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Jan. 16 vote to give formal name to EYCC park

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Toronto and East York Community Council was expected to finally make an honest park out of the greenspace surrounding East York Civic Centre…

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SEEING GREEN 037: Making the Carolinian Zone great again

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018

Do you need an antidote to recover from one of the most brutal winters in decades and a severe flu season?  Getting our minds to focus on the spring that will be here can help.  The World Wildlife Fund has announced a special project to encourage us to bring back the diversity of our Carolinian life zone. Ontario has four major ecological regions that are characterized by the combination of species that occur and make up recognizable landscapes.  The particular climatic conditions and physical and biological factors developed over thousands of years of natural selection and adaptation determine the zones.  Plant species that are in their present locations have been here for about 7,000 years.  The dominant forms of vegetation provide the food, shelter and breeding conditions for the specific animals that have adapted to the location. Toronto is...

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Naming national flower could protect native species, MP and EY gardener say

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

The flower, called ‘Cornus Canadensis’ by botanists, was favoured by 79% of the respondents in a nationwide poll …

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SEEING GREEN 036: New Year brings new urgency on environment resolutions

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

We as East Yorkers and members of the planet Earth start our new year, both globally and locally, with trying to absorb many pledges, resolutions and commitments to restore and protect our environment and the living systems we depend upon.  They depend on our involvement and action. As the Bonn Climate Conference wound down there was increased urgency to for countries to solidify the Paris Agreement procedures and increase the targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  This became more acute as a result of the World Meteorological Organization‘s announcement that the levels of carbons dioxide in the atmosphere surged at record breaking speed to new highs in 2016.  This news was especially disappointing coming after a two year hiatus in increases. (Let alone coming after the disappointments of the actions of our neighbour to the south/) Another urgent “Call...

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Wing it to Urban Nature for the bird lovers on your list

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

…the new somewhat larger store now occupies two floors, with the upper level being available to use for impressive displays of larger items such as set-up bird baths and pole systems for feeders.

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Understanding Taylor Creek Park’s master plan

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

We know we can’t keep mopping up the debris, flood waters, toxins and broken bridges…

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