This Video presents “Karen Stintz: Downtown Relief Line is Toronto’s top transit priority.”

  • TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Chair Karen Stintz explains why we need a Downtown Relief Line to alleviate pressure off the Yonge-University-Spadina Line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Subway congestion. Photo: TTC

Subway congestion. Photo: TTC

Map of the Relief Line Project Assessment Study Area.

Map of the Relief Line Project Assessment Study Area.

The Relief Line Project Assessment Study has the following objectives:

Read more of Toronto’s Transit Relief Line & Yonge Relief Network Study Consultations Apr.5, 8, 10,12, 2014

This video presents “Earth Hour 2014 Video 60 sec.”

  • “For the past few years, Earth Hour has made a massive impact around the world thanks to the power of the crowd. But for 2014, we want to make an even greater one.
  • Soon we’ll be unleashing something different, bigger and bolder than before:

We’ll be unleashing Earth Hour Blue. We’ll be unleashing your power. This Earth Hour, use your power at http://earthhour.org

Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 29th at 8:30pm, whereby millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour – to celebrate their commitment to the planet.

Canada’s Earth Hour campaign encourages the public to take a moment to reflect and talk about what they will be thinking about while the lights are out during Earth Hour.

Here are some highlights of Canada’s Earth Hour campaign.

Read more of Canada’s Earth Hour Campaign & Candle Safety Tips: March 29, 2014 at 8:30 P.M.

This video presents “StreetARToronto (StART).”

  • “StreetARToronto (StART) was launched in 2012 as an innovative, public-private partnership program designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its role in adding beauty and character to Toronto neighbourhoods.
  • Discover more about the artists who participated and some of the projects funded in 2013.”

Artwork by Gary Taxali. Photo: City of Toronto.

Artwork by Gary Taxali. Photo: City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto invites local area artists to submit proposals to create art on City traffic signal boxes at various locations throughout Toronto.

The goal of this Outside the Box project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape.

  • This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.

This year 30 Traffic Signal Cabinets will be transformed.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Read more of Calling Toronto’s Artists to Create Art on Traffic Signal Boxes: Apply Before Apr.22, 2014, 4:30 PM


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 operating under the name Super C (located at 700, rang Saint-Paul à Saint-Rémi, Québec, Canada), is warning the public not to consume the foods described below because these meats may contain metal particles.

Dénomination des produits Format
 BOEUF HACHE MAIGRE BTE BEEF LEAN GROUND BOX Poids variable
BOEUF HACHE MI-MAIGRE BTE BEEF MEDIUM GROUND BOX
BOEUF HACHE MI-MAIGRE REG MEDIUM GROUND BEEF

Regarding Super C’s voluntary recall of the above products, other details are as follows.

Read more of Québec Food Recall: Possible Presence of Metal in Super C’s Lean Ground Beef and Medium Ground Beef

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes not to sell or use the products described below due to possible Listeria contamination.

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
All Fruits LTD 7 Fruits Blend 5 L Best before 23 April 2014 8 31341 00901 4
All Fruits LTD 7 Fruits Blend 12 L Best before 23 April 2014 8 31341 00910 6
All Fruits LTD Coupe hôpital 12 L Best before 23 April 2014 8 31341 00903 8
All Fruits LTD 7 Fruits Blend + Orange 12 L Best before 23 April 2014 8 31341 00801 7
Restaurant Maman Fournier 5 Fruits Blend 5 kg Best before 23 April 2014 None

Regarding the manufacturer, All Fruits Ltd. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), recalling the above products, the details are as follows.

Read more of Health Alert: All Fruits Ltd. and Restaurant Maman Fournier Brands Fruit Salad Products are Recalled

cfia food recall warnings logo

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Additional product information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation. This fifth list (as shown in the CFIA’s advisory below) includes these affected products being recalled because they were made from or contain shredded cheese products that have been recalled by Castle Cheese Inc.

  • Industry is recalling various shredded cheese, pasta, and salad products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.
  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Regarding Castle Cheese Inc.’s recall, the details are as follows.

Read more of Fifth List of Castle Cheese Inc.’s Recalled Products: Shredded Cheese, Pasta, and Salad Products

City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, just launched the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) to serve as a new financing tool to help homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money.

As a three-year pilot program, HELP includes the following benefits:

  • Ten million dollars in funding for the single-family residential program is available to support improvements such as upgrading to a high efficiency furnace, insulation upgrades, and energy efficiency windows and doors.
  • Qualifying homeowners avoid the large upfront cost of home energy improvements and pay for them over time.
    • Qualifying homeowners can apply for a low interest loan for energy efficient improvements, then pay back the City over time via installments on their property tax bill.
  • You may pay off your HELP loan at any time, without penalty.
  • You benefit from low interest rates and longer repayment terms, compared to conventional financing.
  • Homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce energy consumption and cut costs.
  • Equal access to financing regardless of homeowner income level, low fixed-interest rates and longer repayment terms of up to 15 years.
  • HELP financing, aka Local Improvement Charge (LIC), is attached to the property, not to the property owner.
    • If you sell the property before the loan is repaid, the new owner will assume the balance of the loan and continue to repay it through the property tax bill.
  • Monetary incentives can be deducted from the total amount of your HELP loan.
    • Incentives of up to $2,000 are available from Enbridge Gas, including a rebate to cover the cost of your home energy assessments.
    • And an incentive of up to $650 is available from Toronto Hydro for replacing your furnace and air conditioner with high efficiency units.
  • Toronto will achieve an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
    • Buildings, including homes, account for about 44 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.

HELP is a pilot project, available in specific neighbourhoods in Toronto.

If the first three digits of your home postal code are listed below, HELP financing is available to you:

Read more of Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): A Three-Year Pilot Program for Certain Homeowners in Toronto