Great News for Pollinators! Ontario restricts Neonics!

As of June 9, 2015 the Ontario government published a new regulation to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics). It is the first jurisdiction in North America to regulate the use of neonics.

Read more about this news here on the David Suzuki Foundation website:

Ontario restricts bee-killing neonic pesticides

And from the Toronto Star:

Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Ontario Parks recently published a great article in their newsletter:

Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?

Here is a quick excerpt:

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.

His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.

The answer, espouses Louv, is simple.

Get up off the couch, put away the video games, close down the computer and get outside.

It might seem like “tough love” toward parents, but the best interest of children is the focus.

“Imagine a world in which all children grow up with a deep understanding of the world around them,” writes Louv. “Where obesity is reduced through nature play. Where anti-depressants and pharmaceuticals are prescribed less and nature prescribed more. Where children experience the joy of being in nature before they learn of its loss. Where they can lie in the grass on a hillside for hours and watch clouds become the faces of the future. Where every child and every adult has the human right to a connection with the natural world and shares the responsibility to care for it.” – Richard Louv

If you are near Ingersoll a great place to go for a short hike through the woods is the Lawson Nature Reserve (up to 2 km of well maintained trails). Just 10 minutes South of the 401, it couldn’t be closer to home! Click here for an overview and map.

A beautiful morning for spring cleaning at the LNR

We had a beautiful morning and a great turn-out for our annual spring clean-up at the Lawson Nature Reserve! Everyone pitched-in with pulling Garlic Mustard (an invasive plant), which was very easy to do in the soft soil. The Ingersoll Times even stopped by to our surprise, and wrote a great article about our event, club, and the LNR:

http://www.ingersolltimes.com/…/04/26/getting-back-to-nature.

And here are a few of our own pictures from the day:

How to Stop a … Dump – Conference, May 1 & 2

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Join us at Oxford Social Justice’s next conference:
“How to Stop A … Dump”

May 1st

7:00 pm :“Trashed” by Jeremy Irons, a film screening

May 2nd

8:00 am: Doors open, onsite registration and displays

9:00 am – 2:30 pm: Conference with many guest speakers

Click here for the full schedule :

How to Stop a Dump Conference schedule

To register visit oxford social justice’s website:

www.oxfordsocialjustice.org