YTEN Bulletin November 19, 2007

Yukon Environmental Network Bulletin – November 19, 2007

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Climate report revives "dangerous" change dispute - ALISTER DOYLE | REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | NOVEMBER 19, 2007

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments have promised to try to avert "dangerous" climate change expected to bring about rising seas, droughts and floods, but have yet to agree on a common definition of where the danger starts.

Canada's Environment Minister Welcomes Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – ENVIRONMENT CANADA NEWS RELEASE | NOVEMBER 17, 2007

Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the release of its fourth and final report, covering key aspects of global climate change.

Climate change department faces £300 million cuts: Recycling and nature protection hit as UN calls for tougher measures on carbon - DAVID HENCKE AND JOHN VIDAL | THE GUARDIAN | NOVEMBER 17 2007

The government department spearheading the fight against climate change is planning an emergency package of at least £300m of cuts covering key environmental services, the Guardian has learned.

Canada Regulator Says Oil Sands Rush May Slow - SCOTT HAGGETT | REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | NOVEMBER 16, 2007

CALGARY, Alberta - Rising costs will temper production growth from Canada's vast oil sands, the country's national energy regulator forecast on Thursday, as it detailed its expectations for Canadian energy production over the next two decades.

Canada Wine Region Adds Electricity to Its Crops - REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | NOVEMBER 16, 2007

OTTAWA - Wine-making waste will be turned into electricity under a Canadian plan to capture methane gas from decomposing grape skins and seeds produced in southern Ontario's Niagara grape-growing region.

Paying Farmers to Protect the Planet is Future: U.N. - REUTERS NEWS SERVICE | NOVEMBER 15, 2007

ROME (Reuters) - Paying farmers to protect the environment -- rather than just for their produce -- will be an important way to ensure a rapidly increasing demand for food does not destroy the planet, a U.N. agency said on Thursday.

Tories' reason for ending fund irks scientists:- 'I truly think they don't understand what research means,' climatologist says - MIKE DE SOUZA | OTTAWA CITIZEN | NOVEMBER 09, 2007

Nobel Prize-winning Canadian scientists are baffled by the Harper government's explanations for shutting down a federal climate research network and refusing to boost investments in an independent research foundation that is also in danger of closing.

Costa Rica and New Zealand on Path to Carbon Neutrality - JANET SAWIN | WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE | NOVEMBER 7, 2007

New Zealand is in a race with Costa Rica to become the first carbon neutral country. While some of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) hem and haw about how to—or even if to—limit their contributions to climate change, at least two small countries are blazing trails for the world to follow. Both Costa Rica and New Zealand have declared over the past several months their intentions to become carbon neutral. Together, they accounted for about 0.15 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2005, according to the World Bank.

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DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Wind River Threatened by Roads for Uranium Mining Exploration. A mining company plans to bulldoze winter roads into the heart of the Yukon’s Three Rivers wilderness. This plan to save cash on a highly speculative uranium exploration play pre-empts the land use planning process and jeopardizes the future of the Three Rivers. Due to the extreme hazards of radioactive wastes from uranium mining, many jurisdictions have imposed moratoriums on uranium mining. In the Yukon, there has been no public debate on the impacts uranium mining. See attached e-mail for more information. Go to: for more information and maps on uranium mining and exploration in the Peel watershed. Submit your comments opposing this land use permit application to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) by Tuesday, November 20, 2007. You can make comments online on the YESAB site. Go to project 2007-0205, Wernecke Winter Road Access Project, Cash Minerals. Visit: or call toll free: 1-866-322-4040 or e-mail the Mayo YESAB office at You can also send a fax with your comments to 867-996-4040. The Cash Minerals proposal to build a 250 km winter road along the Wind River, a permanent airstrip, three temporary airstrips and spur roads in the Wind River watershed for uranium exploration will also have serious negative long-term impacts on tourism operators on the Wind River. See also the attached draft submission to YESAB from the Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon – WTAY.

