By Mark Cullen Special to the Star Ben Cullen Fri., Feb. 1, 2019 School campuses in the Toronto-area are germinating growth in ways that go far beyond educational achievements. Many of the city’s colleges and universities are also home to valuable green, growing spaces. For post-secondary schools that are blessed with this prime real estate, it’s an unspoken invitation to create vibrant communities. And, with good planning, the results can be gorgeous spaces that are a healthy mix of the school’s population and the outside world. A few examples within our city limits: University College, in the core of the University of Toronto’s downtown St. George campus, is one place where the administration sees the importance of investing for the future. The recently announced Landmark Project is a $20-million capital campaign to revitalize their historic oasis in the heart of the city. Article Continued Below The Landmark Project focuses on … [Read more...] about Toronto universities, colleges offer gorgeous green spaces: Urban Growth
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How LKY transformed Singapore from 3rd World to 1st In 1960, I accompanied Max right after his Vietnam Presse advisory contract to visit Singapore. It looked like old Binondo with a polluted river filled with sampans. Alongside were Chinese stores in rundown two-story wooden houses. Singapore was part of the Federation of Malaysia. Its ethnic Chinese population of approximately two million in 1965 (now 5,612,300) was forced out of the federation by Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman due to economic dispute and racial discrimination. A second visit a few years later, we saw a dramatic change, the new city state was transformed into a “garden city” encircled by tall trees and greenery like London. The river cleared of its pollution blended with the landscape designed by British and Japanese horticulturists. Our taxi driver cautioned us about the SG$500 penalty about littering. The speedy transformation of … [Read more...] about How LKY transformed Singapore from 3rd World to 1st
By Isabel Teotonio Life Reporter Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 Two trustees have been appointed by the Toronto District School Board, filling positions left vacant after the provincial election. Alexis Dawson is the new trustee for Ward 9 (Davenport) and Fowzia Mahamed for Ward 2 (Etobicoke Centre), replacing Marit Stiles and Chris Glover, who were elected in June to become members of provincial parliament for the NDP. “We set out to find two individuals that not only were active in their communities, but champions of public education,” said TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey, adding both women exude these qualities. The appointments, made Thursday, are for the remainder of the current term, which ends Nov. 30. Neither Dawson, nor Fowzia, plan to run for the position in the Oct. 22 municipal election, but both say they will consider running in future. Dawson has lived in the community for two decades and is a long-time volunteer. The mother of two — her kids … [Read more...] about ‘Champions of education’ appointed as new TDSB trustees
By Tess Kalinowski Real Estate Reporter Sat., March 31, 2018 It should be an urban paradise — a green expanse punctuated by neighbourhoods of modern, urban townhomes wound along leafy, walkable streets interspersed with bike paths, all offset with open, celebratory public spaces and sheltering woodlands. That’s the vision. It is portrayed in a video by Canada Lands Co., the federal agency that owns and manages the former military property at Downsview. It is also enshrined in the city’s secondary plan for the area. On paper, the 232-hectare, federally owned Downsview Park, near Sheppard Ave. W. and Keele St., is a civic jewel. It attracts 236,000 visitors a year to concerts and cultural events. According to the Canada Lands website, about 1,400 sports teams play at the 485,000 sq. ft. Hangar sports complex. By the time Canada Lands’ plan is fully realized, the government’s property manager says 119 hectares — an area about … [Read more...] about Could Downsview — one of the city’s last remaining blank canvases — be Toronto’s next ‘it’ neighbourhood?
In an interview with Business Insider, Kimbal Musk said he sees a growing movement of young, highly educated people leaving their sedentary office jobs to become local and organic farmers. The number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. This new crop of young farmers will likely continue to bolster the local food movement across the United States. After more than a decade working in tech, Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon) decided to lean into his true passion: local food. He now runs a chain of local food-focused restaurants called The Kitchen, as well as Big Green, a national nonprofit that builds educational gardens in public schools. So it might not be surprising that he expects a growing number of young Americans to join him in the local farming movement. When asked to name a big food trend looking forward into 2018, Musk … [Read more...] about Kimbal Musk — Elon’s brother — predicts a movement of millennial workers fleeing desk jobs for farms