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

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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!

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

Canada’s Wealth Gap Between Affluent & Middle Class: 2015 Study Reveals Much More Extreme Gaps

The following video (2009) presents Canada’s Growing Gap:

The income gap between the rich and the rest of us grew, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it with this video.

"Headstart - Affluent Canadian Families Have a Running Start: The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age. Did you know that the wealthiest Canadian families in their twenties have an average net worth of over $500,000—more than middle class families manage to save over a lifetime. If these millionaire babies stay at the top, they’ll spend the rest of their lifetime accumulating even greater wealth, leaving their middle class contemporaries behind in their gold dust. " Infographic: Headstart in the report, The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class. Infographic Courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

“Headstart – Affluent Canadian Families Have a Running Start: The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age. Did you know that the wealthiest Canadian families in their twenties have an average net worth of over $500,000—more than middle class families manage to save over a lifetime. If these millionaire babies stay at the top, they’ll spend the rest of their lifetime accumulating even greater wealth, leaving their middle class contemporaries behind in their gold dust. ” Infographic: Headstart in the report, The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class. Infographic Courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) recently released a study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald,  The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class.

This study (pdf) is available to download for FREE on the CCPA website at https://www.policyalternatives.ca/wealth-advantage .

For more information, please contact Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Senior Communications Officer, at 613-563-1341 x306.

NEWS RELEASE

Wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age: study

June 25, 2015

OTTAWA—The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at a young age, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, dives into 13 years of Statistics Canada data to track changes in wealth between Canada’s wealthiest families and those families in the middle of the wealth spectrum while adjusting for age. It is a study in contrasts: the wealth gap between Canada’s affluent and middle class is not only growing, the benefits for the most affluent start early in life.  Breaking out wealth by age reveals much more extreme gaps than are visible when all ages are mixed together. Read more of Canada’s Wealth Gap Between Affluent & Middle Class: 2015 Study Reveals Much More Extreme Gaps

Please Urge Ontario to Raise ODSP Rates: Join ‘Stroll & Roll to Freedom’ March on July 7, 2015

Please urge Ontario to significantly raise the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates for Disabled Canadians.

The following video (2012) presents Laura Cattari: Living on ODSP:

Laura Cattari wants to reform Ontario’s social assistance program. She says it’s unwieldy and difficult to navigate. And she should know, as she is an ODSP recipient. She shares her experience with Steve Paikin.

Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) urges the provincial government to adjust their pay rates – an increase of 50% – for those with disabilities and part of the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Join supporters, including an MPP, as we walk, stroll or roll from York Region headquarters to the Aurora-Newmarket MPP’s office to support a better deal for Danny Philion and those mired in poverty by circumstance. Please note the fixed date is tentative. We are asking for a 50% increase in ODSP payments and hope to have the issue highlighted in parliament. Dan arrived at the initial meeting with the MPP Chris Ballard wearing no shoes or boots. ” I can’t afford boots” he informed him. Dan already has the best deal we offer those in his position including subsidized housing so something is not right here. Do you support a better deal than this for Dan? Support the Stroll & Roll for his freedom then. Stroll, walk, scoot, wheel or …

PACC – Poverty Action for Change Coalition

Stroll & Roll to Freedom

A March Hosted by Tom Pearson and Danny Philion

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm

 Starting at York Region (The Regional Municipality of York)
17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

and

Ending at MPP Chris Ballard’s Office, 238 Wellington St East, Aurora, Ontario

Contact for the event is via cell phone @ 289-221-0928.

…It is a reasonable request, and one the Ontario government will tell you they are working on this master plan for – but the one thing they have consistently resisted, despite the Harris era 40% cuts – is raising O.D.S.P. rates to livable rates. While welfare is meant to be temporary and used in parcel with community supports to move people forward in life, those with certain disabilities most often do not have that option, yet are painted with the same brush.

Join Dan July 7 2015 on the Stroll and Roll to Freedom starting at York Region Headquarters on Yonge St. Newmarket at 12 noon and ending at the MPP’s office.

” We’ve listened, and people have said they want to work” Ontario Government on their Poverty Reduction Strategy

I call that selective hearing. Yes they want to work. But they can’t all do so. What they really want is just to be recognized as valuable and useful members of society. That’s the issue. “You hear the expression falling through the cracks? Well guys like Dan are the ones who fall through those cracks”, I explained, ” and the direction of the poverty reduction strategy does nothing to address this..That’s where these cracks surface…”

I also stressed to Ballard that since Dan already has subsidized housing, and special diet, he is already getting the best deal we offer guys like him, and it isn’t near enough. I pointed out the 1% raise his government gave those on O.D.S.P. amounted to 3 bus rides in expensive York Region – $12 a month. The visit to his office would take up $8 of that, $16 for two both ways.

