Channel & Station Creator.
ZoomerMedia Limited Founder.
Moses Znaimer is an internationally renowned Canadian broadcaster and media pioneer, founder of some 20 popular Canadian television channels and stations, including Citytv and MuchMusic. In 2008, Marketing Magazine named Moses one of the Top 10 Canadian Media Moguls Of The Past 100 Years. Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited, a unique multi-media company devoted to serving the interests and needs of Canada’s 45plus. He is also the President of CARP, Canada’s largest Advocacy Association for Canadians As We Age.
In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, long before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or MySpace became worldwide phenomena, Moses anticipated the popularity of viewer-generated content and introduced innovations later widely imitated by American and international networks. His groundbreaking concepts such as Speaker’s Corner (a video equivalent of print’s time honoured; Letters To the Editor), Videography (first-person, hand-held TV reporting), Televised Diversity (ethnic and racial diversity among on-air personalities), and the Streetfront/Studioless Television Operating System were at the core of the over 20 popular and independent Stations and Channels he co-founded and executive produced, including Citytv, CityPulse24, Bravo! – Canada’s NewsStyleArtsChannel, SPACE: The Imagination Station, FashionTelevision, Star! – The Entertainment Information Station, Book Television, SexTelevision, ACCESS: The Education Station, and Canadian Learning Television: Television That Teaches; not to mention MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, which served to define a generation of Canadian youth in both official languages. Moses’ impact extended throughout the broadcast world with TV co-ventures and licenses in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, and Spain. To permanently commemorate his visionary contribution to Toronto’s urban landscape, the City of Toronto designated the famous downtown stretch in front of the former Citytv building at 299 Queen Street West – MOSES ZNAIMER WAY.
In February 2008, Moses emerged as a champion of the Baby Boomer generation, and announced A New Vision Of Aging for the 14.5 million Canadians 45plus (the age of the youngest Boomer at that time). He called them “Zoomers” (“Boomers With Zip!”) and has since created a multi-platform organization, comprised of a national non-profit Advocacy Association, national and local television channels and stations, regional radio stations, a national magazine, websites, conferences and trade shows uniquely devoted to serving their interests and needs.
“My insight was that even that massive, market moving and ultra youthful generation known as the Boomers had inevitably to age; and that if they were considered dominant while they were young (because of their size) then surely they must still be dominant even if they were getting older.
And what is old anyway, these days? When does it begin? How should society understand and respond to the deep changes at hand given that we are all, generally speaking, living longer and better? In Canada, that discussion is led, with increasing vigor, by the Advocacy Association known as CARP.” – Moses
Moses is the President of CARP, Canada’s largest non-profit, non-partisan advocacy association for Canadians as we age, with a network of 54 chapters and ±350,000 members, nationwide. Moses is also the Founder, President and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited, a public company that trades on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSXV) under the symbol ZUM. ZoomerMedia publishes ZOOMER Magazine, the largest paid circulation magazine in Canada for the 45plus with content aimed at Boomers in the areas of health, finance, travel, sex, longevity, fashion, beauty, style, and life in general. ZoomerMedia also operates a suite of e-newsletters and websites including www.50plus.com – Canada’s leading provider of Zoomer-related content; www.CARP.ca – the online voice of CARP; www.zoomers.ca – the social networking site for adults; and www.zoomersingles.com – Mating, Dating & Relating for the 45plus. ZoomerMedia also produces the ZoomerShow in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s first large scale consumer trade show and lifestyle expo for Zoomers and those who love and/or are responsible for them.
ZoomerMedia also operates The New Classical 96.3 FM & 103.1 FM, English Canada’s only commercial all-classical radio stations; and The New AM740 – Zoomer Radio, the last music service playing “The Best of the Best” of adult standards and the original Rock ‘n Roll left on the AM dial in the Greater Toronto Area; MZTV P&D, a boutique independent television production and distribution company; and since 2000 Toronto’s prestigious three-day ideaCity Conference featuring 50 presenters, each of whom has 17 minutes to speak on a wide range of subjects. In 2008, he introduced the CARPConference, now renamed the ZoomerLife Conference (in conjunction with the annual CARP AGM and Convention), a mini-ideaCity featuring talks on aging, longevity and life extension.
Through connections made at ideaCity 2008, Moses, along with NASA and Google, became the first Associate Founder of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, a facility that mixes top thinkers, scientists, innovators and philanthro-capitalists to find technological solutions to the world’s great challenges.
June 2010 marked Moses’ official return to television as ZoomerMedia Limited closed on the acquisition of the broadcasting assets of the Vision TV Group, comprising VisionTV, Canada’s only English language cable and satellite television analog specialty channel that airs multi-faith, multicultural and family oriented entertainment programming in 10 million homes; the diginet ONE: Body Mind Spirit Love offering programs on yoga and meditation, weight loss and fitness, sex and relationships, natural health and nutrition, and alternative medicine, now available in over 1 million homes; plus two Canadian over-the-air (OTA) television stations JoyTV10 (Vancouver) and JoyTV11 (Winnipeg).
In 1992, Moses started the MZTV Museum of Television & Archive housing the world’s largest private collection of rare vintage television sets (from the dawn of image transmission until the arrival of the transistor) and associated popular culture in the world, some 10,000 objects in all. His sets have appeared at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa/Hull, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, and at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, Quebec to which he donated the bulk of his collection in 2008. Selections of his sets are on permanent display in both Montreal and Toronto.
Moses was born during World War II in Kulab, Tajikistan to East European parents of Jewish descent fleeing Nazi persecution. In 1948, he arrived in Montreal, a post-WWII “DP” (Displaced Person). Following an Honours BA in Philosophy and Politics at McGill, he completed an MA in Government at Harvard University. Moses’ broadcasting career began at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in the 1960s, where he co-created Canada (and the world’s) first live national, open-line radio show, Cross Country Check-Up (still on the air today); and then went on to network television with 20 Million Questions, Take 30 and The Way It is.
