YTEN Bulletin October 9, 2007

Yukon Environmental Network Bulletin – October 9, 2007

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Greenhouse gases already beyond 'worst-case,' scientist says - MERAIAH FOLEY | ASSOCIATED PRESS | OCTOBER 9, 2007

Worldwide economic growth has accelerated the level of greenhouse gas emissions to a dangerous threshold scientists had not expected for another decade, according to a leading Australian climate change expert.

Conference debates cleaning up oil spills in ice-choked Arctic waters - THE CANADIAN PRESS | OCTOBER 9, 2007

Climate change may make Canada's Arctic energy resources easier to reach but it could also make them harder to exploit, a U.S. scientist will tell an international conference this week.

Despite Warming, Ships to Shun Northwest Passage - DAVID LJUNGGREN | REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | OCTOBER 4, 2007

OTTAWA - While there has been much talk that Arctic trade routes will open up as northern ice melts, shipping companies and experts say using the fabled Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic archipelago would be too difficult, too dangerous and totally impractical.

Canada's New Government Launches Major Projects Management Office – NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA NEWS RELEASE | OCTOBER 1, 2007.

The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $150-million initiative to improve Canada's regulatory system that will protect the environment and improve the competitiveness of Canada's resource industries.

ecoAUTO Rebate Program Application Form Now Available – GOVERNMENT OF CANADA NEWS RELEASE | OCTOBER 1, 2007

Canadians who bought eligible vehicles starting on March 20, 2007 can now apply for rebates under the ecoAUTO Rebate Program. Canada's New Government today released the application form for the program, which offers Canadians rebates from $1,000 to $2,000 on the purchase of new fuel-efficient vehicles. Transport Canada and Service Canada are partnering to deliver the program.

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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; .

Support for the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN). An appeal is underway at this time, for letters of support/opinion to be sent to John Baird the federal Minister of the Environment in response to the impending loss of funding to the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN). EMAN is a partnership of over 600 organizations (international, national, provincial, territorial, other federal government departments, universities, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, aboriginal groups, community groups) and individuals who undertake ecological monitoring in Canada. Environment Canada coordinates this network at its Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Coordinating Office (EMAN CO) and works collaboratively with the EMAN partners in improving the effectiveness of ecosystem monitoring to ensure informed decision-making and to create environmental awareness among Canadians. For more information about EMAN go to:

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TONIGHT - Public Meeting and Presentation for “The Draft Management Strategy for Elk in the Yukon” at Da Ku (Old CAFN Admin Bldg. on the Marshall Creek Rd.) Tuesday, October 9th 7:00 pm. YTG’s Dept. of Environment will have staff on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as members of the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Board and the Alsek Renewable Resource Council (ARRC). Comments for the Draft Management Strategy for Elk in the Yukon are due October 15/07. See for more details or call the Alsek Renewable Resource Council (ARRC) at 634-2524.

THIS WEEK - Environmental Education Association of the Yukon (EEAY) sharing meeting with presentation by Larry Gray on Project Nature Connect. EEAY sharing meeting: Thursday October 11, Whitehorse Public Library, 4-6 pm. Special presenter - Larry Gray, Yukon College. Project Nature Connect "Experience the wisdom, personality, music, and life of nature educator, author, and musician Michael J. Cohen. Cohen has devoted his life to two passions: connecting people to nature and preserving America's musical heritage. A new tribute DVD explores them both. Larry Gray, a member of Dr. Cohen's Project NatureConnect will show the DVD and discuss ecopsychology , educating and counselling with nature and related initiatives at Yukon College." EEAY are members of EENorth, Canada's Arctic Environmental Education Network, and support the online database of northern EE materials at:

