04/25/17

The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville on Saturday, April 22 was a great success!

The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville
on Saturday, April 22, 2017 was organized by the:

Oakville Community Centre
for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org
www.oakvillepeacecentre.org

MEDIA RELEASE (for immediate publication)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

26TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP A RECORD SUCCESS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

“The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville on Saturday, April 22 was a great success,” said Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

“The cool, dry but sunny morning was perfect weather for a Clean Up and the community responded by coming out in big numbers to support the annual litter pick-up,” he stated.

Lions Valley Park 00000022Lions Valley Park 00000021Lions Valley Park 00000017“There was a record 51 nature sites cleaned up by 1,162 volunteers. Coordinators did a fantastic job in heading up the clean up in their neighbourhood, distributing bags and gloves and directing volunteers to nature areas needing our attention,” he remarked.

“The total weight of all garbage removed was 5,050 kilograms including 750 kilograms of metal as reported by LK Trucking, an independent trucking firm hired by Halton Region Waste Management to haul away all garbage collected.

“North Oakville hosted 36 locations including 17 in northwest Oakville, 9 in north central Oakville and 10 in northeast Oakville and South Oakville hosted 15 locations with southwest Oakville. In south Oakville, there were 8 sites in the southwest, 5 in south central and only 2 in southeast Oakville including Clearview Park which is having its clean up this Saturday, April 29,” he noted.

“Nineteen organizations staffed a location. Resident associations included West River, Bronte Creek, Bronte Village and Clearview. Environmentalists included Change by YOUth, the South Peel Naturalists Club and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park. Governmental representatives included Ward 3 Councillor Tom Adams, School Trustee Tracey Ehl, Team Kevin Flynn (MPP Oakville) and the Oakville Museum. Other coordinators included the Trafalgar Presbyterian Church, Al Falah Islamic Centre at two sites, Remax realtor Paul Butler at two sites, Pace Team with Century 21, Charterability.com, the 36th Guides of Oakville, the Social Committee for 2300 Upper Middle Road’s residents and the Oakville Chinese Seniors 99 Association. The 30th Oakville Brownies cleaned up at Bronte and Lakeshore Roads earlier in the week. The remaining thirty sites were staffed by volunteers with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights,” he stated.

“The event was sponsored by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department and sixty-five community organizations and their support allows this campaign to flourish,” he said.
“The annual Clean Up encourages people to take care of their own neighbourhood and it has contributed to building community by bringing neighbours together. In addition, it saves tens of thousands of dollars a year for the local taxpayer and significantly boosts property values,” he stated.

Valleywood Park“The Clean Up campaign promotes awareness and respect for biodiversity, local nature and our trails, parks and waterways. We are beautifying the local natural environment, protecting wildlife and benefiting people’s health while doing our best to encourage environmental activism in our schools and throughout our community,” he concluded.

04/24/17

Final Report on the 2017 Earth Week Clean Up

The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville

on Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) was organized by the:

occpehr logoOakville Community Centre for
Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)
P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5
(905) 849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org
www.oakvillepeacecentre.org

26TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP A RECORD SUCCESS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

“The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville on Saturday, April 22 was a great success,” said Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights and author of this report.

The cool, dry but sunny morning was perfect weather for a Clean Up and the community responded by coming out in big numbers to support the annual litter pick-up.


RECORD NUMBER OF LOCATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS

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There was a record 51 nature sites cleaned up by 1,162 volunteers. All coordinators did a fantastic job in heading up the clean up in their neighbourhood, distributing bags and gloves and directing volunteers to nature areas needing our attention.

AMOUNT OF GARBAGE COLLECTED
The total weight of all garbage removed was 5,050 kilograms including 750 kilograms of metal as reported by LK Trucking, an independent trucking firm hired by Halton Region Waste Management to haul away all garbage collected. There were more than 1,000 full bags of garbage collected and more than 100 various metal objects removed.

ALLOCATION OF CLEAN UP SITES BY WARD DIVISION
North Oakville hosted 36 locations including 17 in northwest Oakville, 9 in north central Oakville and 10 in northeast Oakville. In south Oakville, there were 8 sites in the southwest, 5 in south central and only 2 in southeast Oakville including Clearview Park which is having its clean up this Saturday, April 29.

