Nature’s alarm clocks are back

By Kathy Rowe

April is finally here. Our clocks have sprung ahead and nature’s alarm clocks have returned. This is the time of year when I love to crack open a window in the bedroom at night so that I can hear the birds as the sun rises in the morning. Their mating season rituals have begun and the birds are singing their hearts out. Optimism is what I hear in their calls each morning.

After such a difficult year, things seem to be going in the right direction. COVID vaccines are rolling out, it’s easier to be with friends outdoors and the gardening season is coming. 

Earth Day Thoughts

There is much to read in this issue about Earth Day themes. Although the community cleanup is postponed, what’s stopping us from grabbing a garbage bag on the way out the door for a neigbourhood walk? There is always something to pick up. In my travels with my dog I find it very satisfying to come home with a bag filled with litter. Now that the weather is warming up, let’s show our Earth that we care.

633 Coronation Drive

As some of you may already know, in late February the application by Coronation Organics to build a biogas plant at 633 Coronation was revoked by the applicant. This comes as a tremendous relief for our area communities. I believe that the lobbying, the letters written to our politicians and the signatures on the petition all played a part in this victorious outcome. I want to thank the team of residents who worked tirelessly to put pressure on all three levels of government to fight this development.

 Many thanks to MP Gary Anandasangaree, MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jennifer McKelvie for their support. No one wanted this proposal to happen. Although the application could be resubmitted at some point in the future, my hope is that Coronation Organics will shop for a location elsewhere.

Bring on the AstraZeneca!

On Sunday March 14, I received my first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The experience was swift and easy. I had called the Shoppers Drug Mart at Rylander on March 10 and was scheduled for an 8 p.m. shot on March 14. No muss, no fuss. To be honest, I hardly even felt the needle. I felt a little chilly and strange the following afternoon, which are known side effects of the vaccine. They didn’t last long.

I now have a receipt that proves I have had the first vaccination and I will take that receipt when I get the second vaccination. I’m hoping that will happen within the next few months. Of course, that will depend on supply. It feels great to be half-way there!

April Events to Consider

Please consider registering to receive a native bee nest kit as a way to celebrate Earth Day this year. This is an opportunity that is open to all age groups.

Our CCRA virtual talent show plans are well underway. Details on registering for this event can be found here.