Canada east – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 10:46:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://scbwicanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-125x125.png Canada east – Scbwi Canada http://scbwicanada.org/ 32 32 Turkey summons 10 ambassadors after call for release of philanthropist https://scbwicanada.org/turkey-summons-10-ambassadors-after-call-for-release-of-philanthropist/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:07:00 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/turkey-summons-10-ambassadors-after-call-for-release-of-philanthropist/ Lawyers and supporters of the Gezi solidarity group gather outside the courthouse, Caglayan courthouse, as a Turkish court begins retrial of philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others over their roles in national protests in 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 21, 2021. REUTERS / Dilara Senkaya / File Photo ISTANBUL, October 19 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Foreign […]]]>

Lawyers and supporters of the Gezi solidarity group gather outside the courthouse, Caglayan courthouse, as a Turkish court begins retrial of philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others over their roles in national protests in 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 21, 2021. REUTERS / Dilara Senkaya / File Photo

ISTANBUL, October 19 (Reuters) – Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned ambassadors from 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, on Tuesday over an “irresponsible” statement calling for urgent release by philanthropist Osman Kavala.

The statement, shared by some of the embassies on Monday, called for a just and swift resolution of Kavala’s case, four years after his imprisonment, saying the case “cast a shadow over respect for democracy.”

The Turkish businessman has been in prison since late 2017 without being convicted, which rights groups say is symbolic of the crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) called for Kavala’s immediate release at the end of 2019 for lack of reasonable suspicion that he had committed an offense, ruling that his detention served to silence him. Read more

He was acquitted last year of charges related to national protests in 2013, but the ruling was overturned this year and combined with charges in another case related to a coup attempt in 2016. Read more

“The persistent delays in (Kavala’s) trial, including merging different cases and creating new ones after a previous acquittal, cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish justice system, ”the embassies said in the statement.

“Noting the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on the matter, we call on Turkey to obtain his urgent release,” he said.

The other parties to the declaration were Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland and New Zealand.

RULE OF LAW

The foreign ministry told ambassadors on Tuesday it rejected the “unacceptable” statement aimed at putting pressure on the Turkish justice system and politicizing judicial processes.

“It was stressed that Turkey is a democratic rule of law respectful of human rights and they were reminded that Turkish justice would not be affected by such an irresponsible statement,” he said.

Diplomats have been warned that they must remain under their responsibilities under international agreements, the foreign ministry added.

Responding to Monday’s statement, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Turkey is a democratic and legal state. “Your recommendation and your suggestion cast a shadow over your understanding of law and democracy,” he said. said on twitter.

The Council of Europe has said it will initiate infringement proceedings against Turkey if Kavala is not released. Turkey is said to be the second country against which infringement proceedings have been initiated. Read more

The next hearing in the case against Kavala, who has denied all charges, and others, will be held on November 26.

Additional reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Karishma Singh and Jonathan Spicer

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Collins leads EMU at Wolfpack Intercollegiate https://scbwicanada.org/collins-leads-emu-at-wolfpack-intercollegiate/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 22:19:07 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/collins-leads-emu-at-wolfpack-intercollegiate/ History links Full results | Season statistics. RALEIGH, NC (EMUEagles.com) – Senior Cougar Collins (Caledon, Ontario, Canada-Mayfield Secondary) finished below average for the tournament after a final round of 76 to tie for 19th and lead the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Host State NC overcame a […]]]>
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RALEIGH, NC (EMUEagles.com) – Senior Cougar Collins (Caledon, Ontario, Canada-Mayfield Secondary) finished below average for the tournament after a final round of 76 to tie for 19th and lead the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

Host State NC overcame a 10-stroke deficit after two rounds to win the event. The Wolfpack dominated UNCG by 15 shots in the third round to claim a five-shot victory.

Nick Lyerly of UNCG won medal honors with a two-stroke victory over AJ Bechtold of East Carolina.

Collins’ fastest lap came in the first round as he shot a 69 and followed it up with a 70. In 12 laps this fall, he averaged 73.17 strokes per lap with a team record of six. par rounds or better.

Second year Mr. J. Smith (Rockford, Illinois-Winnebago) 38th tied with a 219 (70-71-78), while senior Ty celone (Long Sault, Ontario, Canada-Catholic St Joseph) was 43rd with a 220 (71-76-73).

Classmate Zack Mason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada-Blyth Academy Lawrence Park) added a 227 (76-72-79) for 74th and Max Watson (Ashland, Ohio-Ashland) finished 77th with a score of 229 (77-75-77) in three rounds.

