Site Visit of Deep Lake Water Cooling System

As much as Torontonians like to give our city a hard time, it has some pretty neat things going on…

Toronto boasts one of North America’s largest district energy systems, which uses a Deep Lake Water Cooling System sourced from Lake Ontario to air condition buildings throughout the downtown core.  Deep lake cooling is way more energy efficient than conventional air conditioning – reducing energy usage by nearly 75%!

For an inside peek on how this epic model of sustainable energy production works, come check out the next Civic Salon happening Tuesday, February 10th at 6:30pm at Enwave Energy Corporation’s John Street Pumping Station.

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A Look at Regent Park’s Thriving Community

On a chilly November evening (windchill factor of -18!) Barry Thomas, Operating Unit Manager at Regent Park, led us on a site visit of Regent Park and told us stories of the transformation that the community has experienced. The site visit captured the new developments of the PaintBox Bistro, Daniels Spectrum and epic indoor pool as well as the community driven initiatives like the beautiful basement mosque, homework support centre and the Wali’s grocery store that’s brought safety and food access to local residents. Regent Park illustrates the amazing power of community. But don’t take our word for it, go have a look for yourself.

A detailed description of the tour was featured on Click here to read all about it! 


Barry telling us about the Daniels Spectrum and the vision behind the project.

Our visit inside the Regent  Park grocer. Wali telling us about its evolution and influence on the community.

Our visit inside the Regent Park grocer. Wali telling us about its evolution and influence on the community.

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An inside glance at Regent Park

Toronto is full of so many amazing stories of transformation and growth. Change is never easy, but with some good practices of community engagement and bringing the right stakeholders to the table – there are opportunities to create beautiful things.

At our next site visit, we are going on a tour of Regent Park a special neighbourhood in Toronto. It is also Canada’s largest social housing project. We are fortunate to have the guidance and stories of Barry Thomas, Regent Park’s Operating Unit Manager.  So come on out! We’ll be taking our site visit on Tuesday, November 18th at 630pm. 

For meeting details and sign up, click here!

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Site Visit to the Corktown Common

Did you know that in a peak storm event, Toronto’s Don River could be as strong as Calgary’s Bow River during the 2013 floods? It was this realization that catalyzed the construction of Toronto’s Corktown Common. A beautiful park featuring tons of native trees and plants, recreational amenities, and even a community oven – all strategically placed atop a large clay dike to protect the west side of the river from flood risk.

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At our last Salon, we visited this beautiful gem in the city of Toronto. What’s even more exciting, is that the entire neighbourhood is full of great things, including a woonerf, a transformed underpass, seniors residence, social housing development, and future home of numerous community organizations. But don’t take our word for it, go out and see for yourself.

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Beyond the Salon

After a bit of radio silence, The Civic Salon is happy to announce that we’re back – in a slightly different format. In this iteration of the Salon we are going beyond the conversation to the streets of Toronto. No, we aren’t talking protests – instead we are referring to site visits of places, businesses and organizations that are addressing issues of sustainability by re-imaging the way we use space, energy, and even people.

Our first site visit will be at Corktown Common on Wednesday, September 17th. Click here to learn more. Or check out our Facebook Event Page.

We plan to have bi-monthly site visits to different places in the city. Do you have a cool place that you want to learn more about? Let us know. We can make it happen.

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Some new things are brewing at The Civic Salon. More details to come soon! 


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Bring out your inner designer..

Designing the ideal toy using concepts of human centered design. 

Gotta love it!


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