- Created on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:25
Conservation groups ask Province to protect Ontario’s rain barrel
For immediate release
Toronto, November 29, 2011 – Echoing months of warnings from Ontario conservation organizations, a new report from the provincial environmental commissioner Gord Miller underscores the need for tougher land use and water monitoring rules on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Nevertheless, the Province recently denied a request to strengthen protective policies which could put an end to the multiple environmental threats to the moraine that include massive water taking and dumping contaminated fill in abandoned sites.
“Ontarians have been lulled into a false sense of security because of the Oak Ridges Moraine Act and Plan,” says Debbe Crandall, Executive Director of STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition). “The reality is that the legislation has too many loopholes, which allow developers, gravel companies and other industrial users to cause irreparable damage to a highly sensitive area that supports the headwaters for Greater Toronto’s 65 river systems.”
- Created on Sunday, 20 November 2011 22:22
Support KI First Nation; Kanaawayandan D'aaki! Protect the KI Homeland
Tuesday November 22, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St., Toronto) - Room: SCC 115
Featuring: KI Chief Donny Morris, KI Spokesperson John Cutfeet, Judy Rebick.
In 2008 Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris went to jail for refusing to allow mining exploration his community feared would contaminate their water supply. The remote First Nation community succeeded in fighting off mining exploration by Platinex, but now a gold exploration company has staked claims directly on top of sacred KI burials. Ontario continues to violate KI’s right to say ‘no’ to mining exploration on their Homeland.
KI First Nation has governed and cared for the Homeland, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Aaki, that is at the core of their culture since time before memory. This vast area of boreal lakes, rivers, forests, and wetlands provides KI’s pristine water supply, the lake trout the community rely upon, and their sacred landscape. KI has a vision for the future of their lands and environment that benefits both KI and all life.
Join us in this rare opportunity to hear directly from KI leaders about their struggle to control and care for their Homeland.
Sponsored by: Canadian Federation of Students, Council of Canadians, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Earthroots.
Endorsed by: Amnesty, CUPE, Greenpeace, MiningWatch Canada, No One Is Illegal - Toronto, OFL, Wildlands League.
Part of Indigenous Sovereignty Week:
- Created on Saturday, 12 November 2011 19:15
Tuesday, November 15th, at the Palais Royale, Toronto
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A special evening to meet Mr. Robert Bateman, view his works and meet the organizations and causes close to his heart! - FREE - Click here for more information.
- Created on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 20:42
Find out why the Oak Ridges Moraine needs protection now!
- Created on Monday, 26 September 2011 01:00
Ontario’s inaction violates freedom of religion; threatens to spark new conflict
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) - KI Chief Donny Morris is urgently calling on Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to intervene to stop mining exploration activity on a sacred KI ancestral burial site. Mining exploration company God’s Lake Resources has staked new claims in violation of KI’s well publicized moratorium and has worked the site in spite of being informed that multiple sacred KI graves are within the claim area. Government officials say that they are powerless to stop God’s Lake from working their claims in spite of KI’s Indigenous Title, Rights, and sensitive spiritual connection to the area. This growing conflict closely mirrors the events that led to the jailing of Chief Morris and five other KI leaders in 2008 for refusing to allow platinum mining exploration on their homeland.
"Our ancestors deserve a place where they can rest undisturbed. People everywhere understand that cemeteries are sacred places. But in Sherman Lake, they want to put a gold mine on one,” said Chief Morris.
- Created on Thursday, 22 September 2011 01:00
Toronto. The Tools for Change program has launched its 2011/2012 workshop series. This year’s series consists of 16 workshops designed to provide Torontonians with the skills they need to advocate for social, economic, and environmental justice.
Ranging from three hours to a day in length, workshop topics include media strategy, facilitation, scouting, organizing rallies and actions, and conflict resolution. A complete list of this year’s workshops is online at: http://www.toolsforchange.net/events/
“Crippling student debt. Cuts to critical public services. Ongoing war. Climate change. It’s completely overwhelming to students and young people who don’t know how to channel their concern and altruism into concrete action,” says Tools for Change co-founder and University of Toronto Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) coordinator, Clare O’Connor. “Our workshops provide an opportunity for students to connect with like-minded people and learn practical skills for change.”
- Created on Monday, 12 September 2011 10:53
Environmental Groups Launch New Campaign to Protect the Rain Barrel of Southern Ontario
On the 10-year anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM), Earthroots and Ontario Nature have joined forces to shine a spotlight on the most severe threats to the moraine, southern Ontario's rain barrel.
