The goal of Toronto’s Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) program is to engage with as many residents of the city as possible, and do it at a per person cost that is far less than a traditional public meeting.

  • Residents can learn about planning issues, hear what planners do, find out how they can get more involved in planning their city, and ask questions about planning and development in their city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
  • PiPS events will also focus on three City Planning initiatives.
    1. Feeling Congested: the consultation on reducing congestion and improving public transit in the City of Toronto.
    2. ResetTO: the City Planning Division’s plans to introduce a development permit system to streamline and provide certainty in the planning process.
    3. Growing Conversations: an engagement initiative where planners are asking Torontonians how they can improve upon public consultation in the planning process.

PiPS will feature City Planning pop-up information booths at the following locations:

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Image by Health Canada

Image by Health Canada

This is an update to the previous blog, Invite: Canada’s Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum June 17-18 + 12 Online Consultations 2014.

NEWS RELEASE

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

2014 Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum

This event was a follow-up to the 2013 Food Safety Regulatory Forum and provided participants with the opportunity to discuss a number of food safety modernization initiatives being carried out by the Government of Canada’s Health Portfolio in support of the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

At this year’s forum, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency consulted on draft regulations and accompanying policies as part of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan. This will help set the stage for the draft regulations to be published in Canada Gazette I.

Canadians are invited to provide their feedback via online consultations on a number of topics that were discussed on the 2014 Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum.

Contact Us:
Email: CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca
Fax: 1-613-773-5606

What information is available?

Read more of Update: Videos Recorded During Canada’s 2014 Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum are Now Available

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.)

Due to a recall in the United States, industry is recalling two brands of organic carob powder – Earth Circle Organics brand and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand – from the Canadian marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.
  • The recall by the US company is published on the website of the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

Please click here for the description of the recalled products in Canada.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Jan K Overweel Ltd. is recalling certain Italian cheeses - Luigi Guffanti 1876 Brand Burrata di Corato and Vecchia Malga Brand Burratina -  from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the description and photos of the recalled products.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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Wawona Packing Company of California, USA, is recalling Sweet 2 Eat brand fresh, whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination.

Please click here for the description and photos of the recalled products in Canada.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

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This video presents “Canada. Summer. Go.”

  • “Many more awesome activities await you this summer.”

“Canada’s Parks Day is an annual event where thousands of people participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Many activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for species-at-risk and contributing to human health and well-being.”

The Canadian Parks Council
http://www.parks-parcs.ca/english/cpc/parksday.php#

For the Canada’s Parks Day Event, please click on the following links:

In 2013, Parks Canada and Google collaborated to document many of Canada’s most iconic national heritage places through the unique panoramic lens of Google Street View.

  • “2013 marks the first year Google’s new “Trekker” Street View backpack was used in Canada.
  • Capable of going anywhere a person can hike, the Trekker is the work-horse of the Parks Canada-Google collaboration, allowing Google to document a wide range of features within Canada’s national heritage places including back country hikes, front country day use trails, campgrounds, the many nooks and crannies of historic properties, and even along the fortification walls of historic battlements.”
  • Please click here to take a Street View tour of a Parks Canada location:
    1. zoom in closer to the location’s marker;
    2. drag the “Pegman” over the map to reveal the blue-coloured Street View trajectories ready for you to explore.

Looking for a way to spend Parks Day? Explore these Featured Experiences.

Please click here for more info about the National Parks of Canada.

NEWS RELEASE

Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day 2014

Ontario Government Encourages Families to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

July 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario provincial parks are celebrating Canada’s Parks Day on July 19 by offering a range of special events and activities.

It’s a time to explore and enjoy the benefits that parks provide for people of all ages. Take in one of the many Canada’s Parks Day events across Ontario where you can:

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This video presents “Canada’s Meat Industry – The Canadian Advantage.”

Canada’s meat industry includes the following profitable items:

  • Beef and Veal
    • By 2014, there were 12.215 million cattle and calves on approximately 82,665 Canadian farms and ranches.
      • Alberta accounts for approximately 42% of this inventory.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of cattle and calves in 2013 totalled $6.8 billion, 12.4% of total farm receipts.
    • Canada’s beef and veal exports increased by 2.9% from 2012 to 278,966 tonnes in 2013, valued at $1.33 billion.
    • Exports to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico.
      • The United States is the major export market for Canadian beef accounting for approximately 71% of exports.
      • In 2013, over 1 million head of cattle were exported to the United States for breeding, feeding and processing with feeder cattle exports making up a larger proportion of the trade.
      • In 2013 feeder cattle exports to the US represented 35% of the live trade, up from 21% in 2012.
  • Pork
    • By 2014, there were 12.745 million hogs on approximately 7,090 farms.
    • Farm cash receipts from the sale of slaughter hogs in 2013 totalled $4.1 billion, 7.5% of total farm receipts.
    • In addition, 735,500 head went to processing facilities in the United States and 4.17 million head of isowean/weaner/feeder hogs went for feeding and finishing on United States farms.
    • Exports to the United States, Japan and China.
      • Exports of pork and pork products to all countries are estimated at $3.2 billion in 2013.
      • Processed pork sales totalled an estimated 71,811 tonnes in 2013 with the United States being the dominant purchaser (44.5%).
  • Lamb and Mutton
    • By 2014, there were 893,000 sheep and lambs on approximately 10,111 farms.
    • Canadian sheep production is mostly located in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta (73%).
    • Farm cash receipts for sheep and lambs in 2013 totalled $117.8 million, 0.2% of total farm receipts.
  • Goat, Rabbit, Horse
    • 225,461 goats on about 5,949 farms in Canada were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a growth of 27% within the last 5 years.
      • In Canada, the goat industry can be segmented into three distinct sectors: chevon (meat), dairy (milk) and fibre (mohair and cashmere).
  • Bison
    • 125,142 bison on about 1,211 farms in Canada according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture.
    • Bison production is primarily concentrated in the west, with 77% of the herd concentrated in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
    • Exports of bison meat are primarily to the US, but boneless product is also shipped to numerous countries in Europe, most notably France, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy.
  • Venison
    • 52,051 head of Canadian farm raised cervids (deer and elk) on about 952 farms were reported in the 2011 Census of Agriculture, a decrease of 55% within the last 5 years.
    • Elk are primarily farmed in western Canada and red deer in the eastern provinces.
    • Fallow deer, white-tailed deer and other cervid species are found throughout Canada.

With annual shipments worth $22.9 billion in 2013, the red meat industry is the largest sector of the Canadian food manufacturing industry.

  • Canada’s meat processing companies manufacture a wide variety of meat products ranging from fresh and frozen meat to processed, smoked, canned and cooked meats, as well as sausage and deli meats.
  • In addition to its red meat exports, Canada can provide halal-certified, kosher and organic meat and meat products.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada Proposes Monetary Penalties in Food Safety Enforcement: Give Your Input Until March 22, 2014.

Today, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can now issue Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements.

  • The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l'Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector / Inspecteur de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments. Image extracted from video above / Image extraite de la vidéo ci-dessus.

NEWS RELEASE

Harper Government Strengthens Food Safety Enforcement

Introduces monetary penalties for non-compliance with meat safety requirements

July 16, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Today, the Government of Canada is further strengthening Canada’s food safety system by allowing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue monetary penalties to businesses that do not meet Canada’s meat safety requirements. The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

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