August 30th, 2018


Summer is almost over but our fight will never be over. Let's see what we've been up to this month.



Dan McDermott Tree Memorial and Fundraiser: September 15th at Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island, Toronto.

On January 4th, 2017, the world lost a prominent voice for change. Dan McDermott, the great man we knew and loved, passed away. He was a true activist who dedicated his life to improving the lives of all humanity.  We will carry on his influence! 

Dan McDermott was a hero and we made sure that it is recognized by all in the form of a plaque dedicated to his life and his efforts. Sierra Club’s Ontario Chapter would now like to humbly invite you to our public reveal of Dan McDermott’s memorial plaque. 

Save the date for 13:30 on September 15th, 2018, at the Rectory Café on Toronto Island. Please RSVP via email to if interested. 

Unable to attend this event? Don't worry! You can still show your support by donating to Dan McDermott's Legacy Fund here!



Green Energy: A Letter to Ontario's New Premier Doug Ford

Ontarians across the province are experiencing a summer of record-breaking heat waves, floods, forest fires and heat-related human health crises. Most recently, Toronto experienced a torrential downpour event with over 100 millimeters of rain falling in just two hours, overwhelming the City’s green space and infrastructure. Like other countries and states around the world, Ontario is experiencing first-hand the uncertainty, expense and loss that result from a changing climate. Read more here.

Greenbelt Campaign: The LPAT Appeal to Rescue Thundering Waters Forest

At 9:46 AM, August 13, 2018, in the Niagara Falls Clerk’s Department, Dr. John Bacher filed a letter of appeal against Amendment 128 to the Niagara Falls Official Plan. The amendment aims to pave over 120 of the 500 acre Thundering Waters Forest. Most of the forest is considered provincially protected wetland barred from development. Find out what happened here.

To find out more information about this, you can find an article covering the same topic by the St. Catharines Standard here!

Guest Article: Ideas for Recycling at Home

On the theme of Urban Sustainability, we've partnered with The Good Stuff to write an article on Recycling 101 at home! 

Recycling is the process of converting waste items into new-usable products. There are tons of items that you can recycle such as plastic, steel, paper, and aluminum among others. When you are recycling your household items, you will be contributing to the conservation of energy and raw materials. Check it out here.

Urban Sustainability Mini-Series: Understanding Sustainability in Ontario

The words “city life” tend to paint a certain picture in people’s minds. We think of public transportation, crowded streets, touristy places, and overall concrete jungles. There’s an exciting way of life that comes with living in cities, but this excitement could come at a cost by taking a bigger toll on the environment than one would imagine. Over the month of August, we've written a whole series to help everyone understand the impacts of urbanization on the environment, and how to minimize it.

You can find all five articles here!

Part 1: Introduction and History of Urbanization in Ontario

Part 2: Human-Environment Interaction in Ontario

Part 3: How to Reduce City Carbon Footprint

Part 4: Minimizing Waste In and Out of the Home

Part 5: Conserving the Nectar of Life - Water 



We all knew Dan; heavily passionate, sometimes even stubborn, in his fight for a brighter tomorrow for all of us. To continue his work we've decided to create Dan McDermott's Legacy Fund! Only you can help us continue his work with your support! Learn more here!



Please save the date for our upcoming Executive Committee meeting dates, and email us if you would like to attend any or all of them (all our meetings are held via conference calls):

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Dates: Sept 11th, Nov 13th 



Jerry Dong, 

Chapter Coordinator

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