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Spring 2012 | Issue No. 84

Newsletter of the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment


Bruce Trail, Josh Gordon ON THE EDGE, ISSN 1491-2740, is published quarterly by the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE). This newsletter is for CONE members and supporters to keep them informed of issues and events along the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve. ON THE EDGE is produced by, and is the property of, CONE. All rights reserved. No article, graphic, or excerpt may be reproduced without the written permission from CONE. ON THE EDGE is printed by The Printing House Ltd. on Rolland Enviro100 paper by Cascades Inc. This paper uses FSC certified and EcoLogo™ certified, 100% post consumer waste, processed chlorine free, and manufactured using biogas energy. Read past issues of ON THE EDGE on our website: www.niagaraescarpment.org » Become A Member » Newsletters

CONE is the watchdog of the Niagara Escarpment. We foster its protection and appreciation through public advocacy and member support. Design by: Josh Gordon, www.joshgordoncreative.com Cover: Hepatica, Katherine Willson


Contents ON THE EDGE | Spring 2012

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President’s Message

CONE in the Community

An Earth Day Concert for CONE

Focus on Flora: Hepatica

CONE responds to the ARA review

A Lifetime Achievement for Lyn MacMillan

Moving Biodiversity Front and Centre


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Robert Patrick

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lthough we tend to keep a low profile, never fear, we are always busy and focused when it comes to the Niagara Escarpment’s protection. As I’m sure you’re aware, CONE has partnered with our member group, the Grey Association for Better Planning (GABP), to oppose a quarry expansion and to protect the neighbouring provincially significant wetland. We attended several hearing meetings in Owen Sound starting with a pre hearing meeting on January 13, 2012 about the HSC Keppel Quarry pumping permit appeal followed by a pre hearing for the Keppel Quarry Expansion and NEP Amendment on January 24, 2012. On January 25, 2012 the Pumping Permit appeal case was tentatively settled in the morning and the final decision was released by the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office on March 12, 2012. Facilitation Meetings began for the Quarry Expansion Case the afternoon of January 25, 2012. Further meetings were held February 24, March 13, a teleconference call on March 29, followed by meeting again on April 2, at which time Mr. and Mrs. Highfield, the Grey Association for Better Planning (GABP) and CONE tentatively settled. The settlement has to be considered at the Niagara Escarpment Environment Hearing scheduled for the first three weeks of December, 2012 at the Community Center in Shallow Lake Ontario. CONE attended Aggregate Forum of Ontario (AFO) meetings and Municipal presentations. The AFO meetings took place between January and May. CONE attended Municipal presentations at Puslinch on January 18 and North Dumphries on March 19. On March 22 at the Bayshore Conference Centre in Owen Sound, I made a presentation to about 250 members of the Bluewater Association for Life Long Learning (BALL) titled “ Who is conserving Niagara Escarpment Land?” and was on a question and answer panel. Josh Gordon, a new CONE director, has been busy re-establishing our outreach program. He has arranged and is continuing to plan more partnered events with CONE member groups. If you weren’t able to attend our presentations you can get a brief summary of them on page 6. Chris Hamilton from Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre delivered a riveting Turkey Vulture presentation at Crawford on the edge | spring 2012


photo Dennis Shouldice, Shouldice Wetland

Lake in March, and John Bacher was joined by Paul O’Hara and Adam Brylowski of the Bruce Trail Conservancy in April with presentations on the historical tales of Ontario’s forests. These events were an over whelming success. CONE has a made a new partnership and would like to introduce you to our inaugural member of our Escarpment Enterprise Club. Nicole Burgers of Earthly Apparel & Accessories in Niagara Falls contacted CONE wishing to support our efforts by collecting donations at her store. You can read more about a recent fund raising concert that took place at Nicole’s store on page 9. We invite you to learn more about Earthly Apparel & Accessories by visiting their website at www.earthlyapparel.ca. We continue our watchdog role of monitoring the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) meetings. We have monitored meetings from January to May this year. Looking ahead, CONE has been approached by the NEC to assist with the UNESCO 2012 review of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. We’re also positioning ourselves to be front and centre regarding the upcoming 2015 review of the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Greenbelt Plan, and the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan. There’s no better time than now to get involved with CONE and the protection of the Niagara Escarpment. Thank you for your continued support!