21 CLEAN UP SITES STAFFED BY TWENTY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Resident associations cleaning up included West River, Bronte Creek, Bronte Village and Clearview. West Harbour is doing a follow-up clean up in early May.

Environmentalists included Change by YOUth and Books with No Bounds, the South Peel Naturalists Club and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park.

Governmental representatives included Ward 3 Councillor Tom Adams, School Trustee Tracey Ehl, Team Kevin Flynn (MPP Oakville) and the Oakville Museum.

Other coordinators included the Trafalgar Presbyterian Church, Al Falah Islamic Centre at two sites, Remax realtor Paul Butler at two sites, Pace Team with Century 21, Charterability.com, the 36th Guides of Oakville, the Social Committee for 2300 Upper Middle Road residents and the Oakville Chinese Seniors 99 Association. The 30th Oakville Brownies cleaned up at Bronte and Lakeshore Roads earlier in the week.

The remaining thirty sites were staffed by volunteers with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

INTERESTING ITEMS DISPOSED OF AT THE CLEAN UP
Coordinators reported that they found a wide variety of interesting items at the event. These items included several tires, metal re-bars, wire fencing, a computer, BBQ grate, pipes, three bikes, umbrella, metal table base, concrete step, office chair legs, 2’x3’ top of a bench, a decomposed softball with moss growing on it, a criminal record codebook partially burned, mattress frame, children’s crib, blade of a shovel, lamp, a Justin Trudeau lawn sign, chairs, steel cables, a speaker cover, several shopping carts, metal signs, wooden pallet, two short metal tubes with flanges for a playground, table top, old black garden composting bin, wooden scooter, stove, large broken composter, a pile of pieces of broken concrete, 2”x2” wood, planter pots both plastic and clay, aluminum siding, building materials, yard waste, car parts, barbed wire, metal barrel, steel pole, old fence post, broken clay mask, lifeguard station toy, a 9’x12’ rug, sign wire, bike frame, sledge hammer, small broken safety box, bolts, two door hinges, metal table legs from an outdoor patio set, gas hose nozzle, metal decorative pieces, rods, an expired credit card, wallet, diapers and bags full of diapers, and lots of cigarette butts, Tim Horton’s coffee cups and lids, candy wrappers, cans and empty plastic water bottles.

A SPONSORED EVENT
The event is sponsored by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department and sixty-five community organizations. Their support allows this campaign to flourish.

The Town provides bags and gloves and produces a large map of the clean up locations which is displayed in all municipal facilities including libraries, recreation centres and at town hall.

Halton Region Waste Management pays for two garbage trucks to pick up all collected refuse on the afternoon after the Clean Up is concluded.

Several sponsors placed advertisements in our event newspaper which is distributed by coordinators and placed in key commercial outlets and town facilities to raise further awareness of the event. We printed 7,000 copies thanks to the support of these advertisers.

Please click here for a complete list of all sixty-six sponsors.

LIST OF THE 51 EARTH WEEK LOCATIONS CLEANED UP:
COORDINATORS ARE THE REAL HEROES OF THE CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN

NORTH WEST OAKVILLE (17)
– Abbeywood Drive Trails:
(Joe Di Paolo)

– Aldercrest Park:
(Cathy Buchanan)

– Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Main Entrance:
(Mike Lansdown and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park)

– Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Campgrounds:
(Mike Lansdown and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park)

– Fourth Line and Upper Middle Road
(Antonio Fonseca)

– Glen Oak Creek Trail at Monastery Drive
(Ken Brodner and son Erik)

– Indian Ridge Trail at Lindsay Drive
(Donna Sheppard and the South Peel Naturalists Club)

– Langtry Park
(Change by YOUth and Books with No Bounds)

– Nottinghill Gate Park
(Al Falah Islamic Centre)

– Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane
(Carol Anderson and Keith Webster)

– 16 Hollow Park
(Sharon Brodner)

– TD Bank ravine at 3rd Line & Upper Middle Road
(Amy Young)

– 2300 Upper Middle Road: Balmoral
(Bill Campbell and the Social Committee)

– Valleywood Court
(Christine Schultz)

– Watercliffe Court Pond
(Bronte Creek Community Residents Association)

– Westoak Trails Park
(Karen Wilson Davis and the 36th Guides of Oakville)

– Woodgate Woods
(Voula Caffrey)

NORTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (9)
– Isaac Park
(Remax realtor Paul Butler and Heather Clark Smith)

– Lions Valley Park
(Al Falah Islamic Centre)

– Memorial Park
(Gita Zoghi)

– Munns Creek East at pipeline
(David Stefan)

– Munns Creek Trails at Margot Street and Munn’s Avenue
(Brenda Winkels)

– Nipegon Trail
(Richard Slatter)

– Oxford Park
(Michelle and Jeff Sholdice)

– River Glen Park: Shannon Creek Trail
(Geoff and Mary Hospital)

– River Oaks Boulevard west of Trafalgar Road
(Doug Maybee)

NORTH EAST OAKVILLE (10)
– Algrove Park
(Councillor Tom Adams)

– Bayshire Woods Park
(Remax realtor Paul Butler)

– Forest Glade Park
(The MacWilliam’s)

– Glenashton Drive Bridge
(Don Meade)

– Glenashton Park
(Jinglie Dou and the Oakville Chinese Seniors 99 Association)

– Lancaster Woods
(Irina and Alex Fomenko)

– Litchfield Park
(Trafalgar Presbyterian Church)

– Pinery Park – Joshua Valley North at Arrowhead Road and Pinery Crescent
(Pace Team with Century 21)

– Postridge Park
(Brad and Niki Jandrew)

– Ravineview Way + Pondview Pond
(Leslie Osborne)

SOUTH WEST OAKVILLE (8)
– Bronte Bluffs Park
(Bronte Village Residents Association)

– Bronte Road and QEW green spaces
(Team Kevin Flynn, MPP)

– Bronte Road and Wyecroft Road green spaces
(Peter Vandermyden)

– Coronation Park to Bronte Road
(Gord Cochrane, TRACK program)

– Great Lakes Boulevard
(Maggie Smylie and Jeff Mason, Deborah Bennet)

– Hopedale Park
(Earl and Sharon Wiese)

– Kinoak Arena
(Toaster and Sabrina Dementros)

– Woodhaven Park+Sedgewick Forest
(School Trustee Tracey Ehl)

SOUTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (5)
– Busby Park+Larry Cain Trail
(Charterability.com)

– Hogg’s Back Park+Forster Park
(Ted Haugen and the West River Residents Association)

– Oakville Museum+Erchless+Lakeside Park
(Susan Crane)

– Perkins Passage
(Lynne and Dan Dolan)

– YMCA+Suffolk Park+Glen Oak Park
(Heather and Emiro White)

SOUTH EAST OAKVILLE (2)
– Clearview Park (on April 29, 2017)
(Carol Deeth and the Clearview Oakville Community Alliance, COCA)

– Dunvegan Park
(Paul Dankowich)

COORDINATORS MADE SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ANNUAL CLEAN UP
It was recommended that we could improve the annual Clean Up in the following ways:
– encourage local businesses to take some responsibility for the mess in the natural areas around their properties; they should sponsor the event and send out their employees to help with the clean up.
– ask coordinators to reach out to schools and businesses in their neighbourhood for support.
– the Town of Oakville should do a lot more to publicize the event as it benefits the most from our work; Councillors should do more to promote it and get their resident associations involved; the weekly community update sent out on Fridays should be promoting it weeks in advance; the town should better acknowledge the coordinators by issuing a letter of thanks and congratulations to them; they should get the large maps displayed in schools and circulate the map more widely electronically; the town should advertise the event using roadside billboards (people saw the many billboards around town promoting the May 6 town Stay Calm event but none for the Clean Up).
– the town needs to provide more garbage cans around parks; for example, it was reported that they are desperately needed at the bus stops on Upper Middle Road and Bishops Gate around Aldercrest Park.
– provide leaf-garden waste bags.
– provide kid size gloves for children ten years of age and younger; available at Dollarama.
– provide garbage grabbers or pick-up sticks with a nail at each site for use by seniors and people with bad backs.
– give away more of the free one-program recreation passes given by the town at each site.
– display more event posters to be facing the sidewalk rather than facing the road.
– change the location name for Sixteen Hollow Park to the Westoak Boulevard Trails.
– encourage schools to construct an enclosure around their dumpsters.
– ask scouts, cubs, guides and brownies to go to locations not covered by the clean up so as not to duplicate our efforts.
– build more awareness by hosting a rally beforehand.
– we are distributing Tim Horton sponsored garbage bags provided by Pitch-In Canada so maybe Tim’s can provide coffee and donuts for each location and distributed by them from each store closest to the clean up locations.
– speak to Macdonald’s and Tim Horton’s as 80% of garbage picked up is their garbage; maybe they could sponsor some garbage cans.
– add a second Clean Up in the fall.
– speak to the principals of high schools to advocate that they educate their students not to litter.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The annual Clean Up encourages people to take care of their own neighbourhood and it has substantially contributed to building community by bringing neighbours together. In addition, it saves tens of thousands of dollars a year for the local taxpayer and significantly boosts property values.

