An Invite from the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society in Niagara, Ontrio
Posted December 6th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
For those who may feel blue in the face of scandals regarding untendered and unsolicited government contracts, a good recipe for some cheer is to come out to the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) 2016 Mennonite Quilt Draw Party for some fun and fellowship. This will take place between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, December 10th, at a beautiful historic home at 38 Dalhousie Drive in St. Catharines.
The positive work of PALS in defending the environment has much to do with the counter scheming of others.
By simply coming out and mingling with others you will be part of an important challenge to those who would damage Niagara’s countryside with urban sprawl. This 40 years of struggle has involved some heroic epics and battles before the Ontario Municipal Board, (OMB). Without PALS’ work countless acres of fruit orchards would be barren, and the spring in many places would have lost the joyous chorus of frogs that mark the arrival of spring.
One of PALS’ battles right now is to secure agricultural easements on the unique land of the Niagara Fruit Belt. One of the places that this urgently needs to be done is the Town of Grimsby, where the remaining fruit land is threatened by a proposed Greenbelt swap. This endangers also the Irish Grove Woodlot, one of the few remaining Lake Ontario Plan Forests, by providing justification for an extension of Livingstone Avenue through it.
People active in PALS helped rescue the Thundering Waters Forests eight years ago. Many members are also active in heritage protection. If you show up, you will provide a good seasonal cheer.
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