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CONE In The Community by Greer Gordon, CONE Administrator

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his year, CONE has been making a stronger effort to speak with members of the Escarpment communities. We have hosted three presentations to date that have varied in topics from the global issue of climate change, a get-toknow chat on the Escarpment’s Turkey Vultures, and a meet and greet of the Escarpment’s tree species. We have partnered with Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER) and with Earth Day® Hamilton-Burlington to broaden our message and strengthened our relationships. CONE was also present at the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Open House in Grimsby and at the Earth Day® Hamilton-Burlington Tree Planting Festival in April. To assist us in making these events possible, we’re currently looking for Escarpment ambassadors to help us. Contact CONE today for volunteer opportunities. You can view a listing of upcoming events on our website at www.niagaraescarpment.org. Click on ‘About the Escarpment’ at the top and a drop down menu will appear. Click on ‘Escarpment Events’ to view the listing. Climate Reality Presentation Co-Sponsored with POWER

by Grant Linney January 12, 2012 • Georgetown

The Ugly But Beautiful Turkey Vultures of the Niagara Escarpment by Chris Hamilton March 10, 2012 • Milton

photos Josh Gordon

Tree Talk & Tour Co-Sponsored with Earth Day® Hamilton-Burlington

Presentations by John Bacher, Paul O’Hara and Adam Brylowski April 14, 2012 • Dundas

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TEAM CONE for the Peak to Peak Escarpment Challenge by Josh Gordon, CONE Director

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photos Josh Gordon

ndrea and myself, two of CONE’s directors, participated in the PEAK to PEAK Escarpment Challenge on Saturday, May 12. The hike took place on the Bruce Trail south of Collingwood between two of the highest points on the Niagara Escarpment, Osler’s Bluff and the Duntroon Highlands. While Andrea and I hiked our seven hour trek, we were treated to thousands of white and pink Trilliums, a raccoon, turkey vultures, the rare Hart’s tongue fern, a red-breasted grosbeak, and some spectacular views. Proceeds from the hike will support the Clearview Community Coalition and its partner, Environmental Defence, in their legal proceedings against the nearby quarrying.

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photo Robert McCaw

Malcolm Bluff Shores Ontario Nature’s Newest Nature Reserve Submitted by John Hassell, Communications Coordinator for Ontario Nature

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ntario Nature is pleased to announce that, together with our supporters, we have protected Malcolm Bluff Shores – one of Ontario’s truly magnificent ecological treasures. Pristine Georgian Bay shoreline, thousand-year-old cedars and towering cliffs… as well as many rare and endangered species that call Malcolm Bluff Shores home will now be there for future generations to enjoy. Within driving distance of half the population of Ontario, just north of Owen Sound, more than 423 hectares of spectacular wild space is now protected forever. Please be sure to experience the beauty of Malcolm Bluff Shores yourself next time you are on the Bruce Peninsula. on the edge | spring 2012


An Earth Day Concert for CONE by Monte Dennis, CONE Vice President

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n Saturday, April 21, Earthly Apparel & Accessories, a new natural clothing store in Niagara Falls, hosted a fund raising concert for CONE. This first-ofits-kind store is owned by the friendly and Earth conscious Nicole Burgers. Nicole contacted CONE with a fund raising solution; for every customer needing a bag to carry their purchases, she would encourage them to give CONE a donation. Earthly Apparel & Accessories is a part of CONE’s Escarpment Enterprise Club. Nicole’s store is a great example of how a small business can support the protection of the Niagara Escarpment. The fund raising concert featured a steady stream of local acoustic artists through out the day. This provided an atmosphere for easy & pleasant shopping. Nicole’s store features apparel made from natural fabrics of hemp, bamboo, soy & organic cotton. CONE was represented by Monte Dennis, John Bacher, Joyce Srigley, and Mary Lou Bacher. Joyce and Mary Lou provided additional help with the event by their many purchases. Although the weather outside was grey and wet, the enthusiasm inside of the store was not dampened. The event was a natural fit for CONE and will most certainly grow in the future as people discover what they missed at this year’s event.

