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Get a Glimpse of the First Ever Self-Publishing Around The World Course at the University of Toronto

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Celebrate the New Year With a Safe Ride Home

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Celebrate the New Year With a Safe Ride Home

December 31, 2013

Keep Ontario’s Roads Safe – Don’t Drive Impaired

Before you get behind the wheel this New Year’s Eve, make a resolution to ring in 2014 safely – stay overnight, ride with a designated driver, take public transit or call a cab.

Ontario is a North American leader in road safety, with some of the toughest impaired driving laws in Canada. Despite these accomplishments, alcohol still contributes to almost one quarter of all fatal collisions on Ontario roads.

Even if your blood alcohol concentration is less than 0.05, you can still be impaired. Small amounts of alcohol, illegal drugs and some prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair your judgement, putting you and others at risk.

Many communities across Ontario offer free public transit on New Year’s Eve, including GO Transitand the TTC in the Toronto area, as well as many municipal transit services including OC Transpo in Ottawa, the London Transit Commission and Greater Sudbury Transit.  Operation Red Nose volunteers are also active in 10 communities across Ontario to give you a ride home.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2012, Ontario had the lowest number of impaired driving offence rates in Canada – 47.5 per cent lower than the national average.
  • Young drivers aged 19 to 21 are over one and a half times more likely to be involved in drinking and driving collisions compared to drivers aged 22 to 40.
  • Getting your blood alcohol concentration back to zero after drinking can take a long time. Coffee, food or physical exercise will not help you become sober faster.

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QUOTES

“Help keep Ontario roads safe this New Year’s Eve and throughout the year by planning for a safe ride home for yourself, your friends and your family. We are all responsible for preventing the senseless tragedy caused by impaired driving.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure
“While Ontario’s roads are the safest in North America, one injury or collision caused by an impaired driver is one too many. It is completely unacceptable to drive impaired – plan ahead for a safe ride home.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
MADD Canada asks all drivers to celebrate the New Year in a safe and sober way. If you’re going to be drinking, use a designated driver, take a taxi or public transit, or arrange to stay overnight. Encourage friends and family to do the same. And if you see a driver you suspect is impaired, call 911 to report him or her to police.”
— Marlene Stephens, President, MADD Toronto

CONTACTS

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
416-327-1158

Ministry of Transportation
http://www.ontario.ca/transportation

 


 

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Course Descriptions of Donna Kakonge’s Classes You Can Take

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Self-Publishing Around The World

Instructor: Donna Kakonge

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Course Description

Find out how to release your unpublished manuscript to the world. More and more established people and organizations are self-publishing. Learn how to publish your work in a cost-effective way that stands up to the rigour of traditional publishing. This course will expose you to the various online and print shop resources to make your work part of your financial plan. This course is also open to those who are looking to publish a book to give to friends and family.

Learning Outcomes

  • To learn how to self-edit your work
  • To learn how to self-publish your unpublished manuscript
  • To learn how to better market your self-publishing
  • To find out the various resources available to bring your book to a wide audience of readers
  • Finding out inexpensive and cost-effective ways to produce a book of quality
  • By end of class should have two hundred pages written

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year!!!

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Have a Safe, Prosperous and Happy One…Healthy and Loving too!

2013 in review

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Settlement Reached in Huronia Class Action Lawsuit

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Settlement Reached in Huronia Class Action Lawsuit

December 3, 2013

Residents Can Apply for Compensation

A settlement agreement approved by the court today will give former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre who suffered harm while living at the facility access to compensation.

The $35 million agreement was approved in Superior Court as the result of a class action lawsuit brought against Ontario by former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia. Class members can apply for compensation through an independent claims administrator.

If money is left over after class members have been compensated and legal fees have been paid, Ontario will invest up to $5 million in programs to help people with developmental disabilities.

Premier Wynne will deliver a formal apology to former Huronia residents in the Legislature on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

QUICK FACTS

  • The settlement will provide compensation to those people who were residents of Huronia between 1945-2009 and suffered harm. Huronia provided supports, services and residential care to people with developmental disabilities until it closed in 2009.
  • Former residents of Huronia can receive a copy of their personal resident files at no charge by calling 416-327-6101 or by visiting the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability are receiving residential supports in Ontario communities, with thousands more receiving other supports, services and funding that help them live, work and participate in community life.
  • Today, December 3, is the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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QUOTES

“Today’s ruling marks a significant milestone in this important case. My hope is that former residents of Huronia will now be able to move forward with dignity.”
— John Gerretsen, Attorney General
“Ontario closed the doors to its last remaining facilities for people with developmental disabilities in 2009. Today, our vision for developmental services is a program that supports people with a developmental disability to live as independently as possible and to be more fully included in all aspects of society.”
— Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

CONTACTS

Ministry of the Attorney General
Michael Ferguson
416-326-7071
Minister’s Office

Ministry of the Attorney General
Brendan Crawley
416-326-2210
Communications Branch

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Rob Newman
416-325-5219
Minister’s Office

Ministry of Community and Social Services
Kristen Tedesco
416-325-5178
Communications Branch

Ministry of the Attorney General
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Inquest Announced into the Death of Carl Kim‏

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Inquest Announced into the Death of Carl Kim

December 3, 2013

Dr. Roger Skinner, Regional Supervising Coroner for the Central Region, Toronto West Office, today announced that an inquest will be held into the death of Carl Kim.

Mr. Kim, age 34, died on March 12, 2011, at the Joseph Brant Hospital following an altercation with Halton Regional Police. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Kim’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from approximately 11 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Main Floor Auditorium, 5500 North Service Rd., Burlington. Dr. James Kovacs will preside as inquest coroner and Kelli Frew will be counsel to the coroner.

CONTACTS

Dr. Roger Skinner
Regional Supervising Coroner for Central Region, Toronto West Office
647-329-1828

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

 


 

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Predictions for 2014 and Beyond

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Everyone’s name is going to become so so-called confusing to pronounce that John Smith will become an exotic name

People will stop having sex…too many STDs

Online television is really going to take-off when people realize they can cut their expenses by having Internet and then ditching their cable

More people will be looking for love as divorce increases in these economic hard times

People will travel less as they come to realize you can see the streets of Paris on Google Maps

People will stop calling psychics when they realize that you can get pay $200.00 to Hans Decoz on his site and generate multiple numerology reports for anyone you want and as many times as you want if you are ever stuck in a given month, day or year and no one will listen to your worries and you can get some comfort from the basic entertainment Hans Decoz provides. You can generate reports for up to four years! Oh…in advance too! :-). A lot cheaper than calling psychics. Unfortunately…I have some past stupidity with that. Good thing, present wisdom prevails and one thing that is a good general rule to abide by is you do not ever listen to the advice of anyone who does not truly know you on personal matters :-).

