At Sierra Club Ontario, our work mainly focuses on protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, growing and protecting the Greenbelt, and promoting Green Energy adoption in Ontario. Sierra Club Ontario also works on very local issues, in coordination with smaller communities in Ontario.
Come join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the history around the Riverwood property, and walk through the scenic Gardens and River.
See you there!
Ever wonder who is tweeting at you? (No not on twitter) Come find out with us on Saturday, July 26!
Discover the trails at Heart Lake Conservation Area, and learn about birds and other features in the area with avid naturalist and birder, Bob Noble.
Date: Saturday July 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Heart Lake Conservation Area
10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton
Event is free, however, we ask that you RSVP so we can notify park staff and prepare for the event.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page:
Visit TRCA website for applicable park fees:
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.
Visit Sierra Club Ontario Waste Diversion to learn about this critical step towards creating a sustainable future, and mitigating climate change.
Rob Muir's Profile.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Natural Capital Volunteer Training Workshop on June 25th, 2014! We were lucky the looming storm clouds cleared just in time for the evening.
Most of our important work are accomplished with help of volunteers, and we were happy to see some new faces join us.
Volunteers were given a presentation on the Natural Capital concept, introduction to Sierra Club's outing style and things to be aware of when guiding a nature walk. Then we went for a stroll along Etobicoke Creek Trail behind the Brampton Four Corners Library to highlight how to run an outing.
One of our main goals for this workshop was to discuss ideas about potential outreach activities to expand the Natural Capital project. We came up with some great ideas and are looking forward to planning and new collaborations to bring an event-filled summer in the Peel Region!
Natural Capital refers to the stock of natural resources and environmental assets, and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective is a way of placing a monetary value on the ecological goods and services to quantify these benefits.
Brampton's ecosystems contain many natural areas and urban green spaces that provide the city with ecological goods and services, which translates to valuable Natural Capital.
Thanks to support from Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Mississauga Community Fund, we are expanding the project by doing walkshops and natural area restoration work throughout Brampton and Mississauga in summer of 2014. Our goal is to educate and engage the community to raise awareness and appreciation for these natural areas.
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.
A big thank you to Credit Valley Conservation and everyone who participated in the tree planting on May 31st, 2014 at Erindale Park, Mississauga!
Photo of John Bacher (on right) receiving award from David Milton, Executive Director of Ontario Professional Foresters Association
By Dan McDermott
The recent passing of Sierra Club Ontario, Niagara Region Group Chair Larry Caldwell was sudden and unexpected. Larry was just 45. He had lived with diabetes for many years, but the disease did little to limit Larry’s work on behalf of Mother Earth and his enthusiastic long term commitment to Sierra Club’s environmental mission. When I became SCO Chapter Director in 2000, Larry was already an active Club volunteer in the Niagara Region.
Come join us at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton on Saturday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m!
Learn about the Conservation Area, pollinator plants, and the Gitigaan Mashkiki Medicine Wheel Garden!
Help remove invasive plant species and plant native wildflowers. Activities also include a guided nature walk and Aboriginal teachings.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Kristina Jackson at email@example.com, or at 647-346-8744.
By John Bacher
From the raging torrents of the Niagara River to the placid Welland Canal one can walk for ten miles through the wooded forest gardens of the Niagara Escarpment. Here in some patches, old growth giant oaks and maples soar above wild ginger and may apple. This shady glen has spectacular lookouts over the Niagara Fruit Belt to Lake Ontario, such as Queenston Heights and the Woodend Conservation area. These wilds overwhelm relics of 19th century assaults on nature, such as lime kilns, a “haunted” “ghost” tunnel under which the Bruce Trail travel and the stone ruins of the abandoned Third Welland Canal.
Our One Sweet Day event on April 19th was a filled with smiles, sun and fun. We would like to thank everyone who was involved including the vendors, donors, sponsors, volunteers and attendees; it was a great day thanks to each of you!
Come join us at our Annual Tree Planting on Saturday, May 31 from 9am-12pm at Erindale Park, Mississauga!
For more information contact Lindsey Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-668-5557 ext. 445.
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?