The EcoFair at Wychwood Barns is a fun, family-oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Last year, 800 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in our neighbourhood and in our city, to explore new ideas, and to share green tips and tricks. The event is jointly organized by TransitionToronto and Green Neighbours 21 and is hosted by the Wychwood Barns Community Association.
Also, on November 9, Emma Lui, Water Campaigner with the Council of Canadians turns our attention to concern about a pipeline extension project for Toronto.
Within the month, the Ontario Energy Board will make a major decision about piping fracked gas to Toronto for distribution in southwestern Ontario and Quebec.
Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas are petitioning the Ontario Energy Board for new and expanded natural gas infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area.
The last day of hearings on this is Friday, November 8.
She warns that if this project is allowed, it will increase fracking in Pennsylvania.
If the application is approved, millions of people will be relying on imported fracked gas from the U.S. Marcellus shale by 2015.
The approval could open the door to more fracking of the Marcellus shale posing serious risks to the Great Lakes Basin with massive water withdrawals, potential water contamination and pipeline leaks and hazardous waste risks.
In addition to being a major threat to Great Lakes communities’ water and air and contributing significantly to climate change pollution, this approval would lead to higher heating costs for Ontario and Quebec residents.
Lui has shared with us the following links which you may want to check out before the screening.
“New condo towers are rising up all around the city, but especially in Toronto Ward 21, bringing the threat (or promise) of big changes in our neighbourhood
How can we influence this process – not to stop it, but to make sure each of these buildings is an attractive, sustainable asset for our whole community?
Co-sponsored by Green Neighbours 21 (GN 21) and Toronto Councilor Joe Mihevc, this event is the first in a series of four on various civic issues planned for the Arts Barns on Tuesday evenings in February”
It will feature presentations by:
City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat
Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume
Windmill Development’s Alex Spiegel
Then there will be breakout sessions for community discussion on a number of key issues
“This is a great way to find out what’s in the pipeline and to tell planners and developers what you’d like to see!”
This video presents “High Park History”:
This clip explores the historical significance of High Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada