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GREENINGS: Reflecting on who actually matters (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Reflecting on who actually matters (Mar. 2020)

COVID-19 response speaks volumes about those we choose to ignore

By Terri Chu

There’s a China-sized hole in the world’s pollution map thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Flights around the world have decreased, economic activity has gone down substantially, and our air has never been cleaner. Even Venice’s famous canals are running clean, and are once again home to swans and the odd dolphin.

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GREENINGS: Short-term gains lead to long-term losses (Feb. 2020)

February 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Short-term gains lead to long-term losses (Feb. 2020)

Province has no business case for reckless cuts

By Terri Chu

Last year, Premier Ford and friends dropped $231 million of “taxpayer” money on killing wind energy projects. It’s one thing to not build any more but spending money to cancel projects? That’s next level “respecting” taxpayer money (as he likes to say). What this government has shown us is that it cares not one whit for being fiscally responsible and it cares not one whit for the best interests of the citizens. 

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GREENINGS: Emergency climate calls to city met with busy signal (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Emergency climate calls to city met with busy signal (Jan. 2020)

City is caught flat-footed as alarm bells ring

By Terri Chu

I was mildly optimistic when Toronto City Council officially declared a “Climate Emergency”, in October, 2019. How naïve I was to think that an “emergency” meant that something might actually happen. The situation appears to me as though teenagers are dialing 911 and screaming in terror into the phone while the operator on the other end says: Please hold, your call is important to us.

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NEWS: ARA climate plan hits home (Dec. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: ARA climate plan hits home (Dec. 2019)

TransformTO consultation held to discuss city’s climate plan

Teri Chu of the ARA has launched Plate Share, a free dining-ware program for local parties. KHYRSTEN MIERAS/GLEANER NEWS

By Khyrsten Mieras

The City of Toronto and the Annex Residents’ Association’s (ARA) Parks, Trees and Environment Committee held the latest TransformTO community consultation at the Bata Shoe Museum on November 4.

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GREENINGS: Moral cowardice fuels our failures (Dec. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Moral cowardice fuels our failures (Dec. 2019)

Silence on Hong Kong and climate crisis has parallels

On November 11, Canadian leaders extolled the virtues of soldiers who lost their lives defending the ideals of democracy. On that day, we might have told the story of the nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers who fought to defend Hong Kong against Japanese invasion in 1941. Five hundred of those soldiers did not come back, and many others returned deeply scarred after living as prisoners of war. 

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GREENINGS: Unpacking the winning bling (Nov. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Let’s stop celebrating symbols of destruction

Bling bling! Jaws dropped and the media was bedazzled by the newly unveiled Toronto Raptors championship rings on October 23. For the team’s opening game, each player was awarded a golf-ball of 10 karat gold covered in 14 carat diamonds, and the nearly 20,000 fans watching at Scotiabank Arena were given replicas. Instead of being star struck, I feel sick. Instead of celebrating the making and baring of those rings, we should be denouncing them and the culture that clouds the story they really tell.

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GREENINGS: Another election, another round of disappointing platforms (Oct. 2019)

October 17th, 2019 · 2 Comments

Growth in GDP is antithetical to environmental protection

By Terri Chu

From an environmental point of view, the most disappointing aspect of this election campaign so far is that all parties, even the Greens, are still talking about economic growth like it matters. 

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CHATTER: ARA Cornfest Delights (Sept. 2019)

October 8th, 2019 · Comments Off on CHATTER: ARA Cornfest Delights (Sept. 2019)

The Annual Annex Residents’ Association Cornfest took place at Jean Sibelius Park on Sept. 15. Joey, pictured above, enjoyed a free sweet cob!
TERRI CHU/GLEANER NEWS

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GREENINGS: Addiction to capitalism will lead to overdose (Sept. 2019)

October 8th, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Addiction to capitalism will lead to overdose (Sept. 2019)

As we take the drug of economic development, the planet burns

As the Amazon burns, we are reminded of what unfettered capitalism looks like. Greed has literally blotted out the sun in Sao Paulo. Images taken in the mid afternoon appear as dark as midnight, as smoke from the burning Amazon darkens the sky. 

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GREENINGS: Sing the same tune, PLEASE (August 2019)

September 2nd, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Sing the same tune, PLEASE (August 2019)

No unity of purpose from arms of the city

By Terri Chu

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GREENINGS: Not sure what’s worse, climate crisis or denying it? (Summer 2019)

July 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Not sure what’s worse, climate crisis or denying it? (Summer 2019)

Act local to address the reality of climate change

By Terri Chu


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GREENINGS: Plastic ban born of necessity (May 2019)

May 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Plastic ban born of necessity (May 2019)

China done with being the world’s dumping ground

By Terri Chu

The Ontario government has announced it is mulling a ban on single-use plastics. As environmentalists rejoice at the small bone this gas guzzling loving government throws at us, we should all take a moment to thank China for this small miracle from the “red tape cutting” bandits. 


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CHATTER: Meet’n’Eat in the Annex (Spring 2019)

April 23rd, 2019 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Meet’n’Eat in the Annex (Spring 2019)

Annex residents are meeting and eating their way through the neighbourhood. In an initiative launched early this year, the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) is inviting neighbours to gather at a different local restaurant every month to enjoy some food, support local businesses, and get to know people. 

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