Toronto Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents to talk to City and community representatives about important programs and services geared for children from infancy to age 12.

  • The public consultation component of the November 19 Parent Summit will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • All parents of young children are invited to participate in the sessions whether or not they use licensed child care.

Share your experiences with child care and find out more about the city’s child care system by attending one of the following three sessions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Wednesday, November 19: The City Hall session will include an information fair, where parents can find out more about programs and services geared towards young children.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Information fair
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Summit session
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St.W.
Register here

Saturday, November 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Summit session

Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Register here

Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Register here

Child care, translation and assistive services are available upon request.

  • Please indicate your requirements during registration.
  • Spots are limited, so register now!

Read more about Parent Summit 2013: The “Let’s Talk Child Care” report is now available.

Parents can register for a session online at http://www.toronto.ca/parentsummit or by calling 311 between today and November 18.

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311
Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)

NEWS RELEASE

November 7, 2014

Registration for Parent Summit in Toronto begins today

Toronto parents are invited to register to attend one of three Parent Summit sessions taking place on November 19 and 22. These sessions are an opportunity for parents to provide valuable feedback regarding their experiences with child care as well as to learn more about the child care system and available programs and services. Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto Parent Summit Nov.19 and 22, 2014; Registration Now Open

This is an update to the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord” is Recalled (first list).

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Mogen David brand “Red Wine – Concord” due to presence of arsenic.

Please click here for the second recall list of Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord”.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Second Recall List of Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord”

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Mogen David brand “Red Wine – Concord” due to presence of arsenic.

Please click here for descriptions of the affected products.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Mogen David Brand “Red Wine – Concord” is Recalled

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

Above, electron microscope image of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. (In reality E. coli is not mauve; the mauve colour is added as visual aid.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Additional product info was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Third list of recalled unpasteurized cider products

Noah Martin is recalling unpasteurized apple cider from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Almost a quarter of the entire population of the European Union lives under the threat of poverty or social exclusion in 2013. Image extracted from video below.

Almost a quarter of the entire population of the European Union lives under the threat of poverty or social exclusion in 2013. Image extracted from video below.

This video presents Quarter of Europeans face poverty.

  • Over 124 million people in the European Union (EU) — or almost a quarter of its entire population – live under the threat of poverty or social exclusion, a report by EU’s statistical office has revealed.

Europe 2020 is the European Union’s (EU’s) ten-year growth and jobs strategy that was launched in 2010.

  • Five headline targets have been set for the EU to achieve by the end of 2020.
  • These cover employment; research and development; climate/energy; education; social inclusion and poverty reduction.

The 5 targets for the EU in 2020

  1. Employment
    • 75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed
  2. R&D
    • 3% of the EU’s GDP to be invested in R&D
  3. Climate change and energy sustainability
    • Greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) lower than 1990
    • 20% of energy from renewables.
    • 20% increase in energy efficiency
  4.  Education
    • Reducing the rates of early school leaving below 10%
    • At least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education
  5. Fighting poverty and social exclusion

In a recent Eurostat news release as shown here, the European Commission delineated the 24.5% of the EU population at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013.


Eurostat NEWS RELEASE

168/2014 – 4 November 2014

At risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU28
More than 120 million persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013
Almost 1 out of every 4 persons in the EU in this situation

In 2013, 122.6 million people, or 24.5% of the population, in the EU1 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that these people were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers2 (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity2. The proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU28 in 2013 (24.5%) has slightly decreased compared with 2012 (24.8%), but is higher than in 2008 (23.8%). The reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU is one of the key targets of the Europe 2020 strategy3.

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union and are based on data from the EU-SILC survey4.

At risk of poverty or social exclusion 2 rate in the EU28, 2008-2013
(% of total population)

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Highest at risk of poverty or social exclusion rate in Bulgaria, lowest in the Czech Republic

In 2013, more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in five Member States: Bulgaria (48.0%), Romania (40.4%), Greece (35.7%), Latvia (35.1%) and Hungary (33.5%). On the contrary, the lowest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in the Czech Republic (14.6%), the Netherlands (15.9%), Finland (16.0%) and Sweden (16.4%).

