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Show and tell

Show and tell

Please join us at the Green Living Show, April 27 to 29, 2007, in the Automotive Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Visit the Ontario Nature booth to meet our staff, find out more about the organization and look through our publications. Enjoy the Art of Nature Show and Sale – a portion of the proceeds will […]

Best in show

Best in show

My condolences to the staff on the premature passing of Dianne Slyford. She was very helpful anytime I called the office and will be hard to replace. In the Winter 2006/07 issue, I thought the subjects, although often in the press, were presented in a professional manner and reflected some good research. Bruce Gillespie’s article […]

Wee shorebird vs. the Feds

Wee shorebird vs. the Feds

by Helena Rusak Conservation groups across Canada, including Ontario Nature, have rallied behind the plight of a small, endangered shorebird. Late last year, a coalition of leading environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against then environment minister Rona Ambrose for her ministry’s refusal to identify critical habitat in the recovery strategy of the rare piping plover, […]

Park named for Len Gertler

Park named for Len Gertler

by Linda Pim The Ontario government has established the Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest in honour of Len Gertler, the father of Niagara Escarpment protection, who died in late 2005. This 339-hectare park in the Blue Mountains is one of the larger properties in the system of 131 escarpment parks from Queenston to Tobermory.

Rare species may get a break

Rare species may get a break

by  Wendy Francis The wait is nearly over. An improved Endangered Species Act that will strengthen protection for Ontario’s at-risk species is inching closer to becoming a reality. In November, Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay released the Report of the Endangered Species Act Review Advisory Panel. The panel was charged with reviewing and updating […]

Last Call

Last Call

By Victoria Foote Globally, it is very likely that the 1990s was the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year in the instrumental record (1861-2000). The increase in the surface temperature in the Northern Hemisphere is likely to have been greater than that for any other century in the last thousand years.” This is according […]

Poplar improvements

Poplar improvements

by Sharon Oosthoek We know that food can be genetically modified. Now, it appears that trees can be genetically rearranged as well. Last fall, a team of international scientists announced they had sequenced the complete set of genetic “instructions,” or genome, for assembling the black cottonwood poplar.

Mine the gap

Mine the gap

by Wendy Francis Dufferin Aggregates intends to expand its operations on the Niagara Escarpment, one of Ontario’s four UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves. Premier Dalton McGuinty’s cabinet has approved the plans to enlarge its 468-hectare Milton Quarry, already the largest active quarry in Canada, by a further 83 hectares. This decision runs contrary to the intent […]

Escarpment hotspot

Escarpment hotspot

by Wendy Francis Late last year, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued a decision that paves the way for the largest single development on the Niagara Escarpment since 1975. Castle Glen Developments wants to build more than 1,600 residential units and 300 hotel units, as well as commercial and retail space, and up to three […]

Profile: The Kunstler Imperative

Profile: The Kunstler Imperative

It’s not all gloom and doom – is it? James Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the end of oil, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century, speaks of global warming and the harsh new reality that awaits By Lisa Keller James Howard Kunstler’s latest book, The Long Emergency (2006), presents […]

Temperature rising

Temperature rising

From the lush Carolinian zone in the south to the spectacular boreal of the north, climate change threatens to bring forest ecosystems to the brink of collapse. Douglas Hunter reports on how global warming is changing Ontario’s landscape By Douglas Hunter In 1998, Stephen Murphy began noticing strangers in his neck of the woods. An […]

What are our options?

What are our options?

How to make sense of carbon-free energy alternatives and what the province plans to do about it By Sharon Oosthoek Decisions, Decisions To feed our power cravings, we can choose from: Hydro Nuclear Geothermal Wind Solar Biomass Coal Gas Never has it been more important to push for a clean energy agenda. In our fast-growing […]

The house that Bill built

The house that Bill built

Fourteen years ago, William Kemp went off grid, turning his home into a model of energy efficiency without losing any of the creature comforts. His books explain how you, too, can shrink your power-hungry footprint By Peter Christie Suspended by great latticed metal towers, transmission wires stretch across William Kemp’s view of the wilderness in […]

Field Trip: Poisonous plants

Field Trip: Poisonous plants

by Dan Scheider and Peter Pautler A terrible story in the Schneider household goes back to the 1800s. Two young boys, on their way to bring in the cows, mistook the roots of water hemlock for tasty wild parsnip and enjoyed a snack. Some time later, one boy was found dead on the doorstep, the […]

Excess baggage

Excess baggage

They clog our landfills, shorelines and closets. Time to ban the plastic bag By Edward Keenan I’m at my local variety store buying a single pack of gum when I begin to suspect a conspiracy. How else to explain why my gum should be handed to me in a plastic grocery bag? Don’t these bags […]

Spring 2007

Spring 2007

Climate change and the power of one  by Victoria Foote Wee shorebird takes on the Feds; Dufferin Aggregates mines more of the escarpment; genetically modified trees What may be the last, viable population of the pint-sized wildfowl can be found on Walpole Island by Tim Tiner The urban environs are tough on street trees. But […]

Urban Nature: Help for city trees

Urban Nature: Help for city trees

For too long, they have suffered from the ravages of the urban environment. Now some municipalities are taking a kinder approach to caring for our street trees By Lorraine Johnson Money Trees In the arsenal of arguments that justify municipal funding for street trees, the Town of Oakville has recently added some compelling economic muscle. […]