- Created on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 01:00
At the end of last year, KI First Nation informed De Beers that the community will not allow exploration by the multinational mining industry giant on KI lands. In September 2010, less than 9 months after KI blockades forced Platinex to surrender its claims, De Beers wrote this remote fly in community proposing “to carry out exploration for diamonds in an area to the north of the community of Big Trout Lake (KI),” an area 600 kilometers north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The proposed area of interest is directly adjacent to the KI reserve and covers much of KI territory.
“I cannot overemphasize the real clear danger that my people see when confronted by the threat of mining activity on our territory,” explained Chief Donny Morris. “KI stopped the Platinex exploration in our territory because it would have destroyed the watershed that our people depend on.”
Earthroots is supporting KI led efforts to continue protecting KI lands and watersheds.
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Helping Torontonians understand the importance of protecting Ontario's wilderness
Toronto's Earthroots, a grassroots, non-profit organization, has a mission - to protect Ontario's threatened wilderness areas and wildlife species.
Currently, the downtown organization is turning its power to the woodland caribou in the Boreal Forests, an area that is about 50 million hectares, extending from the northern limits of the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay Lowlands. (www.mnr.gov.on.ca, search Boreal Forests.) The woodland caribou is a threatened species in Ontario and despite passing the endangered species act to protect the creatures, the government is considering allowing logging and mining, which will destroy the caribou's habitat, said Amber Ellis, Earthroots' executive director.
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A Superior Court judge has granted Scugog a temporary injunction stopping a Port Perry company from dumping commercial fill at a site in the township.
Growing concerns among residents about possible contamination from dumping at an old gravel pit on the Oak Ridges Moraine, prompted the Township of Scugog to yank Earthworx’s dumping permit last October.
Click here to read the article in The Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/953970--ruling-temporaril
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March 1, 2011 (Toronto) – Greenpeace and Earthroots, held a funeral procession today outside a closed government consultation session to mourn the McGuinty government’s continued failure to stop the countdown to extinction of Ontario’s threatened woodland caribou herds.
“We held our procession to mourn caribou because Premier McGuinty promised in 2007 to protect woodland caribou and since then he’s done nothing tangible to keep his promise,” said Catharine Grant, Greenpeace Forest Campaigner. “Today marks another nail in the coffin for caribou in this province.”
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Naomi Enns and Lonnie Schofield won’t let their four kids drink the water at their Port Perry home.
They don’t drink it or even cook with it any more because they fear possible contamination of their well water.
That’s because they live just 50 metres from an old gravel pit on the Oak Ridges Moraine that, since last May, has become a repository for commercial fill — soil dug out from development sites across Greater Toronto.
- Created on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:29
Groups alarmed by new exemption under the Endangered Species Act
Leading conservation organizations are concerned that the McGuinty government has placed woodland caribou and its own North American-leading species legislation at risk by exempting a swath of industries from accountability under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The proposed exemption to the ESA announced yesterday will grant industries like forestry, mining and hydro full access to most of woodland caribou habitat despite the fact that the threatened species was listed as a “fast-track” species for habitat protection when the ESA was enacted in 2007.
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Everyone at Earthroots would like to thank our supporters, volunteers, activists and allies as we look back at some of the things we have accomplished together in 2010, and look forward to the work we have ahead in 2011.
If you haven't given recently, please consider making a charitable contribution through the secure services of CanadaHelps. Your renewed support will help Earthroots achieve new victories in wilderness, wildlife and watershed protection in the coming year.
Campaign Highlights 2010
1. Keeping Temagami Wild
By working closely with our partners in Temagami and garnering public support, the construction of the Sturgeon River Bridge - proposed by logging companies to clearcut virgin roadless forest in the Solace Wildlands area of Temagami’s western backcountry - was stopped. As a result, much of the proposed logging in the Solace Wildlands will not take place under the current Forest Management Plan. (Photo credit: Brian Back)
2. Defending the Oak Ridges Moraine
In collaboration with STORM (Save The Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition) and local activists, our coalition stopped the Fraserville water diversion proposal which threatened to create a dangerous precedent by piping protected Oak Ridges Moraine water to off-Moraine developments. This undertaking would have seen a development of nearly 700 homes, a golf course, 120 hectares of big box stores and the expansion of Kawartha Downs Casino - in an area with no existing infrastructure to support it. (Photo credit: socm.ca)
3. Preserving Grassy Narrows
Working with Grassy Narrows First Nation Earthroots convinced Domtar Corporation, North America’s largest copy paper producer, to commit to no logging in the Boreal Forest of Grassy Narrows’ million hectare traditional territory without the consent of the community. Grassy Narrows has vowed to never consent to clearcut logging. (Photo credit: Earthroots)
4. Protecting Our Water Resources
Earthroots helped mobilize over 500 people in two public protests to protect our water earlier this year. First the River Run March and Rally created a river of blue fabric and people flowing up to Queen’s Park to demand justice on mercury pollution, source water protection, and Indigenous rights. Then in October, as advocates for a provincial water strategy, we called for the protection of Our Water, Our Lives as we joined residents from across the GTA and the Oak Ridges Moraine in a toast to protecting local drinking water sources. (Photo credit: Gloria Ciberkoala)
These accomplishments give us much hope and determination as we look forward to another year on the frontlines of Ontario’s environmental movement. With your help we plan to close regulatory loopholes that are undermining water quality in the Greenbelt, work with Northern First Nations to protect watersheds and their drinking water sources in the Boreal Forest, increase the protection of the Eastern Wolf, train a new generation of environmental justice activists and continue our fight to keep Temagami wild.
