Are sand castles doomed to become relics of the past?

I LOVE watching documentaries. Aside from enjoying 50-minute segments with no advertising, I marvel at stunning landscapes or underwater scenes, amazing animal footage, human stories of survival and creativity, and how things are made. When I was growing up, our family religiously watched underwater explorations by Jacques Cousteau and his team and any mesmerizing animal […]

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 […]

Don’t fight storm water, use it

It was a grey and cool Sunday morning, rain clouds looming, when a dozen neighbours and their young children cheerfully gathered for a group photo. They were proud new owners of rain gardens. Led by local homeowner Marc Yamaguchi, a freshly minted park ranger for the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park initiative, this neighborhood […]

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 […]

Give lumpy fruit a second chance

Every month, almost 900,000 Canadians rely on food banks, yet every year, more than $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada. According to the United Nations, over 25 per cent or 1.3 billion tonnes of the world’s entire food supply spoils every year. That is a shameful waste of epic proportion! Sadly, private […]

Building resiliency the key to surviving extreme weather

The recent prolonged stretch of frigid winter weather left many Toronto residents without water, and had the city scrambling to restore services. Ward 32 was among the hardest hit with hundreds of frozen pipes, broken water mains, and ‘no water’ calls to 311 and to my office. Many of our fellow neighbours are still without […]

Biofuel uses all available resources

Winter. Cold temperatures. Indoor heating. Good thing we have plenty of power sources to keep our homes, and ourselves, nice and snug in the cold months. Canada’s long winters require several months of heating and Ontario’s power needs this winter will demand between 22–23 gigawatts of electricity. Ontario’s electricity is generated, in descending order, from […]

Be proud of our Blue Flag beach

Last month, much of Toronto flew colourful rainbow flags to celebrate Pride. Year-round, our city’s lakefronts display another kind of pride: Blue Flags denoting our safe and clean bathing beaches. What is it? The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas. The program promotes sustainable development and adherence to strict criteria […]