2014 Ontario Budget: Minister of Finance Wants Canadian Input to Develop the 2014 Budget

This video presents “Budget 101: What Is It?”

  • “Budget 101: What Is It? | Le Budget 101: En Quoi Consiste-t-il? |
  • Tell Us What Matters To You./ Dites-nous ce qui est important pour vous.”

 Ontario’s Financial Cycle
Ontario’s Financial Cycle

The Ontario government in Canada is reaching out to individuals and organizations across the province to hear as many ideas and priorities as possible in advance of the 2014 provincial Budget.

Ontario government’s financial cycle begins April 1 and ends March 31.

  1. The Budget marks the start of the cycle.
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Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games: What’s Happening?

Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games: What's Happening?
Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games: What’s Happening?

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will be the largest international multi-sport competition ever hosted in Canada:

  • The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games feature a wide range of sports  as follows:
    • 28 Olympic Sports
    • 9 Non-Olympic Sports
    • 11 Parapan Sports
    • The final roster of sporting events for the Toronto 2015 Games will be finalized in the near future
  • The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (a.k.a Pan Am Games) will be held July 10-26, 2015
  • The Parapan Am Games (a.k.a Parapan American Games) will be held August 7-14, 2015

The three-year countdown for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games (aka the “People’s Games”) begins today!

Today, the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) celebrated its three-year countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games “with a commitment to culture that characterizes its innovative approach to hosting a multi-sport competition”:

  • Two cultural projects-part of the TO2015 Arts and Culture program-were unveiled during the festivities:
    • “Play Me, I’m Yours” sees 41 pianos, painted by artists from Pan American countries, placed across the city core for public use
    • The second project, “Fresh Eyes by Arrivals.ca,” is a multimedia initiative focused on the experiences of new immigrants:
      • Throughout July, Toronto City Hall will be the site of Fresh Eyes, an innovative photographic installation created by Arrivals.ca, a team led by Toronto artist Devon Ostrom
      • Giant photographs capturing the eyes of new Canadian citizens primarily from Pan American nations fill the windows of city councillors’ offices overlooking Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall
      • For more info on “Arrivals.ca” and the TO2015 Arts and Culture program, please visit TORONTO2015.org
    • “Both cultural projects, like the day’s performances, embody the region’s diversity, creative energy and strong links to Pan American and Caribbean culture.”

This video (12:50 duration) presents “TO2015 announces Cluster Footprint”:

Ontario will get significant economic benefits from hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, such as:

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E-Nominate Canadians in Ontario for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals

The front of the Diamond Jubilee Medal above portrays a contemporary effigy of The Queen wearing the Royal Crown. The reverse of the medal includes stylized maple leaves and the years 1952 and 2012, denoting 60 years of Her Majesty's reign as Queen of Canada.
The front of the Diamond Jubilee Medal above portrays a contemporary effigy of The Queen wearing the Royal Crown. The reverse of the medal includes stylized maple leaves and the years 1952 and 2012, denoting 60 years of Her Majesty's reign as Queen of Canada.

Statement By Ontario Premier McGuinty On Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee is given here:

Canada is a constitutional monarchy.

Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.

2012 is the Diamond Jubilee Year wherein Canada celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of our head of state, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Diamond Jubilee marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

Ontarians will join the celebration of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service when The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall come to Ontario this May. It will be the highlight of Ontario’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Nominations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is now open:

  • The medal will be awarded to those Ontarians who have shared their time and talents with their communities.
  • The nomination period ends on April 30, 2012.
  • Over 2,000 Ontarians will receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Ontario Revitalizes West Don Lands Via Constructing Athletes’ Village Now for 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

This is an update to my previous posts:

Here is a video showing the exciting revitalization and transformation of the West Don Lands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, into a beautifully designed, sustainable mixed-use riverside community as well as the temporary Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village in 2015:

“THE CITY OF TORONTO, PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING THE REVITALIZATION OF TORONTO’S CENTRAL WATERFRONT A REALITY.”

Henceforth, Ontario is starting construction for a new waterfront community in the West Don Lands for the following purposes:

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village. Above, a conceptualization.
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village. Above, a conceptualization.

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Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System Will Get Major Changes

Thanks to the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, the following two acts have been amended and recently passed to increase protection for workers in Ontario, Canada:

  1. Occupational Health and Safety Act and
  2. Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

The Expert Panel – included representatives from labour, employers, and academia with workplace health and safety expertise – had made recommendations which were based on more than 400 responses in over 50 meetings with stakeholders across the province.

These amendments to the above two acts are in response to the Expert Panel recommendations and will result in the following major changes :

  • Establish the Ministry of Labour as the lead for accident prevention, transferring it from the WSIB (Workplace Safety & Insurance Board – formerly Worker’s Compensation Board).
  • Appoint a new Chief Prevention Officer to coordinate and align the prevention system.
  • Create a new prevention council, with representatives from labour, employers, and safety experts, to advise the Chief Prevention Officer and the Minister.
  • Give the Minister of Labour oversight of the province’s Health and Safety Associations as well as the education, training and promotion of workplace health and safety.

Please click here to find out more about what Ontario is doing to protect workers.

Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System Will Get Major Changes
Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System Will Get Major Changes

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Proposed Earlier Retirement At 60 for Salaried Firefighters of Ontario

On March 10, 2011, a motion calling on the government to allow mandatory retirement at age 60 be applied only to salaried firefighters who respond to emergency calls.

This motion was unanimously passed in the Legislature.

What are the implications for Ontario’s salaried firefighters if the legislation is passed, allowing mandatory retirement at age 60?
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Healthy Sigh of Relief for Toronto Commuters Using the TTC

Healthy Sigh of Relief for Toronto Commuters Using the TTC
Healthy Sigh of Relief for Toronto Commuters Using the TTC

The sigh of relief must be tremendous for Toronto commuters who rely on the TTC  to get around because on March 30, the Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011, was passed by the legislature to make TTC an essential service.

Now, let it be known that henceforth strikes and lockouts at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are banned.

Here are the reasons why both Toronto and Ontario deem TTC as an essential service.

  • About 1.5 million people ride the TTC every business day.
  • Legislation has been used five times since 1974 to end or prevent a TTC work stoppage.
  • The City of Toronto estimates that TTC work stoppages cost the economy $50 million a day.

Also, I think the result of  TTC work stoppages  is greater greenhouse gas emissions into Toronto’s atmosphere because the commuters who own cars have no choice but must use their cars instead of the TTC.

So more cars on the roads during the work stoppages result in more traffic congestion and air pollution.

This is a good environmental reason to make TTC an essential service.

However, does this mean that our TTC fares will go up to get around town?

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