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China (Shenzhen) International Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition Invites Toronto Companies to Apply before Feb.28, 2017

The following video presents Shenzhen City:

China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

“The First China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition (hereinafter referred to as the Competition) is guided by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R.C, sponsored by ShenzhenMunicipal People’s Government, and hosted by Longgang District People’s Governmentof Shenzhen Municipality, Pingshan  District People’s Governmentof Shenzhen Municipality, the Human Resources and Social Security Administration of Shenzhen Municipality and the Science & Technology Innovation Committee of Shenzhen Municipality. In response to the call for “mass entrepreneurship and innovation by all” and as guided by the concept of an “international, high-end, market-driven and professional” competition, the Competition aims to provide a development platform for talents to learn from each other and to innovate.

The Competition is open to all high-caliber overseas talents and projects regardless of nationality.”

China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition‘s applications from outstanding projects and competitors over the world are now accepted. The Competition has set eight overseas division competitions as follows:

China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Sydney, Australia,
  • Toronto, Canada,
  • Munich, Germany,
  • Bengaluru, India,
  • Tel Aviv, Israel,
  • Tokyo, Japan,
  • London, U.K., and
  • Silicon Valley, U.S.A.

The focus of the competition will be on Shenzhen’s five key industries as follows:

  1. Internet and mobile Internet (information technology)
  2. Electronic Science and Technology
  3. Biological and Life Science and Technology
  4. Advanced Manufacturing, and
  5. Material and Energy (including energy saving and environmental protection).

“Shenzhen, which neighbors Hong Kong, is the fourth-largest mainland city in GDP terms. It has aggregated the top talents in the creative and IT industry around the country, with the aim to become one of the world’s leading technology-driven cities.”

Toronto companies have the chance to win:

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Toronto Transit Plans: Give Your Input Online or at Meetings for Decisions on Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’ – May 25 & 26, Scarborough Transit Planning – May 31, The Relief Line – June 2, SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail – June 1 & 4, Transit Network Planning (All Projects) – June 21, 2016

The following video presents Toronto’s Transit Future:

What happened to Toronto’s transit system? Once world-renowned, it has been been deteriorating right before our eyes for the last two decades. This brief, informative video uses rare historical images to help explain the TTC’s great challenges today and how they can be and decisively and swiftly addressed. A better understanding of the vital role of transit in our common future and a willingness on the part of all involved to cooperate like never before are key to the solutions we all want, and most certainly need.

The City of Toronto, TTC, Waterfront Toronto together with Metrolinx are working to bring more transit to communities across the city with connections throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Toronto wants your input for important decisions on the following transit plans:

  • Waterfront Transit ‘Reset’
    This study will establish a vision for a comprehensive waterfront transit network and identify current and future transit needs. A range of preliminary concepts will be developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north-south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the city to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions. Torontonians are asked to provide feedback on the vision at or at an upcoming public meeting.

    • Wednesday, May 25 (Toronto-East York)
      Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 6 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 26 (Etobicoke)
      Waterfront Transit Reset West, John English Junior Middle School, 95 Mimico Ave., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
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“” is a New Website & Startup Finance Events 2016 in Canada at No Cost

The following video presents Toronto Tech Startup:

“Toronto’s vibrant technology startup community. Those familiar with the community will tell you that it boasts some of the brightest minds in the business — entrepreneurs, mentors and financiers. In many respects, it can be compared to the emerging tech communities in New York City or Tel Aviv. The difference, however, is that Toronto lacks both local public awareness and a unifying voice and identity for its indigenous startup community.
This film gives you a general insight and the feel for what’s taking place in the Toronto tech culture. You Will hear several perspectives and see the role of some of the key players driving the growth of e-commence in Toronto and across Canada.”

Image Courtesy of StartUp HERE Toronto
Image Courtesy of StartUp HERE Toronto

Here are some exciting 2016 news for entrepreneurs.

StartUp HERE Toronto

To support the growing startup community along the broader Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor in Ontario, Canada, the City of Toronto recently launched a website,, which showcases Toronto’s startup news and events all in one place.

