Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

The following video presents “Creating Pollinator Habitat in Ontario”

“One of the major issues that ALUS is trying to address is the recent decline of pollinators. Bayham ALUS project coordinator Kyle Mauthe explains how demonstration farm M&R Orchards has planted native wild flowers to create pollinator habitat.”

This is an update to the following blog, Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015.

The Government of Ontario aims to protect pollinators by addressing the four main stressors that pollinators face: loss of habitat and nutrition; diseases, pests and genetics; pesticide exposure; climate change and weather.

The Province is proposing a draft Pollinator Health Action Plan, a component of its comprehensive Pollinator Health Strategy, as a plan for government, stakeholders and the public to work in partnership to enhance the state of health of Ontario’s pollinators, both managed and wild, and to strengthen their populations.

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting January 22, 2016.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

In addition to submitting comments via this notice or in writing, you can:

  • Email your comments to pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca and,

Pollinator Health Action Plan survey

“Share your thoughts and recommendations on our draft Pollinator Health Action Plan and help us improve pollinator health in the province. Your feedback will be considered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs when we report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer of 2016.”

Image grab from video above

Image grab from video above

NEWS RELEASE

Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health

Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Pollinator Losses

January 22, 2016 1:00 P.M.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario is seeking public feedback on a draft action plan to improve pollinator health and reduce pollinator losses.

Pollinators, including honey bees, are essential to Ontario’s agricultural sector and contribute approximately $992 million worth of economic activity annually to the economy. The province became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules introduced on July 1, 2015, to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read more of Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit "A Glimpse of Black Victorians" was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto's Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit “A Glimpse of Black Victorians” was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto’s Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto.

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!

In addition to the contest, many City divisions are hosting Black History Month activities throughout February.

Celebrate Black History Month with FREE programs for everyone at the Toronto Public Library branches across the city.

NEWS RELEASE

Mayor Tory launches writing competition for young people to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

Mayor John Tory is launching a writing competition to help celebrate Black History Month. Mayor Tory is inviting Toronto youth 11 to 17 years of age to share a story about black Torontonians, past or present, who have contributed to Toronto’s diverse heritage and identity.

“Throughout the history of Toronto, African-Canadians have contributed so much to make Toronto the world-class city it is today,” said Mayor Tory. “Black History Month is a time to honour the legacy of black Canadians. Through this contest, youth will have the opportunity to share a story about a black Torontonian who has touched their lives, whether it’s someone from the pages of our history books or a teacher in a classroom today.” Read more of Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Help Decide the Future of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway East at a Public Forum #5 Meeting or Live Webcast on January 19, 2016: Registration is Required

The following video presents Gardiner Expressway options:

The Hybrid option was endorsed by Toronto City Council as the preferred alternative for the Gardiner Expressway East on June 11, 2015.

The upcoming public meeting on January 19, 2016, will present the results on the evaluation of the alternative designs for the Hybrid option, as well as urban design concepts for the study area.

What is the hybrid option?
Following direction from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee of Toronto City Council, an additional hybrid option that combined the maintain and replace alternatives was prepared to preserve expressway linkage and functionality between the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, as well as:

  • Re-decking of the existing elevated expressway east of Jarvis Street;
  • Re-decking of existing Gardiner-Don Valley Parkway ramps;
  • Removal of about 750 metres (eastbound lanes) and 850 metres (westbound lanes) of the existing Gardiner on/off ramps west of Logan Avenue;
  • Addition of two new ramps (two lanes each) in the Keating precinct:
    • about 470 metres of new westbound on-ramp; and
    • about 425 metres of new eastbound off-ramp;
  • Realignment of Lake Shore Boulevard from Cherry Street to Don River; and
  • Construction of a new multi-use pathway, as well as some pedestrian and intersection improvements.

More background about the hybrid option is provided at http://gardinereast.ca/sites/default/files//documents/Backgrounder%20for%20Gardiner%20EA%20–%20Hybrid.pdf (pdf).

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

The Gardiner East EA (Environmental Assessment) Facilitator’s Office invites you to the join them at an upcoming public meeting – Public Forum #5 – where you can: Read more of Help Decide the Future of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway East at a Public Forum #5 Meeting or Live Webcast on January 19, 2016: Registration is Required

Toronto Residents: User Fee Town Hall on Jan.11 & Toronto’s 2016 Budget Talk on Jan.12, 13 or 14

The following video presents 2016 Toronto Budget: Get Involved:

  • Learn how to get involved in the Toronto City Budget.

