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SEEING GREEN 033: We all need to be proactive to reduce flooding

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

With images of the Houston disaster in our minds we come face to face with how deadly and costly intense storms can be, particularly when little thought had been given beforehand to reducing the impact or updating failing infrastructure.  Paying for the after affects is much more costly in lives, clean up and restoration than if action had been taken ahead of the storm. Here in East York, our stormwater costs are included under the city’s water budget rather than the environment and energy budget.  This means that stormwater projects are given less priority that our drinking water and not addressed with the Environment and Energy division; they are frequently deferred and delayed with little attention. Because the city’s staff and councillors retroactively received thousands of complaints about basement flooding in 2013 the city has introduced a backwater valve...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 033: Woodbine Bridge is also a link to East York’s past and history

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

There has been a drug store on the south east corner of Coxwell and Sammon Avenues since 1924. The day the store opened, its owner, the druggist Percy Bustin, was working in the back when he heard the front door open and slam shut.  Delighted to meet his first customer, Percy rushed to the front of the store only to find his visitor was not a paying customer but a stray horse, likely from Billy Mc Kay’s farm. Percy, later a township councillor, was a keen observer of everything that went on in East York from that day on.  He wrote down many of his observations, including about the opening of the Woodbine Bridge and O’Connor Drive. Here is what he had to say on that subject: “Until the year 1932, the most northerly crosstown street running from Pape...

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EY MOMENTS 033: Saving the world from plastic pods & showing off local artists’ works

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

…what I love about art and artists is that for all that toil in anonymity and poverty-line income, they do it for the love of it, and that makes their creations priceless.

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SEEING GREEN 032: Bee Aware: Our Food Bonds on a Bounty of Buzzing Bees Between Blooms

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017

There is no getting around it.  In spite of our urban, techno world we still depend on the natural world, that we are a part of, for our sustenance.  Over one-third of our diets —fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts— depends on pollination. As we savour that tomato sauce or bite into that apple we need to give some thought to the bees we have to thank.  In a healthy ecosystem bees, as our most effective pollinators, need nectar from flowers to live and the flowers need the pollen that the bees spread as they go from flower to flower in order to produce the foods that we enjoy. The dramatic decline in insects and pollinators world wide has brought increased awareness of food security and renewed calls for strategies and actions to help these struggling creatures. While managed bees...

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EAST YORK ADVOCATE 032: Conflicting goals

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017

In an effort to reduce traffic gridlock and improve the environment our Toronto mayor and city council have adopted policies aimed at reducing the number of motor vehicles in the city by undertaking to build more rapid transit, reducing the number of parking spaces available and by installing bicycle lanes on major city streets.  Some have called this “a war on cars.” While both Queen’s Park and Ottawa are apparently supportive of these city of Toronto policies, in reality they conflict with the long-standing provincial and federal policies of encouraging the growth of the manufacturing sector.  This conflict is especially significant since the manufacturing sector in Ontario is largely based on making motor vehicle parts and assembling them to be sold and driven in Ontario as well as elsewhere. Most of the motor vehicle assembly plants are in the...

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ADOPTABLE PETS 031: Sweet Nessa likes people and other dogs

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

Nessa is a gentle and very sweet young pooch.

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