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Look great and see clearly at Costco‏

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Ontarians Getting Faster Access to Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures

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Ontarians Getting Faster Access to Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures

August 14, 2013

Ontario Government Continues to Improve Wait Times

Wait times for surgeries and diagnostic procedures are getting shorter across Ontario, resulting in patients spending less time waiting and accessing treatment sooner.

Great progress has been made in reducing wait times for key procedures. In June 2013:

  • 94 per cent of cataract surgeries were performed within the 182 day target
  • 89 per cent of hip replacements were performed within the 182 day target
  • 85 per cent of knee replacements were performed within the 182 day target
  • 61 per cent of non-urgent MRIs were performed within the 28 day target
  • 87 per cent of CT scans performed were within the 28 day target
  • 98 per cent of general surgeries were performed within the 182 day target
  • 98 per cent of cancer surgeries were performed within the 84 day target
  • 92 per cent of paediatric surgeries were performed within the 182 day target

This year, the government is investing $75.8 million across the province to support health care providers in continuing to reduce wait times and to provide more than 6,800 additional surgical procedures and more than 220,000 hours for MRI and CT scans.

Ensuring people across the province have faster access to surgical and diagnostic procedures is part of the government’s Action Plan for Health Care helping deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2005, Ontario has publicly reported on wait times for surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Ontario currently reports on wait times for over 190 different surgical and diagnostic procedures.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $1.7 billion for approximately three million additional procedures to help reduce wait times.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, Ontario received straight A’s from the Canada-wide Wait Time Alliance for meeting performance targets in reducing wait times in five priority health service areas — hip replacements, knee replacements, cataract surgery, radiation oncology and cardiac services.
  • Ontario’s Wait Time website was rated as one of the best in Canada (grade of A) by the Wait Time Alliance.

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QUOTES

“Since 2005, our government has dedicated funding to reduce wait times for surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures. Thanks to these investments and the consistent year-over-year efforts at the local level, we have increased access to timely procedures and will continue to do so to ensure better health outcomes for patients across Ontario. ”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

CONTACTS

David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division
416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline
1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)

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Toll-free: 1-888-414-4774
GTA: 416-314-6197
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Samantha Grant
Minister’s Office
416-326-4905

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
http://ontario.ca/health


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Ministers Release Statement on Exotic Animals

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Ministers Release Statement on Exotic Animals

August 13, 2013

Today, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources, released the following statement:

“The recent events in New Brunswick have touched many Ontario families who need to know that the rules are in place to help avoid such tragedies in our own province.

Currently, the responsibility for dealing with exotic animals falls to individual municipalities, which each have their own approach to bylaws and enforcement.

As a result, the Ontario government will review the rules in place dealing with the possession and ownership of exotic animals in the province. Our three ministries will create a working group to examine the current structure and whether any changes need to be made. The government will also seek input from key stakeholders, including municipalities, and report back this fall with options for moving forward.

The safety and well-being of all Ontarians is of greatest importance.”

 


 

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Enhancing Supports for Children and Youth with Special Needs‏

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Enhancing Supports for Children and Youth with Special Needs

August 13, 2013

Ontario Government Taking Action to Reduce Wait Times and Improve Services

Ontario is reducing wait times and improving how families of children and youth with special needs access the services they need, as close to home as possible.

With support from the province, up to an additional 1,300 children and youth served by Ontario’schildren’s treatment centres will receive improved access to rehabilitative services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. The Ontario government is committed to expanding access to integrated rehabilitation services in full-day kindergarten classrooms by building on pilot programs.

More young people with autism will also benefit from improved access to Intensive Behavioural Intervention therapy, which helps decrease challenging behaviours, increase appropriate behaviours and promote development.

Improving access to services for children and youth with special needs and their families is part of the Ontario government’s efforts to build a fair society for the benefit of all and help people with their everyday lives.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is increasing annual funding to children’s rehabilitation centres by $5 million to reduce wait times and improve access to services.
  • Ontario funds 21 children’s treatment centres across the province, providing service to more than 64,000 kids a year.
  • Ontario is also helping five northern children’s treatment centres improve their information systems so they can serve kids and families better.
  • These new supports are the first step in responding to recommendations from Tracy MacCharles, the former Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, on how to improve families’ experience finding information, navigating the system and transitioning from child and youth to adult services.

