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Pan Am Poured Taxpayer Funds Down the Drain

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Those sparkling Pan Am cars sitting unused in lots under the Gardiner were sparkling for a reason. Instead of collecting dust, these vehicles were treated to regular washes at Big Wax and Imperial Oil. Throughout the games, Pan Am vehicles can be seen regularly rolling through these same car wash facilities.

The Dispute Between Fire Fighters and Paramedics Threatens Patient Safety

Michael Kruse | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Kruse

Despite the cool rhetoric from the Ontario Professional Fire Fighter's Association (OPFFA), this proposal for members to prove "symptom relief" medications is an obvious attempt by the association to defend the jobs of its members by edging in on the work of paramedics. The animosity that is building between Fire and EMS places job security ahead of patient safety.

Rouge Park Deserves the Same Protection as Other Canadian Parks

David Suzuki | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Canadians love parks and protected areas and visit them often, especially this time of year. These natural areas protect our country's biological richness and offer Canadians and visitors alike places for respite, solitude in nature and the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of time spent outdoors. We owe it to all to ensure that our parks, including Rouge National Urban Park, are supported with strong laws and policies.

Ontario Is in the Middle of a Booze Revolution

Aaron Binder | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

In a landmark legal filing, Jesse Razaqpur and Charles Benoit, owners of the Toronto Distillery Company, have sued the LCBO over what they claim is the unfair practice of enforcing distillers to sell their product for the same price as at LCBO retail stores and then pay the same markup amount in tax to the LCBO. It goes without saying that this court case could hold sweeping consequences for the LCBO should the Ontario Superior Court rule in favour of the Toronto Distillery and other, larger distillers begin to seek similar legal action.

Levetto

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

In its modest dwellings, Levetto is an archetype of a fast-casual entity that's executed with earnest pleasure. It is restaurant-worthy fare at...

Ontario Can Look to Greece to See the Dangers of an Underground Economy

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Christine Van Geyn

The Greek failure to successfully address tax evasion should prove instructive to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who in 2014 pledged to crack down on tax cheats. Greek measures to tackle evasion with enforcement have resulted in only small improvements. An enforcement only strategy should not be the model Ontario follows for tackling the underground economy. Relying on enforcement and punishment squeezes legitimate businesses who are already faced with high compliance costs and tax and regulatory burdens.

The Story of Tillsonburg Exemplifies Ontario's Green Energy Act

David Dodge | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

A small town of 16,000 people in southwestern Ontario, Tillsonburg's history is famously celebrated in Stomping Tom Connor's distinctive drawl when he sung about making seven dollars a day in the tobacco fields. But in 2009 the Green Energy Act spurred on the development of renewable energy with guaranteed rates for renewable energy producers.

Four Key Areas to Watch in Canada's Labour Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As the country's leading staffing agency, we're able to identify trends shaping the world of work before they become official statistics. In analyzing our own data and combining it with anecdotal evidence from employers we work with, we've identified four key areas to watch as the year plays out.

In Greece, Debt Is a Four-Letter Word

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Never before has the financial distress of a few million attracted such global attention. From bank executives to finance ministers, the financial future of Greece and its place in the European Union is being discussed across boardrooms and kitchen tables.

Discover the Hidden Gems to Be Found in Canada's Capital

Theresa Albert | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Travel
Theresa Albert

There are hidden gems in this political town that are all about art and food, music and exploration. Oh, sure, there's the parliament buildings and the museums but do you know where the best view of them is? Or the most spectacular sunset?

Four Secrets About Southwest Ontario's Culinary and Craft Beer Scene

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

The jig is up! After exploring Norfolk County, I'm sharing four of the best kept (and delicious!) secrets about the culinary scene in Ontario's Southwest. In Ontario's Southwest, chefs and food providers embrace "farm to fork" philosophies, creating dishes from fresh fare growing in the surrounding farm fields.

10 Terrific Road Trips From Downtown Toronto

Yelp Canada | Posted 07.04.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

Tired of hitting the hot pavement in the big smoke weekend after weekend? Sure, patios are great, but sometimes we all need to get the heck out of dodge. Here's a hot list of day trips not too far from downtown Toronto.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.

Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.

A Marketer's Indictment of Toronto's New Airport Express Train

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Souvaliotis

My UP ride started as a curious marketing inspection after I smelled blood from all the wasteful promo blunders of the past year, but it culminated in a much broader indictment and plenty of citizen rage. This is my town, my trains, my money. This was supposed to reflect my brand, as a Torontonian. Instead, we got yet another product of small minds, narrow agendas, parochial bureaucrats and classically low expectations. We should all feel a little bit embarrassed by those empty seats, the angry diesel engines, the misaligned stations and the giant billboards. All brought to us by our town's multiple, unrelated, disconnected transport authorities.

We Need to Invest in Our Community Health Leaders

Brian Golden | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Brian Golden

Hospital or home? Given the choice, most of us would rather stay close to what we know, in our communities, as long as we could receive comparable medical care and support. Those who run our healthcare system agree. They know that the traditional acute care-focused model is not financially sustainable, or often appropriate.

6 Road Safety Changes That Could Save Lives

Mark Towhey | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

In Toronto on Monday, councillors ordered a blanket reduction in speed limits from 40 to 30 km/h on local roads in the old cities of Toronto and East York. While this approach may make them feel better, it won't do much to improve road safety or reduce congestion. But, here's six ideas that might. If every Ontario driver had similar training, and we adopted these simple rule changes, our roads would be the safest in North America.

Bus Hit Truck In Ontario Crash That Injured 2 Dozen: Company

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada

A woman remains in serious condition and three others also remain in hospital.

Two Dozen Hurt In Ontario Bus Accident

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada

Passengers say glass mixed with blood was strewn across the floor after their bus collided with a tractor-trailer in eastern Ontario on Tuesday afternoon.

How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.

Masturbation Is Still Scaring Fearful Parents

Ruth Miller | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Ruth Miller

The opponents of the new curriculum don't realize that masturbation was included in the old curriculum too. They are trying to close a barn door that was open long ago. What we used to say in puberty classes was that masturbation can't hurt you. It's a human thing to do.

Top 5 Family-Friendly Campgrounds Near Toronto

Angie Campanelli | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

As creator of The Family Travel Guide, a website dedicated to family travel, I put together a list of my ideal places for family camping. From the backwoods to hardwood floors, I try to cover it all.

This Is What It's Like to Be a Black Teacher in Ontario

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
ByBlacks.com

A group called the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators set out to complete the first ever comprehensive survey of black teachers in the province, specifically the racism they face. The survey was only able to reach 148 teachers, but the insight they were able to provide is shocking to those who have no idea what it's really like to be a black teacher.

This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

David Dodge | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

As a Teacher, I'm Not Sorry Your Kids Won't Be Getting Their Report Cards

Cayla Hochberg | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Cayla Hochberg

We teachers have nothing to be sorry about. Despite what the government and school boards say, it's not our fault. It's not our doing. And it's certainly not our choice. Please don't tell me it's because we're asking for more money. Because we're not. Or that we're asking for better benefits. Because we're not. Or even that we're asking for more sick days. Because we're not. The only things we're asking is for is the freedom to use our knowledge as professionals to give your child the best education possible.