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On May 18, 2011, in YREA News, by fiona

You may have noticed this site hasn’t been updated for a few days. We haven’t stopped, we’ve just moved. If you are looking for the news/blog, please look here.

After you’ve read all the latest news, please check out our newly designed website.

May 06, 2011
Please help build a safe, affordable and green electricity system in Ontario by having your organization, association, or friends, and family endorse the Darlington Declaration. Please add your voice to those opposing the construction of new reactors in Ontario and working for a greener Ontario.

You can find and endorse the Darlington Declaration here:

As you are probably aware, the Ontario government’s plan to build new
reactors will block the long-term expansion of safer green energy
options, create radioactive wastes and impose Fukushima-type accident
risks on Canadian society for generations.

This is unacceptable when we have safe and affordable options.

By adding your voice to others opposing new reactors at Darlington, we can collectively tell our political leaders that We Choose Green Energy.

If you’d like to learn more about the hazards of building new reactors at Darlington or updates on the work to stop Darlington, please visit

If you have questions about the Declaration, please feel free to contact me at: francisca . catana @ greenpeace . org

Thanks for your support building a greener future for Ontario and Canada.

Many Thanks,

Francisca Catana
Volunteer/Climate and Energy Intern
Greenpeace Canada
francisca . catana @ greenpeace . org

The Darlington Declaration is a project of: Bruce Peninsula Environmental Group, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Coalition For Nuclear Responsibility, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Citizens Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Code Pink Toronto, Code Pink Canada, Council of Canadians, East Toronto Climate Action Group, Greenpeace Canada, Greenspiration, Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, Just One World, Northwatch, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Physicians for Global Survival, Provincial Council of Women of Ontario, Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition, Mouvement Vert Mauricie, Safe and Green Energy Peterborough, Sierra Club Canada, Toronto Environmental Alliance, University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work PhD Student Association, and Voice of Women for Peace.
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Event: DIRT, The Movie!

On May 12, 2011, in York region News, by fiona

Transition York Region & Cathy’s Crawly Composters present:

DIRT, The Movie!
Saturday, May 14th
2 pm – 5 pm
By Donation

York Region Administration Building, Committee Room B
17250 Yonge St. Newmarket, ON

This compelling documentary narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis discusses that
which sustains us … soil.

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Part 2 of 2 of Fantastic Plastic from Ode Magazine

“We should be celebrating plastic,” says Anthony Zolezzi, co-founder of Greenopolis and the GreenOps Recycling System, an interactive approach to giving “trash” a second life. “It’s how we abuse it and don’t re-use it that’s a problem. [Plastic is] an amazing ingredient that we should look at as a precious material, no different than we look at gold.”

Greenopolis, a rewards-based recycling program launched in 2009, aims to halt the abuse and disposal of plastic. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company has so far installed 335 kiosks in the U.S., mostly at Whole Foods Markets with a few at college campuses and in stadiums like the Staples Center in L.A. and Sun Life Stadium in Miami. (more…)

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Love the Earth! Embrace Plastic?

On May 9, 2011, in World Issues, by fiona

Comments please!!!

By Andrew Tolve, Ode Magazine

This is part 1 of 2 in a series: Fantastic Plastic.

The final destination for most cars—after they’ve served their time in a scrapyard, that is—is a 10,000-horsepower shredding machine that, in about 60 seconds, rips them into fist-size chunks of stuff. This material is then whisked away on a conveyer belt and sorted for recycling. Steel, copper, brass, and aluminum are all separated and re-used. (more…)

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May Is National Bike Month!

On May 8, 2011, in World Issues, by fiona
by Beth Buczynski May 5, 2011
May Is National Bike Month! 3 Reasons To Celebrate

May is National Bike Month in the United States, including Bike to Work Week from May 16-20 and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. In cities and towns all over the country, car lovers will ditch their four-wheeled gas guzzlers for two-wheeled transportation machines of a cleaner variety.

Let’s kick things off with three excellent reasons to dust off your bike this month: (more…)

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Organic Milk

On May 6, 2011, in World Issues, by fiona

Investigating the Benefits of Organic Milk

By Laetitia Mailhes

Superfood or poison? Raw or pasteurized? Organic or conventional? Indulge or ration? A glass of milk brings more controversy, questions and confusion nowadays than it does nutrients. Here is a map of the complex field of conflicting theories that abound out there. The trail leads to a foregone conclusion: organic milk has no rival.

Milk or no milk?

YES. Humans have relied on ruminant milk for millenia (as early as 8,500 B.C. in Mesopotamia where sheep and goats abounded) to meet their needs in calcium, vitamin D and protein. Essential to promote the proper development of young children, milk is also a major factor in giving adults strong bones and contributes to reducing the risk of colon cancer. Consumed regularly, low-fat milk helps lower cholesterol and the risk of stroke and heart attack. Rich in potassium and magnesium, milk is also credited with helping prevent hypertension. (more…)

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Testing green technology

On May 4, 2011, in Around York Region, by fiona

April 22, 2011

Ian Harvey


Hugh Heron is putting his money where his sales pitch is — more than $75,000 of it.

The venerable and iconic GTA builder is beaming as he shows visitors around the Heathwood Green Home on Coon’s Rd. in Richmond Hill, pointing out the low-energy lighting and the high-tech touch screen LED panels, which show at a glance how much energy the home is consuming and where.

“I don’t care if people come here with no intention of buying,” he purrs in his Scottish brogue. “I just want to them to see the possibilities and to raise their awareness.”

The thing about this model home, though, is it’s not just about selling houses. Certainly none but the most avid environmentalist with deep pockets could splash out for a home like this with all the cutting-edge eco bells and (more…)

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By Sean Pearce
Apr 19, 2011

Towns leaping hurdles to protect greenspace
State of York Region’s Parks: Part 1

As growth continues across York Region, municipalities are taking stock to ensure they have enough greenspace for their growing populations.
However, some, such as Aurora, face significant hurdles, largely due to geographic constraints.
Apart from a large plot near Leslie and Wellington streets, the town doesn’t have a lot of room left to grow. A report from parks and recreation services director Al Downey recently outlined the town’s parkland deficit will reach 106 hectares, or 261 acres, by 2013.
That’s if the town wants to achieve the target laid out in its official plan, which suggests 2.5 hectares per 1,000 residents.
According to the town’s master recreation plan, the current ratio is closer to 0.7 hectares per 1,000 people.
The cost of acquiring enough land to address the looming deficit? One hundred million dollars.
As it stands today, the town’s cash-in-lieu of parkland reserve account has a balance of about $12 million, well short of the figure identified. (more…)

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Don’t forget to vote on Monday, May 2nd!

On May 1, 2011, in GTA, by fiona

Environmental Defence, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Equiterre and the Pembina Institute asked the five main political parties to respond to 10 questions on key environmental issues. The verbatim responses from the four parties that responded – Bloc Quebecois, Green Party, Liberal Party and NDP – are below.

New Energy Economy
1. Climate Plan: If elected, within the next six months, will your party publish a credible, comprehensive plan to meet a national greenhouse gas emission target, and will commit to publish regular reports on progress towards implementing the plan? If so, what national greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets do you support for 2020 and for 2050? (more…)
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