TOMORROW – Planning Meeting for A Sustainable Future for Teslin - October 10th, Teslin Recreation Centre, 7:00pm. The Village of Teslin and the Teslin Tlingit Council are cooperating in the development of an integrated Community Sustainability Plan for the Community of Teslin. We encourage all members of the public to join us in planning: A Sustainable Future for Teslin. Let’s review our community values and goals. We will talk about community projects that are the result of identified goals. We will be discussing municipal boundary expansion and future plans for the “library, post office, bank” building. Prizes and refreshments. For more information contact; Village of Teslin, Wes Wirth, 867.390.2530 and Teslin Tlingit Council, Alex Oakley, 867.390.2532 ext. 252

THIS WEEK - Ducks Unlimited Canada is offering a free Half-Day Wetlands Course in Whitehorse. This half day wetlands course will be hosted and presented by Ducks Unlimited Canada on Wednesday October 17, 2007, Westmark Hotel and Conference Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, 12:30 – 4:30 P.M. Space is limited. For more information contact: Erin Spiewak at or 867-668-3824 This short course is being sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada, Yukon Department of Environment, and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Community Engagement Workshop Opportunity - Handing Over the Stick: Tools for Empowering Communities, October 22- 27, 2007 – Whitehorse. This workshop is designed for representatives from NGO's, First Nation organizations and development workers. The workshop will teach participants tools and approaches to engage community stakeholders in planning and decision making. For more information on the workshop please email

The Yukon Green Party AGM will take place on Monday, October 15th. The meeting will start at 7pm and will be held at the Whitehorse Library. Help us choose our executive and build our foundation for the coming year. Note: The Yukon Environmental Network is non-partisan and is including this notice by request

Oct 22 - 25th - City Sustainability Charette – Mt McIntyre Rec. Centre. Meet YCS members at the Charette Open Houses: YCS is forming a City Issues Working Group and wants your participation. Together, we will identify and confront the city on priority issues like green space planning, improved compost and recycling services, environmental impacts from development, etc. If you have concerns or great ideas for the city, join this group. For more information contact Georgia at YCS 668-5678 or

The Yukon Biodiversity Working Group invites you to the 2007 Biodiversity Round-Up. Round-up takes place on Wednesday Oct 24th 9 am-12:30pm, Yukon College, Glass Classroom. Join us for 5-minute presentations on 2007 Yukon field studies. Bring a mug and your lunch, beverages & treats will be supplied. After lunch, the room will be available for those that wish to discuss opportunities for collaboration. If you have an agenda for 2008, consider bringing some ideas to the table. For more information contact Jennifer Line at;, 456-3870.

Yukon Wildlife Preserve Annual General Meeting Saturday October 27th at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. This event includes a tour of the preserve leaving the interpretive Centre at 10am. The AGM begins at the main office at 11:00am. A Wild Northern Luncheon. This is your chance to contribute and get involved as we begin to design new buildings, develop new programs and share ideas for the future. RSVP by Saturday October 20th 456-7313 or

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.

Read the latest in the Boothroyd-Madsen Enviro-birding adventures. Why not leave a "comment" for Malkolm on their blog at

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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 See also attached file.

Lake Laberge Yukon Bird Club Field Trip Report for Oct 7th - see attached report.

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. See attached summary of collars put on in 2006 and 2007, along with a (preliminary) summary figure showing the distribution of sightings during the 2006-2007 season. Please keep an eye out for these birds as they migrate through your region.

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 .

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - Government of Yukon News Release - Elk Management Strategy For Public Review And Comment. The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Department of Environment encourage Yukon residents to review and comment on a draft elk management strategy. Written comments on the strategy should be provided to the board by Monday, October 15. Copies of the strategy are available for pick-up at: Environment Yukon Conservation Officer Services and Renewable Resources Council offices in the communities; the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board office at 106 Main Street in Whitehorse; the Yukon Agriculture Branch office in the Elijah Smith Building in Whitehorse; and the Yukon Government Administration Building on Second Avenue. The report is also available for viewing or downloading from the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board’s website at

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:

