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GALA Night Invitation: Jude Idada’s COMA @ Al Green, November 1st, 2013

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Have you got your GALA tickets yet?

COMA Gala Reception 6pm Friday November 1st, 2013 
featuring a special performance by 2013 Juno Award (World Music Album of the Year) Winner Lorraine Klaasen
Catered Gala Reception Tickets $55 in advance or $60 at the door.
 
VIP Gala Tix: $100
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2013 Juno Award (World Music Album of the Year) Winner Lorraine Klaasen stars as Nana in Jude Idada’sCOMA,  opening Wednesday October 30, 2013, at the Al Green Theatre for a five-day run. Trapped in the netherworld of a coma, Nana listens helplessly as her children fight over crippling hospital bills, mercy killing…and a secret that haunts them all.  COMA also features Bridget Ogundipe (Heartland, CBC; Life’s a Zoo, Teletoon – Gemini Award; Intimate Apparel, Neptune Theatre) as her daughter Ifueko, and award-winning actor Wale Ojo (Meet the Adebanjos, MTA Productions; The Guard, Reprisal Films; Phone Swap, Golden Effects Pictures) as her son Osasu.

ABOUT THE PLAY:

For 15 months, Nana (Lorraine Klaasen) has been lost in a coma in an upscale Lagos hospital room. Her doctors say she will never awaken. At the end of her rope and crushed by medical bills, Nana’s daughter Ifueko (Bridget Ogundipe) makes the painful decision to end her mother’s life…but everything changes when she informs her exiled brother in Canada.  Osasu (Wale Ojo) rushes back to stop his sister.  Highlighting the power of love over hate and the healing that comes with forgiveness, COMA is an odyssey into a mother’s prolonged nightmare, a son’s desire to make amends for a lifetime of neglect, and a daughter’s need to be loved.

COMA is written and directed by award-winning screen writer, playwright, and director Jude Idada . Set and Costume Design by Guthrie Award and Tom Patterson Award winner Sean Mulcahy, and Lighting Design by three-time Dora-nominee Arun Srinivasan.

AfriCan Theatre Ensemble (ATE) recognizes the power of live art to inspire and renew the human spirit and to forge human relationships across cultures, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, genders, and social classes. Our work presents the theatrical idioms, traditions and experiences of Africa and creates an avenue for cultural exchange between Africa and Canada. More information is available at africantheatre.org.

Show information for COMA:
Venue
Al Green Theatre ~ 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto (Spadina and Bloor)

Performances:
Oct 30 – Nov 3
, 2013 ~ 5 SHOWS ONLY!
(Preview Oct 30 at 4pm, Opening Oct 30 at 8pm, Cocktail Gala Nov 1 at 6pm)
Wed-Sat at 8pm. Sun matinee at 4pm
Catered Gala Reception 
Nov 1 at 6pm (performance begins at 8pm)

Tickets:
Regular: $32 Early Bird (before Oct 25), or $35 at the door / Students $27
Gala Reception with Performance $55 in advance or $60 at the door. VIP Gala Tix: $100

Regular tickets available via www.totix.ca or www.picatic.com/copy-of-event-16933, or at the door
Gala tickets available only via  www.picatic.com/event13765891797372, or at the door.
Group ticket rates are available via group@africantheatre.org
Discounted tickets are still available for alumni, and association members. Contactgroup@africantheatre.org to access our Promo Codes. 

COMA has been generously sponsored by Radio Regent.

ATE Contact: Bobie Taffe, Director Marketing, Sponsorship and Sales
sponsorship@africantheatre.org  905-407-8217

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Nana has suffered a coma in Lagos that the doctors have described as irreversible. Her immigrant son in North America is rushing back to stop his sister from pulling the plug. But mother, daughter and son have secrets that have haunted the family for years. A battle of wills sets in motion an emotional journey that no one may survive.

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Pamoja Fundraiser Event – NOV. 15 – 215 Cecil Street

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Creating Opportunities for Ontario’s Youth‏

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Creating Opportunities for Ontario’s Youth

October 16, 2013

Youth Jobs Strategy Offers Experience, Training and Support

The Ontario government’s new Youth Jobs Strategy will help create 30,000 job opportunities for young people across the province.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the strategy during a visit to Conestoga College in Cambridge today. The strategy creates four new funds to help young people across the province find work, build job skills and start their own business:

  • The Youth Skills Connections Fund – Available for partnerships that match up young people with industry, not-for-profits and academic leaders to help them build career skills and secure industry jobs.
  • The Ontario Youth Innovation Fund – Provides internship opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students, and helps postsecondary students launch startups by funding campus-linked business accelerators.
  • The Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund – Increased funding for existing programs such as Summer Company and new programs to support the growth of youth-led companies with training, mentorship and seed financing.
  • The Ontario Youth Employment Fund – Launched in September, this fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job training placements for youth. This fu! nd has already helped more than 1,200 young people.

Helping young people of all abilities and backgrounds succeed in the workforce is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Youth unemployment in Ontario is 16.4 per cent, twice as high as the overall unemployment rate (7.5 per cent).
  • Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • The Youth Jobs Strategy was announced in the 2013 Budget and was developed with input from the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities and a series of roundtable discussions with stakeholders.

