Ontario premier discusses importance of cross-border trade with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
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Toronto, Sep 16 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Washington, D.C., U.S. last week to discuss with productive dialogue as the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- which came into effect on January 1, 1994, creating the largest free trade region in the world aiming to raise the standard of living for the people of all three member countries -- negotiations was approaching, media reports said.
Wynne was reported to say that the focus of their conversation was the importance of cross-border trade in creating jobs, delivering benefits to workers, businesses and consumers and she brought forward the issue about the dependency of families in more than 260 communities across our province on forestry and paper sectors and added,
"Secretary Ross and I also discussed the opportunities presented by a renewed NAFTA -- one that reflects our fast-paced, innovation-driven global business climate. I also expressed Ontario's confidence in the three countries' ability to reach, a deal that will benefit people and businesses across North America."
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While in Washington, Wynne said she had the honour to deliver the 2017-2018 Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins University.
Wynne continued to say that she had shared a clear message with U.S. partners in the past few months considering both Ontario and the U.S. have many common goals, and free trade and open borders enabling success in the partnership.
She said that over the past eight months she had met and spoken with dozens of governors, senators, members of Congress and members of state assemblies and added,
"Every one of them has agreed that North America works best when we work together...but as provinces and states we too have a voice and a key advocacy role to play...and will continue to engage with partners across North America to advocate for free trade and cross-border partnership and said that she remained confident that a renewed NAFTA will "continue to support good jobs and economic growth here in Ontario and we remain committed to making sure that people and businesses across the province have every possible opportunity to get ahead."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 6 (Canadian-Media): The result of findings of high concentrations of pollutants in the TTC’s underground lines -- released earlier this year by the journal Environmental Science & Technology -- prompted Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to invest $500,000 to study air quality in the subway system, media reports said.
According to the study, reported TheStar, concentrations of fine particulate matter on the Toronto subway system were found to be approximately 10 times the level found outside TTC stations and almost thrice higher than those on Montreal’s Metro and five times greater than those on Vancouver’s SkyTrain.
Kevin Morton, secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 -- whose union is the TTC’s largest – said, “I don’t believe that (subway air is) safe for the worker who works there eight to 10 hours a day. I think it has long-term, detrimental effects on a worker’s health.”
Councillor Joe Mihevc, board member of TTC was quoted as saying, ““I think that you want to improve the quality in air systems wherever they are, and of course the TTC, there are hundreds of thousands of people who use it every day, so you want to make sure that that subway is functioning well, from an air quality point of view”.
Third-party consultants appointed, reported TTC board, to conduct the study over a one-year period will measure pollution levels in the subway system air as well as monitor the exposure of the transit workers who spend the most time underground.
Three air quality studies had been conducted by The TTC but the last one was done back in 1995.
Andy Byford, the CEO admitted that air quality studies by TTC should be done more frequently than every 22 years, but he said he was confident the new data would show that “not only is the air safe, but air quality has actually improved.”
Byford was quoted by the CityNews as saying, “We have been removing detraitis from the tunnel, clearing the tunnel walls of what’s called ‘tunnel fur’ which hasn’t been done before, to my knowledge,” said Byford. “We’ve also finished the rollout of the rocket trains. We’ve removed lots of garbage from the stations, which can potentially cause fire or dust.”
Toronto Public Health will reportedly carry out a separate assessment to determine the health risks posed to members of the public.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)