Please respond with some of your own predictions. I do moderate this site so nonsense predictions, anything that includes swearing or inappropriate calls for behaviour will not be accepted. You should know right from wrong by now if you can read this site.

Education Labour Framework Bill Passes Second Reading

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Education Labour Framework Bill Passes Second Reading

December 3, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Fair, Effective Collective Bargaining Process

Today, Bill 122, the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2013, passed second reading after debate in the Ontario legislature.If passed, the act would establish a clear process for addressing key issues and define the roles and responsibilities of all parties for future labour negotiations in the province’s education sector.

The proposed model would feature a central bargaining table where key issues with province-wide impacts would be negotiated. Local bargaining would continue to occur where school boards and local federations/unions would negotiate local issues.

Strengthening labour negotiations through fair and effective bargaining is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world class education.

QUICK FACTS

  • Management representation at a central table would consist of both government and provincial trustee associations. Employees would be represented by provincial unions or federations. Ratification would be required by all three parties — government, trustee associations and federations/unions — for any central agreement.
  • The Ontario government consulted extensively with trustee associations, school board staff, teachers’ federations and support staff unions on the development of the proposed legislation.
  • If passed, the proposed legislation would take effect in early 2014. Most existing collective agreements expire in August, 2014.

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QUOTES

“We developed this legislation after extensive consultations with our education partners. My commitment – and our government’s commitment – is to strengthen the relationships we have with these stakeholders. This legislation will help bring more clarity and consistency to future rounds of bargaining and allow us to move forward together.”
— 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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Improving the Safety and Accessibility of Child Care‏

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Improving the Safety and Accessibility of Child Care

December 3, 2013

Ontario Proposing Greater Oversight of Unlicensed Child Care Sector

Ontario is taking steps to strengthen oversight of the province’s unlicensed child care sector while increasing access to licensed child care options for families.

The Child Care Modernization Act, to be introduced today, would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child’s safety is at risk. If passed, the legislation would also:

  • Give the province the authority to issue administrative penalties of up to $100,000 per infraction by a child care provider.
  • Increase the maximum penalty for illegal offences under the proposed act from $2,000 to $250,000.
  • Increase the number of children a licensed home-based child care provider can care for from five to six.
  • Clarify what programs and activities are exempt from licensing requirements, including care provided by relatives, babysitters, nannies and camps that provide programs for school-age children.
  • Require all private schools that care for more than five children under the age of four to be licensed.
  • Amend the Education Act to ensure school boards offer before- and after-school programs for 6 to12 year olds where there is sufficient demand. Programs could be delivered directly by boards, by third-party child care providers, or by authorized recreation providers.

The proposed legislation builds on steps the province has taken to improve oversight of child care, including the creation of a dedicated enforcement team to investigate complaints against unlicensed providers and the development of an online searchable database of validated complaints.

Ensuring families have access to safe, modern child care is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people and give children the best possible start.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2003, access to licensed child care has grown by nearly 100,000 spaces.
  • There are 5,050 licensed child care centres in the province with a total capacity of 294,490 spaces; 143,020 of those spaces are in publicly funded schools.
  • Ontario is providing $346 million in child care funding over four years to help stabilize and modernize the child care system.
  • Since 2003, the province has increased funding for child care by 90 per cent to more than $1 billion in 2013-14.

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QUOTES

“When parents drop their children off for child care, they want to know they’re in a safe nurturing environment, regardless of whether they are in licensed or unlicensed care. They also need to know that the government will be able to intervene when a child’s safety is at risk. That is exactly what this legislation provides. As we continue to identify ways to increase access to child care spaces in the province, Ontario families deserve a strong commitment from the federal government as well.”
— 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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Ontario Releases Long-Term Energy Plan‏

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Ontario Releases Long-Term Energy Plan

December 2, 2013

Province Presents Strategy for Clean, Affordable Energy

Ontario’s updated Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance, encourages conservation and lays out a plan for clean, reliable and affordable energy for Ontarians, where and when they need it.

The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) balances five principles that will guide future decisions: cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation.

Compared to the previous plan, Achieving Balance is expected to reduce projected cost increases by $16 billion in the near term (2013-2017), and $70 billion to 2030. These cost reductions will be realized even as Ontario keeps its commitment to phase out the last of its coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.

Ontario will achieve balance in the energy sector by:

  • Decreasing the need for new supply by implementing conservation programs and standards to offset most growth in electricity demand over the next 20 years.
  • Lowering costs for consumers. Compared to LTEP 2010, residential customers can expect to pay about $520 less over the next five years and $3,800 less to 2030, and industrial consumers can expect to pay $3 million less over the next five years and $11 million less to 2030.
  • Expanding Demand Response programs to help achieve a 10 per cent reduction in peak demand by 2025. This is equivalent to approximately 2,400 megawatts under today’s forecast conditions – equivalent to twice the average demand of Hamilton and Kitchener combined.
  • Making new financing tools available to consumers starting in 2015, including programs to incent energy efficient retrofits to residential properties.
  • Moving ahead with nuclear refurbishment at both Darlington and Bruce Generating Stations, beginning in 2016.
  • Extending the phasing-in of wind, solar and bioenergy for three more years than estimated in the 2010 LTEP, with 10,700 megawatts online by 2021. By 2025 about half of Ontario’s installed generating capacity will come from renewable sources.
  • Developing a new competitive procurement process with the Ontario Power Authority for future renewable projects larger than 500 kilowatts.
  • Continuing to encourage First Nation and Métis participation in transmission and renewable energy projects.
  • Issuing an annual Ontario Energy Report to update Ontarians on changing supply and demand conditions, and to outline the progress to date on the LTEP.

The new plan reflects input received from thousands of people across the province. Many individuals and organizations participated in person and online to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

Providing long-term clean, reliable and affordable power is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2003, more than $19 billion has been invested in Ontario’s transmission and distribution networks and more than $21 billion has been invested in cleaner generation.
  • The government held consultations in 12 different communities to gather public feedback on energy issues in advance of the Long-Term Energy Plan. It also met with representatives of over 90 First Nation and Métis communities and organizations in 10 engagement sessions across Ontario.
  • More than 1,000 submissions and comments were received, primarily through the online Environmental Registry, and almost 8,000 people participated in an online survey.
  • The results of the survey are published in Ontario’s Open Data Catalogue.

