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Bee Health Report is reason to comment on neonicotinoids
Plant exchanges at Libraries
April 15 through 26 London Clean and Green

April 17 Food Not Lawns Meeting
April 26 Friends of the Coves Clean Up Day
April 26 London Clean Up Day
April 26 Ingersoll Earth Day with speaker Maude Barlow
April 30 Living in the Heart of Gaia

May 2, 3, and 4 London Artists' Studio Tours

May 3 Compost Value Day
May 9 Pick up date for trees ordered thru FNL project
May 9 & 10 Mother's Day Plant Sale
May 10 Beacock Library plant exchange

May 14 Sarah Elton reads from new book, Consumed
May 22 Biodiversity Day!
May 22 Carolinian Canada AGM and events
May 24 March Against Monsanto
May 28 Heal the Earth One Garden at a Time
May 28 A New Cosmological Story
June 7 Gathering on the Green
June 16-22, 2014 Pollinator Week
Oct 4 Celebration event of St. Francis
October 11, 2014 Day of the Girl


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Ontario Bee Health report is a reason to comment about neonicotinoid pesticides

The overdue report (http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/beehealthworkinggroupreport.pdf) by the Ontario Bee Health Working Group (http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/beehealthworkinggroup.htm) was published on March 19/14.  It does not recommend a moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides

CGL News page has National Farmers Union comment and links you can use to send in comment: CGL News

Plant exchanges at Libraries

The new ACCESS is out at your local public library. Check to find out when the plant exchanges are near you. Listings of individual dates and locations will go up on this site as soon as webkeeper gets this fiddly task done :-).

London Public Library programs page: http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/programs


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London Ontario Clean and Green! 12 days of cleaning

April 15 through April 26 - http://www.cleangreen.london.ca/

For 19 years, London's Environment Services has worked with London neighbourhoods, organizations, and businesses to expand the spirit of Earth Day (April 22) and environment issues into the 12 days it's become.

The London Clean and Green website will give you all the programs and locations, and suggestions for such as:
- clearing out your closet or garage - think charities, and church rummage sales
- safe disposing of tires, electronics or medications safely
- sending building materials for re-use
- environmentally friendly cleaning
- water and other resource use

Food Not Lawns London meeting

Food Not Lawns London meeting

Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
East Village Artists Co-op, 757 Dundast Street

Our monthly meetings are planning sessions where we discuss upcoming projects, current issues, finances, admin, communications, and follow-up from past or ongoing projects. This is something to attend if you are interested in getting involved with Food Not Lawns on an organizational planning level.
We are all volunteers, and people contribute as much or as little as is comfortable for them. Anyone who shares our vision and values is welcome to attend and contribute!
Please refrain from using or wearing scented products, including essential oils, to respect attendees with chemical sensitivities.
Send agenda items to Heather as brief descriptions (ready to copy-and-paste) with the subject line: "For FNLLC Agenda."

Food Not Lawns London : http://www.foodnotlawnslondoncanada.org

Friends of the Coves clean up day

Saturday, April 26/14, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
meet at north end of Greenside Avenue Parking Lot

The Mission of Friends of the Coves is the protection, conservation and wise stewardship of The Coves Subwatershed of London, Ontario.  Check out their website for the history and programs, actions and achievements of the hard-working people involved with Friends of the Coves.     

This event can be used by highschool students for volunteer hours. To inquire:  519-439-1922
Main Friends of the Coves website:  www.thecoves.ca        email: friendsof thecoves@gmail.com

London Clean Up Day

Check the London Clean and Green website for events and locations - or just get out into your own yard or a messy place you know about and pick up the trash and recycleables.

There are 9 community locations to pick up supplies and to drop off litter.

And, apparently, there are ways for students to use their volunteer time on clean-up projects towards their high school credits.

Check out London Clean and Green website: http://www.londoncleangreen.ca for more info.

Maude Barlow speaking at "River Runs Through Us" Earth Day events in Ingersoll

Saturday, April 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. is speakers series - held in Ingersoll Arena, 97 Mutual Street South

Maude Barlow (keynote speaker) George Henry, Ted Comiskey and Steve McSwiggen

sponsored by OPAL ALLIANCE (Oxford People Against the Landfill) ... morning event is a clean up of the Thames River, speakers in the afternoon, with a walk to Limehouse Gate, and a dance in the evening. Second appearance of the Water Snake.

For Londoners, there will be a ride pool from 193 Duchess Ave.  RSVP - 519-601-2053 leave at 11:00 am ... Thanks to London branch of Council of Canadians: londoncouncilofcanadians.ca for forwarding this event item.