"We're pleased to announce the launch of our Moraine Can't Wait campaign, which will focus attention on a number of serious issues facing the moraine," says Debbe Crandall, Executive Director of STORM. "We can't wait until the 2015 review of the Conservation Plan, during which time these problems will only get worse. We're asking Ontario residents to make the moraine a priority in this provincial election."
The stunning Oak Ridges Moraine extends for 160 kilometres end to end, north of the Greater Toronto Area. This unique land formation possesses important prairie, forest and wetland habitats, many of which are a refuge for rare plants, birds and turtles. The moraine is likened to a rain barrel because it supplies drinking water to more than 250,000 people. But despite the legislation passed a decade ago, the ecological integrity of the moraine remains highly vulnerable to numerous environmental assaults.
"Unmonitored water taking is one of the most troubling concerns we have about the moraine," says Josh Garfinkel, Senior Campaigner with Earthroots. "Millions of litres of water are pumped out of the aquifers every day and millions more leak into the sewage system."
- Created on Friday, 09 September 2011 01:00
The Green Prosperity Initiative, a combined effort of 19 Ontario environmental organizations, today released an assessment of the environmental platforms of the four major provincial parties. The joint assessment can be found at www.greenprosperity.ca.
“Overall, three parties – the Liberals, NDP and Greens – have provided us with important insights into how they will protect Ontario’s environment and build a green economy. The Progressive Conservatives, unfortunately, chose not to respond to our specific questions,” says Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence.
While the three other parties provided detailed responses to the Green Prosperity election questionnaire and have included major environmental planks in their platform, the Progressive Conservatives opted not to provide any further detail on their plans to end the Green Energy Act’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, build new nuclear units or repeal legislation designed to protect the ecology of Ontario’s vast wild Far Northern boreal region among other policies.
- Created on Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:56
Although the battle is far from over, this is a huge victory - congratulations to all the dedicated activists working on this issue! To read the statement released by the Ministry of the Environment today, please click here.
To learn more about this critical issue and the threats to southern Ontario's vital agricultural lands, please watch the video below:
- Created on Monday, 22 August 2011 11:38
Statement today from Jack Layton's wife and two children: "We deeply regret to inform you that The Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday August 22. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Details of Mr. Layton’s funeral arrangements will be forthcoming."
OTTAWA–Jack Layton, the New Democratic Party leader who led his party to Official Opposition status in this year’s federal election, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
“Your support and well wishes are so appreciated. Thank you,” Layton, posted to the social media site Twitter in July after announcing he was battling a new form of cancer. “I will fight this and beat it.”
It ended up being the last public announcement he would make in his long political career, which saw him evolve from campus activist to rabble-rousing left-wing municipal councilor to the most electorally successful leader of the federal New Democrats in history.
Layton had been on a leave of absence as party leader since July 25, when he temporarily stepped aside to fight a second — and evidently much more serious — bout of cancer.
It is cliché to say that a politician has politics in his blood, and yet there are few politicians who embody it the way Layton did, with his family involvement in the life reaching all the way back to the birth of the country.
To read more about Jack Layton's life and brilliant career, please view the full article here.
- Created on Thursday, 18 August 2011 22:14
(Toronto) – On August 16th the Grassy Narrows First Nation (Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek) won a major victory in their more than decade long battle to stop clearcut logging in their traditional territory. Grassy Narrows Chief and Council welcome the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to protect the rights promised to the Anishinaabe from interference by Ontario. Madam Justice Mary-Anne Sanderson’s decision, over 300 pages in length, finds that the Government of Ontario does not have the power to take away the rights in Treaty 3 by authorizing development including logging and mining.
This decision will set the stage for proper recognition and protection of those rights and, even more importantly, will help protect the Anishinaabe way of life in Northwestern Ontario. Grassy Narrows hopes that this will be a turning point in this battle. We expect that real protection for the endangered boreal forest and our way of life will be put in place immediately.
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- Created on Friday, 15 July 2011 13:30
Toronto – Earthroots, an Ontario based environmental organization, harshly condemned yesterday’s layoff of provincial employees. Yesterday 274 public sector workers in the province were laid off in the first wave of what the Ontario Public Services Employee Union expects to be 1,900 job cuts between now and next March. Among the laid off workers are 57 people with technical expertise in water safety and air quality at the environment ministry.
“Cutting workers who safeguard our air quality and water safety is a scary and dangerously short sighted move,” said Josh Garfinkel, Senior Campaigner at Earthroots. “The hard working people at the Ministry of the Environment are already stretched too thin trying to monitor thousands of potential impacts to our water from well financed and well lawyered industries.”