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QUOTES

“It is so important to me that young people get all the support they need as they develop their skills and enter Ontario’s workforce. And I know the Youth Jobs Strategy will go a long way toward setting them up for success for years to come.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Ontario’s future prosperity depends on giving our young people the right skills, experiences and supports they need to thrive in the global economy and put their skills to work for Ontario’s economy. Our Youth Jobs Strategy will set 30,000 young Ontarians on the path to a successful career, helping turn them from job seekers into job creators.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
“Ontario’s young people are full of enthusiasm and new ideas. The new Youth Jobs Strategy will help them work with existing companies or strike out on their own to bring new ideas and technology to market, creating new products, services and jobs.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation
“Providing work experience to Ontario’s young people is a vital investment in our province’s future. When we help our youth succeed in the 21st century economy, we help build a more fair and prosperous Ontario.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

 


 

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My Fresh Collective in Kensington Market Outfit

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How To Talk To Crazy People at The Toronto Public Library

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[TPS] – Toronto Police horses sweep the awards at North American Police Equestrian Competition‏

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About Eighty Discounted Copies of Three Quarters at The Thrift Shop at Christie & St. Clair in Toronto

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CRTC Newsrelease‏

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Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Union Calling Inc. pay a total of
$115,000 in penalties for violating Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 15, 2013 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that the Canadian Union
of Postal Workers has paid a penalty of $50,000 and Union Calling Inc. has
paid a penalty of $65,000 as part of settlements over violations to the
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Premier’s Statement on Alice Munro

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Premier’s Statement on Alice Munro

October 10, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement today:

“On behalf of the people of Ontario and readers everywhere, I am so proud to congratulate Alice Munro on winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Her book, Lives of Girls and Women, has always been a favourite of mine, and I am part of a lucky population who has been forever changed by her unparalleled ability to articulate the complexity and heartbreaks of everyday life.

Ms. Munro has, over the course of her long career, established herself as one of the world’s greatest living authors and a tremendous source of pride and inspiration for this province.

Her stories captured the unique character and experience of small-town Ontario and her selection as a Nobel Laureate is a tribute to her profound talent and devastating insight. I am thrilled for her and all the lucky readers around the globe who will discover her as a result of this honour.”

 


 

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CRTC invites comments on the future of 9-1-1 services

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 10, 2013 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) made public a report on 911
services and invited Canadians to share their views on its findings and
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Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety

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Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety

October 10, 2013

Ontario Introducing Legislation to Strengthen Health System

 

Ontario is introducing the Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety Act that, if passed, would strengthen the safety of the province’s hospital drug supply system and further enhance patient care.

 

 

Today, the government will introduce legislation to amend the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Actthat would allow the Ontario College of Pharmacists to inspect and license hospital pharmacies.

To further enhance patient care, the legislation would also improve the health system’s ability to identify, communicate and respond quickly to any future incidents affecting patient care and safety by:

 

  • Enabling health regulatory colleges to share more information with hospitals and public health authorities; and
  • Establishing new mandatory reporting requirements to help colleges identify and respond more effectively to issues regarding a health professional’s practice.

 

This legislation responds to Dr. Thiessen’s recommendations to safeguard the hospital drug supply system and to strengthen health care system’s ability to respond to any future incidents affecting patient care.

Enhancing patient care and pharmacy safety helps deliver on our Action Plan for Health Care by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario College of Pharmacists currently oversees and inspects community pharmacies.
  • Currently, hospital pharmacies are the responsibility of individual hospital corporations. Expanding the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ authority to oversee hospital pharmacies will ensure that community and hospital pharmacies meet consistent standards.

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“The people of Ontario deserve the highest of standards of care. That’s why we are committed to implementing all of Dr. Thiessen’s recommendations. It is absolutely vital that we do everything we can to ensure patients and their families have utmost confidence they are receiving the highest quality care and the most effective treatment available.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Expanding the oversight and inspection authority of the College of Pharmacists to include hospital pharmacies will help ensure the drug supply is monitored and inspected more closely, with the same rigorous standards across the province.”
— Marshall Moleschi, Registrar, Ontario College of Pharmacists
“Ontario’s hospitals and their pharmacies are fully committed to providing the best possible patient care. We look forward to working closely with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to implement this proposed legislation.”
— Anthony Dale, Interim President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

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Ontarians Warned Not To Eat Certain Frozen Beef Burgers‏

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Ontarians Warned Not To Eat Certain Frozen Beef Burgers

October 9, 2013

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, is warning Ontarians not to consume certain frozen beef burger products produced by Belmont Meats because they may be contaminated with E Coli.

A recall announced last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that affected certainCompliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers  has been expanded to include other products.   Consumers are asked to visit the CFIA’s website for a complete listing of all recalled products and to visit the website regularly as there may be recalls of additional products or best before dates as the food safety investigation continues.

Ontarians are reminded to check their fridges and freezers for the recalled product and if any is found, it is recommended that it be discarded or returned to the retailer.

As of October 9th, seven confirmed and one suspect case of E. Coli have been reported in Ontario linked to the ongoing investigation of recalled beef burgers.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working closely with Public Health Ontario, the CFIA, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the recall of these products.

