Toronto Ward Boundary Review: Your Input Via a Survey & Public Consultation Meetings in Fall 2015

This silent video presents Toronto City Growth 1880 – 2020.

This is an update to the previous blog, You’re Invited: Toronto Ward Boundary Review’s Public Meetings Jan.7, 8, and 10 + Online Survey (Round One).

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Options Report was recently released this August, outlining five options for new ward boundaries for Toronto.

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. The Review is being done to ensure each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council. A key focus of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review is making sure the number of people in each ward is similar to other wards in the city. This is the most important component of effective representation.  The Review will also look at communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city. Ward boundaries should not split up well-established communities. Other factors such as a ward’s history and physical or natural features will also be considered as part of the review.  Read our FAQ

The study is being done by an independent team of consultants who are responsible for making sure the process is not influenced by political interests.

http://www.drawthelines.ca/overview/

Reasons for the Review include:

Current Ward Boundaries: 44 Wards; Current average population is 61,000

Current Ward Boundaries: 44 Wards; Current average population is 61,000

  • Currently, in the City of Toronto there is a wide range in the number of people in each ward.
  • Due to factors like population growth and new construction, some of the city’s wards are 30 percent to 45 percent above the average population – 61,000.
  • As a result, the vote of one person does not have the same value or weight as that of the next person.
  • Ward boundary reviews are complex, costly and include extensive public involvement. Municipalities cannot conduct reviews for every election. The TWBR’s goal is to create a ward system that will last for the next four elections – 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030. To achieve this, the ‘target year’ for effective representation is set at 2026.

The design of the following five options incorporates input received during round one of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process: Read more of Toronto Ward Boundary Review: Your Input Via a Survey & Public Consultation Meetings in Fall 2015

Ontario’s New Protection Plans for Sources of Water for Canadians: CTC Source & Halton-Hamilton Source: Effective Dec. 31, 2015

CTC (Credit Valley, Toronto and Region, and Central Lake Ontario) Source Protection Plan,  and the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Plan were developed by local municipal and community partners to protect the quality and quantity of water sources that supply municipal drinking water systems around Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario, and Halton-Hamilton.and Halton-Hamilton  Source Protection Plan, and the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Plan

The following video presents Source Water Protection in Ontario:

  • Distributed by Ministry of the Environment to Conservation Ontario & Conservation Authorities July 18, 2006.

Are you affected?

Also, Ontario has a tool to help you screen whether or not a property may be subject to the Source Protection Plan Policies, at http://www.ctcswp.ca/are-you-affected/ .

 

NEWS RELEASE

Province Protecting Sources of Drinking Water in the GTHA

Ontario Approves Two More Source Protection Plans

August 14, 2015 1:30 P.M. Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Ontario has approved two plans to protect sources of drinking water in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Ontario Regulation 284/07 under the Clean Water Act, 2006 designates the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region as comprising the lands under the jurisdiction of the Halton Region Conservation Authority and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region. Ontario Regulation 284/07 under the Clean Water Act, 2006 designates the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region as comprising the lands under the jurisdiction of the Halton Region Conservation Authority and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

The CTC Source Protection Plan, and Halton-Hamilton  Source Protection Plan, and the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Plan were developed by local municipal and community partners to protect the quality and quantity of water sources that supply municipal drinking water systems around Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario, and Halton-Hamilton. The plans set out actions to eliminate, manage or reduce potential risks to these drinking water sources.

Many municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will now be responsible for: Read more of Ontario’s New Protection Plans for Sources of Water for Canadians: CTC Source & Halton-Hamilton Source: Effective Dec. 31, 2015

BioAmber Opens World’s Largest Bio-succinic Acid Manufacturing Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Renewable & Greener Alternatives to Petrochemicals That are Derived from Oil, Which Can Be Used in Everyday Products Including Plastics, Food Additives & Personal Care Products

The following video presents BioAmber Corporate Video:

“BioAmber is a sustainable chemicals company producing commercial quantities of bio-based succinic acid. As global markets increasingly demand sustainable, viable and performance solutions, BioAmber is pioneering the development of a global, 100% low-carbon integrated supply chain.”

bioamber-logo

Recently, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and BioAmber (a Montreal-based chemicals company) celebrated the official opening of the world’s largest bio-succinic acid manufacturing facility in the heart of the Sarnia-Lambton chemistry cluster.