The Head Coach Bruce cunningham‘s the crew will take some time before they return to the course at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event in Dade City, Fla. February 7-8.

Individual results from Eastern Michigan:
PL. Player scores

t-19. Cougar Collins 69-70-76 = 215
t-38. Mr. J. Smith 70-71-78 = 219
t-43. Ty celone 71-76-73 = 220
t-74. Zack Mason 76-72-79 = 227
t-77. Max Watson 77-75-77 = 229

Team scores:
PL. Team scores

1. State NC 285-280-282 = 847
2.UNCG 279-276-297 = 852
3. Virginia Tech 282-288-290 = 860
t-4. Lip comb 287-281-293 = 861
t-4. Furman 282-291-288 = 861
6. Elon 288-288-287 = 863
t-7. Campbell 287-291-286 = 864
t-7. Southern Mississippi 289-287-288 = 864
9. James Madison 277-288-302 = 867
10. UNCW 294-288-292 = 874
11. Cincinnati 293-285-297 = 875
12. Highlight 289-294-293 = 876
13. East Carolina 294-287-296 = 877
14. Eastern Michigan 286-288-304 = 878
15. Wofford 289-293-302 = 884
16. George Mason 293-302-305 = 900


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Yukon Territory Imposes Vaccination Mandate As Cases Rise https://scbwicanada.org/yukon-territory-imposes-vaccination-mandate-as-cases-rise/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:09:44 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/yukon-territory-imposes-vaccination-mandate-as-cases-rise/ Vaccinations against the coronavirus will soon be mandatory for government officials and health care workers in the Yukon Territory, government officials said on Friday, as the territory’s immediate neighbors grappled with a spike in cases. The state of Alaska and the Northwest Territories, the province east of the Yukon, have “each faced a widespread resurgence” […]]]>

Vaccinations against the coronavirus will soon be mandatory for government officials and health care workers in the Yukon Territory, government officials said on Friday, as the territory’s immediate neighbors grappled with a spike in cases.

The state of Alaska and the Northwest Territories, the province east of the Yukon, have “each faced a widespread resurgence” of cases, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said on Friday. a briefing on Covid-19. Northwest Territories has highest rate of active Covid-19 cases in Canada, national report finds public health data.

In the Yukon, vaccination will also be compulsory for teachers and staff of some non-governmental organizations that receive public funds, such as those serving prisons and other places of collective living.

Workers must receive both doses by November 30. Effective today, the territory will also require residents to present proof of vaccination to attend public events like theatrical performances or to enter recreational facilities like gymnasiums and community centers. However, access to grocery stores, banks and other places offering essential services will not depend on immunization status.

Yukon had 109 active cases of Covid per 100,000 population on Friday, which is higher than the provincial average of 92, according to the National public health data. At least 72 percent of the territory’s population was fully immunized by October 2, the latest data available performances by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Yukon’s vaccination rate is in line with the national trend. Seventy-six percent of Canadians were fully immunized as of October 2, according to national data.

“Despite our high vaccination rate, we have seen Covid-19 spread rapidly and ruthlessly in our unvaccinated population,” said Mr. Silver.

Ten people have died from Covid-19 in the Yukon, a territory of more than 35,800 people characterized by rugged terrain and remote communities.

The Yukon Territory was the last provincial government to announce a program requiring proof of vaccination. In September, Ontario did so, following the lead of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Several provinces have seen unruly anti-vaccine protests in areas around hospitals.


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Air Canada unveils its 2022 program to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India https://scbwicanada.org/air-canada-unveils-its-2022-program-to-europe-africa-the-middle-east-and-india/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 11:05:34 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/air-canada-unveils-its-2022-program-to-europe-africa-the-middle-east-and-india/ Air Canada has unveiled its program scheduled for summer 2022 for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. In addition to its established year-round services, the airline has announced its return to major summer seasonal destinations such as Venice, Nice, Manchester, Barcelona, ​​Edinburgh and Reykjavik. Seasonal services to Athens, Rome and Lisbon resumed in 2021 […]]]>

Air Canada has unveiled its program scheduled for summer 2022 for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. In addition to its established year-round services, the airline has announced its return to major summer seasonal destinations such as Venice, Nice, Manchester, Barcelona, ​​Edinburgh and Reykjavik.

Seasonal services to Athens, Rome and Lisbon resumed in 2021 and will return next spring, alongside Air Canada’s recently launched service to Cairo.