QUICK FACTS

  • E. coli are bacteria that are commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals, some of which may cause serious illness.
  • E. coli infections can be spread by many food sources such as undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized apple cider and milk, ham, turkey, roast beef, sandwich meats, raw vegetables, cheese and contaminated water.
  • Poor hand washing and improper food handling are factors that lead to the spread of the illness.
  • Symptoms of E. coli infection include stomach cramps, diarrhea (possibly bloody), fever (infrequent), nausea, vomiting. If you or a family member have any of the symptoms, it is important to wash your hands, after going to the bathroom, and before preparing food for others.
  • Anyone with persistent symptoms should see their physician immediately.
  • E. Coli is not spread through normal, everyday interactions with friends or neighbours. However, once someone has consumed contaminated food or water, this infection can be passed from person to person by hand to mouth contact.
  • Generally, an E. coli infection must run its course. Antibiotic medications are not recommended and may increase the risk of complications.

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“I strongly warn the public not to consume the affected products. E Coli infection can cause serious illness – anyone who may have consumed the product and shows signs of infection, such as stomach cramps, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, nausea and/or vomiting should see their physician immediately.”
— Dr. Arlene King, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health

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Media Advisory – Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Hosts Historic Stanley Cup Visit and Taunts Cinespace Toronto Cousins

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CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Today NHL Hall of Famer and Chicago Blackhawks legend Denis Savard brought the Stanley Cup to the core of Hollywood Midwest – Cinespace Chicago Film Studios – where hundreds of native Chicagoan film and TV crew members and technicians relished the opportunity to touch the revered trophy, and Cinespace Chicago management savored the chance to taunt their Cinespace Toronto cousins. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Publishing Discussion at The Canadian Small Business Women and How To Talk To Crazy People, How to Write Creative Non-fiction and Three Quarters at the Toronto Public Library and Books at Accents Bookstore

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CIL Paints Unveils Mellow Yellow as 2014 Colour of the Year

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Mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says CIL paint. Pictured on the walls of these rooms is CIL’s Creamy (50YY 77/285), named the brand’s 2014 colour of the year.

Mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says CIL paint. Pictured on the walls of these rooms is CIL’s Creamy (50YY 77/285), named the brand’s 2014 colour of the year.

CIL Paint Unveils “Creamy” as 2014 Colour of the Year

TORONTO, October 9, 2013 – They may call it mellow yellow, but it will liven up homes in 2014. That’s because mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL® paint. Read the rest of this entry »

Driving Growth for Ontario’s Agri-Food Industry

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Driving Growth for Ontario’s Agri-Food Industry

October 7, 2013

Premier Challenges Sector to Double Its Growth Rate, Create Jobs

Premier Kathleen Wynne recognized excellence in agri-food innovation today and challenged the sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020.

She issued the challenge as part of a keynote speech at the Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food Innovation at Queen’s Park, encouraging agri-food industry partners to help Ontario:

  • Become one of the top five places in North America in revenues for food and beverage manufacturing; and
  • Double its agri-food exports.

The summit also celebrated the contributions of local producers to the overall success of the agri-food sector.

The Premier presented the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence to Monforte Dairy of Stratford, Ontario. Monforte Dairy implemented a Community Shared Agriculture micro-financing model to raise capital to build a new plant.

The Foreign Affair Winery of Vineland, Ontario received the Minister’s Award, for re-engineering air flows to their vineyard to apply the Italian “appassimento” method of wine-making to Ontario-grown grapes.

The Premier presented the Leaders in Innovation awards to:

  • Thompson’s Maple Products, Hilton Beach, Ontario for developing “Tap Track,” a wireless monitoring system that improves quality, efficiency, and reduces costs for maple producers.
  • Y U Ranch, Tillsonburg, Ontario for their hybrid gas/electric freezer delivery mini-van known as the “Farmer’s Market Express.”

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government’s three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and help businesses grow and create jobs.

QUICK FACTS

  • The agri-food sector has grown more than 10 per cent since 2002.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.
  • Food exports hit a record high of $10.8 billion last year.
  • A total of 50 regional agri-food innovations will be recognized under the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program.

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“I want to congratulate all of our award recipients today. They have shown us that the agri-food sector has excellent potential for growth. I have extended this challenge today, so we can build on our strengths to create more good jobs for the people of this province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Agriculture and Food

 


 

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More Mental Health Services for University and College Students‏

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More Mental Health Services for University and College Students

October 4, 2013

Ontario Government Investing in Young People, Committed to Student Well-being

Ontario is launching a new mental health help line for college and university students as part of its Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

College and university students with concerns about student life, health or mental well-being can now call Good2Talk, a province-wide service that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a free, confidential and anonymous service that offers professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources.

Ontario is also supporting 10 new projects at colleges and universities that will improve access to high-quality mental health services and help identify mental health issues and connect students to supports faster.

Supporting postsecondary students’ education, health and well-being is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people. The province is also focused on investing in infrastructure and fostering a dynamic and innovative business environment.

QUICK FACTS

  • Good2Talk service is delivered by Kids Help Phone, ConnexOntario, 211Ontario, the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health and postsecondary institutions.
  • These investments are part of the multi-year $257 million Mental Health and Addictions Strategy announced in the 2011 Ontario Budget.
  • Ontario is also launching a Youth Suicide Prevention Plan that will provide training, tools and funding to help communities come together to prevent youth suicides, including a unique Aboriginal approach.

