada Division 5 regulations (C.05.001) as well as ICH-GCP
guidelines (ICH Guidance E6: Good Clinical Practice). For the most
part, we can look up specific guidelines and ensure we keep on track.
However, there are distinct differences between the two that need to be
clearly understood so that you know which to follow, and when, to be in
compliance and audit-ready.”

Xtalks eCademy training course is recognized by the Clinical Research
Association of Canada (CRAC) and provides participants with a
Certificate of Completion equal to Education Credits of 3.0 contact

Course dates: Module 1; Thursday, June 18, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Module 2; Thursday, June 25, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Xtalks eCademy: Interactive Online Training Courses:
through ongoing research and in-depth dialog with your peers, Xtalks
eCademy provides a unique, best-in-class virtual learning experience for
companies and individuals who wish to stay informed about recent
developments in the life science industry. Our interactive online
training courses are delivered by pharmaceutical, biotech and medical
device industry experts to equip you with the knowledge needed to excel
in your field of interest.

Seating is limited so register today!
For more information, visit:

Contact Information

Kelly Townrow
Tel. +1 (416) 977-6555 ext. 366



Tremblant: Summer’s Top Destination

May 21, 2015

With its truly diversified
offer, Tremblant is the perfect place to play and stay this summer. Both
tall and small are sure to enjoy its safe environment and endless
possibility when it comes to activities and entertainment in the
pedestrian village, on the mountain and by the lake. It’s all just steps
away, near reputed restaurants, boutiques and lodging establishments.

Top Major Events

  • Tremblant International Blues Festival
    – 10 days of free outdoor concerts, spontaneous performances, workshops
    with artists and up-close-and-personal shows in bars and restaurants.
    July 3-12.
  • Rythmes Tremblant
    Free concerts spotlighting a long lineup of artists who pay tribute to
    the best from here and beyond, with vacationers performing karaoke-style
    too, accompanied by real musicians! Daily, July 24 – August 2.
  • Wanderlust
    – Showcasing master yogis, workshops and guest speakers, August 20-23
    Tremblant celebrates mindful living complete with yoga sessions galore
    — on paddleboards, at the beach and on-mountain too. Concerts and
    kiosks round off a full event programme.
  • Fête de la Musique
    – Directed by Angèle Dubeau, over 30 free outdoor shows playing the
    best of jazz, classical and world music, in the heart of the pedestrian
    village. September 4-7.
  • Tremblant Gourmand
    – A get-together for active epicureans, September 12-20. With speakers,
    workshops, tastings, a mountain hike with sampling stations and cooking
    demos with renowned chefs.
  • All this, plus the Spartan Race (May 17, 23 & 24), VéloMotion (May 16-18), Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant (May 30), IRONMAN triathlons (June 20-21 & Aug. 16), Tremblant Beneath The Stars (Aug. 7-8) and so much more! Detailed event programme at

Getting Together & Playing Outdoors

  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    – Five larger-than-life ziplines totalling nearly 4 km, soaring above
    the Laurentian forest. A unique adventure in Eastern North America.
    Ready, set, go?
  • Beach & Tennis Club – What could be nicer at happy hour than relaxing at the beach over drinks, and soaking up a gorgeous Lac Tremblant sunset?
  • Lac Tremblant
    – Memorable moments out on the water, from waterskiing and kayaking to
    paddleboarding and pontoon boat rentals, cruises and more…
  • At the Resort
    Luge rides, mini-putt, climbing, Eurobungy, treetop trekking and free
    water games. The hard part is choosing which activity to do first…
  • Birds of Prey Show – Rendezvous at the summit for the daily Birds of Prey Show starring a number of different species.
  • Le Diable & Le Géant Golf Courses
    – Two championship courses ranked tops in Québec. And for that
    well-deserved 19th hole, there’s endless possibility in the pedestrian
    village and at the lake!
  • Casino de Mont-Tremblant
    – At the base of Versant Soleil in its wilderness setting, the Casino’s
    lively atmosphere delivers a hot game experience with slot machines,
    tables with croupiers, Texas Hold’Em poker, electronic games, a
    high-stakes zone, private gaming rooms and a trendy restaurant and
    lounge with an outdoor terrace.
  • Lolë Meet-ups – Join free yoga sessions all summer long, on the pedestrian village squares or on the beach, at Lac Tremblant.
  • All New Bestibuzz!
    – A Tohu-Bohu production, the Bestibuzz light parade brightens up the
    pedestrian village both by day, and by night. From June 24 at 4pm,
    winged creatures star in a magical stage performance with acrobatics

A Family-Friendly Village

  • No streets to cross or cars to worry about — it’s all yours, on foot. Boutiques, grocery store, cafés, restaurants and activities, all within walking distance from lodging establishments.
  • Stay
    in a guest room, condo, studio, mountainside villa or a golf course
    retreat — it’s all possible and only a few clicks away thanks to a lodging offer tailored to accommodate small and big families alike.

An Awesome Environment – Naturally!

