[ensu] 10 announcements

  • From: matt.niedzielski@xxxxxxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 23:53:41 -0500

Enjoy the read. Lot's o'stuff happening.


1) Environment Week Keynote speaker David Anderson Thursday March 11th

2) Earth Healing Info Session: March 11th 

3) Summer job opportunity

4) IES/GOEHU Environment and Health Seminars (March 25th and April 1st)

5) The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is on the wrong path

6) Algonquin wolves protected against hunting and trapping

7) fyi: United Nations Environment Programme: 8th Special Session of the
Governing Council 

8) Interesting NASA story on ocean circulation and cooling weather in Europe 
and North America


This seminar will explore some ideas around the connection between place and 
identity, the role of colonisation, and how these things influence & shape our 
worldviews. Those attending will be encouraged to participate, and to share 
their thoughts & ideas.

10) Environment Week schedule (more or less the entire list of what's happening)


The Students' Administrative Council Presents U of T Environment Week 2004
Keynote Address: The Politics of the Environment
Featuring: Federal Environment Minister David Anderson
Minister Anderson will speak on climate change, the effects of politics
on environmental initiatives in Canada, and about the recent Kyoto Protocol.
Thursday March 11, 2004
Time: 5- 6PM (please arrive by 4:45PM because the talk will start at
promptly at 5PM)
Place: OISE Room G162 (OISE Auditorium) 
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
Free Tickets to the event are available at: 
SAC, (12 Hart House Circle Toronto, Ontario M5S 3J9)
SAC-UTSC (Room B-302, 1265 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario) M1C 1A4
SAC-UTM (Room 131 Student Center 3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6)
For more information visit the SAC website www.sac.utoronto.ca or call
416-978-4911 ext. 230 or email vpua@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Green Minds for a Great Future
SAC Hosts Federal Environment Minister David Anderson for U of T
Environment Week 2004

March 1, 2004

For Immediate Release

The University of Toronto Students? Administrative Council will be
hosting The Honourable David Anderson, Federal Environment Minister for
the keynote address of U of T Environment Week 2004 on Thursday March 11,

Minister Anderson will be delivering an address entitled ?The Politics of
the Environment? and will speak about climate change, how politics
affects environmental initiatives in Canada and about the recent Kyoto
Protocol, which Canada is a signatory to.

David Anderson has long been an advocate for the Kyoto Accord and has
done lots of work on battling climate change across the Canada. He
currently serves as the MP for the riding of Victoria in British

?SAC has always managed to bring big-name keynote speakers for
Environment Week and this is just another part of that tradition? said
Howard Tam, Vice-President University Affairs of SAC ?Three years ago we
brought in Ralph Nader, and two years ago it was David Suzuki. I hope
that all students will be able to attend this free event? he added.

The keynote address will be part of U of T Environment Week 2004 which
runs from March 8-12, 2004 on all 3 campuses of U of T. Highlights of the
week include: workshops on bike repair, composting and recycling, a Green
Market Fair on organic foods, a night of poetry readings and artwork
showcases, a screening of the critically acclaimed, newly released
documentary The Corporation, and an Environmental Activism Fair on March

The keynote address will be held from 5-6PM in OISE room G162- the OISE
Auditorium. OISE is located at 252 Bloor Street West. Attendees are
encouraged to show up at 4:45PM at the talk will start promptly at 5PM.
Free tickets for U of T students can be picked up at SAC.

The Students? Administrative Council (SAC) is the Full-Time Undergraduate
Student Union at the University of Toronto, representing over 45,000
students on the 3 U of T campuses. SAC offers advocacy for students, and
services like discount TTC Metropasses, a used textbook selling service,
Health and Dental Plan, and free Income Tax clinics, on behalf of all its
members. SAC is not-for-profit corporation and is a proud member of the
Canadian Federation of Students, as Local 98.

