Jo Cushman, Franz Video Interview at TEA Office

News & Updates

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Support TEA This #GivingTuesday November 27, 2015

This year, the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is participating in #GivingTuesday, a day where people come together as a community to support causes they believe in and give what they can.

Read more
Letter to Mayor Tory: Ideas to Bring to COP 21 November 27, 2015
Dear Mayor Tory,

Thank you for agreeing to go to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP 21). Your presence will send a strong signal to world leaders, our new Prime Minister, our Premier and concerned people everywhere, that Toronto wants to be part of the solution to the biggest economic, social and environmental crisis facing the planet.

Read more
Canvasser Profile: Lubna November 26, 2015

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

Read more
New health report identifies risks of burning sewage waste November 12, 2015

A new City-funded health report confirms that burning Scarborough sewage poses more health risks than alternatives.

Read more
Durham-York incinerator firing up with health concerns November 12, 2015

Just east of Toronto, the “state-of-the-art” incinerator built to burn the garbage for Durham and York Regions is already going over toxic air emission limits in the testing stage.

Read more
Clean green for Convocation November 11, 2015

Monica, a TEA volunteer and an undergraduate student in her final year at U of Twas curious about how the convocation robes are cleaned and if toxic substances are used in the process. Here's what she discovered.

Read more
It's time for polluters to pay (again) November 10, 2015

Last night, TEA sent an open letter to all the members of Toronto’s Budget Committee. It’s not often that TEA engages with items on their agenda, but this week is an exception. 

Read more
Peel scraps mega-incinerator - lessons for Toronto? November 05, 2015

Toronto is developing a plan to deal with waste for the next 50 years - and we can learn from what happens in other cities.

TEA’s Waste Campaigner, Emily Alfred, recently spoke to Peel Regional Council to urge them to focus on the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) instead of environmentally wasteful and damaging disposal. The good news is that they agreed!

Read more
TEA Voted Best Environmental Group November 05, 2015

Thank you, Toronto, for voting TEA the Best Enviro Group in the 2015 NOW Readers’ Choice Poll!

Read more
Voting for a Greener City for All! October 16, 2015

When you cast your ballot in the federal election, we hope the environment will be one of your top priorities. To help you evaluate the environmental platforms of the major parties and choose the best candidate this coming Monday, here are three key issues we suggest you consider. 

Read more
Seven Ways to Explore Toronto’s Backyard: TEA Staff Tips October 15, 2015

At TEA, we really love the Greenbelt. We love what it does for Toronto and we love to enjoy the amazing spaces protected by the Greenbelt. 

Read more
Keep Your Fabrics Toxic-Free this Fall October 15, 2015

With a change in season comes a change in clothes! As you begin switching over to warmer jackets and cozier blankets this fall, you might realize that some of your items smell musty, stale or just need a good cleaning! But what do you do when these items can't easily be thrown in the washer and dryer, the ones that need special care or have labels like 'hand wash' or 'dry clean only'? 

Read more
Council asks the right questions - with TEA's help October 08, 2015

Last week, Council approved the next stage of the Long Term Waste Strategy. It was great to see some positive discussion about diversion - and a number of Councillors mentioned TEA's messages.  

Read more
Long Term Waste Plan Update, Sept 2015 September 30, 2015

This week, Councillors are voting on the framework and options consultants will use to draft a long term waste strategy for Toronto. The strategy will come to the public in early 2016.

TEA was at Public Works & Infrastructure Committee last week to hear the staff report and talk to Councillors.

Read more
Public Pumped at City’s TalkTransformation! September 25, 2015

Last night, a capacity crowd of 200 came out to hear panelists give their ideas about what the city can do get ready for the severe weather climate disruption will bring to Toronto. Another 250 people were on a waiting list to get in.

Read more