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GARDEN TOUR. Some 120 residents participated in Peterborough Green-Up‘s first annual Green Home and Garden Tour on 7 June. They stopped at eight host sites to see energy conservation, solar energy, ground source heat energy, straw bale construction, gardens of native plants and other green initiatives in action. The event was more popular than the provincial straw bale home tour, said Sue McGregor-Hunter, Green-Up Executive Director.
ALL THINGS BRANDON. Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, GCC’s newest member, is now
accepting applications for its Store Front Improvement and Front & Paint programs. The maximum available grants for exterior renovations is $3000 and must be matched 50/50 by the applicant … Brandon Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) will be a presenter at GCC’s Time for Action : Tackling energy poverty in Canada through energy efficiency
conference, 29 September-1 October in Toronto … BEEP received an honorable mention for the Green Building Award from the Brandon Environmental Steering Committee on Brandon Earth Day.
HUNG OUT TO DRY. Resource Conservation Manitoba invited Manitobans to celebrate International Clotheline Week, 7-14 June. Prizes to participants included amonth’s supply of environmentally responsible laundry products.
URBAN WATERS. Five things you can do for your river is a series of workshops based on the Homeowners’ Guide to
Rainfall offered by RiverSides to raise public awareness on urban stormwater issues. Starts 17 June.
GLOBAL HEALTH. The Prescription for Survival: the Physician in the Global Village conference looks at the health
effects of human rights violations, chemical waste, war, energy and resource depletion, economic policies and ‘greening’ of hospitals. Helen Caldicott and Gil Penalosa are keynotes speakers. Target X event. Organizers: Association of Doctors for the Advancement of Physically-Active Transportation, Canadian Association of Physicians for
the Environment and Physicians for Global Survival. Halifax, Sept. 25-27.
PESTICIDE BAN. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) encourages Ontarians to call Premier Dalton McGuinty’s office (416.325.1941) to ask the Ontario government to pass a strong pesticide ban that
includes golf courses. You’ll be asked to give your name and telephone number.
MONEY TREES. Evergreen Common Grounds offers grants of $5,000-$15,000 to support native tree-planting projects on publicly accessible lands in Ontario’s cities and towns. Organizations proposing to plant trees in the fall
of 2008 should submit applications no later than 4 July.
FUNDING HELP. Through the Google Grants Canada program, NGOs, charities and other organizations receive at least three months of free advertising using Google AdWords. Results may vary, but the US Fund for UNICEF’s e-commerce site has experienced a 43% increase in sales over the previous year from the program, proclaims Google.
LIFE IN 10 EASY STEPS. Lighter Footstep, a web-based magazine dedicated to sustainable living, proposes lists to live by, such as The dirty dozen: 12 products you should avoid. If you have the stomach for it, read Five
things that are worse than global warming.
CRUISE CONTROL. U.S. legislation was introduced to help protect the world’s oceans and the Great Lakes from damage caused by cruise ship pollution. In one week, a large cruise ship generates 500,000 gallons of sewage, 37,000 gallons of oily bilge water and more than 1.7 million gallons of ‘grey water’ which includes wastewater from sinks, showers, laundry and galleys. There are more than 230 cruise ships operating around the world, generating
millions of gallons of wastewater daily.
ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS. Ecojustice, Friends of the Earth Canada and the Sierra Club Canada are asking parliamentarians from all federal parties to advance the legislation of a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights through the House of Commons. Over 100 countries recognize the right to a healthy environment in their constitutions, and Ontario, Quebec, Yukon and Northwest Territories have provided a statutory right to a healthy environment.
Climate Action Network
Canada – Outreach Coordinator. Ottawa, due 27 June … EcoSource, Secondary Schools
Coordinator. Mississauga, due 22 June. … Sierra Youth Coalition, Quebec Campaigns Coordinator. Due 20 June … Ecojustice Canada, 2 positions: articling students. Toronto, due 11 July …
Sierra Club, Action Grizzly Bear & Alberta Wild Campaigner.
Calgary, due 18 June.