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QUOTES

“We heard from families about what they need to support their children and youth with special needs, and we took action. We remain committed to helping all children and youth in Ontario achieve their goals, and to fully participate at home, at school and in their communities.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“This investment in rehabilitation services will have an impact across the province. It will help Ontario’s Children Treatment Centres serve more children and youth and their families. On behalf of our members and the families they serve, we welcome the government’s continued commitment to building an Ontario in which all children and youth have the best opportunity to reach their potential.”
— Jennifer Inkpen, Acting CEO, Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services

CONTACTS

Nauman Khan
Minister’s Office
416-212-7159

Courtney Battistone
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

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

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
http://www.ontario.ca/children

 


 

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Canadian Small Business Women Group

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Call for Papers – Twenty-First International Conference on Learning – 15-17 July 2014, New York City, USA‏

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LEARNING

Call for Papers

The Twenty-First International Conference on Learning will be held at Lander College for Women at Touro University in New York City, USA, from 15-17 July 2014. The conference is co-hosted in partnership with Touro University. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables or colloquia are invited, addressing learning through one of the following themes:

* Pedagogy and Curriculum
* Assessment and Evaluation
* Early Childhood Learning
* Learning in Higher Education
* Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning
* Adult, Community and Professional Learning
* Educational Organization and Leadership
* Technologies in Learning
* Learner Diversity and Identities
* Literacies Learning

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to The Learner Collection of journals. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal.

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 3 September 2013, and future deadlines will be announced online. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Learning and Touro University

Lander College for Women at Touro University supports a multi-faceted approach to learning through formal instruction as well as informal connections with faculty and fellow students from the US and around the world. Its philosophy is congruent with The Learning Conference’s commitment to bringing together academics, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and other education practitioners to discuss their common concerns for learning and to explore their interests in new possibilities for education.

Alumni Registration Rate

We are also pleased to offer a special Alumni Registration Discount for delegates or student delegates who have attended a Learning Conference in the past. Learning Alumni will receive a $US 50 discount off of the early registration rate. Please visit the registration page for more information on how to register with the Alumni Discount.


 

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Statement from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services – National Peacekeepers’ Day‏

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Statement from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services – National Peacekeepers’ Day

August 9, 2013

Today, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, released the following statement:

“As we observe National Peacekeepers’ Day, I take great pride in paying tribute to the province’s community safety professionals who are serving and have served in international peacekeeping missions.

Aug. 9 is recognized annually as National Peacekeepers’ Day. The date was chosen in honour of nine Canadian peacekeepers who died on this day in 1974 when three missiles downed their aircraft over Syria.

Since peacekeeping missions began in 1956, hundreds of officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, municipal police services and correctional services have worked alongside military peacekeepers around the world, maintaining safety and stability in troubled regions. Their guidance, dedication and professionalism help restore peace following conflict.

National Peacekeepers’ Day is a time to express our thanks to these Ontarians. We are proud of their contribution in making the world a safer place.”

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CONTACTS

Shane Gonsalves
Minister’s Office
416-325-6158

Brent Ross
Communications Branch
416-314-7024

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
http://www.ontario.ca/safety

 


 

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New Arrivals & Sweet Deals!

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Free your inner child – and free the book

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You're never too old to read a children’s book. Or make one.
We think making a children’s book is a great way to get in touch with your inner child and free your creativity in unexpected ways. You don’t have to have everything figured out when you start. Maybe you just have the kernel of an idea. Or a few funny sentences or quick sketches. The important thing is to let your imagination run wild. Free the book (and the kid) within. Here’s what you’ll discover in this week’s newsletter:
Custom alphabet books as easy as ABC

An interview with Briana Loewinsohn

Bring a story to life

Tips and tricks from a
talented illustrator

Blurb in the classroom

Getting seriously creative
with your students

A collection of children’s books you’ll only find at Blurb
A Home for Baby Acorn

This book was created to help the author’s adopted son understand why and how he came to be adopted. We thinkBaby Acorn can help more children to do the same.

The Empathic Egg

A tongue-twisting adventure artfully pictured and penned. Bezert’s “dreamatical journey” is one older children are sure to enjoy.

Captain Tiny

Tiny (by name not nature) is a little mouse with a big mission. Accomplished illustrations bring the adventures ofCaptain Tiny—and his good friend Teeny—to life.

Wombat & Bunyip

There’s someone for everyone—Bunyip or otherwise—as this heartwarming tale confirms. These creative characters are sure to set little imaginations alight.

