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Announcing ‘Discover Your Creek’ and Oakville Environmental Fund Grant

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Oakville's 14 mile creek
14 Mile Creek, Oakville


Oakville’s urban river valleys, including the Sixteen Mile Creek, Bronte Creek and Fourteen Mile Creek Valley, are special places. Wherever you live in Oakville, you are never very far from stepping into nature to take a hike through valley forests, enjoy a creekside picnic or cycle along kilometers of valley trails. Living adjacent to these creeks means we all have a big role to play in caring for them! We think caring for nature and stewardship begins with discovery. This is why we are launching a new program aimed at getting people out into, learning about and helping to care for our urban river valleys and watersheds! 

Oakvillegreen gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation) for the Discover Your Creek program.  


Excited? So are we! Stay tuned for these upcoming events and projects:

  • A DISCOVER YOUR CREEK photography contest
  • An online resource guide about our urban river valleys and their values and benefits
  • On-the-ground Creek Stewardship volunteer opportunities where you can help care for your creek
  • Oakville’s First ‘Discover Your Creek’ Crawl – an adventure-filled day of creek discovery activities!


We will be exploring the hidden treasures of Sixteen Mile Creek on a leisurely ‘Tour de Trees’ bike ride, in partnership with Cycle Oakville, along the trail system of Sixteen Mile Creek. The ride departs from Lion’s Valley Park parking lot on June 13th at 10:00 am and will returning to the same parking lot by 12 noon. (Lions Valley Park Road is off the south side of Dundas St. west of Neyagawa Blvd.). For more details see: Everyone is welcome and the ride is suited to all ages and skill levels!

Also on June 27th from 8am to 2pm, you can #DISCOVERYOURCREEK at Oakville’s new Farmers’ Market at Centennial Square (Navy Street & Lakeshore). Children of all ages are encouraged to join us to learn about creek critters, help create creek-inspired art out of natural materials or shape their own clay creek creature. Stay tuned for updates on more Discover Your Creek events!


Glen Abbey Pollinator Demonstration Garden Installed!

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We recently installed this lovely Pollinator Demonstration Garden just outside the front entrance of the Glen Abbey Community Centre! We hope you’ll stop in for a visit and check back often during the growing season to see the various native plants in bloom. The garden is meant to inspire and instruct. Native plants are critical for pollinators and other biodiversity and they CAN easily be incorporated into our own yards to create beautiful, interesting and tidy gardens. We hope you’ll join us to re-nature your yard! 2015-05-10 at 12-32-20


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We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Town of Oakville and Whole Foods Oakville for their financial support for this project. We also thank all our volunteers, including the girls from CAGIS Oakville and the girl guides from the 19th and 36th Oakville Guide Units and their families for helping us install our garden.

The Glen Abbey Pollinator Demonstration Garden contains the following plants:


  • New Jersey Tea – Ceanothus americana
  • Nannyberry – Viburnum lentago
  • Alternate-leaf Dogwood – Cornus alternifolia
  • Black Chokeberry – Aronia melanocarpa


  • Black Eyed Susan – Rudbeckia hirta
  • Big Leaf Blue Aster – Aster macrophyllus
  • Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
  • Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis
  • Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
  • Lanceleaf Coreopsis – Coreopsis lanceolata


  • Indian Grass – Sorghastrum nutans

2015-05-10 at 10-21-52Volunteer Garden Stewards are needed to check up on our Glen Abbey Pollinator Demonstration Garden throughout the season. For a full list of duties and to sign up to be a Volunteer Garden Steward, please click on this link

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Greenbelt & Growth Plan Comments Due May 28th

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Dear Oakvillegreen members and supporters,

Please add your voices to others around Ontario that are responding to the 2015 Coordinated Land Use Review with appeals for healthy agricultural land, protected natural systems and resilient urban centres before May 28th.

Below you will find sample letter text produced by the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Environmental Defence.

Please modify or add to this text and submit your letter to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry: Ontario Environmental Registry (Registry #012-3256).

