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Fort York Visitor Centre Official Opening

Friday, September 19, 2014

1 to 3:30 p.m., remarks at 2 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 &

Grand Opening Celebrations
& On Common Ground Festival

FREE: Admission is FREE All Weekend

September 20 & 21, 2014

12 to 7 p.m.

Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto and the site of Canada’s largest collection of 1812-era military structures.””

Above, Fort York Visitor Centre is located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

Above, Fort York Visitor Centre is located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

The new visitor centre will be located below and just north of the Gardiner Expressway, at the entrance to the National Historic Site – in alignment with the original shoreline of Lake Ontario. The new building will be Fort York’s front door, welcoming and orienting visitors. Conforming to the Toronto Green Standard, the building will provide Fort York’s first secure exhibit space and enable the display of artifacts from the City’s collection that illustrate the history of the city’s founding site.”

Above, Sectional Perspective of Fort York Visitor Centre. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

Above, Sectional Perspective of Fort York Visitor Centre. Rendering by Kearns Mancini Architects and Patkau Architects.

“In 2014, the 24,000 square foot Fort York Visitor Centre will open on the south side of Garrison Common. Designed by the award-winning Canadian team of Patkau Architects Inc / Kearns Mancini Architects Inc, it will help the Fort tell its 200-year story and orient visitors to the entire 43-acre National Historic Site.

Step through our new front door for On Common Ground, a fabulous festival of culture and community energizing the Visitor Centre and grounds of Fort York with culturally diverse music, dance, theatre, craft-making, kidzone, community village and local food.”

Please click here for the complete itinerary of the Official Opening on September 19.

Also, the following five new exhibitions will open inside the new Visitor Centre:

Read more of Celebrate: Fort York Visitor Centre Opening Sept.19 & On Common Ground Festival Sept.20-21, 2014

This video presents Tour Canada’s Boreal Forest | Pew.

Spanning 1.2 billion acres, Canada’s boreal forest is the largest intact forest ecosystem on the planet. This unique environment is home to hundreds of species of migratory fish and birds, and contains carbon-rich soil and permafrost critical to the fight against global warming.

The City of Toronto Urban Forestry branch in Ontario, Canada, invites you to celebrate National Forest Week, September 21 to 27, 2014.

National Forest Week is the annual celebration to recognize, appreciate and celebrate all that trees and forests do.

2014 National Forest Week

September 21 to 27
Theme: Sunrise in the Forest

“The theme of this year’s National Forest Week is “Sunrise in the Forest”. This year’s theme recognizes:

A new day is dawning across Canada’s forests – one with great opportunity and great rewards.
Today’s forestry is high-tech, diverse, innovative, and green.
Be part of the responsible stewardship of our most important renewable resource.
Wake up to a career in the forest sector – where bright minds make the future brilliant!

Life’s Better Here #lifesbetterhere

View the 2014 Calendar of Events

Canadian Forestry Association

Also, National Tree Day is September 24, 2014.

“National Tree Day will serve as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

On March 2, 2011 a private members motion to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week, National Tree Day, received consent from the House of Commons. The motion was presented by Royal Galipeau, M.P., at the urging of Tree Canada.

National Tree Day is the celebration of trees and forests in your town, city, and in neighbourhoods across Canada. Check out our event listings or register your own event!”

Tree Canada

Tree Canada

Presents

Break current Largest Tree Hug world record! Activities for all ages! Celebrate trees!

Guinness World Record: The most people hugging trees at the same time

FREE Admission

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

11:00AM – 2:30PM

Location: Monument à sir Georges-Étienne-Cartier, Mont Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • On National Tree Day, Tree Canada is holding their big national, celebratory event in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, this year!
  • Everyone is welcome, so please bring your friends, family and co-workers!
  • There will be plenty of fun activities to take part in, tree planting, speeches, and much more!
  • Keep checking out the National Tree Day website for more details
  • If you’d like to attend this event, please click here to register!

The National Tree Day Challenge Contest

  • † One real tree will be planted for the first virtual tree you plant.
    • Tree Canada will plant up to 10,000 real trees for up to 10,000 virtual trees.
  • *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
    • Subject to the Official Rules.
    • Entrants must be located in Canada (excluding its territories); be a legal resident of Canada (excluding its territories) and of age of majority in his/her province of residence at the time of entry.
    • Contest Closes at 4:59 PM (ET) on September 30, 2014.
    • Random draws will be held on October 9, 2014. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
    • Selected entrants must be confirmed a winner, including providing the correct answer to a mathematical skill-testing question.
  • Prizes may not be as illustrated.
  • Here are the following prizes:
    Read more of Celebrate Trees: #TreeDayChat and Break Guinness World Record Tree Hug in Montreal Sept.24, 2014

This video presents QP Corneliu Chisu Rouge National Urban Park.

“We have tabled a bill in the House recently that would create the Rouge national urban park in the Greater Toronto Area. The park is near 20% of Canada’s population, enabling Canadians to connect with nature, culture and agriculture without having to travel far from their homes. This park would be 16 times larger than Central Park in New York City, and this action has been taken by our Conservative government to make this happen.”

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The Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan: The Park Vision—A People’s Park

“Rouge National Urban Park celebrates and protects, for current and future generations, a diverse landscape in Canada’s largest metropolitan area. Linking Lake Ontario with the Oak Ridges Moraine, the park offers engaging and varied experiences, inspires personal connections to its natural beauty and rich history, promotes a vibrant farming community, and encourages us to discover Canada’s national treasured places. (Park Concept, 2012)”

The Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan will guide Parks Canada’s management of the park over a ten-year period.

All lands within the Park Study Area identified on Map 3 are included in the park except for the following:

  • the hamlets of Cedar Grove and Locust Hill,
  • privately-owned lands,
  • Beare Road Park, and
  • above-ground provincial, municipal and regional infra- structure (roads and road allowances, railway lines, hydro transmission corridors, storm water management facilities).

Unless otherwise specified, targets are to be achieved by 2024, the end of the 10-year life of this Management Plan.

  • Baseline conditions refer to 2015 unless otherwise indicated.

“Parks Canada will manage the park not so much toward a particular end state, but in an adaptive way, so that it remains healthy and strong in the face of changes within and beyond its borders.”

Here are some of the Management Plan’s actions.

  • Manage the park to enhance ecosystem health by way of an adaptive management approach that focuses on protecting existing ecosystems and restoring, to the greatest extent possible, functioning, resilient ecosystems.
  • Manage the park in an integrated fashion so that the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources, the facilitation of visitor experiences, and the expansion of economic opportunity for the park farming community occurs in a mutually-supportive manner.
  • Manage lands under lease for commercial, agricultural, residential, and utility use and those directly managed by Parks Canada to support the achievement and integration of park objectives.
  • Engage a broad diversity of park volunteers, stakeholders, partners, and lessees as key contributors to the achievement of the park vision.
  • Coordinate the planning and management of the park with other jurisdictions in this rapidly growing urban region, so that the park becomes an even more important and valuable contributor to the social, economic, and natural health of adjacent communities, watersheds, and the larger Greenbelt and region.
  • A lived-in landscape.
  • Opportunity for collaboration on research and innovation with a wide range of academic, First Nations, corporate and community partners

Here are some of the Management Plan’s objectives with corresponding actions.

A sustainable, vital park lessee community is built on community relationships, economic viability, diversification, and environmental stewardship.

  • Set clear expectations by mutual agreement in new agricultural and commercial leases that contribute to the integrated delivery of the Parks Canada mandate in the conservation of natural and cultural resources, visitor experience, and education.
  • Establish priorities for commercial leases to provide services to park visitors and local residents and to facilitate meaningful visitor experiences and educational opportunities that are aligned with the park character and mandate.
    • Facilitate ways for people to live and work in the park to enhance their livelihoods, promote a sense of park community, and support integrated park goals by:
      • encouraging farmers to live in the park by attaching residential leases to farm leases, where appropriate;
      • recognizing the cultural heritage of the families that have been farming in the area and encouraging new farmers to make similar connections to the land;
      • collaborating with local farmers, local farm groups, and municipalities to pursue opportunities for small- scale business ventures that are appropriate to the character of the park and that provide services or education to park visitors; and
      • allowing some residential units to be used for “cottage industry” type commercial operations.