    How bio-succinic acid is made: "We use renewable feedstocks (sugars) instead of fossil fuels and apply industrial biotechnology (fermentation) using our proprietary yeast, which consumes sugar and CO2 to produce succinic acid. We then recover and purify the succinic acid and use conventional chemistry to convert the succinic acid into 1,4 Butanediol and disodium succinate." Image Courtesy of BioAmber

How bio-succinic acid is made: “We use renewable feedstocks (sugars) instead of fossil fuels and apply industrial biotechnology (fermentation) using our proprietary yeast, which consumes sugar and CO2 to produce succinic acid. We then recover and purify the succinic acid and use conventional chemistry to convert the succinic acid into 1,4 Butanediol and disodium succinate.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber

  • The $141.5 million plant will produce sustainable chemicals which are renewable, greener alternatives to petrochemicals that are derived from oil.
Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis: A Carbon Neutral Footprint. Image Courtesy of BioAmber

Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis: A Carbon Neutral Footprint. Image Courtesy of BioAmber

Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis

A Carbon Neutral Footprint

“BioAmber is committed to producing chemicals in a more environmentally responsible manner. By using renewable feedstock, eliminating green house gas emissions and substantially reducing energy consumption, we are practicing greener chemistry that is sustainable. When our Sarnia plant begins production in 2015, it will have an impressive carbon footprint relative to the existing method of producing succinic acid from petroleum. Our bio-based process for making succinic acid will result in a 100% reduction in green house gas emissions and a 60% reduction in energy consumption.”

The sustainable chemicals can be used in a variety of everyday products including plastics, food additives and personal care products.

  • Currently, the plant has created 60 high value jobs.

Sustainability feedstock development

Feedstock Flexibility

“BioAmber is focused on using the most abundant, low cost sugar available, but we are also conscious of the need to be as sustainable as possible. Today, North American corn offers the most competitively priced sugar, making our succinic acid even more cost competitive. We can also use sugar from cane, beets, sorghum, wheat and tapioca to produce succinic acid. Our longer-term goal is to move to agricultural, forestry and eventually industrial waste as alternatives to traditional sugars.”

Sustainability Feedstock Development: Feedstock Flexibility. "While these second and third generation sugars are not commercially available today, BioAmber is working to ensure it has the flexibility to move to these alternative feedstocks when they become economical and available in commercial quantities. Our proprietary yeast developed with Cargill has the ability to efficiently consume xylose, the principal sugar that is obtained from hemi-cellulose, a major component of agricultural and forestry waste. We are actively screening sugars produced by various new technologies in an effort to determine those that will offer legitimate alternatives to first generation sugars. We are also engaged in a research program with Canada’s National Research Counsel that is developing a new organism that can consume methane or methanol instead of sugar and produce succinic acid. Methane and methanol are expected to be widely available and inexpensive byproducts of the shale gas boom." Image Courtesy of BioAmber

Sustainability Feedstock Development: Feedstock Flexibility. “While these second and third generation sugars are not commercially available today, BioAmber is working to ensure it has the flexibility to move to these alternative feedstocks when they become economical and available in commercial quantities. Our proprietary yeast developed with Cargill has the ability to efficiently consume xylose, the principal sugar that is obtained from hemi-cellulose, a major component of agricultural and forestry waste. We are actively screening sugars produced by various new technologies in an effort to determine those that will offer legitimate alternatives to first generation sugars. We are also engaged in a research program with Canada’s National Research Counsel that is developing a new organism that can consume methane or methanol instead of sugar and produce succinic acid. Methane and methanol are expected to be widely available and inexpensive byproducts of the shale gas boom.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber

For more info about BioAmber’s greener, sustainable products and biotechnology, please visit http://www.bio-amber.com/ .

