May 9th, 2017


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

"A Politician 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.

Although this article highlights the threat of a possible revival of a mid-peninsula expressway across Niagara after the provincial election, it also highlights a very immediate threat based on internal debates in today’s Ontario cabinet.  Right now the rural landscapes of Flamborough is threatened by pressure from developers to create a “Swiss Cheese” version of the Greenbelt. This would permit communities here, such as Rockton, whose scenic landscapes of farmland and restored forests form the filming location for most of the CBC drama series— “The Road to Avonlea”— to be engulfed by urban sprawlRead more on Sierra Club Ontario’s website.


CAMPAIGN UPDATE: 45,000 Greenbelt Petitions Signed to Call for Greater Greenbelt Protection!

Sierra Club Ontario would like to send a very big THANK YOU to all our members and supporters who signed the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance (OGA) Emergency Letter to the Ontario government, asking for key changes in the proposed new Greenbelt legislation, which outlined and emphasized the need to freeze Greenbelt boundaries against urban sprawl both within and around it. We learned recently that over 45,000 Ontarians has signed – a strong message sent indeed!

We have heard that the new legislation will be officially announced in the third week of May, and only then will we be able to fully assess the results of our efforts. Watch the media for the big announcement and its analysis, and stay tuned for our comments in the next issue of Ozone!


Thaia Jones

Sierra Club Ontario Greenbelt Campaign Chair

JOIN US: National Hike for the Environment Campaign


Be a #HikingHero and take a hike for the environment! 

Between now and May 22nd, get out and enjoy a spring hike, and help raise important funds to protect the planet.

Simply pick a date to "take a hike" - on a mountain, on a favoured walking trail, or even around your neighbourhood - just make some time to hike, walk or stroll and help raise funds for Canada's only national grassroots organization fighting every day to protect our beautiful planet.

You can hike solo, or get a few friends together and make it a group outing. Families, schools or community groups - this is an event where everyone can participate. In this time of Trump Executive Orders intended to harm people and our planet, we need you now -- more than ever before!

Get out there. Get others involved in your efforts. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!

To find out how you can participate and fundraise for the planet, visit Sierra Club Canada Foundation’s website.


Other Items: Elizabeth May delivers the 2017 Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture, and Sierra Club Ontario is Hiring!

1. SAVE THE DATE: Elizabeth May delivers the 2017 Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture at University of Toronto on May 19th 2017

Date & Time: Friday, May 19th 2017; 4 - 5.30pm

Location: Room 1050, Earth Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, ON

Event Description:

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, will deliver the 2017 Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture at the University of Toronto. Her talk, entitled "Confronting Thermageddon in Our Lifetime: where are we post-Paris and how badly the Trudeau Liberals are letting us down" will explore urgent questions about the current climate target and how to increase political pressure to ensure the Liberals keep their promises before the next election.

This event is free and open to the public. We’d love to see you there! 

For more information, visit the event website.

2. SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY: Sierra Club Ontario is Hiring!

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

To view the job posting and learn more about this opportunity, please visit Sierra Club Ontario’s website.


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