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.
News & Updates
After reviewing over 700 requests to remove lands across the Golden Horseshoe, the Province announced it will not shrink Ontario’s Greenbelt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday evening, more than 150 concerned residents and TEA supporters flooded into a Committee Room at City Hall to show support for Toronto’s new climate action plan. Many people were forced to stand as the room was at capacity, and extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate everyone.
EcoBunk's silent auction is always filled with fantastic donations from our sponsors and this year is no different. This is just a very small sample of what EcoBunk 2016 has to offer.
At November's City Council meeting a number of green topics were on the agenda including expansion of both our transit system and our political system, climate strategies to prepare us for extreme heat and catastrophic floods, climate change solutions like growing our tree canopy and tackling our industry's trucking emissions. Here's what happened.
Not quite a year ago, nations from across the world including Canada signed the Paris Agreement. It was the first legally binding and universal agreement committing countries to take climate actions. Mayor Tory was part of the Canadian delegation to represent how Toronto could be part of the solution.