It’s official: Coal is kaput in Ontario
From our friends at Ontario Clean Air Alliance:
We're helping Ottawans understand the air they breathe with Breathe Easy, an air quality education initative.
To learn more about Breathe Easy, click here.
We are putting plastic pollution back on the agenda, as the issue and its connection to the environment have been ignored for too long. Learn more HERE.
At Sierra Club Ontario, our work mainly focuses on protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, increasing awareness about air pollution, and promoting Green Energy adoption in Ontario. Sierra Club Ontario also works on very local issues, in coordination with smaller communities in Ontario.
From our friends at Ontario Clean Air Alliance:
By Mary Muter,
Chair, Great Lakes Section, Sierra Club Canada Foundation
The US Army Corps of Engineers recently released a report on options to prevent the very invasive Asian Carp from getting into not just the Great Lakes but also into all waterways and lakes connected to the Great Lakes.
Celebrate Earth Day at our One Sweet Day Event with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Artists, Local Vendors, Bee Keepers and more for a day of Celebration of Honey Bees!!
The event will be held on Saturday April 19th from 10:30am – 4pm at Sorauren Park in Roncesvalles neighbourhood, Toronto.
A great day to celebrate Spring and honey with the family. There will be music, games, educational workshops, face painting, a silent auction and more.
Check out the event on our Facebook page and invite your friends too!
By: Thaia Jones
Speech to be given at the Greenbelt Celebration on February 28th at Mississauga's Celebration Square:
Happy 9th Birthday Greenbelt! I’m Thaia Jones of Sierra Club of Peel. I’m excited to be here even though I don’t have any skates. Why, you might ask, am I so excited to celebrate down here in Mississauga, when the Greenbelt is way up there in north Caledon and beyond?
A USA law, the Lacey Act, has shown to be effective in decreasing the trade of illegal wood products. This story shows how Canada can also be making steps towards prevention.
(Photo by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper)
Don't miss a talk on "Toronto's Lost Rivers"
Wednesday, February 5th at 7pm.
By Dan McDermott, Ontario Chapter Director
At its December meeting the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) passed on to Mississauga Council a recommendation to apply to add the City’s publicly owned Credit River and Etobicoke Creek valley lands to the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt resolution is on the Council agenda for its February 12th meeting. If successful, the Mississauga initiative will be the first addition to the Greenbelt under Ontario’s new Urban River Valley (URV) designation, enacted early last year. It will also mark the expansion of the Greenbelt into Ontario’s second most populous municipality.
Sierra Club Canada's Ontario Chapter was instrumental in the decision by our provincial government to shut down all coal plants. The day has come! Toronto environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has a nice piece on her website about it:
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.
LANSING, MI -- Two Michigan lawmakers are speaking out against a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste underground less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron.
State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) are expected to testify Monday afternoon in Canada before a joint review panel assessing the environmental impact and safety risks of a proposed nuclear dumping ground in Kincardine, Ontario.
Natural capital refers to stock of natural resources and environmental assets and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective tries to quantify the wide range of benefits that are provided by these natural resources and environmental assets for free.
At the request of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Sierra Club Canada sent in extra submissions on Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (Clarington, Ontario) on Jan 14. This paper goes into greater detail on the issue of the binational Air Quality Agreement and lack of notice given to the US related to pollutants released at Darlington. The Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter (New York) has submitted a letter of concern as well.
For those seeking information on Georgian Bay water levels, there are 3 slideshow presentations attached below.
There are also a series of videos you can watch on the CTV News Barrie website:
Provided is some general information on International Car Free Day and tips on going car free:
Attached below is the petition to our Provincial and Federal Governments asking them to take action in preventing the Asian Carp from invading our Great Lakes.
Please print, sign, distribute, and mail back to: Sierra Club Ontario, 550 Bayview Avenue, suite 402. Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8
Click below to review summaries of the presentations given by Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser's students as well as guest speaker Ralph Pentland on Sunday, March 25, 2012.