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Protecting Nahanni Forever: So Close! Right now Canadians have a chance to directly influence the course of conservation history. Thanks to the support of thousands of Canadians, we're a giant step closer to protecting Nahanni National Park Forever. But the job is not yet done. Until November 23rd, the federal government is asking Canadians what the expanded boundaries of Nahanni should look like. Should the federal government take the visionary step of protecting the entire South Nahanni watershed, or should they compromise and leave areas open to mining? Your voice can make the difference. CPAWS invites you to visit their website to learn more about how you can speak out at this critical time. Learn more at

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. Since its launch on Earth Day on April 22, many people have shown their concern about our food sources by signing the petition. To sign the petition and/or to borrow the film “The Future of Food” contact us at:

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;

International Day of Climate Action - December 8! People around the world are preparing for the largest planetary day of action yet to stop climate chaos. Join hundreds of thousands of people in 60 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 catastrophic climate chaos. The entire world needs to 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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TODAY - 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.

THIS WEEK - The Beringian Winter Camp Series is back! Join us for the first of our winter camps on Saturday November 24th! Have you ever wondered why the fierce scimitar cat no longer hunts the wilds of the Yukon, or where the mighty mammoth made its final stand? What happened to these mega mammals thousands of years ago? And more importantly…can it happen again? If you are between the ages of 6 and 9, you are invited to join us at the Beringia Centre from 9-4 on Saturday November 24! We will attempt to discover the truth behind the mysterious extinction at the end of the last Ice Age, and we may even uncover a few more mysteries along the way. Sign up now for an action-packed, fun-filled day of Beringian animal adventures! For more information, please call the Beringia Centre at 667-8855 or 667-3516, or e-mail (Mile 914 Alaska Highway, south of the Whitehorse International Airport)

THIS WEEK - Yukon Science Institute Annual General Meeting. Sunday, November 25, 2007, 4:00 p.m. at the Whitehorse Public Library. Contact 667-7899 or for more info. The Yukon Science Institute seeks to promote public awareness of science activities in the Yukon and to aid and facilitate scientific research and development.

NEW TIME - Yukon Wholistic Health Network Presentation. The Yukon Wholistic Health Network Presents Food Allergies and Antioxidants with Dr. Carolee Bateson Koch, November 28th at 6:30 pm at the Whitehorse Public Library. Admission is Free. For more information see

UPDATE - Yukon Enviro-birders Malkolm Boothroyd and family surpass the 350 species mark on their year-long fossil-fuel-free birding odyssey. To follow their adventures point your browser to:

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Government of Yukon News Release #07-248 - Selkirk First Nation And Yukon Government Put Northern Strategy Dollars To Work - November 15, 2007.

The Selkirk First Nation has been awarded over $2 million in Northern Strategy funds for its Journey to Self Reliance project and will partner with the Department of Economic Development to work on building a strong government. For complete news release go to:

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) Screening Report and Recommendation for the Proposed Carmacks Stewart/Minto Spur Transmission Project (Project No. 2006-0286) is now available. Key issues considered during the assessment included; Tachun & Ethel Lake Caribou, Air Quality and diesel emissions within Riverdale, Heritgae Resources, Trapping activities and resources, timber salvage plan, Aesthetic Impact and Fish and Fish Habitat. To view the full report, go to: www.yesab/

Government of Yukon News Release #07-240 - Proposed Wildlife Act Regulations out for Public Review. The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and Environment Yukon are encouraging the public's comments on 15 proposed Wildlife Act regulation changes for the coming year, Environment Minister Dennis Fentie announced on Nov 7, 2007, for more information go to: An information package has been prepared to provide details on the proposed changes and the steps that people can take to respond to the proposals before the Friday, December 7 deadline. The information package can be picked up at the board’s office at 106 Main Street in Whitehorse, Renewable Resources Councils offices and Environment Yukon offices in the communities, the department’s office at 10 Burns Road in Whitehorse, and the Yukon government administration building on Second Avenue in Whitehorse. A copy can also be viewed or downloaded from the websites of either the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board at or Environment Yukon .

Energy Solutions Directory- get listed. The Energy Solutions Centre is developing a new Energy Solutions Directory that will help Yukoners find renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency expertise. If you offer an energy product or service in any of the following categories, contact us for a free listing; renewable energy, energy efficiency or transportation. To submit your companies information, contact the Energy Solutions Centre at 867.393.7148 or toll free from the communities at 1-800.661.0408 ext. 7148 or e-mail

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 See attached word file to view the Yukon Christmas Bird Counts Schedule 2007/08.

