Letter to City of Toronto Executive Committee – July 12, 2022

Today, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee will be deciding whether to provide staff with more time to consult on a new Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate. Staff’s proposed rate would yield more parkland from development as it is based on density than the current Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate, which is based on site size. StaffContinue reading “Letter to City of Toronto Executive Committee – July 12, 2022”

Biodiversity Finance for Cities

Download the one-pager here. Download the full report here. In early-2020, I wondered how financial markets could help achieve positive conservation outcomes. I worried about disappearing forests and animals. I approached my manager at Sustainalytics pitching an article about conservation finance. Global green bond issuances had come off another record-breaking year reaching USD 257.7 billionContinue reading “Biodiversity Finance for Cities”

The time is ripe for ambition on parkland acquisition in Toronto

Download the “Time is Ripe” report here. This blog is cross-posted on the Prof. Nina-Marie Lister’s Ecological Design Lab website. “Amsterdam is known for its canals. Why can’t Toronto be known for its ravines?”, asks Philip Jessup, ex-Executive Director of The Atmospheric Fund. Many have sought refuge in parks during the closures and public healthContinue reading “The time is ripe for ambition on parkland acquisition in Toronto”

Wealthsimple Recap

On January 12, 2021, I gave a lunch and learn session to Wealthsimple staff about my career and The Urban Hulk’s focus. My ambitions are to look at the intersection of responsible investment and urban planning. I spoke about how investors can address deforestation, coastal infrastructure and ecological resilience. A green bond is a fixedContinue reading “Wealthsimple Recap”

Wetlands In the Balance?

Not wasting a crisis? Chances are you have taken more walks in nature during the pandemic than ever before. Yet the Ford government has loosened protections to facilitate construction in environmentally-sensitive lands in or close to the Greenbelt. Policies promoting this activity have accelerated during COVID-19 with Ministerial Zoning Orders being issued to speed upContinue reading “Wetlands In the Balance?”