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Can this act be saved?

Can this act be saved?

By Wendy Francis Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, long criticized for being too weak in its protective measures, is now undergoing a badly needed overhaul. In May, Minister of Natural Resource s David Ramsay released a discussion paper outlining proposals for updating the act.

Green power comes to Caledon

Green power comes to Caledon

By Shannon Wilmot Last June’s announcements by Ontario energy minister Dwight Duncan left many questioning what role conservation and green power will play in the province’s energy future. The goal of closing Ontario’s four remaining coal-fired plants by 2009 was scrapped, and the government is about to invest more than $40 billion in building two […]

Sprawl crawls to Simcoe

Sprawl crawls to Simcoe

By Wendy Francis Urban sprawl continues to encroach on Simcoe County, which lies just outside the northern boundary of the Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt. The county is the scene of an unprecedented land speculation rush that has led to numerous urban expansion applications, now the subject of appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board. Residents and local […]

Naming the land

Olympia marble butterfly and trillium Otter Lake South Frontenac

By Geoff Nixon Stretching across eight counties, from the eastern edge of Lake Huron to the celebrated greenery of Frontenac county, lies a mosaic of granite Barrens and limestone plains. This unnamed are a forms a transition zone between the rocky plains of the Canadian shield and the more fertile farmlands that surround the great […]

Lands for Life offers no protection

Lands for Life offers no protection

By Christine Beevis Not for the first time, lodging and mining in northern Ontario have come into conflict with ecotourism and wilderness. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) recently proposed “minor land-use amendments” for 10 Forest Reserves in northern Ontario: that they be reclassified to allow resource […]

Backyard harvest

Backyard harvest

Fresh, tasty produce. Green space. Conserving the soil, water and air. There are lots of great reasons why city farming has become so popular. And you can’t beat the travel time by Allan Britnell On a sweltering Monday morning in late May — by 10 a.m., the thermostat is reading 30ºC — I visit the […]

Autumn 2006

Autumn 2006

By Victoria Foote The province’s record on the boreal forest; urban sprawl plays leapfrog; First Nations ask for mining moratorium. With much patience and fortitude, Kathy Nihei of the Wild Bird Care Centre has nursed countless avian casualties back from the brink. By Moira Farr A guide to Ontario’s rarest trees. By Lorraine Johnson Free workshops for […]

The 3,000-mile salad

The 3,000-mile salad

Southern Ontario contains some of Canada’s most fertile farmland. Why, then, is so much of our food imported? By Linda Pim It used to be that when I ate a salad in winter, it was a long-distance affair. I munched on the “3,000-mile salad” consisting of organic loose-leaf California lettuce that, according to American writer […]

Inside Ontario Nature

Inside Ontario Nature

Leading edge conference The seventh-ever leading edge conference will be held in Burlington, October 4 to 6, 2006. Presented by the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the conference is focused on issues of sustainability, environmental monitoring and biosphere research. “people (attending) can walk away and explore the possibilities of how these interrelated themes can be put into […]

Field Trip: Tree spotting

Field Trip: Tree spotting

A guide to Ontario’s rarest trees By Lorraine Johnson The loneliest tree in all of Ontario must surely have been the redbud found on Pelee Island in 1892 by botanist John Macoun. Growing on the sandy soils of Fish Point, at the south end of Pelee Island, this single specimen was buffeted by wind and […]

What good is nature?

What good is nature?

More than 100 children told us the answer in Ontario Nature’s first writing contest for kids ESSAY CONTEST INTRODUCTION By Caroline Schultz When I was a child, our summers on Ireland’s Atlantic coast were endless days of exploring and rock-pooling. We netted crabs, shrimps and fish and stored them in bucket-sized habitats of seaweed, stones […]

A different kind of crop

A different kind of crop

A new agricultural incentive may be key to saving wildlife habitat: paying farmers not to grow by D’Arcy Jenish Two rows of towering maples line the drive of the Barrie family farm in the municipality of Clarington, 75 kilometres east of Toronto, and at one end is a sign that tells visitors they have arrived […]

The new farm

The new farm

Ontario’s agricultural landscape has gone industrial as big box, high-tech greenhouses, impervious to seasons, weeds and weather, replace field crops. How food grows on… by Ray Ford photography by Evan Dion Outside the fumes from Inco’s superstack blend into an overcast sky, and the restive summer atmosphere is limbering up for a thunderstorm. But here […]

Kathy Nihei profile

Kathy Nihei profile

By Moira Farr Not everyone would maintain composure when interrupted by a Canada goose during an interview, but Kathy Nihei, director and founder of the Wild Bird Care Centre in Nepean, merely furrows her brow, turns to the honker waddling down the corridor and says, “You’re loud.” Whatever ailment brought the bird to the centre […]

Mining company sues band

Mining company sues band

By Christine Beevis It seems incredible that, under the Ontario mining act, today’s prospectors are just as entitled to “free entry” on any crown or private land as they were a century ago. By simply placing a stake on each corner of an area being claimed and registering the staked claim, prospectors gain exclusive rights […]