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QUOTES

“This plan reflects what we heard from thousands of people and dozens of organizations right across the province. Our vision for Ontario is to create a clean, affordable and reliable energy system that focuses on conservation and addresses regional needs.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

CONTACTS

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

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
Mark.L.Smith@ontario.ca

Ministry of Energy
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Happy Holidays!!!

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Have a Merry One, filled with prosperity, safety, controlled sobriety and love

Make a Difference To The Lives of Young People‏

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Dear Friends,

Here’s an opportunity for you to make a difference this holiday season
And to act on your good will and holiday spirit
Picture this – over 7000 marginalized children and youth trying to contribute meaningfully to their community, trying to build skills and reach their
Potential, but do not have the means, the creative tools, and the arts, due to social barriers
You can be part of the solution; your support will engage young people living in poverty in free meaningful arts educational programs that develop skills and provide opportunities

Highlighting the holidays this year will be your gift; a gift that will be sustained well beyond the holiday season
One that may even transform a life as well as a community
Learning, as you know, is essential to a child’s life and development; the arts enable learners to create and embody knowledge that can lead to social change; just for a moment
Imagine our world without creativity, without imagination, without innovation, we
Don’t think it’s a world we want to live in; accessibility to arts education is a problem; through our grassroots work which impacts young populations in the streets, in schools, and community venues, we see what can be
Achieved through participation in the arts; on behalf of all the young people that
You will change through your support, AFCY wishes you warm, spirited holidays
Signed artfully yours,

Julie Frost
AFCY, Executive and Artistic Director
julie@afcy.ca
416-929-9314 #102

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CRTC wireless code comes into force: Canadians can cancel their contracts without penalty after two years

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, December 2, 2013 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today marked the coming into force of
its wireless code, which enables Canadians to cancel their contracts at no
cost after a maximum of two years. The code also makes it easier for
Canadians to understand their contracts for cellphones and other mobile
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Only My Voice: Vignettes of Crazy People Singing to Stay Sane is Available

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Ontario Expanding Electronic Health Records to More Patients

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Ontario Expanding Electronic Health Records to More Patients

November 28, 2013

500,000 Patients Served by Community-Based Clinics to Benefit from Expansion

Ontario is making progress on its commitment to ensure every Ontarian has an electronic health record by expanding their use into 90 community-based health care clinics, giving 500,000 patients access to an electronic health record.

Forty-five of Ontario’s 90 Association of Ontario Health Centre member clinics, including Community Health Centres, Nurse-Practitioner-Led Clinics and Aboriginal Health Access Centres, have already added electronic health records into their practice.  This includes the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre and seven others in Toronto.

By moving from a cumbersome paper-based system to secure, electronic health records, health care providers will be able to better serve patients by:

  • Electronically creating, managing and sharing patient information more easily among a patient’s health care providers.
  • Enhancing the delivery of preventive care and chronic disease management.
  • Using electronic health record-generated alerts to avoid adverse drug-to-drug interactions.
  • Sharing and storing secure lab results and helping to eliminate duplication of lab tests.

Modernizing Ontario’s health care system and finding more efficient and effective ways to deliver care for patients supports the province’s Action Plan for Health Care. This is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre has also benefitted from $4.3 million in capital funding from the province for the planning and construction of their new site.
  • Ontario has expanded Community Health Centres from 54 sites to over 105 sites, providing better care to patients including those from rural, northern and Aboriginal communities, as well as homeless, refugees and new Canadians.
  • More than nine million Ontarians have an electronic health record and 75 per cent of family physicians are using them in their practice.

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QUOTES

“More patients across Ontario will now have access to electronic health records – which means better health promotion, better management or chronic conditions and better quality care. By integrating these EHR’s into their practice, providers will be able to improve the patient experience for more Ontarians and their families.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Electronic health records are a fitting addition to our new centre and they will go a long way toward helping us better serve disadvantaged clients, who often have greater health challenges and need care delivered quickly and efficiently across different service points.”
— Kim Fraser, Executive Director, Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
“The government’s commitment to expand the use of electronic health records to community-governed primary health care centres across the province is great news and will significantly assist our efforts to continue the delivery of high quality care to people with high needs in communities across Ontario.”
— Adrianna Tetley, CEO, Association of Ontario Health Centres

CONTACTS

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

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1-866-532-3161
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Bill to Strengthen Consumer Protection Passes Final Vote

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Bill to Strengthen Consumer Protection Passes Final Vote

November 27, 2013

Ontario Supporting Stronger Rights for a Fair, Safe and Informed Marketplace

Ontario is strengthening rights and providing more protection for consumers when it comes to door-to-door sales, debt settlement services, real estate transactions, and real estate fees and commissions with today’s passage of the Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, which passed Third Reading in a vote supported by all parties.The new legislation – the ninth government bill to pass since the beginning of Ontario’s fall legislative session – will protect consumers by:

 

  • Curbing aggressive door-to-door sales tactics for water heater rentals
  • Safeguarding vulnerable, indebted consumers against the abusive practices of some companies that offer debt settlement services
  • Helping protect home buyers in real estate bidding
  • Giving home sellers and buyers more power to negotiate both fees and commissions when working with a real estate professional

 

Protecting Ontario consumers and ensuring a fair marketplace is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, one of the three pillars of the government’s economic plan to build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario government has received more than 2,240 complaints and inquiries about water heater rentals, including those made door-to-door in 2013.
  • The Bank of Canada has declared household debt to be the number one domestic risk to the economy.

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“Passage of this new law is a win for consumers. As we take action on consumer concerns, we are helping to ensure that Ontario consumers are better informed about their rights. This will help build consumer confidence when consumers enter into a contract, even when dealing with salespeople at their front door. I thank everyone who worked so hard to pass this important bill that protects and empowers Ontario consumers.”
— Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services

CONTACTS

Nilani Logeswaran
Minister’s Office
416-212-3721

Sandra Bento
Media Relations
416-327-9708

Ministry of Consumer Services
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Electric Vehicle Charging Available at GO Stations‏

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Electric Vehicle Charging Available at GO Stations

November 27, 2013

Ontario Government Supporting Green Transportation

New electric vehicle charging stations are up and running at five GO stations in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to make it easier for drivers to use environmentally friendly transportation.

