Atlantic Chapter

Black Point (AKA Fogarty's Cove) Quarry Impacts - Survey for Round 2 of Consultations for Environmental Assessment

Publication Date: 
February 1, 2016

The results of the Environmental Assessment for the Black Point Quarry are now available here, and comments are due Feb 3rd! We want your response! 

You can indicate if you wish to remain anonymous or if you would like your name included in our report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

PEI Sierra Club to Celebrate 'International Leap Day' Feb 29

PEI Sierra Club invites Islanders to sign the Leap Manifesto and mark their calendars for February 29, 2016 as “International Leap Day", a day of events to demand action on climate change.   

Sierra Club, SOSS Disappointed as Corridor Granted Third Free License Extension in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Sierra Club Canada Foundation and the Save Our Seas and Shores (SOSS) Coalition are deeply disappointed that a third extension has been granted for Corridor Resources’ exploration lease in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by federal and provincial natural resources ministers. The junior oil company was obliged to pay $1 million dollars to extend its lease beyond Jan.

Executive Committee - Atlantic

Wanda Baxter

Wanda Baxter – Program Sustainability Officer

What the day meant to me ...

I remember the first time I talked to a fiery Mary Gorman on the phone, as a new staff person at the Atlantic Canada office, her impassioned narrative about the need to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development was inspirational.  It made me excited to work with her and others from the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition.  That phone call was in 2010, and over the past five years I have many fond memories of our campaign to protect of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Laine Brehaut's picture

It's as Easy as Getting Outside.

Baby Snowshoe Hares. Photos courtesy of Sophia Lavergne http://sophialav.weebly.com/

Wild Child is all about learning the art of being in nature. We work to help the children deepen the understanding of the world they sense, and build up the knowledge of connection a little bit at a time. One of the most important components of the Wild Child program is getting children out into natural areas. Having children experience a new space is one of the easiest ways to get them engaged and excited. All of the games and activities are designed to get them to use their senses more fully, inhabit their bodies, use their imaginations, and ask questions.

Laine Brehaut's picture

Off on New Adventures!

Making art in Nature helps us find beauty and learn about our impacts

I'm so excited to start this adventure with the children of PEI!

There is magic in nature. As a small kid growing up in the PEI countryside I climbed trees, swam in streams, & watched the shadows of clouds race by on the hillsides in my valley. My earliest memories are of being fascinated by the tiny life all around me in overgrown meadows and the peace I felt sitting in the tall plants waving in the ever present summer breezes. I counted the tiny white moths, lady-bugs, and earthworms as my friends. I held countless little lives in my hands; toads, frogs, garter and northern redbelly snakes, and my all time favourite; spotted salamanders!

Wild Child Forest School Announces Fall Programing to Get Kids Active Outside

If you think today’s children’s are spending too much time indoors, you’re not alone.

 

In response to concerns that increasing numbers of today’s kids are more disconnected from the natural world than any previous generation, the launch of Halifax’s Wild Child Forest School comes as a fresh of breath air for families keen on getting their kids back outside and in a healthy setting. 

 

Following on from a successful pilot program in the spring, Wild Child Forest School has launched an ambitious program of ½ and full day sessions at 2 wooded locations within 20mins to downtown Halifax, beginning in September, giving kids an opportunity to discover and explore nature from this September

 

Feeding Birds, Signs of Spring, “Guess Who?”, and Farewell Visits

The last two weeks have concluded my scheduled visits for Wild Child (although I do have make-up visits scheduled for next week due to all the snow days!). These weeks have been really fun. I have noticed that the by my 3rd, 4th, and 5th visits that relationship with children really starts to become more evident. I remember many childrens names and we can recount experiences from my past visits. Children’s excitement levels seem to increase with each visit. I have also noticed increased comfortability in myself as I revisit each daycare. In terms of relationship building and material retainment, I am curious how a week long visit to each daycare would compare to the bi-weekly visit approach that I have taken. This may be something that the next season of Wild Child could consider trying.

 

Wild Child and the Community

The last two weeks has really shown me that there is a large amount of community interest and support to get children back into nature. Perhaps you saw the segment on CBC’s Compass with Boomer or made it out to the fundraiser for the Wild Child Program, or maybe you will pick up the Guardian this week and read about Wild Child in the paper.. regardless, the support for this program has been great and is very encouraging to those interested in getting nature programs into childcare and education systems. From news stories to fundraisers, I am getting the notion that people genuinely want children to reconnect with nature. What an inspiring message!

 

Wait, were these alive before?!

Two weeks of stormy, cold, snowy weather can put quite the damper on outdoor fun... so sometimes you have to bring “the wild” inside!

