December 25, 2014 Login




Acton Quarry  - Niagara Escarpment Commission Peer Review of Salamander Impacts of Proposed Acton Quarry. The Niagara Escarpment Commission hired Dr. James Bogart to review the matter.  The full report entitled "AN ASSESSMENT OF DUFFERIN’S PROPOSED QUARRY EXPANSION IN THE TOWN OF HALTON HILLS, REGION OF HALTON, AS IT RELATES TO THE ENDANGERED JEFFERSON SALAMANDER" is available here .
P.O.W.E.R. agrees with the conclusions brought forward By Dr. Bogart. P.O.W.E.R. Dr. Bogart is considered a Jefferson Salamander expert and he has studied the Jefferson Salamander for over 30 years.
Please read the report and let us know what you think. We are looking for ways to ensure that both Halton Hills and Halton Region Council is aware of this report.  If you have any ideas on how to do this, PLEASE let us know.  

 Take Action for Acton - Share Your Opinions on the Acton Quarry


  Right now, government and agencies are reviewing the new license to mine in the Niagara Escarpment, and expand the license in Ontario's Green Belt. P.O.W.E.R. is opposed to this.  To find out more see or send us an email to connect.

To add your voice consider sending in this letter or another statement.  If you do send along something please email copy to us as well.  Where does the letter need to go or for other  CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS/QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/OTHER click here

Acton Quarry FINAL Joint Agency Review Team (JART) Report Released
The JART report is intended to be written so that non-technical people can understand some of the ways the impacts from the quarry will be dealt with. With this final JART report, we are inching closer to decisions for the Acton Quarry. PLEASE take the time to review the report and give us and the decision makers (Ministry of Natural Resources, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Region of Halton, Town of Halton Hills, Credit Valley Conservation, Halton Conservation) your feedback on the report, where your concerns are, and if you support or object to the Acton Quarry new license and expansion. The people to contact for the decision makers are on pages two and three of the JART Report. If you would like, we can meet with you to help explain things the best we can. JART Report can be downloaded here. (4.2 MB).

Ever consider standing for P.O.W.E.R.'s Board of Directors?  Now is the chance. Send us a quick email if you are interested and we will be in touch.

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WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH P.O.W.E.R. BOARD OR A COMMITTEE? Looking to be involved? Drop us a line and get involved on the board or a committee or to find others who share your passions.   

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ! This year P.O.W.E.R. celebrates 25 years of incorporation. How do you think we should celebrate?  Send us a note with your ideas.



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1/1/2011 12:00 AM Decade of BioDiversity


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Critically Endangered 
White-bellied Cinclodes
Cinclodes palliatus
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In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2011- 2020 the Decade of Biological Diversity.  A clear direction for the Decade is to reduce the root causes of continued degradation on the planet’s biodiversity and calls on all of us to  take urgent action to save and restore our web of life. P.O.W.E.R. will work over the Decade to take actions to mainstream BioDiversity, doing our best to realign the current paradigm and treatment of BioDiversity to one the is sustainable.  The fornal launch of the decade took place on May 22, 2011 the International Day for BioDiversity.  P.O.W.E.R. is pleased to be able to work with the Canadian Environmental Network and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity as we enter the decade. 

Check the "Amazing Species" button in left sidebar.
In 2010 P.O.W.E.R. worked through the IUCN's Species A Day to help raise awareness on Biological Diversity. This was done in conjunction and in celebration of the 2010 International Year for Biological Diversity. We are pleased to be able to host on our website IUCN's work on this great series.

The Amazing Species series is designed to capture our attention and to increase our awareness of the enormous variety of life on our planet, and the fact that "Biodiversity is the backbone of all life on earth, but every day species’ extinctions are continuing at up to 1,000 times or more the natural rate
The Amazing Species will regularly feature a key species to represent a group of species and the region it comes from. Think of the amazing species as a keystone species or a flagship for the species and genetic diversity and the broader ecosystem.

For those of us wanting to look back on the Species A Day series, they are archived on the IUCN website at



Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources -- P.O.W.E.R. is a thriving not-for-profit community based organization committed to protecting the environment and the quality of life in North Halton and beyond. P.O.W.E.R. was formed in 1987 by citizens concerned about a plan to turn the Acton quarry, on the Niagara Escarpment, into a garbage dump. The dump was stopped but the importance of protecting water, environmental resources and ecology, and the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, continues.

P.O.W.E.R. and its broad-based membership and partners work to, educate, foster actions and develop measured solutions that address unsustainable patterns and approaches that affect the quality of life and health of our planet. We believe that a healthy environment is the foundation for a bright future. Recognizing this, P.O.W.E.R. works to develop proactive projects, programs, directions and policies that recognize the necessity, importance, value and role of natural spaces, native species and ecosystem function and flows for sustainable communities.

Special thanks to Lucas Wagner of BurOak for building and hosting our website and for continuing to go beyond to help meet our needs. Thanks also to Glenn Heshka for the beautiful photograph that is our web banner! We look forward to showcasing more of Glenn’s photos in the future.  

With our web site, P.O.W.E.R. strives to serve our community better. Protecting our natural environment and helping people engage is the reason we exist. Please tell us if you have any ideas about how we can serve you better. 

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