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Friday, September 21, 2012

Ontario Trails - News and Updates on Ontario Trails

Provincial government slashes funding to CFWIP
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is outraged that the provincial government is poised to slash funding for the Ministry of Natural Resources' (MNR) Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP ...
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Toronto still pedalling backwards with cycling plans
MetroNews Canada
Before the end of the year, the City of Toronto is set to make two major changes that'll affect our fledgling network of bike infrastructure. After a prolonged battle, staff are finally scheduled to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis Street. They'll also ...
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Stop bike lane fight, Vancouver urged
Globe and Mail
The former planning director of Vancouver is urging a halt to the inflamed rhetoric that seems to accompany any proposal for further bike lanes in the city. “I worry that we're starting to sound like Toronto with Mayor [Rob] Ford,” Brent Toderian said ...
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Centurion Cycling winds up 2012 series at Blue Mountain, Ontario ...
By GranFondoPLUS staff. Centurion Cycling's series of four 2012 events was wrapped up Sunday with the Suburu Centurion Canada at Blue Mountain, Ontario.
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Neighborhood Walkability Could Influence Diabetes Risk
Huffington Post
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, included the more than 1 million people who live inToronto who are between the ages of 30 and 64. Researchers examined their diabetes status over a five-year period, as well as where they lived and ...
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Chief Coroner Releases Pedestrian Death Review

September 19, 2012

Recommendations Aim to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths in Ontario

Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario, today released the Office of the Chief Coroner's Pedestrian Death Review.

The Pedestrian Death Review was undertaken as a result of concern surrounding the issue of pedestrian safety after a spate of deaths in January 2010. The purpose of the review was to examine the circumstances of 95 deaths that occurred from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010 and make recommendations to help prevent future deaths.

The review was led by Dr. Bert Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner, Inquests with help from stakeholders and members of the public, who contributed their comments. It resulted in 26 recommendations in the areas of leadership, legislation, education, engineering and enforcement. These include:
  • Creating a Walking Strategy for Ontarians
  • Adopting a 'complete streets' approach to guide the development of new communities and the re-development of existing communities in Ontario
  • Installing side guards on heavy trucks
  • Providing municipalities greater flexibility to adjust speed limits and create more pedestrian crossings
  • Educating drivers on the scenarios that can lead to a pedestrian collision
  • Increasing enforcement.

Ontario Helping Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph Protect the Great Lakes

September 19, 2012

Government Invests in Water Innovation

Ontario is helping Guelph, Waterloo and Kitchener test new and better ways to protect groundwater and streams that flow into Lake Erie.  

The Guelph Transit Facility is installing a rainwater and rinse water collection system to reduce the amount of water, detergent and energy used to wash city buses. The new system will also prevent detergent from entering local waterways.

The City of Waterloo is installing a rainwater collection system to collect, treat, store and reuse stormwater runoff from building rooftops and parking lots and the City of Kitchener is exploring new ways to keep stormwater sediment out of landfills by reusing it as topsoil.

These projects are part of the McGuinty government's Showcasing Water Innovation program that supports projects demonstrating new and cost-effective approaches to improving drinking water, wastewater treatment and stormwater systems.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the Ontario government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

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Communities Across Ontario Want Active Transportation with More ...
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 20, 2012) - If they could design infrastructure for the needs of their community ten years from now, almost three ...
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A few upcoming dates that may be of interest:
Take advantage of the Fall Colours over the next few weeks. Autumn provides the best walking conditions. Visit www.rainbowroutes.com to view your walking options.
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