Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of discussion. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Grindstone is the name of the creek, the watershed, the artefact at Crawford Lake, and also for this magazine, which we hope will grow into a space for intelligent discussion about conservation, and our watershed. ‘Seed’ is the theme of the first issue of the magazine, and is thus a suitable starting point. A seed implies change: it portends possibilities. Out of the smallest seeds grow mighty oaks; out of small ideas grow big transformations.

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The cities in our watershed are some of the fastest growing in the country. It follows that our infrastructure is developed with inevitable impacts on the environment, and on us. The challenge ahead of us is how to balance growth and at the same time preserve our natural systems. As a community, we have to engage in thoughtful discussion in how we develop the environment to sustain itself with an expanding population, and in a changing climate. Our local community is constantly growing, and as such, we will grow with it.

For sustainable and healthy communities, engaging with issues pertaining to the environment must be our first priority. We must engage, and not just at a higher level of planning, on maps, and in sub-watershed studies, but within our neighbourhoods: with people who live and care about their neighbourhoods, their places. It is these places we must focus on, protect, manage, and enhance through good conservation.

In our initial issue, The Grindstone will plant roots with articles in conservation, sustainability, climate change, culture, and community. One of our writers will explore one of the biggest immigration waves to invade North America: earth worms. You’ll learn how fire, uncharacteristically, will rebuild, and not destroy, in Glenorchy Conservation Area. You’ll also read about how educational programs, like field trips and educational festivals, sow curiosity and love for nature in children in ‘living classrooms’. After reading about the literal and figurative seeds growing in the watershed, we’ll tell you about the seeds on your plate: vegetables.

We hope the articles planted in this space, The Grindstone, will cultivate curiosity and thought about conservation in you.


Issue 1NatureNature Issue 1Sustainability


Set Fire to the Plain

“King’s Head Inn, Burlington Bay c.1792 When we had near crossed the bay, Beasley’s house became a very pretty object. We landed at it, and walked up...

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Issue 1NatureNature Issue 1Species



While common in creeks and ditches, not many locals in our watershed know about Jewelweed, also known as Touch-Me-Not. You’ve probably seen them beginning in...

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Climate ChangeIssue 1NatureNature Issue 1


When Pigs Swim

Creeping up and down Sixteen Mile Creek this summer is Halton’s largest ecological alien. Giant Hogweed has been colonizing this stretch of Halton for at...

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ConservationIssue 1NatureNature Issue 1


Aliens Among Us

Contrary to popular belief, worms are not from Canada. They  are actually an invasive species. The worm was imported to Canada inadvertently and released into...

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CommunityCommunity issue 1Issue 1Outreach


Seeds of Curiosity

Anyone who has gone to school, or has children, can remember the excitement and buzz of the field trip. The opportunity to escape school for a day, take a ride...

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The Humble Field Trip

Vintage Vegetables

Letters to the Editor


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