YTEN Bulletin October 29, 2007

Yukon Environmental Network Bulletin – October 29, 2007

The next Bulletin will be posted in TWO WEEKS on Monday, November 12, 2007. An arrow denotes new, revised item or approaching deadline. Yukon items are listed first under each heading; the rest are chronological.

This bulletin includes information on local and national environmental network-related news and activities, including extracts from the current RCEN E-Bulletin:

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Whitehorse a good candidate for geothermal switch: engineer - CBC NEWS | OCTOBER 29, 2007

Whitehorse residents dreading increases to their heating oil bills this winter could someday consider geothermal heat, said an engineer. Andrew Chasson, an engineer with EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., said most areas in the Yukon capital could make use of the underground energy source by tapping into the natural heat sources underground.

Oil's Return to Canadian Arctic is No Stampede - JEFFREY JONES | REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | OCTOBER 25, 2007

CALGARY, Alberta - Imperial Oil Ltd and Exxon Mobil Corp turned heads in the oil industry in July with a nearly US$600 million bid that won them a big exploration block in Canada's Beaufort Sea.

Conoco unit pleads guilty to hiding Alaska spill - REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | OCTOBER 24, 2007

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A shipping company owned by ConocoPhillips' pleaded guilty to concealing a 2004 oil spill in the ocean off Alaska and was ordered to pay $2.5 million for the offense, officials said.

Federal Funding Awarded for Public Participation in the Environmental Assessment of the Midwest Uranium Mine Project CEAR | OCTOBER 24, 2007

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has awarded a total of $20,000 to support participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed Midwest Uranium Mine project in northern Saskatchewan. The recipients are the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operation (ICUCEC).

Proximity to highway could be linked to low birth weights: study - CBC NEWS | OCTOBER 23, 2007

Living next to a major highway may be hazardous to your health — even before birth. A study by Quebec's Institute of Public Health that is soon to be published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests Montreal women who live within 200 metres of a highway have a higher risk of delivering a small baby or giving birth prematurely, CBC News has learned.

Five Easy Ways to Go Organic - THE NEW YORK TIMES | OCTOBER 22, 2007

Switching to organic is tough for many families who don’t want to pay higher prices or give up their favorite foods. But by choosing organic versions of just a few foods that you eat often, you can increase the percentage of organic food in your diet without big changes to your shopping cart or your spending.

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Community Petition – Re: Genetically Engineered Seed in the Yukon. A petition asking the Yukon Legislative Assembly for a ten-year moratorium – a ‘time-out’ – on the introduction of GE seed to the Yukon was started after the screening of the film “The Future of Food” in Whitehorse last winter. Many viewers were concerned about what they learned about the technology of genetically engineered (GE) or modified (GMO) food and seed - There will be another screening of “The Future of Food” at the Whitehorse library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st. The petition will be available for signing. This evening is sponsored by No Bananas and the Yukon Conservation Society. We hope to see you there! Julie Frisch and Sue Kemmett. Tel. 668-5678

Help Save the Taku - Stop 50 Years of Toxic Mine Pollution and Government Inaction. Officials have found discharges from two now-abandoned mines — owned by RedCorp Ventures Ltd.– to be "acutely lethal". Yet Canadian and BC officials are failing to enforce the law to halt the pollution entering this major, transboundary salmon river. We need your help to make them do their jobs right. To sign the Clean-up Enforcement Petition go to: For more information contact; David MacKinnon ED, Rivers Without Borders, 668-5099

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) Online registry (YOR). The YOR is the electronic registry that allows public access to documents and information associated with assessments under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA). To provide your comments on current proposed projects visit

Yukon Water Board Online Water Use License Applications. In accordance with the Waters Act, the Yukon Water Board gives notice of applications they have received for water use licences, to give the opportunity for any person who wishes to request that a public hearing be held regarding the application to submit a written request by the deadline given in the notice. To view the list of current applications and deadlines, go to To view specific information on an application, click on the application register. License applications that have been approved are listed on the Water Use Licences page at;

Rally Across the World for December 8, the International Day of Climate Action! Join millions of people in 70 countries (and counting) who will be on the streets to demand that world leaders take the urgent and resolute action that is needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilization of global climate, so that the entire world can move as rapidly as possible to a stronger emissions reductions treaty which is both equitable and effective in preventing dangerous climate change… In Canada, the case is particularly severe: Canada declared our Kyoto targets unachievable and joined Bush's club of polluting nations who think "voluntary targets" will reach our commitments. December 8 is our day to tell our government that the only path to a stable climate runs through Kyoto! Rallies are currently planned for Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Lethbridge. No rally planned for your location? Plan one! Contact , , or to get involved! For more information:, To follow what's going on at the UN:,

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► TONIGHT (WATSON LAKE) - Science Institute Lecture – Bats with Jennifer Talerico, MSc Candidate, University of Calgary. How do nocturnal animals such as bats survive in the Land of the Midnight Sun? Do they remain nocturnal or start living during the day? Do they behave similarly to bats living at southern latitudes? To examine these questions Jen Talerico is studying the behaviour of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) in Watson Lake. Jen studies bats by capturing them in mist nets, recording their echolocation calls on bat detectors, and recording when they leave from, and return to, their day roost. Join Jen as she shares the findings from her 2006 field season, and puts them in the context of what is known about Yukon bat biology. Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:30 pm Northern Lights Centre, Watson Lake

THIS WEEK - Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon’s Annual General Meeting Saturday November 3, 8:30 am to Noon. Financial Sustainability for Ecotourism Saturday November 3, 1-4:30pm. Sunday November 4, 8:30 am. to Noon. Pre-registration required for both events. Contact or 867.668.3369 for more information or to register.

