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Highway Improvements Underway in Greater Toronto Area‏

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Highway Improvements Underway in Greater Toronto Area

May 17, 2013

Ontario Government Creating Jobs, Building a Stronger Economy

Ontario is making major improvements to the province’s highways, roads and bridges, which is supporting more than 20,000 construction jobs and making travel easier for families and businesses.

 

Key highway improvements in the Greater Toronto Area include:

 

  • Replacing pavement and repairing 14 bridges along Highway 401 westbound collector lanes from Keele Street to Kipling Avenue in Toronto
  • Repairing six bridges within the Highway 401/400 interchange in Toronto
  • Resurfacing six kilometres of Highway 401 from Renforth Drive to Highway 410 in Mississauga
  • Repairing eight bridges along Highway 403 — four in both in Mississauga and Burlington
  • Repairing three bridges along the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in Hamilton

Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, help Ontario seize new opportunities for economic growth and help people in their everyday lives.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • If passed, the 2013 Budget proposes an investment of more than $35 billion over the next three years, which would support over 100,000 jobs on average each year.
  • More than 4,000 jobs will be created or sustained in central Ontario during this year’s construction season.
  • Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway which, placed end to end, would span Canada twice.
  • Ontario uses new technology and greener construction practices whenever possible, including recycling existing pavement, using recycled and shredded tires for bridge embankment fill, and rapid bridge replacement, which can reduce a year of traffic delays down to two days.

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QUOTES

“Our government is committed to improving Ontario’s infrastructure across the province. These projects will create jobs, strengthen the economy and help keep goods and people moving for years to come.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

CONTACTS

Ajay Woozageer
Communications Branch
416-327-1158

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
416-327-1158
Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815
patrick.searle@ontario.ca

Ministry of Transportation
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New Hosting Fee Formula To Benefit All Host Municipalities

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New Hosting Fee Formula To Benefit All Host Municipalities

May 17, 2013

Ontario Government Provides Fair Increases for all of Ontario

The Ontario government today shared a new and equitable formula to determine the fee municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility. The new formula will provide more money for host municipalities and will be fair and consistent for all municipalities across the province.

Under the new formula, host municipalities will receive:

·        5.25 per cent on the first $65 million of slot revenue

·        3.0 per cent on the next $135 million of slot revenue

·        2.5 per cent on the next $300 million of slot revenue

·        0.5 per cent on slot revenue above $500 million

·        4.0 per cent on table game revenue

The Cities of Niagara Falls and Windsor as hosts of resort casinos, which have until now been receiving fixed fees plus payments in lieu of property tax under agreements, will now also be compensated under the new formula.

 

Based on the new formula and implementing OLG’s modernization plan, OLG would expect to provide over $50 million more annually to host municipalities by 2017-18.  This is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to the OLG’s modernization while providing fairness throughout the entire province.

 

 

QUICK FACTS

  • OLG currently provides nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government to help fund provincial priorities. Modernization will enable OLG to increase that contribution to more than $3 billion.
  • All host municipalities must sign a new MCA as a legal requirement before receiving hosting payments under the new formula.
  • Casino Rama’s compensation will remain the same due to an earlier Ontario-First Nations agreement.

QUOTES

“Modernization is about more than benefiting one community or one facility; it’s about benefiting all Ontarians by providing more money for hospitals and community infrastructure projects across the province.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

CONTACTS

For Media Inquiries only
Susie Heath – Minister’s Office
416-325-3645
susie.heath@ontario.ca

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416-325-0324
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Budget 2013: Premier’s Statement on Accountability Measures

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Budget 2013: Premier’s Statement on Accountability Measures

May 17, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement:

“On May 2, we introduced the 2013 Budget, our comprehensive plan to create jobs and help the people of Ontario with their everyday lives.Further to my conversation on Wednesday afternoon with Andrea Horwath, the leader of the NDP, I want to outline the following government commitments:

1.    Financial Accountability Officer

The government would enhance accountability and transparency of Ontario’s finances by moving forward with the establishment of a Financial Accountability Officer. This new Officer would be independent of the government.

The government will introduce legislation in Fall 2013 to establish this role, and define its mandate. The officer would be empowered to provide analysis and advice to Members of Provincial Parliament and Legislative Committees on Ontario’s finances and the costs of proposed initiatives on a prospective basis.

2.    Health Care Accountability

Our government will introduce additional accountability measures across the health care system.

3.    HOV/HOT Lanes

As part of the government’s plan to address traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the government committed in the 2013 Budget to consult with its partners and bring forward a plan on converting select high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in the GTHA into high-occupancy toll (HOV/HOT) lanes.

Carpooling drivers would continue to be allowed in these lanes free of charge. However, this proposal would now allow other drivers to choose to drive in these lanes for a toll. Toll-free options would exist on all highways in the GTHA that would have HOV/HOT lanes. New revenue generated from these measures would be dedicated to transportation projects in a clear and transparent manner so that the investment is directly tied to measurable results. This model has been successfully implemented in several places, including Florida, Texas and California.

The government is committed to moving forward with its plan regarding HOT/HOV lanes. It will bring forward legislation that lays out a plan for addressing congestion in the GTHA, including this proposal. This would give the Legislature an opportunity to fully review and decide on the merits of the HOV/HOT lanes proposal.

I have indicated to the NDP that I would be making these commitments public. I hope to meet with Ms. Horwath again early next week so we can work together to pass the Budget before the house rises.”

 

 


 

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Ontario Strengthening Hospital Drug Supply

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Ontario Strengthening Hospital Drug Supply

May 15, 2013

New Ontario Government Improves Oversight and Safety of Drugs Purchased by Hospitals

Ontario is protecting patients by strengthening the oversight and safety of drugs that are purchased or obtained by hospitals, including chemotherapy drugs.

The new Ontario government is fulfilling its commitment to improve provincial oversight and safety with respect to the province’s drug supply system by enacting regulations, effective today, that will:

 

  • Ensure hospitals purchase drugs only from accredited, licensed or otherwise approved suppliers
  • Give the Ontario College of Pharmacists the responsibility to inspect drug preparation premises where pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practice

 

These actions complement the steps taken by Health Canada to clarify oversight responsibility with respect to drug preparation, and add to the actions already taken by the Ontario government to safeguard the drug supply in the province.

QUICK FACTS

  • The regulation changes were prompted by the discovery in late March of under-dosing of chemotherapy drugs supplied by an independent company to four hospitals in Ontario and one hospital in New Brunswick.
  • On April 9, the government appointed Dr. Jake Thiessen to lead an independent review to determine how this occurred and provide recommendations to prevent future incidents, in addition to the steps the province is already taking.

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QUOTES

“As promised, our government is taking immediate action to ensure the safety of drugs being provided to patients in Ontario hospitals by having the proper regulations in place. Along with Health Canada’s commitment to clarify responsibility for oversight of drug preparation, hospital patients can have confidence the drugs given to them are being produced under rigorous oversight.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Stronger oversight of drug preparation will safeguard patient care. Pharmacists will now be required to notify the College when they work in drug preparation premises and the College will be able to inspect these premises. This will enhance public protection and provide reassurance to patients that they are receiving drugs that meet standards set by the College.”
— Marshall Moleschi, Registrar, Ontario College of Pharmacists

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Maxine Chan
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416-314-6197
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Zita Astravas
Minister’s Office
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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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Helping More People Start and Grow Businesses

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Helping More People Start and Grow Businesses

May 15, 2013

Ontario Government Boosting Support for Entrepreneurs, Creating Jobs

Ontario is making it easier for people to start and grow successful businesses by streamlining and improving its business support services.

The new Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs  is a one-stop shop for anyone involved in planning, launching or building a company — whether it’s a main street retailer, a high-tech start-up, or a growing manufacturer.

The network’s new website will connect entrepreneurs across the province to advisors in their communities, who can help with everything from writing a business plan to developing a strategy to export products. Experts can also help researchers and high-tech entrepreneurs bring their discoveries to market, launch new companies and create jobs.

The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs is part of the new government’s plan to help innovators succeed and build a prosperous and fair province.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2007, Ontario’s three advisory networks helped launch and grow close to 72,500 companies, and helped create or retain almost 200,000 jobs.
  • The new network will give entrepreneurs access to business advisors, strategists and market analysts in 86 offices across Ontario.
  • Ontario has invested $3.6 billion in research and innovation across the province since 2003.
  • The 2013 Ontario Budget proposes to establish a Youth Jobs Strategy of $295 million over two years to create jobs and mentorship opportunities for about 30,000 youth and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • The government is holding consultations on the Youth Jobs Strategy across the province throughout May.

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QUOTES

“Our government understands that entrepreneurs are a key part of Ontario’s economic future. That’s why we want to foster a culture of entrepreneurship that will equip people with mentors and other key supports to get their dreams off the ground.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation
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Minister’s Office
416-326-9492

Brigitte Marleau
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416-325-2479

Ministry of Research and Innovation
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Reducing Auto Insurance Costs for Ontario Drivers

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Reducing Auto Insurance Costs for Ontario Drivers

May 9, 2013

Ontario Government Proposes Strategy to Help People Lower Household Expenses

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Brampton today, where she highlighted the government’s strategy to help people lower their household expenses by reducing auto insurance premiums by an average of 15 per cent.

This strategy was outlined in the 2013 Budget, which was released last week. To achieve this reduction, the strategy would reward safe drivers and crack down on fraud.

If the Budget bill is passed and proclaimed, Ontario drivers could save on average up to $225 per insured vehicle each year. This, along with other elements of the government’s strategy, would benefit more than nine million drivers across Ontario.

This strategy is part of the government’s plan to create jobs and help people in their everyday lives. The government also wants to support small business, invest in roads and transit, and help build strong communities, where people receive the health care they need when they need it.

