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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.

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