Canada and Ontario invest in improvements for Toronto’s Downsview Arena

first_imgCanada and Ontario invest in improvements for Toronto’s Downsview Arena From: Infrastructure CanadaCanadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.Today, The Honourable Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament for Humber River-Black Creek, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto, announced joint funding for improvements to the Downsview Arena in Toronto.The Government of Canada is investing $704,429 in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $586,965 while the City of Toronto is contributing $469,678.The project includes state of good repair works to building components such as the rink pad surface, refrigeration plant, roof, exterior stair, retaining wall, and windows, in addition to accessibility improvements. This work will extend the lifespan and improve the quality of the Downsview arena, and will also allow residents to have better access to skating programs, youth ice sports, and public skating for years to come.All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.Quotes“Community recreational facilities play a vital role in community wellbeing. Today’s investment for upgrades to the Downsview Arena in Toronto will provide residents with an accessible and modern recreational facility where they can enjoy many more years of great skating activities, and programs, while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”The Honourable Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament for Humber River-Black Creek, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Downsview Arena has been a community recreational hub for generations, and in recent weeks, it has taken on an important role as the temporary home of Humber River Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination site. I am confident we will soon get back to skating, hockey, and other recreational programs, and today’s investment will ensure this facility can deliver those activities for generations to come.”Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale“We’ve learned over the last year how critical recreation is to the wellbeing of Toronto residents as an outlet for them to get physical activity and fresh air. This joint funding project will allow us to renovate and improve the Downsview Arena, a valued asset in the community and will help us ensure that our amenities can continue to serve future generations. This funding and work will extend the lifespan and improve the quality of the arena, allowing the community to have better access to skating programs, youth ice sports and public skating for years to come.”His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of TorontoQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,880 infrastructure projects.Across the province and over the next ten years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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News / Europe seems to be ignoring EC ‘green lanes for road freight’ policy, says IRU

first_img By Gavin van Marle 27/03/2020 The Hungarian government today introduced new medical testing requirements for truck drivers entering the country.According Hungarian road freight association MKFE, the country’s chief medical officer today ruled that all truck drivers at its borders will have to undergo a medical check to determine if they are showing Covid-19 symptoms.Hungarian drivers not showing the symptoms and whose destination is in the country, will have to go into a 14-day quarantine once the delivery is completed.Foreign drivers delivering to Hungarian consignees must leave the country within 24 hours of completing the shipment and transit trucks must take the shortest route through. Hungarian drivers who show symptoms “will be housed in a designated quarantine facility”, while foreign drivers showing symptoms will simply be refused entry to the country.Truck queues at Hungary’s borders, which had virtually vanished yesterday afternoon, reappeared today.According to real-time shipment visibility platform Sixfold, which has built a dynamic border waiting time map of the continent, an 18km queue has built up at the Austria-Hungary border and a 19km tailback at the largest crossing between Hungary and Romania.The new rules appear to be in contravention of Europe’s green lanes policy and gives credence to a claim yesterday from the International Road Transport Union (IRU) that its call for “globally coordinated regulations for the industry” had “unfortunately largely [gone] unanswered”.Secretary general Umberto de Pretto said: “We are extremely concerned about the lack of coordination and individual approaches put in place by governments worldwide. The global community can only deal with this pandemic if it acts together.”This, he said, included harmonising safety standards and conditions for drivers, and the IRU called for 14-day quarantines introduced by some countries to be abandoned.“These measures need to be replaced with access to free testing and hygiene tools to make sure drivers are able to continue working safely to keep delivering goods in time,” the IRU said.It also reiterated its call for borders to be kept open to road freight and added that governments needed to start offering financial aid to the thousands of trucking firms that could be forced into bankruptcy.“Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – often family run – are the backbone of road transport across the globe, moving goods and people and representing up to 90% of the industry,” said the union.“These SMEs must receive financial aid in the first place, to avoid imminent bankruptcies and lasting economic impacts on supply and mobility chains.“Many SMEs are likely to go bankrupt by the time the pandemic ends unless they receive immediate financial support without excessive bureaucracy. Passenger transport companies are closing down, and more and more goods transport companies will not survive the longer the pandemic continues,” it said.center_img ID 42101382 © Natalia Bratslavsky | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

