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Construction underway for 2015 Toronto Pan AM games

Athletes Village Toronto Pan AM games

After some inactivity due to the birth of our baby and some crazy times at work, I’m back in the blogosphere! I recently spent a great weekend with a group of bloggers I took down to the Detroit auto show and their enthusiasm and dedication shamed me into reviving my own blog.  So here we go:

Infrastructure Ontario and Waterfront Toronto announced today that they have signed a $514 million  contract for the development of the Athletes’ Village during the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The village is set to be built on the West Don Lands — an area triangulated by  the Port Lands, Corktown and the southern terminus of the Don Valley Parkway.

The project is expected to create and support 5,200 jobs, including employment of approximately 700 workers on the construction site.

I’m excited by any activity that brings more visibility to Toronto within the international community and cultivates Tourism. What do you think?

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Vitaminwater 10 – One of the Best Non-alcoholic Drinks Known to Man

vitaminwater has a sense of humor 🙂 ... That eyemask in the package is lol worthy

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the super-cool Lauren O’Nizzle while spending a day with some of Toronto’s biggest bloggers  as part of a  media event for Ford where I work.   Turns out that besides running a popular Blog, she’s a community manager for Glaceau vitaminwater.

I told her how much I love the taste of vitaminwater and she sent over a whole case  of it for me to try out. To my surprise there’s a new type of vitaminwater out there that only has 10 calories per 591 ml bottle. That’s a huge benefit! I’ve been cutting calories recently ahead of my yearly physical (ugh) by dropping sodas and juice which have more than 100 calories per glass.

With vitaminwater 10, you have almost no excess calories plus the added goodness of a whole slew of vitamins.    It’s going to be a staple at my home bbq’s from now on … I don’t drink since I’m Muslim and neither do most of my friends and family. Our usual drinks at parties are vast amounts of soda’s and juice but this is bound to become a new staple for us once more people hear about it!

Taking into account the variety of flavors and the nutritional value of vitamins without a caloric hit, I am going to go out on a limb and declare it my favorite low calorie drink out there besides water. 

Standard Disclaimer:  I was  not paid nor asked to write this product review and all opinions are my own.

Do you want to help drive change in Toronto? Join a city board (Deadline July 11).

Join a Toronto Comittee or Board

A lot of us criticize the way things are in the city of Toronto but very few of us get out of the cafes and bars where we hold our debates about the city to actually do anything. Do you want to make a change and stop being a couch potato? Now’s your chance to do something:

The city of Toronto is looking for people to serve on the Board of Directors for a number of City organizations including the Toronto Board of Health, the Airports Authority, the MTCC, Toronto Hydro and a number of other influential city committees.

For more details visit: http://www.toronto.ca/public-appointments/opportunities.htm#apply

For a list of all boards, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/public-appointments/board-various.htm

Toronto Councillors Working to Ban Shark Fins from Restaurants

Two Toronto city councillors (Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam ) are proposing to ban the serving of shark fin’s in Toronto restaurants. Shark Fins and particularly Shark Fin soup are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.

Every year 10’s of millions of sharks die needlessly because of finning. Fisherman cop off the shark’s fins and throw the still living shark back into the sea. With this severe injury, the shark’s then starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown.

TorontoBlog.net urges the community to support the Celebrate Sharks Summer Tour, and to help them reach their goal of getting 10,000 signatures on their petition which can be found at: http://finfreetoronto.com/petition.html

Walk for Sick Kids in Toronto’s Coronation Park on Sunday June 12

If you haven’t heard yet, this Sunday, thousands of Canadians in Toronto will be taking part in the Wal-Mart Walk for Miracles.  They will be walking to help to fund medical care and  research that will benefit children in the GTA.

Children and Mickey at last year's Walk

Children and Mickey at last year's Walk (source: http://www.walmartwalkformiracles.ca)

The Toronto walk  kicks off at Coronation Park, where you can walk  along Toronto Maple Leafs celebs  and Disney characters like Mickey Mouse.

The Toronto walk will raise money  and all proceeds will go to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and there will be simultaneous walks in the rest of Canada.

Last year  over 15,000 people participated in the walk across Canada and raised a  record $4.8 million.

Registration is opens at 8 am with a 1 or 5 K walk option. The walk starts at 10 AM.  Details can be found at: http://www.walmartwalkformiracles.ca/en/ww_loc.html?location=toronto