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CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 23 to 27 September 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 »

Fall commuter gear that’s worth a second look‏

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TIFF 2013 at the Bloor, New Series, and More!‏

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TIFF 2013 AT THE BLOOR

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival launches this week! Click here for a full listing of the TIFF films playing at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema from September 6-15.

For more information, visit TIFF.NET

COMING IN OCTOBER! SUNDAY SALONS

In the tradition of Parisian salons, enjoy a thought-provoking documentary, a glass of wine and an engaging post-screening discussion moderated by one of Toronto’s leading film critics.

3-Packs and individual tickets on sale at the end of September.

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Co-presented by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

SUN, OCT 6, 13, 20, 27

COMING IN OCTOBER! MUSIC ON FILM: A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC IN FOUR ACTS

From classical to contemporary, this new film and speaker series explores a variety of music genres and features engaging post-screening discussions with eminent scholars and musicians provided by the RCM.

Series passes and individual tickets on sale at the end of September.

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Co-presented by The Royal Conservatory

MON, OCT 21 & 28, NOV 4 & 11

DOC SOUP RETURNS IN OCTOBER

Doc Soup, Hot Docs’ monthly screening series, will open with Google and the World Brain, about Google’s controversial attempt to create an online world library.

Doc Soup subscriptions, Student 6-Packs, and advance tickets are still available.

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WED, OCT 2 & 3, select times

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Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active‏

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Media Advisory

Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active

September 4, 2013

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre, will make an announcement about increasing opportunities for children and youth to stay healthy and active.

Date:               Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Time:               4 p.m.

Location:         Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

101 Spruce St.

Toronto

 

Closest major intersection Gerard Street East and Parliament Street.

 

Parking available – Street Parking on both Sumach and Spruce Streets with

limited onsite parking.

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office
416-325-1759

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416 325-8391

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
http://www.ontario.ca/mtcs


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Statement by the Minister of Government Services on the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Special Report‏

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Statement by the Minister of Government Services on the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Special Report

September 4, 2013

Minister of Government Services John Milloy made the following statement on the actions taken to comply with the recommendations in the Special Report on the records management practices of political staff:

“I want to thank the Information and Privacy Commissioner again for her report and for meeting with me in June. Our government takes its recordkeeping obligations seriously and we are committed to being open, accountable and transparent. Addressing Dr. Cavoukian’s recommendations has been a top priority to ensure that situations referred to in her report do not happen again.

I want to thank both the offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Integrity Commissioner for working with our government on these important issues. The actions we are announcing today address all of Dr. Cavoukian’s non-legislative recommendations, including:

  • Developing a mandatory training program for all political staff to ensure that staff are fully aware of and trained in their records management obligations;
  • Creating a working group of Premier’s Office staff, Cabinet Office staff and Ministry of Government Services staff to clarify and strengthen the government’s records retention policies and practices so that they can successfully be put into practice;
  • Appointing ministers’ chiefs of staff and the Premier’s chief of staff as the persons accountable for the implementation and compliance with records management policies in each of their respective offices and appointing a senior advisor in the Premier’s Office to provide advice and guidance to all offices on these issues; and,
  • Improving archiving requirements by conducting a review of the archiving schedules.

The Premier has also issued a directive to all political staff underlining the serious obligations of staff to manage records in accordance with approved records retention schedules, and to complete mandatory training.

Our research into Dr. Cavoukian’s recommendation for amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is ongoing. On completion of this legal research, I will present Dr. Cavoukian with our findings. The Information and Privacy Commissioner and Premier’s Office staff discussed this last week and we are committed to working together to examine any potential legislative amendments.

Our government remains committed to strengthening and improving our records management practices and we are committed to being open, transparent and accountable. I look forward to continuing to work with the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Integrity Commissioner to enhance transparency and public accountability as we move forward.”

CONTACTS

Jenna Mannone
Minister’s Office
416-327-0948

Ministry of Government Services
http://www.ontario.ca/government

 


 

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Northern Ontario’s First Law and Architecture Schools Open‏

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Northern Ontario’s First Law and Architecture Schools Open

September 4, 2013

Ontario Government Proud to Support Northern-Focused Programs

Premier Kathleen Wynne is attending the opening of two professional programs in Northern Ontario today, as part of her commitment to help young people in every part of the province prepare for promising careers.

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Law in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University’s School of Architecture in Sudbury are Northern Ontario’s first law and architecture schools, and the first of their kinds to open in the province in more than 40 years.

The schools will help Northern Ontario students enter the law and architecture professions, and study closer to their families and the communities where they grew up. There is currently a shortage of lawyers who specialize in Northern issues, and Lakehead’s new law school will help bridge that gap by focusing on issues such as access to justice in Northern and rural communities, as well as Aboriginal, natural resource and small- or single-practitioner law.

