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Decoding organic vs. local

October 8, 2014

Every autumn for the past five years, I have rustled up a handful of friends to join me picking crab apples, either in Kew Gardens or Woodbine Park. You may have seen us there! I enjoy talking with curious passersby about these little fruits, which I typically process into apple jelly and apple sauce. Not […]

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Be proud of our Blue Flag beach

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 […]

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 […]


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