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The Energy of Demand

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on May 01, 2017

Everyone wants a cleaner, cheaper supply of energy. Nevertheless, we still need to do the math. The best way to close Ontario’s power plants and to stop digging up oil sands is to reduce energy demand.

Bill McKibben, the well-known climate champion, slammed Justin Trudeau last week: “When it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate...

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One man’s view of feminism

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 05, 2017

Samantha Nutt in Gewane, Afar, Ethiopia. (Photo: War Child Canada)

Samantha Nutt, the CEO of War Child, physician, professor and frequent media spokesperson, gave a talk last week at UOIT titled When Women Lead...

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Toronto: The elephant not in the room

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 22, 2017

An elephant outside looking in

There’s much talk lately on the pace and scale of global change. What’s driving it, who benefits, who gets short-changed, and who...

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Go ahead, hug a Rotarian

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 21, 2017

Along with their partners, Rotary International has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries and reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.

In 1979, Rotary clubs helped deliver polio vaccines to more than six million children in the Philippines. This effort expanded in 1985 through the...

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Closer to Doomsday for Toronto? Politics takes an Enormous Toll

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 30, 2017

Traffic on the DVP

Last week the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the ‘Doomsday Clock’ 30 seconds closer to midnight[1] and catastrophe. Since 1947,...

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Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 30, 2017


Canada Not Yet Making the Electric Vehicle Grade

Posted by Michelle Cholak on November 15, 2016

Province-by-province EV Policy Report Card finds insufficient support for electric cars

Canadian provinces are not doing enough to get electric vehicles on the road, according to a new report from Simon Fraser University’s...

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The shifting power of cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2016

City buildings

Population predictions for the world’s largest cities in the 21st century (Part 2 of 2): New figures show the population of the world’s...

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Cities on the twenty-ninth day

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2016

Water lillies covering a pond

Population predictions for the world’s largest cities in the 21st century (Part 1 of 2): rapid urbanisation, if managed sustainably, could...

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The City: Where Hope Trumps Fear

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 05, 2016

Civility is the glue that holds together the bricks and steel of cities, and needs to be constantly nurtured.

There are two important vantage points in every city – one from the rooftops and penthouses down, the other, from the ground up.Few are...

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