April 2023 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 150 member groups and their members.
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April 2023 conservation updates for Ontario Nature’s 150 member groups and their supporters. Together, we are the voice for nature. Please share this monthly newsletter with members of your group.

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Congrats Toronto Field Naturalists!

Ontario Nature congratulates the Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) on its centennial anniversary. TFN is one of seven groups that founded the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) in 1931. It has an impressive legacy of connecting people with and protecting nature. We are grateful for TFN’s powerful voice for nature in Toronto and beyond.

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Figuring Out the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act: Free Webinar

Ontario Nature is pleased to be hosting a webinar presented by Community Legal Education Ontario on Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). The act was proclaimed on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits have until October 18, 2024 to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws. To learn more about the ONCA visit nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca.

This webinar is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

It will be presented by Benjamin Miller (he/him), a staff lawyer on the Non-profit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of non-profits and charities.


FSC Atlas-3 site northern Ontario


Protecting One Million Hectares of Forest Stewardship Council Certified Forests


Ontario Nature’s Protect Places Campaign team has been working to permanently protect designated conservation lands (DCLs) set aside by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forestry companies. Permanently protecting these DCLs can contribute to the federal target of protecting 30% of lands and waters by 2030.

Last summer, we calculated the amount of carbon stored in these DCLs. We discovered that collectively, these sites store at least 400 million tonnes of carbon. That’s equivalent to the emissions that 78 million gasoline vehicles emit in one year. The next steps in our FSC project include finalizing and sharing our legal and economic reports with the government and partners to support the permanent protection of DCLs.

To learn more about our FSC DCL project to protect one million hectares of land, watch our video on YouTube: Protecting One Million Hectares in FSC-certified Forests.

Ojibway Shores Natural Area


Ojibway Shores to Be Permanently Protected


Parks Canada is set to permanently protect a piece of land in Windsor on the banks of the Detroit River to be permanently protected. The Ojibway Shores property is the last natural shoreline on the Detroit River and officially became the property of Parks Canada recently. Many groups including the Friends of Ojibway Prairie, Essex County Field Naturalists and Ontario Nature worked hard to make this happen. The property is set to be included in the Ojibway Prairie Complex National Urban Park and is an amazing addition to that future park. Read this article for more information.

Humber Bay Park East


Liveable Ontario Coalition Continues

The “Building Hope" Webinar Series is for people who are looking for hope and ideas about how to build a liveable Ontario. Each webinar features expert speakers who share insights, evidence, and best practices from Ontario and across the world. Then, participants get a chance to pose questions, make comments and connect with each other. The first webinar Where is the land we need for housing? will be on Thursday, April 20th at 4 p.m.

Ontario Yours to Protect


Yours to Protect Weekend

A weekend of events are being held across the province by the Yours to Protect Network to oppose government policy changes that will negatively effect our environment.


Interesting Links and Opportunities

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See our events calendar for a complete listing of events organized by Ontario Nature and Nature Network groups. 

To submit your public events for the online calendar, send them to noahc@ontarionature.org and allow up to a week for posting. Please send only events that are open to the public and no more than three per month.

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We want to include more content from the network and will feature a story or two each month from network groups, as well as other resources. We encourage you to share your stories and links by emailing them to naturenetwork@ontarionature.org.

Ontario Nature publishes the Nature Network News monthly with contributions from our member groups and staff. We grant permission for use of the information above in member group newsletters. Please credit either Ontario Nature or the member group or the photographer when appropriate.

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