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“As we continue to rebuild our global network, Air Canada is delighted to plan its return to these popular leisure destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, offering customers the opportunity to explore the world once again,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice-President, Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Canada. “Our schedule will allow for easy travel through our hubs of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary to and from our global destinations. Start planning ahead and book with confidence. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you on board. “

Additional takeovers or service extensions will be announced in the future. The schedule can be adjusted as needed based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

All year:

Amsterdam (December 2021)

Brussels

Casablanca

Copenhagen (May 2022)

Doha

Dubai

Dublin

Frankfurt

Geneva

London

Lyon (December 2021)

Madrid (April 2022)

Milan (May 2022)

Munich

Delhi

Paris

Tel Aviv

Vienna

Zurich

Summer season :

Athens (April 2022)

Barcelona (March 2022)

Cairo (May 2022)

Edinburgh (June 2022)

Lisbon (March 2022)

Manchester (Jun 2022)

Nice (May 2022)

Reykjavik (June 2022)

Rome (March 2022)

Venice (April 2022)


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Meteorite crashes through ceiling and lands on woman’s bed https://scbwicanada.org/meteorite-crashes-through-ceiling-and-lands-on-womans-bed/ Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:37:29 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/meteorite-crashes-through-ceiling-and-lands-on-womans-bed/ Ruth Hamilton was sleeping soundly in her home in British Columbia when she woke up to the sound of her dog barking, followed by an “explosion”. She jumped up and turned on the light, only to see a hole in the ceiling. His clock read 11:35 At first, Mrs. Hamilton thought that a tree had […]]]>

Ruth Hamilton was sleeping soundly in her home in British Columbia when she woke up to the sound of her dog barking, followed by an “explosion”. She jumped up and turned on the light, only to see a hole in the ceiling. His clock read 11:35

At first, Mrs. Hamilton thought that a tree had fallen on her house. But no, all the trees were there. She called 911 and, while on the phone with an operator, noticed a large charcoal gray object between her two floral pillows.

“Oh, my God,” she recalls telling the operator, “there’s a rock in my bed. “

A meteorite, she later learned.

The 2.8-pound boulder the size of a large man’s fist had barely missed Ms Hamilton’s head, leaving “drywall debris on my face,” she said. Her close encounter on the night of October 3 left her shaken, but he captivated the internet and gave scientists an unusual chance to study a space rock that crashed into Earth.

“It just seems surreal,” Ms. Hamilton said in an interview on Wednesday. “Then I’m going to come in and look around the room and, yes, there’s still a hole in my ceiling.” Yes, it has happened.

Meteorites rush towards Earth every hour of every day. When they are big enough, survive the journey through Earth’s atmosphere and make a landing, they become meteorites. People collect them. Others end up in museums. Some are sold on eBay. In February, Christie’s held a record-breaking rare meteorite auction, grossing over $ 4 million.

The night the meteorite crashed into Ms. Hamilton’s sleep in Golden, a town of 3,700 people about 440 miles east of Vancouver, other Canadians heard two big booms and saw a fireball cross the sky. Some have filmed the phenomenon, according to researchers at the University of Calgary.

Credit…Ruth hamilton

After Ms Hamilton called 911, an officer who entered her house first suggested that the lost rock may have come from an explosion caused by roadworks on a nearby freeway, she said. But the workers hadn’t blasted that night.

Then the officer made another guess: “I think you have a meteorite in your bed.”

Ms Hamilton didn’t sleep the rest of the night, she said, and sat in a chair, sipping tea as the meteorite sat on her bed. Ms Hamilton told local media that she initially kept the news to herself, but then reported the episode to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, where Peter Brown, a professor there, confirmed that the rock was an “asteroid” meteorite.

Ms. Hamilton also told her family and friends about it. “My granddaughters can tell that their grandmother was almost killed in her bed by a meteorite,” she said.

Meteorites have already landed in people’s homes and yards. In 1982, a six-pound coin crashed into a house in Wethersfield, Connecticut, tore second and first story ceilings, was thrown into the living room, and ricocheted through a doorway and into the dining room. eat, where she stopped. In 2020, an Indonesian casket maker was surprised by a 4.4 pound meteorite that went through its roof.

The chances of a meteorite entering someone’s house and hitting a bed in any given year are approximately one in 100 billion, said Professor Brown.

Ms Hamilton’s rock was one of two meteorites that hit Golden that night. Researchers about 160 miles east in Calgary said they traveled to the city to find the second in a field less than a mile from Ms Hamilton’s house, after triangulating her location based on photographs and videos that several people around the area had sent.

