A chance to upcycle: Donate Your Old Keys!

Old keys can unlock something beautiful.

Adsum House For Women & Children needs your old, unwanted keys to help create their next fundraising campaign.

They are going to use them to create HOPE.

They can’t tell you exactly what that means right now – they want it to be a surprise – but they will say, it is going to be a beautiful work of art that will draw attention to the need for secure housing and support for homeless women. Your old keys can play a big part in raising awareness and inspiring donations.

You can drop them off or mail them to us by October 11 at:

Adsum House
Attn. Kathy McNab
2421 Brunswick St.
Halifax, NS, B3K 2Z4
Open 24 hrs. 

Or, if you put on a “Key Drive” and collect a large number of keys from co-workers, your school or your neighbourhood, we would be happy to pick them up.

For more information or to arrange a pick-up, please contact:

Kathy McNab – 902-422-3389 – kathy.mcnab@adsumforwomen.org

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Public Consultation Sessions for Dollar Lake Provincial Park

Public Consultation Sessions for Dollar Lake Provincial Park

Come share your ideas for future planning of Dollar Lake Provincial Park

Monday, October 15th, 2018

2:00pm – 4:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Brief Presentations Will Occur at 2:30pm and 6:30pm

Location: Elmsdale Fire and Emergency Services

720 Highway #2, Elmsdale, NS, B2S 1E9

For more information on how to get involved: https://novascotia.ca/natr/parks/management/

Contact: Parks, Outreach & Service Delivery Division

1-866-230-1586 or parkplanning@novascotia.ca

If you know someone who is interested in this Park but may not have been contacted, please request them to email parkplanning@novascotia.ca to be added to the list and/or pass the information of the session on to them.

West Hants Plan Review Public Meeting: Infrastructure & Environment Oct 17th 2018

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You are invited! West Hants is hosting a Plan Review public engagement session regarding environment and infrastructure including energy, water and climate change. We are interested in your input regarding the opportunities and policy options on such topics.

Wednesday October 17, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor

New Fall Talking Circle Series at Halifax Central Library with Catherine Martin

“Very moving and thought-provoking” “One more reason to love the library” “Excellent! More, please!” Such was the feedback to the pilot Mi’kmaq Talking Circle Series, “Four Circles of Life…” last fall and winter. Thanks to Catherine Martin’s gracious gift to lead the 2018 Halifax circles and partial funding from the Halifax Community Health Board of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, a new series, “Ego to Eco: Learning the Mi’kmaq calendar to Experience Human and Ecological Health’s Interdependence” will launch this coming Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Talking Circle area of the Central Library and continue each month (October 23, November 20 and December 18) at the same location.

 

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NSEN, with its revitalized new board chaired by PhD Engineering student, Chris White, and the crucial in-kind support of one of Halifax’s favourite gathering place is committed to hosting Mi’kmaq circles in order to facilitate a more ecologically and inclusive way for people to meet and face our fragile future on the planet. The series looks at components of human health through the prism of environmental elements and the eco-centric Mi’kmaq Calendar.

For millennia the unceded Mi’kmaq territory (what is now called the Atlantic Provinces) was sustained by an eco-centric philosophy of a land-based consciousness. The inclusivity and egalitarianism of this philosophy is exemplified by the Mi’kmaq talking circle tradition, an ideal setting for all people living in this time and space to come together to learn how to best survive spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. By acknowledging that 1/putting the needs for a healthy environment before egoic greed, 2/considering what the fullness of the natural world (of which human animals are a part) offers in each month through the perspective of the Mi’kmaw calendar and 3/ discussing the challenges of being healthy in a society that most often ignores that nature is in control, will integrate humans to see that we must put nature first and create the political will to protect our environment above everything.

NSEN encourages a repeat of the broad spectrum of last year’s circles’ representation during which Mi’kmaq, Anishnabe, Cree and Haida First Nations, Inuit people from fifteen countries, all ages, genders and economic backgrounds, longtime residents of Halifax, new Canadians, professionals from the arts and sciences and persons of all abilities came together to listen to the Circle leader and then to each other.
Alanis Obomsawin, a renowned Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist, relayed this pithy and poignant indigenous wisdom: “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”

For more details, check out the Facebook Event

Volunteer Opportunity – Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Halifax

Volunteer Opportunity 
 
Are you very concerned about the catastrophic consequences of global warming and more than ready to act on this? Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Halifax is searching for a new Group Leader (who can be located anywhere in the province and can rename the organization CCL Nova Scotia if so desired).  It’s a great volunteer opportunity to meet other dedicated and compassionate climate change volunteers from across Canada (by way of monthly conference calls and lobbying on Parliament Hill) and learn a myriad of transferable skills. The time commitment is up to you, from 2-4 hours a week on average.

 

CCL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.
 
If interested, write to Cathy Orlando cathy@citizensclimate.org or brett.cease@citizensclimatelobby.org or telephone present group leader, Joanne Light at 902-429-1571

Sierra Club Applauds Neonicotinoid Pesticide Phase-Out, Calls for Fast Action to Protect Bees

OTTAWA, ON, August 15, 2018 – Sierra Club welcomes the ban of dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides, announced today by Health Canada, and urges a more rapid phase-out than the proposed three-year timeline. Health Canada announced today it was phasing out two of the more commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides.
Neonicotinoids contain neurotoxins that affect insect life. Concerns about impacts on pollinators, especially bees, has mobilized Canadians to stop the use of these chemicals.
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Last year, the international body devoted to protecting global biodiversity, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a review of over 1,100 peer-reviewed scientific studies, concluding there is no doubt neonicotinoids harm bees.

Health Canada’s own research found that impacts on aquatic insects, often vital to food webs – including fish and birds – are threatened by harmful levels of at least one of these chemicals found in the environment. And because insects are the most diverse known form of life on the planet, impacts on insects should raise alarm for global biodiversity.

“The scientific evidence that these pesticides were hurting pollinators and aquatic life is overwhelming and alarming,” according to Sierra Club Canada Foundation National Program Director Gretchen Fitzgerald. This evidence is being taken seriously by Health Canada, and we applaud them for taking action. We are breathing a sigh of relief today, but hope Health Canada will move quickly to make sure use is stopped sooner than their 2021 deadline.”
“For years, our supporters have pushed for the rapid ban of these pesticides,” according to Fitzgerald. “I can only hope that the damage we have already seen caused by neonics – and the resulting massive public concern – will result in reform for how we approve such pesticides in the first place.”

Class 1 Environmental Assessment- Goldboro Gold Project

This is to advise that on August 1st, Anaconda Mining Incorporated registered the Goldboro Gold Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act. Public comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is the development and operation of a 575 tonne per day, 24 hour/day, 7 day/week, surface and underground gold mine along with a concentrator and accompanying tailings facility. This would occur on Goldbrook Road, Goldboro, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia with a disturbed footprint of ~125.9 hectares. Site construction and preliminary production would begin in 2020, with a currently projected completion in 2029, pending approval.

All project information including the Registration Document will be available on Nova Scotia Environment website at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that comments must be provided by August 31st, 2018, to be considered in this environmental assessment. Comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before September 20th, 2018, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval. All submissions received, including personal information, will be made available for public review upon request.

If you have any questions, contact:

Harrison Moore, Environmental Assessment Officer

Environmental Assessment Branch

Nova Scotia Environment

1903 Barrington Street

Suite 2085

PO Box 442

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2P8

Phone: (902) 497-4119

Fax: (902) 424-6925

E-mail: Harrison.moore@novascotia.ca