Starting today, Aurora, Centennial, Lincolnville, Oakville and Whitby GO stations will offer charging stations for electric vehicles. Ajax, Burlington, Pickering, Erindale and Clarkson GO stations will open electric vehicle charging facilities in early 2014.

Charging a car will be free for the first month; after that, each charging session will cost $2.50. Electric vehicle users can wave a credit card or a Chargepoint smart card over a card reader to pay for their electric vehicle charging access.

Supporting sustainable, green transportation is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

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  • These new stations are part of a three-year pilot program, which may be expanded depending on demand.
  • Electric vehicles have a number of benefits compared to conventional vehicles, including lower operating and maintenance costs, less vehicle noise and reduced emissions of harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
  • With GO Transit’s 15-minute Service Guarantee, GO Train riders may get a credit if their arrival is delayed 15 minutes or more.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.

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“These new electric vehicle charging stations support environmentally friendly transportation. They also help improve public transit by providing commuters with another option for accessing GO stations, along with carpooling, kiss-and-ride facilities and bicycle storage.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
“This is good news for residents in Oakville. An electric vehicle charging station right in the Oakville GO parking lot is a very practical way to encourage greener transportation options and help reduce vehicle emissions in our community.”
— Kevin Flynn, MPP, Oakville
“Launching a network of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates how Metrolinx is investing in sustainable transportation, a key component of The Big Move.”
— Bruce McCuaig, president and CEO, Metrolinx

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
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Empowering Consumers through Energy Literacy‏

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Empowering Consumers through Energy Literacy

November 27, 2013

Province Launches New Interactive Resource

Today, Ontario launched emPOWERme, a new, interactive website to help energy consumers take charge of the power they use by better understanding the province’s electricity system.

The site features five new videos that explore electricity generation, distribution, measurement, the value of conservation and Ontario’s smart grid. Also included are Power Play, an engaging way for people to build their own energy mix and an interactive tutorial that helps breakdown electricity bills.

emPOWERme was developed in response to public demand for greater consumer education during the consultation process leading up to the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan.

Helping consumers conserve power and save money by understanding Ontario’s energy system is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across Ontario.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario will release its Long-Term Energy Plan on Monday, December 2, 2013.
  • Ontario families and businesses spend nearly $50 million per day on electricity.
  • The government held consultations in 12 different communities to gather public feedback on energy issues in advance of the Long-Term Energy Plan. They also met with representatives of over 90 First Nation and Métis communities and organizations in 10 engagement sessions across Ontario.

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QUOTES

“We’ve heard one consistent message from energy consumers, Ontarians and partners: improving public energy literacy is vital. It’s a message we’ve heard from others, including the Environmental Commissioner, the Auditor General and the recommendations of the Drummond Report. This web feature is a step forward to address this challenge.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

CONTACTS

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

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
Mark.L.Smith@ontario.ca

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Strengthening Long-term Infrastructure Planning

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Strengthening Long-term Infrastructure Planning

November 26, 2013

Ontario Committed to Building the Right Infrastructure to Grow the Economy

Ontario is proposing legislation that, if passed, would support long-term strategic infrastructure planning to build a stronger economy that supports more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

If passed, the proposed Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act would require the province to regularly table a long-term infrastructure plan in the legislature covering a period of at least 10 years. The proposed act also includes guiding principles to help planning align with demographic and economic trends to maximize the value of provincial infrastructure investments and promote innovation, competitiveness, and job creation and training.

Recognizing the province’s need for skilled trade workers, the proposed legislation would also require the government to involve apprentices in the construction of certain provincial infrastructure projects.

Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

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  • If passed, the act would require the first long-term infrastructure plan to be tabled in the legislature within three years, with following plans tabled every five years.
  • The government has committed to invest more than $35 billion in infrastructure across Ontario over the next three years, which will support more than 100,000 jobs on average each year.
  • Many of the principles contained in the province’s long-term infrastructure plan, Building Together, are reflected in the proposed legislation.
  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $85 billion in all public infrastructure.

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“We are investing $35 billion over three years in infrastructure that will benefit all Ontarians. This proposed legislation leverages the best possible economic, cultural and environmental outcomes from the province’s infrastructure investments.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation
“The proposed legislation delivers a tremendously positive signal to the industry about the Ontario government’s long-term commitment to building projects.”
— Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

CONTACTS

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
Mark.L.Smith@ontario.ca

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815
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Ontario Helping Former Residents of Huronia Regional Centre Access Personal Files

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Ontario Helping Former Residents of Huronia Regional Centre Access Personal Files

November 26, 2013

Files To Be Released At No Charge To Applicants

Ontario is helping former residents of Huronia Regional Centre obtain their personal resident file, at no charge to the applicant.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services will work with former residents and their families or appointed guardians to complete a brief form which will ensure the confidential information in their resident file is properly forwarded.

Former residents can contact:

Cate Parker
Freedom of Information and Privacy and Protection Co-ordinator
Ministry of Community and Social Services
P.O. Box 978
77 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, ON M7A 1N3

Tel: 416-327-6101
Email: cate.parker@ontario.ca

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2009, the government officially closed Ontario’s last three institutions for people with a developmental disability: the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia, the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls and the Southwestern Regional Centre in Chatham-Kent.
  • In 2013-14 the government is increasing its spending on developmental services to more than $1.7 billion per year.
  • On Sept. 17, 2013, Ontario and counsel for the plaintiffs in the Huronia Regional Centre Class Action lawsuit reached a tentative settlement, which is in the process of being approved by the court.

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QUOTES

“Former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre have a right to access their personal records. That’s why we’re developing a one-window approach to make it easy for them to obtain their personal information.”
— Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

CONTACTS

Rob Newman
Minister’s Office
416-325-5219

Charlotte Wilkinson
Communications Branch
416-325-5760

Ministry of Community and Social Services
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Ending Coal for Cleaner Air in Ontario‏

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Ending Coal for Cleaner Air in Ontario

November 25, 2013

Proposed Legislation Would Protect Public Health and Climate Change Benefits

Ontario is introducing legislation today that, if passed, would eliminate coal-fired generation as a source of electricity.The proposed Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act would ensure that once coal facilities stop operating by the end of 2014, coal burning generation on the electricity grid will never happen again. This would help ensure the public health and climate change benefits of ending coal-fired electricity are protected.

