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Inflation perks up for first time since January

Posted on 19 August 2017 by admin



Canada's annualized inflation rate in July was 1.2 per cent, up from 1.0 per cent in June. The increase was in line with estimates.

Courtesy: The Canadian Press.
Published Friday, August 18, 2017.

OTTAWA — Canadian inflation picked up its pace last month for the first time since January as the annualized rate rose to 1.2 per cent.

Statistics Canada's latest inflation number was up from one per cent in June — which had represented the data point's lowest mark in almost two years.

The agency says the higher price of gasoline, up 4.6 per cent in July compared to a year earlier, was among the biggest contributors behind the increase.

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Higher fuel prices were partly offset by lower electricity prices, due in large part to legislated price declines in Ontario.

July marked the first time the annual inflation rate went up since a peak in January at 2.1 per cent — close to the Bank of Canada's ideal target of 2.0 per cent.

Some experts had pointed to weak inflation as a reason for the central bank to hold off hiking its interest rate — but bank argued the recent softness was mostly temporary and raised its key rate slightly last month.

Here's what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.0 per cent (1.5)
  • Prince Edward Island: 1.8 (1.2)
  • Nova Scotia: 0.9 (0.5)
  • New Brunswick: 1.4 (2.0)
  • Quebec: 0.9 (0.6)
  • Ontario: 1.2(1.3)
  • Manitoba: 0.9 (0.2)
  • Saskatchewan: 0.8 (0.5)
  • Alberta: 1.0 (0.4)
  • British Columbia: 1.9 (1.7)
  • Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)
  • Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)

The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):

  • St. John's, N.L.: 1.0 per cent (1.6)
  • Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.6 (1.1)
  • Halifax: 0.9 (0.5)
  • Saint John, N.B.: 1.5 (2.1)
  • Quebec: 1.0 (0.6)
  • Montreal: 1.1 (0.8)
  • Ottawa: 1.0 (1.0)
  • Toronto: 2.0 (2.1)
  • Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.9 (0.9)
  • Winnipeg: 0.8 (0.2)
  • Regina: 0.8 (0.4)
  • Saskatoon: 1.0 (0.7)
  • Edmonton: 1.1 (0.4)
  • Calgary: 1.3 (0.7)
  • Vancouver: 1.9 (1.8)
  • Victoria: 1.8 (1.8)

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Posted on 18 August 2017 by admin



One of North America’s largest annual fairs, the CNE offers up 18 days of amusement park rides, live entertainmentfoodshopping, and more. And, if you’re an airplane enthusiast, the Canadian International Air Show drops jaws every summer when their pilots perform dare-devil loop-de-loops and synchronized maneuvers on the last weekend of the summer. Alongside the rides, games and food, the CNE boast loads of concerts, performances and special events.

Image courtesy of Jeff Robson.

New this year:

An 8-ft tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf (to commemorate Canada’s 150th) will be illuminated on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain.

The Quilt of Belonging, featuring 263 quilted squares representing 71 indigenous groups and 192 nationalities found in Canada, a Celebrate Canada photography and art exhibit will also be featured in commemoration of Canada 150.

The CNE Gaming Garage will feature video game developers and exhibitors, a tabletop gaming library and a place to play and watch eSports.

In celebration of Canada’s indigenous heritage, the CNE has commissioned Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to create a colourful Unity Pole that incorporates indigenous universal symbols carved into a 25-ft tall cedar tree.

MZ Laser – Laser Illusion Experience, an electrifying spectacle combines cutting-edge technology and advanced magical feats to create a stunning visual experience.

Grab your lobster bib and get ready for the CNE’s first-ever East Coast Kitchen Party, on August 19th & 20th.

A thrilling acrobatic experience, Trampo Wall debuts to showcase performers walking on vertical walls, entering into windows and bouncing off roofs.

A few other highlights:

There’s no shortage of entertainment this year. The crowd-pleasing Acrobatics and Ice Skating Showreturns to the CNE this year with a new incarnation Oh Canada! Elvis Stojko headlines the show.

Food Truck Frenzy, featuring a wide variety of tasty treats returns as does the Craft Beer Fest from August 25 – 27th.

The Bandshell is locked with concerts each night, including a performance from A Tribe Called Red and the Northern Comfort Saloon is back, featuring performances by acts such as Chris Buck Band and Ty Baynton.

The casino offers a beautiful outdoor patio to soak up the sun, grab a drink and enjoy a few of midway treats.

Of course, arguably one of the biggest crowd-drawers is the food. The CNE never fails to bring unique and exciting food creations to the Toronto Star Food Building. The building has drawn more than one million people in past years and has featured fun concoctions such as a churro cheeseburger and poutine corn dog.

