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 […]

Decoding organic vs. local

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 […]

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 […]