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Image extracted from video below.

TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting on Feb.2, 2015

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will hold a special Board meeting on the 2015 TTC Wheel-Trans and Operating budgets and the 2015-2024 TTC Capital budget.

  • The meeting will take place on Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., Toronto City Hall, Committee Room # 2.
  • The meeting is open to the public.
  • This meeting will deal with the following items:
  1. 2015 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budgets
  2. 2015-2024 TTC Capital Budget

This video presents The Toronto 2015 Budget will #getTOmoving.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle recently announced a $95 million investment that will “significantly expand and enhance transit service, reduce wait times and crowding, and make using the TTC more affordable for families by eliminating fares for children 12 years and under.”

  • To help balance the TTC budget, Mayor Tory asked the City to increase the TTC’s subsidy to nearly $479 million, an increase of more than $38 million from 2014. Effective March 1, as well, a 10-cent proportionate fare increase will apply to all TTC fares except for cash fares, investing an additional $43 million in revenue to pay for new services that will meet an increasing ridership, estimated to be 545 million in 2015.

These new investments will provide the following enhanced services to Toronto commuters:

  • Restoration of all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011.
  • Ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service on key routes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays).
  • Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times.
  • Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Proof-of-payment and all-door boarding on all streetcar routes.
  • Expansion of the Express Bus network, adding four new routes to a network that serves 34 million rides annually.
  • Expanding the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network that serves 4 million rides annually.
  • Adding up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Route management improvements designed to reduce short-turns, bunching and gapping of bus and streetcar routes.
  • Additional resources to focus on subway reliability around signals, track and communications systems.
  • 50 new buses and a temporary storage facility to allow for the Express Bus network expansion, reduction of wait times and crowding on some peak-period routes, as well as the need for spare buses during maintenance.

Timing of the introduction of additional service, as well as the restoration of service, is being developed by staff. Financial details of the new services will be detailed in the February 2 budget report to the TTC board.

Please click here to read the Agenda and Reports from February 2, 2015.

City of Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3

This video presents 2015 Toronto Budget – The Capital Budget.

  • Learn more about the City of Toronto’s capital budget.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear pubic presentations on the proposed 2015 Operating Budget and the 2015-2024 Capital Budget and Plan at the following times and locations: Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3 + TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting Feb.2, 2015

Above, CFIA's Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, CFIA’s Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

This is an update to the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Go Raw Brand Organic Spicy Seed Mix is Recalled.

Ecomax Nutrition is recalling Go Raw brand 100% Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for description and photos of the affected product.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Second List of Recalled Go Raw Brand Organic Seed Products: 100% Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Atlantic Sprout Farm brand Chinese Mung Bean Sprouts due to faecal coliforms.

  • CFIA Reference number: 9599.

Please click here for the description of the affected products.

The other details of this recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Atlantic Sprout Farm Brand Chinese Mung Bean Sprouts are Recalled

This is an update to these previous blogs regarding certain beancurd products that are recalled due to non-permitted colours:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling more Te Chang Food brand bean curd products due to non-permitted colours.

  • CFIA Reference number: 9585.

Please click here for the description of the affected products (third list of recalled bean curd products).

The other details of this recall are as follows. Read more of Third List of Recalled Bean Curd Products: More Te Chang Food Brand Bean Curd Products

This is an update to the previous blog regarding certain beancurd products that are recalled due to non-permitted colours: Health Hazard Alert: Te Chang Food Brand Bean Curd Products are Recalled (first list of recalled beancurd products).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Wei Hsin and Yu Hsiang brand bean curd products due to non-permitted colours.

  • CFIA Reference number: 9580.

Please click here for the description of the affected products (second list of recalled bean curd products).

The other details of this recall are as follows. Read more of Second List of Recalled Bean Curd Products: Wei Hsin and Yu Hsiang Brand Bean Curd Products

cfia food recall warnings logo

Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. is recalling Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination surrounding the spinach and kale contained in the fruit and veggie blend.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the description and photo of the affected product.

The other details of this recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Recalling Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend from Costco Canada

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Celebratory events for Black History Month in February include the following. (Most events have FREE admissions.)

Toronto Public Library

  • The Toronto Public Library marks Black History Month with FREE events featuring song, film and literature that celebrate the African diaspora.
  • ‘Malcolm X: 50 Years After – Pertinent or Passe?
    • February 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, along with Toronto poets Lillian Allen, Clifton Joseph and Andrea Thompson in a discussion of the legacy of the American civil rights champion.
    • Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

Toronto Public Health

  • “Racism, Health & Resilience: Strategies for Closing Health Inequities”
    • February 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • A discussion with Dr. Kwame McKenzie about the affects of racism on people’s health.
    • The event will be held at the Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
    • FREE, but registration is required.

Toronto Museums

  • Mackenzie House
    “A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850-1860″

    • Saturday, January 31 through Sunday, March 1.
    • This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victorian Toronto and their contributions to the city.
    • Curated by Afua Cooper, this exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.
    • Included with regular admission.
  • Market Gallery: FREE Admssion and Donations are Accepted
    “Political Activism and the Black Community in the 19th Century”

    • Students are introduced to notable Torontonians who played a major role in the 19th century Anti-Slavery movement.
    • Market Gallery, 2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Toronto ON

For details, please visit Toronto’s Museums Featured Events

Heritage Toronto

  • “The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big”
    • February 19, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST.
    • Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke will moderate a panel discussion for students from across Canada (live or via the National Film Board’s Virtual Classroom) with four brilliant Black mentors and talk about how to achieve their highest career aspirations in a diverse workplace and how to give back to their communities.
    • Join us for this panel discussion either in person (student transportation subsidies available) or via the NFB’s Virtual Classroom live streamed from the Daniels Spectrum Auditorium in Regent Park, Toronto – one of Canada’s most multicultural neighbourhoods.
    • SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY:
      Thompson Egbo-Egbo (pianist), Shawn Byfield (dancer), and Sean Mauricette aka Subliminal (beat-boxer and soul-hopper).
    • Please click here for more info and to register.
    • FREE!

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Community Centres across Toronto will be hosting local events to mark Black History Month, from sports events to film nights. Please read the full schedule.

  • Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. (Bathurst and Sheppard)
    • February 1 to 28
    • Black History Month poster series on display
  • Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E
    • Every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Black History Month: awareness and triumph through film.
    • Films promoting the overcoming of racism and awareness of the African American/African Canadian struggle.
    • Discussion following each film.

Enjoy!

NEWS RELEASE

27-Jan-2015

City of Toronto to proclaim February as Black History Month

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto.

“Black History Month gives us an opportunity explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our black citizens as builders, advocates and people who defended our country in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways today. That is why Black History Month is so important. It gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the contribution of our black community. Read more of You’re Invited to Black History Month Events in February 2015