NLEN E-Update – Jan 18

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EVENTS

1. Tues Jan 19: Launch of Fair Trade Action in St. John’s

2. Tues Jan 19: Insect Insights – A Look at the Amazing World of Insects & Arachnids

3. Tues Jan 19: Public Talk – Nahanni River Adventures

4. Wed Jan 20: Introduction to Winter Camping

5. Wed Jan 20: Public Discussion – New five-year operating plan for Forest Management in Central

6. Thurs Jan 21: Environmental Aspects of Offshore Petroleum Development

7. Sat Jan 23: Rally – Canadians Against Prorogation

8. Mon Jan 25 (St. John’s) / Mon Feb 1 (Corner Brook): Forum – Children’s Environmental Health in NL

9. Wed Jan 27: 2010 Volunteerism Luncheon

10. Thurs Fri. Jan 28/29 (full); second session Feb 4/5 (+a session in Western Newfoundland in March): “Botanical Boot Camp” Winter Educators Workshop

11. Thurs Feb 4: Teleconference – Community Gardening: Building Communities & Growing Together

12. Tues Feb 16: Managing Your Charitable Status

13. Thurs Feb 18: NLEE (NL Environmental Educators) Connections Event, hosted by BPERC

ACTION

14. Emergency appeal for Haiti

15. Help CAPE’s work to win a pesticide ban in Nova Scotia

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

16. Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants Program (Deadline Jan 29th)

17. Environmental Damages Fund (Deadline Feb 1st)

18. Green Team Program – Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (Deadline February 26th)

19. 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards (Deadline Feb 28th)

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEERING

20. JOB: YWCA Youth Eco-Internship (age 30 & under): MUN Botanical Garden, Environmental Education Intern (Deadline Jan 20th)

21. JOB: YWCA Youth Eco-Internship (age 30 & under): Program Assistant, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, Green Team Program (Deadline Jan 22nd)

22. JOB: NL Stewardship Field Intern, full-time, 16 weeks from May – Aug (Deadline Jan 29)

NEWS

23. Provincial Government News Releases

24. Environmental News & Commentary

25. Environment-related CBC Podcasts

RESOURCES

26. The Just Enough Planning Guide: A roadmap to help nonprofits reach their campaign goals

27. The Greening Canada’s Building Report Card 2009

28. Local company: Diapers on Wings

29. Program: Retire Your Ride

30. Federal Grant money available for homeowners

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EVENTS

1. Tues Jan 19: The Launch of Fair Trade Action in St. John’s Noon – 2pm. University Centre, The Landing, UC-3018. The launch will promote Fair Trade awareness on the MUN campus and serve as rallying point for fair trade actions across St. John’s.

2. Tues Jan 19: Insect Insights – A Look at the Amazing World of Insects & Arachnids

7:30-8:30pm, The Johnson GEO Centre, 175 Signall Hill Rd. A public lecture with Lloyd Hollett, founder of the Newfoundland Insectarium. Free admission, everyone welcome. Call 737-7886 for more info.

3. Tues Jan 19: Public Talk – Nahanni River Adventures 7:30pm. Grenfell College LC-301. Guest Speakers: Jamie and Jeri Graham, father & daughter, went on the canoe trip of a lifetime on the Nahanni River in North-West Territories in August 2009. Accompanying them were Francine Lemire and Keith Payne of Corner Brook and 2 others. Come and see their slides and make your own plans to repeat their trip down this incredibly beautiful river. Presented by the Humber Natural History Society (www.hnhs.ca). Everyone welcome.

4. Wed Jan 20: Introduction to Winter Camping 7pm. First floor, A.C. Hunter Library, St. John’s. A free information session: ‘Introduction to Winter Camping: it’s easier than you think!’ Hosted by outdoor enthusiast, Alan Goodridge. Register at 737-3950.