The Clean Up campaign promotes awareness and respect for biodiversity, local nature and our trails, parks and waterways. We are beautifying the local natural environment, protecting wildlife and benefiting people’s health while doing our best to encourage environmental activism at Oakville schools and throughout our community.

THE MANY BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL CLEAN UP
“This annual event is the largest community-wide Clean Up in Canada during Earth Week. 79,500 students and citizens have now participated since 1992,” remarked Don Meade, a Board Member.

“The Clean Up is a family activity that will be remembered, cherished and talked about for years to come. By participating, parents are educating their children about the importance of the natural environment in a very practical way,” said Mr. Meade.

“The Clean Up will allow everyone to enjoy garbage-free parks and trails this spring and summer. We are very grateful for the financial support of sixty-six local sponsors including four participating schools. We encourage and need more local organizations to sponsor the event. As the environment is everyone’s responsibility, we are very pleased that so many people have volunteered to make a big difference for our local environment in Oakville over the past twenty-six years. Let’s make the 27th annual clean up our best ever in 2018,” he concluded.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUED AFTER CLEAN UP WAS OVER
The annual Clean Up is a special occasion for many neighbourhoods. People renew acquaintances with friends and neighbours at the Clean Up. Organizations gather their members and bring them together in a positive and constructive activity at their locations. Some coordinators and organizations hosted a BBQ for the volunteers or treated their volunteers with drinks and snacks to enjoy during and after the event. Some coordinators reached out to local businesses for support and donations of food or snacks for their volunteers.

This spring, seven locations in south Oakville thoroughly enjoyed pizza donated by Panago Pizza South Oakville on Cornwall Road after their clean up was completed. The immense generosity of Panago Pizza was greatly appreciated by volunteers at Coronation Park, Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Forest, Hogg’s Back Park and Forster Park, Perkins Passage, the YMCA, Busby Park and at Dunvegan Park.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018
We look forward to everyone pitching in again in 2018 as our local environment truly needs your attention and support. Help clean up a park, trail, ravine, green space, woodlot or lakefront near to where you live.

It is wonderful that we started with just one location in 1992 and that the campaign has grown so much since. Individuals, families, students, clubs, not for profit groups, business and governmental organizations will be participating again in 2018.

HISTORY OF THE EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP
The campaign has been a real grass roots accomplishment. Over the years, citizens concerned about littering and the protection of our local natural environment became coordinators of the Clean Up in their neighbourhood.

Since 1992, there have been a total of 140 location coordinators. There were thirteen new coordinators in 2017.

Some locations lasted for only one year while others have been ongoing almost since the start. Many locations have had changes of coordinators with one person finding someone else to replace them and keep the clean up going in that neighbourhood. As well, many locations suspended their clean up because the coordinator reported that the clean up was so successful that their green space no longer required their annual maintenance of it. Many past coordinators moved away to another community.

Up to and including the 2017 Clean Up, we have organized a total of 709 neighbourhood clean ups. We began with one in 1992, five in 1993, six in 1994 and 1995, twelve in 1996, twenty-seven locations in 2002, thirty-eight sites in 2004, forty-seven in 2016 and a record fifty-one locations this year.

Since 1992, when there were thirty volunteers cleaning up under the Bronte Road Bridge at the QEW, the campaign has involved more than 79,500 students and citizens.

