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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 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 the Ramsay...

2015-06-24  |  Anonymous


When: Sunday, July 5th from 1 pm= 6:30 pm.

Who: YOU and thousands of other passionate people

What: Gathering in Toronto for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.

Why:  To stand up against the climate crisis and tell the story of a new economy that works for people and the planet. 


There is an important call to action within Canada for a new economy, one which “Creates good jobs for all, protects the air, land and water, and tackles climate change”, and this July Toronto will host the Pan American Climate Summit and an Economic summit, where politicians will face a choice...

2015-06-23  |  Anonymous

Earlier this June we partnered with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to host a Pollinator Party at Heart Lake Conservation Area. The weather was great and we were thankful to have the 19 volunteers from Peel region who helped with light gardening and maintenance at the Medicine Wheel Garden and meadow plots.

Before we began work on the gardens the Four Colors Drumming Circle hosted an Aboriginal Drumming Ceremony and storytelling session to welcome spring and educate people on the features of the Medicine Wheel Garden (Gitigaan Mashkiki). It was a really neat experience which engaged everyone and connected us to the work we were about to do.

After a long winter and spring without garden maintenance the plots were densely overgrown with weeds and required some much needed attention, so participants helped to remove invasive thistle and weeds....

2015-06-19  |  Anonymous


By: Alyssa Beurling


Beginning in the 1960’s as a result of algal blooms and nutrient management issues, Canada and the US began collaborating efforts to reduce the underlying problem - elevated phosphorus concentrations within the Great Lakes (GL), and Lake Erie in particular (Hill, 2015). This soon led to the creation of the federal Clean Water Act and the Canada-US Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) which set specific phosphorus targets and improved lake conditions into the mid-1990’s (Government of Canada, 2014).

To strengthen the GLWQA Canada and Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Agreement (COA), originally planned for 2012, in early 2014 which contains a specific “Nutrient Annex” pertaining to the issue of excess nutrients. The GLWQA and COA were to be followed by the Great...

2015-06-19  |  Anonymous


By Kristina Jackson


This month Ontario passed the first North American regulations on neonicotinoid pesticides that are tied to pollinator loss. “Neonics”, as they are often called, are a synthetic pesticide first created in the 1980’s and quickly expanded to become the most common pesticide used on crops worldwide. Neonics mimic naturally occurring insect repellants found in nicotine but the frequency and intensity of current use has been proven to kill bees, butterflies, earthworms and a variety of other insects.

In December 2013 the European Union put a ban on the sale of the same three neonic pesticides now regulated by Ontario (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam). Much has been discussed in North America as the precipitous decline of monarch butterfly populations and honey bees have...

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