This video presents “Why Biodiversity Matters”:
- David Suzuki discusses the complexity of nature’s biodiversity as it relates to city living
There are three FREE green talks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
Emerald Ash Borer and Toronto’s Urban Forest
Wednesday, October 24
Speaker: Melissa Williams, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests)
12 noon – 1 p.m
100 Queen St. W. (at Bay Street), Committee Room 3, second floor
Registration is not required.
- Toronto’s urban forest has a structural value of $7.2 billion and provides more than $60 million in ecological benefits each year
- The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) will have a major impact on our urban forest as it affects Toronto’s 860,000 ash trees
- Find out what’s at stake as Melissa Williams of LEAF explores Toronto’s tree canopy and the many benefits it provides
- Learn how to identify ash trees, the signs of Emerald Ash Borer infestation, and how you can build a healthier and more resilient urban forest in your community.
Greening our City – Challenges for the Coming Year
Monday, October 29
Speaker: Councilor Joe Mihevc
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
St Michael and All Angels Church
(southeast corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter off Wychwood, through wooden gate, top floor)
“The coming year brings pivotal decisions for Toronto’s future as a green and livable city:
- Reviving Transit City was an important win, but only a first step on the way to an ambitious GTA-wide public transit plan — “The Big Move”
- How do we pay for that?
- We’ve all noticed the surge in new high-density housing projects around the city, including the condo towers now underway and projected for St. Clair
- What can be done to make these projects both green and neighbourhood-friendly?
- Following up on his presentation to Green Neighbours 21 last year, Councilor Mihevc will explain the issues and outline some ways of getting involved
- One of these will be a major event upcoming this Winter in the Art Barns, to be shaped and co-sponsored by Green Neighbours 21
- Come, learn more and find out what you can do to help make it happen!”
Green Neighbours 21 contact info:
Spiders of Toronto
Tuesday, October 30
Speaker: Brad Hubley, Royal Ontario Museum
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (Yonge & Bloor), Beeton Auditorium
- Did you know that more than 200 species of spiders call Toronto home?
- Come learn all about these fascinating eight-legged creatures
- Brad Hubley of the Royal Ontario Museum will entertain you with interesting facts, images and insights
- Bring your curiosity and your questions
- Spiders of Toronto is one of a series of illustrated booklets in the City’s Biodiversity Series:
- Spiders of Toronto: 2012
- A female jumping spider (Phiddipus clarus) lands on the edge of a milkweed leaf
- Males defend females from rival males using a combination of visual and vibratory signals, and these interactions occasionally escalate into direct combat, and fights between females over refuges are even more intense
- Spiders of Toronto: 2012
City of Toronto Contact Info:
Phone within Toronto city limits: 311
Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.
Always call 911 for emergencies.
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