Permable pavers, like these, help direct rainwater away from storm sewers and back into the ecosystem.

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 […]

Give lumpy fruit a second chance

Every month, almost 900,000 Canadians rely on food banks, yet every year, more than $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada. According to the United Nations, over 25 per cent or 1.3 billion tonnes of the world’s entire food supply spoils every year. That is a shameful waste of epic proportion! Sadly, private […]

Biofuel uses all available resources

Winter. Cold temperatures. Indoor heating. Good thing we have plenty of power sources to keep our homes, and ourselves, nice and snug in the cold months. Canada’s long winters require several months of heating and Ontario’s power needs this winter will demand between 22–23 gigawatts of electricity. Ontario’s electricity is generated, in descending order, from […]

A jewel of a park built on landfill

Returning from a bike ride on a warm and sunny Sunday in September, I braked to a sudden stop and looked down. A small green spotted frog sat enjoying the radiating warmth of the asphalt path. I turned my front wheel to shield it from oncoming cyclists until it hopped to the safety of the […]