You can also email your comments to and cc us at


Subject: Comments on Coordinated Land Use Planning Review

Dear Government of Ontario,

These comments are directed towards the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review currently taking place.

First, I urge that this Review should achieve the following goals:

  • protect and enhance the Greenbelt
  • reduce greenhouse gas pollution
  • create resilient communities that are prepared for climate change.

Therefore, I support changes to the four Acts being reviewed if they meet one or more of these above goals.

More specifically, I urge the Government to update relevant legislation to:

  • Enhance the health of ecological lands in the Greenbelt. We rely on these lands for our fresh air and clean water. These lands are also are important green infrastructure to help us prepare for climate change.
  • Enhance the ability of local farmers to make a living by allowing for small, agricultural business that aligns with the goals of the Greenbelt. We need Greenbelt farmers to make a decent living so that they continue supplying us with local food which we will increasingly rely on climate change causes droughts in places that now supply us with food.
  • Make sure that future development in cities around the Greenbelt is close to excellent transit and other infrastructure. To reduce air and greenhouse pollution and resource extraction that harms the Greenbelt we need smarter development and infrastructure that attracts smarter development. For example, that means better and more affordable transit.
  • Grow the Greenbelt into urban river valleys. Rivers that start in the Greenbelt flow through our cities into Lake Ontario. The lands around these rivers should all have the same level of protection to ensure these ecological lands are protected and resilient. This will become especially important as severe weather events caused by climate change impact these lands.
  • Do not allow any rural and/or natural lands to be designated “urban” over the next 10 years. We don’t need any more urban sprawl. Instead, we need developers and municipalities to build smart neighbourhoods in existing cities.This reduces greenhouse gas pollution and builds cities that are ready for climate change.
  • Do not build infrastructure that will harm the Greenbelt. The proposed GTA West Highway and the 407 East are examples of infrastructure that would degrade the Greenbelt and create more greenhouse gas and air pollution. Instead, we should be building 21st Century infrastructure that moves people and goods without harming our air and lands.
  • Do not shrink the Greenbelt. Some developers want access to lands that are now part of the Greenbelt simply to make money. That’s not a good enough reason. The Greenbelt is an important source for local food and for ecological services such as fresh air and clean water, which will become increasingly important as the climate changes. Rather, the Government should consider expanding the Greenbelt by including even more farmland and natural spaces.

I look forward to seeing the proposed changes that will come out of this Coordinated Review in the Fall. Thank you for the opportunity to share my comments.

Regards, Your Name Here


Dear Government of Ontario,

These comments are directed towards the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review currently taking place.

Ten years ago the provincial growth plans were enacted with the promise of stopping sprawl and protecting, restoring and enhancing our farmland, water and nature. Over the years, I’ve seen how these plans can be improved to support smarter growth. I urge you to strengthen the Growth Plan and Greenbelt Plan. Please act to:

1. Support efficient growth in urban growth centres by enforcing or increasing targets for intensification while aligning growth with existing water, road and sewer capacity in towns and villages outside of the urban growth centres.

2. Address climate change by putting a meaningful price on carbon that will reduce our emissions, and create a fund for public transit and provide incentives for energy efficient buildings and green infrastructure.

3. Expand the Greenbelt to include additional prime agricultural land and natural heritage systems and ensure complete mapping of these system for the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe.

4. Freeze urban boundaries for the next 10 years. There is more than enough land set aside by municipalities to accommodate forecasted population growth for the Greater Golden Horseshoe beyond 2031. We don’t need to keep sprawling over our farmland.

5. Better align the Growth Plan with the Big Move transit plan objectives permitting higher densities within 2 km of transit hubs in urban growth centres and provide multiple ways to access transit hubs, including cycling, walking and driving.

6. Foster healthy communities by requiring active transportation plans in urban growth centres.

7. Improve the flow of people and goods across the region by prioritizing investment in transit, rail, and existing highways over new highways so that the transportation network better serves and reinforces smart growth rather than sprawl.

Sincerely, Your Name Here