The David Suzuki Foundation is asking young Canadians between the ages of 13 and 20 to take a survey and share how you as a youth spend time outside.
Share your views and experiences with Suzuki Foundation and you’ll have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Ticketmaster.
Your opinions matter. Send this survey to your friends and make your voices heard about how young people want to connect with nature and the outdoors.
You can also find the David Suzuki Fondation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DavidSuzukiFoundationYouthSurvey#
Check this contest out!
The ‘Date With History’ contest is an opportunity for young people around the globe to inspire the leaders of the world to act boldly and with urgency on key issues impacting the future of our planet. Entrants can upload a video speech below, and the top videos voted by the online public will be shared at the upcoming Rio Earth Summit in June.
A diverse jury of prominent celebrities, environmental activists and thought leaders will select one winner who will travel to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the summit and to share their vision!
Check out the videos and enter your video before May 6th - http://datewithhistory.com/#!/home
Sharing Solutions, Taking Action
April 21-22 and April 28-29
Taking ideas to action for global social change
The list of Better World Forum distinguished presenters -http://betterworldforum2012.com/
The entire cost to attend the Forum on all 4 days is $39USD. To register now, please go to: www.BetterWorldForum2012.com/page/register
Check out this contest - (les détails sont seulment en anglais mais les soumissions sont accepter en Français!):
Canada's Next Green Journalist - 2012 competition is now open.
Canada's Next Green Journalist is an annual competition looking for inspired stories, photos and videos about local environmental issues from 12-17 and 18-21 year olds who want to be a part of the solution. Show us your creative environmental journalism for a chance to win a camera, a pocket camcorder, a laptop, or cash for your school!
Deadline: April 30, 2012
Know Shale Gas NB
Learn about the legal action some community groups are coordinating together at www.noshalegasnb.ca
Learn a bit about the groups and people organizing Know Shale Gas NB - This description comes from www.noshalegasnb.ca About Us:
We are New Brunswick citizens who want to protect our province and the people who live here from the detrimental effects of shale gas development that have occurred in other jurisdictions with extensive shale gas development using slickwater hydraulic fracturing.
Residents of Pavilion, Wyoming; Dimock, Pennsylvania; Fort Worth and Dish, Texas; and Rosebud, Alberta are all too familiar with the effects of shale gas development – water contamination, poor air quality, decreased property values, increased noise, and overall poorer quality of life.
Know Shale Gas NB members include:
- Hampton Water First
- Darlings Island Nauwigewauk
- Quality of Life Initiative
- Council of Canadians, Saint John Chapter
- Penniac Anti-Shale Gas Organization (PASGO)
- Friends of UNB Woodlot
- Saint John and Area KAIROS
One would think the Federal Government budget would be about numbers, cut and dry, instead the Omnibus Budget Bill announced on March 29, 2012 had a lot of very significant non-budgetary related add-ons. Extras like the alterations to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act will drastically reduce Canada’s environmental protection powers. The worst part is these changes are passing through our democratic process as after thoughts, with little debate, due to the fact they are attached to the budget. Oh and not to forget about the Federal government’s internal cuts to any department or tool that has an environmental focus.
Thank goodness the public is discussing these issues here a few of the news articles for your own thought and discussions.
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act:
University of Guelph students decided it was time to take action and bring climate change back into the media and back onto the political agenda.
The students want you to join them in robocalling Steven Harper on April 4th, 2012, to show you care about climate change. Just call 613-992-4211 (it’s FREE!) and leaving this message:
Hi Steve, this is [insert your name], and I’m calling from [insert your location].
And I have a message for you.
I’m calling to talk about climate change.
It’s real and it’s happening.
And it’s negatively impacting Canadians everywhere.
Something needs to be done, Steve.
There is no Planet B,
We have to live with the decisions you make, Steve.
Make Canada a Climate Leader, not a Climate Loser.
Do it for us.
For more information: www.callsteveday.wordpress.com and spread the word.
Below is the open letter from Canad's Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver -it is a blunt and staunch posisition - a must read for all Canadians.
Natural Resources Canada
January 9, 2012
An open letter from
the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources ,
on Canada’s commitment to diversify our energy markets and the need to further streamline the regulatory process in order to advance Canada’s national economic interest
Canada is on the edge of an historic choice: to diversify our energy markets away from our traditional trading partner in the United States or to continue with the status quo.