Moses holds honourary doctorates from York University, University of Windsor, and Athabasca University. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), Order of Ontario (2005) and the Republic of France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005).
Moses’ multiple broadcasting honours include the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ CAB Gold Ribbon (1998) – Canadian private broadcasting’s highest award to an individual; Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee (2004); the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement (2005); Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Inductee (2007); and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Juno Awards for his “invaluable contribution to the advancement of the Canadian Music Industry”.
For his pioneering promotion of tolerance and multi-culturalism in media, Moses has received The Urban Alliance on Race Relations Diversity Award, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award; and the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary contribution to the public realm over many years and in more than one field, thereby gaining reputation and acclaim for his vision, passion, and impact”.
Updated April 25/12 by ZoomerMedia Limited. Not to be altered without permission.
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DYING WITH DIGNITY
For immediate release: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dying With Dignity Announces
Christopher Plummer and Moses Znaimer
Will Become Lead Patrons
Dying With Dignity, the national member-based organization advocating for end-of-life options, has announced that legendary actor Christopher Plummer and Citytv/Bravo!/Space/MuchMusic etc. creator Moses Znaimer, now Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP – the national association for the 45plus, will be the Lead Patrons in their new Patron Program.
Dying With Dignity supports medically assisted dying only for those who meet strict eligibility guidelines. For example, to be eligible, individuals would have to be mentally competent adults who are not clinically depressed, who are grievously ill with an incurable condition (such as ALS or cancer) and their suffering would have to be unbearable to them.
This past June, Moses invited Wanda Morris, Dying With Dignity Executive Director, to speak at his 2012 ideacity conference in Toronto. Coincidentally, the day after her ideacity Talk, the BC Supreme Court’s Justice Lynn Smith handed down her decision in the case of Carter v. Canada, 2012 BCSC 886, ruling that the Criminal Code provisions which prohibit assisted suicide in Canada were unconstitutional: “The risks inherent in permitting physician-assisted death can be identified and very substantially minimized through a carefully-designed system imposing stringent limits that are scrupulously monitored and enforced.”
“I was delighted that Dying With Dignity asked me to become a Patron. I absolutely support this cause and the organization. For a long time, I have believed that people should have choice at the end of life. Why would we force people to keep living against their wills. The time has come to change our laws,” said Plummer.
In his Zoomer Philosophy in the November 2012 issue of Zoomer magazine, Moses reveals his perspective on the right-to-die movement and CARP members’ startling 79 percent response in favour of the idea of physician-assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill or at the end of their lives.
“I believe that precisely because we come into this world without consent, we must have that last measure of control as to when to end it, reliably and painlessly, should we need to do so,” writes Moses in his Zoomer Philosophy. The November 2012 issue of Zoomer magazine hits newsstands October 22nd.
“We thank Christopher and Moses for their courage and leadership in raising awareness for this sensitive issue. There is some suffering that only death can end. Terminally ill or grievously ill individuals who want assistance to die cannot legally have it. According to Statistics Canada, the three primary ways that desperate individuals end their lives of unending suffering are hanging, self-poisoning, firearms (men), and jumping off something high or in front of something fast (women). The reality is, it’s very hard for them to have a gentle death,” said Morris.
ABOUT DYING WITH DIGNITY
Dying With Dignity is a national, member-based, charitable organization and member of the world-federation of Right To Die Societies, 46 organizations from 26 countries to secure and promote the individual’s right to self-determination at the end of life. Its mission is to educate the public about improving their quality of dying, to expand end of life options, and ensure that adequate safeguards are in place. Through its Client Support Program, Dying With Dignity provides support for individuals, including bedside support for those who wish to determine the nature and timing of dying. http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca/
WANDA MORRIS WILL BE IN TORONTO FROM OCTOBER 23 – 31
On Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm, Wanda will be arguing for the motion “End-of-Life Decisions Belong to the Individual” at the Health Care Leaders’ Debate at the Summit on Sustainable Health Care, Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay St.
THE 5th ANNUAL ZOOMERLIFE CONFERENCE ON AGING AND LONGEVITY
For immediate release: Thursday, October 11, 2012
MOSES ZNAIMER PRESENTS
THE 5th ANNUAL ZOOMERLIFE CONFERENCE ON AGING AND LONGEVITY
Thursday, October 25 at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio
Each October in Toronto, media pioneer and ZoomerMedia Limited Founder Moses Znaimer gathers the world’s most innovative and creative minds on topics related to Aging and Longevity for the groundbreaking ZoomerLife Conference.
A one-day event modeled on Moses’ prestigious ideacity conference, presenters have 17-minutes on stage to deliver their unscripted spontaneous Talks. Extended schmooze breaks allow the audience to interact with the remarkable speaker roster about the issues, challenges and innovations that will shape the future of health, medicine and the potential of human achievement.
Previous speakers have included doctors, scientists, researchers, patients, athletes, authors, legal experts, journalists, magicians, advocates, caregivers, lobbyists, filmmakers, entertainers, and of course, centenarians.
2012 PRESENTERS INCLUDE:
CARRIE BARRON, MD and ALTON BARRON, MD
THE CREATIVITY CURE
In The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness, husband-and-wife physicians Carrie and Alton Barron draw upon the latest psychological research, a combined forty years of medical practice, and personal experience to reveal the secrets to long-term happiness.
THE CURE FOR EVERYTHING: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness
Timothy Caulfield lost 25 pounds in 3 months. How? By ignoring bogus diet claims, expensive fitness programs and weird information that poses as scientific fact. The Cure for Everything! argues that the truth about being healthy is easy to find—but often hard to do.
The Musical Comedy About Health Care in America
US physicians Greg LaGana (a retired internist) and Barry Levy (epidemiologist) have been featured on CNN Headline News and in The New York Times and will be making their Canadian debut performance!
