CLS Action Update
Get more involved!
Together, we can accomplish more, and make more of an impact.
Would you like to make that extra difference?
We are creating a short list of members we can reach out to for specific
tasks such as writing a timely letter to the editor, volunteering for an
event or action, or putting some time towards a project.
Let us know if you’d like to be included.
1. Today – come celebrate and support local green spaces
The Green Space Advisory Panel will present an update of their work to
the Community Development Committee of Council, TODAY, November 18, 6
p.m., room C-11, Tom Davies.
Many new green spaces have become part of the parks system.
Many valuable green spaces need to be championed.
Come out to find out more, and to show your support for green spaces.
2. Video project – video workshop tomorrow
Have you been considering helping take some video for our CLS video
project? Gregory Tremblay will lead a worshop on basic video and video
interview techniques tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 19) afternoon (12:30 –
Contact us to take part.
3. Letters to the editor – need a hand?
We need more voices in our local media calling for the type of City we
want to live in, whether it’s celebrating successes, sharing a vision,
or raising concerns.
We are partnering with the Sudbury Cyclists Union to offer a workshop on
writing letters to the editor, so that more people feel comfortable
Interested? Let us know.
4. Have your say on the future of the Bell Park parking lot – a
chance to depave a part of Bell Park
The City of Greater Sudbury will host a public open house on Thursday,
November 21 to collect creative ideas and suggestions for the
redevelopment of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital parking lot.
Residents are invited to drop by the foyer of Tom Davies Square at 200
Brady St. anytime between 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on November 21, 2013.
Residents not able to attend the open house may provide their input and
suggestions online by visiting
Panel Discussion on Poverty in Sudbury
Thursday, November 21, 7pm. Main branch, Sudbury Public Library (74
Discuss how and why community members should fight poverty in Sudbury.
Panellists include George Stephen (formerly homeless, now a
speaker/advocate) and Professor Carol Kauppi from Laurentian Univeristy
who sits on the homelessness coalition
Nov4-13 CLS minutes.pdf
Nov 11-13 CLS
Oct 28-13 CLS
Oct 14-13 CLS
September 16 CLS
June CLS newsletter.pdf
CLS Action Update June 10, 2013
Some opportunities to give important input to the City, and an
invitation to share your thoughts about what kind of change you’d like
1. Have your say on the municipal budget
Let Council know what your priorities are when it comes to the City
Come out Tuesday, June 18 to Council Chambers, 6 – 9 p.m. Anyone can
You can also send in written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The CLS will be joining other like-minded groups in asking that adequate
funding be provided for: a community garden coordinator, protecting
priority green spaces, completing watershed studies, and safe &
convenient sustainable transportation (with a minimum of 1% of the
capital roads budget for priority cycling infrastructure).
We will be presenting 9th (~in the first hour) – come out to show your
support for us and others.
2. Have your say on how we get around
Have a look at what is planned for roads and active transportation for
Come out Wednesday, June 19, anytime between 4 and 7 p.m., at Tom Davies
for the Public Open House on the background transportation study of the
If you want to improve walking, cycling, and transit in Greater Sudbury,
plan to be there!
The CLS and others will be watching for:
- the inclusion of transit in transportation planning
- equal consideration of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and
drivers, including a complete streets policy
- cycling routes included on the transportation schedule mapping, so
that they are included in regular roadwork
Interested in what approach staff will be recommending in protecting our
natural environment in the Official Plan?
Come out Monday, June 24, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers. Staff will be
presenting their approaches to growth and settlement, and to natural
heritage to the Planning Committee
3. Sudbury Voices: Share your vision!
The Sudbury working-group of the Media Co-op wants to hear what kind of
changes fellow Sudburians want to see in our community and in our world.
Write a few paragraphs, do a video blog, design an image, or find some
other way to express your answer to the question, "What kind of change
would you want to see in your community and world?".
Post it yourself at http://sudbury.mediacoop.ca (make an account).
Or - email it to email@example.com
Or, get in touch to set up an interview.
Here are some questions you may like to reflect on: What are some of the
ways that our community, the broader society, and the various levels of
government fail to reflect your values? How does that impact you? What
values do you feel should guide us as a community and society? What
should we be doing to create the changes we want to see? How does/can
This is your chance to add your voice to the on-going community
conversation about what kind of future we want.
Sudbury - Municipal Newsletter pdf
May CLS Newsletter pdf
What a great outcome
Here's a recap of what happened:
Stewardship Committee worked on a brochure explaining why we needed
a watershed study of Ramsey Lake. We printed 2000 brochures and
volunteers brought them door to door. Wow, 2000!
Terry Kett proposed
a motion be brought to Council to fund watershed studies.
Many groups signed
onto a joint letter requesting the studies be funded; groups like
the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury (CLS), the Greater Sudbury
Watershed Alliance (an alliance of 17 lake, river and creek
stewardship committees) and of course the RLSC.
Point people were
asked to contact their councilors. They were from many lakes
including Panache, Onwatin, Long, Richard, Ramsey, McCrae, St.
Charles, McFarlane, Simon etc.
Many people came out to support the motion last night as councilors
voted unanimously to fund watershed studies but which watersheds
they will study is not clear so we still need to keep up the
pressure specifically for a Ramsey Lake watershed study.
Great community effort
to protect our lakes! Thanks to everyone!
P.S. Don't forget the water gathering is Thursday from 7-9pm in the
Cavern. It's called OUR LAKES, RIVERS, CREEKS: ASK A SCIENTIST! Come out
and hear about research done in Sudbury and discover how our lakes and
landscape are unique and need extra protection.
POSTPONED! 400 ppms! Food & Four Movies...A Friend and Fundraiser
We apologize ... The date for this event has been post-poned .. We found
out late yesterday that the movies did not have official Ontario
Certificates for their rankings (G, PG, AA. R, X) and thus could not be
shown at Rainbow Cinemas .. We are in the process of nailing down a new
venue and date by early tomorrow morning .. I am back in FB only for 36
hours to sort out this minor problem .. The good thing is we have more
time now to promote this event ..
We will mail as soon as we set a new date ..
The expected date is the week of June 9, 2013.
Thanks for being on the journey with us from me to WE!
National Manager, Canada's Citizens Climate Lobby
Canada's Citizens Climate Lobby Mailing Address
80 Elm St, Sudbury ON, P3C 1T2
705-523-3388 (h) ... 705-929-4043
letter that went out to the Mayor and Council today.
Council of the City of Greater Sudbury
P.O. Box 5000 Station A
200 Brady Street
Sudbury ON P3A 5P3
May 9, 2013
Dear Members of Council of the City of Greater
As local water stewards, environmental
organizations, and community groups, we would like to express our strong
support for the proposed motion to immediately begin work on watershed
studies. Watershed studies are fundamental to healthy, swimmable,
drinkable, fishable, and sustainable lakes and waterways in Greater
Sudbury. These studies are needed to make informed decisions that take
into account the big picture, and assess the cumulative impacts of
development. Much of the background work has already been done – now is
the time to complete these studies.
Water quality is a top priority and concern for
residents in our ‘City of Lakes’. Enjoyment of our lakes and waterways,
and access to safe drinking water, are essential to our community.
studies provide the basic information needed to make appropriate
planning decisions when it comes to water quality, and to protecting
residents from flooding hazards. This is why water
stewards have consistently called for the need for watershed studies to
be completed before development decisions are made.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, in
their stormwater management design guidelines, includes watershed
studies as an essential part of stormwater management. These guidelines
state, "Urban development without watershed/subwatershed planning is
discouraged". Without this information, we are placing greater stress on
the health of our lakes and rivers. Already, there are increasing
numbers of beach closures, blue-green algae blooms and other serious
problems that pose a threat to public health and safety. As pointed out
by local experts such as Dr. Gunn and Dr. Pearson, local conditions and
the impacts of climate change make it even more imperative to be
proactive in protecting water quality. Acting now is much easier and
less costly than trying to reverse more serious problems later.
The City of Greater Sudbury was the first
Ontario municipality to enact a phosphorus by-law to protect water
quality. This was a great step for our "City of Lakes". At the time the
by-law was passed, many Councilors spoke about the need for further
steps, especially to reduce the impact of development on our lakes.
Completing watershed studies is a crucial next step. Watershed and
subwatershed plans allow for smart development plans and decisions.
Ecosystem functions are protected, maintaining valuable natural services
that are difficult and expensive to replace with built infrastructure.
Sustainable development is a matter of balance. Watershed studies are
needed to find that healthy balance for a sustainable future.
We, the undersigned, urge Council to take this
next essential step in protecting Greater Sudbury’s lakes and waterways.
Thank-you for your attention. We would be happy
to discuss this further.
On behalf of the undersigned groups, please
Lesley Flowers Naomi Grant
Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance Coalition for
a Liveable Sudbury
Linda Heron Lilly Noble
Vermilion River Stewardship Ramsey Lake
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
Fairbank Lake Camp Owners’ Association
Friends of Bennett Lake
Friends of the Roxborough Greenbelt
Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance *
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee
Minnow Lake Restoration Group
Onwatin Lake Stewardship Committee
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
St. Charles Lake Watershed Stewardship
Simon Lake Community Stewardship Group
Sudbury Cyclists Union
Vermilion River Stewardship
* The Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance is an association of Lake,
Creek and River Stewardship Groups in Greater Sudbury (currently 17
May CLS newsletter
Council will vote on watershed study motion May 14
Councilor Terry Kett is presenting a watershed study motion at the
Tuesday, May 14 Council meeting.
We need a full Council Chamber for this one to let Council know we
support this motion. The meeting starts at 6pm. Please try to attend and
email your councilor if you support this motion! The motion is below.
Notice of Motion:
Whereas there is concern
and uncertainty about the cumulative effects of stormwater on our area
And whereas the impact
of any proposed development near area lakes must be properly quantified
and addressed in the light of the other proposed developments in a
watershed and not considered as individual developments as presently
And whereas this type of
development must be considered as one of many contributors to
phosphorus, salt and pollution in a watershed
And whereas sub
watershed studies are required in order to make an informed decision on
any development application within a watershed
Be it resolved that the
necessary sub watershed studies be included in council’s priorities and
that staff be directed to immediately begin these studies and to prepare
the necessary budget options for the 2014 budget.