Virtually all our energy exports go to the US. As a country, we must seek new markets for our products and services and the booming Asia-Pacific economies have shown great interest in our oil, gas, metals and minerals. For our government, the choice is clear: we need to diversify our markets in order to create jobs and economic growth for Canadians across this country. We must expand our trade with the fast growing Asian economies. We know that increasing trade will help ensure the financial security of Canadians and their families.
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.
These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda. They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects. They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest. They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources. Finally, if all other avenues have failed, they will take a quintessential American approach: sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further. They do this because they know it can work. It works because it helps them to achieve their ultimate objective: delay a project to the point it becomes economically unviable.
Anyone looking at the record of approvals for certain major projects across Canada cannot help but come to the conclusion that many of these projects have been delayed too long. In many cases, these projects would create thousands upon thousands of jobs for Canadians, yet they can take years to get started due to the slow, complex and cumbersome regulatory process.
For example, the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline review took more than nine years to complete. In comparison, the western expansion of the nation-building Canadian Pacific Railway under Sir John A. Macdonald took four years. Under our current system, building a temporary ice arena on a frozen pond in Banff required the approval of the federal government. This delayed a decision by two months. Two valuable months to assess something that thousands of Canadians have been doing for over a century.
Our regulatory system must be fair, independent, consider different viewpoints including those of Aboriginal communities, review the evidence dispassionately and then make an objective determination. It must be based on science and the facts. We believe reviews for major projects can be accomplished in a quicker and more streamlined fashion. We do not want projects that are safe, generate thousands of new jobs and open up new export markets, to die in the approval phase due to unnecessary delays.
Unfortunately, the system seems to have lost sight of this balance over the past years. It is broken. It is time to take a look at it.
It is an urgent matter of Canada's national interest.
The Hon. Joe Oliver
Minister of Natural Resources
Media may contact:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
NRCan’s news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.
Muzzling Opposition – the easy way to win a debate
Before the hearings for the Northern Gateway Pipeline could even get underway the federal government came out verbally swinging and jabbing discrediting environmental groups by calling them radical because of their opposition to the project. The comments by the Prime Minister and Minister Joe Oliver indicate that the federal government has already taken the side of development -so really what is the point of discussing the matter further in the environmental review panel? Funny it seems that the review will be put under time limitations muzzling the amount of time for citizens, aboriginal groups and social and environmental groups are to state their concerns and case.
Read away it is quite the show:
-"Weighing the risk of pipeline spills Enbridge says it's using the latest technology to prevent what opponents say is inevitable", The Vancouver Sun, January 6, 2012
-"Environmentalists sound alarm over Tory stand on pipeline review", Globe and Mail, January 9, 2012
-"Northern Gateway Pipeline Hearings To Start As Tories Slam 'Radical Groups', Plan Looser Enviro Rules", Huff Post, January 12, 2012
-"Le Canada voudrait faciliter l'approbation de nouveaux oléoducs", Radio Canada, Januray 9, 2012
- "Now I'm a radical ...", Blog, John Bennett, Sierra Club, January 9,2012
An important call of support for the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs around hydraulic fracturing is outlined below.
The Assembly of First Nation Chiefs is calling for the federal government to investigate and take action to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Canada until adequate information is obtained for free and informed consent from First Nations peoples.
December 11, 2011
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Attention: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
I am writing this letter in support of the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of Canada in their request for a moratorium on hydraulic –fracturing for oil and gas,
On December 07, 2011; a special Assembly of First Nations Chiefs passed a resolution #24 that calls for the Federal government to investigate and take immediate action concerning the hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies in Canada.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:
1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to call upon federal government to conduct, starting immediately, comprehensive and objective research, with guidance and oversight by First Nations, on the short and long-term impacts of hydraulic fracturing, including:
a. The impacts on water resources with respect to the amount of water that is required for fracturing operations;
b. The impacts to ground and surface water with respect to the chemicals used in fracturing operations, the contaminated water that is produced in fracturing operations and how the contaminated water is treated and stored;
c. The impacts of fracturing operations on human health.
2. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to require the federal government to consult with First Nations across Canada on hydraulic fracturing operations, including providing First Nations with comprehensive information on hydraulic fracturing so First Nations are in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.
3. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to seek resources from the federal government directly to First Nations and supportive organizations in Canada so they may educate their constituents on and consult with their constituents on hydraulic fracturing in order to be in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.
4. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to request the federal government implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas until First Nations have the proper information on these operations, including the aforementioned research, and have given free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing operations.
National Chief Shawn Atleo
Assembly of First Nations
473 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B4
Premier David Alward
Province of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Canada E3B 5H1
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