THIS WEEK - Screening: The Future of Food. If you like to eat and feed your family ‘real’ food and you haven’t seen the film called “The Future of Food” by Deborah Koons Garcie (2004) you should come see it because the future is almost here. Please join us at the library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st. The film is 80 minutes long. There will be coffee and s’local treats; discussion to follow. The petition asking the Yukon government to put a 10 year moratorium on planting any Genetically Engineered crops in the Yukon will be available for signing. The evening is sponsored by No Bananas and the Yukon Conservation Society. We hope to see you there! Please pass onto folks you think might be interested. Julie Frisch and Sue Kemmett. Tel. 668-5678

OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION - Nomination Meeting, Yukon Green Party on Monday, November 19th, 7pm Whitehorse Public Library. Anyone interested in competing against our current nominees for the privilege of representing Green minded Yukoners is asked to contact Kristina Calhoun by Nov 5th at or phone 633-3392. Kristina Calhoun CEO, Yukon Federal Green Party. Note: The Yukon Environmental Network is non-partisan and is including this notice by request.

Malkolm Boothroyd and family reach 300 fossil-fuel free species!! To follow their adventures and find out about the latest in the Boothroyd-Madsen Enviro-birding adventures go to:

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Attention Whitehorse Teachers: Get Into Nature with WildED! WildED delivers FREE Nature Education Programs to classes from grade 4 to 12. Our educators are locally based, professional teachers with backgrounds in natural sciences and outdoor education. Meet key learning outcomes in science, social studies, geography, and outdoor education with WildED’s curriculum-linked, experiential programs. WildED engages students, invokes critical thought, and can be tailored to match your teaching goals. Experience Our FREE programs! Programs include; In-School Programs (half or full day), Outdoor Programs (full day), Workshops and Educational Resources for Teachers. To book a WildED Program: Send an email to, include your name, school name, phone number, email address. Specify grade level and number of students in your class. An educator will contact you to confirm a date will contact you to confirm a date. For more information go to: 1-888-732-0509 Please note: Programs are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Rare Bird Siting: Adult winter-plumage Black-legged Kittiwake. An adult winter-plumage Black-legged Kittiwake touched down briefly on 15 Oct 2007 on Schwatka Lake in Whitehorse; it stayed for just 5 minutes before taking flight and heading north along the Yukon River. It was not relocated during a subsequent check of the river between Schwatka Lake and Quartz Rd marsh. This is only the second southern Yukon record for this species; the first was an adult at Judas Creek on Marsh Lake on 5 May 1996. If anyone relocates this bird please report it right away to 667-4630 or 667-8546.

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - Submissions - Yukon Conservation Society: Winter Walk Softly YCS Newsletter. Submissions are due for this issue on November 5th. That’s 4 weeks away! You are invited to submit stories, questions to miss environmental manners, your thoughts, poems, winter recipe’s, etc.. Plus, we’ve got the Yukon Conservation Society: fall fundraising campaign underway now, so if you meet any potential new members, let them know about YCS. We will also have a few extra fundraising letters here at the office for those who are not on the mailing list. Let us know if you have someone to add to the list. Let’s grow YCS! For more information, go to or contact: Georgia at, 867-668-5678.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) membership drive. CPAWS is launching the biggest membership drive in their history: a campaign to enlist 10,000 caring Canadians as members. To save our wild spaces, we have to increase our clout both politically and financially - and that means increasing the size of our membership to the largest number it's ever been. The best opportunity you have to stop climate change today is by stopping big companies from destroying Canada's wilderness spaces… the best way to stop their destruction before it's too late is by becoming a member of CPAWS today! Click here To join the only organization that works right across Canada to protect our public wild spaces -- the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or go to

Tundra Swan marking in 2007. During the summer of 2007, USFWS and USGS cooperators once again fitted Tundra Swans in western Alaska with coded plastic neck bands to learn more about population-specific patterns of migration and winter destination. Please keep an eye out for these birds as they migrate through your region.

Trumpeter Swan Society: Yukon Representation. It is mid-October and our wild swans are starting to think about bailing out for the winter. Anyone passionate about Trumpeter Swans, who wants to become more involved in an organization that is dedicated to this magnificent bird and the places it needs to live, you might want to consider joining and possibly becoming a Director of the Trumpeter Swan Society. At present there are only two members in the entire Yukon Territory... not nearly enough to look out for our growing swan population. For more information you can visit the Society's website at or contact; Jim Hawkings, Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service ph (867) 667 3927 or email

Ecology North Celebrates 35 Years! Ecology North is a grassroots non-profit environmental group in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Our office is located in Yellowknife. Our key priorities include: climate change, sustainable living, and environmental education. In 1972, Ecology North was incorporated as a society in the Northwest Territories. This means that this year is our 35th birthday! Thirty-five years of providing a voice for the environment and having fun in the process - Congratulations to every one of the hundreds of volunteers, members, and staff who have helped to make Ecology North the active, respected organization it is today. This calls for a celebration! On November 26th, at this year’s Annual General Meeting, we will eat birthday cake and toast Ecology North’s many successes. Along with Ecology North’s 35th birthday, our newly re-instated charitable status is another reason to celebrate. For more information on Ecology North go to:

Great Backyard Bird Count. In February 2008, volunteers throughout the U.S. and Canada are invited to “Count for Fun, Count for the Future! Millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers can make their fascination with nature add up for science and for the future during the 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, led by Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. During “Presidents’ Day” weekend, February 15–18, 2008, anyone can count birds from wherever they are and enter their tallies online at . These reports create an exciting real-time picture of where the birds are across the continent and contribute valuable information for science and conservation. For more information on how to participate, including identification tips, photos, bird sounds, maps, and information on over 500 bird species, visit .

Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) Launches New E-Bulletin - To access the latest Edition go to Your feedback, comments and suggestions are important to the RCEN, so please let us know what you think by sending an email to Note: the new deadline for submissions to the E-Bulletin is Mondays at 11am. Please send 100 words or less (English and French) to The next Edition will be published on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Research and Development Program – new research projects. The Agency is pleased to announce that two new research projects have been selected for the 2007-2008 monograph series. The lead researchers and their project titles follow. For additional information on these projects, please visit: Meaningful Involvement and Strategic Environmental Assessment: Atikamekw Nation Territorial Planning: the Role of Strategic Environmental Assessment in Sustainable and Adaptive Joint Management of Forest Area. Research Support: Jean-Philippe Waaub, University of Quebec at Montréal (UQAM) and Meaningful Involvement: Effective Engagement of Aboriginal Peoples in Environmental Assessment: A Case Study of Treaty 8 Nations. Research Support: Annie L. Booth, University of Northern British Columbia. Please visit our Website for more information on the Research and Development Program

TODAY – Join Canada's Foremost Experts on Climate Change Solutions at Pembina's 2007 Earth Celebration Gala. Pembina's Earth Celebration brings together staff, friends and colleagues for an evening of relaxation and entertainment, to support and celebrate the Institute's work. Attending the Gala this year are some of Canada's foremost experts on climate change solutions. Join us on October 29 in Calgary for good food, fine wine, and excellent conversation. To get tickets .

Canadian Environment Awards are accepting Nominations for the 2008 Awards. The Canadian Environment Awards: A Celebration of Community Achievement is a national, bilingual program that recognizes individuals and groups of Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of the Canadian environment. The Canadian Environment Awards comprises four levels of environmental endeavour — the Community Awards, which recognize grassroots initiatives; the Citation of Lifetime Achievement; the Ideas for Life Award, which recognizes the outstanding promotion of environmental awareness or action through the arts and design; and The Green Team Challenge, which is the youth initiative. Nominations for the 2008 awards will be accepted by the Canadian Environment Awards from October 1 - December 7, 2007. You are encouraged to consider nominating outstanding groups and individuals that you believe merit recognition. Visit for a copy of the nomination form and complete nomination guidelines. See also attached announcement for more details.

Yukon Energy Star Appliance Rebates. Buy a new ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator, washing machine, and/or dish washer between September 1 and February 29, 2008, and save money with a $100 cash rebate* on each appliance. Buy a new ENERGY STAR® qualified furnace or boiler between September 1 and February 29, 2008, and receive a 15% cash rebate (to a maximum of $400) on the cost of the furnace or boiler. To receive your rebate, send your proof of purchase and a completed application form for appliances 219 KB or furnaces 219 KB (also available from participating retailers) to the Yukon Energy Solutions Centre. Questions? Call the Energy Solutions Centre at 867-393-7063 or Toll-Free at 1-800-662-0408 ext. 7063.

The New GreenHoG Handbook is now available and it’s loaded with hundreds of dollar’s worth of coupons and tips to help Yukoners save energy, save money and reduce green house gas emissions. Pick up the Handbook from the Yukon government’s Energy Solutions Centre at 206A Lowe Street. You can also pick up the Handbook at the Yukon Conservation Society office, Yukon Housing offices and Energy, Mines and Resources district offices. To order a copy call the Energy Solutions Centre at 393-7063 or send an e-mail to .

Government of Yukon News Release #07-156 - Yukon Housing Corporation Supports Energy Conservation. Yukon Housing Corporation is introducing substantial program changes and enhancements to promote the conservation of energy in residential buildings. The new initiatives will assist existing home owners, people looking at new home construction and owners of rental properties. The new program offerings will be available until March 31, 2009. To learn more visit the Yukon Housing Corporation website:

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Call for Proposals: 2008-2009 Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP) in the Pacific and Yukon Region (PYR). This is the 9th year of HSP funds supporting the conservation and recovery of species at risk listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC; ). To view the 2008-09 HSP Submission Guide detailing PYR's program priorities and eligibility criteria go to: Note that research is NOT an eligible activity for HSP funding. Funding applications must be completed on-line at: (please contact the regional coordinator to set up). DEADLINE: Funding applications for 2008-09 in the Pacific and Yukon Region must be received by November 27, 2007 at 20:59 (PST). To obtain further information on the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk in the Pacific and Yukon Region, please contact the HSP Coordinator (page 16 HSP Submission Guide). For more information on Canada’s Species at Risk Strategy, please visit:

