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.
On May 26th2011, Sierra Club Ontario hosted the Action H2O Forum, a day long workshop to discuss water policy, public outreach and communications, and collaborative action. The Forum was attended by over 25 representatives of environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) that are actively working on Great Lakes and water-related issues in Ontario.
The overriding purpose of the Forum was:
Karl Schiefer, a consulting Aquatic Biologist, gave this presentation "Great Lakes Ecosystems: Do We Value Them?" at our Port Huron event. Schiefer gives a brief history of human uses and impacts on the Great Lakes with a focus on Huron/Georgian Bay. Schiefer says our European value system (an anthorpocentric world-view with an emphasis on advanced technology) dominates our management of the Great Lakes. This has a huge impact on the environment as compared to the First Nations that coexisted with the resource for millenium without depleting it.
Recently retired as a Program Director for the Great Lakes Commission after 8 years of service, Roger Gauthier gave this terrific presentation at our Great Lakes Symposium (April 8, 2011 in Port Huron, Michigan). The title of the presentation is: Great Lakes Levels and Flows.
Is there impending disaster for GL nearshore ecosystems? What are the impacts of sustained low waterlevels? Join subject matter experts, concerned citizens and the Sierra Club for this discussion April 8th in Port Huron, Michigan.
Register by emailing email@example.com or calling 647-346-8744. There is a $50 registration fee to defray costs. You may pay by check, cash or credit card ahead or at the event. Please RSVP so we know you are coming!
Click on the pdf below to see the agenda. We hope to see you there!
There is no justification to accept either the expense or the risks of nuclear technology. All it takes is the courage to stand up to the nuclear lobby. Sierra Club Canada along with thousands of Ontarians is not convinced there is any justification for accepting the risks to health, the environment or the economy presented by the proposal to build additional nuclear reactors.
The “Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” is a plan for more sprawl development in the Lake Simcoe watershed. See SCO's letter submitted against the approval to the Ontario Gorwth Secretariat, Jan 31st.
Citizens simply will not buy the province’s line that this plan represents responsible growth. We know sprawl when we see it. We know this proposal will exacerbate highway congestion, strain water supplies, pollute surface and ground water, and encourage leapfrog development.
Sierra Club Ontario released an Econometric Research Limited study that concludes that there is no need for a new Windsor-Detroit bridge. Econometric Research determined that projections for increased cross-border traffic are erroneous, defy common sense are in deep denial of the fact that cross-border traffic has been down since 1999, two years before 9/11.
Click title above to go to attachments page & download the Econometric's report.
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