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Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 DEAC Environmental Achievement Awards
The Durham Environmental Advisory Committee (DEAC) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Environmental Achievement Awards. The Awards recognize and acknowledge the environmental achievements of individuals and organizations in Durham Region.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism
The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism recognizes individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to multiculturalism and the integration of newcomers. Nominations can be made until March 31, 2015.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wage Increase for Early Childhood Educators
Ontario is giving a wage increase of $1 per hour for eligible child care workers in the licensed child care sector. Another wage increase is set for next year.

Ontario Introducing Bilingual Electronic Highway Signs in Colour
Ontario is introducing bilingual, full-colour electronic highway signs that include images to help keep drivers safe and manage traffic conditions.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Hotline Launched to Protect Temporary Foreign Workers
A confidential hotline has been created to help Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) get answers about their rights, both under the federal program and at work. The hotline is a toll-free number 1-888-366-0194.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Canada Apprentice Loans Now Available
New interest-free loans are now available for apprentices in designated Red Seal trades. Eligible individuals can receive $4000 for each period of technical training.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Trans Helpline
Canada now has a helpline for transgender people in crisis. The service is free and offers counselling from transgender volunteers. To use the service, you can call 1-877-330-6366.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Burn Calories, Not Your Money
Following the holiday season, many people make a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get in shape. If you are considering joining a gym or fitness club in 2015, here are some tips from Consumer Protection Ontario to help you make smart choices.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Express Entry System Now in Effect
Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry system is now in effect. You will need to create a profile in this system if you are interested in applying to the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades or Canadian Experience Class programs.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Smoking Bans in 2015
Starting January 1, 2015 smoking will not be allowed in restaurant or bar patios in Ontario. It will also be banned on children’s playgrounds and public sports areas. In addition, tobacco products will not be sold on college or university campuses.

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