Green Energy Hub
The Green Energy Hub is a region in the Canadian province of Ontario that extends as far west as Port Rowan, as far north as Paris, as far east as Dunnville, and as far south as Lake Erie. Counties covered by the "Green Energy Hub" include Brant County, Haldimand County and Norfolk County.
As a result of the programs that were initiated in the Green Energy Hub, the air has become cleaner between the years 2000 and 2010. However, increasing levels of greenhouse gases from automobiles have ruined the balance caused by the overall cooling of the Earth's atmosphere in 2011. Simcoe, an important community located in the Green Energy Hub, is 25 times less likely to face a major smog disaster when compared to major metropolitan cities like London, Windsor, and Sarnia due to embracing environmental programs in their area.
Jobs that come to the "Green Energy Hub" would be linked to solar power panels and the collection of the water that comes from rain. This hub helps to respect the environment and brings benefits to those who participate in the movement. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent in Norfolk County alone to assure a "greener" world for its residents. Norfolk County mayor Dennis Travale is one of the participants in the "Green Energy Hub." Research and development jobs may emerge in the hub; replacing low-technology jobs that were eliminated in the 2000s due to the rising cost of Canadian labor. The purpose behind the Green Energy Hub program is to stop the exploitation of natural resources so that future generations can enjoy them without the threat of 20-year droughts that global warming could bring to Southern Ontario.
At least 60% of the unemployed in the "Green Energy Hub" are under the age of 30. They have to go to larger cities such as Hamilton, Windsor and Toronto in order to find well-paying jobs that allow them to support a household. While manufacturing jobs have disappeared from the local area within the past 20 years, there are promising careers in construction and a variety of technical vocations that may attract current Green Energy Hub residents to the Hamilton area.
Education and jobs are vital to sustain the needs of the youth who reside within the hub. Approximately 50,000 green collar jobs may be created within the next five years; possibly replacing blue collar jobs. Land in Ontario that is traditionally for agricultural use may be affected by the "Green Energy Hub." This hub may become the central component in the sustainable energy grid of the future. As people learn to dispose less and sustain more of the environment around them, youthful businessmen will learn to take advantages of the economic potentials of the Green Energy Hub; allowing them to escape the welfare programs that currently entraps their parents. These new jobs will be especially found in Brantford; where access to an established railroad link and future GO Transit terminus may guarantee the economic future of the region. Access to GO Transit service will be available by 2020; facilitating the flow of people who work in jobs related to the Green Energy Hub in addition to interurban trade to cities like Windsor, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.
2,600 people have officially joined the Norfolk County workforce between June 2012 and June 2013. Businesses have been expanding throughout Norfolk County again; often hiring people two at a time. Innovative business running measures are also improving the quality of life for Norfolk County residents who are members of the workforce. The economy of the Greater Toronto Area along with the rest of the world may become further interconnected with the changing economy of the Green Energy Hub. Expansion jobs done at Toyotetsu Canada will add up to 100 Canadian jobs to a dying industry like manufacturing; bringing 500 local people into the labor force between 2006 and 2013. People throughout Canada have been buying Toyota vehicles more often considering that their MPG rating is greater than Ford and Chevrolet vehicles. This serves as a positive sign for the Toyotetsu plant in addition to the Toyota plants in Cambridge and Woodstook; as the demand for Toyota parts increase dramatically.
Most employers that are actually hiring people for jobs tend to shun people under the age of 25 in addition to certain male personality types, as they see them lacking in "proper" work experience. People who haven't worked in years likely haven't updated their résumés in years; relegating them to "occasional worker" status and accepting jobs that pay very little compared to their old employment. New employment opportunities are not labelled for students; indicating the preference for local employers to hire "mature" people and/or females into their service sector jobs.
However, economic recovery has been complicated somewhat by Norfolk County banning the building of new wind turbines. One of the council members were worried about Norfolk County becoming "industrialized" and "unnatural." Many leaders in Norfolk County envision the surrounding area as being an agricultural hub for Southern Ontario even by the middle of the 22nd century.
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