The Ontario government is committed to making smart investments that will help Northern Ontario’s economy grow and create more jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario government invested $1.5 million in Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law building, and $21 million in Laurentian’s new School of Architecture.
  • Approximately 57 per cent of Lakehead’s 60 new Faculty of Law students are from Northern Ontario. Laurentian’s inaugural School of Architecture class is comprised of 70 students.
  • Laurentian is the first Canadian school of architecture outside of Quebec to offer French programming. It also provides students with access to an Elder-in-residence, and several courses focused on Aboriginal teachings.

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QUOTES

“I want young people in every part of this province to be able to pursue their dreams, find great careers and give back to their communities. These two exciting programs bring new opportunities to a wonderful part of our province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“A post-secondary education continues to be one of the most important investments people can make in themselves and their future. Programs like these will help prepare students in the North for the global economy, give them better access to good jobs and help Ontario build the highly skilled and educated workforce it needs.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“These two new programs further establish Thunder Bay and Sudbury as destinations for specialized post-secondary education and training. Our government is so proud to be able to work with educational institutions in Northern Ontario to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to educate the workforce of tomorrow.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

 


 

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Starbucks Canada Celebrates a Nation of Coffee Experts with New Coffee Choices and More Than 3,000 Coffee Tasting Events

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STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY - New Coffee Choices

In celebration of National Coffee Day, Canada’s largest specialty coffee company to host three-day tastings, featuring two brand new coffees available for the first time in Canada

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ – Starbucks is celebrating Canada’s love affair with coffee this month by introducing more coffee options and a way for more Canadians to try different kinds of coffee. This week, more than 1,000 Starbucks® stores in Canada will host the largest series of coffee tasting events held in the company’s Canadian history, featuring Canadian-named, Starbucks True North BlendTM/Mélange NordiqueMC, as well as two brand new coffees in Canada: Starbucks Thanksgiving BlendTM/MC and ® Ethiopia, which makes its Canadian debut today. Read the rest of this entry »

[TPS] – Media Advisory Toronto Police Service launches “Back to School – Back to Basics, Remember Road Safety” campaign Tuesday, September 3, 2013‏

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News Release

Media Advisory Toronto Police Service launches “Back to School – Back to Basics, Remember Road Safety” campaign Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013 – 3:00 PM
Traffic Services
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Donna Kakonge’s New Books Three Quarters, Success and No Fool No More are Available for Sale

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Province Releases New Cycling Strategy‏

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Province Releases New Cycling Strategy

August 30, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Safe, Sustainable Transportation

Ontario has released a new cycling strategy to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and recreation destinations.

The strategy presents a 20-year vision that supports cycling by encouraging and promoting:

  • Healthy, active and prosperous communities
  • Improvements to cycling infrastructure
  • Safer highways and streets
  • Improved cycling awareness
  • Tourism opportunities

The strategy reflects input from the public and expert advice from cycling stakeholders such as Share the Road Cycling Coalition, the Canadian Automobile Association and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  The government will release next steps to implement the strategy by spring 2014.

Supporting safe cycling and encouraging sustainable transit is part of the Ontario government’s plan to help reduce congestion and strengthen communities and the economy.

QUICK FACTS

  • A draft of the cycling strategy was posted online for public feedback from Nov. 30, 2012, until Jan. 29, 2013.
  • In 2010, two million Canadian visitors spent $391 million while cycling in Ontario — an 18 per cent increase over the previous year.
  • According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health care expenditures by $150 million a year.
  • Ontario has the second-lowest cycling injury rate of all Canadian provinces.

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QUOTES

“CycleON is a strong and integrated, made-in-Ontario strategy. It has been developed with input from the public, cyclists and advocates. Our goal is to make Ontario the premier cycling province in Canada – a place that promotes safe and healthy travel alternatives connecting people to their jobs, schools, parks and places of interest right across the province.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, 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
http://www.ontario.ca/transportation

 


 

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School Buses Return to Ontario’s Roads‏

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School Buses Return to Ontario’s Roads

August 30, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Keeping Children Safe

As students across the province prepare to head back to school, the Ontario government is reminding drivers to obey the rules of the road to keep children safe.

It is up to drivers to watch for children, especially in school zones, and drive safely near school buses. Drivers should follow these tips:

 

  • Stop for a school bus when its overhead lights are flashing – never pass. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the bus begins to move.
  • Leave space around school buses so children can safely board and exit the bus. Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours.
  • Slow down, drive with extra caution and watch for children in school zones.
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings.

 

Parents can also do their part to keep children safe by reminding them to stay alert and watch for other vehicles when getting on or off the school bus.

