Katie’s Pizza Will Donate to Brace for Impact 46, Help Impact Children and Their Families in Haiti and North St. Louis

 Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria’s next Giveback Tuesday event will take place on Tuesday, June 13, at their Ballpark Village location. Funds raised from the day will be donated to Brace for Impact 46, a nonprofit organization that impacts children and their families in Haiti and North St. Louis by funding programs that build schools and hospitals, provide healthy meals, and create local jobs.

Nonprofits that join the Giveback Tuesday program through the Ballpark Village location will be unique, with a focus on giving back to the city of St. Louis and youth sports programs.

Twice a month, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit organization and donates 100% of profits from the entire day to the charity. So far, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria has donated $359,185.00 to local nonprofit organizations.

Brace for Impact 46 will use the funds raised from Giveback Tuesday to support its programs.

In North St. Louis, they have a partnership with Tabernacle Community Development Corporation in which they:
· purchase and renovate homes while employing local contractors to complete the work. This has provided 103 workers with steady jobs for the last five years.
· provide needed stable and affordable housing for children and their families. The families receive affordable rental rates and acquire life and social skills through community engagement, volunteerism for 2 to 4 hours a month, and quarterly interactive seminars/classes focused on their particular areas of needed development.

In Haiti, Brace for Impact 46:
· helps fund the school IDADEE, which educates over 400 students and employs 44 staff members.
· built IDADEE Children’s Home, which provides shelter, clothing, food, education, and medical care to 41 children.
· implemented the Breaking Bread program, employing 5 local women, feeding schoolchildren breakfast and lunch, and giving them take-home meals for the weekend.
· supports CHIDA, a medical center that cares for thousands of people in the community.

Former MLB pitcher Kyle McClellan and his wife Bridget founded the nonprofit organization in 2015. The number 46 comes from Kyle’s number from when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals. To learn more about Brace for Impact 46, please visit https://www.braceforimpact46.com/.

About Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, on Friday from 11 am to 11 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Curbside pickup and patio service will also be available. To order curbside pickup, please visit www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria
Katie Collier
(314) 942-6555



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Hong Kong – Amendments to Schedules 2 and 3 of Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance and Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process gazetted

Amendments to Schedules 2 and 3 of Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance and Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process gazetted


     The Government published in the Gazette today (May 5) the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 2 and 3) Order 2023 (Order) and the revised Technical Memorandum on Environmental Impact Assessment Process (EIAO-TM) to update the technical assessment guidelines.
     Schedule 2 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap. 499) (Ordinance) covers development and infrastructural projects such as roads, airports, reclamation, waterways and drainage works, etc. Schedule 3 of the Ordinance covers engineering feasibility studies of major development or redevelopment projects. The EIAO-TM sets out principles, procedures, guidelines, requirements and criteria for carrying out the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process under the Ordinance.
     With the implementation of the Order, the lists of Designated Projects (DPs) under Schedules 2 and 3 of the Ordinance will be more clearly defined and better aligned with technological advancement and development needs in recent years. As regards the revised EIAO-TM, the methodologies for conducting various technical assessments in the EIA process will be further standardised to enhance consistency, efficiency and quality. The overall EIA process will be streamlined and the delivery of DPs could be expedited to bring long-term environmental benefits to society as a whole.
     “The Environmental Protection Department conducted an extensive public engagement exercise on the overall approach and scope for the review of the EIA process in order to collect views and suggestions from stakeholders and the public between March and June 2022. We have also obtained the support from the Panel on Environmental Affairs of the Legislative Council and the Advisory Council on the Environment in respect of, inter alia, the proposed amendments of Schedules 2 and 3 to the Ordinance and the EIAO-TM,” a Government spokesman said.
     Subsequent to the gazettal, the Order and the EIAO-TM will be tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting on May 10. The Order is expected to be effective on June 30, 2023. As required by section 16(10) of the Ordinance, the revised EIAO-TM, will only come into effect upon the expiry of the period for debate of the technical memorandum in the Legislative Council.

Hong Kong – List of environmental impact assessments in third quarter of 2022 released

List of environmental impact assessments in third quarter of 2022 released


     The Environmental Protection Department today (October 14) released a list of completed and newly commenced statutory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and non-statutory environmental studies for major development projects between July 1 and September 30, 2022.

     Updated information related to the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance is available on its website at www.epd.gov.hk/eia.

Completed statutory EIAs and non-statutory environmental studies for projects in the third quarter of 2022 include:


A. Statutory EIAs:

1. Tung Chung Line Extension

(MTR Corporation Limited)

2. Yuen Long South Effluent Polishing Plant

(Drainage Services Department)

3. Tuen Mun South Extension

(MTR Corporation Limited)

4. Drainage Improvement Works in Ta Kwu Ling

(Drainage Services Department)

5. Cycle Track between Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun (Tuen Mun to So Kwun Wat)

(Civil Engineering and Development Department)

B. Non-statutory environmental studies for projects:


Newly commenced statutory EIAs and non-statutory environmental studies for projects include:


A. Statutory EIAs:

1.  Widening of Yuen Long Highway (Section between Lam Tei Quarry and Tong Yan San Tsuen Interchange) (EIA Study Brief no. ESB-356/2022)

(Highways  Department)

2.  Expansion of Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter (EIA Study Brief no. ESB-357/2022)

(Civil Engineering and Development Department)

B. Non-statutory environmental studies for projects:


Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for revision of existing Accounting Standards

In accordance with Rule 6 of National Financial Reporting Authority Rules, 2018, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has submitted to National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) an Approach Paper for revision of existing Accounting Standards of Companies that are not required to follow Indian Accounting Standards (Ind ASs). Alongwith the Approach Paper, the proposed texts of 18 revised Accounting Standards (ASs) out of a total of 32 revised ASs expected to be prescribed upon completion of this AS revision project was submitted by ICAI.

NFRA notes that most of the companies to which these proposed revised ASs will apply are Private Limited Companies. Many of the companies are of very small net worth or turnover or indebtedness or a combination of these. They would be mostly owned by small families, sometimes along with a small circle of friends and relatives. Therefore, public interest in the General Purpose Financial Statements (GPFSs) of these Companies would most likely be minimal. There are a number of Revised ASs which are very large and complex and may not be relevant and useful to the limited users of GPFSs of these Companies. The expected standard audit cost to perform reasonably good quality audit, performed in compliance with the letter and spirit of the Standards on Auditing (SAs) is significantly more than the presently reported audit fee ranges i.e., a very large percentage of AS Companies have reported Payment to Auditors of less than 25 thousand. 

Based on the findings above, and persuaded by the limited extent of public interest in the GPFSs of AS Companies, and the need for enabling a regulatory environment conducive for their economic growth, NFRA has recommended to the ICAI that a Regulatory Impact Assessment be conducted of this revision proposal, duly including all the standard features of such a process, and, in particular, to take action as follows:

  1. The Approach Paper should be developed in a transparent manner after extensive nation-wide consultation with the primary stakeholders i.e., the Preparers – MSMCs (Micro, Small and Medium-size Companies) and Auditors – MSMPs (Micro, Small and Medium-size Practitioners). ICAI is requested to send NFRA the analysis of the public comments on the Approach Paper if the ICAI had performed any such public consultation in the past.
  2. Comprehensive study and research should be undertaken on the costs to the Preparers of compliance with these Revised ASs and their technical resource capacity, which should be evaluated against the likely benefits to all the stakeholders of AS Companies. 
  1. ICAI should reconsider the Structure, Form and Contents of Revised ASs for AS Companies and align the same to the nature, size and complexity of the ASs, to their commercial needs, business size, capacity to comply with the prescribed standards, and relevance to their primary users.

ICAI’s Approach Paper and NFRA’s response to the ICAI Approach Paper have been posted on NFRA’s website at:




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Canada – Pre-Sentencing Impact of Race and Culture Assessments receive Government of Canada funding

Toronto, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

Access to justice is a fundamental Canadian value and an integral part of a fair and just society. The Government of Canada is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice for Black and racialized Canadians while addressing systemic racism and discrimination in all its forms and in all phases of the criminal justice system.

Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the Government of Canada’s investment of $6.64 million over five years beginning April 1, 2021, followed by $1.6 million annually on an ongoing basis for the implementation of Impact of Race and Culture Assessments (IRCAs) across Canada.

IRCAs are pre-sentencing reports that help sentencing judges to better understand the effect of poverty, marginalization, racism, and social exclusion on the offender and their life experience. IRCAs explain how the offender’s lived experiences of racism and discrimination inform the circumstances of the offender, the offence committed, and the offender’s experience with the justice system.

The funding will help support:

the development of a training curriculum for IRCA writers;
education of criminal defence lawyers, crown prosecutors and judges on IRCAs; and
drafting of IRCA reports for eligible racialized accused Canadians.

Funding is being provided to specialized organizations for IRCA assessor training and mentorship, and for awareness programs and continuing professional development for lawyers, judges and other justice system actors.

Additionally, funding will be available to all provincial and territorial legal aid programs in all jurisdictions for the preparation of IRCAs, with the goal of making this important tool a part of the criminal justice system across the country.