Ontario Chapter

At Sierra Club Ontario, our work mainly focuses on protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, growing and protecting the Greenbelt, and promoting Green Energy adoption in Ontario. Sierra Club Ontario also works on very local issues, in coordination with smaller communities in Ontario.

Potential Revival of Mid-Peninsula Expressway Threatens Ontario's Greenbelt and Local Habitats

“A Politician only thinks of the next election... A Leader thinks of the next generation.” 

Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, has shown support for the shelved Mid-Peninsula Expressway - representing a threat to Ontario's Greenbelt, including some of the local communities, green space, and wildlife habitat that it has been supporting ever since its establishment in 2005.

The following article was written by Dr.

Niagara's Escarpment-Decew Falls Forest, Largest Remaining Woodland in St. Catharines, at Risk of Losing "Natural Area" Designation and Protection

Decew Falls, St Catharines

The Escarpment-Decew Falls Forest - which has been identified as an Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) in the Niagara Region, and is the largest remaining woodland in the City of St. Catharines - has been the subject of a 40-year battle between Brock University and the environmentalists who seek to protect it...

SCCF Ontario Hiring: Canada Summer Jobs Intern position

Sierra Club Ontario is looking for an energetic, creative, and hardworking individual to help with Chapter outreach and campaign-specific initiatives. The Environmental Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with both online and offline outreach activities, include digital communications and community outreach. The intern will also be responsible for occasional research and writing tasks specific to Sierra Club Ontario’s campaigns, as required.

This is a Canada Summer Job Position, so you must meet these criteria to be eligible for this position:

UPDATE: OPG's Proposed Deep Geologic Repository Project near Lake Huron rejected by CEAA

In 2013, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposed to construct, operate, and ultimately decommission and abandon a deep geologic repository (DGR) for low- and intermediatelevel radioactive waste. The repository would accommodate waste from commercial nuclear reactors that are owned or operated by OPG, and are located at the Bruce, Pickering, and Darlington sites. 

ACTION ALERT: Act Now to Protect our Greenbelt from Costly Urban Sprawl


Going from Greenbelt to a ‘Swiss Cheese belt’...

On Monday March 20th, the development industry hosted a lobby day at Queen’s Park to drive home the message that land in and around the Greenbelt is essential to avert the growing housing crisis in Toronto and the GTA. However, we know this is not accurate. 

The Ontario Greenbelt is a great success, but is its future secure?


The following article was originally published in August 2016 on Sierra Club Canada Foundation's blog.

At almost 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt.  Dan McDermott, who is just stepping down as Chapter Director of Sierra Ontario after many years, weighs in on the Greenbelt’s successes and his concerns for its future as it reaches the ten-year review point.

Remembering Dan McDermott - Former Chapter Director, Sierra Club Ontario

Dan McDermott (May 6, 1947 - January 4, 2017)

 

Dan McDermott, Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter Director for 13 years, passed away peacefully on January 4th 2017. It is wonderful to see his influential life mentioned in these posts, which have featured in the news recently with reflections and thoughts on Dan’s life, what he dedicated it to, and his passing three weeks ago.

 

GLPA Alliance weighs in on Ontario's proposed Wetland Strategy

As part of the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance, Sierra Club submitted comments on A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario 2016-2030 (EBR Registry Number: 012-7675). Among the recommendations, the GLPA Alliance asserts this draft strategy is not utilizing powers already available to the Ministry and should "commit to setting time bound, measurable targets with aspirational milestones for wetlands in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence River Basin."
In other words, the Wetland Strategy is not making strategic use of tools in place to really conserve wetlands.

Sierra Club Supports Provincial Proposal To Grow The Greenbelt In Niagara, Ontario

Author: 
Doug Draper
Source: 
Niagara At Large
Date published: 
Wed, 10/19/2016

Niagara, Ontario – The Sierra Club of Niagara is calling on the Province to stand firm in its recommendation to add 2,280 acres of land to the Greenbelt in the Niagara region, amid concerning requests from Niagara Region and private developers to remove land from Greenbelt and Niagara Escarpment designation.

Contact Premier Wynne to voice your support for a fully protected and growing Greenbelt

There are positive proposals within the four draft provincial plans, including the Greenbelt plan, open for public comment until October 31st, Urban River Valley additions to note one example. There are also some alarming proposed changes that would allow land to be taken out of the current Greenbelt and handed to the developers. Section 3.4 Settlement Areas of the Greenbelt draft
 contains an outline of a proposed process that could do just that and subject the Greenbelt to being turned into a Swiss cheese belt.

Contact Premier Wynne to voice your support for a fully protected and growing Greenbelt

There are positive proposals within the four draft provincial plans, including the Greenbelt plan, open for public comment until October 31st, Urban River Valley additions to note one example. There are also some alarming proposed changes that would allow land to be taken out of the current Greenbelt and handed to the developers. Section 3.4 Settlement Areas of the Greenbelt draft contains an outline of a proposed process that could do just that and subject the Greenbelt to being turned into a Swiss cheese belt.

Excerpts from 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Over two dozen non-governmental organizations from Canada and the United States are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama to postpone or cancel an unprecedented series of shipments of highly radioactive liquid waste from Ontario to South Carolina along public roads and over bridges crossing the waters of the Great Lakes.

See below for relevant excerpts from the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.