Alan Hildebrand, an associate professor at the University of Calgary who studies meteorites, said he and his fellow researchers were so happy to get their hands on the rock that “I think we kissed.”

Meteorites offer scientists a rare opportunity to learn more about the solar system and the asteroid belt. Researchers can sample their materials instead of looking at them from afar.

Scientists said they could also use meteorites to reconstruct their trajectories from outer space through the atmosphere to the ground, in which case the rocks may have lost about 90 percent of their mass. During air travel, meteorites can heat up to about 2,000 degrees Celsius, or more than 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit, while traveling at 50 times the speed of sound, although they can be cold to the touch at the time. where they reach the ground.

Once researchers are done studying the meteorite, Ms Hamilton said, she planned to keep it since it landed on her property. She suggested she was lucky. When asked if she bought a lottery ticket the next day, she said no; she had already won it: “I was the winner.

“I have never been injured,” she added. “I had this experience and I never even had a scratch. So all I had to do was take a shower and wash the dust off the drywall.



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Spice company wins award for bringing the flavors of the world to Victoria https://scbwicanada.org/spice-company-wins-award-for-bringing-the-flavors-of-the-world-to-victoria/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:00:22 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/spice-company-wins-award-for-bringing-the-flavors-of-the-world-to-victoria/ A group of enterprising immigrant women from Victoria, British Columbia, were recognized for their spice blending business. Mosaic Tastes, which was created by nine women participating in Camosun College’s Markets as Incubators program, this year received the Canadian Western Bank Women Makers and Creators Award for Best Business Implementation. Lucy Marquez, who came from Colombia […]]]>

A group of enterprising immigrant women from Victoria, British Columbia, were recognized for their spice blending business.

Mosaic Tastes, which was created by nine women participating in Camosun College’s Markets as Incubators program, this year received the Canadian Western Bank Women Makers and Creators Award for Best Business Implementation.

Lucy Marquez, who came from Colombia to Canada, said the group was delighted to be nominated.

“Winning the award is a whole different story. We are so blessed and happy to receive the award,” Marquez said.

The group, made up of women from around the world, met for the first time in January. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, they worked together to develop three distinct spice blends: baharat and za’atar from the Middle East and sazón from Latin America.

Marquez says they sell their blends at the James Bay Farmer’s Market and also through an online store.

“We didn’t know it was going to be successful. We were nervous because we’re all new to business,” she said.

Mosaic Tastes currently offers three spice blends: sazón from Latin America and two from the Middle East: baharat and za’atar. (Mosaic tastes / Facebook)

Mi Oh, from South Korea, says the blends have been warmly received by customers.

“In Canada, I think there are some tasteless tastes,” Oh said with a laugh. “These are authentic flavors.”

She recommends sprinkling some za’atar on a boiled egg with olive oil for a tasty snack.

Marquez, who says using sazón reminds her of being back home in Colombia, says the flavor is a great way to explore the world – especially when we can’t do it in person due to the pandemic.

“As they say, to taste is to travel, so we invite everyone in Victoria to try our blends so they can travel with the flavors,” Marquez said.

8:35Victoria Spice Trade Land Creators and Makers Award

Mosaic Tastes, a spice company created by a group of immigrant women with the support of Camosun College, has just received a Canadian Western Bank Women Makers and Creator’s award. Designers Mi Oh and Lucy Marquez chatted with Rohit Joseph about their business. 8:35


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Russian plane carrying group of paratroopers crashes, killing at least 16 https://scbwicanada.org/russian-plane-carrying-group-of-paratroopers-crashes-killing-at-least-16/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 09:54:58 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/russian-plane-carrying-group-of-paratroopers-crashes-killing-at-least-16/ A plane carrying a group of paratroopers crashed in the Russian region of Tatarstan on Sunday, killing 16 and injuring six, the emergency ministry said. The plane, which crashed near the town of Menzelinsky, was carrying 20 paratroopers and two crew members. Six people were in serious condition, the health ministry said. A short-range twin-engine […]]]>

A plane carrying a group of paratroopers crashed in the Russian region of Tatarstan on Sunday, killing 16 and injuring six, the emergency ministry said.

The plane, which crashed near the town of Menzelinsky, was carrying 20 paratroopers and two crew members. Six people were in serious condition, the health ministry said.

A short-range twin-engine Let L-410 Turbolet transport aircraft, the aircraft belonged to a Menzelinsk flying club, TASS news agency reported.