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, GYNECOLOGY AND SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Dr. Denny DePetrillo is a founding partner of CAREpath and past President and CEO. His reputation for leadership in the oncology field encompasses service as Head of Surgical Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital, Coordinator of the Surgical Oncology Network for Cancer Care Ontario, and as the Vice President of Professional Affairs for Cancer Care International.
DR. PAUL DORIAN
MATTERS OF THE HEART
Dr. Paul Dorian, Director of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Toronto, specializes in atrial fibrillation more commonly known as an irregular or rapid heartbeat, a chronic condition that afflicts thousands of unknowing Canadians.
DR. MIKE EVANS
23 AND ½ HOURS
Dr. Mike Evans has started a medical school for the public (Mini-Med School @ U of T), written an award-winning kids book The Adventures of Medical Man, and is the syndicated house doctor for CBC weekend morning radio. In 2012 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Social Media at the Web Health Awards and he was selected by Zoomer magazine as one of the “Top 45 Canadians over 45”.
From Downton Abbey to knitting circles, revivals for things past are everywhere. Dubbed “The Canadian Nightingale”, mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond’s lifelong interest in Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, 30s and 40s songs is celebrated in her 18-track CD Our Lovely Day. Patricia has been working with Music in Hospitals, Magic Me and Lost Chord for over a decade, singing songs to those who knew them first. The effect can be nothing short of miraculous, like the time a man in Wales suddenly started singing along to “Yours”, having not spoken a word for six years.
Charlie Farquharson’s Vews + Mews on Yer News
Don is one of Canada’s most extraordinary comedic talents! Best known for the character Charlie Farquharson /ˈfɑrkəsən/ portrayed in the series The Big Revue and his role in the country music show Hee Haw, he reprised the character on the Red Green Show. Harron also directed the 1956 television film Anne of Green Gables and wrote the lyrics for the long-running Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. This month he will publish Charlie Farquharson’s Vews + Mews on Yer News, his 15th book.
Physician-scientist and author Joe MacInnis studies leadership in high-risk environments. He’s led ten research expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean, worked with marine scientists on the Titanic, spent time with astronauts who built the International Space Station, and interviewed Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. In 2012, MacInnis spent three months as the electronic journalist and team physician on James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge expedition.
WORKING THE DEAD BEAT
Called the “Obit Queen of Canada”, award-winning journalist Sandra Martin has penned hundreds of perceptive, deeply researched and vividly written obituaries in The Globe and Mail including those for Pierre Berton, Jackie Burroughs, Ed Mirvish, June Callwood, Arthur Erickson, and Ken Thomson. Her recent book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that changed Canada, is a fascinating exploration of the history, culture and future of obituaries in a digital age.
THE LONG VIEW: An Elderwoman’s Book of Wisdom
Veteran journalist, United Church Observer contributor, and author of 12 non-fiction books including The Spirituality of Gardening and The Spirituality of Bread, Donna Sinclair’s latest novel is a collection of 365 daily meditations for people of all ages that nourish elder wisdom and inspire hope.
Artist, journalist, entrepreneur, and author, Alexander Tsiaras is also an award-winning self-taught physicist who developed his own lenses that enabled the first photographs of human fertilization and the recording of the development of the fetus. The resulting images became cover stories for Life magazine. He is presently the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the groundbreaking TheVisualMD.com.
ZUMBA® FOR THE ZOOMER
CARP staffer and ZUMBA-Gold®-certified Diana Wight’s high energy “stretch-break” will keep attendees moving! The rhythms of this Latin-inspired dance fitness craze include Reggeaton, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Rumba and Cha-Cha.
Moses Znaimer Presents
THE 5th ANNUAL ZOOMERLIFE CONFERENCE ON AGING AND LONGEVITY
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto
Breakfast and Registration: 8:30am – 9:30am
Conference: 9:30am to 5:45pm with reception to follow
Full schedule at: http://www.zoomerlifeconference.ca/
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June 19, 2012
Tod Machover Crowdsources a Symphony
The MIT Media Lab founder talks about his symphonic scheme for Toronto.
Machover, as it turns out, isn’t just a multimedia whiz; he’s also, as of now, a professional Toronto appreciator.
The 2012 Pulitzer Prize nominee was approached by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to create a new symphony about Toronto for the TSO’s 2013 New Creations festival. The resulting work, “A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City,” will be a collaborative piece built from a bare skeleton of music arranged by Machover and expounded upon by orchestra members, professional and amateur composers, and basically anyone else who has the wherewithal to upload a sound to the web.
Machover envisions an ongoing back-and-forth between himself and participants. “What I would not like,” he said in an interview following his IdeaCity presentation, mad scientist hairdo bobbing as he gesticulated, “is if it felt like I’ve put out a Jell-O mould.” In other words, he doesn’t want outside contributions to the piece to be edited entirely at his discretion. For the symphony to work as envisioned, the collaboration between Machover and members of the public will have to be real.
Since this process will be happening remotely, Machover has devised a basic structure on which to build the piece: it will be divided into eight segments derived from a mix of Toronto-sourced material (submitted online), Machover’s own music, and, sometimes, a combination of the two. Back-and-forth between the Boston-based symphonic architect and local contributors will take place through web-based communication platforms like Skype and Twitter.
It’s an undertaking Machover finds appropriate to Toronto. Three decades ago, he lived here while he was first cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s orchestra. He’s been coming back to visit ever since, for both personal and professional reasons.
“There was always a tradition of really experimental media connected to artwork and technology [in Toronto],” he says. “New York’s always been more segregated between different artistic communities. So, like technology is always outside the museums or outside the orchestras. In Toronto, there’s always been a nice blend.”
Machover cites interactive artist David Rokeby and human-computer interaction pioneer Bill Buxton (the latter of whom worked at the University of Toronto for many years before becoming a principal researcher at Microsoft Research) as examples of the kinds of people he feels are representative of a uniquely Torontonian type of creative energy.
