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RAT-POCALYSE! Significant increase in number of EY sightings

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Although the City of Toronto claims its garbage bins are racoon-proof, judging by recent reports on social media some East York home owners have found they may not be immune to rats. One member of the Danforth-Woodbine group on Facebook posted that she discovered a “a 4-inch hole on the top of our garbage bin” outside her home in the Gerrard-Coxwell area. Another reported that a rat “ran at me from behind the garbage and hit my ankle!” The rodents have also been reported being found in basement toilets, having apparently crawled up from the sewer system, and also under the hoods of cars. Several posters theorized that the influx may be due to renovations and new construction in their areas, where basements and foundations have been dug, disrupting the pests from their previous habitats. Similarly, watermain replacements and...

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SEEING GREEN 031: “Going native” in backyard helps all of us

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Native plants in our yards are the key to preserving our rich urban biodiversity of birds, butterflies, pollinating insects, and other wildlife …

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Ward 29 Environment Day June 22

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

Councillor Mary Fragedakis hosts a Ward 29 Environment Day at Dieppe Park from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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SEEING GREEN 030: What are Those Things?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017

Newcomers to Canada from tropical countries often have never seen cattails.  So, it was not unusual that they would ask me “What are those things?” when I was leading a nature walk in Taylor Creek Park.  They are certainly a distinguishing and familiar feature in our ravines. Our cattails are a perennial herbaceous plant, common in marshes, bogs, along the borders of ponds and shallow lakes and other wetlands.  They grow from Newfoundland to Alaska across North America. A stout upright plant up to 6 feet tall, cattails form dense colonies with long lance shaped leaves that appear before the stems.  They have an extensive, expanding root system that can grow three metres in a single growing season. The flowers, appearing in June and July, are miniscule and inconspicuous in two yellowish green spikes.  The top spike contains the...

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EY Farmers’ markets in full swing

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

    Thursdays from June 1 – October 26, 3-7 p.m. at East Lynn Park, Danforth Ave. a block west of Woodbine, the market operated by Danforth East Community Association offers different special events and live music weekly, a kids’ area, community displays and much more. Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Evergreen Brick Works’ weekly Farmers Market at Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. offers local, sustainably grown food till October. Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Leslieville Farmers Market on Queen St. E., at northern end of Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave. Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. until October the original East York Farmers’ Market takes place on the greens at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. the Fairmount Farmers’ Market is this year being held at Greenwood Park, Greenwood...

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Climate action deferred to July

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

With discussion of several other items consuming three days of debate at its May meeting, Toronto City Council was unable to consider and vote on the city’s proposed “Transform TO” climate action plan. The plan proposes measures which would set targets for the city to reduce carbon emissions and other environment-related goals. With no regular meeting scheduled for June, the item was put over until the council’s next regular meeting that starts July 5. To learn more about the climate action plan visit and search “climate...

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