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“We want to let college and university students know they aren’t alone and that there is help. The new supports will help them have a healthy, productive transition to postsecondary institutions and deal with newfound independence, both on and off campus.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“Our Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is helping create opportunities for young Ontarians to enjoy a high quality of life and contribute to society. In addition to this great investment, we are empowering communities to develop practical, local solutions through our Youth Suicide Prevention Plan.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“On behalf of the Good2Talk/Allo J’écoute partners — ConnexOntario, Kids Help Phone, Ontario211 and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health — I’d like to recognize and thank the Government of Ontario for joining with us to develop this critical new resource for post-secondary students under the Ministry’s Health Innovation Fund.”
— Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-325-1625
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

Gyula Kovacs
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Gyula.Kovacs@ontario.ca

Public inquiries
416-325-2929 or
TTY: 1-800-268-7095
1-800-387-5514

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Every Room Comes with a View at Ontario Parks‏

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Every Room Comes with a View at Ontario Parks

October 4, 2013

Ontario Encourages Families to Explore the Great Outdoors

Ontario’s provincial parks capture a dazzling array of spectacular views and natural features that can be seen from just outside your tent’s door, high atop a rocky bluff, and everywhere else in between.

You’ll find impressive waterfalls in many provincial parks:

  • The Ranney Gorge suspension bridge and the scenic limestone bluffs at Ferris provide a stunning view of Ranney Falls.
  • Kakabeka Falls, known as Niagara of the North, plunges 40 metres over sheer cliffs.

Enjoy a view from the heights:

  • Breathtaking Ouimet Canyon is more than 100 metres wide and 100 metres deep.
  • At Pancake Bay a viewing platform overlooks the spot where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
  • A steep climb to Sleeping Giant rewards hikers with unbeatable views of Lake Superior.
  • Point Farms, once a popular Victorian resort, perches atop a bluff overlooking Lake Huron.

Marvel at the history and heritage preserved in our parks:

  • Bon Echo boat tours provide a close-up view of the Aboriginal pictographs on Mazinaw Rock.
  • At Craigleith on Georgian Bay, 455-million-year-old fossils are embedded in the shale shore.

Roam through these landscapes:

  • Quetico is known and loved for its rugged beauty. Paddle the park’s vast system of lakes and rivers and marvel at granite cliffs, exposed bedrock and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Sandbanks’ giant dunes and beaches form two of the world’s largest freshwater sandbars.
  • French River opens up a 105-kilometre span of interconnecting lakes, gorges and rapids.
  • Killarney’s sapphire lakes and jack pine ridges have captivated artists like the Group of Seven.
  • Lake Superior stretches between rugged coastline and Agawa Canyon’s back-country beauty.

See for yourself. Campsites can be reserved online or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with an Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than nine million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities.
  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
  • Park closing dates vary across Ontario. Visitors can still hike into most parks, but gates will be closed and washroom facilities unavailable.

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“Ontario has one of the largest and best park systems in the world. Our parks introduce visitors to magnificent Ontario landscapes — rolling woodlands, canoe routes, pristine beaches and crystal-clear lakes. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this fall.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

CONTACTS

Media calls only: Andrew Donnachie
Minister’s Office
416-314-2198

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

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Healthier Snacks and Meals on the Menu at More Ontario Schools

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Healthier Snacks and Meals on the Menu at More Ontario Schools

October 1, 2013

Province Expanding Student Nutrition Program to Help More Kids Get a Healthy Start

Ontario is helping more children and youth eat nutritious meals at school so they can be healthier, concentrate better and learn more effectively.

As part of the Healthy Kids Strategy, the province is investing an additional $3 million in Ontario’sStudent Nutrition Program to create more than 200 new breakfast and morning meal programs for approximately 33,000 kids in higher-needs communities, including First Nations communities.

This increased funding will also support the hiring of 14 food distribution and logistics co-ordinators across the province. Co-ordinators will work with new and existing programs to build stronger partnerships with local businesses and food distribution networks resulting in more efficient channels to purchase, transport and store food.

The Student Nutrition Program has been shown to influence overall student health and improve learning and behavioural outcomes. A recent research report found that more than three-quarters of high school students who eat breakfast regularly are on track to graduate, while suspension rates have decreased by half since the implementation of these programs.

Providing nutritious meals and snacks in more schools across the province supports the Ontario government’s efforts to give every child a healthy start in life. This is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across the province.

QUICK FACTS

  • As part of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy released in 2008, the government has more than doubled its support for the Student Nutrition Program to $17.9 million in 2012-13.
  • During the 2011-12 school year, over 690,000 elementary and secondary school students across the province benefited from more than 4,100 breakfast, lunch and snack programs.
  • The Healthy Kids Panel was appointed in May 2012 as part of the Action Plan for Health Care to advise the government on how to tackle childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario.

