Events

WCNA and other Community Events

Please Help Advertise The Candidates Meeting

Please download the PDF file of our poster, and post it somewhere that people will see it.  Supermarket, library, corner store, apartment note board … wherever folks will see it.  Printing on white or coloured paper will work great!

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Meet the Candidates – St. George’s

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Join the Friends of Walkers Creek for our first Meet the Candidates Night in St. George’s Ward!

 

Date:  Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time:  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Place: Irene Locke Room at the Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

 

Come out to meet your local St. George’s Ward candidates, get the facts, and voice your concerns!

 

Light refreshments will be provided.  Stop by our table and say “hello” when you arrive!  A great chance to renew your annual membership or find out what other projects The Friends of Walkers Creek have been working on lately!

 

Click to find your polling station ...

Click to find your polling station

MARK YOUR CALENDAR !!!

And VOTE on October 27th !!

Meet the Candidates – Grantham Ward

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Join the Friends of Walkers Creek for our traditional Meet the Candidates night.

 

Date:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Place: Grantham Lions Club

 

Hear what your local ward candidates have to say, and ask your own questions during this popular event.

 

Light refreshments will be provided.  Stop by our table and say “hello” when you arrive!  A great chance to renew your annual membership or find out what other projects The Friends of Walkers Creek have been working on lately!

Click to find your polling station

Click to find your polling station


MARK YOUR CALENDAR !!!

And VOTE on October 27th !!

Why … oh why … Vandalism?

Why .. oh why … vandalism?

Why would anyone or any group take pleasure in destroying four trees planted just last Autumn in the area between Linwell Road and the Ina Grafton Gage Village bridge entrance?  Four trees in a row, torn  down, destroyed, cast aside and for what purpose? 

It’s not just that these young trees have been destroyed but also the potential they had to create a shady pathway, to be sharing  flowers in springtime to brighten the passing of winter, to provide habitat for birds, nesting sites, species to be identified, viewed, appreciated. Wanton destruction  … did it give some individuals some sense of power, some sense of ‘play’ … did not the person or persons understand  what their actions were taking from the many who enjoy the Parks? Where was the understanding that nature is to be appreciated,  to create and support the wonder of nature’s ability to thrive, to be enjoyed for generations … where was the fascination with nature that was somehow missing from their consciousness as they went from tree to tree, bravely, in the dark, destroying. 

Yes, it’s a matter of money … not incidentally but factually. The City provided the trees, arranged the contract to have them planted, volunteers with The Friends of Walkers Creek made sure the mulch circle was large enough to protect the trees  from the mowing machines. And  now the City crew has  had to come and take up the stumps and consider replacement trees when so many other areas of the City are crying for new trees to be planted as the Ash trees disappear. Drive by Laura Secord Secondary school on Niagara street and see how the removal of the large Ash trees along the border of the parking area has turned the screened view to one of just dark boring asphalt. Look across Niagara Street into the old Arboretum and enjoy the contrast of preservation of the trees that remain as specimens of native growth. Now is a time when the preservation of the tree canopy must be seriously undertaken. 

Yes, it might be a common assumption that ‘young people’ have been the perpetrators of this destruction … but before we condemn that age group, know there are adults who also take action to have trees die so as to improve their view into the Parks, who just add a few things at their yard’s end to increase their property enjoyment, who deposit their grass cuttings adjacent to the Creek causing pollution, who litter and  some take their motorized vehicles into the Parks against those very same regulations. 

Yes, thankfully there are many examples of people who have shown very positive interest in the Parks. Their volunteer labour planted over 400 trees and bushes  last September as part of the TD Bank Foundation grant. The school children and the Cub and Scouts who have been involved in planting trees and bushes in the Parks. Imagine if you will, these folks, in decades to come, taking grandkids through the Parks and pausing to show the young ones the trees that “Grandpa” planted back in years past … ‘Grandpa’s tree’ becomes a memorial, a living symbol of respect and appreciation of nature for generations to come. 

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Please … no more vandalism in the Parks!!

A last minute invitation …

A last minute invitation to join the Directors of “The Friends of Walkers Creek… WCNA” on Wednesday, November 13th, at a Community meeting at the Grantham Lion’s Club on Niagara Street, to meet with Jocelyn Baker of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) for a discussion and information session on the “Homeowner’s Stewardship Guide to Walkers Creek”. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Copies of the “Guide” will be available at this meeting. 

Seeing the Parks though the eyes of a professional with experience in natural habitat, water course development and protection and great ideas for expanding the learning opportunities that exist in our community, will be a treat for all interested parties. Find out how you can encourage your Young Ones to find nature and uncover its wonders, become aware of the unique features these Parks contain and join in the discussions as to how all this can be improved, enhanced, made pertinent while also creating a delightful, long lasting natural habitat for birds, animals and people who enjoy the peace of the out of doors. 

Discover how your volunteering can add significant advancements to the quality of the Parks, the enjoyment of the neighbourhoods, learn of the plans ahead for planting, developing and improving areas with simple projects that can be applied to home gardens.  Ands meet your neighbours with their varied interests, skills and insights.