QUICK FACTS

  • More than 818,000 students travel in about 18,000 school vehicles every day in Ontario.
  • School buses are among the safest ways for children to travel. Research shows that riding the school bus is 16 times safer than travelling in a car
  • In 2008, the Ontario government made crossing arms on the front all school buses mandatory. Since 2010, new school buses require lights that illuminate the area around the entrance and exit doors of the bus
  • Drivers can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for failing to stop for a school bus.

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QUOTES

“Keeping the people of Ontario safe on our roads is paramount and becomes especially important as kids head back to school. It is incumbent upon all road users to use caution around schools and school buses. As a new school year begins, make sure you know the rules of the road. Slow down and stay alert to help keep our kids safe.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure
“School bus safety is everybody’s business – from big cities to rural communities. Caring for kids and ensuring their well-being in and around school buses is of ultimate concern to the Ontario School Bus Association and its members. We encourage the public to visit OSBA and MTO websites for important safety reminders.”
— Perry Ferguson, President, Ontario School Bus Association

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
http://www.ontario.ca/transportation

 


 

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Natural Hair Care All Types (Toronto)

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V.

Natural Hair Care for all hair types (Toronto)

 

I offer natural hair care for all hair types at the rate of $100.00/hr. I am a trusted academic with experience in natural hair care since 1997 in various parts of the world. I’m fast, I give love to your hair, I have a huge music collection so we can talk!!! You want to listen to jazz, funk, country, heavy metal, hip hop, rap, gangsta rap, classical, world music, New Age music ;-)…I’ve got it :-). We’ll listen together, I do your hair, you pay me upfront 🙂 (I do not enjoy chasing people for money :-), and we will have a blast and you will look, hey…almost as beautiful and well-coiffed as your natural hairdresser :-). I can even give you fashion tips and advice on how to better improve your appearance from skin, to clothes, to shoes (Hey…I know about shopping). I’m a law student too ;-). I write good books. You can read my books too while you are here. I kinda have a bit of a library going on too. Tons of books. No smoking or any kind of fire allowed in the house :-). I will throw this added bonus in for you, especially if you tip me well. I deal with a VARIETY of age-types and I love making children look beautiful too, especially since I do have an up-to-date vulnerable sector screening report from The Toronto Police Services. Me nah gonna touch ‘ya chile. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Ad

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            Let me tell you a joke, my client says who I am doing editing for. A man is being honoured by his priest for his fiftieth wedding anniversary. The priest asks the man, what did you do for your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary? He says, I took my wife to Italy. The priest says, that’s wonderful, what do you plan to do for your fiftieth anniversary? The man says, I’ll bring her back.

Donna Kakonge at Mad Pride 2013 Highlights and My Books in the Toronto Public Library

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My books are now in the Toronto Public Library:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2979553&R=2979553

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II.

            We’re like that too, I told Nisia, the sales associate at Chelsea at Dufferin Mall. She tells me her six-year plus boyfriend lives with her and she has no mortgage to pay and he pays the bills. We’re like that too, I tell her.

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I.

            White steel ceiling fan twirls on the ceiling, clearing my thoughts, my energy, my aura. Twisted red, gold, green with flecks of sparkly silver drapes, then tacks to the ceiling, then drapes, then tacks to the ceiling, then drapes, then tacks, two pillars with a medium-size cactus in a clay pot at the bottom of stairs block my view.

Bright red lights drape and tack the same way. Blue, red and green lights frame the left and the top of the door. Small silver strobe balls hang from the ceiling, no one dances, the patio is filled with diners and the bar has its drinkers laughing at each other’s jokes. Blues music plays in the background after I finish eating the sautéed shrimp on cornbread and a piece of dinner bread with humus. I think I shall have another piece.

Premier Helps Build on Strengths of the North‏

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Premier Helps Build on Strengths of the North

August 28, 2013

Government Supporting Job Creation in Every Ontario Community

Premier Kathleen Wynne begins a northern tour this week as part of her work to strengthen regional economies.

While in Sudbury, the Premier will tour Crossworks Manufacturing’s diamond-cutting and polishing factory, the largest of its kind in North America. Crossworks is training local workers and helping to increase the number of highly skilled diamond cutters and polishers in Canada. She will then head to Lively to visit Industrial Fabrication Inc., a company that makes underground mining vehicles and recently received provincial support to expand through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

Premier Wynne will also visit Kenora for the first time since being sworn-in, and she will be the first Premier in recent history to visit Fort Severn, Ontario’s most northern community. She will meet with Aboriginal leaders and deliver new books to children as they head back to school.

Premier Wynne will then head to Thunder Bay to hold a jobs and growth roundtable with business leaders in the community. While there, Premier Wynne will greet children on their first day back to school, and she will attend the opening ceremony for Lakehead University’s new Faculty of Law. The Premier will return to Sudbury, where she will attend the opening ceremony for Laurentian University’s School of Architecture.