CLS April 22nd
Evergreen is now accepting grant applications for the
Canon Take Root Program to support
stewardship and restoration projects
your calendar! The 2013 application deadline
May 31, 2013
Take Root Program, a stewardship and
restoration program sponsored by Canon and
led by Evergreen, will provide funds of
$5,000 and a Canon PowerShot camera to 30
community groups across Canada that are
carrying out tree-planting projects in the
2013 Fall planting season.
Eligible projects must include at least one
planting event between September and
November, 2013, and result in the planting
of a minimum of 250 native trees and/or
full information on eligibility and to
download the application and guide, visit
2012 Take Root recipients planted over
11,000 native trees and shrubs last year.
Check out the great
2012 recipient projects that are taking
root across Canada!
September 2012, Ontario Streams hosted a
tree-planting event in the Lower Humber
About Canon Canada Inc.
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Innovation and cutting-edge technology have
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to its Kyosei philosophy of social and
more information, visit
Canon's Facebook page.
1991, Evergreen has helped to fund over
2,000 community greening projects in parks
and public spaces through our grants. This
interactive map shows a selection of
these projects, using data submitted by our
funding recipients. Check out all of the
projects that have been funded through
Evergreen grants over the years. You just
might be on the map!
All images in this guide were photographed
by Take Root recipients using their Canon
cameras at tree-planting events hosted in
the Fall of 2012.
Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization
that makes cities more livable. By deepening
the connection between people and nature,
and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on
approach to their urban environments,
Evergreen is improving the health of our
cities—now and for the future.
Credits: Jessica Jean Hutchins (top), L. Scott
(Young girl planting, Garden Hospital Memorial
Garden sign), Celeste Longhurst (Ontario Streams
information, please visit us
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Thank you for your continued support of Evergreen!
Copyright 2012 Evergreen. All rights reserved.
Norm Blaseg, Director of Education for Rainbow District School Board,
fills a water container at one of the new water refilling stations in
Rainbow Schools. “As we look ahead to Earth Day, we reaffirm our
commitment to reducing our environmental footprint,” says Director
Blaseg. “We are proud of our efforts to date and will continue to make
sustainability a priority for now and for the future.”
New water refilling stations promote sustainability in Rainbow Schools
Less bottled water is being used in Rainbow Schools thanks to new water
refilling stations installed in four elementary schools and seven
secondary schools. To date, more than 250,000 containers of water have
been filled as Rainbow District School Board continues to focus on
“Our goal is to eliminate the purchase and sale of bottled water in our
schools unless absolutely necessary for health and safety reasons,” says
Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “We continue to educate students and
staff about the benefits of using refillable containers, diverting waste
from landfill sites and reducing costs. The sale and consumption of
bottled water has a significant environmental impact.”
Water refilling stations have been installed at Algonquin Road Public
School, Princess Anne Public School, R.L. Beattie Public School, Walden
Public School, Confederation Secondary School, Chelmsford Valley
District Composite School, Lasalle Secondary School, Lively District
Secondary School, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School and Sudbury Secondary
All Rainbow secondary schools will have a water refilling station by the
end of the current school year. The stations will be phased into all
elementary schools by 2016.
“As we look ahead to Earth Day, we reaffirm our commitment to reducing
our environmental footprint,” says Director Blaseg. “We are proud of our
efforts to date and will continue to make sustainability a priority for
now and for the future.”
April 8-13 CLS
You can help save Wabagishik by
sharing this with your contacts.
We all want green energy, but
let's ensure it is truly green.
Wabagishik Rapids is a beautiful
1 km stretch of rapids on the
Vermilion River, about 1/2 hour
west of Sudbury, Ontario. A
developer is proposing to build
a modified peaking run of river
hydroelectric dam that would
only produce enough power to
supply about 1,600 homes. These
types of dams have numerous
negative impacts associated with
them, and are very harmful to
the riverine ecosystem. Check
out this film to find out more.
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Bruno, CA 94066
Chair, Vermilion River Stewardship
“Community Supporting a Healthy, Natural and Sustainable River System”
CLS Action Update
1. Help us make our display for the Earth Day Festival
We’re creating a working model to show people how steps they take at
their own homes can make a big difference in the amount of run-off
reaching our lakes.
We’ll be building two simple houses and yards:
One ‘standard’ home with lawn and paved driveway;
One ‘water-wise’ home with rain barrels, a rain garden and other
plantings, rich soil, and permeable pavers.
Would you like to help build this display?
And/or do you have materials to donate?
Let us know!
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee will have a complimentary display next
to ours, showing impact on water quality.
Together, these will be a fun, hands-on demonstration that will
hopefully inspire people to make a difference at home!
2. Don’t forget to order your rain barrels!
Make a difference to water quality at your own home and by
supporting our Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels project.
Pre-order your barrels at http://rainbarrel.ca/liveablesudbury/
3. Support on-street parking on Elm Street downtown as a first step
in making this important downtown stretch more pedestrian friendly
A pilot project last summer allowed on-street parking on Elm Street
downtown, as one small step in making this area more pedestrian
friendly. It was well received by downtown businesses who noted
positive effects. However, some residents complained about increased
traffic congestion (traffic trips were delayed approximately half a
Tomorrow, Operations Committee will decide whether to make on-street
parking on Elm Street downtown a permanent step – staff are recommending
Come out to the meeting to show your support for a pedestrian friendly
downtown (April 2, 4pm, room C-11, Tom Davies).
And/or call your Councillor and let them know that downtown streets
should be people friendly, and that the downtown Elm street is not just
a thoroughfare for getting from A to B.
Find your Councillors contact info at: http://www.greatersudbury.ca/inside-city-hall/city-council/
On the agenda at City Hall
April 2 Operations Committee meeting (4pm, Rm C-11)
- Downtown Sudbury and DVDC will be presenting a community delegation
in support of on-street parking on Elm (as done with a pilot project
this summer) to calm traffic and make this downtown section of Elm more
- Staff are recommending against on-street parking on Elm – the
Committee will make a decision at this meeting
- Also at the meeting, reports will be presented on: Issues with Handi-Transit;
downtown streetlight program; Valley East Wastewater Treatment Plant -
Dechlorination Project: Full Plant Trial
CLS Newsletter April
March 4, 2013
help CLS spread the word for our May 11 rain barrel sale, which will
support our Rain Garden and Rain Barrel project in Minnow Lake. This is
a great collaborative project with lots of community partners which will
engage people in helping protect water quality in Minnow and Ramsey
Lakes by using rain gardens and rain barrels to reduce stormwater
run-off. One key part of the project is building a rain garden at
Adamsdale Public School with the students.
barrels should be pre-ordered, and can be picked up May 11 at Minnow
Lake Place. Delivery can be arranged for those without a vehicle.
rain barrel sold, $10 will go towards the rain garden project, and
stormwater run-off will be reduced as well.
be made at:
information can be found at:
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
February 11, 2013
City of Greater Sudbury
P.O. Box 5000 Station A
200 Brady Street
Sudbury ON P3A 5P3 SEQ CHAPTER
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Re: Applications for Plan
of Subdivision in order to permit the development of Keast Drive Parcel
23065A Parts 1-6 53R-18857
File Number: 780-6/11003
To Whom It May Concern:
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee (RLSC) is dedicated to protecting and
enhancing the health of the Ramsey Lake watershed and ecosystem. Our
vision is to keep Ramsey Lake a drinkable, fishable, swimmable and
enjoyable lake for many years to come for all Sudburians. 60,000
Sudburians rely on drinking water from Ramsey Lake now and in the
As a community group, we have
significant concerns with the proposed development off South Bay Road
and Keast Drive on the shores of Ramsey Lake and recommend that the
proposed development be denied in its current state.
1. Studies not available
Yet again citizens are
presented with a completed development application in the Ramsey Lake
watershed without completed studies to properly assess the impact on the
lake. We have no Environmental Impact Study, Vegetation Study, Species
at Risk Study, Stormwater Management Plan and yet citizens are asked to
agree to development for the sake of development without any facts.
Individual developments are approved with no knowledge of the cumulative
effects of all the developments proposed in the watershed. A
comprehensive watershed study should be completed before any more
large developments are approved in the watershed to better understand
how a development will affect the lake’s ecosystem and water quality.
Ramsey Lake is too important a lake for Sudbury for us to keep approving
development with no knowledge of what the cumulative affects of these
developments will be on the health of the lake and its drinking water
2. Building on a floodplain
The stormwater management pond
in this proposed development is in a wetland and floodplain. This does
not comply with Ministry of the Environment guidelines and will not
deliver the Enhanced Level of Protection required. A sewage lift station
in also planned to be built in a floodplain against MOE guidelines.
Citizens cannot bear the cost of fixing these costly planning mistakes.
Climate change will bring such unpredictable weather that we must plan
in advance for the challenges ahead.
3. Stormwater runoff
The land in question has some
dense vegetation and trees, which provides water retention and
filtration services but would be replaced with hard, impervious roofs,
driveways and roads. It’s time we stopped relying on one large
stormwater management facility and instead apply Low Impact Development
techniques to improve water quality and increase permeability in the
watershed. Permeable pavers for driveways, bioswales along roads, rain
barrels, green roofs and rainwater gardens are just a few green
infrastructure techniques that should be used in this development to
clean and cool the water before reaching Ramsey Lake or more blue-green
algal blooms will occur.
4. This proposed
development does not fulfill the special requirements of the
Comprehensive Planned Unit Development necessary to have 23m frontage
and increased density
The development does not
provide significant public amenities to fulfill the CPUD nor the goals
of the Ramsey Lake Community Improvement Plan as required by the
Official Plan. It also does not fulfill the requirement of providing
more than the 5% parkland allocation. We do not consider grass around a
condo as parkland nor is a stormwater management facility considered
parkland. A significant stream to the south of the property is not being
preserved nor is the floodplain or wetland to the east so this also does
not fulfill the requirements of the CPUD. A significant rock formation
on the property (Creighton Fault) and the hilly topography of the land
will not be preserved (extensive blasting) thus again not fulfilling the
requirements of the CPUD.
5. Steep shoreline lots
We are concerned about the
problems associated with the development of the steep, rocky shoreline
at the north end with relatively shallow soil cover. Blasting and
vegetation removal will increase erosion and send sediment into the lake
increasing the phosphorus load on the lake. South Bay residents are
already suffering due to the frequent blue-green algal blooms. We would
recommend that lots (lots 12-26) to the north remain undeveloped and
incorporated into the parkland space as suggested by the Green Space
Panel in their report. This would also preserve the one billion year old
Creighton Fault as required for a CPUD.
