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Conservation takes teamwork

Conservation takes teamwork

By Amber Cowie In the countdown to the provincial election, the Green Prosperity Initiative, a coalition of 21 environmental organizations including Ontario Nature, released seven green priorities that the coalition believes are the most important provincial environmental concerns in 2011 (see “Seeing green,” Spring 2011, page 8).

Seeing green

Seeing green

By Amber Cowie Cynics may describe the months leading up to an election as the “silly season” but it is also the ideal time to push political parties to clarify their position on the environment.

Chopping up the moraine

Chopping up the moraine

By Amber Cowie Despite the existence of a 10-year-old conservation plan developed to protect the sensitive natural areas, farmlands and watersheds of the Oak Ridges Moraine, construction of two heliports and a 792-metre runway has begun in the Township of Scugog, located in the heart of the moraine.

Join the club

Join the club

By Amber Cowie Sometimes, bigger really is better. The borders of the Greenbelt surrounding the Greater Toronto Area continue to extend, allowing additional lands to be incorporated under the Greenbelt Act. This past summer, the City of Guelph asked that more than 800 hectares of important habitat in the Guelph area also come under the […]

The road to recovery

The road to recovery

By Amber Cowie Life in the fast lane is hazardous for all species, but navigating southern Ontario’s dense network of roads takes an especially high toll on small animals, such as turtles, snakes and salamanders. Aware of the danger cars pose to the rare Jefferson salamander, the City of Burlington recently adopted an enlightened approach to […]

State of the Greenbelt

State of the Greenbelt

By Amber Cowie In recognition of the fifth anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance – which is comprised of more than 90 farming, community and environmental groups, including Ontario Nature – released a report titled “Green Among the Grey: Fifth Anniversary Progress Report on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt.”

Bridging over controversy

Bridging over controversy

By Amber Cowie Despite objections from Ontario Nature, local citizen groups and environmentalists, the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) project – a development that entails building a large addition to existing border facilities in both Ontario and Detroit and the construction of several roadways – is moving ahead. Naturalist groups have raised concerns about the […]

Green as gold

Green as gold

by Amber Cowie Established in 2005, the Ontario Greenbelt that surrounds the province’s Golden Horseshoe is 728, 400 hectares of protected lands, watersheds and communities. The environmental benefits of the Greenbelt are many and, as recent studies confirm, so are the economic and social benefits.