Fall 2009 Contents

This Issue: Battling the bureaucracy
The impenetrable environmental assessment process. By Caroline Schultz
Message Board: Another songbird silenced
Earth Watch
New ideas about old-growth forests; kayakers clean up in Georgian Bay; green alternatives to salt; Guelph development encroaches on rare species habitat.
Urban Nature: Plan bee
In the wake of the mysterious honeybee die-off, a renaissance in urban beekeeping has blossomed. As keepers attest, worker bees improve biodiversity, pollinate our plants and produce the best honey you’ll ever taste. By Brad Badelt
Bird Watch: Acadian flycatcher
Deforestation throughout Central and South America is the dominant threat to the survival of this diminutive songbird. By Tim Tiner
In House
Ontario Nature announces its conservation winners; Friends of Mashkinonje befriend a park.
Last Word: Animal parade
Is it right that some photographers bait wildlife to get that perfect shot? By Moira Farr
Why we can't save this forest
What went wrong with the Environmental Assessment Act? How a law that was meant to protect the environment ended up helping industry. By Conor Mihell

The killing fields
New research reveals that a widely used class of agricultural pesticides is the likely culprit behind the deaths of hundreds of millions of birds. Worse still: Canada continues to market neurotoxic chemicals with the full knowledge of their impact. By Paul Webster

Fourth Annual Youth Writing Contest
We asked kids in grades 7 and 8: What are you doing that has a positive impact on our environment? The winning essays show us the way.