6. Loss of habitat
Wetlands feed fish and provide
cool, clean water. Pipes don’t. Proposed lots 56-61 are currently in a
wetland and there is a significant stream leading to a fish spawning
area. These lots should be removed from any proposed development to
prevent the loss of fish habitat and to maintain the services provide by
the wetland. Also, there needs to be an assessment of the possible
species at risk that live on the property, such as Blanding’s turtles
With so much potential harm
this development can bring to Ramsey Lake and its drinking water, the
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee requests that the Planning Committee
deny this application.
Request for Notice
The Ramsey Lake Stewardship
Committee, in keeping with subsections 17(35) and 51(37) of the Planning
Act, requests to receive notice of any decision of Council related to
this development proposal.
Co-Chair, Ramsey Lake
Coalition for Livable Sudbury
Conservation 200, rue Brady Street, Tom Davies Square Sudbury, ON P3E
~ :2> Sudbury lii' (705) 674-5249 .... (705) 674-7939
January 16, 2013
Mr. Eric Taylor
Department of Growth & Development
City of Greater Sudbury
200 Brady Street
Re: Zoning By-Law Amendment -Parcel 23065 A, Parts
1-6, 53R-I8857, Lot 1, Conc. 2,
Township of McKim -Keast Drive (Ramsey Estates Subdivision
Please be advised that the Nickel District Conservation Authority has
reviewed the above noted
The Nickel District Conservation Authority will require additional
information for a Section 28
application made in January, 2011, before it can approve this
application. A portion of the
property is in a designated floodplain and certain lots must be
floodproofed to 251.4 metres. In
addition we need details as follows:
1. The proposed stormwater management plan as it relates to water
quantity and quality.
The stormwater management pond must be located outside of the designated
2. Details of a cut and fill analysis to compensate for the
3. Details of how existing drainage (creek) on Lots 57-61 will be dealt
4. Engineering details of the drainage outlet to be constructed to Lake
5. Geotechnical study to determine whether the soils can support the
on the lots which are to be filled.
6. Soil stabilization measures to be incorporated into the development
7. Sedimentation control plan, and
7. Final lot grading plan and drainage details.
Therefore, the Nickel District Conservation Authority must review a
complete application under
Section 28, for this project prior to enactment of any amendments to the
Zoning By-Law, in
order for us to determine whether it is viable. We would recommend that
this application be
deferred until we can review the details of the proposal.
Managing our watersheds today -for tomorrow
News from Ramsay Lake Stewardship Group
Hope you all had a
relaxing break. All the best for 2013!
News about the spring phosphorus level for Ramsey Lake was released over
the break. The City's spring phosphorus level for 2012 was measured at
7.5 micrograms/L. Last year, it was 6 micrograms/L. Details are here
Some work has been done on our logo so that it better reflect the lake
as a drinking water source, a recreational body of water, and a habitat.
Hope you all like what our volunteer created.
Last year, we hosted a successful rain barrel sale. This year the
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury (http://www.liveablesudbury.org/)
will be hosting a rain barrel sale on May 11th. The RLSC, CLS and the
Minnow Lake Restoration Group will be working together to build rain
gardens in the Ramsey Lake watershed to help clean stormwater before it
reaches our local lakes. The first rain garden will be built at
Adamsdale School. More on the sale later.
Looking forward to working with you all in 2013 to improve the health of
Coalition for Livable Sudbury
Want to help plan and create a rain garden?
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Group
The RLSC will be planning and creating rain gardens in the Ramsey Lake
watershed with some other partners in the city in the coming year and
we'd like to know if you are interested in helping out. Please let me
know. Rain gardens will help improve lake water quality. Here is a neat
interactive diagram to show you what a rain garden looks like.
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
Community Revitalization Working Group Meeting
Monday, November 5, 2012
7- 9 p.m.
reThink Green Environmental Resource Centre
The purpose of this meeting was to brainstorm community
revitalization projects that
would improve sustainability, act as pilot projects,
increase public education, strengthen
partnerships, and empower citizens to make a difference.
A selection of these projects
will be further investigated and brought to the Nov. 26
David Dubois, Naomi Grant, Rachelle Niemela, Lilly
Noble, Bette Nuss, Timothy Pella,
Jacques Savard, Jason Thibeault, Fred Twilley
1. Brainstorming projects
(a) Staircase park - brought forward by Timothy
Staircases are a unique feature of Sudbury – let’s
The Kingsmount/Wembley neighbourhood has four staircases
that could be part of a
single walk, or circuit.
The proposal is to clean them up, plant native species,
and connect them with a theme to
create a Stairway Park. This could include an exercise
circuit with an exercise element at
Strengths of this proposal: the staircases and space
around them is already there – just
needs to be revitalized; there is a strong neighbourhood
community that can be tapped
into; supports the Healthy Community model.
Challenges: City property – may mean red tape,
especially around standards for any
equipment. Consider visibility and safety for
Possible partnerships: Myths and Mirrors & Will Morin
(community art element);
support from GSAP for concept; Friends of Roxborough
network, and access to native plants); support from
Health Unit for concept?
Other notes: Timothy knows a landscape architect he may
be able to consult
(b) Rain garden – brought forward by Lilly
Rain gardens absorb storm water at the source, and
filter contaminants. This means less
stress on the stormwater system; and cooler, and cleaner
water entering the lake. Ramsey
Lake is under increasing development pressure, and is
showing increasing signs of stress
– storm water management is a major factor.
The proposal is to put in rain gardens in the two school
yards in the Ramsey Lake
watershed: Adamsdale and Pius XII. This will help to
improve lake water quality, and
will have educational value by involving kids and the
This can be paired with a spring rain barrel sale which
will raise funds for the project,
while also contributing to positive action by residents
that will also positively impact
Strengths of this proposal: Ramsey Lake Stewardship
Committee will be a strong
partner, and has already done some work with both
schools for the Yellow Fish Road
program. Adamsdale has already shown interest in the
idea. Working in a school yard is
a great educational opportunity, both for students and
the wider community. Adamsdale
is especially connected to the wider community.
Challenges: School property can mean red tape, and much
more care for any safety
Possible partnerships: Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
would be the main partner.
Other possible partners from a lake water quality
perspective are: Living with Lakes,
Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance, and Junction Creek
Stewardship Committee. Other
possible partners are landscapers (e.g. Planet Earth
landscaping), and local businesses.
Other notes: The Ward 8 CAN is considering a community
garden at a senior’s residence
on Lasalle – possibly include a rain garden. A bigger
project RLSC would love to see
happen is a rain garden at the storm outlet near Bell
Park beach (great education, needed
water filtration) – has not been able to get permission
from the city. Jacques suggested
getting Living with Lakes on board – support and data
collection. Timothy mentioned he
knows a landscaper who worked on the constructed wetland
in the Don Valley.
(c) Connecting people to green spaces – brought forward
People value and enjoy their green spaces. Spending time
in nature is good for people’s
mental and physical health – it also makes them
environmental stewards. Every school,
CAN and neighbourhood should be connected to a green
The proposal is to begin actively connecting people to
their green spaces.
Some of the ideas discussed were: neighbourhood naming
of hills and green spaces;
fostering neighbourhood connection through neighbourhood
events (walks, picnics,
nature scavenger hunts, clean-ups, plantings…) in their
green space; informal signs for
trees and geological features; families adopting spaces
in a park to care for.
Strengths of this proposal: The Green Space Advisory
Panel GSAP has done the ground
work to get this work done, and some GSAP members or the
GSAP working group may
partner. Natural spaces and trails has been identified
as what Sudbury residents want
most in a park. Fosters community and may lead to
further improvements in the
Challenges: Any formal signage or naming would involve
red tape/ city permissions.
Possible partnerships: GSAP; schools, CAN’s or other
community groups near the green
space of focus.
(d) Youth led neighbourhood tours and follow-up projects
– brought forward by
Three summers ago, CLS partnered with Myths and Mirrors
on a similar project and it
was very rewarding. Neighbourhood kids were given
digital cameras and led us on a tour
of their neighbourhood pointing out the things they
value, where they spend their time,
dangers and challenges, and what makes them feel safe or
uncomfortable. We looked
through the pictures and envisioned realistic projects
for positive change.
The proposal is to repeat this project in other
neighbourhoods, with a follow-up project
with kids and families to realize one of the changes.
Best Start Hubs could be good
Strengths of this proposal: Empowers kids; great
learning experience and fosters critical
thinking; media friendly – can inspire other similar
Challenges: Will depend on the partners involved, the
age of the kids, and the follow-up
project that comes out of it.
Possible partnerships: Best start hubs, Myths and
Other notes: David feels that Bobbi Aubin will be very
interested. With work-to-rule,
kid will need something to do.
(e) Spontaneous/informal use of parks – brought forward
Some parks are underused (e.g. Memorial Park). With
rules about park use by groups
that can feel restrictive and over-regulated (which will
get even more so with the
upcoming parks bylaw), it seems there is a need to
reclaim our parks. This is our space.
We should be enjoying it freely and spontaneously. Let’s
reclaim the enjoyment of our
The proposal is to sow seeds for more spontaneous,
informal and joyful use of our parks.
Drumming was discussed as a great way to draw people in.
Strengths of this proposal: Quick and easy. Generate
some buzz and see what happens.
Challenges: Will have to keep it informal and under the
radar to avoid city red tape.
Possible partnerships: Jeff Steward – drummer, leads
(f) Complete streets project – brought forward by
Sudbury Cyclists Union is/will be advocating for
complete streets – reclaiming streets for
all users, and as public space. CLS has also done
education and advocacy around
The proposal is to do a complete street pilot project to
temporarily turn a downtown street
into a complete street for people to enjoy. For example,
Elgin during summer Sundays.
Tie into the plans for the Elgin greenway in the
downtown master plan. Be inclusive of
cyclists and pedestrians and have activities to draw
Strengths of this proposal: Many good partners possible.
Precedent of Ribs Fest and
other street festivals that have closed Elgin. Ties into
downtown master plan.
Challenges: City approvals needed. Going against an
entrenched car culture.
