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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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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.”

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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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Todmorden Legion branch establishes memorial garden to honour fallen heroes

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017

A new memorial garden has taken root outside East York’s Todmorden branch of the Royal Canadian Legion at 1083 Pape Ave. after a throng of enthusiastic volunteers gathered to dig and plant on Saturday, August 12. The “living tribute” garden aims to honour soldiers fallen while serving their country and includes a memorial tablet, according to branch president P.J. O’Neill. In addition to members of the Branch 10 association, additional volunteers were provided by the American Society of Association Executives, which was holding its annual meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Although a dedication ceremony with local Toronto-Danforth MP Julie Dabrusin and Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis had to be scrapped due to a sudden thundershower that drenched the area, the garden was eventually finished and now...

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Woodbine bike lanes to be installed August 18-31

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

City of Toronto crews will begin a two-week project to install dedicated bike lanes along the length of Woodbine Avenue on August 18 according to a schedule released by the city’s Public Works Department. The first phase, Aug. 18-24, is expected to see completion of lanes on both sides of Woodbine between O’Connor Drive and Danforth Ave., with the southerly section to Queen Street, estimated to require only four days from August 25 through 28. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane in each direction during the process and there will be no stopping or on-street parking allowed.  More info at...

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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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