Category: Canada

Events, places, people and things which touch Canada.

For Humanity’s Sake

In late spring, Curt McCallum was driving in his truck in London, ON listening to the radio. The station was broadcasting an interview with Jeff Duncan, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Heartland Ontario. Duncan was discussing HFH’s latest build in partnership with Community Living London. They had built a home, but were still… Read more »

Snow in June with Help from the Salicaceae Family

We’ll excuse you for thinking it is snowing in June, by looking at the picture above. This photo was taken earlier this week in London, Ontario, but it’s not snow. Far from it. The white, fluffy down which looks like cotton drifting through the sky is in fact seeds from area trees. And for those of you… Read more »

A Thorn in our Side: European Buckthorn

By Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ontario is home to thousands of trees, shrubs and other plants; many of them native species. Sadly, many non-native species have also been introduced, some of which naturalize and others which become problematic. Those problematic plants are considered invasive species and their presence is taken very seriously. They often overtake native species and threaten their… Read more »

Wash the Spider Out

The eensy weensy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. Then the eensy weensy spider climbed up the spout again. That’s exactly what we don’t want. London needs some rain to wash the spiders out. More specifically,… Read more »

Timeline for Flowering Trees in London

April showers bring May flowers Well, we certainly had plenty of rain (and snow) in April and have been rewarded with an abundance of flowers this May. While area trees took a while to get started, there has been a steady stream of blossoms all month. Yellow, white, orange, pink, and purple; all colours you can… Read more »

Treatment: The Story of Ash Injections

The plight of ash trees in London, Ontario is not breaking news. The emerald ash borer (EAB) crossed into Canada near Windsor in 2002 and has been marching across Ontario since then. Every year the spread becomes larger, despite the many preventive measures taken to stop the EAB. Despite the uphill battle, CLC Tree Services continues to… Read more »

Sunshine at Camp

  A little sunshine goes a long way That is Stevenson Children’s Camp’s slogan. And that is exactly what the crews got when they showed up for the OCAA Day of Service at the 125-acre Stevenson Children’s Camp on April 27th of this year—sunshine. Not a cloud marred the sky, as trucks rumbled in from… Read more »

Focus on the Earth: London’s Neighbourhoods

This week is Earth Week. While Earth Day is a highlight of the week on Friday, April 22nd, there is plenty to celebrate all month in London, Ontario. Earth Day in London For starters, London is in the midst of the 12 days of cleaning. London Clean and Green, an offset of the City of… Read more »

Maple Syrup: Some Sweet Facts

Sweet Maple Syrup Facts CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP FACTS: Canada produces 90% of the world’s maple syrup Quebec produces 90% of Canada’s maple syrup Ontario is the second largest producer of maple syrup in Canada, producing approximately 4 million litres of maple syrup each year Maple Tree Facts: Once a maple tree is tapped, the tree… Read more »