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 Sanctuaire de Beauvoir  (located at 675, côte de Beauvoir, à Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) is warning the public not to consume the vacuum-packed smoked salmon in this business because it may contain Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Vacuum-Packed Smoked Salmon from Sanctuaire de Beauvoir

This video presents “Why CPAWS supports the reintroduction of Bison to Banff National Park.”

  • Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society (CPAWS) supports the reintroduction of Bison to Banff National Park. Here’s why.

In the following letter, Anne-Marie Syslak, Executive Director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Southern Alberta Chapter, is urging us to write to Parks Canada before November 1, 2013, to give our supportive voice to Parks Canada’s plan to reintroduce wild free-roaming plains bison to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Read more of Help Bring Wild Plains Bison Back to Banff National Park: Write to Parks Canada Before Nov.1, 2013

The following video presents “Michael Shapcott – Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Canada November 20, 2012.”

  • Michael Shapcott is Director of Affordable Housing and Community Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit policy, research and social enterprise / innovation institute.
    • Shapcott has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity.
      • He has worked with community and municipal officials in a dozen Canadian cities to develop local housing plans.
      • Shapcott has worked with Aboriginal housing and service providers nationally and in a number of communities to develop practical and effective strategies for Aboriginal housing under Aboriginal control.
      • He is co-author, with Jack Layton, of “Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis” (Penguin, 2008) and co-editor, with David Hulchanski, of “Finding Room: Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy” (CUCS Press, 2004).
    • He has worked on housing rights issues with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
      • He is co-chair of Canada’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.
      • He is active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and has worked with community partners on housing issues in Beijing, Istanbul and Nairobi, as well as seven U.S. cities.
  • United Nations Human Rights: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Part III, Article 11 states:
    1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right
  • Duration of video is 53 minutes:40 seconds.

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting in Ottawa (October 28, 2013), just launched the Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch campaign.

Here are some upcoming events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

Toronto Public Health

Presents

Race and Health: A Healthy Future for All

2013 Charles Hastings Lecture on Public Health Featuring Dr. David Williams

FREE Admission

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

Isabel Bader Theatre, University of Toronto
93 Charles Street West,Toronto

Race and Health: A Healthy Future for All  is about how racism impacts health.

  • The 2013 Toronto Public Health’s annual Charles Hastings lecture will focus on Race and Health, a Healthy Future for All.
    • This year the keynote speaker is Dr. David R. Williams, an internationally recognized health equity expert and Harvard University professor.
    • The panel discussion will include two respondents who will focus these issues into a Toronto context:
      • Uzma Shakir, Director of Diversity and Human Rights for the City of Toronto and
      • Naki Osutei, Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Race is emerging as an important public health issue.

  • “There is a growing body of international research on the health impacts of racism and the unequal distribution of the social determinants of health by race.
  • Given Toronto’s great diversity, understanding and tackling this issue will enable all residents to have the best chance for good health.”

Please click here for more info and registration.

Station Design Update Meetings: November 6 & 7

Read more of Toronto Alerts & Events Oct.29-Nov.21 + City Board Vacancies-Apply Before 4:30 P.M. Nov.18, 2013

This video presents “Toronto: Come Grow With Us.”

  • Discover the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and learn why Toronto is the best city for your business to grow and prosper.
  • As the economic engine of Canada and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto offers an exceptional quality of life in addition to a competitive business environment.
  • Toronto is a city of opportunity. Come grow with us!

“How Does the City Grow?”: Toronto’s Third Annual Development Project Review Bulletin Released

On October 22, 2013, at the Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting, the City Planning Division presented “How Does the City Grow?,” an annual publication now in its third year, which

  • provides an overview of development projects received by the City Planning Division between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012, and
  • illustrates how Toronto has grown since the Official Plan came into force in June 2006 and how it will continue to develop over time.

Toronto’s Official Plan (June 2006) is the road map for how the City will develop over the next 20 years.


On October 25, 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued the notice below regarding a recall of Québon brand white and chocolate milks produced at the Montreal plant (AGRT 2889) in all below indicated formats, with the November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2013 expiry dates.

  • The reason for this preventive recall is that these products do not meet Agropur’s quality standards.

Read more of CFIA Notice: Preventive Recall of Québon Milk from Montreal Plant (Code AGRT 2889)

This video presents “Future of the Gardiner Expressway East Public Forum: Forum 2” – 10/16/2013.

  • Duration of this video is 1 hour:51 minutes:14 seconds.
  • Here is the presentation from public forum 2 regarding the Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study.

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

This is an update to the previous blog, Your Input: Walks and Gardens Art Contest Ends Jun.14 + Gardiner Expy East’s Future – Public Forum Jun.13, 2013.

  • Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto, the project co-proponents, have resumed the Gardiner Expressway & Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Integrated Urban Design Study.
  • The study is focusing on the following four alternatives for the future of the Gardiner East which is the segment of the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street.

Read more of Future of Gardiner East (Expressway & Lake Shore Blvd.): Give Your Input Online Until Oct.31, 2013