Challenge To Urban Sprawl: Grow The Greenbelt
Sierra Club Ontario 's Challenge to Sprawl campaign is currently focused on Growing The Greenbelt. Building on support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Sierra Club Ontario has been making advances in protecting threatened ecosystems in Peel and Durham Region.
Under the leadership of Sierra Club Peel volunteers public and political support for protecting the Credit River Watershed is expanding daily. Sierra is working with City of Mississauga staff and elected officials to fulfil their City Council resolution of 2010 to protect the Credit River as a Greenbelt Urban River Valley.
Durham Region is starting much lower on the learning curve: Durham Regional Council was the only municipality to formally oppose the creation of the Ontario Greenbelt. Sierra Club is now working with advocates such as Ajax Mayor Steve Parish to create a solid base of support for adding key ecosystems such as the headwaters of Carruthers Creek to the Ontario Greenbelt.
Sierra Club Ontario is an active member, and part of the Steering Committee of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
Read about the importance of protecting headwaters land in our Durham Region specific study found online at: http://tinyurl.com/sierra-
Also, be sure to check out the Greenbelt Online Farmer's Market at www.greenbeltfresh.
CLICK HERE to make a charitable donation towards our Greenbelt work.
By Dan McDermott, Ontario Chapter Director
At its December meeting the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) passed on to Mississauga Council a recommendation to apply to add the City’s publicly owned Credit River and Etobicoke Creek valley lands to the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt resolution is on the Council agenda for its February 12th meeting. If successful, the Mississauga initiative will be the first addition to the Greenbelt under Ontario’s new Urban River Valley (URV) designation, enacted early last year. It will also mark the expansion of the Greenbelt into Ontario’s second most populous municipality.... Read more »
By Sarah Archibald – SYC’s Campus Food Systems Project Coordinator
When we speak of the food system, we often use the sayings “farm to plate” or “field to fork”. Most of the time, we miss out on some key parts of the food systems when we forget to use terms like “modified atmosphere to box” or “ground to hydro-cooling station”.
Excuse me, modified hydro-what?
Let’s start at the beginning… Most of our food begins its life in the form of a seed or spore, it grows in the ground, or in trees and is often harvested by farmers and farm workers. This food can be directly sold on site or at farmers markets. However, most of the food we eat goes through a few more steps before reaching our plates.... Read more »
By: Carolyn McDonald
On Tuesday October 22, Sierra Club Ontario, Sierra Club Peel Region Group and Credit Valley Conservation hosted a tree planting at Erindale Park, Mississauga. This event concludes Sierra Club Ontario’s tree planting for the season. We had a turnout of 11 volunteers and we managed to plant 143 trees, making our Grand Total 925 trees this year! The club joined with Credit Valley Conservation for four tree planting events this year, which took place in Streetsville Memorial Park, Meadowvale Conservation Area, Birchwood Park and finally Erindale Park.... Read more »
by: Sarah Archibald, Student Food Network Coordinator for Sierra Youth Coalition
The Otesha Project is a national youth led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.
Their Pedal to Plate tour is a source of inspiration for us and we hope it can be for you too! Inspired? Get in touch with the friendly Otesha team to see how you can be involved and bring two-wheels mechanics into the Food System!
By John Bacher
Through a combination the Greenbelt and provincial interventions at the Ontario Municipal Board, (OMB), the Niagara Region has been largely protected from the threat of urban sprawl. There is one area however, that remains vulnerable to sprawl which is not justified in a region that has a housing supply of over 40 years. It has been termed by the late dairy farmer, Peter Grandoni, as the “Black Belt” of Niagara, as developers claim a loop hole of being exempted through grand fathering from the Ontario government’s Growth Management Plan. Grandoni saw this loophole as a way speculators could beat up the rural landscape of Niagara, chewing up its forests and polluting its streams. ... Read more »
A message from our friends at CPAWS: Rouge National Urban Park needs your help – vital Greenbelt lands at riskSubmitted by Shaima Al-Khalili on Tue, 2013-07-30 10:38
This summer we have put together a few "walks and talks" around Mississauga and Toronto. These walks are free, and are guided by naturalists and professionals that provide a chance to get outdoors and learn something new about the natural areas within our communities. We hope you can join us for some of these events. Please feel free to share with those you think might be interested in attending!
Please email <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you want to RSVP, or if you have any questions.
