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-floodsorfood

Also, be sure to check out the Greenbelt Online Farmer's Market at www.greenbeltfresh.ca


CLICK HERE to make a charitable donation towards our Greenbelt work.

Living on tree-lined streets has health benefits, study finds

 

" By comparing satellite imagery of Toronto, an inventory of trees on public land and general health surveys, the team, led by University of Chicago psychologist Marc Berman, found that people who live on a tree-lined block are less likely to report conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease or diabetes.

Their findings appeared last week in the open-access journal Scientific Reports

The study suggests “pretty strongly” that planting 4 per cent more trees would have significant health benefits, Berman said."

 

 

Living on tree-lined streets has health benefits, study finds

 

" By comparing satellite imagery of Toronto, an inventory of trees on public land and general health surveys, the team, led by University of Chicago psychologist Marc Berman, found that people who live on a tree-lined block are less likely to report conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease or diabetes.

Their findings appeared last week in the open-access journal Scientific Reports

The study suggests “pretty strongly” that planting 4 per cent more trees would have significant health benefits, Berman said."

 

 

Springwater Victory

Springwater Victory


Written By: John Bacher



 

Ontario’s environmental movement should be celebrating a remarkable victory won by a two year struggle for the re-opening of Springwater Provincial Park in Midhurst, 10 kilometres north of Barrie. Springwater is a 193 hectare forested park, with picnic grounds and 13 kilometres of hiking trails.

Springwater Park was created through afforestation in the 1920s as a demonstration project of conquering spreading desert sands by planting trees. These sand piles emerged through the burning off of woodlands for agricultural clearance.

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Harper Goes Far Too Slow – Says All But ‘No’ – To Sound Plan For Canada’s Energy Future

An obscure regulation will come into effect this July as a result of an initiative of the Conservative government of Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper. It prohibits the construction of any new coal burning electrical plant in Canada and will phase out those currently operating by the year 2061.....

......While provinces have the power to follow Ontario’s lead and shut down coal burning plants, the federal government has the opportunity to offer incentives to do so.

 

To read the entire article click here.

We Marched for Jobs, Justice and the Climate - and made history!

We Marched for Jobs, Justice and the Climate- and made history!


Written by: Alyssa Beurling



This past Sunday over 10,000 people (some reports saying closer to 15,000) flooded Toronto to take a stand for climate justice and a green economy. The march began in Queen’s Park outside Ontario’s legislature and continued loudly down the streets of Toronto to the grounds of Allan Gardens. This rally was the second largest Canadian climate demonstration, the first was held in Quebec earlier this year, and came just days before the Pan American Climate Summit and Economic summits also being held in Toronto.... Read more »

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