Wednesday, October 7, 2015


As part of Humber College’s Sustainability Action Plan, a new and exciting initiative has been added to the Lakeshore Campus.

There has long been a beekeeping programme at the North Campus with hives located next to the staff lounge and now that programme also comes to the college’s location in Sam Smith Park.

At the official unveiling today, Wanda Boute, Principal Humber College Lakeshore, pulled back the curtains in the second floor cafeteria inside the L Building to reveal three hives installed on an exterior balcony that allows for separation between the bees and students, staff and faculty.

According to Lindsay Walker, Humber's Manager of Sustainability, approximately one-third of all the food we eat - including strawberries, carrots, broccoli, peanuts and apples – relies on bee pollination. “Bees work hard together to feed
Fran Freeman and John Coffman, Humber College beekeepers
themselves and the planet and are a great example of how to approach sustainability – what we strive to do here at Humber.”

The bees, with a foraging range of up to six kilometres, should be well situated to do their important pollinating job on the park’s native wildflowers, bird-friendly, berry producing shrubs and may even help to rejuvenate apple trees in the remaining sections of the heritage orchard.

You do not have to be a Humber College student to view the hives. Visitors are welcome - see map.


A large patch of Japanese Knotweed near the observation deck was cut down last week by a Natural Resource Crew from the City’s Parks and Forestry Department after they had received a number of emails about this specific clump.
There is much more to be removed, but they are short-staffed and have a long list of high priority sites that
need their attention.  We have learned that an assessment of the total Japanese Knotweed situation in the park will be made next year and more time will be spent on dealing with it. 

Due to the sensitive habitat, herbicides are not an option in Sam Smith Park. 

Go to Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Programme website for more information. 

Friday, September 25, 2015


                                   Summary: FOSS Steering Committee Meeting     
September 22nd, 2015
                                                 7:06 PM, LAMP, 185 5th Street, Etobicoke 

  • Everyone is invited to attend the Colonel Sam Smith Park ribbon cutting and community tree planting ceremony at the new wetland look out (funded by a grant from the Weston Foundation) on Saturday, October 24. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Volunteers would be greatly appreciated for the post ceremony tree planting.
  • Colonel Sam Smith Park Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday through October 31. Visit the FOSS table on October 31 when kids can make their own pine cone bird feeder.
  • Dog Park Improvements: FOSS is initially lobbying Councillor Grimes’ office for the addition of trees and lighting as enhancements for this facility.
  • BIRD FEEDER PROJECT: FOSS will erect and maintain bird feeders in the area behind the Power House during the December-March skating season. Volunteers are required to fill the feeders. Initial funding for this project was provided by a grant from the Weston Foundation. Contact FOSS (see Blog) if you wish to participate.
  • Representatives from the FOSS Steering Committee will attend a Special Public Meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM, October 8, Committee Room 1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall for an update on the status of CSS Park’s being designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA).
  • FOSS is in the process of applying for a $2000 Live Green Grant, which, if received, will provide funding for a butterfly/pollinator garden at Col. Sam Smith Park.
  • New FOSS web site on Links directly to the blog spot.
  • Please report all illegal dumping of yard waste in CSS Park to 311. Additional contact information posted on the FOSS Blog.
  • Call 311 for any off-leash dog infractions. The city’s response is “complaint driven”.
  • Contact FOSS (See Blog) with any ideas for improving the dog park
  • FOSS Membership Renewals: See blog for membership form. Present members are encouraged to renew and individuals on FOSS’s contact list are welcome,.