Cosmonauts use the area for training and the flying club has hosted local, European and world championships, club manager Ravil Nurmukhametov said as quoted by TASS.

The state-run cosmonaut training center has suspended ties with the flying club pending an investigation, TASS said citing a source.

RIA quoted local authorities as saying one of the engines could have broken down.

Photographs of some of the paratroopers on board posing in a kit or with a plane were shown on REN TV and on social media.

Russian aviation safety standards have been tightened in recent years, but accidents continue to occur, especially in remote areas.

An aging Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in Russia’s Far East last month, killing six people. All 28 people aboard an Antonov An-26 turboprop twin engine died in an accident in Kamchatka in July.


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Environment Canada expects dry conditions to continue, but rain and possibly snow in the long-term forecast https://scbwicanada.org/environment-canada-expects-dry-conditions-to-continue-but-rain-and-possibly-snow-in-the-long-term-forecast/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 04:22:29 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/environment-canada-expects-dry-conditions-to-continue-but-rain-and-possibly-snow-in-the-long-term-forecast/ An aerial view of the Bell Fire near Hudson Bay. Photo submitted. Environment Canada says rain and perhaps a few snowflakes are on their way to the areas of east-central Saskatchewan most affected by the wildfires, but it is too early to say how much. Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Sara Hoffman said the […]]]>

Environment Canada says rain and perhaps a few snowflakes are on their way to the areas of east-central Saskatchewan most affected by the wildfires, but it is too early to say how much.

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Sara Hoffman said the models showed a large storm moving north into the United States and into Canada. The majority of this storm will hit Manitoba, but rain and snow could fall in parts of eastern Saskatchewan.

“Some models have no part of Saskatchewan affected by this upcoming system, and other models have a large part of Saskatchewan affected,” Hoffman said in an interview Friday.

“Because there is so much variability in this coming system, I encourage people to keep an eye on the long term forecast and watch out for what’s to come.”

Hoffman said rain and snow are unlikely to arrive until Thursday at the earliest. Residents and forest firefighting crews can expect dry weather to continue at least until Sunday.

Clouds of smoke will continue to hang over northern Saskatchewan. Hoffman expects the winds to continue blowing from the south, which will push plumes of smoke into Pelican Narrows and north.

Smoke will still be present in areas west and south of the fires in east-central Saskatchewan

“There are very serious fires and they produce a lot of smoke,” Hoffman said. “We expect the wind to come and keep the thickest of that smoke moving north with the flow.”

By Sunday, Environment Canada expects the smoke to move northeast. Beyond that, Hoffman said it was difficult to predict whether air quality conditions would improve.

“It all depends on how fires behave, what kind of atmosphere and stability there is, and all of those things,” she explained.

The air quality index remained at high risk throughout Friday in Prince Albert. It should fall to moderate risk on Saturday.

Special air quality alerts remain in place for several communities in the north and central east. An Environment Canada alert for Friday said air quality and visibility deteriorated during the evening in La Ronge and South End due to wind pushing smoke farther north.

Warnings were also in effect for Prince Albert, Nipawin, Melfort, Tisdale and surrounding areas. The alert said areas near the fires in the central east could expect poor air quality in the coming days.

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Fog is causing some school bus cancellations in London, Ontario. region – London https://scbwicanada.org/fog-is-causing-some-school-bus-cancellations-in-london-ontario-region-london/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 11:58:17 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/fog-is-causing-some-school-bus-cancellations-in-london-ontario-region-london/ Those in the London, Ont. Area, as well as areas further north and east, wake up in fog on Thursday. Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for London-Middlesex, Huron-Perth, Oxford-Brant and parts to the north and east of these counties. Read more: City of London responds to flooding amid record rainfall Fog caused many […]]]>

Those in the London, Ont. Area, as well as areas further north and east, wake up in fog on Thursday.

Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for London-Middlesex, Huron-Perth, Oxford-Brant and parts to the north and east of these counties.

Read more:

City of London responds to flooding amid record rainfall

Fog caused many school bus trips to be canceled for the morning only.

Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services says all of its bus routes are canceled Thursday morning in Oxford County, while routes for some schools in Middlesex and Elgin counties are also canceled.

The full list of cancellations is available at Southwestern Ontario STS Website.