We wish you and yours all the best for 2011 and hope that you will continue to take a stand with us in protecting the clean air, water, and the healthy ecosystems that we all depend on.
The Earthroots Team
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Conservation groups call for government action to protect wolves during National Wolf Awareness Week
(Toronto) Earthroots and the Canadian Wolf Coalition are calling on the government to address the serious threats that wolves face in Ontario. The groups are pressuring the government to implement wolf conservation strategies across the province and take long overdue protection measures for Eastern wolves, a threatened species.
“Ontarians are very lucky to have two distinct species of wolves in the province: the Gray wolf and the Eastern wolf. But this could change if the government continues to refuse to take further action.” remarks Sadie Parr, campaigner for the Canadian Wolf Coalition. “The only place Eastern wolves are doing well is within Algonquin Park where the establishment of a permanent buffer zone free from hunting and trapping effectively doubled the size of protected wolf habitat.”
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The Canadian Press
TORONTO - The Ontario legislature is a little water-logged today after activists brought their concerns about protecting the province's water — along with some jars of H2O.
Environmentalists, labour activists and human rights advocates were among those who rallied at the legislature during a rainy afternoon.
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Grassy Narrows renews boycott of Weherhaeuser products
Grassy Narrows – Less than five months after some logging companies and large environmental groups declared a truce to the “war in the woods” a remote Ontario First Nation is calling for renewed boycotts against Weyerhaeuser Corporation, one of North America’s largest lumber producers. In an open letter today to loggers, retailers and investors Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister states that “[w]e continue to call for the boycott and divestment of Weyerhaeuser Corporation due to their violation of our human rights as Indigenous Peoples.” The letter goes on to say that “[w]e will work with our supporters to promote, monitor, and enforce this position.”
- Created on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 18:37
On Thursday, October 14th, Earthroots, Council of Canadians, and STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) Coalition are organizing a water rally at Queen’s Park to urge our government to better manage, conserve, and protect our water resources. Keynote speakers will include renowned activist Maude Barlow.
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Today at Queen's Park, Ontario's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) Gord Miller, released his annual 2009-2010 report, "Redefining Conservation". The report is a thorough and critical examination of the government's current management policies for Ontario’s forests, watersheds, and wildlife. The 228 page document is full of caveats, using the International Year of Biodiversity as a way to fuse together the wide range of environmental challenges Ontario is facing. The focus of biodiversity loss being a crisis of global proportions is a critical backdrop for the unabated habitat loss and species decline in Ontario.
Commissioner Miller draws attention to long overdue documents that are essential in providing woodland caribou with the protection they need. "Not only are crucial elements missing, but the Caribou Conservation Plan is also vague and lacks concrete timelines and funding commitments," explains Earthroots Executive Director, Amber Ellis. "We hope that the ECO's report will spur the government to implement a comprehensive monitoring program while clarifying intact caribou habitat that will be protected from industrial development." The ECO report states, "The central pervading assumptions of the conservation plan are that development can be tweaked to mitigate disturbances and, at some point in the future, woodland caribou will re-occupy habitat that has been affected by development. In effect, this approach is a reiteration of the very status quo that has caused the northward range recession of woodland caribou."
- Created on Friday, 20 August 2010 22:17
In an unprecedented move Cavan Monaghan Council passed a motion on August 3rd to cease any consideration of diverting Oak Ridges Moraine sourced waters from the town of Millbrook’s wells to service a massive new development in Fraserville, representing a solid victory for the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Earlier this year Earthroots and STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) Coalition joined local citizens in the Millbrook area in their fight to stop this precedent setting proposal. A planned new community of approximately 700 houses, accompanied by a new golf course and 120 acres of new employment lands has been planned surrounding the existing Kawartha Downs Casino in Fraserville, Peterborough County. However, as Fraserville does not have adequate water resources to support this scale of development, the township’s council had been pushing forward an extremely controversial proposal to pipe Oak Ridges Moraine sourced waters 12 kilometers from Millbrook’s wells to service the casino and new development in Fraserville.