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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Prosperity index of world’s countries reveals where democratic capitalism working best

An international think tank that promotes prosperity through democratic capitalism has named Canada the world’s freest country. The annual Legatum Prosperity Index, which ranks 142 of the world’s countries according to their health, wealth and overall happiness, puts Canada in sixth place for 2015, down a spot since 2014. In the category of personal freedom, however, Canada is in first place. Canada is more tolerant of immigrants than any other country, and 92 per cent of Canadians think the country is a good place for “ethnic minorities.” The vast majority, 94 per cent, believe that we have the freedom to choose how we want to live our lives. To create ... Read More »

Coca-Cola, Unifor, announce $30,000 scholarships for women in skilled trades

Coca-Cola and the Canadian labour union Unifor have announced $30,000 in scholarship money for women in skilled trades programs at Sheridan College. The announcement was made at Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies. Fifteen new scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded. Women who are enrolled in any of Sheridan’s six trades programs, and who meet certain criteria, including financial need, are eligible. The president of Sheridan College, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, commented that there are “tremendous career opportunities” for women in the skilled trades and manufacturing industries, while the mayor of Brampton, Linda Jeffrey, said that she hoped the scholarships would “foster equality in the trades and in ... Read More »

$900 million announced for energy retrofits in province’s rental buildings

The Ontario government plans to invest up to $900 million in energy retrofits for rental buildings in the province over the next four years. The money, which will come from the proceeds of the cap and trade system to be implemented in Ontario, will be used to retrofit social housing apartment buildings and market rental buildings with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The investment will be part of the government’s not-yet-released Climate Change Action Plan. The government announced an investment of $92 million for the same purpose last February, putting the total investment to date at just under $1 billion. More than half of the new money, up to ... Read More »

First molecular air purifier destroys pollution in the home

If you think you can escape bad city air by locking yourself up in your home and shutting all the windows, you’re wrong. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US states that indoor air can be worse—much worse—than outdoor air. This is because when air-handling systems pull air in from outside, they pull pollutants with it, and these can become trapped inside. The more tightly sealed a building is, the more likely the pollutants will be trapped. Exposure to these pollutants is linked to numerous conditions, including asthma, rhinitis, allergies and fatigue. To make matters worse, some volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from furniture, flooring and household chemicals are ... Read More »

Toronto joins 100 Resilient Cities Network with promise to solve infrastructure, transit problems

The City of Toronto announced today that it has been selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a global network of cities working together to build urban resilience. Membership will give Toronto access to tools, funding, resources and technical expertise that will help it meet the physical, social and economic challenges it faces. The 100RC is an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. Mayor John Tory said in the statement that as a member of the 100RC, the city will work with leaders in private, government and non-profit sectors to respond to the city’s most pressing challenges, including aging infrastructure, lack of transit, and extreme weather ... Read More »

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