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GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

By Terri Chu

Having a kid is expensive, anybody can tell you that. What nobody told me though was how expensive raising a child can be when you try to stay low on environmental impact. Cloth diapers are a huge capital outlay and I’m not convinced they are used long enough to break even against disposables. Using a diapering service costs around $25 per week while disposables are about $0.30 each, which even at 10 per day comes in at $21.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Life · Opinion

NEWS: Bloor Street goes green

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS: Bloor Street goes green

Plan to transform underutilized space

“This is a major greening initiative for the neighbourhood”—Jonathan Da Silva, Bloor-Annex BIA

By Annemarie Brissenden

Bloor Street West is about to get a whole lot greener, and it’s all thanks to the trees.

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Tags: General

EDITORIAL CARTOON (April 2016): A carpet of green!

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON (April 2016): A carpet of green!

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GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

April 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (April 2016): Provide help or stand aside

Relentless OMB stifles creative green projects

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the overriding factor in municipalities getting nice things is sheer willpower.”

By Terri Chu

Every time someone mentions a great municipal infrastructure project on the other side of the pond (usually in a really progressive nation like Germany or Sweden), I mutter some lame excuse as to the reason why Canadians can’t have equally nice things.

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Tags: Annex · Life

FORUM: Large problem, small solution

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM: Large problem, small solution

Time to break up with your large garbage bin

COURTESY HOLLY THOMSON, TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE The city has a plethora of handy services to help you redirect waste from your garbage bin.

COURTESY HOLLY THOMSON/TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE
The city has a plethora of handy services to help you redirect waste from your garbage bin.

By Mike Layton

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Tags: General

GREENINGS: Don’t fall prey to marketing

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Don’t fall prey to marketing

Make informed choices when buying green

By Terri Chu

One great thing about living in the Annex is that there are lots of places to buy green products. (Though losing Grassroots means there are not a lot of places to refill shampoo bottles.) I find myself taking this for granted and not always carefully reading the labels on products I buy, trusting that they have been sourced by stores that share the same ethical values that I do.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

City seeking street greening opportunities

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on City seeking street greening opportunities

Harbord Village plan targets laneways, parkettes

In-ground pinchpoint planters, like the one on Robert Street shown above, act as a curb extension, provide an immovable barrier that discourages drivers from making illegal manoeuvres, and are not subject to the graffiti found on their above-ground counterparts.  COURTESY?SUSAN DEXTER

In-ground pinchpoint planters, like the one on Robert Street shown above, act as a curb extension, provide an immovable barrier that discourages drivers from making illegal manoeuvres, and are not subject to the graffiti found on their above-ground counterparts. 
COURTESY SUSAN DEXTER

By Marielle Torrefranca

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Tags: Annex · General

FORUM: Untapped potential

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM: Untapped potential

Animating our local laneways

By Joe Cressy

Downtown communities like ours face unique challenges and countless opportunities. Almost every day, in conversations at our local coffee shops, in public meetings, and as we connect with our neighbours, we look for ways to work together to build our communities. We look for opportunities to enhance our parks, support our neighbours, and to create new public spaces.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

Reduce, reuse, then recycle

February 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment

The energy lost in the pretense of plastic recycling

“Why can’t they take black plastic?” asked my partner, staring at the City of Toronto recycling poster. I didn’t have an answer.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

Online in #TrinSpa: local candidates tap social media

April 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Online in #TrinSpa: local candidates tap social media

By Beth Macdonell

“I heard someone call this the Seinfeld election. The election about nothing,” says James Norrie, a social media researcher and associate dean at Ryerson University. “It seems pretty apathetic out there.”

Still, Norrie believes in the power of social media. “If social media can provoke social unrest to the point that a government can fall,” he says, “it can mobilize voters.”

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