Sweet Steffi

A lovely rhyming tale that follows little duckling “Sweet Steffi” on her journey to find a playmate. Illustrated by Venezuelan artist Piktorama, and suitable for ages 4–8.

Susie goes into the garden

From a series of six books (and counting), Susie the dog encourages children to interact and help her find things throughout.

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Finance Minister Launches Path to Jobs and Growth Consultations‏

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Finance Minister Launches Path to Jobs and Growth Consultations

August 9, 2013

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, will hold a press conference before his meeting with the Economic Advisory Panel in Toronto.

Date: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
Time: Minister’s media availability – 2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Minister’s photo opportunity- 3 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Location: Treasury Boardroom
Frost Bldg South, 1st floor
7 Queen’s Park Cres
Toronto ON M7A1Y7

Please note: Cameras will be given access to the meeting from 3 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. for set up shots, after which the meeting will be closed to cameras.

 


 

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CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 12 to 16 August 2013

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The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies
in the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject to change
without notice. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Ontario’s Digital Media Companies Grow‏

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Helping Ontario’s Digital Media Companies Grow

August 7, 2013

Ontario Government Working with Industry Partners to Create Jobs

Premier Kathleen Wynne is working with leaders in the digital media industry to expand Ontario’s vibrant knowledge-based industries and create more jobs.

Joined by Michael Chan, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the Premier participated in a roundtable discussion in Toronto with industry leaders including Interactive Ontario, Ubisoft Toronto, Google Canada, Communitech, Polar Mobile and TransGaming.

The government is focused on fostering innovation and helping digital media companies stay competitive in a rapidly changing global market. The province is committed to supporting the industry as it expands its global reach and connecting businesses to the talent they need to grow and excel.

Strengthening the province’s knowledge-based industries is part of the Ontario government’s plan to build a prosperous economy and create more jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • Digital media production contributes almost $1.5 billion annually to Ontario’s economy and supports about 16,000 full time employees.
  • Canada is the third-largest developer of video games, after the U.S. and Japan.

QUOTES

“In today’s economy, ideas and innovation are important currency. Supporting Ontario’s digital media industry is a vital part of our plan for economic prosperity. We will continue to make the right kind of investments to help companies succeed in the global economy and create more high-level jobs for the people of Ontario.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“The digital media industry is full of creative, technical companies with high-level jobs that our economy depends on – now and into the future. We are committed to fostering further growth in this sector.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“We are extremely pleased that the government is committed to supporting the growth of Ontario’s digital media companies. This support allows these companies to remain competitive, to create even more jobs and to continue to create excellent digital media content.”
— Donald Henderson, President and CEO, Interactive Ontario


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Martha Stewart to Headline the 2013 Delicious Food Show

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Reigning Lifestyle Guru visits Toronto for the First Time in Two Years

TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW/ – The 2013 Delicious Food Show (DFS) is thrilled to announce that household name, best-selling author, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Emmy Award-winning TV show host and queen of all “good things,” Martha Stewart, will be headlining the three-day event this October. Read the rest of this entry »

Investment Advisors get Green Light for Class Action Seeking Unpaid Overtime From BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

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TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW/ – Mr. Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified a class action against BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. for unpaid overtime owed to Investment Advisors and Associate Investment Advisors. Mr. Justice Belobaba released his reasons certifying the action on August 20, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Air Canada Opens State-of-the-art Global Operations Centre in Brampton, Ontario

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MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art global Operations Centre (OC) in Brampton, Ontario which is expected to significantly improve its operational capabilities and efficiencies.  The new facility is the result of a two-year, $60-million project and will serve as the central control for the airline’s operations, with 400 employees overseeing, on a 24/7 basis, nearly 600 Air Canada flights each day. Read the rest of this entry »

Montréal’s Director of Public Health Calls for a Stronger Tobacco Act

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MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – During the hearings of the Commission de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Assemblée nationale concerning the report on the implementation of the Tobacco Act, Dr. Richard Massé, the director of public health of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, is calling for the Tobacco Act to be strengthened as quickly as possible to hasten the decrease in prevalence of smoking in the city’s population. He is making 10 recommendations to update the Act, which has not been revised in 8 years even though the tobacco market has changed significantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy‏

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Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy

August 7, 2013

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, released the following statement on the regional energy planning process:

“I would like to thank the Independent Electricity System Operator and Ontario Power Authority for their report. Over the past few months they have been consulting with stakeholders and the public across the province. I look forward to reviewing their report and recommendations on the regional energy planning process.