Possible partnerships: SCU and Rainbow Routes, Myths and
Mirrors, Downtown Village
Development Corporation, GNO and artist district on
(g) Getting high school students onto city busses –
brought forward by Fred
This would be an all round beneficial change. It would
reduce the cost of school busses
for school boards. Sudbury transit would gain more
current and future riders. Students
would gain independence and flexibility. Parents
wouldn’t need to chauffeur.
The proposal is to start with a pilot project that will
get more students taking the city bus.
Some of the ideas discussed were: choosing one school
that is close to the bus station or
along a good bus route (e.g. Sudbury Secondary or
Lasalle); start off with a class project;
get the cool kids to make it cool, stressing the
freedom; get sponsors for monthly bus
passes for students who will blog, do a project and/or
talk at pep rallies.
Strengths of this proposal: Bus system already there.
Challenges: Opposition from bus companies. Would have to
work with school boards
for any larger changes. Parent safety concerns (stress
the safety benefits).
Possible partnerships: Rainbow Routes, Friends of
Sudbury Transit, Sudbury Transit
Other notes: Bette suggested talking to Steve Lucas at
Sudbury Transit (new, from
Kitchener, has lots of great ideas); youth orientated
marketing would bring more revenue
for Sudbury transit; most benefit for lower income; need
more bus shelters; lowering
our carbon footprint; Jacques suggested starting with
co-op students as they are already
using the city bus to get to their placements.
(h) Using good farmland for larger community gardens –
brought forward by Jacques
later in the meeting
The Valley has lots of good farmland that is not being
used for farming. Needing the
knowledge, water, and tools can be a barrier for people
gardening. Community gardens
offer very small plots – there could be a need for
larger garden plots. A farmer with
currently unused land may have these things to offer and
make a big garden accessible.
The proposal is to approach a farmer Jacques knows
regarding his interest. The vision
would be a garden big enough for 20 families.
Timothy suggested this might also be a great idea for
N.B. another idea brought up by Naomi before, that we
did not have time to discuss at
this meeting, is marking the passage of Junction Creek
under the downtown.
2. Starting to narrow down which projects we want to
take on – first reactions
The goal is to complete one smaller project this spring,
and work towards a larger project
for the following spring.
(a) Initial reactions
- Timothy: The rain garden and youth led projects seem
very do-able. The complete
streets project seems huge – there is too much education
needed. Loves the idea of
connecting people to green spaces, and the Stairway Park
(would work on this project in
- Fred: likes the Stairway Park project – can pick up a
shovel and rake and join in.
- Jacques: the focus is on central Sudbury. He is from
Hanmer where there is perfect
soil for growing food – idea for using good unused
farmland for large community
gardens. Timothy was also very enthusiastic about this
- Rachelle: can assist but not lead a project. Likes the
complete streets project but it
feels daunting. Likes the rain garden and other
- David: pumped about the bussing project. Also willing
to follow-up on youth led
- Jason: excited about the bussing project. They are all
- Bette: Would love to see the complete streets project
happen every summer Sunday.
Ottawa closes off 3 major parkways every Sunday for
people to walk, cycle, roller-blade.
- Lilly: Will work on rain garden, Would love to see
bigger storm drain project happen.
Also likes the stairway project, and the youth led
(b) Summary of overall interest
The projects that generated the most interest were: rain
garden, youth led project,
Stairway Park, Hanmer community garden. Complete streets
and bussing were also
popular, although people had reservations about the
People agreed to some follow up actions to bring back
further information to the Nov. 26
- Lilly will continue to follow up with the schools
regarding the rain garden(s), and bring
the bussing idea to Friends of Sudbury Transit (Kristan
may already be looking into what
has happened elsewhere)
- Timothy will consider the logistics of the Stairway
- Jacques will talk to the farmer in Hanmer to get an
idea of whether he is interested.
- Naomi will touch base with local food folks about the
Hanmer community garden idea,
with DVDC about complete streets and Junction Creek
projects, follow-up with a contact
in leisure services about Stairway Park, and
adopt-a-space, follow up with neighbourhood
contacts about the Stairway Park idea, and contact Best
Start Hubs about the possibility
of youth led projects.
- David will follow up with Bobbi and Joel about their
interest in a youth led project, and
will look into the decision making process around
bussing at schools
4. Other discussion
- There was a lot of interest in the downtown master
plan, and the Elgin Greenway.
- Jason brought up that there had recently been some
chemical discharge in Nolin Creek
near Beatty. There was CTV coverage. NDCA spoke, but
there didn’t seem to be action
taken. Worth looking into further.
November 12, 2012
Thank-you to everyone who came out to our community
revitalization working group
meeting – it was a great meeting and there were lots of
good ideas. Minutes are attached
Watch for further updates at our next meeting.
SAVE THE DATE: our next general meeting is Monday,
November 26, 7 – 9 p.m.
in the ERC (176 Larch, back entrance) – hope to see you
Now for the newsletter.
Food for thought, a new website for the City of Greater
Sudbury, and have a look at the
master plan for Laurentian University – there are roads
and trails in this newsletter.
Open Public Forum on the road to storing nuclear waste
Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer is hosting a
public forum on the Nuclear
Waste Route in Sudbury.
Come discuss the potential of thousands of tonnes of
nuclear waste being shipped
through Sudbury for decades.
When: Monday, Nov. 12, TONIGHT 7-9 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew’s Place, (4th Floor Resource Room),
111 Larch Street, Sudbury
Laurentian Parkway on the table again for the university
Meetings are being held this week concerning a campus
master plan for Laurentian
The project kick-off will be at Fraser Auditorium of
Laurentian on Wednesday
November 14 at 3-5 p.m.
The Open House on Workshop Outcomes is Thursday November
15 at West Residence
Have your say on the future of Laurentian University.
Attend those sessions, and send
your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who values natural areas and water quality is
encouraged to join others in
requesting that Laurentian trails and surrounding
natural area be protected in the Master
Plan. Reject the proposed “LU parkway” which would go
through one of this
community’s most highly valued green spaces. This
highway would cut through
Laurentian University’s hiking and ski trails, impacting
Lake Laurentian and other lakes,
and cutting this area off from the adjacent conservation
area. This green space is an
essential part of the Laurentian experience and plays a
huge role in athletics (especially
cross-country skiing and running) in this community, not
to mention being greatly
enjoyed by residents throughout Greater Sudbury.
Comments on the “LU parkway” should be sent to
For more info on the master plan:
Rainbow Routes update: AGM also November 14
The RRA AGM will be held on November 14, 7 pm, in room
C-11 at Tom Davies
The guest speaker is Jason “The Hammer" Lane, who
participated in the event Race
Applications being sought for the new Northern Policy
The Northern Policy Institute is seeking nominations and
expressions of interest for their
Board of Directors. Bring a northern perspective to
provincial policy. Please send a
biography or resume to
by November 14.
Here’s some food for thought – and to read:
Junction Creek Waterway Park working group is publishing
a cookbook to raise funds to
buy a much needed van to continue its work.
If you have any recipes to submit, please send them to
Junction Creek will publish the recipes then credit the
Send in those well-loved and tested recipes, mains,
desserts, salads, or sides.
And, check out this EarthCare Sudbury Breakfast Event”
Building Envelopes for Houses – Getting it Right the
Second Time Around.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 50 Brady St.,
EarthCare Sudbury Partners: Free Admission
General Admission: $15
Community March & Rally
Stop the CUT to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance
Thursday, Nov. 22nd @11:30am
Starting in front of the Sudbury Arena
16,000 people a month turn to the Community Start- Up
and Maintenance Benefit
(CSUMB). It is one of the only ways that people on OW or
ODSP can get housing, cover
the costs of moving, stave off eviction and obtain the
basic items to maintain a home. It is
a defense against homelessness and a means by which many
women and children are able
to leave situations of domestic violence. Cutting CSUMB
will increase homelessness
and hardship. Speakers include John Clarke of the
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
(OCAP). Bag Lunches will be available.
Mamaweswen, the North-Shore Tribal Council and Sudbury
Coalition Against Poverty
For more Information contact S-CAP at 249-878-7227 or
November 29th at 6pm in the Rethink Green Environmental
Resource center, located
behind Eat Local Sudbury. Rob Castron from Cas’s Natural
Brewhouse will be
discussing fermentation of local berries and grapes.
Experienced beer brewers will go
over the equipment and general processes to brew an all
Offered by Eat Local Sudbury.
SAVE THE DATE – River and Sky AGM November 30
The AGM is open to all. 2013 memberships will be
available before and at the AGM.
You need to be a member to vote, volunteer at R&S, or
sit on the board and/or
committees. Watch for more info soon.
Workshopping the workshop
Grassroots: Sudbury's Media Collective will be
workshopping a new writing workshop:
Wednesday, December 5, 7-9pm, Environmental Resource
Centre (176 Larch Street back
entrance, but via Eat Local in front for wheelchair
If you would like to participate, please contact Scott
The City of Greater Sudbury has re-vamped its website.
Have a look and let the city know what you think and
whether you can find the
information you are looking for:
Note that the mysudbury.ca website has been
However, be sure to be aware of “The Community
Directory” which is updated
annually and can be found at www.greatersudburyinfo.ca.
Please make sure your
group is there and that your information is up to date
(call or email Claudette if changes
are required 705-675-3894 – email@example.com )
The BioSki is Back before the December full moon
Bioski will kick off the season with its annual potluck.
Friday, December 7. The event
will be held at the Ski Cottage (at the very end of
South Bay Road). As usual, the Ski
Cottage will be open at about 6 p.m. There are usually
appetizers first, with the actual
dinner starting around 7 p.m.
Bring a headlamp to help with walking on the road before
or after dinner.
If you have friends or colleagues who might be
interested in cross-country skiing or
snowshoeing with us this coming season, please bring
These are friendly gatherings where everyone is most
The rest of the potlucks for the 2012-13 season will be
held on or near the full moon: by
January 25 (special Robbie Burns celebration), Friday
February 22 and
Friday March 22.
There will also be a December 31 New Year's Eve
gathering again this year.
City Hall News
St. David’s development approved:
Hearing dates have been set for OMB hearings for Bennett
Lake (Fairlane development)
and Ramsey Lake hill off Howey Drive. Mediation has been
requested for the Fairlane
development, by Friends of Bennett Lake.
