This video presents Helping the Homeless in Toronto.

One way to help people who are homeless and vulnerable this holiday season is to donate the items as requested on the City of Toronto’s annual Holiday Wish List which provides suggestions from the community agencies that serve the homeless in Toronto.

“The most common items on the wish list this year are toiletries, winter clothing and gift cards for groceries – things that seem like everyday items but can make a big difference to an individual or family in need.”

Another way is to volunteer at these community agencies to help serve food, wrap gifts and sort donations.

Read more of Toronto’s 2014 Holiday Wish List for The Homeless: Please Help The Homeless This Holiday Season

This video presents Water Facts.

Fujifilm has established the internal guideline for the calculation of its water footprint (*1) for quantitatively assessing the amount of water consumed throughout a product’s lifecycle from procurement / manufacturing to sales and disposal.

Fujifilm will make use of this guideline to promote worldwide “visualization” of the environmental impact with respect to water resources over the lifecycle of products. The company will carry out environmentally-conscious product development, including material procurement by considering “water stressed areas” (*3), promoting proactive initiatives on the sustainable use and protection of limited water resources.

Sustainability Report 2014, page 49;  http://www.fujifilm.com/sustainability/report/pdf/index/ff_sr_2014_en_all.pdf

Water Stress Map: Mapping Fujifilm Group’s water usage into 2025 Water Stress Map (United Nations Environment Programme: UNEP). FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation Sustainability Report 2014, page 49; http://www.fujifilm.com/sustainability/report/pdf/index/ff_sr_2014_en_all.pdf

NEWS RELEASE

Fujifilm establishes the guideline for the calculation of its water footprint

December 5, 2014

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has established the internal guideline for the calculation of its water footprint (*1) for quantitatively assessing the amount of water consumed throughout a product’s lifecycle from procurement / manufacturing to sales and disposal. The move complements the existing efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions, and reflects the company’s active initiative for environmentally-conscious product development, impact assessment and information disclosure in respect to water resources.

In recent years, the world has been experiencing, with increasing severity, water shortages and concerns around water pollution. Europe is moving towards including the issue of water resource depletion in the Environmental Footprint (*2), a set of pilot guidelines for assessing the environmental impacts of product over their lifecycle. With an international standard (ISO) on the environmental impact calculation method for water to be released in early 2015, there is a global demand for impact assessment and information disclosure with respect to water resources.

Supporting this social trend early on, Fujifilm began exploring methods for calculating water footprint precociously, and has compiled its findings into this guideline.

Fujifilm applies the “Design for Environment” rule when designing and developing all products. It quantitatively and objectively assesses the environmental impact for CO2 emissions throughout each product’s lifecycle. This guideline for the calculation of water footprint sets out the approach and specific methodology for calculating the amount of water consumption over the product’s lifecycle, based on the procedure for calculating CO2 lifecycle assessment as defined in the “Design for Environment” rule. It encompasses not only “quantity” but also “quality” of water (pollution level), which will be clarified in the process of international standardization. The new guideline incorporates specific cases of products and services, making it easy for product developers to adopt the guideline. Read more of Fujifilm’s Guideline for Calculation of its Water Footprint: Use & Protection of Water Resources

Did you know?

  • About one in every five people, around 1.3 billion people, in the world live in areas without electricity.
  • To light their rooms, they burn firewood, dung, or lamp oil. Smoke from such fuels, however, pollutes the air in their houses.
  • As a result, every year 1.9 million people die from inhaling smoke. This number exceeds deaths by malaria or TB (tuberculosis).
  • Collecting firewood takes a long time and destroys forests.
  • Absence of electricity thus causes serious social problems.

This video presents 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project [Panasonic].

  • Panasonic’s “100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project” delivers “light” to people around the world living in areas without electricity.

Panasonic Corporation has launched the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, aiming to contribute 100,000 solar LED lanterns to people without access to electricity by 2018, the year of our 100th anniversary.

As our first step in this initiative, we donated 8,000 compact solar lights to non-profit, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations working to solve social challenges in Myanmar (3,000 units) and India (5,000 units), along with 2,000 lights to refugee camps in Africa in 2013.

Panasonic initiated “Cut Out the Darkness Project” to promote understanding of life in areas without electricity and their efforts to offer solar lanterns to people in those areas, the “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project“.

In “Cut Out the Darkness” project, Panasonic calls for online entries of lantern shade designs.

  • They will produce lantern shades and send lanterns with those shades to people living without electricity.

This video presents Cut Out the Darkness | Intro.

  • Would you like to offer solar lanterns with your personally-designed shade to people living in areas without electricity?
  • Using contributed original designs, Panasonic will produce shades for solar lanterns which will be given to people living without electricity.
  • This project is one of Panasonic’s Sustainability initiatives.

Read more of Panasonic: Send in Your Solar Lantern’s Designs by Jan.31, 2015 for “Cut Out the Darkness”- Indonesia

city-carol-sing

The Sixth Annual
CITY CAROL SING

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)

ADMISSION FREE
with Donations Being Accepted for the Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank

www.yorkminsterpark.com
Phone: (416) 922-1167

Special Guests: Deborah Hay :: Ted Dykstra :: Gord Martineau

Featuring: Read more of You’re Invited to Toronto’s Sixth Annual “City Carol Sing”: Please Bring Food Donations Dec.6, 2014

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.)

Due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, Cargill Meat Solutions (Est. 700) is recalling Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 (a.k.a. E. coli O157) contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled products.

Please click here for the descriptions and photos of the affected products.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: “Your Fresh Market” Brand Ground Beef Products are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Dole Live Right brand Double Dark Chocolate Bites due to mould.

Please click here for a description of the affected product.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Health Hazard Alert: Dole Live Right Brand Double Dark Chocolate Bites are Recalled

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This is an update tot the previous blog, Health Hazard Alert: Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls are Recalled. (First list of recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls.)

Nha Trang Deli Inc. is recalling Beef Balls from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

  • Consumers should not consume the recalled product.

Please click here for the second list of recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. brand Beef Balls.

Other details of the recall are as follows. Read more of Second List of Recalled Nha Trang Deli Inc. Brand Beef Balls