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:
Ontarians are very fortunate to have Lake Ontario and other parts of the Great Lakes to the tune of $1.8 billion in sales of clean water and clean water technologies to the world due to the following reasons.
“Ontario borders on four of the five Great Lakes which contain 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water and hold 95 per cent of North America’s fresh surface water.
We have more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams and rich groundwater resources – not to mention a multitude of plants and animals that necessarily thrive in such lush surroundings.
The Great Lakes Basin — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and their watersheds — covers an area of 750,000-square kilometres. That’s an area larger than New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
More than 98 per cent of Ontario residents — 11 million people — live within the Great Lakes Basin. Most live near the shores, in eight of Canada’s 20 largest cities, which include Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor and Sarnia.
The people of Ontario depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.
Over 70 per cent, or three out of four residents, get their drinking water from the Lakes.
The Ontario portion of the Great Lakes water supply provide recreational enjoyment, economic values (industries, farming, fishing, shipping), and power as a source of renewable and non-renewable energy. For example, lake winds power turbines to create electricity, while deep beneath the bottoms of some lakes lie stores of oil and natural gas.”
So, with the world-wide increasing demand for clean, fresh water, it is very important to protect Ontario’s portion of the Great Lakes Basin water supply for us and our children to use and enjoy now and in the future.
For 2011, the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence is focused on water and toxics reduction because the government wants to protect our fresh water from pollution, whether it’s from industrial sources, sewage systems, chemicals in use at farms, or any other source – even rainwater containing particulates from polluted air.
Protecting water at its source is a good move forward by the government and everyone in ensuring that every Ontarian has access to safe drinking water.
So nominate a friend, community member or business in recognition of their efforts to help protect and conserve our environment. You can even nominate yourself.
Please note that the ministry will be accepting nominations for the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence until May 6, 2011.
As more Canadians are getting older and living longer, our society must be innovative in making changes to our daily living routines so that there are more conveniences, safety and speed in obtaining our bare necessities.
Ontario will be rolling out remote dispensing machines across the province, which will fill out prescriptions in real-time consultations with offsite pharmacists using two-way video monitoring.
The dispensing drug machines provide safety and convenience with 24/7 access to pharmacy services across the province. This is very convenient for Ontarians who live in remote and rural communities because they would not need to travel far to get their prescription medications.
The remote dispensing machine works like an ATM (automated teller machine). The main difference is that there is real time interaction between you and the Ontario-registered pharmacist via a two-way video monitoring within the machine.
Besides cash, snacks, candies, tickets and drugs, what are the next items to be dispensed from a machine closer to home?
Will the next items be groceries and basic household items such as bread, milk, eggs, cheese, tofu, vegetables, fruits, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.?
Please note that for reasons of safety, narcotics will not be available through remote drug dispensing machines.
There’s good news abuzz about AbitibiBowater, Thunder Bay’s clean energy plant.
AbitibiBowater has been functioning as a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) project.
However, AbitibiBowater will soon start its expansion and by January 2013, AbitibiBowater will provide more clean, electrical power by 40megawatts which is equivalent to the additional power for 38,000 homes for Northwestern Ontario.
This greater supply of clean electricity for Northwestern Ontarians will also add 56 permanent jobs.