You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

The following video presents What YOU Can Do About Climate Change:

“Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming.
This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101″ series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) — a collaboration of British Columbia’s four research intensive universities.”

The City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

“TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities….

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=ba07f60f4adaf410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Two separate but related documents will be created:

  • A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  • A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

TransformTO community conversations: 

Events will begin with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and conversations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Please register online.

  • Monday, April 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. Register
  • Wednesday, April 27 at Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Register
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Register
  • Monday, May 9 at North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. Register

Residents can learn more about TransformTO and register to attend at: toronto.ca/transformto.

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12-Apr-2016

Residents invited to community conversations to help shape Toronto’s low-carbon future

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations in April and May, as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Read more of You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

Ontario Will Improve Autism Services + Samsung Look at Me Project in Toronto April 1, 2016 #WhoEyeAm

The following video presents Light It Up Blue with Autism Speaks and Blue Man Group:

“In honor of people with autism worldwide, individuals everywhere will wear blue, and iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, schools, universities, bridges, retail stores, and thousands of homes will light blue beginning on April 1 and throughout Autism Awareness Month! Pledge to wear blue at https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub

This is an update to these blogs:

Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung invite you join the celebration at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 2016, at 5 pm @SamsungCanada and @AutismSpeaksCanada. ‪#‎WhoEyeAm‬  #‎LIUB.

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Ontario Investing $333 Million to Improve Autism Services

New Autism Program to Reduce Waitlists and Provide Better Services for Families

March 29, 2016 12:56 P.M.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is investing $333 million over the next five years to launch the new Ontario Autism Program, which will provide children and youth with critical interventions faster, and provide services that are better matched to their needs.

The newly expanded children’s autism program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children’s needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive intensive therapy services during the key early developmental years. Read more of Ontario Will Improve Autism Services + Samsung Look at Me Project in Toronto April 1, 2016 #WhoEyeAm

Government of Canada’s First Federal Budget 2016: “Growing the Middle Class”

The following video (duration 46 min:01 sec) presents Budget 2016:

“Minister Morneau’s First Budget Restores Hope for the Middle Class, Ottawa, March 22, 2016.”

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Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, recently tabled the new Government of Canada’s first federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, which includes the following key highlights:

Growing the Middle Class comes at a time when the Government of Canada has both the capacity and the willingness to act. Budget 2016 takes action to revitalize the economy and create opportunity for all Canadians, by focusing on the middle class and those working hard to join it.”

  • As of January 1st, the government’s Middle Class Tax Cut ensures roughly 9 million Canadians receive a bigger paycheque every payday.
  • New Canada Child Benefit: Starting in July of 2016, nine out of ten families will receive more money than they did under the previous government.
  • To create jobs, there will be new investments in infrastructure that total more than $120 billion over the next decade.
  • As an immediate first step, the government will invest $11.9 billion in modern and reliable public transit, water and wastewater systems, affordable housing, and in retrofits and repairs to protect existing projects from the effects of climate change.
  • Help Canada become a low carbon economy. Establish a $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund.
  • Support both students and post-secondary institutions.
  • Support clean technology to better position Canada in the rapidly shifting global economy. Clean technologies that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil.
  • Unprecedented investments in First Nations, Inuit Peoples, and the Métis Nation—totalling $8.4 billion over five years—in areas that include education, infrastructure, and skills training. The government will ensure access to clean drinking water for every child, including those who live on reserves.
  • Enhance the Canada Pension Plan; and fulfill our sacred obligation to Canada’s veterans.

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Minister Morneau’s First Budget Restores Hope for the Middle Class

March 22, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

The Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, today tabled the new Government of Canada’s first federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, a plan that takes important steps to revitalize the Canadian economy, and delivers real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Read more of Government of Canada’s First Federal Budget 2016: “Growing the Middle Class”

Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

The following video presents Obama, Canadian PM to Reveal Climate Change Strategy for 2050:

The tense US-Canada relationship is thawing as President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau collaborate on climate change policies. At the start of Trudeau’s state visit to Washington on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement on climate change and the Arctic. They pledged to work closely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reflects the sharp turn Canada made in environmental policies when it elected Trudeau in October. His predecessor had placed the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas industry at the center of the country’s relationship with the U.S. The new climate statement says Canada and the U.S. will reveal its strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the middle of the century.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for your input on the draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Goal: Taking Action on Climate Change
    In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions levels and build resilience to climate change.
  • The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years.
  • The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

“I am inviting all Canadians to take a look at the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and help us improve it. Your feedback will ensure that our plan reflects the knowledge and perspectives of Canadians and will help us shape the final strategy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

  • The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was recently released for consultation.
  • Tell Environment and Climate Change Canada what you think of the draft 2016–2019 strategy, at http://www.fsds-sfdd.ca/#/en .
  • Please share the above link to the draft strategy with others, so they can comment too.
  • You can also visit the Let’s Talk Sustainability discussion space to join in on the conversation about sustainability.

Public input is essential in building a solid strategy. We want to hear from a wide range of Canadians and get your views on what a sustainable Canada looks like. We also want to hear your ideas about what sustainability targets government should aim for over the next three years—and how those targets can best be measured and reported.

The 2015 Progress Report on the FSDS was tabled in Parliament in February 2016. This report provides available scientific information about the progress made under the 2013–2016 FSDS. It tells us where we are today and the sustainable development challenges ahead.

