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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 | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

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.

Ontario: Canada's Energy Transition Success Story

David Dodge | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

When you look at Ontario's greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the talk on greenhouse gas reductions Ontario has actually walked the walk.

Examining Ontario's Decade of Spending Decadence

Mark Milke | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Ontario, as with many governments, is lucky its debt interest payments are not substantially higher given its almost doubled debt. That has everything to do with historically low interest rates. But luck is not a long-term strategy for governments -- at least not ones that prefer prudence over accidental fiscal offerings.

Take a Buyer Beware Approach to Ontario's New Debt Settlement Laws

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

On July 1, 2015 the long awaited legislation regulating debt settlement services in Ontario comes into force. There are three main features of this new legislation that will impact Ontario consumers, with a ripple effect across the country. The biggest potential benefit to consumers will be the moratorium on up-front fees charged for no real service provided.

Toronto Sexologist Weighs in on Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum Changes

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Controversial changes to curriculum about the birds and the bees has parents in Ontario buzzing. I interviewed Dr. Jess O'Reilly, a sexologist from Toronto, on the topic. Dr. Jess says it is important to understand that comprehensive sex education doesn't hasten sexual experimentation.

Ontario Court Upholds Controversial Endangered Species Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

An Ontario court has upheld changes to Ontario's Endangered Species Act that environmental groups say threaten the animals and plants the law is meant to protect.

Kathleen Wynne Juggles Politics and Community Outreach

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Nazar

This is Canada. There is something phenomenally Canadian about our politicians who do the business of governance and manage to find time to connect with every imaginable community in this crazy multicultural land of ours.

Why Won't the NEB Order a Safety Test of Enbridge's Line 9?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Business
DeSmog Canada

Environmental and citizen groups in Quebec are demanding the National Energy Board explain why it refuses to order a hydrostatic safety test of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline, a west-to-east oil pipeline that could come online as early as next month. A hydrostatic test or hydrotest is a commonly used method to determine whether a pipeline can operate safely at its maximum operating pressure. The test involves pumping water through the pipeline at levels higher than average operating pressures.

Small Towns Beat Big Cities

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

Here, I can still buy a house at an affordable price and my groceries don't require a second mortgage. I'm not sure if there is more to do here or if you just get to hear everything that's going on but there's nothing sleepy about small towns. And sure it takes you 45 minutes to buy a loaf of bread because you have to chat to everyone, and you get embroiled in the minutiae of the lives of others no matter how much you resist the dark side of alluring gossip, but at least you're getting in the game.

Who Benefits and Who Loses Out at Ontario Universities Today?

Andrew Robinson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Business
Andrew Robinson

Individual universities are pursuing policies of climbing in international ranking of universities. This means emphasis on research, publication of research findings, and not on the outcome of teaching. They are not serving the province, the people of Ontario, their students, or many of their employees well at this point.

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.

Auditor General Slams Liberals Over Advertising Rules

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the changes would make a "mockery" of an independent office of the legislature. T