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Summer 2006

Summer 2006

Children are the most at risk from pollutants. By Victoria Foote The province’s record on the boreal forest; urban sprawl plays leapfrog; First Nations ask for mining moratorium Drawing from his Ugandan heritage, Yuga Juma Onziga has created a global village in the heart of a big city by Allan Britnell Green roofs are sprouting […]

Southern comfort

Southern comfort

Riki Burkhardt’s article “Crisis? What crisis?” [Last Word, Spring 2006, page 46] highlights the economic circumstances that are faced by many people in northern Ontario, including First Nation communities. Her statistics and text provide a brief glimpse of the challenges we face in the North. Based on forecasts, economic conditions will become more demanding and […]

Learning curve ahead

Learning curve ahead

By Christine Beevis Last November, environmental educators who had deplored the removal of environmental science from the Ontario curriculum in grades seven through 12 in the mid- 1990s cheered when the Ministry of Education announced that it would submit itself to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). In this way, the ministry would increase its […]

Bands ask for mining moratorium

Bands ask for mining moratorium

By Julee Boan Eight First Nations bands are calling for an end to the Province’s “free-entry” mineral exploration and development system. Chiefs and representatives from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake), Muskrat Dam, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin, Wunnumin, Kingfisher Lake, Sachigo and Bearskin First Nations have declared a moratorium on mining exploration within their traditional territories. The bands […]

Trading spaces

Trading spaces

By Julee Boan Created in 1999, Ontario’s Living Legacy was a provincial program that culminated in the designation of 378 new parks and conservation reserves throughout the province. While negotiating the final boundaries for candidate areas, conservation groups and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) staff discovered that numerous mining claims had been staked in some […]

Smog daze

Smog daze

A growing body of research is shedding light on a dirty issue: the connection between poor air quality and a litany of respiratory health problems. Who is most at risk? Children By Sarah Scott During the first week of October 2005, at the end of a record-breaking summer of smog alerts in Ontario, an invisible […]

Wild Child Guide

Wild Child Guide

Your complete guide to conservation with kids By Lisa Keller   The lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to immerse your family in nature. The weather’s fine, school’s out and the great outdoors is the optimal playground. Formal lessons may be finished for now, but that doesn’t mean your child has stopped […]

Blood work

Blood work

For years, environmentalists tried to persuade the EPA to ban a suspected carcinogen found in the bloodstreams of nearly every creature on the planet. Then Scott Mabury made a groundbreaking discovery By Sharon Oosthoek As the light fades on this late winter afternoon, Scott Mabury stands at the whiteboard in his University of Toronto office drawing […]

Fertile Grounds

Fertile Grounds

By Bruce Gillespie A new crop of unique school programs allow students to both learn about the environment and save it too One of the first things you see upon entering the main doors of Scarborough’s Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute is the student-run recycling station. Just off to one side of the school’s massive commons […]

Ontario’s bats

Ontario’s bats

By Dan Schneider and Peter Pautler As the only flying mammals in the world, bats can make an impressive claim to fame. Eight species of these nocturnal creatures live in Ontario. Agile and predatory, bats are capable of extremely sophisticated bio-sonar, also called echolocation, meaning that they emit pulses of sound and can detect echoes […]

Remembering Nelson Maher

Remembering Nelson Maher

Nelson (Nels) Maher, highly respected naturalist and dedicated outdoorsman, passed away on August 26, 2005, at the age of 71. Maher never left Owen Sound where he was born. His many passions — photography, botany, camping, birdwatching and hiking — all involved the outdoors. Maher was especially interested in ferns and became a self-taught expert […]

Bred in the bone

Bred in the bone

Drawing from his Ugandan heritage, Yuga Juma Onziga, founder of the Environmental Centre for New Canadians, has created a global village in the heart of a big city By Allan Britnell Located on the ground floor of a decidedly unfashionable city works department building in Toronto’s downtown Fashion District, the Environmental Centre for New Canadians […]

Way of the Dodo

Way of the Dodo

? Ontario’s Endangered Species Act affords little protection for the species that need it most. By Wendy Francis   One of the biggest environmental challenges facing us today is the alarming number of species that are eradicated from the planet every year. Habitat loss, excessive hunting and trapping, poaching, pollution and the impacts of climate […]

Secret gardens

Secret gardens

By John Lorinc Green roofs are sprouting up in urban centres around the province, creating mini-ecosystems where you least expect them. W hen Beth Ann Currie recently dug up the taproots of a cluster of coneflowers growing on the roof of an old industrial building in downtown Toronto, she realized this tall meadow species seemed […]

Sick days

Sick days

By Victoria Foote This issue of ON Nature was born out of a growing concern about the relationship between a polluted environment and children’s health. More and more research has emerged over the past decade or so in which scientists are tracing a range of childhood ailments back to pollutants in the water, air, even […]