Ottawa, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): Canada’s boost in sale of electric cars owing to $5,000 federal rebate program program had resulted in 30 percent more sales of electric cars in Canada between January and June, compared to the year before, media reports said.
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Transport Canada reported more than 14,000 electric vehicles were purchased nationwide during the first three months of the federal government's new rebate program.
Further details about what kinds of cars were the most popular purchases by the province have not yet been provided by Transport Canada.
The increase in the sale was mostly in the two provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, which required a minimum number of electric car sales.
(Reporting by AshaBajaj)
#VancouverInternationalAirport; CanadaBorderServicesAgency; #primaryinspectionkiosksandNEXUSsystemsOutage
Vancouver (B.C.), July 28 (Canadian-Media): Serious delays for passengers arriving at Vancouver International Airport have been caused due to nationwide outage of the Canada Border Services Agency's primary inspection kiosks and NEXUS systems, media reports said.
Vancouver International Airport/Twitter
According to the airport, the most are international passengers and U.S. passport holders.
A tweet from the airport said passengers are being processed using manual forms, and that they are trying to keep people hydrated.
MONTREAL, July 23, (CAnadian-Media): Air Canada, which was named Best Airline in North America for the third consecutive year, announced it will resume its daily, non-stop Toronto-Delhi flights on Oct. 1, 2019 (eastbound) and Oct. 3, 2019 (westbound), media reports said.
Initially the Toronto-Delhi flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Beginning Oct. 27, additional capacity with 400-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, will be added to this route featuring Air Canada's award-winning Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service.
"We are very pleased to resume our daily, non-stop Toronto-Delhi flights in time for Diwali celebrations...we look forward to operating our full schedule to India," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.
"The resumption of Air Canada's direct flights is a most welcome development", said Kasi Rao, President & CEO of the Canada-India Business Council. "At a time of increasing commercial activity between Canada and India...in connecting the business communities in both countries as well as the growing number of tourists, students, families and cargo traffic," said Rao.
Air Canada's seasonal Toronto-Mumbai flights will operate four times weekly from Oct. 27, 2019 until March 28, 2020 with Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
Air Canada will operate up to 18 weekly flights conveniently connecting a multitude of cities in North America to Delhi from both Toronto and Vancouver, and to Mumbai from Toronto. Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada's leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority services, Maple Leaf Lounges and other benefits.
New projects will ease congestion, bring faster commutes and more time with friends and family
July 22, 2019 4:00 P.M.Ministry of Infrastructure
TORONTO — Ontario is delivering on its promise to get people moving with better transit service that will make lives better and ensure Ontario is open for business and jobs.
Starting today, 11 municipalities across the GTHA can apply for funding to support new transit projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Public Transit Stream. These projects, including the five transit projects nominated in Toronto and York Region in May could unlock up to $12.45 billion in federal and provincial funding.
"People in Ontario count on infrastructure to get to work, shop and get home to their families," said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. "Our government's investments in the GTHA will make public transit infrastructure better, safer and more accessible."
The Province will continue to work with the federal government, and ask that it further increase funding towards priority transit projects.
"Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good infrastructure," said Minister Scott. "Ontario's investment towards these projects will build and improve urban transit networks and extend services that will transform the way people live, move and work."
"These projects represent a step forward in helping people and goods move around the GTHA quickly and efficiently," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "Combining the resources of the federal and provincial governments helps to deliver on our commitment to a balanced, fiscally-responsible plan for public transit infrastructure projects. These projects will reduce congestion and create new transportation capacity throughout the region."
"We are keeping our promise to invest in and build better public transit," said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). "Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good transit infrastructure. We are making strategic investments across the GTA that will drive job creation and reduce travel time for commuters so our province can get moving."
Geneva, May 7 (Canadian-Media/WHO): In the context of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2019), thousands of road safety advocates from around the world are highlighting the need for more effective leadership for road safety, World Health Organization (WHO) media reports said.
Strong leaders - both government and nongovernment alike - are those who #SpeakUp for road safety and act on the concrete interventions which have proven to save lives.
“WHO’s vision is a world free from road traffic deaths and injuries” notes World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It’s also a world in which all people benefit from universal health coverage, including trauma care, rehabilitation and psychological support for road traffic victims. This week and every week, play your part in making the roads safe for everyone. A safer road for others is a safer road for you.”
Despite progress, road traffic deaths continue to rise, with an annual 1.35 million fatalities. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of children and young people aged 5-29 years. Globally, of all road traffic deaths, pedestrians and cyclists account for 26% and motorcycle riders and passengers account for 28%. The risk of a road traffic death remains three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries, with rates highest in Africa (26.6 per 100 000 population) and lowest in Europe (9.3 per 100 000 population).
