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Ecology Action ENews - September 7, 2017

Ecology Action Enews, Nov 30, 2016

In this issue:

Upcoming Events
News & Updates
In the Press
Blog Posts
Job Postings
Sustainability Allies

Upcoming Events

HaliBlitz – A BioBlitz 150 Flagship Event - September 11 – 17, 2017
HaliBlitz, a BioBlitz 150 event, starts next week! Join us for our celebration weekend on Saturday, September 16th at Point Pleasant Park, and Sunday, September 17th at Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes. Sign up for nature hikes and species ID below, or participate throughout the week through iNaturalist.

Register for Point Pleasant Events at:
Register for Blue Mountain Events at:

Stop Atlon Gas Hip-Hop Fundraiser - September 9, 2017 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Have you been looking for a way to support the Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies who are working to stop the Alton Gas Project near Stewiacke, NS?   Have you been wanting to visit front line water protectors on the Shubenacadie River at the Treaty Truckhouse? Have you been wanting to have FUN?!! Plan to attend this Stop Alton Gas fundraiser at the Treaty Truckhouse (691 Riverside Road, Fort Ellis, NS). Read more...

Green Network Hike Series - September 16, 2017 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
We'll be hiking in partnership with other cool non-profit groups this fall to explore our Green Network. Our first hike is of Tea Lake in the Purcell's Cove Backlands. This hike is in partnership with Trips by Transit, a local not-for-profit that promotes access to wilderness adventures using public transit. Meet at the EAC Office (2705 Fern Lane) at 10 a.m. - we'll be getting from the EAC to the Backlands and back by bus! This is a 5km hike and is of moderate difficulty (recommended for experienced hikers). The event is free, but participants are responsible for their own bus fare. Please email to RSVP, so we know who's coming! 

Estate Planning for Tomorrow: Presented by Assante - September 19, 2017, 4 p.m.    
We only have a few spaces remaining for our complimentary session on maximizing the value of a charitable legacy while mitigating risk and tax. Join Duane Snow Vice President of Estate Planning & Richard Nickerson, CFP, CDFA; Senior Financial Advisor of Assante Hyrdostone to learn about charitable gifting strategies and the life cycle of money, the long-term care costs and the impact on estate goals, and how to structure gifts to provide high yield, tax-efficient, lifetime income benefits for you. This session will be held at our office at 2705 Fern Lane. Please RSVP with EAC's Community Giving Manager Ryan O'Quinn:

Aiming For Net Zero Speaker Series - September 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Our Aiming for Net Zero Speaker Series continues! Lara Ryan, Regional Director, Atlantic Chapter, Canada Green Building Council will present on Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard for Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Buildings. Read more...

Eco Connects NS - September 22 - 23, 2017
The Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN) is hosting a 2-day gathering, Eco Connects NS, in Truro. This is an opportunity for environmental leaders from diverse sectors to come together, celebrate what's been done, and identify shared priorities for future conservation efforts. Read more...

Perfect World 2017 - Sunday, September 24th, 7 p.m.
We've confirmed our chef line-up for our 2017 Perfect World event! We’ll be joined by five talented local chefs offering creative and delicious small plates and appetizers, including Tony Rinaldo of Rinaldo's, Stephanie Ogilvie of the Brooklyn Warehouse, Jamie MacAulay of Water & Bone, Dan Vorstermans of Highwayman and Field Guide, and Chef Jason Lynch of Le CaveauClick here for more information.

News & Updates

Sharks Across Canada:
Canada's sharks are in trouble and we need your help! Get outside, be active and help send a message to protect Canadian sharks. Help us make a splash by joining our Strava group, then running, biking, walking, or even swimming a shark-shaped workout. We want sharks 'swimming' the maps in all our major cities across Canada. Read more...

Pre-order the 2018 Green Jobs Calendar:
You can now pre-order your copy of our 2018 Green Jobs Calendar online. We published our inaugural Green Jobs Calendar in 2017. The 2018 calendar will feature 12 new and inspiring stories from people working within Nova Scotia’s growing, green economy. Calendars cost $15, with all proceeds toward the Ecology Action Centre's Energy Action Team. Read more...

Become an ocean hero:
Our marine team has released a fun new calendar to help kids go back to school as Ocean Heros. Pollution is a big threat to the health of our oceans today. 13 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year – enough to circle our planet four times! This new calendar features nine easy steps kids can take and track througout the month to keep our oceans healthy. Download and print our monthly calendar or come pick one up from our Halifax office at 2705 Fern Lane. Read more...

Help Create Halifax’s Nature Selfie:
The public is invited to help create the biggest and most accessible national wildlife inventory in Canada with a special focus on Halifax. If you’re curious about plants and animals that live around us, HaliBlitz is an event for you. Read more...

"Ad mail" in HRM generates 2.2 Million pounds of paper annually:
During an average year a single detached home in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will receive approximately 26 pounds of “ad mail” (flyers).  Homes that use a “No Flyers Please” sticker receive less than one pound.   That is the finding of a recent study by The Ecology Action Centre (EAC). Read more...

New Science Paints Grim Picture for Shortfin Mako Shark:
The future is not so bright for the shortfin mako, one of Atlantic Canada’s sharks. According to new a science assessment released this week, contrary to what was previously thought, the shark’s population has severely declined and it is currently being overfished. Read more...

In the Press

Cape Breton co-op helps low income people get fresh farm food - CBC News, Septmeber 8, 2017

Halifax reaches tentative deal for park at Purcell's Cove Backlands - Metro News, September 7, 2017

Ottawa quietly tweaking offshore-drilling rules, environmentalists say - Globe and Mail, September 7, 2017

Storm of the century an annual event - Chronicle Herald, September 1, 2017

“On the Hook” advocacy group formed to challenge MSC tuna certification - Seafood Source, September 1, 2017

King's College president William Lahey to head Nova Scotia forestry review - Chronicle Herald, August 30, 2017

Forestry practices to be reviewed by former deputy minister - CBC News, August 30, 2017

Nova Scotia Forestry Review to Consider Clearcutting: Minister - CTV Atlantic, August 30, 2017

DeMONT: In search of whales in Halifax Harbour - Chronicle Herald, August 29, 2017

Nova Scotia review of forestry practices needs to tackle clear cutting:group - Canadian Business, August 29, 2017

'No flyers' sign may save you from 25 pounds of junk mail per year, report finds - CTV Atlantic, August 29, 2017

Bob Bjerke’s dismissal moves Halifax back in time - The Coast, August 27, 2017

Blame apleanty in atlantic salmon crisis - Chronicle Herald, August 26, 2017

Cumberland County has agriculture potential, but not enough is being done to tackle challenges - Cumberland News Now, August 25, 2017

Pacific fish spill doesn't pose concerns for Nova Scotia operations: minister - Metro News, August 24, 2017

New research paints grim future for mako sharks in Atlantic Canada - Global News, August 24, 2017

Ecology Action Centre calls for ban on mako shark landings - Chronicle Herald, August 24, 2017

OPINION: 15 reasons not to burn tires - Truro Daily News, August 23, 2017 (reprint)

Cooke Aquaculture's standards questioned after salmon escape near B.C. - CBC News, August 23, 2017

Blog Posts

The Path Forward for Marine Species-At-Risk in Canada: Online Science Roundtable
Small Scales, August 31, 2017

On July 13th, the Ecology Action Centre was joined by experts from across the country in a live science roundtable on Canada’s marine species-at-risk, now available for viewing at any time. We discussed what happens (or doesn’t happen) with marine species that are at risk of extinction in Canada and where government could seize opportunities to do more for depleted species. Read more...


Green Jobs Stories: Shaani Singh
EAC's Green Jobs Calendar, month of September
Shaani Singh is a farmer, educator and activist who currently works with Hope Blooms in Halifax as their garden coordinator. Shaani helped to run the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms in Grand Pré, within the Annapolis Valley. At the Centre for Small Farms, Shaani worked with farmers from across Nova Scotia to build an important hub for everything from workshops, to demonstration plots to savings seeds. Shaani has also studied with Vandana Shiva at the Navdanya organization, promoting biodiversity, conservation and the rights of farmers across the world. Read more...

You can now pre-order your copy of our 2018 Green Jobs Calendar online:

Summer in Cumberland County
Adventures in Local Food - August 29, 2017

Thanks to Our Food Project support, the Amherst Community Garden is really prospering this growing season. We were able to help with the hiring of a part-time Garden Coordinator, who has been able to bring some great food growing and management skills to the garden. Read more...

Job Postings

Canvasser, Membership Recruitment Team - Halifax

Membership canvassing is an incredibly important position at the Ecology Action Centre and is valued as such. Canvassers travel door-to-door to different communities in our province and invite new membership to our organization. Click here for more details (pdf).


Sustainability Allies

Bonnyman's Wild Blueberries are bringing their fabulous spray-free wild blueberries to the EAC. Place your order for pick-up on September 14, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can pre-order the following items:

Spray-free wild blueberries (frozen)
5lb box $21; 10lb box $38; 30lb box $110

Wood-fired maple syrup from a neighbouring farm
250mL $7; 500mL $12; 1L $21; 2L $38; 4L $70

Homemade preserves (your choice of Wild Blueberry, Wild Chokecherry or Local Plum Sauce)
250mL- $6 each, 125 mL - $4 each

Pre-orders are preferred via email to, though he'll likely have some extras onboard. Learn more about Bonnyman's Blueberries, one of our Sustainability Allies, HERE


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