“You fly into the city, and you can just see the fact that there are no boundaries to the city,” he says. “When I stand in the centre of Toronto, I just stand around saying, ‘I am so exhilarated.’ It makes me soar. The buildings just feel taller than anywhere else, even though they’re not the tallest buildings in the world. It’s the combination of this openness, and this boom. It’s definitely something I feel, and definitely going to be in this piece.”
People interested in contributing to Machover’s sympony can do so online, right here.
June 19, 2012
TED talks, fast food for the mind
By Richard Handler, CBC News
Richard Handler is a producer with the CBC Radio program Ideas.
Call it the 18-minute dash. That’s the time allotted for a speaker at a TED-style talk, on stage, in front of an audience. Often, it’s just the right amount.
I know from my pre-TED days at CBC’sMorningside with Peter Gzowski that we used to schedule 18-minute interviews for many guests.
Eighteen minutes was just satisfying enough to make you feel you’ve learned or experienced something, without it necessarily going in one ear and out the other (as, for some reason, 20 minutes might).
Eighteen minutes is also now pretty much the norm, which I experienced last week at this year’s ideacity 2012 conference in Toronto — three days of a succession of 18-minute talks, pitches, rants, summaries, arguments and personal stories (which we plan to fashion into a series of Ideasbroadcasts in September.)
Ideacity is the brainchild of Moses Znaimer, of City TV and Zoomer Magazine/ZoomerMedia fame, and is based on the TED format (TED standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design), which was started by the architect, author and designer Richard Saul Wurman in 1984.
Today there are TEDs everywhere, in California, the home base, and in authorized satellite centres. And we in the media are “partnering” up almost everywhere you look as well. Why not? There is something for everyone.
The 18-minute TED talk is a hybrid of forms and styles, from stand-up comedy to the personal confessional, the soap-box speech and the advertising pitch. It is intellectual vaudeville and it is clearly finding an audience.
Zoomer Media guy Moses Znaimer, the host of ideacity.(Todd Korol / Reuters)Occasionally these talks have come under attack for being insufficiently complicated, deep or sober, and a sign of this culture’s short attention span.
The most recent attack was just a few weeks ago, in a short article that once again bemoaned our culture’s profound lack of seriousness and blamed the TED phenomenon for being the Twitter generation’s version of grad school.
Of course the writer was given only the briefest of op-ed space to make his case. It could be read in less than 18 minutes. And I took his point in a much shorter time than that.
(Even criticism of short formats, it seems, has to be accommodated in the shortest time available; or we’d all get too bored.)
Still, ordinary citizens are not necessarily information gobblers like those of us in the media, even if folks today are busy texting and emailing constantly, as they were at the ideacity conference.
During those talks I would sometimes turn and ask whoever was seated by me whether they had discovered anything new or enlightening in the presentations. The answer was invariably yes.
It was easiest when there was something tangibly new in front of us, like a new product or technology, such as the 3-D copier that can duplicate and spit out real stuff like metal or meat in a specified shape.
But in the realm of ideas — when discussing our degraded environment, the decline of religion in the West or our dysfunctional politics — it’s tougher to really excite an audience because they’ve heard so much of this doom and dread talk before.
Nonetheless, my fellow conference-goers seemed to enjoy this bath of bad news.
Doom can still be made compelling, it seems, when it is spiced with an energetic presentation or a poignant animal, vegetable or human story as in the death of our marine life, northern forests or the most vulnerable among us.
The end of nigh?
If you’re cynical, you might call these TED-style talks intellectual consumerism. If you’re more generous, they can be seen as simply an open-mindedness that takes in bad news as readily as emails.
As well, the pleasant surroundings, attractive people and excellent nibblies help dispel the gloom about humankind’s trials and tribulations.
The theme of this year’s ideacity was “The end of nigh!” and asked the question: Should you be optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
The proceedings began with a mournful song by a Grade 5 student, Ta’kaiya Blaney, a First Nations’ singer-songwriter from North Vancouver.
It was about pollution and all the bad stuff we have been doing to the environment. (We listened sitting in a gorgeous spare-no-expense setting, Koerner Hall, with carved wood sweeping over the ceiling.)
We also heard economist Jeff Rubin talk about the end of “peak oil,” about which he has now written two books and numerous articles.
Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto told us how our financial sector has been turned into a casino. And Gretta Vosper, a United Church minister, recounted how the mainstream churches were in trouble and should examine their empty pews and stagnant thinking.
All of the really bad news was stuck at the beginning. This is smart programming.
For much of the rest of the time we heard about people fighting the good fight, such as Andrew Sharpless, who heads one of the world’s largest conservation authorities and is dedicated to saving the world’s water; and Pico Iyer, the British-born author who told us to “unplug” and find some solitude; and the science writer Mara Hvistendahl, campaigning against aborting female fetuses the world over; and Preston Manning, arguing that our parliamentarians need specialized training, just like plumbers or doctors.
Interspersed, there was terrific music, a charming magician, a boisterous Quebec comic named Derek Seguin and a talk about sex-crazed insects.
Bad news isn’t so bad when it’s wrapped in a cloth of entertainment or humour, and people doing good works and coming up with new stuff.
How bad can the world be, you are invited to ask yourself, when bugs are constantly procreating ingeniously and 3D copiers can (theoretically at least) reproduce a meatloaf for dinner, as well as a pair of jeans to wear in the morning.
At the beginning of ideacity 80 per cent of us said we were optimistic, 20 per cent were pessimistic. At the end of the conference, the 80/20 split still held.
TED-style talks, it appears, don’t change minds. But they enliven.
The genius of our information culture is that it can turn even distressing thoughts — and certainly hope — into a product, a service, an entertainment, a commodity.
If, in the process, it lets a little light in, well, that’s not a bad way to spend 18 minutes at a stretch, even multiplied over three days.
