City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015

The following video presents 2014-2015 toronto new year’s eve:

One of the City of Toronto’s holiday events is the FREE New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, December 31.

  • Join the celebration and ring in the New Year on December 31, 2015 at Nathan Phillips Square with Toronto’s largest dance and skating party!
  • The Festivities begin at 8 pm with a DJ Skating Party featuring DJs MelBoogie and P-Plus atmospheric performers.
  • The skating party will continue until 10 pm, alongside a variety of roaming atmospheric performances.
  • The Dance Party portion of the evening continues from 10 pm and will go until midnight to the music of DJ P-Plus followed by DJ Starting from Scratch.
  • The celebration will end at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display to music.

The City of Toronto encourages visitors to take the TTC to this event.

  • This New Year’s Eve, Torontonians can enjoy FREE, safe rides to and from their festivities across the city.
  • Toronto Transit Commission is offering complimentary, extended service from 7 p.m. on December 31, 2015, to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2016, including subway service until approximately 4 a.m.

Local Road Restriction Notice (pdf)

  • Due to a fireworks safety zone, there will be road restrictions on local streets surrounding Toronto City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square.

More info about the celebration is provided at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=970167ef9611a410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c3e0d08099380410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD .

Also, some of the City of Toronto’s other holiday activities and recreation options are FREE during the holidays.

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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17-Dec-2015

City of Toronto’s holiday activities and recreation options

The City of Toronto invites residents and visitors to take advantage of the City’s many activities, programs and attractions available during the holidays. Read more of City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Recreation Options Include New Year’s Eve Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square at No Cost on December 31, 2015

Top 10 Tips for a Greener Holiday in Ontario, Canada: Make Environmentally Friendly Choices to Help Fight Climate Change & Keep Ontario’s Air, Land & Water Clean

The following video presents Together We Can Change Climate Change:

“Ontario is a world leader in fighting climate change.

Alongside our global partners, we’re making a difference. Ontario is building transit friendly cities to cut down on vehicle emissions and helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve ended coal-fired electricity generation in the province.

Together we can change climate change.

Learn more about what Ontario’s doing to fight climate change at ontario.ca/climatechange

A descriptive transcript for this video is available by visiting the following link:”

http://media.ontarionewsroom.com/desc…

Image grab from video above

Image grab from video above

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!

Top 10 Tips for a Greener Holiday


Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Help keep this holiday season merry and bright by making environmentally friendly choices to help fight climate change and keep Ontario’s air, land, and water clean.

  • Choose energy-efficient holiday lights and put them on timers to save on electricity bills.
  • Reduce waste by sending holiday greeting cards electronically, or pick cards printed on recycled paper.
  • Choose a real, Ontario-grown Christmas tree from a local tree farm or retailer.
  • Make your holiday travel as green and safe as possible. Carpool or take public transit to holiday parties. If you have to fly over the holidays, consider purchasing carbon offsets.
  • Make your festive dinners environmentally friendly while supporting local businesses. Choose from Ontario’s wide range of local foods available in December.
  • Shop local or buy gifts made from Ontario wood or recycled non-toxic plastic.
  • Keep batteries out of landfills by giving gifts that don’t need batteries. If you need batteries, make them rechargeable.
  • Get creative with your wrapping. Reuse paper from household items like calendars, newspapers and fabric or decorate brown craft paper that can go in the Blue Box. Reuse your wrapping paper for other holiday decorating.
  • Buy gifts with less packaging, and recycle when you can.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bags to stores.

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The Prime Minister of Canada Will Attend the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, France, November 30 – December 11: “I Look Forward to Partnering with Provinces and Territories – and All Parties – to Achieve an Ambitious International Climate Agreement at COP 21 for Our and All Future Generations”

The following video presents First Ministers Meeting:

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers to discuss the country’s strategy to fight climate change.

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers: Image grab from video above

Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, hosted a First Ministers’ Meeting with provincial and territorial Premiers: Image grab from video above

  • The Prime Minister has committed to holding annual First Ministers’ Meetings, and to open and continuous dialogue with each provincial and territorial Premier, in service to the people of their province or territory.
  • COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference, will be held November 30 to December 11, 2015, in Paris, France, and is the culmination of four years of negotiations towards a new global climate agreement.
  • COP21 will see Canada engaging with other countries in negotiations towards the adoption of a new international climate change agreement. The Prime Minister has invited all provincial and territorial leaders to attend, as well as the federal Opposition leaders and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.

“The challenges we face as a country require a true partnership between the federal government and the provinces and territories, which can only be achieved by sitting down together and engaging in an open and continuous dialogue. I have the deepest respect for our Premiers, and for the knowledge and range of perspectives they bring to the table. It is exciting to engage with them today on the pressing issues of climate change and the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and I look forward to regular collaboration on a range of issues important to Canadians.”
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/23/prime-minister-hosts-first-ministers-meeting

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Ottawa, Ontario – 23 November 2015

Prime Minister to travel to the United Kingdom, attend Commonwealth meeting in Malta, and climate conference in France

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to Europe for various bilateral and multilateral meetings. In London, United Kingdom, the Prime Minister will have an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, and will meet with his counterpart David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on November 25, 2015. He will then travel to Valletta, Malta, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), being held from November 27 to 29, 2015.

Following CHOGM, the Prime Minister will travel to Paris, France, from November 29 to 30, 2015, for a bilateral meeting with President François Hollande. Finally, while in Paris, the Prime Minister will attend the Leaders’ Event of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He will be joined by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion. Read more of The Prime Minister of Canada Will Attend the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris, France, November 30 – December 11: “I Look Forward to Partnering with Provinces and Territories – and All Parties – to Achieve an Ambitious International Climate Agreement at COP 21 for Our and All Future Generations”

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy”

The following video presents COP21/CMP11 official video (English subtitles):

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” which will take place in Paris-Le Bourget from 30th of November to 11th of December 2015.”

www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 (the ‘Rio Convention’) included the adoption of UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  • This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
  • The UNFCCC now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.

