Smog Advisory for July 1, 2011: Elgin, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

Smog Advisory for July 1, 2011: Elgin, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

A SMOG ADVISORY* has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for the following forecast regions in Ontario, Canada:

For: Friday July 1, 2011

  • Elgin
  • Sarnia – Lambton
  • Windsor – Essex – Chatham – Kent

Please note that advisories will remain in effect until further notice.

During the smog episode, individuals may experience the following symptoms:

  • eye irritation
  • heavy outdoor exercise may cause respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath
  • people with heart or lung disease including asthma may experience a worsening of their condition

* A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood that there may be poor air quality within the next 24 hours due to ground-level ozone and/or particulate matter.

During a smog advisory,  you can take the following actions to help spare the air:

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This is an update to my previous blog CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

As a prelude to the Canada Day celebration, Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday, 29 June 2011, unveiled a new personal flag, for use in Canada, created for His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

The flag, whose creation and design were approved by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, will be flown for the first time today when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa to begin their nine-day Royal Tour of Canada, from June 30th to July 8th.

The itinerary of the nine-day Royal Tour of Canada for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge includes the following highlights:

  • The Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario (July 1)
  • Freedom of the City ceremony with the Royal 22e Régiment in Québec City, Québec (July 3)
  • Search and rescue demonstration in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (July 4)
  • Event with Canadian Rangers at Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories (July 5)
  • Official launch of the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary, Alberta (July 8 )

From July 1 to July 4, there are Toronto events with road closures, too.

Celebrate Canada Day At Queen’s Park

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The holiday was called Dominion Day, and since 1983 has been officially known as Canada Day.

Join in the fun and celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday on July 1.

The annual Canada Day celebration on the front (south) lawn of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park will feature a 21-gun salute to be fired by the 7th Toronto Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, and the singing of O Canada.

FREE Canada Day activities include:

  • a line up of multicultural acts with eight dance performances;
  • a meet-and-greet with beloved kids’ character Shrek; and
  • inflatable rides, crafts, arcade games and a special kids show.

The day’s celebrations are all FREE and will begin with a citizenship ceremony to welcome new Canadians – with activities and entertainment following from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The following Queen’s Park road closures will be in effect Friday, July 1, 2011, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

o Queen’s Park Crescent East from College St. to Wellesley St. West

o Queen’s Park Crescent West from College St. to Hoskin Ave

o Grosvenor St. from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events - FREE – at Queen’s Park.

Canada Day Celebration Highlights at Harbourfront Centre: FREE

  • Canada Day (July 1) events include
    • a screening of Talespinners 2, seven short animated films for kids from the National Film Board of Canada,
    • make a Canadian maple leaf sun visor at the Canada Day Crafts station, and
    • sign up for one of the Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids
    • YTV will even be on-site with their W.O.W. Tour!
    • during On the Pulse, you can play The Real Life Where’s Waldo? Game,
    • learn about the Arts & Animals of Colombia, and more!
  • “O! Canada is the results of an online singing competition using the National Anthem. Through social networking we have generated an overwhelming response to our call-out for your take on “O Canada”… without changing any of the lyrics of course.”

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events - FREE at Harbourfront Centre.

Also, please click here for site map, directions, parking operation hours and contact info.

CANADA DAY 2011 Events across Toronto

Please click here for all of the celebrations (most are FREE) being planned for this weekend.

If you’re hosting a public event, be sure to post the details.

Other various ways you can celebrate Canada Day across Toronto include:

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You Can Now Pick Up Your June 2011 Ontario Disability Support Program Cheques

You Can Now Pick Up Your June 2011 Ontario Disability Support Program Cheques

In order to avoid any delays in payment, Ontario has made arrangements for you to pick up your June Ontario Disability Support Program cheques.

Starting today, if you normally receive your cheques by mail, then you can can now pick up your June payment at your local Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office, according to the following instructions:

  • you must present valid identification such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport in order to pick up your ODSP cheque.
  • Delivery-as-usual of ODSP cheques by mail will resume for July 2011 payments for people who normally receive payments by mail.

Please note that Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients may continue to use the June drug and dental cards during July.

Furthermore, Ontario Works offices have their own contingency plans to distribute payments following the postal disruption.

For example, July 1, 2011 Ontario Works payment recipients are picking up their cheques from their Ontario Works offices in Toronto on June 28, 29 and 30.

Please click here to contact your local Ontario Works office for information about Ontario Works cheque delivery in your area.