August 18 – September 4, 2017

Regular Hours:
Gates 10 am – 10 pm
Grounds 10 am – Midnight

Labour Day Hours:
Gates 10 am – 5 pm
Grounds 10 am – 9 pm



Delivering Value to Ontarians – LCBO Highlights 2016-17 Fiscal Year Results

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

Delivering Value to Ontarians – LCBO Highlights 2016-17 Fiscal Year Results!


  • Dividend of over $2 billion to pay for important government priorities
  • Sales across all categories, e-commerce, and wholesale drive increase in revenue
  • Customer donations and employee fundraising raised a record-breaking $13.3 million


Full details available


TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ – The yearly dividend returned by the LCBO to the Province of Ontario goes toward improving our communities, including through investments in health care, education, and infrastructure. With financial revenues of $5.89 billion, marking net sales growth of 5.8 per cent, the LCBO transferred a dividend of $2.06 billion* to the Ontario government for the 2016-17 fiscal year – an increase of $125 million from fiscal year 2015-16.

"We are proud that the significant dividend we transfer to the provincial government is invested in services that improve the lives of all Ontarians like hospitals and schools, the building of bridges and roads, and to connecting businesses and communities across the province," said LCBO President & CEO George Soleas. "LCBO's strong fiscal year results highlight our commitment to excellence in the customer experience, support of local producers, and our focus on social responsibility. Moving forward we will continue to drive progress in our strategy to succeed in a more competitive marketplace so that we continue to deliver value for the people of Ontario."

Additional information on the LCBO's fiscal 2016-17 year in review can be found at Highlights by category include:

Overall sales

  • Key net sales figures by category (excluding Private Ordering) were:

    • Spirits $ 2.24 billion, up 5.1 per cent
    • Beer & Cider $ 1.29 billion, up 9.9 per cent
    • Wine including VINTAGES $ 2.04 billion, up 3.9 per cent
    • Gift Cards $ 105.1 million up 11.9 per cent
  • e-commerce: Sales through this new channel in the first eight months starting in July 2016, totaled $4.4 million.
  • Grocery: Sales from the wholesale supply of beer, wine and cider to grocery stores totaled $65 million, a figure expected to grow alongside the number of grocers licensed for sales.


Support of local producers

  • Net sales of Ontario wine through LCBO wines and Vintages were $483 million, an increase of 5.9 per cent.
  • Locally produced craft cider increased 39 per cent to $7.1 million.
  • Sales of local craft beer were $88.5 million, up more than 27.6 per cent over the previous year.
  • Ontario small distillers continue to see sales growth, up 62 per cent to $6.3 million.


Social Responsibility
The LCBO is recognized by Ontarians for actions that support responsible retailing and for promoting a culture of moderation; product quality and safety; environmental sustainability and community involvement and fundraising.

  • LCBO retail staff challenged more than 14.4 million people who appeared underage, intoxicated or were suspected of purchasing for an underage or intoxicated person. 258,628 individuals were refused service; 82 per cent for reasons of age.
  • LCBO's Quality Assurance department conducted 633,000 laboratory tests to confirm products are safe to consume, are authentic and meet federal and provincial compositional, packaging and labeling standards.
  • Through the LCBO's funding of the Ontario Deposit Return Program (ODRP) and municipal curbside Blue Box programs, more than 93 per cent of the bottles and cans we generate are recycled and kept away from landfill. There were approximately 350 million beverage alcohol containers returned through the ODRP in 2016-17.
  • Customer donations at LCBO checkouts and employee fundraising efforts raised a record-breaking $13.3 million for worthy causes, an increase of 22 per cent over last year. Charitable organizations that benefit include the United Way, Ontario's four children's hospitals, MADD Canada, and numerous other provincial and local charities. Like many retailers, LCBO participated in a prompted donation campaign in response to the Alberta wild fires, raising $2.95 million dollars for the Red Cross.

*excludes HST and $246 million from the land sale of LCBO's Head Office.  


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More than half of Canadians think Ottawa isn’t in control of refugee issue in Quebec: Ipsos poll

Posted on 16 August 2017 by admin

More than half of Canadians think Ottawa isn’t in control of refugee issue in Quebec: Ipsos poll.

By Rebecca Joseph  National Online Journalist, Breaking News Global News.

As the number of refugees crossing the border into Quebec continues to balloon in 2017, a new poll shows that the majority of Canadians are skeptical of the government’s control of the situation.

New numbers released by Quebec’s Immigration Department show that in the first six months of 2017 more people entered made refugee claims in Quebec than in all of 2016.