For more information:
Contact: Howard Tam, Vice-President University Affairs
(416)978-4911 ext. 230
12 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3J9



Sorry to bother, I know your inboxes must be filled to the brim with things to 
do, but I wanted to let you know about what the USMC Social justice centre is 
doing in regards to a few earth healing events

Earth Healing Info Session: March 11th @ Brennan Lounge 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (I 
will be hosting the ENSU table at this event)

Earth Healing Dinner and a Movie: TBA (look for flyers)

A Prayer for Earth Healing: March 31st @ 3pm. ORIENTATION FIELD!! (weather 

Hope some of you can pop by, if you aren't too crazy with all of the things 


Caroline Brooks

Check out the website of the Labatt People in Action website for summer job



Program Counsellor & Placement Coordinator
Innis Environmental Studies Program 

Institute for Environmental Studies & 
Gage Occupational and Environmental Health Unit 
Room 213 (**note new room**)
2nd floor, Koffler Institute for Pharmacy Management 
569 Spadina Ave., at Bancroft Ave., north of College St.
(west door on Spadina Ave. locked; please use east door)

No registration required; all are welcome.  
For more information, please contact 
Mona El-Haddad (416-978-6526; m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx) 
Please check www.utoronto.ca/env/seminars.htm for abstracts and updates.

THU MARCH 25, 2004, 4:00 p.m. 
MAJOR STEVE MacEWEN, Environmental Engineer, Canadian Forces 
"Environmental and industrial health hazard studies in Afghanistan"
(abstract below)
(replaces cancelled seminar "Hormesis: when a little means a lot" by
RONALD W. BRECHER, Principal, Globaltox Toxicology Focused Solutions) 

THU APRIL 1, 2004, 4:00 p.m. 
MURRAY FINKLESTEIN, Medical Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Labour;
Assistant Professor, McMaster University 
"Air pollution and neighborhood-related health effects"
(abstract below)

THU MARCH 25, 2004, 4:00 p.m. 
MAJOR STEVE MacEWEN, Environmental Engineer, Canadian Forces 
Since the end of the Cold War the Canadian Forces have been deployed to
an increasing variety of locations around the globe.  In addition to the
traditional military threats, Canadian Forces personnel may be exposed
to environmental and industrial threats to their long-term health. 
    The Environmental and Industrial Health Hazard and Public Health
Concerns (EIHH and PHC) Risk Framework was developed to identify and
mitigate those risks.  Assessment Teams composed of environmental
engineers, industrial hygienists, preventative medicine and radiological
technicians have been deployed on operations in Europe, Africa, the
Middle East and most recently, Afghanistan. 
    This presentation will discuss the origins of the EIHH and PHC Risk
Framework, the studies recently conducted in Afghanistan and the way
ahead in the continued development of the Framework.

THU APRIL 1, 2004, 4:00 p.m. 
MURRAY FINKLESTEIN, Medical Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Labour;
Assistant Professor, McMaster University 
Most studies of the health effects of air pollution use sampling results
from a central monitor and assign the same exposure to all residents of
an urban region.  Several years ago, Dutch investigators investigated
the effect of traffic pollution and reported that cardiopulmonary
mortality rates were elevated among subjects residing close to major
roads and highways.  Dr. Finkelstein will discuss a study in which GPS
methods were used to locate the residences of a cohort of subjects who
attended clinics in Hamilton and Toronto.  Circulatory disease mortality
rates were elevated among subjects who lived close to major roads in
Hamilton and Toronto.  For subjects in Hamilton, respiratory and
circulatory disease hospitalization rates were increased among subjects
residing near major roads.  There is thus spatial variability in
pollution health effects in Ontario cities.


The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is attempting to sideline
innovative and cost-effective approaches to energy conservation
in Ontario.  In its March 1, 2004 report to the Minister of
Energy, the OEB is calling for the creation of a large
centralized agency to run all the electricity conservation
programmes in the province.

This highly centralized, top-down approach will entail
significant delays and cost increases in the delivery of the
kinds of conservation programs that are being called for by a
wide spectrum of energy experts. It also flies in the face of
the proven experience of the natural gas sector, where
utility-driven programmes are reducing customers' bills by more
than $1 billion.

Time is of the essence if Ontario is to achieve a coal phase-out by
2007.   We cannot afford to lose two or more years of conservation
activity while a conservation bureaucracy is being created.   Instead of
creating a large new bureaucracy to deliver energy programs,
Ontario's Energy Minister should direct the OEB to make the
aggressive and cost-effective promotion of energy conservation
a profitable course of action for Ontario's municipal electric
utilities (e.g., Toronto Hydro) and Hydro One.

Please join us in urging Energy Minister Dwight Duncan to
reject the OEB's approach and to instead favour innovative,
customer-focused energy conservation programmes that are
designed and delivered by Ontario's electric utilities, not a
centralized bureaucracy.  Minister Duncan can be reached at

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Raví Mark Singh
Communications & Membership Co-ordinator
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Ph: (416)926-1907 ext. 245
NOTE OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of health,
environmental and consumer organizations, faith communities,
unions, utilities, municipalities and individuals working for
cleaner air through strict emission limits and a phase-out of
coal in the electricity sector.  Our partner organizations
represent more than six million Ontarians.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to this list please visit

For more on how you can contribute to clearing Ontario's air through
your electricity purchases, please see our consumer-advice website:


Special thanks go out to all of you who helped out with this campaign! Your
support helped make this happen; your letters and postcards made a

1. Algonquin wolves protected through permanent ban on hunting and trapping!
2. Presentation by Ministry of Natural Resources scientist Brent Patterson
on March 9th.

1.Algonquin wolves protected through permanent ban on hunting and trapping

Earthroots applauds Minister's decision to protect park wolves

(For Immediate Release: March 3, 2004 - Toronto).  Earthroots congratulates
Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay who today announced a permanent
ban on the hunting and trapping of wolves and coyotes in the 39 townships
surrounding Algonquin Provincial Park.

"We are very pleased that Minister Ramsay has moved today to permanently
protect the wolves of Algonquin Park from hunting and trapping," said
Melissa Tkachyk, Wilderness Campaigner with Earthroots. "This initiative is
a bold and positive step for wolf conservation in Ontario. For years now,
Ontarians have been asking for a permanent year-round ban on the killing of
wolves around Algonquin Park and we are delighted that Minister Ramsay and
the government have listened."

According to an Earthroots survey recently conducted by Oraclepoll Research
of Sudbury, 90.4% of Ontarians support permanent protection for species at
risk like the Eastern Canadian wolf (Algonquin wolf).

More than a decade of research has shown that the Algonquin wolf population
has been declining, primarily due to high levels of hunting and trapping
outside of the park boundaries.  Prior to the implementation of the
moratorium in November 2001, approximately 35 - 40 park wolves were killed
this way each year.

"Half of the wolf packs in the park have territories that extend beyond park
boundaries, which is why the creation of this permanent buffer zone is so
important to their survival," said Tkachyk.

The ban on hunting and trapping will also apply to coyotes within the buffer
zone. This comprehensive ban is essential to protecting the Algonquin wolf
as both species are very similar in appearance, and it prevents hunters from
mistakenly shooting wolves when hunting coyotes.

Earthroots is concerned that if the hunting and trapping of wolves outside
the Algonquin Park region continues unhindered, the survival of the Eastern
Canadian wolf will continue to be in jeopardy.  It is Earthroots' hope that
today's announcement will be the first step towards the implementation of a
province-wide wolf protection strategy.

"The Minister has shown leadership in conservation and has demonstrated his
commitment to protecting Algonquin wolves," says Tkachyk.  "We look forward
to working with the Minister in the future to ensure that Ontario becomes a
world leader in wolf protection."

For more information, contact Earthroots at 416-599-0152
Or visit Earthroots' Wolves Ontario! website at www.wolvesontario.org

2. The Wolves of Algonquin
A presentation by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Sponsored by Earthroots

Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratories Building - Room 117
University of Toronto
25 Harbord Street
Tuesday, March 9th, 2004
7:00- 9:00 pm

Come learn more about wolf research in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Brent Patterson, a Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources will be discussing the influence of harvesting, disease and prey
availability on the wolf population in Algonquin Park.

Wolf research conducted by Dr. John and Mary Theberge between 1987 and 1999
revealed that many Algonquin Park wolves were dying at the hands of humans
outside of the Park.  This raised concerns about the long-term viability and
integrity of wolves in the Park. In November 2001 an experimental 30-month
moratorium on wolf hunting and trapping in the 39 townships surrounding
Algonquin Park was enacted.  To determine the effects of the moratorium, the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is comparing pack size and structure,
and adult survival rates, measured during 2002 to 2004 with similar data
collected during 1987 to 1997.

Using radio telemetry, the MNR research team has been able to follow the
fate of young wolf pups during their first year to study pup recruitment
levels. By monitoring both pup and adult wolves, the MNR has examined the
timing and relative importance of all major factors contributing to changes
in pack size and population density, from birth of a new litter through to
the following spring.

The influence of harvesting, disease and prey availability on the population
dynamics of wolves in Algonquin is a research publication co-authored by
Brent Patterson, Dr. Dennis Murray (professor at Trent University), Derek
Meier (grad student, Trent University) and Kenneth Mills (grad student,
Trent University)

For more information, contact Earthroots at 416-599-0152
Or visit Earthroots' Wolves Ontario! website at www.wolvesontario.org

Support Earthroots' work to protect threatened wilderness
and wildlife by donating to Earthroots online at

Share these emails with interested friends!

Wolves Ontario! Project is a campaign of Earthroots. For more
information about Earthroots' other campaigns please visit
http://www.earthroots.org or contact us at (416) 599-0152.

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United Nations Environment Programme: 8th Special Session of the
Governing Council [pdf]
In anticipation of the 8th Special Session of the Governing Council of the
Global Ministerial Environment Forum, the United National Environment
Programme has created this helpful website that brings together some of the
important preliminary documents dealing with the proceedings of the March
2004 conference in South Korea. The documents here include working briefing
documents, information documents, and papers dealing with the theme of the
environmental dimension of water, sanitation, and human settlements. While
some of these documents merely offer the provisional agenda for the
conference, others are quite relevant to broader concerns, such as the
"Overview of progress on international environment governance" and
"Prevention and control of dust and sandstorms in the north-east Asia."
Needless to say, many of the documents are available in English, Arabic,
Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. The site also contains a direct link
to the conference website, which promises live webcasting of different
proceedings as they take place on March 29, 30, and 31st 2004.



Hi!  I thought you'd be interested in this story from Science@NASA: By
disturbing a massive ocean current, melting Arctic sea ice might trigger
colder weather in Europe and North America.




A seminar with 




This seminar will explore some ideas around the connection between place and 
identity, the role of colonisation, and how these things influence & shape our 
worldviews. Those attending will be encouraged to participate, and to share 
their thoughts & ideas.

  Room 112, Claude Bissell Building

(40 St. George Street, north end of Robarts complex)

MONDAY MARCH 15, 2004 


 Light food & beverages will be served.


Leslie Ramsay is a fourth-year student, hoping to complete a degree of a double 
major in Environmental Studies at Innis College & Aboriginal Studies this 
spring. Her goal after graduation is to become a teacher of Native culture & 
language in Northern Ontario. She also hopes to one day publish some creative 
writing. She is from the Anishnaabe Nation, and was born & raised in the Parry 
Sound area of Georgian Bay. 

Simon Ortiz is a professor at the University of Toronto, in the English 
Department & Aboriginal Studies. He is from Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. His many 
writing accomplishments include poems, short stories, essays, and children?s 
books. Simon?s most recent book is Somewhere Out There (2002), and he is the 
author of Men on the Moon, from Sand Creek, Speaking for the Generations, & The 
People Shall Continue, among many others. A new children?s book called The Good 
Rainbow Road, in 3 languages (Keres, English, and Spanish), will be available 
in May 2004.



SAC Presents:

U of T Environment Week 2004 Green Minds for a Great Future 
March 8-12, 2004 

Schedule of Events (St. George):

Monday March 8 - Introduction to the Environment Day

2:30-4:30PM: Being a Greener Citizen Series: Learn How to Compost (OISE

5:30-9PM: Honouring the Earth

- Speakers, poetry, music, art, discussions, organic appetizers and info on
our environmental choices. (International Student Center - Cumberland Room)

Tuesday March 9 - Natural Environment Day

1PM: Being a Greener Citizen Series: Everything About Recycling (UC 244)

4PM: You Are What You Eat: Eating Organic In and Around Campus Find out
where in the area students can buy organic food, how to cook with it, and
taste some free samples! 

