Reconnecting with the St. Lawrence River

The majestic St. Lawrence River has been a great influence on the cultural, as well as the natural, history of Quebec and Canada.  Unfortunately, during the course of the last century, this mighty river has suffered greatly due to pollution.  Although water quality has improved  during the past decade, the St. Lawrence still has a bad reputation when it comes to recreational use.

The David Suzuki Foundation hopes to dispel myths about the state of the St. Lawrence with a week of activities along the river in June aimed at encouraging people to reconnect with the great waterway.  From June 7 to 15, the Semaine du St-Laurent will feature activities throughout Quebec, including a family fishing day at Valleyfield, swimming at Montreal’s Old Port and a downtown barbeque of sustainable seafood from the St. Lawrence.  For more information, click here to see The Gazette’s May 27th article.

The St. Lawrence, it’s our River!  Le Saint-Laurent, c’est notre fleuve!” 


Green thumbs up!

The Gazette recently published a 2013 gardening calendar containing information on local gardening events, such as plant sales, flower shows, garden tours, workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the Montreal region.  For more information, click here.

Come to the library and discover some of our books on gardening.  We currently have a Reference Island display on gardening/jardinage. Also take a look at our Research Centre for relevant information and links.




Children Growing up Disconnected from Nature

David Suzuki was recently on CBC radio explaining how overprotective parenting and the lure of technology are resulting in an entire generation of children being disconnected from nature.  Suzuki believes that being in nature is good for all of us by promoting well-being, less stress and healthier immune systems.  And our kids benefit from “green time” as well.  Studies show that spending time in nature or green spaces helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD.  For more information, click here.

Beekeeper’s lament

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The beekeeper’s lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America by Hannah Nordhaus  595.799 M648n

This book recounts the remarkable experiences of John Miller, one of the foremost migratory beekeepers.  Despite mysterious epidemics that threaten American honey populations–and America’s agribusiness– John Miller forges on and moves ahead in a new natural world.  He travels the country with thousands of hives, seeking blooms and making honey.  Nordhaus explores the vital role beekeepers play in American agribusiness and in the maintenance of our food chain.  A fascinating read.