Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – The End of Ice Fishing Season – Local Events Run down – March 14, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – South Nation Conservation is reminding all ice fisherman in the area to remove their garbage and debris when removing their fishing huts or deserting their favourite fishing hole for the season.  All fishing huts must be removed by the 15th of March.  Communication Specialist Gord Shaver from SNC emphasizes that removing trash and debris from the ice helps to maintain a healthy environment for aquatic life and maintains drinking water quality. 

The 84th Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show, will take place this upcoming week March 15-17 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.  The show opens at 9 a.m. each morning and will run to 5 p.m. on the 15th, to 8 p.m. on the 16th and 4 p.m. on the 17th.  The show will feature the services and products of over 300 exhibitors including the latest in farm machinery, equipment, seed offerings, educational programs and various technical services. For further information visit

South Nation Conservation will be hosting their 2011 Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 24th in the Watershed Room, 38 Victoria St., Finch, Ontario.  12:30 p.m. light lunch, 1:00 p.m. meeting.  Guest Speaker will be Mr. Don Pearson, General Manager for Conservation Ontario.  This meeting is open to all interested persons.  R.S.V.P. before Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by phoning 1-877-984-29-48 or e-mail your R.S.V.P to

The Raisin Region conservation Authority and the Raisin-South Nation Drinking Water Source Protection Program invites the community to join them at Cornwall Square on Tuesday, March 22nd for a World Water Day Information opportunity which invites the public to explore local water quality and quantity issues and will offer valuable well and septic system information.  Special guests will include the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ontario Power Generation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Tens of thousands of us live along one of the largest, most scenic and economically viable rivers in the world, the St. Lawrence. Many of us rely on this river for our municipal drinking water.  Water is a resource that is often taken for granted. The local Raisin-South Nation Source Protection Committee works locally with citizens and communities to be pro-active about municipal drinking water. Clean water is everyone’s responsibility.  “The goal of World Water Day is to think globally and act locally by inspiring action about our water at an individual, municipal, provincial, federal and world wide level.”  With this in mind perhaps some of you may wish to discuss with the experts at this event the proposed shipment of 16 decommissioned nuclear generators through the Great Lakes, across the St. Lawrence River and over the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden by Bruce Power.  The generators will be stripped down, the steel recycled and the nuclear waste will be sent back to Canada.  The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has given their consent for this to happen even though Onkwehonwe and organizations concerned with health and safety of territorial waters oppose this idea.  If this is of concern to you, do talk with your Source Protection Committee about what positive actions can be taken to insure our source water remains healthy.

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