What Every Voter Should Know About Ontario Public Debt

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talking about the Liberal Party budget plans, I set out to understand what this means. What I discovered has shocked me and it is something I think every Canadian should be made aware of and educated about.

Justin Trudeau’s plans to spend Canada further into historically high debt levels through record-breaking deficit spending comes at a time where Canada is already vulnerable to overdue and/or unplanned economic challenges. As long as interest rates have remained at historically lowest levels, the true financial and future economic impact of excessive Liberal spending has been ignored if not at least unspoken by those that know better.

I came across an article by Professor of Economics, Livio Di Matteo of Lakehead University that does an excellent job at explaining how under Liberal governments Ontario hit record-breaking deficit levels and fallen into record-breaking debt levels by all measures. First appearing in the Financial Post and later referred to by the Frasier Institute, Di Matteo does excellent job of explaining how Ontario’s deficit and debt has come about.

When Professor Di Matteo wrote his article, the Ontario government debt was forecast to reach nearly $320 Billion by 2017. Under the Liberal government it actually reached $348.79 billion as of March 31, 2018. The Ontario government debt is the net amount of money the Government of Ontario has borrowed from the general public, institutional investors and public-sector bodies.

The Facts About Ontario’s Debt

  • Ontario has run a deficit nearly 80% of the time since 1965.
  • In 1965, under Liberal Premier John Robarts, the net debt was $1.6 billion and only 6.9% of GDP. By 1971, the debt had grown to $2.2 billion and dropped to only 5.2% of GDP because of the robust economic growth of the era.
  • From 1971 to 1985, under conservative Premiers William Davis and Frank Miller were faced with the 1973 oil price shock and stagflation marked the end of the economic golden age. With slower growth, higher interest rates and the start of deficits (that continued until the late 1990s), debt grew from $2.2 billion to $28.9 billion and debt to GDP ration grew to 15%.
  • In 1985, Liberals Premier David Peterson came into office. Though Ontario’s net debt to GDP ratio fell from 15% to 13.4% 1990, it started a recession which caused many homeowners to lose their homes. Debt still continued to accumulate during this period, though at a slower pace than economic growth. Ontario’s net public debt rose from $28.9 billion in 1985 to $38.4 billion by 1990.

NDP Party and the Worst Recession Since WWII

According to Professor Di Matteo “In 1990, Bob Rae became premier with the NDP forming Ontario’s government for the first time in history. Their tenure coincided with the worst recession since the end of WWII, resulting in plunging revenues and growing expenditures in an effort to maintain services and stimulate the economy. The resulting deficits were as high as $12.4 billion and saw the accumulation of $63.4 billion in net public debt. The net debt to GDP ratio soared to 30.4% from 13.4%. By 1995, Ontario’s net public debt had reached $101.9 billion.”

It took a few years to replace the NDP government with a fiscally responsible leadership under Conservative Premier Mike Harris. Harris was elected to repair the damage to the Ontario economy, finances and job losses. His platform and promises were clear and simple, to fix Ontario’s budget, finances and economy. He immediately began expenditure reduction and restructuring to balance the budget, as well as, tax reductions to stimulate the economy. A combination of lower taxes, lower interest rates and a booming U.S. economy all helped the economy rebound. With growing government revenues and fiscal restraint the budget gap was closed. The budget was balanced by 1999, but under Conservative Premier Ernie Eves the net debt still grew from $101.9 billion in 1995 to $138.8 billion in 1999 with the debt to GDP ratio declining from 30.4% to 27.5%.

Liberal Government Deficit Budgets

According to Professor Di Matteo, “The defeat of Eves ushered in the Liberals under Dalton McGuinty in 2003 and then Kathleen Wynne in 2013. This period witnessed the largest debt accumulation in Ontario’s history. While the onset of the 2009 recession was a factor damaging Ontario’s public finances, rapid increases in health and education spending and rising debt were underway well before 2009. Between 2003 and 2014, net public debt grew to $287.3 billion from $138.8 billion– an increase of $148.5 billion. The net debt to GDP ratio grew to 40% from 27.5%.”