Protecting the environment while providing clean, reliable and affordable power is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across Ontario.

QUICK FACTS

  • According to an independent study, Ontario’s coal-fired power plants cost the people of Ontario an estimated $4.4 billion per year in health, environmental, and financial damages.
  • Ontario’s elimination of coal-fired electricity is the single-largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America.
  • Becoming a coal-free province is the equivalent of taking up to seven million cars off the road.
  • Early coal closure at Lambton and Nanticoke generating stations will save the province’s electricity customers about $95 million through reduced operating and maintenance costs.
  • Over the next year, Thunder Bay Generating Station will stop burning coal and will be converted to use advanced biomass, a fuel for electricity generation.

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QUOTES

“Coal-fired electricity generation is a major source of health-threatening smog, and of climate-destabilizing carbon dioxide. Our proposed legislation will ensure that dirty coal-fired electricity remains a practice of the past.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment

CONTACTS

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

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

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

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Ontario Helping More Francophone Immigrants Succeed‏

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Ontario Helping More Francophone Immigrants Succeed

November 25, 2013

French-Speaking Newcomers Now Eligible for Tuition-Free ESL Classes

Ontario is expanding its English as a Second Language (ESL) program in communities across the province to provide francophone immigrants with more opportunities to succeed and find work.

By expanding its ESL program to newcomers whose first language is French, Ontario will add approximately 1,000 additional learners to the current enrollment of 120,000 immigrants who access tuition-free language training each year. These programs are currently available through 37 local English and French school boards, at over 300 locations across the province

Offering language training for French-speaking newcomers is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Based on current data, immigrants who speak both official languages earn an average of $15,000 more than immigrants who speak only French.
  • More than 600,000 Francophones live in Ontario and over the last decade about 8,600 newcomers whose first language is French have immigrated to Ontario.
  • More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province — nearly 40 per cent of Canada’s immigrants land in the province.
  • Ontario recently invested $16.5 million to help universities and colleges expand their French-language programs and services, including expansions that are already underway at York University’s Glendon College, Collège Boréal and La Cité collégiale in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Ontario recently launched its first francophone Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO) program to help attract more French-speaking immigrants.
  • Ontario’s Immigration Strategy sets a goal that five per cent of newcomers be francophone.

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“Newcomers with the ability to speak both official languages can live and work anywhere in Ontario. Our language training programs, like ESL, help newcomers build a better future for themselves and their families.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
“Our government recognizes the importance of integrating the Franco-Ontarian community’s needs in our Immigration Strategy. By expanding access to the ESL program, we are investing in Francophone newcomers’ success, a flourishing Franco-Ontarian community and a prosperous province.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

CONTACTS

Kira Callahan
Minister’s Office
416-325-6207

Manuel Alas-Sevillano
Communications Branch
416-314-7011

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
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Minister to Announce Awards for Outstanding Researchers‏

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Outstanding Ontario Researchers Honoured

November 25, 2013

Province Supporting Excellence in Research

Ontario is recognizing five of its top university researchers for their valuable contributions to the fields of chemistry, literature, physics and physiology/medicine.

The researchers are each receiving a Polanyi Prize, which are given annually to five researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and are pursuing post-doctoral research at an Ontario university. The recipients of the prizes represent the best researchers Ontario’s universities have to offer.

The 2013 recipients are:

  • Dr. J. Patrick Clancy of the University of Toronto for physics
  • Dr. Diane Gregory of Wilfrid Laurier University for physiology/medicine
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi of York University for physiology/medicine
  • Dr. Roland Pongou of the University of Ottawa for economic science
  • Dr. David Francis Taylor of the University of Toronto for literature

Supporting excellence in post-secondary education and research is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Polanyi Prizes were established in 1987 to honour the achievements of Dr. John Charles Polanyi, Nobel Prize Laureate in chemistry.
  • A panel directed by the executive heads of the Council of Ontario Universities selects prize recipients from a collection of nominees.
  • Over the past 10 years, Ontario has added almost 16,000 new graduate spaces

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QUOTES

“Supporting researchers promotes continued innovation, particularly from Ontario’s postsecondary sector, and grows our economy. I’d like to congratulate these exceptional individuals for their important work and the inspiration they provide for future students to succeed.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
“The Polanyi Prizes have served for over a quarter of a century as a launching pad for ambitious scholars headed for careers in Ontario’s universities. The research excellence in Nobel subjects conducted by these young academics is changing lives through innovation — and across a broad range of disciplines. I thank the Ontario government for rewarding the contribution of these extraordinary researchers.”
— Dr. John C. Polanyi, Nobel Prize Laureate, Chemistry
“These young researchers have already garnered international attention with their work, presenting papers at prestigious international venues or publishing papers in the top journals in their field. And now their ground breaking research is being given this most prestigious honour here in Ontario – the Polanyi Prize, in honour of John Charles Polanyi’s Nobel victory. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement.”
— Bonnie Patterson, President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
Emily.Hedges@ontario.ca

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

Public inquiries
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Helping Skilled Immigrants in Ontario Succeed‏

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Helping Skilled Immigrants in Ontario Succeed

November 22, 2013

New Agreement Supporting More Newcomers to Get Licensed, Find Jobs

The Governments of Ontario and Canada are expanding the Ontario Bridge Training Program, helping thousands of skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs in their fields.

To date, the Ontario Bridge Training Program has supported 50,000 highly-skilled immigrants by providing vital services, such as education and skills assessments, clinical or workplace experience, occupation-related language training and exam preparation for professional licensing. Foreign-trained nurses, engineers, accountants, bankers, optometrists and IT specialists are among those getting the support, licensing and certification needed to connect them with jobs in their profession or trade.

By enhancing the Ontario Bridge Training Program, the Governments of Ontario and Canada are investing in jobs and the growth of the province’s economy.

QUICK FACTS

  • More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province — nearly 40 per cent of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario.
  • Ontario will contribute $63.6 million and Canada will invest $16.6 million over three years to the Ontario Bridge Training Program.
  • The federal contribution to the Ontario Bridge Training Program supports Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $240 million in the Bridge Training Program.