  • Hiking, cycling and mountain bike trails. No need to load up the bikes — rent them here!
  • Explore nearby Mont-Tremblant National Park,
    the oldest and largest of its kind in Québec. Via ferrata, hiking and
    canoeing — with 400 lakes and 6 rivers. Something for everyone, and
    every taste.

And What If It Rains?

  • Cinéma Mont-Tremblant – Two screens, the very latest movies and ones on request.
  • Studio Créatif – Release that inner artist! Pottery painting and sweet inspiration.
  • Univers Toutou – Create a personalized teddy bear, with cool furry-friend fashions too!

Everything Made Easy

  • Due to a strong American dollar, it pays to vacation in Canada!
  • Toronto – Tremblant in 65 minutes – Porter Airlines welcomes vacationers on direct return flights, from June 19 to September 13.
  • Tremblant Privileges
    – Guests staying at participating lodging establishments also enjoy
    free unlimited access to the scenic gondola, a free ride straight to the
    Laurentians’ highest peak.
  • VISA Activity Cards
    – Great savings on countless activities for all ages. Booklets of 3, 5
    or 10 activities mean guests can choose between lugeing, the Birds of
    Prey Show, bicycle or boat rentals, admission to the Beach & Tennis
    Club, Eurobungy, climbing tower and so much more.

Contact Information

Annick Marseille
Public Relations – Tremblant



Students benefit by helping the pets of needy Calgarians

May 20, 2015

Jody Graves considers Izzy, her young
Chihuahua dachshund cross, a part of the family. As a single mother on a
fixed income, Graves was grateful to be able to take part in a pilot
program where Izzy received veterinary care at no cost.

“It was
great, you could ask them all kinds of questions,” says Graves. “They
teach you how to feed your pet and how to take care of them so they have
long healthy lives. Not a lot of us can afford to take our animals to
the vet, so to have them come in and look at all our animals and give
them their shots, it was really wonderful.”

The University of
Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) partnered this spring with
the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) to host six free veterinary
clinics for pets of people living below the poverty line. The new
service learning program gave third year students the opportunity to
take what they learned in the classroom out into the real world.
Students interacted directly with clients and their companions while
under the close supervision of UCVM and community veterinarians.

been a great initiative for the students,” says Dr. Serge Chalhoub,
who, along with fellow UCVM faculty member Dr. Jack Wilson, championed
the project. “They have been practicing their professional and
communication skills and gaining experience with clients. There’s a
veterinarian coaching them, and the students do preventative medicine,
deworming, vaccines, nutrition education and wellness education. Our
first six sessions were highly successful.”

The participants in
the pilot program were CUPS clients. Thirty-two cats and dogs and their
owners, who were once homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless,
took part. In fact, the pilot project was so successful that starting
this fall it will be a regular part of the third year Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine curriculum. The program provides benefits for both
the student and the client, creating a win-win situation.

those who have experienced poverty, homelessness and the social
isolation that often accompanies it, the role of a pet becomes all the
more critical,” says Amanda St. Laurent, with CUPS. “Caring for a pet
can provide a sense of normalcy, responsibility, stability,
unconditional love and a reason to face a new day.”

Chalhoub says
in addition to the services offered at the clinics, 11 pets were spayed
or neutered as part of third year surgery labs at UCVM. “The students
ended up operating on the pets they’d seen at the clinics, which is
really neat.”

Amy Larkin and Jen Wheeler were among the third year students involved in the program.

me, it’s really about the chance to practice what we’ve learned in the
classroom in a real setting but still under the supervision of our
professors,” says Wheeler. “So you’re dealing with real clients, with a
real case where the decisions you make actually impact them.”

Both students found it a fantastic opportunity to hone their professional skills and at the same time serve the community.

not only great for them, it’s also great for us,” says Larkin. “It’s a
nice stepping stone from the classroom into the real world. And it’s
really rewarding to know that what we’re learning is making a

UCVM is grateful for the support from industry and
the local veterinary community – including Associated Veterinary
Clinics, Boehringer Ingelheim, the C.A.R.E Centre Animal Hospital,
Calgary Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Horizon Veterinary Group, Purina
and Vétoquinol – support that helped make this valuable program

NOTE: Dr. Serge Chalhoub, Jody Graves and Amanda
St. Laurent are available for media interviews on Monday, May 25
between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

About the University of Calgary

University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the
nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic
direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by
2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where
we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is
called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes.’

Stay up-to-date with University of Calgary news at and follow us on Twitter @UCalgary.

Contact Information

Media Contact

Collene Ferguson
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary



Advice For Those Seeking Quality Dental Care

May 9, 2015

Many parents receive referrals to a pediatric orthodontist from their dentist, and those referrals lead to recommendations for thousands of dollars of treatment. Often, these children are still in the early years of elementary school. However, waiting for their mouths to grow often corrects many of the problems that dentists notice at that age.

When you start noticing a cavity forming, or any tooth pain, you should call a dentist as soon as possible. This is because once this starts happening, you could lose the tooth. You could also end up spending tons of money getting it replaced. Take care of your teeth regularly and find a dentist in your area.

