Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Would you know it?!

Toronto was once called Toronto the Beautiful.

Now, Toronto is named Canada’s high tech hub!

City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, KPMG, Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA), IDC Canada, the Impact Group, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) got together to produce a report titled “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto“, which provides participants at Technicity 2010 (www.technicity.ca) with a brief overview of Toronto’s ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) sector.

The relevant findings of  “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto” include:

  • A full 30 per cent of Canada’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry is based in the Toronto region.
  • GTA (Greater Toronto Area) remains the nation’s centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment.
  • Toronto’s ICT sector is comprised of 11,522 companies that generate $52.2 billion in annual revenues.
  • It’s dominated by small to medium-sized firms, with 97.7 per cent of firms having fewer than 100 employees.
  • The sector employs over 161,000 workers, representing 56.4 per cent of all ICT workers in Ontario and 30 per cent of all ICT workers in Canada.
  • This represents an increase of 30,000 jobs since the last analysis was completed in 2004.
  • ICT sector is young, with over 60 per cent of its workforce under the age of 45.
  • It also enjoys an exceptional 95.9 per cent employment rate and an average annual wage of $64,725.
  • ICT workers are well educated, with 96.8 per cent holding a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, compared with 88.9 per cent for the city’s total labour force.
  • Entrepreneurship is thriving with the number of ICT service firms increasing by 2,000 companies (mostly smaller-sized firms) since 2002.
  • Research and development activity in the Toronto region is greater than that in any other single jurisdiction in Canada, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of total nationwide activity.

Please note that: “not included in these employment figures are the ICT jobs that are being created in the emerging ICT area of interactive digital media nor the thousands of jobs that are embedded in other sectors that have a high reliance on ICT, like financial services and healthcare.”

There are limitations to the findings of this report because these changes (“adaptive shift away from traditional large enterprise to high-value, knowledge-based, small business) have been so rapid that much of today’s ICT job growth is hard to capture in traditional statistical measures.”

Today the report was presented to Toronto’s Economic Development Committee meeting as part of a broader look at the city’s ICT and Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sectors. The Committee also heard from prominent representatives of Toronto ICT and IDM related businesses, institutions and programs.

Also, the second annual Technicity industry forum will be held in November 2011 for more ICT intelligence and networking opportunities.

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'Celebrate 27 Arts Fest' in Toronto Starts Today March 31, 2011

'Celebrate 27 Arts Fest' in Toronto Starts Today March 31, 2011

Celebrate 27 Arts Fest’ (C27) is a celebration about Article 27 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights that states:

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

Thanks to the inspiration of Article 27,  Toronto is having its first annual Celebrate 27 Arts Fest – “C27” to celebrate the universal right to participate in arts and culture by presenting free and ticketed events across Toronto throughout April.

Here is the itinerary of the FREE events  and ticketed events of Celebrate 27 Arts Fest – “C27”.

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Toronto's Rescue and Merit Awards Honour Civilians and Firefighters

Toronto's Rescue and Merit Awards Honour Civilians and Firefighters

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

March 29, 2011

Toronto Fire Services to honour civilians and firefighters

The City of Toronto’s Fire Services division will hold its annual Rescue and Merit Awards event tomorrow to recognize civilians and firefighters who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
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New Initiative to Clean Up Toronto Starts Today

New Initiative to Clean Up Toronto Starts Today

 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

March 29, 2011

Mayor  will launch a new initiative to clean up Toronto

Mayor Rob Ford will introduce a new initiative to clean up our city.

Joining Mayor Ford will be sponsors for the 20-Minute Makeover event including lead sponsor GLAD, TV sponsor CP24 and sponsors TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Home Depot, Toronto Star, Pizza Pizza, The Toronto Sun, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.

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2011 Ontario Budget Has the Bull's-Eye on Eliminating the Deficit While Protecting Education and Health Care

2011 Ontario Budget Has the Bull's-Eye on Eliminating the Deficit While Protecting Education and Health Care

Today the 2011 Ontario Budget is unveiled to Ontarians.

This Ontario Budget has the bull’s-eye on eliminating the deficit while protecting education and health care.

The deficit for 2010–11 is projected to be  $16.7 billion which is $3 billion lower than forecast a year ago because, for the most part, the projected program expense for 2010-2011 is $2.6 billion lower than the forecast published in the 2010 Budget.

