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From: walkerkm@fotf.ca

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 16:23:09 -0700

To: Kathleen Sibley, Technology In Government

Subject: When a Loved One is Gay

Dear

Kathleen:

Please see the following release from Focus on the Family Canada:

NEWS RELEASE

13 April 2004

When a Loved One is Gay

VANCOUVER — “”Two of my close female friends told me they were in love with one another,”” says a Vancouver woman. “”I just didn’t know what to say.””

She’s not alone: In 2004, many Canadians are unsure of just how to respond to the news of a loved one “”coming out of the closet””.

To help combat ignorance about homosexuality, Focus on the Family Canada is bringing Love Won Out to Vancouver on May 1st. Led by formerly homosexual men and women, the Love Won Out conference will focus on their stories while experts discuss the biology and theology behind the year’s most heavily debated social issue.

“”Love Won Out is all about helping people understand homosexuals while showing love to them,”” said Focus on the Family President Darrel Reid.

“”There is never a place for hatred towards homosexual people.””

Love Won Out helps concerned citizens, parents, educators and pastors sift through the varied and often conflicting viewpoints on homosexuality. Topics covered in the day long seminar include the origins and characteristics of male and female homosexuality, Q & A about lesbianism, and the contents of an appropriate and compassionate response.

“”Love Won Out offers attendees a chance to become aware of what a compassionate response actually involves,”” says Reid. “”With the right information, people will know what words to use without prejudice where true friendships can be developed between people of different viewpoints.””

Since 1998, Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out conference has shared its message of love and care for homosexual men and women with more than 15,000 people in 26 North American cities.

Focus on the Family Canada is a national not-for-profit family organization dedicated to supporting the family.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

Kelly Walker

Subject: Meeting at Expo-Comm Candida

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 11:59:06 -0400

From: “”Kim Miller””

To: Shane Schick, ITBusiness.ca

I wanted to see if you’d be attending Expo-Comm Candida, May 4-5 in Toronto.

If so, I’d love to set up a meeting with you and Transition Networks. We be making a new product announcement that week and welcome the opportunity to speak with you in person about our news.

Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make the conversion between disparate media types possible. Media converters connect dissimilar cable and connectors, making it possible to mix media and speed on a network to optimize price and performance. Whether extending legacy networks with the latest technology or connecting inexpensive, lower bandwidth desktops to a state of the art fiber optic backbone, media converters offer a viable lower cost solution. Transition Networks offers its products through our distribution partners, Wesco, Anixter, Graybar and Texcan.

Please let me know what your schedule looks like for the conference.

Transition will be exhibiting at the show and we can meet with you at our booth — #511. Thank you and we look forward to meeting with you.

Best,

Kim Miller

for Transition Networks

Comment: pipeline@itbusiness.ca

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