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“Nutritious snacks and meals are critical to the success of every child, so this expansion really is an investment in our families and our future. We want all Ontario children to reach their full potential and help build a stronger, more prosperous Ontario.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“The expansion of the Student Nutrition Program will benefit more than 30,000 kids so that they can get the nutritional boost they need to succeed at school. Our commitment to healthy food will help our kids get the best start to a healthy life.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“We know children are healthier and better able to concentrate and learn when they’re well nourished. This new investment is really important and will make sure that thousands more Ontario children and youth get a healthy start to the school day and are ready to learn.”
— Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto

CONTACTS

Nauman Khan
Minister’s Office
416-212-7159

Courtney Battistone
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

Public info line
1-866-821-7770

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation – MidDay lottery winning numbers

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation – MidDay lottery winning numbers

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ –

Thursday                           17/10/2013

PICK-2: 3 8

PICK-3: 6 6 9

PICK-4: 3 2 8 7

ENCORE: 2478036

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Empire State Realty Trust and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Give New York City And The World A Halloween “Treat” With Spectacular LED Tower Light And Music Show

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World’s Most Famous Office Building Announces New Light Show Synchronized to Music

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) today announced with its partner Clear Channel Media and Entertainment that they will join together to give New York City and the world a specialHalloween Trick and Treat. The Empire State Building (ESB), the International Icon of the Skyline of New York City, will synchronize its LED tower lights to Halloween-themed music broadcast on Clear Channel’s powerhouse radio stations Z100 and 103.5 KTU at 8:30 p.m. EST, on October 31, 2013. The skyline spectacular will be choreographed by internationally-acclaimed lighting designer Marc Brickman to a Halloween-inspired soundtrack transmitted from atop ESB. The light and music show will also be featured during the 40th anniversary of New York’s Greenwich VillageHalloween Parade. Read the rest of this entry »

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust Announces October 2013 Monthly Distribution

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QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust (“Cominar” or the “REIT”)(TSX: CUF.UN) announced today a distribution of 12.0 cents per unit to unitholders of record as at October 31, 2013, payable on November 15, 2013.

PROFILE AS AT OCTOBER 17, 2013 
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust is the third largest diversified real estate investment trust in Canada and currently remains the largest commercial property owner in the Province of Québec. The REIT owns a real estate portfolio of 493 properties in three different market segments, that is, office buildings, retail buildings and industrial and mixed-use buildings. Cominar’s portfolio totals 36.8 million square feet spread out across Québec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada. Cominar’s objectives are to pay growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize unitholder value by way of integrated, proactive management and the expansion of its portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortuna Silver corrects Measured and Indicated Resource breakdown

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VANCOUVER, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (NYSE: FSM) | (TSX:FVI) | (BVL: FVI) | (Frankfurt: F4S.F) announces that its October 17, 2013 news release entitled “Fortuna Silver increases San Josesilver reserves by 22% and silver inferred resources by 39%” (the “Release”) contains typographical errors in the table providing the detail of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource estimates for the San Jose Mine located inOaxaca, Mexico. Accordingly, the table headed “Mineral Resources – Measured and Indicated” in the Release is retracted and the following substituted in its place: Read the rest of this entry »

Lafarge Hands Over Keys to the First NetZero Energy Precast Concrete Homes in North America

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EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Lafarge has made homeownership possible for two hard-workingEdmonton families through Habitat for Humanity. Partnering with Stantec to design the first NetZero energy precast concrete homes in North America, the team has targeted LEED® Platinum certification. Representatives from Lafarge and Stantec had the honour today of presenting keys to the recipient Habitat families. Building with precast concrete allows the homes to benefit from significant thermal mass. For the next two years the homes’ energy performance will be monitored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to determine if the high-efficiency design delivers on an operational basis. Learnings from all stages of the project will be incorporated in other sustainable residential solutions. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court To Release Landmark Ruling On Whether Doctors Can Unilaterally Terminate Life Support Without Patient Consent – Rasouli V. Cuthbertson.

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TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – The Supreme Court is set to release, tomorrow, its decision in a landmark case that will determine if doctors must obtain consent before removing life support from a patient.

In this case, doctors refused to obtain consent before deciding to terminate life support and they refused to apply to the Consent and Capacity Board, the body charged with oversight, in Ontario of such matters.

The family was forced to apply for a Court injunction to stop the withdrawal of life support to Mr. Rasouli. Read the rest of this entry »

Trez Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation announces October 2013 distribution

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VANCOUVER, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Trez Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (the “Company”) announced today that its board of directors has declared a monthly distribution of $0.0583 per Class A share of the Company.  The distribution will be paid on November 15, 2013 to holders of Class A shares of record on October 31, 2013.  As ofOctober 17, 2013, there were 23,001,475 Class A shares outstanding. The amount of the monthly distributions is equivalent to approximately $0.70 per Class A Share per annum. This represents an annual cash distribution of 7.0% based on the $10 issue price of the Class A Shares. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Fantino Names Major-General (R) Richard Rohmer as D-Day Special Advisor

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OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today named Major-General (R) Richard Rohmer as his special advisor on D-Day commemorative events as the Government of Canadaprepares for the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2014.

