I will be taking a break from the NBEN for a year-long maternity leave. My last day in the office will be June 30.
My husband and I are very excited to welcome our new family member into the world. I am looking forward to spending a year at home with the little one.
Never fear, I will still keep in touch with the NBEN and all the environmental goings-on in the province, via the NBEN’s new website of course! I look forward to returning to work next summer.
Plan, Do, Check, Improve - Check out Environment Canada's first
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Progress Report
Environment Canada has just released its first Progress Report on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). The Report describes actions taken to implement the requirements under the Federal Sustainable Development Act since the tabling of the FSDS. It outlines the 'plan, do, check, and improve' approach to reporting on sustainable development by focusing on progress made on setting up the systems needed to implement the FSDS. The Report also lays the foundation for future reporting by outlining how results will be measured and shared.
Some of the key accomplishments to date include:
The FSDS, tabled in Parliament in October, 2010, sets out sustainable development goals, targets, and implementation strategies organized under four priority themes:
I. Addressing climate change and air quality;For more information, check out the 2011 FSDS Progress Report here!
II. Maintaining water quality and availability;
III. Protecting nature; and
IV. Shrinking the environmental footprint - beginning with government
I’ve been reading the April issue of New Internationalist – it’s all about labour in China and it’s mind boggling. I can’t distinguish the difference between that situation and slavery. Often workers live in dormitories at their workplace, away from their family and friends, they are not allowed to strike, wages are low and conditions are arduous. Some people resort to suicide as a form of labour protest.
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