This video presents “Incredible by Any Measure… the Great Lakes”:

  • The Nature Conservancy shows the importance of protecting and restoring the world’s largest freshwater system:

Did you know that Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world stretching more than 11,000 kilometres?

In appreciation of these marvelously vital ecological resources, the provincial government is offering residents in Ontario, Canada, a great green opportunity to protect and restore a part of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin  via the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund:

This video gives a detailed explanation of the Waterloo Rapid Transit Plan:

On May 17, 2012, Jim Bradley the Minister of the Environment signed the “MINISTER’S NOTICE TO PROCEED WITH TRANSIT PROJECT” (Ontario Regulation 231108; SUBSECTION 12(l)(a)) allowing the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to proceed with the  Rapid Transit Project, in accordance with the applicable environmental project report, which:

  • consists of a new 36 kilometre rapid transit system, including
    • 19 kilometres of Light Rail Transit (LRT)
      • will run from the Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to the Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener
    • and 17 kilometres of adapted Bus Rapid Transit (aBRT)
      • will run from Kitchener’s Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge

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Ontario Returned All Forest Fire Evacuees Back to Their Homes

Ontario Returned All Forest Fire Evacuees Back to Their Homes

This is an update to my previous blog: Forest Fire Evacuees of the Mishkeegogamang First Nation are the First to Come Home.

Although on August 3, 2011, there were 135 active forest fires in northwstern Ontario, all communities affected by the recent forest fires have been deemed safe as Ontario returned all displaced residents back to their homes by the end of last Wednesday.

Also, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team has demobilized, and its personnel has returned home.

Please note that the  Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to monitor forest fire activity in the northwest and will take whatever action is needed to protect communities and keep residents safe.

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2,730 people were evacuated from communities threatened by more than 100 forest fires in Northwestern Ontario.

Yesterday, the evacuees were arriving at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto from Thunder Bay enroute to host communities across Southern Ontario.

A media centre was being set up at the Lester B. Pearson International to provide information on evacuation operations.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) will be arriving in Thunder Bay and operational by today, Friday, July 22 to:

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Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate Via Canadian Forces Aircraft

Above is a Water Bomber. Forest Fires Force First Nations Community of Deer Lake To Evacuate Via Canadian Forces Aircraft

Now, unfortunately forest fires are burning 3.5 kilometres from Deer Lake, a remote northwest Ontario community in Canada.

The Deer Lake Band Council of the First Nations Community of Deer Lake is requesting help from Ontario to evacuate approximately 480 Deer Lake residents who will be immediately airlifted by Canadian Forces aircraft to Greenstone, Ontario.

The primary reason for the evacuation of Deer Lake residents is their health is most at risk due to the smoke.

The details of the emergency tactics, involving First Nations officials, provincial ministries, federal departments and the Canadian Forces, are as follows:

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How awesome! The most incredible boring story in the world is the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)  in the Niagara Tunnel Project which started in 2005 and will be completed in 2013.

Niagara Tunnel Project - Big Becky

Niagara Tunnel Project - Big Becky

The hot headline in the news is that the boring (excavation) has stopped in the Niagara Tunnel yesterday, May 13, 2011:

“The TBM affectionately known as “BIG BECKY” officially completed the mining phase of the Niagara Tunnel Project at approximately 12:34 p.m. breaking through the outer portal of the Grout Tunnel before a large number of government politicians, company executives, workers, media and other invited guests. The breakout occurred at 10,143.026 meters.”

Amazing boring work was finished by Big Becky, known as the Tunnel Boring Machine that was used in the Niagara Tunnel Project!

The Niagara Tunnel Project reached an “important milestone May 13, 2011 when Big Becky, the world’s largest hard rock tunnel boring machine “breaks through” to daylight after a 10.2 Km journey beneath Niagara Falls, Ontario.”

Total Tunnel Length:
10,148 meters long
33,293.5 feet

The Niagara Tunnel Project is the largest renewable energy project of its type under construction anywhere in the world.

The route of the Niagara Tunnel is as follows:

  • “The Niagara Tunnel will run unseen directly below downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • It will follow Stanley Avenue, running next to two older Ontario Power Generation water diversion tunnels.
  • Water that flows into the tunnel entrance, just above the Horseshoe Falls, will quickly drop about 100 metres (330 feet).
  • Unheard and unseen, the water will rush around the falls, underneath the city, and onward towards its destination: the Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations.”

Please click here to see an animated recreation of the tunnel boring process!”

The Tunnel Route Under the City of Niagara Falls:

BIG BECKY Boring Phase is Now Completed for the Niagara Tunnel Project

BIG BECKY Boring Phase is Now Completed for the Niagara Tunnel Project

The benefits of the Niagara Tunnel Project when it is completed in 2013 include:

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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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