The park’s welcome areas offer visitors a warm arrival and are accessible by various means (see Map 4):

  • Work with partners to support convenient transportation options to the park from local communities and natural areas and green spaces in Toronto, Pickering, and Markham, the Toronto Zoo and Beare Road Park, and other parts of the GTA by way of:
    • wayfinding and free “how to get there” mobile applications;
    • transit, bike lane, trail, and park shuttle networks that lead to and from the park’s welcome areas; and
    • car pooling options at Rouge National Urban Park parking lots.
  • Create a sense of arrival to the park via a network of “welcome areas” that provide a stepping off point for park discovery and include transit access, connections to the trail network, short interpretive loop trails, non- personal assistance and interpretation, parking, sun and shade shelter, picnic and washroom facilities. (Refer to Map 4 for numbered locations.)

Park users of different backgrounds and abilities move easily through the park via a connected network encompassing different travel modes (see Map 5).

  • Explore the feasibility and utility of a park shuttle that connects areas within the park (such as welcome areas) with links to public transportation hubs (such as GO/ subway stations).

Identify the needs and future plans and aspirations of agricultural, commercial, and residential lessees, as well as consult the public, municipalities, and other levels of government

Consolidation of residential leases with agricultural lands to encourage a lived-in landscape.

Here are some targets of the Management Plan.

  • The assembly of all park lands by Parks Canada is completed.
  • All lands transferred to Parks Canada are formally designated as part of Rouge National Urban Park within five years of acquisition.
  • Ecological restoration and connectivity strategies are in place by 2016.
  • A Rural Landscape Plan is completed by the end of 2015.
  • Visitor experience-related guidance is in place by 2015.
  • Mechanisms to manage collaborations are in place by 2015.
  • All advisory bodies are established by 2015 at the latest as shown below.
All advisory bodies are established by 2015 at the latest.

All advisory bodies are established by 2015 at the latest.

Please click here to read the proposed Rouge National Urban Park draft management plan (PDF, 2.4 MB).

This video presents Megan Leslie asks about Rouge National Urban Park Act.

  • June 19, 2014 – House of Commons

In the following letter, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) explains the Rouge Park dilemma and urges us to voice our concerns about  protecting nature in the Rouge as a first priority:

Read more of Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan: Meetings-Sept.16 & 18; Online Survey Until Oct.31 2014

This recall was triggered by the company.

  • McCain Foods (Canada) is voluntarily recalling McCain brand Onion Rings from the marketplace due to possible glass contamination.
    • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the product description.

  • There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: McCain Brand Onion Rings Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities, Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Please click here for the products’ descriptions and photos.

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

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Premier Brand and Konrads.ca Brand Spice Products are Recalled

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.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Due to Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities, Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella bacteria contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Please click here for the tenth list of recalled products containing organic sprouted chia seed powder:

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

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Tenth List of Recalled Products Containing Organic Sprouted Chia Seeds

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update to the previous blog, Recall: Frozen Pork Spring Rolls, Pork Buns & Pork Wontons from Vinh Fat Food Products, Edmonton.

  • This recall was triggered by the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne outbreak investigation led by Alberta Health Services (http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/10353.asp) and supported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
  • Additional distribution information and selling dates were identified during the outbreak investigation.
  • Vinh Fat Food Products is recalling frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 bacteria contamination.
    • Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Please click here for more info about these affected products.

  • These affected frozen pork products have been sold from Vinh Fat Food Products, 10630-97th Street, Edmonton, and may have also been sold by other retailers in Alberta.
    • Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer.

Confirmed Cases of E.coli O157:H7
July 15, 2014 to September 11, 2014*:

North Zone  7
Edmonton Zone  53
Central Zone  6
Calgary Zone  78
South Zone  11
Total  155

* Case Numbers are updated, by 5 p.m., daily, Monday – Friday. Case Numbers are not updated on weekends or statutory holidays.

  • There has been no reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

The other details of this recall are as follows.

Read more of Update: Second List of Recalled Frozen Pork Products from Vinh Fat Food Products, Edmonton, Alberta