Keeper of the Grove
oil on birch panel
12" x 12"
Keeper of the Grove, a winter portrait of activist Don
Barber in the Cawthra Bush.
Recognized as one of the fastest growing major cities in Canada,
Mississauga has faced the challenge of protecting natural greenspaces
and heritage properties during this stage of massive development.
At the end of my street, nestled beside access ramps to the QEW—terrain
otherwise dominated by concrete and asphalt—Cawthra Bush
presents an unexpected oasis of towering trees, lush undergrowth
and wetlands that support an array of wildlife.
Swimming against the stream of development supportive policies,
Don Barber is a community watchdog who speaks for this irreplaceable
natural treasure of Mississauga. In our comfortable society, Don
Barber’s efforts may appear extreme, but I have no doubt
that his struggle will be deeply appreciated by future generations
of Mississauga residents. If the Cawthra Bush is preserved.