Health & Environment

Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

Ontario Government Creating Cross-Industry Working Group
July 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.

The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid -- a pesticide used for corn and soybeans.

The working group will meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.

Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society.... Read more »

What's killing honeybees?

Beekeeper John Van Blyderveen is troubled by the silence in his laneway in Ontario's Oxford County.

The familiar summertime buzz of bees hovering over the lush cherry blossom trees is noticeably absent. The flowers sit untouched.

"This is extremely unusual for this being a bee farm, there are no bees here," Blyderveen says. "This is really sad."

This increasingly familiar scene, which is playing out across North America and Europe, worries beekeepers, farmers and scientists who have been tracking the collapse of honeybee colonies over the past decade.... Read more »

Latest outings and volunteer opportunities (spring/summer 2013)

This summer we have put together a few "walks and talks" around Mississauga and Toronto. These walks are free, and are guided by naturalists and professionals that provide a chance to get outdoors and learn something new about the natural areas within our communities. We hope you can join us for some of these events. Please feel free to share with those you think might be interested in attending!

Please email <sarahp@sierraclub.ca> if you want to RSVP, or if you have any questions.

 

Scheduled Events:

June 13 (Thurs, 7-8 pm) -- Natural Capital walk & talk at Rattray Marsh. Discover this Lake Ontario marsh via board-walk with guest speaker Bob Morris, Manager of Natural Heritage at Credit Valley Conservation... Read more »

Walk the Line (Line 9 that is) - June 16 - Toronto

Reclaiming the Corridor for People not Tar Sands

You and your family are invited to join us for a walk along the Hydro Corridor north of Finch Ave. (from Talbot Rd., west to Bathurst Ave.).
We will be celebrating the use of this provincially-owned Corridor as a public recreation space; instead of a dangerous
profit centre for Enbridge.
(WE WILL MEET AT 1pm AT THE WEST END OF THE TTC PARKING LOT AT HENDON AND YONGE.)

See attached flyer for the map & details. More online at stopline9-toronto.ca

Congratulations Colchester County for stopping the release of Fracking wastewater: NOFRAC

Friday, May 17th, 2013

 

Halifax, NS – Community and environmental groups, members of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition, applaud the Municipality of Colchester Municipal Sewer Use Appeal Committee for its decision not to allow the release of fracking wastewater through the Debert sewage system. ... Read more »

            

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