We are turning 20!

Oakvillegreen celebrates its 20 th Anniversary this year!

Oakvillegreen is celebrating its 20 year Anniversary!

20 years ago, Oakvillegreen was founded by a passionate group of Oakville residents who
worked to protect greenspace against the threat of new development in North Oakville. They
succeeded in protecting hundreds of acres and Oakville’s Natural Heritage System (NHS) was

Since then, Oakvillegreen’s members, volunteers and partners have acted as a proud, collective voice for Oakville’s environment:

  •  planting over 35,000 trees in partnership with the Town of Oakville
  • connecting 25,000 youth with nature at Oakville schools
  • engaging thousands of volunteers
  • advocating for the protection of greenspace, the strengthening of Oakville’s private tree protection bylaw, and the protection of many heritage trees

Let’s take more positive action together! There are LOTS of ways to help:

  • Sign up to receive Oakvillegreen’s e-newsletter for updates on events and local action
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  • Volunteer and take part in an Oakvillegreen stewardship or planting event
  • [DONATE TODAY] to help us continue the impact
  • Make a lasting change by sponsoring an entire “Depave” or Community Treeplanting event
  • Host a fundraiser with your community, company or school group and we will share the group’s pictures and story with our community.

For more information on how to help, contact Melanie at melanie.rose@oakvillegreen.org

Seasonal Allergies: Don’t blame goldenrod!

When allergy season comes around, people begin to blame goldenrod for their hay fever, when in fact, this plant is completely innocent! The bloom of the flamboyant goldenrod just so happens to coincide with the flowering of ragweed, the true plant to blame. 

Goldenrod vs. Ragweed:

Goldenrod is a highly beneficial native species of flower. Goldenrod has heavy grains of pollen, which have no other way of reaching another goldenrod flower except for the hard work of a pollinator. This plant completely relies on pollinators in order to reproduce, and in turn offers them a food source. The pollen from this flower has no way of reaching the human nose to cause allergies simply because it is too heavy to get there.

Ragweed, on the other hand, is a wind-pollinating plant, meaning that it’s pollen becomes air-borne and floats along the wind until it lands somewhere. Of course, the goal is to reach another ragweed plant and successfully reproduce, but this can be quite difficult due to the inaccuracy of wind-pollination. To make up for this, ragweed produces very high quantities of pollen, which irritate the noses of people with seasonal allergies.



Goldenrod, tends to shoulder the brunt of the blame for seasonal allergies, simply because it is visible. Below are photos of goldenrod and ragweed, and you can certainly see why goldenrod is the one that gets the bad rap.

Goldenrod, shown left, sports striking yellow flowers. The bright colouring is produced in order to attract insects to carry its pollen. Ragweed, shown right, blooms at the same time, but is barely noticeable. This is because ragweed has no incentive to spend energy on pigment; it doesn’t require the attention of any insect. Instead, it has small and discrete green flowerheads that release pollen. 

When the plants are not flowering, they can be identified by their leaf structure. Goldenrod has narrow, horizontal, grass like leaves. Ragweed has fern-like leaves similar to marigolds. 

Allergy-sufferers can safely grow goldenrod in their garden and have nothing to worry about if it is present near their home. Next time you see goldenrod, remember that it is not a pesky weed, but a beautiful flower that is beneficial to native pollinators. 


By Christine Macpherson


OPPOSE proposal by Nelson/Lafarge to blast 124 acre hole in the Escarpment ( Unesco World Biosphere Site) in Burlington

From our friends at PERL (Protect Escarpment Rural Lands)
Oakvillegreen stands in support of PERL and CORE Burlington www.coreburlington.com

Please write to the City of Burlington before August 21st, 2020. (contact info below)
Dear Lovers of the Niagara Escarpment,

PERL is again having to oppose a new attempt by Nelson / Lafarge Aggregate to open up two new below-the-water-table quarries on the Mount Nemo Plateau in Burlington, on some of the same lands that was Denied in 2012 by the Consolidated Joint Board, because of unacceptable ecological risks. Also, recall that the last 2004 Nelson Aggregate application was voted down by the NEC, Halton Region, City of Burlington, and Conservation Halton.
The Niagara Escarpment can not be subjected to yet more open-pit mining, with already over 40 licensed quarries in its ecologically sensitive backbone. The environmental carnage to our most sensitive natural heritage treasures has to stop. There already are 25 licensed pits & quarries within 50 km of Burlington. Halton Region alone has 22 active pits & quarries, extracting ~7 million tonnes of aggregate per year, one of the largest aggregate mining Municipalities in Ontario. With an estimated 50 years of licensed aggregate supply in Ontario, we don’t need another quarry.
We are still reviewing the 19 Nelson Aggregate reports / studies, and have yet to hire technical peer review Experts. Thus far we have major concerns with groundwater quality and supply, species at risk, air quality & dust, surface water quality and supply, final rehabilitation, importation of construction waste fill, loss of more prime agricultural lands, heavy truck safety and speeds, blasting, and noise.
We are asking that you, your organization, write letters of opposition. Hundreds expressed their opposition to mining out the Niagara Escarpment last time. We are counting on you again.

We ask that send you send your written input opposing the new Nelson Aggregate Quarry application by August 21st to:

Department of Community Planning, City of Burlington

P.O. Box 5013, 426 Brant St.
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Attn: Brynn Nheiley
Phone: 905 335 7642
Email: Brynn.Nheiley@burlington.ca

PLEASE copy us on your email so that we may keep track of the submissions for a likely future Consolidated Joint Board appeals process at rjgoulet1@gmail.com

Please see the attached document for the official City of Burlington notice.

Thank you, be well.

Roger Goulet

PERL Executive Director