Nature Conservancy Canada

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, we partner with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife. We secure properties (through donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and manage them for the long term.

Since 1962, NCC and our partners have helped to conserve more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land from coast to coast.

Vision of Nature Conservancy Canada :

  • Nature Conservancy Canada envisions a world in which Canadians conserve nature in all its diversity, and safeguard the lands and waters that sustain life.

Mission of Nature Conservancy Canada :

  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada leads and inspires others to join us in creating a legacy for future generations by conserving important natural areas and biological diversity across all regions of Canada.

Values of Nature Conservancy Canada :

  • Durable Conservation Outcomes
  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making
  • Respect For Nature and People
  • Integrity First
  • Conservation Through Collaboration and Cooperation

If you are interested in more stories of Nature Conservancy Canada, visit http://www.natureconservancy.ca/.

 

Energy Probe

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Energy Probe is a consumer and environmental research team, active in the fight against nuclear power, and dedicated to resource conservation, economic efficiency, and effective utility regulation.

Current Priorities of Energy Probe :

  • Restore strong regulation in monopolized markets, such as those involving gas pipelines and electricity grids
  • Promote competition in naturally competitive markets
  • Promote a clean energy future
  • Stop nuclear expansion
  • Explain that global warming alarmism promotes an all-electric society of uneconomic and environmentally destructive  dams, industrial wind farms and nuclear reactors
  • Protect consumer interests when considering energy purchases and options

Energy Probe’s Funding :

  • Energy Probe depends overwhelmingly on individual donations and commercial activities for its operation
  • Individual donations include receipted monies and unreceipted pro bono work, including from whistle-blowers, lawyers and scientists

For more details about Energy Probe’s projects and goals, visit https://ep.probeinternational.org/.

Degrowth Canada

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Degrowth Canada is asmallnot-for-profit organization recently set-up by a number of participants and organizers of the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas (Montreal 13-20 May 2012) to act as a vehicle for communications across Canada on regional and local degrowth activities.

Mission Statement of Degrowth Canada :

  • The mission of Degrowth Canada is to actively engage and mobilize citizens in Canada in the global post growth movement. Degrowth Canada is organized based on self-management and aims to use a transdisciplinary approach; grassroots, bottom-up participation; and the integration of civil society in its research and discussions. To articulate the needs and aspirations of the Americas for a post-growth, more equitable and better world, Degrowth Canada worked with others in the organization of the Montreal International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas held in May 2012 and with groups across Canada which express an interest in sharing information and actions which promote policies and activities  toward a post growth Canada. After the conference, we continue to engage and mobilize citizens in post growth activities that challenge the growth–driven economic model on which existing policies are based. Our ultimate goal is to enable Canada to smoothly transition into a post growth society ripe with social and environmental justice

Bridges :

Bridges will be a periodical publication that aims at collaborative research, that promotes inter-regional alliances to help engage citizens and mobilize them into actions related to the post growth movement.

Subversion :

Degrowth Canada hopes to Identify and promote collaborative experiences that challenge the dominant paradigm. (Experiences: workshops, public lectures, art and actions in public spaces, alternative communities)

Capacity Development :

Degrowth Canada hopes to provide tools and resources for social actors at all scales (starting from local communities to the international community) to critically reflect on current post growth dialogues, in order to develop and articulate new post growth pathways.

For more information about Degrowth Canada and their activities, visit https://degrowthcanada.wordpress.com/.

 

 

International Joint Commission (IJC)

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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is an international organization created by the Boundary Waters Treaty, signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

In particular, the Commission rules upon applications for approval of projects affecting boundary or transboundary waters and may regulate the operation of these projects; it assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment, including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the improvement of transboundary air quality; and it alerts the governments to emerging issues along the boundary that may give rise to bilateral disputes.

Canada and the United States each appoint three of the six IJC Commissioners, including one chair from each country. The two chairs serve concurrently. The Commissioners are appointed by the highest level of government in each country, but once appointed they do not represent the national governments; they operate at arm’s length. The Commissioners traditionally work by consensus to find solutions that are in the best interest of both countries. The Commissioners are supported by U.S. and Canadian Section offices in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario.

The IJC has established more than 20 boards and task forces to help meet its responsibilities along the Canada-U.S. boundary. Board and task force members are drawn equally from both countries and are expected to work in their professional capacities, not as representatives of an organization or region.

Missions and Mandates :

  • Boundary Waters Treaty
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. 2012
  • Rules of Procedures
  • Guiding Principles

Activities :

  • Historical Highlights
  • Dockets
  • Reports and Publications

IJC Team :

  • Commissioners
  • Staff
  • Boards and Task Forces

For more information about IJC, visit http://www.ijc.org.

Phyllis Rawlinson Park

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Phyllis Rawlinson Park is Richmond Hill’s largest Oak Ridges Moraine park. The land was donated to Richmond Hill by Phyllis Rawlinson, a long-time resident of the Town.

Special Features That The Park Includes :

  • A community garden
  • An off-leash dog area
  • Celebration Forest
  • Robert Holland Interpretive Centre
  • George Forster House

Robert Holland Interpretive Centre :

Robert Holland Interpretive Centre is a place where exploring outdoors and participating in environmental activities are available, which is inside Phyllis Rawlinson Park. The programs the centre runs are :

  • Environmental Studies
  • Native Studies
  • Pioneer Life
  • Tree Planting
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Habitat Construction
  • Interpretive Hikes

To check more interesting features of Phyllis Rawlinson Park, Visit https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/Phyllis-Rawlinson-Park.aspx.

Windfall Centre

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Established in 1998 by Brent R. Kopperson, Windfall Ecology Centre is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. The creation of Windfall was inspired by a vision of healthy communities, where economic, social, and environmental needs achieve balance through social innovation, community partnership, and community action. The Centre’s activities focus on empowering communities to create lasting wealth in a carbon constrained 21st century.

What Do They Do?

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Solar Services
  • Windfall Ecology Festival
  • Water Protection
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Sustainability Planning

EcoHealth Ontario

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EcoHealth Ontario is an organization that focuses on the health of environment in Ontario. Their goal is to develop new collaborations among the human health, social and environmental sectors and build a common agenda to foster improved health and well being outcomes for Ontarians through the provision of better ecosystem quality, increased green space and enhanced access to nature.

Objectives of Ecohealth Ontario :

  • Determine research needs and identify knowledge gaps
  • Undertake or compile evidence-based research about the interactions among natural systems and human health and well-being;
  • Develop a shared set of values among public health, medical, education, planning and environmental sectors and professionals;
  • Develop new collaborative relationships across the public health, medical, education, planning and environmental sectors;
  • Share information and perspectives to enhance systems thinking and improve health outcomes;
  • Develop shared communication, education and outreach messaging for use by collaborative partners; and
  • Encourage policy and program changes that help advance the protection, restoration and enhancement of ecosystem services for the health and well-being of our communities.

For more information about EcoHealth Ontario, visit http://www.ecohealth-ontario.ca .