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“Bridge training is about making the journey easier for internationally-trained individuals who want to put their skills and talents to work in Ontario. I am proud of the innovation associated with this program and the important role it plays in growing our economy and making lives better for immigrants and their families. Strengthening the Ontario Bridge Training Program is part of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy to help immigrants succeed and grow our economy.”
— Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
“Our government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including immigrants, are able to become successful members of society. This program will help thousands of newcomers over the next three years get the training they need to work in jobs in their fields of expertise. By supporting this program, our government is providing newcomers with the tools they need to thrive and become members of the Canadian workforce.”
— Chris Alexander, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
“When I arrived in Ontario, I wanted to use my skills and experience but had difficulty finding a job. The Bridge Training Program at York University helped me reach my career goals, by giving me the training I needed to be successful in the Canadian workforce. I would recommend bridge training to any internationally-trained professional who has the drive to succeed in this province.”
— Sunitha Kshatriya, PhD, Ontario Bridge Training graduate

CONTACTS

Kira Callahan
Minister’s Office, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
416-325-6207

Laura Sylvis
Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
416-314-7010

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-954-1064

Media Relations
Communications Branch, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-952-1650
CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

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Providing Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs‏

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Providing Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

November 22, 2013

Ontario Expanding Summer Company Program under Youth Jobs Strategy

Ontario is helping more young people start their own companies and create jobs by expanding theSummer Company program.

The province is increasing the number of program spaces available to youth entrepreneurs to provide 850 young people with mentorship, training and grants of up to $3,000. This assistance will help Ontario students start and run their own summer businesses. The program opens for applications today and youth can apply online.

Summer Company is part of the Youth Jobs Strategy, which is creating 30,000 more job opportunities for young people across the province.

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, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Under the Youth Jobs Strategy, Ontario is raising the number of Summer Company spaces from 661 in 2013 to 850 in 2014.
  • Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • The Youth Jobs Strategy was announced in the 2013 Budget and developed with input from thePremier’s Council on Youth Opportunities and roundtable discussions in communities across Ontario.

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QUOTES

“Ontario is committed to helping our young people put their skills, talents and tremendous energy to work for Ontario’s economy. Through Summer Company, students can start their own companies, create jobs and build tomorrow’s Ontario – at the same time that they are completing their education and enhancing their skills.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
“Having the ability to run my own business has given me the knowledge and confidence that entrepreneurship is a possible career choice down the road.”
— Andrea McIntosh, Red Chickadee Henna

CONTACTS

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

Brigitte Marleau
Communications Branch
416-325-2479

Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
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Supervisor Jailed, Roofing Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Dies‏

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Supervisor Jailed, Roofing Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Dies

November 22, 2013

BRAMPTON, ON – Roofing Medics Ltd., a roofing installation company based in Brampton, has been fined $50,000 and its supervisor, Paul Markewycz, jailed for 15 days for violations of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed in a fall from a residence in Toronto.

On August 16, 2011, three employees of Roofing Medics and Markewycz, who is the director and owner/operator of Roofing Medics, were conducting a new roofing project in Toronto. One of the workers was installing roofing membrane from a ladder when he lost his balance and fell. The worker fell about six metres and struck a fence. The worker was wearing fall protection equipment but it was not affixed to anything at the time of the fall.

The worker was taken to hospital by Mr. Markewycz and pronounced dead about an hour later.

The hospital requested the assistance of York Regional Police in identifying the dead worker. Markewycz was called by police and he advised that the dead worker fell at the Markewycz home in Brampton while helping to install roof vents.

A Ministry of Labour inspector was advised of the incident by the coroner; he attended at the Markewycz home to conduct an investigation

The next day the inspector re-attended to continue the investigation along with two other inspectors. Peel Regional Police also conducted an investigation over a period of eight days.

On August 23, 2011, a week after the incident, Markewycz and his counsel met with two of the inspectors to provide a statement to the Ministry of Labour, advising that the incident did not occur at his residence in Brampton but instead occurred in Toronto. He also stated that the dead worker was employed by Roofing Medics Ltd. and that the worker was installing waterproofing materials at a Roofing Medics project when the incident occurred. Roofing Medics Ltd. did not notify an inspector immediately of the fatality nor did they send a written report of the circumstances of the occurrence to a director of the ministry within 48 hours of the occurrence, as required by law.

Significant Ministry of Labour and police resources were expended as a result of the false information provided by Mr. Markewycz.

Roofing Medics Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure safety measures were carried out as required and to failing to notify an inspector immediately of the occurrence within 48 hours as required by law. Markewycz pleaded guilty to failing as a supervisor to ensure that a

worker works with the protective devices required by law and pleaded guilty to knowingly furnishing an inspector with false information.

Judgment as to the sentence took place on November 21. The sentence of 15 days in jail and fine of $50,000 was imposed by Ontario Provincial Court Justice C. Ann Nelson.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Court Information at a Glance

Location: Ontario Court of Justice
7755 Hurontario Street
Courtroom 304
Brampton, ON
Judge: Ontario Provincial Court Justice C. Ann Nelson
Date of Sentencing: November 21, 2013
Defendant: Roofing Medics Ltd.
Paul Markewycz
Brampton, Ontario
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Convictions: Ontario Regulation 213/91 (Construction Projects)
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 25(1)(c), Section 66(1), Section 27(1)(a), 62(3)(a)
Crown Counsel: Jennifer Malabar

CONTACTS

Matt Blajer
Communications Branch
416-326-7405

Ministry of Labour
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Government Introduces Legislation to Protect Youth From Harmful Effects of Tobacco‏

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Government Introduces Legislation to Protect Youth From Harmful Effects of Tobacco

November 18, 2013

Ontario Striving to Have Lowest Smoking Rate in Canada

Ontario introduced new legislation and proposed new regulations today that would strengthen theSmoke-Free Ontario Act by increasing penalties for selling cigarettes to kids and broaden restrictions on smoking in public areas.

The Youth Smoking Prevention Act, if passed, would:

 

  • Prohibit smoking on playgrounds, sport fields, and restaurant and bar patios.
  • Double fines for those who sell tobacco to youth, making Ontario’s penalties the highest in Canada.
  • Ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products targeted at kids to make smoking less appealing to young people.
  • Strengthen enforcement to allow for testing of tobacco in waterpipes in indoor public places.
  • Prohibit tobacco sales on post-secondary education campuses and specified provincial government properties.

 

Preventing youth from starting to use tobacco and protecting them from the harmful effects of second hand smoke will help to achieve the government’s Action Plan for Health Care goal to have the lowest smoking rate in the country. This is part of the Ontario government’s plan to build a successful, healthy province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.