City pulls out of OMB hearing against Council against a
Unease with high density an issue in public input to
Council comes to the end of budget discussions for the
2013 municipal budget:
5-year accessibility plan approved:
The auditor general is recommending more user fees for
leisure facilities. What are your
thoughts on fiscal sustainability and healthy
Protesters and a local reporter are arrested at MPP
Bartolucci’s office. The topic of the
protest was cuts to the Community Start Up and
Maintenance Benefit which keeps people
out of crisis. What do you think the implications are
for open reporting of civic action,
citizen participation in civic action, and the
responsibility of those in public office to
engage in dialogue versus use of force?
Another pedestrian death – the third since August. Time
to reduce speed limits as
recommended by the Ontario Coroner? Lower speed means
accidents are much less
likely to result in a death.
Lougheed’s donate newest city park:
Provincial parks cuts in north protested:
Work on the school of architecture scheduled to begin in
Cliff’s project may be delayed:
Letter to the editor – nuclear storage big issue for the
north – and Sudbury
Letter the editor – northern MPs support Climate Change
Of interest online:
Holla's greenhouses now on-line:
What happens when transit is free?
- using LEED-ND to revitalize existing neighbourhoods:
- revitalization in action:
- the ‘Melbourne miracle’ - how Melbourne saved its
downtown (hint transforming
laneways into vibrant spaces was a big part of it! – how
about you, downtown Sudbury?)
Training the next generation of community leaders:
Four great books for effective activism:
A resource for good transportation planning:
Building cities that are resilient to climate change:
What’s more Canadian than canoeing? Did you know
upcoming changes put our canoe
routes at risk?
Check out this new website by the Federation of Northern
Sudbury Green Gathering update
On October 17, local green groups, including the Ramsey Lake Stewardship
Committee, met for this year’s fall Sudbury Green Gathering to discuss
top priorities in our community. Not surprisingly water quality is in
the top 4.
1. Protecting water quality and keeping our lakes and waterways clean
2. Keeping our natural environment healthy and protecting important
3. Supporting sustainable transportation: walking, cycling, and transit
4. Supporting local food and agriculture
See the attached leaflets for more information,
and to find out what you can do.
You can help!
Here are three things you can do today to make a difference on these
priorities for our local environment:
1. Support local food and local farmers: get a membership at
Sudbury's local food cooperative Eat Local Sudbury, and sign up for
their weekly e-newsletter that will keep you posted on the local
products available, and opportunities to learn the skills you need to
grow and preserve food yourself
- Memberships can be bought at the store (176 Larch), or from their
on-line store: http://store.eatlocalsudbury.com/75/Eat-Local-Sudbury/
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Speak up for clean lakes, a healthy natural environment, and safe
& convenient active transportation.
The City is currently reviewing its Official Plan, which is the
‘rulebook’ for how the city will grow and change. They are asking for
public input – let them know what’s important to you.
The attached leaflet identifies some key changes that would make a big
You may be specially interested in measures to protect water quality, so
a leaflet on that topic has been attached for your information, and to
share with other like-minded people.
You are also encouraged to join others in
requesting that the proposed “LU parkway” be removed from the Official
Plan. This proposed highway goes through one of our community’s most
highly valued green spaces, cutting through Laurentian University’s
hiking and ski trails, impacting Lake Laurentian and other lakes, and
cutting this area off from the adjacent conservation area.
Comments should be sent to
3. Get connected to local green events and information.
Get informed on local green events, issues, and actions with the
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury e-newsletter. Contact
to get on their e-mailing list.
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury
Did you know you can find local green groups at
? Have a look at some of the great organizations in our community!
Update Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 7:00-8:30pm at
the Living with Lakes Centre.
On the agenda will be the Laurentian Parkway - a new road proposed to
link Regent St./Lo-Ellen to the University and eventually to South Bay
Rd. Attached is a rough sketch of where the proposed road would be built
(in red). It's in the Ramsey Lake watershed and on Laurentian University
property. The University is beginning to consult the community about the
road. It would definitely add more salt and pollution to the watershed.
Longstanding opposition to the road has been because the road would
create major ecological damage to wildlife, vegetation, and several
lakes. It would destroy LU's ski and hiking trail system (cutting
through it in 7 locations) and it would remove access from LU campus to
the Conservation Area. We should discuss all the issues as a committee.
Laurentian University is looking for community input at a public session
on November 14 and 15.
I still have a few more tickets for the Greater Sudbury Watershed
Alliance Comedy Fundraiser Event on Thursday, November 8 at 8:00pm if
anyone is interested. $20/ticket.
On the same evening, Manitoba MP Robert Sopuck will be in Sudbury
speaking about 'Conservation Principles for the 21st Century'. He is a
member of the Federal Standing Committee on the Environment and
Sustainable Development. Nov. 8th, 6:30-8:00pm at the Holiday Inn. See
poster for more details.
October 29, 2012-10-29
Please note that tonight’s working group meeting has
(due to illness and poor weather).
SAVE THE (NEW) DATE – CLS working group meeting, Monday,
7 p.m.: Community revitalization working group – time to
brainstorm some great doable
sustainable community revitalization projects and select
a few to pursue
8:30 p.m.: Shoreline working group – standing up for our
If you are interested in taking part in either of these
exciting new working groups, please
come out! Come to one or both.
Can’t make it, but want to join a working group? Contact
Wishing a fond farewell to October which was a truly
spectacular month this 2012.
Plenty on the go as usual with the newsletter, including
progress for local community
interests in highway routes and other developments.
Happy reading and here’s to November.
Don’t forget to send in your events, meeting time, calls
to action and other items to
for inclusion in the newsletter.
Protecting health and environment in light of the
On October 15, a community citizens committee was
established to deal with all aspects
of Cliffs proposed Chromite smelting operation north of
Capreol. The community
Committee will focus on ensuring that the Cliffs
operation (if it materializes) is safe and
healthy for its workers, the surrounding communities and
On the executive are Elie Martel (Chair), Bob Johnson
(Secretary), John Rutherford
For more information, or to be added to the contact list
for the committee, contact
RH Johnson, email@example.com
Mining : Has the perception of the industry in Canadian
Join us the Art Gallery of Sudbury on November 1, 2012
from 7-9 p.m. for an exciting
In partnership with Dynamic Earth, the Art Gallery of
Sudbury is pleased to announce a
Panel Discussion complimenting our current exhibition,
Cage Call. This thought
provoking discussion will take place at the Art Gallery
of Sudbury (251 John Street).
Refreshments will be served!
Comedy night for Greater Watershed Alliance
Tickets are now available for a special Comedy Night to
benefit the Greater Sudbury
Watershed Alliance (citizen group to protect our
precious natural resource (Sudbury's
many lakes, rivers and wetlands).
To reserve tickets, e-mail Lilly Noble,
or phone 691-5538.
Conservative MP Robert Sopuck, member of the Standing
Committee on the
Environment and Sustainable Development, will be
speaking on Conservation Principles
for the 21st
November 8, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn.
RSVP required at 673-7306, 691-7278
SAVE THE DATE – November 12 town hall on transportation
storage of nuclear waste
Independent Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder
Bay–Superior North) is
launching a series of town hall style meetings in
communities along likely transportation
corridors for much of Canada’s nuclear wastes, mostly
accumulated radioactive fuel
bundles used to generate electricity.
He will be in Sudbury November 12.
Check our FB page for details - we will post them as
soon as they are sent in (you do
not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.
Simply go to liveablesudbury.org
and click on the FB icon at the bottom of the page.
New hours and an all members meeting at Eat Local
New Eat Local store hours take effect this week – now
open late on Thursdays..
Hours: Tues-Wednesday-Friday 11am - 6pm, Thursday 11am -
8pm and Saturday 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
All Members Meeting to be held November 13
One of the goals of the current Board of Directors is to
increase membership engagement
at the co-op. The Board wants to try as best it can to
reach out to the membership and to
foster the co-op’s sense of community.
Co-op members are welcome to an All-Members meeting.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: the Environmental Resource Centre (the ERC). The
ERC is the space to the back
of the store that is managed by Rethink Green.
Details: It’s a potluck.
The meeting will be part of an ongoing conversation.
Members are encouraged to share
their perspective and thoughts on their priorities for
Supporting reThink Green - supporting our sister
environmental network, our
meeting space, the Environmental Resource Centre, Earth
Day activities, and much
Join reThink Green
reThink Green is always looking to welcome new members.
Membership with rethink
Green gives you access to our Environmental Resource
Centre (ERC), a fully-functional
place to hold meetings and events, wireless internet
access, library materials, as well as
the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.
reThink Green has partnered
with Eat Local Sudbury with the goal of making 176 Larch
Street a one-stop shop for
local food, green resources, learning opportunities and
We offer group memberships for organizations/advocacy
groups as well as individual
For additional information on rates and member benefits,
visit www.rethinkgreen.ca or
call us at 705-674-1685.
ReThink Green is gearing up for a silent auction
When: Thursday, November 29
Where: Le Fromagerie on Elgin.
Details: Proceeds will continue to help support and grow
the Environmental Resource
Centre (ERC) at reThink Green.
The evening will include a silent auction, music, wine
tasting, raffles, 50/50 draw, food
River Alliance to benefit from calendar sale
Half the profits from the purchase of these beautiful
calendars will be donated to Ontario
The proceeds will help the ORA mandate to protect,
conserve and restore healthy riverine
Two sizes are available at
Other contact info: OntarioRiversAlliance.ca/blog/ or
City Hall News:
The Planning Committee will vote tonight on an Official
Plan Amendment and Rezoning
for the proposed new St. David’s School on Frood Road.
The City recently sold a portion of a city green space
to the school board for this purpose.
This site is one of the most valued regreened site, with
an educational trail and study
VETAC (the regreening advisory panel) has been involved
in discussions with the City
and School Board as to how to minimize impact on the
most important features on site.
Any citizen can attend and/or speak at the public
hearing, which begins at 5:30 in
See the full staff report at:
Planning Committee approved condos for the former St.
Joseph’s hospital site on Paris
The revised plan added more green space, low impact
development features which will
reduce run-off to lake Ramsey, cycling and pedestrian
connections, and removed the
commercial portions of the plan (a restaurant and
These revisions were in response to public concerns at
the first public meeting, and
through consultation with the Bell Park Advisory Panel.
