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Toronto Trees: $7B in health and environment

Toronto trees are worth an estimated $7 Billion, or about $700 per tree, according to a June 9, 2014, report from TD Economics. Toronto trees provide residents with over $80 million, or about $8 per tree, of environmental benefits and savings a year, as they are a critical factor in environmental conditions, human health and the overall quality of urban health. [...]

Halton Recycling and Newmarket

The Ministry of the Environment has withdrawn its last charges against the Halton Recycling plant in Newmarket, which were to go to trial this week. The plant was built to process organic waste from Toronto's garbage into a useful byproduct, thus diverting organics from landfill. There are many good reasons to keep organics out of [...]

Climate change and gardens

As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. (We last wrote about climate change in this space during the heat of summer in 2010.) We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness zone map on January 25, 2012.  Throughout much of the U.S., [...]

Toronto fined $150,000 for sewage spill

The City of Toronto pled guilty to one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act foroperating its sewage works in not  accordance with its Certificate of Approval. It was fined $150,000 plus the victim fine surcharge. The City operates the Ashbridges Bay wastewater treatment plant.  In December 2006, the plant discharged partially treated sewage into Lake Ontario [...]

Coal plant promises to be broken?

The Alberta Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings into Capital Power's application to be freed of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its Genesee coal-fired electrical generation plant. When Capital Power’s Genesee Power plant was approved in 1999, the company agreed to offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its proposed plant by [...]

Old coal to improve, slowly….

Canada’s electricity sector is responsible for 17 percent of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most of that -13%- comes from 51 coal-burning electricity plants, along with mercury, particulates, NOx/ SOx and other health hazards. [i], [ii] Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice has promised new regulations for these coal-fired plants. Scheduled to take effect on [...]