Ontario has approved two plans to protect sources of drinking water in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region. Ontario Regulation 284/07 under the Clean Water Act, 2006 designates the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region as comprising the lands under the jurisdiction of the Halton Region Conservation Authority and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
The CTC Source Protection Plan, and Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Plan, and the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Plan were developed by local municipal and community partners to protect the quality and quantity of water sources that supply municipal drinking water systems around Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario, and Halton-Hamilton. The plans set out actions to eliminate, manage or reduce potential risks to these drinking water sources.
August 7th, 2015Community, Frugal Crowd, Green, Health & Wellness, VideosComments Off on BioAmber Opens World’s Largest Bio-succinic Acid Manufacturing Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Renewable & Greener Alternatives to Petrochemicals That are Derived from Oil, Which Can Be Used in Everyday Products Including Plastics, Food Additives & Personal Care Products
The following video presents BioAmber Corporate Video:
“BioAmber is a sustainable chemicals company producing commercial quantities of bio-based succinic acid. As global markets increasingly demand sustainable, viable and performance solutions, BioAmber is pioneering the development of a global, 100% low-carbon integrated supply chain.”
Recently, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and BioAmber (a Montreal-based chemicals company) celebrated the official opening of the world’s largest bio-succinic acid manufacturing facility in the heart of the Sarnia-Lambton chemistry cluster.
How bio-succinic acid is made: “We use renewable feedstocks (sugars) instead of fossil fuels and apply industrial biotechnology (fermentation) using our proprietary yeast, which consumes sugar and CO2 to produce succinic acid. We then recover and purify the succinic acid and use conventional chemistry to convert the succinic acid into 1,4 Butanediol and disodium succinate.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber
The $141.5 million plant will produce sustainable chemicals which are renewable, greener alternatives to petrochemicals that are derived from oil.
Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis: A Carbon Neutral Footprint. Image Courtesy of BioAmber
Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis
A Carbon Neutral Footprint
“BioAmber is committed to producing chemicals in a more environmentally responsible manner. By using renewable feedstock, eliminating green house gas emissions and substantially reducing energy consumption, we are practicing greener chemistry that is sustainable. When our Sarnia plant begins production in 2015, it will have an impressive carbon footprint relative to the existing method of producing succinic acid from petroleum. Our bio-based process for making succinic acid will result in a 100% reduction in green house gas emissions and a 60% reduction in energy consumption.”
The sustainable chemicals can be used in a variety of everyday products including plastics, food additives and personal care products.
Currently, the plant has created 60 high value jobs.
Sustainability feedstock development
“BioAmber is focused on using the most abundant, low cost sugar available, but we are also conscious of the need to be as sustainable as possible. Today, North American corn offers the most competitively priced sugar, making our succinic acid even more cost competitive. We can also use sugar from cane, beets, sorghum, wheat and tapioca to produce succinic acid. Our longer-term goal is to move to agricultural, forestry and eventually industrial waste as alternatives to traditional sugars.”
Sustainability Feedstock Development: Feedstock Flexibility. “While these second and third generation sugars are not commercially available today, BioAmber is working to ensure it has the flexibility to move to these alternative feedstocks when they become economical and available in commercial quantities. Our proprietary yeast developed with Cargill has the ability to efficiently consume xylose, the principal sugar that is obtained from hemi-cellulose, a major component of agricultural and forestry waste. We are actively screening sugars produced by various new technologies in an effort to determine those that will offer legitimate alternatives to first generation sugars. We are also engaged in a research program with Canada’s National Research Counsel that is developing a new organism that can consume methane or methanol instead of sugar and produce succinic acid. Methane and methanol are expected to be widely available and inexpensive byproducts of the shale gas boom.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber
July 25th, 2015Community, Frugal Crowd, Health & Wellness, VideosComments Off on Help the CRTC to Seek Solutions to Caller Identification Spoofing & Illegitimate Caller Identification Spoofing in Canada: Please Submit Comments Until October 16, 2015
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Caller Identification Spoofing
Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.
The following video presents Scammers using caller ID spoofing to pose as you:
Illegitimate Caller Identification Spoofing
The following video presents Caller ID Spoofing:
“SWANNANOA N.C — A Buncombe County business is potentially losing thousands of dollars after its phone number is allegedly stolen.
The owner of the Swannanoa Flower Shop tells News 13 it happened after she received a fraudulent call Tuesday.
The Better Business Bureau says it’s sounds like a case of “Caller ID Spoofing. Identity thieves use your phone number to collect sensitive information from others.
Terry Dorlan says right now her customers have no way of contacting her.
“The thing is you’ve not done anything to anybody. You work hard and you try and maintain and you do what you do and somebody can come take it away from you in a blink of an eye,” said Dorlan.
Dorlan has filed a complaint with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. She’s also working with Charter Communications to get back her phone number. In the meantime, she is asking customers to call (828)273-6062 or (828)686-5212.”
CRTC seeks solutions to help Canadians protect themselves from unsolicited and illegitimate calls
July 23, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a public consultation to better understand the technical solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. The CRTC is also exploring new and innovative solutions that could enhance consumer protections, including those that may reduce illegitimate caller identification (caller ID) spoofing.
