Dec 19th, 2017
From the Friends of Simcoe Forests Good news! An important discovery has been made in the Freele Forest: at least one endangered species has been detected. Specifically, our expert field naturalist has confirmed Little Brown Bats are using the forest ~ this is a game changer for our campaign to save ...
Nov 9th, 2017
Flashback to August 2009: Durham dairy farmer Michael Schmidt is led away from Dump Site 41 after he had chained himself to Gate 1. He spent five days in jail refusing food and water. “The laws of the land are not always right,” he said upon release. “If someone is going to contamin...
Nov 5th, 2017
As many as 2,000 microfibres from fleece and polyester released during a single washing cycle By Larry Pynn Vancouver Sun November 1 2017 The textile industry is the next dirty frontier when it comes to the need to recycle and reduce the amount of clothing that finds its way into landfills and oceans...
Nov 2nd, 2017
By Rob Ferguson Toronto Star Ontarians have a bad habit to break when it comes to coffee — and they need some help, says Progressive Conservative MPP Norm Miller. He’s pushing for all parties at Queens’ Park to support a law requiring every single-use coffee pods sold in Ontario to be compostable wit...
Oct 1st, 2017
Environment Minister Chris Ballard The government’s organics action plan, which will be implemented next year, is aiming to divert waste from landfills By Allison Jones The Canadian Press From coffee grounds, to leftover fettuccine alfredo, to the slimy, brown head of lettuce forgotten at the back of...
Aug 31st, 2017
A rock bass. Researchers have detected build-ups of human antidepressants in the brains of this fish species, among others, in the Niagara River. -Wikimedia Commons photo The drugs enter rivers and lakes from treatment plants and sewage overflows, threatening aquatic life, scientists say By Charlotte...
Aug 30th, 2017
by Andrew Mendler Midland Mirror Over the past four years the Town of Midland has discharged 1.3 million litres of raw sewage into Georgian Bay. During severe storms, the sanitary sewer system gets overwhelmed by the inflow of storm water, given the fact that some storm sewers and sump pumps are impr...
Aug 22nd, 2017
The Freele Tract – AWARE Simcoe photo From the Friends of Simcoe Forests The Friends of Simcoe Forests are reaching out to you for your help in completing a very short survey prepared by The County of Simcoe pertaining specifically to our forests. We strongly encourage everyone to participate ...
Aug 15th, 2017
Orillia Packet & Times The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in the Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the recreation policy. The policy governs the public use of the Simcoe County Forest. The policy was approved...
Jul 12th, 2017
Cigarette butts are the most common litter item found on Lake Huron beaches -Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation photo Let’s get the butts off the beach! From Environmental Defence Join us on Friday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. to get the butts off Wasaga Beach! Cigarette butts, that is. Did y...