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  • 19 Jan 2020 3:34 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    2019 Ontario Environment Network AGM

    Saturday February 22nd 9.45am

    Dear members and supporters,  

    Please accept this as the required 30-day notice for the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Environment Network via telephone on Saturday, February 22. 

    Dial-in will begin from 9:45am, and the meeting will be held starting promptly at 10:00am and last until about 12:00pm. While a draft agenda can be found below, please note we are facing several challenges but anticipate a banner year.

    Key challenges are the stepping away from the Steering Committee of several individuals who have played important roles for several years, including both of our Co-chairs, Leslie Adams and me, as well as others.

    We encourage anyone who is interested in serving on the Steering Committee to brush up on the organizational information on the website, and to contact Wendy Thomson at oen@oen.ca if you have any questions about responsibilities and the time commitment. 

    We anticipate a banner year because both Leslie and Wendy will concentrate on the Biodiversity Caucus and the fall 2020 Biodiversity Conference, and as the OEN will be a partner in WaterScape III, which will be a forum for discussing a more sustainable Ontario and which we hope might generate one or more new caucuses. 

    Agenda and call in information is below. However if you can't attend please fill in and return a proxy form.

    Saturday February 22nd from 10.00am -12.00pm 



    Virtually by conference call.

    Call In: Toronto 647-478-7145, Ottawa 613-518-1086, or if necessary toll free 1-800-356-8278. When asked, please enter the conference access code: 663463.


    9:45 - 10:00 Lines open
    10:00 – 10:10 Roll call (and Introductions) 
    10:10 – 10:15 Adoption of the Agenda 
    10:15 – 10:25 Receipt and Adoption of the minutes of the 2018 AGM
    10:25 – 10:40 Chair’s Report (and questions)
    10:40 – 10:55 Consideration of the financial statements
    10:55 – 11:25 Motions
    11:25 – 11:35 Nominations/Election steering committee 
    11:35 – 11:45 New Business 
    11:45  Closing and round the room one word reflection

    Wendy Thomson 

    Ontario Environment Network

  • 4 Apr 2019 9:34 AM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    I hope that parents, school principal and school board representatives in fact everyone!  read this. This year April 4, 2019 is Healthy Schools Day (HSD) in Canada, every year Annually HSD highlights an important challenge to children’s health and the environment.  Recognizing that awareness of an issue does not go far enough, HSD also outlines actions to take. The 2019 campaign focus is on the health impacts of diesel engine exhaust emissions and ways to reduce risk through exposure for the health of all.  

    The impacts of exposure to diesel exhaust are legion and impact all life, from plant to bird to frog to people.  Disease and health impacts are many and include lung cancer, asthma, lung and heart problems, reproductive and developmental effects, allergy symptoms, the list goes on.  From a human perspective, the elderly and the young are more vulnerable. It is highly probable that the health impacts are the same for other species but the research focus is on human health.  Want to dive a bit deeper?  See https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/fuels-air-pollution.html

    Environmentally, diesel is a fossil fuel, and of course, is a contributor to carbon emissions. Diesel’s emissions create up to 100 times more particles than gasoline-powered engines, making it one of the highest contributors to particulate matter in the air, on the ground and in the water. There are also numerous other chemicals created through its’ burning. In general, the impacts of both producing and burning diesel include  pollution of air, water, and soil; reductions in visibility; and global climate change. Put another way, on the burring/use side, pollutants caused by fuel combustion include particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, benzene, metals and sulphur dioxide, among others; many of these contribute to the creation of smog. 

    Getting back to Healthy Schools days, just how are people are exposed to diesel emissions? An obvious source is the emissions exposure inside and outside the big yellow school buses Canadian children ride to school each day.  Children, parents and school staff standing beside those idling schools buses waiting to load or unload, or even people in the nearby playground or soccer field, are all potentially exposed to the pollution.  Enforcing anti-idling and shifting to electric buses is both possible and good for our health. 

    Even inside the school maybe exposed to diesel exhaust. Idling school buses can create the circumstances that allow heating and ventilation system intake fans to inhale polluted outside air, circulating diesel emissions particulates throughout the indoor air.    Homeowners and businesses close to these loading and idling zones are also susceptible to the diesel exposure and nuisance.

    HSD is a project of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment and supported by numerous organizations across Canada .  More information can be found at www. https://healthyschoolsday.ca/

    Please think about the impacts of using diesel around children and vulnerable adults, and also the impacts on our environment.

  • 28 Oct 2018 12:07 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    2018 Ontario Environment Network AGM 


    We hope you can join us at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday November 15th and help shape the OEN for years to come! Agenda and call in information is below. However if you can't attend please fill in and return a proxy form.

    Thursday November 15th 7.00-8.30pm 


    In person at the Sanctuary in Georgetown or virtually by conference call.