June 26, 2012
The Princess of Pot in the Big Smoke
Jodie Emery, wife of marijuana activist Marc Emery, spoke at ideacity about why marijuana should be legalized.
In a city that plays host to many thousands of marijuana-rights activists annually at the Toronto Global Marijuana March, the 420 smoke-in, and, most recently, the Treating Yourself Expo, it might seem hard to fathom that people are doing hard time for marijuana-related crimes.
“The war on drugs has always been worse in the United States, but it’s getting a lot worse every year in Canada, especially under the ultra-conservative Tories in power with majority government,” said Jodie Emery, wife of imprisoned marijuana-rights activist Marc Emery. She was in town this month to speak at Moses Znaimer’s ideacity conference.
“Harper’s anti-drug crime bills have, for the first time in Canada’s history, introduced mandatory-minimum prison sentences for pot,” she added. “A policy widely condemned in the United States as an expensive failure in many ways.”
According to Emery, mandatory minimums may mean thousands of non-violent Canadians are guaranteed to be imprisoned for increased periods of time, at a cost of billions of tax dollars. In the United States, more than 20 million Americans have been in jail on charges related to marijuana since 1965. To put this is perspective, that would be like combining the population of Ontario and British Columbia, then throwing in a scattering of people from other provinces, and imprisoning them all.
“The prohibition laws cause more harm than does the substance itself,” said Emery. “So why does this continue?”
During her impassioned speech at ideacity, Emery spoke of families being separated, of people losing their jobs and their homes, and of people who once used marijuana to manage their illnesses growing sicker behind bars. She emphasized the human cost of the war on drugs, and also the growing support for legalization. According to Emery, polls have long shown that Canadians want marijuana legalized, and that the idea is more and more popular every year, everywhere. An unscientific, digital poll at ideacity showed that the overwhelming majority of those in attendance, 84 per cent, were pro-marijuana (though the poll question didn’t ask about legalization or decriminalization specifically).
As Znaimer asked the crowd: does there come a moment when resisting common sense no longer makes sense? Does the dig-your-heels-in attitude of the government simply amount to fanaticism?
“The war on drugs is maintained and advocated for by fanatics. I think that’s fair to say,” Emery agreed. “They refuse to see the numerous rational, logical reasons why prohibition has failed in so many ways.”
According to Emery, some of those failures include no reduction in the problems marijuana laws are supposed to resolve, huge expense to taxpayers and communities, and richer, more powerful gangs with more potent drugs.
“It’s not just marijuana activists calling for an end to prohibition,” she said. “Politicians, health experts, law enforcement, the judiciary, and so many others are on board. We just need to get citizens and political representatives to make that final push.”
That’s what Emery aimed to achieve during her talk in Toronto. Her goal was to have the audience take action to help end what she calls a massive, costly, and unjust human-rights crisis.
“Many prohibitionists enjoy the idea of making ‘bad people’ suffer, and wish to punish all illegal drug users, even though there are many legal drug addicts who don’t face criminal persecution and moral condemnation,” Emery said, during an interview after her talk. “There is absolutely no good argument to maintain prohibition. None. I’ve debated it extensively, and all the evidence is easily available to see. Generally, we’ve won the battle for people’s minds, but there’s a lot more that we’re up against. Gangs and police are the biggest supporters for continuing prohibition, and they have the guns and money. But hopefully people power will win in the end.”
INDO CANADIAN OUTLOOK
IDEACITY 13 – AN EVENT TO REMEMBER
The great city of Toronto saw the usual hustle and bustle of urban life outside the Royal Conservatory of Music between June 13 to June 15. But inside, at the Koerner Hall, it was a different story. It was Ideacity, where some of the finest minds of our planet had come together to share their views of our world and its future.
The brainchild of media legend, Moses Znaimer, Ideacity is now in its 13th year. A constellation of the top talent of the world, Ideacity 13 produced a discussion of brand new thoughts, ideas that have already taken shape and works in progress.
Firebrands produce fireworks. All the speakers, stalwarts in their field, not only motivated the audience but also thoroughly entertained them. They demanded debates on current and pressing issues and set pulses soaring with riveting performances and inspirational speeches.
Be it author or astronomer, technologist or musician, scientist or illusionist – they all had one thing in common. They were idealists.
This year’s theme was Teotwawki (The end of the world as we know it). Ideacity’s audience began at an overwhelming 81% optimists and remained so even at the end of the conference. It was only a befitting conclusion to the idea that all new beginnings occur from the end of other new beginnings.
Ten year old singer and songwriter, Ta’Kaiya Blaney from
North Vancouver opened the three day extravaganza with a rendition of Oh Canada and then with, Amazing Grace in the Sliammon language and spoke about the significance of culture.
Journalist and TV Host, Richard Syrett spoke about doomsday prophecies and concluded that the idea of the end of the world this year could simply be a reset.
Jeff Rubin, the former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets established that the single source of energy is oil; whether we travelled by air, water or on land and that all recessions were bound to have oil fingerprints on them. He determined that we could still have the world we want if we allow the world we have known, to go away.
Ecologist, Rex Weyler recounted an experience from the time when he was eleven and living in Oklahoma. He had been able to catch an abundant volume of catfish from an untouched pond and spent an entire summer fishing there. Gradually there was nothing left for him to take. It was then that the realization struck him that along with his brother, he had fished out the pond. He reminded us that we were destroying our real wealth, our rivers, forests and diversity for the sake of false wealth, which is money.
Jodi Emery, the wife of jailed marijuana activist, Marc Emery argued that marijuana had not caused people as much harm as the war against it.
Comedian Derek Seguin made the audience think and laugh.
Eric Weiner, the philosophical traveller, spoke of the importance of ‘place’ just when we had begun to think that it did not matter where we are today, since we are all so connected. Drawing from the famous adda (intellectual exchange) sessions of the Coffee House in Kolkata in India to the Finnish test of scientific eavesdropping on cell phone users that discovered 82 % of people still asked – where are you, during conversations, he pointed out how where we were, affected who we were. And that indeed, happiness had an address.