QUICK FACTS

  • This strategy builds on measures the government has already taken to combat fraud and protect consumers.
  • From 2006 to 2010, Ontario experienced a substantial increase in claims costs because of fraud and overutilization of benefits. During this period, accident benefits claims costs increased by 91 per cent, despite a reduction in the number of auto accidents, the number of people injured in them and the severity of those injuries.

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QUOTES

“The people of this province work hard for each dollar they earn. Finding ways to reduce their household expenses is part of our plan to make people’s everyday lives more affordable.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Reducing auto insurance claim costs is part of the government’s plan to lower premiums for Ontario drivers. We will crack down on fraud, make roads safer and ensure people enjoy good benefits, security and proper care.”
— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

 


 

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Provincial Parks Open for 2013 Season‏

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Provincial Parks Open for 2013 Season

May 9, 2013

Ontario Encourages Families to Enjoy Great Outdoors

Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season May 10, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening May 17.

Starting this month, visitors can enjoy a range of great family activities in Ontario provincial parks. For example:

If you’re a birder already or would like to become one, there are several birding festivals this month in provincial parks:

The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to the late spring arrival.

Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Visitors can have a whole summer of fun with an Ontario Parks seasonal day-use pass.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.1 million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario parks provide barrier-free facilities.
  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.

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QUOTES

“Ontario has one of the biggest and best park systems in the world and our provincial parks are the perfect place to enjoy some family time. Our parks have something for everyone, from day visits to the beach or nature trails, to overnight camping and canoe tripping. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this summer.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

CONTACTS

Media calls only: Jessica Spindler
Minister’s Office
416-314-2198

Media calls only: Media Desk
Communications Services Branch
416-314-2106

Ministry of Natural Resources
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This month’s gathering will take place at TROPICAL HEAT RESTAURANT in support of those who have attended any of the 5 previous Shares or any other event while also inviting any one who would like to learn some more about the experience, gathering and conversation of the International Black Summit — hosted in Ottawa, ON August 1 – 4.
 
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Protecting Seniors and Vulnerable Ontarians

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Protecting Seniors and Vulnerable Ontarians

May 9, 2013

Government Mandating Sprinklers in Care Homes for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Ontario is the first province to make automatic sprinklers mandatory in care homes for seniors, homes for people with disabilities, and vulnerable Ontarians.

Mandatory sprinklers are part of amendments to the Fire Code and Building Code that will improve fire safety in these occupancies. Other improvements include:

 

  • Self-closing doors
  • Enhanced fire inspections and staff training
  • Annual validation of fire safety plans by local fire services

 

The amendments are based on recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee  led by the Office of the Fire Marshal and public consultation.

Helping seniors stay safe is a part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors and supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to ensure a just and fair society for all.

QUICK FACTS

  • All licensed retirement homes and most private care facilities will have up to five years to install sprinklers. Some care and treatment facilities, including public long-term care homes, will have an 11 year phase-in period to coincide with redevelopment plans scheduled to be completed by 2025.
  • Since 1998, most newly built retirement homes in Ontario have been required to have sprinklers.
  • The Retirement Home Act, 2010, requires that information about whether or not a retirement home has a fire sprinkler system be publicly available.
  • More than 50,000 seniors live in about 700 retirement homes in Ontario.
  • By 2017, Ontario will be home to more people over the age of 65 than children under age 15.

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QUOTES

“We are committed to moving forward with the implementation of fire safety measures, including sprinklers, to protect seniors and vulnerable Ontarians living in care homes and treatment facilities. These amendments to the Fire Code and Building Code will bring greater protection and security for these residents and peace of mind to their loved ones.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“This is an issue I have cared deeply about for years, and I am delighted our government is moving forward with the phase-in of mandatory sprinklers for all our retirement and Long Term Care homes. I would like to thank the Technical Advisory Committee, as well as the numerous members of the fire service who have been advocating for these changes, and for their ongoing dedication to making our province safer.”
— Linda Jeffrey, Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
“Seniors in our retirement homes need to feel safe and secure. They need to know that there are safeguards in place that protect them. By mandating fire sprinklers and enhancing fire safety measures, the provincial government is demonstrating its commitment to the well-being and security of Ontario’s seniors living in retirement homes.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors
“Everyone has the right to feel safe from fire wherever they live, regardless of age, ability or special needs. Today’s announcement mandates sprinklers under the Ontario Fire Code for the first time. Mandating sprinklers and other fire safety enhancements in our vulnerable occupancies is a significant milestone toward achieving this goal.”
— Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario
“The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) applauds the government for implementing these important changes. These new requirements represent the single biggest improvement in public fire safety since the requirement for mandatory smoke alarms. The OAFC was pleased to work with Ontario, the Office of the Fire Marshal and our other industry partners on the development of the Technical Advisory Committee recommendations, which has been a top priority for the OAFC. These changes will improve both the safety of residents and the safety of the firefighters who respond to fires in these buildings.”
— Deputy Fire Chief Matt Pegg, president, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
“Today’s announcement is about celebrating the positive results of a collaborative process that put seniors first and recognized the need for a flexible and phased-in retrofit process for non-funded retirement homes in Ontario. As the provincial association representing more than 80 per cent of Ontario’s retirement community sector, we believe that expanding important fire safety measures for all retirement homes is simply the right thing to do.”
— Laurie Johnston, CEO, Ontario Retirement Communities Association

