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Mary Pickering

About Mary Pickering

Mary Pickering is TAF’s VP of Programs and Partnerships.

Carbon tax – the great divide

By |June 11th, 2014|

One day. One newspaper. Two very different views on the value of carbon pricing.

In yesterday’s Toronto Star, Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced his support for Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s view that a carbon tax is bad for the economy. The Australian PM is […]

Hello Spring! How to get from here to there without the traffic, crowds and potholes

By |June 4th, 2014|

Now that temperatures are climbing into the double digits after a long, cold winter, it feels great to be outside again in our vibrant city. If only it weren’t for the crowded sidewalks, traffic jams, overcrowded transit system and bicycle lanes pocked with debris […]

The new natural gas demand side management framework

By |May 30th, 2014|

Natural gas is a valuable resource.  We use it to heat our buildings and to provide us with hot water, and we burn it to produce electricity.  But burning natural gas produces carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas (GHG) that contributes to climate […]

New report on connection between air pollution and health

By |May 1st, 2014|

A recently released report from Toronto Public Health shows air pollution is linked to 1,300 premature deaths and 3,550 hospitalizations each year in Toronto.

According to Path to Healthier Air: Toronto Air Pollution Burden of Illness Update, emissions from cars and trucks are the single […]

The transit issue heats up

By |April 25th, 2014|

We know what we don’t like. We hate being stuck in traffic, wasting our valuable time. And we certainly don’t like the long line ups for over-stuffed streetcars and subways. Yet, historically, we’ve balked at the prospect of paying to fix the problem.

But have […]

The $1.5 Billion Lunch

By |April 16th, 2014|

The Royal York Hotel is not TAF’s usual lunch spot, but we found ourselves there this past Monday, along with a dozen members of Move the GTHA. Our path to the Royal York has been one we’ve been travelling for almost two years now, […]

Fighting doomsday: why mitigation is as important as adaptation

By |April 3rd, 2014|

As an agency mandated to work at the local level to support the mitigation of global climate impacts, the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) outlines our failure in stark relief.

Dubbed by the media as the “official prophecy of […]

The Big Question: How Will We Pay For Transit?

By |March 17th, 2014|

Last week the Pembina Institute released the first of several important reports: Who’s on track for rapid transit? An interim analysis of GTHA transit investment and expansion plans from Ontario’s major political parties.  The report demonstrates that despite the pressing need for transportation improvements […]

Engineering social change

By |January 16th, 2014|

What happens when you take 800 young professional engineers, the majority of them female, and put them together in the Toronto Congress Centre on a foggy Saturday? Well, let’s just say that the conversations were less centred on bridges, roads, and dams, and more […]

LTEP 2013 – Conservation is King, but the devil is in the details

By |December 11th, 2013|

TAF is pleased that the 2013 Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), released last week, recognizes conservation as a valuable energy resource with the potential to reduce or delay the need for costly generation investments.

LTEP 2013 acknowledges Ontario’s gains in energy productivity and recognizes that […]