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Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront

Updated: Apr. 9, 2014

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There are many issues, large and small, that pop up from time to time but don’t necessarily fit into any of the other pages. So, to help keep people up to date, we have this “What’s Up” page.

March 25, 2014

CCFEW Position on Expansion of the Billy Bishop (Toronto Island) Airport

While most of us have personal opinions about expansion of the Billy Bishop Airport, it is well outside the borders of South Etobicoke, so we had not initially viewed it as a CCFEW issue. It has become clear however, that the proposed expansion will have negative environmental impacts that will spill over to South Etobicoke.

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March 22, 2014

Nature Programs at Sam Smith Park Headed For a Big Year

As of this past Thursday, there were already 1000 students registered for the Nature Education programs at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, fully exhausting our $4000 of third party funding. CCFEW will be supplementing that with another $750 of our own funds plus some unused funds pledged from 2013.

After a slow start in their first two years, these programs, offered by the Humber Arboretum, are hitting their stride in year three. This means that over 1200 students and teachers will get to experience hands-on environment and nature studies curriculum without leaving the city, or in some cases, even their own neighbourhood.

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January 30, 2014

Subject
New Nature Programs at Colonel Samuel Smith Park,
      Spring, 2014, provided by Humber Arboretum

To: all Toronto schools

CCFEW is pleased to announce that we are continuing to support the new Nature Programs being offered at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in south Etobicoke, at Kipling and Lake Shore Blvd. West, in the spring of 2014, provided by the Humber Arboretum. These programs are based on the Ontario Science curriculum , and are led by nature interpreters from the Humber Arboretum in north Etobicoke.

CCFEW is offering to subsidize these nature programs for classes again this spring. CCFEW has just obtained very generous grants from The Gosling Foundation and The McLean Foundation which has enabled us to offer these subsidies- but they may go fast.

For more information, or to register for one of these programs, contact the Humber Arboretum directly at 416-675-5009, or go on their website at
www.humberarboretum.on.ca. Look under “Lakeshore School Programs”.
 Be sure to mention the CCFEW subsidy if you are booking a program.

We hope to see you at Colonel Sam this year!

Sincerely,
Barbara Keaveney
CCFEW Secretary

View the notice as a PDF

January 19, 2014

Proposed Community Garden

There have been discussions for several months about creating a community garden in the north part of Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Aside from the initial site selection discussions, CCFEW hasn’t been involved in this project. Last week, we sent this letter to clarify our position:

    Dear Councillor Grimes,

    It has come to our attention that in discussions about the proposed community garden at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, objections by an “ornithological group” have been mentioned. Many people assume that group is CCFEW. It is not. I would like to clarify that CCFEW does not object to a community garden at the proposed location in the northwest corner of the park, near Lake Shore Boulevard West, between The Gatehouse and Rabba.

    We had concerns about some of the other locations proposed earlier, but this one addresses our concerns in that it is in a highly visible location with adequate separation from naturalized areas and other significant wildlife habitat. 

    We have not taken a position in support of, or in opposition to the project. It's ultimate success will depend to a great extent on it's organization and management. Those details have not, to our knowledge, been established.
     

Below is a map of the proposed site.

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January 12, 2014

Another $3000 for Nature Programming at Col. Samuel Smith Park

We have been trying to get nature education programming for schools established at Colonel Samuel Smith Park for many years (see below). While we were still celebrating the grant from the Gosling Foundation, we received another cheque last week, this time for $3000, from the McLean Foundation. 2014 looks like the year that this program will really get rolling!

December 21, 2013

Funding for Nature Programming at Colonel Samuel Smith Park

CCFEW’s most recent project is bringing nature programs for school groups into Colonel Samuel Smith Park in south Etobicoke. We have entered into a partnership with the Humber Arboretum, in north Etobicoke, to extend their nature programs to Colonel Samuel Smith Park in south Etobicoke, working out of classrooms on the south campus of Humber College, which is located right beside the park. The Humber Arboretum has offered programs at this south location for 2 years now in May and June, led by professional nature interpreters. CCFEW has been subsidizing these programs with a specific financial subsidy of $5 per student for 2 years, so that as many students as possible could take advantage of this wonderful environmental education opportunity. CCFEW contributed $675 towards this project in 2012, and another $750 in 2013, meaning that 285 students were able to attend a subsidized program, and only had to pay $5.50 for a full-day of nature education. These subsidies were financed by CCFEW membership dues, and money donated by “Birds and Beans Coffee Shop” in Mimico from donations at the Spring Bird Festival. 

We are very pleased to announce that The Gosling Foundation has generously given CCFEW and the Humber Arboretum a grant of $1000 towards subsidizing these nature programs in 2014. We are hoping to extend these programs to March and April if possible, as well as May and June. This has been a very successful program, with a bright future ahead.

December 5, 2013

Birds & Beans Calendars

Birds and Beans has generously donated copies of their beautiful 2014 calendar to all our members. We will be working to distribute them over the next couple of weeks.

December 3, 2013

South Etobicoke has the #3 & 6 Bird Hotspots in Toronto

eBird, an on-line bird records database recently developed a “Hotspot” tool that, among other things, summarizes data from locations known to be good places to find birds: hotspots. According to this database, 237 different species of bird have been recorded in the park. That is a testament to diversity and quality of the habitats found at this city park. From the eBird database, here’s a list of the top ten Toronto hotspots (in terms of number of species) as of December 2, 2013.

Rank

Location

Species

1

Toronto Islands

268

2

Tommy Thompson Park

261

3

Colonel Samuel Smith Park

237

4

Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station

205

5

High Park

200

6

Humber Bay Park (East)

178

7

Tommy Thompson Park (Wet Woods)

157

8

Rosetta McClain Gardens

146

9

Ashbridges Bay Park

145

10

Lambton Woods

133

The proximity of the #6 hotspot, Humber Bay Park East, to an ever growing wall of condominiums certainly gives us pause. None of the other top 10 hotspots have tall buildings nearly as close. Also, more than most of those top 10 locations, the majority of the birds found at Humber Bay are migrants. It may soon be the #1 hotspot for FLAP.

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