This level of consultation with an advisory panel is
unusual, and a good step in
community involvement which could have been further
improved by involving the
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee and local residents.
No commercial development will be permitted on this
site, removing the possibility for
adding services such as a convenience store, café or
other amenities for local residents
and park users.
OMB pre-hearings will soon be held on a number of
developments of interest. These
meetings are open to the public:
- Ramsey Lake: appeal by the developer to Council’s
rejection of a proposed subdivision
(192 lots) off Howey Drive, adjacent to Ramsey Lake.
Concerns included impacts on
lake water quality, loss of green space, and traffic.
Tuesday, November 6, 9:30 a.m., Council Chambers
- Bennett Lake: appeal by Friends of Bennett Lake of the
approval of 15 lots, with
concerns on the impact on the fragile Bennett Lake
watershed, and trail access.
Tuesday, November 6, 2 p.m., Council Chambers
- Wanapitei Lake: appeal by the developer regarding
Council’s neglect to enact a
proposed zoning bylaw that would create a 17 lot
subdivision on a rocky peninsula in
Wanapitei Lake. There were serious water quality
concerns for this proposed subdivision.
Wednesday, November 28, 10:30 am, Tom Davies, rm. C-13A
Council approves capital budget for 2013:
Downtown Master Plan gets honourable mention
What are the implications of ‘party politics’ at the
municipal level? A thoughtful letter to
the editor explores this issue after the GSTA suggests
they might back a slate of likeminded
candidates in the next election:
CBC news has recently reported that the Ministry of
Transportation (MTO) will now be
focussing on maintaining the existing route for hwy 17
between Sudbury and Markstay,
rather than their proposal to cut through Daisy and
Kudos go to Dr. Peter Beckett and others who have been
informing the MTO on the
ecology and special scientific value of the area.
Filming on the Trans Canada Trail:
A series of interviews on the downtown:
Environmental Assessment of smelter anticipated early
Open house held in Capreol:
Local First Nations work to assess risks and benefits:
Sudbury must take better care of its lakes
– letter to the editor:
Save the date: Sudbury gardening Festival - Saturday May
Where: PARKSIDE CENTRE (Older Adult Centre) on Durham
Street in Sudbury. The
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Have your say on further cuts to the MNR
Toronto Heritage Tree Workshop
Ontario Urban Forest Council in partnership with Trees
Ontario and LEAF
Friday, 9 November 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Of interest online - On the web:
Project for Public Spaces wrote: "We need those who
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new urban street design guide - "It is based on the
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Who is the community being revitalized for? An essential
Study shows great reduction in injuries with separated
bike lanes. One question raised by
some cyclists is how effective education for both
drivers and cyclists would be in
reducing injuries (a faster and cheaper option than
separated bike lanes, in most cases):
Sustainability 101 – a short video by the Natural Step:
Oct 19, 2012
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
Attn: Planning Section, Growth and
PO Box 5000, Station A
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3
for rezoning in order to permit the redevelopment of the former
hospital site to 210 residential units, 700 Paris Street, Sudbury
To Whom It May Concern:
The Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
is pleased to be able to provide input again for the redevelopment of
the old St. Joe’s property, which is in the Ramsey Lake watershed and
close to our municipal drinking water intake. Our committee is dedicated
to the protection and enhancement of Ramsey Lake.
In our last recommendations for this
property, we suggested the applicant employ an “Enhanced Stormwater
Protection” level specified in Chapter 3 of the Ministry of the
Environment’s “Stormwater Management Planning and Design Manual 2003”.
We would still like to see this level of protection for Ramsey Lake
addressed later in a site plan control agreement. The City is requesting
that the applicant provide Cash-in-Lieu instead of providing 5%
parkland. We would suggest that those funds be used for stormwater
management enhancement since water coming off this property can
contribute to area beaches being closed due to E. coli or blue-green
We are concerned that during
renovation and construction that best practices are followed to prevent
debris and soil from entering the lake.
We would advocate for snow to be taken to a snow dump and the sweeping
of the parking garage and roads early in spring to remove as much salt
and contaminants from the watershed as possible.
We are encouraged to see that Low Impact Development
strategies like permeable pavers and
grass swales will be used on the property to handle some of the runoff.
We are also
please to see the landscaped area has been increased from 21%, in the
original proposal, up to 47%. May we suggest incorporating a rain garden
in the landscaping to make use of the water from the roof? Green
infrastructure will not only help filter and clean rainwater but also
will prevent the water from heating up on hard, impervious surfaces like
on roofs and roads, before entering the lake. Warm water increases the
possibility of blue-green algal blooms in Ramsey Lake.
The new parking garage/condo is
problematic for many reasons.
The setback from the city parking lot
(land designated Park) does not adhere to our current bylaw 2010-100Z,
which states it must have a setback of at least 10m. The garage is only
7m away. The Staff report speaks about naturalizing part of the city
parking lot in this area. The RLSC would like to see the entire parking
lot area be returned to parkland to conform with the Bell Covenant and
to remove this source of contamination from Ramsey Lake. If and when
this ever occurs, then the parking garage will be properly set back from
this new park area.
Bylaw 2010-100Z requires a minimum
315 parking spaces for this type of project. The proposed plan indicates
352 parking spaces will be built. The RLSC see these extra parking
spaces as more potential sources of contaminants, like salt, grease and
oil, some of which will find their way to the lake even with the best
controls in place. By making the parking garage smaller, it would
conform to the current setback bylaw, reduce these extra parking spaces,
reduce the contaminants potentially entering the lake and provide more
space to comply with the bylaw for bike spaces, which should be 105 not
33. Increasing the bike spaces to 60 would be a good first step. It
seems the restaurant was removed due to traffic concerns but if parking
is reduce then one could imagine people would be forced to reach the
restaurant mostly by foot, bike or transit. Perhaps these modes of
transportation would be less of a concern to local residents and would
be more in keeping with a land use policy meant to support transit,
cycling and walking, which is a goal of the Official Plan.
The RLSC applauds the applicant and
the City for having consulted with the Bell Park Advisory Panel three
times before this proposal was completed. Perhaps in future, developers
and the City could consult with the Lakes Advisory Panel, Green Space
Panel, and/or lake stewardship groups when large developments are
proposed near lakes or green spaces.
In keeping with
subsections 17(35) and 51(37) of the Planning Act, we request to receive
notice of any decision of Council related to this development proposal.
Lake Stewardship Committee
Ramsay Lake Stewardship Committee
our last meeting are attached and here are some updates:
A new proposed site plan of the Old St. Joe's property is
available for viewing and comment. Public input is possible until Oct.
22, 6pm when the Planning Committee will make a decision at Council
Chambers. See the last letter we submitted about this property attached.
Have your say on this special property!
Great news A few calls to the city has led to the removal of the
dead trees along Ramsey Lake Road and their replacement with new trees.
Bad news. A five car parking lot has appeared on the Ramsey Lake
shoreline near the entrance to Laurentian University. The city has been
called and photos were sent. Hopefully we will see this lot shut down.
Also, it was brought to my attention that there is an unofficial boat
launch near the parking lot for the Ski Chalet of the Laurentian
Conservation Area. Putting boats in the water there has lead to lots of
erosion, and the creation of deep tire ruts on land and at the
shoreline. The city will be contacted about this area of concern as
well. See pics here.
A few volunteers used our Yellow Fish Road stencils around the
Ramsey Lake watershed. Look out for the 17 yellow fish and "Rainwater
Only" signs at storm sewers. We will be going to Adamsdale and Pius XII
school to explain the connection between stormwater from First and Third
Aves and Ramsey Lake. The kids will also be handing out 300 door hangers
explaining the importance of clean stormwater.
Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance (GSWA) is having a general
meeting November 1st at 7pm, if you are interested in wider watershed
issues. Meetings are at the Living with Lakes Centre.Their fund raiser
comedy night is coming up on November 8 at 8pm, Caruso Club. Tickets are
$20 and all the stewardship committees are helping to sell tickets. Let
me know how many tickets you need!
Get more news about Ramsey Lake from our facebook page
and on our website
June 27, 2012
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
Attn: Planning Section, Growth and
PO Box 5000, Station A
200 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON P3A 5P3
Planning Report - Application for rezoning in order to permit the
redevelopment of the former St. Joseph hospital site for 190 residential
units, restaurant and wellness centre, 700 Paris Street, Sudbury -
2226553 Ontario Inc
Since the property is in such close
proximity to Ramsey Lake, it is essential that great care be taking with
the stormwater that runs off this property and into the lake.
management facility should be
designed to satisfy the “Enhanced Protection” level specified in Chapter
3 of the Ministry of the Environment’s “Stormwater Management Planning
and Design Manual 2003”. Testing and maintenance of this stormwater
facility is also essential to ensure water entering Ramsey Lake is
protection level of stormwater treatment does not completely clean the
water reaching the lake so it is recommended that Low Impact Development
strategies be also used here.
LID strategies include
permeable pavers in driveways and parking lots, bioretention filters,
rain barrels and grassed swales. These measures would help prevent
contaminants from entering the lake so close to our drinking water
The developer is requesting a zoning change from Park ‘P’ to Residential
‘R4 High Density Special’ in Concession 2 and that there be no setback
between the parking garage, if built there, and Bell Park. For the
protection of the park and Ramsey Lake, we feel this area should remain
parkland and not turned into a parking garage.
Furthermore, since the location of this property is so close to downtown
and well serviced by transit, we recommend the city lower the required
parking space allocation to help protect Ramsey Lake from the salt and
contaminants, which will be deposited on site.
Lake Stewardship Committee
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Living with Lakes Centre, 7pm
9 members in attendance
Keast Development Input to
This peninsula has some rocky
outcrops, a thickly treed area and some steep shorelines. The committee
discussed aspects we would like to see in the proposed development to
ensure lake water quality is not compromised by this development. A
letter will be submitted to the Planning Committee.
St. Joe’s Development Input
A new site plan has been
released for the Old St. Joe’s property that contains more Low Impact
Development (LID) strategies than their last plans. These will help
improve the quality of the water coming off this property and going
directly into Ramsey Lake. The committee will write up a submission for
the Planning Committee meeting on Oct 22. See pictures of the new plan
and the staff report here http://www.greatersudbury.ca/agendas/index.cfm?pg=feed&action=file&agenda=report&itemid=1&id=530
Rain Gardens in the Ramsey
We will be going to both
Adamsdale and Pius XII schools (both in the RL watershed) to talk to
them about the Yellowfish Road Program. We will also be asking them if
they would like to build a rain garden on their school property to slow
down their rainwater which helps filter and clean it. It was mentioned
that building green infrastructure at the Bell Park main beach storm
outlet would still be desirable. Everyone agreed but the City stormwater
department is against it. Suggestions are welcome!
