“David Suzuki: The Future of Environmental Rights” in Canada: National Town Hall Live Web Stream, Nov.16, 2016

The following video presents It’s More Than Just Love:
Canadians don’t have the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, or live in healthy communities. In over 100 countries these rights are protected by law, but not in Canada.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Join us and take action now: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/rights

David Boyd is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, formerly the Executive Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice), and a recent Trudeau Scholar at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Credits:
Video Production: Daniel Berish from Plywood Productions

“What’s more important than the right
to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food?”
David Suzuki

Join the conversation on your environmental rights!

David Suzuki and the Blue Dot Movement invite you to a discussion on environmental rights in Canada on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 8 to 9 p.m. EDT* anywhere from the comfort of your own home!

The Blue Dot movement for environmental rights has exceeded all expectations. More than 100,000 people and 143 municipalities (representing 43 per cent of Canada’s population!) are already on board!

It’s time to celebrate, and take this campaign to the next level: a federal environmental bill of rights.

There will be a celebration and national town hall on environmental rights.

  • You will hear David Suzuki and a panel of guests talk about why securing a federal bill is so crucial, and what we need to do together to win.
  • They will honour the hundreds of volunteers who helped them get here,
  • Come celebrate two years of successes as well as discuss plans for 2017 and beyond for securing a federal environmental bill of rights by 2018.

Join David Suzuki and the Blue Dot Movement via live web stream.

  • For other important info and for them to send you the info to tune in, please RSVP / register at http://bit.ly/2f943Yr
  • If you would like to ask panelists a question, please send it in advance to ccheema@davidsuzuki.org.

*Time zones for the live stream are as follows: Read more of “David Suzuki: The Future of Environmental Rights” in Canada: National Town Hall Live Web Stream, Nov.16, 2016

You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

The following video presents BC Consultation on the National Housing Strategy:
On September 13th and 14th, 2016, housing experts from across B.C. came together to discuss what they’d like to see included in the federal government’s forthcoming National Housing Strategy.

Over 100 stakeholders discussed a range of housing issues affecting British Columbians including:
• Rental Supply
• Affordable Home Ownership
• First Nations Housing
• Serving the Most Vulnerable
• Social Housing
• Sustainable Communities

The input gathered through the facilitated workshops will help to frame British Columbia’s feedback in the development of the new National Housing Strategy.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

re-address-week-vancouver-ad-resize

The City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week will feature a series of events designed to improve the dialogue on housing affordability in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“Vancouver’s housing crisis is impacting people of all ages and neighbourhoods, with young people being hit especially hard. Vancouver is doing everything we can to protect and build affordable homes, using all tools available to ensure the best use of all our housing, but we need the support of senior governments to deepen affordability and support both owners and renters in this tough market. The federal government’s National Housing Strategy is a tremendous opportunity to up the ante on investments in affordable housing.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=af71df79b2df6410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&nrkey=37963261F7E4B5FC8525804F0055ACB4
  • Re:Address Week will run October 24 – 29, offering a wide variety of engaging events that will take place, throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

“Come participate in an innovative, accessible, and interactive process with global leaders, local experts, and engaged citizens that will help us shape the priorities of our Housing and Homelessness Strategy over the next five to ten years.

We will be exploring ways to best deliver a diversity of long-term housing solutions that are resilient, future-focused, and – most of all – target the needs of people who live and work in Vancouver.

The housing crisis has produced a wealth of innovative ideas. Now we need a diversity of voices and creative partnerships to bring these ideas to fruition.”

The City of Vancouver and its partners and collaborators invite you to “explore ideas, share solutions and envision futures where cities are able to produce a diversity of housing options that reflect the needs of all their citizens,” at the following FREE events: Read more of You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.

The following video presents Let’s Talk Housing – Help shape Canada’s National Housing Strategy:
“Minister Jean-Yves Duclos invites you to share your ideas on the future of sustainable, affordable and inclusive housing in Canada. Submit them on our interactive website or upload a written submission: http://ow.ly/ZCax301Juad

“The Government of Canada believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. Working with the provinces and territories, we are reaching out to Canadians to help develop a new National Housing Strategy.

Make your voice heard by sharing your ideas, taking a brief survey or submitting your views in writing before October 21, 2016. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.”

Recently, Governments of Canada and Ontario, along with the Regional Municipality of York, celebrated the official opening of new affordable housing for individuals and families in York Region.

  • The event took place at Belinda’s Place, located at 16580 Yonge Street in Newmarket.
  • The facility provides 37 units for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The following video presents Belinda’s Place:
This is Belinda’s Place and it’s part of our community here in York Region. It’s where women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless can get back on their feet. And it’s where caring staff work with clients to create a brighter future and pave the way to get there.
For more information on Belinda’s Place, visit york.ca/housing and BelindasPlace.ca.

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

NEWS RELEASE

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

Read more of Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

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.

Did you know? Read more of Ontario Will Provide Funding for Repairs & Upgrades of Rural Health Hubs, Hospitals and Children’s Centres, Starting in 2016

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 .

PRESS RELEASE

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

Nanaimo, British Columbia – July 5, 2016
Read more of 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

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)

NEWS RELEASE

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

Read more of Tech Fashion: Stratasys 3D Printed Dresses at ‘Manus x Machina’ Exhibition at the MET, New York; Through August 14, 2016

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.