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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.

Water governance: cross-jurisdictional complexities from global to personal

Dr. Rod Dobell presented a talk entitled "Water governance: cross-jurisdictional complexities from global to personal" at the one-day conference: Water – Ours to Protect, organised by the Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition on November 17.

Common Energy: Developing Network Governance to Move UVic Beyond Climate-Neutral

Jamie Biggar was a guest speaker at the POLIS  Discussion Series on Ecological Governance, Nov 7, 2007. His talk was titled: "Common Energy: Developing Network Governance to Move UVic Beyond Climate-Neutral."

The Ethics of Engagement: An Ethnobiologist's Perspective

Kelly Bannister authors "The Ethics of Engagement: An Ethnobiologist's Perspective" in Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, October 2007 p.16-17. View article. View October issue.

POLIS Welcomes Biology Student Bernette Laliberte

POLIS is very pleased to welcome biology student Bernette Laliberte as a LE,NONET research apprentice working with Dr. Kelly Bannister on the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project from October 2007 through March 2008.

Aboriginal Water Issues

Jack Smith of Halalt First Nation was a guest speaker at the POLIS  Discussion Series on Ecological Governance, October 3, 2007 on the topic of "Aboriginal Water Issues". View article in the Chemainus Courier November 2007.

Oliver Brandes Presents "webinar" on Water Sustainability Hosted by Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Oliver Brandes presented at a "webinar" on water sustainability hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on Sept 26, 2007. Listen to audio podcast and view PDFs of the webinar presentations.

Halalt First Nation's "Honor Our River Day"

POLIS supports the Halalt First Nation's  "Honor Our River Day" celebration on the Chemainus River Sept 14, 2007 to raise awareness of biological and cultural importance of water and threats to the local watershed.