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2015-07-28  |  Anonymous

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.

Springwater Park is named after the gushing springs of pure water that made it an...

2015-07-22  |  Anonymous

Sprawl Threatens Carolinian Heartland


Written by: John Bacher



If the Greenbelt is to be extended to protect the most threatened area of the Carolinian Forest zone, the most biologically diverse ecosystem in Canada, it is most logical to do so in Niagara. In attempting such a move however, the big clash comes with those who seek to promote urbanization along the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

The Carolinian forest region where leafy deciduous trees predominate is a tiny area. It hugs Lake Erie and stretches north on Lake Ontario only as far as Toronto. Apart from Indian reservations most of the forests here were long ago burned out for agriculture. Except for the Niagara Escarpment and the reforested former wastelands of Norfolk County, the big exception to this pattern of desolation is in southern Niagara.

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2015-07-09  |  Anonymous

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.

The march brought together frontline Indigenous communities, Canada’s largest unions, students, social justice organizations, health care workers, and grassroots activists who all want a better future and a new economy which works for both the people and...

2015-07-09  |  Anonymous

Responding to our Forests in a Changing Climate


Written by: Alyssa Beurling



At this point it should be no surprise to anyone that we are living in a world with a changing climate; a climate we as humans have altered with ever increasing carbon dioxide emissions. Throughout the years science has continued to indicate, overwhelmingly, that burning fossil fuels has led to, and continues to fuel an accelerated warming of our atmosphere. Over the last 50 years the average global temperature has increased by 1 °F. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it has big repercussions for our global climate (Dartmouth College, 2013).

The danger of climate change (CC) lies in its ability to cause changes in precipitation and weather patterns across the globe.  Very simply, warmer temperatures are causing more water evaporation,...

2015-07-06  |  Anonymous

Ramsay Road Woodlot



Written By: John Bacher


In 1993 as the provincial government was working to develop legislation to give municipalities ability to strengthen their powers to regulated tree cutting on private land came one of the worst assaults on the environment in Niagara since the 1950s. Then in Niagara Falls north of Oldfield Road near Dorchester Road came what those of us who lived through the event remember as the Niagara Chain Saw Massacre. A swamp forest full of Pin Oaks, Pignut Hickories, full of forested vernal pools and unusual species such as the southern arrow-wood, came tumbling down.

What makes the chain saw massacre so terribly poignant is that a decade earlier the forty acres of butchered forest had been identified as part of a much larger two hundred acre forest complex. It was identified in an inventory of environmentally sensitive areas as...

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