Monte Dennis (CONE Vice President), John Bacher (CONE Director), Mary-Lou Bacher, Nicole Burgers (Owner of Earthly Apparel & Accessories), and Joyce Srigley at the Sounds like Earth Day fund raising concert for CONE in Niagara Falls.

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FOCUS ON NIAGARA ESCARPMENT FLORA: HEPATICA Submitted by Katherine Willson, CONE Volunteer

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photo Katherine Willson

epaticas are typically the first wild blooms of spring In the northern sections of the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario. They are truly “spring ephemerals”, with beautiful flowers appearing suddenly from the leaf litter of hardwood forests, but very quickly damaged by insects and dropped. In some recent years, hepaticas were in fully glory on the Bruce Peninsula on Easter Sunday.

“Hepatica (hepatica, liverleaf, or liverwort) is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the buttercup family, native to central and northern Europe, Asia and eastern North America,” Hepatica acutiloba (Sharp-lobed Hepatica) appears to be the more common in southern Ontario, but Hepatica americana (Round-lobed Hepatica) is also found. The flowers are similar, but the leaf shape different as the names indicate.

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I set out to describe the plants in bloom, but found this description by Catherine Parr Traill in 1868 does it perfectly: “The small round closely folded buds of the hepatica appear before the white silky leaves unfold themselves, though many of the leaves of the former year remain persistent through the winter. The buds rise from the centre of a silken bed of soft sheaths and young leaves, as if nature kindly provided for the warmth and protection of these early flowers. Later in the season the young leaves expand just before the flowers drop off. The white flowered is the most common among hepaticas, but varieties may be seen of many hues: waxen-pink, pale blue and azure blue with intermediate shades and tints”

photo Katherine Willson

Hepaticas are a rhizomatous plant and maintain thick, purplish leaves through the winter. Both allow the plant to take advantage of the melting snow and strong sun in early spring to start photosynthesis and produce flowers rapidly. It appears that seed develops quickly also, as the petals are damaged by insects that are likely dispersing the seeds. The “petals” vary in number and are in fact sepals, the flower having no petals at all. The bright green new leaves are more shade tolerant than the old, a necessity as the trees leaf out overhead. Although the flowers will be long gone by the time you read this, the three=lobed new leaves will be evident. In the fall, the purplish evergreen leaves are easy to spot on small rock outcrops and other well-drained spots. Why consider this a Niagara Escarpment plant? Hepatica is found in hardwood forests throughout our area, but it is a calcium tolerant plant and thrives on the Escarpment dolostone. It requires good snow cover, an ample supply of moisture and well drained soil, conditions typically found on the Bruce Peninsula and other northern portions of the Escarpment. But not so much this year!

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photo Josh Gordon

Cootes to Escarpment Shows the Way For Greenbelt Innovation by John Bacher, CONE Director

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ONE joined with Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington on April 14, 2012 for our Tree Talk & Tour event. The walk concluded with a hike along the shores of Cootes Paradise in the Royal Botanical Gardens. What made the day especially spectacular was the surprise appearance of one of the best indicators of the health of our Great Lakes ecosystem, the Bald Eagle. To the delight of hikers who were blessed to take part, a mature white crowned Bald Eagle stood guard in a tree along the shores of Cootes Paradise. Bald Eagles were once common on the Great Lakes. Great flocks of them would gather at Niagara Falls to eat fish that dropped down in Niagara Falls. These however, vanished completely. The last Bald Eagle nest of the Niagara River was in 1955- afterwards the species disappeared because of the disruptive effects to reproductive systems of the now banned pesticide DDT. Returning Bald Eagles to Lake Ontario is one of the key goals of those who hope to restore this ecosystem to its former glory. Now that DDT is outlawed, the big barrier has become lack of habitat. This species has demanding habitat requirements in order to nest successfully. It requires some 100 acres of mature forest and fifty acres of adjacent marsh. Last year Cootes Paradise showed that it had what Bald Eagles need by