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Toronto community groups ask for more comment on transit plans at Queens Park protest https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-community-groups-ask-for-more-comment-on-transit-plans-at-queens-park-protest/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 23:37:58 +0000 https://scbwicanada.org/toronto-community-groups-ask-for-more-comment-on-transit-plans-at-queens-park-protest/ Dozens of protesters from the city’s seven community groups were in Queen’s Park on Wednesday to speak out against the way Metrolinx and the provincial government are approaching transit planning. The groups call on the province and its regional public transport agency to make the health and well-being of local communities a priority and to […]]]>

Dozens of protesters from the city’s seven community groups were in Queen’s Park on Wednesday to speak out against the way Metrolinx and the provincial government are approaching transit planning.

The groups call on the province and its regional public transport agency to make the health and well-being of local communities a priority and to listen to them when it comes to building transport projects in common in their neighborhoods.

“Our voice has been lost in this process of transit planning,” said Eon Song on behalf of Save Jimmie Simpson, one of the groups attending the protest. He said the groups might have different goals, but all want environmental reviews of projects and that Metrolinx is doing meaningful consultations with communities.

Current plans for the Ontario line, the Yonge North subway extension and the GO expansion will hurt green spaces, small businesses, schools and homes in communities and were made without public or stakeholder consultation, have writes the groups in a press release.

The groups said legislation introduced in fall 2020, the Building Transit Faster Act and Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs), which allow the government to allow development regardless of local rules, were used to overturn cities. . The government of Premier Doug Ford has used MZOs more frequently than any other government recently in power to advance projects.

Who protested and why

Save Jimmie Simpson

A community group from Riverside and Leslieville calling for the section of the Ontario line that runs through their community to be built underground to protect the health and environment of the community, including the neighborhood’s Jimmie Simpson Park.

Friends of Small’s Creek

Residents of the Upper Beaches and East Danforth area who are trying to stop Metrolinx from expanding the Lakeshore East rail corridor, which will clear cut more than 200 trees, many over 100 years old, in the ravines of Small’s Creek and Williamson Park starting this month, to allow for a proposed fourth track.

Keep the subway on Yonge

A group in the Thornhill neighborhood has asked Metrolinx to reconsider the construction of the Yonge North subway extension under the Royal Orchard neighborhood and to keep the line on its previously approved route under Yonge Street.

Pope Concerned Zone Citizens for Transit

An East York community group made up of residents affected by the proposed Ontario line, who call on Metrolinx to hear and consider residents’ concerns while moving the line forward.

Other groups in attendance included the Lakeshore East Community Advisory Committee, Don’t Mess with The Don and First Parliament.

Dozens of protesters attended the Build Transit Better rally in Queens Park on October 6, 2021. (CBC / Dalia Ashry)

A group representing Thorncliffe Park residents concerned about Metrolinx’s proposed 175,000-square-foot rail yard in their community, SaveTPARK, did not attend, but speakers raised concerns.

Of all the Toronto neighborhoods considered for the project, SaveTPARK says Thorncliffe Park was chosen for the Metrolinx Ontario Line marshalling yard because it is the poorest and least white.

“The Thorncliffe issue is scandalous,” Beaches-East York MP Rima Berns-McGown said in a speech at the rally.

She called Mextrolinx’s decision to build in the community and potentially force businesses like Iqbal Foods to move “extremely racist”, and said it was especially important to listen to racialized and working-class communities like Thorncliffe Park.

Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said the Ontario line needs a new marshalling yard and the goal is to have as little impact on businesses, jobs and residents as possible. .

“Despite the impacts this is going to have on this neighborhood, this is the least significant impact,” Aikins said of the Thorncliffe location.

Asked by CBC Toronto how Metrolinx would like to address concerns that there hasn’t been enough consultation, Aikins said Metrolinx has been tasked with building the necessary transit for decades and building projects for worth $ 80 billion, “about the same time.”

She said building in older, densely populated communities like Toronto is difficult, but Metrolinx has been building transit for a decade and knows what is needed to communicate with groups. Aikins said the agency opened community offices to answer questions and held public consultations, letters, newsletters and articles on its blog.

As for concerns about Jimmie Simpson Park, Aikins said the Recreation Center and Jimmie Simpson Park would not be affected by Metrolinx and the Ontario line would not affect them.

In Smalls Creek, she said Metrolinx will have to cut down a few trees, but promised to replace each tree cut with three.

Everyone wants public transit, but no one wants it to impact their backyard, she said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, Natasha Tremblay, said by email that the department will continue to work closely with transit partners, including the city of Toronto, while building transit and that Metrolinx ensures that residents’ concerns and comments are heard and incorporated into its plans. .

“Our government fully expects Metrolinx to remain accountable to the communities it serves and to conduct thoughtful and meaningful consultations where work is underway.


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