YTEN Bulletin October 15, 2007

Yukon Environmental Network Bulletin – October 15, 2007

The next Bulletin will be posted on Monday, October 22, 2007. An arrow denotes new, revised item or approaching deadline. Yukon items are listed first under each heading; the rest are chronological.

This bulletin includes information on local and national environmental network-related news and activities, including extracts from the current RCEN E-Bulletin:

We encourage you to make your own important contributions to this bulletin. Submissions should include contact information and be summarized in less than 200 words. Please send your feedback and submissions to:















Canada missing environmental targets, StatsCan says - CBC NEWS |OCTOBER 15, 2007

Canada's air and water quality is worsening and the country continues to lag in meeting its greenhouse gas emission targets, according to a Statistics Canada report released Monday.

Canada not listening to leading environmentalist JONATHAN SPICER | REUTERS | OCTOBER 14, 2007

David Suzuki, Canada's best-known environmentalist, has spent a generation encouraging Canadians to look after the environment, but it seems they have not been listening.

Gore shares Nobel win with U.N. climate panel – JOHN ACHER | REUTERS | OCTOBER 12, 2007

Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. climate panel won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their part in galvanizing international action against global warming before it "moves beyond man's control".

New Appointments to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy - ENVIRONMENT CANADA NEWS RELEASE | OCTOBER 12, 2007

The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced today the appointment of Robert A. Dubé, Robert Sopuck, and Donald F. MacKinnon to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). These appointments are effective immediately. click here to read more:

Humid enough for you? Blame global warming, Human-influenced climate not just hotter but stickier - CBC NEWS | OCTOBER 10, 2007.

The world isn't just getting hotter from human-caused global warming. It's getting stickier. It really is the humidity. The amount of moisture in the air near the surface — the stuff that makes hot weather unbearable — increased 2.2 per cent in just under three decades, and computer models show that the only explanation is human-caused global warming, according to a study published in Thursday's journal Nature.

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McLean Lake (Whitehorse) Needs Our Help. The McLean Lake issue is in front of City Council again. On October 22, there will be a Public Hearing at City Hall on the latest application by Territorial Contracting to have part of Sleeping Giant Hill rezoned to Industrial Quarry, to allow for the construction of a heavy industrial concrete batch plant on the site. Come to the Public Hearing at City Council on October 22nd, 7:30 pm to support a message to the City of Whitehorse: “McLean Lake should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations” There are alternatives. Together we can save McLean Lake. For more info: 633-4501

Community Petition – Re: Genetically Engineered Seed in the Yukon. A petition asking the Yukon Legislative Assembly for a ten-year moratorium – a ‘time-out’ – on the introduction of GE seed to the Yukon was started after the screening of the film “The Future of Food” in Whitehorse last winter. Many viewers were concerned about what they learned about the technology of genetically engineered (GE) or modified (GMO) food and seed. Since its launch on Earth Day on April 22, a large number of people have shown their concern about our food sources by signing the petition. Please circulate the petition attached above in your community, collect signatures, and send it back to us by fax by November 9, 2007 by fax (867) 668-6101 or mail; Box 30058, Whitehorse YT, Y1A 5M2. We will submit it to the Legislative Assembly this Fall. If you would like to borrow the film “The Future of Food” to view / screen in your community, we would be glad to share it with you. We also have a lot of information about GE / GMO technologies. For more information contact us at: See information and petition attached above.

Help Save the Taku - Stop 50 Years of Toxic Mine Pollution and Government Inaction. Officials have found discharges from two now-abandoned mines — owned by RedCorp Ventures Ltd.– to be "acutely lethal". Yet Canadian and BC officials are failing to enforce the law to halt the pollution entering this major, transboundary salmon river. We need your help to make them do their jobs right. To sign the Clean-up Enforcement Petition go to: For more information contact; David MacKinnon ED, Rivers Without Borders, 668-5099

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) Online registry (YOR). The YOR is the electronic registry that allows public access to documents and information associated with assessments under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA). To provide your comments on current proposed projects visit

Yukon Water Board Online Water Use License Applications. In accordance with the Waters Act, the Yukon Water Board gives notice of applications they have received for water use licences, to give the opportunity for any person who wishes to request that a public hearing be held regarding the application to submit a written request by the deadline given in the notice. To view the list of current applications and deadlines, go to To view specific information on an application, click on the application register. License applications that have been approved are listed on the Water Use Licences page at;

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►TONIGHT - The Yukon Green Party AGM will take place on Monday, October 15th. The meeting will start at 7pm and will be held at the Whitehorse Library. Help us choose our executive and build our foundation for the coming year. Note: The Yukon Environmental Network is non-partisan and is including this notice by request.

