Environment Views: When it rains, it pours

As yet another June rainfall pelts against my windows, I am thinking about the still flooded Woodbine Beach, and photos and film footage I have seen of the Toronto Islands underwater. I know I am not the only one worrying about this year’s disturbing spring weather and how it affects homeowners, nature lovers, motorists, wildlife […]

In My Opinion: It’s time to TransformTO, says the rising lake

“It’s weird seeing 10 carp a metre long thrashing about on the roadway…they are mating most vigourously.” That was the response of an acquaintance to my inquiry about life these days on a partially submerged Toronto Island. The effects of the rising lake are a bit different off the island. Closer to home, our beaches […]

A new government, a new hope for a green agenda

As the excitement – or shock – over the landslide win of the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau settles in, everyone is waiting to see whether the party’s promises for “real change” will come true. What can Canadians, Torontonians and East Enders expect from their environmental agenda? In Real Change: A new plan for Canada’s […]

Five year global journey begins at Balmy Beach

Pogo stick, Winnipeg. To most people, it sounds like a bouncy part of Manitoba. To Markus Pukonen, it’s a game plan – one leg of a motor-free trek around the world. Over five years and 82,000 km, Pukonen plans to circle the globe by paddling, running, cycling, sailing, skateboarding, scootering and whatever other motor-free means […]

Reducing greenhouse gas pollution in Ontario

Ontario has taken another bold step toward addressing climate change. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Glen Murray, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced that the province will be implementing a carbon pricing program that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our environment. Our government is introducing a cap and trade system which […]

Politics isn’t always ugly

A few weeks ago, I was asked to say a few words at an Earth Hour event in a public park in our riding. I said, “Yes please, and thank you!” of course. I took with me a petition in support of my private member’s bill, the Climate Change Accountability Act. My thought … anybody […]

The long march toward tipping points

Strains of Beaches Jazz are – or were – in the air but tipping points are on my mind. Recent announcements about the future of the CBC brought to mind the notion that we may be on the verge of a whole bunch of them. Some are more easily recognized than others, and we have […]

Climate change has local effects

Spring is arriving – slowly! The excitement over mild weather and the awakening of the plant world will soon have us forget the never-ending winter and late, cold spring. Alas, let’s actually not forget; instead, we should get used to a new norm in weather and temperatures! In April, Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of the […]