5. Wed Jan 20: Public Discussion – New five-year operating plan for Forest Management in Central 7pm, Mount Peyton Hotel, Grand Falls-Windsor. The Department of Natural Resources will start public discussion on the preparation of the new five-year operating plan for Forest Management Districts 10, 11, 12 and 13 in Central Newfoundland. This first session is open to all individuals and organizations interested in, or affected by, forest management activities in these districts. The five-year plan details forestry activities within operating areas that are consistent with the province’s sustainable forest management strategy and the principle of sustainable development. The planning process will be explained at this session. For more information, please contact Dave Poole, Regional Ecosystem Planner, at 709-256-1416, and see http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/nr/0114n04.htm

6. Thurs Jan 21: Environmental Aspects of Offshore Petroleum Development 8pm, MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. Ken Taylor (B.Eng. M.Eng. P.Eng.), who has been an Environmental Compliance Officer with Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNOPB) since 2005, will discuss offshore petroleum activities from preliminary stages through the development phase and the potential environmental hazards. This introduction to the stages of offshore oil development includes information about seismic exploration, exploratory drilling, production, transportation and abandonment, with emphasis on the environmental risks and protection for each stage. Everybody welcome. Presented by the Natural History Society of NL.

7. Sat Jan 23: Rally – Canadians Against Prorogation 1pm, Colonial Building, St. John’s. The Council of Canadians is supporting the group “Canadians Against Prorogation” in organizing rallies across Canada on this day. For more info: http://www.canadians.org/

8. Mon Jan 25 (St. John’s) / Mon Feb 1 (Corner Brook): Forum – Children’s Environmental Health in NL 9:30am – 4pm (registration/coffee 9:00-9:30am). Jan 25, The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd., St. John’s;

Feb 1, Rec Plex RP-104, Grenfell College, Corner Brook (in partnership w/ the Environmental Policy Institute).

With funding support from Health Canada, the focus of this project is to ensure a healthy environment for the children of NL through working collaboratively to reduce children’s exposure to environmental contaminants (for example, pesticides, lead, arsenic, other heavy metals, mold, radon, tobacco smoke, wood smoke, ultraviolet radiation, asbestos, various air pollutants, electromagnetic fields, food additives / preservatives / hormones, a range of toxic substances in consumer products, etc.)

We hope to include representatives from health & environmental NGOs, policy makers from different levels of government, academics & students, and professionals who work in healthcare and with children.

The goals are to identify priority areas of concern and to formulate an action plan to move ahead with an ongoing working group/coalition that will address matters of public education, policy & legislation, and research. This forum will be an opportunity for learning & relationship building.

Cost $15, lunch included. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: email nlen.ed@gmail.com or tel. (709)753-7898.

9. Wed Jan 27: 2010 Volunteerism Luncheon Noon, The Battery Hotel, Signal Hill. Sponsored by the Community Services Council NL. Guest speakers: Lieutenant Governor of NL, His Honour John Crosbie and the Honoura
ble Dave Denine, Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector. Tickets $20. (Deadline for registration is Jan 20th, 5pm, but book soon as seats fill up fast.) Contact Jodi at 753-9860 or register online athttp://events.envision.ca/en/volunteerluncheon

10. Thurs Fri. Jan 28/29 (full); second session Feb 4/5 (+a session in Western Newfoundland in March): “Botanical Boot Camp” Winter Educators Workshop 9am – 4pm, MUN Botanical Garden, 306 Mount Scio Rd. An activity-based introduction to Newfoundland plants, ecology and conservation, aimed at educators, community groups, etc, this workshop is offered in conjunction with the From Garden to Classroom Outreach Program, which is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PromoScience funding program. Registration is free. Space is limited. To register for Feb 4/5th, please e-mail your name, affiliation and full contact information to: Anne Madden, Education Coordinator, MUN Botanical Garden, E-mail: amadden@mun.ca / Telephone: 737-8590

11. Thurs Feb 4: Teleconference – Community Gardening: Building Communities & Growing Together, 12-1pm Island time. The Food Security Network presents keynote speaker Dr. Angela Loucks-Atkinson, chair of the Community Garden Alliance (St. John’s). With another growing season just around the corner, it is time to start planning for community gardens across the province! Join us to discuss: The Basics of Starting Up a Successful Community Garden; Different Types of Models for Community Gardens; Best Practices from Community Gardens across the Province. TO REGISTER: Contact Kristie Jameson via emailinfo@foodsecuritynews.com or call 709.237.4126 (Deadline: Fri Jan 29)

12. Tues Feb 16: Managing Your Charitable Status, 9 am – 12pm. St. John’s Community Services Council Newfoundland and Labrador, Suite 201, Virginia Plaza, Newfoundland Drive, St. John’s. Learn about fundraising guidelines, review tools for Treasurers and Finance Committees, and learn to protect your registered status. Register online, or contact Amanda at 1(866) 753-9860 or amandaaylward@csc.nf.net. No cost.