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being the site of the first Bald Eagle nest on Lake Ontario for over half a century. Although the young bird that was hatched was not able to survive to maturity, the Bald Eagle’s appearance during the Earth Day celebrations this year was a vivid hope for new efforts this year. Bald Eagles are simply one of a number of species which are rare in Ontario that have found a refuge in the Royal Botanical Gardens. It is the core of what is in effect one of the world’s largest urban parks- what is now recognized as the Cootes to Escarpment corridor. This is the only continuous natural environment from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment not broken by an expressway-comprising some 3,700 acres of protected lands. The Cootes to Escarpment corridor protects a great number of species. The great amount of forest cover provides habitat for birds needed good forest interior cover, including the Red Headed Woodpecker and the Hooded Warbler. It is a haven for an astonishing number of Turtles at Risk- the Blanding’s Turtle, the Wood Turtle, the Musk Turtle, the Eastern Box Turtle, the Northern Map Turtle, the Eastern Spiny Shell Turtle, and the Snapping Turtle. Its marshes support rare Black Tern, Least Bittern and the King Rail. Last summer the Cootes to Escarpment initiative was launched to enhance one of the world’s largest protected urban wild spaces. In addition to purchasing vacant lands which have Escarpment and Greenbelt protection, the strategy seeks to make roads in the area less harmful to wildlife through purchasing vacant lands protected by the Greenbelt which have been subject to past development applications and making roads less disruptive to wildlife. One of the ways which Parks Canada over the past 20 years has made roads less disruptive to ecosystems is the construction of wildlife bridges. It is possible through such measures to fence out roads and funnel wildlife movement to bridges over highways. Such a wildlife crossing bridge for Highway 6 was proposed when the Cootes to Escarpment report was released in the summer of 2010. The province has been slow to respond to the call for wildlife bridges in the Cootes to Escarpment report. Rather than take action to construct such facilities on any existing roads in this special region, or anywhere else in the province it has responded by creating the Greenbelt Innovation Panel. One of its task will be to have such features put into new expressways in the Greenbelt region. A good way to do this would be to have a moratorium on new expressway undertakings until existing expressways in the Greenbelt meet the same standards. above photo Thomas, rbg.ca

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CONE Responds to the ARA Review by Robert Patrick, CONE President

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n Wednesday, May 9, CONE submitted a written response to Ontario Legislature regarding the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) review. This is a summary of CONE’s comments to the Joint Legislative standing Committee reviewing the ARA. • •

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The last changes to the ARA in 1996 swung too far and opened up pits and quarries to the detriment of air and water quality and our health. This needs to be rebalanced. Currently The Act does not live up to or meet its stated purposes. The Inspection Staff of both MNR and MOE were cut in half leaving it wide open for the industry to not live up to the standards stated in the Act. Inspection Staffing standards and annual inspections must be clearly stated and imbedded into this Act. An out of control industry has led to more public opposition and more lengthy and costly application hearings. We have to get away from proponent generated studies and data used for approvals. The information is not accurate. It is costly for the neighboring public to pay for the needed peer reviews. We must have earlier Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) triggers monitored by an independent third party and Public Advisory Liaison Committees so that intervention will occur quickly. The need for an AMP must be embedded in revisions to the ARA. Sunset clauses must be introduced. Ontario is one of very few jurisdictions that does not impose time lines on closure of an aggregate operation and the surrendering of its license. Mining below the water table must be prohibited. It is prohibited in Europe and many US States because it permanently changes/reduces both surface and ground water catchment and flows. We are running out of fresh water. We need to recycle more and extract less virgin aggregate SAROS report #4 outlines recycling but it has not been implemented. We must start. We need to transport aggregate by rail and get trucks off the roads.

