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Trash Talk: Toronto City Hall loses to Lobbyists 4

(Photo by markolson on Flikr) Trash Talk is a special section where we expose the unnecessary waste that is generated by companies so that the urban country staff and readers can speak out to make a difference. March 17th marks a crucial blow to the credibility of Toronto City Hall in its battle against Food ...

Earth Hour: Waste of time? 8

Earth Hour 2009 takes place this Saturday from 8:30PM to 9:30PM. Is Earth Hour a great way to save energy and promote sustainable living? Or is it perhaps just a waste of time and causing an unnecessary spike on our electricity circuits? Earth Hour originated in Australia in 2007 but quickly expanded to 35 countries ...

Trash Talk: Toronto Rock Waste 2

Trash Talk is a special section where we expose the unnecessary waste that is generated by companies so that the urban country staff and readers can speak out to make a difference. At the end of the Toronto Rock lacrosse game I attended yesterday evening, I was appalled when I came to realize that the ...

Pushing the limits of Human Power 3

Spring has arrived; and with it comes the anticipation of summer activities such as biking and kayaking (for myself anyway). I wanted to share the amazing story of Calgary adventurer and super-athlete, the 48-year-old Greg Kolodziejzyk from AdventuresOfGreg.com. On July 17th 2006, Greg set 2 world records: The first for the most distance travelled in ...

Live, Work and Play

While news headlines broadcast dire warnings about the economy, Toronto continues to build, build and build. There are new buildings popping up everywhere, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up (yet). With credit markets drying up, I had previously assumed that some “under construction” buildings wouldn’t finish. I also falsely thought that some new ...

Light Switch that Resists 1

Imagine this: A light switch that is more difficult to turn on when your home is consuming a lot of energy. You walk around your house and turn off all 5 of your TVs, go back to the light switch, and the switch is now easy to turn on. Novel idea? Or just a silly ...

Why I Love Taxes 8

This is my first post on The Urban Country. Jim has his way with words and ladies and I will do my best to be as fluent and exciting as him in my first guest contribution. I recently read an article on TNR (The New Republic) which linked me to this news article on ABC ...

Valet Parking 1

This person thought they could jump their car over the ledge in a downtown Toronto parking lot on Richmond Street today. It didn’t work out so well.

Summer Nostalgia 2

With all the warm weather we’ve been having over the last week or so, I’ve been thinking more and more about being out on the water. My summer nostalgia was magnified earlier today when I took my “Big Brothers” brother Quenelle to the CN Tower. While peering out the CN Tower window towards the South, ...

Where is the Love? 5

I listen to songs primarily for the music and if the song also has good lyrics it makes the song that much better. It’s been quite some time since I’ve heard a song that was extremely powerful in the lyrics and also sounded great musically. The most profound song for me personally is still John ...