Monthly Archives: August 2011

The “Greenest Fair in North America”

The Toronto CNE is on! While the midway and games have always provided entertainment and fun, the CNE also signifies that there are only two more weeks until school is back in session – bittersweet for all students. As I … Continue reading

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Sustainable Infrastructure as Public Amenity

Ok, I’m impressed.  Have you seen Sherbourne Common? If you haven’t, I suggest that  you check it out.  This is the most recent project to be unveiled as part of Toronto’s ambitious waterfront development plan, better known as the “New … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Jack

I never voted for him, and I didn’t agree with all of his ideas, yet I truly respected him. I heard the news while I was at a Newmarket mall. The message flashed before me; Jack  Layton’s picture overhead. Some … Continue reading

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Mileage Metres: Coming Soon?

I recently read this article in The New York Times regarding tracking miles that drivers travel, and taxing them accordingly. I recall having discussions on this same topic in a sustainability course during my fifth year of university. We had debates on … Continue reading

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What Makes a “Resilient City”?

I just finished reading Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change by  Peter Newman co-authored with Timothy Beatley and Heather Boyer.  By ‘resilient’ they authors mean cities that can last, make it through crises, possessing inner strength and … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Lost in Translation

I am not an urban planner. I am not an engineer. I am a communicator. What I do is work with planners, engineers, and a variety of other stakeholders, to communicate their work to the public. But I must admit, … Continue reading

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Port Hope Project Update

The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) Port Hope Project is an ongoing clean up and remediation project in the Municipality of Port Hope. It involves moving approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of contaminated soil to an engineered mound at the … Continue reading

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How Environmental Justice Influenced Current Public Consultation Processes

This is part one of a three part series on the evolution of public consultation, written by Environmental Planner, Danya Al-Haydari. Environmental justice is defined as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, sex, … Continue reading

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