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Nature Reserves of the Escarpment by Bob Barnett, CONE Director

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outh of the Shield, Ontario has 3.8% of its land conserved by parks, conservation areas or land trusts. Land trust holdings are growing quickly from the 0.56% now conserved, faster than all levels of government combined. This is all far less than the 12% Ontario has agreed to and the 17% the Environment Commissioner has requested. With our 11 million people, farms and industry there is not much room left for rare species and getting out into nature. Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (EBC) has now protected 35.5 square kilometres, 8,768 acres on its 114 reserves from Acton to Silver Lake on Manitoulin Island. That includes 15 km of Lake Huron shoreline and the habitat of 59 rare and endangered species. That makes EBC the third largest trust after the Nature Conservancy and Ontario’s Heritage Trust. EBC now has seven reserves designated as parks under the Niagara Escarpment Park system with five more in progress. One, just donated, is right on the slope of Hockley Valley. Over the last six months, EBC has conserved ten new properties. Each one is special, but Alan Turner and his family have donated 130 acres of Huron shoreline north of Stokes Bay and Dr. Watts has protected another 300 metres just north of Goderich by agreeing to only build one house on his 7 building lots. We added two further reserves on the Northern Bruce Peninsula and another with a full kilometre of Escarpment, soon to be part of the Manitoulin Trail. The two properties featured above are worth just under a million dollars. It costs less than $10,000 to protect each one. We put our funds toward appraisals, surveys and legal work. Contact Bob Barnett at rbarnett@escarpment.ca or 888-815-9575.

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WOrking to protect the species of the Shouldice Wetland by Robert Patrick, CONE President

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ince December 2011, CONE has been working with the Grey Association for Better Planning (GABP) to protect the water quality and the species that reside in a provincially significant wetland complex North of Owen Sound. What did this wetland need protection from? Unfortunately, there is a quarry that is situated right across the county road from this wetland, which had been pumping harmful waste water onto land and a sink hole that led into the wetland’s vicinity. Together CONE, GABP and several neighbours of the quarry appealed the Niagara Escarpment Commission’s decision to approve this quarry’s expansion. CONE and GABP hired an expert hydrologist in January to determine the water flow on this site and surrounding area in order to assure proper protection of the wetland complex from the quarry’s impacts. These postcards were distributed at events and meetings by GABP and CONE to help spread the word. Wetland s sites fo are considered r fis to our drin h and amphib be the most king wat pr ia er. And ns, feeding grou oductive ecos ys yet alm Coalitio ost two- nds and restin tems on our n plan g pl thirds of the prov on the Niagar southern aces for migra et. Wetlands a Escarp incially are tin Ontario ment & significa quarry, wetland g birds, water nurseries and Grey CO nt nest filte s have be be our NE and GABP Shouldice Wet Association en lost rs and reservoi ing expert or seve witness. have been enga land. Due to for Better Plan rely degr rs for the ni To date ge aded. we’ve on d in an enviro threat of harm ng are asking for your ful water nmenta ly raised su l re 25% of co our final view and have ntamination pport to protec from t cost. hired a renowne the adjacent d hydrol ogist to Please co that toge nsider making a do ther we protect nation to CO NE the Shou Coalition ldice W or GABP toda On the y etland, Niagara Grey As its water to help us in ou sociatio , and it n for Be Escarpment 19 s many r efforts. Join 3 Ja tter Plan species. our cam ning Bo mes Street So paign to x 312, Fl ut h, Ham ensure esherton , Ontario ilton, Ontario L8P 3A8 N0C 1E0 | www.n | gabp.ca iagaraes carpmen t.org

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This map was created to show the close proximity the quarry has to the Shouldice Wetland. This site is found North-West of Owen Sound on the Bruce Peninsula.

photo Dennis Shouldice

We’re now asking for your help. Funds are urgently needed to put the hydrologists research into action. These studies have shown us how and why the Shouldice Wetland is at risk from the nearby aggregate extraction. We are asking for your donations to allow us to present our case for a decision that will assure the wetlands and other surrounding environmentally sensitive features are adequately protected. Donations can be mailed to our office or sent by credit card through our website. Thank you to the many generous CONE donors that have given to this campaign already. Your support is critical and greatly appreciated.

