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ECO Homes

Eco HouseHome design ideas for either new homes or additions to your current home can be found by checking out Terence Conran's new book "ECO House" the latest in his "House Book" series.

Nominees for Canadian Culinary Book Awards announced

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Nominees for the 2009 Canadian Culinary Book Awards have been announced.  One of my favourites A Taste of Canada is nominated in the Canadian Food

Manuals Online

My washing machine is on the fritz again.... Luckily I was able to download the service manual and fix the problem.  Yippee, clean laundry!  I used a great website called ManualsOnline.  This site is awesome, it helps you locate user manuals,

Home Renovation Tax Credit

Is your house getting a little run down? Well, if it's anything like mine there is always more work to be done and it can get expensive. One way to help off-set the cost of renovations is a program established by the Canada Revenue Agency called the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HTRC).  Under this program you can claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $1,350 on your 2009 income tax return.

The chemical free lawn

The City of London pesticide ban for lawn care came into force and effect on September 30, 2008. You can access a list of pesticide By-law frequently asked questions online which will help you with understanding the by-law, pesticide facts (including usage fines) and health aspects of the pesticide ban. With a free library borrowers card you can borrow a copy of The chemical-free lawn or

Forest Gardening-create a copy of a natural eco system

Are you a gardener? Would you like to recreate a natural eco system in your backyard, garden or maybe in the boxes on your balcony? Join us for one or both sessions on Forest Gardening.

Awakening Your Garden

Join us for a talk : Awakening Your Garden on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm in Stevenson & Hunt room A, in Central Library,  by a Master Gardener, Ron Rossini, which will take us through the important steps in successfully preparing a garden for summer. Many areas will be covered including perennials, soil, vegetable gardens, lawn care, ponds, roses etc. The presentation will be appreciated by both the new and experienced gardener.

Marg

Enviro-Week at Central Library

earth week logoIt may not have been easy for Kermit, but being green is much easier than you think. It starts with understanding what you need to change and why it's important.

Come join us April 16th to the 23rd for Enviro-Week, Central Library's first official eco-festival. We've got lots of

How can cooking supper help change the future?

A mere forty years ago when shoppers were selecting food and produce it nearly always came within the 200 mile radius of

What's cooking?

A perfect storm of events has led me to explore the library collection of Chinese cooking books.  We had our kitchen renovated, and the lovely new space has me excited about cooking.  A new stove with a wok holder is a bonus!  In addition, my 28 year old son has also been exploring Chinese cooking.  He's got the added benefit of Toronto's Chinatown and its supply of mystifying Chinese vegetables.  My son and I started with Eileen Lo's