Ontario is committed to respecting local communities by increasing community involvement in the energy planning process. Increasing local involvement will make sure we get siting decisions right from the beginning, while meeting the diverse energy needs of our different regions.”

On May 6 the Minister of Energy asked the Independent Electricity System Operator and Ontario Power Authority to report back to the Ministry with a joint implementation plan to ensure Ontario builds energy infrastructure in a process that respects communities.

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CONTACTS

Beckie Codd-Downey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2690
beckie.codd-downey@ontario.ca

Kirby Dier
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
kirby.dier@ontario.ca

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

 


 

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Ontario Strengthening Death Investigation System‏

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Ontario Strengthening Death Investigation System

August 7, 2013

Government Supports Changes to Increase Accountability and Transparency

Ontario plans to expand the role of forensic pathologists, strengthen the inquest process and broaden the role of the Death Investigation Oversight Council to ensure public safety is being served by a high-quality death investigation system.

The changes include:

 

  • Appointing forensic pathologists as coroners for cases of suspicious death or homicide. Under the new model, forensic pathologists will be responsible for death investigations in cases that may also involve the criminal justice system, ensuring families and police benefit from their forensic expertise throughout death investigations and in court.
  • Expanding the role of the Death Investigation Oversight Council – the first of its kind in Canada – by allowing the council to advise the Chief Coroner on whether to call discretionary inquests.
  • Exploring options that would allow the Chief Coroner the flexibility to assign a lawyer or judge to preside over inquests with complex legal issues.
  • Posting recommendations from inquests online, making them more accessible to the public.

 

Ensuring Ontario maintains a death investigation system in which coroners and forensic pathologists play vital and complementary roles in protecting and improving public safety is part of the Ontario government’s plan to create safe communities and a fair society.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Office of the Chief Coroner investigates approximately 16,000 deaths per year across Ontario.
  • Currently, approximately 6,000 of these cases require an autopsy, performed by a forensic pathologist.
  • Forensic pathologists appointed as coroners will conduct end-to-end death investigations in approximately 250 death investigation cases annually. This will account for approximately 1.6 per cent of all cases. The new model will be reviewed after two years.
  • The Death Investigation Oversight Council (DIOC) provides independent oversight of Ontario’s coroners and forensic pathologists by ensuring that death investigation services are effective and accountable.
  • Following a competitive bidding process, from 2011-2012 KPMG performed a review of Ontario’s death investigation system for the Chief Coroner and Chief Forensic Pathologist.

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QUOTES

“Ontario has emerged as a world leader in providing death investigations in an accountable, professional and expert manner. These next steps will ensure we continue to lead in providing outstanding service to families, the public and the criminal justice system.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service
“The Death Investigation Oversight Council is unique in Canada. We would welcome an expansion of our role in providing advice to the Chief Coroner and Chief Forensic Pathologist, always keeping foremost in our minds the needs and concerns of the people of Ontario.”
— Hon. Joseph James, Chair of the Death Investigation Oversight Council
“The measures we are announcing today support our continued evolution as a high-quality death investigation system, in which coroners and forensic pathologists collaborate and play complementary roles in protecting and improving public safety.”
— Dr. Dirk Huyer, Interim Chief Coroner for Ontario
“The field of forensic pathology has grown tremendously in recent years with improved training, education and oversight. It is my belief that having forensic pathologists accountable from beginning to end for cases involving suspicious deaths will result in better service to families and criminal investigators, as well as more comprehensive court testimony.”
— Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario

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Communications Branch
416-325-0432

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
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Indigo Mount Sinai Hospital – Donna Kakonge’s Books Available and Another Indigo Eaton Centre Book Signing on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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“Liquid Lunch” with Donna Kakonge on ThatChannel.com

Please watch link above!

Plus, How To Talk To Crazy People and How To Write Creative Non-fiction (updated) available on Kobo:

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Four or Five Books Left To Buy At Indigo Mount Sinai Hospital 

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Summer Splendour Jewelry Event: Thursday August 8, 6-9pm

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Summer Splendour Jewelry Event

 

You are invited to our Summer Splendour Jewelry Event this Thursday August 8, from 6-9pm!

Save 15-30% off selected jewelry pieces by Wouters & Hendrix, Iosselliani, Puro by Iosselliani, Indress, and Gillian Steinhardt.

 

We realise some of you are out of the city on holiday. And because this is the biggest jewelry promotion we have ever offered, we will be taking phone orders the day of the event.