Environmental Educators Survey - Request for Participation. As part of research for a Master's of Education thesis, Leah Dobrinski is seeking environmental educators to participate in an electronic survey. The questions focus on knowledge and abilities that are viewed as important for teaching environmental education. The survey is anonymous and requires 10-15 minutes to complete. For more information, and to access the survey, please visit . Thank you for considering this request - Leah Dobrinski M.Ed. Student, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario,

Call for Proposals for Training, Communications and Outreach projects in conjunction with International Polar Year. Innovative and creative proposals are being sought to help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic, promote IPY and polar science and research, and provide training and skills development for Northerners, amongst other objectives. The Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year places important emphasis on engaging children and youth and wishes to encourage partnerships and collaborations in all aspects of its program. This Call for Proposals is intended to support activities and initiatives across the country, particularly in the North. Details regarding the Call for Proposals will be posted shortly on our website at The Call closes on January 15, 2008. Further information on IPY can also be obtained from the Canadian IPY Secretariat website and the international program website at

Multi-Stakeholder Discussion Group on GHGs and Air Pollution – Delegate Selection. ENGO delegates participating in this Discussion Group on GHGs and Air Pollution have now been selected. Go to to view the list of delegates. The date of the first meeting has not been announced yet, though it is anticipated for fall 2007. For more information, please contact Leela Ramachandran, tel. (613) 728-9810 ext. 223.

TOMORROW - The Business of Climate Change Conference – October 30th in Ottawa, ON. The Business of Climate Change Conference is a one day conference bringing together businesses to learn how leading North American companies are managing risks, adapting and capitalizing on new opportunities in an increasingly carbon constrained world. The theme of the Conference in 2007 will be 'from theory to practice' with a special focus on the practical and operational business implications of the evolving regulatory and policy context in North America. The event will be held on October 30th, at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario. To register and take advantage of the early bird registration, visit:

Call for Papers: Trumpeter Swan Society Conference in Whitehorse April 17-20, 2008 - See attached call for papers for the 21st Trumpeter Swan Society Conference in Whitehorse, YT, April 17-20, 2008, during the annual Celebration of Swans. We are particularly interested in conference attendees hearing the perspectives of Yukoners who have an interest in Trumpeter Swans and their conservation. This is also an excellent chance for Yukoners to learn about what is happening in other parts of the continent…and to meet other people with a passion for swans. The conference typically attracts swan experts and conservationists from across North America. Further information, including registration information, will be posted on the society's website soon.

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NOW - Sustainable Northern Shelter in a World of Diminishing Resource, October 28 - 30, 2007, Fairbanks, Alaska. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Conjunction with the International Polar Year, will host the first of a planned series of biennial international conferences on circumpolar housing and community infrastructure issues. This forum presents an opportunity for an international group of builders, architects, building scientists and planners to discuss common challenges and exchange solutions to producing sustainable, appropriate and durable buildings and infrastructure in the circumpolar north. Desired outcomes of this forum are the identification of pressing research needs in the field of northern building and infrastructure design and technology, the development of on-going circumpolar partnerships, and a commitment to the dissemination of the information gathered. Register at: For more information go to the conference website:

TODAY - Limited Number of Spaces Still Available for Carbon Pricing for a Sustainable Economy Conference. How do we develop a future carbon pricing system that is efficient, environmentally effective, fair to regions and to sectors, and capable of positioning Canada for long-term success? In October, the Pembina Institute will host a national, collaborative design discussion on future carbon pricing frameworks for Canada. The conference will take place on October 29 and 30 in Calgary and will assemble leading voices for an engaging working session. For registration information go to

THIS WEEK - A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada - An Interdisciplinary Conference. From November 1-2, 2007, leading Canadian and international experts on climate change will explore policy ideas and options from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including science, law, political science, economics and sociology. The conference will take place at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. For more details and registration information, please visit the event’s website:

NEXT WEEK - National DFO-ENGO Workshop on Fish Habitat. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together DFO officials and ENGOs involved in fish habitat stewardship to discuss fish habitat concerns and the implementation of DFO’s habitat management program. The workshop will be held in Ottawa, ON on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2007. This workshop is scheduled to coincide with the RCEN Annual General Assembly and 30th Anniversary Celebration being held on November 2-4, 2007. For more information, contact Leela Ramachandran, telephone: (613) 728-9810 ext. 223

Conference in Montreal - Vivre Vert: le pouvoir d’agir. Presented by La Presse and Radio-Canada, "Vivre Vert: le pouvoir d'agir" is a conference that intends to summarize, in one day, the various tools and tendencies that are within our reach to protect the environment. Unlike most such conferences, this one is open to all, experts and non-experts alike. Everyone should come out with a better grasp of the threats facing our environment, the challenges that they pose to us, and the possible solutions. The conference will take place on November 14th, 2007, at the Centre Mont-Royal, in Montreal. To visit the official website (French), please go to: .

