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-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.

Brampton Tree Planting - September 6, 2014

Trees improve air and water quality, and mitigate climate change.  Help green our communities!  No experience necessary, there will be demonstrations on site.  Gloves, shovels, and light refreshments will be provided.  Students are eligible for volunteer hours. 

Where:  McLaughlin Valley (see map on flyer).  Major intersection is McLaughlin Road N. and Williams Parkway. 

When:  Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Who:  Everyone is welcome!  Bring your friends and family! 

To help us prepare enough gloves and shovels, please RSVP with Lindsey Jennings at ljennings@creditvalleyca.ca or 1-800-668-5557 ext. 445

Hope to see you there!

 

Guided Bird Nature Walk July 26 - Heart Lake Conservation Area

Ever wonder who is tweeting at you?  (No not on twitter)  Come find out with us on Saturday, July 26! 

Discover the trails at Heart Lake Conservation Area, and learn about birds and other features in the area with avid naturalist and birder, Bob Noble.   

Date:  Saturday July 26, 2014

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location:  Heart Lake Conservation Area
10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton

Event is free, however, we ask that you RSVP so we can notify park staff and prepare for the event. 

For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/guided-bird-nature-walk-heart-lake-conservation-area-tickets-12194579315

Visit TRCA website for applicable park fees:... Read more »

Brampton's Natural Capital

Natural Capital refers to the stock of natural resources and environmental assets, and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective is a way of placing a monetary value on the ecological goods and services to quantify these benefits.  

Brampton's ecosystems contain many natural areas and urban green spaces that provide the city with ecological goods and services, which translates to valuable Natural Capital.  

Thanks to support from Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Mississauga Community Fund, we are expanding the project by doing walkshops and natural area restoration work throughout Brampton and Mississauga in summer of 2014.  Our goal is to educate and engage the community to raise awareness and appreciation for these natural areas.  ... Read more »

Save Niagara’s Green Lifeline

By John Bacher

From the raging torrents of the Niagara River to the placid Welland Canal one can walk for ten miles through the wooded forest gardens of the Niagara Escarpment. Here in some patches, old growth giant oaks and maples soar above wild ginger and may apple. This shady glen has spectacular lookouts over the Niagara Fruit Belt to Lake Ontario, such as Queenston Heights and the Woodend Conservation area. These wilds overwhelm relics of 19th century assaults on nature, such as lime kilns, a “haunted” “ghost” tunnel under which the Bruce Trail travel and the stone ruins of the abandoned Third Welland Canal. ... Read more »

Tree Planting in Mississauga on May 31

Come join us at our Annual Tree Planting on Saturday, May 31 from 9am-12pm at Erindale Park, Mississauga!  

For more information contact Lindsey Jennings at ljennings@creditvalleyca.ca or 1-800-668-5557 ext. 445.  

One Sweet Day Family Fun Event April 19th

Celebrate Earth Day at our One Sweet Day Event with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Artists, Local Vendors, Bee Keepers and more for a day of Celebration of Honey Bees!!  

The event will be held on Saturday April 19th from 10:30am – 4pm at Sorauren Park in Roncesvalles neighbourhood, Toronto.

A great day to celebrate Spring and honey with the family.  There will be music, games, educational workshops, face painting, a silent auction and more.   

Check out the event on our Facebook page and invite your friends too! ... Read more »

MISSISSAUGA MOVES TO JOIN THE GREENBELT

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 »

From Farm to Hydro-Cooler to Box to Plate

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 »

Erindale Park’s Tree Planting Concludes Planting for the Season

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 »

Pedal to Plate

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! 

Sierra Club Fights Urban Sprawl in Niagara

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 risk

CPAWS

 

Rouge National Urban Park needs your help – vital Greenbelt lands at risk

Latest outings and volunteer opportunities (spring/summer 2013)

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 <sarahp@sierraclub.ca> if you want to RSVP, or if you have any questions.

 

Scheduled Events:

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 »

Getting Back to Nature

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 »

Getting to Know Ontario’s Wildlife: Canada Geese

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 »

Volunteer opportunities: April/May and more

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Mississauga's Natural Capital: The Foundation of Our Health and Well Being

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 kristinaj@sierraclub.ca.

Click to open the pdf below and learn more about specific Mississauga examples of natural capital.

SIERRA CLUB TAKES PART IN NIAGARA REGION GREENBELT REVIEW

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 »

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