My Green City Life

Gettin’ there
August 27, 2008, 3:07 pm
Filed under: local news, your outdoor space

I just found out that next week marks the start of Montreal’s weekly green waste pick-up program. Now Montrealers will be able to put their yard waste out at the curb for composting, just like recycling and trash pick-up. Unfortunately, this doesn’t affect me since I don’t have a yard and therefore don’t generate yard waste. At first I got really excited, thinking this was all organic waste, but no, just grass clippings, leaves, and the like. I hope this will expand to include kitchen scraps too.


Local news: Quebec and Ontario workin’ together… dig it.
June 2, 2008, 5:44 pm
Filed under: local news

The Premiers of Quebec and Ontario met in Quebec City and have unveiled a new “cap-and-trade” plan for carbon emissions in the two provinces as well as hopeful words for a high-speed train line between the two provinces. Apparently, the Premiers want to move ahead with these environmental initiatives even as the federal government drags its feet. More here.

As a side note, the good folks at the CBC spelled Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s name wrong.

Local news: Urban composting?
February 22, 2008, 5:45 pm
Filed under: local news

Kate at the Montreal City Weblog just indicated that perhaps there may be some sort of urban composting/energy creation happening in the future. Unfortunately, both articles to which she links are in French, and I can count the number of languages I understand on one finger.

Local news: Eat Local Resource
December 28, 2007, 3:09 pm
Filed under: local news

I just found a cool site that the rest of you Montrealers might enjoy. It’s called SOS Cuisine. I haven’t had a chance to look at everything on it yet, but it looks promising. They have a list of what produce is in season that is updated weekly. Also updated weekly is a list of prices on items at several area grocery stores. It’s color-coded so you can spot which items are the best price in each category, and the origin of each item is also listed. 

I tend to buy a very limited amount of fresh produce in the winter, because I have it in my head that there are very few locally produced vegetables this time of year, and I am too stubborn to buy imported produce. Hopefully this site will help me break my habits so I can have a more varied diet in the winter.

Local News: Kyoto
November 29, 2007, 9:46 am
Filed under: local news

It makes me happy to see that even if the two North American countries that can claim my tax money aren’t playing nice with the Kyoto Protocol, at least the province where I currently make my home is using its usual MO of rebuking what the federal government has to say — this time for a good cause. Read more from the CBC.