TransformTO Steps: Tackling costly air pollution through investment in low-carbon actions

By |November 17th, 2017|

When it comes to sources of air pollution in Toronto, transportation is king, according to the most recent report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. It's time to act and speed up the switch to low-carbon transportation. It's good for public health and for our climate.

Toronto Star: Electric cars, bike lanes among ways to reduce Toronto’s air pollution – new report

By |October 27th, 2017|

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health estimates dirty air causes 1,300 premature deaths and says vehicle emissions are the reason. The report by Dr. Eileen de Villa calls for full funding for TransformTO - a recommendation adopted by the Board of Health.

Connecting the dots: carbon reduction and other public goods

By |February 15th, 2017|

What if Toronto’s bankers, nurses, and social housing providers all agreed on the same pathway forward for the City? It’s difficult to imagine; working within an increasingly complex system, policy priorities are often in competition with one another. Cyclists and drivers compete for street […]

TransformTO Talks: Nurses speak up for carbon reduction and health

By |January 24th, 2017|

Kim Jarvi is Senior Economist in the Policy Department at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). His focus includes environmental, economic, and health policy. Kim sits on the advisory group of the City of Toronto and TAF project, TransformTO.  This is the fourth interview in our TransformTO […]

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

By |September 30th, 2016|

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 […]

Community ideas for a low-carbon Toronto

By |September 12th, 2016|

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. […]

Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses

By |August 25th, 2016|

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 […]

Beyond carbon: The true value of energy-efficient buildings

By |August 22nd, 2016|

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 […]

Carbon reduction = good health

By |June 29th, 2016|

Just a year ago, the Toronto Board of Health approved a report that promoted an active role for Toronto Public Health in responding to climate change. Part of this mandate included developing an understanding of how measures Toronto might take to reduce its carbon […]

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 […]