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Newsletter. Issue 07. March 29, 2014

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Health & Wellness
Preferred bidder selected for Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness

Brampton, ON, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and William Osler Health System (Osler) have selected Plenary Health as the preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

The selection of Plenary Health is the result of extensive evaluations following an open, fair and competitive request for proposals process that began in June 2013. The Plenary Health team includes:
  • Developer: Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.
  • Constructor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects and RTKL, an Arcadis Company
  • Financial Advisor: RBC Capital Markets
  • Facilities Management: Honeywell Limited

The new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness will provide patients with specialized care in a modern facility. It will serve as a model for community partnerships, offering more choices for patients, increased access to high quality services and innovative models of care. Main areas of services will include:

  • seniors' wellness programs
  • mental health and addictions programs
  • women's and children's wellness programs
  • medical/surgical services focusing on chronic disease management and preventative care
  • urgent care and day surgeries
  • diagnostic services, including CT, x-ray and ultrasound, laboratory, pharmacy and neurology/cardiac diagnostics and family health
  • preventative care for chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma

The project will focus on sustainable design and construction, with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDŽ) Silver certification. The new Peel Memorial's environmental design will focus on achieving a healthy indoor environment, maximizing the use of sustainable resources in both energy and materials, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring an efficient and cost effective use of the facility within the community.

Infrastructure Ontario and Osler will now work to finalize contract details with Plenary Health. The project is expected to reach commercial close and financial close this spring, which will mean that relevant contracts have been signed and a financing rate has been set. The contract cost will be announced publicly following financial close.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Osler to develop the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, which will be publicly owned and publicly controlled.

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.

William Osler Health System is a hospital system serving Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities of the Central West Local Health Integration Network, and has been accredited with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada. As one of Ontario's largest community hospitals, Osler serves a population of over 1.3 million people living in one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse regions in Canada. Osler emergency departments are among the busiest in the province and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in Ontario.

Visit www.infrastructureontairo.ca and www.williamoslerhs.ca for more information.

Quotes:

Linda Jeffrey, MPP for Brampton-Springdale
"The new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility bringing benefits to all the residents in our community. This announcement delivers on our government's promise of delivering two new modern hospitals to Brampton."

Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West
"It is exciting to see plans for Brampton's new, much-needed health and wellness centre moving forward with the expected start of construction just months away."

Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System
"At Osler, we are committed to improving access to the health care services our community needs most, so people can connect with the right care, when and where they need it most. Today's announcement marks another important milestone in our Peel Memorial redevelopment journey as we look forward to creating a hospital focused on not only providing care and treatment but promoting health."

Neil Davis, Vice Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors and Chair, Peel Memorial Community Partners Task Force
"Today's announcement is a significant one – not only for Osler, but for Brampton and the surrounding communities. The new Peel Memorial will play a critical role in helping to manage some of the key health challenges facing our community today, including chronic disease and health and wellness for senior's and families. With ground-breaking on the site just a few short months away, this is an exciting time for health care in this area."

Source: Infrastructure Ontario

 
Scientists confirm dad’s common sense: 5-second rule totally legit
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/scientists-confirm-dad-common-sense-5-second-rule

A British microbiologist has concluded that food dropped on the floor is okay to eat as long as you pick it up really fast. Other researchers aren't so sure.

Parents, rejoice: The 5-second rule, it turns out, is totally legit.

In one of those satisfying moments where science confirms common sense, a British microbiologist from Aston University in Birmingham, England, has come to the conclusion that food from the floor is okay to eat as long as you pick it up really fast.

“The findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth,” says Prof. Anthony Hilton, who led the important effort.

Mr. Hilton and his grad students of course simply formalized an experiment that takes place every day across the world, as fumbling toddlers, clumsy pre-adolescents, and insouciant teenagers scatter their Cheerios and strawberry chunks about them and then happily munch them up. In most parental experiences, the food-from-the-floor moments don’t seem to lead to subsequent throwing up, leading to the innate conclusion that the 5-second rule works.

Not everyone agrees. A very similar study by Clemson University researchers in 2007 came to the opposite conclusion – that contamination of food-on-the-floor is immediate. Thus, Clemson urged the “zero-second” rule for cookies on the floor.

However, that Clemson study seems not to have had much of an effect on food-from-the-floor trends.

Indeed, the British researchers included a poll that also seemed to confirm the obvious: 87 percent of people say they are “happy to consume dropped food,” in the words of the report, and 55 percent of those people (wait for it) are women. (Kids were apparently not asked, but let’s just throw a guess out there: roughly 100 percent have eaten off the floor.)

The researchers did note, however, that time can be a “significant factor” in the proper digestibility of food-on-the-floor. Also, the study says, “The type of flooring food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to most foods making contact for more than 5 seconds.”

Final takeaway: Dropped cookie on the carpet? Go ahead and eat it. Blob of mac-and-cheese on the kitchen tile? Maybe you should just toss that. Or let the dog find it.
 
Take the Time to Do Your Taxes Right or Pay the Consequences

CIBC offers expert tax tips and reminders to help Canadians avoid penalties and interest charges this tax season

Toronto, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) - As Canadians prepare to file their 2013 tax returns this spring, a little attention up front can go a long way to saving time, money and undue complications down the road, says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, Tax and Estate Planning at CIBC.

Canadians had to pay over $1 billion in additional taxes in fiscal 2012 alone, primarily because what they reported on their tax returns didn't match the dollar amounts provided by employers, financial institutions and other sources, according to the most recent data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). As well, CRA rejected almost one in every five tax credit and deduction claims the previous fiscal year.

"Each year, the CRA identifies costly, common errors in personal tax returns that can easily be avoided if you take the time to do it right and seek advice if your situation is complicated," says Mr. Golombek. "If you under-report income or if deductions are disallowed, taxpayers may find that they unexpectedly owe more money to the CRA."

In addition to collecting additional taxes from you, the CRA will charge interest, currently at a rate of 5 per cent, on any overdue tax amounts, he points out. And, if you fail to file your return by the deadline or under-report income repeatedly, penalties may also apply, he adds.

"To avoid potential interest and penalties, it's important to take note of key deadlines, ensure that you report all of your income accurately and verify that you are eligible for tax credits or deductions before you claim them," says Mr. Golombek.

In his latest report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most Common Tax Return Errors, Mr. Golombek provides a number of tips to help Canadians avoid costly errors on this year's return:
  • Double-check that you've included all income from all sources;
  • Compare information on tax slips to investment statements or other supporting documents to ensure accuracy;
  • If you're missing information, do your best to get it; estimate amounts when information doesn't arrive in time to file;
  • Report all RRSP contributions, even if you're going to claim the deduction in a later year;
  • Determine if you are eligible for a deduction or credit before you claim it;
  • Make sure your current address is on file with employers, financial institutions and the CRA so that you receive all tax slips and correspondence;
  • Be punctual - file your return by the deadline, which is April 30, 2014 for most taxpayers, and respond to any direct CRA correspondence within the required timeframe.

To learn more about reporting information from tax slips, RRSP and other deductions, foreign tax credits and CRA correspondence and timelines, read Mr. Golombek's 2014 tax report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most Common Tax Return Errors.

To view Mr. Golombek's other tax planning reports, please visit: www.cibc.com/ca/advice-centre


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