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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THIS WEEK - Joint Review Panel for the McKenzie Gas Project requests written comments by Nov 21st 2007. Send written comments to: Paula Pacholek, Joint Review Panel Manager Box 2412 Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0, Fax: 867-777-3105, Email: For more information on the environmental impact review of the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project, please contact: Paula Pacholek, Joint Review Panel Manager, Phone: 867-678-8604, Email: Website:

Call for Comments: The Draft North Yukon Regional Land Use Plan is now available for public review. Comments on the Plan will be accepted by the North Yukon Planning Commission until January 15, 2008. Two versions of the Draft Land Use Plan are available for download at - the Draft Land Use Plan (Summary), a non-technical document highlighting major recommendations intended for a broad audience and the Draft Land Use Plan (Full version), a detailed and technical version of the Plan, primarily intended for resource managers. Both documents are also available in hard copy and may be picked up at the North Yukon Planning Commission Office (201-307 Jarvis Street). The Draft Land Use Plan (Summary) is available in the foyer of the Elijah Smith Building or at the Main Desk of the Yukon Government Administration Building.

Consultation Schedule: November 26 – December 3: Community Consultation Forums in Old Crow, Fort McPherson, Aklavik and Inuvik

December 6: Technical Workshop for Stakeholders and Agencies in Whitehorse

December 6: Public Consultation Forum in Whitehorse, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at CYFN Cafeteria

December 10 – 13: Community Consultation Forums in Mayo and Dawson

Comments: Draft Multi Year Development Plan for Yukon Agriculture And Agri-Food 2008-2012. When finalized, this plan will direct the course of agriculture in the Yukon as influenced by the Agriculture Branch (Energy, Mines & Resources - Archie Langs' portfolio) who will follow it. “The goal of this policy is to encourage the growth of a Yukon agricultural industry that: produces high quality products for local consumption; is economically viable; operates in an environmentally sustainable manner; and contributes to community well-being.” To view a response to this document see the attached e-mail (Your Food) from Heidi Marion, Organic Farmer, Wild Blue Yonder, Whitehorse.

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:

THIS WEEK - Call for Delegates: NGO participation in the Proposed Risk Management Measures for Mercury Containing Products Workshops. The RCEN is seeking two ENGO delegates to participate in each of three upcoming Multi-Stakeholder Consultations on Environment Canada’s Risk Management Measures for Mercury-containing Products. The purpose of the workshops is to present Environment Canada’s proposed risk management instruments and provisions therein; invite stakeholders to provide comments; and inform on the next steps in the implementation of the risk management strategy. The following tentative dates have been chosen for the workshops: November 20th (Montréal, QC); November 27th (Toronto, ON); December 12th (Vancouver, BC). ENGO delegates will be compensated for 1-day of services for preparation; 1-day of services for participation; and travel, meals and lodging expenses, according to Treasury Board Guidelines. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 9, 2007. Please complete the online application form or click here to read the full Call for Delegates. For more information, contact Sarah Heiberg, National Caucus Coordinator, at (514) 880-9810 or by email at

Request for Ideas: Climate Change Documentary Series. Tigress Productions in the UK is working on a TV documentary series about how a change of climate can create conflict on a large or small scale around the globe. They are looking for Canadian examples of how climate change has caused local disputes over water, land, etc. Please contact Rebecca Harris directly at if you have any examples they could highlight.

IPY - 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

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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Remote Community Wind Energy Conference. Are You Interested in Northern Wind Energy? The Remote Community Wind Energy Conference is being held November 28-30, 2007 in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. For more information and to register, visit or call Julie Coad at 867.669.6211 or e-mail:

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 Programme (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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Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) Screening Report and Recommendation for the Proposed Carmacks Stewart/Minto Spur Transmission Project (Project No. 2006-0286) is now available. Key issues considered during the assessment included; Tachun & Ethel Lake Caribou, Air Quality and diesel emissions within Riverdale, Heritgae Resources, Trapping activities and resources, timber salvage plan, Aesthetic Impact and Fish and Fish Habitat. To view the full report, go to: www.yesab/

Outdoor Education Student seeking practicum placement. University student completing Bachelor of Education Degree with a specialization in Outdoor and Experiential Education at Queen's University is available for practicum placement for March 2008. Student requires placement in an educational setting under the guidance of a qualified instructor, outside of the traditional classroom, keen to learn more about the Inuit culture and very interested in working in Northern Canada. Contact: Meghan Colgan 613.530.2772

