There are exciting celebratory events happening in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Festival recap – BARBEGAZI 2013.”

  • BARBEGAZI 2013 – Action Sports Festival at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Parc Olympique,  Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Launch of the 2013-2014 Winter Program of the Olympic Park: ENTER PLAY OUTSIDE the Sun Life Financial Esplanade!

FREE  Admissions

Located East of the Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

December 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 15 and 16, 2014

  • Olympic Park announced that the Esplanade will once again host an authentic Winter Village , a central element of its winter program that will include family, FREE and accessible activities.
  • Fitted this year in the area 100 of the Sun Life Financial Esplanade, which is located behind the Pie-IX metro, this new version of the Olympic Winter Park Village will feature a rink, allowing everyone to skate FREE and, even in mild weather thanks to its cooling system.
    • For the second year, the Winter Village is easily recognizable by its huge natural tree which this year, will measure 65 feet tall!
      • It will certainly return to Montreal as Sun Life Financial Esplanade will be hosted throughout the cold season.
  • The official opening of the site on December 1 will be highlighted by a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s Frimousse, a toy lending library of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
    • For the modest sum of $2, children and adults can come affix a huge Christmas tree decoration in the Winter Village and are collected for each design will be donated to the toy library.
    • They will also be on site to donate new toys to contribute to service the loan toys Frimousse.
    • And to close the festival in style, end of the day, the Olympic Park will illuminate all lights to shine throughout the winter!
Photo: City of Toronto

Photo: City of Toronto

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Property owners can get tax relief for damaged and unusable properties in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • If there is damage to their Toronto property as a result of certain events that affect the assessed value of the property, then property owners may be entitled to a cancellation, reduction or refund of property taxes.
  • According to provincial legislation, property owners may be eligible if either of the following applies to their property:
    • the property was damaged by fire, demolition or otherwise making it substantially unusable for the purposes for which it was used immediately prior to the damage, or
    • repairs or renovations prevented normal use for a period of at least three months.

There is a deadline date to file an application for a cancellation, reduction or refund of certain property taxes.

Read more of Tax Relief for Toronto Property Owners with Damaged and Unusable Properties

It’s About Time! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform

Panel discussion co-sponsored by Canadian Electoral Alliance and JustEarth.

FREE Admission

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Doors Open at 6:45pm; Event Starts at 7pm Sharp

Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 2nd Floor Auditorium
765 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Read more of “Action on Climate Change Through Electoral Reform”: Toronto Town Hall Meeting Nov.28, 2013

This video presents “Taxi Parade.”

NoJetsTO is a non-partisan coalition of concerned Canadians, representing residents across Toronto (Ontario, Canada), who are

  • dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport (a.k.a. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it; and
  • opposed to the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways.

This video presents “Q400 to CS100.”

Facts about the Proposal to Allow Jets on Toronto’s Island Airport

Read more of Toronto’s Island Airport: Torontonians are Urged to Sign Petition “NoJetsTO” Before Dec.16, 2013

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.)

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling Suraj brand Garlic Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Suraj Brand Garlic Powder Recalled

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

Groupe Colabor Inc. is recalling the ground beef  products from the distributor, Viandes Lauzon (EST. 111; a division of Groupe Colabor), due to possible E. coli O157:H7  bacteria contamination.

  • Hotels, restaurants, institutions and daycare facilities should not use, serve or distribute the recalled products described below.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Ground Beef From Viandes Lauzon (EST. 111) Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

This is an update to the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Schwartz’s At Home Brand Smoked Meat Recalled.

Regarding the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) ongoing food safety investigation, this updated recall now includes additional distribution info.

Read more of Recalled Schwartz’s At Home Brand Smoked Meat: More Distribution Info