Ontario Will Provide Funding for Repairs & Upgrades of Rural Health Hubs, Hospitals and Children’s Centres, Starting in 2016

Ontario's Official Flower: the White Trillium

Ontario’s Official Flower: the White Trillium

The following video presents 2016 Budget Includes Increase to NHH and CMH:
“As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is continuing to make greater investment in the Northumberland County health care system and across the province to give Ontarians faster access to the right care, now and in the future. In 2016-17, the government would be investing $51.8 billion in health care, including Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital…..”

Hospitals

Ontario recently announced that it will provide $175 million in 2016-17 to hospitals across the province — an increase of $50 million over last year’s funding — to keep them in a state of good repair.

  • Projects may include upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, HVAC systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) investments in 2016-17 in Toronto-area hospitals include:

  • More than $2.8 million for Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital)
  • More than $1.3 million for St. Joseph’s Health Centre
  • More than $5.5 million for St. Michael’s Hospital
  • $10 million for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • More than $4.3 million for The Hospital for Sick Children
  • $10 million for the University Health Network.

Ontario also plans to invest $12 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 35 major hospital projects are now underway across the province. Ontario is also increasing provincewide funding to hospitals this year by more than $345 million. This is part of a total investment of $51.8 billion in health care — a 2 per cent increase over last year.

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Seven British Columbia Communities Will Get Improved Drinking Water, Better Protection of the Environment & New Recreational Opportunities, Via $39 Million in Canada’s Federal Gas Tax Funds

Under the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), allocations to provinces and territories over the first five years of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP) (2014-2019) are based on Census 2011 data, as follows:

Jurisdiction GTF Allocation
Newfoundland and Labrador $155,298,305
Prince Edward Island $78,000,000
Nova Scotia $276,775,682
New Brunswick $225,275,924
Quebec $2,382,738,448
Ontario $3,873,734,778
Manitoba $340,447,890
Saskatchewan $292,707,395
Alberta $1,084,982,788
British Columbia $1,317,039,837
Yukon $78,000,000
Northwest Territories $78,000,000
Nunavut $78,000,000
First Nations $138,998,953
Canada $10,400,000,000

Specific allocations to municipalities are determined through federal-provincial-territorial GTF agreements. Allocations for 2019-2024 will be based on Census 2016 data.

Recently, Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Local Government officials joined together to announce the approval of the seven new community projects that will improve drinking water, better protect the environment and provide new recreational opportunities for residents across British Columbia.

  • The projects relate to wastewater, recreational infrastructure, drinking water, and brownfield redevelopment. The projects will better protect the marine ecosystems, and build new places for recreational activities.

The following video presents Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre:

This is a possible scenario of the expansion to secondary treatment at Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre. Changes may be made in both the technology used and the layout.

Among the projects is a wastewater outfall project for the Regional District of Nanaimo:

Image above shows location of the existing and replacement outfall. In the Nanaimo area, wastewater is sent to the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC) at 4600 Hammond Bay Road where it is treated and disposed of through an outfall. The outfall begins as a pipe buried under land. It then travels along the sea floor to its final discharge point 2 km out into the Strait of Georgia (beyond Five Fingers Island) and 70 m below sea level. Image Courtesy of The Regional District of Nanaimo.

Image above shows location of the existing and replacement outfall. In the Nanaimo area, wastewater is sent to the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC) at 4600 Hammond Bay Road where it is treated and disposed of through an outfall. The outfall begins as a pipe buried under land. It then travels along the sea floor to its final discharge point 2 km out into the Strait of Georgia (beyond Five Fingers Island) and 70 m below sea level. Image Courtesy of The Regional District of Nanaimo.

  • The Regional District of Nanaimo is replacing the outfall pipe at the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre, as shown in the above photo. Installed in 1973, the pipe carries treated effluent from the treatment facility to Morningside Park and continues for approximately 2 km out into the Strait of Georgia along the sea floor.
  • Upgrades to the pipe have been ongoing since 2014 and will be completed this summer. The GNPCC treats wastewater from approximately 93,000 residents in the City of Nanaimo, parts of the District of Lantzville and from Snuneymuxw First Nation lands.
  • The Government of Canada has contributed federal funding of $6 million to this wastewater infrastructure project in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Details of that project are available at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1094179 .

Also, a listing of the other six approved projects are available at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1094189 .

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Residents of seven British Columbia communities to benefit from $39 million in federal Gas Tax Funds

Nanaimo, British Columbia – July 5, 2016
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Tech Fashion: Stratasys 3D Printed Dresses at ‘Manus x Machina’ Exhibition at the MET, New York; Through August 14, 2016

The following video presents “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”:

“A preview of the exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from May 5 through August 14, 2016.

Featuring Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge, The Costume Institute

The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.”

‘Manus x Machina’ Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York, highlights 3D printed designs from talented designer Noa Raviv’s “Hard Copy” collection.

  • The exhibition will run through August 14, 2016.
 Stratasys 3D printed fashion piece, designed by Noa Raviv, produced on Stratasys' Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer. (Photo credit: Ron Kedmi)

Stratasys 3D printed fashion piece, designed by Noa Raviv, produced on Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer. (Photo credit: Ron Kedmi)

The 3D printed fashion pieces, designed by Noa Raviv, were produced using advanced, multi-material 3D printing technology from Stratasys, the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company.

