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Archive for June, 2009

The Future of Canada's Infrastructure is in Good Hands

Thanks to RenewCanada I had the unique opportunity to attend the Strategy Institute’s conference on The Future of Canada’s Infrastructure. The two days started with a keynote address from the Assistant Chief planner of the Directorate for the Built Environment of the Scottish Government and the remainder was filled with presentations about the current practices […]

Strategy Institute's Conference on The Future of Canada's Infrastructure

Over the next two days I’ll be at the Holiday Inn Select by the Toronto International Airport. I’m hear to learn what the future holds for Canada’s Infrastructure from learning about what the experts have to say about sustainable communities, public-private partnerships through a wide variety of case studies. I’ll be tweeting throughout the two […]

Toronto's Clean Air Commute Week 2009

That is the slogan for the 2009 Pollution Probe Clean Air Commute Week; contribute nothing to pollution. It is an attempt to get individuals to re-think how they travel to work everyday. Instead of driving, carpool, drive a hybrid, bike, walk, take transit or telecommute. I started my week off by riding my bike to […]

Toronto Transit: Vision 2030

Thanks to my bf I was directed to the ‘ultimate’ TTC Map on Dreamed up by Dieter Janssen, an architecture professor at the University of Toronto this map adds new lines, extends existing ones and tries to capture the GTA audience. Below vs. Above Ground Streetcar or Subway? Economically it just doesn’t make sense […]

Alice Waters' Slow Food Movement: Part 2

Remember Home Economics? The class that you about cooking, sewing, knitting when you were in grade school. I also took a class called Active, Health Living in University, which talked about nutrition, how the human body works and even had a 1hr per week activity component to it. The Edible Schoolyard Waters has a different […]

Alice Waters' Slow Food Movement: Part 1

Obesity is on the rise not only here in North America but world wide. Part of the rise in obesity is the accessibility and the cost effectiveness of FastFood – McDonalds, Harveys, Burger King, Wendy’s, Tim Horton’s, etc … The antithesis to that is something called the slow food movement, and part of that is […]

Greening Coffee Houses

There really is no denying that the world is addicted to coffee. In almost every major city world-wide you can find a Starbucks or some other trendy coffee house serving up the hot, golden-black liquid we all crave every morning. But they are also a major source of garbage Sustainable Beans The recent trend is […]

Idling: What is the real cost?

Yesterday while riding home from work I was stopped at a railway crossing for a massive freight train to pass. As the line of cars grew on either side of the train tracks I noticed one thing in common amongst all the drivers, they all left their cars running. What about turning your car off […]

Toronto's Farmers' Markets

Ontario with its cold winters and (usually) hot summers creates a unique environment growing some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables. And as our community awareness about global warming, climate change, etc increases so does the demand for the local farmers markets. The Toronto Farmers market network is an attempt to combat climate […]

Re:Inventing GM

GM – Forward Thinking? Future of Car Makers For North America? I just saw the new GM commercial last night that essentially apologizes to the Canadian citizens and asks for forgiveness; the new campaign is appropriately called ‘Re:Inventing GM.’ GM wants to be looked at as the future of ‘green’ cars and a North American […]