The plant will be in full commercial operation in Q3 2015, and will have a capacity to annually produce 30,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid.

NEWS RELEASE

BioAmber Opens New Plant in Sarnia

Ontario Supporting Next Generation Manufacturers

August 6, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Today Deputy Premier Deb Matthews celebrated the official opening of Ontario’s newest next generation manufacturing facility in Sarnia. Read more of BioAmber Opens World’s Largest Bio-succinic Acid Manufacturing Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Renewable & Greener Alternatives to Petrochemicals That are Derived from Oil, Which Can Be Used in Everyday Products Including Plastics, Food Additives & Personal Care Products

Help the CRTC to Seek Solutions to Caller Identification Spoofing & Illegitimate Caller Identification Spoofing in Canada: Please Submit Comments Until October 16, 2015

Image grab from video below

Image grab from video below

Caller Identification Spoofing

Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.

The following video presents Scammers using caller ID spoofing to pose as you:

Illegitimate Caller Identification Spoofing

The following video presents Caller ID Spoofing:

“SWANNANOA N.C — A Buncombe County business is potentially losing thousands of dollars after its phone number is allegedly stolen.

The owner of the Swannanoa Flower Shop tells News 13 it happened after she received a fraudulent call Tuesday.

The Better Business Bureau says it’s sounds like a case of “Caller ID Spoofing. Identity thieves use your phone number to collect sensitive information from others.

Terry Dorlan says right now her customers have no way of contacting her.

“The thing is you’ve not done anything to anybody. You work hard and you try and maintain and you do what you do and somebody can come take it away from you in a blink of an eye,” said Dorlan.

Dorlan has filed a complaint with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. She’s also working with Charter Communications to get back her phone number. In the meantime, she is asking customers to call (828)273-6062 or (828)686-5212.”

PRESS RELEASE

CRTC seeks solutions to help Canadians protect themselves from unsolicited and illegitimate calls

July 23, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public consultation to better understand the technical solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. The CRTC is also exploring new and innovative solutions that could enhance consumer protections, including those that may reduce illegitimate caller identification (caller ID) spoofing.

The information gathered as part of this proceeding will serve to develop guidance for Canadians so they can better manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls and protect their privacy.

Canadians can participate in this consultation by sharing their views on: Read more of Help the CRTC to Seek Solutions to Caller Identification Spoofing & Illegitimate Caller Identification Spoofing in Canada: Please Submit Comments Until October 16, 2015

You’re Invited: PANAMANIA Live Activities at No Cost & Fireworks Displays at Nathan Phillips Square & CN Tower, Toronto July 26: Farewell to 2015 Pan Am Games’ Athletes

The following video presents TO2015 Nathan Philips Square (NPS) Timelapse:

The following video presents TO2015 Panamania Fireworks:

“Nathan Phillips Square, July 11, 2015 set to the TO2015 Pan Am theme song “Together We Are One” sung by Serena Ryder.”

Image Courtesy of City of Toronto

Image Courtesy of City of Toronto

The following video presents Watch fireworks shoot out of CN Tower for Pan Am opening ceremony:

“Fireworks out of the CN Tower light up Toronto during the opening ceremony Friday for the Pan Am Games.”

This is an update to the previous blog, Celebrate Pan Am Flame & TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games July 4–26 & Aug.7-12 at No Cost.

The schedule and results of TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games can be viewed at http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/general/general-schedule.htm

On Sunday, July 26, Canada will give a rousing send-off to the athletes at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony, and everyone is invited to come into downtown Toronto to be a part of the celebration!

