Maple Syruping with the Friends of Pippy Park


Nothing says “Spring is coming” more than the sweet hobby of making your own maple syrup. Maple syruping has become a hot hobby in Newfoundland over the past few years. Due to the popularity of tapping maple trees, Friends of Pippy Park are hosting weekend workshops all throughout March and a Maple Syrup Festival on April 2nd! We’ll teach you: To identify tap-able trees; What materials you will need; How to tap a tree sustainably; and How to boil sap into syrup.
To attend a weekend workshop, meet at the maintenance yard at the end of Nagle’s Place just before Pippy Park HQ; parking is available in the yard and also a short walk away at Pippy Park Headquarters. The grove is a short walk into the trees from where we meet up. Winter footwear is required as getting up close to the trees may involve going over snowbanks. Weather permitting, one of the Mobile Goats will be in attendance! (Follow the links for google map pins.)
Are you a school teacher or extracurricular leader? Have a group of 10+ children you’d love to bring to Pippy Park? We’ll do our best to host a private weekday workshop! Use the contact information below or send us a facebook message! We also have some (albeit limited) bilingual abilities for those in French immersion!
We will be celebrating the season’s harvest on April 2nd with a Maple Syrup Festival and all are welcome! If you’re harvesting your own maple syrup this year, bring a small mason jar to be judged by a panel led by Andrea Maunder of Bacalao – Nouvelle Newfoundland Cuisine! The festival takes place at North Bank Lodge, Nagle’s Place from 12 noon until 3pm, this will be a rain or shine event but be sure to follow the event on facebook in case of extreme weather.
The festival will also include maple syrup samples, tapping demonstrations,  hot chocolate and live entertainment for the kids with a visit from the Mobile Goats as well as songs from everybody’s favorite children’s entertainer, Terry Rielly, AKA the Teddy Bear Man.
While supplies last, maple tapping spiles will be available (Cash Only) at the weekend workshops and the festival as well as 15 Mount Scio Road, the Pippy Park Headquarters at 6 spiles for $20 between 9 and 4pm on week days. Purchases and donations support the initiatives of the Friends of Pippy Park including this annual festival and our family community garden.
The Friends of Pippy Park seek to engage citizens in sustainable activities in order to protect and conserve Pippy Park. For more information or to get involved contact us at or, to stay in the loop, join us on facebook at
Contact for All Maple Syrup Inquires:
Steve McBride
Maple Syruping Coordinator

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A Renewal of Our Calling to Safeguard the Wellbeing of People and the Planet

Pope Francis reminds us that “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue”. He specifies that this is not an optional or secondary aspect of our faith experience.

Let us gather for one hour during the following weeks in solidarity with fellow Canadians to reflect, pray and discuss on what we can do for Earth.

Dates: Tuesdays – March 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. (followed by cup of tea and snacks)

Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice
101 Mount Scio Road (next to Rainbow Riders), St John’s

To Register: Phone 722-0082 or Email:

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks received annual core funding from the Government of Canada.  This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut.  This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget.  This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks.  A proposal has been submitted.  It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general.  Feel free to use the template letter provided below.  You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is and you can find your MP’s email here:

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament. The mailing address for any member of parliament’s hill office is:

Hon. [Name of MP]
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!


Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small.  This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.  This is not acceptable.  A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada.  I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.


[Your name here]

Do Monkeys go to Heaven: Faith and Evolution

Sponsored by Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice

This session will explore the following questions:
• What is evolution?
• Why the fuss about evolution?
• How have we responded?
• Does evolution rule out God’s existence?
• Theology of Evolution

Guest Speaker: Rev. John McCarthy SJ
Scientist, author and Jesuit priest, John McCarthy SJ, was recipient of the 2002 Canadian Environment Awards Gold Medal (Lands and Forests category) for his work in boreal forest conservation in Newfoundland. He regularly speaks on the subject of Christian faith and ecology and publishes on lichenology as well as ecological theology and spirituality. A new lichen has been named after him – Acarospora maccarthyi K. Knudsen & Kocourk.

Feb. 15th, 2017
7:15-9:15 pm.

The Lantern
35 Barnes Road, St. John’s

RSVP by February 13th by calling 722-0082 or emailing
This event is Free.

NL ENGOs Recommendations on the Fisheries Act

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network collected comments from 23 environmental nongovernmental organizations in NL on the Fisheries Act via teleconference, email, and in-person workshop between November 23rd and November 26th.

This PDF is the resulting document submitted to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans:

Celebrating the Festive Holiday Season with Nature NL

All Nature lovers are invited to a party to celebrate the festive season. This can be a great opportunity to network and meet friends in NatureNL, as well as members of other groups working on behalf of our natural heritage.

When: Thursday 15 December 2016; drop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Third-floor board room of The Gathering Place, beside the Basilica parking lot, door on your left. (Elevator available if necessary, but please contact 722-1925 ahead of time)
Pot luck “finger foods”, tea and coffee provided

Hosted by Nature NL on behalf of all of our environmental friends in the St. John’s area.

Any questions? Please contact Marjorie Evans or 722-1925.

Humber Natural History Society AGM

The Humber Natural History Society Annual General Meeting will be held 7 PM on December 6, 2016, in the Board Room of the Pollett Building (on Riverside Drive, Corner Brook).

The format will consist of three parts:

  1. A short presentation by Bruce Rodrigues:
    ‘What use is made of information obtained by citizen science processes such as the Christmas Bird Count?”
  2. Annual General Meeting – reports on the year’s activities, election of executive, next year’s activities
  3. Social – refreshments

All HNHS members are encouraged to attend – HNHS works best when the members help us plan the year’s activities.

If you are not an HNHS member, we welcome your participation. Membership is only $10 per year and includes all the family.

Deep-sea Mining of Hydrothermal Vents: A Future Reality or Fantasy?

Part of ACAP Humber Arm’s ongoing Coastal Matters Speaker Series

November 17th,  12:30 – 1:20pm

Room 2014, Forest Centre, Grenfell Campus

Deep-sea Mining of Hydrothermal Vents: A Future Reality or Fantasy?

Hot water volcanic springs on the seafloor produce mineral deposits rich in valuable base and precious metals.  As a result of recent advances in submarine technology, and a push by nations to secure strategic metal supplies, these deposits may soon be the first mineral resource mined from the deep ocean floor.  However, these deposits are also home to unique ecosystems, and the link between these organisms and the greater deep ocean ecosystem remains poorly understood.  Considering the historically poor environmental record of the mining industry, there is much concern regarding the effects of deep sea mining on global ocean health.


ACAP Humber Arm invites you to join our next Coastal Matters presentation where Dr. John Jamieson, Canada Research Chair in Marine Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, will discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the resource potential of deep sea mineral deposits , and also discuss some realities and misconceptions regarding the future potential of mining the seafloor, followed by a Q&A with the audience.  This talk will take place 12:30 to 1:20pm, Thursday, Nov 17th in room 2014 of the Forest Centre, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook.


As with all Coastal Matters presentations this session is free of charge and open to the public. RSVP’s not required.  Tea and coffee will be available; feel free to bring your own bagged lunch.  Please help us promote this session by forwarding this email to your contacts and/or displaying the attached poster at your workplace.


ACAP Humber Arm wishes to thank Grenfell Campus for ongoing support of the Coastal Matter’s Speakers Series

ENGO Consultation on the Fisheries Act

NLEN: Many Voices for The Environment
As key stakeholders and environmental representatives, Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to participate as consultants in the review of the 2012 Fisheries Act. We have been advised that comments submitted as a collective will be more powerful and therefore we are encouraging representatives of ENGOs to participate in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Register and attend the workshop hosted by NLEN in St. John’s on November 21st
    • Financial assistance is available travel and accommodations for representatives across the province.
    • Participants are being asked to submit a draft “comment template worksheet” or non-structured letter of comment to by November 17th to ensure we are able to cover all topics of interest to ENGOs. Post workshop you may choose to resubmit a comment template with changes to your perspective.
      1. The “comment template worksheet” is available here.
    • NLEN will additionally be holding the Annual General Meeting and launching a provincial Oceans Caucus on November 21st, following the workshop. More information is available here.
  2. Register and attend the workshop hosted by Humber Arm ACAP in Corner Brook.
  3. Should you be unable to send a representative to either workshop, please submit a “comment template worksheet” or non-structured letter of comment to so we may still include your ENGOs perspective on the review of the 2012 changes to the fisheries act (Deadline to submit to NLEN is November 17th).
    1. The “comment template worksheet” is available here.
  4. Explore the forum and the online series of workbooks to provide personal comment or your ENGO’s perspective at (Website is only live until November 25th)
  5. Give direct input via requesting to be a witness for the Standing Committee. Details will be available at: (Deadline imminent).

NLEN welcomes all commentary on the fisheries act as a whole. However, the government has narrowed the focus of this review to the 2012 changes to the fisheries act and as such commentary outside of the sections of the act which were changes may not have legs, so to speak. The sections under review are listed below. We strongly encourage you explore the following websites and the presentation by DFO on the review process in order to focus our commentary.

Information resources:

If you have specific questions about the review process or details of the act – Not questions about how to be involved in the workshop which should be directed to NLEN –  then please contact:

Dana Yetman
Senior Biologist – Indigenous Engagement
Client Liaison, Partnerships, Standards & Guidelines Fisheries Protection Program
(709) 772-3469


Jason Kelly
Team Lead
Client Liaison, Partnerships, Standards & Guidelines Fisheries Protection Program
(709) 772-4126

The following are the sections that are under review:

  • Section 2 (Definitions)
    • For the purposes of this Act, serious harm to fish is
      • the death of fish or
      • any permanent alteration to fish habitat,
      • or destruction of fish habitat.
    • CRA Fisheries definitions – used only in reference to Section 35 of the Fisheries Act and related provisions and set out the scope of its application.
      • Aboriginal, in relation to a fishery, means that fish is harvested by an Aboriginal organization or any of its members for the purpose of using the fish as food, for social or ceremonial purposes or for purposes set out in a land claims agreement entered into with the Aboriginal organization.
      • Commercial, in relation to a fishery, means that fish is harvested under the authority of a licence for the purpose of sale, trade or barter.
      • Recreational, in relation to a fishery, means that fish is harvested under the authority of a licence for personal use of the fish or for sport.
    • Section 35
      • Subsection 35(1) – No person shall carry on any work, undertaking or activity that results in serious harm to fish that are part of a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fishery, or to fish that support such a fishery.
      • Subsection 35(2) – A person may carry on a work, undertaking or activity that results in serious harm to fish without contravening the prohibition if the person is authorized under the Act.
    • Section 6 – guides decision-making related to the Fisheries Protection Provisions
      • Four factors must be considered before making decisions (i.e. decision to issue an Authorization, making of Regulations)
        • a) the contribution of the relevant fish to the ongoing productivity of Aboriginal, commercial, or recreational fisheries;
        • b) fisheries management objectives;
        • c) measures and standards to avoid, mitigate or offset serious harm to fish that are part of or support an Aboriginal, commercial, or recreational fishery; and,
        • d) the public interest.
      • Section 20 and 21 – Fish passage and maintenance of flow
      • Section 37 – Enforceable conditions
        • Requirement for proponents to provide plans/ specifications requested under Section 37(2).
        • Compliance with conditions of authorizations.
      • Section 38 – Duty to notify and take corrective measures
        • Requirement to report an occurrence that results in serious harm to fish.
      • Section 39 – Powers of Fishery Officers
        • Expanded powers for inspectors under some sections of the Act.
      • Section 40 – Penalties
        • Changes were made to the penalties sections to increase penalties and fines.
      • Section 43 – Regulatory Authorities
        • Authority to make regulation