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Looking west from Don Roadway over Commissioners Street.

Designing a wildlife refuge at the mouth of the Don

How a new flood protection plan makes room for the city's non-human residents. 

Spadina & Queen's Quay Wavedeck.

Lake Ontario swims again: How once-fragile species are back in action

With careful management under the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, several previously fragile species are returning to the GTA.

Rick Portiss of Toronto & Region Conservation Authority.

A beginner's guide to wildlife in Toronto

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, so why would its wildlife species be any different? We take a tour through Toronto's ecosystem to learn more about the fish, birds, and mammals that share the city with us.

Black Creek Farm

Black Creek Community Farm, a hidden urban oasis near Jane & Finch

Black Creek Community Farm is a small, seven-acre farm in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood that is bringing fresh local produce and unique learning opportunities to one of the city's most challenging areas.

Rendering of the Sky-o-swale at the East Scarborough Storefront.

Reaching for the Sky-O-Swale

How professionals and community youth collaborated to bring a new landmark to East Scarborough's Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park neighbourhood. The Sky-O-Swale is at once an eco-friendly water filtration system and a community gathering space. 

MaRS Discovery District bee initiative.

Look up: Toronto is abuzz with rooftop beehives that boost the city's ecosystem

The MaRS Discovery District's bee initiative adds its hives to the growing list of urban beekeepers using rooftops to enhance the biodiversity of Toronto's concrete jungle--and source delicious, organic, homegrown honey while they're at it.

Christian Szabo with a pane of Ornilux.

Birds have a new friend, immigrant has a new future

After emigrating from Hungary to Toronto with nothing at the age of 19 in 2000, Christian Szabo is now the founder of two companies that help builders and developers protect birds from their buildings, and buildings from the birds.

Arlen Leeming, MES Project Manager, Don & Highland Watersheds Toronto & Region Conservation Auth.

Exploring the vitality of Toronto's rivers and history

Reporter Andrew Seale paddles down the Don River in a canoe to better understand how Toronto's various rivers and channels have impacted our city's infrastructure over the years. 

Frederick Hann

The business of beautiful: Gardens in the sky

A new program called Garden Connections uses design technology to imagine and demonstrate what gardens could look like on condominiums, all before lifting a shovel. The technology beautifies floorplans and could have huge sway on how buyers purchase condos. 

Proposed Clarington Waste Facility.

Should Toronto burn its trash?

Toronto refuses to incinerate its waste, though nearby Peel Region has been doing it for years and York Region is now stepping on board. Is it time for the city to revisit its stance on incinerators?

Daniel Bida of Zooshare.

The Toronto Zoo to turn animal poo into power

The Toronto Zoo's new ZooShare partnership is the Province's latest foray into community power. The Zoo will begin construction on a biogas plant this coming spring, turning the zoo's animal waste into energy that will be fed into Ontario's power grid. 

Bob Baloch of The Fresh Veggies at the Sorauren Market.

A fresh "spin" on urban agriculture

Local SPIN-farmers are using small plots of land to grow fresh produce in urban environments. The movement supports eating locally, all while creating jobs and taking advantage of underused backyards. 

Steven Martin, President of Pond BioFuels.

Algae: the key to turning pollution into power

Nestled behind a shopping plaza in Scarborough, Pond Biofuels has been working on turning pollution into clean energy since 2007. If they're successful, this innovative alternative to fossil fuel could change manufacturing. 

Lorraine Johnson's chickens.

Toronto's backyard bylaw isn't eggs-actly effective, and urban poultry lovers are crying fowl

It's legal in many parts of Canada and the U.S., but Toronto's decades-old ban on backyard chickens continues to ruffle the feathers of urban egg farmers. Is the ban forcing these farmers to literally take urban poultry underground?

David Suzuki

Green time versus screen time: Bring nature back to the city

In an age when kids are getting less and less exposure to nature, a discussion between environmental guru David Suzuki and author Richard Louv reveals that the GTA is making some headway in greening our urban lives.
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