Our friends with Friends of the Greenbelt are featured in this article in Alternatives Journal. Check it out -- if not for the Greenbelt content then for the super-cool aerial photo of the Humber River outflow to Lake O.
The IJC meetings on the Great Lakes water levels finished off mid-July with some of its most successful turnouts (read about the Midland meeting, where 600+ people attended). The struggle is not over yet. Please remember that the IJC is accepting public comments via mail by September 30, 2012. It is also important to write your MP with the same message: Restore our water levels!
Before writing your letter(s) please ask yourself these questions:
1. What do 13 unprecedented years of low water levels mean to you economically and environmentally ( eg loss of wetlands and fish habitat, water quality concerns, invasion of Phragmites australis on exposed shorelines)?
Ontario’s last coal-burning power plants will close by the end of this year, Premier Dalton McGuinty is expected to announce Thursday.
The closure is either one year earlier than scheduled, or six years late, depending on your perspective.
The current deadline for closing the coal plants is Dec. 31, 2014 — which makes the new deadline a year early. But the McGuinty government had ridden into office in 2003 promising to close the coal plants by the end of 2007.
RIO+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, is to be held this week on June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro.
The term Sustainable Development seems to me to be almost a contradiction in terms. One dictionary gives the definition of "development" as "the act or process of developing; growth; progress". In a finite world, how can growth be sustainable? Isn't it possible that human population already passed the world's carrying capacity, and world leaders should be talking about shrinking instead of growing?
On April 21 2013, Sierra Club Ontario and Credit Valley Conservation will be co-hosting a very special event to honour our late friend and colleague, Peter Orphanos.
Peter Orphanos, founder of Sierra Club's Peel Region Group and environmental champion, lost his battle with cancer in December just before the holidays. His passing was felt in his community and across the country. Peter Orphanos was a dedicated man and was widely respected as a knowledgeable and determined environmental advocate. The embodiment of “Think Global Act Local”, he devoted decades of his life to protecting the Credit River Valley that winds through Peel Region and alongside his Streetsville, Mississauga home to Lake Ontario.