Debt Impact on Ontario’s Future

Profession Di Matteo ends his article with a warning, “Ontario has been a province since 1867 but 87% of its net public debt was accumulated in the years since 1990. The stock of debt currently requires $11 billion a year in debt service – a burden as small as it is only by the grace of low interest rates. All administrations have contributed to Ontario’s debt with some playing a greater role than others. The road to debt may be paved with good intentions in the short run but in the long run, fiscal consequences will resonate with the Ontario taxpayer for years to come.”

Though Ontario’s debt has been growing for decades and under all governments, as a percent of GDP debt has done better under fiscally responsible premiers. However, after extravagant and unsustainable spending by two consecutive Liberal Premiers Ontario finds itself at record level deficit and debt levels. During this period of historically low interest levels and healthy employment rates the immediate financial impact is hidden. However, what will happen if interest rates go up even 1%? What if jobs drop just one 1%?

There is real concern among economists that Ontario will have difficulty raising financing as interest rates increase and the cost of its debt interest payments increases, causing increased budget deficit and borrowing additional money just to pay the interest on debt already owned. Since it’s been so long since Ontario has experienced a recession, most residents never experienced, or don’t recall, the consequences.

A recession usually starts with increasing interest rates, decreasing jobs, out of control debt levels (triggering borrowing crisis), or increasing tax rates. As a gauge, notice how the federal NDP, Liberals and Green Parties speak about greater spending and none of them have any intention of balancing the budget? They even go so far as to create a fear around fiscally sustainable budget cuts. I’m not surprised that that the federal Conservatives have gained so much support in 2019.

Article source: https://metroactive.org/wordpress/2019/10/13/what-every-voter-should-know-about-ontario-public-debt/

Best Gifts for Travelers in 2020

Every year the amount of international travel continues to increase in most countries around the world. As technology and infrastructure continues to shrink the world, more and more people are becoming leisure travelers.

Canadians are among the most traveled people of the world. According to StatsCan (the Canadian federal government agency for collecting and analyzing statistics), Canadian residents made a record 12.8 million trips to overseas countries in 2017, up 7.2% from 2016. In addition, Canadians made about 25 million trips to the United States and Mexico (2014 data).

So, if you’re looking for a gift to give that person that has everything, look to the latest in travel-related accessories and items. They will appreciate it at a time when they are in a positive and happy state of mind as they plan their trip and then when they’re traveling.

Among the most popular items are the Scratch Travel Maps and the World Pin Maps which allow travelers to track and showcase their travel destinations. Of course, you can always prepare a basket of several low-costs travel necessities as a give. You can find links for these items below.

Essential Gifts For Travelers

There are some essentials when traveling. These items are ones that not only make life easier, but keep you functional during your trip and out of danger and embarrassing situations. From keeping your identity and personal information safe to making sure your electronics are powered, take these items with you on trips.

Amazon.ca Widgets

Gifts For Hobby Travelers

Some individuals travel as a hobby, some are travel bloggers and others are working through their bucket list. The ‘Scratch The World’ Maps are very popular among travelers as it allows them to visually track their travel adventures and share it with their family and friends when they visit.

Amazon.ca Widgets

Survival Gear for Travelers

When traveling health and safety should always be top of mind, especially in some of the less developed regions of the world. These items will protect you from the environment, parasites and other organisms that can make you sick in the short-run, have life-long consequences and possibly keep you alive. Three items are must have: 1) insect repellent, 2) anti-diarrhea, and 3) water filter straw. They don’t take up much room and can be life savers!

Amazon.ca Widgets

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Georgian Bay Coastal Motorcycle Tour

Early October is a great time to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Ontario’s Rural and Cottage areas. The autumn blanket of cool weather brings with it the mix of a beautiful array of colourful leaves of all shapes and sizes. Most of the irritating insects have receded, yet the weather is warm enough to hit the outdoors.