Climate Change: Science and Solutions – 8th Annual U.S Conference. The National Council for Science and the Environment invites you to participate in the 8th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment to develop and advance science-based solutions to climate change. The three-day conference will be held January 16-18, 2008, in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit

Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment, Stavanger, Norway 17-21 June 2008 - Theme: A Climate for change. The United Nations Environment Progr amme (UNEP) will be organizing its Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008. It will bring together 1,000 children aged 10 to 14 years, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, hands-on workshops and field trips. The Conference will increase the children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and collectively voice their concerns for the environment. The themes of the Conference include, Energy, Bio-diversity, Resources and water. For more information on the Conference, and to submit a nomination from your organization please visit our website: . For further information on the conference, please contact: The Children and Youth / Sport and the Environment Unit, Division of Communications and Public Information, United Nations Environment Programme, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254 -20- 762 3937 / 762 5066, Fax: +254 -20-762 3927/ 762 4350. Email:

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Youtube: “How It All Ends” On the issue of climate change – “this is the more evolved descendant of "The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See:" a tour-de-force of logic and reasoning, backed up by a battalion of thoroughness and detail. Be sure to use the playlist of the same name, so that you can find all the videos in an understandable order”.

Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon E-News for October 22, 2007. To read the latest e-news for the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon see attached e-mail. For more information about the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon go to: If you have information of interest to WTAY Members for the E-News, please send to

Website – Pembina - GreenLearning is a premier learning resource for innovative teachers. Lessons and activities are curriculum-aligned, comprehensive, fun and FREE. Help your students participate in their own learning while gaining a more holistic and hopeful understanding of complex energy and environmental issues. Sign up for GreenLearning today! Also, now available – eCards: research, write, design, send! eCards is an innovative core-curriculum integrated resource for Grades 6, 7 and 8. It meets curriculum expectations in Geography, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Information Technology. Visit the GreenLearning website for a complete list of the Ontario grade 7 expectations addressed by eCards. Using the eCards website, students research a renewable or non-renewable source of energy, create eCards with their own message and graphics, and with teacher approval, email them to a family member, friend or community leader - making their voices heard on their energy futures. To check out eCards go to:

Parks Canada tool for Science teachers teaching Species at Risk. You will find below links to two powerpoint (ppt) presentations that were created by Joanne Tuckwell, Species at Risk coordinator from the WNSC. The first presentation is geared to grades 4 to 6 and the second presentation is for grades 7 to 9 (for SK,MB, AB). Joanne has done a fantastic job with these presentations, with great images and content related to the science curriculum in the 3 Prairie Provinces.

Species at Risk and their Habitats:, Ecosystems and Species at Risk:

Website - NASA's Earth Observatory: A great resource for images and details on Natural Hazards of the earth:

Toxic Nation E-News: The October 2007 issue from Environmental Defence. The latest news on Environmental Defence's efforts to protect human health from toxic chemicals. Find out about the latest science news on chemicals and health, and new tips for protecting yourself and family from exposure to toxic chemicals got to: to view this issue. Environmental Defence is a federally registered Canadian charity. We're on a mission. Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All, in order to ensure clean air, safe food and thriving ecosystems. Nationwide. For more information go to:

Negotiating and Implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs): A Manual for NGOs. This Manual attempts to link the two areas of MEA formulation and civil society participation. Its goal is to both strengthen multi-stakeholder participation and increase political momentum for effective MEA development, implementation and enforcement. This Manual for NGOs is available for free at and

Book: The Culture of Flushing - A Social and Legal History of Sewage. According to Jamie Benidickson, the author of The Culture of Flushing, the social and legal history of sewage in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom demonstrates that the uncontroversial reputation of flushing is deceptive. Those concerned with protecting water quality and the environment will find the book unique, comprehensive, and accessible. To learn more, please visit

Beyond Factory Farming Coalition has a new full colour brochure in French and English. To view the English PDF version, go to: for French version go to: Cathy Holtslander Toll free at 1-877-955-6454 or

Wildlands Audit - Manitoba Climate Change. Manitoba Wildlands is auditing the Manitoba government's climate change targets, actions and commitments. Manitoba's 2002 climate change plan is at the five-year mark. Reporting on provincial targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, with real emissions targets and baselines, are expected by Manitobans. For more information on this auditing process go to:

Website: Project NatureConnect, Institute of Global Education. For more information on Project NatureConnect, and the Ecopsychology program of Michael Cohen go to There is also an article explaining the Cohen approach to ecopsychology in the online journal Trumpeter: Volume 19 Number 2 2003

Go Green – the database for green educational resources. Students, teachers, administrators, and environmental activists have found ways to integrate knowledge and awareness of Earth's fragility into class work and community service, carefully blending concern with action to help kids feel engaged and hopeful. We try to do the same with this Go Green Database, a directory that can be searched by topic, grade level, cost, or location -- and supplemented with your contributions and comments.

Website: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Climate Change. Climate Change and what you can do at home, the office, on the road, at school. Check them out at:

Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada. This 52-page report outlines how Canada can become a world leader in sustainability by the year 2030. The report outlines how a long-term national plan with clear targets and timelines would generate less pollution and waste and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. The policy changes in Sustainability Within a Generation are simple and involve a common theme: making the market work better. For example, Canada still subsidizes polluting industries such as mining and oil exploration. Instead, Canada should use a preventative approach, which is less expensive than cleaning up after environmental degradation occurs. Our recommended legislative changes would make polluters pay and benefit good environmental performers, which would put Canada ahead both environmentally and economically. Published in 2005. Download Executive Summary (PDF 118kb) Download Full Report English (PDF 1mb) Français (PDF 2mb)

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Sources of Funding for Environmental/Conservation Projects – February 2007. This listing has been compiled by the Yukon Department of the Environment to help you find funds to carry out your environmental projects. It includes Yukon Funding Sources, Federal Government Funding Sources, NGO/Foundation and Trust Funding Sources, and Private Funding Sources.

Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund (YETTF). The goal of the Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund is to support training, retraining, upgrading and improving of occupational skills of those employed by Yukon’s environmental groups or individuals working on environmental issues and activities in the Yukon. The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) administers the YETTF on behalf of the Yukon Territorial Government. Applications can be submitted at any time to: The Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund Committee, 302 Hawkins Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1X6. The YETTF committee meets every one or two months to consider applications. For information or to download application: If you have questions or require more information, contact a member of the Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund Committee (c/o YCS) at 668-5678 or (A)

Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Fund (WRRI) - Yukon Territorial Government (YTG), Department of Environment Recycling depots, nonprofit organizations, community groups, or individuals. Projects dealing with ‘hard to recycle materials’ or materials posing a threat to environmental and/or human health. Typically up to $10,000 applications accepted year round. Contact Pat Paslawski (867) 6675934 email: (A)

Environmental Grant (City of Whitehorse) - For Groups, nonprofit organizations, business. Improve Whitehorse Environment and develop environmental opportunities for Whitehorse citizens (Education, 3R, compost projects, reclamation, etc.). Two Types of grants available; for applications up to $1,000 apply anytime for applications up to $5,000 applications deadlines October 15th & February 15th. Contact: Environmental Coordinator, SabineSchweiger, (867) 668.8312, Fax: (867) 668.8386 email: environment@ website: (2D)

The Community Development Fund (CDF) - The CDF gives Yukon community, industry & professional associations, non-profit & charitable organizations and municipal & First Nations governments money for projects and events that: create jobs, generate spending on Yukon goods and services, support community well being, have measurable social, cultural and economic benefits for Yukon residents and communities. The primary goal of the CDF is funding projects and events that provide long-term benefit and value to Yukon communities. Applications must be received by the CDF office no later than 5:00 P.M. on the deadline date. For more information call 867.661.0408 ext 8125 or e-mail

· Tier I ($20,000 or less) application deadlines are; January 15, May 15, July 15, and October 15.

· Tier II ($20,001 to $75,000) application deadlines are; May 15, September 15

· Tier III ($75,001 or more) application deadline is January 15.

Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Recovery: Call for Proposals 2008-2009. This week marks the release of the formal call for proposals for the Government of Canada's Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk – the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund and the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund. New for 2008-2009 is an on-line application tool through which applicants may submit their proposals. Interested applicants must contact the Regional Coordinator to obtain a User ID and password to submit their proposal. The regional coordinator will set up the account and then forward the instructions of how to access the system. Please refer to the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Application Guidelines for further details (see attached pdf). The Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk is only one of the SARA-related programs available to Aboriginal organizations. Other programs include the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, , and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund, Contact: Nancy Hughes, Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, 91780 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, , (867) 667-3928.

walkingthetalk graduate scholarships. The BC Working Group on Sustainability Education, through the generous support of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, is very pleased to be able to offer two $15,000 walkingthetalk graduate scholarships for sustainability education. The scholarships will go to two students who are enrolled full-time in graduate programs at BC post-secondary institutions and who are working on or planning a project or research relevant to sustainability education issues in BC that is interdisciplinary, values-driven and locally relevant, and which entails critical thinking, problem solving and community participation. The applicants will be evaluated according to their community engagement and academic achievement as well as the academic merit of their proposal. The period of the scholarships is January to December 2008 and the application deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, 16 November 2007.

Funding Opportunity: NRCan’s ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program. Have a great idea to improve fuel efficiency? Looking for a contribution to your project? Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles program is launching a new process for applying for project funding. Details about proposal submissions and evaluation criteria are available at The deadline for applications for this funding cycle is November 15, 2007.

THIS WEEK - Wal-Mart & Evergreen Green Grants - Wal-Mart Canada and Evergreen are pleased to offer Green Grants, a national program that helps fund community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas. Green Grants, a Canadian community greening program sponsored by Wal-Mart Canada and led by Evergreen will provide 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 gardening projects that involve native plants and food gardening. Application deadline: October 31st, 2007.

National Green Source Funding Guide The Green Source is a resource guide prepared by Environment Canada that will help you locate numerous sources of funding for environmental projects. It includes information on public and private sector programs and organizations that provide financial assistance, labour costs or in-kind donations to community groups. The Green Source is available in searchable database format, or hard copy format from the Environment Canada regional office serving your area. (A)

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Yukon Regional Science Fair (YRSF) is seeking judges and help on the planning committee. Planning for this year's Yukon Regional Science Fair (YRSF) is well underway! The Regional Science Fair is approaching, and shortly before the Regional Fair, there will be a flurry of School Fairs. We are looking for help to judge science fair projects once again. The Regional Fair is on Saturday, December 1st at the Yukon College cafeteria and we are looking for judges for the regional and/or judges for many of the School Fairs being held Nov 6- 28. To see the on-line calendar of events, including the School Fairs go to Our planning committee also needs HELP in a variety of roles. If you are interested in volunteering, contact; Dan Hurley If you are new to judging, haven't done it for a while, or you are just curious, take a look at the new YRSF Judging Info document at: Also check out: for more Fair details (content for 2007 will soon be added).