THIS WEEK - Public meetings are being held in Whitehorse, and Carmacks to discuss Elk Management. The Whitehorse meeting will be held at the Yukon Inn Fireside Room at 7:00 p.m. on October 16th, 2007. The Carmacks meeting will be held at the Heritage Hall adjacent to the First Nation’s Office at 7:00 p.m. on October 15th, 2007. Light refreshment will be provided and we look forward to seeing you out. For more information contact Graham Van Tighem, Executive Director, Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board, Phone (867) 667-5835,

THIS WEEK (DATE CORRECTION) - Ducks Unlimited Canada is offering a free Half-Day Wetlands Course in Whitehorse. This half day wetlands course will be hosted and presented by Ducks Unlimited Canada on Wednesday October 17, 2007, Westmark Hotel and Conference Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, 12:30 – 4:30 P.M. Space is limited. For more information contact: Erin Spiewak at or 867-668-3824 This short course is being sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada, Yukon Department of Environment, and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

NEXT WEEK - Community Engagement Workshop Opportunity - Handing Over the Stick: Tools for Empowering Communities, October 22- 27, 2007Whitehorse. This workshop is designed for representatives from NGO's, First Nation organizations and development workers. The workshop will teach participants tools and approaches to engage community stakeholders in planning and decision making. For more information on the workshop please email

NEXT WEEK - Mt McIntyre Rec. Centre, Oct 22 – 25 - Plan Your Community – Sustainability Charette. Join local and national and local leaders and residents in a 4-day planning charette workshop. Don’t miss this chance to tell us your ideas. Visit the cities webpage; or send your ideas to if you can’t be there in person. For more information and questions e-mail or call Lesley Cabott at 668-8660.

NEXT WEEK Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) City Issues Working Group - City Sustainability Charette, Mt McIntyre Rec. Centre, Oct 22 – 25. Meet YCS members at the Charette Open Houses: YCS is forming a City Issues Working Group and wants your participation. Together, we will identify and confront the city on priority issues like green space planning, improved compost and recycling services, environmental impacts from development, etc. If you have concerns or great ideas for the city, join this group. For more information contact Georgia at YCS 668-5678 or

RETScreen International Clean Energy Project Analysis Software - Energy Efficiency RETScreen Version 4 Seminar. Canadian engineers, architects, technologists, planners, facility managers and educators are invited to a free RETScreen Version 4 introductory training seminar. The seminar is intended for these and other professionals who would like to learn how to use the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software to assess the viability of energy efficiency measures for commercial, institutional and residential buildings, and for industrial facilities. Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. For details and to register online for Whitehorse, YT – October 23, 2007 seminar go to Each seminar will provide a basic overview of RETScreen Version 4, including its applicability for various clean power, heating and cooling technologies. The participants will then see a demonstration of the new energy efficiency model and learn how to use the software to evaluate existing or expected energy use, assess potential savings opportunities and then prepare proper financial analysis for stand alone measures and entire facilities as a system. The RETScreen Software, available free-of-charge, is now being used by more than 121,000 people in 219 countries and this is growing at more than 600 new users every week. For the complete training calendar go to:

The Yukon Biodiversity Working Group invites you to the 2007 Fall Biodiversity Roundup. Join us for five-minute presentations on biodiversity studies & new findings from around the Yukon. Date: Wednesday 24 October, 2007. Time: 9AM - 12:30PM; (bring your lunch & a mug. Location: Glass Class, Yukon College, Whitehorse. Free & No RSVP required. For more information contact: Yukon Environment botanist, Jennifer Line phone: 456-3870.

Yukon Wildlife Preserve Annual General Meeting Saturday October 27th at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. This event includes a tour of the preserve leaving the interpretive Centre at 10am. The AGM begins at the main office at 11:00am. A Wild Northern Luncheon. This is your chance to contribute and get involved as we begin to design new buildings, develop new programs and share ideas for the future. RSVP by Saturday October 20th 456-7313 or

Wilderness Tourism Association of the Yukon’s Annual General Meeting Saturday November 3, 8:30 am to Noon. Financial Sustainability for Ecotourism Saturday November 3, 1-4:30pm. Sunday November 4, 8:30 am. to Noon. Pre-registration required for both events. Contact or 867.668.3369 for more information or to register.

Read the latest in the Boothroyd-Madsen Enviro-birding adventures. Why not leave a "comment" for Malkolm on their blog at

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Kluane National Park Visitor Centre Project – Resident survey. Kluane National Park and Reserve is updating its Visitor Centre in Haines Junction with new exhibits, visitor services and audio-visual programs. The budget for the renewal is $1million with the current anticipated opening of the new exhibits being the summer of 2010. To succeed at our goal of having a centre that better meets the needs of the community we need input from local area residents. Kluane National Park and Reserve is conducting a survey that asks a series of questions about the Visitor Centre. We want to know your opinions on the current centre and how we can make it a better place for you to visit in the future. Everyone is welcome to participate in the survey, regardless if you have visited the centre or not. If you complete a survey your name will be entered into a prize draw for a glacier flight for three passengers over Kluane National Park with Sifton Air. If you would like to receive a copy of the survey please contact Laura Gorecki at 867 634-2329 ext. 212 or email deadline for completed surveys is October 26th, 2007.

