With summer camps and many sports unavailable at the moment, I’m always intrigued as an educator, and as a person, as to how the youth are responding to these unprecedented times. I feel like many of us are being reminded of how critical these summer services really are. Like many native wildlife species, Canadians thrive in the summer months. Sports, gatherings, … [Read more...] about Exploring great outdoors is healthy activity for kids
With a timeless and ticking sense of adventure, I felt recently it was time to get up north again. Combing over the rocky edges of Georgian Bay, one can find plenty of stunning provincial parks. With nearly all of Ontario’s parks emerged from COVID hibernation, people are back out and exploring, but with some odd modifications. These changes range from a lack of washrooms, … [Read more...] about Provincial parks offer COVID camping tips
I often seek a change of scenery, and earlier this week, I found myself biking around through Virgil Conservation Area just to blow off some steam after a long day at the computer. There are certainly more biodiverse and ecologically healthy conservation areas in Niagara other than Virgil, but that said, the ribbon of green meandering through an increasingly urban area is a … [Read more...] about Take a minute to relax and enjoy nature
How has an ecosystem, something that has been around for 12,000 years or 180 million years, become deemed as ours? And when we arguably need nature the most, how can all of that soil, rock, and bark, formed by nothing but natural processes and time, suddenly become off-limits? It got me thinking, as Ontario is poised to reopen even more business and natural areas as a … [Read more...] about How did nature become owned by humans? And at what cost?
We must remain vigilant to ensure that nothing major happens to Niagara’s important ecosystems while we are consumed with a new reality of living. The longer the recovery takes, the trickier it will be to engage stakeholders, host public meetings, and effectively communicate on an open playing field. Yes, it’s wonderful that we “have an app for that,” for sharing … [Read more...] about Nature needs protection during virus pandemic