International Migratory Bird Day on May 14
May 2016 - Kyle Yin
International Migratory Bird Day was created in the early 1990s and it is an international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between North America and Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The official date for migratory bird day in the U.S. and Canada is the second Saturday in May each year. Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo will be hosting this year’s International Migratory Bird Day in the Rouge on Saturday, May 14.
The theme of this year’s event is "Spread your Wings for Bird Conservation." Let’s celebrate migratory birds making the long trip back to their home in Canada!
Bird watching tours are hosted by Parks Canada in Rouge Park with guest bird experts. The tours will be departing at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. These twohour tours are free and recommended for ages 10 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for the tours, contact Janis Miller at 4163925964 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For children 9 and under, Parks Canada is hosting a number of fun, onsite activities about birds that day. Complete a photo scavenger hunt, learn how to use binoculars, and drop in for wetland birding sessions. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our event hub located at Parks Canada's Zoo Road Welcome Area.
If you are also visiting the Toronto Zoo on May 14, don’t miss the informative displays set up by various birdrelated organizations at the Conservation Connection Centre (just outside the IndoMalaya Pavilion) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spotting scopes and interpretive guides will be stationed at Weston Pond in the Canadian Domain at the Zoo to help visitors learn to identify local birds. Short guided bird walks will also take place around the pond.
Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy
April 2016 - Kyle Yin
The City of Toronto has completed a Draft Long Term Waste Management Strategy to provide a framework for the next 30 to 50 years. The Strategy recommends waste management policies and programs, including how to manage any leftover garbage remaining after making use of recycling, composting and reuse options.
The Draft Waste Strategy is now complete and was approved at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on Tuesday March 1, 2016. It was prepared by looking at the City’s current system; needs for the future; evaluating the options using environmental, social and financial considerations; and developing a plan to manage our waste.
This is a “3Rs-First” Strategy, focused on reducing, reusing and recycling/composting waste to promote the importance of resource conservation and reduced environmental impact.
Key recommendations include:
• Prioritizing Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
• Enhance Promotion and Education
• Additional Diversion Specific to Multi-Residential Buildings
• Encouraging Diversion for Businesses and Do it Yourself (DIY) Home Renovation
• Additional Recovery of Materials
• Maximize the Life of Green Lane Landfill
Public input received during this phase of the project will be considered in the development of the final Waste Strategy to be presented to Toronto City Council for approval in July, 2016.
A series of consultation events are designed to let the public learn more about aspects of the Strategy. Information including presentations, evaluation of options and the supporting reports will be available for review and comment. The project website lists upcoming events, details and hosts a survey on the Draft Waste Strategy from March 29 to April 27, 2016.
Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant-
Environmental Assessment Update
March 2016 - Jennifer McKelvie
Currently biosolids at the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (HCTP) are managed using two multiple hearth incinerators, which are nearing the end of their design life. The City of Toronto is conducting an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the alternatives and identify the best solution. The three alternatives under consideration are:
A. New on-site fluidized bed incinerators;
B. A new truck loading facility to enable a biosolids haulage program (4-6 trucks per day) for off-site land application or disposal; or
C. A new pelletizer facility to dry the biosolids, including a new truck loading facility for haulage of pellets offsite (1-2 trucks per day).
A Health Impact Assessment was conducted to evaluate the potential health effects of the alternatives within the study area. The Health Impact Assessment report is available on the project website in the Technical Info section). The study concluded that the health impacts associated with all three alternatives are very small and would not result in appreciable differences in health impacts to the community. All alternatives evaluated achieve significant reductions in air emissions compared to the existing multiple hearth incinerators. The Health Impact Assessment is one component of the Environmental Assessment.
The third and final Public Information Centre was held on November 19th. At a well-attended meeting, the City of Toronto presented their evaluation of the alternatives and the findings that will be forwarded to City Council. All short-listed alternatives were found to be feasible, within regulations, and demonstrated/proven in Ontario.
Two routes for the truck traffic from the site were analyzed:
• Coronation/Manse/Lawrence/Morningside to Hwy. #401.
• Beechgrove/Lawrence/Port Union to Hwy. #401.
The study concluded that the Beechgrove/Lawrence/Port Union route would have a lower impact on the community in relation to pedestrian safety, noise and vulnerable populations, although both routes were considered viable.
The City expects to complete the Technical Memoranda and respond to comments by January 2016, and hopes to report to the Works Committee and City Council in February 2016. The final Class EA Report is scheduled to be filed for 30-day review period in April 2016.
The November 19 presentation slides and other updates are available for viewing on the City of Toronto project website, under the Consultation header. For additional information, please email Josie Franch at email@example.com.
Long-term Waste Strategy Update
The City of Toronto is developing a Long Term Waste Management Strategy to find new ways to look after our waste over the next 30-50 years. 1,500 residents and stakeholders shared their ideas to identify options at public meetings and through online surveys. The City has started the technical work of evaluating the Waste Strategy options. A draft Waste Strategy will be prepared and presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in early 2016, followed by public and stakeholder engagement to seek feedback on the draft document.
Visit the ‘Reports and Resources’ page at to read background information on all aspects of the City’s current waste management system.