“I am delighted that such a distinguished Veteran is sharing his experience and providing his input to the commemorative activities for D-Day, which many consider was the beginning of the end of the Second World War,” said Minister Fantino. “His incredible personal experience and expertise will help to ensure that Canada’s Veterans will be recognized and remembered on such an important anniversary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Quebec Continues to Act Against Contraband Tobacco, It’s Time Ontario Does the Same

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OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – Today, the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) commended the Government of Quebec for contributing $4 million to the City of Montreal to fight contraband tobacco. This proactive initiative by the Quebec government serves as an important reminder of how illegal cigarettes remain a problem in the province. It is also a reminder to Ontario that meaningful action is needed to effectively combat the province’s deeply entrenched illegal cigarette trade. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Kenney urges employers to find skilled workers at home

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CALGARY, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – In a keynote speech today at the very first Skilled Migration National Employer Conference, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, emphasized the importance of addressing skills shortages to support economic growth and long-term prosperity in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Ontario Helping Parents Give Children a Healthy Start‏

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Ontario Helping Parents Give Children a Healthy Start

September 27, 2013

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services, will make an announcement about new supports to help parents give their children a healthy start.

Date:               Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Time:               9:15 a.m.

Location:         Toronto Public Health Unit

51 Lisgar Street, Liberty Village

Toronto, Ontario M6J 0B9

 

 

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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Provincial Parks are a Birdwatcher’s Delight

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Provincial Parks are a Birdwatcher’s Delight

September 27, 2013

Ontario Encourages Families to Look to the Sky

Ontario offers some of the best birdwatching in the world!Come and see what you can spot now or plan a trip to experience the annual migration in full swing.

Bring your field guide and binoculars to these provincial parks for prime viewing spots and rare sightings:

  • Long Point sits on a 40-kilometre sand spit that extends into Lake Erie. Located southwest of Port Dover, it is a world-renowned refuge and stopover for migrating birds in fall and spring.
  • Presqu’ile, south of Brighton, is a major flyway for migrating birds, home to waterfowl and shorebirds, and a staging point for Mexico-bound monarchs.
  • Rondeau’s observation tower overlooks a marshland where herons, bitterns and rails nest. More than 80 per cent of Ontario’s bird species have been observed at this Chatham-area park.
  • Port Burwell, southeast of St. Thomas, is one of the best places to witness the fall migration of hawks, monarchs, blue jays and dragonflies.
  • MacGregor Point stretches along seven kilometres of Lake Huron coastline. Home to the annual spring Huron Fringe Birding Festival, this park south of Port Elgin is open year-round.
  • Lake Superior provides good bird watching opportunities because of the diversity of habitats in the park. The transition between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and boreal forests supports a mix of northern and southern species.

Birdwatchers can pursue their hobby by day or camp overnight. Campsites can be reserved online24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with an Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.

QUICK FACTS

  • More than 475 bird species have been spotted in Ontario, nearly 73 per cent of species found in Canada.
  • In 2012, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than nine million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario provincial parks provide barrier-free facilities.
  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.

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“Ontario has one of the largest and best park systems in the world. Our provincial parks provide a wonderful place to observe birds in their natural habitat. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this fall.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

CONTACTS

Media calls only: Andrew Donnachie
Minister’s Office
416-314-2198

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

Ministry of Natural Resources
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Stay Safe With Seatbelts and Child Car Seats‏

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Stay Safe With Seatbelts and Child Car Seats

September 26, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Road Safety

Ontario is launching its annual seatbelt campaign to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up and make sure children are properly secured in the right child car seats.

Police, fire and emergency services workers, health care professionals and road safety and injury prevention groups across the province are participating in the campaign, which runs until Oct. 11. It includes educational demonstrations, a series of child car seat inspection clinics, and seatbelt blitzes by police.

Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision. Ontario’s One Person, One Seatbelt law requires every occupant in a motor vehicle to buckle up properly.

All caregivers – including parents, grandparents and child care providers – must also make sure children under the age of 16 in their care are properly secured with the appropriate child car seat,booster seat or seatbelt.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America.
  • When installed and used correctly, child car seats and boosteseats can reduce the risk of children being injured or killed in collisions.
  • Recent statistics show that 96 per cent of all Ontarians buckle up on a regular basis – but about half a million still don’t.
  • The most recent Ontario statistics show that people in collisions were 44 times more likely to be killed if they were not wearing a seatbelt.

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“Ontario’s roads have consistently ranked among the safest in North America. I urge all drivers and passengers to use a seatbelt every time they get in a vehicle and secure children in the right child car seat or booster seat.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
“All Ontarians need to buckle up. It’s the safe and responsible thing to do. Keep yourself and your family safe and secure on the road.”
— Mike Colle, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
“Wearing a seat belt is not a personal choice, it’s the law, and your decision not to buckle up impacts the safety of everyone in the vehicle in the event of a collision. Ensuring that you and all your passengers are buckled in is the single most effective way to prevent serious injuries and save people from dying in motor vehicle collisions.”
— Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division
“Seatbelts save lives. Always wear a seatbelt, and make sure children are secured in the right child car seat or booster seat every time you head out on the road.”
— Teresa Di Felice, Director of Government & Community Relations, CAA South Central Ontario

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

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Meet Allan: MEC Envoy, hill conqueror, last-minute packer

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Ontario to Present Prestigious Award to Six Young Aboriginal Writers

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Ontario to Present Prestigious Award to Six Young Aboriginal Writers

September 26, 2013

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, joined by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will present the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award to six talented young Ontarians.

