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The Importance of Urban Parks

One of the difficulties of living in a big city like Toronto or the GTA is the lack of proximal green spaces. There are of course parks in and around the city such as High Park and Trinity Bellwoods. But for those who don’t live close enough to green spaces such as these, urban parks […]

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Autumnal Green Events

The month of September usually evokes certain emotions or images. For some, it’s the return to school, for others, it’s the feeling that fall is just around the corner. Often, for most people, September is a busy month as we transition from the lazy, warm summer months to the cooler, but still very pretty, autumn […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 4 – Great, Green downtown Georgetown

After seeing the great work that’s been done on Devereaux house, I was pretty excited to see what was next on my little tour of Halton Hills.  I was eagerly anticipating our next stop, and it really delivered in a big way. Downtown Georgetown is an absolute gem in the GTHA: historic storefronts, charming shops […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 1: Trekking Through Trails!

Located North of Oakville, bisected by the Niagara Escarpment and nestled within Ontario’s Greenbelt, The Town of Halton Hills is a municipality defined as much by its beautiful natural landscapes as by its friendly townsfolk, so I was very excited to get out there and explore all it had to offer.  It was late Summer […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga, Day 4: O’Connor Park

Ok, I have to admit it. After my amazing trip to the Garry W. Morden Centre, seeing fire training facilities and places where they stage major propane explosions, heading to a park seemed a bit ho-hum. But as soon as I showed up to O’Connor park, I knew that it wasn’t just any park I […]

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My Four-Municipality Ride – A bike tour from Mississauga to Hamilton

It was late in the afternoon on Sunday this past weekend, as I was in the final stages of planning my Sustainable Day-Cation to Mississauga (be sure to watch for the posts in the coming weeks!), when I was struck by a whim.  To celebrate Pollution Probe‘s Clean Air Commute Week, I decided to cycle […]

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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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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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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Burlington Part 1: Cycling!

After the great time I had in Pickering for my first Sustainable Day-Cation, I was really excited to figure out where I would be going to next.  But I wasn’t sure where I should head for my next trip, so I put it to the court of public opinion, asking whether I should visit Oakville […]

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