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*****January 25!! Final date to comment on draft paper of Ontario Pollinator Health Strategy


Tues. January 20/15 - Monarchs in Peril
Mon. Jan. 26 - Co-ops Not Capitalism

January 27/15 Restoring Nature


Jan 29 - Feb 1 - Guelph Organic Conference
February 2015 - 3 more Nature in the City talks
Feb 3 Winterized Insects
Feb. 9 - The Dirt on Organic Farming

Feb 10 Celebration of Bats


Feb. 11/15 'Til the Cows Come Home
Feb 17 - Medway Valley Heritage Forest
Feb. 23 - Consequences of 20 years of GMOs
Feb 28 and March 1 Permaculture: the path to regenerative design
March 7/15 Seedy Saturday
March 15/15 Pollination Symposium in Guelph
March 17 to May 5 or March 19 to May 7, 2015...seed to table garden course
April 18 Go Wild Grow Wild expo

 

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** Please! Comment on Ontario Pollinator Health Strategy by January 25/15 **

The Ontario Government has made some proposals on how to help pollinator health.  Your comments are important to strengthen both the overall pollinator health aspects of this paper, and to affirm that they are on the right track in reducing the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in agriculture. (One recomendation in the strategy is to reduce the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soy seed, by 80% of seed used.) 

If you are concerned about pollinator health and habitat, please read the paper and comment.

Public input sessions have been held and farm and environment groups have met with representatives of the Agriculture and Environment ministries, both of which are sponsoring this proposal.  But your comments will be counted.

A direct link to the environment registry and comment page: here

If you find the page confusing, email comments or questions to: pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca

The paper is here, Pollinator Health: A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario session in London.

CGL Webkeeper Maureen's comment: The paper is divided into two sections: overall pollinator health, and NNI use reduction. It is important to tell the government that it is on the right track in trying for a major reduction in the single largest use of NNIs (the NNI treated corn and soy seed). They seem to understand "precautionary principle" but are not strong in their own language. The paper does need to be more clear and consistent when it talks about overall pollinator health (it tends to regress to honeybees) and could talk about such things as habitat protection, linking of natrual areas, and that urban and rural areas are involved in pollinator health. Also, the strategy could be stronger in talking about how agricultural use of NNIs affects wild bees as well as honeybees, and that the persistence of NNIs and their effects goes way beyond just pollinators.

There are many things to say ... you pick what's dearest to your heart and knowledge.

And thank you for doing so!

Maureen

 

 

 

 


 

 

Monarchs in Peril - why are they disappearing?

Tuesday, January 20, 27  7:00–8:30 pm NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St., London

These are troubling times for the king of butterflies.  Citizen scientist and Monarch tagger Bruce Parker presents the species’ life story, tracing its wondrous migratory journeys to and from its wintering hide-away.  He also probes the causes of current plummeting populations and suggests how we can help. 

NATURE IN THE CITY 2015       ** Celebrating the tenth season of the series!**
A six-part series of illustrated talks on nature within the City of London
This year’s series is built around four goals: 
1)  introduce Londoners to the marvels of nature around us;
2)  celebrate the adaptability and resilience of local species and ecosystems;
3)  highlight the plight of native species and habitats that are being devastated due to human endeavours;
4)  inspire ordinary people to take action to create a healthier natural world in London and beyond.

Series is co-sponsored by Nature London (www.naturelondon.ca) and London Public Library (www.londonpubliclibrary.ca)

Co-ops Not Capitalism

Monday, January 26 @ 7pm – 9pm
Aeolian Hall,  795 Dundas Street East, London

Co-operatives can provide a different business model that is equitable and successful even in difficult economic times. Our guest speakers will share firsthand knowledge and experience in the Co-operative world they work in.

To register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/co-ops-not-capitalism-speaking-series-tickets-15036663064

"The London Food Co-op is celebrating its 45th anniversary.   We lay proud claim to being Canada’s oldest, not-for profit, member-owned, natural foods co-operative."

Co-ops Not Capitalism is the first in an educational speaker series on The Co-operative Movement & Our Organic Food System The series is presented by the London Food Co-op on the sustainability of co-operative business models and the sustainability of our soil, air and water through organic agriculture.  Speakers: Mark Ventry, On Co-op; Victoria Lawson, MED; Bill Barrett, Planet Bean

London Food Co-op is located at 621 Princess Avenue, London. To find out more:
website: www.londonfoodcoop.org                email: londonfoodcoop@gmail.com
facebook: londonfoodcoopertive                   twitter: @ldnfoodcoop
phone: 519-679-0570

 

RESTORING NATURE: A Helping Hand for Beleaguered Ecosystem

Tuesday, January 27, 2015            7:00–8:30 pm NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St., London

Land clearance, drainage and infrastructure have decimated once-wild spaces.  Now, at selected sites, plantings of native species are enhancing and connecting the best of fragmented habitats.  Mhairi McFarlane of the Nature Conservancy of Canada highlights regional initiatives in restoration ecology.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2015       ** Celebrating the tenth season of the series!**
A six-part series of illustrated talks on nature within the City of London
This year’s series is built around four goals: 
1)  introduce Londoners to the marvels of nature around us;
2)  celebrate the adaptability and resilience of local species and ecosystems;
3)  highlight the plight of native species and habitats that are being devastated due to human endeavours;
4)  inspire ordinary people to take action to create a healthier natural world in London and beyond.

Series is co-sponsored by Nature London (www.naturelondon.ca) and London Public Library (www.londonpubliclibrary.ca)

Guelph Organic Conference January 29 through February 1, 2015

Guelph Organic Conference

January 29 through February 1, 2015
held at University of Guelph campus, various venues ... so check the maps

There's so much going on! 

The keynote forum - Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. for only $15.00 - is a "state of the organic nation" address, to do with the direction of Canadian agriculture.  Keynote address flyer is here.

There are more than 40 workshops, more than dozens and dozens of displays on everything to do with organic food and its production.  To misquote Douglas Adams: it's about [organic] life and the interconnectedness of everything!

Admission fees differ for full conference, day or half day ... and there may still be volunteer opportunities available (so you work half a day and get the rest of the day to look 'round).

Full information at the Guelph Organic Conference website: http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/

 

Nature in the City - 3 more Tuesdays in February!

February 3rd   Winterized insects: lessons in coping with the cold. Speaker: Brent Sinclair
February 10th   Celebration of bats: the current news. Speaker: Brock Fenton
February 17th   Medway Valley Heritage Forest: a special Environmentally Significant Area. Speaker: Greg Thorn      
              

WINTERIZED INSECTS: Lessons in Coping with the Cold

Tuesday, February 3, 2015            7:00–8:30 pm NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall,
251 Dundas St., London

Insulation, hibernation, antifreeze and southward travel are all aids in surviving winter’s wrath.  But how do insects cope with frigid weather?  Brent Sinclair of Western University’s Biology Department explains the ingenious approaches employed by six-legged critters to make it through our coldest season.
Free Admission!
Families are welcome! (with children 10 and up)
 2 hours free validated parking in Citi Plaza during Library hours
Co-sponsored by Nature London www.naturelondon.ca and London Public Library

The Dirt on Organic Farming

Monday, February 9, 2015  ... 7pm – 9pm
Aeolian Hall,  795 Dundas Street East, London

Organic Farmers will speak about healthy soil, plants and sustainability. Hear how the farmers are growing and producing the most beautiful food while being conscious stewards of our land. 

To register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dirt-on-organic-farming-speaking-series-tickets-15156912734

"The London Food Co-op is celebrating its 45th anniversary.   We lay proud claim to being Canada’s oldest, not-for profit, member-owned, natural foods co-operative."

