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.