QUICK FACTS

  • Each year, tobacco claims 13,000 lives in Ontario — equivalent to 36 lives every day.
  • 66 per cent of people in Ontario want smoking to be prohibited on restaurant and bar patios.
  • Tobacco-related disease costs Ontario’s health care system an estimated $1.9 billion in direct health care costs and an additional $5.8 billion in indirect costs such as lost productivity.

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“Today we are taking strong action to prevent young people from becoming addicted to tobacco in the first place. The passage of this legislation would be another big step toward our government’s goal for Ontario to have the lowest smoking rate in the country.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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

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Cannon Point Resources Ltd. Adopts Advance Notice Policy and Re-Prices Stock Options

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VANCOUVER, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ – Cannon Point Resources Ltd. (the “Company”) The Company announces that its shareholders voted to adopt amendments to the Company’s Articles to include advance notice provisions at its Annual General and Special Meeting held on November 25, 2013 (the “Advance Notice Provisions”). Read the rest of this entry »

SSP Offshore Announces U.S. Patent Office Notice of Allowances for SSP PLUS and SSP HUB Designs

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HOUSTON, TX, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ – SSP Offshore Inc. (“SSP Offshore”) is pleased to announce that it has received Notices of Allowance from the United States Patent Office with respect to multiple claims on both its proprietary SSP Plus and its SSP HUB floating platform designs. Read the rest of this entry »

IIROC’s Annual Consolidated Compliance Report Outlines Key Priorities to Enhance Industry Standards

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Building a Culture of Compliance

TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ – The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) today published its Annual Consolidated Compliance Report outlining its key examination and surveillance priorities for 2013- 2014.

Each year, IIROC issues a comprehensive report highlighting key findings from examination and surveillance programs, results from surveys and targeted reviews from the previous year and areas of focus for the upcoming year, to help IIROC-regulated firms improve their compliance systems and controls related to financial operations, business conduct and trading conduct.    This year’s report also includes current trends and issues identified in registration, and reinforces requirements to help dealers meet their regulatory requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Dulux Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead

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DULUX Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead

TORONTO, ON (November 18, 2013)  The DULUX® brand has given new meaning to the words “fresh paint” with the unveiling of its 2014 paint trends forecast. The colourful palette is filled with rich, invigorating hues that represent renewal and refreshing change, says the leading Canadian paint brand. Read the rest of this entry »

Honouring Leaders in Apprenticeship Training‏

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Honouring Leaders in Apprenticeship Training

November 14, 2013

Ontario Government Recognizes Employers for Promoting Skilled Trades

Ontario is honouring four employers for their exceptional contributions toward training the province’s next generation of skilled workers.The annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training celebrate employers that show leadership in training apprentices, support the apprenticeship training system, and promote careers in the skilled trades. The 2013 winners are:

  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton
  • Massiv Die-Form, Brampton
  • Porcupine Trailers, Inc., Timmins
  • Ron Finkle Electrical Services, Belleville

Supporting a strong apprenticeship system that creates jobs and boosts the province’s economy is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2002-03, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program has helped about 25,000 high school students per year earn cooperative education credits through work placements in the skilled trades.
  • There are more than 120,000 apprentices learning a skilled trade today — 60,000 more than in 2002-03.
  • New annual apprenticeship registrations have grown to over 30,000 in 2012-13 — up from 17,100 in 2002-03.

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“By demonstrating outstanding leadership in apprenticeship training, these companies are helping ensure that Ontario builds the skilled workforce it needs to meet the demands of the 21st century economy. A strong, sustainable apprenticeship system is vital to Ontario’s future prosperity.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

CONTACTS

Emily Hedges
Minister’s Office
416-326-1635
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

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
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TTC Service Alert [System Notification]‏

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Drive Safe This Winter

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Drive Safe This Winter

November 14, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Keeping Roads Safe

As winter weather arrives across the province, Ontario is reminding drivers to be prepared for challenging driving conditions.

Follow these simple and important road safety tips to help keep roads safe this winter:

 

  • Be in the know. Check your local weather forecast and road conditions before you go. If the weather is bad, consider postponing or cancelling your trip until it improves.
  • Be prepared. Plan your route ahead of time. Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Get your vehicle winter ready and clear all ice and snow from your vehicle and windshield.
  • Be safe. Slow down and stay in control. Use snow tires and adjust your driving to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

 

Each year, about 70,000 collisions occur in the winter months — roughly 30 per cent more than in the summer.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America.
  • More than 1,000 snowplows and salt/sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms on provincial highways.
  • The province is deploying 50 additional combination snowplow/spreader units and 5 tow plows this winter — 42 of them in Northern Ontario.
  • Road salt helps clear the highway of ice and snow until temperatures drop below -12 degrees Celsius. In colder temperatures, sand is used to provide traction.
  • Ontario has 16,900 km of highway and 2,756 bridges that must be maintained during the winter.

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QUOTES

“Winter weather can make driving challenging, and keeping our highways safe is our priority. Our winter maintenance standards are among the best in North America. While we are doing our part to keep roads safe, I urge all drivers to do their part – slow down, be prepared and be aware of the hazards while driving during the winter.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
“Road safety is a shared responsibility. Collisions during winter weather can be prevented if drivers adjust their driving to the weather and road conditions. Conditions can change rapidly and without warning, so please stay alert and drive accordingly.”
— Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division
“Ontario winters can be severe, especially in Northern Ontario. Be aware of winter road conditions and be prepared for the unexpected. Being alert, slowing down and staying in control will help you get home safely to your loved ones.”
— Rick Bartolucci, MPP for Sudbury

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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New Grant Program to Help Seniors‏

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New Grant Program to Help Seniors

November 13, 2013

Ontario Government Supporting Seniors, Helping People in Their Everyday Lives

Ontario will offer more support for seniors across the province through a new Seniors Community Grant Program.

Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo today, where she announced that the government is introducing the Seniors Community Grant Program to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities. The program will provide funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors across the province.

This will be the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to supporting seniors.

Giving seniors more opportunities to engage with their communities is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • The grants may range from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to continue to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.