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Mariposa Folk Festival

50th Anniversary

FREE: An Interactive Exhibition

“Mariposa: fifty years of making music”

July 9 – October 15

The Market Gallery
South St. Lawrence Market, Second Floor

95 Front St. E.,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 4 p.m.

Phone: 416-392-7604

The Mariposa Folk Festival began in Orillia in August, 1961 then moved to various other Ontario locations before returning home to Orillia in July, 2000.

The mission of Mariposa Folk Festival is “the promotion and preservation of folk art in Canada through song, story, dance and craft.”

It helped to launch the careers of some of Canada’s most notable musicians, including Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and Murray McLaughlan.

The 50th anniversary Mariposa Folk Festival celebrating Candian folk art will be held from July 9 to 11 at beautiful Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, on the scenic shores of Lake Couchiching, just 90 minutes north of Toronto.

Also, there is a FREE interactive exhibition of “Mariposa: fifty years of making music”, from July 9 to October 15, which is presented to you by the Market Gallery in partnership with York University.

The highlights of this FREE interactive exhibition of Mariposa Folk Festival include:

  • documentation of five decades of one of Canada’s oldest and best known music festivals;
  • historical photographs, festival programs, and sound recordings of notable musicians,  many up-and-coming Canadian artists, and many vibrant North American folk and indigenous music performers;
  • the origins of the festival in Orillia and the folk revival movement of the 1960s;
  • the range of venue changes, culture clashes and the remarkable continuity;
  • traditional dance;
  • craftwork;
  • storytelling;
  • importance of the First Nations community and children’s programming as it relates to the successful MITS (Mariposa In The Schools) program.

Please click here for more info about the Market Gallery’s changing exhibitions.

You're Invited: Interactive Exhibition of Mariposa Folk Festival Starts July 9, 2011

You're Invited: Interactive Exhibition of Mariposa Folk Festival Starts July 9, 2011

Enjoy!

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Green Neighbours 21: Green Action Groups & Events in the Summer

Green Neighbours 21: Green Action Groups & Events in the Summer

Green Neighbours 21 is a grassroots, action-oriented group of people living in Ward 21 area of Toronto (and beyond) in Ontario, Canada, who are working together to respond to climate change and other environmental issues.

As an environmental group, Ward 21 (St. Paul’s) residents of Green Neighbours 21 have been actively installing solar energy projects on their own roofs for years.

Here are great Green Neighbours 21 green action groups & events in the summer:

1.  Green Neighbours 21 Green Action Groups

“There will be no regular Green Neighbours 21 meetings over the summer.

Our next meeting will be in September – details to come.

In the meantime we are hard at work preparing for the two major events in the fall. There’s lots to do. Your ideas and energy will help make the following events a success, so if you’re willing to help out, please get in touch with the team leader:

  1. A Candidates’ meeting for the provincial election focusing on environmental issues – Team leader Jim Eager jeager@sympatico.ca.
  2. A winter festival (an eco energy fair with lots of fun, participatory, family friendly and arts-related activities) – Team Leader Judy Vellend greenneighbours@yahoo.ca

Also, Green Neighbours 21 has formed five green action groups.

You are invited to participate in any or all green action groups that interest you.

Please have a look at the five green action groups’ projects, and contact the group leader directly about getting involved. Your participation can help make the following green projects successful:

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The North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT) is a local citizens’ group fighting an aggregate license application by US-based hedge fund company, The Highland Companies, to mine for Amabel Dolostone (limestone) in the Township of Melancthon, Ontario, Canada.

The proposed Mega Quarry would be the second largest in North America and the largest in Canada.

Please Request an Environmental Assessment on Ontario's Mega Quarry Before July 11, 2011

Please Request an Environmental Assessment on Ontario's Mega Quarry Before July 11, 2011

Melancthon is located approx.120 kms north west of Toronto. This area is classified as Class 1 agricultural land, boasting a rare and unique soil called Honeywood Silt Loam which grows a multitude of vegetables (especially potatoes) and serves as a source of local food production for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

Potato Farm Land in Melancthon, Ontario, Canada

Potato Farm Land in Melancthon, Ontario, Canada

“Highland Companies has officially filed a 3,100 page application for their 2,300 acres up to 200 foot below the water table open pit limestone mine.

Quarry projects always pit the proponents of economic development — who stress benefits rising from the demand for aggregate, the money to be made and the jobs to be created in a declining economy — against local residents and conservationists who emphasize costs in the form of noise, dust, carbon dioxide pollution from trucking, community cohesion, traffic and safety, contamination of ground water and river systems, degradation of surrounding agricultural land, damage to the local tourism and recreation economy, and implausible or missing plans for the reclamation of the quarry land.

This project has the potential to negatively impact “ONE MILLION Ontarians downstream from the Township.” We are downstream.”

The Features of Mining Operations at the Mega Quarry Include:

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