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Risk Management Training Events: For professionals in the outdoor and recreation industries, evaluating risks and preparing for the unexpected is an important part of daily business. If being as prepared as you can be is important to you, you might be interested in a new training opportunity in your region. The two-day NOLS Risk Management Training provides an excellent opportunity to develop a personalized action plan that will enhance your risk management practices organizationally and professionally. This coming fall NOLS will have Risk Management Trainings scheduled in the following locations:

· Oct. 22-23: pre-conference to the Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Banff, Alb., Canada

· October 24-26, for the 2007 Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Banff, Alb., Canada

For more information, contact: Liz Tuohy, 1-800-710-NOLS x 3, Risk Management Senior Consultant, NOLS Professional Training 307-335-2217 or visit the web site at:

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Invitation to Comment: Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine Environmental Certificate Amendment Application (120 km southwest of Atlin, BC.). The 30-day public comment period began on Sept 17th and ends Oct 17th, 2007. An electronic copy of the amendment application as well as information regarding the environmental assessment process is available at

THIS WEEK - Playing It Safe: Workshops in Montréal on Service Provider Strategies to Reduce Environmental Risks to Child Health. Learn about the unique risks and vulnerabilities of children and their exposures to chemicals in every day activities at home, work, school and outdoors in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we use. More topics will be covered as well. The first workshop begins on October 13th in Montreal. Registration in advance is required as places are limited. Please visit for more details.

Seeking Nominations: of college, university, and/or graduate students to participate in a special session, dedicated to northern students and northern research policy, as part of the 8th International ACUNS Student Conference on Northern Studies, Saskatoon, SK, October 18-21, 2007. Northern students involved in this session will be asked to discuss; the obligations of northern researchers to the land and the people of the north and if these obligations are currently being fulfilled, and what should be done to improve the fulfillment of these obligations. We are seeking nomination of 8-10 eligible students representing all three territories to participant in this session. This session has been sponsored by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Travel and accommodation will be provided for all students participating in this session. Contact Alexis Schafer at to nominate a northern student. For more information, visit

Planet in Focus - Call For Pitch Submissions! Win $3500 In Development Funding & Services! Green Pitchers - Perfecting the Art of the Pitch for Environmental Filmmaking. Always wanted to make a film about an environmental issue close to your heart? Struggling to find the finances to pull it together? Welcome to Green Pitch, an opportunity to pitch your idea to the people with the power to give your project the green light. With Environmental NGOs, broadcasters, producers and established filmmakers on board to lend their insight, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to test their green ideas in front of creative professionals. Selected participants will gain valuable first-hand feedback as they present their pitches for the chance to win $3500 in development funding and services ($1500 cash & $2000 services)!* The winning Green Pitch will be announced on Sunday October 28th, 2007 at the Awards Ceremony. Friday October 26th, 2007 * 1:30pm-4:00pm (Registration begins at 1:00pm) Bata Shoe Museum * 327 Bloor St West * Development prize does not confer production funding nor a broadcast license. Application forms and guidelines available beginning Tuesday September 11, 2007 at

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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THIS WEEK - Beaches World Tour 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 9-11, 200. Environmental Defence and the Foundation for Environmental Education invite you to join an International Conference on Best Practices and Key Issues at Beaches around the World. Join leading experts from over 35 countries as we discuss issues related to health and water quality, coastal development and sustainable tourism, impacts of climate change on coastal areas and equity and access to coastal resources. Visit for full conference details. To register after October 4th, contact Jodi Frye, Blue Flag Program Coordinator at, or at 416-323-9521, ext. 233. Environmental Defence is a national, not-for-proft organization and the operator of the Blue Flag program in Canada

