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Golden Horseshoe Six Encourages Province to Strengthen EBR

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Six Golden Horseshoe Environmental Groups Join Forces to Encourage Ontario to Strengthen our Environmental Bill of Rights

14040131_1776241862591353_1247610999288386125_nOakvillegreen is joining forces with five other environmental groups in Hamilton and Halton, including Environment Hamilton, BurlingtonGreen, MiltonGreen Environmental Association, the Halton Environmental Network, and the Hamilton Blue Dot Committee, to encourage the Ontario government to strengthen the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), to recognize and protect citizens’ rights to a healthy environment.

The EBR, legislation passed in 1993 that outlines environmental rights in the province, is currently under review. The Golden Horseshoe Six are telling Ontario to not waste this important chance to give every Ontario resident the legal tools they need to protect their rights to clean air and water, safe food, a stable climate and healthy ecosystems. The six groups are calling on their communities in Halton and Hamilton to show their support for a stronger EBR by going to http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/ontario-ebr-review and telling the Ontario Government that they want substantive environmental rights in Ontario!

More on this call to action here.

The Blue Dot movement, a national campaign to advance legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment, launched in 2015 by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice, has mobilized tens of thousands of Canadians to urge their governments to take action to recognize every human’s right to clean air, clean water, clean earth, clean energy. More than 130 municipalities, including Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Milton, and over 50 others in Ontario, have passed declarations in support of this movement.

The Golden Horseshoe Six, the Halton and Hamilton unified groups supporting this initiative will be joining Dr. David Suzuki at Queen`s Park on October 18th, to raise awareness of their urgent request to legally establish citizens’ rights to a healthy environment for today and for generations to come.

For more information in Oakville contact:

Giuliana Casimirri, Executive Director, Oakvillegreen Consrvation Association, Tel: 289-813-1568 Email: ed@oakvillegreen.org

 

Join our Board of Directors!

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Care about restoring and protecting nature where you live? Want to create a greener community? Put your financial and business skills to work to make a difference with innovative environmental work going on right in your own community. Join our Board of Directors!

Oakvillegreen is currently seeking a Board Treasurer. 

More details on this role here: Be Our Board Treasurer!

TO APPLY: Send a brief statement of interest including your qualifications (max 300 words) to president@oakvillegreen.org. We will begin to review applications on October 1st, 2016 until a suitable candidate is selected.

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Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (OCA) is a non-profit advocacy environmental organization with a 15-year history of protecting and enhancing nature and promoting a green Oakville. OCA has achieved success in advocating for natural heritage system planning, urban forest protection, a natural trails plan and against an incinerator, cosmetic pesticide use and new developments in natural areas. We have engaged thousands of volunteers in enhancing local parks and green spaces and have planted over 20,000 trees and shrubs. In collaboration with municipal, corporate and community partners, OCA volunteers plant native trees and shrubs and steward over 50 sites in Oakville. We connect diverse audiences in the community to nature through presentations, hands-on stewardship events, workshops, guided hikes and cycle tours. Our free, grade K to 12, curriculum-connected school programs, are delivered to thousands of students each year.

We strive to create a LIVING Oakville, with restored nature and a community connected to nature!

 

TreeKeepers Update #15

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That’s a wrap!

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As TreeKeepers wraps up for the summer here are some of the highlights:

  • 361 volunteers participated in OakvilleTreeKeepers events.
  • 826 volunteer hours were dedicated to planting trees, removing Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.17.49 AMinvasive species, and attending stewardship training sessions.
  • 976 native trees and shrubs were planted.
  • 3 Town of Oakville pick-up truck beds + 64 medium to large sized stems of buckthorn were removed.
  • 91 bags of garlic mustard were removed.

Funding for TreeKeepers summer programming provided by the Oakville Community Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 10.18.15 AMOakvilleTreeKeepers will continue this fall, so be sure to contact us if there’s a natural area in your neighbourhood that needs some TLC.

 

 

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