13. Thurs Feb 18: NLEE (NL Environmental Educators) Connections Event, hosted by BPERC 3 – 5PM, Lake Academy in Fortune. The Burin Peninsula Environmental Reform Committee would like to invite any person who plays a role in education within the Burin Peninsula to participate. The purpose of the event is to bring together educators of all kinds who wish to incorporate aspects of environmental education into their teachings. The event will focus on information sharing and networking. (We are currently making plans for a second event as well; details TBA.) For more information, contact Sam atsam@greenburin.ca

ACTION

14. Emergency appeal to provide humanitarian assistance, relief and reconstruction to the people of Haiti. Oxfam is a member of the Humanitarian Coalition that includes CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam Canada. We are working together to ensure a coordinated and effective response. Over 90% of any donation will reach the Haitian people on the ground in need of emergency aid. Oxfam has a long experience in Haiti, since 1978. We are rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation where our assistance is most needed. Oxfam currently has a staff of 200 stationed in the country, including a highly trained emergency response team. Our immediate priorities will be providing safe water and shelter material for people who have lost their homes. You can donate (and find out more info) at: www.oxfam.ca or www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca; you can call 1-800-GO OXFAM; or you can hand deliver a cheque to Oxfam at 382 Duckworth St. Your donation will go immediately to the most critical needs in Haiti, and we will ensure that every penny is used wisely. (And any donations made up until Feb 12th will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government.)

15. Help CAPE’s work to win a pesticide ban in Nova Scotia.

“The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment are working to win very health-protective legislation but we need your help. Please take a minute to e-mail the following message to the Nova Scotia government: I support Nova Scotia’s proposed ban on the sale and use of non-essential pesticides because the ban will protect our health and environment. Please e-mail the message to: policy@gov.ns.ca. It doesn’t matter if you don’t live in Nova Scotia. All of us benefit when pesticides are banned. And every email brings the ban closer to reality. Please send your e-mail today. (www.cape.ca)

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

16. Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants Program (Deadline Jan 29th) The Green Grants program provides funds of up to $10,000 to local groups working on urban naturalization projects that use native plants to restore and steward woodlands, meadows, wetlands and ravines. This grant program also supports community food gardening projects on publicly accessible lands. Find application form and guide athttp://www.evergreen.ca/en/cg/cg-funding.html#walmart

17. Environmental Damages Fund (Deadline Feb 1st) Environment Canada is currently accepting applications for EDF funding. In NL, the following funds are available: $38,300 for restoration of the Exploits River; $30,000 for offshore restoration or pollution prevention projects; $16,200 for projects in the Greater St. John’s Watershed (More info, application guide & forms at http://www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde/default.asp?lang=En&n=DAE95208-1) It is recommended that you discuss your project idea before submitting a funding application; please contact Heather Gordon: Heather.Gordon@ec.gc.ca / tel (902) 426-3716.

18. Green Team Program – Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (Deadline February 26th)

Green Team Program provides financial support and guidance to community based projects thatinvolve the enhancement, restoration, and sustainable development of our natural and cultural resources by supporting and assisting with the hiring of local youth (aged 16-30) to work on proposed projects. Applicants can apply under three funding categories: 1) Community Based Projects – CCNL provides 85% of the funding to employ a traditional 4-person Green Team. Applicants must provide remaining 15% ($3000.00); 2) Community Based Projects Supported by Corporation – CCNL provides 100% of funding to employ a traditional 4-person Green Team through it’s Green Team Corporate Sponsorship Program; 3. Specialty Teams – Funding arrangement tailored made to fit proposed projects. Duration of employment and/or wages could be enhanced and number of Team members could vary from the traditional 4-person Team. For more information on applying to the Green Team Program, or for assistance in the development of a project please contact Darren Feltham, Director of Programs at (709) 729-7266 or email: dfeltham@ccnl.ca

Project Proposal Applications for the Green Team Program can be found atwww.ccnl.ca/community-partners

19. 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards (Deadline Feb 28th) Action for Nature will award cash priz
es of $500 to young people between the ages of 8 – 16 whose personal actions have significantly improved the environment. The goal is to celebrate these accomplishments and inspire others to preserve and protect the Earth. For the guidelines & application form, go to: http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero/ecoheroawards.html

