Ontario Action Plan for Seniors 

By; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville

About one in 9 of Ontario’s seniors lives in Mississauga and Brampton. Today, Ontario’s services to them just took a progressive step forward. Ontario unveiled the Aging with Confidence plan.

Aging with Confidence is a major overhaul and expansion of many programs aimed at serving seniors. It includes $15 million investment in housing in the next two years; unlocking surplus Ontario-owned land; new mixed-use housing development; a free high-dose flu vaccine targeted at protecting seniors from the seasonal flu; 5,000 new long-term care beds in the next four years; more care to long-term care residents; and expanding house calls to include nurses, social workers, therapists and other providers.

Social interaction

Social interaction is something seniors frequently ask about. Aging with Confidence supports learning and mentorship between youth and seniors. Youth volunteers can also assist seniors with their grasp of today’s information technology. Seniors continue to embrace the web at rapid rates. Seniors can get help with on-line protection and etiquette, how to access information, completing electronic forms, as well as today’s staple tasks: e-mail, social media and how to best use a mobile phone.

The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.6 million in the next generation. Ontario will continue to be the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on what seniors say they care about most: living independently; staying connected; social, and active. Continue reading “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors “

Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada

Program marks the planting of 100,000 trees in Alberta and begins next phase of planting in Niagara Ontario

In only 32 months, Delta Hotels by Marriott, in partnership with WEARTH, has to date helped Delta hotel guests to plant more than 100,000 trees in conserved lands across Alberta, Canada through the hotels’ GreenSTAY™ program.

Delta Hotels by Marriott associates and Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada, planting trees during a GreenSTAY™ program planting event.

The GreenSTAY program, launched in February 2015, gives guests the option to plant one tree for each night they have opted out of housekeeping.  WEARTH plants the actual trees on behalf of every applicable GreenSTAY guest night, and guests, who can also plant a matching virtual tree online, must stay at least two nights to participate in the program.  By opting out of the housekeeping services, guests reduce the amount of chemicals, water and energy being used in the hotel daily. The indirect benefit is the simultaneous restoration of Canadian forests and land to their natural ecological state.

“Most of our hotel sustainability endeavors are focused on efforts to conserve within our hotels. The Delta Hotels GreenSTAY program provides the opportunity for guests to join us to help conserve natural resources in Canada’s forest lands, thus reaching beyond our hotels’ doors,” says Marriott Hotels of Canada President, Don Cleary. Continue reading “Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada”

This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness

To make the most of your festive meal this Thanksgiving, be sure to include locally grown and harvested food and beverages. Local food is healthy and delicious, and supporting local farmers across Ontario is a great way to celebrate those who grow, produce and harvest the good things we eat and drink.

Here are some quick tips to make the most of Ontario’s harvest:

  • Turkey Tips – Smoke, roast or barbecue a locally raised turkey. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and low in cholesterol and sodium, making it the perfect centrepiece of your meal. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’s makesitsuper.ca.
  • Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – To help ensure your holiday meal is prepared safely, follow four simple steps. Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment well and often. Separate cooked or ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, other uncooked foods or contaminated utensils. Cook food thoroughly, and chill leftovers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  • Family Favourite Recipes – Whether your family loves tradition or likes to try new things, Foodland Ontario has a number of simple recipes that are a delicious way to feature Ontario’s bounty on your table.
  • Local Ingredients – Choosing local ingredients from the abundance of Ontario’s harvest is easy at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and on-farm markets. Visit Harvest Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh to learn more about where to buy local. The Foodland Ontario logo makes it easy to find local products where you shop.
  • Celebrating the Feast – Raise your glass of local Ontario winecraft beer or ciderthis Thanksgiving. Continue reading “This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness”