OEN Environmental News
April 2020
(Credit: Nick Donnelly)
In this edition read about news, group events, action alerts, EBR notices, plus a spotlight on The Land Between
President’s Message: What comes after Covid-19?
Life around us is being changed by this nasty virus. We all know that, as we try to act wisely, hope our loved ones will be safe, and hope that health care providers get the protections they need and the tools and medicines their patients need.
Beyond the personal, the clarion call for society is to flatten the curve. This is one of those times where the personal and the social intertwine, and include previously unfathomable financial support for individuals, organizations, and whole commercial and industrial sectors.
Canada’s federal deficit for this fiscal year will grow by about $100 Billion. Add in escalating provincial deficits. And these down-payments on normalcy do not take in to account new personal and corporate debt. How will society be able to invest in new opportunities and amass resources to fight the next crisis swimming in so much debt?
Already, deep concerns are being expressed about what we are seeking to save from financial ruin, and how that may reduce progress on key environmental issues, with  windows closing for actions on climate and the sixth mass extinction.
Does the OEN, or anybody, have the answers? No: it’s too early. As we begin to see the other side of this, however, we will probably need to ask some pretty fundamental questions. I wish the best to you and your loved ones, and hope you will be involved in the discussion that will be coming after Covid-19.  
Andrew McCammon, President


  • The Ontario Land Trust Alliance has opened Standards & Practices (S&P) Resource library tool to support compliance with the Canadian Land Trust Standards & Practices. The tool is designed to be a sharing platform where land trusts can find, use and share information, case studies and examples for each S&P. You can find the tool and more information here.
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Group Events

  • If you'd like to attend a Whole Village Orientation, the next Orientation will be done by Zoom son Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. If you're interested, please email to register
  • Pitch-In Week is  April 19-26 where Canadians are encouraged to participate by volunteering/organizing an educational or action activity in their community, school, or business Go to and register your project online or download a registration form and email or mail it to their national office. 
  • Rain Barrel Sales around local communities are starting, got to for more info.
For more events from across Ontario visit our website. Got an event to share? Contact us today!

OEN Member Spotlight

The Land Between

The Land Between is an extraordinary organization delivering a multitude of projects and spanning a wide landscape, striving for bioregionalism:. Bioregionalism is a holistic and animate approach to conservation: It encompasses and honours all the relationships that exist between and across features, but also sectors. It understands that a region, from the land to the people, are interdependent and interrelated, and that each is unique in its patterns and character. Bioregionalism is based on the knowledge that Nature informs Culture and which fosters the Economy and Wellbeing of people.
The Land Between serves the unique eco-tone between the Canadian Shield and the Great Lakes Ecoregion. It extends from the Frontenac Arch in the east to southern Parry Sound in the west, essentially north of and parallel to Highway 7 in the south and skirting under the Algonquin Dome in the north. This area runs more than 240
kilometres east to west and 50 – 100 kilometres in width. It is home to a wide range of biodiversity; acts as a sanctuary for species north and south of it; and is an
important reservoir of water draining to Georgian Bay to the west, Lake Ontario and the St lawrence River to its south, and the Ottawa River to the east. You can visit The land between at

Newsletter Team: Brittany Donnelly, Nick Donnelly, Aleks Spasevski, Wendy Thomson
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