Port au Port Fishery Committee – Assistance Required

The Port au Port Fishery Committee has  recently been formed, as they have concerns regarding their local environment. Specifically, they are looking for research into the below three topics, all of which are related. More information on these issues can be heard during a Fisheries Broadcast interview here (March 12th, 10 minutes to the end of broadcast), during another CBC interview here, in the attached media releases, and in photos here.


  1. The Collapse of the Scallop Fishery in Port au Port Bay.  The objective of the research project would be to investigate and research  the causes for this collapse and recommend any possible remediation. Potential factors may be climate change (warmer water temperatures, carbon dioxide absorption and acidification of ocean, etc.), pollution,  human waste, petroleum and pathogens. One aspect of this would be scientific testing on the scallops to check for contaminants.


  1. Pollution Risks  to the Marine Environment of Port au Port Bay . The objective of the research project would be to identify and quantify sources of pollution in the Port au Port Bay area and determine the degree of risk they propose to the marine ecosystem and recommend  any possible remediation.  There are at least thirteen and possibly more abandoned oil drilling sites on Shoal Point. Some of these sites were once on land but now due to coastal erosion are now located offshore in the coastal waters and some are leaking oily substances – probably petroleum. There are also other abandoned dump and oil tank sites around the coast of the bay that appear to  be leaking toxic substances into the environment on land as well as into the bay.


  1. Climate Change Impacts on the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem of Port au Port Bay.  Coastal erosion, tidal surges and extreme weather associated with climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity in the Port au Port Bay Area.  There has been  some relatively recent research done focusing on climate change impacts on communities in the Port au Port region (Norm R. Catto, Memorial University, Department of Geography).  Additional more site specific research is needed  on  vulnerable geographic locations in the Port au Port Bay area such as Shoal Point and the coast from Port au Port East to Fox Island River where significant, rapid coastal erosion is happening.  More site specific information and baseline data is required pertaining to the rate and extent of coastal erosion that has occurred and  can be anticipated to occur in these sites. Possible remedial strategies also need to be researched.


The committee has approached numerous government departments and agencies that would have an interest in these issues; however, there has been little uptake so far. It would be great if you could share this information with your networks, to see if anyone would like to help the committee try to address any of these issues through collaboration and research. If anyone has any questions, they can contact me and I’ll put them in touch with the committee (at amy.tucker@mun.ca or 709-864-6115)

Let's Talk Energy Week!

Energy underpins today’s quality of life, and it will greatly affect the lives and well-being of generations to come. Let’s Talk Energy, an initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation working with a network of partners across Canada, aims to increase Canadians’ understanding of energy and to engage them in considering their energy future, so that they can make informed energy decisions and choices.

New in 2014, the Let’s Talk Energy partners are encouraging Canadians in all regions and all sectors of society to participate in Let’s Talk Energy Week, which takes place from February 21 to 28, 2014. This first-ever energy awareness week is an opportunity for individuals and groups across the country to discuss and learn about energy, by planning an event or activity in their community, or by participating in an event during the week. Resources and information about energy events and activities across Canada can be found at letstalkenergy.ca

How will your organization participate in Let’s Talk Energy Week to support the energy conversation?

Please feel free to get in touch withLet’s Talk Energy Week coordinator, Nori Gowan at 613-993-2271 or at ngowan@technomuses.ca, to discuss any ideas or questions you may have about the week.

I hope we can count on your support of our efforts to enhance Canadians’ energy literacy.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas!

Looking for an environmentally-friendly and meaningful Christmas present to give to a friend? family? colleague? your child’s teacher? Donate to the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre on his or her behalf, and we will email you a custom-made Christmas card that you can print and give.**

There are two donation options:

Give a child the gift of time in the outdoors:
For every $50, pay for one child to visit the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre for a 1-night, 2-day field trip with his or her school class.

Help maintain and improve the Centre’s infrastructure:
With a donation amount of your choice, help the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre continue to grow and flourish! These funds will help us to maintain our infrastructure and become more energy efficient and sustainable.

To learn more and to donate, please visit our webpage: http://www.brotherbrennancentre.ca/donate/

** Please note: when you make a donation, you will be given the option of customizing your own card on the ‘Canada Helps’ website, if you prefer.

Deadline Extended to Attend IMPACT! Youth Conference

We have decided to extend the deadline to apply to the 3rd IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, being held May 23-26, 2014 in Guelph, Ontario.

The new deadline to apply to the conference is Monday, October 28.

The 2014 IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership will bring together 175 student sustainability leaders from across Canada in Guelph, Ontario May 23-26, 2014—all expenses paid.

To accommodate exam schedules, the application deadline has been extended by a week. Applications are open at www.impactyouthsustainability.ca until October 28, 2013. Space is limited so apply today!

