February 2007 Volume 18, Number 5
Ministry of Energy Supports Energetic Kimbercote Initiatives: The renewable energy conference will be held at Kimbercote on the weekend of March 23rd-25th
Fight Global Warming: Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs!
Proposal to Construct and Operate New Nuclear Reactors at Bruce Power site
-Grid...Alternative Energy for the Home
Waterkeeper objects to garbage pellets proposal for Lafarge
A ban on the burning of used oil in space heaters.
rolls the dice: By The Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Monday, February 12th, 2007, Oakville Town Council passed the bylaw restricting
non-essential pesticide use on private property. Nine out of twelve
Councilors supported the bylaw, with the Mayor voting in favour as well-
the final vote was 10 to 3. The new bylaw will be more clearly defined
and plans made for implementation in the coming months. It will come
into effect on January 1st, 2008.
Thank you citizens of Oakville! Together we have achieved an important victory for our health and the environment!!
Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform: The Citizens’ Assembly
is a first for Ontario. It gives citizens a direct voice in determining
the options we have when we vote and how our votes are translated into
seats for Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). The Assembly will identify
what principles Ontarians value most in their electoral system. And it
will hold public consultations to hear what other citizens value. Based
on what the Assembly hears and learns, it will recommend whether Ontario
should keep its current electoral system or change to a new one.
the Assembly recommends a new electoral system, the Ontario government
has promised to put it to a referendum by the next election in October
2007 so that all voters can have their say.
Roof Policy Development Workshop
Find out what leading jurisdictions are doing to turn wasted rooftops into cleaner air and water! Green Roof Policy Development Workshops
Waterloo, Feb. 27th, 2007 Peterborough, March 22nd, 2007 Toronto, March 26th, 2007
half-day workshop will examine what kind of incentives currently exist
in other jurisdictions, how the incentives are tied to performance standards
and how policy makers can assess what types of incentive programs will
work best in their areas. It will also provide a framework for planners
and governmental agencies to gain an understanding of the multi-faceted
impacts of green roofs and areas of consideration for implementing green
roof policy. Tuition is $95 or $45 for NGO's and students
For more information or to register please visit www.greenroofs.org
the Ecology Retreat Centre, Orangeville
Hands-on training in design principles for creating sustainable, self-sufficient and ecological living
with Gregoire Lamoureux of the Kootney Permaculture Institute and Richard Griffith of the Permaculture Action Worknet
What is Permaculture?
The design of homes, farms and towns on the intricately balanced relationships seen in the natural world. The conscious design of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural environments.
For more information on the course: Call: 1-800-486-5460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of the Frink Centre is working in partnership with nine
other organizations to host the
Second Annual Sustainable Living Symposium: Living Today for Tomorrow
This event will be held at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario on March 31st, 2007.
For details visit our website www.fofc.ca/symposium2007.htm
A one-day “show and tell” workshop consisting of six presentations, time for questions plus an end of day ‘Panel Discussion’ which will focus on studies/surveys that have been completed nationally and provincially on various sociological aspects of BMP adoption.
BMP Adoption Workshop
How can we as “practitioners” motivate our clients to adopt more BMPs on the landscape
March 22, 2007
Mississauga Grand Banquet & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road, Mississauga, ON
GET TO KNOW OUR CLIENTS – THE ONTARIO FARMING
COMMUNITY – BETTER;
Develop a better understanding of what motivates farmers to adopt/not adopt beneficial management practices (BMPs)
Influence future environmental programming through the workshop results;
Allow for more influence in program design from agricultural professionals.
New Global Forest Watch Canada
|Alternatives Journal is looking ahead. As we draw up our plans for
the upcoming years, we want to hear from you.
So tell us - What do you love about Alternatives? Which column do you
wait for? What do you think is missing? And if you dont already subscribe
to the magazine, we would love to know why. The survey below is short,
and will only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Those few minutes of your
time will help us immensely as we shape the future of the magazine.
Are You Preventing Climate Change? Show Us How and Win!
Deadlines are looming all over the place. Scientists say we may have as little as 10 years to change out carbon-emitting ways or our atmosphere will get too warm for comfort. And our Convenient Truths contest to do something about all that ends on February 28th.
If you haven't sent an entry in, now is the time for positive action! Get out your cell phone or video camera and make an inspiring one- to two-minute video that shows the world the ways you've found to save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and stop global warming cold. If our judges like what they see, you'll win some of almost $30,000 in sustainable prizes.