One of the most popular routes for experiencing Ontario’s wonders is the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. There is no better way to experience this wonderment, than on a motorcycle, with the fresh air caressing your skin and the smell of moist leaves bringing back memories of childhood adventures in the forest. It’s a great way to experience the sense of freedom and adventure once can only capture on country roads.

The Popular Georgian Bay Coastal Tour
Map Source: Google

What makes October an even better month to experience the tour is the fact that the tourists have retreated and the roads are free and clear.

This is about 1,100 kilometers in distance and between 15-16 hours of riding time. To truly enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and guide points you should plan for atleast a 3-4 day trip. However, if all you have is a weekend, then you can start Friday evening and end Sunday evening. Just be prepared to feel it the following day.

Summer is another great time to take this tour, especially if you can take a week to enjoy it. Remember to bring lots of insect repellent since black flies and mosquitoes are thick during the summer months.

Starting in Orilia: Home of Casino Rama

Motorcycle groups can ride out of Toronto and 90 minutes later begin their Tour from Orillia. For those that feel lucky, Casino Rama is in town. Orillia is also renowned for its year round outdoor activities from fishing to snowmobiling.

Among some of the hidden attractions are:

  • The OPP Museum (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • The Stephen Leacock Museum
  • Orillia Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market
  • Rotary Club Steam Train

Greater Sudbury: The Capital of Ghost Towns in Ontario

At the opposite end of the route is Sudbury. The Greater Sudbury area is known as the Capital of Ghost Towns in Ontario. It is also a hub for exploration and mining activities. If you’ve ever wanted to visit an abandoned mine or ghost towns, you’ll find some here. Three locations abandoned by the mining industry are Frood Open P it, Gertrude Mine, and Chelmsford Sawmill. You can still find deposits of the old mining equipment and get an idea of how hard life was just one century ago. However, be warned that these places can be extremely dangerous and I recommend that you find a skilled local guide to take you through the sites.

Other attractions in the Sudbury area include:

  • Science North (You can use your Ontario Science Centre Membership for admission)
  • Dynamic Earth (Science Museum)
  • North Bay Heritage Train Carousel
  • Northern Ontario Railroad Museum Heritage Centre

Trip Planning Resources Tools

Ontario has a great online interactive planning tool to help you choose and plan a motorcycle route around some of the best Ontario locations. Try it out to plan a group motorcycle tour and let us know so we can share it with other members who might be interested in riding along. http://www.gotourontario.ca/Home/Plan?lng=en

Article source: https://metroactive.org/wordpress/2019/10/11/georgian-bay-coastal-motorcycle-tour/

Does Hong Kong Belong in China?

Massive ongoing protests in Hong Kong reveal a fundamental issue that is likely to lead to significant political consequences and societal developments. Amidst this internationally followed movement is the vital question of whether Hong Kong is or should be part of the People’s Republic of China.

Earlier in 2019, the Beijing-based People’s Republic of China government proposed The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendement) Bill. Specifically, the proposed bill, regarding extradition, was to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (Cap. 503) in relation to special surrender arrangements and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance (Cap. 525) for purposes of arrangements for mutual legal assistance between Hong Kong and any place outside Hong Kong (i.e. Mainland China). The bill was technically proposed by the Hong Kong government in February 2019 to set up a mechanism for transfers of fugitives primarily for Mainland China, but also for Taiwan and Macau, which are presently excluded from the existing laws.

The proposition of the bill caused widespread criticism locally and internationally from legal professionals, journalist organizations, business groups, and foreign governments anticipating the erosion of Hong Kong’s legal system and its built-in safeguards, in addition to the harm to Hong Kong’s business climate. Local protests began immediately and have continued for months. On June 9th the protesters on the streets numbered more than one million calling for Chief Executive, Carrie Lam to step down. On June 15th, Lam announced she would ‘suspend’ the proposed bill, but the citizens didn’t believe her. Protesters called for a complete withdrawal of the bill and subsequently the implementation of universal suffrage, which is already promised in the Basic Law. After 3 months of protests, Lam finally promised to withdraw the bill upon resumption of the legislative session.

