Welcome to TUG's eNewsletter "TUG Buzz!" for February 21, 2012


  1. Announcing — TEC2012 !
  2. Next Meeting of Members — March 21 at Living Arts Centre Mississauga
  3. TUG Night School Continues (New course added: RPG Open Access)
  4. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab - Donation Review & Photos

TEC 2012

TEC is our annual technical IT conference for Toronto User Group members. For the past 2 years, we have done this in conjunction with Seneca@York. TEC 2012 is shaping up. Key goals for this year include:

  • Leverage the facilities and infrastructure provided to us by School of Information and Communications Technology, Seneca@York
  • Open up our conference to other GTA IT communities, specifically East Toronto PHP Meetup, GTA PHP Meetup and HackerNest
  • Provide a very low priced, high value learning/networking event and maximize new attendees
  • Provide an extra-fee Keynote Dinner at Schulich School of Business Executive Dining Room

Location : Seneca@York U Keele Street Campus,

  • SEQ Building (Registration, Lecture type rooms, amphitheatre, Lunch and Hospitality room)
  • TEL Building (Hands on labs with access to Internet, Linux Servers, Unix Server, Windows servers, iSeries)
  •  Schulich School of Business (Executive and Management functions and Hotel)


  • Sunday April 22: Setup
  • Monday April 23: Conference date and Keynote Dinner in evening at Schulich
  • Tuesday April 24: Conference date ending with Technical keynote

TUG Member price will be extended to GTP PHP Meetup, East Toronto PHP Meetup, Hackernest Members.

  • Members: $395 ($245 for 1-day)
  • Non-Members: $495 ($295 for 1-day)
  • Keynote Dinner: $50 for attendee, $90 for non-attendee (tentative, speaker TBD)

Fees include full admission, lunch and breaks for both days plus conference T-Shirt. Keynote dinner is additional.

Conference outline:
We would like to incorporate the following “tracks”. A track will consist of lectures and labs related to a specific interest/topic, Topics will be labeled as “Beginner”, “Intermediate” and “Pro”.  

Web: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
IBM Power Systems
IBM Rational
Vendor and Products

For our Keynote Dinner Monday at Schulich, we are looking for non-IT speaker such as author, politician, sports personality, adventurer, wine connoisseur etc. Suggestions are welcome. We will have a sponsor and vendor plan including the ability to have tables in the SEQ hallway as well as Hospitality in the Kaleidoscope room. Vendors will have the chance to have vendor sessions as they see fit. Vendor sponsorship opportunities to be determined. We appreciate your feedback!!

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Next TUG Meeting of Members
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

LOCATION: Living Arts Centre Mississauga

ADMISSION: FREE (Sponsored by IBM Canada Ltd.)

     4:30 Sign up & Greeting
     5:00 Session 1
                • Speaker: TBA
     6:00 Intermission (Buffet Dinner & Networking)
     7:00 Session 2
                • Speaker: TBA
     8:45 Wrap Up and Door Prize draw

Register now for the TUG MoM at www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php


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TUG Night School Continues


BBX201 (Blackberry Dev with Wallace Trenholm) http://tnsseneca.wordpress.com/mobile-classes/bbx201/ and RWS201 (Rational Web with Claus Weiss) http://tnsseneca.wordpress.com/iseries-classes/rws201//  have already started, but you can join in progress for a discounted price.

Notice we have now added an RPG Open Access Class. Follow the link at http://tnsseneca.wordpress.com/iseries-classes/ops203/  This class replaces OPS203 and will be taught by Garry Kipfer with the support of Barbara Morris and the IBM Canada Lab. Check our blog for more details.

Night School (TNS) 2012 Calendar

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Enter your Comments on our Blog
Link Course Name MBR PUB Start Days Instructor
In Progress: (Still not too late to join in!)
BlackBerry Dev
$425 $525 Feb 06 4
Wallace Trenholm
Rational Web
$475 $575 Feb 15 5
Claus Weiss
SQL for i
$425 $525 Mar 12 4
Russell Pangborn
RPG Open Access
$350 $450 Mar 28 4
Garry Kipfer
PHP on i
$350 $450 Apr 16 3
Mark Buchner

(Volume discounts are negotiable.)

TNS QR code

QR code for TNS Registration


Register for TUG Night School at www.tug.ca/tns/TNSReg.html

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Each year, at the TUG Golf Tournament, TUG collects donations for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. To-date TUG has collected a total of $12,765. The amount on the cheque is the cumulative amount showing in their files from all of our years of donations. The gentlemen in the picture are Andres Escobar, Manager, Community & 3rd Party Events for Holland Bloorview; and Jay Burford, Secretary of the TUG Board of Directors.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly Bloorview Kids Rehab) is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital. They pioneer treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life.

Holland Bloorview serves about 7,000 children each year, with about 600 inpatient admissions and 58,000 outpatient visits. Holland Bloorview is a world-class teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. We train future health-care specialists in the field of childhood disability. The Bloorview Research Institute is located onsite, allowing us to integrate cutting-edge research and teaching with frontline care to improve children’s quality of life.

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