CONTACTS

Craig MacBride
Minister’s Office
416-325-8282

Andrew Morrison
Communications Branch
416-325-0432

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
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Free-range MTB gear: MET, Urge and Maloja‏

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Changes to Ontario’s Cabinet‏

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Changes to Ontario’s Cabinet

May 8, 2013

Ontario Government Announces Ministers Milloy and Sousa to Take on New Responsibilities

Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced changes to her cabinet and government following the resignation of Harinder Takhar due to medical issues.He will continue to serve as Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale.

John Milloy will become Minister of Government Services in addition to his role as Government House Leader.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa will take on the responsibility as Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet.

The ministers were sworn-in this afternoon.

QUOTES

“I wish Harinder a speedy recovery and thank him for the role he has played in my new government. And I want to thank John and Charles for taking on these new responsibilities and for their continued contributions as we work to create jobs and help people with their everyday lives.”
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Improving Fire Safety in Retirement Homes and Care Facilities‏

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Improving Fire Safety in Retirement Homes and Care Facilities

May 8, 2013

Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors, and Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will announce changes to the Fire Code and Building Code.Date:               Thursday, May 9, 2013

Time:               9 a.m.

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Child car seat safety inspection clinic‏

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Child car seat safety inspection clinic

This Saturday May 11th take advantage of the child car seat safety inspection clinic being held at 11 Division – 2054 Davenport Road.  11AM until 3PM.  First come first served.  Please install the seat and it will be checked and adjusted.

4 out of every 5 children are not correctly buckled up in their seats.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury in young children. A properly used child restraint can prevent up to 75% of these deaths and injuries.

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Spring Fish Stocking is Underway

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Spring Fish Stocking is Underway

May 7, 2013

Ontario Supports Recreational Fishery

Across Ontario, millions of fish from provincial fish culture stations are being loaded onto trucks, boats and aircraft for stocking into public waters to help support a recreational fishery valued at more than $2.4 billion per year.

Ontario operates nine fish culture stations in the province. Each year, these facilities produce and stock approximately 8.5 million fish into more than 1,200 lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes.

Fish stocking creates more angling opportunities, rehabilitates degraded fish populations and helps restore biodiversity. Fish are also indicators of environmental change and fish populations provide early warning signals about potential problems in the environment.

Protecting and enhancing local biodiversity is part of the Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario invests approximately $5.5 million a year in fish culture and stocking activities.
  • Each year, about 1.3 million anglers spend an average of 16 days fishing in Ontario.
  • The province manages 24 per cent of Canada’s fresh water, including 40 per cent of the Great Lakes and countless rivers and streams.
  • Species stocked include Atlantic salmon, aurora trout, brook trout, brown trout, splake, lake trout, lake whitefish, rainbow trout, walleye, muskellunge and Chinook salmon.
  • There are approximately 250,000 inland lakes in Ontario.

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QUOTES

“Ontario fisheries are a significant resource contributing to Ontario’s economy and recreational angling opportunities. We all have a role to play to ensure a healthy, diverse fishery for everyone to enjoy and to pass on to future generations.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

CONTACTS

Media calls only: Jessica Spindler
Minister’s Office
416-314-2198

Media calls only: Media Desk
Communications Services Branch
416-314-2106

Ministry of Natural Resources
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Helping At-Risk Youth Succeed‏

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Helping At-Risk Youth Succeed

May 7, 2013

Ontario Government Supporting Youth, Building Strong Communities

Ontario is helping more young people reach their full potential by adding 35 new youth outreach workers in nine communities across the province.

The province is partnering with 16 additional community agencies, including Native Child and Family Services Toronto, to deliver the expanded Youth Outreach Worker program. Youth outreach workers support young people where they live and socialize. They identify at-risk youth, provide strong, culturally-appropriate mentorship, and connect young people to the right services and supports. Youth outreach workers often come from the same neighbourhood and, as a result, they can share relevant life experiences with the young people they assist.

Expanding the Youth Outreach Worker program is part of Ontario’s Youth Action Plan, which is providing young people with more jobs and opportunities to succeed while making communities safer.

