Mayor Ford invites Toronto residents to welcome in the New Year

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2 – 4 p.m.

Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and City Councillors are inviting residents to join them at the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee that will be held at City Hall on Tuesday, January 1, 2013:

  • This traditional levee marks the start of the New Year
  • It gives residents an opportunity to exchange greetings with the Mayor and City Councillors

Toronto’s two ski and snowboard centres set to open December 31, 2012

  • Both centres are located near public transit and have affordable lift, equipment and instruction rates and great hours
  • Both sites feature ski and snowboard schools, snowboard and downhill ski rentals, helmet rentals, snowmaking equipment, night skiing and a snack bar
  • Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre
    • 256 Centennial Park Rd., 416-394-8754

    • For the opening on Monday, this location will have one run open, serviced by a carpet lift
    • Centennial Park centre’s holiday hours:

      • December 31 and January 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • January 2 to 4: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Regular hours of operation (in effect starting January 5):

      • Monday: Noon to 9:30 p.m.
      • Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
      • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre
    • 4169 Bathurst St., 416-395-7931

    • This location is serviced by a chair lift and a rope tow

    • The building has a fireplace

    • Earl Bales centre’s holiday hours:

      • December 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • January 1 to 4: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Regular hours of operation (in effect starting January 5):

      • Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
      • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
      • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The use of helmets is mandatory at City of Toronto ski and snowboard facilities for participants of all ages in the following groups:
    • school board programs and group participants
    • instructional program participants
    • freestyle and ski race program participants and instructional staff
    • on-hill supervisors
    • ski patrol members

Also, it’s time for you to consider your New Year’s resolutions for 2013.

Toronto Public Health is offering Canadians support for the following three New Year’s resolutions

  1. To quit smoking

  2. To exercise

  3. “To get back on track with healthier eating, after all the holiday indulging”

This video presents “Connect to quit with Smokers’ Helpline”:

  • Learn about Smokers’ Helpline FREE phone, online and text services from real Quit Coaches

“To quit smoking:

Read more of Three New Year’s Resolutions for Better Health + Toronto Mayor’s New Year’s Levee Jan.1, 2013

This video presents “Commercial for Feed in Tariff Program in Ontario,” Canada:

Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program:

  • was launched in 2009 to encourage the development of renewable energy technology, attract investment and create new clean energy jobs in Ontario
  • is helping Ontario meet its goals for improving air quality and phasing out coal-fired generation by the end of 2014
  • allows homeowners, business owners and private developers to generate renewable energy and sell it to the province at a guaranteed price for a fixed contract term
  • you can apply to the FIT program if you use one or more forms of renewable energy, including wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas, solar photovoltaic (PV) power and landfill gas

This video presents “Species at Risk: Ontario’s Response”:

  • Discover how species get on the Species at Risk in Ontario list, what MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) biologists are doing to help protect and recover them and what the Natural Resources Minister in Ontario, Canada, has to say (2009)

Ontario has a strategy for improving protection of its forests, lakes, animals, plants and citizens.

Via the implementation of the new Biodiversity: It’s in Our Nature plan, Ontario will undertake over 100 activities with industry, environmental and community partners over the next decade to protect biodiversity:

  • “Biodiversity” refers to the “immense variety of life on Earth, from microscopic insects to vast northern forests”
    • Ontario Biodiversity Council identifies six main threats to Ontario’s biodiversity:

      1. habitat loss
      2. invasive alien species
      3. population growth
      4. pollution
      5. unsustainable use
      6. climate change

This video presents “NEW YEARS EVE TORONTO 2011 – CityTV New Years Eve 2011”:

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks – City Hall, Toronto – 2011

Above, The Montreal Tower in Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Above, The Montreal Tower in Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Here are some New Year’s Eve 2012 celebrations in Canada:

Olympic Park Celebrates Passage to the Year 2013 In Style!

31 December 2012, from 10 pm to 12:05 am, 1 January 2013


In the area of ​​600 Esplanade Sun Life Financial, above the Pie-IX metro station (shown as number 6 on the Olympic Park Site map)

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Read more of You’re Invited: Canadian New Year’s Eve Celebrations + City of Toronto’s Holiday Hours Dec.2012-Jan.2013

This video presents “1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Ice Skating Party”:

  • 1 LOVE T.O. presents The Harbourfront’s DJ Skate Night as our Holiday Ice Skating Party for the city of Toronto,” Ontario, Canada (2011)
  • Hosted by T-rexxx
  • Music by DJ D-LUX and JEDI

During the holiday season, some special events are happening in Toronto.

The 12 Strays of Christmas

December 12 – 23, 2012

Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto’s Special Events + TTC’s Holiday Schedule 2012

Above: York Community Centre Conceptualization by Perkins+Will

Above: York Community Centre Conceptualization by Perkins+Will

The architecture and design firm for the new York Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is Perkins+Will.

This video presents Peter Busby on Sustainability from Perkins+Will on Vimeo:

  • Peter Busby tours a project site in Vancouver and discusses Sustainable Design

York Community Centre will be the first-ever full-service community centre in the former City of York:

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Regarding the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s ongoing food safety investigation and testing of beef burgers from Cardinal Meat Specialists Limited (Establishment 752 – the producing facility), the recall update now includes a fourth list of of the following additional product:

Read more of Health Hazard Update: Fourth List of Recalled Beef Burgers (Certain Cardinal Select Brand Prime Rib)