    • Call In: Toronto 647-478-7145, Ottawa 613-518-1086, or if necessary toll free 1-800-356-8278. When asked,  please enter the conference access code: 663463.
    • In person at the Sanctuary: 13028 Highway 7, Georgetown, L7G 4S4 


    7:00 – 7:10 Gathering
    7:10 – 7:20 Roll call (and Introductions) 
    7:20 – 7:25 Adoption of the Agenda 
    7:25 – 7:30 Receipt and Adoption of the minutes of the 2017 AGM
    7:30 – 7:40 Consideration of the financial statements
    7:40 – 7:50 Chair’s Report (and questions) 
    7:50 – 8:10 Nominations/Election steering committee 
    8:10 – 8:30 Strategic Plan discussion 
    8:30  Closing and round the room one word reflection

    The Ontario Environment Network Team

    PS There is still time to submit your name for consideration on the Steering Committee - contact us if you are interested!
  • 1 Jun 2018 12:40 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    OEN Summer Networking meeting:  Sustainable Development Goals: Working through Ecology and Environment for a Sustainable Ontario

    Register now and join OEN and local member Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources on June 16 to discuss enabling our work to reflect and embed ecology and the environment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)why and how ecology and environment is critical to moving towards the SDGS and to reflect on how and why we should lever the SDGs in the work we do in Ontario. 

    Learn more about the event and how to register here: https://www.oen.ca/event-2954545

  • 10 Feb 2018 10:50 AM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)
    Check out our new look website - Add your listing to the new directory!

    Our new website is full of the content you are used to seeing, plus more functionality for members. Login to create, review and maintain your directory listing.

    Be sure to add your ENGO listing to our directory - its easy to add and easy to update. Plus listings are free for a limited time (although donations are welcome!)
  • 7 Feb 2018 8:55 AM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    The OEN is pleased to announce that we have done the price shopping and negotiated special exclusive group insurance rates for our members. 

    We have again chosen LMS Prolink who have very competitive insurance rates for ENGOs, and are pleased to announce that OEN members qualify for a 10% discount on their great low rates!

    “We shopped around for insurance and found LMS rates were very competitive, and when you include the 10% OEN member discount it was a no brainer. This is definitely one of the main reasons our organization first became a member and continues to renew our membership in OEN.” Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources

    Please contact us at oen(@)oen.ca to find out more information and how to apply!

  • 6 Feb 2018 3:23 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)


    Community Discussions on
    Water for Future Generations
    Water is essential for all life. Is Ontario doing enough to protect it?

    Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Ontario Environment Network (OEN), and Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI) are pleased to announce the dates, locations, and local partners for the community discussions on protecting Ontario’s water, as below.


    The event is free, but to ensure the right amount of chairs and coffee we ask you to please register online by clicking on the blue bold meeting location below+ .

    1:30*  Feb 13

    Simcoe CountyMidhurst United Church, 91 Doran Rd, Springwater, L0L 1X0

    In partnership with the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition
    5:30*  Feb 14

    Brant CountyLangford Schoolhouse, 1694 Colborne St E, Brantford, N3T 5M1

    In partnership with Sustainable Brant, Langford Conservancy, & Hamilton Naturalists 
    6:30*  Feb 20
    NiagaraNiagara College, Room W216, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0  In partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada-Niagara Chapter and the Save Thundering Waters Forest community group
    5:30*  Feb 22

    PeterboroughMcDonnel St Activity Centre, 577 McDonnel St, Peterborough, K9H 2Y1

    In partnership with GreenUp


    + If you don’t wish to register online, please send an e-mail with your name to Andrew as below.


    * The times noted above are recommended arrival times to register and network over maps, handouts, coffee, and light snacks. Each meeting will start 30 minutes after the times shown, SHARP, and will feature an hour of community discussion following two short presentations.  




    WaterScape is a collaborative effort of CELA, OEN, and OHI, in cooperation with the local partners listed above. The goals for the community discussions are:

    • To educate and engage interested individuals and organizations about Ontario’s water protection policies, particularly in response to the government’s current proposal: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring; and,
    • To listen to the community, whose observations will inform a joint submission which meeting participants and others will be invited to endorse. 


    Issues to be addressed at the community discussions include:

    • Are the increased measures in the Greenbelt adequate to the need to protect water there? 
    • Are there other areas of the province where increased protection for water should be applied? and,
    • Is the Province doing enough to protect water?


    A template agenda can be seen at http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/agenda/. For more information please contact Andrew McCammon of the OHI at 416 231 9484 or via email at andrew(@) ontarioheadwaters.ca 




    Canadian Environmental Law Association

    Ontario Environment Network 

    Ontario Headwaters Institute    

  • 25 Jan 2018 8:50 AM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)
    OEN is working alongside Canadian Environmental Law Association and Ontario Headwaters Institute to host Waterscape community dialogues. These dialogues will take place in February with our goal being two fold:
    1. to help you have the tools to respond to the current consultation on bringing water features into the greenbelt, particularly in the outer ring adjacent to the greenbelt, and
    2. to start a broader discussion of water protection in Ontario.
    For ease of sharing, the information is directly below and can be downloaded as a pdf here. Please share widely! We hope to see you at one of the community sessions - more information coming shortly - stay tuned!! We apologise for any duplication. 