QUICK FACTS

  • The province is providing support for 20 youth outreach workers in the City of Toronto, including two at the Native Child and Family Services Toronto.
  • Since 2006, nearly 128,000 young people have benefited from the support and mentorship of a youth outreach worker in the province.
  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including expanding the Youth Outreach Worker program.
  • The 2008 Review on Roots of Youth Violence recognized the significant role played by youth outreach workers in connecting marginalized, isolated and disengaged youth with their schools and communities.
  • In total, 97 youth workers will deliver the Youth Outreach Worker program through nearly 50 agencies in several Ontario communities.
  • The 2013 Ontario Budget proposes to establish a Youth Jobs Strategy of $295 million over two years to create jobs and mentorship opportunities for about 30,000 youth, and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

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QUOTES

“Our government is committed to the success of our young people. That’s why we’re increasing the number of youth outreach workers who make connections with youth in their communities and provide valuable guidance.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“An outreach worker can be the only person a teenager has to turn to for support and guidance. The Youth Outreach Worker program plays a key role in reaching out to at-risk youth and steering them to the right culturally-appropriate services and supports.”
— Lekan Olawoye, Chair, Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities

CONTACTS

Nauman Khan
Minister’s Office
416-212-7458

Bre Walt
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

For Public Inquiries:
Call toll-free
1-866-821-7770

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
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CORRECTION: Photo Op Wednesday — thousands of Servings of Pasta to be Delivered to North York Harvest Food Bank

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Unique Photo Opportunity:

 

Thousands of Servings of Pasta to be Delivered to North York Harvest Food Bank

 

Toronto, Ontario– Catelli® pasta is helping to battle hunger in Toronto one serving of pasta at a time.

 

Approximately 14,570 portions of Catelli® pasta will be delivered to the North York Harvest Food Bank as part of a campaign called Help Us Feed the Hope. This significant donation is just one of many deliveries that will take place across the country, as Catelli® aims to reach a donation goal of one million servings of pasta to feed the hungry across Canada.

 

Media are invited to participate in the unloading of the pasta. Excellent visual opportunities will be available.

 

WHAT:                  Unloading delivery of 14,570 portions of Catelli® pasta 

 

WHEN:                  June 12, 2013

                               11:00 a.m. – Noon

 

WHERE:               North York Harvest Food Bank

640 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto

 

As part of the Help Us Feed the Hope campaign, Catelli® pasta is donating a serving of pasta to Toronto food banks for every box purchased by Torontonians at Sobeys and Foodland stores until the end of June.

 

“In Ontario alone, there are more than 160,000 families in need, yet hunger is a solvable problem, so we’re encouraging everyone in the community to get involved and help lighten the load of fellow community members,” said Sandra Kim, Director of Marketing for the Catelli® pasta brand.

 

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For more information or to RSVP:

 

Gail Bergman or Ashley Pergolas

Gail Bergman PR

Tel: (905) 886-1340 or (905) 886-3345

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New Ontario Government Strengthens Energy Planning‏

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New Ontario Government Strengthens Energy Planning

May 6, 2013

Communities Will Be Engaged in Regional Energy Plans

The new Ontario government is improving how the province plans and builds large energy infrastructure projects going forward.

To ensure that Ontario builds energy infrastructure in a process that respects communities, the government has asked two key agencies to develop a new regional energy planning process based on formal input from municipalities, communities and the energy sector.

Regional energy plans will rely on public consultations and municipal input to ensure that Ontario gets siting decisions right the first time – while recognizing that a strong electricity grid requires ongoing investments in clean, modern and reliable energy infrastructure.

The Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ontario Power Authority are expected to report back to the Minister of Energy with a joint implementation plan by August 1st, 2013. The plan will take into account recommendations on energy project siting made by the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

Through strong public consultation, regional energy plans will lead to better decision making – so that future electricity generation contracts place energy infrastructure in the right location from the beginning.

Engaging communities in the regional energy planning process is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to build strong communities, powered by clean, reliable energy.

QUICK FACTS

  • Read the Minister’s letter to the OPA and the IESO.
  • The government recently announced a six-month review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, to determine the best energy supply mix for the province over the next 20 years. The review will be based on strong public consultations.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has built or renewed over 7,500 km of transmission lines.
  • Ontario has modernized or rebuilt over 11,500 MW of clean energy since 2003 – enough electricity to power over 2.8 million homes.

QUOTES

“Since 2003, we’ve rebuilt a broken energy system into one of the most reliable, clean and technologically advanced grids in North America. Now it’s time to improve how we plan, site, and build energy infrastructure in Ontario. By working with municipalities and the public to create regional energy plans, we’ll make sure we get siting decisions right the first time.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
“We applaud Premier Wynne and Minister Chiarelli for taking leadership on this issue and recognizing the importance of advancing generation projects while still balancing the needs of individual municipalities. We welcome the opportunity to work with the provincial government, and its agencies, to achieve balanced siting protocols that respect the needs of municipalities and consumers.”
— Elise Herzig, President and CEO, Ontario Energy Association

CONTACTS

For media inquiries only call:
Beckie Codd-Downey, Minister’s Office
416-327-6747
beckie.codd-downey@ontario.ca

For public inquiries call:
TTY: 1-800-239-4224
1-888-668-4636

Ministry of Energy
http://www.ontario.ca/energy

 


 

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More Support for Low-Income Families

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More Support for Low-Income Families

May 6, 2013

Ontario Government Proposes Increase in Child Benefit

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Early Years Centre at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office where she highlighted the 2013 Budget’s proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province.The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years. This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses.

