Green Gazette - February 2006

 


 


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Green Gazette - February 2006

Sierra Club of Canada 's monthly electronic newsletter

 

 

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NATIONAL

ELIZABETH MAY speaks...

ONTARIO CHAPTER

PRAIRIE CHAPTER

SIERRA YOUTH COALITION

 

Mackenzie Gas Project hearings start 

The National Energy Board (NEB) hearings to consider the engineering design and economics of the $7.5 billion Mackenzie Gas Project started in Inuvik on January 25.  These hearings will continue in different Mackenzie Valley communities until early 2007 when the NEB decides whether or not to approve the Project. The so-called Joint Review Panel (JRP) will conduct a separate set of hearings to assess the environmental effects of the Project starting February 14 and continuing until October.

So far, Sierra Club of Canada, represented by Sierra Legal Defence Fund as our legal counsel, is the only NGO intervenor participating in the initial NEB hearings. 

Check out Stephen Hazell’s blogs of the NEB and JRP hearings at www.mackenzieWILD.ca/postings.

 

 

 

 


NATIONAL

Just a few words in your will…

Create a living legacy that will help protect our environment for generations to come.

For more information about making a gift in your will to Sierra Club of Canada Foundation, please contact:

Sara Krynitzki
Development Officer
Sierra Club of
Canada Foundation
(613) 241- 4611 / 1-888-810-4204
sarak@sierraclub.ca

Charitable registration number 11914 9789 RR0001.

New faces at SCC National
 
Sierra Club of
Canada National office would like to welcome three new people to the team:
 
Nathalie Mathieu has joined the full-time staff as Climate Change Research Assistant/Accounting Assistant.  This means that she will divide her time between the campaign and administrative areas of the Club.  During the fall and early winter, Nathalie was a member of the Climate Action Network team that was so effective in helping to plan COP 11.
 
Lilly Briggs and Zoe Lebrun Scott are our new room-and-board interns.  They both started at SCC on January 17 and will be with us until mid-May.  Lilly is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University in International Development and Environmental Studies.  Zoe recently completed her Masters in Environmental Studies at York University.
 
Welcome Nathalie, Lilly and Zoe!


ELIZABETH MAY SPEAKS

Cape Breton Group's Annual General Meeting

DATE: Monday, February 6, 2006 
TIME: Starts at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Cape Breton Fossil Centre in Sydney Mines, NS

The AGM will commence at 6:30 PM followed at 7:00 by an address on “Strip Mining on Cape Breton Island” delivered by Elizabeth May.

For more information contact: Dan McMullin 902-849-7904.

Can We Survive Climate Change? - A Prescription for Hope

DATE: Tuesday, February 7
TIME: 4:30 -6:00pm
LOCATION: Atlantic Theatre Festival, Wolfville, NS

The discussion with Elizabeth May is hosted by the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment.

Attention Mud Creek Group: At 7:30pm Elizabeth May will be attending a finger food potluck hosted by Janet Eaton, Chair of the Group, at her home at 133 Main Street. For more information phone: 902-542-1631. 

Global Action on Climate Change  

DATE: Tuesday, February 14
TIME: 7:30pm
LOCATION: Heartwood House, 153 Chapel Street (just north of Rideau). Parking is at the back of the building, Ottawa, ON

Event organized by the World Federalist Movement - Canada. For more information call Diana (613-836-7419) or Tudy (613-745-8074).

Montreal conference and the Kyoto Agreement and the future for climate change

DATE: Wednesday, February 15
TIME: 11:30am -1:00pm
LOCATION: 57 Louis Pasteur, rm 135, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON  

Elizabeth May will be giving the first of two lectures hosted by the Environmental Law Student Association.  

Water: Life before Profit

DATE: Saturday, February 18, 2006 
TIME: 9:30am - 1:30pm
LOCATION: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 151 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa  (Cumberland and Wilbrod in the U. of O. campus), ON

The program will offer: an opening presentation by Elizabeth May, small group discussions and plenary question period, the launch of the “Ottawa Justice Network” an internet communication link for all people in the Ottawa area active and concerned about justice in our world, and presentation and planning for Cross Canada Day of Action on World Water Day, Wednesday, March 22. Lunch will be provided free of charge in ecumenical working groups.

