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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.

The Ecological Governance of Sustainable Water Management

Oliver Brandes gave an invited presentation “The Ecological Governance of Sustainable Water Management”  to the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network 2007 Annual Conference “Investing in People: Cultivating Leaders for Environmental Change” in Sidney, BC, May 28, 2007.

"Spring Tune-Up" -- A Variety Show and Fund-raiser

"Spring Tune-Up" -- a variety show and fund-raiser featuring local Chemainus talent held on May 25 at St Joseph's School Gym in Chemainus from 6:30-9:30. All proceeds to support the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project. Have fun, get involved! See event poster

May 22 was International Biodiversity Day

May 22 was International Biodiversity Day and launch date for the Chemainus Biodiversity Education Project, a collaboration between POLIS and community groups in the Chemainus region to foster an awareness of local biological diversity and develop educational materials for local schools and citizens. Read article in Chemainus Courier May 2007. The project is seeking volunteers to be involved in field activities to take place in Chemainus throughout the months of June, July, August, and September, and to assist in creating environmental education materials suitable for grades K-12 (to be completed by November). For more information or to inquire, please contact Kelly Bannister.

Oliver Brandes and Tim Morris in the Toronto Star

Water Issue Urgent, an article by Oliver Brandes and Tim Morris in the Toronto Star, May 19, 2007 that discusses how water security is the most pressing issue of the 21st century.

Water Efficiency: From Supply to Demand-side Management?

"Water Efficiency: From Supply to Demand-side Management?" Presentation by Oliver Brandes on April 13, 2007 for Plenary Session I at Water Governance in Transition -- Utility Restructuring and Water Efficiency in Ontario.  Location: Peter Wall Institute, UBC.  More information

Alternatives Journal Features Article by James Biggar and Michael M'Gonigle

Alternatives Journal 31:1 (2007) features an article by James Biggar and Michael M'Gonigle called "Sustaining Change from the Middle Ground" that describes the new Common Energy initiative. The authors state: “the University of Victoria is a mid-sized university with a considerable ecological footprint.  It has has thousands of people with the energy and expertise to forge effective responses to the local manifestations of the climate crisis. To take advantage of all this mental and material power, a network of students, staff, faculty and regional partners created Common Energy. This organization's goal is to … move the university beyond “climate neutral” so it does more to solve the climate crisis than it does to cause it.” Read article

2007 Georgia Basin Puget Sound Resesarch Conference

2007 Georgia Basin Puget Sound Research Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia
March 26–29, 2007

Contact Justin Longo, Conference Co-Chair
Environment Canada and visiting researcher at POLIS

Accessing Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity: Rights, Responsibilities and Key Issues

"Accessing Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity: Rights, Responsibilities and Key Issues"  Presentation by Dr. Kelly Bannister on March 24, 2007  10:20-11:20 am at the 7th Annual Health Conferernce of the Global Outreach Students Association (GOSA): Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Access to Essential Medicines. First Nations Longhouse, University of British Columbia. FREE admission, including lunch. Register by contacting  gosa.ubc@gmail.com. Read Conference information and Program