Submissions - Yukon Conservation Society: Winter Walk Softly YCS Newsletter. Submissions are due for this issue on November 5th. That’s 4 weeks away! You are invited to submit stories, questions to miss environmental manners, your thoughts, poems, winter recipe’s, etc.. Plus, we’ve got the Yukon Conservation Society: fall fundraising campaign underway now, so if you meet any potential new members, let them know about YCS. We will also have a few extra fundraising letters here at the office for those who are not on the mailing list. Let us know if you have someone to add to the list. Let’s grow YCS! For more information, go to or contact: Georgia at, 867-668-5678.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) membership drive. CPAWS is launching the biggest membership drive in their history: a campaign to enlist 10,000 caring Canadians as members. To save our wild spaces, we have to increase our clout both politically and financially - and that means increasing the size of our membership to the largest number it's ever been. The best opportunity you have to stop climate change today is by stopping big companies from destroying Canada's wilderness spaces… the best way to stop their destruction before it's too late is by becoming a member of CPAWS today! Click here To join the only organization that works right across Canada to protect our public wild spaces -- the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or go to

Tundra Swan marking in 2007. During the summer of 2007, USFWS and USGS cooperators once again fitted Tundra Swans in western Alaska with coded plastic neck bands to learn more about population-specific patterns of migration and winter destination. Please keep an eye out for these birds as they migrate through your region.

Trumpeter Swan Society: Yukon Representation. It is mid-October and our wild swans are starting to think about bailing out for the winter. Anyone passionate about Trumpeter Swans, who wants to become more involved in an organization that is dedicated to this magnificent bird and the places it needs to live, you might want to consider joining and possibly becoming a Director of the Trumpeter Swan Society. At present there are only two members in the entire Yukon Territory... not nearly enough to look out for our growing swan population. For more information you can visit the Society's website at or contact; Jim Hawkings, Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service ph (867) 667 3927 or email

Canadian Environment Awards are accepting Nominations for the 2008 Awards. The Canadian Environment Awards: A Celebration of Community Achievement is a national, bilingual program that recognizes individuals and groups of Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the protection, restoration and preservation of the Canadian environment. The Canadian Environment Awards comprises four levels of environmental endeavour — the Community Awards, which recognize grassroots initiatives; the Citation of Lifetime Achievement; the Ideas for Life Award, which recognizes the outstanding promotion of environmental awareness or action through the arts and design; and The Green Team Challenge, which is the youth initiative. Nominations for the 2008 awards will be accepted by the Canadian Environment Awards from October 1 - December 7, 2007. You are encouraged to consider nominating outstanding groups and individuals that you believe merit recognition. Visit for a copy of the nomination form and complete nomination guidelines. See also attached announcement for more details.

Yukon Energy Star Appliance Rebates. Buy a new ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator, washing machine, and/or dish washer between September 1 and February 29, 2008, and save money with a $100 cash rebate* on each appliance. Buy a new ENERGY STAR® qualified furnace or boiler between September 1 and February 29, 2008, and receive a 15% cash rebate (to a maximum of $400) on the cost of the furnace or boiler. To receive your rebate, send your proof of purchase and a completed application form for appliances 219 KB or furnaces 219 KB (also available from participating retailers) to the Yukon Energy Solutions Centre. Questions? Call the Energy Solutions Centre at 867-393-7063 or Toll-Free at 1-800-662-0408 ext. 7063.

The New GreenHoG Handbook is now available and it’s loaded with hundreds of dollar’s worth of coupons and tips to help Yukoners save energy, save money and reduce green house gas emissions. Pick up the Handbook from the Yukon government’s Energy Solutions Centre at 206A Lowe Street. You can also pick up the Handbook at the Yukon Conservation Society office, Yukon Housing offices and Energy, Mines and Resources district offices. To order a copy call the Energy Solutions Centre at 393-7063 or send an e-mail to .

DEADLINE TODAY - Government of Yukon News Release - Elk Management Strategy For Public Review And Comment. The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Department of Environment encourage Yukon residents to review and comment on a draft elk management strategy. Written comments on the strategy should be provided to the board by Monday, October 15. Copies of the strategy are available for pick-up at: Environment Yukon Conservation Officer Services and Renewable Resources Council offices in the communities; the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board office at 106 Main Street in Whitehorse; the Yukon Agriculture Branch office in the Elijah Smith Building in Whitehorse; and the Yukon Government Administration Building on Second Avenue. The report is also available for viewing or downloading from the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board’s website at

Government of Yukon News Release #07-156 - Yukon Housing Corporation Supports Energy Conservation. Yukon Housing Corporation is introducing substantial program changes and enhancements to promote the conservation of energy in residential buildings. The new initiatives will assist existing home owners, people looking at new home construction and owners of rental properties. The new program offerings will be available until March 31, 2009. To learn more visit the Yukon Housing Corporation website:

NEXT WEEK - National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Risk Management Training Events: For professionals in the outdoor and recreation industries, evaluating risks and preparing for the unexpected is an important part of daily business. If being as prepared as you can be is important to you, you might be interested in a new training opportunity in your region. The two-day NOLS Risk Management Training provides an excellent opportunity to develop a personalized action plan that will enhance your risk management practices organizationally and professionally. This coming fall NOLS will have Risk Management Trainings scheduled in the following locations:

· Oct. 22-23: pre-conference to the Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Banff, Alb., Canada

· October 24-26, for the 2007 Wilderness Risk Management Conference in Banff, Alb., Canada

For more information, contact: Liz Tuohy, 1-800-710-NOLS x 3, Risk Management Senior Consultant, NOLS Professional Training 307-335-2217 or visit the web site at:

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DEADLINE THIS WEEK - Invitation to Comment: Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine Environmental Certificate Amendment Application (120 km southwest of Atlin, BC.). The 30-day public comment period began on Sept 17th and ends Oct 17th, 2007. An electronic copy of the amendment application as well as information regarding the environmental assessment process is available at

THIS WEEK - Seeking Nominations: of college, university, and/or graduate students to participate in a special session, dedicated to northern students and northern research policy, as part of the 8th International ACUNS Student Conference on Northern Studies, Saskatoon, SK, October 18-21, 2007. Northern students involved in this session will be asked to discuss; the obligations of northern researchers to the land and the people of the north and if these obligations are currently being fulfilled, and what should be done to improve the fulfillment of these obligations. We are seeking nomination of 8-10 eligible students representing all three territories to participant in this session. This session has been sponsored by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Travel and accommodation will be provided for all students participating in this session. Contact Alexis Schafer at to nominate a northern student. For more information, visit

DEADLINE THIS WEEK – Seeking Comments on United Nations (UN) Agricultural Assessment. Next January, governments around the world will meet in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss the future of agriculture. This is a unique opportunity to influence the direction of global agriculture for the coming generation. According to Greenpeace, governments will either “promote a failed, unsustainable model of industrial agriculture backed with toxic pesticides and uncontrolled genetically engineered crops, or support organic and sustainable farming practices.” Jointly sponsored by the UN and the World Bank, the draft report of International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development is now accepting comments until October 22nd. Greenpeace is asking you to take a moment to send a letter to and cc a copy to

Call for Proposals for Training, Communications and Outreach projects in conjunction with International Polar Year. Innovative and creative proposals are being sought to help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic, promote IPY and polar science and research, and provide training and skills development for Northerners, amongst other objectives. The Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year places important emphasis on engaging children and youth and wishes to encourage partnerships and collaborations in all aspects of its program. This Call for Proposals is intended to support activities and initiatives across the country, particularly in the North. Details regarding the Call for Proposals will be posted shortly on our website at The Call closes on January 15, 2008. Further information on IPY can also be obtained from the Canadian IPY Secretariat website and the international program website at

Planet in Focus - Call For Pitch Submissions! Win $3500 In Development Funding & Services! Green Pitchers - Perfecting the Art of the Pitch for Environmental Filmmaking. Always wanted to make a film about an environmental issue close to your heart? Struggling to find the finances to pull it together? Welcome to Green Pitch, an opportunity to pitch your idea to the people with the power to give your project the green light. With Environmental NGOs, broadcasters, producers and established filmmakers on board to lend their insight, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to test their green ideas in front of creative professionals. Selected participants will gain valuable first-hand feedback as they present their pitches for the chance to win $3500 in development funding and services ($1500 cash & $2000 services)!* The winning Green Pitch will be announced on Sunday October 28th, 2007 at the Awards Ceremony. Friday October 26th, 2007 * 1:30pm-4:00pm (Registration begins at 1:00pm) Bata Shoe Museum * 327 Bloor St West * Development prize does not confer production funding nor a broadcast license. Application forms and guidelines available beginning Tuesday September 11, 2007 at

The Business of Climate Change Conference – October 30th in Ottawa, ON. The Business of Climate Change Conference is a one day conference bringing together businesses to learn how leading North American companies are managing risks, adapting and capitalizing on new opportunities in an increasingly carbon constrained world. The theme of the Conference in 2007 will be 'from theory to practice' with a special focus on the practical and operational business implications of the evolving regulatory and policy context in North America. The event will be held on October 30th, at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario. To register and take advantage of the early bird registration, visit:

Call for Papers: Trumpeter Swan Society Conference in Whitehorse April 17-20, 2008 - See attached call for papers for the 21st Trumpeter Swan Society Conference in Whitehorse, YT, April 17-20, 2008, during the annual Celebration of Swans. We are particularly interested in conference attendees hearing the perspectives of Yukoners who have an interest in Trumpeter Swans and their conservation. This is also an excellent chance for Yukoners to learn about what is happening in other parts of the continent…and to meet other people with a passion for swans. The conference typically attracts swan experts and conservationists from across North America. Further information, including registration information, will be posted on the society's website soon.

