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I was honoured to be a part of the David Suzuki Foundation team that attended Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Grassy Narrows First Nation territory on June 28, 2017, the day after the provincial government committed $85 million to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy's Wabigoon River.Continue reading »
A new Angus Reid Forum poll of 802 Torontonians shows 80 per cent support a "safe network of bicycle lanes" across the city.
That's a hugely encouraging statistic, especially because strong majority support runs throughout the metropolis. In the old City of Toronto, approval is at 84 per cent, but even in the inner suburbs of Etobicoke and Scarborough — where car use is more widespread — it's at 71 and 76 per cent, respectively. Uptown or downtown, it seems, people see the value of bike lanes even if they aren't cyclists themselves.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »