Nova Scotia Nature Trust – Volunteer Opportunities

Nova Scotia Nature Trust is currently in need of volunteers to help with the following:

Fundraising Assistants – We are looking for volunteers to help with donor calls. This can be done from our office, or remotely from home.

Writers – We are looking for volunteers to help write donor stories, blog posts and other content (maybe you want to write a piece for Landlines!?!). If you have a knack for the written word, this is a great opportunity for you.

Office Assistants – we are looking for volunteers who can contribute regular weekly hours to assist with organization and research.

25th Anniversary Volunteer Team- we are looking for creative individuals with a PR or marketing background to lead special activities to celebrate the Nature Trust’s 25th Anniversary.

Property Guardians – Even though the wintery weather is upon us, we are looking ahead to our next field season. We are continuously recruiting property guardians and plan to have a team of new guardians ready to go in the spring! If you love exploring the outdoors, this may be a perfect fit for you!

Attention experienced birders! If you have a passion for our avian friends and want to contribute to the Nature Trust, let us know. Our Bird’s Eye View (BEV) program offers you the chance to enjoy one of your favourite pastimes, while contributing to our conservation efforts!

Should you be interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Ryan at ryan@nsnt.ca or by calling (902) 425-5263.

Green Greetings from Parish of Blandford

The Parish of Blandford is busy with lots of green projects. Read on to find out more and how to get involved!

Pens, Markers and highlighter project.

Bic alone makes over 8 billion units of writing instruments a year. Until
recently everyone threw away their dry pens and markers. Staples supports
a project by Teracycle that turns those pens and markers into bench ends
and clipboards. So far since we started last year on Earth Day, we have
collected 2200 pens. Maybe that sounds nice but what I am proud of is that
we have, as of this week, EIGHT collector stations in a 30km radius. A new
bin goes into a day care on Monday. It’s a small thing but has really got
interest recently.

Bottle cap project

Knowing how bottlecaps are killing hundreds of seabirds and mammals
yearly, two years ago we started collecting bottlecaps but had no place to
really pass them to until Matt’s Bottle Exchange started accepting them
for a project. We just passed in our first few gallons of caps. What I am
proud of here is a partnership I am trying to foster between Mathew and a
large company with a thousand employees in Dartmouth. I will brag when it
goes through.

Eye Glasses
Just a tiny project as we are a collector point for the Lion’s Club

Planting Night
For seven years we held a planting night on the Friday closest to Earth
Day. It was a great time to teach how to grow in all sorts of containers,
make bird feeders and have a multi generational night together. This year
we are changing a bit and passing out planting kits. See our Facebook page
or www.grandmasgoingreen.com for updates

Community Gardens
There are garden boxes back of the community centre. I just got this job
half way through last summer, so I topped up the gardens and are ready to
give away plots. I’ll brag as the season goes on

If any of these projects interest anyone I can get them started. If anyone
needs help or needs us for a collector spot for their project, we are here
to help

Claudia Zinck
www.grandmasgoinggreen.com

Ministry of Energy and Mines Backtracks on No Plan to Cap Contaminating Drill Hole

John Perkins spokesperson for Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia says “SuNNS membership and Tatamagouche area residents are pleased to hear the Ministry of Energy and Mines is committed to capping a leaking exploration drill hole in the French River Watershed”.

Perkins notes “this is a big change in the Ministry of Energy and Mines
approach to this contaminating drill hole.” Frances Willick reported in a January 25 CBC article that Don James, Ministry of Energy and Mines, had stated “the responsibility for the hole now rests with the landowner”. “Mines and Energy’s reversal indicates the power of a Free Press, the effectiveness of local community advocacy groups like SuNNS and the power of municipal governments to bring pressure on the provincial government” says Perkins.
“The contaminating drill hole sits in the French River watershed, the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche, so I think the Municipality of Colchester and area Councilor Michael Gregory were very upset when Mines and Energy failed to contact them regarding their plans to not address the polluting drill hole” says SuNNS member Paul Jenkinson.
“The discovery of one uncapped contaminating drill hole on Warwick Mountain and the possibility of more leaking drill holes has raised the spectre of 780 other unmonitored mining exploration drill holes across the province”, Perkins notes.
SuNNS is asking the Ministry of Energy and Mines to immediately instruct staff to visit all drill hole sites and return in 6 months with a report on their condition.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to issue an order that any polluting drill holes be immediately capped by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, upon discovery of their “leaking” status.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to remove new regulatory language that allows landowners to request wells remain uncapped.
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to abandon plans to issue a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected“ status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.

WANTED: HALIGONIAN YOUTH TO CUT SCHOOL WITH GRETA THUNBERG

Following the hottest summer on record in Sweden since records began 262 years ago , Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg started cutting classes at school. Dismayed by lack of real action on the climate crisis, Greta said, “If grown-ups don’t give a <__> about my future, I won’t either.”
On November 2, 2018, CCL Sudbury member Sophia Mathur conducted possibly the first the first Friday For Future Climate Strike in the Western Hemisphere in solidarity with Greta Thunberg in Sweden who has been striking from school since August. On Friday, December 7, youth in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kingston, Kitchener, Ottawa, and  Fredericton conducted Fridays For Future strikes.  Their actions made the CBC National on Friday, December 7, 2018, and Greta Thunberg tweeted her appreciation.In February youth in twelve Canadian cities from coast to coast have committed to striking. Check out this map.  https://cop24climatestrike.com/event-map/

As Greta Thunberg said in her speech at COP24 on behalf of Climate Justice, “We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people. Thank you.”Currently, most youth are committed to striking at least once a month in Canada.

Their goal for Friday, May 3, is to have thousands of youth in Canada striking from coast to coast to coast.

Some Canadian Fridays For Future strikers have decided to sister strike with the Global Friday’s For Future strike on March 15. Definitely youth in Winnipeg, Toronto and Waterloo are sister-striking on March 15.

On February 2, 2019 CBC’s Day 6 News Program Canadian: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/cutting-class-to-stop-climate-change-young-canadians-strike-for-the-planet-1.5001974

If you want to join the Fridays For Future strikes nationally, please register here: https://cop24climatestrike.com/register-event/
Sophia Mathur, 11 years old

 

Sudbury, ON

Striking one Friday a month since November 3.

Environmental Assessment: Northern Pulp

On February 7, 2019, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (Northern Pulp) registered the Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the Project is to replace the existing effluent treatment facility (ETF) with a new one to treat wastewater received from the Northern Pulp pulp mill at Abercrombie Point, Pictou County. The Project includes a new ETF and a new effluent pipeline that will carry treated effluent to be discharged in the Northumberland Strait.

Northern Pulp intends to use an AnoxKaldnes BAS™ biological activated sludge treatment process purchased from Veolia Water Technologies, which combines moving bed biofilm reactor technology with conventional activated sludge. Once treated, effluent would be sent via an approximately 15.5 kilometers-long pipeline. The effluent pipeline would follow the Highway 106 for approximately 11.4 kilometers, then enter the marine environment near the Northumberland Ferries marine terminal, and continue for approximately 4.1 kilometers through Caribou Harbour to the Northumberland Strait where the treated effluent would be discharged via an engineered diffuser.

On February 7, 2019, all project information including the Registration Document will be available on Nova Scotia Environment website athttp://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that written comments must be provided no later than March 9, 2019 to be considered in this environmental assessment. Written comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before March 29, 2019, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.

All comments received will be posted on the department’s website for public viewing (after the Minister of Environment has made a decision on this environmental assessment). In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website. By submitting your comments, you are consenting to the posting of your comments on the department’s website.

 

If you have any questions contact:

Helen Yeh

Environmental Assessment Officer

Nova Scotia Environment

1903 Barrington Street, Suite 2085

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2P8

e-mail: ea@novascotia.ca

Toll-free phone number: (833) 363-4874

 

Webinar: 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

SusDevWEB.jpg You’re invited to participate in a free webinar on the draft 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the development of Canada’s National Strategy. If you’re curious about what the Government of Canada is doing to support implementation of the SDGs, this webinar is for you.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (EST)

Registration: Register online

We hope you’ll share this invitation with your colleagues and friends, and look forward to your participation.

Check out the strategy:
Canada.ca/federal-sustainable-development-strategy

For more information / to contact us:
ec.bdd-sdo.ec@canada.ca