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 […]

Finding good use for damaged trees

Smelling of wood chips and with trucks rumbling by full of tree limbs, the former golf range at Gerrard Street and Victoria Park Avenue felt like a sawmill yard last week. Converted into a temporary holding site for waste wood, it is now part of Toronto’s $75 million clean-up from the December ice storm. But […]

Holiday blackout for Beach

For 12 days this Christmas, all Elizabeth Hall got from Toronto Hydro was a tied-up call centre and two false reports that her house was back to full power. Hall said she knows many people had it worse. For all but two of the 12 days after the ice storm, Hall at least had partial […]