Composer Tod Machover created, in collaboration with stellar Canadian musicians, live on stage, the genesis of A Toronto Symphony, a work he is composing with the entire city of Toronto.
Audi Gozlan’s meditative stretch break rejuvenated the audience.
One week job worker, Sean Aiken reminded us that finding our true life passion was possible at any age.
Neuroscientist and possibilian, David Eagleman urged us to approach science with humility, given that our knowledge is so limited.
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra took the party outside with its high energy 14 piece band while ace Ilusionist, Simon Coronel had the audience eating out of his hands as he worked wonders with cards.
The ever charismatic author and journalist, Pico Iyer pointed out that to make sense of all the information reaching us today at great speed, we still need isolation and stillness.
Sexologists Ogi Ogas & Sai Gaddam had the rapt attention of the audience with their findings from extensive research and gathered a few chuckles along the way.
David Jay narrated his story of asexuality and argued that the asexual nursed the same urge for connection as anyone else.
Belly-dancer Shivaun Corry traced the origin of many dance movements to Rajasthan in India. Within minutes, she had the audience on their feet and sent them into shimmies of joy.
When BollyFit’s Reshmi Chetram came on stage, even the laziest in the audience began to sway to her moves.
Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, a global network dedicated to catering for the world’s water, discussed his work on ocean conservation while Dr. Mark Liponis, a global health leader provided practical tips to personalize ones healthcare.
Dignified Death Advocate Wanda Morris spoke about respecting an individual’s right to determine the nature and timing of their death.
Dedicated to the cultivation of the perfect oyster, Brent Petkau used his expertise to promote ecological harmony.
Jiri Hulcr’s work focuses on symbioses between different organisms and he spoke about the efficacy of devising smart, simple projects and the involvement of citizen scientists.
Dr. Marcus Laux, a naturopathic physician spoke about how menu, movement and motivation could maximize our DNA destiny.
Michael Kaeshammer, singer, songwriter and pianist worked magic on the piano. A master showman, he added copious doses of humour in his interaction with the audience.
Singer Jann Arden, Physicist Daniel Friedmann, Business Guru Roger Martin, Politician Preston Manning were among many other notable speakers.
The after parties at some of Toronto’s trendy venues like Spice Route, C-Lounge and Rosewater Supper Club were grand finales to the non-stop action packed days at Ideacity 13. And if history repeats itself like it usually does, Ideacity 14 promises to be just as enthralling.
May 29, 2012
Moses Znaimer Tribute To David Onley at the 8th Annual Canadian Hellen Keller Centre Awards Luncheon at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel
By now you’ve all heard the story of how I met and subsequently, hired David for an important, on-camera job, without ever mentioning his disability. And while it’s true that what I did then was the right thing to do, I want to take my few minutes here today to explain why it was also the smart thing to do.
At the time, there were no studies, no data to guide me in my decision; no decree of the courts; no force of public opinion; just my own intuitive and intimate knowledge of the truth of the observation that “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”; and that it is only in the grind of opposing forces, under massive pressure, that the diamond is made.
I was the product of 2 frightened Jewish kids who met on the run, she from Poland, he from Latvia, each the sole survivor of their respective families as the German war machine and the Nazi Holocaust worked its murderous way East. In the full flood of the Second World War and with no home, no job, no local contacts and no prospects, he got her pregnant – what were they thinking!?!
And so they sat out the war in a mud hut village called Kulyab, in Tajikistan, where I was born and where her higher education in Math and his resourcefulness saved our lives. When the war ended, the trek re commenced, this time Westward, through many devastated landscapes until, finally, we washed up in a Displaced Persons Camp, (DP) in the Western Zone of Occupied Germany. While there, one distant relative was found who lived in a far away and funny sounding place called Montreal, Quebec Canada.
In an essay, about my early years that appeared in a volume called Passages, published by The Dominion Institute, I made the following observation; for a child, being “stateless” and on the run is not all bad. You see the world, you pick up languages, you hear different kinds of music and eat a variety of foods. You begin to understand the richness of the world and the joys to be had from being open to all kinds of people and cultures. Even before starting grade school, I’d already survived a hazardous trip that crossed many borders. These experiences left me a cocky little kid with a strong sense of self.
Yes, I was aware that we were alone in the world and that there were malevolent forces out there that wished us dead. And over the years, yes, I learned about the tragic history of my people; and yet, all around me, I could also see the astounding record of over achievement of That People: in the arts, in science, and in business. So, when I decided to hire David that day I flashed on all that and knew that I was in fact making a pretty safe bet , a smart bet, on the likelihood that David Onley would rise to the occasion and perfectly fill this important and highly symbolic opportunity I was placing before him.
I knew that what I was betting on was not just someone who would be “as good as” anyone else, not just someone “good enough”, but someone with that something extra, a deep focus and a powerful drive that cannot be created in any other way.
Just to cope with their situation, even the most ordinary person with a disability must become extraordinary. Thus is challenge turned into a spring board. The logic that drives such people is: if you start from behind you have to run that much harder just to catch up. But, once in motion, that very momentum can carry you to the front of the pack.
Almost everyone remembered for their greatness has had to overcome obstacles in their path; their perseverance akin to obstinacy. If they suffered weakness in one faculty or area, that called forth compensation in another.
What ties all these people together is a knack for seeing opportunity in the apparently crappy hand they’ve been dealt, a veritable genius for exchanging the pessimism that would normally be expected into surprising astonishing optimism. Helen Keller, perhaps the most famous “handicapped” person in history, wrote “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God”.
The man we are honouring here today has achieved precisely what Teddie Roosevelt had in mind when he said “Do what you can with what you have”. My version of the same thought is: “The purpose of life is to get better. No matter where you start or what you’re given, your job, your glory, is to better yourself and make things around you better.