Coordinators have primarily included individuals, families or groups of families working together. Over the years, other not for profit organizations also have played a large role in encouraging participation in this community-wide effort.

All past and present coordinators truly have made a big difference in our community. They took the bold step of becoming an organizer for the local environment. As a volunteer coordinator, they have become a source of inspiration for others who share their concerns and joined in on clean up day.

Coordinators have regularly reported that their neighbourhood has become a lot cleaner and a lot more liveable thanks to the annual clean up. Many have said that they have less and less to clean up each year with the larger pieces of garbage long ago removed.

The response from the community for this event has been tremendous. Thank you very much!

CONTACT INFORMATION
It’s not too early to set up a new location for clean up in 2018. For more information, please contact the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights at (905) 849-5501, by e-mail at info@oakvillepeacecentre.org or by writing to P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.

04/19/17

Sponsors and Exhibitors that were at the 2017 Halton Eco Festival

SPONSORS OF THE 2017 HALTON ECO FESTIVAL

Conservation Halton

2596 Britannia Road West, Burlington L7P 0G3

(905) 336-1158, nmiller@hrca.on.ca

www.conservationhalton.ca

“An environmental agency that protects, restores

and manages the natural resources in its watershed.”

 

Halton Region – Public Works Department

1151 Bronte Road, Oakville L6M 3L1

Dial 311 or (905) 825-6000, accesshalton@halton.ca

www.halton.ca

“Public Works delivers safe drinking water, treats wastewater,

maintains safe roads and promotes the 3Rs. We are giving out

hundred’s of free orange boxes for collection of household hazardous

waste at the Halton Eco Festival.”

 

Town of Oakville – Environmental Policy Department

1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville L6H 0H3

(905) 845-6601, ddoyle@oakville.ca

www.oakville.ca

“Kick-off Earth Week at the Halton Eco Festival and stay green

all year long. Please visit our booth to learn more about our various

programs and activities to benefit the local environment.”

 

MEDIA SPONSOR

Niagara Escarpment Views

50 Ann Street, Halton Hills L7G 2V2

(905) 877-9665, editor@NEViews.ca

www.NEViews.ca

“A high quality magazine that reflects the lifestyles

and values of people along the Niagara Escarpment.”

 

EXHIBITORS AT THE 2017 HALTON ECO FESTIVAL

Featuring:

Sciensational Sssnakes!!

8 Clearview Street, Guelph N1E 6C5

(519) 824-3847, info@scisnake.com

www.scisnake.com

“We provide hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians for the young and the young at heart.

Our shows feature an informal lecture about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals. Our displays feature animals in terrariums with interpretive signs and backdrops. Our programs feature live animals that are safe, friendly and easy to handle. Many of them are native Ontario species, some of which are now endangered in the wild, and rarely seen.”

Appleby College Summer Camps

540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville L6K 3P1

(905) 845-4681, mikep5000@gmail.com

www.appleby.on.ca

 

Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER)

#218 – 92 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga L5G 4S2

(905) 891-6004

aceracreinfo@gmail.com, www.acer-acre.ca

“Educating communities to monitor and take ecological action in response to climate change.”

 

Books With No Bounds

(905) 464-5216, bookswithnobounds@cogeco.ca

www.bookswithnobounds.com

“Students collecting books to promote literacy in aboriginal communities;

please bring your books for donation to our booth at the Halton Eco Festival.”

 

Bronte Creek Project

c/o Gary Allan High School,

3250 New Street, Burlington L7N 1M8

(905) 31-3502, staff@brontecreekproject.org

www.brontecreekproject.org

“Dedicated to creating effective environmental leaders,

high school students receive an outdoor education.”

 

Council of Canadians – Halton

(905) 854-5707, june.haltoncoc@gmail.com

“Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters. We advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. We educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable”.

 

Eagle Chiropractic Health and Wellness Circle

#413 – 1235 Trafalgar Road, Oakville L6H 3P1

(905) 337-7047, wellness@eaglechiropractic.ca

www.eaglechiropractic.ca

“Our goal is to achieve optimal health and wellness for all ages with

chiropractic care, orthotics, massage therapy, holistic nutrition and yoga.”

 

Fair Vote Canada, Halton Chapter

halton@fairvote.ca, www.fairvote.ca

“Promoting proportional representation for a healthier democracy.”

 

In-Line Family Chiropractic

#1 – 2318 Lakeshore Rd W., Oakville L6L 1H3

(905) 827-2757, admin@inlinechiro.ca

www.inlinechiro.ca

“Specializing in family wellness and corrective care.”

 

ICAN Oakville: International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

(905) 849-7167, bbirkett@interlog.com

www.icanw.org

“Local peace activists who are mobilizing the community’s involvement via

petitions, speakers, Hiroshima vigils, contacts with area politicians and appeals.”

 

Oakville Fire Department – Safety Division

1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville L6H 0H3

(905) 845-6601

 

Oakville Provincial Liberal Association

#1 – 200 North Service Road West, Oakville L6M 2Y1

(647) 822-4734 , info@opla.ca, gfg@glista-associates.com

www.opla.ca

“Pursuing a stronger and more caring Ontario.”

 

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association

2089 Nipigon Drive, Oakville L6H 4G3

(289) 813-1568, president@oakvillegreen.org

www.oakvillegreen.org

“Protecting and restoring nature where you live! We connect community to

nature through tree plantings, school presentations and various nature events.

Visit our booth to make a seedbomb!”

 

Physicians for Global Survival

#903 – 100 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville L6J 6M9

(905) 849-7167, bbirkett@interlog.com, www.pgs.ca

“Committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons

and all the harmful effects of the nuclear fuel cycle.”

 

Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER)

P.O. Box 192, Georgetown L7G 4T1

(905) 873-1820, info@powerhalton.ca, www.powerhalton.ca

“Learn more about invasive species and their impact on our local biodiversity.”

 

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

5420 Greer Road, Burlington L7L 7M7

(416) 628-0355, (905) 635-1887, contact@free-meditation.ca

www.free-meditation.ca

“Experience the peace and joy within at free meditation classes

offered every Friday from 7-8pm at the Glen Abbey Rec Centre.”

 

Solar Ontario

#14 – 1290 Speers Road, Oakville L6H 2X4

(905) 845-2433, info@solarontario.com

www.solarontario.com

“We design and install solar swimming pool heating systems, solar

water heating systems and solar electric systems in southern Ontario;

40 years of experience!”

 

Tree Climbing Canada

889 Concession Road 2, Port Rowan N0A 1M0

(519) 718-8733, info@treeclimbingcanada.ca

“Recreational tree climbing is the future of outdoor adventure. It gets you

off the ground and into the canopy to better enjoy the views of the surrounding

landscape, nature, wildlife, breezes and more. Learn to surf branches!

 

What’s Good – Wellness By Design

#C9 – 125 Cross Road, Oakville L6J 2W7

(905) 845-5775, info@whatsgoodwellness.ca

www.whatsgoodwellness.ca

“It is the fusion of balanced nutrition, mind and body with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food cures, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and chiropractic.”

04/14/17

A NEW RECORD: 51 Locations for Clean Up on Saturday, April 22

The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville

will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 and is organized by the:

occpehr logo for websiteOakville Community Centre

for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)

P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5

(905) 849-5501, info@oakvillepeacecentre.org

www.oakvillepeacecentre.org

 

MEDIA RELEASE (for immediate publication)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

26TH ANNUAL EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

“The 26th annual Earth Week Clean Up of nature sites in Oakville will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am to 11 am,” said Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

“We look forward to everyone pitching in as our local environment truly needs your attention and support. Help clean up a park, trail, ravine, green space, woodlot or lakefront near to where you live. There are forty-five locations throughout Oakville now confirmed for clean up,” he stated.

“It is wonderful that we started with just one location in 1992 and that the campaign has grown so much since. Individuals, families, students, clubs, not for profit groups, business and governmental organizations are participating in 2017,” he remarked.

