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Bloor bike lane a boon to business, safety

May 23, 2017 | 3 comments
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(Credit: Dylan Passmore via Flickr)

By Gideon Forman, Transportation Policy Analyst

Nine months after Toronto launched its Bloor bike lane, is the project a success? There's much evidence to suggest it is.

A survey released by the city in February shows 64 per cent of resident and business respondents believe the lane provides safety for cyclists while allowing acceptable traffic flow and parking. Nearly two-thirds of motorists say they feel "comfortable" driving next to cyclists now — compared to just 14 per cent in 2015, before the lane was installed.

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Will Trump trump Canada and save the monarchs?

May 11, 2017 | 3 comments
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By Jode Roberts, Pollinator Program Manager

Over the past 20 years, approximately 90 per cent of the monarch butterflies that migrate between Mexico and Canada have disappeared. In the 1990s, about one billion individual butterflies made the epic, multi-generational trek from Canada to Mexico. By 2013 the population had plummeted to 35 million. After a couple of years of modest improvement, the monarch population dropped by 22 million again last year.

In the U.S., the response from government and the conservation community has been strong. In 2015, $20 million was allocated for research conservation projects. Regional and national targets were set — including an ambitious goal of restoring 200,000 hectares of monarch habitat, stretching from Mexico to Minnesota.

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RESP: Porcelain pig in a puddle of oil

May 8, 2017 | Leave a comment
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(Crédit : Alexander Dummer via Unsplash)

By Diego Creimer

After dinner, my family sits at the table, talking about their day at school or work. As I watch my children, Gaspard and Félix, I like to ponder. I think about what will become of my sons when they grow up, what careers they will choose, what values will move them and what battles they will fight. Perhaps this is a universal pastime of all proud parents.

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Just Cool It! — David Suzuki's new book on climate change available now

May 5, 2017
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Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it. So, what do we do, and is there hope for humanity?

The problem itself is complex, and there's no single solution. But by understanding the barriers to resolving global warming and by employing a wide range of solutions — from shifting to clean energy to planting trees to reforming agricultural practices — we can get the world back on track.

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REaDY Summit 2017 offers hope for a friendlier, greener future

May 2, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Abhayjeet Singh Sachal is a Grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary School and a member of the Delta Youth Sustainability Network.

By Winnie Hwo, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

Abhayjeet Singh Sachal (Abhay), a Grade 10 student at Seaquam Secondary School in Delta, was the keynote speaker at this year's REaDY Summit. Minutes in, it was clear there's something amazing about Abhay.

He shared stories from a recent, life-changing experience: joining 120 students and 80 educators from Students on Ice (a scholarship-granting non-profit organization), to witness climate change in real time.

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