September 28th, 2018
Fall is finally here! But you know what's not falling off? Our environmental activities!
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: Earl Bales Park, Toronto.
Sierra Club Ontario is teaming up with Toronto Coalition of Ecoschools to present this cleanup event sponsored by Ocean Wise and WWF. This is a family friendly event that allows you to not only cleanup natural ecosystems around Toronto, but also meet up with like-minded people who wish to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.
The event will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Earl Bales Park in Toronto. We will be meeting at 10:00 in front of the stadium.
For more details and to RSVP to this event, please visit the event page here.
Plastics Campaign: Survey on Single-Use Plastics and Takeaway Items.
The city of Toronto is holding a survey to find ways to reduce disposable plastics and we would like everyone to contribute if possible! Take this opportunity to influence decision makers by your own two hands! Plastics and takeaway items form a very large part of plastic waste all throughout urban areas in Canada and many of these are under consideration for restriction under municipal and federal law. You have until October 28, 2018, to complete this survey and make your voice be heard! The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and more details can be found here.
Greenbelt Campaign: Sinkhole in Thundering Waters Forest.
Dr. John Bacher recounts a hazardous area in the river front development region where a sinkhole is present. These can be prone to collapse, causing the leaching of pollutants in into local groundwater sources. Watch the video here.
Greenbelt Campaign: Weak Governance in Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
On September 27, 2018, the Auditor General of the Province of Ontario released a document criticizing the governance and operational practices of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NCPA). With mounting concerns over the riverside development in the region, it's alarming to find that the governance structure previously established in the Conservation Authorities Act was less than satisfactory. In addition, despite NPCA Board Members (majority of whom were elected officials) personally overseeing many of the day to day operations of the NCPA, their actions were not perceived positively by other staff and the general public. Read the full press release here.
Executive Committee: Executive Committee Applications are Now Open!
SCO's Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for members to serve on its volunteer, non-profit Executive Committee, commencing January 2019. Deadline to apply is Sunday, October 28, 2018. The SCO Executive Committee has bimonthly meetings (or more as needed) and is committed to equity and diversity in all of its appointments and activities.
Important Candidate Attributes:
- Candidates should be passionate about environmental protection and supporting grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for a smart green future.
- A track record of commitment and reliability at a director level and facility as a team player
- At this moment, SCO is specifically looking for those who are interested or experienced in fundraising or grantwriting to help with the chapter's self-sufficiency
If interested, please send a maximum 200 word bio to Jerry Dong, the SCO Chapter Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAN MCDERMOTT LEGACY FUND:
On January 4th, 2017, the world lost a prominent voice for change. That was the night that Dan McDermott, the great man we knew and loved, passed away. You may also know Dan as the late, heavily passionate, sometimes even stubborn, late President of Sierra Club Ontario. He was a true activist who dedicated his life to improving the lives of all humanity. 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!
If you would like to check out the Dan McDermott's Legacy Fund Campaign with all our warm words and memorable photos, click here. Additionally, if you can, please donate to the cause; you can do that here. Every little bit counts towards making sure the Ontario Chapter is further capable of carrying on Dan's legacy.
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
Date: Nov 13th
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