  • In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country.

  • The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
This "is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference." Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

This “is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference.” Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

For more detailed information on COP21, what it’s all about and what it means for private sector companies, you can download ecometrica.com’s FREE paper at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business, entitled Paris Climate Conference: What’s at stake for businesses at the COP21?

  • Authored by Sandy Gain, Climate Change Analyst at Ecometrica, the paper goes into further detail about what’s at stake for businesses, gives some great examples of existing corporate projects, and explains how a new CDP framework can help businesses move towards a low-carbon economy.

News Release Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister to take part in key meeting before Paris climate conference

Canada’s participation in the Pre-COP ministerial meeting underscores the importance of international collaboration in achieving climate change agreement
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Open Letter to Canadians: “For the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table”

The following video (duration is 4 h:15 min:52 sec) presents WATCH LIVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks following swearing-in ceremony:

  • Watch live as Justin Trudeau and his new cabinet ministers are sworn in as the new Canadian government on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Hosted by Global News’ Tom Clark and Jacques Bourbeau. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca .
  • Video starts at mark 7 min:53 sec; audio starts at mark 10 min:47 sec; and Prime Minister Trudeau, his wife and parliamentary cabinet members appear at mark 32 min:29 sec.

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Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s open letter to Canadians


Ottawa, Ontario – 4 November 2015

My dear friends,

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing our team of extraordinary Canadians who will serve as Ministers in your new government. As a Canadian, you expect to see your values and priorities reflected in your government – and we have listened closely. Our strong, diverse, and experienced team will serve all Canadians, and – for the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table.

Over the course of the campaign, we promised you a government that will bring real change – in both the things we do and the way we do them. We will immediately start implementing our plan for a strong and growing middle class. On Election Day, you sent a clear message, and you rightly expect us to fulfill our promises.

I am writing to you, today, to reaffirm my commitment to spend the next four years working hard to deliver on those promises. It is time for leadership that never seeks to divide Canadians, but takes every single opportunity to bring us together, including in Parliament.

We made a commitment to invest in growing our economy, strengthening our middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. We committed to fighting climate change and protecting our environment. We made a commitment to provide more direct help to those who need it by giving less to those who do not. We committed to public investment as the best way to spur growth, job creation, and economic prosperity. And we committed to a responsible, transparent fiscal plan for challenging economic times. We expect you to hold the government accountable for delivering these commitments. Read more of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Open Letter to Canadians: “For the first time in our country’s history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table”

Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children Aged Two to 17 at No Cost in Ontario, Canada, Starting Oct.26, 2015

The following video presents New flu vaccine nasal spray introduced for Ontario children:

“In a news conference on Tuesday, Ontario’s health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the introduction of a new flu vaccine nasal spray for children.”

Ontario Giving Parents More Choice with Free Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children: Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario, Canada

Ontario Giving Parents More Choice with Free Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children: Image Courtesy of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario, Canada

Starting on October 26, nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children and youth aged two to 17 in Ontario, Canada, as an alternative to an injection in the arm.

Both the nasal spray and injectable vaccines will help offer broader protection against four flu viruses instead of three. The added protection comes against an additional B-strain of the flu virus, which affects children and youth more frequently than adults.

“Since it can take up to two weeks to build immunity, I am urging young people to plan to get the shot or nasal spray as soon as it’s available.”

Dr. David Williams
Ontario’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health

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Ontario Giving Parents More Choice with Free Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for Children

Providing Broader Protection for Kids this Flu Season

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You’re Invited to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 Event at No Cost For an Exploration & Celebration of Contemporary Art in Toronto, Canada, Oct.3 from 6:55 P.M. Until Sunrise on Oct.4

The following video presents Nuit Blanche Toronto: A 10-year retrospective:

“Celebrating 10 years of transformative art in Toronto…..Toronto buzzed with excitement as Nuit Blanche Toronto was first unleashed on an unsuspecting city.

Torontonians left behind the comfort of their beds en masse and ventured out onto the city’s streets for an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.

Since the inaugural event, more than 9.5 million people explored 1,200 art projects by 4,500 artists.

Join us on October 3, 2015 for the 10th edition and experience this FREE all-night contemporary art event.

For more info, visit: scotiabanknuitblanche.ca.

Follow: @sbnuitblancheTO Tag: #snbTO”

You are invited to Nuit Blanche Toronto, a FREE event on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 6:55 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday, October 4!

“On Saturday, October 3 from 6:55 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday, October 4, the streets of Toronto will be transformed by more than 110 art projects created by and featuring nearly 400 artists for the 10th edition of #snbTO. Visit www.snbto.ca for information & start planning your night!”

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 – planning ahead and getting around on October 3 and 4

From sunset at 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, October 3 to sunrise on Sunday, October 4, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art once again returns to the city’s streets. To help people plan ahead for the event, information about getting to, around and home from the event is available at scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/plan-ahead.

Digital guide and navigating the night
A streamlined version of the navigation website will be available on mobile devices on October 3 at snbto.ca. Use GPS to find the closest projects and to get around for the event. Projects can be found and viewed by location, artist or project name. Additional information about the optimized web app can be found at scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/connect/nuit-mobile.html. Event updates will also be available on Twitter at @sbnuitblancheTO, #snbTO throughout the night.

Event map
A map and detailed event information are available via the website and on mobile devices, as noted above. During the event, a paper map is available at any of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Information Centres: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Union Station, 65 Front St. W., and the southeast corner of College Street and University Avenue.

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