Among Member States for which data are available, the at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion rate has increased from 2008 to 2013 in most of the Member States, the only decreases being recorded in Poland (from 30.5% in 2008 to 25.8% in 2013), Romania (from 44.2% to 40.4%), Austria (from 20.6% to 18.8%), Finland (from 17.4% to 16.0%), Slovakia (from 20.6% to 19.8%), the Czech Republic (from 15.3% to 14.6%) and France (from 18.5% to 18.1%), while the share remained stable in Belgium.

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    * EU27 data for 2008; EU28 estimates for 2013.
    ** Spain: change of data source in 2013 income data; Croatia: 2008 data on At-risk-of-poverty rate after social transfers estimated from Household Budget Survey; United Kingdom: Change of provider of cross-sectional EU-SILC data: until 2012 data were collected by the ONS, from 2012 onwards they are collected by the Department for Work and Pensions.
    : Data not available

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City of Toronto’s 2014 Chief Planner Roundtable

On

Main Street Retail:
Animating the public realm through active retail and commercial uses

November 6, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2nd floor, Committee Room 1

Seating is limited; please RSVP to: chiefplannerroundtable@toronto.ca

Live stream the roundtable: On November 6, live stream the roundtable here. (Registration is required.)

 Live Stream Starting time:   9:15 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
  Duration:   3 hours 30 minutes
  Host’s name:   Jason Bunston 

Read the Agenda and Briefing document

Watch the Chief Planner Roundtable Live-Streaming online at Rogerstv.com November 6, 2014 at 9:30AM

 Monitor the conversation on twitter by following @CityPlanTO and by using and searching #CProundtable.

The Chief Planner Roundtable is a public forum for Torontonians to discuss key city-building challenges, and to identify innovative “drivers for change”.

Toronto’s growth of new main street retail space challenges us to think about how to best design, program, and incubate these spaces to maximise the contribution of retail to ….main streets, and how to mitigate disruption to existing retailers and communities. At the same time, the nature of retail itself has turned toward the digital, with Internet commerce placing strains on existing bricks-and- mortar retailers, pressing them to adapt business models to remain competitive.

Please click here for more info about this event.

NEWS RELEASE

November 4, 2014

Main streets the focus of City of Toronto roundtable this week

The City of Toronto’s 2014 Chief Planner Roundtable series concludes this week with a conversation that focuses on animating the public realm through main street retail and commercial uses.

The roundtable will take place Thursday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend or watch it live-streamed at http://www.toronto.ca/planning/chiefplannerroundtable.

Main streets function as gathering places for people, form the heart of retail commerce, and act as mobility arteries that connect a city’s neighbourhoods. Toronto’s main streets continue to play a critical role in sustaining these activities, which work to build complete communities that reduce congestion and the need to drive, increase walkability and create more possibilities for social interactions. Read more of Join 2014 Chief Planner Roundtable: Animating Toronto Public Realm Through Main Street Retail Nov.6

Cavalcade of Lights

FREE Admission

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7 pm

Nathan Phillips Square,  100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This video presents CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS IN CITY HALL TORONTO 2013.

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

November 3, 2014

Cavalcade of Lights set to launch Toronto’s holiday season celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square

The 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 29 will mark the official start of the holiday season in Toronto.

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

The festive Toronto tradition will feature the first lighting of Toronto’s official 18-metre (60-foot) Christmas tree, performances and fireworks. Thousands of people are expected to attend the celebration in Nathan Phillips Square under the glow of more than 525,000 lights.

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Featured performances by the all Juno Award-winning lineup are sponsored by Great Gulf and will include jazz and soul vocalist Kellylee Evans, rap trailblazer Maestro Fresh Wes, and Toronto favourite Kardinal Offishall.

A dazzling fireworks display, sponsored by TekSavvy, will begin at about 8:15 p.m.

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

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