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Companies that Plant Together…

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For another Fall planting season, we were happy to welcome corporate volunteer teams from KMInnovations (now VelocityEHS) of Oakville and UPS Customer Solutions Department.

At both planting locations the teams helped to mulch existing plantings and add new native trees and shrubs. The riparian areas that these volunteers targeted – in the floodplain along Taplow Creek and the southern portion of Bronte Creek – protect our neighbourhoods from the impacts of flooding!

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The team from KMInnovations of Oakville (now VelocityEHS)!
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UPS Customer Solutions Department volunteer team planting at Shell Park.

We thank both of these hardworking teams for their many combined years of environmental TLC! Great work teams!

We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (www.theocf.org).

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Learning through ‘Discover Your Creek’ Watershed Workshops

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 We were very happy this Fall to be able to offer a unique hands-on learning and community greening opportunity to several elementary and highschool classes in Oakville.

As part of our Discover Your Creek project, students and teachers from Ecole Secondaire Gaetan Gervais, Forest Trail Elementary, and Iroquois Ridge Secondary School headed outside to Oakville’s creeks and urban river valleys to learn first-hand about the issues facing their local watershed. Students learned about the important role floodplains and riparian* vegetation play in protecting water quality, slowing down stormwater runoff and providing ecological habitat and enhancing biodiversity. Several classes joined us to PLANT more than 180 native trees and shrubs, as well as  spread MULCH in nearby creek riparian areas. 

Riparian – the interface between land and a river or stream. Plants along the river margins and banks of a stream are called riparian vegetation. The extent, diversity and quality of riparian vegetation affects the ecological health of our urban watercourses.

If you’re interested in having our education staff visit your school for a presentation, nature walk, or workshop, please see our Education Programs and contact us at programs@oakvillegreen.ca.

Oakvillegreen gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (www.theocf.org).

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The team from Ecole Secondaire Gaétan-Gervais planting trees adjacent to Wellspring Stormwater Management Pond.

 

 

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Get Yourself to the Polls!

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Polls are open! We hope you take the time today to vote!

An engaged resident, Julie, of Georgetown, who inspired us with her lawn-free, pollinator garden this spring, sent us a lovely email we’d like to repost here to give you some more incentive to get out and vote today:

“Earth’s human population has surpassed the 7 billion mark. Ponder for a moment what billions of us are doing every day. We fill the air we need to breathe, the ground where we grow our food, our food
itself and the water we need to drink with toxins. We burn combustibles continuously to get around, so we don’t have to do labour ourselves or so that we are never too hot or too cold. We then tell scientists to find out why so many people have asthma, cancer, autoimmune disorders and numerous other diseases. But we already know the answers, don’t we?

If your child tried to:

– eat fruit plucked from a vat of pesticides
– drink from the water downstream of a factory farm or
– walk into a closed garage where a car had been running

you would stop them, because they were in immediate danger. If you consider that Earth is essentially a closed system, at what point will the cumulative effects of these toxins change from imminent danger into immediate danger? Think about how many people you personally know who are ill, as compared to when you were young. So why are we waiting until our children are counted amongst these statistics?

On October 19th, we all have the opportunity to cast our vote. A vote for healthy food, clean water, public health care and serious action on climate change.

There are many groups that have compiled the federal party positions on all these vital topics.

Here are a few to get you started:

FOOD

The World Health Organization has listed glyphosate, a pesticide used on most genetically modified crops, as a probable carcinogen. They have also posted a report from Argentinian physicians

which correlates genetically modified crops and glyphosate with increased incidents of birth defects, miscarriages, toxic liver disease, neurological developmental problems in children, kidney failure, respiratory problems, and allergies. Glyphosate is sprayed on many non-organic food crops, particularly ones that are genetically modified.

Party positions on genetically modified organisms :

http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Election-2015/What-is-Party-Policy-on-GMOs

WATER

Your Guide to Water and the Federal Election:

http://canadians.org/blog/h2o-elxn42-your-guide-water-and-federal-election

HEALTH CARE

The Ontario Health Coalition website has a chart detailing the federal parties’ positions on 4 key health care issues, which are to: sign the Health Accord, stop privatization, create a national drug program (pharmacare) and improve senior’s care.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Environmental Defense and Équiterre posted the following report on the federal parties’ positions on climate change:

http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/will-canada-finally-tackle-climate-challenge-updated-comparison-federal-parties%E2%80%99-positions-c

Think about our children’s earnest, shining little faces as they recycle, turn off lights, plant nature gardens and trees, certain that they are helping save the world. And tonight, when you peek in on your sleeping children, please think about the following: Their innocent, peaceful slumber is due to their belief that we will do anything to protect them. Let’s vote to make their beliefs a reality.  Sincerely, Julie Power”