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THIS WEEK The Arctic Energy Summit Technology Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, October 15-18 2007. The Arctic Energy Summit, a two-year Arctic Council project led by the United States in conjunction with the Institute of the North and the University of the Arctic, is an official International Polar Year project. Registration is available through this website. Those wishing to participate in the industry exposition may also go online to review the floor plan and reserve a specific location. Further details about this conference are available at the website: You can also view the weekly electronic newsletter Arctic Synergy by clicking on the NEWS tab at the top of the website. Back issues of Arctic Synergy are available at: (3)

Sustainable Northern Shelter in a World of Diminishing Resource, October 28 - 30, 2007, Fairbanks, Alaska. The Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Conjunction with the International Polar Year, will host the first of a planned series of biennial international conferences on circumpolar housing and community infrastructure issues. This forum presents an opportunity for an international group of builders, architects, building scientists and planners to discuss common challenges and exchange solutions to producing sustainable, appropriate and durable buildings and infrastructure in the circumpolar north. Desired outcomes of this forum are the identification of pressing research needs in the field of northern building and infrastructure design and technology, the development of on-going circumpolar partnerships, and a commitment to the dissemination of the information gathered. Register at: For more information go to the conference website:

National DFO-ENGO Workshop on Fish Habitat. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together DFO officials and ENGOs involved in fish habitat stewardship to discuss fish habitat concerns and the implementation of DFO’s habitat management program. The workshop will be held in Ottawa, ON on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2007. This workshop is scheduled to coincide with the RCEN Annual General Assembly and 30th Anniversary Celebration being held on November 2-4, 2007. For more information, contact Leela Ramachandran, telephone: (613) 728-9810 ext. 223

The Hollyhock Leadership Institute Workshops. The Hollyhock Leadership Institute (Vancouver, BC) is holding 3 new programs this fall that are currently open for registration. Get That Grant! Strategies for Grassroots Organizations workshop, featuring fundraiser Andy Robinson, was held October 3rd, 2007. The Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising: How to identify and Engage your Supporters workshop, featuring Andy Robin was held October 4th 2007. The Alchemy of Group Facilitation workshop features Julian Griggs, November 28-30 2007. For more information on these programs go to or contact the Hollyhock Leadership Institute (604) 669-4802 or

Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment, Stavanger, Norway 17-21 June 2008 - Theme: A Climate for change. The United Nations Environment Progr amme (UNEP) will be organizing its Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment in Stavanger, Norway from 17 to 21 June 2008. It will bring together 1,000 children aged 10 to 14 years, to learn about the environment through plenary sessions, hands-on workshops and field trips. The Conference will increase the children's understanding of environmental issues by providing them with a forum to share experiences and collectively voice their concerns for the environment. The themes of the Conference include, Energy, Bio-diversity, Resources and water. For more information on the Conference, and to submit a nomination from your organization please visit our website: . For further information on the conference, please contact: The Children and Youth / Sport and the Environment Unit, Division of Communications and Public Information, United Nations Environment Programme, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254 -20- 762 3937 / 762 5066, Fax: +254 -20-762 3927/ 762 4350. Email:

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Website: Project NatureConnect, Institute of Global Education. For more information on Project NatureConnect, and the Ecopsychology program of Michael Cohen go to There is also an article explaining the Cohen approach to ecopsychology in the online journal Trumpeter: Volume 19 Number 2 2003

Newsletter: Nexus, October 2007: The Sustainability Network Newsletter. To view the October issue, go to: The Sustainability Network is a support centre for environmental nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of the environmental community by improving organizational management and leadership skills. Find out more at

Edutopia: A publication of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Special October Issue on Going Green. Some great articles, all available electronically at this page:

Go Green – the database for green educational resources. Students, teachers, administrators, and environmental activists have found ways to integrate knowledge and awareness of Earth's fragility into class work and community service, carefully blending concern with action to help kids feel engaged and hopeful. We try to do the same with this Go Green Database, a directory that can be searched by topic, grade level, cost, or location -- and supplemented with your contributions and comments.

Book: Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic. According to its authors, this book lays out the solutions to cancer in a clear and accessible manner. It shows how you can stop cancer by eliminating the carcinogens in your home, your school, your community, and your workplace, and how you can work with others to make the world safe for yourself and your children. For more details about the book, please visit the following website.

New World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Schools for a Living Planet curriculum-linked Activities for grades 3-8. WWF-Canada is thrilled to announce the official launch of Schools for a Living Planet, an educational program that provides educators with access to over 30 curriculum-linked, printable in-class activities for grades 3 to 8. Each grade’s unit has a unique environmental theme with material carefully designed to meet curriculum expectations in English, Social Studies and Science. Our Schools for a Living Planet program can help you give your students the knowledge they need to make a difference in our planet’s future. And it's easy to use - download what you want, when you want, the choice is yours! Sign-up for Schools for a Living Planet today and bring the power of the environment into your classroom. For more information about this FREE program, visit:

New Publication - Building Local and Global Democracy. Building Local and Global Democracy presents unique case studies, topical analysis and reflections on engaging citizens in building local and global democracy. It explores the relationships between local and global initiatives in enhancing citizen engagement and participatory democracy, within the framework of globalization and an increased emphasis on security. The publication is the result of a learning circles series initiated by the Carold Institute in 2004 bringing together academics, civil society and education practitioners from Canada, the US and Brazil for more information go to