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“Seniors have so much to offer our province, and I want to make sure that they have the resources they need to participate fully in their communities. To grow as One Ontario, we need to make sure that everyone is able to contribute.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Social isolation is a problem many seniors face. Our government is introducing the first-ever grant program solely dedicated to helping seniors connect to their communities.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

 


 

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Another Excerpt from Three Quarters

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CAPE TOWN

I keep thinking it is my mom’s birthday and she will be fifty nine. She really is an amazing woman. I love her so much even if she gets on my nerves from time to time. It is a beautiful day in Cape Town and Daniel and I go to Robben’s Island first. Apparently they have a whole new facility where the boats pick up people. It is really nice, close to the Clock Tower. We go on the boat and sit inside. They are selling jewelry and refreshments and there is a video you can see from inside. The video is very well done and informative. It talks about the history of the island and how it has become as notorious as Alcatraz and Guantanamo Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

Excerpt from Three Quarters

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SHAKALAND

Shakaland is beautiful. I really like it. It teaches me a lot about Zulu culture. I buy Benjamin a hat, a stuffed animal for Debbie’s child and some stamps. Also just as I come in, I buy a yellow and black necklace for Daphne. I really hope she likes it. The man Olan who shows us around comes up to me first and introduces himself, and then I introduce him to Daniel. We have a wonderful walk around the village and we even go into a hut where the medicine men are and the diviners. One woman who is an apprentice diviner has her face in white paint. It is a stunning sight. I ask for a divination and the woman with the white face prepares some wood to burn and there are two established diviners, each wearing long hair. I do not even know that one of them is a man until he speaks. The diviners speak as Olan translates that no one has come with bad intentions and they wish us all a safe journey home and say we will all get back home safely. These spirits, these ancestors talking will never know how much they comfort me. Thank you. It is very spiritual, just like my friend Lisa says. I pick up a stone for her in the Zululand village. Later, I tell her that it is for making a wish. Read the rest of this entry »

Premier’s Statement on Nelson Mandela

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Premier’s Statement on Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement today in response to the death of Nelson Mandela:

“There are few people who have done more to inspire the world than Nelson Mandela, and I am deeply saddened to learn of his death.

As a student of history and a huge believer in the power of the human spirit, I know his life will continue to serve as a beacon for change, throughout South Africa and around the world. He taught us that nothing is impossible, that we have a responsibility to one another, and that courage is the triumph over fear.

The world is better for his presence, and we all mourn his loss.”


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Statement on Food Packaging Standards‏

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Statement on Food Packaging Standards

November 13, 2013

 

Today, Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food, issued the following statement on food packaging standards:

 

 

“I have been listening closely to industry concerns about the federal government’s plans to deregulate food container sizes. Led by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association, the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, and Food Processors of Canada, the industry has warned that moving in this direction will have dire consequences for the ongoing competitiveness of the food processing and packaging sectors in Canada, including job losses and business closures.

In concert with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and leading municipal leaders, I have brought this matter to the direct attention of federal Minister Gerry Ritz in March 2013, and again at the Agricultural Ministers meeting in July 2013. I made it clear that moving in this direction has had a clear chilling effect on the business environment in Ontario and is threatening the existence of companies and potential international investors.

Across the value chain, Ontario’s agri-food sector employs more than 700,000 people and generates $34 billion in economic activity for our province’s economy. Ontario is home to one of North America’s largest food processing sectors with 3,000 businesses that employ more than 95,000 people.

Food processing in Ontario is a vital industry. We will continue to work with our agri-food industry to help it grow and seize new market opportunities at home and globally. It is important that the federal government move in a direction that keeps jobs in Ontario and grows this important industry.”

 

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CONTACTS

Mark Cripps
Minister’s Office
416-326-3069

Susan Murray
Communications Branch
519-826-3145

Ministry of Agriculture and Food
http://www.ontario.ca/omaf

 


 

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Ensuring Energy East Pipeline Benefits Ontario‏

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Ensuring Energy East Pipeline Benefits Ontario

November 13, 2013

Ontario Energy Board to Hold Consultations, Prepare Report

The Ontario government has asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to undertake
consultations and prepare a report on the proposed Energy East Pipeline. The
consultation process will provide an opportunity for all Ontarians, including First
Nation and Métis communities, and stakeholders to share their views on the
pipeline proposal.
 

The province supports an expanded and diverse supply of energy across Canada and acknowledges the potential economic benefits from the proposed project.

The proposed Energy East Pipeline is a project that falls under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board, and the OEB’s report will inform Ontario’s participation in the federal approval process. The provincial submission will be comprehensive and will consider every viewpoint, in particular the reliability of the existing natural gas supply used by Ontario families and businesses.

To ensure the project is in the best interest of Ontarians, the report will consider:

  • Ensuring safety for the people of Ontario
  • Protecting the environment
  • Maintaining the reliability of Ontario’s natural gas supply
  • Establishing future benefits for the economy.

Ensuring the interests of Ontarians are addressed in future energy projects is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Energy East pipeline is being designed to carry 1.1 million barrels per day of oil from Alberta to Montreal and Quebec City, and on to Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • TransCanada announced its Energy East oil pipeline proposal on August 1, 2013. The proposal is an interprovincial undertaking that requires approval from the National Energy Board to proceed.

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QUOTES

“It is critical for pipelines to be operated in a safe and responsible manner, while protecting the environment, our natural gas supply, and ensuring the best interests of Ontarians. That’s why I’ve asked the Ontario Energy Board to complete this report and engage Ontarians.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

CONTACTS

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

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416-326-4542
mark.l.smith@ontario.ca

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

Ministry of Energy
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Helping Kids Lead Healthy and Active Lifestyles

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Helping Kids Lead Healthy and Active Lifestyles

December 3, 2013

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, along with Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, Ian Troop, CEO, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, and Pan Am medalist Perdita Felicien will launch a new program to help young people lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

Date:               Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Time:               9 a.m.

Location:         Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

444 Sherbourne Street

Toronto
Map
Parking is available in the school’s underground parking lot and is accessible from Homewood Avenue. There are height restrictions on any vehicle over 2.2 meters.

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
416-325-1759

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
416-212-3928

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education
416-325-2503

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch, Ministry of Education
416-325-2454

Sylvia Kavanagh,
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416-957-2242

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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Helping Ontario Mothers and Babies Get The Care They Need

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Helping Ontario Mothers and Babies Get The Care They Need

December 3, 2013

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will make an announcement regarding the Positive Pregnancy Programme in Toronto that provides support to pregnant women with HIV and women at risk of HIV.

 

Date:               Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Time:               9 a.m.

Location:         Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre

2 Carlton Street

5th Floor

 

 

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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