Date: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Lieutenant Governor’s Suite
Queen’s Park
Toronto

The ceremony will also be streamed live at Ontario.ca/Bartleman.

Media must register to cover the event by calling the Communications Branch contact listed below. Media ID will be required.

CONTACTS

Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister’s Office
416-325-6205
indira.naidoo-harris@ontario.ca

Laura Sylvis
Communications Branch
416-314-7010
laura.sylvis@ontario.ca

Tom Connelly
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
416-325-7789

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
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Donna Kakonge at Indigo Richmond and John!!! – The T-Dot!

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Come one, come all to Richmond and John at Richmond and John to the glorious and splendiferious Indigo Richmond and John location. Park at President Gima’s spot behind CITY-TV where Marilyn Dennis works. Gima even knows her! It’s in the Entertainment District. The cops are gorgeous, the food is plenty and for those who like girls…yes…they are hot too down there :-).

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Helping Social Enterprises Grow and Create Jobs‏

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Helping Social Enterprises Grow and Create Jobs

September 26, 2013

New Strategy to Create Jobs and Attract New Investment

Ontario has launched a new plan that will help social enterprises start and grow their businesses while supporting the creation of 1,600 new jobs in the sector.

Impact – A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario is the province’s plan to become the number one jurisdiction in North America for businesses that have a positive social, cultural, or environmental impact while generating revenue.

The strategy will support social entrepreneurs and attract investors by focusing on four key areas:

  • Connecting, co-ordinating and communicating information to, and about, social entrepreneurs, including exploring new ways to help create ‘hybrid’ corporations that reinvest profits in a social purpose.
  • Building the social enterprise brand by increasing awareness of the sector using tools like an interactive web portal where social entrepreneurs could meet and connect with investors, and access services.
  • Creating a vibrant social finance marketplace through various initiatives, including exploring the launch of a new $4 million Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund to support early-stage social enterprises.
  • Delivering other innovative supports, like a pilot program to help social enterprises be part of procurements related to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The strategy builds on previous action taken by the government to develop and grow the sector, including the creation of an Office for Social Enterprise that partners with the private, not-for-profit and public sectors to co-ordinate and expand the tools available to social entrepreneurs.

Supporting businesses with positive social, cultural and environmental impacts is part of the government’s plan to create a strong business climate and invest in people.

QUICK FACTS

  • The province partnered with MaRS Discovery District to launch the Social Venture Connexion (SVX) online investment platform on September 19. SVX will help connect investors with social enterprises.
  • In May 2013, the province launched the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund as a pilot program to support early stage social enterprises by providing them with access to capital, services and support.
  • In 2011, Ontario held its first-ever Social Innovation Summit, engaging over 400 contributors in developing a social innovation policy paper.
  • Supporting social enterprise was a recommendation in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, launched in 2008.
  • Rise Asset Development, which provides loans and mentoring to start-up entrepreneurs with a history of mental health or addiction challenges, highlights the benefits of bringing business and social agendas together. Rise has already provided loans to 22 people, who have started companies ranging from an Internet business to a general contracting company.

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“Social enterprises represent an exciting emerging sector—one that creates jobs, attracts investment, and contributes to the betterment of our society and our environment. This new strategy will attract entrepreneurs and a growing group of investors to do business in Ontario, helping to create jobs and grow our economy while contributing to the social good.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
“I’m delighted that the Ontario government recognizes the impact of social enterprises. A concerted strategy will encourage organizations like Rise Asset Development to continue to put forward innovative solutions to social challenges.”
— Jodi Butts, Executive Director, Rise Asset Development

CONTACTS

Gabe De Roche
Minister’s Office
416-325-7569

Brigitte Marleau
Communications Branch
416-325-2479

Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/en/home_en.jsp

 


 

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Strengthening French Language Services in Ontario

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Strengthening French Language Services in Ontario

September 25, 2013

Government Taking Steps to Enhance Independence of French Language Services Commissioner

Ontario is introducing legislation to make Ontario’s French Language Services (FLS) Commissioner an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

If passed, the legislation would:

  • Change the FLS Commissioner’s reporting relationship from the Minister of Francophone Affairs to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
  • Set a five-year term of office for the commissioner with opportunity for reappointment.
  • Allow the current commissioner to serve until reconfirmed in the position or a new commissioner is appointed.

The Office of the FLS Commissioner plays an important role in supporting Ontario’s francophone community. It monitors compliance with the French Language Services Act and recommends ways to improve the delivery of government services in French.

Strengthening French language services in the province is part of the Ontario government’s plan to build diverse and inclusive communities, creating a prosperous economy and a fair society for all. 

QUICK FACTS

  • The French Language Services Act was amended in 2007 to establish the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner as an agency of the government.
  • Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner is François Boileau, who was appointed on Aug. 1, 2007.
  • Sept. 25 is Franco-Ontarian Day and marks the 38th anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag, which was raised in Sudbury for the first time on this day in 1975.