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEERING

20. JOB: YWCA Youth Eco-Internship (age 30 and under): MUN Botanical Garden,Environmental Education Intern (Deadline Jan 20th) Four-month position beginning January 25 (or later); $12/hr, 35 hrs/wk. Working under the supervision of the education coordinator, the successful applicant will assist Botanical Garden education staff in the planning, development, and establishment of environmental education programs for a broad range of audiences. Duties will include presenting programs, maintaining natural history and gardening exhibits; caring for live animals & plants, etc. Requirements: Graduation from high school; excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience; some experience (including education, volunteer work, employment, etc.) in the following areas: environmental education, environmental science, botany, ecology, horticulture; computer skills; experience working with youth and possession of a valid Province of Newfoundland and Labrador driver’s license are assets. Note: the successful applicant will be required to produce an RNC code of conduct. To apply: fill in application at www.yeip.ca and indicate your interest in working with MUN Botanical Garden. For more information about MUN Botanical Garden, including this position, please contact: Anne Madden, education coordinator, amadden@mun.caor visit www.mun.ca/botgarden

21. JOB: YWCA Youth Eco-Internship (age 30 and under): Program Assistant, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, Green Team Program (Deadline Jan 22nd). This position is a nine-month placement with an anticipated start date of February 1. Salary is $12/hr, 35 hours per week. Valid class 05 driver’s license with access to vehicle and appropriate insurance preferred. Position is based in St. John’s but may require travel to training locations and various Green Team project sites around the province. The Program Assistant will have primary responsibility for providing logistical and administrative support to the Green Team Program. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with program administration and planning, operational and training support, and assisting with general public education and outreach. For details on duties and responsibilities of this position please visitwww.ccnl.ca/what-s-available

For more information please visit www.yeip.ca.

Application process includes cover letter, resume and three references. Please forward your application to:

Hiring Committee, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, Suite 103, 10 Austin Street, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4C2

Fax: (709) 729-7270; Email: applications@ccnl.ca

22. JOB: NL Stewardship Field Intern, full-time, 16 weeks from May – Aug (Deadline Jan 29)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is looking for an intern to assist with the implementation of their stewardship program. Fieldwork will occur in western Newfoundland. For a full description of the position and how to apply, please go to http://www.goodworkcanada.ca/gwd.php?id=9980

NEWS

23. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT NEWS RELEASES

Jan 15: Ocean Technology Manufacturer Expanding Internationallyhttp://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/intrd/0115n01.htm

Jan 15: Research Project Will Explore Using Fish Oil as Fuel http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/env/0115n02.htm

Jan 14: Forest management planning process begins in Central Regionhttp://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/nr/0114n04.htm

Jan 13: Municipal capital works investment of $400,000 to improve water services for Crow Head http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/ma/0113n03.htm

Jan 13: Environmental Assessment Bulletin – Holyrood Gravel / Sand Quarryhttp://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/env/0113n06.htm

Jan 12: Research & Development Corporation invests $2 million in research at Memorial University through Industrial Research and Innovation Fund (IRIF)http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/exec/0112n02.htm

Jan 11: Mining company faces OHS charges in Grand Falls-Windsor provincial courthttp://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/gs/0111n01.htm

24. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS & COMMENTARY

NL & Canada

Continued funding for ACAP still up in the air http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=318154&sc=23

Teck formally charged over gas leaks at Duck Pond Mine http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=318210&sc=82

Mega Uranium provides update on Canadian exploration (including 3 areas in Labrador)http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Mega-Uranium-Provides-Update-on-Canadian-Exploration-TSX-MGA-1100433.htm

Environment Minister Prentice leads way in contact with lobbyistshttp://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Prentice+leads+contact+with+lobbyists/2425569/story.html

Trust boss: Oilsands ‘national treasure’ http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1162233.html

Unprecedented coalition of 18 health and environment groups band together to support BC ban on lawn and garden chemicals http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2010/14/c8500.html

Canada’s Clean Energy Fund selects 19 demo projects for funding http://www.ecoseed.org/en/general-green-news/green-politics/green-policies/americas/5878

Feds failing to police mining companies: critics http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/01/13/12454631-qmi.html

Canada needs a polar policy http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v463/n7278/full/463159a.html

A shortsighted way to save a little money: funding cutbacks risk the advances achieved by the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/letters/shor
tsighted+save+little+money/2431133/story.html

Other

Toxic cadmium taints kids’ jewelry (article & video) http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/01/11/consumer-cadmium-childrens-jewelry.html

Past decade the hottest on record http://www.grist.org/article/past-decade-the-hottest-on-record