NEXT WEEK The Arctic Energy Summit Technology Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, October 15-18 2007. The Arctic Energy Summit, a two-year Arctic Council project led by the United States in conjunction with the Institute of the North and the University of the Arctic, is an official International Polar Year project. Registration is available through this website. Those wishing to participate in the industry exposition may also go online to review the floor plan and reserve a specific location. Further details about this conference are available at the website: You can also view the weekly electronic newsletter Arctic Synergy by clicking on the NEWS tab at the top of the website. Back issues of Arctic Synergy are available at: (3)

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:

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

The Hollyhock Leadership Institute Workshops. The Hollyhock Leadership Institute (Vancouver, BC) is holding 3 new programs this fall that are currently open for registration. Get That Grant! Strategies for Grassroots Organizations workshop, featuring fundraiser Andy Robinson, was held October 3rd, 2007. The Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising: How to identify and Engage your Supporters workshop, featuring Andy Robin was held October 4th 2007. The Alchemy of Group Facilitation workshop features Julian Griggs, November 28-30 2007. For more information on these programs go to or contact the Hollyhock Leadership Institute (604) 669-4802 or

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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New World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Schools for a Living Planet curriculum-linked Activities for grades 3-8. WWF-Canada is thrilled to announce the official launch of Schools for a Living Planet, an educational program that provides educators with access to over 30 curriculum-linked, printable in-class activities for grades 3 to 8. Each grade’s unit has a unique environmental theme with material carefully designed to meet curriculum expectations in English, Social Studies and Science. Our Schools for a Living Planet program can help you give your students the knowledge they need to make a difference in our planet’s future. And it's easy to use - download what you want, when you want, the choice is yours! Sign-up for Schools for a Living Planet today and bring the power of the environment into your classroom. For more information about this FREE program, visit:

New Publication - Building Local and Global Democracy. Building Local and Global Democracy presents unique case studies, topical analysis and reflections on engaging citizens in building local and global democracy. It explores the relationships between local and global initiatives in enhancing citizen engagement and participatory democracy, within the framework of globalization and an increased emphasis on security. The publication is the result of a learning circles series initiated by the Carold Institute in 2004 bringing together academics, civil society and education practitioners from Canada, the US and Brazil for more information go to

New - Living Oceans Society’s online model of oil spill scenarios on the B.C. coast. Living Oceans Society has released an online computer generated model that shows how oil spills would affect ecosystems and communities on the North Coast of British Columbia. The oil spill animation, built using leading edge computer modeling software and the most up to date oceanographic data available, is able to generate oil spill scenarios from oil tankers and drilling platforms in coastal waters. Living Oceans commissioned the development of this computer generated oil spill model in order to be able to better assess the potential impact of oil spills from proposed oil tanker traffic and/or oil drilling and exploration along the North Coast. To view oil spill scenarios got to For more information contact: Oonagh O’Connor, Energy Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society, 250-230-6580,

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)

Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon: Things You Need to Know About Camping in the Yukon. Yukon’s scenic landscapes and wildlife are its most precious resource. While the wilderness may appear endless, the mark that one traveller leaves behind can cause long-lasting or permanent damage to the ecosystem and affect the experience and safety of every traveller who follows. Learn how to travel safely and gently through the Yukon wilderness by going to these links:

· Best Environmental Practices on Yukon Rivers

· Into the Yukon Wilderness

· Leave No Trace Canada For more information about the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon go to:

New Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Conservation Report: Freshwater fish in Ontario's boreal: Status, Conservation and Potential Impacts of Development. This report, by David R. Browne, is a comprehensive review of freshwater fish conservation issues and research gaps with a geographic focus on the northern half of Ontario - the most intact boreal forest/wetland area in North America. It provides important context for impending land use decisions in this region by highlighting the negative impacts development has had on aquatic ecosystems in southern forests, including habitat conversion, over-fishing and pollution, and mercury contamination. It outlines what is known about the fish communities of the far north, while also pointing out the large gaps in our knowledge about northern aquatic systems. And it provides recommendations for ensuring that the mistakes of the past that have led to the degradation of fisheries elsewhere are not repeated in the northern boreal forests. Download the Executive Summary in English or French . Download Full Report .