The Dirt on Organic Farming  is the second in an educational speaker series on The Co-operative Movement & Our Organic Food System. The series is presented by the London Food Co-op on the sustainability of co-operative business models and the sustainability of our soil, air and water through organic agriculture.  Speakers:  Martin de Groot, Mapleton's Dairy; Jennifer Pfenning, Pfenning's Farm; Alex Nurnberg, Sunnivue Farm.

London Food Co-op is located at 621 Princess Avenue, London. To find out more:
website: www.londonfoodcoop.org                email: londonfoodcoop@gmail.com
facebook: londonfoodcoopertive                   twitter: @ldnfoodcoop
phone: 519-679-0570

CELEBRATION OF BATS: The Current News


Tuesday, February 10, 2015          7:00–8:30 pm NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall,
251 Dundas St., London

Canada's pre-eminent bat ambassador and researcher, Brock Fenton, returns to Nature in the City with the up-to-date story of Ontario's incredible bats.  Encounter all eight species, plus their habitats, diverse lifestyles and challenges that range from climate change to white-nose syndrome.

Free Admission!
Families are welcome! (with children 10 and up)
 2 hours free validated parking in Citi Plaza during Library hours
Co-sponsored by Nature London www.naturelondon.ca and London Public Library

'Til the Cows Come Home

Wednesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.

Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

In the summer of 2010 the closing of the Frontenac Prison Farm in Kingston, Ontario ignited a passionate debate about food security, prison reform, and social justice. This documentary follows the struggle to save the farm and asks unconfortable questions about the nature of democracy in Canada.

 

MEDWAY VALLEY HERITAGE FOREST: A Special Environmentally Significant Area

Tuesday, February 17, 2015          7:00–8:30 pm NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St.,
London

Medway Creek flows through beautiful woodlands, beneath high bluffs, past rare plants and over endangered mussels.  Greg Thorn, of Western University, introduces the amazing features and residents of this fragile and secluded place and urges appropriate protection from the pressures of recreation and development.

Free Admission!
Families are welcome! (with children 10 and up)
 2 hours free validated parking in Citi Plaza during Library hours
Co-sponsored by Nature London www.naturelondon.ca and London Public Library

Consequences of 20 years of GMOs

Monday, February 23, 2015  ... 7pm – 9pm
Aeolian Hall,  795 Dundas Street East, London

Learn about the real consequences of GMOs in our food system and how Canadian organic farmers are under threat from GMOs.

To register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consequences-of-20-years-of-gmos-speaking-series-tickets-15157054157

"The London Food Co-op is celebrating its 45th anniversary.   We lay proud claim to being Canada’s oldest, not-for profit, member-owned, natural foods co-operative."

Consequences of 20 years of GMOs  is the third in an educational speaker series on The Co-operative Movement & Our Organic Food System. The series is presented by the London Food Co-op on the sustainability of co-operative business models and the sustainability of our soil, air and water through organic agriculture.  Speakers: Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network; Ann Slater, Organic Vegetable Grower

London Food Co-op is located at 621 Princess Avenue, London. To find out more:
website: www.londonfoodcoop.org                email: londonfoodcoop@gmail.com
facebook: londonfoodcoopertive                   twitter: @ldnfoodcoop
phone: 519-679-0570

Course: Permaculture - the path of regenerative design

Saturday & Sunday - Feb. 28 - March 1, 2015 - Time: 9 am - 5 pm.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London

"Permaculture is a complete design system, based on principles of ecology and sustainability that can be used to create resilient, economically stable, and productive landscapes, home and communities.  At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing human habitat and culture based on observing nature. Permaculture has a set of ethics and design principles which can be applied to all areas of our lives, including gardens, energy systems, business, economy and social structures."

For complete course details, including fees, and to register: The Living Centre

The Living Centre: http://www.thelivingcentre.com ............. email: info@thelivingcentre.com ... ph. 519-652-9109

Seedy Saturday - 7th annual!

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10 am to 3 pm.

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth St, London ON

The seventh annual Seedy Saturday is presented by London Middlesex Master Gardeners in collaboration with City of London.  Master Gardeners are a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to educating home gardeners. $5.00 cost.