Wake Up and Smell the Planet is now available - the Nonpompous, Nonpreachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day! Inside its colorful covers, you'll find loads of information and tips on everything from shaving to shopping, from greening your office to greening your video games. And all of it delivered with the good humor and bad puns that are Grist's trademark. Grist - Environmental News and Commentary homepage:

Environmental Petitions Process. Since 1995, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development has managed the petitions process on behalf of the Auditor General and has reported on it annually to Parliament. Environmental petitions are letters sent by Canadians to the Auditor General as a way to present their environmental questions and concerns to specific ministers of the federal government. Ministers are required to respond in writing within 120 days. To learn more about this important resource, please visit the following websites. For information on the petitions process: To access the Environmental Petitions Catalogue: - click on the Continue button to view the catalogue. To read the 2007 Environmental Petitions Report to Parliament:

Canadian Atlas Online - second generation now available. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has launched the second generation of its groundbreaking Canadian Atlas Online. First launched in April 2005, The Canadian Atlas Online marries the ancient art and science of cartography with state-of-the-art technology. Fully bilingual, it is a trusted and frequently consulted geographic resource that makes learning about Canada fun for millions of Canadians; it attracts up to 500,000 page views each month. Detailed maps combined with thematic sections weave the stories of Canada’s people, culture, environment, history and heritage together into a compelling celebration of our nation. Maintaining the Society’s tradition of bringing Canada’s geography to life, the 2007 edition of The Canadian Atlas Online boasts an expanded inventory of timely thematic modules, including Climate Change and the Rivers of Canada. Content is richly illustrated with slide shows, narrated video vignettes and animated graphics, along with games and interactive questionnaires. For the English version go to for the French version go to:

Newsletter: Nexus, November 2007: The Sustainability Network Newsletter. To view the November issue, go to: The Sustainability Network is a support centre for environmental nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of the environmental community by improving organizational management and leadership skills. Find out more at

Launch of the Fourth Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4). Published 20 years after the World Commission on Environment and Development produced its seminal report, Our Common Future, GEO-4, the latest in UNEP's series of flagship reports, assesses the current state of the global atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity, describes the changes since 1987, and identifies priorities for action. The full report, including graphs, fact sheets and other resources can be found at .

Book: Animal Pharm - One man's struggle to discover the truth about Mad Cow Disease and variant CJD. 'Animal Pharm' follows Mark Purdon on his search to uncover contamination from industry, munitions, pesticides, nuclear experiments and natural geology, linking these with the emergence of a range of neurodegenerative diseases. His research is at once compelling and disturbing, helping to create a paradigm shift in our understanding of the relationship of pollutants to disease and health. Please visit the book’s website for details.

Alternatives Journal and Environmental Education. The latest Alternatives features a wealth of program and extracurricular information in the AJ Environmental Education Directory 2007. Secondary and university students, parents, guidance counselors, and employers can take a green glimpse into interdisciplinary environmental degrees -- and the thriving green student-movement across the nation. Please go to for more details.

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!

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”.

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: .

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:

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.

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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. 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.

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)

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - 2008 River Restoration Design Symposium Scholarships. River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for those who cannot afford to attend the 2008 Stream Restoration Design Symposium held February 5-7, 2008. Scholarships will cover the 3-day symposium registration fee for successful applicants. Applications are being solicited specifically from watershed councils and other non-profit organizations. The Peter Klingeman Scholarship Fund sponsored by RRNW will award up to four full scholarships. Eligible applicants include stream restoration specialists who work for watershed councils, watershed groups, environmental education organizations, regional fisheries enhancement groups (RFEG’s), lead entities, salmon recovery regional organizations, conservation districts, and non-profit organizations. Deadline for submittal is November 28th, 2007. Please see contact Holly Walla at or (503)823-5335 for information and applications.

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URGENT NOW - Yukon Regional Science Fair (YRSF) is still seeking judges! We need help to judge the science fair projects and are still looking for judges for both the regional and for many of the School Fairs being held this week and next - Nov 6- 28th. To see the on-line calendar of events, including the School Fairs go to The Regional Fair is on Saturday, December 1st at the Yukon College cafeteria If you are interested in volunteering, for any fairs 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.

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council is looking for a full time Environmental Assessment Technician. The Environmental Assessment Technician would report to the Lands Manager and is responsible for assisting with Land Use Applications, (YESSA Triggered and Non Trigger Applications). The incumbent will participate in reviewing land use applications and compiling and submitting TKC responses to these. The incumbent will participate in departmental organizational activities including overall department strategic planning as well as individualized Branch/Unit strategic planning, internal and external communications and administrative activities in order to help achieve the overall department’s mandate, strategic plan and workplans. For more information contact Simon Lapointe, MURP, Lands Manager, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Whitehorse, 867.668.3613 (ext 122),

CPAWS Yukon - 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. Based in Whitehorse and 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. Check out for further details. Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Ecology North, Yellowknife NWT is looking for a Compost Project Developer. Ecology North requires an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual for a full-time, temporary position beginning as soon as possible. While reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will develop options for a centralized composting pilot project in Yellowknife. For a job description please visit Please submit resumes to: Jennifer Moores: (867) 445-5024. Deadline for submission: November 21, 2007.

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)

DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Manager, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs. Prince Rupert Port Authority is looking for a Manager, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs. This position reports to the VP, Project Development and takes a leadership role in conducting, leading, and/or coordinating environmental processes as outlined by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and the Canada Port Authority Environmental Assessment Regulations. The position plays an integral role in ensuring compliance with these environmental legislations during the planning, implementation and follow-up phases of projects initiated by the Port, its tenants, or the Port Operator. The ideal candidate will possess a science degree in environmental science, environmental planning, environmental resource management, marine biology, or a closely related field and at least 5 years’ related experience in a similar position. The successful candidate will also have knowledge or experience pertaining to First Nation consultation, environmental assessment processes, and legislation pertaining to environmental assessments. Strong consultation, negotiation, spoken and written communication skills are essential requirements of the position. Interested applicants are requested to respond in confidence via email, fax, or mail to: Human Resources Director, Prince Rupert Port Authority, 200-215 Cow Bay Road, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1A2, Fax: (250)627-8980, Email: Closing date: Nov. 23, 2007

Masters-level teaching assistant position – opportunity to study the ecological effects of an invasive riparian tree species on elements of stream-riparian function in Alaska. The successful candidate will have the option of applying to and obtaining their degrees in either Fisheries or Biology. Stipend will be $27,526 to $30,487 up to three years, with health benefits and tuition covered. Fieldwork, lab costs, and work-related travel are covered by the grant. To learn more about the position or project, contact Mark Wipfli ( or Tricia Wurtz ( 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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►THIS WEEK - The Beringian Winter Camp Series is back! Join us for the first of our winter camps on Saturday November 24th! Have you ever wondered why the fierce scimitar cat no longer hunts the wilds of the Yukon, or where the mighty mammoth made its final stand? What happened to these mega mammals thousands of years ago? And more importantly…can it happen again? If you are between the ages of 6 and 9, you are invited to join us at the Beringia Centre from 9-4 on Saturday November 24! We will attempt to discover the truth behind the mysterious extinction at the end of the last Ice Age, and we may even uncover a few more mysteries along the way. Sign up now for an action-packed, fun-filled day of Beringian animal adventures! For more information, please call the Beringia Centre at 667-8855 or 667-3516, or e-mail (Mile 914 Alaska Highway, south of the Whitehorse International Airport)

The Canadian Environment Awards invites you to join The Green Team Challenge 2008! The Green Team Challenge recognizes school-based projects that are protecting, preserving and restoring Canada’s environment. Tell us how your class or environmental club is bringing a green dream to life, and you could win $2,500 from TD Bank Financial Group to support an environmental initiative at your school. Five runners-up in each of the Junior and Senior categories will receive digital video camcorders from Panasonic Canada. All participating schools receive a year-long subscription to Canadian Geographic. The Junior and Senior Grand Prize winners will be invited to attend the Canadian Environment Awards Gala on June 2, 2008, in Toronto. For complete details or to post your green game plan, visit The Green Team Challenge closes on March 1, 2008

2008 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program. The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program was established to help cultivate and nurture environmental leadership amongst graduating Canadian high school students who have distinguished themselves through environmental community service, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and academic excellence. The Program grants 15 awards of $5000 each annually, to be applied towards educational expenses for the first year of post-secondary full-time studies in Canada. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008. For more information, please visit

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 .

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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Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-opArctic Youth NetworkCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society YukonEnvironmental Educators Association of the YukonNorthern Climate ExchangeRaven RecyclingRivers Without BordersWildlife Conservation Society CanadaWilderness Tourism Association of the YukonYukon Bird ClubYukon Conservation Society

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