Both universities offer programs that focus on northern issues: For example, Laurentian’s architecture students will study principles of design built to sustain northern climates.  Lakehead’s law program will also help overcome the shortage of lawyers equipped to deal with issues pertaining to northern and rural communities, as well as Aboriginal, natural resource and small- or single-practitioner law.

This latest visit to the North follows Premier Wynne’s recent tour of eastern Ontario, during which she visited with several recipients of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund who are expanding their businesses and creating more local jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • As part of the government’s efforts to engage with communities across the province, the Premier has held more than a dozen jobs roundtables with partners in the private sector, labour, and education and training.
  • The government launched the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario in 2011.
  • The Ontario government invested $1.5 million in Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law building, and $21 million in Laurentian’s new School of Architecture.
  • Ontario has gained more than 440,000 jobs since June 2009, recovering all of the jobs lost during the recession. There are about 178,000 more jobs today than at the highest point before the recession.

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QUOTES

“Every individual in Ontario has their own strength, and so does each community. My government is going to build on these strengths to create jobs and grow regional economies in every part of the province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“I am very pleased that Premier Wynne is re-visiting beautiful Northern Ontario. Her visit certainly highlights some of the great work that our government is doing to further establish the North as a destination for specialized post-secondary education, and a powerhouse that will continue to drive our economy forward with important industries such as mining and forestry.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

 


 

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Ontario to Stage a World-Class Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015

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Ontario to Stage a World-Class Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015

August 28, 2013

Province Launches Strategy to Create a Lasting Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Legacy

Ontario is launching its Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy to increase the economic benefits and support them in becoming the People’s Games.

The Games and Games-related investments will create more than 26,000 jobs – a boost of 11,000 jobs from an earlier assessment, and grow Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.

A key part of the strategy is a plan to celebrate and showcase Ontario talent from the stage to the stadium in local communities. The strategy will also create a lasting legacy for people across Ontario by:

  • Enhancing support for live music, celebrations and festivals, adding to Ontario’s reputation as a live music destination
  • Helping kids stay active and healthy
  • Encouraging families to get outside and enjoy Ontario’s trails
  • Strengthening business development opportunities in the Pan Americas for Ontario’s companies
  • Promoting volunteerism during the Games by organizing and training up to 20,000 municipal and TO2015 volunteers
  • Supporting athlete and sport development at all levels – from amateur to high-performance athletes
  • Showcasing Ontario’s diverse communities, including Aboriginal, Francophone and LGBT communities.

Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of the Ontario government’s plan to showcase the province, while creating jobs and positioning Ontario as a sport tourism destination for years to come.

QUICK FACTS

  • The 2015 Games will be the largest international sport event ever held in Canada and will be seen by hundreds of millions of people across the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • The Games will attract as many as a quarter million visitors who will stay in local hotels, see great shows and attractions, dine in restaurants and shop in the province’s stores.
  • Ontario will invest $42 million over three years in the Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy for the Games.
  • The Pan American Sport Organization (PASO) will host its next Annual General Assembly in Toronto October 7-10, 2013 – showcasing our province pre-Games.
  • The province will make appropriate and necessary investments to ensure Ontarians and visitors can enjoy the Games in a secure and safe environment, traffic disruptions are minimized and public health is protected.

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QUOTES

“The 2015 Games will serve as an enduring expression of Ontario pride – as we welcome the world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and hospitality that is synonymous with Ontario. Comparable to similar Games, we are already ahead in the planning stages and will make these Games enjoyable for all.”
— Michael Chan, Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games
“As we prepare to field the largest-ever Pan American team in Canadian history for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, we are confident that this inspiring display of athletic excellence will enhance the experience of sport and culture for Ontario residents, enrich trade for the province’s local businesses and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”
— Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
“Ontario’s continued investment in sport is creating opportunities for the next generation of athletes with a disability. Many young Canadians will experience the TORONTO 2015 Parapan American Games and will be inspired to become champions, on and off the field of play.”
— Gaétan Tardif, Canadian Paralympic Committee
“By making these key investments, Ontario is ensuring it fully exploits and maximizes the potential of hosting the People’s Games in the summer of 2015 and as a legacy for future generations. We don’t get opportunities like this very often – we’re delighted that the Province of Ontario wants to make the most of it!”
— Roger Garland, Chairman, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)

CONTACTS

Christina Cindric
Minister’s Office
416-327-4365

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
416-212-3928

2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat
http://www.ontario.ca/panam2015

 


 

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Citizenship and Immigration Strike

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Notice – Strike Action

June 11, 2013 — The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas without advance notice.

Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account work stoppages.Anyone applying for a visa should anticipate delays and submit their application online as far in advance as possible.

To avoid delays, please submit a complete application. Some countries require additional documents that may not be listed in yourapplication package. Find out if you need to submit country-specific documents by consulting the website of your visa office.

Contingency plans are already in place to ensure all offices remain open and are providing at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.

CIC continues to closely monitor the situation.

Education Test Scores Continue to Rise‏

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Education Test Scores Continue to Rise

August 28, 2013

Ontario Public Schools Preparing Students for Success

Ontario students continue to improve their achievement levels, with 71 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.

The latest test scores from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show more students than ever are gaining the skills they need for success in school and beyond. The number of students reaching the provincial standard has increased one percentage point compared to 2011-12 levels and 17 percentage points in comparison to 2002-03 levels, meaning over 150,000 more elementary students are reaching the standard than would have in 2002-03.

 

Grade 3 and 6 students whose first language is neither English nor French have particularly improved their test scores, narrowing the achievement gap with the general population by more than 80 per cent since 2002-03.

Giving students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond is part of the Ontario government’s plan to prepare young learners for a productive and successful future and build a fair and prosperous society.

QUICK FACTS

  • Students who speak neither English nor French as a first language also showed significant gains in Grade 9 Academic math, Grade 9 Applied math and on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, increasing by 26, 17 and 21 percentage points respectively since 2006.
  • In an international study by McKinsey & Co., “How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better,” Ontario’s education system was ranked as one of the best in the world.
  • The Education Quality and Accountability Office is an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government that has administered provincial assessments annually since 1996.
  • Ontario’s graduation rate increased to 83 per cent in 2011-12, up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.

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QUOTES

“We’re pleased with the significant gains in student achievement over the past 10 years, but we know there is still more to do. While it has been a challenging year, we are thankful for the hard work of students, teachers and parents to close gaps in achievement. We will continue to boost our efforts to help students in key areas like math so they can achieve their best.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education

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
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Toronto/Burlington Events from MEC‏

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Low race fees get you well-marked routes, timed results and good times at the finish line. Runners of all abilities and all ages are welcome.

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September 7, 2013
Burlington

MEC Toronto Race SIX: 5K / 10K / Half-Marathon
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September 8, 2013
Toronto

Natural Run Clinic
Date: September 3, 2013
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Burlington
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Women’s Only Meet-up Run
Date: September 3, 2013
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Location: Burlington
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Bike Maintenance 101: How to Fix a Flat
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Meet-up Ride
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Bike Maintenance 201 Clinic
Date: September 1, 2013
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Learn to Cycle Tour
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Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip
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Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip
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Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip
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Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip
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Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Hiking Trip
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The Learner – August 2013 Newsletter‏

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AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER

Publishing

 

 

New Book Published

Building Minds, Forging Bridges: Teaching in a Visually Littered World
Arianne Jennifer Rourke and Vaughan Rees (eds)

The 21st century learner is faced with an avalanche of visual imagery in the media and on the World Wide Web that enhances as well as distracts from learning. The 21st century educator in higher education needs to understand how to embrace visual culture and digital imagery to accelerate and deepen learning. This book provides a theoretical as well as practical basis for utilising visual imagery in teaching to build minds and forge bridges between the classroom and the learner’s real world experiences. Through an understanding of visual literacy, visual memory, colour theory, visual autobiography, the role of narrative and metaphor, semantic cues and prototypical examples, this book will explore how best to utilise visual imagery to promote meaningful active learning. It will also discuss how mobile eye tracking technology, mind maps and concept cartoons can be used to stimulate learning and promote critical independent thinking.

This title is now available in our online bookstore

Journal Issues Released

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following new issues:

– The International Journal of Adult, Community, and Professional Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 19,Issue 2 and Issue 3
– The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 2
– The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2
 

Conference

2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who particpated in the Twentieth International Conference on Learning in Rhodes, Greece held in partnership with the University of the Aegean, Rhodes. Over 450 scholars and professionals representing 35 countries were in attendance. Our schedule included stimulating plenary presentations by industry experts and scholars, along with a first-rate collection of parallel sessions.

The final conference program is now available online and can be found here.

Pictures taken by our staff during the conference as well as those submitted to us by delegates are now available for viewing on our conference Facebook Page. Visit and “like” our online community to peruse and tag images, receive information on future conferences, and connect with your colleagues to continue the dialogue online. Visit and like The Learner’s page at:https://www.facebook.com/TheLearner.CG

Thanks again to everyone who participated in and contributed to the Twentieth International Conference on Learning. This wonderful event would not have been possible without the support of the faculty and staff at The University of the Aegean at Rhodes, our Common Ground team, and of course the delegates.

Alumni Registration Available for 2014 Conference

 

The 2014 on Learning will take place from 15-17 July 2014 at the prestigious Landers College for Women at Touro University in New York City, United States.

Delegates and Student Delegates who have participated in past Learning Conferences are eligible to register with an Alumni Registration. The alumni registration is a $50 discount off the early registration or student registration.

