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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.

Oliver Brandes Writes about CRD Purchase of Part of Leech River Watershed

An opinion piece by Oliver Brandes about the CRD purchase of part of the Leech River Watershed appeared in the Times Colonist on September 7. Read the op-ed.

POLIS's Water Sustainability Project Profiled in Alternatives

POLIS's Water Sustainability Project is profiled in the August 2007 special edition of the Canadian journal Alternatives. The special issue focuses the "soft path" for water and features articles by POLIS research associates Oliver Brandes and Tony Maas describing POLIS's work in this area.

Kelly Bannister Appointed to Canadian Commission on UNESCO's Sectoral Commission on Natural, Social and Human Sciences

Kelly Bannister was appointed to the Canadian Commission on UNESCO's Sectoral Commission on Natural, Social and Human Sciences. The Sectoral Commission represents a group of approximately 30 core experts in the country from government, civil society and academia. Their role is to make recommendations on the preparation and implementation of UNESCO programmes and activities in Canada. Kelly was appointed based her expertise and commitment in all five UNESCO priority areas including: mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development; addressing emerging ethical challenges; quality and education for all; fostering cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.

Andy Lamb Leads a Shoreline Biodiversity Walk

July 12, marine biologist and educator Andy Lamb lead a shoreline biodiversity walk as part of the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project.

Field activities of the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project

  • June 6 Survivor Saltair, an outdoor environmental leadership activity for grades 4/5 in Saltair.
  • June 10 a walk and talk with Dr. Brenda Beckwith on Garry Oak ecosystems and conservation planning in Echo Heights.
  • June 15 an Echo Heights walk and public presentation by Dr. Nancy Turner on "Our food is our medicine."
  • June 28 Ladysmith teachers team up with project experts to learn about local forest and marine biodiversity on their last Pro-D day of the year.