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Obvious leaders in emergency response are the various levels of government, as well as charitable organizations and community groups both at the local and national level. However, the less obvious are our business communities, both small and large. After a disaster strikes, getting companies back up and running – whether it be returning power and water quickly or opening the doors to the local grocery store – is the best thing that a business can do for its community and the people who live in it. Canadian businesses can not only play both a philanthropic and social role in emergency response but they also have a key role to play in disaster resilience, response, and recovery.
The federal government is making changes to the Tobacco Act and has given vaping a category under Bill S-5. The legislation, one of the most controversial in recent years, sets out regulation for vaping. Some say vaping is an alternative to the evils of smoking. Others believe vaping is dangerous and should be regulated like cigarettes. While the Government of Canada considers the legislation in the coming months, experts from all sides have something to say about whether it is a cause for harm or a valuable tool to be used for harm reduction.
Cornell Belcher is an award-winning pollster, one of the premier strategists in national progressive politics and the author of the book “A Black Man In The White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America's Racial-Aversion Crisis.”
When wildfires forced the evacuation of the entire town of Fort McMurray, Canadians mobilized from Coast to Coast to help. It was a true Canadian moment. Immediately following the evacuation, collaboration and cooperation amongst Canadian governments, businesses and individuals led to the single largest domestic response in Red Cross history – allowing us to reach more people faster than ever before.
But this whole of society approach should not begin and end in the early days of a response. The challenges that face communities recovering from a crisis are complex and require ongoing attention for months and years afterwards, with the same level of support, expertise and collaboration as we see in the early days of an emergency.
Canadian Red Cross CEO Conrad Sauvé will speak to lessons learned from the Alberta Fires response, and share his vision for a more collaborative approach to recovery and resilience.
In addition, special concluding remarks will be made by The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Our region is home to corporate citizens who are breaking new ground in Canada — leading innovation across all sectors of our economy. But today’s corporate leaders are about much more than advancing bottom lines. They’re also the engine that drives community building and social change that benefits the entire GTA.
Join Daniele Zanotti, the CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region for an engaging panel discussion on philanthropy, social responsibility, and workplaces that are leading the way in building a stronger community for us all.
Innovation will help drive sustainable energy for future generations. But the energy of tomorrow may not be what you think. Jerry Flynn, founder of Ottawa-based XPRIZE semi-finalist team, “Tandem Technical”, and Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), discuss an energy future through low or no-carbon emitting oil and natural gas as part of the diverse energy mix that can help meet the world’s growing energy needs. They will discuss how new models for innovation, from globalized, incentivized competitions to intra-industry collaboration are making a difference in how we think about energy today and the possibilities for tomorrow.
Cancer is more common than most people realize, over 40 % of Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime. Many Canadians don’t learn they have cancer until it is late-stage, and the vast majority of Canadians are not even aware of specific types of cancer, such as myeloma. Sadly, 1 in 4 Canadians will die from cancer. However, amidst these grim numbers, there is tremendous hope and promise as innovations in cancer drugs and therapies are significantly improving patient-care and re-defining the parameters of life expectancy for Canadians with cancer.
The strong relationship between health and wealth should be a priority for Canadians. Apart from lifestyle choices such as healthier diets and regular exercise, the big challenge for improving the health and financial well-being of Canadians is understanding the inextricable link between health and wealth. The choices people and financial institutions make today will affect everyone tomorrow as the burden for care and wealth will need to be shared by all of us.