Bloor West Village

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School teaches environmental responsibility

In this building, plastic water bottles are banned. Across an office wall is a painting of a plastic bottle and a sign that reads, “Ditch this scene. Use a canteen!” Beth Tomlinson hasn’t drunk from a plastic water bottle in years. She has been encouraging her students to do the same. “What we’re trying to do is encourage students to drink tap water,” Tomlinson said. “We basically, as a school, banned bottled water and then we actually created our own design for a canteen. We had them made and now we sell them.”

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Artificial green to protect and beautify neighbourhood

It’s not spring yet, but officials in Bloor West Village have imported a bit of green to spruce up the neighbourhood. All it took, according to Coun. Sarah Doucette, was a bit of artificial grass. “I’m interested to see how it works out,” Doucette said. “I think it’s a good idea.”