June 13 (Thurs, 7-8 pm) -- Natural Capital walk & talk at Rattray Marsh. Discover this Lake Ontario marsh via board-walk with guest speaker Bob Morris, Manager of Natural Heritage at Credit Valley Conservation... Read more »
By: Sarah Pollock
Like many of us, you may agree that this winter in particular seemed like it would never end. It felt as if the cold and snow were here to stay, and that spring was more than just around the corner. It wasn’t until a month ago that I realized how much it had affected me. While heading out for my first run of the season I felt a sense of freedom and a buzz in the air. The warm weather, the sunshine, and the end of a long hibernation period have allowed me to be finally immersed back in nature. ... Read more »
By: Julia Kole
“Canadian geese or Canada geese? Year-round residents! Noisy, mean, green-pooping machines! ”
Even though the Branta Canadensis has “Canada” in its name, very few Canadians are proud to lay claim to this vocal, abundant, messy bird. Although rather striking to look at, people are quick to consider these birds just a pretty face. People in urban, suburban and rural areas have all come to label Canada geese - not Canadian geese, they cannot have sole citizenship since they can be found from the Arctic Circle to Northern Mexico- as pests, hazards and at times, aggressive animals.
The Fast Facts:... Read more »
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Natural capital refers to stock of natural resources and environmental assets and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective tries to quantify the wide range of benefits that are provided by these natural resources and environmental assets for free.
Thanks to recent support from Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund we are expanding the NCC by doing walks & talks and natural area restoration projects starting in April 2013. If you are interested in volunteering or attending these events contact Kristina at 647-346-8744 or email@example.com.
Click to open the pdf below and learn more about specific Mississauga examples of natural capital.
February 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
Niagara Region is getting an early start on consultations and input into the scheduled 2015 provincial review of the Greenbelt Plan. The Region’s, “Getting Ahead of the Provincial Review of the Greenbelt Plan – Strategy to Develop a made in Niagara Perspective”, outreach program is now underway. Sierra Club Ontario attended yesterday’s environmental focus group. A public meeting on the Greenbelt Plan takes place this evening at Balls Falls Conservation Centre.
The Greenbelt’s land-use policies protect environmental and agricultural lands from urban development and preserve the vibrant character of local towns and villages. ... Read more »
Our friends with Friends of the Greenbelt are featured in this article in Alternatives Journal. Check it out -- if not for the Greenbelt content then for the super-cool aerial photo of the Humber River outflow to Lake O.
Local environmental organizations say a decision by Queen's Park to enhance its plan to protect the environment will be a boon for the Credit River.
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today that the Province is expanding its Greenbelt Plan and adding provincially owned lands in Oakville to grow the greenbelt to nearly two million acres of protected land across the Golden Horseshoe.
The greenbelt stretches about 325 kilometres from Rice Lake, near Peterborough, to the Niagara River and was created to protect environmentally sensitive lands from urban development and sprawl.... Read more »
For Immediate Release
January 10, 2013
(Mississauga) -- The urban river valley designation announced today by Premier Dalton McGuinty enables municipalities to add publicly-owned lands to Ontario’s Greenbelt and ensures that important water connections between the Greenbelt and Lake Ontario will be protected. For Mississauga, growing the Greenbelt along the Credit River provides the greatest protection for these often stressed urban features.
A Greenbelt designation would draw a permanent, legal boundary around a local urban river valley. Future municipal councils could only expand this boundary, but under the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the area of protection cannot shrink.
“By adding our Credit River valley lands to the Greenbelt we are providing the greatest protection available to these treasured natural features,” said Rosemary Keenan, Chair of Sierra Club Peel Group.... Read more »
Sierra Club Peel Group Chair Peter Orphanos died on December 17th after a long struggle with cancer. His funeral in Mississauga was overflowing with individuals who knew Peter as a knowledgeable and determined voice for his community and its natural environment, most especially, his beloved Credit River.... Read more »
Founding member of Sierra Club Peel Group, Peter Orphanos, passed away Monday, December 17th, 2012.
Peter worked on numerous community and region advisory boards representing his interests in the arts, education and always bringing it back to the environment and the Credit River. Peter was recognized by Credit Valley Conservation with their highest recognition in April 2011 and this year won a Conservation Pioneer award. Click here to read about his accomplishments in the Latornell Conservation Pioneer award announcement. This is the link to his obit in Mississauga.com which includes photos and links to previous news articles about Peter.
Peter was a man of great vision. He will be sorely missed. ... Read more »
by Dan McDermott
The Government of Ontario wants your thoughts on suggested changes to the Greenbelt. A series of three public meetings have been organized to make that possible. The meeting notice sent out by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) focuses on a proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Plan that would:... Read more »