News / Return of blanked Asia-Europe sailings as carriers bid to get back on schedule

first_img The spectre of blank sailings may be about to return to haunt shippers and forwarders on the Asia-Europe trades, as carrier begin to cancel departures in an effort to restore schedule reliability.Japanese carrier ONE this morning told customers THE Alliance would cancel three sailings on the FE2 and FE3 service departing Asia at the end of May and beginning of June, “due to the unfortunate schedule delays”.The scheduled departure of the FE2 sailing from Pusan on 30 May has been cancelled, as well as the FE3 departure from Hong Kong on the same day. It has also cancelled the scheduled 13 June FE3 departure from Hong Kong.“This is more pain. Beyond delays now. Just cancelling loops. Delays abound. Madness out there,” was how one freight forwarder responded to the latest blankings. Photo 178520468 / Cargo © Leung Cho Pan | According to the eeSea liner database, there are currently 115 sailings Asia-Europe service scheduled for May, with five sailings banked. In June there are 111 sailings scheduled, and so far only one to be blanked.However, the eeSea database also reveals that delays on the FE2 and FE3 services have been seen at almost every port in the string, and have been lengthening in recent weeks.Vessel arrival and departure data from eeSea shows vessels deployed on the FE2 service arrived at Southampton around 10 days late in February, and between seven and 10 days late at Hamburg in March.On the FE3 service, Hamburg saw vessels arrive between 8.9 and 9.6 days late in February, at Rotterdam 7.9-9.3 days late and at Antwerp 9.2-10.1 days late.Meanwhile, eeSea’s schedule reliability tracker found that just 10% of Asia-Europe sailings in January arrived on time, which rose to 13% in February and up to 41% in March – although this was of course before the Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal, effectively cancelling the industry’s efforts to get on time.center_img By Gavin van Marle 17/05/2021last_img read more

People living in disadvantaged cities are at greater risk of suicide

first_imgPinterest Share Email “Many people see suicide as an inherently individual act,” said Justin Denney, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice and director of the Urban Health Program, part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. “However, our research suggests that it is an act that can be heavily influenced by broader socio-economic and family factors.”In part one of the two-part study, the results showed that respondents living in cities with a higher percentage of family households demonstrated a lower risk of suicide than did respondents in cities where more residents lived alone or with unrelated friends.The participants surveyed were divided into four groups based on the percentage of that city’s total population living in family-like households. The researchers organized the participant information by taking all the cities in the U.S. and dividing them into quartiles based on U.S. Census information on the proportion of residents living in families; then, the survey respondents were assigned to the quartile that represented the city in which they lived.After statistically adjusting for the family-living situation of adult survey respondents, including their marital status, the researchers found that the group of individuals at greatest risk for suicide lived in cities where 25 percent of residents or fewer lived in family settings. In fact, these adults — whether they were married with children or single and living alone — were more than two times more likely to die by suicide compared with similar adults who lived in cities where 81 percent or more of the city’s population lived in family settings.The second part of the study showed that after statistical adjustments for educational attainment, household income and employment, survey respondents who lived in more socio-economically disadvantaged cities experienced a higher likelihood of death by suicide. For example, for every standard-deviation-unit increase in socio-economic disadvantage for the city of residence, the risk of suicide among adults living in the city — whether they were employed, unemployed or even retired — increased by 7 percent.“Thankfully, suicide is a relatively rare cause of death.” Denney said. “But finding that the characteristics of the places we live can influence how long we live and how we die is an important consideration in addressing health disparities in the U.S.”The research was conducted with data from the National Institutes of Health’s National Health Interview Survey, which includes health data of more than a million adults living in the U.S. between 1986 and 2003. The study focused exclusively on population areas with more than 50,000 residents.Denney said the research is consistent with previous statements that high rates of family households contribute to the stability and unity of communities, which in turn decreases problematic behavior. He said the findings support the claim that community-level disadvantage may have broad impacts on the mental and emotional well-being of residents. He and his fellow researchers hope that their findings will help decrease the risk of suicide by encouraging more investment in both individual and area-level resources aimed at fostering social integration and connectedness and eliminating socioeconomic disadvantages. The city where an individual lives can influence the risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.“Suicide in the City: Do Characteristics of Place Really Influence Risk?” appears in the latest edition of Social Science Quarterly. The study found that adults living in cities with more socio-economic disadvantages and fewer families living together have higher odds of suicidal death than adults living in less-disadvantaged cities and cities with more families living together.The findings support classic sociological arguments that the risk of suicide is indeed influenced by the social climate and cannot simply be explained by the sum of individual characteristics, the researchers said.center_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Searcher Seismic, BGP team up for 2015 GroupSeis campaign (Australia)