For more information: contact Paul at kairosottawa@rogers.com or 228-2195

Fourth Annual "Celebrating Women" Concert - International Women's Day 2006

DATE: Sunday, March 5
TIME: 8:00pm
LOCATION: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax, NS

Guest Artists: Soprano Sung Ha Shin Bouey, Ardyth and Jennifer and Evelyne Benais and El Viento Flamenco. Celebrating Mother Earth is this year's theme, and the concert honours four outstanding Nova Scotian women: peace activist Muriel Duckworth, Sierra Club Executive Director, Elizabeth May, artist/author and "bird lady" Linda Johns and Oceans Institute Director, the late Elisabeth Mann Borgese. The Aeolians are sponsoring a raffle to benefit Alice Housing, with prizes awarded at the show.

Elizabeth will participate in this concert by reading the book Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel.

Tickets are now on sale for the March 5 performance at the Cohn Box Office and are available by calling 902-494-3820 or 1-800-874-1669 or by visiting on-line at www.dal.ca/artscentre.  All seats are $25 unreserved. 

International Women's Day Lecture

DATE: Wednesday, March 8, 2006 
TIME: 7:30pm
LOCATION: Windclair Room, Vanier Hall, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

Shirley Greenberg Lecture Series - Women and the Envioronment

DATE: Friday, March 10, 2006 
TIME: 5:00pm
LOCATION: Room TBA, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

GLOBE 2006 - 9th Biennial Trade Fair and Conference on Business and the Environment

DATE: Thursday, March 30, 2006 
TIME: 10:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC

The conference will host more than 2,000 international leaders in the business of the environment from more that 75 countries. Elizabeth will participate in the Session "Integrating Sustainablity into Business Practices" sponsored by The Mining Association of Canada. When faced with threats to its social license to operate, an industry must take collective and corporate action to improve its operational and social performance.  A panel of international, Canadian and community experts speak about the challenges facing a resource sector as it works to integrate sustainability into business practices – through operational, corporate and industry-wide initiatives. Lessons learned from practical experience and from observations of similar efforts by other sectors will animate the discussion.


ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER

White's Point Quarry Update

Unofficially, we have heard that the Proponent's submission of the Environmental Impact Statement for the White's Point quarry and marine terminal has been postponed from December 15, 2005 to "on or before March 31, 2006".  This information has not been posted on the Public Registry of the Panel Review.

For more information visit www.savedigbyneck.org.

C3: Climate Change in the Classroom

Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter is hosting engaging French and English workshops for elementary and secondary teachers on teaching climate change in the classroom. C3: Climate Change in the Classroom aims to: build the knowledge and awareness of climate change and the One Tonne Challenge among teachers in the Maritime provinces so that you can effectively deliver activities and materials to students; provide teachers with creative and engaging activities that educate students about climate change and inspire them to take action to meet the One Tonne Challenge objectives; and demonstrate and highlight the Climate Change Teacher’s Kit, an online curriculum-linked resource for elementary and secondary teachers.

Upcoming workshop dates in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (all workshops are from 4:00-5:45PM):
February 7th – Lunenburg - Lunenburg Arms Hotel, 94 Pelham St.
Febuary 21st – Halifax - Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave.
February 22nd – Dartmouth - Dartmouth High School, Room 101, 95 Victoria Rd March 14th (English) + 15th (French) – Dieppe - Coastal Inn Champlain, Acadia room 502 Kennedy St.
March 20th - Fredricton - New Brunswick Teachers Federation, 650 Montgomery St.

We will also be running workshops in PEI. Please check our website, www.sierraclub.ca/atlantic for additions which will be posted shortly.


ONTARIO CHAPTER

Ottawa Local Group Executive Committee Meetings

Monday, February 13 2006 and Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8 2006 both at 7:00 PM
Location: 1 Nicholas Ave, Suite # 412, Ottawa  Ottawa
Contact: Daniel Van Vliet

Monthly Executive Committee meeting of the Sierra Club of Canada's Ottawa Group.     

