The long awaited report from the US Army Corps of Engineers on how to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has finally been released. The report evaluates the many waterways connecting the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan –all potential avenues to allow several species of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The 5 year report costing $20M is titled Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS).
Silver and bighead carp already make up about 95% of the biomass in rivers downstream of the Chicago River. Over a century ago Chicago built a canal to reverse the flow of the Chicago River to divert their sewage and stormwater south into the Mississippi rather than their waterfront beaches. The “reversed” Chicago River flow has been supported by two US Supreme Court decisions.
TORONTO – The overwhelming response to a panel interview with David Crombie, Paul Bedford, Jane Fairburn and Jack Diamond, moderated by renowned journalist John Lorinc and keynote address by former mayor David Miller, resulted in NOJetsTO looking for a larger venue. Supporters for the NOJetsTO campaign flocked from across Toronto to fill the OISE auditorium on a chilly Monday night, making the event an outright success.
“The event was a success and the packed house confirmed that the support for NOJetsTO is enormous, spans the GTA and is growing day by the day.” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “It is clear that Torontonians can see beyond Porter Airlines misleading advertising campaign, and want to save their waterfront.”
SIERRA CLUB URGES PASSAGE OF THE GREAT LAKES PROTECTION ACT
Sierra Club Ontario wishes to congratulate the Government of Ontario for proposing the Great Lakes Protection Act (GLPA). The recent Second Reading passage of the GLPA provides encouragement that the long delayed Act may become law. For this to occur, support will be necessary. As well, time and political agendas come into play as a provincial election is likely in the spring. The immediate business at hand is the committee process leading to Third Reading and the opportunity to strengthen the GLPA to ensure the prioritization of commitments needed to achieve the goal of a Great Lakes that are sustainable with healthy ecosystems.
Sierra Club Ontario supports a GLPA that clearly addresses the priority issues that must dealt with by Ontario and other Great Lakes Governments to achieve the realization of the above goal. These issues include:
Walk To Save Southern Ontario’s Vanishing Forests.
By John Bacher
Today we have a bizarre situation where hard wrested environmental progress is being turned back. This is the shrinking of Southern Ontario’s forests, in the fertile agricultural area south of the Canadian Shield.
Following the invasion of what was called Upper Canada there was a rampant destruction through burning of the forests of the land which, after Confederation, became called Ontario. Most of these forests were used to produce ashes, to manufacture soap and other products manufactured in Europe. It took sixty large maple trees to produce a single barrel of potash to be shipped across the sea.
Sierra Club's Waste Diversion Expert, Rob Muir, continues to emphasize the necessity of waste diversion to combat climate change. Local government has an important role in making it happen, however, the key is developing sustainable consumer behaviour. We need to be more conscious of how resources are used, the products we consume, and how we deal with our waste.
Watch Rob's video on Ottawa's Green Bin Program here.
On June 6th, 2014, Sierra Club Canada Foundation was presented with a $60,000 grant from the RBC Royal Bank Blue Water Leadership Grant. SCCF is proud to partner with the Town of Ajax and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in a project to construct bioswales along the Ajax waterfront. The native wetland plants of these bioswales will capture and filter the untreated stormwater before discharging into Lake Ontario. This grant will also contribute towards a community awareness program.
Many people rely on the benefits offered by plastic products. Plastic bags, food packaging and containers are common plastics used in schools. Oklahoma State University reports that one school-aged student who uses disposable lunch products creates 67 pounds of waste during a nine-month school year. Essentially, one middle school with an average number of students can create more than 30,000 pounds of waste in the lunchroom alone. Many school districts are looking to ways to reduce, reuse and recycle disposable plastics in lunchrooms and classrooms.
On Tuesday October 22, Sierra Club Ontario, Sierra Club Peel Region Group and Credit Valley Conservation hosted a tree planting at Erindale Park, Mississauga. This event concludes Sierra Club Ontario’s tree planting for the season. We had a turnout of 11 volunteers and we managed to plant 143 trees, making our Grand Total 925 trees this year! The club joined with Credit Valley Conservation for four tree planting events this year, which took place in Streetsville Memorial Park, Meadowvale Conservation Area, Birchwood Park and finally Erindale Park.