Archive for November, 2012

Streets to Parks in Vancouver

Photograph by: Les Bazso , Vancouver Sun

It is, undoubtedly, a modest proposal.

But the fact the city is giving serious consideration to a plan to convert short segments of two city streets in Marpole into public green space is being welcomed by residents who say their community has long been “park deficient” compared to its population. Now, with several high-density housing projects either underway or on the books for the neighbourhood, residents say the need for more park space has never been greater. Continue reading


If children lose contact with nature they won’t fight for it

Daniel Pudles 2011With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm

Toronto failing to act on alarming climate change predictions

Click to read Environment Canada’s view on climate change

November 11, 2011  – Toronto Star — Tess Kalinowski

The summer of 2012 was a hot one, preceded by a barely-existent winter. But in 30 years, Torontonians will look back on this as a relatively chilly year, compared with the temperatures being forecast in a dire report from the Toronto Environment Office.

The study predicts triple the number of above-30C days from about 22 on average annually to 66. It forecasts five times as many heat waves in the average summer and it warns that the days when the humidex hits 40C or higher will increase from nine a year to 39 on average. Continue reading

Fairness in park funding called into question in NYC

Billionair John Paulson

Paulson’s $100 Million Park Gift Raises Fairness Question

Bloomberg By Henry Goldman and Martin Z. Braun – Oct 26, 2012

Billionaire John Paulson’s $100 million donation to New York’s Central Park Conservancy threw into relief inequities between parks frequented by the wealthy and those in less affluent neighborhoods.

Paulson said the gift, announced Oct. 23, would enhance the city’s most democratic institution, enjoyed by 40 million visitors a year. The founder of Paulson & Co., a New York-based hedge fund, said he played in the park as a child. Now, at 56, he enjoys a treetop view of its expanse from his residence on Fifth Avenue. Continue reading

Mayor of NYC supports pedestrians and mass transit

Bloomberg says mass transit, cyclists ‘more important’ than drivers who clog roads

October 26, 2012
New York Post

Mass transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians are “more important” than motorists, who clog up the roads, Mayor Bloomberg said today. Continue reading

Dogs may run free in all city parks


Regardless of which side of the argument you’re on, I urge you to send a clear message to Councilor Mary Fragedakis letting her know your feeling about having dogs run free in Dieppe Park from 9pm to 9am.

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a dog owner himself, has asked the parks and environment committee to study introducing off-leash hours at all parks.  Regardless of how you feel about this, I urge you to send a clear message to Councilor Mary Fragedakis letting her know your thoughts.

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