For more information and to complete the alumni registration, visit the conference website.

 

Scholar

Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Student assessment occupies much of the space within educational policy and learning philosophy discussions these days. The issue poses a particularly tough challenge for the various massive open online course (MOOC) initiatives. The major platforms are expanding into course areas where check-the-box, right and wrong answers don’t provide meaningful feedback. Now the search is on for appropriate platforms that allow for effective responses and ratings for student work. Anne Margulies of Harvard University & edX said recently that assessment models for non-technical courses are, “probably the hottest topic on campus right now.”

The issue isn’t limited to humanities courses either…Read more on Scholar.

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis in the College of Education at the University of Illinois have written two relevant white papers exploring the theoretical basis for online learning environments such as Scholar:

e-Affordances: Or, How Can Learning Be Different in a ‘Social Knowledge’ Space? Found here.

Towards a New Learning: The ‘Scholar’ Social Knowledge Workspace, in Theory and Practice. Found here.

In This Issue

New Book Published

Journal Issues Released

2013 Conference Wrap-Up

Alumni Registration Available for 2014

Crowdsourcing Peer-to-Peer Assessment in MOOCs

Exploring the Theoretical Basis of Online Learning Environments

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Education, Neoliberal Culture, and the Brain

Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions

Education Technology: Catching on at Last

News Corp. Introduces a New Kind of Interactivity to the Classroom

Stay Focused: New Research on How to Close the Achievement Gap

U.S. Spends Big on Education, But Results Lag Many Nations: OECD

 

 

 

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CIL Paints News Release: A Serene Bathroom is the Way to Go

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CIL Photo 1 A mix of grey and sand colours, such as CIL’s Granite Grey (00NN 37/000) and Bamboo Shoot (25YY 81/177) pictured on the walls of this bathroom, creates a serene ambience.

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A mix of grey and sand colours, such as CIL’s Granite Grey (00NN 37/000) and Bamboo Shoot (25YY 81/177) pictured on the walls of this bathroom, creates a serene ambience.

A Serene Bathroom is the Way to Go

CIL paint announces contest to help create a bathroom oasis

TORONTO, August 26, 2013 – Looking for a calming getaway at the end of the day? A serene bathroom is the way to go.

So says leading paint brand CIL® paint, which today launched a Pinterest bathroom contest (@CILpaints) called “My Search for Serenity,” to discover what décor items Canadians associate with serenity and share ideas to create a bathroom refuge. The grand prize? Paint for a bathroom makeover, a consultation and serenity gift basket, with secondary prizes of paint or gift items. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Energy This Summer

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How to Save Energy This Summer

August 23, 2013

Province Offers Tips to Help Ontarians Save Energy and Money

During the summer months, conservation is a simple way Ontario families can manage their electricity use and costs, while helping to protect the environment.

The province has developed a wide range of energy conservation resources and incentives to help families make small changes to their daily electricity use. By following these conservation tips, families can see real savings on their electricity bills:

  • Plan ahead: Use a programmable thermostat to set your air conditioner for 25°C when you’re at home and 28°C when you’re away.
  • Go off-peak: Participate in peaksaver PLUS®, and receive a free energy display or programmable thermostat to help manage energy use in your home. Check with your local distribution company for information on availability and how to enroll.
  • Draw it to a close: Draw your blinds and curtains closed during the day to help naturally cool your home. This can block up to 65 per cent of the heat that comes through the windows.
  • Feel the breeze: Use a clothesline or rack to let the sun and breeze naturally dry your clothes. Visit saveonenergy.ca to download a coupon for a new clothesline.
  • Run against the clock: Ensure that your ceiling fan runs in a counter-clockwise direction to help circulate a breeze in your home.
  • Keep it clean: Make sure the track on your sliding door is clean. If the track is dirty, it can damage the door’s seal and allow cold air to escape.
  • Stay cool: Wash laundry in cold water. Approximately 90 per cent of your washing machine’s electricity consumption comes from heating water.
  • Return to your roots: Plant a tree or shrub that will provide shade for your air conditioner. This can improve the unit’s efficiency by up to 10 per cent.

Encouraging a culture of conservation is part of the government’s plan to maintain a clean, modern and reliable electricity grid.

QUICK FACTS

  • You can learn more about how to conserve energy and save on your monthly bills by following the Ministry of Energy on Twitter for conservation tips.
  • From 2005 to 2011, families and businesses across the province conserved enough to reduce demand by more than 1,900 megawatts, the equivalent of powering more than 600,000 homes.
  • For every $1 invested in energy efficiency, Ontario has avoided about $2 in costs to the electricity system.
  • Between 1990 and 2013, average household electricity consumption has declined by almost 25 per cent, resulting in the average household saving up to $350 based on current electricity costs.

