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New Award Honours Leaders in Accessibility

Ontario News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:45

Ontario is recognizing individuals and organizations who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues through the new David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

Improving Access to Health Care Services in Cambridge and North Dumfries

Ontario News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:30

Ontario is improving access to health care services for patients in Cambridge and North Dumfries by supporting the expansion and redevelopment of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. 

Are You Visiting a Fair this Fall?

Ontario News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00

Ontario's vast array of fall fairs offer fun, educational and affordable activities for residents and visitors to discover.

Challenging Communities to Create a Healthy Ontario

Ontario News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:00

Ontario is challenging communities across the province to promote healthy and active lifestyles among children and youth with the launch of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. 

Protecting Quinte-Area Drinking Water

Ontario News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:00

Ontario has approved the Quinte Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.  

Protecting Kettle Creek-Area Drinking Water

Ontario News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:00

Ontario has approved the Kettle Creek Source Protection Plan to strengthen local source-to-tap drinking water protection.  

500 GO Buses Means Better Service For Riders

Ontario News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:00

Ontario is helping more commuters take public transit and get to their destination sooner as Metrolinx rolls out its 500th GO Bus.

A New Era of Cleaner Air in Ontario

Ontario News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:00

Ontario is now home to North America's largest power plant fuelled completely by biomass.  The Atikokan Generating Station conversion is complete and the station is now generating electricity and helping meet local power needs in northwestern Ontario.

Ontario Taking Steps to Improve Mining Safety

Ontario News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:45

Ontario is improving the health and well-being of workers in the province's underground mines by acting on its advisory group's early work.

Improvements Begin on Highway 410

Ontario News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:00

Ontario is widening a 12-kilometre stretch of Highway 410 from south of Highway 401 to Queen Street, to improve traffic flow and safety in the Greater Toronto Area, while creating or sustaining more than 1,550 construction jobs. 

Stay up-to-date with email alerts

Open Parliament - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:05

Just launched a test version of a new alerts system. Check it out. (Though I should warn you that it's a test, and it may change or disappear.)

Email alerts were one of the things I thought were necessary to launch this site—which is now, at 2.5 years, well into its toddler years. Actually, I built the signup page before launching the site, but I wasn't sure people would actually sign up. When lots did, I scrambled to finish the actual email-sending code before Hansard was published.

But till now, email alerts were restricted to everything a given MP said. The new system lets you get alerts for any given search query—every time someone says climate change in the Environment committee, every bill that mentions the CBC, all that talk about carbon taxes, and so on.

To get started, sign up. Then you should start seeing Create an alert buttons on search pages.


Open Parliament - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:05

The House of Commons is on summer break, and doesn't meet again until September 17.


Open Parliament - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:05

Wednesday and Thursday—though, according to Parliamentary convention, it was just an exceptionally long Wednesday—Parliament didn't get much sleep. The opposition parties forced a long series of votes on Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill that opponents say forces through hundreds of major changes unrelated to the budget.

The full transcripts have just been released, and I've updated this site with all votes. If you're interested in seeing who's best at timing their bathroom breaks, here's the league table of how many votes MPs missed during the marathon.

The Search Committee

Open Parliament - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:05

Two big, long-in-the-making additions to this site today. Whee!

The first is the addition of House committees and their transcripts. Committees can be really interesting. Even though this current Parliament certainly doesn't mark their heyday, they're still the most productive part of the House. There's way less theatre and name-calling than in debates—and, unlike in the House chamber, nobody's ever speaking to a vast empty room. And since they revolve around external witnesses, you can hear some surprising perspectives that go beyond the familiar party talking points.

Adding committees about doubled the amount of data we have, so I figured the search engine needed a bit of a facelift to deal with it. I ended up doing full reconstructive surgery. The new search does quite a bit more than its predecessor. It's not easy designing a search interface to be powerful and information-dense without also being complicated and overwhelming, and so feedback and suggestions are very welcome. And please tell me if anything doesn't work: it's a complex piece of software, and there are likely bugs.

Redeveloping Lakeridge Health's Pharmacy

Ontario News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:00

Ontario is redeveloping and relocating the pharmacy at Lakeridge Health's Oshawa hospital to provide patients with quality pharmaceutical services and medication delivery.

Championing Adult Literacy

Ontario News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:30

The Ontario government announced today that Tim Nicholls Harrison, CEO of the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, is this year's recipient of Ontario's Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Improving Access to Health Care Services in York Region

Ontario News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00

Ontario is improving access to health care services for residents in York Region with the newly completed expansion and redevelopment of Markham Stouffville Hospital. 


Ontario Air Quality - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:52
Station:Barrie. AQI: 7. Reason: Ozone (O3). Category: Very Good.


Ontario Air Quality - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:52
Station:Belleville. AQI: 15. Reason: Ozone (O3). Category: Very Good.


Ontario Air Quality - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:52
Station:Brampton. AQI: 8. Reason: Ozone (O3). Category: Very Good.


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