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 […]

Celebrating the green heroes of the East End

Every city has its unsung heroes who dedicate their time, energy and skills to improve our neighbourhoods. From heritage to horticulture, and from urban development to environmental issues, these dedicated individuals spend many hours every year to make and keep our hometown liveable, presentable, and interesting. Once a year, there is an opportunity to receive […]

Extreme winters impact environment and economy

We got hard hit by Father Winter. Joy over a pretty, white festive season quickly turned into an unofficial state of emergency when the fluffy stuff fell as rain and turned to ice. When its weight and the expansion of freezing water brought large branches and entire trees across much of Toronto crashing down on […]

Creative and healthier transportation

In these colder, darker winter months running errands by car is a great convenience. Warmer weather will again bring out not only more Beachers but also draw in hundreds of out-of-area visitors, many arriving via public transit but many by car – and our tight little neighbourhood just cannot take it anymore, in more than […]

Look to the sun to provide power needs

Winter has arrived. Central heaters hum almost full-time and lights are needed from mid afternoon. With a few exceptions, we can rely on our electrical needs to be available at the push of a button or flick of a switch. Do we know where our energy comes from? Do we care? According to the Canadian […]

Earth Hour to darken the Beach

Earth Hour 2012 is on Saturday, March 31. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., many lights in Toronto will be turned off in an effort to raise awareness of climate change. Last year over 135 countries participated in the global initiative. But is one hour enough? Does Earth Hour make a difference? “The planet is long […]

Even old houses can turn green

Renovating an old house is bad enough. Renovating an old house to be as environmentally-friendly as possible – well, that’s a giant job. But that’s what Beacher Keely Kemp decided to do when she bought a 1917 fixer-upper some three years ago. The house had been vacant for several years, and had been in the […]

Solar-powered vehicle hits road blocks

It isn’t the high price of gas that is stopping Marcelo da Luz from driving the roads of Ontario – it’s the government. So da Luz figures if you’re not allowed to drive it, well, then pull it. That’s just what he did last month with his ‘baby’ – a futuristic-looking car powered entirely by […]