Read more of Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

The following video presents “Creating Pollinator Habitat in Ontario”

“One of the major issues that ALUS is trying to address is the recent decline of pollinators. Bayham ALUS project coordinator Kyle Mauthe explains how demonstration farm M&R Orchards has planted native wild flowers to create pollinator habitat.”

This is an update to the following blog, Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015.

The Government of Ontario aims to protect pollinators by addressing the four main stressors that pollinators face: loss of habitat and nutrition; diseases, pests and genetics; pesticide exposure; climate change and weather.

The Province is proposing a draft Pollinator Health Action Plan, a component of its comprehensive Pollinator Health Strategy, as a plan for government, stakeholders and the public to work in partnership to enhance the state of health of Ontario’s pollinators, both managed and wild, and to strengthen their populations.

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting January 22, 2016.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

In addition to submitting comments via this notice or in writing, you can:

  • Email your comments to pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca and,

Pollinator Health Action Plan survey

“Share your thoughts and recommendations on our draft Pollinator Health Action Plan and help us improve pollinator health in the province. Your feedback will be considered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs when we report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer of 2016.”

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Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health

Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Pollinator Losses

January 22, 2016 1:00 P.M.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario is seeking public feedback on a draft action plan to improve pollinator health and reduce pollinator losses.

Pollinators, including honey bees, are essential to Ontario’s agricultural sector and contribute approximately $992 million worth of economic activity annually to the economy. The province became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules introduced on July 1, 2015, to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read more of Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

Ontario Approved the 22nd and Final Source Water Protection Plan, Covering More Than 450 Municipal Drinking Water Systems for Canadians

The following video presents Source Water Protection in Ontario:

Ontario’s comprehensive approach to protect drinking water reached a milestone this month when the province approved the 22nd and final source water protection plan, covering more than 450 municipal drinking water systems across Ontario.

In 2006, Ontario passed the Clean Water Act.

“The Act required the creation of local source protection committees to identify threats and develop plans to protect water at its source – in rivers, lakes and aquifers….

Some of the threats the plans identify include:

  • Leaking septic systems
  • Fertilizer, manure, pesticide and roadsalt polluting the flow of water over land i.e. runoff
  • Micro-plastics

The next step is for the plans to be carried out. In some cases, this means that activities that pose a significant risk to drinking water sources won’t be permitted. In other cases, plans will be developed to ensure that activities identified in the source water protection plan don’t pose a threat. The measures will vary to match the risks and could include risk management approaches, land use planning, education about activities on vulnerable source water area, and potential bylaw changes….

The chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report (pdf), released last week, shows that municipal drinking water systems and non-municipal year-round residential systems have met drinking water quality standards (for microbiological, chemical and radiological parameters) in over 99% of tests.

Public access to municipal drinking water data has been improved, with the Open Data catalogue of the information from the Drinking Water report – this will be updated throughout the year.”

http://environmentaldefence.ca/blog/protecting-ontario%E2%80%99s-drinking-water-current-and-future-generations

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Ontario Approves 22 Local Source Water Protection Plans

Outstanding Local Efforts Protect Municipal Drinking Water

December 21, 2015 1:00 P.M.
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Ontario’s comprehensive approach to protect drinking water reached a milestone this month when the province approved the 22nd and final source water protection plan, covering more than 450 municipal drinking water systems across Ontario.

Source water protection plans are locally developed, science-based plans designed to protect the health of lakes, rivers and underground water sources that supply municipal drinking water systems. The plans set out actions to eliminate, manage or reduce potential risks to drinking water sources and Ontario is among the few jurisdictions in Canada to have source water protection plans in place. They are an important part of Ontario’s approach to protect drinking water from source to tap, preventing potential issues before problems occur. Read more of Ontario Approved the 22nd and Final Source Water Protection Plan, Covering More Than 450 Municipal Drinking Water Systems for Canadians

City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015

The following video presents 2014-2015 toronto new year’s eve:

One of the City of Toronto’s holiday events is the FREE New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, December 31.

  • Join the celebration and ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015 at Nathan Phillips Square with Toronto’s largest dance and skating party!
  • The Festivities begin at 8 pm with a DJ Skating Party featuring DJs MelBoogie and P-Plus atmospheric performers.
  • The skating party will continue until 10 pm, alongside a variety of roaming atmospheric performances.
  • The Dance Party portion of the evening continues from 10 pm and will go until midnight to the music of DJ P-Plus followed by DJ Starting from Scratch.
  • The celebration will end at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display to music.

The City of Toronto encourages visitors to take the TTC to this event.

  • This New Year’s Eve, Torontonians can enjoy FREE, safe rides to and from their festivities across the city.
  • Toronto Transit Commission is offering complimentary, extended service from 7 p.m. on December 31, 2015, to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2016, including subway service until approximately 4 a.m.

Local Road Restriction Notice (pdf)

  • Due to a fireworks safety zone, there will be road restrictions on local streets surrounding Toronto City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square.

More info about the celebration is provided at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=970167ef9611a410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c3e0d08099380410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD .

Also, some of the City of Toronto’s other holiday activities and recreation options are FREE during the holidays.

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

NEWS RELEASE
17-Dec-2015

City of Toronto’s holiday activities and recreation options

The City of Toronto invites residents and visitors to take advantage of the City’s many activities, programs and attractions available during the holidays. Read more of City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015