Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Attention all greenies, A Greener Toronto makes its debut this week, if you're interested in knowing what's happening in our city then tune in Thursday nights at 9:30pm on Rogers Cable 10. This week I am talking to Planet in Focus' Festival Director Candida Paltiel. For those of you who don't know, Planet in Focus is an environmental film festival that "promotes the use of film and video to frame and explore social and ecological focal points, and acts as catalyst for awareness, discussion and action." The festival runs October 22nd-26th, tickets are on sale now, visit www.planetinfocus.org to purchase yours. The Centre for Social Innovation is probably one of the coolest places I have covered for the show. This dynamic space in downtown Toronto has one mission, to spark and support new ideas that are tackling the social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges we face today. Tonya Surman, the Executive Director, talks to me about catalyzing social change and so much more www.socialinnovation.ca. My travels for episode one take me from innovation in the office to innovation in the kitchen. If you love pizza but can't find vegan or vegetarian choices, then Magic Oven is for you. They make dairy free, gluten free, preservative free pizzas with lots of cool and unusual toppings such as roasted coconut, fresh mango, proscuitto and tandoori chicken. I tried blueberries on a pizza and it was delicious, who knew! www.magicoven.com. Finally we visit John Warren of Alter-Eco Environmental Folk Art. What's that you ask? Here are a few definitions: Art which observes and interacts with the natural environment; Art which reclaims or improves physical environments in the tangible sense; Art which engages with the social environment with pedagogical and/or activist intent. For me this art is simply...cool, check it out for yourself at www.alter-eco.net. In eco tips, I put the conundrum of picking the right wrap to rest. What's better option, plastic or paper? Tune in to find out. And finally, we talk to the experts at Greenpeace about how the melting ice caps are affecting indigenous people in the north. Visit me at www.rogerstv.com.