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Canadian drivers have massive case of illusory superiority: survey

There’s another of those studies out, the ones that show that Canadian drivers are terrible but think they’re excellent. The tip-off to how badly distorted our self-perception is when it comes to driving is this single statistic: 98 per cent of Canadian drivers consider themselves to be polite. That is virtually every driver on the road. If it were true, if all drivers were “polite,” meaning that they always signaled when they were about to turn or change lanes, always yielded to pedestrians and cyclists, always made safe lane changes, always waved in a friendly way when someone made way for them to enter a lane of traffic, never tailgated, ... Read More »

New sustainability standard announced for home clothes dryers

There is no doubt that doing the laundry is one of the most resource-wasting activities we do. Washing and drying clothes at home (in the US) consumes about 850 billion gallons of water, 241,000 GWh of electricity, and produces 179 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to study by the Duke University Centre for Sustainability and Commerce. Americans, the study said, could remove the equivalent of 12.1 per cent of passenger cars from the country’s roads simply by using front-load washers and dryers, washing in cold water, and hanging clothes out to dry half of the time instead of always using the dryer. It’s a little bit perplexing, given ... Read More »

Tallest wood condominium building in NA breaks ground in Quebec City

Why were the premier of Quebec and the mayor of Quebec City both at the groundbreaking for a new condominium tower in that city? Because the condo in question, called Origine, will be the tallest solid wood condo in North America. Premier Couillard and Mayor Labeaume were at the ceremony because they believe it positions Quebec in the lead of the eco-friendly tall wood construction movement. Origine, which will rise forty-one metres, with twelve storeys and ninety-two condo units, will be the flagship building of Quebec City’s ecodistrict, Pointe-aux-Lièvres. Another reason for the high-level government presence at the groundbreaking is the fact that the project is the result of multi-government ... Read More »

Mandatory energy audits for all homes before sale among Climate Action Plan measures

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is now officially released. It had been “leaked” about a week ago, prompting the usual media speculation and government denials about what was in it. Now it is safe to say that the measures in the plan will affect everyone living in Ontario in one way or another, and that includes homeowners and renters. The plan includes a commitment to implement a Home Energy and GHG (greenhouse gas) Rating and Disclosure (HERD) program for all properties at the time of sale. A universal home energy audit will have to be conducted before the sale of any home, and the information provided to the seller during ... Read More »

Celebrate Local Food Week: buy locally grown fruits and vegetables

One of the best things about summer is the food. After a seemingly endless winter eating food that was grown somewhere far away then flown or shipped to our part of the world, it’s a real joy to find a head of lettuce with a bit of local soil still clinging to its leaves, and strawberries that smell like strawberries. There is no food like local food, and this is the week when the Ontario government officially celebrates it: June 6–12, Local Food Week. The government, being a government, launched its third annual Local Food Week by releasing a report, the 2016 Local Food Report, which tells us, with lots ... Read More »

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