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Resources: Heritage in the new economy - Making sense of sustainability
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The Shield, part of the Ontario Visual Heritage Project.
Over thousands of years, a select few have carved out lives for themselves amid the rocks of the Canadian Shield. From the Anishinabek, to free-land grant settlers, to industrialists, this four-disc documentary series explores the history of those seeking opportunity just beyond the familiar, on the edge of the unknown North.
Shot in 1080p high definition and mastered in widescreen DVD, this new DVD set includes over eight hours of interviews, re-enactments of historical events, stunning nature photography, thousands of historical photographs and films as well as maps and 3D animations.
The set includes “Life on the Edge” – Stories from Muskoka’s Past, “Rooted in Stone” – Reflections on West Parry Sound’s Past, “Riches Beyond Our Rocks” – Stories from Greater Sudbury, and “Island of Great Spirit” – The Legacy of Manitoulin Island. Available now at www.visualheritage.ca, individual DVDs are $20 and the box set is $70. All proceeds go to further the non-profit Ontario Visual Heritage Project in other areas.
HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets, edited by Christina Palassio and Wayne Reeves.
Coach House Books. Drained by a half-dozen major watersheds, cut by a network of deep ravines and fronting on a Great Lake, Toronto is a city dominated by water. Recently, the trend of fettering Toronto’s water and putting it underground has been countered by persistent citizen-led efforts to recall and restore the city’s surface water. In HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets, 34 contributors examine the ever-changing interplay between nature and culture, and call into question the city’s past, present and future engagement with water.
HTO explores everything from waste disposal, waterfront reclamation and community watershed initiatives to the founding of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority after Hurricane Hazel, a psychogeographic exploration of High Level Pumping Station and a critical look at the city’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan. In between, there are descriptions of Toronto’s geological past, the history of Taddle Creek and a Ninjalicious-style tale of infiltration of the city’s storm sewers, complete with supporting images. Together, these essays provide context for a critical observation of the city’s relationship to water, and how that relationship will have to change in the coming decades.
GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto, edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt
GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto, edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt.
Coach House Books. What would make Toronto a greener place?
This third book in the uTOpia series asked imaginative Torontonians to think both big and small about how we might make our city more environmentally wise and responsible. They responded with immodest proposals and how-to tips, thoughtful considerations and flights of fancy that just might work. They wrote essays long and short, taking stock of how far we’ve come in the struggle to green ourselves and providing suggestions for simple actions with big effects. Their ideas – sometimes playful, sometimes pie-in-the-sky – offer brazen new perspectives on transportation, garbage, trees, energy, water, animals and green space and arrive at imaginative and ingenious solutions to the problems plaguing all modern cities. GreenTOpia features a resources section, including profiles of key eco-friendly groups in the GTA, a directory of green organizations, as well as a how-to guide and a fun-facts section.