In order for parents to receive this year’s proposed increase of $110 this July, the Budget 2013 bill would have to be passed and proclaimed before July 1, 2013.

This proposed increase is part of the Ontario government’s plan to help people with their everyday lives.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Child Benefit helps low-income parents provide for their children, whether they are working or not.
  • The benefit would also increase by another $100 per year as of July 1, 2014.
  • The Ontario Child Benefit provides financial support that has helped lift 40,000 children out of poverty.
  • Parents don’t need to apply for the Ontario Child Benefit. To be eligible they must file their income taxes, register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, have a child under age 18, and live in Ontario.

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QUOTES

“As the mother of three kids, I know how far $210 can go. Our government is committed to making sure that all Ontario children get a fair start in life. Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit is part of our plan to help people with their everyday lives.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“We are focused on making sure low-income families have the financial support they need to help their children thrive. Raising the Ontario Child Benefit would help ensure that all of our children can grow up with the necessities they need to excel.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services

 


 

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Real Life Black Hair Exhibit You Can Touch in NYC’s Union Square

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Honouring Ontario’s Police Officers‏

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Honouring Ontario’s Police Officers

May 5, 2013

Ontario Government Remembers Fallen Officers at Ceremony of Remembrance

Premier Kathleen Wynne honoured two fallen police officers whose names were added to the Ontario Police Memorial at Queen’s Park today.

The 14th annual Ceremony of Remembrance paid tribute to Constable Jennifer Kovach of the Guelph Police Service, who was killed in the line of duty in March, 2013. It also recognized the service of Constable William Rourke, a 22-year veteran of the Cobourg Police who died in service in 1915. He was selected for this honour through historical research.

Ceremony guests included members of police services and associations from across Ontario, Canada and the United States. Staff Sergeant Scott Grover of the Guelph Police Service acted as the Master of Ceremonies.

QUICK FACTS

  • The CN Tower will be illuminated in blue the weekend of May 5 to honour all fallen Ontario police officers.
  • There are 253 names of fallen officers on the memorial dating back to 1804.
  • Rogers TV will broadcast the Ceremony of Remembrance on Sunday, May 12.

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QUOTES

“We are indebted to Ontario’s police officers for taking on a profession in which risks are an inherent part of the job. Thanks to the courageous service of our officers, the people of this province can feel safe and secure.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“By memorializing those who have passed away in the line of duty, we recognize the sacrifices all officers and their families make every day. Ontario’s police officers put the safety of the community before their own safety, and they deserve our constant appreciation for that.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services

 


 

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Internet IP address

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Blocking websites on the Internet

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Blocking websites on the Internet

“Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the internet. It may be carried out by governments, private organizations at the behest of government, regulators, or on their own initiative. Individuals and organizations may engage in self-censorship for moral, religious, or business reasons, to conform to societal norms, due to intimidation, or out of fear of legal or other consequences,” says Wikipedia Internet Censorship. Read the rest of this entry »

Stronger Protection for Wireless Consumers‏

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Stronger Protection for Wireless Consumers

April 29, 2013

Ontario Government Introduces New Rules for Wireless Contracts and Services

Ontario is taking steps to strengthen consumer protection by introducing legislation today that would, if passed, make it easier for consumers to understand the costs and terms of their cell phone and wireless services contracts.

The proposed legislation, if passed, would benefit wireless consumers by:

  • Limiting the costs associated with cancelling a contract
  • Requiring contracts to be written in plain, easy-to-understand language
  • Ensuring contracts clearly spell out which services come with the basic fee, and which would result in a higher bill
  • Showing the total price in wireless services pricing advertisements

These proposed reforms would protect consumers while furthering the new Ontario government’s commitment to building a strong economy and a fair, safe and informed marketplace.

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately eight out of 10 Ontario families have a wireless services agreement.
  • Overall complaints to the federal Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services have more than tripled over the past four years.
  • A recent survey by OpenMedia.ca compiled the opinions and complaints of 2,800 cell phone users who called for an overhaul of the cell phone market.

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“Ontario consumers deserve to know what they are getting in their cell phone and wireless services contracts. We want contracts to be clear, easy to understand, and fair. Our proposed legislation, if passed, would be backed by meaningful enforcement so that cell phone consumers are protected.”
— Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services
“I congratulate the Ontario government on its proposed legislation. Consumers spend large amounts of money on their wireless services. It’s important for them to know how much the many features of the product or service will cost them – and how much it will cost to cancel their plan.”
— Ken Whitehurst, Executive Director, Consumers Council of Canada

CONTACTS

Bryan Leblanc
Minister’s Office
416-326-1939
bryan.leblanc@ontario.ca

Sandra Bento
Communications Branch
416-327-9708
sandra.bento@ontario.ca

Ministry of Consumer Services
http://www.ontario.ca/consumerservices

 


 

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Business Coach Identifies Market Gap, Launches Unique Home Renovation Service That Benefits Both Contractors and Homeowners

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First-of-its-kind initiative, called Renovantage™, seeing steady growth since 2011 launch

 

Toronto, Ontario – April 29, 2013 – As a business coach, Greg Peterson has seen his share of business trends and patterns over the years. That’s why he knew he had a high-value fixer-upper when he identified a market gap in the home renovation business. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Aboriginal Culture This Summer‏

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Celebrate Aboriginal Culture This Summer

June 3, 2013

Experience Ontario Aboriginal Tourism Destinations

Ontario offers dozens of tourism destinations for families to immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture, customs and traditions.

There are locations in every corner of the province for families to visit on a day trip or vacation road trip. For example, you can:

Supporting local tourism is part of the Ontario government’s efforts to build a strong economy and vibrant communities.

QUICK FACTS

  • “Ontario” stems from a Huron work “Onatari:io,” meaning beautiful lake.
  • The top five Aboriginal languages spoken in Ontario are Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree, Inuktitut and Mohawk.
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario’s economy. In 2011, Ontario tourism brought in over $23 billion and supported more than 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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“Ontario is proud to promote a culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry. See it. Experience it. Join in. Steep yourself in time-honoured traditions this summer.”
— David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
“I encourage residents and visitors alike to explore and experience the rich culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario. Historic sites such as Sainte-Marie among the Hurons allow visitors to travel back to the 17th century and learn about the Huron-Wendat people, while Fort William Historical Park brings the fur trade back to life. The long legacy, vibrant culture and honoured traditions of Aboriginal Peoples provide Ontarians with an opportunity to learn, engage and celebrate.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“As Ontario’s and Canada’s original tour guides, Aboriginal tourism operators continue to share our unique culture with visitors from around the world. We invite Ontario visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Aboriginal culture this summer.”
— Kevin Eshkawkogan, CEO of Great Spirit Circle Trail Inc.

CONTACTS

Flavia Mussio
Media Contact
416-314-9455
Flavia.Mussio@ontario.ca

Scott Cavan
Minister’s Office
416-314-6212
scott.cavan@ontario.ca

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
http://www.ontario.ca/aboriginal


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Ontario Celebrates Seniors’ Month

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Ontario Celebrates Seniors’ Month

June 3, 2013

Ontario Government Giving Seniors the Support and Respect They Deserve

As Ontario marks the beginning of Seniors’ Month, the government is dedicated to ensuring men and women across the province are healthy, active and cared for at every age.

The 2013 Budget outlines new investments that are focused on providing more home care options to seniors that would help them stay at home longer and live healthier, independent lives. And to protect the province’s most vulnerable seniors, Ontario made automatic sprinklers mandatory in care homes, and launched a Wandering Prevention Program in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

The government has also released a new edition of the “Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario,” which features up-to-date information on provincial and federal services available to seniors, in a smaller, easier to handle format.

The guide is now available in 16 languages – nine more than before – in recognition of Ontario’s diverse communities.

Ontario’s seniors’ guide provides practical information on issues that affect our quality of life as we age, including:

  • Health, wellness and active living
  • Safety, security, finances and transportation
  • Housing, long-term care homes and caregiving

The improved guide is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors – a strategy to help seniors and their families access quality services and supports for healthy and independent living.

QUICK FACTS

  • This year will mark the 29th anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario. The theme, “The Art of Living,” celebrates how seniors in Ontario have created their own unique approach to living.
  • Hundreds of events are hosted by organizations across the province. The events promote healthy living and raise awareness for community supports available to seniors.
  • As part of the Action Plan for Seniors, the 2013 Budget includes a plan to invest an additional $260 million this year in home and community care.
  • The government is currently implementing key recommendations from Dr. Samir Sinha’s report “Living Longer, Living Well,” to help seniors stay healthy and live at home longer.
  • The oldest age groups in Ontario are increasing in number faster than any others. For the first time in 2017, Ontario will be home to more people over 65 than children 14 and under.

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“Our seniors deserve to be connected to their communities, cared for and respected in their everyday lives. I look forward to celebrating Seniors’ Month across Ontario and working hard to make sure the people of this province are thriving at every age.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“June is Seniors’ Month – the time to honour the knowledge, experience and contributions seniors make every day in communities across the province. I encourage Ontarians of all ages to participate in Seniors’ Month celebrations in their community and learn more about the benefits of living well at any age.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors

 


 

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Volunteers Honoured with June Callwood Awards

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Volunteers Honoured with June Callwood Awards

April 26, 2013

Ontario Government Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Ontario is honouring twelve people and seven organizations with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award, for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their local communities.

