Designated as internationally important under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Minesing Wetlands are one of the largest and most diverse in southern Ontario. Located south of Wasaga Beach and west of Barrie, they are made up of over 6,000 hectares of fens, marshes, swamps and bogs. The wetlands filter the water flowing from the Nottawasaga River into Georgian Bay and provide natural flood protection for downstream communities.
Stratford is one of the many communities across Ontario struggling with the unwelcome imposition of a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to fast-track development. In Stratford’s case, the MZO is to make way for a glass factory on 175 acres of prime farmland at the edge of the city.
The Big Thaw: The permafrost ecosystem in Ontario's far north is at a tipping point, threatening not only wildlife habitat but local communities and global climate. What can be done to slow the melting?