Life in the Green Lane

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

The health of Canadians and their social and economic well-being are highly dependent on the quality of their environment. That's why Environment Canada releases The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Index, it's a system that uses indicators to measure water quality, air quality etc. Water quality in Canada is under pressure from a range of sources, including human settlement, agriculture and industrial activities, and household behaviour. Degraded water quality can affect both aquatic life and human uses of water for industry, recreation, and agriculture, and as a source of drinking water. The Don River recently scored a lowly 34.8 out of 100 in the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Index. Tune into A Greener Toronto to learn about the problems and some of the solutions. We go from water quality to a fight between one woman and the city. When Franke James got rid of her SUV she wanted to transform he driveway to a green one, "it's illegal" she was told. That did not stop her! She took on the city and won. www.frankejames.com Did you guys know that one of the first community gardens to sprout up in Toronto was at the historic Fort York site? The area has gone back to its roots with a green oasis placed in the centre of our urban jungle. The City of Toronto recently launched their Live Green Toronto Campaign, the website is amazing, check it out for tips on greening your life. http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen/index.html In eco tip, I am showing you how to get more from your cosmetics and finally a visit to 889 Yonge street, where eastern and western philosophy come together. This holistic spa is impressive, owners Emily and Christine have really put a lot of thought into every aspect of their business. It's impressive. I suggest the Shanti Peace Body Treatment. Visit then at www.889yonge.com. Watch A Greener Toronto Thursday night at 9:30pm.