Archive | May, 2012

My Sustainable Day-Cation in Oakville Part 3 – Biodiversity and Natural Areas

Oakville residents have been graced with one of the most beautiful settings in the GTHA.  Between the waterfront of Lake Ontario, the beautiful parks all throughout the Town and Bronte Creek Provincial park nestled along the western edge of the Town, nature is absolutely everywhere in Oakville.  We’ve already seen how Oakville residents are reducing […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Oakville Part 4: Wonderful, Walkable Downtown

To my mind, nothing embodies a healthy community like a vibrant downtown.  I can’t name a single city I’ve ever been to or lived in that I liked that didn’t have a downtown characterized by flocks of people, interesting shops and, perhaps most importantly, a lot of pedestrian infrastructure. Downtown Oakville and the Kerr Village […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Oakville Part 2: Forestry

If I was to ask you what made for a beautiful neighborhood, I’m willing to bet that most of the time one of the answers people are going to give is the presence of mature, beautiful trees.  Tree-lined streets calm traffic, provide shade, reduce heating and cooling costs and provide residents with cleaner air, acting […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Oakville, Part 1: Towards Zero Waste

I have really been looking forward to my trip to Oakville ever since running the Poll and discovering just how engaged the Oakville public was, and how passionate they were about their community’s environmental efforts.  I am hapy to report that my trip to Oakville met and exceeded all of my expectations, and left me […]

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Jane’s Walk on Two Wheels – The Burlington Bike Ride Experience

For those that don’t know, the first weekend in May every year is set aside as a tribute to prominent urbanist Jane Jacobs.  All around the world, people pay tribute to Jacobs in a fashion befitting her legacy; by experiencing the communities in which they live on a human scale.  Jane’s Walks are organized all […]

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In Markham, Success Grows on Trees

On December 5, 2006, Newly elected Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti outlined a bold plan: to see 75,000 trees planted in Markham by the end of 2010. This ambitious target would see more trees planted in 4 years than were planted in Markham in the previous decade, and it would have been very easy for more […]

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The Complete Streets Movement Gains Ground in Ontario

For the past 75 years, North American cities have undergone a radical transformation.  Most of the shift that has been seen has come about as a result of one invention: the automobile.  As cars have become ubiquitous in North American Culture, they have brought with them increased mobility, a sense of freedom and, my personal […]

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My interview with Sarah Elton, Author of The Locavore

I have to say, I was pretty excited about getting to interview Sarah Elton ahead of her talk at the Burlington Public Library.  She’s been doing great work in the field of local food, and I was always interested to hear what she had to say on CBC Radio’s Here and Now, so I was […]

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Earth Day in Burlington – cleaning up and greening up.

One of the biggest perks I’ve encountered as I’ve been writing this blog is meeting all the tremendously enthusiastic people involved in the sustainability movement in the GTHA.  I have come to realize that the networks and these people’s energy is our region’s most valuable asset, and at every event I’ve attended so far, the […]

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Halton Hills Keeps Earth Day going, part 2

Halton Hills’ Earth Day celebrations at the Georgetown Marketplace were great, but it was such a beautiful day that I had to get outside to see some of the great Green Buildings and other innovative spaces that the town had to offer.  With that in mind, I headed out to the Town’s newly constructed Fire […]

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