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TEA Pushes for Funding for Cycling and Walking Infrastructure February 16, 2016

Last week, TEA joined Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto and sent joint letters to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Mayor John Tory requesting that they consider investing federal infrastructure dollars into cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

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TEA helps establish the Urban Climate Alliance February 10, 2016

Since Fall 2014, TEA has been actively involved in a unique new initiative connecting five city-based environmental groups in Ontario that focus on building greener cities. At our fourth meeting this January in Hamilton, we decided to name our collaboration the Urban Climate Alliance to recognize the fact that our collective goal was to help Ontario cities deal with climate disruption.

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TEA Meets with Mayor Tory January 22, 2016

On Friday January 15th, TEA's Executive Director, Franz Hartmann and Waste Campaigner, Emily Alfred, met with Mayor John Tory to talk about some of the environmental priorities for the city.

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Two wins for water January 21, 2016

Two City Councillors have recently taken the lead to protect our water and take a stand against pollution in our sewer system. TEA has played a key role in getting these issues on the agenda, working directly with these Councillors to bring the matter forward at City Hall. Read on to learn about our two latest wins to reduce water pollution in Toronto.

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TEA Thanks Departing Board Members January 21, 2016

Last Thursday January 14th, at TEA’s AGM, staff and volunteers said thank you and goodbye to two amazing people who have faithfully served on the TEA Board of Directors for the past 6 years: Bob Fugere and Sahar Ghafouri-Bakhsh.

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2016 City Budget Townhalls January 19, 2016

Councillor Budget Townhalls are a great way to hear from your local City Councilllor and to ask questions. From now until mid-February, there will be 14 Councillors organizing 12 budget townhalls around Toronto.

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INHALE, Help Us Get There January 18, 2016

We're halfway there! We've raised $2500 in a short amount of time but we need to double those dollars to reach our goal. For only $2500 more we can buy 5 new air monitors before we launch our INHALE Project in downtown Toronto this spring!

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How to Eat. Drink. Play. In Toronto's Backyard this Winter January 15, 2016

Our Eat. Drink. Play. In Toronto's Backyard: Guide to the Greenbelt has been updated with fun ways you can connect with the Greenbelt this winter.

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2016 Budget Deputations January 14, 2016

Two deputations were delivered regarding issues with the environment not addressed in the 2016 budget. TEA's Executive Director Franz Hartmann, spoke on January 12th at City Hall while TEA's Campaigner Dusha Sritharan, gave her deputation at the North York Civic Centre on January 13th.

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Air Pollution from Burning Sewage January 08, 2016

At TEA's request, the City finally released the Air Quality Impact study for Highland Creek's sewage treatment plant. Now we know how incineration 'stacks up' against pelletization and it's not good news.

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EcoBunk Roundup January 05, 2016

Our 25th EcoBunk Anniversary was an incredible night that won’t be forgotten. Thank you to our guests, sponsors, supporters and everyone who made this night possible!

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4 Ways Proposed City Budget Fails Toronto’s Environment January 05, 2016

In the aftermath of the Paris climate change talks, it’s clear global leaders are ready to act because they understand the importance of reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate disruption. Sadly, the city’s proposed 2016 budget, released in mid December, doesn’t reflect this new global reality.

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Mayor Tory Seemingly Unchanged by Paris December 18, 2015

All eyes were on Paris in December to see whether world leaders would make history and sign off on an agreement that would finally lead to real global action on climate change. 

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Government Panel Says No to Sprawl and Yes to Watershed Protection December 09, 2015

On Monday December 7th, we got a bit closer to securing the future protection of the Greenbelt and ending urban sprawl, thanks to key recommendations in a new report.

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Making Headlines: The Central Role of Cities in Climate Change December 04, 2015

As the world gathers in Paris to negotiate a new treaty to reduce global carbon emissions, one fact is becoming clear to leaders, negotiators and the world media: what happens in cities will be key to determining how we deal with climate disruption (also known as climate change). And here in Toronto, media have been turning to TEA for comment.

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Mayor Tory Urged to Keep His Commitments to a Healthy Environment December 04, 2015

On Tuesday, TEA’s Executive Director Franz Hartmann personally delivered 4,238 letters to Mayor John Tory from Torontonians, asking the Mayor to honour his election commitments for action on the environment.

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EX 10.13 City of Toronto Declaration December 04, 2015

EX 10.13 City of Toronto Declaration. Right to a Healthy Environment.

On December 1st 2015, Franz Hartmann, TEA's Executive Director, delivered a deputation at City Hall to Major John Tory about the Right to a Healthy Environment. Below is a copy of the deputation he delivered.

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More delays for Polluter Pays December 04, 2015

Rather than support the Polluter Pays recommendation put forward by Budget Committee last week, which would save water ratepayers $1.6 Million per year, Mayor Tory’s Executive Committee decided to delay it for the second year in a row.

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New Waste Free Ontario Act - a great start December 03, 2015

Just before leaving for the climate change conference in Paris, Minister of the Environment & Climate Change, Glen Murray, tabled a new draft waste strategy for Ontario. We're impressed by what we've seen so far.

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Our Laugh Out Loud Line Up! November 27, 2015

Since 1990, EcoBunk has presented awards for the best in deceptive advertising - we know this as “greenwashing” - advertising products that appear to enhance the environment but clearly do not.

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