This surge of asylum seekers has led the country to call in the army to set up camp in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

But, according to a new Ipsos poll, 62 per cent of respondents don’t think the Trudeau government has a “solid plan” to respond to the influx of refugees.

And 56 per cent of respondents say the fact that Ottawa had to call in the army shows that the issue is “out of control.”

Many Canadians also doubt whether those crossing into Quebec illegally are legitimate refugees. Sixty-seven per cent believe the migrants are trying to skip the legal immigration process.

A slim majority (56 per cent) also believe that the government isn’t doing enough to protect the border, which is the longest land border in the world, from “those who want to cause harm to Canada.”

The numbers show that Canadians aren’t worried about migrants pouring over the border, Ipsos pollster Mike Colledge explains.

“I don’t think people are panicked or worried about migrants pouring over the border. I do think that for Canadians it’s about fairness and following process,” Colledge told Global News.

“Every time we’ve asked or surveyed on a range of things, we see they value fairness, they value the notion of following the rules — that’s why I think you see the two-thirds who say, ‘I think they’re jumping the queue.’”

But he also warns that since it’s still early stages of the refugee influx, Canadian views could change as winter gets closer, when tents might not be enough to keep the migrants warm.

“The government has some time to tell people how they’re dealing with it,” Colledge said.

“But three months from now, if it’s still evident you still have these numbers [of refugees], you might see more people saying, ‘I really don’t think the government has a handle on it.’”

The poll shows Quebecers and Albertans are more critical of the government’s plan. That’s likely due to heightened awareness in Quebec, Colledge explained.

As for the disagreement seen in Western Canada, Colledge says that’s likely due to the average Albertan sentiment being more critical of this federal government.

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New Wait Times Data Now Available for Surgeries and Procedures Across Ontario

Posted on 10 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka.

Wait times at hospital across the province of Ontario has been much in the news for quite some time. Some Quick Facts on the subject matter is shown below.


  • Through the 2017 Budget, Ontario is investing $245 million over the next three years to improve patient access to specialists, including new digital solutions to streamline consultations and eReferrals.
  • The province is investing $12.9 million over two years to support the expansion of eReferral systems in eight Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The LHINs are: Waterloo-Wellington, Champlain, South East, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, South West, Erie St. Clair, North East, and North West.
  • An estimated 184,600 patients currently receive virtual care each year through digital self-care programs such as telehomecare and nearly 650,000 virtual care visits, and these numbers are growing rapidly.
  • is a joint project between the Ontario Digital Service and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

Following is a News Release issued today.

News Release

August 10, 2017

Province Investing in New Online Tools to Improve Patient Experience

Ontario has launched a new online tool to help people find wait times information for surgeries and procedures at hospitals across the province, and is providing more digital tools to help improve the patient experience.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer, were at OneEleven innovation hub in Toronto to announce a number of new digital tools for patients, including:

  • Enhanced wait times information: developed in collaboration with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the new, easy-to-use wait times tool now includes the length of time between a referral received from a family physician or nurse practitioner and the patient's first appointment with a specialist or surgeon, in addition to the time between the decision on a procedure and the date the procedure is performed. Data is available down to the hospital-level, and will help patients better understand what to expect and allow them to make more informed choices about their health care needs, including being able to talk with the referring physician about options to reduce their wait times.
  • Ontari a user-focused, mobile-friendly and trusted source for information about a wide variety of health services in Ontario, including how to renew health cards, find health services in your community and get dental care for children. The website will be continually refined based on users' experience and feedback. People are invited to complete the first user survey before Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Expansion of the innovative, online eReferral system in Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and seven more LHINs. eReferral helps reduce wait times by connecting patients and primary care providers to specialists and other health care services in their community faster.

The province is continuing to develop other electronic tools that are increasing access to ca re for people, such as an electronic version of the immunization card and digital self-care and virtual home visits.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister attends ASEAN Meeting in Manila

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila, Philippines, where she marked Canada’s strong engagement with ASEAN over the past 40 years as a Dialogue Partnerr. The annual Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines, from August 6 to 7, 2017.

Minister Freeland met foreign ministers and senior officials from all 10 ASEAN member states at the conference. On the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of ASEAN and the 40-year anniversary of ASEAN-Canada relations, this will be Minister Freeland’s first meeting with all ASEAN foreign ministers together. At the meeting, Minister Freeland will advocate for Canada’s regional security interests, defend human rights and gender equality, promote cooperation on countering violent extremism, support the rule of law, address the impact of climate change, and champion funding for humanitarian assistance. 