THIS WEEK - Volunteer Opportunity: The Yukon Conservation Society is looking for a volunteer for the YCS office front reception between Oct 24 - Nov 4. (Georgia will be away at a training course developing leadership skills – to better serve YCS). YCS could really use some help in the office (particularly Oct 24 - 26), taking messages and meeting people who drop in. If you can help out, contact Georgia Greetham, Office Coordinator at 867-668-5678

Contractor list - Interpretive writing and materials. Interpretive writing and developing effective interpretive materials are very specialized skills…if you have these skills, we want you! The Wildlife Viewing Program - as well Tourism & Culture and other government agencies - often employ skilled contractors to assist in producing effective products. These may include brochures, signs and web material. We are compiling a list of interested individuals or companies. If you have the experience and are looking to put your experience to work, please contact me… Bruce Bennett, Wildlife Viewing Biologist, Yukon Department of Environment at or tel: (867) 667-5331

Employment Opportunity: CPAWS-Yukon Seeks Campaign Coordinator. CPAWS-Yukon is looking for a highly motivated person to work on a variety of ambitious and innovative conservation initiatives. This position requires energy, imagination, communications skills, strategic thinking, and a commitment to the natural world. Reporting to the Executive Director, the campaign coordinator is key to developing and delivering campaigns that advance a comprehensive protected areas network in the Yukon. Based in Whitehorse, the Campaign Coordinator will also spend time in communities and may be involved in wilderness field trips. Ability to travel independently using your own vehicle is essential. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. To Apply: email inquiries and applications including resume, names of references, and a cover letter outlining your experience and reasons for applying to: mailto:// Consideration of applications will begin immediately (October, 2007). Applicants are encouraged to browse the CPAWS-Yukon website, , for more information on CPAWS-Yukon mission and conservation work. For more details on this job posting, see the employment link on our homepage.

Employment Opportunity: Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) – Land and Resources and Fisheries Assistant Manager, Atlin. TRTFN is seeking a Land and Resources and Fisheries Assistant Manager who would be responsible for assisting in the development and provision of administration, research, analysis, advice and support on land and resources issues, and is responsible for assisting the direction and management of Taku River Tlingit Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Program (AFS). For more information or a detailed job description, contact Kris Gardner at (250) 651-7900 or

Employment Opportunity: Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), Contract Work. YESAB is currently advertising to find individuals who are interested in being included on a source list for casual or contract work in a number of technical areas, including scientific, traditional or local knowledge. Please click on the link below for more information. Contract & Casual Technical Resources or go to (25 KB PDF)

Internship to a young Canadian northerner with the Stockholm Environment Institute. The International Institute for Sustainable Development is offering an 5-6 month paid internship to a young northerner to work with the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden. The intern will build their skills in networks, communications and sustainable development strategies. To apply, go to The deadline for applications is ASAP or until, all positions have been filled. Applicants must be residents of northern Canada, and be 30 years of age and under. For further information, please contact Carolee Buckler Del Campo, Project Manager at or by phone at (204) 958-7748.

Conservation Council of New Brunswick – Fundy Baykeeper Program Director. The Council is currently looking for a Program Director for its Fundy Baykeeper Program. The Director of the program has the primary responsibility to make sure the resources, infrastructure and staff support are in place to achieve the vision laid out in the strategic plan. To read the job offer in full, go to:

Conservation Council of New Brunswick – Outreach Assistant. The Council is currently looking for an Outreach Assistant (OA) for its Fundy Baykeeper Program. The OA is responsible for keeping the Fundy Baykeeper’s work in the public eye and building community support for and involvement in the work of the Baykeeper. To read the job offer in full got to:

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) - Member Development Officer. The CCPA is seeking a Membership Development Officer for its National Office. They are looking for an individual of exceptional skill, energy and commitment to be part of a progressive member-based policy research institute. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong background and record of success in fundraising and membership development in a non-profit organization. Please visit the CCPA’s website for more information. Closing date for applications is October 31st.

DEADLINE TODAY - Greenpeace Canada – Webmaster for Toronto office. Greenpeace Canada is seeking an experienced Webmaster to join their communications team in Toronto. The Webmaster will administer Greenpeace Canada English Web sites, including design and content development, coordinate the creation of web content across a bilingual organization and support campaigns, communications, fundraising and public outreach activities. The successful candidate will have several years’ experience of Web production, demonstrated experience with the latest web technology development and possess other skills and experience. To read the full job posting, go to: The closing date for external applications is October 29th, 2007. is the latest tool for Canadians seeking employment in the growing green economy. WorkCabin was established in 2007 as a way to help Canadians find green work opportunities. It has quickly become the source for employment and volunteer opportunities in all fields concerning the environment. For job postings go to For more information, visit is 100% Canadian owned and operated and is located in Simcoe, Ontario. “More than just jobs, GoodWork is the place to get connected to environmentally and socially responsible projects, organizations and companies in Canada”. (A)

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2008 TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership. Students in their final year of high school are invited to submit applications for the 2008 TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership. Valued at more than $1 million per year, the scholarships honour and reward 20 exceptional high school students who have the vision and dedication to help solve problems in their community. Each scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 and includes full tuition at any accredited university or college in Canada, $5,000 a year toward living expenses, and a guaranteed offer of summer employment at TD Canada Trust for up to four years. The deadline for applications is October 31st. For more information or to apply, visit:

