Clean up the MV Canadian Miner NOW!

The MV Canadian Miner, a bulk carrier, was being towed to Turkey to be scrapped.  The tow line broke and the ship is wrecked on Scaterie Island, a provincially protected wilderness area in Nova Scotia.  The ship poses an environmental and navigational hazard.

The owners simply walked away, the province and the Feds dither over who will clean it up – in the meantime, the ship is breaking up and discharging asbestos, oil and chemicals.

Please consider signing a petition to urge Denis Lebel, the Minister of Transport and Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia to take immediate action. We’d appreciate your help in circulating the petition.

To sign go to: enviroyouthnl.com

Petition submitted by: 

YEA! Youth for Environmental Awareness
Visit Us on the Web
www.enviroyouthnl.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Opportunity – Small Change Fund – Boreal program

Small Change Boreal Fund!

Are you working on an important, grassroots project that aims to protect Canada’s boreal forest ecosystems and the livelihoods of those who live there?

Would you like to promote your cause and engage donors in supporting your efforts in a new and innovative way?

If so, Small Change Fund wants to hear from you!

The Small Change Boreal Fund is an opportunity for approximately five grassroots projects across Canada to receive up to $5000 to support their community driven initative.  Small Change Fund can also help you promote your grassroots project, connect with donors and potentially receive matching funding to reach your fundraising goals.

SCF is a registered foundation that helps grassroots environmental and social justice projects carry out their important work in communities across Canada by enabling them to generate support that is simple, timely and responsive while building relationships with donors across the country.  With support from the Ivey Foundation and the Canadian Boreal Initiative until February 15, 2012, Small Change Fund will be able to provide additional direct funding to groups whose projects are featured on www.smallchangefund.org.

Please take a moment to review the details of this opportunity below and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Details of the Small Change Boreal Fund Opportunity:

 

  • We accept project submissions from registered charities or registered Aboriginal bands in Canada. If you would like to discuss submitting a project or have any question regarding this submission process, please contact Dani LaGiglia at dani@smallchangefund.org.

 

 

  • Small Change Fund’s advisory committee will review your proposal and respond in a timely way to let you know whether your project will be profiled on the website.

If approved, your project will be profiled for up to 4 months on www.smallchangefund.org.  (All projects who apply will be vetted and are eligible to appear on our website.)

Between January 1, 2012 and February 15, 2012, up to five selected projects will also be eligible to receive up to $5000 direct funds from the Small Change Boreal Fund!

We will give you additional tips on how to use your networks to raise support and awareness for your project to ensure you reach your fundraising goals.

Please note: Submitting an application is not a guarantee that a project will be posted on www.smallchangefund.org or that a project will be funded. We can’t post all project submissions but we will post all those that our advisors feel are timely, compelling, and consistent with our focus on our environment and projects with a focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.

What We Do:

Small Change Fund was founded on a simple idea: people can make big change with small change. We connect people to grassroots projects across the country – projects like yours that just need a few dollars to realize their potential. We provide a platform for you to raise the funds you need from individual donors and other sources, and connect you to a community of grassroots action. Through Small Change Fund grassroots projects are getting the support they need.

Small Change Fund is a crowd-funding platform that aims to help your project get access to individual donors across Canada.  We believe in the power of people coming together to do good, and that their small change can, and will, make a big difference to you.

Why We Care About the Boreal:
The Canadian Boreal Forest stretches more than 5000 kms from the Yukon in the west to Newfoundland in the east.  The boreal is home to about two-thirds of Canada’s 140 000 species of plants, animals and micro-organisms and it is one of the largest intact ecosystems on the planet, however only 10% of Canada’s Boreal is protected.  The boreal is rich in natural resources that are under expanding pressures from industrial and resource extraction activity that is increasingly resulting in negatives impacts for regional ecosystems such as; water pollution, habitat loss and fragmentation, new threats to endangered species and air pollution.

How we can help:
Small Change Fund aims to support small-scale projects that both contribute to and represent the larger ambitions of boreal conservation in Canada.  We have the capacity to support you as you undertake important Boreal conservation projects through the use of social media to:
·     Reach thousands of potential donors and volunteers,
·     Receive regular, ongoing donations toward a fundraising goal,
·     Access dollars that don’t require excessive and burdensome administration, and
·     Promote learning and action among Boreal networks across Canada.

Examples of recently funded projects:

•       A group of community volunteers have been able to upgrade their boat to monitor their shores and coastlines, and protect their waters from pollution and industrial development.   http://smallchangefund.org/projects/protecting-the-bay-of-fundy

•       Inuit elders are documenting traditional management practices to conserve the species they depend on, their culture, and their land.   http://smallchangefund.org/projects/tusaqtuut-inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change

•       A community of native elders is able to produce a short film in an effort to save their lands from development, capturing the emotion of the people who use those lands for their livelihood.  http://smallchangefund.org/projects/help-save-fish-lake-from-acid-waste

•       A lake-based community is identifying lake ambassadors to  continue crucial water monitoring and stewardship work for the protection and enhancement of the lake’s ecosystem. http://smallchangefund.org/projects/lake-winnipeg-shoreline-management-guidelines-initiative

If you have any questions about this process, myself or Dani are more than happy to assist, please contact us at:

Small Change Fund

                       Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, Suite 311
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4

(416) 519-1260
patrick@smallchangefund.org or dani@smallchangefund.org

Learn more about us at:  www.smallchangefund.org
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-Change-Fund/
twitter.com/smallchangefund

*Si vous souhaitez soumettre votre proposition en français, nous vous encourageons à le faire. Small Change Fund n’est pas une organisation bilingue, mais nous avons la capacité d’évaluer les propositions présentées en français et d’afficher les propositions retenues sur le site de www.smallchangefund.org. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous avez des questions.

Protected Areas Association 22nd Annual Benefit and Online Auction

Protected Areas Association of NL celebrates 22 years of saving spaces for species.  Please support our online auction at http://www.paanl.org   Thanks to Parks Canada for sponsoring the auction and to all the people, businesses and organizations who kindly donated the items for bid.  The auction will close at midnight on Sunday, December 4th.  Good luck!

 

Ruth (Godden) French

Development & Outreach Coordinator

Protected Areas Association of Newfoundland & Labrador

(709) 726-2603 (t)

(709) 726-2764 (f)

http://www.paanl.org

Corner Brook Stream Development Corporation seeks input on draft master plan

Friends of the Corner Brook Stream Trails:

The Corner Brook Stream Development Corporation (CBSDC) is in the process of developing a new master plan which will guide the organizations future trail and green space development activities.  A draft master plan has been completed that incorporates many of the great suggestions and comments we have received from our users in recent years.  We would like to hear your thoughts on this draft plan and the initiatives contained within.  You can view the draft plan by following the links below.  It should be noted that this is draft; it outlines possible initiatives the CBSDC may explore undertaking depending on community priorities and partner support.  Any suggestions or comments should be submitted to info@cbstream.com no later than Oct. 28, 2011.  Media inquiries should be directed to CBSDC Chairperson @ speddle@acaphumberarm.com.

To view the documents please use the following links:

Volume 1: Draft Corner Brook Stream Trail Development Master Plan Update

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20102120/Volume%201-Draft%20Report-Sept%2016.pdf

 

Volume 2: Draft Corner Brook Stream Trail Development Signature Site Design Concepts:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20102120/Volume%202-FINAL%20SIGNATURE%20SITE%20DESIGN%20CONCEPTS.pdf

 

Thanks for your past and continued support of the CBSDC.

 

Sheldon Peddle

Chair

Corner Brook Stream Development Corporation

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador – Root Cellar Project

Root Cellars of Newfoundland and Labrador
Do you know where there is a root cellar, somewhere in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Map it! You’ll need to be logged in to your Google account to add a spot on the map. If possible, we’ll visit your root cellar in person and add it to the digital root cellar we are building as part of Memorial University’s Digital Archive Initiative. Got a memory about a root cellar that no longer exists? Map that too!

Rules are simple:

* Root cellars only
* Don’t move other people’s pins
* Don’t be a jerk

We’ll delete anything that we feel doesn’t fit.

Hit the “Edit” button, which should be visible if you are logged in to your Google Account. Select the blue pin from the menu. Stick it where your root cellar is (or was) and tell us about it.

To join the project visit : http://tinyurl.com/rootcellarmap

Fundraiser: Salmon and Trout Restoration Association of Conception Bay Central Inc

Salmon and Trout Restoration Association of Conception Bay Central Inc (STRACC) has partnered with The Town of Holyrood and SAEN.org for STRACC’s 2011 major project.  The North Arm River Project is underway with the support and hard work of STRACC’s Conservation Corps Green Team and SWASP placements who are again this year doing the site preparation of the walking trail, picnic sites and the area where STRACC will construct the 2nd Outdoor Classroom/Interpretive Center.

To finance such projects in addition to STRACC’s monthly clean up/tree/reed planting projects, education programs such as the Fish Friends salmon hatching project recently completed at Roncalli Central High STRACC has launched our 3rd annual Gov. NL Licensed Lottery. STRACC has printed 5000 tickets under license # 11-10154200LT, tickets are $5 each, 1st prize is $2500, 2nd prize is $1000 and the 3rd prize is $500 with all proceeds going toward project/program undertaken by this entirely volunteer staffed non profit group.

To get your tickets email them at  straccgroup@live.ca or call Arch @ 229-6686

Evergreen Recycling Card

Have you heard about the Ever Green Recycling Card? It’s recycling made easy, and it’s FREE!

If you live in the St. John’s area the Ever Green Recycling Card allows cardholders to skip lineups at Ever Green depots and track earnings online on Ever Green’s website, www.greencan.ca.

Pick up your free card at any 4 Ever Green locations: Blackmarsh Road, Torbay Road, Cowan Avenue or Elizabeth Avenue. Once you obtain a card, it must be registered on www.greencan.ca. In 3 simple steps, your card will be ready to use immediately!

Swipe you card at the depot and place bar coded stickers on each of your bags. You will be in and out in 15 seconds! Within 24 hours, your money will be deposited into your online account. Once a minimum balance of $50 is reach, you can request to have a check mailed to you or you can pick it up at main office located on Blackmarsh Road.

The Recycling Card is just that simple! Sign up today & follow Ever Green Environmental on Facebook and Twitter.

Cabot Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepting donations

The Cabot Habitat for Humanity ReStore is coming ~ Now accepting donations of building materials and other goods!

Cabot Habitat for Humanity will open a new ReStore at the corner of Logy Bay Road and Robin Hood Bay Road, St. John’s. Across the country ReStores sell re-useable building supplies, appliances and other goods that generate revenue to help Habitat for Humanity affiliates build homes in their local area.

Keep us in mind when renovating or spring cleaning! Donating to the ReStore translates to homes for families, and less to the landfill. For details on what we can accept, please visit http://www.cabothabitat.ca/, or visit http://www.facebook.com/cabothabitat. Call 753-2721 to schedule a delivery time or to arrange pick-up.

Torbay Tree Day

Free Trees! To mitigate habitat loss from extensive development in Torbay, the Torbay Environment and Trails Committee will be giving away trees seedlings on Sunday June 5 from 2 to 3.30 pm at Torbay Kinsmen Centre, Bauline Line, Torbay.

For more information contact Helen Spencer 437-5097

Canadian Wildlife Federation video contest: Water's Worth It!

Rivers to Oceans Week, beginning World Oceans Day June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day June 12, is fast approaching and the Canadian Wildlife Federation is celebrating with the Water’s Worth It! video contest. The contest is your opportunity to celebrate the water that makes Canada special and to make a real difference in the health of your local water body.

We invite individual members or a team from your group or organization send us a one-minute video telling us what’s so special about your local body of water and why it’s worth conserving. If you win, CWF will contribute $2,000 in funding towards a water-conservation project in your area. We are accepting entries from May 1 until June 1, 2011, with online voting at RiverstoOceans.ca during Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8 to 14) to choose the winner.

Visit RiverstoOceans.ca for a variety of water-related resources including lesson plans, water ecology videos and information about Canadian aquatic species. Does your group or organization have a Rivers to Oceans Week event you want to promote? You can list it on our Rivers to Oceans Week Event Map. Check back often to find out about water-related events and activities happening across the country.

Canadian Wildlife Federation
 www.canadianwildlifefederation.ca