Does Hong Kong Belong in China

It is clear that the Hong Kong people are sensitive to attempts by the Mainland Chinese government to annihilate them into their control. Most Hong Kong residents don’t consider them Chinese and many are now calling for an independent nation-state status. To accomplish this, Honk Kong needs to be recognized as independent by several world powers.

Considerations In Determining an Independent Nation-State

  1. Language: Cantonese is the primary language spoken in Honk Kong and Mandarin is the primarily language spoken in Mainland China.
  2. Culture: Honk Kong’s economy and atmosphere is more like a western-world, world-class city than anything in Mainland China, including the customs and lifestyle.
  3. Government and Laws: Mainland China is Communist and Hong Kong has a limited Democracy. Hong Kong has its own legal and judicial systems, loosely based on the British common law model and has its own government head.
  4. Geography: Hong Kong has several isles and with the exception of one peninsular which shares a 12 km stretch with Mainland China is geographically separate and distinct from Mainland China.
  5. Currency: Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) while Mainland China uses the Chinese Yuan (RMB).
  6. History: China has had many turbulent years after the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912. With the Chinese Civil War, the Sino-Japanese War, and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, millions of people died. Many also died as a result of the failed ‘Great Leap Forward’ and ‘Cultural Revolution’ attempts of reforming the country into a productive, socialist society. In 1970s, China started seeing some stability with economic reforms that helped to decrease poverty and begin to positively reshape the country. On the other hand, Hong Kong was shielded from the horrors that China was facing because of its relationship with Britain (except for the Japanese occupation from 1941-1945). Many Chinese people fled to Hong Kong from Mainland China in search of safety, causing Hong Kong’s economy to skyrocket. In 1997, when the Hong Kong was once again ruled by the Chinese government, it became semi-autonomous, permitting a capitalist economy and independent legal system.
  7. Internet: In mainland China, the government regulates the Internet with its own separate Internet world, the “Great Firewall”, along with its own social media apps and blogging sites. To obtain access to any of the blocked foreign sites, such as Facebook or Google, you have to use a VPN (virtual private network).  On the other hand, Hong Kong has no “Great Firewall”, nor is there a need for a VPN. As a result, western websites and apps are all widely used and Chinese apps are not very common.
  8. Identity: Hong Kong people do not consider themselves to be Chinese and make it a point to mention that they are “from Hong Kong, not China.”
  9. International Reputation Relationships: Hong Kong is seen as more sophisticated and cultured by most business people in the developed world, and has the long-term relationships to support this reputation. Hong Kong is known as “Asia’s World City” and sees tourists from all over the world all year round. In Mainland China, International tourists make up only a small percentage of the total.
  10. Many Hong Kong residents have already spoken out for an independent nation-state status, despite concerns they could be punished by the Chinese government.

When one considers all these differences, it becomes clear that Hong Kong should be its own Nation-State, free of Mainland China control. With the above details in mind, it is not surprising that the massive protests in Hong Kong continue even after the issue that triggered the people to take to the streets has been supposedly removed.

Do you think that Hong Kong should be part of China?

Article source: https://metroactive.org/wordpress/2019/09/29/does-hong-kong-belong-in-china/

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Announces $3 Million Brokered Private Placement

September 27, 2019, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Diamond Estates Wines Spirits Inc. (“Diamond Estates” or “the Company”) (DWS-TSX Venture) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Paradigm Capital Inc. (“Paradigm”) pursuant to which Paradigm, as lead agent, together with a syndicate of agents including Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited, (collectively with Paradigm, the “Agents”) pursuant to which the Agents will sell by way of private placement on a marketed best efforts basis, up to 15,800,000 common shares (the “Common Shares”) of the Company at a price of $0.19 per Common Share for gross proceeds of up to $3 million (the “Private Placement”).