 

Join us after work for a glass of bubbly!

 

New Arrivals : Khadi & Co Scarves

 

We are beginning to receive new Fall/Winter arrivals on a regular basis at the shop, including stunning belts from Maison Boinet, and cozy scarves by Khadi & Co. will make their debut in the shop for the event. Stay tuned for more new arrivals by following our blog!

 

 

 
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Improving Ontario’s Cancer Drug Supply System

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Improving Ontario’s Cancer Drug Supply System

August 6, 2013

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will join Dr. Jake Thiessen to discuss his review of Ontario’s cancer drug supply system.

 

Date:               August 7, 2013

Time:               10:15 A.M.

Location:         Queen’s Park Media Studio

 

 

CONTACTS:

Samantha Grant, Minister’s Office, 416-326-4905

David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 416-314-6197

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Calling All Volunteers!! Mural Project‏

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New Northern Ontario Hydroelectric Project Creating Jobs‏

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New Northern Ontario Hydroelectric Project Creating Jobs

August 6, 2013

Province Building Long-Term Equity Partnership with First Nations

Ontario is creating up to 100 new construction jobs in Northern Ontario while renewing its commitment to clean, renewable electricity with the New Post Creek hydroelectric project.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partner, Coral Rapids Power, a wholly owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), are moving forward to develop approximately 25 megawatts (MW) of renewable hydroelectric power through the construction of a generating station on New Post Creek near its outlet to the Abitibi River.

The New Post Creek project builds on the expertise and capacity developed in recent Northern Ontario hydroelectric projects, such as the Lower Mattagami project. The new project will include construction of a generating station, a dam and powerhouse. Associated activities will include improvements to existing access roads, establishment of a construction site and installation of a transmission line.

This project supports Ontario’s goal to facilitate the participation of First Nation and Métis communities in renewable energy and transmission projects while building strong communities, powered by clean, reliable energy.

QUICK FACTS

  • Construction of the New Post Creek generating station will begin in 2014 and is expected to be in service by 2017.
  • Construction of the Lower Mattagami project started in 2010 and will add about 440 MW of clean electricity generating capacity to Ontario’s energy grid, while providing $2.6 billion of investment in the North.
  • OPG operates 13 generating stations in Northeastern Ontario with a capacity of over 1,000 MW of clean, renewable hydroelectric power. Altogether, Ontario has nearly 8,200 MW of installed waterpower.
  • Over the past 10 years, Ontario has brought more than 3,300 MW of renewable energy online — enough to power 900,000 homes each year.
  • Ontario is committed to working with Aboriginal partners to ensure they are able to benefit from and participate in resource development opportunities across the province.

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“Hydroelectric power has long been a central pillar in the government’s renewable electricity portfolio and will continue to play a crucial role in our energy mix. This partnership also offers a natural transition for the First Nations workforce in the region as they continue to develop expertise in hydro development in the province.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
“OPG is proud of the commercial partnership we have built with TTN and other Ontario First Nations. We are one step closer to seeing our partnership create substantial benefits for TTN’s community and this region, including education and training, jobs, economic investment and an additional 25 MW of clean, renewable hydropower”
— Tom Mitchell , President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation
“This important partnership between Coral Rapids Power & Ontario Power Generation will provide Taykwa Tagamou Nation with a long-term investment opportunity for a sustainable economic base for the community. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Energy & OPG on the New Post Creek Project, which will also provide benefits to the surrounding municipalities with economic development opportunities and creating employment.”
— Chief Linda Job, Taykwa Tagamou Nation

CONTACTS

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Minister’s Office
416-325-2690
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Kirby Dier
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
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Calling All Volunteers

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AFCY’s “Art Responsibly” is showcased on subway platforms‏

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Pattison Onestop showcases Art Responsibly by Toronto Youth on subway platforms

Toronto – July 31, 2013 – Pattison Onestop in partnership with Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) present Art Responsibly, a series of hand-painted subway posters created by children and youth from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods, on select subway platforms across Toronto. Art Responsiblyposters share these youths’ thoughts and feelings about “being responsible by being artful.” Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Beach Reads for the Rest of the Summer

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By John Gower

Are you hitting up the beach this summer? A relaxing beach is the perfect place is crack open a new book from your summer reading list. No matter how old you are, you can start a new book the next time that you take a trip to beach. However, there are plenty of great books to choose from that recently came out for your summer reading and it can be a little difficult to choose just one to start. Here are a few suggestions for the best 2013 summer beach reads so you can pick up a copy of one and head on over to the beach right away! Read the rest of this entry »

The Learner – July 2013 Newsletter‏

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Publishing

Journal Issue Released

We are pleased to announce the publication of The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 2.

Copies of this issue are available in our online bookstore.

New Book Published

The Principles of Learning and Teaching
By Adel Al-Bataineh

This primer is intended to provide teachers with the foundational knowledge to understand student learning, develop the necessary skills to plan curriculum and instructional strategies, and enrich teachers’ abilities to assess and manage their classrooms. Each chapter includes a summary, a list of key terms, people and ideas, and discussion questions. Through these resources, the readers are encouraged to discuss, analyze and debate issues that relate to learning and teaching. A teacher’s success depends, to a large degree, on the success of his or her students. To help students succeed, teachers must not only develop a range of pedagogical skills, they must also develop the personal characteristics conducive to effective teaching. The author hopes that that this book will contribute to the advancement of good teaching.

This book is now available in our online bookstore.

Conference

2014 Call for Papers

The Twenty-First International Conference on Learning will be held at the Touro University’s Lander College for Women, New York, New York, USA, 15-17 July 2014. The conference is a site of critical reflection, both by leaders in the field and emerging scholars.

Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables or colloquia are invited, addressing learning through one of the following themes:

* Pedagogy and Curriculum
* Assessment and Evaluation
* Early Childhood Learning
* Learning in Higher Education
* Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning
* Adult, Community and Professional Learning
* Educational Organization and Leadership
* Technologies in Learning
* Learner Diversity and Identities
* Literacies Learning

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 6 August 2013. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to one of the Learner Collection of Journals.  If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal.

We hope you will be able to join us in New York City, USA for this important discussion, and we look forward to receiving your proposal.

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Minister’s Statement on Unlicensed Child Care Review

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Minister’s Statement on Unlicensed Child Care Review

July 19, 2013

Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints:”As I committed to last week, my ministry has conducted a thorough review of every complaint received related to unlicensed child care providers over the past year to determine compliance with current policies.

The ministry took immediate action to determine whether there were any complaints that had not been addressed. Out of a total of 280 complaints received by the ministry over the past year, it was determined that nine had not been responded to with a site visit.

Moving forward, we are committed to responding to all complaints.

Ministry staff took immediate action on all unaddressed complaints, investigating them thoroughly over the past week and confirming that all of the identified providers are in compliance.

While this work was an important first step, I know there is more to do. That is why the ministry and our government are fully committed to working with the Ombudsman and his team on their investigation, and we will take any additional steps to ensure processes and procedures are properly followed.

As a next step, the ministry will extend the timeline of its review to Jan. 1, 2012. We recognize this is the timeline in which the Ombudsman has committed to review as part of his investigation, and we believe it is important that we determine whether there are any additional complaints that have been unaddressed and deal with them immediately.

The well-being of our children is of utmost importance and I want to assure the people of Ontario that our government will do everything in our power to keep our children safe.”

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
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Helping Ontario Protect Rare Plants and Animals‏

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Helping Ontario Protect Rare Plants and Animals

July 17, 2013

Ontario Government Supporting Species at Risk Projects

 

Ontario is supporting individual and community projects that protect and recover species at risk and their habitats.
 

Over the past six years, more than 600 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund projects have helped protect and recover over 200 different species at risk, including peregrine falconsblanding’s turtlesand American chestnut trees.

The fund has helped restore more than 24,000 hectares of important habitat, while also supporting 2,100 jobs and an estimated 256,600 hours of volunteer work that make a difference in communities across the province.

Protecting and restoring Ontario’s biodiversity is part of the Ontario government’s plan to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2013-14, the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund will provide up to $5 million to support 75 new projects and 32 multi-year projects.
  • The fund is available to individuals and groups, including landowners and farmers, Aboriginal communities, academic institutions, industries, municipalities and conservation organizations.
  • Ontario is home to over 30,000 species, with more than 200 currently considered at risk.