MAP OF EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP LOCATIONS

The 51 nature sites include these 6 NEW LOCATIONS JUST ADDED:

NORTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE
Lions Valley Park
Memorial Park

NORTH WEST OAKVILLE
Nottinghill Gate Park
2300 Upper Middle Road: Balmoral

SOUTH WEST OAKVILLE
Bronte Road & QEW greenspaces
Bronte Road & Wycroft Road greenspaces

NORTH WEST OAKVILLE (15)

Abbeywood Drive Trails

Aldercrest Park

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Main Entrance

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Campgrounds

Fourth Line and Upper Middle Road

Glen Oak Creek Trail at Monastery Drive

Indian Ridge Trail at Lindsay Drive

Langtry Park

Sandpiper Road at Pheasant Lane

16 Hollow Park

TD Bank ravine at 3rd Line & Upper Middle Road

Valleywood Court

Watercliffe Court Pond

Westoak Trails Park

Woodgate Woods

NORTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (6)

Isaac Park

Munns Creek Trails at Margot Street and Munn’s Avenue

Nipegon Trail

Oxford Park

River Glen Park: Shannon Creek Trail

River Oaks Boulevard west of Trafalgar Road

NORTH EAST OAKVILLE (10)

Algrove Park

Bayshire Woods Park

Forest Glade Park

Glenashton Drive Bridge

Glenashton Park – Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

Lancaster Woods

Litchfield Park

Pinery Park – Joshua Valley North at Arrowhead Road and Pinery Crescent

Postridge Park

Ravineview Way

SOUTH WEST OAKVILLE (7)

Bronte Bluffs Park

Coronation Park

Great Lakes Boulevard

Hopedale Park

Kinoak Arena

Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Forest

Wyecroft and Bronte Road green spaces

SOUTH CENTRAL OAKVILLE (5)

Busby Park, Larry Cain Trail

Hogg’s Back Park, Forster Park

Lakeside Park-Oakville Museum

Perkins Passage

YMCA

SOUTH EAST OAKVILLE (2)

Clearview Park (on April 29, 2017)

Dunvegan Park

COORDINATORS ARE THE REAL HEROES OF THE CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN
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In 2017, locations are being staffed by sixteen various organizations.

Neighbourhood residents associations include the West River Residents Association at Hogg’s Back Park and Forster Park, the Bronte Creek Community Residents Association along Colonel William Parkway and the Bronte Village Residents Association at Bronte Bluffs Park. The Clearview Oakville Community Alliance (COCA) is hosting their clean up on Saturday, April 29 at Clearview Park and it will feature hot air balloon rides from Remax. Sponsor West Harbour Residents Association also are planning a follow-up clean up at a later date.

Environmental groups include the South Peel Naturalists Club at Indian Ridge Trail and the Friends of Bronte Creek Park who will be handing out Pitch-In Canada bags to visitors at both park entrances.

Governmental representatives who are coordinating a location include Councillor Tom Adams and family at Algrove Park, School Trustee Tracey Ehl and family at Woodhaven Park, and Team Kevin Flynn (MPP Oakville) cleaning up green spaces in the Wyecroft and Bronte Roads area.

Other coordinators include the Trafalgar Presbyterian Church at Litchfield Park, Remax realtor Paul Butler at Isaac Park as well as at Bayshire Woods Park, Pace Team with Century 21 at Pinery Park, Charterability.com at Busby Park, the 36th Guides of Oakville at West Oak Trails Park and the Oakville Chinese Seniors 99 Association at Glenashton Park.

Susan Crane is the director of the Oakville Museum on Navy Street and in addition to organizing the morning clean up she is inviting everyone to join them from 1 to 4 pm to celebrate Earth Day at the Museum! Children and families will enjoy a nature scavenger hunt and outdoor games on the grounds of Erchless Estate. Let your creativity flow with Earth-themed art including bird feeders made of natural and recycled materials and geocache containers. Participate in a milk bag mattress weaving project. This free event is for all ages and registration is not required.

All other locations are being staffed by volunteers with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

SPONSORS

The event is sponsored by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space Department which provides bags and gloves. They also produced a large map highlighting the Clean Up sites which are now prominently on display in all municipal facilities including libraries, recreation centres and Town Hall.

Halton Region’s Waste Management Department sponsors two garbage trucks, one to pick up metal and one to pick up garbage. Pitch-In Canada also provides bags.

Longstanding community sponsors have sustained this campaign these past twenty-five years; visit the website to view the list of sixty-six sponsors in 2017.

THE MANY BENEFITS OF THE ANNUAL CLEAN UP

“This annual event is the largest community-wide Clean Up in Canada during Earth Week. 75,500 students and citizens have participated since 1992,” remarked Don Meade, a Board Member.