  • The StartUp HERE Toronto website was built and will be managed in partnership with Toronto startups, incubators, accelerators, funders and educational institutions.
  • To learn why Toronto is the place to build and grow your startup, please visit .
Left: City of Toronto Mayor John Tory: Image Courtesy of Startup HERE Toronto
Left: City of Toronto Mayor John Tory: Image Courtesy of Startup HERE Toronto

City of Toronto Mayor John Tory will travel to Kitchener-Waterloo on March 23 as part of his work with City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic to promote increased collaboration and improved connections between the regions.

  • Also, the two mayors will participate in a dual city mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley in April, where they will communicate the region’s strengths, encourage investment and promote the Toronto-Waterloo regional corridor as an important home to talent and innovation.

There are four key items that will inform the city’s innovation agenda: talent attraction and retention; civic engagement, developing Toronto’s reputation as a digital testing ground, and creating an innovation friendly regulatory and procurement environment.

Startup Finance Events in Canada: FREE admissions

Startup Canada invites you to join them for the FREE Startup Finance events, in Canada, which will equip you with the tools, resources, and mentorship to grow a sustainable, scalable and fully fundable enterprise. This program is delivered by Startup Canada, in partnership with Intuit Canada and the Fundica Roadshow. Refreshments will be provided.

The experience: 

  • Inspiring keynotes from well-known local entrepreneurs
  • Expert panels sharing insights on Canada’s funding continuum
  • Breakout sessions on starting up, making the perfect pitch, scaling up, and business modeling
  • QuickBooks Crash Courses
  • Mentor mash-ups featuring expertise on starting up lean, opening a bank account, angels, venture capitalists, crowdfunding, accelerators, taxes and business valuation

Disclaimer: By registering for this event, you agree your information (name, address, and email address) will be available for use by Startup Canada, Intuit Canada, and the local organizer, to better connect you to services to help you grow your business.

Toronto Event

  • Date: February 25 at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
  • Location: Telus Centre for Performance and Learning | 25 York Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2V5, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Event

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Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit "A Glimpse of Black Victorians" was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto's Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)
Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit “A Glimpse of Black Victorians” was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto’s Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto.

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!

In addition to the contest, many City divisions are hosting Black History Month activities throughout February.

Celebrate Black History Month with FREE programs for everyone at the Toronto Public Library branches across the city.


Mayor Tory launches writing competition for young people to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

Mayor John Tory is launching a writing competition to help celebrate Black History Month. Mayor Tory is inviting Toronto youth 11 to 17 years of age to share a story about black Torontonians, past or present, who have contributed to Toronto’s diverse heritage and identity.

“Throughout the history of Toronto, African-Canadians have contributed so much to make Toronto the world-class city it is today,” said Mayor Tory. “Black History Month is a time to honour the legacy of black Canadians. Through this contest, youth will have the opportunity to share a story about a black Torontonian who has touched their lives, whether it’s someone from the pages of our history books or a teacher in a classroom today.”

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You’re Invited: Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3 + TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting Feb.2, 2015

Image extracted from video below.
Image extracted from video below.

TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting on Feb.2, 2015

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will hold a special Board meeting on the 2015 TTC Wheel-Trans and Operating budgets and the 2015-2024 TTC Capital budget.

  • The meeting will take place on Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., Toronto City Hall, Committee Room # 2.
  • The meeting is open to the public.
  • This meeting will deal with the following items:
  1. 2015 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budgets
  2. 2015-2024 TTC Capital Budget

This video presents The Toronto 2015 Budget will #getTOmoving.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle recently announced a $95 million investment that will “significantly expand and enhance transit service, reduce wait times and crowding, and make using the TTC more affordable for families by eliminating fares for children 12 years and under.”

  • To help balance the TTC budget, Mayor Tory asked the City to increase the TTC’s subsidy to nearly $479 million, an increase of more than $38 million from 2014. Effective March 1, as well, a 10-cent proportionate fare increase will apply to all TTC fares except for cash fares, investing an additional $43 million in revenue to pay for new services that will meet an increasing ridership, estimated to be 545 million in 2015.