If you’re having a problem with a tooth infection and you can’t make it to the dentist, try the emergency room. An infection can do a lot of damage to your body if it goes untreated. You will get antibiotics but it will cost you quite a bit of money.

Make sure you’re flossing every day. Brushing and using oral rinses can get rid of the majority of plaques, but it won’t get rid of everything. Flossing allows you to ensure you’re getting rid of any plaque that’s gotten between your teeth. These areas can’t be reached by brushing or rinsing so it’s important to floss.

Avoid snacking on carbs if possible. Potato chips and other salty snacks will not be easy to remove from your teeth. If you need to have a snack, choose some fruits or another healthy food. Clean your teeth immediately afterward if you can, or plan on spending more time flossing later.

Brushing is only effective when you do it the right way. Your toothbrush should be held an angle. In addition, you should use quick back-and-forth motions to clean your teeth. Make sure that you don’t brush too intensely, because you could harm your gums. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue, either.

You can efficiently prevent tooth decay by using a mouth wash that contains fluoride. You should check the labels of the products you buy and look for fluoride. Do not take a fluoride supplement if you decide to use some mouth wash or toothpaste that is already enriched in fluoride.

Your mouth is full of both good and bad bacteria. To help destroy the bad bacteria in your mouth brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste several times a day. Ask your dentist for his recommendation of the toothpaste that will work best to protect your teeth from bacteria.

Flossing isn’t always easy. If you have a hard time working the floss down and then back up again, consider picking up a product that is “waxed.” You can also look for a floss holder, which should assist you in getting the floss to do what you need it to do.

Your tongue should be brushed, along with your teeth. Your tongue is in very close proximity to your teeth, so it is only natural that you should take care of it the same as your teeth. Bacteria can fester on your tongue. Neglecting these bacteria can cause serious problems and give you bad breath.

Just because mint is something that is not appealing to you or the rest of your family, always keep up with your brushing! There are many more flavors to toothpaste than just mint. Choose one you know they like, or find out what the options are.

As was said earlier in the article, many pediatric orthodontists are more interested in building sales than recommending necessary treatments. As a result, your children may get suggestions for treatments they do not yet need. The natural growing process frequently fixes many of the issues that come up at those early appointments.this article is brought to you by DremDental clinc, the best dental clinic in Toronto


Worried About Your Teeth? Read This Advice

Apr 22, 2015

In addition to their usefulness for eating, your teeth are often the first thing people notice about you. A great smile can put others at ease and build your self-confidence. If you take care of your teeth, they can be an asset for a lifetime. Read these tips for the best smile possible.

A glass of water a day keeps the dentist away. Actually, make that eight glasses of water, or 64 ounces. When you drink enough water, you are less likely to drink things that harm your teeth. When you skimp on water, you fill up on soda pop, Kool-Aid, and other sugary drinks.

Regularly clean your teeth and get some whitening strips to get better-looking teeth. Use the products as directed. You should not use whitening strips too frequently, or you will damage your teeth.

A toothache has been said to be right up there, if not worse than labor pains. For this reason, it is important to address a toothache at the very first sign of pain. Don’t assume that the pain will just pass. Get it checked out to make sure there is not something more serious going on like an abscess, which can turn serious rather quickly.

Flossing isn’t always easy. If you have a hard time working the floss down and then back up again, consider picking up a product that is “waxed.” You can also look for a floss holder, which should assist you in getting the floss to do what you need it to do.

Don’t use a hard toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Soft and medium brushes are gentle on the teeth, ensuring your enamel stays securely in place. Hard bristles can cause problems that lead to cavities, decay and breakage. It’s best to ask your dentist which brush brand he recommends when you visit.

Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D are great for strengthening your teeth. Include milk, cheese and yogurt in your diet. If you suffer from an intolerance of lactose, try taking calcium supplements. By getting enough calcium, your teeth will whiten, and your chance of getting cavities will decrease.

Consider using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Your gums are very sensitive. Medium and hard bristles can damage them more than you know. Try switching to a toothbrush with soft bristles to protect them. You should especially consider switching if you already have any trouble with gum pain or bleeding.

It can be quite uncomfortable to be intimately engaged in a conversation with someone who has horrible breath. Maybe it is something they ate, or just plain old bad dental care habits. Whatever the case may be, a good way to help yourself out of this situation is to carry around gum or mints. Have one yourself and offer them one at the same time. This makes a polite gesture a successful covert operation.

Calcium plays a huge role in tooth strength, so make sure you’re getting at least 500mg per day. If you’re not eating a lot of dairies, nuts or calcium-rich vegetables, take a supplement instead. This is the best way to avoid enamel problems or cavities down the road, so take it seriously.

You need to add more calcium to your diet for healthy teeth. Eating foods that are high in calcium, such as milk, cheese and dairy products, will keep your teeth very strong. If calcium enriched foods are not to your taste, take a supplement pill instead.

These tips should help you maintain a killer smile throughout your life. White and healthy teeth take some effort, but there are many products to help you out. For more ideas, talk to your dentist. Your dentist is the expert and knows all the ways to keep your teeth looking their best. brought to you by dental clinic Toronto