And to the world out there I say, as exceptional as David Onley is, and as inspiring his story, he’ll be the first to tell you there are many more just like him. Any community is only as strong as it is diverse. The perspective and tenacity that people with disabilities need to succeed often lead to original insights and society would be well served to foster this resource.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Moses Znaimer to Present
Lt. Governor, the Hon. David C. Onley with
Canadian Helen Keller Centre Award at 8th
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 12noon
Concert Hall, Fairmont Royal York
Moses Znaimer has always been a champion of diversity and courageous in his casting of the human rainbow. In 1984, he hired polio survivor David Onley as a weather and science specialist establishing himself as the first broadcaster to hire a reporter with a physical disability. Moses made a special point of shooting his entire body, versus just a talking head.
According to the now Hon. Onley, “Moses hired me as weather and science specialist at Citytv and it was only after he had hired me that he asked me about my disability. That’s when I knew I was going to enjoy working for the guy. Obviously what he did was important for my career but more importantly, it sent a message to TV viewers everywhere that my physical shortcomings were irrelevant. What counted was my ability to do the job.”
This luncheon brings the them together for a very special tribute.
Lt. Governor of Ontario, the Hon. David C. Onley, Recipient of the 2012 Canadian Hellen Keller Centre Award
The Honourable Vim Kochhar, Founding Chair, Canadian Helen Keller Centre
Moses Znaimer, Citytv/MuchMusic Creator, ZoomerMedia Limited Founder & CEO, CARP President
Canadian medal-winning Paralympian Rob Snoek, Master of Ceremonies
WHAT: The 8th Annual Canadian Hellen Keller Centre Award Luncheon
WHERE: Concert Hall, Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., Toronto
WHEN: 12noon – 1:45pm. Award presentation at 1pm
Leanne Wright, ZoomerMedia Limited
This event is being held to raise funds for many services at the Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC). It also provides an opportunity to encourage and recognize the efforts of Canadians who have made a distinct and wide-spread difference in the lives of people with vision, hearing and combined vision-hearing impairments.
The CHKC is the only residential training centre in Canada for deaf-blind persons. The CHKC services help people develop alternate ways to care for oneself, one’s family and one’s home. The CHKC also facilitates connections to peers and the community through the development of alternative forms of communication, computing and through self-advocacy and peer support.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Classical’s Coming To Collingwood
MZ Media Inc. Announces CRTC Approval To Launch New Classical Music FM Radio Station in Collingwood Region
Toronto, ON: MZ Media Inc. has announced that the CRTC approved their application for a broadcasting licence to operate a new specialty Classical Music FM radio station based in Collingwood and serving the area north of Toronto popularly known as Cottage Country. The new service will broadcast the world’s greatest classical music plus arts billboards, community messages, public service announcements, regional information, and local traffic and weather updates.
MZ Media Inc. owns and operates Toronto-based The New Classical 96.3 FM (CFMZ-FM) & The New Classical 103.1 FM (CFMX-FM) in Cobourg, English Canada’s only commercial all-classical music radio stations.
“We’ve got the licence and expect to find an appropriate FM frequency within 90 days which will bring this unique Classical Music and Fine Arts service to communities such as The Towns of the Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach, Meaford, Creemore, Midland, Penetanguishene, and Port Severn, in addition to Collingwood. The area is a magnet for talented, arts oriented, well-educated Zoomers who need an over-the-air outlet for their musical tastes, plus regional news, in particular pertaining to the visual and performing arts, and crafts,” said media pioneer Moses Znaimer, Founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited.
ZoomerMedia owns and operates MZ Media Inc. and is Canada’s only diversified multi-media company devoted to content serving Canada’s 14.8 million 45plus demographic aka Zoomers (Boomers With Zip!).
PLAYING THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSIC
From Mozart and movie music to Offenbach and opera, Collingwood area residents will be treated to the Greatest Music Of All Time with veteran classical jocks like the morning show’s Mike Duncan & Jean Stilwell, Afternoon Oasis’ Alexa Petrenko, A Little Night Music’s John Van Driel, and Nocturne’s Marilyn Lightstone. Listeners will also hear Live From The Concert Lobby performances from great classical and crossover artists like superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Grammy Award-winning pianist Lang Lang; and vocal sensations Il Divo, The Priests, plus Libby Znaimer’s ever-popular Zoomer Reports.
SERVING THE ZOOMER DEMOGRAPHIC
Zoomers are a robust and flourishing segment of the area’s population, in 2010 comprising a majority 52.7 per cent. The CRTC recognized that a new Classical Music radio service would reflect their currently underserved musical interests and provide local arts organizations such as the Collingwood Arts Centre, the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Authors by the Bay, the
Collingwood Music Festival, and the Meaford Museum, with the opportunity to reach this audience that does not relate to mainstream commercial radio.
“It’s a fact that classical radio reaches the most affluent, well-educated, traveled, and cultured listeners, that is to say, the Zoomers. Our Collingwood-based station will provide advertisers in the region with a rare new opportunity to connect with this coveted generation and grow their businesses and events,” said George Grant, President & CEO, MZ Media Inc.
For a taste of the station, listen to The New Classical 96.3 FM online at: classical963fm.com
Call For Submissions: Timeless * Zoomers and Immortality
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Since time immemorial, humans have used the visual arts to both define and understand that which is timeless. Through procreation, through knowledge and belief systems and the creation of works of art and architecture, we have tried to create that which can withstand the confines of time. One might say we have striven to achieve a measure of immortality.
But, does time actually exist, or is it merely an invention we use to measure change? As Zoomers and Artists, what are we creating that might survive the ebb and flow of time? Click here to read more (PDF).
Vision Signs Exclusive Deal With CBC
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
CBC Sports announced today a blockbuster five-year agreement with the International Skating Union (ISU), delivering an unprecedented level of coverage of the biggest international skating events on multiple channels and platforms. Click here to read full press release (PDF).
