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Hi Geeta,
My name is Marc A and for the last few months i'm finally realizing my dream of running a cleaner, greener automotive garage.
The main story you would probably be interested in is that i convert diesel cars, trucks and generators to run on used vegetable oil. I have been in business for the last 2 years and have done numerous vehicles. I am in contact with people all over North America and have serviced green vehicles from California, Portland Oregon, Victoria B.C. and many from Ontario and of course here in Quebec.
Of course i realize that even driving a vehicle is bad for the enviroment, but for those who have to drive, at least i can give them a cleaner alternative.

I invite you to check out my website: http://www.ecoauto.ca/

Hope this can of interest to you and look forward to hearing from you.


Posted February 25, 2008 04:32 PM



Geeta, as regards the enviroment and other areas, Canada is way behind Europe.
The Nederlands banned plastic bags 15 yrs ago. But in Quebec the supermarkets still order the same amount of plastic bags as they sell green bags. Here it is trendy and lots of people don't take it (using cloth bags) seriously enough.
In europe they have big metal containers off the street for apartment dwellers so they can recycle glass, paper, plastic separately. Also in Germany, they recycle car parts, batteries, metal etc. I could go on to tell you what Sweden has done in many areas. They must be 15 yrs ahead of Canada. Our federal government does little to protect the enviroment with new regulation to curb industrial, water and other pollution.
Instead it lets companies pollute at will. A sad comment indeed.
In your new segment don't compare canada to the States. Sweden is a better example and Germany, the Nederlands etc on what they have done and are still doing in all
Packaging must be recycled or reduced by manufacturers more.Good luck with the new program.
PS: 2 very good shows from england:
eco challange and eco eden on hgtv no 29.

Posted February 26, 2008 05:45 PM

Elliott and Suman


We are a group of 13 BostonUniversity students (and a faculty chaperone) who will be coming to Montreal
to volunteer with Eco Quartier in Notre-Dame-de-Grace for the week of March 10-14. We are planning to help spread awareness about recycling programs and community compost piles, take inventory of and clean neighborhood graffiti, and prepare a presentation that we may give at schools to educate childrenabout the issue, as well.

Elliott and Suman

Posted February 26, 2008 05:47 PM



Dear Geeta

I am writing in response to your request for green stories. I have been running my car on used vegetable oil for over 15 years without incident. In the 90’s a group of friends and I instigated the STCUM pilot project using Biodiesel made from Maples Leaf foods’ animal fat.
We have now finally opened an Eco Garage where people can have their cars professionally converted to run on 100% used frying oil or buy the equipment to do the conversion themselves. Cars that run on vegetable oil are carbon neutral and produce exhaust which is much less toxic then regular diesel. It only costs about $2500 to $4000 for a professional conversion. This is the only carbon neutral option automobile option available today in Quebec. The cost of conversion is also mitigated by the fact that used vegetable oil is available for free from restaurants and can be safely stockpiled unlike diesel. These are flex fuel vehicles that can also run on diesel with a flick of the switch. We also sell cleaned vegetable oil for half the going cost of diesel. For those who are not ready to convert we also sell Biodiesel made from animal waste that reduces both your carbon footprint and wear and tear on your engine. After regular use of 5% Biodiesel cleans the engine, the
alternative fuel can be mixed with regular diesel in any proportion. We are the only source for 100% Biodiesel available for small retail consumers in Quebec. Marc A who owns the mechanical side of the business is also a good resource for anyone needing an honest mechanic.
I love the positive energy you display on T.V.
Sincerely Dylan

Posted February 26, 2008 05:59 PM

Preposterously Green


Here's the link to One Laptop Per Child program. Maybe it's arguable. Maybe there's some downside to this story - but all the green innovations that were brought to this computer are a good sign of all that we're missing out with our neat laptop computers.
Could be interesting to get the CBC to contribute to the program so you could do a show and tell with it.
Be green man !

Posted February 27, 2008 09:51 AM



Green Solutions North America Inc. (GSNA) is a Canadian success story. We provide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions to businesses across North America when it comes to the disposal of redundant office furniture and IT equipment. Our goal is zero into landfill on every project we execute. We focus on redistribution of items to charities, schools and worthwhile causes locally, nationally and internationally (through our "School in a Box" and "Doc in a Box" programs) absolutely free of charge through the Green Solutions Charitable Trust, a fully registered charity.

Green Solutions has been in business since February 2006 and counts amoung its clients RBC Royal Bank of Canada, Allstate Insurance Company and American Express. These are companies that have seen the waste generated by business and have decided to use Green Solutions to try and do something about it. Along the way they are benefiting good causes throughout North America.

Green Solutions (www.gsnai.com) is in the process of building a new website, so not much information can be found there, but in 2008 we are expanding into the United States and would love to explain our process and make as many people as possible aware of the fact that there is now an alternative to dumping old desks, chairs and other office equipment into landfill.

Posted March 4, 2008 12:52 PM

Montreal Citzen


Why don't we stop people delivering unwanted plastic bags full of paper twice a week to our homes, I think they call them public sacs, i call them rubbish.

Posted March 6, 2008 12:32 PM

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