“The annual Clean Up encourages people to take care of their own neighbourhood and it has contributed to building community by bringing neighbours together. In addition, it saves tens of thousands of dollars a year for the local taxpayer and significantly boosts property values,” he stated.

“The Clean Up campaign promotes awareness and respect for biodiversity, local nature and our trails, parks and waterways. We are beautifying the local natural environment, protecting wildlife and benefiting people’s health while doing our best to encourage environmental activism in our schools and throughout our community,” he noted.

“The Clean Up is a family activity that will be remembered, cherished and talked about for years to come. By participating, parents are educating their children about the importance of the natural environment in a very practical way,” said Mr. Meade.

“The Clean Up will allow everyone to enjoy garbage-free parks and trails this spring and summer. We are very grateful for the financial support of sixty-six local sponsors including a few participating schools. We encourage and need more local organizations to sponsor the event. As the environment is everyone’s responsibility, we are very pleased that so many people have volunteered to make a big difference for our local environment in Oakville over the past twenty-four years. Let’s make the 26th annual clean up our best ever,” he concluded.

HISTORY OF THE EARTH WEEK CLEAN UP

The campaign has been a real grass roots accomplishment. Over the years, citizens concerned about littering and the protection of our local natural environment became coordinators of the Clean Up in their neighbourhood.

Since 1992, there have been a total of 133 location coordinators. There are six new coordinators in 2017.

Some locations lasted for only one year while others have been ongoing almost since the start. Many locations have had changes of coordinators with one person finding someone else to replace them and keep the clean up going in that neighbourhood. As well, many locations suspended their clean up because the coordinator reported that the clean up was so successful that their green space no longer required their annual maintenance of it. Many past coordinators moved away to another community.

Up to and including the 2016 Clean Up, we have organized a total of 658 neighbourhood clean ups. We began with one in 1992, five in 1993, six in 1994 and 1995, twelve in 1996, twenty-seven locations in 2002, thirty-eight sites in 2004 and a record forty-seven locations last year.

Since 1992, when there were thirty volunteers cleaning up under the Bronte Road Bridge at the QEW, the campaign has involved more than 78,000 students and citizens.

Coordinators have primarily included individuals, families or groups of families working together. Over the years, other not for profit organizations also have played a large role in encouraging participation in this community-wide effort.

All past and present coordinators truly have made a big difference in our community. They took the bold step of becoming an organizer for the local environment. As a volunteer coordinator, they became a source of inspiration for others who shared their concerns and joined in on clean up day.

Coordinators have regularly reported that their neighbourhood has become a lot cleaner and a lot more liveable thanks to the annual clean up. Many have said that they have less and less to clean up each year with the larger pieces of garbage long ago removed.

Last spring, we were very pleased that a record 47 nature sites were cleaned up. More than 4,600 kilograms of garbage and scrap metal were trucked away after being picked up by 1,500+ enthusiastic volunteers. The response from the community for this event has been tremendous.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE AFTER CLEAN UP IS OVER

The annual Clean Up is a special occasion for many neighbourhoods. People renew acquaintances with friends and neighbours at the Clean Up. Organizations gather their members and bring them together in a positive and constructive activity at their locations. Some coordinators and organizations host a BBQ for the volunteers or treat volunteers with drinks and snacks to enjoy during and after the event. Some coordinators reach out to local businesses for support and donations of food or snacks for their volunteers.

This spring, seven locations in south Oakville will be enjoying pizza donated by Panago Pizza after their clean up is completed. The immense generosity of Panago Pizza will be greatly appreciated by volunteers at Coronation Park, Woodhaven Park and Sedgewick Forest, Hogg’s Back Park and Forster Park, Perkins Passage, the YMCA, Busby Park and at Dunvegan Park.

CONTACT INFORMATION

It’s not too late to set up a new location for clean up on Saturday, April 22 in the morning.

For more information, please contact the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights at (905) 849-5501, by e-mail at info@oakvillepeacecentre.org or by writing to P.O. Box 52007, Oakville L6J 7N5.

Please download the 2017 Earth Week Clean Up Poster and print and display it at your workplace or school.