This video presents “Why Street Art?: StreetARToronto, Inspiring Neighbourhoods One Wall At A Time” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • StART invited artists, community leaders, and business owners to discuss why street art is important and helping to transform Toronto.
  • StreetARToronto or StART is a new, pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities.

City of Toronto's image: StART initiative

City of Toronto’s image: StART initiative

The Public and Businesses Can Connect Easily with Street Artists Via StreetARToronto (StART)

  • This is an update to my previous blog Toronto Alert: Poster on Public Property Bylaw, Downsview Station Closed June 29, TTC Ride Guide Photo Contest by July 4 at 11:59 p.m.
    • As part of the City’s Clean Toronto Together campaign to keep Toronto streets clean and free of litter, posters and graffiti vandalism, StreetArt Toronto (StART) initiative will counteract the latter via “developing, supporting, promoting and increasing awareness of street art and its role to add beauty and character to neighbourhoods across the city.”

    • Street art is art, specifically visual art, developed for public spaces.

    • City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 485, Graffiti allows for regularization of an art mural or graffiti art when it is installed with the property owner’s permission, adheres to community character and standards, and aesthetically enhances the surface that it covers.

  • The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) Artist Directory is a database of artists specializing in large and small street art.

This video presents “Canada Day in the Capital 2013 – Chris Hadfield – Fête du Canada dans la capitale 2013”:

CAA South Central Ontario offers the following fun facts about Canada, the Great White North:

  • Hockey and lacrosse are both Canada’s national sports.
  • John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497.
  • Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on Earth.
  • Ontario’s groundhog (named Wiarton Willie) is an albino groundhog from Wiarton, Ontario.
  • There hasn’t been mail delivery on Saturday in Canada for the past 35 years.
  • The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard.
  • The word “Canada” comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth. The youth were pointing out a small area (for which they used the word “Kanata”), but Cartier took that to mean the entire area.
  • There are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland.
  • Canada only received an official national flag almost 100 years after it became a country.
  • It was illegal to sell pop cans in Prince Edward Island between 1984 and 2008.

Here are exciting celebratory events in Ontario, Canada:

  • Most of these events are FREE

The Capital’s Annual Canada Day Celebrations: July 1, 2013

Canada’s Capital

Canada Day Hotline
613-239-5000 | 1-800-465-1867

Open Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm
July 1st from 8:30 am to 10 pm

  • Canada Day is the celebration of Canada’s birthday.
  • It marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when four British North American provinces joined to create a new federation called Canada.
  • There are also special activities at other locations in the Capital, including:
    • FREE jazz concerts at Confederation Park, as part of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

    • FREE admission to the Capital’s many national museums and attractions.

    • Canada’s Biggest Barbecue Event on the Plaza Bridge.

    • FREE parking at National Capital Commission (NCC) beaches and parks.

    • And more!

Toronto's Heat Alert Terminated

Toronto’s Heat Alert Terminated

This is an update to my previous blog Heat Alert for Toronto June 23, 2013.

TTC's image: 501 Streetcar

TTC’s image: 501 Streetcar

Also, there is a TTC alert.

Starting at 5 a.m., Saturday, June 29, until 5 a.m., Monday, July 15, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)‘s track work at the Queen and York Streets’ intersection will affect service to the 501-301 Queen and 502 Downtowner streetcar routes as follows:

Read more of TTC Diverts Two Streetcars June 29-July 15 + Toronto’s Heat Alert of June 23, 2013 is Terminated

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The importer, Wonder Berry North America (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), is warning the public not to consume certain baby cereal products as described in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Public Advisory below, because they may contain mycotoxin HT-2.

  • A mycotoxin is a toxic chemical product formed by fungi that can grow on crops in the field or after harvest.

Regarding Wonder Berry North America’s voluntary recall of these affected products, the details are as follows:

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Certain UMNITZA (in Russian Language) Brand Baby Cereal Products are Recalled

Here are some city alerts for Toronto in Ontario, Canada:

This video presents “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launches anti-postering campaign”:

  • Mayor Rob Ford launched an “anti-postering” campaign as part of the city’s Clean Toronto Together initiative.
  • Ford says residents should use street furniture kiosks, not hydro poles, for community posters.
  • Councilor Vincent Crisanti and Ford also cleaned up a bus shelter.

City of Toronto's image: Examples of poster-structures.

City of Toronto’s image: Examples of poster-structures.

Above, CFIA's Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, CFIA’s Electron Microscope Image of Salmonella bacteria. (In reality Salmonella is not pink; the pink colour is added as visual aid.)

Both the importer – UNFI Canada Inc. (Concord, Ontario, Canada) – and the distributor –  Overwaitea Food Group (Langley, British Columbia, Canada) – are warning the public not to consume the following Prince brand Tahini products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria:

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Certain Prince Brand Tahini Recalled

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the company L’Arôme du blé (located at 1021, rang St-Pierre, Saint-Zéphirin-de-Courval, Quebec, Canada) is warning the public not to consume the following products because these foods have not been prepared to ensure safety:

Name of product
SPAGHETTI SAUCE
BAKED BEANS
VEGETABLE SOUP
PEA SOUP
LASAGNA

Regarding L’Arôme du blé’s voluntary recall, other details of this affected product are as follows:

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Certain Cooked Foods