ToxicNation at Queen's Park: A Report on Pollution in Three Ontario Politicians (2007). In Environmental Defence’s most recent Toxic Nation body burden study, three Ontario politicians volunteered to be tested for 70 different chemicals. The participating politicians included Premier Dalton McGuinty, NDP Leader Howard Hampton, and Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory. To download the full report go to:

APEC Declaration on Climate Change. The "Sydney APEC Leaders' Declaration on Climate Change, Energy Security and Clean Development" has been released and is available for download. The declaration covers future international action, support for a post-2012 international climate change arrangement, and the APEC Action Agenda. Click here to download the declaration or go to:

Website: ONE/Northwest is a not-for-profit consulting firm established in 1995 to help environmental organizations use communications technologies as tools of social change. Our approach channels philanthropic support into technological and strategic innovations that we disseminate through consulting projects with hundreds of organizations and coalitions across Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Our programs help environmental organizations more effectively engage their constituents and improve their ability to collaborate with one another.

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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)

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - 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)

APPLICATION DEADLINE NEXT WEEK: Tier I - 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.

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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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.

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - Employment Opportunity: Raven Recycling - Depot Supervisor. Raven Recycling is looking for an experienced Depot Supervisor. This person will have a strong environmental commitment and an interest in working for a dynamic Social Enterprise. Drop resumes off in person at; 100 Galena Road Attn: Ralph Charlton or Joy Snyder. Closing date: 15 October, 2007

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

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Employment Opportunity: Parks Canada - Ecosystem Scientist II. Parks Canada is seeking an Ecosystem Scientist II for the Western Arctic Field Unit in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Competition is open to persons residing in Canada north of the 60th parallel. Closing Date: October 12, 2007 - 23:59, Pacific Time To view job description got to:;jsessionid=7KGyG3pHlGcdwMqjKh2w1HrLYsdDmn1gfTTHmkYjQ87Kb1Pf6pwL!-1239222113?toggleLanguage=en&psrsMode=1&poster=23796&noBackBtn=true. For further information on the department, please visit Parks Canada at

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)

Nova Scotia Nature Trust - Land Securement Coordinator. Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NSNT) is seeking a manager for the Nature Trust’s highly successful land conservation program. The position Negotiating and securing conservation agreements with landowners, land donations and purchases. Please visit NSNT’s website for more details. 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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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:

PBS Environmental Video Series Journey to Planet Earth for Grades 6-12 - The Journey to Planet Earth video series has been re-edited for grades 6-12 to help teachers explain to students the science behind some of the alarming world headlines. Receive a 30-day free preview of the entire 10-episode series or individual episodes, by emailing -- with your name, institutional mailing address, and phone number.

POLAR BOUND CONTEST: Antarctic 2007. Canadian Geographic and Students on Ice will be sending one deserving high school student to join a team of students, scientists and teachers in the Antarctic from December 25, 2007 to January 8, 2008, for a journey filled with discovery and adventure.

CONTEST QUESTION: International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009 provides an incredible window for us to better understand Earth’s polar regions. Despite its rich history as a polar nation, Canada’s involvement in the southern polar region remains minimal. For example, Canada has yet to become a full member of the Antarctic Treaty System which protects Antarctica. Why should Canada be more interested and engaged in the Antarctic? Respond by submitting an essay (500 words or less), journal, pictorial, poem, film, or other creative submission. Entries must be postmarked on or before October 22, 2007 to the Polar Bound Contest, c/o Canadian Geographic, 39 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa ON K1L 8L7. Canadian Geographic website:

YOUTH Resources:

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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Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op - Arctic Youth Network - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Yukon - Northern Climate Exchange - Raven Recycling - Rivers Without Borders - Wildlife Conservation Society Canada - Yukon Bird Club - Yukon Conservation Society -

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