The World of Wonder: Living in the Heart of Gaia

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - free
The Circle Women's Centre, Brescia College, 1285 Western Road, London (519-432-8353, ext. 28288)

How do we shift consciousness from one of ‘the right to exploit’ everything, to one of Wonder and celebration of this sacred world? Where we see Earth as guardian, teacher, healer, the source of human inspiration - the Great Mother - the supremely nourishing principle. 

This workshop explores how to enter the heart of Gaia, listen to natural law, and receive from Her the psychic power we humans need to confidently, joyously and compassionately participate in the great Transition we are in the midst of. 

“To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe -- to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it -- is a wonder beyond words.” ― Joanna Macy

Offered by: The Circle Women's Centre & WomanEarth: Ecological Being
Facilitators: Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera, Sheila Horrell, Francis Abley and guests

London Ontario Artists' Studio Tours

Friday, May 2, 2014  ...  7 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014  ...  10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, May 4, 2014  ...  noon - 5 pm

Pick the artists whose work you'd like to see, and plan at least part of your weekend around wonderful art and friendly people!  This is a great event!  Hope you enjoy yourself!

For complete information about the London artists studio tour, times, artists and bios, and a map: http://londonstudiotour.ca/

Compost Value Day

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - exact times and locations to come

Compost Value Day is organized by London Composts, an environmental partnership of businesses, non-profit organizations and local government working collectively to raise awareness of:

The compost sold on Compost Value Day is made from the City's leaf and yard materials collection program. Proceeds go to the non-profit organizations that provide volunteers on the day: London & Area Food Bank
Boys and Girls Club, St. Leonard's Society, Thames Region Ecological Association, London Composts,
Community Garden Project

In May 2012 over $10,000 was raised for the charities involved, by selling over 150 tonnes of compost!!!!

London Compost Partners: City of London, Boys and Girls Club, London & Area Food Bank, London Community Resource Centre, Amway, Thames Region Ecological Association, Try Recycling, 2cg Inc., my green workplace

Pick up Date for Pre-ordered Fruit and Nut Trees

When: May 9th, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: London Food Co-Operative Store at 621 Princess Ave.

Check on the Food Not Lawns website for information about this project!! (or CGL News item)

This is the day to pick up the fruit or nut tree you have pre-ordered/paid for from Silver Creek Nursery and Whiffle Tree Farm and Nursery, and directed them to deliver it to the London Food Co-operative store.
Food Not Lawns London Canada collaborated with the nurseries to have them waive delivery changes.
Information about this at:  Food Not Lawns or the News item on CGL

Don't forget!  When you get your tree, register it with ReForest London's Million Tree Challenge

Spring Plant Exchange at Beacock Library

Saturday, May 10, 2-4 p.m., Beacock Library, 1280 Huron Street, London. ph. 519-451-8140

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs and plants to exchange with other gardeners. Please label plants. A master gardener may be on site to answer your gardening questions.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Food Not Lawns

Friday, May 9, 12:00pm - 7:00pm and Saturday, May 10, 8:00am - 4:00pm
London Food Co-op, 621 Princess Ave, London

Food Not Lawns London Canada Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Keep an eye on the FNL website for more details, other events, a blog, information, project opportunities, and all sorts of great stuff!

Saturday, May 17, 8:00am – 12:00pm
London/Fanshawe Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale
Location: 800 Fanshawe Park Road, London, Ontario
(Eastern Star Temple, between Trossacks Ave and Adelaide St N.)
Public welcome!

Author Reading - Sarah Elton - reading from new book Consumed

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Landon Library, 167 Wortley Road, London, Ontario

Join Sarah Elton as she reads from her new work Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet (HarperCollins, 2013). Elton travels the world to examine the threats our planet is facing regarding the production of food and what is being done to secure the future. She has a regular gig with CBC radio, and writes for many publications.  Visit Sarah's website at: http://sarahelton.ca/
Co-sponsored by The London Public Library and Oxford Book Shop. Book sales and signing following the reading.
Oxford Book Shop - an independent Canadian book retailer, 262 Piccadilly, just east of Richmond: 519-438-8336.

(webkeeper's note: Sarah's earlier book, Locavore: from farmers' fields to rooftop gardens - how Canadians are changing the way we eat, is also really worth reading!  She's great to listen to.  Go!)

London/Fanshawe Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 17, 8:00am – 12:00pm
800 Fanshawe Park Road, London, Ontario
(Eastern Star Temple, between Trossacks Ave and Adelaide St N.)

