Thank you for writing to share your concerns about the future of Saw Whet golf course with the Mayor and Council over the past few weeks. Last week Council passed two important resolutions moving us closer to significantly protecting the Merton Lands. The first motion directs legal counsel to “attend the OMB proceedings to oppose the applications as being premature and not in the public interest using an evidentiary based approach“. The second motion directs staff to “schedule a public meeting as soon as possible to consider an Official Plan amendment which would designate the publicly owned lands in the Merton Study area with the appropriate natural heritage designation, thereby ensuring that the Town does not lose the opportunity afforded by the ten year review of the Greenbelt Plan.”
A Provincial Town Hall consultation meeting about the Greenbelt Plan and related provincial plans is happening this Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Milton Banquet Hall – 3090 Steeles Ave. W. from 6pm-9pm. Another meeting is planned for Oakville but so far no date has been set. More details about the co-ordinated land use planning review can be found at the website of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Stay tuned for updates from us about how you can participate in this consultation process.
Thanks also to the over 600 residents who came out last Tuesday night to a community meeting to learn how they could voice their concerns about the future of the Saw Whet Golf Course lands.
Speakers included the Mary Elizabeth Carley, the daughter of George and Janet Atkins, who grew up on the farmland around Saw Whet. The Bronte Oak was once in her front yard!
Shaniah Leduc, VP of the Fourteen Mile Creek Residents’ Association, emphasized that it’s not a done deal yet and encouraged folks to come forward at the OMB.
Oakvillegreen’s President, Karen Brock, spoke about the environmentally sensitive features in the area and their uniqueness in an urban setting, and outlined concerns about impacts that development can have on Fourteen Mile Creek and the valley land’s habitat and inhabitants.
Councillors Allan Elgar & Roger Lapworth MC’d throughout the evening. Mayor Burton fielded numerous questions from the audience. Linda Elgar, Renee Sandalowsky & Iris McGee worked hard to ensure the meeting was well organized and well attended.
Those who feel that that the proposed development is not in the best interest of the community are encouraged to present this view to the OMB by registering on May 1st at 10 am at the Town Hall pre-hearing to be “participants” at the October hearing.
We are building a Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden just outside the main entrance of Glen Abbey Community Centre this spring!
We will be transforming a grassy boulevard into a thriving pollinator garden, demonstrating that even a small patch of earth can become an ecologically diverse habitat which supports pollinators and brings the community together to make our Town healthier and greener. Oakvillegreen’s Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden has been developed in partnership with the Town of Oakville and will be maintained by volunteer garden stewards.
Monarch population declines and honey bee losses in recent years are startling! Rather than feeling overwhelmed with all the bad news about pollinators, we hope you will be inspired by our demonstration garden to take action on your own property. Plant native shrubs and flowers that are beneficial for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
The Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden will be planted on May 10th beginning at 10 am. If you are interested in volunteering to plant and maintain the garden, please complete our volunteer registration form.
If you can’t help plant our garden, you can still support the project when you shop at Whole Foods!
For the months of April, May and June, when you bring a reusable bag to Whole Foods in Oakville you can choose to donate your 10 cent per bag refund to Oakvillegreen to help our garden grow!
Join us in the store this Saturday April 18th from 12-2pm for a “Party for the Pollinators” and learn more about native plants and pollinators in Oakville!
More on Whole Foods Pollinator programs here.
Amongst Oakville’s many trails and green spaces, 14 Mile Creek stands out as an important urban river valley with upstream connections to headwater features such as groundwater recharge areas, ephemeral streams and wetlands.
Oakvillegreen invites you to join us for a hike along 14 Mile Creek, in partnership with the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and the Greenbelt Foundation. Join us Saturday, April 18th at 9:45 am at Langtry Park parking lot (near Third Line and Kings College, just north of the QEW).
The Hike will be a fun outdoor adventure and help people obtain a better understanding of why headwater features are important. As noted by the Ontario Headwaters Institute’s Andrew McCammon, “Headwaters are the foundation of our watersheds and nurture more biodiversity than any other type of habitat in Ontario”.
The hike also aims to encourage participants to get involved in the 2015 Greenbelt Review currently underway. “We hope that when people see the beauty of 14 Mile Creek and witness threats influencing our headwaters and urban river valleys, they will be inspired to voice their support for strong and expanded Greenbelt protection of our urban river valleys”, explained Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc., Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri.
A new Provincial Town Hall meeting for the provincial government to hear from residents about the Greenbelt and related provincial plans was recently announced for Oakville. This consultation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at White Oaks Secondary School on McCraney St. from 6-9pm.
The hike is one of a series of ten Headwater Hikes across the Greenbelt developed in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and 19 regional partners.. More information on the role that headwaters play in the Greenbelt, and other Hikes, can be found at: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/