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Thinking Like a Watershed: Ecological governance concepts, trends and applications

In November 2008, Oliver M Brandes presented "Thinking Like a Watershed: Ecological governance concepts, trends and applications" to the Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative, a group that promotes the shift towards ecosystem management in British Columbia. Watch the presentation.

Towards a New Infrastructure: Integrated and Watercentric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond

On Friday, October 10, 2008 the Water Sustainability Project at POLIS hosted a workshop for regional districts and municipalities on "Towards a New Infrastructure: Integrated and Watercentric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond" in partnership with Convening for Action on Vancouver Island (CAVI) and UVic's Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability. Read the summary report.

Vote Environment

POLIS recently co-organized Vote Environment, a Victoria federal all-candidates meeting on environmental issues. Moderated by CBC Radio's On the Island host Gregor Craigie. Co-sponsored by Sierra Club BC, Dogwood Initiative, Conservation Voters of BC, Western Canada Wilderness Committee and BC Sustainable Energy Association.

POLIS Meets with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

On March 7, POLIS Associates Oliver Brandes, Rod Dobell and Kelly Bannister met with seven officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) during their cross Canada study tour to provide a briefing on POLIS’ work on ecological governance, sustainability, and key environmental priorities for Canada.

A Critical Balance: BC Hydro's Proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project

POLIS hosted a special presentation as part of the POLIS Discussion Series by Chief Roland Willson (West Moberly First Nations), Wayne Sawchuk (Activist & winner of the 2006 Canadian Environmentalist's Silver Medal Award), and Norine Wark (Peace Valley Environment Association and founding member of Keepers of the Water). The presentation took place on Tuesday, Mar 4 and was entitled "A Critical Balance: BC Hydro's Proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project."

Sustainability: Institutional and Individual Leadership

POLIS Associates Jamie Biggar and Kelly Bannister were invited to speak as panelists at the Joint Senate-Board of Governors Retreat on "Sustainability: Institutional and Individual Leadership" at Dunsmuir Lodge on March 1. Jamie Biggar's presentation was part of a panel presentation called "Sustainability at UVic: The Past and The Possibilities". Jamie addressed two questions: "How has Common Energy benefited from multi-stakeholder engagement?" and "What are some of the proposal ideas that have been generated through the network to move UVic beyond climate neutral?" Kelly's presentation was part of a panel on "Engagement with Community and Society on Sustainability Issues". Kelly addressed the question "How can the University build sustainable relationships with communities to facilitate collaboration on sustainability issues?".

Victoria's Wastewater: Land-Based Treatment...or Something Better?

The Maritime Awards Society of Canada is convening a Forum and Workshop entitled "Victoria's Wastewater: Land-Based Treatment...or Something Better? at the University of Victoria. Free public forum on Thursday evening, Feb 21. Registration is required for the day long workshop on Fri, Feb 22. For further details and links to the registration site, see www.maritimeawards.ca/forum2008

Not at the Table as Beggars: Rethinking the B.C. Treaty Process

POLIS hosted a special lecture by Mr. Robert Morales, Chief Negotiator for the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group, on Monday, Dec 3. Mr. Morales' talk was entitled "Not at the Table as Beggars: Rethinking the B.C. Treaty Process."  View poster.

Naomi Devine of Common Energy Appointed as Youth Representative to BC’s Climate Action Team

Congratulations to Naomi Devine of Common Energy who was appointed as the youth representative to British Columbia’s Climate Action Team announced by Premier Gordon Campbell. The team will offer advice to the government on its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020, including reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent. Note: POLIS has taken the liberty of posting a 'slightly modified' version of UVic's home page (Nov 20) with the announcement, in the spirit of celebrating Naomi's honour which was rather overlooked on the original. View modified home page.

Farewell to Our Wonderful Communications Director Ellen Reynolds

The POLIS community bids a fond farewell to our wonderful communications director Ellen Reynolds who has been such an important and integral part of POLIS since 2004. Ellen has contributed extensively to both the Water Sustainability Project and to POLIS' recent organisational development  phase (including helping to create and maintain our great website!). We wish her all success and happiness in her new position as Communications Director at the Canadian Women’s Health Network.