Latest outings and volunteer opportunities (spring/summer 2013)
We have some dates & events to share for the Sierra Club Natural Capital project. We hope you can join us for some/all of these events. Please call or email if you want to help out on any of these or if you have any questions: email@example.com or 647-346-8744June 6 (Thurs) - Evening tabling at Clarkson Community Club Day (6:30-9pm) at Clarkson Village, Mississauga. June 13 (Thurs) -- Natural Capital walk & talk at Rattray Marsh. (7:00-8:00pm). Come and learn about this Lake Ontario marsh with guest speaker Bob Morris, Manager of Natural Heritage at Credit Valley Conservation. June 25 (Tues) -- Sierra Club outing at High Park. Led by local naturalist Emma Cane with a focus on tree and plant ID, it is sure to be an eye-opening walk in the woods. July 23 (Tues) -- Natural Capital walk & talk at Riverwood in Mississauga. (7:00-8:30pm) July 27 (Sat) - Live Green Toronto Event (11:00am - 9pm). Details to follow. Save these dates for the Fall:September 7 -- tree planting at Erindale ParkOctober 22 -- tree planting at Birchwood Park (second go round)*******************************************************************************************************Volunteer opportunities: April/May and more First, we are happy to help you bloggers & writers out there get published on our website. If this is your particular interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org to put you on that email list. Second, If you are interested in our Natural Capital project (online info at: http://ontario.sierraclub.ca/en/missnatcap) we are doing some volunteer training. We will be doing at least 8 walks & talks around natural areas in Mississauga in 2013. The schedule is flexible - we are setting the dates now. If you commit to volunteer (in any capacity: leading, assisting, promoting, etc...) Sierra Club will train you on the basics of ecological goods & services as well as a bit of naturalist skills. Please email email@example.com if you are interested. Here are some hands-on events planned for April/May:
- April 21 (9:30-1:30) - Peter Orphanos memorial & tree planting at Streetsville Park, Mississauga. A memorial celebration of one of our recently passed Sierra leaders. The Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley is the keynote speaker and Sierra Club is responsible for event set up, break down and getting about 300 trees planted that day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help - we are arranging carpools from TO to transport volunteers.
- April 27 (1-3pm)- Natural Capital volunteer training at Brickworks (550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto -- 2nd floor meeting room)
- May 1 (time TBD) - Tree planting with Credit Valley Conservation at Birchwood Park, Mississauga. More casual than April 21, no big wig speakers just habitat restoration at it's most basic - good for the soul.
- Other CVC tree plantings/ restoration in Mississauga are set for fall: Sept 7 and Oct 22 if you like to plan ahead.
I'm on the bus writing about what happened in Parliament last Friday. I still can’t get the day out of my mind... Megan Leslie, NDP MP and Deputy Leader, called for an emergency debate in Parliament on the massive and frightening rapid ice melt in the Arctic this past summer.
Megan eloquently pointed out that the Arctic icecap is responsible for moderating the global climate, and without it we’re in a sea of trouble.... Read more »
The federal government recently surprised many when Health Canada announced a $1.8 Million study on health impacts of living near wind turbines. Electricity generation and health are both largely provincial responsibilities - so this is major deviation by a government that has strictly avoided straying into areas of provincial jurisdiction.... Read more »
There are many coincidences in life. Every day - in a world with billions of things happening - there are bound to be events that just seem to be related. There are also deliberate acts that seem to be coincidence.
As consumers of news it’s our job to read between the lines and decide for ourselves what’s coincidence and what’s deliberate.
Two things happened yesterday:
1) Hundreds of lab-coated scientists marched on Parliament Hill proclaiming the death of evidence (a nice play on the Death of Innocence because there really has been a change in Ottawa where facts and figures no longer play a role in policy formulation); and
2) The Harper government announced Health Canada would study the (already well-studied) health effects of living near wind turbines.... Read more »
Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy
Re: Bill C-38
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
Thursday, May 31 201
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We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.
This week here in Ottawa we have two events:
Event #1:... Read more »
It has been a busy few weeks here in Ottawa and across the country. People everywhere are talking about devastating changes to environmental law and regulation (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act) undemocratically crammed into the federal budget.... Read more »