New - Living Oceans Society’s online model of oil spill scenarios on the B.C. coast. Living Oceans Society has released an online computer generated model that shows how oil spills would affect ecosystems and communities on the North Coast of British Columbia. The oil spill animation, built using leading edge computer modeling software and the most up to date oceanographic data available, is able to generate oil spill scenarios from oil tankers and drilling platforms in coastal waters. Living Oceans commissioned the development of this computer generated oil spill model in order to be able to better assess the potential impact of oil spills from proposed oil tanker traffic and/or oil drilling and exploration along the North Coast. To view oil spill scenarios got to For more information contact: Oonagh O’Connor, Energy Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society, 250-230-6580,

Website: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Climate Change. Climate Change and what you can do at home, the office, on the road, at school. Check them out at:

Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada. This 52-page report outlines how Canada can become a world leader in sustainability by the year 2030. The report outlines how a long-term national plan with clear targets and timelines would generate less pollution and waste and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. The policy changes in Sustainability Within a Generation are simple and involve a common theme: making the market work better. For example, Canada still subsidizes polluting industries such as mining and oil exploration. Instead, Canada should use a preventative approach, which is less expensive than cleaning up after environmental degradation occurs. Our recommended legislative changes would make polluters pay and benefit good environmental performers, which would put Canada ahead both environmentally and economically. Published in 2005. Download Executive Summary (PDF 118kb) Download Full Report English (PDF 1mb) Français (PDF 2mb)

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Sources of Funding for Environmental/Conservation Projects – last updated February 2007. This listing has been compiled by the Yukon Department of the Environment to help you find funds to carry out your environmental projects. It includes Yukon Funding Sources, Federal Government Funding Sources, NGO/Foundation and Trust Funding Sources, and Private Funding Sources.

Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund (YETTF). The goal of the Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund is to support training, retraining, upgrading and improving of occupational skills of those employed by Yukon’s environmental groups or individuals working on environmental issues and activities in the Yukon. The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) administers the YETTF on behalf of the Yukon Territorial Government. Applications can be submitted at any time to: The Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund Committee, 302 Hawkins Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1X6. The YETTF committee meets every one or two months to consider applications. For information or to download application: If you have questions or require more information, contact a member of the Yukon Environmental Training Trust Fund Committee (c/o YCS) at 668-5678 or (A)

Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Fund (WRRI) - Yukon Territorial Government (YTG), Department of Environment Recycling depots, nonprofit organizations, community groups, or individuals. Projects dealing with ‘hard to recycle materials’ or materials posing a threat to environmental and/or human health. Typically up to $10,000 applications accepted year round. Contact Pat Paslawski (867) 6675934 email: (A)

DEADLINE TODAY - Environmental Grant (City of Whitehorse) - For Groups, nonprofit organizations, business. Improve Whitehorse Environment and develop environmental opportunities for Whitehorse citizens (Education, 3R, compost projects, reclamation, etc.). Two Types of grants available; for applications up to $1,000 apply anytime for applications up to $5,000 applications deadlines October 15th & February 15th. Contact: Environmental Coordinator, SabineSchweiger, (867) 668.8312, Fax: (867) 668.8386 email: environment@ website: (2D)

DEADLINE TODAY: Tier I - The Community Development Fund (CDF) - The CDF gives Yukon community, industry & professional associations, non-profit & charitable organizations and municipal & First Nations governments money for projects and events that: create jobs, generate spending on Yukon goods and services, support community well being, have measurable social, cultural and economic benefits for Yukon residents and communities. The primary goal of the CDF is funding projects and events that provide long-term benefit and value to Yukon communities. Applications must be received by the CDF office no later than 5:00 P.M. on the deadline date. For more information call 867.661.0408 ext 8125 or e-mail

· Tier I ($20,000 or less) application deadlines are; January 15, May 15, July 15, and October 15.

· Tier II ($20,001 to $75,000) application deadlines are; May 15, September 15

· Tier III ($75,001 or more) application deadline is January 15.

Funding Opportunity: NRCan’s ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program. Have a great idea to improve fuel efficiency? Looking for a contribution to your project? Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles program is launching a new process for applying for project funding. Details about proposal submissions and evaluation criteria are available at The deadline for applications for this funding cycle is November 15, 2007.

Wal-Mart & Evergreen Green Grants - Wal-Mart Canada and Evergreen are pleased to offer Green Grants, a national program that helps fund community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas. Green Grants, a Canadian community greening program sponsored by Wal-Mart Canada and led by Evergreen will provide funds of up to $10,000 to local groups working on urban naturalization projects that use native plants to restore and steward woodlands, meadows, wetlands and ravines. This grant program also supports community gardening projects that involve native plants and food gardening. Application deadline: October 31st, 2007.

National Green Source Funding Guide The Green Source is a resource guide prepared by Environment Canada that will help you locate numerous sources of funding for environmental projects. It includes information on public and private sector programs and organizations that provide financial assistance, labour costs or in-kind donations to community groups. The Green Source is available in searchable database format, or hard copy format from the Environment Canada regional office serving your area. (A)

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Employment Opportunity: CPAWS-Yukon Seeks Campaign Coordinator. CPAWS-Yukon is looking for a highly motivated person to work on a variety of ambitious and innovative conservation initiatives. This position requires energy, imagination, communications skills, strategic thinking, and a commitment to the natural world. Reporting to the Executive Director, the campaign coordinator is key to developing and delivering campaigns that advance a comprehensive protected areas network in the Yukon. Based in Whitehorse, the Campaign Coordinator will also spend time in communities and may be involved in wilderness field trips. Ability to travel independently using your own vehicle is essential. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. To Apply: email inquiries and applications including resume, names of references, and a cover letter outlining your experience and reasons for applying to: mailto:// Consideration of applications will begin immediately (October, 2007). Applicants are encouraged to browse the CPAWS-Yukon website, , for more information on CPAWS-Yukon mission and conservation work. For more details on this job posting, see the employment link on our homepage.

DEADLINE TODAY - Employment Opportunity: Raven Recycling - Depot Supervisor. Raven Recycling is looking for an experienced Depot Supervisor. This person will have a strong environmental commitment and an interest in working for a dynamic Social Enterprise. Drop resumes off in person at; 100 Galena Road Attn: Ralph Charlton or Joy Snyder. Closing date: 15 October, 2007

Employment Opportunity: Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) – Land and Resources and Fisheries Assistant Manager, Atlin. TRTFN is seeking a Land and Resources and Fisheries Assistant Manager who would be responsible for assisting in the development and provision of administration, research, analysis, advice and support on land and resources issues, and is responsible for assisting the direction and management of Taku River Tlingit Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Program (AFS). For more information or a detailed job description, contact Kris Gardner at (250) 651-7900 or

Employment Opportunity: Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), Contract Work. YESAB is currently advertising to find individuals who are interested in being included on a source list for casual or contract work in a number of technical areas, including scientific, traditional or local knowledge. Please click on the link below for more information. Contract & Casual Technical Resources or go to (25 KB PDF)

Internship to a young Canadian northerner with the Stockholm Environment Institute. The International Institute for Sustainable Development is offering an 5-6 month paid internship to a young northerner to work with the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden. The intern will build their skills in networks, communications and sustainable development strategies. To apply, go to The deadline for applications is ASAP or until, all positions have been filled. Applicants must be residents of northern Canada, and be 30 years of age and under. For further information, please contact Carolee Buckler Del Campo, Project Manager at or by phone at (204) 958-7748.

Greenpeace Canada – Webmaster for Toronto office. Greenpeace Canada is seeking an experienced Webmaster to join their communications team in Toronto. The Webmaster will administer Greenpeace Canada English Web sites, including design and content development, coordinate the creation of web content across a bilingual organization and support campaigns, communications, fundraising and public outreach activities. The successful candidate will have several years’ experience of Web production, demonstrated experience with the latest web technology development and possess other skills and experience. To read the full job posting, go to: The closing date for external applications is October 29th, 2007.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust - Land Securement Coordinator. Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NSNT) is seeking a manager for the Nature Trust’s highly successful land conservation program. The position Negotiating and securing conservation agreements with landowners, land donations and purchases. Please visit NSNT’s website for more details. is the latest tool for Canadians seeking employment in the growing green economy. WorkCabin was established in 2007 as a way to help Canadians find green work opportunities. It has quickly become the source for employment and volunteer opportunities in all fields concerning the environment. For job postings go to For more information, visit is 100% Canadian owned and operated and is located in Simcoe, Ontario. “More than just jobs, GoodWork is the place to get connected to environmentally and socially responsible projects, organizations and companies in Canada”. (A)

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2008 TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership. Students in their final year of high school are invited to submit applications for the 2008 TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership. Valued at more than $1 million per year, the scholarships honour and reward 20 exceptional high school students who have the vision and dedication to help solve problems in their community. Each scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 and includes full tuition at any accredited university or college in Canada, $5,000 a year toward living expenses, and a guaranteed offer of summer employment at TD Canada Trust for up to four years. The deadline for applications is October 31st. For more information or to apply, visit:

CBC is inviting candidates to apply to become "Canada's next great prime minister" and win $50,000. Candidates must be aged 18 to 25 and submit a speech sharing their idea of how to make "Canada a better, stronger and more prosperous country." Candidates are encouraged to upload video submissions to YouTube for viewing. "This is a golden opportunity for anyone considering a future in politics, world affairs or social policy," a release said. "Last year's telecast attracted close to one million viewers and the four finalists shared the stage with former Canadian prime ministers." The contest originated in 1995 with sponsorship from Frank Stronach, founder and chairman of Magna International, with the intention of engaging y oung Canadians in the political process. We're accepting applications for CBC's national television show until October 31, 2007. Simply create a YouTube account (if you don't already have one), upload your video, then send us a message (link below) and attach your video. We'll add it to the mix for all the world to see and debate your ONE GREAT IDEA. Web link for more information:

Sunlight Eco-Action Kids Awards - National Environmental Kids Awards. The Sunlight Eco-Action Kids Awards is a nation-wide awards program that recognizes kids between the ages of six and 12 who are working to make an environmental difference in their communities. Youth across Canada are invited to enter by submitting a letter describing the actions they have taken to better the environment. The purpose of the awards is to give Canadian kids a chance to share their ideas and raise awareness about what any individual can do to help ensure the future health of our environment. The Awards are supported by key environmental organizations including Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Evergreen, the Pembina Institute, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Pollution Probe and Zerofootprint. Experts from these groups will act as judges. To enter, kids between the ages of six and 12 submit a letter outlining their contributions to helping protect the planet. Winners in three different age groups (6-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-12 years) will receive the title of ultimate Eco-Action Kid and join a community of young people investing their time and energy to protect the earth. Each winner will also receive $1,000 to donate to the environmental charity of their choice and a $1,000 cash award. The entry deadline is January 21, 2008. The judges will select finalists from six regions across the country by February 7, 2008. National winners will be announced March 27, 2008. More information about the Awards and rules and regulations can be found by visiting .

Internship to a young Canadian northerner with the Stockholm Environment Institute. The International Institute for Sustainable Development is offering an 5-6 month paid internship to a young northerner to work with the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden. The intern will build their skills in networks, communications and sustainable development strategies. To apply, go to The deadline for applications is ASAP or until, all positions have been filled. Applicants must be residents of northern Canada, and be 30 years of age and under. For further information, please contact Carolee Buckler Del Campo, Project Manager at or by phone at (204) 958-7748.

THIS WEEK - October 19 - Earth Science Week International Polar Year (IPY) Videoconference. Middle and high school students and teachers are invited to participate in The Science of IPY, an interactive one-hour videoconference hosted by local science centers on October 19, 2007. Scientists from the International Polar Year Programme Office and NASA’s Cryospheric Sciences Branch will take participants on a virtual tour of Earth’s polar regions and explore some of the key questions that scientists are trying to answer about how the poles are changing. The conference will include a question-and-answer period with featured scientists. Participants will convene at select science centers in the eastern U.S., the United Kingdom, and France.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the 17th International children's painting competition. The Competition is organized annually by the UNEP and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. This year’s Competition will focus on Climate Change: Actions we can take now. The selection process will be in two stages; the regional selection which will be done by UNEP Regional Offices and their partners, and the global selection which will be done by UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. For more details on the competition visit

UNEP Volvo Adventure Award Searching for 2008 Winners. Arranged in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Volvo Adventure Award rewards active young people who create their own environmental projects. Anyone working on a practical environmental project aged between 13 and 16 years of age can enter for the Volvo Adventure. They are now searching for the 2008 winners – could it be you? All you have to do is register and enter your project by visiting Deadline for application is January 31st 2008.

$50,000 School Video Contest – Be the Change. An innovative new Web broadcaster is using the power of the Internet to inspire children and youth in schools across North America to make a difference. Pick an environment or social cause and get your school involved in making a difference., a Web TV network featuring solution-oriented news, documentaries, and entertainment, is challenging students and teachers at all K-12 schools in the US and Canada to document their work on a social or environmental project through a series of short videos over the 2007-08 school year - September 1, 2007 - April 30, 2008. The winning schools will receive a prize package worth $50,000 in cash and educational resources. Electronic Press Kit available at:

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK - POLAR BOUND CONTEST: Antarctic 2007. Canadian Geographic and Students on Ice will be sending one deserving high school student to join a team of students, scientists and teachers in the Antarctic from December 25, 2007 to January 8, 2008, for a journey filled with discovery and adventure. CONTEST QUESTION: International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009 provides an incredible window for us to better understand Earth’s polar regions. Despite its rich history as a polar nation, Canada’s involvement in the southern polar region remains minimal. For example, Canada has yet to become a full member of the Antarctic Treaty System which protects Antarctica. Why should Canada be more interested and engaged in the Antarctic? Respond by submitting an essay (500 words or less), journal, pictorial, poem, film, or other creative submission. Entries must be postmarked on or before October 22, 2007 to the Polar Bound Contest, c/o Canadian Geographic, 39 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa ON K1L 8L7. Canadian Geographic website:

YOUTH Resources: Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources. The Consumers Guide to Afterschool Science Resources contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. It provides a wide range of after school activities, curricula, and more. Reviewed materials include semester- and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and websites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. Users are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, audience, and cost. A brief description of each resource is accompanied by two expert reviewers' detailed commentary. Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future. The Population Connection is updating the secondary curriculum, Earth Matters: Studies for Our Global Future, and offers the second edition free for downloading on its website, including all readings and activities. Units include Population Dynamics, Climate Change, Water Resources, and more.

youtube video! Declaration on Climate Change from Youth of the Arctic - A bunch of great young people from across the Arctic got together and wrote/filmed this Declaration on Climate Change in 2005. The video was taken to the United Nations (Framework Convention on Climate Change) and highlighted during Arctic Day at CoP11 (Montreal, Canada, 2005 UNFCCC). To view video, click here or go to:

Environment Canada's Website for Youth - Connect to youth and organizations in environmental fields to get involved, expand your knowledge, and be inspired. Go to: (3)

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Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-opArctic Youth NetworkCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society YukonEnvironmental Educators Association of the YukonNorthern Climate ExchangeRaven RecyclingRivers Without BordersWildlife Conservation Society CanadaWilderness Tourism Association of the YukonYukon Bird ClubYukon Conservation Society

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