Category Archives: environment

13th Annual Bird Count in the Rouge

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You can join the 13th annual bird count in the Rouge on January 10th, 2016. Email for details of this joint program with the Toronto Zoo and Parks Canada.

It’s fun!


Question of the Minister in the Ontario Legislature re holding up Rouge Park

NR – Ontario Government Needs to Rouge Arnott Stop Holding up Creation of Rouge Natio…

From Friends of Rouge Park to Minister McKenna

Rouge Minister McKenna Rouge National Urban Park – Letter to Hon. Catherine McKenna Nov. 2015



The Swollen Rouge

The Swollen Rouge


Rouge National Urban Park- Environmental integrity?

Rouge Pk MapSome Rouge Park proponents are stumbling over the term ‘environmental integrity’ as it applies to the current Rouge Park. The term is generally understood to  mean land virtually untouched or unmarked by humankind and these-thinking proponents ignore the fact that Rouge National Urban Park cannot possibly  be considered as úntouched’,   particularly when one considers that the earliest North Americans  have been treading on the land in the Rouge Valley for some 10,000 tears, regularly leaving their mark: such as with organized burial sites,  evidence of campsites, as a carrying place from Lake Ontario north,  and the like. Today there are three rail lines crossing the park area, many roads and a corridor of hydro lines- don’t forget the more modern settlement efforts starting in the early 180o’s, many of these dwellings still being utilized.

But although the valley has been ‘touched’ regularly and many times, there are still 1700 species of plants, fish, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Did I mention salmon? And some good farmland, too!

It is still wild down there in the valley! Hence our usage of the term ‘Wild in the City’ as it applies to the Rouge. In the City it is, but you wouldn’t know it when you are  down deep in there. When the Arctic Wolves escaped their pen at the Metro Zoo (surrounded by the park) a number of years ago they were quite happy to remain in the valley until re-captured. You can’t fool a wolf. It is still wild in the valley!


The Toronto Region Conservation Authority is partnering with Parks Canada in the Rouge National Urban Park to restore marginal lands. In this collaboration another 5 hectares of wetland habitat will be created or restored.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Will Rouge Park farmers see a change in their fortunes?

Three new park area Scarborough and Markham Liberal MP’s will meet to discuss aspects of the new Rouge National Urban Park. Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough Rouge River said ‘ We’ll work hard to get the full dream that Rouge really was’.

Park farmer leasees may have some worries as their long-time champion, defeated MP Paul Calandra won’t be around to offer his usually supportive voice.

Lets all support the new area MP’s efforts to work towards a realistic, positive and rapid completion of this major unique national park concept…

Previously, a few park proponents got caught up in irrelevant and non-applicable terminologies, thereby slowing down the whole park development process.

Let’s wish them all God speed and good luck in their proceedings…

…look forward to seeing  you all on the trails in the Rouge!

Encouraging News Re Completion of the ROUGE NATIONAL PARK

With the Canadian National Election  dust settling it appears that the following statement contained in the Liberal Party election platform- ” We will also complete the necessary agreement with the Ontario Government to finalize the creation of the country’s first urban National Park, ROUGE NATIONAL PARK”– is bringing comfort to those many, many Rouge Park project supporters.

Also, Ontario Cabinet Minister, Brad Duguid, responsible for the transfer of provincial lands to fulfill a previously signed agreement with Parks Canada and the Federal Government said as soon as the (Federal) environment Minister is chosen the province will join an effort to turn the park, which the previous government created through legislation, into what it should be. ‘In the coming weeks we’ll be starting that work”. he said, according to the Scarbough Mirror.N4colours20151007_102414_s