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Be proud of our Blue Flag beach

July 29, 2014

Last month, much of Toronto flew colourful rainbow flags to celebrate Pride. Year-round, our city’s lakefronts display another kind of pride: Blue Flags denoting our safe and clean bathing beaches. What is it? The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas. The program promotes sustainable development and adherence to strict criteria […]

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Celebrating the green heroes of the East End

Every city has its unsung heroes who dedicate their time, energy and skills to improve our neighbourhoods. From heritage to horticulture, and from urban development to environmental issues, these dedicated individuals spend many hours every year to make and keep our hometown liveable, presentable, and interesting. Once a year, there is an opportunity to receive […]

Tap vs bottled: water facts and fiction

You could be forgiven for thinking there is plenty of water to go around. This winter, most of Canada and the US saw record levels of snowfall, and England and Wales are having their wettest winter since rain-tracking began almost 250 years ago, in 1766. In 2013, worldwide floods seemed to top the list of […]

Extreme winters impact environment and economy

We got hard hit by Father Winter. Joy over a pretty, white festive season quickly turned into an unofficial state of emergency when the fluffy stuff fell as rain and turned to ice. When its weight and the expansion of freezing water brought large branches and entire trees across much of Toronto crashing down on […]


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