The Company has also granted the Agents an option, exercisable up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Private Placement, to place up to an additional 2,370,000 Common Shares. 

The Agents will receive a cash commission equal to 6% of the gross proceeds raised in the Private Placement from non-president’s list subscribers, and 3% of the gross proceeds raised in the Private Placement from president’s list subscribers. 

The Private Placement is expected to close on or about October 22, 2019. The Private Placement is subject to regulatory approval, including TSX Venture Exchange acceptance. The Common Shares issued pursuant to the Private Placement will have a hold period of four months and one day from the date of issuance of such Common Shares. 

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Private Placement to fund the expansion of Ontario sales and marketing efforts, the buildout of a winery facility in British Columbia and for general working capital purposes. 

The securities have not been, and will not be, registered under the Unites States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any U.S. state security laws, and may not be offered or sold in the Unites States without registration under the U.S. Securities Act and all applicable state securities laws or compliance with requirements of an applicable exemption therefrom. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the Unites States, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.

Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is a producer of high quality wines and a sales agent for over 120 beverage alcohol brands across Canada. The Company operates three wineries, two in Ontario and one in British Columbia, that produce predominantly VQA wines under such well known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview Cellars, Dan Aykroyd, Fresh, McMichael Collection, Benchmark, Seasons and Backyard Vineyards. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Trajectory Beverage Partners, the Company is the sales agent for many leading international brands in all regions of the country as well as being a distributor in the western provinces. These recognizable brands include Josh wines from California, Fat Bastard and Andre Lurton wines from France, Kaiken wines from Argentina, Anciano wines from Spain, Blue Nun wines from Germany, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina, Waterloo Brewing and Amsterdam Brewery, both from Canada, Landshark Lager from the USA, Marston’s beers from England, Social Lite vodka sodas from Canada, Malfy Gin from Italy, Edinburgh Gin from Scotland, Ian MacLeod and Glengoyne scotches from Scotland, Barcelo Rum from the Dominican Republic and Tequila Rose Liqueur from McCormick Distilling in the USA.

 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to: the economy generally; consumer interest in the services and products of the Company; financing; competition; and anticipated and unanticipated costs. While the Company acknowledges that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the views of the Company as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results and developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Such forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to: the economy generally; consumer interest in the services and products of the Company; financing; competition; and anticipated and unanticipated costs. While the Company acknowledges that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the views of the Company as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For more information, please contact:
J. Murray Souter, President CEO, Diamond Estates Wines Spirits Inc.  jmurraysouter@diamondwines.com, Tel: 905.641.1042 Ext 234                                         

Paul Dowdall, CPA, CMA, Chief Financial Officer, Diamond Estates Wines Spirits Inc. pdowdall@diamondwines.com, Tel: 905.849.4346 Ext 136

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Comment on Ontario Science Centre Located in Toronto by astronomy

The Ontario Science Centre (OSC) is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions with lots to do for both adults and children. Destination for foreign tourists, family’s looking for interactive activities, adults looking to rekindle their sense of discovery and even a first date option, the OSC has it all. The story behind the Ontario Science Centre is as interesting as the interactive activities it provides on the premises.

The Ontario Science Centre was gifted by the Ontario Provincial Government to the citizens of the province. The then Premier John Robarts (1917-1982) of the Progressive Conservative Party, who was Premier of Ontario from November 8, 1961 to March 1, 1981, commissioned architect Raymond Moriyama in 1964 to design the Ontario Science Centre. On September 26, 1969, through the use of a radio signal over 1.5 billion light years away striking a circuit that raised the curtain at the OSC official opening as one of the world’s first interactive science museums.

