Join us on Wednesday from 7 - 8:30 p.m. EST for our next Conservation Matters webinar!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with all the information you need to join the session on June 30.
Topics and speakers
Working to stop urban sprawl in Hamilton and surrounding areas
Indigenous rights and defence of water and land
Our movement to conserve and protect nature in Hamilton and beyond is truly gaining momentum.
Thanks to our organized pressure, the Hamilton Conservation Authority decided not to move Ancaster Creek wetlands and headwaters. Then we successfully pushed City Council to approve the motion for a second opinion on the urban boundary question. It's clear that we are making our voices heard. Let's use the tools already available, and learn what more we can do, to defend Indigenous rights, protect farmland and water, stop urban $prawl, and continue to influence matters of conservation in Hamilton and Ontario!
PS - We are actively seeking volunteers to help us organize actions and events, post on Hamilton 350’s social media accounts, and run campaigns like our current one on Conservation Authorities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re ready to get involved!
Local group Elders for Climate Sanity showed this video presentation at over 30 venues in the Hamilton area before the pandemic disrupted their work. We're glad to host it on our YouTube channel and website so more people can watch and learn from this important session. Please share this page with the people in your life who need to see it. It's up to all of us to educate our communities about the stakes of this crisis and the urgent need for action.
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Thank you for taking action to help save the Ancaster Creek Wetland!
On June 3rd, just before midnight, the Hamilton Conservation Authority Board, after 5 hours of delegations, presentations, and in-camera (not public) deliberation, denied the permit to destroy and move the Ancaster Creek Wetland!
Where do we go from here?
The organizing team (a coalition of volunteers from Hamilton 350, Action 13, and Stop Sprawl Ham Ont) will be putting together a public debrief of this decision as well as providing comments on the Hamilton Conservation Authority's Draft Offsetting Policy (Available here)
We will make sure you have the information to participate!
Stay in touch!
If you are looking to stay in touch or get more involved before these next steps above, follow each of our member organizations on social media and sign up for our mailing list (click contact on our website).
Action 13 - Community Climate Action in Ward 13 (Dundas and Flamborough) @13forAction on Facebook and Twitter. Email us at 13forAction@gmail.com
Stop Sprawl Ham Ont - A Facebook group full of great local organizing to say no to sprawl
Hamilton 350 - Our contact information can be found at the bottom of this page
Thank you again for raising your voice to protect our watershed!
We hope you can find a way to celebrate - if you're able to, maybe spend some time by the water!
Missed the June 3rd meeting that decided the Ancaster Creek wetland and headwaters fate?
Watch it here!
Thank you to those who have added their voices to the now over 450 citizens calling on the Hamilton Conservation Authority to not allow the Ancaster Creek Wetland to be paved over.
Video now available!
The scheme to relocate the headwaters of Ancaster Creek and its associated wetland returns to the Hamilton Conservation Authority board at their next meeting on June 3. A decision was expected at the HCA's last meeting, but concerned citizens flooded the Conservation Authority with letters of opposition and successfully delayed it. For our May 26 Conservation Matters webinar, we talked about the importance of this ecosystem, the political context of the fight to save it, and the next moves we can take to win.
We had a very engaging discussion with some excellent questions from our audience. The Calls to Action were:
1. Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-ancaster-creek/
2. Write to the Hamilton Conservation Authority Board and tell them to listen to their own staff and concerned citizens and reject the proposal to offset this locally significant wetland! Email Jaime.Tellier@conservationhamilton.ca and ask for your letter to be sent to the board and added to the June 3rd meeting agenda.
3.Write to your Hamilton City Councillor and ask them to take action to protect this wetland now and in the future by rezoning it to Conservation zoning under the city of Hamilton's Zoning Bylaw. Find your city Councillor here: www.hamilton.ca/council-committee/mayor-council/city-councillors
4. Ask Tyler Schultz the acting Assistant Auditor General Commissioner of the Environment to step in and review all wetland offsetting policies and offsetting applications since 2018 to ensure this tool is truly being used as rarely as possible. - more information to come