Turn old clothes into new treasures

I felt great satisfaction and relief when I recently placed another two large bags of my used and still wearable clothes on my front porch for pickup. As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This time, my “castoffs” went to the Ontario Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Their free pick-ups service the […]

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree!

Every December, seasonal holidays and festivities like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and others bring together families, friends, and community. Although it can be a tough time for some families and individuals, the days are marked by celebratory foods and drink, festive decorations, music, presents, happy cheer, and, at times, some reflection. And every year, the preparations, […]

6 tips to reduce your environmental footprint

At the September 14 Town Hall hosted by Beaches-East York MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, yours truly attended as one of the panel members. There, I spoke about the top six ways in which each individual or household can do their share to reduce their environmental ‘footprint’ and impact on climate change. I could only say so […]

A bee or not a bee – that is the question

Every year when the warm season arrives and flowers, shrubs, and fruit trees bloom and provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects, often-feared and misunderstood little yellow and black ‘buzzers’ start arriving too. The differences between “the birds, the bees, and the butterflies” are surely obvious, but do you know who’s who […]

Are sand castles doomed to become relics of the past?

I LOVE watching documentaries. Aside from enjoying 50-minute segments with no advertising, I marvel at stunning landscapes or underwater scenes, amazing animal footage, human stories of survival and creativity, and how things are made. When I was growing up, our family religiously watched underwater explorations by Jacques Cousteau and his team and any mesmerizing animal […]

A new government, a new hope for a green agenda

As the excitement – or shock – over the landslide win of the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau settles in, everyone is waiting to see whether the party’s promises for “real change” will come true. What can Canadians, Torontonians and East Enders expect from their environmental agenda? In Real Change: A new plan for Canada’s […]

Don’t fight storm water, use it

It was a grey and cool Sunday morning, rain clouds looming, when a dozen neighbours and their young children cheerfully gathered for a group photo. They were proud new owners of rain gardens. Led by local homeowner Marc Yamaguchi, a freshly minted park ranger for the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park initiative, this neighborhood […]

Organic and native gardening

“Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.” ~ Chinese Proverb Thirteen per cent of Toronto’s land area is public parkland. We East Enders have our fair share, plus we can enjoy the sights of many beautiful front yards and retreat into our private back garden oases. Whether you are an avid or […]