The award recognizes dedicated individuals who, like the late June Callwood, demonstrate exceptional leadership, creativity and innovation in their service to their communities and others. This year’s recipients include:

  • A volunteer whose vision for a residential hospice has improved end-of-life care for patients.
  • An organization that helps to expand opportunities for adults by improving their literacy and numeracy skills.
  • A champion for children with mental illness and co-creator of an adaptive cooking class for persons with disabilities.
  • A neighbour-to-neighbour initiative that works to improve urban forests by replacing dying mature trees.
  • A volunteer who has taught several generations of children how to swim.

Supporting the not-for-profit sector and promoting Ontario’s tradition of volunteering is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build strong communities and a fair society for all.

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“This award recognizes the exceptional acts of kindness that the people of Ontario perform every day for their neighbours and communities. By caring for each other, the award recipients are improving the lives of all Ontarians.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

CONTACTS

Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister’s Office
416-325-6205

Elizabeth Meneses Del Castillo
Communications Branch
416-314-7725

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
http://www.ontario.ca/citizenship

 


 

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Air Quality Continues to Improve‏

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Air Quality Continues to Improve

April 24, 2013

Ontario Releases 41st Annual Air Quality Report

Ontario’s annual air quality report shows levels of many air pollutants have dropped across the province and Ontario’s air quality continues to improve.

The Ontario government has taken strong action to reduce air pollutants and ensure cleaner air for the people of the province.  Today’s cleaner air quality comes as the result of:

  • Replacing coal-fired generation with cleaner, renewable energy sources.
  • Lowering emissions from cars and trucks and investing in public transit.
  • Stronger regulations to reduce greenhouse gases and other industrial emissions.
  • Working with the federal government and the United States to address transboundary air pollutants that impact Ontario.

Reducing air pollutants and protecting the environment is part of the government’s plan to create a sustainable economy that creates jobs for Ontario families.

QUICK FACTS

  • There are 40 Air Quality Index (AQI) monitoring stations across the province that provide around-the-clock information on air quality.
  • Over the past decade, levels of fine particulate matter such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and summer time ground-level ozone have declined.
  • Cleaner air lowers the health risks associated with pollution such as asthma and other respiratory diseases.
  • Earth Week takes place from April 22-26, 2013.

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QUOTES

“The good news is our actions to improve air quality for the people of Ontario are working. We can all appreciate and enjoy a healthier, cleaner environment. Phasing out dirty coal-fired electricity, keeping our cars running cleanly with Drive Clean, and cleaning up our industries is paying off.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment

CONTACTS

Contact information for the general public
416-325-4000
1-800-565-4923

Kate Jordan
Communications Branch
416-314-6666
Kate.Jordan@ontario.ca

Lyndsay Miller
Minister’s Office
416-314-6739
Lyndsay.Miller@ontario.ca

Ministry of the Environment
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Ontario Supporting the Experimental Lakes Area

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Ontario Supporting the Experimental Lakes Area

April 24, 2013

New Government Working to Keep Ongoing Freshwater Research

Ontario is working collaboratively with the federal government, the Government of Manitoba and other partners to keep the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) operational in 2013 and ensure sustained longer-term operations.
Ontario will provide operating support and work toward an agreement with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and other partners so that the important science conducted in the ELA can continue.

Environmental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind, freshwater research region in northwestern Ontario that attracts scientists from across Canada and around the world.

The important science and research performed in this area informs our pollution reduction strategies, our understanding of climate change and how we can protect our lakes and rivers here in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

Supporting science and research is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to build a fair, prosperous Ontario for the benefit of all.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Experimental Lakes Area was established in 1968 and is located approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Kenora, Ont., in the Lake of the Woods watershed.
  • On May 17, 2012, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced that the federal government was cutting funding for research and operations in the ELA on March 31, 2013.

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QUOTES

“We have had many conversations with members of the public and our scientific and academic communities who want to see the Experimental Lakes Area stay open. Investing in science and research to help us understand and prevent pollution is a wise investment for the people of Ontario.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Ongoing research at the Experimental Lakes Area has produced decades’ worth of continuous data. Ensuring this important information continues to be collected will help us identify emerging threats to our environment and understand critical changes in ecological communities over time. I look forward to working with the federal government, the Government of Manitoba and other partners to keep ELA operating.”
— Laurel Broten, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
“The Experimental Lakes Area is an incredibly productive outdoor laboratory. It has an unmatched record of generating critical information about acid rain, mercury contamination, climate change effects, and the connection between phosphorus runoff and algae blooms in lakes. The ELA is a go-to place when we need information to make environmental progress.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment
“Ontario recognizes the Experimental Lakes Area as a world-renowned freshwater research facility that contributes to our growing knowledge of ecosystem health and informs our stewardship strategies. I am pleased that our government is working with the federal government towards the goal of sustaining operations at this unique natural resources laboratory.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

 


 

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