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A Lifetime Achievement FOR Lyn MacMillan by Josh Gordon, CONE Director

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n early spring of 2012, I was working with CONE President, Robert Patrick, and Communications Officer for the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC), Karen Carruthers, gathering information on CONE’s founder, an extraordinary individual, by the name of Lyn MacMillan. As I was sifting through each of CONE’s past newsletters (all the way back to the very first one in the late ‘70’s), my appreciation and admiration for Ms. MacMillan, CONE, and the Niagara Escarpment, became even stronger. Ms. MacMillan had worked extremely hard along with other loyal individuals to strengthen the protection of our wonderful World Biosphere Reserve. Although there are few photographs to share of Lyn, there are still many stories that have been shared by friends and colleagues that paint a vivid picture of the early battles against corporate greed. On May 8, Ms. MacMillan was awarded the Niagara Escarpment Commission’s Lifetime Niagara Escarpment Achievement Award. CONE was proud to be with Lyn MacMillan, her family, and close friends, as we celebrated her lifetime achievement.

From left to right: Monte Dennis (CONE Vice President), Robert Patrick (CONE President), Lyn MacMillan, Josh Gordon (CONE Director)

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Rob Leverty, a former CONE director, shares his humorous and inspiring stories of CONE’s beginnings and working with Lyn MacMillan in the early 1980’s.

Lyn MacMillan accepting her Lifetime Niagara Escarpment Achievement Award from Niagara Escarpment Commission Chair, Don Scott.

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Moving Biodiversity front and centre by Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER)

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n December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approved the 47 outcomes of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meetings held in Nagoya, Japan. This means the world has entered 2011 with many commitments that can help move toward a balance with, and recognition of, the values of nature. We have agreement on the 10 Year Strategic Plan for the CBD and the Aichi Targets. We also have a full Decade to mainstream Biological Diversity – and make it front and centre in our minds, decisions, and in our hearts. So what does this mean through the lens of CONE and the work we do across the Escarpment – LOTS! To mainstream Biodiversity across the Escarpment we have to seize and create opportunities to celebrate, inform and act to make the Decade of Biodiversity, the Aichi Targets and the 10 Year Plan of work tangible in the Escarpment communities. We have to raise the awareness of everyone about the Decade of Biodiversity and the need to make the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as mainstream as that of the Convention on Climate Change - but how do we do this? In my mind this means we have to make sure that citizens, businesses and local governments are equipped and engaged to help with both the policy framework, and the understanding, that is necessary to stop the loss of Biodiversity. We have to equip everyone who wants to engage with the knowledge and information and potential to envision a future where we are in balance with nature, brought back into the web of life. But what tools do we have? Where do we get the information we need? How do we get everyone taking actions in their personal and professional lives? The outcomes of the CBD meetings in Nagoya, Japan give us a solid framework and collective direction to work within. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are a key to stopping and reversing the loss of Biodiversity. The Aichi Targets are based on five goals and 20 targets. All of us, with all the different hats we wear, have to know and engage in these goals and targets. We can consider the Aichi Targets and decide to make changes to stop the loss and restore Biodiversity - we can be part of the solution. With all our partners, CONE is eager to engage everyone. If you would like to get involved in learning more and participating in mainstreaming Biodiversity across the Niagara Escarpment, please contact Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources at info@powerhalton.ca. P.O.W.E.R. will be working with CONE to develop a strategy in which we can all participate.

