Live Green, 100% Natural, God and Global Warming – GCNews #628

628: 20 April 2009 – published by Green Communities Canada

LOW-INCOME RESOLUTIONS. Housing developers and operators who want to train and employ local people with employment barriers should get public support to do so, according to a resolution passed at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association conference this past weekend. A second resolution supported a national partnership "to moderate energy poverty through the implementation of home energy efficiency measures, which will also help to meet shared energy and environmental goals. CHRA urges the Government of Canada to expand the federal EcoEnergy Retrofit program with an additional $250 million annual investment over five years to target low-income households." Both resolutions were moved by Bruce Pearce, vice-chair of Green Communities Canada and a tireless advocate low income energy efficiency.

LIVE GREEN. Two staff from Toronto Green Community – Minaz Asani-Kanji and Whitney Crooks – were among the six "neighbourhood guidance counsellors" featured in a Toronto Star story about the City of Toronto’s Live Green community animation program. The animators will help people "identify, organize and launch neighbourhood-based climate change and clean air initiatives," including help with funding, regulations, permits, approvals, and access to experts and suppliers.

100% NATURAL. Clean Calgary offers a 12-hour Introduction to Permaculture course starting June 11 … This month’s ecoStore featured products is organic cotton bedding … Enter Kiss your household cleaners good-bye contest and get a prize.

WELL ATTENDED. Preserving Ontario’s Freshwater Symposium, 27 March, attracted 107 participants from all sectors. See updates.

ENERGY SAVINGS. Local area residents learn about rebates and resources to make their homes more energy efficient at Earth Day Energy Showcase. Don Eaton, former director of Elora Environment Centre, outlines the principles behind creating a home-energy action plan. Kitchener, 22 April … Small businesses in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Stratford areas participating in Power Savings Blitz are eligible for up to $1,000 in free lighting and electric water heater retrofits.

FUNDRAISING IDEAS. Leewi Yoga Studio is donating 50% of the proceeds from its weekly Karma Classes for the month of April to EcoSource … GREENtuity encourages patrons of participating eco-friendly businesses to donate to the Toronto Green Community at their time of purchase. 18-26 April.

GOD AND GLOBAL WARMING. PBS documentary shows evangelical Christians and leading scientists witnessing the effects of global warming on Alaska’s environment, although "many in the evangelical community feel recognition of global warming is in opposition to their mission" … On Thin Ice looks at melting Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayan Mountains, the source of the Ganges River, and extrapolates the dire consequences.

INI-MINI-MANI-MO. Peterborough Green-Up’s Lakeland Alliance Coordinator Michael Gibbs plays ultimate Frisbee. The league determines who starts with a Carbon Flip. The team that travelled to the game in the least number of cars wins the flip.

SMALL STEPS. Webinar Sustainable Transportation Options for Small, Rural Communities features two communities that participated in the Walkability Roadshow, a project of Green Communities Canada to help communities become more walkable – part of our Canada Walks program. Presented by theFederation of Canadian Municipalities. 29 April.

WORKSHOPS. Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto offers workshops: Strategic Planning For Non-Profits, Co-Operatives And Other Community Organizations, 24 April; Effective Change Management in Community Organizations, 29 May; and Collaboration through Co-Location; Strategies for Sharing Resources, 19 June.

FLUIDS AND FLOWS. Thirsty City offers a series of walking tours and workshops to discover the secret life of water in Toronto.

VERMICOMPOSTING. Earthworm Pee Wee explores the compost heap in a series of illustrated children’s books … Various Green Communities hold composting workshops and sell worms and vermicomposters.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Excellence in Education Award honours secondary and post-secondary educators who integrate sustainable concepts in housing an community development into their curriculum. Deadline 31 May.

JOBS. Resource Conservation Manitoba has three positions: Large-scale Composting Project Co-ordinator, due 7 May; Drive Greener Manitoba Project Co-ordinator (2 positions), due 21 April …University of Calgary, Project Manager (Global Public Consultation on Climate Change). Due 24 April.

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