  • The fun — and free — activities kick off at 2 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square with PANAMANIA Live.
  • Get ready to dance on the square with artists such as Ontario Steel Pan, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town and the final act of the night, Brazilian legend Sérgio Mendes.
  • Also, there will be dazzling fireworks display at Nathan Phillips Square, as well as a repeat of the CN Tower fireworks display — so get your cameras ready!

To watch the Closing Ceremony, at no cost, as the sun sets on the city and the Pan Am Games, head down to CBC headquarters at 250 Front Street West where it will be shown on the big screen in the atrium.

  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Temporary traffic changes on Sunday, July 26, are listed in the press release below.

To help plan your travel on regional transit during the Games, use triplinx.ca/en/trip-planner/4/JourneyPlanner/Index.

Drivers can also use the handy 2015 Games Trip Planner at 2015gamestripplanner.ca for auto trips or download the app for free.

  • There will be no parking at the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue.
  • Free public transit is included with the paid-event ticket.
  • A limited number of accessible parking spots will be available near the venue. Pre-book your accessible parking today by calling 1.844.695.4313 or booking online at toronto2015.org/spectator/accessible-parking.

The Parapan American Games will take place August 7–15, 2015.

For more information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org or follow @TO2015, @TO2015_fr (French) or @TO2015_es (Spanish).

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

NEWS RELEASE

24-Jul-2015

Be Part of the Big Farewell to the Athletes of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Road closures in place in downtown Toronto for Closing Ceremony on Sunday, July 26

On Sunday, July 26, Canada will give a rousing send-off to the athletes at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony, and everyone is invited to come into downtown Toronto to be a part of the celebration!

The fun — and free — activities kick off at 2 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square with PANAMANIA Live, presented by CIBC. Get ready to dance on the square with artists such as Ontario Steel Pan, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town and the final act of the night, Brazilian legend Sérgio Mendes. Read more of You’re Invited: PANAMANIA Live Activities at No Cost & Fireworks Displays at Nathan Phillips Square & CN Tower, Toronto July 26: Farewell to 2015 Pan Am Games’ Athletes

Toronto Council Highlights Jul 7-9,2015: Topics Include Social Housing, Car-pooling app – UberPool, Poverty & Woodbine Racetrack’s Expanded Gaming

Toronto City Council Chamber: Image Courtesy of the City of Toronto

Toronto City Council Chamber: Image Courtesy of the City of Toronto

City Council is composed of the Mayor and 44 Councillors who make decisions on behalf of their constituents – the people who vote for them in the 44 wards. Issues are identified by the public, through staff research, as follow-up to existing programs, services or policies or as part of the everyday work of running a city and achieving Council’s priorities.

The decision-making process involves committees and City Council. Committees include some, but not all Councillors.

Committees make recommendations to City Council for a final decision, while community councils (a type of committee) have some powers to make decisions on specific issues. Every Councillor is a member of City Council.

Toronto City Council Structure (2006)

Toronto City Council Structure (2006)

You can learn more about decision-making at the City on the Civic Engagement website.

City Council and committee meetings are held on a four-week schedule.

There are several types of committees. Members of the public can provide their input during committee and community council meetings by speaking for up to five minutes and receiving questions from Councillors. Learn more about speaking to a committee.

Confronting poverty in Toronto was one of the topics discussed at the council meeting of July 7, 8 and 9.

This video presents YWCA Toronto – Poverty Reduction:

City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Council Highlights

Volume 18  Issue 5

Toronto City Council meeting of July 7, 8 and 9, 2015

Council Highlights is an informal summary of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk provides the formal documentation at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack
Council debated expanded gaming at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack and passed a resolution in support of the proposal, subject to conditions. The approval sets the stage for the development of an integrated entertainment complex including gaming and non-gaming development at the Woodbine site in the northwest part of the city. Council also agreed to explore the possibility of designating some of the revenues from expanded gaming to a community benefits fund, and supported certain employment-related requirements tied to the expansion of gaming.