Stratasys 3D printed fashion piece, designed by Noa Raviv, produced on Stratasys' Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer. (Photo credit: Ron Kedmi)

Stratasys 3D printed fashion piece, designed by Noa Raviv, produced on Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer. (Photo credit: Ron Kedmi)

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May 5, 2016 13:00 UTC

Stratasys 3D Printed Dresses by Designer Noa Raviv Feature at ‘Manus x Machina’ Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Toronto Transit Plans: Give Your Input Online or at Meetings for Decisions on Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’ – May 25 & 26, Scarborough Transit Planning – May 31, The Relief Line – June 2, SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail – June 1 & 4, Transit Network Planning (All Projects) – June 21, 2016

The following video presents Toronto’s Transit Future:

What happened to Toronto’s transit system? Once world-renowned, it has been been deteriorating right before our eyes for the last two decades. This brief, informative video uses rare historical images to help explain the TTC’s great challenges today and how they can be and decisively and swiftly addressed. A better understanding of the vital role of transit in our common future and a willingness on the part of all involved to cooperate like never before are key to the solutions we all want, and most certainly need.
www.torontotransitfuture.ca

The City of Toronto, TTC, Waterfront Toronto together with Metrolinx are working to bring more transit to communities across the city with connections throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Toronto wants your input for important decisions on the following transit plans:

  • Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’
    This study will establish a vision for a comprehensive waterfront transit network and identify current and future transit needs. A range of preliminary concepts will be developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north-south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the city to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions. Torontonians are asked to provide feedback on the vision at http://www.toronto.ca/transitTO or at an upcoming public meeting.

    • Wednesday, May 25 (Toronto-East York)
      Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 26 (Etobicoke)
      Waterfront Transit Reset West, John English Junior Middle School, 95 Mimico Ave., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Ontario’s Training Program Vouchers for Canadian, Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs Who May Apply August 29, 2016 – July 3, 2017; Delivery Organizations Apply before June 13, 2016

The following video presents Social Enterprise in Ontario:

“Social Enterprise makes up a sector of the economy that focusses on a triple bottom line: profits, people, and the environment.

Meet some of the social entrepreneurs in and around Ontario, and learn what it means to be a social entrepreneur.”

"Making an Impact: Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report 2015": page 6

“Making an Impact: Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report 2015”: page 6

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact.

Ontario recently announced the successful Ontario Social Impact Voucher program will return for the second year.

  • In partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Ontario Social Impact Voucher (OSIV) program will provide 200 vouchers worth up to $3,000 each to eligible social entrepreneurs across Ontario to access relevant training programs such as business planning or marketing to help scale up their business.

OCE will select delivery organizations as service providers for eligible social entrepreneurs and enterprises awarded a Social Impact Voucher through an open call.

  • The application process for delivery organizations is open from May 9, 2016 to June 13, 2016.

Social entrepreneurs and enterprises will apply to the OSIV Program once delivery organizations are selected.

  • A maximum of one voucher will be allocated per eligible social enterprise.
  • The application process for social entrepreneurs and enterprises will open from August 29, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
  • Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI).

Timelines

Read more of Ontario’s Training Program Vouchers for Canadian, Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs Who May Apply August 29, 2016 – July 3, 2017; Delivery Organizations Apply before June 13, 2016

You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost

The following video presents The 5 most amazing places we saw at Doors Open Toronto:

“Last weekend, curious citizens across the city were given access to a wide range of Toronto’s most interesting buildings at the 13th annual Doors Open Toronto.

The best places we saw include a building that reacts to the weather, the city’s most breathtaking library, the place your tap water comes from, and a massive pile of sugar.

Directed by Graham Runciman for The Grid.”

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, offering FREE and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid.

  • His talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world.
  • Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the special programming is the “Unlock the City” game.

To plan your Doors Open Toronto weekend, please visit http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=42eafa2cd4a64410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD for information on FREE special programming, exhibits, walking tours, and talks that can be experienced during the event.

Enjoy and Good Luck! / Profitez-en et bonne chance!

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3-May-2016

Doors Open Toronto announces exciting lineup of buildings and programming

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf has announced its lineup of buildings and enhanced programming for May 28 and 29. The 17th annual celebration of design will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year’s event features more than 130 buildings, including over 40 new participants, an exciting speaker series and citywide walking tours. Details are now available at toronto.ca/doorsopen.

“The city’s buildings come alive during Doors Open Toronto weekend, giving residents the opportunity to discover and explore unique buildings and vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to visit the event’s many destinations, including City Hall.”

“Doors Open Toronto allows the public to learn more about the heritage and design that helps make this city great,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “Each year there are new buildings, walks and other activities for all to experience.”

“Great Gulf is excited to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open Toronto celebrating architecture, heritage and design. Focused on the intersection of great design and art to enrich the human experience, we share this passion with Doors Open through our commitment to create the best architecturally designed buildings,” said Great Gulf President Christopher Wein. “We encourage you to join us in experiencing this incredible event with members of the international architectural and design community.”

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. One of the most prolific and recognized designers of his generation, his talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world. Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are three other talks as part of the OpenInsights Speaker Series, exploring a variety of themes: Architecture is Art?; Bomb Girls – Trading Aprons for Ammo; and Why New Ideas Need Old Buildings.

Toronto City Hall will be a key destination during the Doors Open Toronto weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the building can experience rare access to the Mayor’s office and the 27th floor observation deck, as well as to the council chamber.

Special programming will include: Read more of You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost

You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

The following video presents What YOU Can Do About Climate Change:

“Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming.
This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101″ series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) — a collaboration of British Columbia’s four research intensive universities.”

The City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

“TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities….

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=ba07f60f4adaf410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Two separate but related documents will be created:

  • A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  • A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

TransformTO community conversations: 

Events will begin with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and conversations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Please register online.

  • Monday, April 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. Register
  • Wednesday, April 27 at Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Register
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Register
  • Monday, May 9 at North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. Register

Residents can learn more about TransformTO and register to attend at: toronto.ca/transformto.

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12-Apr-2016

Residents invited to community conversations to help shape Toronto’s low-carbon future

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations in April and May, as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Read more of You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016