Please find below an urgent letter to Canadians from the Avaaz team.

At the time of this blog posting, 23886 Canadians have signed the avaaz.org petition which can be accessed in the letter below.

Please help us get to 50,000 signed petitions which will be delivered to the White House on Friday, September 2, 2011.

“Dear friends across Canada,

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Calling Torontonians: Your Input for Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Reviews

Calling Torontonians: Your Input for Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Reviews

Under the Ontario’s (Province’s) Planning Act in Canada, the City of Toronto is obligated to carry out the Five Year Review of the Official Plan this year and adjust it, if necessary, in order to fulfill the following objectives:

  • manage and direct physical change in the city through to the year 2031;
  • determine what kind of city Toronto will be in the 21st century;
  • review which policies:
    • are working,
    • to be updated,
    • revised or
    • deleted, and
    • are required to be added as a result of more recent provincial legislation;
  • include a number of civic policy initiatives referred by City Council;
  • ensure that the Official Plan conforms with Provincial Plans;
  • have regard for matters of Provincial interest;
  • is consistent with Provincial Policy Statements, including reviewing growth patterns in Toronto to confirm the City is on course to meet provincial targets of 3.08 million people and 1.64 million jobs by 2031;
  • review its Official Plan policies dealing with areas of employment, including the designation of lands as areas of employment,
    • this review, as required by the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, is called a Municipal Comprehensive Review which is to be carried out in conjunction with the Five Year Review of the Official Plan
    • to address specific criteria if Toronto wants to consider changing land use permissions for designated areas of employment

As shown in this video here, Gary Wright, the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, welcomes you to the city’s website for the Official Plan and Municipal Comprehensive Reviews, and talks about how you can get involved and share your thoughts on planning in Toronto:

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You're Invited: Two Toronto Events With Road Closures August 25 - 28

You're Invited: Two Toronto Events With Road Closures August 25 - 28

There are two events with road closures in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists.

You are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to your destinations.

If you need to drive in the event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination.

Please click here for a more complete list of events and road work.

Please note that info about roads affected by the state funeral procession for the Honourable Jack Layton on Saturday, August 27 will be posted at http://www.toronto.ca/jacklayton.htm.

The two Toronto events with road closures are:

Scotiabank BuskerFest

in Support of Epilepsy Toronto

August 25 – 28, 2011

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You're Invited: NFB Mediatheque's Green Screens, Films & Animation Workshops

You're Invited: NFB Mediatheque's Green Screens, Films & Animation Workshops

NFB Mediatheque in Toronto, Ontario, Canada provides the following films screenings and animation events for FREE or at affordable admission costs:

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You're Invited: Tott's Tot Lot Water Play and Splash Pad August 24

You're Invited: Tott's Tot Lot Water Play and Splash Pad August 24

Tott’s Tot Lot Water Play and Splash Pad will officially open with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by the City of Toronto on:

Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Tott’s Tot Lot, 1 Gradwell Dr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"

Jack Layton: "Let Us be Loving, Hopeful and Optimistic"

It is very sad news that The Honourable Jack Layton, Member of Parliament, Leader of the Official Opposition, lost a determined and brave battle against cancer early this morning.

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family, relatives and friends.

Jack Layton’s most poignant words in his last letter to Canadians were:

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

The City of Toronto has condolence books available at the following locations for people to express their sympathy in memory of former City Councillor Jack Layton:

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All Canadians in Ontario will have electronic health records by 2015.

Currently, more than 7,000 doctors – caring for 6.5 million Ontarians – are participating in the Electronic Medical Records program.

Furthermore, patients will own their electronic health records which will allow them to take better control of their health.

These relatively new ehealth initiatives as outlined in the 2011 eHealth Progress Report will provide the following benefits for all involved because effective and efficient electronic health info management by doctors saves lives and money, and improves patient care:

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