This video presents “100th Grey Cup Festival To Take Over Toronto!”:

The 100th Grey Cup Festival in Toronto in 2012 is:

  • an invitation to Canada, uniting Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast in Toronto for a ten-day, eleven-night festival
  • a national celebration encompassing over 50 events ranging from traditional team parties, galas and player awards to a football film festival and family fun zone at great venues including the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square
  • complete with street closures, entertainment and activities
  • a sport and cultural celebration

Expected attendance and economic benefits the 100th Grey Cup festival will bring to Toronto:

  • 11 ticketed events with a possible maximum attendance of 119,000 people
  • Seven FREE events with a possible maximum attendance of 204,000 people
  • Eight hotel properties currently engaged throughout Toronto with more than 2,421 contracted room nights for festival and league operations
  • Estimated operational expenditures of $17 million
  • More than 4,500 accredited festival operations staff/vendor /volunteers
  • The 95th Grey Cup, held in Toronto in 2007, led to a net increase in economic activity for the city of $32.4 million, including $18.1 million in wages and salaries resulting from the event
  • Proceeds from some of the festival’s events will go towards the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program

The 100th Grey Cup Championship game will be the culmination of an 11-day festival running from November 15 to 25.

Please click on the following text to obtain info about the following FREE events of the 100th Grey Cup festival:

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This video presents “Inside look at tunnel under Niagara Falls”:

Nov. 8, 2012: Ontario Announced that the Niagara Tunnel Project Nears Completion

This is an update to my previous blog BIG BECKY Boring Phase is Now Completed for the Niagara Tunnel Project.

The Niagara Tunnel Project will divert water from the Niagara River and carry it to the Niagara Falls generating stations.

  • With the completion of the concrete lining for the 10.2 kilometre tunnel
    • The tunnel liner wall is 60 centimetres thick and made of cast-in-place concrete
  •  When completed in 2013, the tunnel will allow:
    • Additional water from the Niagara River to flow to the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station at a rate of 500 cubic metres per second

    • Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to increase output at the Sir Adam Beck generating stations by about 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours

      • This will supply Ontario with enough clean, renewable electricity to power 160,000 homes
  • The Niagara Tunnel Project is the largest renewable energy project of its type under construction anywhere in the world and has brought approximately $1 billion in economic benefits to the region

Did you know?

Read more of Canadian Green Events in Ontario Nov.12,18 & 27 and Dec.3, 2012

This video presents “Sister Cities”:

  • “Since its inception, Sister Cities has built bridges between the people of Chicago and our international neighbors to achieve greater mutual understanding and to strengthen our civic, economic and cultural ties”

Many cities in the world have entered into relationships or partnerships with other cities called sister cities.

  • Sister city is the term commonly used in the U.S.
    • Sister Cities International organization is the national headquarters for these partnerships in the U.S.

When two cities form a sister city partnership:

  • they share information on various topics with one another
  • committees made up of city officials and citizens are set up to support the partnerships
  • official visits to each city occur
  • “a formal set of goals and sister city projects are decided prior to formally becoming sister cities”

Chicago Sister Cities International is part of Sister Cities International organization:

Read more of Mayor Ford’s Business Mission: September 2012 Renewal of 1991 Chicago-Toronto Partner City Agreement

Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Toronto is Totally Talented as the High Tech Hub of Canada!

Would you know it?!

Toronto was once called Toronto the Beautiful.

Now, Toronto is named Canada’s high tech hub!

City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, KPMG, Toronto Region Research Alliance (TRRA), IDC Canada, the Impact Group, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) got together to produce a report titled “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto“, which provides participants at Technicity 2010 (www.technicity.ca) with a brief overview of Toronto’s ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) sector.

The relevant findings of  “Canada’s High Tech Hub: Toronto” include:

  • A full 30 per cent of Canada’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) industry is based in the Toronto region.
  • GTA (Greater Toronto Area) remains the nation’s centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment.
  • Toronto’s ICT sector is comprised of 11,522 companies that generate $52.2 billion in annual revenues.
  • It’s dominated by small to medium-sized firms, with 97.7 per cent of firms having fewer than 100 employees.
  • The sector employs over 161,000 workers, representing 56.4 per cent of all ICT workers in Ontario and 30 per cent of all ICT workers in Canada.
  • This represents an increase of 30,000 jobs since the last analysis was completed in 2004.
  • ICT sector is young, with over 60 per cent of its workforce under the age of 45.
  • It also enjoys an exceptional 95.9 per cent employment rate and an average annual wage of $64,725.
  • ICT workers are well educated, with 96.8 per cent holding a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, compared with 88.9 per cent for the city’s total labour force.
  • Entrepreneurship is thriving with the number of ICT service firms increasing by 2,000 companies (mostly smaller-sized firms) since 2002.
  • Research and development activity in the Toronto region is greater than that in any other single jurisdiction in Canada, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of total nationwide activity.

Please note that: “not included in these employment figures are the ICT jobs that are being created in the emerging ICT area of interactive digital media nor the thousands of jobs that are embedded in other sectors that have a high reliance on ICT, like financial services and healthcare.”

There are limitations to the findings of this report because these changes (“adaptive shift away from traditional large enterprise to high-value, knowledge-based, small business) have been so rapid that much of today’s ICT job growth is hard to capture in traditional statistical measures.”

Today the report was presented to Toronto’s Economic Development Committee meeting as part of a broader look at the city’s ICT and Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sectors. The Committee also heard from prominent representatives of Toronto ICT and IDM related businesses, institutions and programs.

Also, the second annual Technicity industry forum will be held in November 2011 for more ICT intelligence and networking opportunities.

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