Community News and Projects

Cap and Trade in Ontario

Ontario’s cap and trade program gradually lowers greenhouse gas emissions from our biggest polluters. The cap and trade program will give us cleaner air and help reduce devastating impacts of climate change – such as damage to our homes, businesses, crops and forests caused by extreme weather events.

Putting a price on carbon encourages companies and consumers to make better choices for the environment.

Key Facts:

  1. Ontario’s cap and trade program began Jan. 01. 2017.
  2. The cap and trade program caps the amount of greenhouse gas emissions Ontario’s homes and businesses can emit, and lowers that limit over time.
  3. The program will cost the average Ontario household $13 more per month to fuel a car and heat a home.
  4. Gasoline in Ontario will cost about 4.3 cents a liter more. Natural gas will cost households about $5 more per month on average.
  5. Proceeds from cap and trade will be invested into projects that help families lower their energy costs and save money.
  6. Current natural gas conservation programs help save households $7 to $11 per month.

Click HERE to find out more about the household and economic impacts of cap and trade.

What you can do

To join the fight against climate change and lower your costs, you can choose to:

  • Eat and buy local
  • Travel cleanly
  • Practice conservation
  • Drink tap water

Click HERE to find out more about what you can do.

 

Ontario Provides Free Tuition for Eligible Students in Toronto Centre

Ontario is making college and university more affordable for students and families in Toronto Centre and across the province by making tuition free for over 150,000 students.

The new OSAP will make average tuition free for students whose families make less than $50,000 a year. Students from families that earn more will also benefit from more generous grants and loans, and about 80 per cent of all OSAP recipients will graduate with less provincial debt.

More Ontario Students are now graduating from post-secondary programs than ever before, but some people hesitate to apply for college or university because they worry about the cost. The new OSAP will help more students seek an advanced education, regardless of their family’s income.

By entering basic information at Ontario.ca/osap, in just a few clicks students will learn whether they qualify for free tuition and how much aid they could receive from the new OSAP.

Expanding access to college and university is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

#FreeTuitionOntario

 

We are leveling the playing field so more students from Toronto Centre can go on to college or university regardless of their financial backgrounds. The new OSAP will build a more fair society by expanding access to education to help all people in Ontario – providing them with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow and building up Ontario’s economy”. 

Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre

Edible Allan Gardens

On Wednesday, May 18th Building Roots hosted Soil Day at the Edible Allan Gardens. The Edible Allan Gardens (EAG) is a project that brings together community groups to grow, share and learn about local food production. Located in the Allan Gardens, The EAG containers have been constructed to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables this summer. On Soil Day, the groups involved in the project worked together to fill the containers with fresh soil and peat to prepare for Planting Day next week. Each community group will receive a container to plant the fruits and vegetables of their choosing. Egg Plant, Tomatoes, beans, carrots, cilantro and basil will all be planted this year as well as a container dedicated to herbs suitable for Tea.

The EAG is off to a great start!

Edible Allan Gardens Soil Day 2 Edible Allan Gardens Soil Day

Tree for Me Program

Looking to plant a tree this Spring? The Tree for Me program will help you plant trees native to Toronto! Growing native trees helps to regenerate an urban forest that has the natural ability to handle temperature and weather fluctuations that have increased with climate change. There are great programs from Cabbagetown ReLEAF and the Forestry department at UofT that are focused on repopulating our tree canopy with trees that know a thing or two about our temperamental Toronto weather patterns. Check out this great new program to help you get started!

http://www.torontoparksandtrees.ca/Programs/Programs/Tree-for-Me-1

TorGEN Distillery Launch

TorGEN GWNA Launch For FB

Join MPP Glen Murray and our partners for the second launch of the TorGEN project. TorGEN, Toronto for Green Empowered Neighbourhoods, is a platform to bring residents, businesses and community groups together to track emissions, learn about environmental resources and to communicate with each other to creatively foster a sustainable plan for Toronto Centre.

Join us in the Distillery District for the launch of the new Torontocentreplan.org website and the emissions tracker!

Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Location: 39 Parliament, 11th floor in the amenities room
Time: 7pm

Please RSVP
Tel: 416 972 7683
Email: gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

We hope to see you there!

Allan Gardens Earth Day Fair!

Come on out to celebrate Earth Day at the Allan Gardens Earth Day Fair! Join MPP Glen Murray, Building Roots and other community partners to learn about the organizations working to increase the sustainability of Toronto Centre.

Bring your kids and ride your bikes to Allan Gardens to enjoy fun activities and refreshments!

We hope to see you there!

 

Allen Gardens Fair Flyer copy

The Don Valley…. Gondola?

Moving around in cities is an ever changing experience. In Toronto we have trains, Subways, streetcars, ferries, buses and…Gondola’s? Thats the proposal from Bullwheel International Cable Car Corp. A form of transit usually reserved for the Ski Hll could be coming to Toronto to connect the Danforth to the Evergreen Brickworks. Toronto isn’t generally considered a “cutting edge” city with regards to public transit but this unique concept would challenge that perception. There has been a global movement to look outside the box when it comes to moving around urban areas. Cable Cars, escalators, in the case of Medillin in Columbia, have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Our ravines are a beautiful and unique aspect of our city and improving access to these areas would certainly be a positive. Maybe its time for Toronto to join the party?

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2016/02/19/don-valley-gondola-could-lift-toronto-tourism.html

Sponge Cities

This is an interesting article about China soaking up rain water in it’s cities. We increasingly have examples of these types technology in Toronto Centre. Bioswales are becoming common on our streets and Evergreen Brickworks has taken advantage permeable concrete in their parking lot. It makes a great deal of sense to soak up the water that rushes through our streets and off our rooftops before it gets to the lake. Soil is an amazing natural filter for the salty, dirty water that runs away in the spring.  Have a look at what China is doing to capture this often unconsidered resource.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/01/china-sponge-cities-los-angeles-water-urban-design-drought-floods-urbanisation-rooftop-gardens

Inspiration

 

Johanne Daousts roof-top

Johanne Daoust is a friend of the TorGEN project and is a faculty member in the design department at Seneca College. We reached out to Johanne after seeing an article about her award winning roof-top garden in Toronto. Johanne graciously invited us to see her incredible garden and to learn about how she maximizes efficiency of space and resources in her plant production. Well, we just had to see this garden and Johanne certainly did not disappoint! Her roof-top is incredible! After we carefully hopped through her bathroom window on to the roof-top, she demonstrated how she utilizes sub-irrigation (SIP) to maximize water usage and provide the necessary amount of moisture for the plants. Furthermore, Johanne demonstrated how she is beginning to produce her own soil through leaf collection, compost and Red Wigglers (worms). Spending time with Johanne, we were reminded of the plentiful resources we have in our community and how much can be accomplished in a small space. On her roof-top alone, Johanne produces more than enough fruit and vegetables for her household over the growing season. We approached Joanne as we know in Toronto Centre space is at a premium. Furthermore, the ingenuity of the SIP system and Johanne’s horticultural knowledge could be a major benefit to increasing food security and local food production in Toronto Centre. We hope to have Johanne educate us further through seminars and workshops this spring! In the meantime, check out her amazing Flickr page (That has been viewed over 1.7 million times!!)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johanne_daoust/

Also, check out this great article on Johanne’s garden by Edible Toronto!

http://www.edibletoronto.com/component/content/article?id=388:a-well-grounded-rooftop-garden