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Wine coming to Ontario supermarkets but public service union not happy about it

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Anyone of legal drinking age who has visited the United States (or Europe) has probably noticed that you can buy beer and wine and liquor in the grocery stores there. It seems as normal to pick up a bottle or two of Chardonnay for dinner as milk for breakfast. It is very convenient, and it is no big deal. Which is why it’s unfortunate that the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has taken the position that allowing the same convenience for Ontario consumers would be some kind of outrage. “You don’t have to be a genius to know wine sales belong in responsible public hands, not on grocery store ... Read More »

Google set to unveil latest expansion in Kitchener-Waterloo

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You have to admire a company that thinks big. Google thinks big. Google’s mission is nothing less than “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” That’s very big. It goes about achieving this mission through many familiar products. Its web browser, Google Chrome; Google Maps; Google Apps; YouTube; Gmail. The company is also working on a driverless car and various artificial intelligence projects. There are many more. The company is said to have so much money in the bank that it can’t find enough ways to spend it. A lot of people in the tech world would love to work for Google, and with the ... Read More »

Restoration of Don River a vital component of Port Lands development plan

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The body that owns and operates Billy Bishop Airport, the Outer Harbour Marina and two terminals in the Port of Toronto has released its first annual sustainability report. PortsToronto, formerly the Toronto Port Authority, says that it has looked at all of its operations in terms of community, economic and environmental sustainability. Highlights include the fact that all of its operations are powered by renewable energy; the creation of a new nine-hectare wetland habitat at the Leslie Street Spit; the dredging of thousands of tonnes of silt and mud from the Keating Channel and the harbour to prevent flooding of the Don River; and investments in various community and environmental ... Read More »

Hope for progress on land use, smart growth in GTA and beyond

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Will 2016 be the year that Toronto finally begins to solve its chronic housing shortage problem? Will the home building industry and the provincial government come to terms and find a way to build more homes for more people who want them? Will the long-standing problem of greater demand than available supply in the housing market finally be fixed? Can a region like that surrounding Toronto, with enormous growth being projected over the next three decades or so, manage to accommodate all the newcomers with suitable housing while still preserving the greenbelt that surrounds us? Impossible to say, of course, but there is at least some reason for optimism in David ... Read More »

Safer than you think, but not as healthy: Toronto ranked #1 city in the world

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Mention the word safety to the average person in Toronto these days, and he or she is most likely to think about personal safety. Having seen two random, stupid killings on the streets this month alone, people naturally are nervous. But there’s a lot more to it than one’s personal safety as one walks down the street. You could be the victim of a cyber crime—in fact, you’re much more likely to have your bank account hacked or your identity stolen than you are to be mugged on the street. Or you could need hospital care in an emergency and find that there’s no bed for you, or no doctor, ... Read More »

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