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Renee Tratch

Renee Tratch is a prairie-born, Toronto-based writer. Her move from journalism to public relations took her from Saskatchewan to Ontario (and countries in between) before settling in Toronto. She takes a weekly look at the greener side of the GTA, highlighting environmental issues affecting Toronto and ways to get your nature fix in the city. With two kids in tow, she is on the hunt for new family-friendly activities and writes about it at You can follow her at @ReneeinTO
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17 of the best summer survival tips


BioBlitz is here, are you ready?


What you can (and can't) put in your blue bin

Flowers - UGC - Sept 17, 2014.

How green is your green bin?

15-02-22 Pretty north van

10 ways to enjoy March break in Toronto

forest - UGC - fen 24, 2014

Eco-tourism a budding trend

Hot sun

Climate change from an artist's POV

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Saving energy over the winter

Niagara Falls

The sustainable traveler

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Canada hits an electric car milestone

toronto skyline green summer

Environmental stories to watch in 2015

wine - Flickr - Uncalno Tekno.

Drink local this holiday season!

Santa Parade- 2012

A green letter to Santa

ISTOCK- outdoor Christmas lights

Getting into the holiday spirit

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Toronto's invisible pollution

halloween pics - oct 31, 2013.

The must-read guide to Halloween

Homegrown Park

World’s first Homegrown National Park opens

ISTOCK- Election

Municipal Election: Greenest direction?

FLICKR- Newborn baby

'Greenifying' your home for baby's arrival

TWITTER- Atlantic salmon

Watch fish fly: Salmon run up GTA rivers

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More trees please, Toronto

McCleary Park Toronto FLICKR

Toronto’s Best Natural Playgrounds

back to school - Canada - Aug 30, 2013

Nine (essential) back-to-school tips

bee pollinating

Rise of the urban 'bee'

Toronto morning skyline

Counting down to greener games

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GTA plan: A park 16x bigger than New York's

FLICKR- woman pool

Swimming in safe waters

June 18 Tomatoes InterestingPics WC

Parking lot gardening on the rise

Toronto morning skyline

Making space for green in the election

Alberta spring break

Amazing things for kids on Spring Break in Alberta

Outdoor Vancouver

Sure-to-please options for Vancouver's spring break

GETTY- Winter family

We've got ideas for the break in Toronto

March Break - UGC - Feb 28,2014

Montreal's semaine de relâche: What to see and do

TWITTER- Evergreen Canada

Five Family Day ideas

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