This event seeks to educate and expand community interest in growing edible gardens, beautifying with ornamentals and landscaping, ecological growing practices and protection of the environment. More and more people of all ages are interested in gardening. Our community is concerned about healthy food and a sustainable environment and are looking for tips and advice about wise growing practices as well as access to local products, interesting varieties and organically produced garden seeds. They are also recognizing that an outdoor living space can increase their enjoyment of their property.

Local nurseries, seed vendors and other garden-related businesses will be represented to provide environmentally responsible products and services. There is also a free seed exchange, so we encourage you and your members to contribute well-labelled seed packets.

Email lonmidmastergardeners@gmail.com
Phone – Brenda Scott, 519.438.0714
www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

POLLINATION SYMPOSIUM

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Guelph

details to be announced early in 2015 ... last year there was a huge line up of speakers and events

Pollination Guelph is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Pollination "dedicated to the conservation and development of pollinator habitat for current and future generations. We promote awareness and understanding of the role of pollinators in achieving local and global environmental sustainability goals and showcase pollinator projects that are a model for citizens and communities throughout Canada and internationally."

http://www.pollinationguelph.ca

 

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
or Thursdays, March 19 to May 7, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Civic Garden Complex , 625 Springbank Drive

Cost – $100 which covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed.

8 weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving. Focus is on gardens you can EAT as well as colourful and helpful companion flowers.   

Register through the Middlesex London Master Gardeners website at: www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

or Print this form and Send your Cheque for $100, payable to London Middlesex Master Gardeners by MAIL to P.O.Box 42, Komoka, ON N0L 1R0.

These courses have sold out for the last few years ... register early!

Emergence: Spring Equinox Celebration

Honoring the Rhythms of Nature & the Call to New Beginnings

March 21, 2015 - beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. (so please arrive early to get settled in)
Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.

Shantree and Lorenna invite you to join them at The Living Centre to celebrate "the magical time of year where we are called to join with nature in the exuberant process of rebirth. During the dream-time and inward journeying that the winter season evokes in us, Nature shifts Her energy, shakes off her winter mantle and gets ready for the fertility of a new season. ... Through meditations and rituals, camaraderie and celebration, we take time to tune into this special energy time on Earth to feel into what each one of us is being called to now, and to give thanks to that which gives us life."  

The ceremony includes:
Creating the ritual space - Gratitude ceremony - Connecting with the Elements & Earth
Meditations of peace - connecting with the millions of other groups gathering at this time to celebrate the Equinox and Peace the 21st
Process: What have you dreamed in and what are you sowing for this season exercise – setting intention
Sharing circle
Camaraderie, desserts and time to be together

DONATION: Suggested $15 - $20

PLEASE RSVP so they can plan the space and desserts!

The Living Centre: http://www.thelivingcentre.com ............. email: info@thelivingcentre.com ... ph. 519-652-9109

 

Go Wild Grow Wild - exposition on outdoor Carolinian Canada

Saturday, April 18, from 10 am - 6 pm
Agriplex Arena,
845 Florence Street, Western Fair District, London

Carolinian Canada is hosting an outdoor expo to connect people to nature in Carolinian Canada. It will showcase the wonders and benefits of Canada’s ‘secret garden’ of native plants -- from gardening to wildlife; from prairies, parks and trails to eco-tourism and citizen science; from habitat-friendly products to strategies for climate change. It will celebrate simple actions that combine together to create a green future for Canada’s deep south. 

There will be exhibitors, speakers, and workshops on such things as:
Native plant gardeners. Backyard gardeners. Wildcrafters. Seed Savers.Hikers. Birders. Adventurers. Rock climbers. Gearheads. Paddleboarders. Families. Local food and wine lovers. Skiiers, Campers.

Entry fee: only $5.00!

The full schedule of events is under development, and they are accepting speaker proposals until January 30/15.  For more information: Go Wild Grow Wild

Carolinian Canada: www.carolinian.org

 

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