This Canadian company shows a greener way to bottle water

This Canadian company shows a greener way to bottle water

Hello, people! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This week: This Canadian company shows a greener way to bottle water Tesla’s Cybertruck: Interest in electric pickups is picking up How […]

Puzzling wiring in Etobicoke boulevard connects to water pipes

Puzzling wiring in Etobicoke boulevard connects to water pipes

Star readers have identified mysterious wiring in a boulevard on Dalegrove Crescent as a component of a system that reduces corrosion of water pipes. Many readers told us that the metal plate with wires attached to it is connected to a cathodic protection system, which shows that the public is a lot smarter than some […]

Water main job done, but construction mess left behind

Water main job done, but construction mess left behind

Polite people clean up their mess when they’re finished, but construction contractors that work for the city aren’t always in that category. Construction is messy, particularly in a populous city like ours, where roads, sidewalks and even people’s lawns are often dug up as part of jobs that keep things going in the right direction. […]

9 gripe water brands recalled because of microbial contamination

9 gripe water brands recalled because of microbial contamination

Various brands of gripe water used to treat stomach upset in babies are under recall because of potential microbial contamination, Health Canada said. RW Consumer Products Ltd. is recalling all lots of the product “Gripe Water – Alcohol And Preservative Free” after the company’s testing showed contamination. The brand names include: Shoppers Drug Mart’s Life […]

Should you be drinking alkaline water?

Should you be drinking alkaline water?

It seems like everything you can buy has a “smart” version these days — even our water. Water with added vitamins and minerals has been around for years, but the added new twist and up-and-coming trend in smart water boosted with pH levels — high-alkaline water. Whether it’s boxed or bottled, alkaline water is sure […]

Geologist who discovered oldest water on Earth wins top science award

Geologist who discovered oldest water on Earth wins top science award

Because she studies ancient water on Earth, Barbara Sherwood Lollar is usually looking down, but her work is also making her look to the stars. Sherwood Lollar, an earth sciences professor at the University of Toronto, has won the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering for her work on ancient Earth […]

Waterfall in Beach-area park could use some water

Waterfall in Beach-area park could use some water

One of the best things about Ivan Forrest Gardens is the waterfall that cascades over a picturesque collection of rocks. But that was back in the good ol’ days — before the waterfall stopped working, leaving visitors high and dry and the city park without one of its defining features. A reader says the waterfall […]

Neighbours want open pit filled with dirt, not water

Neighbours want open pit filled with dirt, not water

When someone digs a hole in the ground in a public place, the public would prefer that it be filled in, and the sooner the better. Somebody or other is always digging up the sidewalks, boulevards and roads around here, to get at the vast network of below-ground pipes and wires that provide so many […]