London/Fanshawe Horticultural Society: http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/fanshawe

World Biodiversity Day - Year of Island Biodiversity

May 22, 2014 - for more information - http://www.cbd.int/idb/

Carolinian Canada Coalition Annual General Meeting and Awards 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014  
Canada Southern Railway Station,  St. Thomas, Ontario

Join in the Celebration of 30 Years of Significant Conservation ... and it falls on World Biodiversity Day!
Co-Hosted by Conservation Ontario

Since 1984, Carolinian Canada Coalition (CC), now a registered charity, has been a leading ecoregional group in Canada. Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario is among North America's most vibrant and fragile ecoregions. CCC brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario's unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations.

March Against Monsanto

Saturday, May, 24, 1:30 p.m. in Victoria Park, London, Ontario

May 24/14 ... there'll be lots of Marches Against Monsanto. Join in here in London!

The Facebook page for London's March Against Monsanto group is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/March-Against-Monsanto-London-Ontario-Canada/458582964218191

Heal the Earth One Garden at a Time

Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Creating Communities to Change the World: Heal the Earth One Garden at a Time

Permaculture is not simply a way for individuals to design their spaces. It also has many applications for communities. Learn about some exciting permaculture-inspired community projects from around the world including in London! Discuss possibilities for your own neighbourhoods and communities.

The Next Transition - A New Cosmological Story

May 28 - The Next Transition - A New Cosmological Story

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Circle Women's Centre, Brescia College, 1285 Western Road, London (519-432-8353, ext. 28288)

In the midst of formidable challenges - climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, social inequities, unrestrained militarism - we are being called to the next stage of evolutionary history.  The human community has the capacity now to realize our intrinsic unity in the midst of enormous diversity and most especially, our place within this 4.6 billion years of Earth history.
In this workshop we will explore the ‘shifts of consciousness’ and values that are emerging from the new sciences, giving us a new transformational cosmological story. One which integrates and engages humans in the creation of a world that honors the sacredness of all Life. 

“The earth was once molten rock and now sings operas.” ― Brian Swimme 

Offered by: The Circle Women's Centre & WomanEarth: Ecological Being
Facilitators: Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera, Sheila Horrell, Francis Abley and guests

Gathering on the Green

Celebrate Old South Community Organization's 40th Anniversary at Gathering on the Green 2014!
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On the Village Green - old Normal School (Wortley Road and Elmwood Avenue)

The Gathering features local entertainers, an all day BBQ, Charlotte's Tea Garden, Dunk Tank, Silent Auction, craft and plant vendors, representatives from community and environmental organizations and more.

Gathering on the Green is a free event run by volunteers and supported by the Old South Community Organization and local businesses. Proceeds from the day are donated to projects and organizations in Old South.

Vendor Information
Craft table space is available to local craftspeople that enjoy their craft as a hobby from their home, not from a place of business. The craft must not be their main source of income and must be made by the crafter themselves.
The vendor application form can be submitted as of April 1 to Curiosities Gift Shop, 174 Wortley Road, London.

The schedule of events will be posted as the information becomes available.

For the answers to all of your questions about Gathering on the Green 2014
email: OSCOgatheringontheGreen@gmail.com

Pollinator Week - June 16 - 22, 2014

Monday, June 16 thorugh Sunday, June 22, 2014
tba: celebrations and activities being organized by Londoners will be added as we find out

Through the work of environment and gardening organizations around the world, a celebration of the services - gifts really! - provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other insects is celebrated - June 16 - 22, 2014.  Pollination Week originated by decree of the U.S. Senate, in 2007, and has spread far beyond U.S. borders; the U.S.-based Pollinator Partnership, http://www.pollinator.org is an active supporter.

Pollination Canada is a partner program of Seeds of Diversity
- http://www.pollinationcanada.ca/ - offers a website of information about pollination and pollinators - pollinator profiles
- carries news items about education and advocacy campaigns
- will list your local celebration of pollinators
- has resources for teachers
- links to many resources, including a neat one about

there were Pollination Week events in London, Ontario last year ... check out this Food Not Lawns London Canada note: http://foodnotlawnslondoncanada.blogspot.ca/2013/07/thank-you-to-all-who-helped-for-world.html

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2014 - a Saturday this year

St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor, and his love of animals and nature. He founded the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans. On his feast day, some churches welcome their parishioners with animals for a blessing of animals ... of all kinds. Watch for a celebration this year, 2014.

Day of the Girl

11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

For more information on UNICEF’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit: http://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_66021.html

For more information on UN Women’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit:
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