Tooker Gomberg Biography
Born in Montreal in 1955, Tooker Gomberg has spent his adult life working for the good of the community. He has been a truck driver, taxi driver, writer, radio host, videographer, photographer, activist, and speaker.
Gomberg grew up in Montreal and in 1980 received an undergraduate Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts (major: environmental studies, minor: video production). After graduating he returned to Montreal and founded one of Canada’s first curbside recycling programs, collecting recyclables and educating people about ecological alternatives to waste.
In 1982 Gomberg was hired by Alberta Energy (Government of Alberta) and travelled throughout Alberta teaching elementary school students about energy conservation. He spent four years developing classroom materials, teachers’ guides, and student programming.
From 1986 – 1992 Gomberg worked full time consulting and activating around urban environmental issues. He became Executive Director of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters in 1985 and in 1990 he co-founded the grassroots ecological group EcoCity Society.
After ten years in Edmonton Gomberg and friends developed an extensive social justice, environmental and economic platform for the city. In 1992 he was elected to Edmonton City Council.
As City Councillor he was successful at initiating many innovative Council decisions including:
- the adoption of water conservation rather than a $300 million expansion of the E.L. Smith water treatment facility;
- increasing concern for making streets safer for pedestrians
- the establishment of an automated transit information system;
- the prodding of Edmonton Power, a city owned utility, to invest in solar energy installations and to seriously consider concerns regarding climate change;
- the establishment of a water conservation advisory board, a public transit advisory board, an environmental advisory board, and an alternatives-to-pesticides task group;
- support for a city-wide backyard compost bin sale; and a pilot project of bicycle racks on city buses.
Gomberg has been an effective advocate for community concerns and citizen involvement in politics. He has spoken widely and passionately on issues ranging from support for local small business, to reviving the downtown, to understanding and respecting the particular needs of seniors and people living on fixed incomes.
Since 1995 Gomberg has expanded his writing activities, and is a popular columnist on travel and urban issues. With his partner Angela Bischoff he has been travelling the globe on the Greenspiration Odyssey, searching for inspiring environmental stories and cross-pollinating exciting innovations.
- Reviving the heart of Edmonton
- Transportation: Where are we going?
- Edmonton Power and a Bright Future for all Edmontonians
- Building the New Economy
- Lower Taxes, Why Not?
- Arts and Culture for a Lively City
- An Open Letter to Prime Minister Chretien
- Oct. 17, 1998, Gomberg to Present Detailed Platform & Invite Citizen Participation
- Oct. 12, 1998, Suzuki Endorses Gomberg for Mayor
- Oct. 9, 1998, A Mayor Who Will Stand Up for Edmontonians’ Health
- Oct. 8, 1998, In a Hot Air Balloon, Gomberg Will Study the City
- Oct. 7, 1998, Gomberg’s Edmonton Home First to be Wind-Powered
- Oct. 6, 1998, Gomberg to Use a Wheelchair to Get Around Town
- Oct. 4, 1998, Gomberg Gets Behind the Wheel Again
- Oct. 4, 1998, Gomberg Challenges Klein on VLT’S
- Oct. 3, 1998, Gomberg to Release Platform Plank on Restoring the River
- Oct. 1, 1998, Gomberg to Present Platform Plank on Poverty and Homelessness
- Sept. 30, 1998, Is It A Tooker-Board, or a Gom-Board?
- Sept. 28, 1998, Gomberg Campaign Launches Into Cyberspace
- Sept. 26, 1998, Gomberg Campaign to Host Series of Election Cabarets
- Sept. 26, 1998, Gomberg Sorry to Miss Tonight’s Mayoralty Forum
- Sept. 25, 1998, Gomberg Proposes Lowering Taxes and Utility Rates
- Sept. 23, 1998, Gomberg Walks Downtown
- Sept. 18, 1998, Gomberg Challenges Candidates to Ride the Bus
- Sept. 17, 1998, Back to School Zones
- Sept. 16, 1998, Province Missing the Boat on Climate Change
- Sept. 14, 1998, Gomberg to Drive Around Edmonton
- Sept. 11, 1998, Edmonton Power and a Bright Future for All Edmontonians
- Sept. 10, 1998, The Future of Edmonton Power
- Sept. 5, 1998, Gomberg Challenges EPCOR to Invest $90 Million in Sustainability
- Sept. 1, 1998, Transportation: Where Are We Going?
- Aug. 25, 1998, Plan Edmonton — A Plan With No Future
- Aug. 21, 1998, Arts and Culture for a Lively City
- Aug. 14, 1998, Building the New Economy
- Aug. 7, 1998, Running for Mayor