Summer 2013

Volume 7, Issue 2  


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Greenworks  Summer  Newsletter



Fair Trade

Given the horror of the recent events in Bangladesh, perhaps it is time for all of us to take a good look at our own ecological footprints and the ethics of purchases we make. Commenting on this very issue in the Spring 2012 Greenworks Newsletter, Gloria wrote an editorial on Cheap Goods at Whose Cost?   Ask questions and read labels when making purchases, if you can't find what you want, make the store aware what is important to you.  Fairtrade International is non profit organization that has created standards and labels to mark products that have met Fairtrade Standards. Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Every day, you can do your part, and remember to SHOP  Like the Planet's Watching! 



Thank you Vaughan!THANK YOU VAUGHAN 

Mayor Bevilacqua presented the York Region Environmental Alliance with a cheque for $10,000 at Vaughan's annual Earth Hour festivities on March 23, 2013. YREA is extremely grateful for this support of our programs and activities. Chairman Jeffery Laidlaw, Director Susan Sigrist and Executive Director Gloria Marsh, were on hand for the presentation.



Ontario Nature Regional Meeting

YREA hosted the Lake Ontario North Regional Meeting of Ontario Nature on Saturday, April 6th at the beautiful Oak Ridges Community Centre in Richmond Hill. This meeting had the best turnout ever, with eighteen Ontario Nature clubs/groups represented and 45 people. For a full description of this event, please read Sylvia Bowman's article on the EcoNews portion of our website.



York Region Amends Tree Bylaws

After meeting with local stakeholders, York Region's Environmental Services Committee recommended amendments to the Forest Conservation Bylaw. For an overview of the changes, please read our report on YREA's website.



Richmond Hill Mil lpond Splash

 Make   sure  you  stop  by  YREA's  booth  at  this  free  event! 

Mill Pond Splash, Richmond Hill's popular spring-time family eco-festival, returns to Mill Pond Park on Sunday 2 June, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. Now in its 15th year, Mill Pond Splash celebrates the natural and human ecology of the Don River watershed, whose many branches extend from the Oak Ridges Moraine in northern Richmond Hill and Vaughan down to Lake Ontario. Through live shows, demonstrations, community displays, music, and active participation, visitors can learn about all aspects of conservation and our natural environment. More information can be found here.



Fighting the Emerald Ash Borer in York Region Emerald Ash Borer: Have you seen this bug?

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect from Asia, will kill tens of thousands of ash trees throughout York Region in the next few years. You may be noticing dead and dying trees in your neighbourhood. To help residents cope with the impact of Emerald Ash Borer on their property, York Region has partnered with LEAF-Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests, to offer a subsidized backyard tree-planting service to residents, as well as an Ambassador Program. More details of these programs are available on YREA's website. 



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We have the power at a local level to instigate change which has global benefits. Your support of the York Region EnvironmentaDonate Now!l Alliance (YREA) will help us to continue our work to advocate for sustainable solutions. Please consider making a donation today. Your support will help YREA's hemp initiative take root.

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