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“The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund supports dedicated volunteers and communities that have come together to make a positive difference to our rare plants and animals. Each one of us has a responsibility to protect our species at risk and safeguard Ontario’s biodiversity for future generations.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

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Strengthening Protection for Condominium Residents‏

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Strengthening Protection for Condominium Residents

July 17, 2013

Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services, will announce steps the government is taking to strengthen consumer protection for condominium residents.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Location: Williams Landing Restaurant
120 Lynn Williams Street Toronto

MAP 

Street parking is available on Lynn Williams Street

Closest major intersection: King Street West and Strachan Avenue

CONTACTS

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

Sandra Bento
Communications Branch
416-327-9708
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Ministry of Consumer Services
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Increased Protection for Algonquin Provincial Park‏

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Increased Protection for Algonquin Provincial Park

July 19, 2013

Ontario Government Preserves More Natural Features

 

Ontario is reducing the ecological footprint of logging in Algonquin Provincial Park while still maintaining a healthy forestry sector.
 

The newly amended park management plan increases the amount of protected land within Algonquin Provincial Park by 96,000 hectares – one and a half times the size of the city of Toronto. The newly protected parkland includes:

  • Almost 70,000 hectares along waterways, giving greater protection to naturally-sustaining Brook trout lakes, beautiful landscapes and backcountry recreation such as backpacking and canoeing
  • More than 14,000 hectares of zoning to enhance and connect existing wilderness zones
  • More than 12,000 hectares of nature reserve zones to protect natural wildlife habitats and outstanding landscapes

This amendment is part of the government’s plan to keep Ontario’s parks beautiful and improve wilderness recreation opportunities.

QUICK FACTS

  • The amended park management plan follows extensive consultation with park stakeholders.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park is known as the crown jewel of Ontario’s provincial park system and is the oldest provincial park in the province.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park is 763,459 hectares in size – larger than Prince Edward Island.
  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than nine million visits – 800,000 to Algonquin alone – and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • Algonquin is the only provincial park to support forest management. The Logging Museum at the park’s east gate pays tribute to this important economic activity.

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“Algonquin Park is an incredible asset to our provincial park system and amending the management plan helps to ensure a balance between conservation and forest management. Our goal is to preserve this important ecosystem for all Ontarians while allowing the sustainable use of our natural resources to generate socio-economic benefits.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

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Ontario Supporting Active and Strong Communities

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Ontario Supporting Active and Strong Communities

July 12, 2013

Ontario Government Increasing Sport and Recreation Opportunities for Ontario Families

Ontario is helping people of all ages in communities across the province get active, stay fit and live healthier lives.

Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the province is supporting over 130 provincial, regional and local projects that will:

 

  • Increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and recreation activities including group walks for seniors, aquatic fitness, skiing, curling, soccer, and sport programs for people with accessibility issues
  • Educate people about the importance of lifelong physical activity as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle
  • Strengthen the quality of programs and services offered by community sport and recreation organizations by providing training in areas such as coaching, and youth and volunteer development

Supporting community programs that assist people in staying active is part of the Ontario government’s efforts to create a fair and prosperous society and help people in their everyday lives. 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund program launched in January 2013.
  • A number of projects will build excitement about the upcoming 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games by increasing participation in sports that will be featured at the Games.
  • In May 2013, the Healthy Kids Panel presented a number of recommendations to help improve the health of children in Ontario. The government is committed to taking action on many of these recommendations, including building healthy communities that encourage active living.

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“Lifelong physical activity through participation in sport and recreation enhances quality of life and community engagement and contributes to a healthy, prosperous Ontario. This support will go a long way to help sports and recreation organizations enhance opportunities for all the people of Ontario to get out, get active and get involved.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games
“Every seven minutes in Canada someone dies of heart disease or stroke. But the real tragedy is that we can prevent up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke through healthy public policies and lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity. All Ontarians deserve the chance to live healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke where they live, learn and play. We commend the Ontario government for taking action to help people in Ontario communities get active, stay fit and live healthier lives through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.”
— Mark Holland, Director, Health Partnerships and Public Affairs, Ontario, Heart and Stroke Foundation

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Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office
416-325-1759

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
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Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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Minister’s Statement on Daycare Complaints

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Minister’s Statement on Daycare Complaints

July 11, 2013

Today, Education Minister Liz Sandals made the following statement:

“I am devastated to learn of the death of a toddler this week in an unlicensed child care setting. This is a tragedy that no parent should have to experience and my heart goes out to the loved ones of this child.

I learned earlier today that the ministry did not respond to all previous complaints made against this unlicensed provider, as is the normal policy of the ministry.

This is clearly unacceptable, and I have directed my Deputy Minister, George Zegarac, to conduct a detailed examination of this incident as well as related ministry processes. I want to assure Ontarians that we are doing everything in our power to keep our children safe.”

