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Kings and Queens of Canadian Comedy to Throw Benefit Show for Jake Thomas and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

On Tuesday 18 July 2017 – ONE NIGHT ONLY - some of the biggest names in Canadian comedy will reunite to raise funds for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Jake Thomas.

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Jun 2 2017

Nine People to Try Sit-Skiing for the First Time After Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury


Blue Mountains – On February 16th at Craigleith Ski Club from 10:30am to 3pm, nine people will try sit-skiing for the first time after sustaining spinal cord injuries.

Each year, at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s annual Ski & Snowboard Day, people are encouraged to try sit-skiing at no cost to feel the freedom, joy and adrenaline of whooshing down the slopes. On Thursday, twelve people will be sit-skiing – nine of them for the first time.

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Feb 13 2017

Shades of Ability Art Show - An entrepreneurial platform for independent artists with disabilities


Toronto, Ontario – On November 2nd at 5:30 at Toronto Botanical Garden, Floral Hall, a rare art exhibition and sale will take place. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will host Shades of Ability – a much-needed entrepreneurial platform for independent artists with disabilities to showcase their work. Artists will keep 100% of their sales from the evening.

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Oct 28 2016

Sometimes Just Getting Back on the Hill Makes You a Champion

Blue Mountains, Ontario – Participants of the 13th annual Ski and Snowboard Day may not go home with any gold, silver or bronze medals but by the end of the day they will be winners just the same. The event held by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and sponsored by Collins Barrow, Lerners LLP and Shekter Dychtenberg, begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 13th at the Craigleith Ski Club and will include fun ski and snowboard races, sit-ski instructions, complimentary ski and snowboard lessons, and an après-ski reception and auction. Funds raised support people with spinal cord injuries. Specially adapted sit-ski equipment will be made available to the media.

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Feb 11 2014

Three Parties Respond to Priority Disability Issues

Spinal cord injuries cost the Ontario Government $1.38 billion annually. Roughly half this economic burden relates to direct medical costs for acute, rehabilitation, emergency, primary, mental health and long‐term care. The Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Alliance has identified two priority issues for political parties to address in the Ontario Election.


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Sep 29 2011

The Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge - Pull Up a Chair and Get Moving!

For the 15th year, the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario is holding our fun-filled Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge. The event is for people with and without disabilities to raise funds for programs and services for people with spinal cord injuries as they re-build their lives. At the Relay there will be great potential story leads and photo opportunities. Here are a few:
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Sep 16 2010

We’ve Got Your Back

June 14th, TORONTO – In 1983, Barbara Turnbull was shot during a robbery at a grocery store, and sustained a spinal cord injury. Some people would think her life was over. Not even close! Barb’s first victory was to live and then she didn’t stop. One victory after another, Barb has rebuilt her life and today, is the stellar example of all someone can be.
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Jun 14 2010

Sister of Man Who Was Shot Holds Gala Dinner to Raise Funds for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Toronto, February 22nd, 2010 – Imagine walking down the street and out of nowhere someone comes up behind and grabs your necklace. He rips it from your neck and starts to run. Instinctively, you run too – after him. You want your necklace back. But he stops and turns around, because he has a gun… so he doesn’t really have to run. And you don’t realize this until it is too late. This is exactly what happened to Aleem Syed. Aleem was shot in 2008 and as a result sustained a spinal cord injury. But that did not mean life was over for him… not even close!

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Feb 22 2010