The following video presents Poverty to Possibility – Afua – Foodshare:
“Afua helps bring fresh fruit and vegetables to some of Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods. It’s part of FoodShare’s Mobile Good Food Market, a program funded by United Way and just one example of how your generous support keep individuals, and entire communities, healthy and happy.”
The OFIFC is a network of agencies that provide culturally-appropriate services for Aboriginal peoples in over 28 urban communities, including programs related to children and youth, health and wellness, and education and training.
FoodShare Toronto to help low-income Ontarians save money and eat healthier by delivering vegetables and fruit.
Ontario is investing up to $112,000 over a year and a half in FoodShare Toronto’s innovative programs.
Deb Matthews Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy: Image Courtesy of Ontario
Ontario Partners with Innovative FoodShare Toronto to Support Healthy Nutrition
The following video presents The Natural Brook Trout Lakes of Algonquin Park (www.algonquinpark.on.ca):
“Algonquin Provincial Park is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of natural Brook Trout lakes. Despite being a 7,630 square kilometre (2,946 square mile) protected area in Ontario, Canada, Algonquin’s native fisheries are under threat. Learn what research has taught us about this special fishery and the simple things you can do to protect it for future generations. Discover more about Brook Trout at: http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/… “
Take a Selfie with Ontario’s Fall Colours
Great Photo Opportunities Abound in Ontario’s Parks
“Tell us how you support arts and culture and you could win a 3 night get-away for 2 to a Fairmont Hotel or Resort in Canada, and Sun Life Financial will donate $5,000 to a Canadian artist or cultural organization of your choice. Enter now at culturedays.ca/contest! Contest closes 27/09/2015. Subject to official Rules.
Don’t forget to plan your Culture Days weekend on culturedays.ca using the Bright Spots Schedule.
Canada’s Ontario Culture Days has teamed up with Craft Ontario to encourage craft makers to offer FREE hands-on craft activities to the public during the Culture Days weekend that launches on September 25-27, 2015. More than 150 FREE craft activities are offered across the province.
“The public will be invited into the workshops of these makers, and in many cases they will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and try a variety of craft techniques for themselves, learning directly from accomplished artisans for FREE. Come find out why making crafts is the most popular creative activity engaged in by the general public and possibly fall in love with a new past time.”
It’s easy to find other craft-related activities in your communities by selecting “craft” as a search category on the Culture Days website.
Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub
Also, the Bloor St. Culture Corridor – Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district – celebrates the sixth annual Culture Days weekend taking place Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015 with the Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub.
More than 15 free events and activities will be offered at leading arts and culture destinations on Bloor St. West.
The Bloor St. Culture Corridor invites everyone to create, participate, share, and celebrate culture in the heart of Toronto.
Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!
THE BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR HUB
TORONTO, Canada (September 4, 2015): The Bloor St. Culture Corridor – Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district – celebrates the sixth annual Culture Days weekend taking place Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2015 with the Culture Days Bloor St. Culture Corridor Hub. More than 15 free events and activities will be offered at leading arts and culture destinations on Bloor St. West. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor invites everyone to create, participate, share, and celebrate culture in the heart of Toronto.
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Options Report was recently released this August, outlining five options for new ward boundaries for Toronto.
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. The Review is being done to ensure each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council. A key focus of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review is making sure the number of people in each ward is similar to other wards in the city. This is the most important component of effective representation. The Review will also look at communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city. Ward boundaries should not split up well-established communities. Other factors such as a ward’s history and physical or natural features will also be considered as part of the review. Read our FAQ…
The study is being done by an independent team of consultants who are responsible for making sure the process is not influenced by political interests.
Current Ward Boundaries: 44 Wards; Current average population is 61,000
Currently, in the City of Toronto there is a wide range in the number of people in each ward.
Due to factors like population growth and new construction, some of the city’s wards are 30 percent to 45 percent above the average population – 61,000.
As a result, the vote of one person does not have the same value or weight as that of the next person.
Ward boundary reviews are complex, costly and include extensive public involvement. Municipalities cannot conduct reviews for every election. The TWBR’s goal is to create a ward system that will last for the next four elections – 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030. To achieve this, the ‘target year’ for effective representation is set at 2026.
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.