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Archive for August, 2009

Big Vs. Small – The Carrot Debate

About two months ago friends of mine were in visiting for a wedding and we decided to do an appetizer brunch out on the deck before we headed off to watch other good friends of ours exchange nuptials. The two guys headed out on a run and my friend J and I headed down to […]

Don't Bring Your Bike in Here

The angry environmentalist came out in me yesterday. I had ultimate frisbee last night at Sunnybrook Park (NOT transit friendly) so my bf and I decided to carpool – I would bike to work in the morning than bike over to his office to head over together. I was so caught off guard when I […]

Construction Procurement and Constructing with Glass

As the summer comes to an end most university and college students are rushing around trying to get everything organized for this year. A select few are trying to get their PhD and Masters Thesis defence done so they don’t have to pay another term of tuition. Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend two […]

Get Dishes Brilliantly Clean

As we are all doing our part to ‘green’ the world I thought it would be a good idea to start posting about good and not-so-good environmentally friendly products that I’ve tried (and I encourage you to share some with me as well). This passed weekend I had to re-stock the house with cleaning supplies. […]

We Just Can't Give Up Driving

As much as we try in North America, it is almost impossible to give up driving. Not because we aren’t trying but because we lack the infrastructure to get anywhere without a car. Tips for efficiency Since we’re unable to trade in those cars for other means of transportation here are some tips to minimize […]

When Did Shopping Become So Difficult?

I’m a shopaholic at times – shoes, clothes, sunglasses, gadgets and most importantly (well at least to me) food. I’m a huge promoter of fresh and healthy eating, which means I frequent the grocery store. But I do as much as possible stop at all the farmers markets I come across. I recently picked up […]

My first city cycling accident

According to my bf yesterday I became a ‘real’ road rider. I had my first accident – It involved the streetcar tracks at Dundas and Ossington, my front wheel, which resulted in me lying on my back after being catapulted over the handle bars. Fortunately other than a few minor scrapes and bruises I walked […]

That Doesn't Belong in the Recycle Bin

The federal government is working towards meeting the Kyoto protocol. Under this accord, the idea is to reduce the amount of garbage that is ending up in our landfills. How do we do this? By recycling, by composting, by purchasing things in smaller packages and just by consuming less. Sort your garbage. Break out the […]

Could you Power a City with a Single Bolt of Lightning?

It is storm mania in the GTA, electrical storms seem to be a daily occurrence. As I see these large bolts seem to reach out to buildings and crash into the ground I can’t help but wonder why harvesting energy from lightning bolts isn’t in the renewable energy conversation? A Poor ROI Why aren’t more […]

Toronto's Compost Debate

Toronto is said to be forward thinking, a model for cities of the world with regards to its composting program. But there are some mixed feelings as to whether or not the composting waste is actually being composted. The Toronto Star has reported (and more than once) that the amount of waste that the city […]