24 | The Rights of Nature

The movement to designate lakes, river and other natural features legal “persons” with rights to self-preservation and legal redress is spreading through Indigenous communities in Canada. Will Ontario embrace the resolutions as a way of protecting its natural bounty? By Brian Banks

19 | Wellspring of Life

Simcoe County may be home to the world’s purest groundwater, but scientists worry that nearby gravel-pit expansions will leave its secrets untapped. By Ray Ford

30 | Trout in Trouble

A rare abundant population of brook trout in the West Credit River is under threat from a proposed wastewater treatment plant. Can a partnership between conservationists and anglers save this cold-water specialist? By Patricia Hluchy

38 | Last Word

When Tree Planting Harms More Than It Helps

By James Kamstra

34 | Our Member Groups 

Advocacy Efforts Pay Off

By Lisa Richardson

36 | Our Community  

A Life Well Lived

By Kirsten Dahl with input from John, Paul, Scott and Doug Keen


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