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“Our government is committed to supporting the province’s francophone community by ensuring access to quality government services in French. Securing the commissioner’s independence will enhance our efforts to improve the delivery of these services and help us better respond to the needs and aspirations of Franco-Ontarians.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

CONTACTS

André Ghione
Minister’s Office
416-325-1741
andre.ghione@ontario.ca

Charles Jean Sucsan
Communications
416 325-4968
charlesjean.sucsan@ontario.ca

Office of Francophone Affairs
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Sico Paint 2014 Colour Trends — News Release

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In Unison Featuring a mix of beach-inspired pastels combined with brighter hues – such as Sico’s Tomato Peel (6057-53), painted on these kitchen walls – the In Unison theme works well with natural wood, marble and steel finishes, and reflects harmony between organic nature, technology and man-made elements.

In Unison
Featuring a mix of beach-inspired pastels combined with brighter hues – such as Sico’s
Tomato Peel (6057-53), painted on these kitchen walls – the In Unison theme works well with natural wood, marble and steel finishes, and reflects harmony between organic nature, technology and man-made elements.

Sico® Paint 2014 Colour Trends

 Revival of Public Interest in Nature, Art Results in Rich Colour Palette for Year Ahead

 

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (September 25, 2013) – The forecast for the year ahead is looking sunny. So much so, that yellow will be a dominant colour in home décor in 2014, accentuated by a wide range of rich, luxurious hues and vibrant colour patterns. Read the rest of this entry »

Province Offers Online Driver’s Licence Renewal‏

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Province Offers Online Driver’s Licence Renewal

September 25, 2013

Ontario Making it Easier to Access Important Government Services

Ontario is now allowing drivers to renew their licences online ­– the first province in Canada to do so.Ontario drivers need to renew their licences every five years.  Now, eligible drivers who renew online at ServiceOntario.ca/DriversLicence will be able to use their existing licence photos for an additional five-year renewal cycle, meaning they will only need to renew in person every ten years.

When drivers renew their licences online, they can also get licence plate stickers, driver abstracts and other driver and vehicle products in the same transaction.

Offering more online services is part of the Ontario government’s plan to help people in their everyday lives and make it easier for them to access important government services, when and where they need them.

QUICK FACTS

  • The new online driver’s licence renewal service is added to the more than 40 services already offered online. These include renewing licence plate stickers, changing addresses and applying for birth, death or marriage certificates.
  • ServiceOntario processed more than 1.6 million driver’s licence renewal transactions last year.
  • Drivers can now use Interac® Online, in addition to major credit cards, to pay online.
  • ServiceOntario meets its online service guarantee for more than 99 per cent of transactions.

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“With the launch of the new online driver’s licence renewal service, Ontario becomes the first province in Canada to provide drivers with the option to renew their licence online. We are committed to making it easier and more convenient for the people of Ontario to access important government services.”
— John Milloy, Minister of Government Services

CONTACTS

Jenna Mannone
Minister’s Office
416 327-0948

Christian Hasse
Communications Branch
416-212-6404

Ministry of Government Services
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Empowering Exceptional Young Leaders to Succeed‏

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Empowering Exceptional Young Leaders to Succeed

September 25, 2013

Ontario Helping Youth Make a Difference and Create Jobs

Ontario is helping promising young leaders gain the knowledge, skills, experience and support they need to make positive social changes in their communities and across the province.

The province is supporting MaRS Discovery District in delivering a new innovative program — Studio Y: Ontario’s Social Impact and Leadership Academy. The nine month program will include intensive training and mentoring for up to 25 youth aged 18 to 29, to build and refine their leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurial skills. The curriculum will be focused on helping participants become social entrepreneurs, change agents or civic leaders — turning their bright ideas into new businesses or solutions to challenges facing their communities.

Preparing Ontario’s youth to take on leadership roles that spur social and economic enhancements, supports the government’s efforts to invest in people and create a strong business climate, two of the three pillars of the government’s economic plan for jobs and growth.

QUICK FACTS

  • Applications open Oct. 1, 2013, and the first group of young people will begin the program in Jan. 2014.
  • Since opening its doors in 2005, MaRS Discovery District has become a leader in fostering and supporting social innovation through private and public sector partnerships.
  • Studio Y builds on the commitments of Ontario’s Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed and Social Innovation Strategy by harnessing the creativity of young people to address the province’s current and future social challenges and opportunities.
  • Businesses and eligible youth aged 15 to 29 can now apply to the province’s Youth Employment Fund by making an appointment with a local Employment Ontario service provider. The fund helps employers offer four- to six-month job and training placements for young people looking for employment, as well as providing up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the fund.

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“Ontario youth are some of the brightest and best educated in the world. By investing in programs like Studio Y, our government is helping our youth harness their great potential so they are better able to solve problems, foster social change and succeed in an increasingly complex world. It really is an investment in a better future.”
— Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“How do we create our best selves so we can build a better world’ That’s the question a lot of us are asking, especially young talent from around Ontario. And that’s what Studio Y squarely focuses on — supporting young talent in realizing their full potential for transforming the future of Ontario and the world.”
— Hamoon Ekhtiari, Director, Studio Y, MaRS Discovery District

CONTACTS

Nauman Khan
Minister’s Office
416-212-7159

Courtney Battistone
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

Public info line
1-866-821-7770

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


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This Week is Mental Health Week

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