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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]