The City of Toronto recently launched a new online engagement platform called IdeaSpace.

  • It’s a year-long pilot project with the following objectives:
    • increase engagement with Toronto residents;
    • enable residents to connect with City staff;
      • Daniel Fusca: Stakeholder Engagement, City Planning.
      • Jason Diceman: Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator.
    • give Toronto residents the opportunity to share online their ideas and solutions on some of the “civic challenges facing Toronto.”
      • The first project to use IdeaSpace is a City Planning Division initiative called Growing Conversations: Making Engagement Work.
        • “This initiative seeks input on how the City’s planning processes and consultations can be made more meaningful.”

Toronto residents are encouraged to visit http://www.toronto.ca/ideaspace to provide ideas, feedback and comments, using this new platform to play a part in building a better community.

The City of Toronto’s Civic Engagement Twitter feed @GetInvolvedTO provides announcements about public consultations and other ways the City is engaging with the public.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 22, 2014

IdeaSpace introduced as new online engagement tool for Torontonians

The City of Toronto has launched a new online engagement platform called IdeaSpace. The introduction of IdeaSpace at http://www.toronto.ca/ideaspace is the beginning of a year-long pilot project aimed at increasing engagement with Toronto residents.

IdeaSpace enables residents to connect with City staff through a web platform on which people can share their ideas and solutions on some of the civic challenges facing Toronto. The introduction of this online platform is a key element of the City’s efforts to increase accessibility and broaden engagement.

Read more of IdeaSpace: Torontonians Can Now Share Online Ideas and Solutions to Help Shape Toronto’s Future

The Toronto Book Awards were established by Toronto City Council in 1974 to “honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.”

Here is the shortlist for 2014 Toronto Book Awards.

  • Anthony De Sa for his novel, Kicking The Sky, published by Doubleday Canada.
  • Charlotte Gray for her non-fiction book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, published by HarperCollins Canada Ltd.
  • Carrianne K. Y. Leung for her novel, The Wondrous Woo, published by Inanna Publications.
  • Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis, non-fiction book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, published by Random House Canada.
  • Shyam Selvadurai for his novel, The Hungry Ghosts, published by Doubleday Canada.

The Word On The Street

FREE Admission

September 21

Toronto Book Awards
City of Toronto Tent
Queen’s Park North
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The shortlisted authors will read from their books at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair.

“The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.”

http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/

This video presents MSTV: Word on the Street Festival 2009.

  • “Toronto’s Word on the Street is the largest book and magazine festival in the country with 271 performers on 18 stages—there is something for every book and magazine lover to enjoy!”

The authors will also participate in a reading at the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch.

An Evening with the Shortlisted Authors

FREE Admission

October 8
Toronto Public Library
Yorkville Branch
22 Yorkville Ave.
7 p.m.

Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author receives $10,000.

  • The winner of the 2014 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 16 at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.
  • Come out and celebrate at the evening awards celebration which is hosted by CBC Radio’s Gill Deacon.

Awards Ceremony

FREE ADMISSION

October 16
Toronto Reference Library
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
789 Yonge St.
6 p.m. – cash bar reception
7 p.m. – awards presentation

Contact Info:

Toronto Public Library Answerline at 416-393-7131

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 22, 2014

Shortlist announced for 2014 Toronto Book Awards

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library have named the five finalists for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards, which honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards.

The finalists are:

Read more of 2014 Toronto Book Awards Invites You to The Word On The Street Sept.21 & Awards Ceremony Oct.16

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities, Ferme Floralpe Inc. is recalling L’Alpette cheese from the marketplace because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the product description and photo.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: L’Alpette Cheese is Recalled

TTC’s new, low-floor streetcar will make its Toronto debut on August 31, on the 510 Spadina route. Image extracted from video above.

TTC’s new, low-floor streetcar will make its Toronto debut on August 31, on the 510 Spadina route. Image extracted from video above.

This video presents Meet Your New Ride, Toronto! TTC unveils its new streetcar.

  • “On August 31, 2014, the next generation streetcar debuts on Toronto’s streets.
  • The accessible, larger, air conditioned, modern, quiet and sleek streetcar takes to the 510 Spadina line, then all 11 streetcar routes over the next five years” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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TTC service changes starting Sunday August 31

August 28, 2014

The Toronto Transit Commission is making service increases and reliability improvements on many busy routes starting Sunday, August 31. These changes are designed to respond to increasing ridership, and to improve the reliability of TTC service.

The TTC’s new, low-floor streetcar will make its Toronto debut on August 31, on the 510 Spadina route. Proof-of-payment on the 510 line, on both the new streetcars and the current streetcars, also takes effect Sunday. Proof-of-payment has been in effect on the 501 Queen for several years. The 504 King and 505 Dundas streetcars will resume normal service to Broadview Station, following the completion of track and overhead wire upgrades on Broadview Ave.

Read more of Toronto Transit Commission: New, Low-floor Streetcar and Service Changes Starting Aug.31, 2014

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update to the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Marc Angelo Brand Genoa Salami is Recalled.

Additional product information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Concord Premium Meats Ltd. is recalling Marc Angelo brand Smoked Prosciutto Speck, product of Italy, from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the second list of the recalled product.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Second List of Recalled Marc Angelo Brand Product: Smoked Prosciutto Speck

This video presents “New health and safety labels on beef to prevent bacterial food poisoning.”

  • “Mechanically tenderized beef now ID’d with sticker indicating cooking temp of 63 C.”

Mechanically Tenderized Beef (MTB): Greater Risk of E. coli O157 Bacteria Contamination from MTB Products When Compared to Intact Cuts of Beef

Here is Health Canada’s explanation.

In 2012, 18 cases of foodborne illness caused by Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157) were reported as part of a Canadian outbreak associated with contaminated beef.

  • During the food safety investigation following the outbreak, five cases were considered to be likely associated with the consumption of beef that had been mechanically tenderized at the retail level.

Mechanical tenderization of meat is a practice that has been used by processors, food services and retailers for many years to improve the tenderness and flavour of beef.

  • The process of mechanically tenderizing meat involves using instruments such as needles or blades to break-down, penetrate or pierce its surface disrupting the muscle fibers, or injecting it with a marinade or tenderizing solution.
  • It is not necessarily apparent by just looking at a mechanically tenderized meat product that it has undergone this process.

In general, the internal temperature of a steak or other solid cut of beef is not a significant concern given that any harmful bacteria that may be present would normally be on the surface of the meat and would be inactivated during cooking.

  • However, when steaks and beef cuts are mechanically tenderized, there is a potential for bacteria to be transferred from the surface to the centre of the meat.
  • Therefore, there may be an increased risk to consumers from MTB.

In May 2013, Health Canada completed a health risk assessment specifically focused on E. coli O157 in MTB (Catford et al., 2013).

  • The results of the assessment showed a five-fold increase in risk from MTB products when compared to intactFootnote 1 cuts of beef.
  • The assessment also noted that without labels, it is difficult for Canadians to identify which beef products have been mechanically tenderized.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose recently announced the following new labelling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) to help consumers know when they are buying MTB products and how to cook them:

Read more of Mandatory Labelling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef to Help Improve Food Safety for Canadians

Due to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Roy Pope and Sons is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the description and photo of the recalled product in Canada.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Belleisle Farms Brand Cole Slaw is Recalled