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TransformTO Talks: Natural capital with economist Brian DePratto

November 15th, 2016 | By |

Brian DePratto is an economist at TD Bank. His work focuses on the Canadian economy and environmental issues. Brian sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO.  We asked Brian about the idea of natural capital and the economic opportunities of […]

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Collective impact in motion

October 31st, 2016 | By |

A new report by TAF and Evergreen reflects on the lessons learned by a dozen civic groups that coalesced around the need for transit investment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

The report examines the experience of Move the GTHA, covering the period […]

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Secret weapon against climate change: Cities

October 24th, 2016 | By |

In celebration of TAF’s anniversary, guest blogger Philip Jessup reflects on 25 years of Toronto climate action. Philip co-chaired Toronto’s environmental committee that first recommended the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to Council, served on its inaugural board, and was its staff director for nine […]

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TransformTO Talks: Transit equity with urban planner Sean Hertel

October 17th, 2016 | By |

Sean Hertel is a professional urban planner who specializes in policy and programs related to transit, housing, and suburbanization. Sean co-authored Next Stop: Equity. Routes to fairer transit access in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, a report that examines why the benefits of […]

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What’s the renewal potential for tower sites in the GTA?

September 30th, 2016 | By |

Almost one million people live in several thousand concrete tower blocks throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Many of these apartment buildings, built between the 1940s and 1980s, are inefficient and in deteriorating condition. Many are also surrounded by spaces that are underused and poorly […]

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Why is Ontario turning its back on renewables?

September 28th, 2016 | By |

Yesterday the Ontario government cancelled future large-scale clean power projects, claiming that we have no “urgent need” to procure more electricity supply. What is clear is that projection of Ontario’s electricity generation needs is a difficult challenge, and over-projection of need has left Ontario […]

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Community ideas for a low-carbon Toronto

September 12th, 2016 | By |

The City of Toronto is committed to a 2050 deadline to reduce GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels. Changes we have to make to achieve that target will likely make this future low-carbon city look very different, but it’s hard to know just how. […]

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Ontario’s gas expansion plan may undermine its own climate strategy

September 1st, 2016 | By |

In a TVO series called Climate Watch, climate journalist Tyler Hamilton gathers up the latest Ontario climate news and cutting-edge research on how climate change is shaping the world. Last month, Hamilton investigated the seemingly contradictory policy of gas expansion by the Liberal government. At […]

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Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses

August 25th, 2016 | By |

Guest blogger Zia Islam is a P. Eng at Toronto Public Health

You may be familiar with stories about the big bad industrial companies releasing toxic chemicals into the air, but what about the mom and pop dry cleaner that cleans your shirts, or the auto […]

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Beyond carbon: The true value of energy-efficient buildings

August 22nd, 2016 | By |

Transforming the built environment = investing in prosperous, healthy and equitable communities

Joint blog by Vivian Chung, policy research and engagement coordinator at TAF and guest blogger Dylan Heerema, analyst with the buildings and urban solutions program at the Pembina Institute in Vancouver.

There is growing recognition across the country […]