The information gathered as part of this proceeding will serve to develop guidance for Canadians so they can better manage unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls and protect their privacy.
July 18th, 2015Community, Frugal Crowd, Green, Health & WellnessComments Off on Toronto Council Highlights Jul 7-9,2015: Topics Include Social Housing, Car-pooling app – UberPool, Poverty & Woodbine Racetrack’s Expanded Gaming
Toronto City Council Chamber: Image Courtesy of the City of Toronto
City Council is composed of the Mayor and 44 Councillors who make decisions on behalf of their constituents – the people who vote for them in the 44 wards. Issues are identified by the public, through staff research, as follow-up to existing programs, services or policies or as part of the everyday work of running a city and achieving Council’s priorities.
The decision-making process involves committees and City Council. Committees include some, but not all Councillors.
Committees make recommendations to City Council for a final decision, while community councils (a type of committee) have some powers to make decisions on specific issues. Every Councillor is a member of City Council.
Toronto City Council Structure (2006)
You can learn more about decision-making at the City on the Civic Engagement website.
City Council and committee meetings are held on a four-week schedule.
There are several types of committees. Members of the public can provide their input during committee and community council meetings by speaking for up to five minutes and receiving questions from Councillors. Learn more about speaking to a committee.
Confronting poverty in Toronto was one of the topics discussed at the council meeting of July 7, 8 and 9.
This video presents YWCA Toronto – Poverty Reduction:
City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Volume 18 Issue 5
Toronto City Council meeting of July 7, 8 and 9, 2015
Council Highlights is an informal summary of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk provides the formal documentation at http://www.toronto.ca/council.
Expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack
Council debated expanded gaming at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack and passed a resolution in support of the proposal, subject to conditions. The approval sets the stage for the development of an integrated entertainment complex including gaming and non-gaming development at the Woodbine site in the northwest part of the city. Council also agreed to explore the possibility of designating some of the revenues from expanded gaming to a community benefits fund, and supported certain employment-related requirements tied to the expansion of gaming.
The Poverty Reduction Strategy is being developed through a collaborative process through 2015. This roadmap, last updated June 23, 2015, guides the work to be completed: Image Courtesy of City of of Toronto
Confronting poverty in Toronto
Council adopted an interim report on a strategy to address poverty in Toronto. In addition to adopting the vision and objectives for TO Prosperity: Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy, Council directed staff to undertake further discussions with residents and to provide Council with a final poverty reduction strategy and detailed implementation plan. Council also supported taking action on subjects such as eye examinations for schoolchildren in specific neighbourhoods and pursuing partnerships with the private sector to support the City’s poverty-reduction efforts.
The following video presents INVADE – Ontario Travel 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games TV Commercial:
“Ontario will host the largest sport tourism event in our history – and the best way to witness the power of sport is to be there. Share the highs of winning a gold for your country, the thrill of a close race and the camaraderie of 7,500+ athletes from 41 countries and territories. Celebrate the competition at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.”
“Close to 7,000 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test in world-class competition in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
The TORONTO 2015 Games will involve municipalities stretching from Oshawa to Welland.”
The Pan Am Games take place from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15.
Pan Am Flame: May 30 – July 10, 2015
The Pan Am flame represents the history and spirit of the Games; it is a symbol that unites the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations.
The flame for the Pan Am Games was lit in May 2015 during a traditional ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Following the lighting, the flame was handed over to a representative from the Host City.
Then, the flame was flown back to Canada to begin the torch relay on May 30, 2015 and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, in Toronto to light the cauldron at Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a 41-day journey that shares the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities.
Here are some facts about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, May 30 – July 10:
5,000+ kilometres on the road
15,000+ kilometres in the air
60+ alternative modes of transportation
Parapan Am Flame: August 3 – 7, 2015
The Parapan Am flame represents the history and spirit of the Games; it is a symbol uniting the 28 Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) member nations.
The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay will be a five-day inspirational journey along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
Before the start of the torch relay, there will be two separate Parapan Am flames to be lit — one in Ottawa, Ontario, and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario — in special ceremonies on August 3, 2015.
The flames will travel toward Toronto, and make its final stop on August 7, 2015, where they will unite before lighting the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games.
Here are some facts about the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay August 3 – 7:
700+ kilometres on the road
Multiple celebration communities
Inspirational journey of two flames uniting in Toronto for the Opening Ceremony
The following video presents Day 33 // Jour 33 // 33ª jornada:
“July 2: Orléans, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston
2 juillet : Orléans, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston
3 de julio: Calgary, AB, base de las Fuerzas Canadienses de Kingston, ON, Kingston, Odessa, Napanee, Deseronto, la Primera Nación Tyendinaga, Belleville”
Toronto invites you to the FREE celebratory events for the Pan Am flame in Toronto this weekend.
The following video (2009) presents Canada’s Growing Gap:
“The income gap between the rich and the rest of us grew, in good times and in bad. Learn more about it with this video.“
“Headstart – Affluent Canadian Families Have a Running Start: The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age. Did you know that the wealthiest Canadian families in their twenties have an average net worth of over $500,000—more than middle class families manage to save over a lifetime. If these millionaire babies stay at the top, they’ll spend the rest of their lifetime accumulating even greater wealth, leaving their middle class contemporaries behind in their gold dust. ” Infographic: Headstart in the report, The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap Between Canada’s Affluent and the Middle Class. Infographic Courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
For more information, please contact Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Senior Communications Officer, at 613-563-1341 x306.
Wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at young age: study
June 25, 2015
OTTAWA—The wealth advantage for Canada’s affluent starts at a young age, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, dives into 13 years of Statistics Canada data to track changes in wealth between Canada’s wealthiest families and those families in the middle of the wealth spectrum while adjusting for age. It is a study in contrasts: the wealth gap between Canada’s affluent and middle class is not only growing, the benefits for the most affluent start early in life. Breaking out wealth by age reveals much more extreme gaps than are visible when all ages are mixed together. Read more of Canada’s Wealth Gap Between Affluent & Middle Class: 2015 Study Reveals Much More Extreme Gaps
Please urge Ontario to significantly raise the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates for Disabled Canadians.
The following video (2012) presents Laura Cattari: Living on ODSP:
“Laura Cattari wants to reform Ontario’s social assistance program. She says it’s unwieldy and difficult to navigate. And she should know, as she is an ODSP recipient. She shares her experience with Steve Paikin.“
“Join supporters, including an MPP, as we walk, stroll or roll from York Region headquarters to the Aurora-Newmarket MPP’s office to support a better deal for Danny Philion and those mired in poverty by circumstance. Please note the fixed date is tentative. We are asking for a 50% increase in ODSP payments and hope to have the issue highlighted in parliament. Dan arrived at the initial meeting with the MPP Chris Ballard wearing no shoes or boots. ” I can’t afford boots” he informed him. Dan already has the best deal we offer those in his position including subsidized housing so something is not right here. Do you support a better deal than this for Dan? Support the Stroll & Roll for his freedom then. Stroll, walk, scoot, wheel or …“
Contact for the event is via cell phone @ 289-221-0928.
“…It is a reasonable request, and one the Ontario government will tell you they are working on this master plan for – but the one thing they have consistently resisted, despite the Harris era 40% cuts – is raising O.D.S.P. rates to livable rates. While welfare is meant to be temporary and used in parcel with community supports to move people forward in life, those with certain disabilities most often do not have that option, yet are painted with the same brush.
Join Dan July 7 2015 on the Stroll and Roll to Freedom starting at York Region Headquarters on Yonge St. Newmarket at 12 noon and ending at the MPP’s office.
” We’ve listened, and people have said they want to work” Ontario Government on their Poverty Reduction Strategy
I call that selective hearing. Yes they want to work. But they can’t all do so. What they really want is just to be recognized as valuable and useful members of society. That’s the issue. “You hear the expression falling through the cracks? Well guys like Dan are the ones who fall through those cracks”, I explained, ” and the direction of the poverty reduction strategy does nothing to address this..That’s where these cracks surface…”
I also stressed to Ballard that since Dan already has subsidized housing, and special diet, he is already getting the best deal we offer guys like him, and it isn’t near enough. I pointed out the 1% raise his government gave those on O.D.S.P. amounted to 3 bus rides in expensive York Region – $12 a month. The visit to his office would take up $8 of that, $16 for two both ways.
We both got the feeling Chris Ballard was receptive, and he even said he would possibly even march himself,…
It was a 15 minute trip to the M.P.P.’s office with York Region Wheel-trans on the way there, but took an hour and a half to get back with all the ladies’ stops, the driver carefully walking each to the door…“
Tom Pearson, Chair of Poverty Action for Change Coalition
RE: Stroll & Roll to Freedom – Event Date – June 7 2015
Postponed – Thunderstorm warning
Weather reports calling for thunderstorms on the date proposed for the Stroll & Roll to Freedom march, starting in Newmarket Ontario, have moved organizers to postpone the march.
Taking into account not only the danger during a possible storm, especially if caught mid-route, but also that some are unable to carry umbrellas and would face undo conditions with march areas passing through temporary sidewalk and road construction areas on Yonge St.. Wet, or cold weather conditions also negatively affect a person abilities with motor functions in the body when afflicted with muscular dystrophy as march organizer Dan Philion is. This also allows for some to cancel pick ups without losing demerit points – another bone of contention by Mr. Philion.
The march is to support a better deal for Dan and others in similar positions, stuck on disability support, with little hope to enjoy a stress free life, aside from dealing with their ailments.
The Stroll & Roll to Freedom group will announce another date and route in the near future.
You may contact organizers by sending e-mails addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, join them on Face Book or call 289-221-0928
“”Danny Philion is tired of asking of charity for basics and hates food banks. Mr. Philion wants a 50% increase in his income rates rates in order to buy his own groceries, clothes, and to socialize.” Image Credit: Tom Pearson