Bees, moths and butterflies oh my! Create a pollinator oasis right at home
Did you know that about one-third of the world’s food crop production relies on pollination? Perhaps due to this connection, the plight of pollinators (bees in particular) has recently become highly publicized worldwide. Todd Farrell, conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says that while bees have been the poster child in the media, other pollinators such as butterflies and moths that are facing similar challenges should not be left out.
Transport Canada should have sole authority to approve new rail crossings
By Michael Bourque
“See Tracks, Think” is the key message of this year’s Rail Safety Week, a national week of activities devoted to educating the public about dangers associated with railway crossings. People should think “train”, “danger” or “death” when they see tracks. Most importantly, they should think about the impact that a lack of awareness around railway property can have on them, their family, the community and railway employees.
Prestigious Community Literacy Award now Open for submissions
Toronto (April 16, 2015) – ABC Life Literacy Canada is delighted to launch the 2015 Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of community literacy.
Lend a hand to nature this Earth Day
It’s April: a time when the sun shines a little brighter, birds chip louder and all around there’s a good vibe emanating from nature. With Earth Day (April 22) just around the corner, there are many ways to celebrate, give back and lend a hand to nature.
Small town editor to cycle from Toronto to Ottawa for global warming petition
CLEARWATER, BC: “My special interest in climate change began several years ago when the child of a family member cried himself to sleep after watching a television documentary on the subject. Will you sign my petition to help fight climate change in Canada?”
That’s how an online petition starts out that has been posted on Care2 by Keith McNeill, the editor of the award-winning Clearwater-North Thompson Times in Clearwater, British Columbia. The petition calls for a Canada-wide referendum on carbon fee-and-dividend.
Volunteering: A key ingredient to healthy Canadians and healthy places
Each year, more than 13 million Canadians dedicate countless hours to causes that mean the world to them. Whether you volunteer for your local minor hockey association, at your senior’s centre or for your local nature organization, one person’s volunteer contribution has the power to impact lives, including our own, while strengthening communities.
Local Scouts Challenge The Community To Become A Kinder, Friendlier Place
– What Will Your Good Turn Be? –
Local Scouting youth are challenging the community to make an extra effort to be kinder to one another by performing a Good Turn for a neighbour, family, friend or the community during Scouts Canada’s 6th annual Good Turn Week from April 25 – May 3, 2015.
Good Turns can be effortless and can take as little as seconds to do. Plus, the benefits extend beyond the recipient. They include happier, friendlier and stronger communities; youth empowerment and improved mental health.
Farmer Highlights Benefits of the Back to Ag Program
The Back to Ag program was envisioned to help farmers get back to the work they love – farming. André Veilleux, a maple syrup producer from Quebec, is doing just that thanks to his new stand-up wheelchair.
On March 1, 2008, André’s life drastically changed when a maple tree he was felling crushed him, severing his spinal cord, fracturing six vertebrae and resulting in paraplegia. André would never walk again.
Endangered piping plover is small, cute and must be protected
The piping plover, named for its plaintive bell-like whistles, is a relatively small bird both is size and numbers. The species is designated as endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act, as there are only 6,000 to 6,400 individuals in the world! The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working with many partners to conserve this sensitive species’ habitat and help increase its population.
Conserving water in the Waterton Park Front
Water is a resource that connects every country and every person on this planet. World Water Day (March 22nd) is an opportunity for Canadians to think about this important resource.
As a non-profit land trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works to protect critical water within our conservation lands. The properties we conserve often contain headwaters that provide fresh water for Canadian families. Caring for this precious resource is a hugely important priority for NCC.