Looking forward to seeing you at Earth Day event

I look forward to seeing you at Earth Day Celebrations on April 23 at the Port Union Recreation Centre. Our office has arranged for compost at the event. Make sure to bring a bucket to pick up yours.

We are also organizing a community cleanup on April 24 at Deekshill Park in the Morningside and Lawrence area. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please email us at councillor_mckelvie@toronto.ca for more details. Students are eligible for volunteer hours.

Climate Action Plan

The City of Toronto has adopted an ambitious strategy to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Toronto to Net Zero by 2040. The City of Toronto is one of only three big cities in North America with this 2040 target.

Toronto has shown considerable leadership in climate action. Emissions data shows we achieved our 2020 target of a 30 percent reduction from 1990 levels. Community-wide emissions have decreased by 38 percent since 1990, despite a significant growth in population, and while Toronto’s gross domestic product continued to rise.

The primary sources of GHG emissions in Toronto are homes and buildings (57 percent), mainly from burning natural gas to heat space and water; transportation (36 percent), mainly from gasoline used in personal vehicles; and waste (7 percent), mainly from methane released in landfills.

Getting to net zero will require everyone to do their part, including all levels of government, the private sector and residents. To learn more about how you can green your home and contribute to climate action, please visit www.betterhomesTO.ca.

Waste Management Tips

Every year, the City of Toronto manages more than 900,000 tonnes (almost two billion pounds) of waste. This requires money, energy and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. Waste reduction should always be top of mind as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage.

To join the waste reduction movement, reduce your environmental impact and help keep items out of landfill, check out the City of Toronto’s TOwaste app. The app has information about sorting your waste (green, blue or grey bin), and also includes collection schedules and information about where to find the closest Drop-Off Depot or donation location for reusable items. To learn more about waste management in the City of Toronto visit www.toronto.ca/waste.

Welcome Feed Scarborough

It was a pleasure to welcome the new Feed Scarborough food bank to 4630 Kingston Road. Feed Scarborough operates several accessible and barrier-free community food banks, which allow guests to select foods that align with their dietary, cultural and personal preferences. A huge thank you to founder Chef Suman Roy and a talented team of local volunteers, including many members of the CCRA executive, that made this happen. Learn more at scarboroughfoodsecurityinitiative.com.

We’re here to work for you. You can reach us at councillor_mckelvie@toronto.ca. To stay in touch, please sign up for my e-newsletter at jennifermckelvie.ca or follow me on social media @McKelvieWard25.