first_imgSearcher Seismic, in conjunction with project partner, BGP, has announced the 2015 GroupSeis campaign over the North West Shelf, Western Australia.According to the press release, the GroupSeis concept has been developed by Searcher to provide clients with a turnkey solution for the environmental approval, acquisition and processing of small to medium sized seismic surveys.Rachel Masters, Global Sales Manager for Searcher, says that the GroupSeis campaign is an attractive option for all involved.“Logistically the GroupSeis campaigns can be quite challenging to arrange, however, with increased vessel utilisation, reduced environmental impact and some major cost savings to be had, the benefits are significant for all involved and our clients and project partners are supporting the concept 100%”, Masters added.The 2015 GroupSeis campaign currently includes the acquisition of three individual broadband seismic surveys with further additions being negotiated for the final 2015 time slots.The current surveys include the 437 km2 Quoll 3D seismic survey in the Bonaparte Basin, the 500 km Dunnart 2D seismic survey (which includes coverage of the Jansz gas discovery) and the 146 km2 Numbat 3D, both of which are in the Carnarvon Basin.[mappress mapid=”1179″]last_img read more

Divided we fell

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Two Small Kids Left inside 110-degree Car While Mom Shops

first_imgA mother was inside a South Carolina Walmart for more than an hour while her two small children were left inside a vehicle, according to arrest warrants. Alyssa Gabriella Oliver is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.Arrest warrants released Thursday afternoon reveal that several witnesses saw a seven-month-old and 20-month-old crying and sweating heavily in the backseat of the vehicle on Tuesday. Officers managed to get the two children out of the vehicle. The children were taken to the hospital for treatment.An officer spoke with a loss prevention officer inside the store on South Irby Street, who said Oliver was seen parking her vehicle and walking into the store at 1:41 p.m. without her children, the warrant states. Documents show the officer located Oliver as she was leaving the store at 2:50 p.m.- Sponsor – The arrests warrants say the temperature inside the vehicle was checked by an infrared thermometer and it read 110 degrees. Oliver is currently at the Florence County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. The children were placed in the care of South Carolina Department of Social Services… WMBF News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Open Source: The Good, Bad and Ugly — Studies in Two Extremes

first_imgWhen top-class Open Source tools and applications (think software like Linux, Apache Web Server, PostgresSQL and PHP) went head to head against similar proprietary software, a recent survey found that Open Source bested or equaled the quality of their proprietary cousins.  The Open Source community hailed these findings from Gartner and Coverity.But think again.  Things aren’t that simple in the world of Open Source.  Head on over to SourceForge or Google Code and you’ll find thousands of Open Source projects.  After looking at some of the Open Source options available, it’s not that hard to come to the conclusion that not all Open Source projects are created equal.  Many posted Open Source projects are abandoned, incomplete, or generally not well maintained.  Some companies like Black Duck Software specialize in characterizing  Open Source projects, identifying the activity of the project, the licensing, and known defects.So while the Gartner/Coverity report characterizes Open Source as often a more desirable option than proprietary software, it’s not too surprising that there may be another point of view, especially since there are so many faces to Open Source software.  Another recent report, one by Sonatype and Aspect Security, for example, presents a very different picture.In particular, Sonatype focuses on the problem of businesses that build applications out of Open Source components but don’t bother then to keep track of which components they’ve used.  And, because of that, they are often unaware when vulnerabilities are found with the components that they’re using.  Even if the Open Source component is fixed by the community and the vulnerability is removed in a new release of the OSS code, developers who have already used that component and have moved onto their next project may not be keeping track of components in the project that need to be updated.  Tim O’Brien, writing on the Sonatype blog, call the problem “shocking”.The Sonatype report finds that even high-profile Open Source projects like Google Web Toolkit, Spring MVC, Struts 1.X. and Hibernate have had serious vulnerabilities.  As many as 50 percent of the largest corporations are estimated to be running applications that are flawed due to vulnerabilities in the Open Source components from which they were created.  That guess is based on the fact that 80 percent of large companies have said that they are building applications based on Open Source components.Jeff Williams, CEO of Aspect Security, said that “The data clearly shows that organizations consume huge numbers of vulnerable libraries. This is a wake-up call for software development organizations.   While the numbers from this report are alarming, the take-away is clear — open-source software is critical to forward-thinking development organizations, but there must be education and control to accompany its usage.”Andrew Aitken, Founder and Managing Partner of Olliance Group (now Black Duck Software), countered the conclusions of the Sonatype report saying that “it’s unfortunate to see this and we disagree with the tone of the study inferring that open source is low quality and risky.  All software has vulnerabilities, and this study doesn’t compare open source to other code. It just says open source has ‘x’,  and there have been many studies showing that OSS is higher quality than most other code.”last_img read more

Webinar Opportunity – Understand The Transition Towards Online Registration

first_img7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ACST Touch Online Registration and Payments Webinar for Top End Affiliates This session will provide affiliates and administrators with the opportunity to understand the current strategic insight into expanding the use of technology with Touch Football. Time: To reserve your seat at the webinar, please click on the following link: registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.center_img Title: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Date:last_img read more

Actor Ethan Hawke calling for moratorium to oil exploration in Gulf of

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsActor Ethan Hawke is adding his voice to the Mi’kmaq call for a moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Hawke will attend a water ceremony in the Mi’kmaw community of Paq’tnkek.“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is truly unique in its beauty, culture and biodiversity,” said Hawke. “”I feel it is important to support my east coast neighbours in their demand for a moratorium.”The event is an effort to raise public awareness of concerns over proposed drilling in the Gulf which is rich with fish resources.A coalition made up of Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, and Innu fishers has opposed oil exploration in a region called Old Harry – traditional fishing grounds for indigenous communities.Troy Jerome, Executive Director for the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, said the coalition’s calls for a 12 year moratorium have gone unanswered by government for the last two years.“We’ve been trying to raise public awareness across all the provinces,” said Jerome. “This affects everyone. So we’re trying to get more people mobilised.”Jerome said attaching Hawke’s name is already making a difference.“I’ve been on the radio and TV, newspapers for two or three years,” said Jerome, “I see this level of awareness now doubled with the interest. Adding his name brings us a lot of exposure.”Hawke owns property in Nova Scotia and, in 2011, worked with the Save our Seas Coalition and the David Suzuki Foundation, speaking out on dangers of drilling in the Gulf.A spill in the ecologically sensitive area would affect five provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Quebec.Critics have argued the environmental assessment is inadequate.Jerome says First Nations have never been consulted.The goal of the moratorium is to allow time for a comprehensive review.The Gulf of St. Lawrence is one of the largest marine breeding regions in Canada, with more than 2,000 marine species choosing to spawn, nurse and migrate there year round.It is also home to endangered whales and hosts some of the largest lobster production in the world.Corridor Resources holds the licence to explore for oil in Old Harry. It expects to start seismic testing in [email protected] — with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more