It is estimated that over the years the OSC has had over 53 million visitors and is presently attracting about 1 million visitors per year. About 15% of visitors are from outside the Greater Toronto Area. There are over 56,000 active members of the Ontario Science Centre paying an annual membership fee, most of which visit the OSC multiple times during the year.

Activities

A Little Girl explores the application of the laws of physics in the world of performance and entertainment.

The Ontario Science Centre brings in themes and exhibits throughout the year. It also has a robust offering of day and summer camps with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For a more adventurous experience, the Centre offers Sleepovers and Birthday Party packages.

In 1996, the IMAX DOME theatre (the only one of its kind in Ontario) was opened at the Ontario Science Centre. The theatre provides an exhilarating experience for guests of all ages. Its wrap-around giant screen captivates the audience with a sense of being pulled into another world. You have to see it for yourself to understand.

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Children play with water flow, learning the physics of water while having fun and getting really, really wet.

Interactive exhibits throughout the Ontario Science Centre are geared to helping children explore and understand the laws of the universe as experienced through the senses of touch, sound, smell and sight. Children get to experience with balance and weight movement, water flow, air pressure, sound vibrations and much, much more.

My children made their very first pair of shoes at the OSC. They were made of cloth and cardboard, held together with hot glue and string, but they worked. More importantly, they helped my children understand the considerations when designing and constructing a pair of shoes. This same perspective, they transferred to other construction projects we’ve worked on since.

Location Accessibility

The Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3 (southwest corner of Eglinton Ave East and Don Mills Avenue) and is easily accessible by both Public Transit (TTC) and Highway.

There is plenty of parking at the OSC with a drop-off circle at the front entrance. However, there is a parking fee. Inside you’ll find day lockers to store your winter clothes for a small fee. As well, there are meeting spots, a store for souvenirs and discovery type items, and food stations throughout the building.

Grounds

Part of the beauty and experience at the Ontario Science Centre is that it is located on a large span of land that runs along what looks like a ravine. The bridge from the main entrance to the additional wings of the building allows for viewing of the premises. It is not unusual to have guests stand in front of the expansive windows looking at the greenery and the animals it supports.

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The Significance Of Travel And Recreation

… just for the fun of it!

In a busy, hectic schedule it is those that work the hardest, deserve it the most and can afford to pay for it that often forget to take care of themselves and stay in balance.

A big part of balance in life is just enjoying life. Travel, dining, sports, entertainment, crafts, games and just general leisurely activities. There is a time for pure fun, laughs and ofcourse silliness. Let your inner child come out and play, enjoy the company of others and adventure of trying new things.

Take a moment to contemplate on the work ‘recreation’. It is based on ‘re-create’ or to ‘create again’. Now take a moment to consider what it would be like to break out of your regular routine and try something new, go someplace new, try a new cuisine or take in a cultural event. Find new personal perspective, get re-energized, re-visit your dreams, let your spirit sour. Bring some more GUSTO into your life.

If you live in a cosmopolitan city, such as Toronto you don’t have to travel far either.  There are world-class things to see and do in the city with more planned every year.  Toronto Top Attractions.

So, take some time, smell the roses, check out some culture, play in the parks, visit the islands, and indulge in the wonderful delicacies that surround you.

Baldo Minaudo (Blog)
Author, ‘The Banker Who Saved His Soul’
President, MetroActive Lifestyle Network

Article source: https://metroactive.org/wordpress/2019/09/28/the-significance-of-travel-and-recreation/

Ontario Science Centre Located in Toronto

The Ontario Science Centre (OSC) is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions with lots to do for both adults and children. Destination for foreign tourists, family’s looking for interactive activities, adults looking to rekindle their sense of discovery and even a first date option, the OSC has it all. The story behind the Ontario Science Centre is as interesting as the interactive activities it provides on the premises.