News Release

From Global Affairs Canada

August 7, 2017 – Manila, Philippines – Global Affairs Canada


Canada’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded on strong people-to-people ties and continues to grow through economic and security cooperation.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded her participation in the ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting in Manila.

The meetings provided an opportunity for Canada to advance its interests in Asia and to promote regional cooperation and stability through multilateral institutions. At the ASEAN Regional Forum, the minister reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region and exchanged views with her counterparts from 26 governments on addressing key security issues, including the threat posed by North Korea and the rise of Daesh in Southeast Asia.

During her visit, the minister met bilaterally with counterparts and senior officials from Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the European Union. These bilateral meetings offered Canada an important opportunity to advance priorities on regional and international security, economic issues, human rights, Canadian consular issues, climate change and other challenges.

Minister Freeland announced 12 development-assistance and security projects totalling nearly $13 million. Together, these projects will help ASEAN member states improve domestic and regional security, combat terrorism and prevent human smuggling. The minister also announced roughly $7 million in humanitarian assistance for the region, focused on providing immediate life-saving support to the most vulnerable, including refugees, internally displaced persons and people suffering due to armed conflict and violence.

In addition, Minister Freeland announced, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, $10 million over five years to provide individuals from ASEAN member states, especially women, scholarships when undertaking short-term studies or research in Canada.

With the backdrop of the ASEAN Foreign Minister's Meeting Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland and Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vasantha Senanayake, met and discussed the Sri Lankan government’s peace and reconciliation efforts after a 26-year civil war ending in 2009. Canada is committed to supporting justice and the protection of human rights for all. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries.


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Ontario Reaches Major Milestone on Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Some quick facts on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Construction.

  • Construction crews installed a “turnout track” — part of the 8.5 kilometre track system that will move vehicles through Mount Dennis Station and adjoining maintenance and storage facility. The facility is the first major component of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project scheduled for completion and will be finished in 2018.
  • Ontario is fully funding the Eglinton Crosstown LRT to expand transit in the City of Toronto, with an investment of $5.3 billion.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is being delivered as an Alternative Financial and Procurement (AFP) project, using the design-build-finance-maintain model.  

News Release

August 9, 2017

Province Building More Transit for Commuters and Families in Toronto.

Ontario is one step closer to bringing better transit to people across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed. 

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston were at the future site of Mount Dennis Station and the LRT maintenance and storage facility today to mark the milestone.

The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive, and 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines, and the Union Pearson Express.

When fully operational, the LRT will carry an estimated 5,500 passengers per hour in the peak direction, speeding up commutes and helping people get where they need to go faster and with greater convenience.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to

Building more rapid transit for commuters and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Brampton’s New $1.7m Soccer Facility to Open Next Week

Posted on 09 August 2017 by admin

BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 9th, 2017 /CNW/ – Brampton soccer players will have a new state-of-the-art soccer facility available to them with the August completion of the brand new artificial turf sports field and running track on Conestoga Drive.

The outdoor sports field features Fieldturf's premium "Revolution 360" turf, the same turf chosen for many NFL and MLS team stadiums including the New England Patriots, Seattle Sounders and Atlanta Falcons. The full-size sports field will be marked for soccer, rugby and lacrosse and is equipped with a removable divider net system to sub-divide it into 4 smaller 60m x 30m 7v7 soccer fields. A new 6-lane 400m athletics track will also be installed. The field and track will be available for evening use with the addition of a new LED-lighting system.

The facility is located at Heart Lake Secondary School at 296 Conestoga Drive in Brampton and was built following a joint agreement between Footy Sevens soccer leagues and the Peel District School Board

During the school day, the school and PDSB have exclusive use of the field and track facilities.

In the evenings and on weekends, Footy Sevens will be organising adult recreational 7v7 soccer leagues as well as their Footy For All children's soccer programs. The fields will be available for rental by other sports organisations and community groups.

About Footy Sevens

Footy Sevens has a well-established adult recreational soccer league program in Ottawa with around 1,000 teams participating in their 7v7 soccer leagues each year. With the completion of the new Brampton facility, they will be launching a similar soccer league program in Brampton. Beginning in fall 2017, men's, coed and women's 7v7 soccer leagues will be available for team or individual registration for players of all levels. Footy For All kids and youth soccer programming will also be available in evenings and weekends for younger players. They have also committed to raising $25,000 over the next 5 years for cancer treatment in Brampton for the WOHS Foundation's oncology units. The Kicking Cancer's Butt charity soccer tournament is an annual one day tournament taking place on Saturday, August 26th.


SOURCE Footy Sevens 

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Open Streets TO features its deepest programming lineup yet in 2017

Posted on 08 August 2017 by admin

Canada's largest free recreation program will connect Toronto's communities via stretches of iconic Bloor and Yonge Streets.

TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ – Open Streets TO today announced its most expansive programming lineup to date, solidifying its position as the largest free recreation program in Canada. Program routes for 2017 are as follows:

  • August 20, 2017 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm): Bloor Street (East/West from Montrose Avenue – just west of Christie Street – to Sherbourne Street); Yonge Street (North/South from Bloor Street to Queen Street).
  • September 17, 2017 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm): Bloor Street (East/West from Montrose Avenue – just west of Christie Street – to Sherbourne Street); Yonge Street (North/South from Bloor Street to Queen Street).


On both dates, people traffic will replace car traffic, as the streets become "paved parks" where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic and ethnic backgrounds can get active and connect with their community and each other.

This year's first date (August 20) will mark the first time the program will lay sod – some 5,000 square feet of grass – just east of the Yonge and Bloor intersection, the de facto heart of the city and a connective symbol. This will offer a stark "green" contrast to the urban realities of Toronto's downtown core.

The August 20 program date will also help Ontario celebrate its 150th birthday, by showcasing many diverse forms of cultural dance represented by Ontarians. The dedicated space, at Yonge and Bloor, will feature dance performances and mini lessons throughout the day from groups representing Peruvian, Azerbaijani and Filipino communities as well as Brazilian Capoeira and Bon Odori (Japanese folk dance).

"Open Streets is about getting out, being active and connecting people in the city without the barriers and stresses created by vehicle traffic," said David Simor, Community Outreach Director, Open Streets TO. "We are ecstatic to be back for our fourth year, offering Torontonians a chance to experience our beloved city in ways they never could before. And by including such an extensive offering of programming, we are excited to appeal to participants young and old and to bring together Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods in a celebration of physical activity and unity."

The deeper lineup acknowledges the interest of attendees, 97 per cent of whom said in a Ryerson University survey that they supported the expansion of the Open Streets concept. In addition, 85 per cent of those surveyed agreed that Open Streets strengthens the community, and 75 per cent said that it improved their perception of Toronto – both core objectives of the program. In terms of physical activity, 62 per cent of respondents said they would not have been engaged in active recreation had it not been for Open Streets Toronto.

"Iconic cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Mexico City all promote a variety of the Open Streets concept," said Toronto City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam. "I am proud that Toronto put itself on this map of great cities in 2014 by creating our own distinct program and am looking forward to this summer's exciting program."

As in previous years, Activity Hubs will be set up by local businesses and community organizations along the route, showcasing the character of each neighbourhood in authentic ways. No outside vendors are permitted, underpinning the neighbourhood feel of the program. Some exciting additions to this year's Activity Hubs will include Live Green, Toronto Animal Services, Come Alive Outside and Lululemon, among others.

A full description of the event hubs can be seen here:

For more information about the event, visit:

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International Trade Minister to visit Toronto to highlight benefits of trade diversification and inclusiveness for Canada’s prosperity

Posted on 07 August 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

On September 21, the date of CETA's provisional application, 98% of Canadian and EU tariff lines will become immediately duty free, creating new opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. Ukraine offers numerous opportunities for Canadian businesses and investors in areas such as aerospace, defence and security, education, agriculture and processed foods, fish and seafood, and oil and gas.

Quote: “Canada is a trading nation, and Canadians know that our prosperity is linked to our connections with the global economy. The Greater Toronto Area is a region full of success stories about companies of all sizes and their ability to tap into the potential of exporting. Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific provide new opportunities to expand our trade relationships and benefit Canadian workers and their families.”

– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade


August 7, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada.

International Trade Minister to visit Toronto to highlight benefits of trade diversification and inclusiveness for Canada’s prosperity

The Government of Canada is committed to creating jobs, growing the economy and strengthening the middle class. From the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), to the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, to Canada’s substantial efforts to bolster trade with the Asia-Pacific region, our government will continue to diversify our markets and provide greater access for Canadian businesses looking to grow and expand beyond our border.

From August 8 to 10, 2017, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will travel to Toronto to discuss commercial opportunities that Canada’s progressive trade agenda presents to Canadian companies of all sizes, especially in the context of CETA’s provisional application on September 21. Minister Champagne will also engage with business representatives, stakeholders and some of Toronto’s diverse communities that are vital to Canada’s success and prosperity on a range of issues, including our close and growing ties with India and the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions, and the best ways for Canadian companies to further seize these opportunities.

Minister Champagne will also give a keynote speech at the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the August 1 entry into force of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, which will open the door to new export and investment opportunities in both countries.

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