In this issue:
Volunteer Orientation - EAC 101 - October 5, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Are you new to volunteering with the Ecology Action Centre? Have you been around for a while, but want to find out more about how to get involved? Join us for a Volunteer Orientation session! Read more...
Making Tracks Cycling Leader Training - October 14, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This session will provide adults and older youth (16+) with the safety knowledge and skills they need to lead the Making Tracks cycling program with youth and children in their community. It will also provide participants with the tools to become more confident, knowledgeable and skilled cyclists. Read more...
Aiming For Net Zero Speaker Series - October 18, 2017, 7 p.m.
Our October Aiming For Net Zero Speaker Series features Tom Emodi, Principal, TEAL Architects, and Planners. Tom will be discussing TEAL Architects innovations in modular wood-framed apartment design and construction. Plan to join us at the Dalhousie School of Architecture. Read more...
Forest Funeral – Mourning the loss of Nova Scotia’s forests - October 19, 2017, 1 p.m.
Join us to mourn our forest losses with citizens from across the province. EAC is teaming up with Healthy Forests Coalition for a rally for our forests and a reduction in clearcutting on crown land. Please come to pay your respects to the once great Acadian Forest. Read more...
Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place and the Environment - October 26 - 27, 2017
This free public and academic symposium will bring together American, Canadian and Nova Scotian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about environmental racism, climate change, renewable energy, racialization of space, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, and more. Read more...
News & Updates
New analysis and petition brought to Province House to urge government to reject industrial approval
Three environmental and community groups gathered at the Legislature Tuesday morning to ask the Nova Scotia government to deny industrial approval to Lafarge to burn tires for fuel. The groups presented opposition to the project, including a detailed analysis of the Dalhousie research, an update on CABOT’s legal proceedings, and a petition containing close to 3,000 signatures. Read more...
Statement on Western and Emerald Bank Conservation Area
As the government of Canada seeks to meet its target of protecting 5% of our coastal and marine environment by 2017, the EAC recognizes that all tools – including closures under the Fisheries Act must be used, as our current legislation and process for Marine Protected Areas under the Oceans Act does not allow for an expedited process and MPAs can take between 6-8 years from identification to establishment. Read more...
DNA testing reveals limited seafood fraud by Canadian retailers
A countrywide SeaChoice research project found seafood fraud in Canada is minimal, but on-package seafood labels generally lack critical information that would allow consumers to make informed purchases. In spring 2017, SeaChoice partnered with the University of Guelph Centre for Biodiversity Genomics’ Life Scanner program to engage 300 volunteer “citizen scientists” across Canada. Each was provided with two DNA ID kits to sample seafood in their local grocery stores. The results are now public on the LifeScanner website. Read more...
Ecology Action Centre Urges Nova Scotia to Link Cap and Trade System with Other Jurisdictions
The McNeil government introduced legislation last week to enable its cap and trade system. The system is largely unchanged from a draft proposal released in March 2017 that will give away emission credits for free, and claims there will be very little price impact for consumers. The system will set greenhouse gas emissions targets, but those targets are not yet known. Read more...
Green Network Letter Writing Campaign:
For four years, we’ve been advocating for the creation of a greenbelt in HRM, and finally, the city is putting the finishing touches on the Green Network! But protection isn’t guaranteed, we need your voice now to ask our Councillors to come out strongly in favour of protection and investment in this plan. Are you interested in showing support for the Green Network Plan before it goes to Council in a few months? We’ve made it easy to write a letter to your Councillor at www.ourhrmalliance.ca/take-action.
It’s International Walk To School Month
...and it’s not too late to register! Your school can register any time throughout October to celebrate the benefits of walking, and qualify to win great prizes if you complete the feedback survey at the end of the month! Encourage your students to walk to school any day or week, or all month, and register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IWALK2017
In the Press
Petition, bill against Lafarge tire burning presented to N.S. government - Global News, October 4, 2017
Seafood mislabeling seen as minimal in Canada - Under Current News, October 3, 2017
Seafood fraud among Canadian retailers is minimal, states NGO - FIS.com, October 3, 2017
Seafood fraud waning, labels lack sustainability info, SeaChoice study finds - Vancouver Sun, October 2, 2017
Seafood labelling practices panned - Chronicle Herald, October 2, 2017
Seafood labelling still a concern - The Fish Site, October 2, 2017
Cataloguing nature: Smartphone app brings citizen science to HRM - Chronicle Herald, October 1, 2017
N.S. lays groundwork for cap and trade system - CTV Atlantic, September 29, 2017
20 large Nova Scotia companies will face cap-and-trade regime - CBC News, September 29, 2017
Nova Scotia sets stage for its cap and trade regime with targets to come - Global News, September 29, 2017
Shortts Lake residents brace for court fight - Truro Daily News, September 27, 2017
New marine conservation areas worry fishermen - Chronicle Herald, September 28, 2017
Food delivered to Sydney area doorsteps - Cape Breton Post, September 26, 2017
New program delivers fresh, local food right to seniors' doorsteps - CBC News, September 25, 2017
Spaghetti sauce garden dedicated to feeding people in need - CBC News, September 25, 2017
It's time for government to invest in nature - Investorideas.com, September 22, 2017
Snow crab fishery to keep 'sustainable' label amid endangered whale deaths - CBC News, September 22, 2017
Senior Marine Campaign Coordinator (1-year Maternity Leave Position)
The Ecology Action Centre’s marine team is seeking an enthusiastic environmental campaigner with an interest in marine issues, who is looking for a dynamic and challenging job opportunity to make change in the world’s oceans. Click here for more details (pdf).
Project Manager for the Marine Team (part-time position)
The Ecology Action Centre’s marine team are seeking an experienced project manager to help coordinate our work as a team, conduct administrative tasks, assist with reporting to funders and ensure that our collaborations with other organizations are effective. Click here for more details (pdf).
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).
For the love of…soup!
Adventures in Local Food - October 3, 2017
Autumn in Nova Scotia is one of my favourite times of year, with the changing light, colourful trees, crisp mornings, and the abundance of the harvest. It always makes me start to think of soup, which is one of my go-to meals. Read more...
Words from a Cumberland Community Food Leader
Adventures in Local Food - September 26, 2017
Today was the first day of CFL training. No, I’m not preparing to play professional football… I assume football and me would end with my person being injured, concussed, or possibly hung up in traction. The CFL I’m referring to is Nova Scotia’s new Community Food Leader Certificate Program, and for those who know me, this program makes a lot more sense. Read more...
P’Lovers Environmental Store has a new location!
Join us in welcoming our Sustainability Allies P’Lovers to their new location at 3509 Gottingen St in the North End of Halifax! This Thursday, October 5th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. is their Grand Opening which will have specials, treats, and demos! We hope to see you there!
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