Category Archives: Environment
Last fall, the Ministry of the Environment (“MOE”) renewed Nestlé’s Permit To Take Water for the well site which it operates in Hillsburgh. As part of this renewal, the MOE placed mandatory restrictions on the amount of water that Nestlé would be allowed to pump during drought conditions. Nestlé appealed these restrictions to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
In February of this year, Wellington Water Watchers (“WWW”) partnered up with the Council of Canadians (“COC”) to seek Party status in the appeal, with both groups receiving representation from Ecojustice. At the preliminary hearing, despite the objections of both Nestlé and the … Read the rest
A Roadmap for the Future of the Grand River Watershed: Grand River Water Management Plan Wednesday Workshop Series
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
January 23, 2013: Taking action to improve water quality
February 6, 2013: Securing our water supplies
February 20, 2013: Adapting to climate change
The partners of the Grand River Water Management Plan are hosting a series of discussions about key issues affecting the watershed and the actions needed to address them. The feedback received will be used by the partners of the Water Management Plan in their decisions about the actions needed to maintain a healthy watershed.
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Check out the above link for a presentation we gave the Guelph Civic League last year about the impacts of the Dolime Quarry on our water and land.
If anyone asks you ‘why should I care about the Quarry?” you’ll be able to answer them like a pro.… Read the rest
GUELPH, ONTARIO – The 2012 Fresh Water Jamboree will be held at Riverside Park at the Bandshell on Saturday August 4, 2012, from 11am to 11pm.
The Fresh Water Jamboree is an annual one-day family music festival established to help raise awareness about “fresh water” in Wellington County, the province of Ontario and across Canada. Be The Artist, a Guelph-based organization that promotes musicians and environmental initiatives, launched Guelph’s first “green” music festival in 2008. www.freshwater.betheartist.ca
“We’re expecting to see 1000 or 2000 people at the event this year,” says festival organizer Chris Williams. “We’ve had so many local musicians … Read the rest
Join the GRCF and Borealis Grille and Bar for an evening of food and drink – all to support restoration projects along the Grand River and its tributaries.
The annual River Restoration Fundraiser and Brewer’s Feast takes place Monday, July 23rd, at 7pm. Please contact your restaurant of choice to RSVP.
Borealis Restaurant, Kitchener: (519) 219-9007
Borealis Restaurant, Guelph: (519) 265-9007
Woolwich Arrow Pub, Guelph: (519) 836-2875
Proceedes from Borealis Kitchener and Guelph will support the Grand River Conservation Foundation while proceeds from the Woolwich Arrow Pub will support the Speed River Project.
Tickets are $70.00 and are almost sold … Read the rest
for the upcoming webinar to learn more about the recent Ontario Great Lakes needs assessment that was conducted by Freshwater Future and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, with support from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Tides Canada, and the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.
A copy of the report can be found at the following link:
The webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the assessment and its recommendations and share your feedback on the report. Please forward this invite on to others that may be interested.
You can sign up by visiting http://oglnawebinar.eventbrite.com
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Stay tuned for more information regarding our partnership with The City of Guelph water conservation department and the promotion of water movies. Our first screening, Waterlife, at Casey’s restaurant was a great success.… Read the rest
Hornings Mills ON – For the second year, dozens of artists are gathering in Hornings Mills, north of Shelburne, to capture the landscape threatened by the proposed Highland mega quarry.
The Paint-In ‘At the Headwaters’ is taking place from 11 am to 3pm this Saturday, June 30th at a home on the edge of a small lake in Hornings Mills.
The public is invited to visit the unique property, watch the artists at work, have the chance to purchase art, and enjoy live music and free bus tours of the scenic and historic region known as the Hills of Headwaters.… Read the rest
Hundreds of people attended the Wellington Water Watchers’ Two Rivers Festival celebration on Friday June 15th on the banks of the Speed River where it meets the Eramosa. It is the 20th birthday of the special covered bridge and we wanted to honour it in style! James Gordon wrote special music that was choreographed (by Tanya Williams) to dancers in the canoes, he was accompanied by Shannon Kingsbury. Following the river dance people were treated to 4 amazing acts at the Boathouse cafe: Doug Larson played awesome solo music followed by Jenikz and their unique flare, Shannon Kingsbury Band and … Read the rest
Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 48 is the third of three phases in the City of Guelph’s Official Plan Review. The province of Ontario’s broad-reaching Places to Grow Act necessitated a large-scale overhaul of the City’s Official Plan. Hence the City’s decision to amend the Official Plan in three phases:
Phase 1: OPA 39, adopted in June 2009, dealt with Growth Plan conformity.
Phase 2: OPA 42, adopted in July 2010, dealt with the Natural Heritage System. This is the amendment which contains the City’s provisions for environmental protection, including our treasured river systems and green corridors. OPA 42 is currently … Read the rest