We saw some pictures of this
very natural area in the eastern section of Ramsey Lake, which is owned
by the City. There is a bit of damage going on due to ATVs and with
litter. See pic here from our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Blue-green algae confirmed in South Bay
Heavy rains have washed
soil, phosphorus, bacteria and other contaminants into Ramsey Lake.
Drinking water, for
residence who live in the South Bay area, can be obtained from the
Countryside Sports Complex.
Blue-green algae was confirmed in South Bay by the Public Health Unit.
They have an advisory for the Main Beach at Bell Park due to the
blue-green algae threat. So no swimming and pets should not be allowed
The Health Unit has also listed two beaches on Ramsey Lake as unsafe due
to high bacteria levels: the beach near the Amphitheatre at Bell Park
and the one at Camp Sudaca.
In the next couple of weeks, we will be looking for volunteers to help
the Committee with the Yellow Fish Road Program. Let me know if you want
to get involved with this great program to help raise awareness about
what is in our stormwater, how it travels directly into Ramsey Lake and
what we can do to prevent contaminants from reaching the lake.
Here are the minutes for our
last meeting. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:00pm.
See you at the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, this Sunday at the
Moonlight Beach concession stand at 10:00am. Bring your kids!
Ramsey Lake Stewardship
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Living with Lakes Centre
Speed Limit Sign – Still waiting for the
city to get back to us re: sign specifications. Greater Sudbury Police
Marine Unit has no problem with us putting up a speed limit sign at the
public boat launch indicating the provincial limit of 10km/hr within 30
metres of shore. Lilly will follow up.
Dr. Development – Norm gave us an overview
of the proposed development. A bylaw amendment is being requested to
change the zoning from Future Development to R1-3, Low Density
Residential One and R3, Medium Density Residential to permit the
development of 63 lots and three multi-family blocks. See more on the
There are no plans to bring sewer services across the wetlands of Bethel
Lake but the city would like to bring a water pipe through the wetlands
to have backup water for the peninsula to the north. Putting any pipes
through the wetlands would involve digging a ditch 10 ft deep, laying a
pipe and covering it over. Disturbing the wetland for this pipe will
possibly lead to contaminants from Bethel Lake getting into Ramsey Lake.
The 2011 spring phosphorus value for Bethel Lake was 31.4 microgram/L,
which is above the Provincial Water Quality Objective of 20.0
microgram/L and above the current Ramsey Lake level of 6 microgram/L. It
was also suggested that there might be tuberculosis bacteria and spores,
in Bethel Lake sediment. These spores would have come from the old
Algoma hospital that at one time housed TB patients. If this is the
case, the sediment should not be disturbed. This will need to be
investigated and confirmed with the health unit or researchers who may
have more knowledge of what is in Bethel Lake sediment.
proposed for Moonlight Beach Area – The
area in question runs from the rail line to the north then south to the
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area and east to the bypass. The Ramsey
Lake North East Advisory Panel is thinking about creating a city park
with revenue-generating activities like a waterpark, zipline or a place
to hold large family reunions. The RLSC will keep abreast of
developments in this area and keep water quality, habitat, trails and
stormwater management top of mind for any new activity in this area of
the Ramsey Lake watershed.
Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Join us as we
team up with the Moonlight East Ramsey Coalition this Sunday, Sept 16 at
10am. We’ll all meet at the Moonlight Beach concession stand. Garbage
bags and gloves will be provided. High school students who need
volunteer hours should bring their forms to be signed.
Comedy Night - Tickets are now available
for the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance fundraising event. They will
be having a comedy night/silent auction on Thursday, November 8 at 8pm
at the Caruso Club. Mark your calendar and let me know how many tickets
you would like, $20 each. Should be a fun night and we can help the
Alliance as well.
for Community Engagement and Education –
Members expressed interest in the Yellow Fish Program. John Lindsay said
he had some stencils.
*Lilly has now spoken with the Yellow Fish Program people and they will
be sending stencils and a list of all the necessary supplies including
300 door hangers, which kids can put on homes. Students from Adamsdale
School and/or Pius XII would be ideal to help with that since they are
in the watershed. Lilly will get in touch with those schools. Jan and
Andrea are interested in helping with the project.
Also it was
mentioned that we should have some sort of display at the main beach in
Bell Park explaining why a blue-green algae bloom has occurred to
educate the public when the beach is closed. We should work on this in
case of possible blooms next summer.
Trees on Ramsey Lake Road – Earlier this
year, the City added a water loop under the road but the trees they
planted next to the work are all now dead. Jan said she would email Fran
Caldarelli and suggest they need to be replaced. Others are encouraged
to email as well.
Canada: Waterpower Is Not Always Green
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the Ministry of Energy. And I'm a strong supporter of the Green Energy
Act. But every type of energy generation has drawbacks, and none of them
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Most solar, wind and biomass
renewable energy projects need renewable energy approvals under the
Environmental Protection Act. But there is a different approval system
for small hydro projects, focussed on a twin process of class
environmental assessment which must be submitted to the Ministry of the
Environment, and site release by the Ministry of Natural Resources. This
process is proving very challenging, for proponents and opponents alike.
Xeneca, for example, is a
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awarded 19 of the 47 Feed In Tariff contracts for potential waterpower
sites across Ontario, more than any other developer. None of its sites,
so far, have been approved, although senior Ministry of Natural
Resources staff meet monthly with Xeneca to review its progress. In
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Lake Stewardship Group News
Lots of stuff going on around Ramsey Lake.
A meeting was held on Monday, June 11 about the proposed condo
development on the old St. Joe's property. The developer is asking the
city for a zoning change from "Institutional" and "Park" to Residential
High Density (Special). The details are found here and will be going
before the Planning Committee on June 27 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers,
There were less concerns about the health of the lake when the hospital
was first built in the 1950s so as stewards of the lake we will be
making recommendations that the developer use best practices in managing
stormwater to reduce any negative impacts on the lake from the redesign
of the building and construction of a 5 storey parking garage.
RLSC will have a booth at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal's
Greenville. This will be a great way to reach lots of new people. If you
are going to the festival, consider donating an hour or two to help out
at our booth. Contact me if you can help out. July 7-8.
Minutes of our last meeting
We discussed the parking lot on the lake last winter
because Science North charged parking fees for the fish derby so
everyone parked on Ramsey Lake instead. Norm was going to
investigate who grants permission to do this and we will try to stop
this practice from occurring again. The city is looking for this
exact type of input for park use so if this is of concern to you or
you have any other concern about how the lake or Bell Park is used,
please complete this quick survey.
Brigette Labby, a boating instructor, came to speak
to the group about boating safety. She teaches boaters that they are
going too fast if their wake is causing distress to others. Good
rule of thumb. We can host a boating safety day and she will assist
us. She showed us the Muskoka Watershed Council brochure which had
good advice about boating and wakes. Here is the link
Michael brought up the issue of the city cutting down
trees along McNaughton Terrace, which are within 4m of shore. He
will follow up with the city as to why this practice keeps occurring
when Michael is happy to do all the pruning needed to keep these
trees from obstructing the view of the lake.
The City is looking for input to the 2013 Budget so
RLSC will be making a presentation on June 19 in Council Chambers.
We will be presenting 17th on the list which should be around
7:45pm. Our draft submission is attached.
RLSC wants to put a speed limit sign at the public
boat launch as a reminder that within 30m of shore the speed limit
is 10km/hr. Lilly asked the City if they had any objections. They
didn't but asked that we inquire with the Marine Unit of the Sudbury
Police to see if they did. They also had no objections but did note
that there is an exemption for boats pulling water skiers
perpendicular to a shore. The police felt a simple sign was
acceptable and need not include the exemption. He suggested we
mention somewhere what 30m is about three school buses long to give
people a mental image of 30m. Lilly will confirm again with the city
the details of the sign.
We have three rain barrels for sale if anyone is
interested. $55 each.
trying to come up with a wish list for the lake. So far we have:
cars and trucks should not be allowed on the frozen
lake except to bring fishing huts on and off the lake
dogs should not be allowed on the ice (other
jurisdictions have a similar bylaw)
there should be a speed or horsepower limit on the
driving on the lake should only be allowed from dawn
parking lots should not be allowed on the lake
This is a preliminary list of what we would like to see and is not in
order of priority. Comments are welcome.
RLSC will have a booth at Northern Lights Festival Boreal’s Greenville.
This is a great way to reach lots of new people. If you are going to
the festival, consider donating an hour or two to help out at the RLSC
booth. It’s a big help, and a lot of fun! Contact us to let us know you
can help out. Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8
the 2013 City of Greater Sudbury Municipal Budget
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
phosphorus contributes to blue-green algae blooms. Over the past few
years, phosphorus levels were measured on Ramsey Lake and from the
streams and stormwater outlets which feed into the lake. Funding for
this important work is no longer available but the need to know where
phosphorus inputs are highest is still crucial.
requests the following funds so that data can continue to be collected.
Total over two years:
-MSc salary, $27,000
-Student worker salaries (2 for one summer), $11,000
-Core dating, $8,000
-Chemical lab analyses, $1,800
for your consideration.
Whitewater Ontario is hosting an important event that I hope you will
River Advocacy Festival - June 30th 2012
1:30 - 4:30 PM - Open forum discussion - "River Advocacy in
Ontario: The Issues"
Whitewater Ontario is hosting a River Advocacy
Festival at River Run on the Ottawa River, June 30th, 2012. The
Goal is to raise awareness and support river advocacy, river
access and river awareness in Ontario.
Speaker Panel Includes:
Linda Heron - Ontario Rivers Alliance
John Walker - Trout Unlimited Canada
Philip Compass - Save the Petawawa
Ben Plumb - The Water Institute, University of Waterloo
Please pass forward this message on to those you think may be
“A World of
Healthy River Ecosystems”
EarthCare Sudbury Newsletter.docx
Milkweed and Monarchs...a Vital Partnership!
It's spring again!