NEWS RELEASE

7-Jan-2016

Residents invited to join the discussion about Toronto’s 2016 budget

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the preliminary 2016 tax supported budgets next week. Members of the public can make a presentation at one of the budget subcommittee meetings on January 12, 13 or 14 at locations across the city.

In addition, a User Fee Town Hall, where residents can learn more about proposed increases to user fees, is scheduled for January 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.

Members of the public who want to share their views on the budget are asked to register by sending an email to buc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4666 before noon on Monday, January 11 indicating choice of location, date and time. Individuals may only make one presentation to the budget subcommittees, which will meet at the following locations and times. Read more of Toronto Residents: User Fee Town Hall on Jan.11 & Toronto’s 2016 Budget Talk on Jan.12, 13 or 14

City of Toronto’s Recreation Jobs of Summer 2016 for Canadians: Submit Applications before 11:59 pm (EST) on February 3

The following video presents BMX Kids Series 7:

“This BMX Bike park was built by Michael Heaton, a Toronto area BMX enthusiast keen on providing kids with an opportunity to become a gold medalist for Canada in the Olympic BMX Sport.

The BMX park was featured at the 2007 Toronto Bike Show in March.

A city of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation ‘recreationsist’, Al Crawford, assisted Michael Heaton with the storage of the ramps, and transportation of the ramps to the Direct Energy Centre in the CNE grounds. Al had bigger ideas for the BMX park than sitting in storage.

Arragements were made to transport the park to the Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St, Toronto for the summer months of 2007.

Mr. Crawford is a community builder. He engaged Constable Scott Mills, the Toronto Crime Stoppers school police officer working out of Toronto Police Headquarters. Scott was keen on having youth he was working with doing legal graffiti paint the ramps with positive messaging. Scott was also working closeley with the Argos Foundation, Stop the Violence charity, a group dedicated to getting guns of the streets of Toronto, improving the relations between youth, their community, and the police.

The Argos Foundation were looking for a youth engagement project to be featured at the 2007 Grey Cup 4 day festival November 21-21, at the Rogers Centre, Toronto.

Several meetings occurred, and a partnership between Michael Heaton, the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Department, Toronto Crime Stoppers and the Argos Foundation Stop the Violence was formed.

Over the summer, the Parks and Rec Dept hired the two top BMX youth riders in Toronto to teach BMX camps to younger kids at the park. Jamie Burke and Chris Silva were a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The quickly became local heroes to the youth in the area.

Over the summer, many of the BMX ramps were painted by the graffiti artitsts at such events as www.StyleInProgress.ca, the Rogers Picnic, the 2007 Bicycle Film Festival, The Bloor BIA Event, and several home games of the Toronto Argonaut Football team at the Rogers Centre.

Michael Heaton continued to build ramps and add to the park over the summer in between his catering job, and trips to Cleveland and Baltimore for BMX bike events.

Chris Silva and Jamie Burke are employed by Parks and Rec until the end of September 2007, when Chris will leave for Georgia USA to teach BMX riding for a month.

October 5th and October 13th are special upcoming days where the kids will have a chance to showcase their talents both on the BMX park and through their art.. more details to follow…

The Argos Foundation are working on getting a donor of a tractor trailer and a lift truck to load the park up to take it to Grey Cup.. Then the BMX park will be stored at the Molson Amphitheatre for the winter… to be brought out again for the March 2008 Toronto Bike Show…

In this video.. a 12yr old youth rides one of ten of the BMX bikes/helmets purchased by the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Dept for the summer bike camps.

After a ramp painting event at the Argos home game against the Blue Bombers, this kid begged the Toronto Crime Stoppers school officer, along with his 5 friends.. to bring out the bikes and helmets to take their videos to post them on their YouTube account !!.. His friends followed… so we created a BMX Kids Series .. and will film any kids that want ride their bike on the ramps and post it here!

So here you have it… the real people who matter saying that they really hope that the BMX bike park will come back to Wallace Emerson Community centre after the outdoor ice rink melts in the spring !!

