Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Wreckstock in Welland! What Divers Do Waiting for the Season to Begin

article for divermag.com

The Niagara Divers’ Association will present its 19th Annual Shipwrecks Symposium on Saturday, April 6, 2013 and Diver Magazine will be there!  The wreck festival, a popular event for Ontario and New York State diverss, will be held in Welland, Ontario.This one-day symposium on shipwrecks features multimedia presentations with internationally renowned speakers from both the United States and Canada.  This year two of the eight speakers are Diver Magazine writer contributors - photographer / journalist Robert Osborne, and longtime freshwater wreck specialist Cris Kohl - will appear on stage.There are  eight primary multimedia presentations on the programme.  

Scheduled to give presentations at the Shipwreck Symposium this year are:

Gerry Altoff: The Battle of Lake Erie
Tony Gramer: Tragedy Strikes in Seven Minutes
Jim Kennard: HMS Ontario
Cris Kohl / Joan Forsberg: Shipwreck Tales of Chicago
Robert Osborne: Pirates of the East Coast
Jim / Pat Stayer: Tuskegee Airacobra Down
Dave Trotter: Vanishing Points
John Veber: Long Point and its Shipwrecks

In addition to the symposium lectures there will be several 5-minute short talks given throughout the day highlighting new  presenters telling stories  about several new fresh water wreck discoveries. As in past years, speakers will have tables set up to meet and greet, sell videos, books, sign autographs, etc. Items will be sold on a cash only basis.  Stephen Weir (Diver Magazine) will have a display table at the Wreck Festival.
The Niagara Divers' Association's "Shipwrecks/2013" will be held at the Centennial High School, 240 Thorold Road, Welland, Ontario. The school features an 1,100 seat auditorium with theater style seating and an excellent sound system. Welland is a 45 minute drive from Buffalo, New York and a 75 minute drive from Toronto.

Tickets for the Sysmposium are $44 - $49 per person and include lunch. Parking is free.

Pre-registration required: for more information contact
, or view the dive association's web site at

Wednesday, 6 February 2013



Bass Player for Barrett Brackin and the Band who performed at the event
 Today is Bob Marley Day in both Kingston, Jamaica and Toronto Canada. (The rest of the world is jealous)

(article for Diversity Business Network website)

Rowan Barrett - Basketball Canada
 It was one  One Love in the Toronto City Council chambers this morning as the councillor Michael Thompson proclaimed February 6th, Bob Marley Day in Toronto. There was  live music and dub poetry in City Hall following the proclamation and the Bob Marley Committee made 8 Bob Marley humanitarian award presentations to eight well-known Torontonians
This marks the 22nd year that the  City of Toronto has official declared Bob Marley Day (which began with former Mayor Art Eggleton),” said Courtney Betty, Chairperson of the Bob Marley Day Committee. “  Bob Marley said One Love.  So, each year we take time to honour the best of the best, people - acting in the diversity spirit of Bob Marley’s One Love,- who have worked hard to make our City a better place for all.  As the diverse population continues its tremendous growth, it becomes even more critical that the doors of opportunities are open to all. "
The Bob Marley Award Ceremony was held in Committee Room 1 at City Hall (100 Queen Street).  Councillor Michael Thompson was joined by fellow councillors and many Caribbean nation trade commissioners to help the Bob Marley committee hand out the awards. 
The Class of 2013 (minus Drake)
Scheduled to receive the Bob Marley Award this year were:
Ben Hum - President and Co-founder of the NAAAP Toronto ((North American Association of Asian Professionals); Director of Business Development, Investwise Team, Dundee Wealth
Manuel Rodriguez - CEO and Founder of Unikron (leading video production company)
Marlon Reid - Vice President of Treasury Credit, Investment Banking, TD Securities
Pamela Appelt - Retired Judge of Court of Canadian Citizenship
Pradeep Sood- CEO of Starling Corporation; Founder of XactScribe  (Canadian based provider of Medical, Legal and Business transcription services)
Rowan Barrett - Executive Vice President of Senior Men’s Team at Basketball Canada
Scott Crowley - Regional Managing Partner of Advisory Services at MNP, LLP
Aubrey Drake Graham - Recording Artist, Universal Motown; Founder of OVO Records
Ben Hum receives his Marley Award

The singer Drake was not at the award ceremony.  Councillor Thompson accepted the award on his behalf. During and after the ceremony Barrett Brackin and the Band performed a selection of Bob Marley hits. Spoken word poetry will be performed by Al St. Louis.
Bob Marley is a global icon, a musical prophet, whose words and vision forever changed the world. His image and music evoke a rich legacy and emotional connection that transcends generation, ethnicity, gender, and geography. In today's high paced, tech-driven world, Bob Marley's message of unity, freedom, peace, empowerment and love have never been more relevant.