The Poverty Reduction Strategy is being developed through a collaborative process through 2015. This roadmap, last updated June 23, 2015, guides the work to be completed: Image Courtesy  of City of of Toronto

The Poverty Reduction Strategy is being developed through a collaborative process through 2015. This roadmap, last updated June 23, 2015, guides the work to be completed: Image Courtesy of City of of Toronto

Confronting poverty in Toronto
Council adopted an interim report on a strategy to address poverty in Toronto. In addition to adopting the vision and objectives for TO Prosperity: Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy, Council directed staff to undertake further discussions with residents and to provide Council with a final poverty reduction strategy and detailed implementation plan. Council also supported taking action on subjects such as eye examinations for schoolchildren in specific neighbourhoods and pursuing partnerships with the private sector to support the City’s poverty-reduction efforts.

Traffic management Read more of Toronto Council Highlights Jul 7-9,2015: Topics Include Social Housing, Car-pooling app – UberPool, Poverty & Woodbine Racetrack’s Expanded Gaming

Celebrate Pan Am Flame & TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games July 4–26 & Aug.7-12 at No Cost

The following video presents INVADE – Ontario Travel 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games TV Commercial:

“Ontario will host the largest sport tourism event in our history – and the best way to witness the power of sport is to be there. Share the highs of winning a gold for your country, the thrill of a close race and the camaraderie of 7,500+ athletes from 41 countries and territories. Celebrate the competition at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.”

“Close to 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test in world-class competition in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

The TORONTO 2015 Games will involve municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland.”

http://www.toronto2015.org/about-us/pan-am-games

The Pan Am Games take place from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15.

Pan Am Flame: May 30 – July 10, 2015

The Pan Am flame represents the history and spirit of the Games; it is a symbol that unites the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations.

  • The flame for the Pan Am Games was lit in May 2015 during a traditional ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Mexico.
  • Following the lighting, the flame was handed over to a representative from the Host City.
  • Then, the flame was flown back to Canada to begin the torch relay on May 30, 2015 and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, in Toronto to light the cauldron at Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.
    • The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a 41-day journey that shares the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities.
    • Here are some facts about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, May 30 – July 10:
      • 41 days
      • 3,000 torchbearers
      • 5,000+ kilometres on the road
      • 15,000+ kilometres in the air
      • 130 communities
      • 60+ alternative modes of transportation

Parapan Am Flame: August 3 – 7, 2015

The Parapan Am flame represents the history and spirit of the Games; it is a symbol uniting the 28 Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) member nations.

  • The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay will be a five-day inspirational journey along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
  • Before the start of the torch relay, there will be two separate Parapan Am flames to be lit — one in Ottawa, Ontario, and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario — in special ceremonies on August 3, 2015.
  • The flames will travel toward Toronto, and make its final stop on August 7, 2015, where they will unite before lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games.
  • Here are some facts about the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay August 3 – 7:
    • 5 days
    • 250 torchbearers
    • 700+ kilometres on the road
    • Multiple celebration communities
    • Inspirational journey of two flames uniting in Toronto for the Opening Ceremony

The following video presents Day 33 // Jour 33 // 33ª jornada:

“July 2: Orléans, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston

2 juillet : Orléans, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston

3 de julio: Calgary, AB, base de las Fuerzas Canadienses de Kingston, ON, Kingston, Odessa, Napanee, Deseronto, la Primera Nación Tyendinaga, Belleville”

Toronto invites you to the FREE celebratory events for the Pan Am flame in Toronto this weekend.

Also, there will be FREE celebratory Panamanian events which will take place daily during the games at different locations.

All community celebrations are FREE, accessible and family-oriented, and will include sport activities for all ages, sponsor activations and food trucks.

The Pan Am / Parapan Am flame

The Pan Am / Parapan Am flame

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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