Thank you to Tino Dicastro, Michael Heaton, Al Crawford, Jamie Burke, Chris Silva, and Scott Mills for all the support, hard work, and collaboration this summer.. Thank you to Heidi, Michelle and Danielle for hanging in there with us.. and taking this BMX bike park to a higher level…

There is no explaining the lives that have been made brighter this summer with this bike park…”

“Ready for Enjoyment, Ready for Employment”

City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department invites you to apply for employment opportunities of Summer 2016:

Read more of City of Toronto’s Recreation Jobs of Summer 2016 for Canadians: Submit Applications before 11:59 pm (EST) on February 3

Ontario Approved the 22nd and Final Source Water Protection Plan, Covering More Than 450 Municipal Drinking Water Systems for Canadians

The following video presents Source Water Protection in Ontario:

Ontario’s comprehensive approach to protect drinking water reached a milestone this month when the province approved the 22nd and final source water protection plan, covering more than 450 municipal drinking water systems across Ontario.

In 2006, Ontario passed the Clean Water Act.

“The Act required the creation of local source protection committees to identify threats and develop plans to protect water at its source – in rivers, lakes and aquifers….

Some of the threats the plans identify include:

  • Leaking septic systems
  • Fertilizer, manure, pesticide and roadsalt polluting the flow of water over land i.e. runoff
  • Micro-plastics

The next step is for the plans to be carried out. In some cases, this means that activities that pose a significant risk to drinking water sources won’t be permitted. In other cases, plans will be developed to ensure that activities identified in the source water protection plan don’t pose a threat. The measures will vary to match the risks and could include risk management approaches, land use planning, education about activities on vulnerable source water area, and potential bylaw changes….

The chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report (pdf), released last week, shows that municipal drinking water systems and non-municipal year-round residential systems have met drinking water quality standards (for microbiological, chemical and radiological parameters) in over 99% of tests.

Public access to municipal drinking water data has been improved, with the Open Data catalogue of the information from the Drinking Water report – this will be updated throughout the year.”

http://environmentaldefence.ca/blog/protecting-ontario%E2%80%99s-drinking-water-current-and-future-generations

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Approves 22 Local Source Water Protection Plans

Outstanding Local Efforts Protect Municipal Drinking Water

December 21, 2015 1:00 P.M.
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Ontario’s comprehensive approach to protect drinking water reached a milestone this month when the province approved the 22nd and final source water protection plan, covering more than 450 municipal drinking water systems across Ontario.

Source water protection plans are locally developed, science-based plans designed to protect the health of lakes, rivers and underground water sources that supply municipal drinking water systems. The plans set out actions to eliminate, manage or reduce potential risks to drinking water sources and Ontario is among the few jurisdictions in Canada to have source water protection plans in place. They are an important part of Ontario’s approach to protect drinking water from source to tap, preventing potential issues before problems occur. Read more of Ontario Approved the 22nd and Final Source Water Protection Plan, Covering More Than 450 Municipal Drinking Water Systems for Canadians

City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015

The following video presents 2014-2015 toronto new year’s eve:

One of the City of Toronto’s holiday events is the FREE New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, December 31.

  • Join the celebration and ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015 at Nathan Phillips Square with Toronto’s largest dance and skating party!
  • The Festivities begin at 8 pm with a DJ Skating Party featuring DJs MelBoogie and P-Plus atmospheric performers.
  • The skating party will continue until 10 pm, alongside a variety of roaming atmospheric performances.
  • The Dance Party portion of the evening continues from 10 pm and will go until midnight to the music of DJ P-Plus followed by DJ Starting from Scratch.
  • The celebration will end at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display to music.

The City of Toronto encourages visitors to take the TTC to this event.

  • This New Year’s Eve, Torontonians can enjoy FREE, safe rides to and from their festivities across the city.
  • Toronto Transit Commission is offering complimentary, extended service from 7 p.m. on December 31, 2015, to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2016, including subway service until approximately 4 a.m.

Local Road Restriction Notice (pdf)

  • Due to a fireworks safety zone, there will be road restrictions on local streets surrounding Toronto City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square.

More info about the celebration is provided at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=970167ef9611a410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c3e0d08099380410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD .

Also, some of the City of Toronto’s other holiday activities and recreation options are FREE during the holidays.

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

NEWS RELEASE
17-Dec-2015

City of Toronto’s holiday activities and recreation options

The City of Toronto invites residents and visitors to take advantage of the City’s many activities, programs and attractions available during the holidays. Read more of City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015