Ottawa Local Group Education Team Meeting

Monday February 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15, 2006 all at 7:00 PM
Location: 1 Nicholas Ave, Suite # 412, Ottawa, ON
Contact: Terry Newcombe Phone: 613-523-6524
Email:
terrynew@rogers.com

Monthly Education Team meeting of the Sierra Club of Canada's Ottawa Group.


PRAIRIE CHAPTER

The Prairie Chapter has launched three new programs this month. Take the time to visit the new websites and get involved in this year!

Enviro 911
 
There are times when anyone feels helpless in the face of the environmental damage we see every day. The issues are complex, there are many people involved, and it's difficult to know where to start. That’s where Environmental 911 comes in.

The new Enviro 911 program is here to help those in our communities find the answers to their environmental questions.  It is funded by the Edmonton Community Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment. Check it out. Dial the Enviro 911 hotline (780-439-1160) or visit  www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/Sierra911/.

SchoolPool – It’s Cool to Pool!

Transportation accounts for 1/3 of Canada's total greenhouse gases, and much of this is accounted for by short trips taken within city boundaries. In partnership with Transport Canada, the Alberta Motor Association, Sierra Club of Canada (Prairie Chapter), Commuter Connections and Sustainable Alberta, SchoolPool.ca will offer Alberta teachers, parents and students a new low-emission and hassle-free transportation alternative.

SchoolPool.ca is an online ride-matching system and resource tool designed to assist in the creation of carpools. Modeled after the success of Carpool.ca, SchoolPool.ca will connect parents with other families in order to share commuting needs. Not only will time be saved in the morning rush but participants will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing trips to and from school, as well as reducing school-based traffic congestion (a solution that will ease both stress both from parents driving to school as well as neighbours bothered by school congestion).

Invest in Alberta

Vast stores of natural resources, high oil and gas prices and hard-working Albertans, have made Alberta Canada's richest province.

By investing your “Prosperity Bonus” in Alberta’s clean energy sector you can help turn the provincial surplus from non-renewable energy into a clean, healthy and vital future for all Albertans.

We at the Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter, have launched "Invest in Alberta" so that our hard-earned dollars can be directed towards creating sustainability, longevity and healthy solutions for our communities. Funds raised by “Invest in Alberta” will be directly contributing to the production of clean energy alternatives made by Albertan’s for Albertan’s. Pledge your support today… visit www.investinAB.ca.


SIERRA YOUTH COALITION

Ontario Sustainable Campuses Conference.

January 13th & 14th, 2006 Sustainable Trent and the Sierra Youth Coalition held the first annual Ontario Sustainable Campuses Conference.

This conference, "Improving Connections in the Sustainability Movement", featured campus sustainability theory, workshops, discussions, skits and more. It provided opportunities for skill building, resource sharing, and learning from the experiences of others. Keynote speakers Bob Willard and Elizabeth May provided participants with practical advice on how to speak with various stakeholders and stay motivated to progress the sustainability movement.

 

 

Days were filled with workshops such as, Effective Group Management, Integrating Anti-Oppression Practices in the Sustainability Movement, Ontario Campuses Address Climate Change and Fundraising on Campus.

Energy reduction successes by Guelph Students for Environmental Change, CSAF data completion by Queens Sustainability, and the creation of campus sustainability coordinator positions at University of Toronto at Mississauga, University of Ottawa and Guelph University were celebrated and shared through interactive discussions.

By the end of the conference students brainstormed and strategized to collectively strengthen their work and the Ontario sustainable campuses movement. As a result two provincial campaigns commenced; the" Ontario Campus Climate Challenge" & "Sustainable Product and Paper Purchasing" for Ontario universities and colleges. Through mobilizing together on these two campaigns participants hope to have strength in numbers though an organized large-scale approach to campus sustainability.

This past spring the conference started as only a dream of the Ontario's Provincial Action Committee. The increasing need for a provincial conference teamed with dedicated and skilled volunteers created a "fun, informative and low cost conference" as described by Laura Keating from Queen's Sustainability. Ryan Sisson, the campus organizer for the conference who did extensive fundraising and organizing deserves a grand applause for all his efforts! We hope that this conference will lead the way for continued annual Ontario conferences and increased strength for the Ontario Sustainable Campuses Movement!

More information at: www.syc-cjs.org/sustainable/ontario

 

 

 

 

 

 

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