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Minister’s Office
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Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
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Statement by Minister on Toronto District School Board’s Capital Planning‏

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Statement by Minister on Toronto District School Board’s Capital Planning

July 11, 2013

Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement today about capital planning in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB):”I would like to thank the special assistance team – Bill Hogarth and Ralph Benson – for working with the TDSB to help them address capital and operating challenges.

Together, they have made significant progress in developing a strategic approach to capital planning that is consistent with the Ministry of Education’s priorities. As a result, we are lifting the freeze on capital funding for the board. This will allow the TDSB to once again develop and submit capital project proposals and business cases to the ministry, which will be considered alongside capital proposals from school boards across the province.

While the TDSB has benefited from the advice of the special assistance team and recently approved a balanced operating and capital budget for 2013-14 and a three-year capital plan, the team’s report makes it clear that there is much more work to do. For example, the board has not yet moved forward on numerous cost-saving recommendations from the PricewaterhouseCoopers report that was completed last November. It is vital that the TDSB build on the good work they have done with the special assistance team and continue to seek further opportunities for improvement.

Once again, I thank Mr. Hogarth and Mr. Benson for their dedication, hard work and assistance. Our government remains committed to working with the TDSB toward our shared goals of ensuring sound financial management and providing our students with the best possible education.”

Read the TDSB Special Assistance Team’s Report.

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education

 


 

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Premiers to Meet with Leaders of National Aboriginal Organizations‏

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Premiers to Meet with Leaders of National Aboriginal Organizations

July 10, 2013

Premiers from across the country will meet with National Aboriginal Organizations (NAO) Leaders on Wednesday July 24, 2013 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.The meeting will be hosted by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

When:              Wednesday, July 24, 2013

12 noon – photo opportunity at start of meeting

3:00 pm – media availability with Premier Wynne and NAO Leaders

Where:            White Oaks Conference Centre

253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Premiers will be meeting with NAO Leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Media Registration

All media attending the meeting must be accredited. Media accreditation for the 2013 Council of the Federation Summer Meeting will be honoured for the Meeting of Premiers and NAO Leaders.  To access the online registration system, please visit http://www.councilofthefederation.ca, click on the link for the 2013 Council of the Federation Summer Meeting and click “Media Registration”.

Media who wish to cover the Meeting of Premiers and NAO Leaders but not the 2013 Council of the Federation Summer Meeting should contact Melissa Ouzas for accreditation at

(416) 325-4507 or melissa.ouzas@ontario.ca.

Media must register by July 19th and must present photo identification upon arrival.

 


 

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Taking Action Against Invasive Species

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Taking Action Against Invasive Species

July 10, 2013

Ontario Government Supports Innovative Research to Protect Environment, Economy

 

Ontario is supporting research projects, educational programs and on-the-ground work that will help combat invasive species in order to protect the province’s environment and its economy.
 

The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) in Sault Ste. Marie is developing strategies that outline approaches for the prevention, early detection and rapid response to threats from invasive forest, plant and aquatic species.

This year, the ISC is supporting 24 projects, including:

  • the development of a mobile application to help identify and track invasive species
  • strategies to help protect Ontario’s ash trees from the emerald ash borer.

Protecting Ontario’s biodiversity is part of the Ontario government’s plan to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2013-14, Ontario will provide $1.16 million to support the ISC and combat invasive species.
  • Invasive species out-compete native species for food and take over their habitats.
  • Since 2011, the ISC has supported 131 projects to battle invasive species and safeguard our natural resources and economy.
  • Globally, invasive species costs are estimated to be $1.4 trillion (the equivalent of five per cent of the global economy and seven times the cost of natural disasters).
  • In Ontario, the negative impact of invasive zebra mussels on the environment is estimated at $75 to $91 million per year.

LEARN MORE

QUOTES

“Our government is committed to protecting Ontario’s rich biodiversity from the destructive impact of invasive species. A healthy environment is good for recreation and tourism, good for natural resource development, good for the economy and good for the people of Ontario.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources
“The Invasive Species Centre is dedicated to coordinating evidence-based prevention, detection and response activities and facilitating collaboration among a wide range of stakeholder groups to help Ontario and Canada respond to the environmental and economic threat posed by invasive species.”
— Dr. Tat Smith, Chair, Board of Directors, Invasive Species Centre

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
http://www.ontario.ca/natural-resources

 


 

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Thank You God, Jesus, Allah and Whom or Whatever You Believe in

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July is Over!

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