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photos Josh Gordon photo Snapping Turtle, Kira Quirk

The rare Hart’s Tongue fern is found primarily on the Niagara Escarpment. Other species of flora and fauna, such as the Baltimore Oriole (top left) and the Snapping Turtle (bottom left) make use of the Escarpment’s rich forest and wetland habitats.


Advocating for the Niagara Escarpment When the CONE board is not together collaborating at our regular board meetings we are out in the community making our voices heard for the Niagara Escarpment’s protection and representing the many concerned citizens and environmental organizations that depend on us. This is a short list of some events that CONE was represented at over the past six months: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Peak to Peak Escarpment Challenge Hike-a-thon Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington Tree Planting Festival Sounds like Earth Day Fund Raising Concert at Earthly Apparel Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Open House Monthly monitoring of Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) meetings in Georgetown NEC’s Public Interest Advisory Committee meeting in Thornbury GTA West highway meetings in Halton Hills Continuous meetings on the steering committee for Stop the Escarpment Highway Coalition (SEHC) Nelson hearings regarding the Mount Nemo quarry expansion application Continuous meetings with the Aggregate Forum of Ontario MTO Round Table discussion on Transportation Citizen Meeting regarding a Milton Escarpment Subdivision CONE board member, John Bacher’s, book launch in Toronto Meetingt with Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN) in Wisconsin Ontario Nature’s Rally for Nature at Queen’s Park in Toronto Foodstock to raise awareness and funds to Stop the Mega Quarry NEC Policy Meeting

Volunteering with CONE We are in the process of finalizing a list of job descriptions that we will be posting online and in public centres in the next few weeks. To give you an idea, some of these positions will include NEC Meeting Monitor, Escarpment Media Monitor, Niagara Escarpment Plan Researchers, and CONE/Greenbelt road sign project assistant. Most of our volunteer positions can be done from the convenience of your home office. If you can give CONE some of your time we would greatly appreciate it. Please send an email to Josh Gordon at outreach@niagaraescarpment.org with your name, skills you could offer, and some related experience. Thank you!

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CONE Member Organizations Alpine Club of Canada, The (Toronto) • climbers.org Beaver Valley Ratepayers Association • beavervalleyratepayers.ca Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation • bmwt.ca Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory • bpbo.ca Bruce Peninsula Environment Group • bpeg.ca Bruce Trail Conservancy • brucetrail.org Caledon Countryside Alliance Canadian Environmental Law Association • cela.ca Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment • cope-nomph.org Conserver Society of Hamilton and District • conserversociety.ca Earthroots • earthroots.org Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy • escarpment.ca Friends of Short Hills Park • friendsofshorthillspark.ca Green Venture • greenventure.ca Grey Association for Better Planning • gabp.ca Halton/North Peel Naturalists’ Club • hnpnc.com Hamilton Naturalists’ Club • hamiltonnature.org Nature League Ontario Nature • ontarionature.org Owen Sound Field Naturalists • owensoundfieldnaturalists.ca PitSense • pitsense.ca Protecting Escarpment Rural Lands • perlofburlington.org Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources • powerhalton.ca Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society • people.becon.org/~pals/index.html Saugeen Field Naturalists • saugeenfieldnaturalists.com South Peel Naturalists Club • spnc.ca Save The Oak Ridges Moraine • stormcoalition.org Toronto Caving Group, The • trigger.net/~tcg/ Upper Credit Field Naturalists • uppercreditfieldnaturalists.org Wildlands League • wildlandsleague.org

Membership Renewal Please visit our website at niagaraescarpment.org and renew your membership online. When you complete your membership on our website you will have the option to automatically renew your membership come this time next year.

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193 James Street South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3A8 www.niagaraescarpment.org | cone@niagaraescarpment.org Connect with CONE on Facebook and Twitter facebook.com/niagaraescarpment twitter.com/CONEorg Designed by Josh Gordon • joshgordoncreative.com Printed by The Printing House Ltd. • tph.ca

ON THE EDGE Spring 2012  

Newsletter of the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment.

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