    OEN Steering Committee


    Community Discussions on
    Water for Future Generations
    Water is essential for all life. Is Ontario doing enough to protect it?

    With Ontario facing significant increased development, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Ontario Environment Network (OEN), and Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI) are pleased to announce WaterScape, which will stage a series of community discussions during the first three weeks of February in an arc running from Niagara, up toward Barrie, and across toward Peterborough, in collaboration with local partners.

    The goal of WaterScape is to educate and engage interested individuals and organizations about Ontario’s water protection policies, particularly in response to a current government proposal: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring.

    Protecting Water for Future Generations proposes the identification and mapping of key aquatic features as a basis for the potential expansion of the Greenbelt, which offers greater protection than is provided for water outside of the Greenbelt. It was posted to the Environmental Registry in December, can be seen at 013-1661, and comments are due March 7, 2018.

    Protecting Water for Future Generations seeks input on:
    • Identifying key aquatic features in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, such as moraines, coldwater streams and wetlands, to provide increased protection due to forecast development under the Growth Plan;
    • Developing a process to map these features and potentially include them in the Greenbelt; and,
    • Other factors to be considered when mapping a proposed expansion to the Greenbelt boundary, such as development, agriculture, natural heritage, aggregates, infrastructure, and any other local consideration.
    The partners in WaterScape support protecting key water features from increased development by expanding the Greenbelt. We also believe that broader discussion on protecting Ontario’s water and future generations is required. Key issues that need to be addressed include: 
    • Are the increased measures in the Greenbelt adequate to the need to protect water there? 
    • Are there other areas of the province where increased protection for water should be applied? and, 
    • Is the Province doing enough to protect water? 
    WaterScape’s immediate goals are to encourage interested individuals and organizations to exercise their rights, guaranteed by the Environmental Bill of Rights, to participate in the government’s current consultation on Protecting Water for Future Generations, and to expand the discussion of needed steps for water security and resilience across Ontario.

    Please stay tuned. We anticipate announcing meeting locations and dates on January 29.

    As we work to finalize these meetings, we’d be interested in chatting with other groups who may wish to help realize these community discussions to better protect Ontario’s water.

    If you would like to help, please contact Andrew McCammon of the OHI at 416 231 9484 or via andrew(@) ontarioheadwaters.ca

    Canadian Environmental Law Association
    Ontario Environment Network
    Ontario Headwaters Institute
  • 5 Nov 2017 2:50 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    The Ontario Environment Network held our 2016-2017 virtually on Saturday October 28.  Click here to read the minutes or view the presentations!


  • 14 Mar 2017 12:21 PM | Andrew McCammon (Administrator)

    Tuesday April 11 - Wednesday April 12 2017 • Fairmont Château Laurier • Ottawa

    The Ontario Environmental Network (OEN) is inviting applications from member organizations interested in attending the above event. The OEN is particularly interested in enabling someone who would not otherwise to be able to attend.

    • Number of ENGO Delegates sought: 1 delegate, 1 alternate
    • Deadline to apply: April 7, 2017

    Delegate responsibilities:

    • Participate in one pre-conference consultation with OEN Delegate Selection Committee

    • Attend the conference representing your organization

    • Write a report on the conference within one month after the conference is over. A brief outline of report structure can be found here.

    • Lead/Participate in a post conference call with members of the OEN, and/or create a short video that can be used on the OEN you tube channel

    • Successful applicant is required to attend the full conference

    • The OEN will register the OEN member group delegate covering the conference fees ($1395.00 + HST). Any other related conference costs are the responsibility of the individual or their member group.

    How To Apply:  

    Please download and fill in this form to learn more about the delegate details and send as an e-mail attachment to oen@oen.ca.

    Selection Criteria: 

    • Organization is an OEN member group in good standing
    • Active in or interested in learning about one or more of the following: climate change, energy use, policy, GHG regulations, land-use planning, sustainability, other relevant areas of concern (please describe)

    • History of participation or interest in the themes of the conference

    • Proven ability to work professionally, constructively and collaboratively
    • Ability to reach out to constituent communities

    • Respectful of timelines and commitment to the process

    Delegate Expectations: 

    • Be willing and available to participate in pre-conference consultation
    • Review preparatory material in advance if required
    • Have your member group’s endorsement (through short letter) to act as its’ representative at the conference.

    • Write and submit a report and participate in or lead a post-conference debriefing session

    Background Information: 


    For more information, please contact OEN co_chair (at) oen.ca or oen (at) @oen.ca. 

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