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Sneak Peak at the Silent Auction - TEA's Greener City Celebration December 03, 2018

Get a sneak peek at a few of the items up for bid at the Greener City Celebration silent auction! 

Get your tickets to the Greener City Celebration here.

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Big Questions for Toronto's New, Smaller Council November 30, 2018

Now more than ever, Toronto needs a city government that is prepared to exercise bold environmental decision-making. But after a mid-election slashing of Council seats, Toronto’s new, smaller Council will first have to decide how to govern.

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We asked: "What do you want to say to Doug Ford about this so-called climate plan consultation?" November 16, 2018

Since being elected, the Ford Provincial government has cut the Cap and Trade program, cancelled our climate action plan and now they are cutting the independent body that monitors the government’s compliance with our Environmental Bill of Rights.

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Municipal Election Recap: What We Accomplished & What's Next for TEA October 25, 2018

On October 22nd, Toronto voters elected 25 City Councillors and re-elected Mayor John Tory to lead our city. Toronto’s new, smaller Council will include 21 incumbent Councillors who were re-elected and four new City Councillors, including two who unseated incumbents.

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TEA Addresses Provincial Committee on Bill 4 (the Cancellation of Cap and Trade) October 17, 2018

TEA has been deeply concerned with recent decisions by the Provincial government to scale back actions and investments in tackling climate change. That's why we knew we needed to speak up. This week, we spoke to the special Provincial committee to call for action that meets the urgency of the climate crisis and that prioritizes equity and prosperity.

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Voting for a Greener City for All: Some Tips from TEA October 12, 2018

As part of our work to put environmental issues on the agenda in the 2018 municipal election, we’ve compiled some election basics and environment-focused questions you can ask your local candidates.

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Trampling on our rights harms our environment, too September 14, 2018

The last 6 weeks have been a chaotic time in Toronto politics.

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Join a plastic polluters brand audit on #WorldCleanUpDay September 10, 2018

Saturday is #WorldCleanUpDay and our friends at Greenpeace and a number of other great Toronto community groups that are fighting plastic pollution have joined together to host a litter clean up and brand audit near the Don River!

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"Thank you for 11 great years" - A Farewell from TEA's Executive Director Franz Hartmann August 27, 2018

After over 11 years as TEA’s Executive Director, I’ve decided it’s time to begin a new adventure. But before I leave, I want to share with you why I love TEA so much and what TEA has meant to me over the past 27 years.

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Toronto Takes First Big Step to Act On Single-Use Plastics August 07, 2018

At its July meeting, Toronto City Council voted to take the first critical step to act locally on the global plastics problem. Councillors voted to start a public and stakeholder consultation on what the City can do to reduce single-use packaging and plastics.

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Stand up for your city July 30, 2018

By now, you have probably heard about Premier Doug Ford’s plan to slash the size of Toronto City Council from 47 to 25. I’ve been active at City Hall for over 25 years, mostly on behalf of TEA, and I can tell you this move is nothing less than an attack on democracy, civic engagement and building a greener city.

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An Attack on Local Democracy is an Attack on the Environment July 27, 2018

Statement from TEA's Executive Director Franz Hartmann. 

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City Hall Report Back: Single-Use Plastics in Toronto July 11, 2018

Yesterday, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) took an important and urgent step forward to deal with problem waste, like single-use plastics, in Toronto. Here’s a recap of the meeting and the decisions that were made.

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Canada needs a National Plastics Strategy June 08, 2018

TEA, along with more than 40 other environmental, health and community groups, issued a joint declaration calling on the Canadian government to create a national plastics strategy focused on banning harmful plastics, creating strict reuse and recycling targets, and holding companies responsible for the environmental impact of plastic pollution. 

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#TOvotes18: Which ward are you in? May 10, 2018

Toronto’s election boundaries are changing this year and the number of City Councillors elected will climb from 44 to 47. This means you have probably been assigned a new ward number and the candidates running in your area may not even include your current Councillor. Here's how to find out which ward you are in. 

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VICTORY: Ontario's New Food and Organic Waste Framework will Expand Organics Collection May 10, 2018

The Province of Ontario just released the new Food and Organic Waste Framework and it includes policies that will require businesses to prevent food waste and will ensure businesses and highrises have organics collection!

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Six high-rise buildings tackling waste and climate change May 07, 2018

TEA’s Zero Waste High-Rise project is well underway with 6 buildings from across Toronto rolling up their sleeves to tackle waste and climate change.

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Toronto City Council to the Federal Government: We Need You To Act on Plastics May 02, 2018

Toronto just passed a resolution to the Federal government asking for a national strategy on plastics. Here’s a break down of what happened.

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Could Toronto Ban Single-Use Plastics? April 19, 2018

New rules to ban or put fees on harmful single-use plastics could be coming to Toronto within the next year.

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City of Toronto Event: The future of waste management in Toronto March 16, 2018

The City of Toronto is hosting an open house and consultation about the future of waste in Toronto. What’s most exciting about this consultation is that Toronto is evaluating how to deal with complicated types of waste - items like coffee pods and plastics labelled 'compostable'.

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