Once accepted to participate in this 3-day conference, students will engage in pre-conference learning and begin networking with fellow leaders. At the conference they will work alongside over 40 sustainability leaders from various sectors across Canada, as well as renowned astronaut Chris Hadfield. Students will assess sustainability impacts, participate in workshops, collaborate on new ideas and attend a special keynote presentation all designed to bring future sustainability leaders together and enable them to make sustainable changes in their communities.

After the conference IMPACT! alumni benefit from a dedicated forum for ongoing dialogue with a network of over 500 sustainability leaders, eligibility to apply for project funding through the IMPACT! Fund, and various other opportunities from program partners.

“I learned about so many facts and ideas of sustainability that I had never really heard before, but I think that the biggest take-home message for me is that I can make change,” says Katie, a participant from our second IMPACT! conference in 2011. “I was given the ability to look at an issue, and instead of being overwhelmed, I can now look at it and see solutions.”

IMPACT! is an initiative of The Co-operators, University of Guelph, The Natural Step, David Suzuki Foundation, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Lambton College, Conseil de la co-operation de l’Ontario, and AIESEC.

For more information, please visit www.impactyouthsustainability.ca.

Join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup this September

Join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup this September

No Matter How it Comes, Litter Puts us at Risk


What do a payphone, wedding dress, and false teeth all have in common? These unusual items, along with plastic bags, bottle caps, and other debris were all found on Canadian shorelines! To make our rivers and lakes cleaner and healthier for everyone, the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF are asking you to sign up for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.

No matter what form it comes in, shoreline litter puts wildlife and people at risk. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a great opportunity for Canadians to get outside and transform their community into a litter-free environment.  A few hours removing litter from your favourite shoreline really can make a difference.

Our program runs from September 15-23rd, 2012, sign up today.

Last year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup cleared more than one hundred forty-three thousand kilograms of litter – the approximate weight of seventy-two Steller sea lions – from over three thousand kilometers of shorelines. This year, we’re hoping to accomplish even more.

Register today at ShorelineCleanup.ca


Looking for facilitators and presenters impacted by climate injustice and/or working for social change (APPLY BY JULY 15, 2012)

We Want YOU to be a facilitator, speaker, and/or presenter at PowerShift 2012 in Ottawa.

We are contacting you to join us in educating, training and mobilizing our generation in the fight for climate justice. We are currently seeking panelists, speakers, workshop facilitators, and caucus facilitators for PowerShift 2012.  Scroll to bottom for direct links to application forms.

What is PowerShift?

From October 26-29, PowerShift 2012 Canada will bring 1500 youth (age 18-30) from diverse backgrounds together in Ottawa to build a movement for climate and environmental justice.

Through keynote speakers, workshops, caucuses, panel discussions, actions, and many other activities, participants will develop their understanding about the intersections between environmental and social justice issues, and build a range of skills for taking action, and gain the connections and confidence to mobilize in their communities.  For more information on PowerShift, visit our website at wearepowershift.ca.

If you are interested in attending PowerShift, and whether or not you intend to apply as a facilitator or speaker, you can follow us on our websitetwitter, and facebook. Registration will be opening in late July.

If you are interesting in participating in PowerShift programming in another way that is not described below (ie. entertainment, art project, etc.) please email powershift.programming@gmail.com.

Why do we need you?

Your skills and experience could contribute to making PowerShift 2012 an engaging and effective learning, training, and networking opportunity. We are particularly looking for speakers and facilitators living on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction and other climate injustices, folks from underrepresented communities, people with successful campaigning experience, and/or youth who are dedicated and ready to learn!  While PowerShift itself is focused on youth, we are not exclusively looking for youth speakers, presenters, and facilitators, and instead want to encourage intergenerational learning.

How do I sign-up?

We encourage anyone who is interested in sharing their skills, experience, or story to apply to speak or facilitate at PowerShift.  Much of the framework for our programming has already been created through consultations with dedicated volunteers and other community members, so we are mostly looking for speakers and facilitators who can offer workshops or presentations within what we are looking for.  That being said, PowerShift is going to be a huge gathering and we are looking for an incredibly broad range of different things!  Also, if you have something to offer that falls completely outside of the framework we are looking at, while it is less likely to get chosen for this particular event, it will definitely still be considered.

Below (scroll down) we describe the four different types of sessions we are looking for speakers and facilitators for – Skills-based workshops, speakers and panelists (both for “frontline” and “digging deeper”, issues-based panels), Issues-based workshops, and Caucuses (for caucuses we encourage suggestions from people who would prefer not to facilitate themselves as well).  Each of the four session types has a separate form for prospective facilitators and speakers to fill-out that can be found below.  The form shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to fill out.  If interested, you are encouraged to apply for multiple session types or workshops / topics in the same type.  Please fill out a separate form for each application (with the exception of the speaker / panelist form, where you can list all topics you are comfortable speaking on).

