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Protect whitebelt headwaters

Carruthers creek on a sunny summers day

Carruthers Creek; Credit: c/o the Town of Ajax

The Ontario government is proposing to expand the Greenbelt to protect water for future generations. Why then has it excluded the headwaters of rivers and streams in the ‘whitebelt’ from consideration?

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It’s cool to be cold: the importance of coldwater streams

Credit: Steven Edwards

The Government of Ontario has identified coldwater streams as a building block for Greenbelt expansion. Here’s why that makes sense.

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Disconnecting From Technology


Credit: Victoria Shi

As a Grade 11 student, I see the major impact that technology has on my generation. Technology has allowed communication to become easier, but I realize that at times, many teens overuse it. This results in a disconnection with the world around them and a lack of desire to go outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature around us.

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Up with the birds: downtown danger

Glass reflecting nearby trees, photo courtesy of FLAP

Photo Credit: FLAP

Many birds migrate at night, guided by the stars and constellations. In Toronto, as in other North American cities, migrating birds are attracted to the lights left on overnight in downtown buildings. This often results in deadly collisions.

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Remembering a buried river


Re: “A river runs through it” in ON Nature, fall 2014

When I was taking night courses at the University of Toronto in the early 60s, I took a birding course with Professor Baillie. To get to this and my other courses, I rode the subway from Etobicoke, got off at St. George station, crossed Bloor Street and walked down the Taddle Creek path to campus. Baillie often talked about the buried stream under this path and the fact that birds still used this corridor as a migration route. I have lived near Philadelphia since 1984 and have not visited the Taddle Creek path area since then, but my brother who lives in Toronto tells me that it still exists.

I thoroughly enjoy every issue of ON Nature, and place it in the reading lounge of the seniors’ residence where I live. There are a couple of other Canadians who live here and who enjoy the magazine as much as I do.

Sylvia Parker, Philadelphia


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