Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Regarding the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) ongoing food safety investigation, the voluntary recall updates now include additional Gorgonzola Cheese products of another brand name – Igor, which are described in separate CFIA Recall / Advisory lists as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Update: Third and Fourth Lists of Recalled Gorgonzola Cheese of Certain Igor Brand

This video presents “Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announces new Strategy for Youth Employment in Toronto.”

  • Jobs and Opportunity for Youth | Des emplois et des possibilités pour la jeunesse.
  • The new Ontario government launched its comprehensive Youth Jobs Strategy, which would help more young people find jobs and make sure employers can hire the skilled workers they need to thrive in today’s economy.
    • A highly skilled and adaptable workforce is critical to Ontario’s continued economic success.
  • The following funding strategy would focus on jobs, entrepreneurship and innovation for youth in Ontario:
    • Ontario Youth Employment Fund – would create new job opportunities for youth across Ontario.
    • Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund – supports the next generation of entrepreneurs through mentorship, startup capital and outreach.
    • Ontario Youth Innovation Fund – supports youth to lead and manage industrial research, development and commercialization.
      It would also support young entrepreneurs at universities and colleges.
    • Business-Labour Connectivity and Training Fund to bring together business, labour, educators and youth to better prepare young people to develop the skills they need to succeed.
  • The entire funding strategy would be supported by a total investment of $295 million over two years, and would create 30,000 new job opportunities.

Youth Employment Fund September 2013: Helping Young People Find Good Jobs

Youth Employment Fund September 2013: Helping Young People Find Good Jobs

Youth Employment Fund Starting September 2013

  • As part of the new Youth Jobs Strategy, Ontario’s new Youth Employment Fund will help more young people find jobs as well as ensure that employers can find the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses.
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.)

This is an update to the following blogs:

The importer, Clic International Inc. (Laval, Quebec, Canada), is warning the public not to consume the following additional Clic brand and Al Nakhil brand Sesame Paste Tahina products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
Read more of Health Hazard Update: Third List of Recalled Tahina

Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site treasure on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.

However, there is an immediate threat to Gros Morne. Exploratory drilling, “fracking” for oil and industrialization is being proposed metres from the park.

  • Oil drilling and fracking are being proposed right beside Gros Morne National Park.
    • Fracking could contaminate local air, water and soil, create constant noise and heavy truck traffic, and harm wildlife and people.
  • Although there will be no drilling on park land, drill sites are planned within metres of the park boundary in communities within and around the national park.
  • Potential threats to the park include
    • the contamination of huge amounts of water required by the fracking process,
    • the injection of toxic chemicals deep into the ground with the potential for groundwater or marine contamination,
    • intense trucking activities on park roads,
    • the flaring of waste natural gas,
    • and the noise, smell, and industrial activity of an intensive drilling operation.
  • Industrializing the Gros Morne coastline would not only threaten the remarkable ecosystems of this World Heritage Site, it would threaten the vital regional and provincial tourism economy which relies on the pristine natural beauty of Gros Morne’s coast and mountains to attract visitors from across Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is already working with concerned local citizens in an effort to prevent this.

This video presents “Toronto flood cleanup.”

  • Sat, Jul 13: Some Torontonians are in the midst of cleaning up after heavy rains earlier this week. And as Sean O’Shea reports, the hardest hit residents are now wondering who will pay the rebuilding costs.

City of Toronto Progressing on Flood Cleanup

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Due to the severe storm on July 8, the City divisions underwent a massive cleanup of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Here are some important considerations regarding Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services, and health and safety when cleaning up a basement that is or has recently flooded.

Read more of Toronto Flood Cleanup Update + Toronto Alerts + Pape Station Closed Aug.19-30, 2013

There are summer events happening in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from July 25 to July 30,

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival.”

  • The Beaches International Street festival isToronto’s #1 outdoor festival held annually.”
  • There are Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Samba, Latin, and 50 live bands.
  • Outdoor music, entertainment and fun for the whole family.
  • Here is an exclusive original story about the people behind it.

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Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 19 – 28, 2013

and STREETFEST: JULY 25-27

FREE Admissions

Location: Event takes place in multiple locations

Website: www.beachesjazz.com

  • Beaches International Jazz Festival is a FREE, open-air event committed to presenting quality jazz to all.
  • The Festival begins at Woodbine Park with concerts held at multiple outdoor stages that feature a mix of local up-and-coming artists and headlining performances.
  • Mainstage performances at Kew Gardens and concerts held along the Beach Boardwalk welcome both local and international artists for festival attendees to enjoy.

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Today the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a new set of interactive web tools aimed at providing Canadians with relevant, easy-to-understand information explaining the beef processing and inspection process as well as the food safety investigation and recall process.

NEWS RELEASE

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

New interactive web tools explain complex food safety processes

July 25, 2013, Ottawa: Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a new set of interactive web tools aimed at providing Canadians with relevant, easy-to-understand information explaining the beef processing and inspection process as well as the food safety investigation and recall process.

“These new tools clearly explain some of the complex systems that are at work every day to help keep food safe,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “By understanding the various safeguards and responsibilities in our food safety system, Canadians can have greater confidence in Canada’s food supply and also see the important role they play in keeping food safe.”

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