The Ontario Science Centre was gifted by the Ontario Provincial Government to the citizens of the province. The then Premier John Robarts (1917-1982) of the Progressive Conservative Party, who was Premier of Ontario from November 8, 1961 to March 1, 1981, commissioned architect Raymond Moriyama in 1964 to design the Ontario Science Centre. On September 26, 1969, through the use of a radio signal over 1.5 billion light years away striking a circuit that raised the curtain at the OSC official opening as one of the world’s first interactive science museums.

It is estimated that over the years the OSC has had over 53 million visitors and is presently attracting about 1 million visitors per year. About 15% of visitors are from outside the Greater Toronto Area. There are over 56,000 active members of the Ontario Science Centre paying an annual membership fee, most of which visit the OSC multiple times during the year.

Activities

A Little Girl explores the application of the laws of physics in the world of performance and entertainment.

The Ontario Science Centre brings in themes and exhibits throughout the year. It also has a robust offering of day and summer camps with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For a more adventurous experience, the Centre offers Sleepovers and Birthday Party packages.

In 1996, the IMAX DOME theatre (the only one of its kind in Ontario) was opened at the Ontario Science Centre. The theatre provides an exhilarating experience for guests of all ages. Its wrap-around giant screen captivates the audience with a sense of being pulled into another world. You have to see it for yourself to understand.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is DSC06597-osc-post.jpg
Children play with water flow, learning the physics of water while having fun and getting really, really wet.

Interactive exhibits throughout the Ontario Science Centre are geared to helping children explore and understand the laws of the universe as experienced through the senses of touch, sound, smell and sight. Children get to experience with balance and weight movement, water flow, air pressure, sound vibrations and much, much more.

My children made their very first pair of shoes at the OSC. They were made of cloth and cardboard, held together with hot glue and string, but they worked. More importantly, they helped my children understand the considerations when designing and constructing a pair of shoes. This same perspective, they transferred to other construction projects we’ve worked on since.

Location Accessibility

The Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3 (southwest corner of Eglinton Ave East and Don Mills Avenue) and is easily accessible by both Public Transit (TTC) and Highway.

There is plenty of parking at the OSC with a drop-off circle at the front entrance. However, there is a parking fee. Inside you’ll find day lockers to store your winter clothes for a small fee. As well, there are meeting spots, a store for souvenirs and discovery type items, and food stations throughout the building.

Grounds

Part of the beauty and experience at the Ontario Science Centre is that it is located on a large span of land that runs along what looks like a ravine. The bridge from the main entrance to the additional wings of the building allows for viewing of the premises. It is not unusual to have guests stand in front of the expansive windows looking at the greenery and the animals it supports.

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The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards have been running since 1985. This year a record number of 36 airlines participated. Blind tastings were held in November on November 4 and 5 at the Grosvenor House, in London.  The five judges include:

•    Charles Metcalfe, TV wine presenter and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge

•   Sam Harrop, Master of Wine and winemaking consultant

•  Derek Smedley, Master of Wine for more than 40 years, consultant and co-chairman of the               International Wine Challenge

•  Peter McCombie, Master of Wine, accredited tutor for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and        consultant, and

•  John Worontschak, leading winemaker and wine business development consultant

FULL LIST OF WINNERS IN THE CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING CATEGORY

Business Class Champagne/Sparkling

1. Qatar Airways – Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle 1996

2. Etihad – Henriot Blanc Souverain

3. (JOINT) British Airways, Qantas and Singapore Airlines – Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve  AND        LAN – Louis Roederer Brut Premier

5. Jet Airways – Dom Pérignon 2002

First Class Champagne/Sparkling

1. Qantas – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999

2. United Airlines – Henriot Brut Millésimé 1996

3. (JOINT) Qatar Airways, All Nippon Airways and Cathay Pacific – Krug Grande Cuvée

4. Thai Airways – Bollinger 1999

5. Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways – Dom Pérignon 2002

Participating Airlines:

Aer Lingus, Aegean Airlines, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines, All Nippon Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, El Al, Etihad, Emirates, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Korean Air, LAN, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, South African Airways, TAM, Thai Airways and United Airlines.

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