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Winter 2009

Winter 2009

Working toward a solution to climate change. By Caroline Schultz Forests get sprayed; quarry along Lake Superior shoreline gets the go-ahead; invasive species in the Great Lakes tributaries; Ontario Nature expands its Lost Bay nature reserve. A once familiar urban dweller, Ontario’s latest official bird at risk is in free fall and global warming may […]

Government approved sprawl

Government approved sprawl

The environmental assessment (EA) process, which is explored in “Why we can’t save this forest” [Autumn 2009], was created, in essence, to protect important ecological attributes. The sad fact is that now it is used to “green light” controversial developments. The most disturbing case where the EA process has been misused is for the approved […]

An ill wind

An ill wind

The Province’s green energy act isn’t so green when wind farms threaten sensitive habitat and wildlife. By Douglas Hunter In November 2008, environmental groups and the energy industry south of the border announced a remarkable collaboration. They formed the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) with the aim of ensuring that locations for wind farms are […]

The big picture

The big picture

By Caroline Schultz This issue of ON Nature is focused on climate change against the backdrop of the December 2009 conference in Copenhagen on worldwide strategies to combat global warming. So it’s an opportune time to consider what Ontario Nature is doing to address this vast issue in our own backyard. Individuals and organizations have […]

A natural gem

A natural gem

This fall, Ontario Nature hosted a well-attended conservation fair at its Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve in partnership with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The fair, which attracted some 350 participants, was one of 10 events that Ontario Nature co-sponsored with OPG in 2009. Each is intended to connect families from urban and suburban areas across the […]

Chimney swift

Chimney swift

  A once familiar urban dweller, Ontario’s latest official bird at risk is in free fall and global warming may be the key cause. By Tim Tiner Unlike most imperilled species, Ontario’s newest official bird at risk is a high-flying ace long familiar in the cities and towns of the province. In September, Queen’s Park […]