Pages Navigation Menu

East York people, places, events & insights

SEEING GREEN 034: Moving ahead on TO’s climate change plan

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

On July 4, Toronto City Council unanimously approved the city’s long term climate change plan “Transform TO, Report 2: The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future.”  This is intended to help reduce greenhouse gases 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 through extensive changes in transportation, buildings, energy and waste diversion. To reach this goal will take a significant effort and will be a major challenge for the city.  Work is now proceeding to make the business case to get funding from the 2018 budget. The Transform TO team is encouraging residents to take advantage of the city’s Eco-Roof Program, the Home Energy Loan Program and the province’s Electrical Vehicle Incentive Program. You can download a pdf document of the report from the city’s website.  Go to toronto.ca and search “climate goals” and click on the first result to go...

Read More

Agricultural projects to get 500K through Greenbelt fund

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts was on hand at Shoppers World Metro October 6 to announce new funding of $500,00 for 19 projects supporting local food investments, to be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization supported by public and private sources. Burkhard Mausberg, the CEO of the Greenbelt Fund, was also on hand for the announcement along with a representative of the grocery chain excited about a initiative in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario organization.  It is receiving $20,000 from the fund to send Doug Whitty, “the “Grape King,” to ten Metro stores throughout the province to offer sampling and wine tips for VQA wines made entirely from Ontario grapes.  The Metro store at Shoppers World is the only store in the Toronto area involved at this time. The funding announcement is a continuation of...

Read More

Local heritage root sunchoke is a less starchy alternative to potato

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

\ BY MELANIE MILANICH \ In recent years sunchokes have become a popular addition at local farmers’ markets.  These tubers of a native sunflower species have the appearance of ginger but actually are a tasty alternative to potatoes with little starch. These edible roots of this sunflower native to North America were cultivated by our indigenous farmers along with corn, squash and beans as important sources of food.  By chance, as fate would have it, they can be seen growing wild along the Hydro path on the southern side of Taylor/Massey Creek where a Wendat/Huron agricultural settlement existed several centuries ago. They are also known as Jerusalem artichokes, a name derived from a misuse of the Italian word for sunflowers.  It is believed that the French explorer Champlain first sent samples to Europe.  The Italians had a liking for...

Read More

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...

Read More

Kimbourne community raising funds for greening project

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

A group of volunteers in the neighbourhood around Kimbourne United Church at 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. in East York is working to transform a formerly underused green space next to the building into an innovative permaculture “mini food forest.”

Read More

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.

Read More
Hey Listen Up!
advertisement