THIS WEEK - CBC is inviting candidates to apply to become "Canada's next great prime minister" and win $50,000. Candidates must be aged 18 to 25 and submit a speech sharing their idea of how to make "Canada a better, stronger and more prosperous country." Candidates are encouraged to upload video submissions to YouTube for viewing. "This is a golden opportunity for anyone considering a future in politics, world affairs or social policy," a release said. "Last year's telecast attracted close to one million viewers and the four finalists shared the stage with former Canadian prime ministers." The contest originated in 1995 with sponsorship from Frank Stronach, founder and chairman of Magna International, with the intention of engaging y oung Canadians in the political process. We're accepting applications for CBC's national television show until October 31, 2007. Simply create a YouTube account (if you don't already have one), upload your video, then send us a message (link below) and attach your video. We'll add it to the mix for all the world to see and debate your ONE GREAT IDEA. Web link for more information:

Sunlight Eco-Action Kids Awards - National Environmental Kids Awards. The Sunlight Eco-Action Kids Awards is a nation-wide awards program that recognizes kids between the ages of six and 12 who are working to make an environmental difference in their communities. Youth across Canada are invited to enter by submitting a letter describing the actions they have taken to better the environment. The purpose of the awards is to give Canadian kids a chance to share their ideas and raise awareness about what any individual can do to help ensure the future health of our environment. The Awards are supported by key environmental organizations including Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Evergreen, the Pembina Institute, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Pollution Probe and Zerofootprint. Experts from these groups will act as judges. To enter, kids between the ages of six and 12 submit a letter outlining their contributions to helping protect the planet. Winners in three different age groups (6-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-12 years) will receive the title of ultimate Eco-Action Kid and join a community of young people investing their time and energy to protect the earth. Each winner will also receive $1,000 to donate to the environmental charity of their choice and a $1,000 cash award. The entry deadline is January 21, 2008. The judges will select finalists from six regions across the country by February 7, 2008. National winners will be announced March 27, 2008. More information about the Awards and rules and regulations can be found by visiting .

Internship to a young Canadian northerner with the Stockholm Environment Institute. The International Institute for Sustainable Development is offering an 5-6 month paid internship to a young northerner to work with the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden. The intern will build their skills in networks, communications and sustainable development strategies. To apply, go to The deadline for applications is ASAP or until, all positions have been filled. Applicants must be residents of northern Canada, and be 30 years of age and under. For further information, please contact Carolee Buckler Del Campo, Project Manager at or by phone at (204) 958-7748.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the 17th International children's painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: Actions we can take now. The selection process will be in two stages; the regional selection which will be done by UNEP Regional Offices and their partners, and the global selection which will be done by UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. For more details on the competition visit

UNEP Volvo Adventure Award Searching for 2008 Winners. Arranged in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Volvo Adventure Award rewards active young people who create their own environmental projects. Anyone working on a practical environmental project aged between 13 and 16 years of age can enter for the Volvo Adventure. They are now searching for the 2008 winners – could it be you? All you have to do is register and enter your project by visiting Deadline for application is January 31st 2008.

$50,000 School Video Contest – Be the Change. An innovative new Web broadcaster is using the power of the Internet to inspire children and youth in schools across North America to make a difference. Pick an environment or social cause and get your school involved in making a difference., a Web TV network featuring solution-oriented news, documentaries, and entertainment, is challenging students and teachers at all K-12 schools in the US and Canada to document their work on a social or environmental project through a series of short videos over the 2007-08 school year - September 1, 2007 - April 30, 2008. The winning schools will receive a prize package worth $50,000 in cash and educational resources. Electronic Press Kit available at:

YOUTH Resources: Website – Pembina - GreenLearning is a premier learning resource for innovative teachers. Lessons and activities are curriculum-aligned, comprehensive, fun and FREE. Help your students participate in their own learning while gaining a more holistic and hopeful understanding of complex energy and environmental issues. Sign up for GreenLearning today! Also, now available – eCards: research, write, design, send! eCards is an innovative core-curriculum integrated resource for Grades 6, 7 and 8. It meets curriculum expectations in Geography, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Information Technology. Visit the GreenLearning website for a complete list of the Ontario grade 7 expectations addressed by eCards. Using the eCards website, students research a renewable or non-renewable source of energy, create eCards with their own message and graphics, and with teacher approval, email them to a family member, friend or community leader - making their voices heard on their energy futures. To check out eCards go to:

Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources. The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. It provides a wide range of after school activities, curricula, and more. Reviewed materials include semester- and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and websites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. Users are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, audience, and cost. A brief description of each resource is accompanied by two expert reviewers' detailed commentary. Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future. The Population Connection is updating the secondary curriculum, Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future, and offers the second edition free for downloading on its website, including all readings and activities. Units include Population Dynamics, Climate Change, Water Resources, and more.

youtube video! Declaration on Climate Change from Youth of the Arctic - A bunch of great young people from across the Arctic got together and wrote/filmed this Declaration on Climate Change in 2005. The video was taken to the United Nations (Framework Convention on Climate Change) and highlighted during Arctic Day at CoP11 (Montreal, Canada, 2005 UNFCCC). To view video, click here or go to:

Environment Canada's Website for Youth - Connect to youth and organizations in environmental fields to get involved, expand your knowledge, and be inspired. Go to: (3)

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