We both got the feeling Chris Ballard was receptive, and he even said he would possibly even march himself,…

It was a 15 minute trip to the M.P.P.’s office with York Region Wheel-trans on the way there, but took an hour and a half to get back with all the ladies’ stops, the driver carefully walking each to the door…

Tom Pearson, Chair of Poverty Action for Change Coalition

http://poverty-awareness.blogspot.ca/2014/12/seniors-inspire-ontario-poverty.html

Update from Poverty Action for Change Coalition:

RE: Stroll & Roll to Freedom – Event Date – June 7 2015
Postponed – Thunderstorm warning

Weather reports calling for thunderstorms on the date proposed for the Stroll & Roll to Freedom march, starting in Newmarket Ontario, have moved organizers to postpone the march.

Taking into account not only the danger during a possible storm, especially if caught mid-route, but also that some are unable to carry umbrellas and would face undo conditions with march areas passing through temporary sidewalk and road construction areas on Yonge St.. Wet, or cold weather conditions also negatively affect a person abilities with motor functions in the body when afflicted with muscular dystrophy as march organizer Dan Philion is. This also allows for some to cancel pick ups without losing demerit points – another bone of contention by Mr. Philion.

The march is to support a better deal for Dan and others in similar positions, stuck on disability support, with little hope to enjoy a stress free life, aside from dealing with their ailments.

The Stroll & Roll to Freedom group will announce another date and route in the near future.

You may contact organizers by sending e-mails addressed to povertyacc@gmail.com, join them on Face Book or call 289-221-0928

""Danny Philion is tired of asking of charity for basics and hates food banks. Mr. Philion wants a 50% increase in his income rates rates in order to buy his own groceries, clothes, and to socialize." Image Credit: Tom Pearson

“”Danny Philion is tired of asking of charity for basics and hates food banks. Mr. Philion wants a 50% increase in his income rates rates in order to buy his own groceries, clothes, and to socialize.” Image Credit: Tom Pearson

For more info, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/856812211031428# .

NEWS RELEASE

June 7, 2015

Stroll & Roll to Freedom

July 7 March Planned to Protest low Disability Rates Read more of Please Urge Ontario to Raise ODSP Rates: Join ‘Stroll & Roll to Freedom’ March on July 7, 2015

Toronto Transit Planning Projects to Improve Transit: Public Meetings June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2015

Image: Courtesy Metrolinx

Image: Courtesy Metrolinx

This video presents Planning for the Relief Line:

  • The City of Toronto and the TTC are planning for the “Relief Line”, a future rapid transit line that would connect downtown Toronto to the Bloor-Danforth Subway east of the Don River.
  • It will assist in relieving crowding on the Yonge Subway line and the Bloor-Yonge interchange station as well as provide riders with more travel options.

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx (an agency of the Government of Ontario) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working together on the following related transit planning initiatives to help improve the transit network in Toronto as well as  integrate connections between existing transit lines and future projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in Canada:

"Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors" Courtesy Government of Ontario

“Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors” Courtesy Government of Ontario

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The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx

The Big Move: Investment Strategy Infographic. Courtesy Metrolinx

  • SmartTrack (including the Eglinton West Corridor)

    • The SmartTrack concept builds on the provincial GO Regional Express Rail initiative.
    • It proposes a 53-kilometre, all-day, two-way, frequent service operating within two GO Rail corridors (Kitchener and Stouffville/Lakeshore East) and a new heavy rail corridor to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto

City of Toronto Planning Map of GO RER and Smart Track: Courtesy City of Toronto

  • Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE)

    • To replace the aging Scarborough Rapid Transit  (SRT) line, this new line (SSE) extends the Bloor-Danforth line from Kennedy Station to Sheppard Avenue with at least three new stations, helping to make the subway network more accessible to Scarborough residents, and improve transit accessibility for residents across the City to important destinations in Scarborough.
    • Also, this line will eliminate the need to transfer at Kennedy Station.
Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Planning map of Scarborough Subway Extension: All station location and alignment options being considered are located within the study area: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

  • Relief Line

    • The City of Toronto, in partnership with the TTC, are studying options for a new rapid transit line connecting the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1) downtown, travelling east and north to meet the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) somewhere between Broadview and Coxwell.
Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Planning map of Relief Line: Courtesy City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto’s City Planning Division, Metrolinx and the TTC will host the following joint public information sessions on these transit planning initiatives: Read more of Toronto Transit Planning Projects to Improve Transit: Public Meetings June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 2015