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CouncilWatch-June 6 2007

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Toronto Environmental Alliance

In this edition:

1. Community Right To Know
2. Smog Sufferers: Help us tell your story!
3. TEA Launches New Greenbelt Campaign!

4. TEA: The Next Generation

1. Community Right To Know

Toxic Secrets in your Neighbourhood - Tell us your story!

TEA WANTS YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR TOXIC CONCERNS AND SAFE SOLUTIONS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US!

PUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE MAP!

Our goal is to create an online interactive map of Toronto made up of your
submissions. This website will demonstrate the community concern about
toxic pollution and the need for full disclosure and safe solutions.

Join us in creating this database of local environmental concerns, a
powerful visual tool that confirms the need for a Community a Right to
Know bylaw.

WHAT TO DO

Click here to find out how to participate.

 

2. Smog Sufferers: Help us tell your story!

By
the time you get this, Toronto will already have experienced 11 Smog
Alert days this year. To put this in perspective, in May 2005, the
worst smog year on record in Toronto, we had 3 smog days in May. This
May, we had 8.

We're trying to get the word out to the public
about the health impacts of smog. That's why we're looking for people
who would be willing to take part in a public event in the next few
weeks and tell their story about how their health is affected on smog
days.

If you're interested and have a story to tell, please contact Louise Pilfold at 416-596-0660 or at tea@torontoenvironment.org.

3. TEA Launches New Greenbelt Campaign!

TEA
is excited to announce the launch of our Greenbelting Toronto Campaign,
which will build stronger links between Toronto and Greenbelt
communities. The Greenbelt is a protected area that wraps around the
Golden Horseshoe encompassing essential forests, watersheds, and
agricultural lands, and is vital to the quality of life in southern
Ontario.

In
order to build these links, TEA will advocate for our government to
adopt policies that help Torontonians help the Greenbelt and its
residents. To start, TEA will develop and propose municipal policies to
connect more Greenbelt-grown food with Toronto consumers. That's why
TEA will shortly be proposing policies that the City can adopt to
increase the amount of local and sustainably-produced food in their
contracts. Not only will this strengthen the local economy, these
policies will clean our air by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
smog pollution.

If you're interested in helping promote local
food and, more generally, the Greenbelt, please contact Kristen Howe,
our Greenbelt Campaigner at kristen@torontoenvironment.org


4. TEA: The Next Generation

Dear Friends of TEA,

After a year of restructuring and renewal, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the new TEA Team:




Katrina Miller, Campaigns Director

Lina Cino, Toxics Campaign Coordinator

Kristen Howe, Greenbelt Campaigner

Asumani Serugendo, Campaigner

Louise Pilfold, Office Manager

As you'll see if you go to our 'About Tea' section, we've got some old faces and some new faces.

Together, we're committed to continue building on the great work TEA
has done over the past 19 years. And, we'll focus on some new issues
that we think are key to building a greener Toronto.

Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any comments and/or suggestions.

Finally, thanks to all of you for your continued support in helping us advocate for a greener Toronto.

All the best,
Franz Hartmann, Executive Director