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QUOTES

“Conservation has proven to be the cleanest and least costly energy resource. It offers Ontario families the opportunity to take control of their energy usage and easily reduce their electricity bills.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

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

For public inquiries call:
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Government Seeks to Fast-Track Tanning Bed Legislation in September

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Government Seeks to Fast-Track Tanning Bed Legislation in September

August 22, 2013

Joint Statement by Hon. John Milloy, Government House Leader, and Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“In March our government moved to prevent skin cancer among young Ontarians by introducing Bill 30, legislation to ban youth access to tanning beds.

After blocking the legislation for months, we are pleased to read in a published media report that the opposition are finally committed to fast-tracking this important bill.

When the House returns next month, our government will move a programming motion and, if necessary, a time allocation motion, in order to quickly pass this life-saving bill into law by the end of September.

The opposition blocked progress on Bill 30 last spring by needlessly extending debate on three other bills for more than 55 hours – far more than required.  By running out the clock debating the Local Food Act, the Air Ambulance Amendment Act, and Co-op Housing legislation, the opposition prevented this important tanning bed legislation from moving forward.

We have a responsibility to the people of Ontario to make the Legislature work and to help young people in their everyday lives.”

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CONTACTS

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

Joanne Woodward Fraser
Communications and Marketing Division
416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

Media Line
Toll-free: 1-888-414-4774
GTA: 416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

Samantha Grant
Minister’s Office
416-326-4905

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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The Word on the Street – September 22, 2013 at Queen’s Park from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Irena Kagansky-Young’s Fruitless Sorrows and Fleeting Elations

Get Informed Before You Sign a Cell Phone Contract‏

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Get Informed Before You Sign a Cell Phone Contract

August 22, 2013

Ontario Government Offers Advice as Students Go Back to School

Ontario is providing some helpful tips for students and parents looking for the latest mobile technology in preparation for the coming school year.

Getting the latest technology is exciting, but usually comes with a contract. It’s important to know exactly what you are committing to before you sign on the dotted line. Extras like data or out-of-country services can quickly result in unexpected charges and high bills. Getting out of a contract can also mean hefty charges. Ask questions before you sign the contract and make sure you understand the agreement to avoid unwelcome surprises on your bill.

Here are some tips everyone should follow before signing a contract:

 

  • Shop around and compare: Make sure you’re getting the services you want, at the best price. 
  • Understand the contract: Ensure you understand all of the terms of the agreement before signing. Take your time to review the paperwork and ask staff questions at the mobile technology retailer. 
  • Review your bill: When you get your first bill, check it carefully and confirm you are being billed properly. Always check your monthly invoices to be sure that no unexpected charges appear.

 

Educating and protecting Ontario consumers is part of the government’s plan to ensure a fair, safe and informed marketplace.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately eight out of 10 Ontario families have a wireless services agreement.
  • In 2011, Ontarians spent $886 on average per household for cell phone and other handheld text messaging services.
  • In April 2013, Ontario introduced the Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013 that would, if passed, cap cancellation fees, have companies show the total price in wireless services pricing advertisements, and require wireless providers to offer easy-to-understand contracts.
  • Overall complaints to the federal Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services have more than tripled over the past four years.
 

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QUOTES

“With two teens of my own, I know how busy this time of year is preparing for school. That’s why it’s important to take the time to understand the services you are agreeing to pay for when looking at mobile device contracts. By making the informed choice and spending wisely, parents and students can protect their hard-earned money.”
 — Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services

 

CONTACTS

Bryan Leblanc
Minister’s Office
416-326-1939

Sandra Bento
Media Relations
416-327-9708

Ministry of Consumer Services
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Higher Education Update – August 2013‏

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Growing higher education

Welcome to the new-look Higher Education Update.

We hear that around the world public trust in institutions continues to decline. In response, higher education systems and institutions continue to make progress in navigating and demonstrating quality in an increasingly competitive landscape. Onsite or online, assessment of the quality of higher education in Australia and the world remains critical.

The articles featured below address this and other key issues for the sector. Following the launch of ACER’s free online-only news hub, Research Developments, articles about ACER’s work are now all housed under one roof. Click on any of the article summaries featured in Higher Education Update to read the full article on a phone, tablet and desktop friendly website. I trust that you will find this reading thought-provoking.

For more information on ACER’s higher education research please visitwww.acer.edu.au/highereducation. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Email us athighereducation@acer.edu.au

Hamish Coates
Research Director, Higher Education
Australian Council for Educational Research

 

 

Features

Taking higher education assessment from the boutique to eBay

The move to massive open online courses reflects the shift of higher education to an eBay approach to curriculum and teaching, but assessment remains a boutique enterprise, as Hamish Coates explains.

Growing attainment in higher education

Australia has seen significant growth in university enrolments in recent years, with private providers contributing to national aims of increasing attainment, as Daniel Edwards explains.

Profiling the diversity of Australian universities

A comprehensive new collection of university profiles is making it possible to measure the diversity of Australia’s higher education system, as Hamish Coates explains.

In other news

Measuring the quality of medical training
ACER’s work with General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) is measuring the satisfaction of registrars with the quality of their general practice (GP) training and training providers, and with their career progression.

Leaving home to study
An ACER analysis of Census data shows Australian university students have become increasingly more likely to relocate for university during this century and are more mobile than the general population.

Australian students rate their university experience positively
Results from the largest survey of Australian university students ever conducted reveal that 80 per cent of students rate the quality of their educational experience as good or excellent.

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Minister of Education’s Update on Unlicensed Child Care Review

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Minister of Education’s Update on Unlicensed Child Care Review

August 16, 2013

Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints:

“As I committed on July 19, 2013, my ministry has extended its review of every complaint received about the number of children in unlicensed child care settings, dating back to Jan. 1, 2012.

Out of a total of 448 complaints received between Jan. 1, 2012, and July 12, 2013, it was determined that 25 had not been addressed with a site visit, including four of the five complaints about the provider at Yellowood Circle in Vaughan.

The ministry has taken immediate action on all the remaining unaddressed complaints, investigating them thoroughly and confirming that all providers are in compliance.

My ministry has also applied for an injunction against the Yellowood Circle provider. If granted, the injunction would prevent the provider from operating a daycare in Ontario.

As a further step, we are establishing a dedicated enforcement team to investigate complaints about non-compliant unlicensed providers, respond to public inquiries and supply information to parents about unlicensed providers.

As a parent and grandparent, I know how important child care is to families. If parents have concerns or complaints about any child care provider, I encourage them to contact their local Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Office.

In the meantime, my ministry will continue to work closely with the Office of the Ombudsman to ensure it has all the relevant information for its ongoing investigation.”

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
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Tiferanji Malithano on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” Tonight

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Call for AFCY Youth Committee Member Applications!‏

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Please see the attached document for a better look at an exciting opportunity with Arts for Children and Youth!  We are currently looking for TEN new members to join AFCY’s Youth Committee that is responsible for planning and orchestrating the annual BIG BAM BOOM Youth-Led Arts Festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  I encourage you to apply! We will be conducting interviews during mid-September and are expecting to start meetings in October. Read the rest of this entry »

Nharo! Home to Indigenous Art

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Caroline Tjambiru and Kaisa Ngombe, Himba Artisans from Namibia at Nharo! 543 Danforth 

September 5 from 6:30 pm until 9:00

Caroline Tjambiru and Kaisa Ngombe will speak at 7:15 pm about Himba culture and their art.

Since 2007 Nharo has worked with Caroline and Kaisa and the other members of Opuwo Beads and Bracelets.

 

It is always a pleasure for us to invite our customers to meet the artists.

Please come to Nharo! (543 Danforth Ave at Carlaw)
The Himbas are tradiational nomads from North-western Opuwo. Caroline and Kaisa are delighted to be hear and to share their voices and their talents.
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Ontario Appoints New Representative in Washington

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Ontario Appoints New Representative in Washington

August 15, 2013

Monique Smith will promote Ontario’s interests in the United States

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that Ontario has appointed Monique Smith to represent the province at its office at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Smith will advise the Premier on U.S. matters of interest to Ontario. She will work to strengthen the province’s relationship with the United States, its most important trading partner, and enhance Ontario’s profile with senior government decision-makers and influential business leaders.

Businesses and workers in Ontario depend on free-flowing trade with the United States, and decisions made there on other issues such as air and water quality, climate change and border security affect the quality of life of all the people of this province.

Created in 2010, Ontario’s office in Washington is part of the Ontario government’s plan to make the province more competitive globally, help grow the economy and create more jobs.

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  • Monique Smith has served as Ontario’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Revenue.
  • Ontario is catching up to some of its provincial counterparts – Alberta has had an office at the Canadian Embassy in Washington since 2004.
  • Other provinces, including Québec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan also have officials in Washington.
  • Ontario already has 10 marketing centres around the world, including three in the Canadian embassies in Paris, Mexico City and Beijing and standalone offices in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai, New Delhi, Munich and London. A new centre will open in São Paulo in September.
  • Canada and the U.S. share the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world.
  • In 2012, Ontario exports to the U.S. were valued at $126.9 billion; imports from the U.S. were valued at $147.6 billion.

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“A strong voice in Washington is key to Ontario’s future growth and I am thrilled that Monique has accepted this position. Her diverse experience serving the people of this province has equipped her with a unique understanding of what Ontario needs to prosper for generations to come. I am confident that her efforts in Washington will strengthen our relationship with our American partners to help us grow the economy and create more jobs here in Ontario.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

 


 

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Long weekends: make them last‏

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