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Ontario’s Coroner Reports on Cycling Deaths

It’s been about 7 months since Ontario’s coroner announced that it was going to review cycling deaths in Ontario, on October 24th, 2011 Chief Coroner Andrew McCallum announced that he be investigating cycling deaths over the last 4 years in Ontario. That report was released this week, Office for the Chief Coroner for Ontario: Cycling […]

Cab 1: Sasha 0

There is nothing like the sound of carbon fibre hitting the pavement. The hollow clunk as your bike and you go crashing down. Yesterday while out doing a training ride I was side swiped by a Toronto taxi driver. Considering what could have been I’m pretty much OK; few major bruises, maybe a small fracture […]

It’s Still Up for Debate

I’ll admit it, I’m a giant nerd. Last night I actually recorded and then watched the Ontario provincial debates with intent! While doing a bit of yoga I watched the McGuinty, Horwath and Hudak square off against each other. But all I could think was.. Who actually won the debate? Unfortunately politics, at least what […]

You Only Get One Vote…Use it Wisely

On October 25th all of Ontario goes to vote their municipal leaders. Here in Toronto the race for mayor seems to be cooling down. While candidates continue to campaign, Rob Ford seems to be storming ahead with the lead. What? Rob Ford? The man who has insulted at least half of the city’s population; he […]

The Future of Ontario's Health Care

Build them smaller? Build them greener? Build them with the future in mind. I had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy’s (OCEPP) lecture on Engineers and the Future of Ontario’s Healthcsare System. The presentation was delivered by Dr. Kimberly Woodhouse, a chemical engineer, Dean of the Queen’s University Engineering […]

A Good Old Fashioned Walk to School

Last night while watching the news I was drawn in by a story about the Burlington Elementary school district. It was a walk to school program, encouraging parents and children to walk to school instead of driving. Like many of the surrounding suburbs of Toronto, Burlington has larger homes on bigger properties and streets that […]

Waste Diversion in Ontario

This morning I had the opportunity to attend the breakfast forum on Ontario’s Waste Diversion act hosted by the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. My quick summary can be found at one of my favourite engineering news websites, Renew Canada.

Barriers

Wind. Solar. Geothermal. Hydroelectric. These all are forms of renewable energy that should be part of our future electricity mix. Currently there are incentives in place to help residents invest in personal renewable energy, but what about commercial incentives To date the government has offered no incentives to commercial businesses to invest in individual renewable […]

The Future of Canada's Infrastructure is in Good Hands

Thanks to RenewCanada I had the unique opportunity to attend the Strategy Institute’s conference on The Future of Canada’s Infrastructure. The two days started with a keynote address from the Assistant Chief planner of the Directorate for the Built Environment of the Scottish Government and the remainder was filled with presentations about the current practices […]

Smart Ways to Spend Infrastructure Dollars

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a presentation hosted jointly by the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) and the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. The presenter Chris Kennedy spoke about how Ontario, namely the Golden-Horseshoe, should develop infrastructure over the next 10- […]