And the Monarchs are on a fascinating journey from their winter
getaway in Mexico. This exhausting migration of over 3,000 miles to
Northern Ontario is made annually. Once they have arrived to their
destination, they need to eat and lay eggs. What not many people know is
that the Milkweed plant is the only food
source for the Monarch caterpillars to eat in order to grow and
become marvellous Butterflies!
If you want to ensure the future of these beautiful creatures, plant and
protect Milkweed. Not only will you be enriching the good of the planet
but you will have a pretty flower to spruce up your garden and the
Monarchs will thank you!
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Change of Ramsay Lake Stewardship Committee meeting date changed to
Wednesday, June 6
Please note we have changed our meeting date to Wednesday, June 6th at
7pm at the Living with Lakes Centre.
We received a $500 lake stewardship grant from the City's Lake Water
Quality Program so we can complete some projects.
Our Motorized Boating Subcommittee met in May and will be discussing
their findings at our next meeting.
The committee has received kits to test phosphorus levels in Ramsey Lake
in May, June, July, and August.
Hope to see you at our next meeting.
EarthCare Sudbury Newsletter - May 2012
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee Meeting May 3
meeting is this Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm at the Living with Lakes
1. Rain barrel sale wrap up
2. Website activity after we sent out our flyer
3. Application for Lake Water Quality grant of $500 is due May 11.
We will need ideas for what to do with the funds. (A municipal grant
must demonstrate that the project will achieve measurable results and
attract the support of lake residents or other members of the community.
Applications that benefit only one person or one property will not be
4. Source Water Protection information sent out to Ramsey Lake residents
- Open house at Living with Lakes Centre May 15. Questions?
5. Further discussion about motorized boating on Ramsey Lake. Here is
the Transport Canada website with information about limiting or
restricting motor boats
6. Other items
Application for LWQ Grant Program 2012 Form (ENG)_Web Accessible.doc
Thousands of birds dying in the middle of the
ocean...because they eat & feed their young our plastic/rubber garbage
draft Source Protection Plan
posted yesterday for public review, along with the Explanatory Document,
Source Protection Plan is a locally-developed, science-based plan that
sets out to protect sources of municipal drinking water from
contamination. The plan identifies potential threats and prescribes
policies, actions and programs to reduce or eliminate these threats.
Why is this important if you have your own well or get water from
your own lake?
Because you can use the information about best practices
designed to protect municipal surface water sources and wells to protect
your own source water. Check out the summary attached. Comments are
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee Meeting Minutes
April 5, 2012
meeting is on May 3, 2012
Present: Andrea, Andre, Shehnaz, Kevin, Elaine, K.V.,
John, Liz, Jan, Lilly
- We added some new info to our flyer.
It will be finalized and sent out to 3600 watershed residents on
Friday, April 13 by mail. Andre, Andrea, Kevin, Liz, Elaine and Jan
will be distributing some flyers by hand, as well.
- Everything is on schedule for the
rain barrel sale on Sunday, April 22. We have sold over 120 rain
barrels. Everyone is welcome to come out and help, especially at
9:30am to help unload the truck.
- We decided not to overextend
ourselves on Earth Day with the rain barrel sale so we won’t be
going too far with the balloons on storm sewers. We will try to do
that just near York and Paris St.
- We will be opening a bank account.
Jan John and Lilly will be signing officers with two signatures
required for each cheque.
- Fran Caldarelli spoke with the head
of stormwater management and he said that putting green
infrastructure at the Bell Park Beach stormwater outlet would not be
possible but he would look into doing that at another smaller
- We discussed the problem of
motorboats on the lake. One way to reduce the large number of boats
on Ramsey Lake may be to charge an eco-fee to launch a boat at the
public boat launch.
- We discussed problems with the Howey
Dr. development and the effects it will have on Ramsey Lake. Lilly
will write a letter of concern for the Monday, April 16 planning
meeting about the development.
Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
City of Greater Sudbury
P.O. Box 5000 Station A
200 Brady Street
Sudbury ON P3A 5P3 SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1
Re: Applications for Plan of Subdivision in
order to permit the development of 192 residential lots.
Howey Drive, Sudbury - Dalron Construction
File Number: 780-6/11007
To Whom It May Concern:
The Ramsey Lake
Stewardship Committee (RLSC) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing
the health of the Ramsey Lake watershed and its drinking water quality.
Our vision is to keep Ramsey Lake a drinkable, fishable, swimmable and
enjoyable lake for many years to come for all Sudburians.
As a community group, we have some concerns with
the proposed development off Howey Drive on the north shore of Ramsey
1. Full Watershed Study Needed
Although stormwater studies are prepared for
developments such as this one, the RLSC would like to see a complete
watershed study which will look at not just how to manage stormwater but
what the effect of all the current and proposed development in the
watershed will be on the ecosystem of the lake. A comprehensive study
should be completed before any more large developments are approved in
the watershed. Ramsey Lake is too important a lake for Sudbury for us to
keep approving development with no knowledge of what the cumulative
affects of these developments will be on the lake.
2. Stormwater Management Must Include Green
The land in question is described as being covered
in dense vegetation and therefore provides water retention and
filtration services but will be replaced with hard, impervious surfaces
if the development is approved. Because this area is close to the intake
for drinking water, the development should incorporate Low Impact
Development techniques to reduce the faster rates of flow of dirtier
stormwater. Permeable pavers for driveways, bioswales along roads, rain
barrels, rain water gardens and green roofs are just a few green
infrastructure techniques that should be used in this development. No
stormwater from this development should be diverted to old stormwater
infrastructure in the adjacent neighbourhoods, which bring water
directly to Ramsey Lake. As a drinking water source for 60,000, it is
very important to keep raw stormwater from entering the lake directly
especially since this large development is located just upstream of the
David St. water intake. Also, sufficient care should be taken during
construction that disturbed soil not be allowed to flow directly into
Ramsey Lake since soil is high in phosphorus and will increase the
likelihood of another toxic blue-green algae bloom.
3. Green Space in the Ramsey Lake Watershed
The Green Space Advisory Panel has identified the
southern most area of this land as a Level 5 property (Highest Priority)
for acquisition (area 10-74). It is 4.2 hectares in size and a natural
buffer to the lake. However, in the current plan for development, the
size of it appears much smaller. See attached maps. We recommend that
the pedestrian walkway or Block 198 be increased to the area identified
in the Green Space Panel Report to provide the best possible buffer for
4. Increased salt in the watershed
This new development will necessitate the City
using salt during the winter on the new roads. The current 66 acre
forested area does not contribute to the salt levels in the lake. With
salt levels in Ramsey Lake already over 50 mg/L, the inevitable
increased input of salt is worrisome.
5. Traffic Concerns
A development of this
size is expected to generate approximately 3,500 vehicle trips on an
average weekday. Currently, Howey Drive and Van Horne Street carry an
annual average daily traffic volume of 8,500. A second development,
recently approved (Planning Committee, April 5, 2011) on the north side
of Howey Drive between Van Horne Street and St. Raphael Street, when
fully developed, will generate more than 4,700 weekday vehicle trips.
These two new developments will add 8,200 new vehicle trips on an
average weekday. This is almost a 100% increase in traffic. Retaining
more green space in the development will reduce the number of lots and
reduce the expected traffic and necessary road reconstruction.
Request for Notice
The Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee, in keeping
with subsections 17(35) and 51(37) of the Planning Act, requests to
receive notice of any decision of Council related to this development
Co-Chair, Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee
Sudbury Seedling Swap May 12th
Amanda (Collins) LeClair
Good Food Box Coordinator
Coordinatrice de la Boîte de Bonne Bouffe
Lights Out for a Good Cause: Earth Hour 2012
The City of Greater Sudbury encourages residents
to participate in Earth Hour 2012. Earth Hour will take place from 8:30
to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. During this time, cities, businesses
and individuals around the world are asked to turn off their lights to
show that it is possible to take action on climate change.
"I am pleased to promote such a simple
initiative that really does go a long way," said Mayor Matichuk.
"Reducing the effects of climate change is a priority for countries
around the world and I encourage all community members and businesses to
turn off their lights to promote environmental stewardship for a
On a municipal level, the City will participate
in Earth Hour by reducing lighting in and around its facilities as much
as safely possible. Residents who are unable to turn off all lights
during the hour are encouraged to reduce non-essential lighting.
Earth Hour was pioneered in 2007 by the World
Wildlife Fund-Australia. It is designed to raise awareness of climate
change and to symbolize that by working together, the people of the
world can make a difference in the fight against global warming. The
inaugural Earth Hour saw 2.3 million participants in Sydney, Australia
saving 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. To participate, citizens are
encouraged to register at
"It's great to see leadership on reducing energy
use and addressing climate change. We encourage everyone to take part in
Earth Hour, and to continue energy saving habits year round," says
Tamara Gagnon, Program Director at reThink Green, a local not-for-profit
organization dedicated to affecting positive environmental change in
The City of Greater is involved with numerous
environmental initiatives, including the land reclamation program and
the Lake Water Quality Program, which promotes the stewardship and
protection of the City’s 330 lakes. Recently, City Council also approved
the development of an education campaign and by-law to reduce
To find out more about these and other
initiatives visit the www.greatersudbury.ca.
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications City
of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539 Facebook:
Take two minutes to protect a unique lake and old growth red pine forest
in the Sudbury area
Did you know that only ~1.2% of old growth red pine forest remains in
the world? Did you know that the largest remnant is at Wolf Lake, an
old growth red pine forest within the limits of Greater Sudbury, unique
not only to Canada, but globally as well?
The good news is that the Ontario government has recently decided to
retain the Forest Reserve designation for Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest.
The bad news is that this still allows for exploration and development
of existing mining claims and leases
Wolf Lake needs to be brought into the parks system, as part of the
Chiniguchi Waterway Park, which sandwiches it to the north and south, to
properly protect this old growth forest, and the Chiniguchi river
Please consider taking the following actions:
a pre-written fax to Premier McGuinty: http://earthroots.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=172
Minister Bartolucci: 705-675-1914.
Ask that Wolf Lake be brought into the Chiniguchi Waterway Park AND that
the existing mining claims and leases NOT be renewed.
this call to action with others!
Please forward to your contacts and networks.
- Sign this petition
To see the official posting, go to:
For news coverage, see:
Link to EarthCare Newsletter
Link to Earthcare Newsletter