Toronto businesses recognized with Bicycle Friendly Business Awards 2009

Posted on January 29, 2010

During the Toronto Bike Awards event on January 19, 2010, the City of Toronto presented the 2009 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA), honouring seven businesses for their “bicycle friendliness.”The event, co-hosted with the Toronto Cyclists Union, featured performances and more. The awards presentation, which took place at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. paid tribute to businesses and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers. By doing so, these businesses are helping to promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation that contributes to a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.

Award presentations were made by Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and Councillor Gord Perks

The following businesses and organizations were recognized for their bicycle friendliness:

Best Bike Parking Award: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award: Smart Commute North Toronto Vaughan [Presented by Councillor Gord Perks]

Bicycle Commute Award: Ontario College of Art & Design

Best Small Business Award: Bike Train Initiative

Best Large Business Award: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

Best Skills Development Award: Charlie’s FreeWheels

Best Overall Award: Bike Train Initiative

In addition to the BFBAs, awards such as the Toronto Cyclists Union’s Golden Spokes Awards were presented.

For more information about the award recipients, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.

Parkdale Walking Tour

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is creating a Parkdale Walking Tour with the sponsorship of the City of Toronto and the Ward 14 Councillor’s office.

The walk will highlight the history, architecture, stories, events, oddities, and more of Parkdale. The first walk will be May 1st or 2nd, 2010, and will one of the international Jane*s Walks.

It will debut as a guided walk and will also be published as a self-guided tour in a flyer or postcard format and on the PRA and City of Toronto websites.

The PRA is looking for suggestions for what should be included in this walk, which will be roughly bounded by Cowan Avenue to the east, King Street to the south, Jameson Avenue to the West, and Queen Street to the north.

We appreciate any suggestions you may have for places, persons, and particulars within this area. Please feel free to pass on this request to others.

The PRA plans to produce walks for other areas of Parkdale in future years.

Please call 416-534-9139 or email clairculliford@theambler.net if you have questions or suggestions.

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE)

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) is a multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations including Toronto Public Health, with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children’s health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.

CPCHE’s newest publication, Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors, is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce potentially harmful exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in child care settings.

This user-friendly checklist, supplemented by supporting information and resources, addresses environmental health issues in a variety of typical indoor and outdoor settings. The ideas and suggestions included in the resource – ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a scent-free policy or composting program – can help a child care centre go beyond regulatory requirements to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.

Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors is available for purchase from CPCHE or for free download from the CPCHE website at: www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.

Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE)

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) is a multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations including Toronto Public Health, with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children’s health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.

CPCHE’s newest publication, Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors, is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce potentially harmful exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in child care settings.

This user-friendly checklist, supplemented by supporting information and resources, addresses environmental health issues in a variety of typical indoor and outdoor settings. The ideas and suggestions included in the resource – ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a scent-free policy or composting program – can help a child care centre go beyond regulatory requirements to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.

Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors is available for purchase from CPCHE or for free download from the CPCHE website at: www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.

Toronto launches green initiatives designed to build a more sustainable city

Posted on January 29, 2010

On January 31, 2010, the City of Toronto introduced two initiatives designed to help ‘green’ Toronto: the Toronto Green Standard and Green Roof Bylaw. These initiatives relate to sustainable site and building design for new development with an aim to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. www.toronto.ca/greendevelopment

Items of Interest

Posted on January 29, 2010

Toronto businesses must report use of toxic chemicals

Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, is reminding businesses that the City’s Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code 423) took effect January 1. The bylaw is part of a new City program called ChemTRAC, which requires local business owners to track and report their use of toxic chemicals.

To meet that goal, the ChemTRAC program, in addition to tracking and reporting requirements, will

• support local facilities with green business strategies, and

• provide residents with information about toxic chemicals in the community.

ChemTRAC reporting requirements will be phased in over three years. The first phase starts tracking toxic chemical use and release in 2010, and begins annual reporting in 2011. The business sectors in Phase 1 include food and beverage manufacturing, printing and publishing, power generation, chemical manufacturing, wood industries and water treatment.

In 2011, Phase 2 business sectors are required to track their chemical use and release, and report in 2012. These businesses include chemical wholesale, dry cleaning, laundry services, funeral services, waste management and remediation, medical and diagnostic laboratories, auto repair and maintenance.

Phase 3 captures all other business sectors covered by the bylaw. These sectors are required to begin tracking in 2012 and reporting in 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/chemtrac, e-mail chemtrac@toronto.ca, or phone 416-338-7600.

Cyclists take to the Martin Goodman Trail for Coldest Day of the Year Ride

Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Cycling Committee (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), and other cycling enthusiasts will participate in the “Coldest Day of the Year Ride”- riding their bikes on the Martin Goodman Trail to demonstrate the benefits of biking in winter.

Councillor Heaps will speak prior to the ride.

Date: Saturday, January 30

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Martin Goodman Trail

Near Sunnyside Pavilion Café

1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards

Nominations are now open for the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards. Submit your nomination and help us recognize the people, organizations and companies leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2010.

Award categories

Nominations are accepted in nine award categories. We are excited to introduce a new award category this year – Local Food.

Community Projects

Energy Conservation

Environmental Awareness

Green Design

Green Roof

Leadership

Local Food

Water Efficiency

Youth

More details about all the award categories are available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Online nomination form

Submit your nominations using our online form. It’s easy! More information about how to apply and an online nomination form is available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.

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