The new  measures of the 2011 Ontario Budget directly affecting the public include:

  • New business partnerships will create and retain nearly 10,000 jobs in Ontario
  • Farmers (of cattle, hog, sheep and veal) will get a new Risk Management Program, and the edible horticulture sector gets a Self-Directed Risk Management Program
  • By 2015-16 there will be more than 60,000 new student spaces in Ontario’s colleges and universities
  • Full-day kindergarten will be available in an additional 200 schools this September; and in every school in September 2014
  • About 90,000 additional breast cancer screening exams to help reach more women who are at high risk
  • A comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, starting with children and youth
  • Expanding pharmacy services and support for people covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program — helping seniors and others with things like prescription follow-up consultations

Also,  the budgetary measures for responsible government management that will help realize savings of nearly $1.5 billion over the next three fiscal years include:

  • Determining whether the current ServiceOntario delivery model provides the best value and service to people
  • Instructing major agencies to deliver efficiencies of $200 million by 2013–14
  • Reducing funding permanently for executive offices of specific transfer payment recipients by 10 per cent over two years. This policy will also be put in place for major government agencies
  • Reducing the size of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) by an additional 1,500 positions between April 2012 and March 2014. This is in addition to the reduction of about 3,400 full-time OPS employees announced in the 2009 Budget
  • Making the jail system more modern and efficient. Efficiencies will be gained by closing underutilized prisons in Owen Sound, Walkerton and Sarnia, and partially closing Toronto West Detention Centre. Inmates will be transferred to new, larger, more efficient facilities
  • Cancelling construction of the Toronto West Courthouse, resulting in appropriation savings of $181 million over the next three years
  • Establishing the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, chaired by respected economist Don Drummond, which will provide advice on reforms that would help accelerate the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit while protecting education and health care.

Will this 2011 Ontario Budget be effective in eliminating the deficit as well as  strengthening the economy, promoting job creation and protecting key public services?

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City of Vancouver’s green scene gets better and better thanks to another great green pilot project to help Vancouver meet its 2020 Greenest City targets.

This time the green spotlight is on the employment program to weatherize or draft-proof neighbourhood homes of inner-city residents, which provides employment opportunities for low-threshold inner-city residents by facilitating community-based business support and training programs coupled with employment services through EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society) Green Renovations enterprise (www.embersgreenrenovations.com).

The City’s weatherization project was supported and funded by:

  • The City of Vancouver, and partners:
  • FortisBC (formerly Terasen Gas) – $15,000 contribution,
  • BC Hydro,
  • Vancity (a credit union) – $50,000 mission-based grant contribution,
  • non-profit EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society). City and Vancity are providing $150,000 to support the newly created social enterprise, EMBERS Green Renovations, during the first year of operations.

Here are the green and social benefits of the single-family home weatherization project:

  1. supporting green economy:  creating green jobs and producing “social enterprise growth”,
  2. providing training and job opportunities to citizens (4) that face barriers,
  3. providing green home renovations to inner-city residents,
  4. providing services free of charge to 50 homeowners,
  5. helping build sustainable communities,
  6. saving energy and helping the City to meet the 2020 Greenest City targets,
  7. promoting energy conservation and environmental responsibility,
  8. reducing electricity costs for customers,
  9. improving the environment,
  10. reducing air leakage by an average 15 to 20 per cent with the weatherization service,
  11. cost-effective way to improve building performance by preventing heat loss, reducing energy consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,
  12. eliminate more than 775,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, saving a total of 15.5 million gigajoules, which is enough natural gas for close to 155,000 homes for one year,
  13. and thus making important contributions towards achieving British Columbia’s climate action goals.

The City of Vancouver wants to increase demand for weatherization services among Vancouver homeowners via regulatory improvements and financial incentives.

Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver

Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver

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Please never feed honey to children under one year old because honey is the only food in Canada linked to infant botulism, a serious disease. This includes never adding honey to baby food and never using honey on a soother.

Infant botulism is caused by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can’t grow or make toxins in honey, but if an infant swallows honey, the spores in the bacteria may grow and produce toxins in the baby’s body and could cause paralysis.

“Bees may pick up the botulism spores from flowers or soil and the spores are not destroyed in the processing of honey. After the age of one, children’s intestinal bacteria successfully prevent growth of C. botulinum.”

Please click here for Public Health Agency of Canada’s page on Botulism.

The bacteria is not destroyed by cooking.

Furthermore, you cannot detect this bacteria and its toxin because they are microscopic and do not change the colour, odour or taste of food.

There have been 38 reported cases of infant botulism in Canada between 1979 and 2010.

If your infant does ingest honey, immediately contact your doctor if your child shows any of these symptoms:

  • Is too weak to cry or suck as usual;
  • Does not have bowel movements and has weak muscles;
  • Has a wobbly head because the neck is weak;
  • Lacks facial expression;
  • Has weak arms and legs;
  • Has trouble breathing, or
  • Is not able to swallow.

Please click here for “Food Safety Facts on Botulism.”

Please Prevent Infant Botulism by NEVER FEEDING HONEY to Children Under One Year of Age

Please Prevent Infant Botulism by NEVER FEEDING HONEY to Children Under One Year of Age

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