Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan: Canada Launches Phase II

This video presents “Contaminated Sites”:

  • What the environment commissioner has to say about cleaning up Canada’s 22,000 contaminated sites
  • Margo McDiarmid reports on the progress and the cost

The Government of Canada is launching Phase II of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.

The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP):

  • is a 15-year program
  • established in 2005 and will continue to the year 2020
  • with funding of $3.5 billion from the Government of Canada
  • aims to reduce environmental and human health risks from known federal contaminated sites and associated federal financial liabilities

Community Fund to Protect & Restore Ontario’s Great Lakes: Apply Now, July 24-Oct.12, 2012

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:

Ontario Gives Green Light to Link Three Cities Via the Waterloo Rapid Transit

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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2012! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2012!
Happy New Year 2012!

Wishing our readers a better, healthier, and Happier New Year 2012!

It’s been an amazing year!

Thank you for your marvellous help; together we had accomplished so much as well as made great differences as follows:

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Changes to Ontario’s Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today

Changes to Ontario's Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today
Changes to Ontario's Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today

This is an update to my previous blog Ontario’s Drive Clean Test Exemptions of Vehicles Less Than Seven Years Old, September 1, 2011.

Effective today the following changes to Drive Clean will save Canadians in Ontario time and money as well as protect the air we breathe by improving the quality of our air via reducing smog pollutants by an estimated 266,000 tonnes since the beginning of the Drive Clean program:

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Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario’s Report

Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario's Report
Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario's Report

The summer’s sweltering heat certainly makes us drink lots of water.

And are you wondering about the quality of Canadian water in your glass?

According to the following stats from the Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report 2009 – 2010, your municipal residential drinking water systems are delivering safe, high quality tap water:

  • 99.88 per cent of drinking water tests reported by municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario’s rigorous, health-based drinking water quality standards during the year.
  • These systems serve more than 80 per cent of Ontario’s population.
  • 99.51 per cent of the tests reported by systems serving designated facilities such as day cares, schools or health care centres met provincial standards.
  • 99.49 per cent of the tests reported by non-municipal year-round residential systems met provincial standards.
  • These private systems serve residential developments, and mobile home parks.
  • 59 per cent of municipal residential drinking water systems achieved inspection ratings of 100 per cent – a 26 per cent increase over five years.

Ontario has more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams, and abundant groundwater supplies.

Ministry of the Environment has established a world-class safety net to protect your drinking water from source-to-tap.

Furthermore, Ontario’s Clean Water Act‘s key actions in 2010-2011 include:

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Ontario’s Drive Clean Test Exemptions of Vehicles Less Than Seven Years Old, September 1, 2011

As an Ontario driver, you will be pleased to know that you can save some money and time through the proposed provincial changes to Drive Clean Testing program which will continue helping to protect the environment.

Effective September 1, 2011, Ontario Drive Clean Testing will have the following exemptions on vehicles from being tested as part of their registration renewal:

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