 

On the days where it is too cold for the little ones to venture out into the snow, there is a giant blue tub of animal items that I bring them. There is a little bit of everything in this tub, including: a beaver pelt, coyote skull, robin’s nest, porcupine quills, barred owl wing, and turtle shell (to name a few).

 

Film Screening & Discussion: “Project Wild Thing”

In Nova Scotia & PEI Film Screening & Discussion: “Project Wild Thing”

 

 

 

 

 

In Halifax March 4th Wednesday, March 11 snow date at the Museum of Natural History, 7-8:30 with partners the Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia & the Ecology Action Centre, for additional information feel free to contact Sally Trower at WildChildForestSchool@gmail.com, and check out the  facebook event 

 

The Taste of a Tree!

I journey my way through Charlottetown, meeting some of the most interesting individuals with the most profound messages and ideas you could imagine encountering. What do I do? I play with kids in nature!!

 

Over the past month, children in Charlottetown and surrounding areas have had the opportunity to take part in an environmental education program that is designed to support children in exploring, experiencing, and playing in nature.

 

Meeting the Wild Children of PEI

A second Sierra Club Wild Child Nature Immersion Program is underway in PEI, only this time: it’s winter fun! 

It is truly an amazing experience to slow down and let our imaginations wonder. At one visit, the kids and I made up a game called “Chipmunks” all on our own while we were discussing animals that need trees to live. The game was a relay design where children had to run to a tree, grab a nut or pinecone (we used whatever we had on hand), then run back to their “hole” to store the nut for the winter and tag the next person in line. The first team to go to the tree and back twice “won” the round. As the weeks unravel, I become more amazed at the creative minds of the children I meet. My visits are a valuable reminder of why play and imagination are key to healthy, engaged living. 

Family Earth Expo - Charlottetown - Sat. April 25, 2015

2015 Charlottetown Family Earth Expo, Saturday, April 25th from 12:30 - 4 PM at The PEI Farm Centre
... all-ages event with information booths, music, food, activities, and workshops on environmental action and awareness. (Earth Day itself is Apr 22)
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/479519982150449/

Big thank you to the performers, auction donors, volunteers and all who came out to support PEI Wild Child on Feb 27th. Wild Child is our nature immersion program designed by the Sierra Club Canada Foundation to get children in daycares and afterschool programs experiencing, exploring, and playing in nature.

Dartmouth Commons Takes Root makes a splash!

On October 18th, we hosted a tree and shrub planting in the Dartmouth Commons with the support of numerous community members who came out to assist, as well as city staff and elected representatives who showed their support both on the ground, and in council. 

Mayor Mike Savage, Councillor Gloria McCluskey, and Tree Canada's Bruce Carter plant a cherry shrub with Halifax Diverse Program Coordinator, David Foster

 

 

 

We had a great turnout of devoted community members who eagerly planted the 7 trees and 100+ shrubs that comprise the municipality's first community orchard.  

Name a Whale Challenge

     Name a Whale Challenge

You are a marine biologist.

Error

Today, you are riding the waves of the Gulf of St Lawrence, scanning the surface for signs of whales. You’ve been studying them for years, so you know where they should be, but so far...nothing. You can’t help but worry….has something happened to them?

Blue Whale Campaign Dinner!

Join the Blue Whale Campaign in building public support for increased protection of our threatened gulf ecosystem and a moratorium on oil and gas development in these waters. 

On Saturday, November 1st at 6:30 pm, the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. in New Glasgow, PEI will host a fundraiser dinner in support of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter's Blue Whale Campaign to protect the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. 

Halifax Diverse Walks the spooky side of Halifax - Oct. 29th

This October we're taking a walk on the spookier side of things in the Halifax Commons area. We're going to be guided by expert historian and author, Blair Beed, who will show us the area around and including the Halifax Commons. Mr. Beed, a former contender for Halifax Town Crier, will take us in the footsteps of those who came before us, and tell us about the impacts these spirits have had, and still have today, on our city.

The winner of the Russell Lake Takes Root raffle prize receives his winnings

 

 

 

Congrats to the Russell Lake Takes Root raffle winner!

Congrats to Paul who won the raffle prize from Russell Lake Takes Root 2. He takes home a fall yard-care package from Kent, Russell Lake, consisting of a battery powered leaf blower/mulcher, electric chainsaw, lawn spreader, and more. A huge thanks to Kent Russell Lake for donating the prize in support of our program, and everyone who purchased tickets so that we can continue to provide quality events to the public!

The winner of the Russell Lake Takes Root raffle prize receives his winnings