These new investments will provide the following enhanced services to Toronto commuters:

  • Restoration of all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011.
  • Ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service on key routes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays).
  • Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times.
  • Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Proof-of-payment and all-door boarding on all streetcar routes.
  • Expansion of the Express Bus network, adding four new routes to a network that serves 34 million rides annually.
  • Expanding the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network that serves 4 million rides annually.
  • Adding up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Route management improvements designed to reduce short-turns, bunching and gapping of bus and streetcar routes.
  • Additional resources to focus on subway reliability around signals, track and communications systems.
  • 50 new buses and a temporary storage facility to allow for the Express Bus network expansion, reduction of wait times and crowding on some peak-period routes, as well as the need for spare buses during maintenance.

Timing of the introduction of additional service, as well as the restoration of service, is being developed by staff. Financial details of the new services will be detailed in the February 2 budget report to the TTC board.

Please click here to read the Agenda and Reports from February 2, 2015.

City of Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3

This video presents 2015 Toronto Budget – The Capital Budget.

  • Learn more about the City of Toronto’s capital budget.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear pubic presentations on the proposed 2015 Operating Budget and the 2015-2024 Capital Budget and Plan at the following times and locations:

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You’re Invited to Black History Month Events in February 2015

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Celebratory events for Black History Month in February include the following. (Most events have FREE admissions.)

Toronto Public Library

  • The Toronto Public Library marks Black History Month with FREE events featuring song, film and literature that celebrate the African diaspora.
  • ‘Malcolm X: 50 Years After – Pertinent or Passe?
    • February 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, along with Toronto poets Lillian Allen, Clifton Joseph and Andrea Thompson in a discussion of the legacy of the American civil rights champion.
    • Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

Toronto Public Health

  • “Racism, Health & Resilience: Strategies for Closing Health Inequities”
    • February 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • A discussion with Dr. Kwame McKenzie about the affects of racism on people’s health.
    • The event will be held at the Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
    • FREE, but registration is required.

Toronto Museums

  • Mackenzie House
    “A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850-1860”

    • Saturday, January 31 through Sunday, March 1.
    • This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victorian Toronto and their contributions to the city.
    • Curated by Afua Cooper, this exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.
    • Included with regular admission.
  • Market Gallery: FREE Admssion and Donations are Accepted
    “Political Activism and the Black Community in the 19th Century”

    • Students are introduced to notable Torontonians who played a major role in the 19th century Anti-Slavery movement.
    • Market Gallery, 2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Toronto ON

For details, please visit Toronto’s Museums Featured Events

Heritage Toronto

  • “The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big”
    • February 19, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST.
    • Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke will moderate a panel discussion for students from across Canada (live or via the National Film Board’s Virtual Classroom) with four brilliant Black mentors and talk about how to achieve their highest career aspirations in a diverse workplace and how to give back to their communities.
    • Join us for this panel discussion either in person (student transportation subsidies available) or via the NFB’s Virtual Classroom live streamed from the Daniels Spectrum Auditorium in Regent Park, Toronto – one of Canada’s most multicultural neighbourhoods.
      Thompson Egbo-Egbo (pianist), Shawn Byfield (dancer), and Sean Mauricette aka Subliminal (beat-boxer and soul-hopper).
    • Please click here for more info and to register.
    • FREE!

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Community Centres across Toronto will be hosting local events to mark Black History Month, from sports events to film nights. Please read the full schedule.

  • Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. (Bathurst and Sheppard)
    • February 1 to 28
    • Black History Month poster series on display
  • Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E
    • Every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Black History Month: awareness and triumph through film.
    • Films promoting the overcoming of racism and awareness of the African American/African Canadian struggle.
    • Discussion following each film.




City of Toronto to proclaim February as Black History Month

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto.

“Black History Month gives us an opportunity explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our black citizens as builders, advocates and people who defended our country in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways today. That is why Black History Month is so important. It gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the contribution of our black community.

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You’re Invited: Toronto Mayor’s New Year’s Day Skating Party Jan.1, 2015

Image by City of Toronto
Image by City of Toronto

Mayor’s New Year’s Day Skating Party

FREE Admission

Thursday, January 1, 2015
2 to 3:30 p.m. – Mayor’s welcoming remarks at about 2 p.m.

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

Toronto Mayor John Tory and City councillors are inviting residents to join them at the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Skating Party on Thursday, January 1.