Check out http://www.truths.treehugger.com
for the rules, the videos, and more. Then aim your lens and shoot your
way to fame, fortune, and planetary salvation!
The Organic Council of Ontario
is pleased to invite you a free event featuring guest speaker Gord Smith
of ACNielsen who will give a talk entitled:
REVIEW OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC GROCERY FOOD PRODUCTS AT CANADIAN RETAIL IN 2006
Gord will report on a recent
study of certified organic food sales in Ontario and across Canada during
the Organic Council of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting on March 28th,
2007. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
Please visit www.organiccouncil.ca for more information.
At the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
The Agency is pleased to
announce that two new research projects have been selected for the 2006-2008
monograph series. The lead researchers and their project titles are listed
The Toronto Zoo invites you to attend and participate in this 3-day interactive forum which will address current critical issues in the field of road ecology and its relevance to the management of habitat and species at risk. The goal of the forum is to create a working partnership and open dialogue between road ecologists, biologists, urban planners, and road engineers.
For more information and to register, visit www.torontozoo.com/AdoptAPond/BlandingsEcopassages.asp
Workshop on source water
on March 3, 2007 in Peterborough
The event will explore opportunities
for public participation in the next phase of the Clean Water Act's implementation.
There will be a range of perspectives represented, including those of the
local Conservation Authority, an expert on wells and rural water supplies,
and a couple members of the Water Guardians Network. The event is
open to the public, so come out for what promises to be an important and
For more info contact: Jessica Ginsburg, Canadian Environmental Law Association, email@example.com or visit: http://www.cela.ca
BEFORE HALTON REGION BUILDS
AN $800M INCINERATOR WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS ARE.
Dr. Paul Connett, Professor
Emeritus of Chemistry from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY specializes
in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.
Where: 707 Galaxy Hall, 475
North Service Road East, Oakville
Wye Marsh is thrilled to announce that we are erecting two demonstration wind turbines this spring! Funding has been secured to allow us to install two small wind turbines, one a 1.8kW to be connected to the Wye Marsh grid and the other at 1.0kW to simulate and educate people about off grid applications. We are grateful to the Ministry of Energy’s Community Conservation, Midland Power Utility Corporation for their generous donations towards this project and the educational components involved. A committee of dedicated volunteers is currently pricing equipment and measuring for electrical hook-up. Volunteers will do the bulk of the installation in the spring. Information panels will be erected and various statistics will be tracked so that the public and school children can learn as much as possible about this renewable energy source.
Funding from Shell Environmental
Fund is specifically for renewable energy and conservation education programs,
targeting the curriculum for Grades 5 and 10. Science kits, demonstrating
solar, wind, biogas and other renewable energy sources, will be purchased.
Children and teenagers from both grades will have the opportunity to learn
about new technologies and energy conservation ideas. The kits will
complement the Wye Marsh’s actual on-site wind turbines and solar panel
systems. Education of our children is key to preserving our environment
and changing the way we use resources. For more information
about this exciting project visit www.wyemarsh.com
We’ll have the speakers to motivate and the opportunities to ‘have your say’!
WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 2007
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Planet in Focus announces its 2007 Call for Entries!
Canada's most acclaimed international
environmental film and video festival showcases outstanding and compelling
films and videos covering a broad range of environmental themes by Canadian
and international filmmakers. Our mission is to screen and promote the
use of film and video across Canada and internationally as a catalyst for
public awareness, discussion, and appropriate action on the environmental,
ecological and social health of the planet. Recognizing that the 'environment'
is contested terrain, both as a biophysical entity and as a philosophical
frame, Planet in Focus invites submissions in all genres that critically
examine the concept of 'environment' and challenge current human/nature
2007 Spotlight: International Polar Year:
This year Planet in Focus will be focusing on works from and about the Circumpolar Regions of the Arctic and Antarctic as part of the 125th anniversary of International Polar Year, an initiative that launched international scientific Polar research and exploration. Special consideration will be given to works covering the themes of International Polar Year: atmosphere, ice, land, oceans, people and space. The nations and regions included are Canada, Denmark/Greenland, the Russian Federation, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, United States, Norway and the Antarctic.
FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
JUNE 15TH, 2007.
To submit a film or to discover more about the festival please visit: www.planetinfocus.org
Deadline for Comments – February 28, 2007
ACTION TO HELP SECURE A NEW ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (ESA) FOR ONTARIO
OEN Network News
February 2007 Volume 18, Number 5
Editors: Naveen Ahuja & Phillip Penna
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