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November 2014 - News & Events

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
- Napoleon Hill
(black chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa with anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum)
The NANPS AGM is a big deal. It only happens once a year. And if they can move Daylight Savings Time earlier and back to Standard Time later, then NANPS is well within their rights to push the AGM to the brink, as well - November 15th.
Saturday November 15th, 2014
12 – 4 p.m.
Canada Room, Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham
We've gone all out and done a double pic-double quote issue. So this is serious business. But, it's also serious fun. Rent a plant…for life? We're hoping you'll join us to find out what that means, an account of NANPS happenings of 2014, and what is in store for the future. It's also an opportune time to renew your membership for 2015.
Time Description
12:00 pm Sign In (door prizes), Refreshments
12:30 pm President’s Address
12:40 pm Past President's Address (Jim French)
12:45 pm Deputy Mayor of Markham's Address
12:50 pm Current Board of Directors (introductions) Outgoing Directors' recognition awards Prospective new board members
1:00 pm Tribute to former NANPS President, Grif Cunningham
1:05 pm Explanation, discussion and vote to amend By-law 2, Section 12 (Dissolution) as per Revenue Canada recommendations
1:10pm Financial Report 2013 - Jeffery Milgram, C.A.Vote to accept Financial Statement Part of 2013 Financial Report
1:30 pm Garden Awards:Alan Bell, 101 Pitfield Rd., Scarborough Paul Foster, 354 Donlands Ave., Toronto (Hon. Mention)
1:50 pm Founders Conservation Award: Red Mountain Campus, Mesa Community College, Arizona
2:00 pm BREAK Refreshments, plant rentals, networking, question cards Please approach Cass Stabler or Miriam Henriques if you wish more information about the nomination process regarding future board positions
2:30 pm NANPS' Current and Future Local Collaborations for 2014 and Beyond: Jode Roberts of The David Suzuki Foundation - NANPS and Got Milkweed campaign Tara Shelton of Artisans at Work Peter Mitchell of The Big Carrot
3:00 pm Election of Board of Directors
3:10 pm Garden Award:Angelique-Marie Mori, 441 Hamilton Dr., Hamilton
3:30 pm Volunteer of the year Award: Rolf Struthers, Vivian Denton
3:40 pm Land Management - Shining Tree Woods and Zinkan Island Cove
4:00 pm Concluding remarks
4:10 pm Door prizes & draw
Sowing the Seeds of Love
"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action"
- Meister Eckhart
(butterfly milkweed seed, Asclepias tuberosa)
Before we plant, before we reap, we must have seed! Our members love native plants and crave native plant seeds to sow. Let's not be guilty of Seeds of Inaction! The AGM and Seed Exchange go hand-in-hand as an easy way to unload your bounty. Bring your seeds to the AGM and save on postage. If you can't travel to the AGM, bundle your little beauties and pop them in the mail. Yes, postal rates have increased but it's not as if you are sending coconuts - they're not native. You get our drift.
Sunday November 23, 2014, 12- 4 p.m. Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Ave., Toronto Hosts: Volunteers from Green Neighbours 21, Transition Toronto, the Wychwood Barns Community Association. The EcoFair is a free, fun, family oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. NANPS needs some help. Please contact to sign up or to ask for more information. Facebook event.
Barbara Fallis Memorial Lecture Series
Thursdays February and March 19th, 2015
Experience Utopia…or as close as you can get!
Thursday November 13, 2014, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia Local experts will discuss the ecology, hydrogeology and forest health of the Minesing Wetlands, one of the largest intact wetlands in southern Ontario. $10 suggested donation.
And for something completely different…
Thursday November 20, 2014, 6 -10 p.m. The Great Hall,1087 Queen St. W., Toronto Toronto has more than 2400 publicly-owned laneways. Often under-used, deteriorating, and viewed as unsafe, these ‘in-between’ spaces have the potential to become an integral part of our public realm. Five speakers will give short presentations on the potential of our city’s laneways: How we can transform our laneways into more vibrant, safe, and people-friendly spaces; laneways as transportation corridors, green infrastructure, and community gathering spaces; and the cultural and economic potential of laneways.
It's not necessarily Wildflowers, but at least it's still wild...
Friday November 21, 2014, 8 - 10 p.m. Royal Ontario Museum main galleries, 100 Queen's Pk., Toronto Host: ROM. The weekly "Friday Night Live" includes (a) A book signing by the four co-authors of the new ROM Field Guide to the Butterflies of Ontario. This is your chance to meet and mingle with Peter Hall, Colin Jones, Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley; and (b) a first peek at the new "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" gallery, featuring many stunning images. Adults only. Friday Night Live is a ROM pub night. All galleries are open and drinks may be purchased. $12.
Saturday November 22, 2014, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Pk., Toronto (Enter through the group entrance, off of Queen's Park, at the south end of the museum) Host: Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA). Speaker: Georges Brossard, founder of the Montreal Insectarium, host for the Insectia and The Bug Man series broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Free, but advanced registration required.
The progressive cities show Toronto the way...
Monday November 24, 2014, 4 - 5 p.m. University of Toronto, University College, 15 King's College Circle, Room 140, Toronto Hosts: U of T Faculty of Forestry, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and LEAF. Speaker: Jeremy Barrick, Deputy Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources at the New York City Parks Department. Learn how NYC Parks responds to major storm events like Hurricane Sandy and its strategies for building and sustaining a resilient city. NYC has a top-ranked urban forestry program, and one of the best park systems in the U.S., so don’t miss this incredible opportunity! Free but registration recommended.
Lots of events are going on in the natural world. Please check the Scoop Calendar for the latest.
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