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Council Watch: July Edition July 21, 2016

This month, Toronto City Council had a marathon meeting before their summer break and debated major issues that shape our city services. The 2017 City Budget and the Scarborough subway were hot topics, but other transportation issues like the Road Safety Plan and the Waterfront Transit Plan also got some attention. Toronto passed a new and improved Waste Strategy that embraces TEA’s zero waste agenda and Councillor Bailão is taking on smelly neighbours with a proposal to control odours from Toronto manufacturers.

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VICTORY: New Waste Strategy Embraces Zero Waste July 15, 2016

Thanks to TEA's work and the action of our supporters, Toronto's Waste Strategy has a long term goal of zero waste. 

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5 Ways Ontario's New Climate Change Plan Will Affect Toronto July 14, 2016

Last month, Premier Wynne announced Ontario’s new 5-Year Climate Change Action Plan. The plan sets out the key steps the province will take to transition to a low-carbon future. These actions will help achieve the greenhouse gas reduction targets of 80% by 2050.

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TEA to Judge Mayor’s Towering Challenge June 30, 2016

Inspired by the amazing zero waste success story of 430 Mayfair on the Green, Mayor Tory and Toronto's Solid Waste department just launched the Towering Challenge, a friendly challenge to all other multi-residential buildings in Toronto to get creative to reduce waste.

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Victory for Organics First! June 22, 2016

Toronto’s Long Term Waste Strategy is now one step closer to zero waste!

On Monday, TEA won a huge victory at City Hall: we got 5 Councillors to commit to moving forward with a goal to get all organics out of our garbage!

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Summer is the Perfect time to Help Grow the Greenbelt! June 22, 2016

Plants need TLC to thrive. So does the Greenbelt. Now, there are two things you can do to help make that happen

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Committee agrees to get their Blue & Green Bins in order June 14, 2016

Yesterday, TEA’s Waste Campaigner spoke to the Government Management Committee to draw attention to the sad state of recycling and organics diversion in City of Toronto community centres, recreation centres and libraries. Our efforts didn't go to waste!

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New TEA Report Puts Organics First June 13, 2016

Today, we launched a new report to show how Toronto can take the first step towards zero waste by focusing on organics in the new City Waste Strategy.

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Green Energy from Toronto's Green Bins June 08, 2016

The Province recently announced their climate change plan, and it included some positive news for waste: the Province is supporting the use of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario.

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Victory at Toronto Board of Health June 08, 2016

Victory! Toronto’s Board of Health has agreed to prevent pollution and develop a consumer right-to-know display for toxic dry cleaning chemicals thanks to TEA's latest campaign.

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Blossoms, Opossums and Ticks May 26, 2016

It can be difficult to picture the everyday impacts of climate change. While it’s an issue we deal with on a global scale, some of Toronto’s plants and wildlife are trying to tell us what it means for our city, our community, and our environment.

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Toronto's Waste Diversion Dips Back to 2012 Rate May 20, 2016

Toronto's waste diversion rate is going in the wrong direction - not only did we fail to meet our projected increase, but our diversion rate fell to 2012 levels.

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What Others Are Saying about Provincial Plans for the Greenbelt May 18, 2016

In May 2016, the Province announced plans to grow the Greenbelt into 21 urban river valleys, including three in Toronto. Here's what others are saying.

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Province Listens to Torontonians and Plans to Grow the Greenbelt into our Ravines May 13, 2016

After seven years of campaigning, including lots of help from our supporters, river lands in Toronto’s ravines are poised to become the newest “members” of the Greenbelt family.

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Council Watch: May Edition May 11, 2016

Every month, Toronto City Council meets to debate and decide on issues large and small that impact our city. From Uber to bike lanes, transportation was a key topic of conversation at Council last week. The future of Scarborough's sewage was also decided.

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Why TEA Took The Leap April 28, 2016

Back in early August, one of my environmental colleagues sent me an early draft of what Canadians now know as The Leap Manifesto. The colleague asked whether TEA would sign on.

Whenever I get these sort of requests, I ask myself: are the values and proposed actions in line with the values and vision of TEA and our supporters?

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TEA speaks to MPPs on Waste Free Ontario Act April 20, 2016

Along with other environmental NGOs, TEA submitted comments to the Province in late February on the proposed Waste Free Ontario Act. In late April, TEA's Waste Campaigner, Emily Alfred, spoke to the Provincial Committee responsible for revising the draft Act.

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Imagine a carbon neutral Toronto April 14, 2016

At a recent event hosted by the City, I was asked to imagine what my life would look like if Toronto was carbon neutral in 2050. It was a question that required me to think about many transformative changes that would need to take place in the city. 

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TO Waste Strategy - City presentations April 08, 2016

The City's Draft Long Term Waste Strategy contains a lot of information.

To see a summary of the key points, check out the presentations from the public consultation in April 2016.

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Canvasser Profile: Andy April 05, 2016

Meet Andy: one of TEA's dedicated employees.  Andy explains why he loves working for TEA and gives us an inside scoop on canvassing in the City of Toronto.

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