“Road traffic deaths and injuries are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,” notes WHO Director, Dr Etienne Krug. “There is no excuse for inaction. This is a problem with proven solutions. Governments and their partners must demonstrate leadership and accelerate action to save lives by implementing what works.”
In the settings where progress has been made, it is because of strong leadership around legislation on key risks such as speeding, drinking and driving, and failing to use seat-belts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints; safer infrastructure like sidewalks and dedicated lanes for cyclists and motorcyclists; improved vehicle standards such as those that mandate electronic stability control and advanced braking; and enhanced post-crash care.
Among hundreds of other events planned for the road safety week are:
To demonstrate its leadership in road safety, WHO has developed a comprehensive, “Road Safety and Vehicle Management Policy.” The policy aims to ensure that WHO vehicles are operated safely to reduce the risk of road traffic crashes and that its fleet is professionally managed. The policy addresses such issues as the behaviour of WHO staff and drivers on the roads, ensuring that they avoid speeding and drinking and driving and wear seat-belts. The policy introduces driver training, including first aid training, and standardization of the road traffic crash reporting system. Among many other initiatives planned during the road safety week, WHO offices will host various activities to support implementation of the policy.
Leadership for road safety is a key component of efforts at national and local levels and will be an important theme during the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety to be hosted by the Government of Sweden in Stockholm on 19-20 February 2020. Delegates from around the world from sectors such as transport, health, interior and others will review progress in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and define the urgent steps needed to accelerate action to reach road safety targets, including the 12 newly established global performance targets.
#NationalResearchCouncilofCanada; #NRC; #AirTravelResearch; #AirbusAmericasEngineering; #IbrahimYimer; #ITB; #FWSAR; #IndustrialandTechnologicalBenefits; #ScienceandTechnology;
#FixedWingSearchandRescueAircraftReplacement; # Spacesciences; #Aerospaceindustry; #Airsafety; #Civilaviation; #Aviation; #Airline; #Aircraft; #Airplanes; #Civilianaircraft; #Airports; #Research; #Ottawa; #Travelandtourism; #Airtravel; #Aviation; #Airquality; #generalpublic; #media; #scientists; #travellers
Ottawa, Apr 2 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is collaborating with National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest federal research and development organization, to enhance the air passenger experience with concept development, mockup, demonstration, and user testing, media reports said.
National Research Council of Canada
To better understand people's interaction with the controlled air travel environment, a NRC multidisciplinary team -- specialists in physiology, psychology, industrial design, engineering, instrumentation, fabrication, and project management -- using the new NRC Centre for Air Travel Research, is studying human responses to the cabin environment and how new design concepts and emerging technologies on air impact travellers and crew.
The NRC is in the third year of a five-year research collaboration with the Research and Technology team at Airbus Americas Engineering. It uses real people in simulated tests to scientifically evaluate and analyze innovative disruptive concepts, cabin air quality and environmental control systems, passenger comfort, and issues associated with boarding and exiting aircraft.
Airbus Americas Engineering
"With our new Centre for Air Travel Research and our world-class researchers in human-centric engineering, we can provide the aerospace industry a large-scale end-to-end testing and demonstration platform for the most advanced technologies in passenger comfort and safety,” said Ibrahim Yimer, Director General of Aerospace, National Research Council of Canada
Analyzing the data gathered during these comprehensive tests, researchers will be able to identify low-cost, high-return changes that can be applied early in the aircraft design process to the benefit of Airbus and its industry customers and for next-generation aircraft.
This research collaboration had been possible partly through Airbus’ Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) and associated with Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program and supports approximately $2.5 billion (CAD) in ITB activities within the Canadian economy.
#GOTransit; #freerides; #Metrolinnx; #TTC; #UPExpress, #Ontario; #JeffYurek; #PhilVerster
Toronto, Mar 02 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made jointly by Jeff Yurek, Transportation Minister, and Phil Verster, Metrolinx President and CEO on Feb 28 that GO Transit trains and buses would be offering free rides to kids 12 and under starting March 9, 2019, media reports said.
Jeff Yurek/Twitter Phil Verster/Twitter Michael Tibollo/Facebook
Free rides on GO trains and buses without a PRESTO card, said Yurek, would better integrate transit in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) and as well provide cost-effective services for families and offer low-stress alternative to driving.
Kids 12 and under already travel on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and UP Express for free.
"Free rides for kids mean more family adventures," said Verster. "The whole family can give GO Transit or UP Express a try while getting our younger generations excited about taking the train or the bus."
"During March break and all year-round, Ontario offers a variety of activities, festivals, museums and parks to help the entire family learn, stay active and enjoy nature," said Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo. "I encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of free rides for children under 12 via GO Transit and explore Ontario."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#MélanieJoly; #cross-countrylisteningtour; #Quebec; #front-linetourismsector experts; #AdvisoryCouncilonJobsandtheVisitorEconomy
Quebec, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): Mélanie Joly, Canada's Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie in her cross-country listening tour, was pleased to hear from front-line tourism sector experts in Quebec, media reports said.
Tourism represents 2 percent of Canada’s gross domestic product, supports supports 1.8 million tourism jobs in Canada.
The Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec reported that approximately 355,100 jobs and 32,000 businesses in Quebec were supported by tourism industry.
During her tourism roundtables in Belœil, Cookshire-Eaton, Jonquière and Rimouski, since Nov 2018, Joly gained valuable insight from key tourism stakeholders, which, she said, would help maximize Canada’s tourism potential.
The creation of Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy by Joly before the commencement of her listening tour, would reportedly help identify important issues of Canada's tourism sector as well as provide advice and recommendations on increasing its competitiveness.
Joly said that would continue her listening tours, which, she hoped would expand tourism opportunities in Canada in attracting new visitors in every region, rural and urban, of the country.
“Our government knows that tourism helps every part of the country...Their unique experiences and the work of the Council will inform our new federal tourism strategy to maximize Canada’s potential. The future is bright for Canadian tourism,” said Joly.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#LeadingPedestrianIntervalProgram; #pedestriansignals;#Toronto; JohnTory
Toronto, Jul 20 (Canadian-Media): This morning, Mayor John Tory announced the installation of Leading Pedestrian Interval Program at 80 intersections this year across Toronto, media reports said.
This change at an intersection gives pedestrians an advanced walk signal at the start of each traffic signal change so they can enter the crosswalk earlier. This advanced walk signal allows pedestrians, in particular children and seniors, to be more visible to traffic when crossing the street.
“I am committed to doing everything possible as quickly as possible to make our streets safer," said Mayor Tory. "I am confident these upgraded signals will make a difference for pedestrians – that's why we have accelerated the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan so we can install more signals this year across the city."
Research has shown that Leading Pedestrian Intervals can reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions by as much as 60 per cent. Toronto activated 12 intersections last year. The City is doubling the number of intersections being activated this year from 40 to 80 in 2018 due to the additional $22 million allocated to the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan by City Council last month. The City’s total five-year Vision Zero investment is $109 million.
The announcement took place at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Mabelle Avenue, a newly implemented intersection featuring the Leading Pedestrian Interval Program. The intersections that are included in the program were identified based on the number of past collisions involving pedestrians and left or right-turning vehicles. So far this year, the City has activated five intersections with advanced pedestrian crossing and 75 more intersections will be activated by November.
"We are committed to implementing changes and enhancing our infrastructure to improve safety and reduce fatalities and serious injuries for all pedestrians in the city. This is just one measure that we're taking to help make our intersections safer," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
This program is an important part of the City's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, a long-term plan to eliminate fatalities and reduce serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrian, school children, older adult, cyclist and motorcyclist safety and reducing aggressive and distracted driving.
#BikeMonthMay28-June 30, #LizSutherland, #TransformTO Climate Action Strategy
Toronto, May 23 (Canadian-Media): During Bike Month from May 28 to June 30. more than 200 bicycle-themed events will take place across Toronto. media reports said.
Guided bike tours, cycling workshops and social events would also be included in this month-long celebration of cycling.
Bike Month 2018 is reportedly sponsored by MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op), CLIF Bar, Smart Commute, Bike Share Toronto, Jet Fuel Coffee and CP24.
“Bike Month is a celebration of the joy of riding and an important opportunity to encourage more people to try it out,” said Liz Sutherland, Cycle Toronto’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations. “We see dramatic increases in ridership wherever the City installs cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities, including protected bike lanes on major routes where people shop, work and play.”
Bike Month encourages Torontonians to ride more often and raises awareness of cycling as a great way to get around the city.
Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 28 will kick off Bike Month with a group commute co-hosted by the City of Toronto.
Thousands of cyclists from start points all over the city will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Charles Streets at 7:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square.
Participants will be treated to a free pancake breakfast and coffee, and there will be vendors and speakers on the square from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Bike Month Celebration
"The City of Toronto is committed to improving how people move around the city," said Mayor John Tory. "That includes investing in bike lanes and other infrastructure so that cycling is safer and easier in Toronto. Cycling is a great way to get around the city, and it's good for fitness and for the environment."
The City of Toronto, since 1989 has worked with the cycling community encouraging people to get on their bikes.
The City of Toronto is once again partnering with Cycle Toronto to deliver Bike Month programming this year.
To achieve the City’s target of 80 percent reduction in local greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as identified in its TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, 75 percent of all trips under five kilometres will need to be cycled or walked by 2050.