Construction to Replace Yonge Street Watermain Begins August 23

City of Toronto's image: Construction to replace Yonge Street watermain begins August 23, 2013.

City of Toronto’s image: Construction to replace Yonge Street watermain begins August 23, 2013.

Starting today, August 23, the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, will begin work to replace the Yonge Street watermain from Finch Avenue to Sheppard Avenue.

  • The project is expected to be completed by May 2014.
    • Replacing 2.3 kilometers of watermain will help ensure uninterrupted water service to residents and businesses.
    • The current 250-mm diameter watermain, located along the west side of Yonge Street will be replaced with a 300-mm diameter pipe.
  • Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
    • Work at signalized intersections and on most water service connections (the pipes that deliver water to individual properties) will be completed at night, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site treasure on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.

However, there is an immediate threat to Gros Morne. Exploratory drilling, “fracking” for oil and industrialization is being proposed metres from the park.

  • Oil drilling and fracking are being proposed right beside Gros Morne National Park.
    • Fracking could contaminate local air, water and soil, create constant noise and heavy truck traffic, and harm wildlife and people.
  • Although there will be no drilling on park land, drill sites are planned within metres of the park boundary in communities within and around the national park.
  • Potential threats to the park include
    • the contamination of huge amounts of water required by the fracking process,
    • the injection of toxic chemicals deep into the ground with the potential for groundwater or marine contamination,
    • intense trucking activities on park roads,
    • the flaring of waste natural gas,
    • and the noise, smell, and industrial activity of an intensive drilling operation.
  • Industrializing the Gros Morne coastline would not only threaten the remarkable ecosystems of this World Heritage Site, it would threaten the vital regional and provincial tourism economy which relies on the pristine natural beauty of Gros Morne’s coast and mountains to attract visitors from across Canada and around the world.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is already working with concerned local citizens in an effort to prevent this.

Please Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Honour Canada’s Promise on Poverty

Please Tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Honour Canada’s Promise on Poverty

Here is a letter from Make Poverty History urging Canadians to take action together, we can affect change with our government and build a movement to tackle poverty and inequality:

Dear Canadians,

Monday October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

More than three million people in Canada live in poverty, including more than 630,000 children – one in every ten. And that does not include the shameful situation in First Nations communities where one in four children lives in poverty. This has significant impact on the health of First Nations children and future generations.

In 2009, MPs unanimously voted to “develop an immediate plan to end poverty in Canada for all”. Now there is a new bill to make that happen.

On June 20th, NDP MP Jean Crowder introduced Bill C-233, An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada. This proposed legislation comes very close to what we have advocated in terms of a law that would bind the federal government to a long-term commitment on ending poverty and to accountability for results.

Canada needs Bill C-233. This Act would obligate the Government of Canada to take action to end poverty in consultation with the provinces and territories, municipalities, Aboriginal communities, non-profit and private-sector bodies and civil society organizations.

Join us on October 17th by sending the following message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

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This is an update to my previous blog CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

As a prelude to the Canada Day celebration, Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday, 29 June 2011, unveiled a new personal flag, for use in Canada, created for His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

The flag, whose creation and design were approved by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, will be flown for the first time today when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa to begin their nine-day Royal Tour of Canada, from June 30th to July 8th.

The itinerary of the nine-day Royal Tour of Canada for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge includes the following highlights:

  • The Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario (July 1)
  • Freedom of the City ceremony with the Royal 22e Régiment in Québec City, Québec (July 3)
  • Search and rescue demonstration in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (July 4)
  • Event with Canadian Rangers at Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories (July 5)
  • Official launch of the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary, Alberta (July 8 )

From July 1 to July 4, there are Toronto events with road closures, too.

Celebrate Canada Day At Queen’s Park

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The holiday was called Dominion Day, and since 1983 has been officially known as Canada Day.

Join in the fun and celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday on July 1.

The annual Canada Day celebration on the front (south) lawn of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park will feature a 21-gun salute to be fired by the 7th Toronto Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, and the singing of O Canada.

FREE Canada Day activities include:

  • a line up of multicultural acts with eight dance performances;
  • a meet-and-greet with beloved kids’ character Shrek; and
  • inflatable rides, crafts, arcade games and a special kids show.

The day’s celebrations are all FREE and will begin with a citizenship ceremony to welcome new Canadians – with activities and entertainment following from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The following Queen’s Park road closures will be in effect Friday, July 1, 2011, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

o Queen’s Park Crescent East from College St. to Wellesley St. West

o Queen’s Park Crescent West from College St. to Hoskin Ave

o Grosvenor St. from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events - FREE – at Queen’s Park.

Canada Day Celebration Highlights at Harbourfront Centre: FREE

  • Canada Day (July 1) events include
    • a screening of Talespinners 2, seven short animated films for kids from the National Film Board of Canada,
    • make a Canadian maple leaf sun visor at the Canada Day Crafts station, and
    • sign up for one of the Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids
    • YTV will even be on-site with their W.O.W. Tour!
    • during On the Pulse, you can play The Real Life Where’s Waldo? Game,
    • learn about the Arts & Animals of Colombia, and more!
  • “O! Canada is the results of an online singing competition using the National Anthem. Through social networking we have generated an overwhelming response to our call-out for your take on “O Canada”… without changing any of the lyrics of course.”

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events - FREE at Harbourfront Centre.

Also, please click here for site map, directions, parking operation hours and contact info.

CANADA DAY 2011 Events across Toronto

Please click here for all of the celebrations (most are FREE) being planned for this weekend.

If you’re hosting a public event, be sure to post the details.

Other various ways you can celebrate Canada Day across Toronto include:

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