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Scarborough: TO’s Top Recyclers February 20, 2017

Did you know that Scarborough has the highest recycling rate in Toronto?

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Waste collection workers are a key part of Toronto's waste diversion system February 17, 2017

Every day, hundreds of workers in all parts of Toronto do the hard - and often dangerous - work of picking up our garbage, recycling, organics, yard waste and heavy bulky furniture and appliances.

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Turning a Small Victory into a Big Victory February 17, 2017

City Council’s most recent meeting was a heated debate on priorities for the 2017 City Budget and resulted in a mixed bag of wins and losses for climate action.

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TEA Convinces Council to Get the Facts on Waste Diversion February 06, 2017

With too many questions unanswered, City Council voted against a plan to move forward with contracting out waste collection in Scarborough. One of the key questions that TEA brought to Council's attention is why waste diversion (recycling and composting) rates* are worse in districts served by private collectors.

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Council Watch: January Edition February 06, 2017

The first Council meeting of 2017 was only a day long, a rarity at City Hall! One of the most important environmental issues they debated was waste collection service in Scarborough. Council also discussed trees, cycling, and how new legal powers might improve waste diversion in Toronto. Here’s what happened.

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Welcoming to TEA’s New Board of Directors February 03, 2017

TEA said a heartfelt goodbye to two departing board members and hello to three new members at this year’s annual general meeting.

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Province Says Yes to Protecting Greenbelt Boundaries January 19, 2017

After reviewing over 700 requests to remove lands across the Golden Horseshoe, the Province announced it will not shrink Ontario’s Greenbelt.

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Waste Diversion Lower West of Yonge January 18, 2017

TEA's Waste Campaigner Emily Alfred addressed the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee about the future of curbside waste collection east of Yonge and highlighted the stark difference between Etobicoke and Scarborough's waste diversion rates. 

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Fund Climate Action Now, TEA Tells Budget Committee January 16, 2017

To ensure Toronto’s new climate change plan succeeds, City Council must invest $1.6 million in the 2017 Budget, an amount far less than the costs of inaction. This was the key message delivered by TEA’s Executive Director delivered to the City’s Budget Committee.

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Canvasser Profile: Ben January 10, 2017

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

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Dan McDermott: Farewell to an Environmental Hero January 05, 2017

TEA’s Executive Director, Franz Hartmann, reflects on the life and legacy of lifelong environmentalist Dan McDermott who died on Wednesday, January 4th.

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Help your Councillor make the right choice January 04, 2017

At the last City Council meeting of 2016, Councillors quietly adopted a new climate action plan for our city. This important plan outlines the short-term strategies for achieving an emissions reduction target of 30% by 2020. However, without any new funds to support the action plan we are unlikely to meet our targets.

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Council Watch: December Edition December 20, 2016

As 2016 comes to an end and City Council’s four year term hits its halfway point, there’s a lot of attention on City Hall and budget expectations are high. December’s Council meeting stretched for three long days and covered a wide range of environmental issues from road tolls to waste bin fees, public hydro victories to unfunded climate strategies. Here’s what happened.

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The 2016 EcoBunk Awards December 16, 2016

Every year, TEA supporters come together to bare witness to the horrors that the advertising industry inflicts on the public, trying to convince them that companies have the environment’s best interest in mind.

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Inside Toronto's Leading Buildings in Waste Diversion December 15, 2016

TEA partnered with the City of Toronto's Solid Waste staff to host three tours of multi-residential buildings that are leading the way in waste diversion.

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TEA Helps Keep Toronto Hydro Public December 14, 2016

On Wednesday, City Council voted to keep Toronto Hydro public. This is a huge victory for Torontonians and would likely not have happened without the work done by the Our Hydro coalition.

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A Letter to Mayor Tory and Council about Revenue Tools December 12, 2016

Today, TEA and some of our allies (including the Pembina Institute, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, the City Building Institute, Ryerson University and Evergreen) sent a letter to Mayor Tory and City Council urging them to adopt the revenue tools recommended by the City Manager. 

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Executive Committee Undermines Environmental Good from Road Tolls December 09, 2016

Road tolls, in principle, should be a good thing for the environment - if the money collected goes towards supporting environmental programs. But decisions made by the Mayor’s Executive Committee on December 1 pretty well guarantee this won’t happen.

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Toronto's Environmental Progress Report December 07, 2016

Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council are now exactly halfway through their four-year term. TEA has been monitoring the votes they cast and the decisions they made and we’re launching a report that evaluates City Council’s first two years on four key issue areas: climate change, transportation, toxics, and waste.

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Not All Revenue Tools are Created Equal November 23, 2016

For more than 6 years, TEA has been calling on City Council to invest in important environmental services. Before the last municipal election in 2014, we made it clear new revenues are necessary if we hope to get Toronto ready for climate change.

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