Also, we have a minimal budget; however, we are willing to work with chosen speakers and facilitators who need help with funding their transportation.  Small honorariums will also be available for presenters and facilitators depending on need.

We are looking forward to your application(s)!


Skill-Based Workshop Facilitators:

Skill-based workshops will give participants the skills and confidence to step into new roles as strategizers, trainers, spokespeople, advocates, educators, media liaisons, action organizer, facilitators, and more. The skill-based workshops will also develop participants understanding of strategy, creative action, anti-oppression, and democratic and horizontal organizing. Here is a list of many of the workshops we are particularly looking for facilitators for (this list is by no means exhaustive).


We are looking for people with experience facilitating workshops related to social action skills or people with extensive experience with the particular skill itself who are willing to dedicate some time into planning an effective workshop. To be accepted, workshops must be engaging, accessible, and develop skills relevant to the vision of PowerShift.


If you are interested in facilitating a skills-based workshop please fill out this form.


Speakers and Panelists:

At PowerShift 2012 participants will learn more about issues facing our generation through engaging panels.

There will be “Frontline” panel discussions about the impacts of climate change and toxic development on communities that are directly impacted, as well as on how these communities and their allies are mobilizing in response. The panelists for these will come from communities directly impacted by climate change and/or toxic development.  Here is a list of “frontline” panel topics we are particularly looking for speakers for (this list is by no means exhaustive).

There will also be “Digging Deeper” panels will look at how different issues link and overlap with climate justice, current science and policy, real solutions to the climate crisis, and/or how we can mobilize internationally, nationally, and in our communities to make these solutions a reality. Here is a list of “digging deeper” panel topics we are particularly looking for speakers for (this list is by no means exhaustive).


Fill out this form if you are interested in speaking on a panel at PowerShift 2012.


Issue-Based Workshop Facilitators:

While most content related to specific issues will be delivered through panels, there will be some opportunities for issue-based workshops where participants will dig deeper into issues facing our generation (ie. climate change and agriculture or climate and migrant justice). Here is a list of issue-based workshop topics we are particularly looking for facilitators for (this list is by no means exhaustive).


If you are interested in facilitating an issue-based workshop please fill out this form.



Caucuses are facilitated discussions or meet-ups based on particular topics, questions or identities. For example, Racialized Participant caucus; Safe(r) Spaces: Accountability and addressing violence in our movements caucus; LGBTQ+ meet and greet. We want to hear from what what caucuses you want to see at PowerShift 2012. Here is a list, that is by no means exhaustive, of some of the caucus ideas that the PowerShift programming team had.  For caucuses in particular, we encourage you to submit any other ideas that you have for caucuses (meaning caucuses that you would be interested in attending), whether they are on our list or not.

This form will let you indicate a caucus that you want to see at PowerShift 2012 and will let you indicate if you want to facilitate the caucus.

Links to all forms:

Skill-based workshops – http://tiny.cc/9hfyfw

Panelists and speakers – http://tiny.cc/6bfyfw

Issue-based workshops – http://tiny.cc/19eyfw

Caucuses – http://tiny.cc/fdfyfw


We look forward to working with you. PLEASE SHARE THIS CALL-OUT WIDELY.

Show your love for wildlife this Valentine's Day with a Dance for Wildlife

Heading out to cut a rug with your sweetheart this year for Valentine’s Day, tell the one you’re wild about that you want to make it a Dance for Wildlife.

Whether you glide to slow waltz, kick up you heels with a bouncy number, sway to jazzy tune, or move to anything that gets your feet a-tapping, make it a Dance for Wildlife this Valentine’s Day. Are you celebrating at a community or school dance?  Get everyone involved in the Dance for Wildlife.

Go to DanceforWildlife.ca for all the details about how you can take part in our Dance for Wildlife video contest. You can either follow the easy dance steps on our website set to the tune of Remy Rodden’s “What’s that….Habitat”or come up with your own wildlife themed dance.  Just grab a camera, film your dance and upload it to our contest page by March 1, 2012. It’s that simple. So when you’re dancing the night away on Valentine’s Day, tell everyone how much you care for wildlife.

Make Canada’s Wildlife one of your Valentine’s this year by joining in the Dance for Wildlife.

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Luba Mycio-Mommers, Ph.D.
Director of Education

Nominate a Geotourism destination: CPAWS-NL, National Geographic and partners

On behalf of CPAWS-NL and National Geographic we would like to thank you for the nominations to the Geotourism website to help make Eastern Newfoundlanda choice destination.  Due to the overwhelming response we are happy to announce that we have decided to extend the nomination deadline to March 9th, 2012.  Please continue to submit what’s so special about your place to the website www.nlgeotourism.com.


If you have any questions/concerns please contact either Tanya Edwards (tedwards@cpaws.org) or Suzanne Dooley (sdooley@cpaws.org) or call our office at (709) 726-5800.