The cold truth about idling http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2258622

Scientists seek sunflowers’ secrets: Cracking the plant’s DNA code could lead to food, energy improvements

http://www.kelowna.com/2010/01/13/scientists-seek-sunflowers-secrets-cracking-the-plants-dna-code-could-lead-to-food-energy-improvements/

Back-to-school on biodiversity http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/richardblack/2010/01/putting_the_versity_in_biodive.html

25. RECENT ENVIRONMENT RELATED CBC PODCASTS

NL Labrador Morning Show http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?53#ref31

Jan 15: Inuit in Nunavut want the world to listen to their concerns about the polar bear trade

Jan 12: Belugas in St. Lewis

NL St. John’s Morning Show http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?31#ref38

Jan 14: MMSB recycling plan; Clarenville Co-op cloth bag incentive

Jan 13: Martin’s Meadow redevelopment

Jan 12: Curbside recycling optional or mandatory?

NL West Coast Morning Show http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?62#ref62

Jan 12: Trailway brush cleaing

The Current http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html?53#ref8

Jan 15: Poppies (proposal to grow opium-free strain in Canada)

RESOURCES

26. The Just Enough Planning Guide: A roadmap to help nonprofits reach their campaign goals This guide was developed to help those looking to create winning policy / issue / public education campaigns. http://www.justenoughplanning.org/pdf/Spitfire%20Campaign%20Guide%20final.pdf

27. The Greening Canada’s Buildings Report Card 2009 A new report released by Environmental Defence gave 4 out of the 14 jurisdictions in Canada failing grades when it comes to building green. The report gave neither the federal government nor any province/territory a total grade higher than a C+ on their green building policies and programs, including those intended to ensure long-term health. http://www.environmentaldefence.ca/reports/pdf/GreenBldgsReportCard_2009_LR-3.pdf

28. Local company: Diapers on Wings DoW services the Northeast Avalon with a cloth diaper delivery & laundering service http://www.diapersonwings.com/ (As of 1996, stats showed 2000 newborns/yr in this region. Given that most babies will be in diapers for two and half years, and use an average of 50 diapers per week, we are looking at 13 million diapers + per year going into Robin Hood Bay.  Estimates are that plastic diapers take more than 500 years to decompose!  It is an issue not much discussed even though the impact is massive.)  Contact: 749-2169 or info@diapersonwings.com

29. Program: Retire Your Ride Retire Your Ride is a national vehicle recycling program aimed at improving air quality and promoting sustainable transportation by efficiently and effectively retiring 1995 and older vehicles as these vehicles are considered the heavier polluters in the current vehicle fleet.

For NL, the incentives currently available include: a free 1-year bus pass provided by Metrobus, a $500 discount on a used 2004 or newer vehicle provided by Hickman Motors Ltd (paired with a free 1-year family membership with CAA Atlantic), $500-$3000 discount on a new vehicle offered by participating auto manufactures (these include GM, Ford, Hyundai, Chrysler, VW, and Mazda), or $300 cash.

In 2009 Retire Your Ride recycled 275 vehicles resulting in a reduction of approximately 15 tons of smog forming emissions. Retire Your Ride celebrated its 1-year anniversary by hosting a video launch; the video is currently available on the Conservation Corps website athttp://www.ccnl.ca/retire-your-ride/. For more information on the Retire Your Ride program please visit www.retireyourride.ca or email the provincial coordinator, Amanda Kinsman atamanda.kinsman@nf.lung.ca. Retire Your Ride is funded by the Government of Canada and run provincially by the NL Lung Association in partnership with Conservation Corps NL.

30. Federal Grant money available for homeowners: The Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative is investing more than $675 million between 2007 and 2011 to promote smarter energy use by Canadians – at home, at work and on the road. These efforts will: reduce emissions that harm our health and the environment; save Canadians money; and make the most of our natural resources – because wasted energy is our biggest source of untapped energy. If you’re thinking of ways to make your home more energy-efficient, the ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program, might qualify you for federal grants for home improvements that lower energy costs, improve comfort and reduce impacts on the environment. Owners of single-family homes, detached, semi-detached and homes are eligible. Before you start your energy upgrades, hire a local service organization licensed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and they will send a certified energy advisor to perform a detailed, on-site evaluation of your home’s energy use from the attic down to the foundation. For more information on the program, go to www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/personal/retrofit-homes/retrofit-qualify-grant.cfm?attr=4

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