Moses Znaimer Launches The Brand New ONE
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The channel that will transform you has transformed itself. On May 1, 2011, Moses Znaimer, ZoomerMedia Limited Founder and broadcast pioneer, will introduce The Brand New ONE featuring a new look, a host of new shows and a new logo. Click here to read the full press release (PDF).
ZoomerMedia Limited Launches ZoomerSingles.com
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but romance can always be in the air – at any age! That’s why ZoomerMedia Limited is pleased to announce the launch of its most recent online property www.Zoomersingles.com – Zoomers’ online link to Mating, Dating, and Relating. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Moses Presents Zoomer’s Choice, But I Still Believe In Love
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Put it on. Get it on. If you’re thinking of what to give – or play for – the apple of your eye on Valentine’s Day and beyond, look no further. Moses Znaimer presents ZOOMER’S CHOICE: BUT I STILL BELIEVE IN LOVE, a new CD of his personal selection of “surefire romantic songs and hurtin’ music guaranteed to get that special someone in the mood”. These are songs that Moses has listened to all his life … mellow, moving and meaningful, without the cynicism of much of today’s pop music. “Like the music we play on The New AM 740 – Zoomer Radio, these are tunes from an age when the music’s tempo was slower, when you could still make out the words, and people still believed in love,” says Moses. Click here to read full release (PDF).
ZoomerMedia Limited Presents The 2009 ASPIRIN® 81mg ZoomerShow
Friday, October 16, 2009
Over 225 exhibitors, a 40-foot interactive multimedia Giant Colon, performances by the cast of the Mirvish production of The Sound Of Music, ZoomerFashion Shows, Beatles, ABBA and Bee Gees tribute bands, a tea garden, an art exhibit, investment and fitness zones, and loads of free samples, giveaways, and demonstrations are just some of the highlights at the second annual ASPIRIN® 81mg ZoomerShow, Canada’s Largest Consumer Show and Lifestyle Expo For Men & Women 45plus. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Moses Znaimer Launches PinkCARP
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Under the leadership of President Moses Znaimer, CARP, Canada’s largest and most powerful association for the 14.5 million Canadians 45plus, is proud to announce the formation of PinkCARP, Canada’s first chapter uniting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Zoomers 45plus. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Moses Znaimer To Reopen MZTV Museum Of Television
Thursday, June 25, 2009
On July 20, 1969, more than half a billion people worldwide watched television as astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. It was the largest TV audience for a live broadcast up to that time. On Monday, July 20, 2009, exactly 40 years later, Moses Znaimer will inaugurate his extensively renovated MZTV Museum of Television at a new location, 550 Queen Street East, home to The New Classical 96.3 FM, The New AM 740, MZTV Production & Distribution, and ZOOMER Magazine. Once again, the public will have the chance to experience the world’s most comprehensive collection of historically significant television sets and memorabilia. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Canadian Innovators Moses Znaimer & Robert Richards, alongside Google’s Larry Page and other Silicon Valley elite Play Major Role In Creating The World’s Most Innovative University
Thursday, February 3, 2009
Will Computers Teach Humans in 2030? On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, the world’s elite thinkers and doers will gather at the famous TED conference in Long Beach, California, for the announcement of the launch of Singularity University (SU), a groundbreaking new institution to be located at the NASA Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. Click here to read full release (PDF).
An Exhibition Curated by Moses Znaimer: Im/AGE From “Bust” to “Boom” to “Zoom”
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
On January 21, 2009, Toronto’s Propeller Centre For The Visual Arts will launch a new exhibit curated by media and generational innovator Moses Znaimer. Inspired by Moses’ New Vision Of Aging for Canada, Im/AGE – From “Bust” to “Boom” to “Zoom” will feature works exploring this millennium’s promise of a longer, more productive, more empowered life. Click here to read full release (PDF).
City of Toronto Names Moses Znaimer Way
December 4, 2008
On Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 8am, the famous stretch of Queen Street West from John to Duncan, will be redesignated as MOSES ZNAIMER WAY, after the media innovator who co-founded Citytv and MuchMusic among many others. The event is taking place in cooperation with the City of Toronto and CTVglobemedia. Dignitaries scheduled to be in attendance are His Worship Mayor David Miller, Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina City Councillor Adam Vaughan, and former Ward 20 Toronto City Councillor Martin Silva, who spearheaded the naming of MOSES ZNAIMER WAY. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Moses Znaimer Embarks On CARP National Tour
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Media innovator, the Original “Zoomer” and new CARP Executive Director Moses Znaimer is taking his New Vision Of Aging on the road. This month, Moses will give the keynote address at the Annual General Meeting for two of Canada’s most prominent CARP Chapters. On Wednesday, May 28, Moses will address the CARP Calgary Chapter followed by a presentation to the CARP Edmonton Chapter on Thursday, May 29. Future Canadian visits are being planned. Click here to read full press release (PDF).
CRTC Approves Moses Znaimer’s Acquisition Of AM740
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
From Classical To The Classics, It’s Official! CRTC Approves Moses Znaimer’s Acquisition Of AM740 On September 18, 2007, media innovator Moses Znaimer announced his intention to purchase CHWO, popularly known as AM740, from Primetime Radio Inc. Today, Moses is pleased to announce that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s Federal Broadcast Regulator, has officially approved his application to acquire AM740 and a broadcast licence to continue the station’s operations. Click here to read full release (PDF).
Media Innovator & New Executive Director of CARP, Moses Znaimer to Announce New Vision for “Zoomers”
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The future of aging is here! On Thursday, February 28, 2008, Canadian media innovator and entrepreneur Moses Znaimer will host a press conference in Toronto to announce the new look, vision and team for CARP, Canada’s largest association for “Zoomers”, Znaimer’s recently coined term to denote the “Boomer PLUS” generation. Click here to read full release (PDF).
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