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October 2011 - News & Events

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"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend
political or social boundaries" (Jimmy Carter)
(Celebrating U.N. International Year of Forests)

October 22nd, 2011
12 – 5 p.m.
Council Chamber, Markham Civic Centre

101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham
We have a great line up this year for the NANPS AGM. It's your second chance to snap up NANPS-approved local native plants at our sale. LEAF will have an info table and be available to answer your questions about the Emerald Ash Borer, tree planting and maintenance. Bid early and bid often in our silent auction. While you may be voter-weary with all the elections we've had in the past year, please consider running for an elected position on the NANPS Board. At least the only plants they discuss are of a botanical nature.
If you can't attend the meeting, please send your nominations or proxy votes to the Secretary.
Schedule for NANPS AGM
12:30 –
Sign in (door prize ballot), Plant Sale
12:40 –
President's Address (Year in Review) – Greg Hagan
13:00 –
Current Board of Directors & Committee
– Introductions
– Call for Nominations for new Board Members
– Remembrance for NANPS Honorary Director, Fred Case
13:25 –
Financial Report – 2010 – Sue Stephenson
13:35 –
Presentation of Garden/Restoration Awards
13:50 –
Presentation of Volunteer of the Year and 25TH Anniversary Challenge Awards
13:55 –
Update of Restoration Activities – Greg Hagan
14:10 –
BREAK: Refreshments, Plant Sale, Nominations for Board positions
14:40 –
Election of Board of Directors – Karen Boniface
14:50 –
Presentation of Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Awards: The Meduxnekeag River Association (George Peabody), Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy (Bob Barnett, Executive Director), High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program and High Park Nature (Sharon Lovett, Chair)
15:55 –
Door prizes (a reason to stay until the bittersweet/Celastrus end)
16:00 –
Concluding remarks
More Political Ponderances
Torontonians: Petition to save Environmental and Urban Agriculture Programs!
To maintain important environmental and community services including tree planting goals, the urban agriculture program and the Toronto Environment Office including Live Green Toronto, and to work closely with residents to enhance the community use of our parks.
Ontarians: Stop the Mega Quarry in Melancthon Twp.
A numbered company operated under Highland Companies, a Boston-based hedge fund run by the Baupost Group proposes to excavate the largest quarry in Canada, the 2nd largest in North America. The Mega Quarry would be a 2,316 acre open pit limestone "mine" on prime farmland 100 km northwest of Toronto. 600 million litres of water per day in perpetuity would be pumped out and with unproven technology, injected back into the water table via wells. With the possibility of contamination, this could be the next "Walkerton" but on a much larger scale.
If the Mega Quarry proposal is adopted, it would remove prime farmland, local producers of 50% of the potatoes consumed in the GTA. It would affect five watersheds including the Grand, Nottawasaga, and Pine Rivers and other sub-watersheds. And to put the threat in the NANPS sphere, the quarry would abut the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to 40% of Ontario's rare flora along with numerous at-risk species.
If you would like to support the movement to Stop the Quarry, come out to FOODSTOCK: Mega Feast to stop the Mega Quarry. Join Chef Michael Stadtlander and about 100 other chefs from across the country for a public food event. Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame, Ron Sexsmith, Hayden, Sarah Harmer, Cuff the Duke and lots of other entertainers will be lending their talent.
Any Other Business
Keswick Call for help
The folks at the Maskinonge River Recovery Project (MRRP) are still looking for that elusive mentor to help with a problematic native plant butterfly garden. Details on the Scoop homepage.
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