(Sidney Smith Lobby)

5-7PM: Hart House Community Kitchen.
Local, organic, and eco-friendly foods.  Cook with a conscience $5 fee, sign
up at the Hall Porters Desk.

(Kitchen, Lower level, Hart House)

Wednesday March 10 - Built Environment Day

2PM:Bag Bowl and Spoon: Free Soup and Seeds! Also sign an anti chlorine
petition (in front of SAC). Sponsored by the Equity Gardeners (Front of SAC

2-4PM: Chill Out at Buzzwords: Free Coffee and Tea (Hart House Map Room)

8PM: ENSU Movie Night: Free Screening of the critically acclaimed
documentary The Corporation (Innis Town Hall)

Thursday March 11 - Eco-Political Day

12-2PM:  Free Lunch at ISC Sponsored by Radical Roots. First 50 People get
free organic vegetarian lunches.

11AM-2PM: Creative Sustainability - Environment Fair on Organic Foods 

(Hart House Great Hall)

5PM: Keynote Address: The Politics of the Environment Keynote speaker:
Federal Environment Minister David Anderson (OISE Auditorium) Free tickets
at SAC or at the Door

Friday March 12 - Activism Day

12-2PM Free Lunch at ISC Sponsored by Radical Roots. First 50 People get
free organic vegetarian lunches.

11AM-4PM Environmental Activism Fair: Featuring UTERN Inkjet Recycling
Program Launch, and wind energy demonstration (Bahen Center Lobby)

1PM: You Are What You Eat: Eating Organic In and Around Campus

Find out where in the area students can buy organic food, how to cook with
it, and taste some free samples! (Bahen Center)

2PM: Water Conservation Workshop (Bahen Center B024)

4-6PM: Being a Greener Citizen Series: How to Fix Your Bike. (Bahen Center

UTM Schedule:

*** Through the Week ***

Nalgene bottles for sale! - Two different size bottles are offered through a
cooperative effort between Erindale Environmental Association, SAC Ministry 
of the Environment, and Thaqalayn Muslim Association, to promote waste 
reduction on campus.  Go to the Student Centre, Monday and Tuesday.

Notebooks for sale - hand-made by students out of re-used paper and milk 
cartons in order to promote waste reduction, and encouraging creativity in 
the reuse of materials.  Student Centre.

Bakesale - Muslim Students Association is putting on this bakesale in order 
to raise funds to buy a polar bear from the World Wildlife Federation. 
Student Centre

SAC T-Shirt Giveaways - Quantities are limited, look for booths at our 
weekly events.  Students Only

*** Monday Events***

Environmental Resume Writing Workshop - put on by the career centre. A very 
helpful workshop for students in any field. Teaches how to target a resume 
for a specific job posting with a focus on environmental careers.  

12-1pm-Student Centre, Boardroom

Alternative Menstrual Products - a cooperative effort between the Sexual 
Education Centre and the Women's Centre. Learn about environmentally 
friendly, and healthy alternatives to mainstream feminine products.  


Monday Movie Madness! - Enjoy environmental flick Baraka Monday afternoon 
and into the evening. Presented in cooperation with Student Centre Events.

5 and 7pm showtimes, Presentation Room

***Tuesday Events***

Campus Survival Walk - Waypoint Adventures' survival school guide Pierre, 
will use our campus as an arena to show students how to survive in the wild.

  11-12pm, meet in the Student Centre.  UTM Students only please.

"How to be a Green Citizen" - a workshop put on by UTM's Green Team giving 
hints on ways to green your daily routine. 1-2pm- Meeting Room

Vegetarianism Workshop - find out why you can't be a meat-eating 
environmentalist. Recipes included!  2-3pm-Meeting Room

Bob Hunter - hear this Greenpeace co-founder, CP24 Journalist and active 
Toronto environmentalist speak about the issues that have driven him. 
This will be very inspirational and enlightening.  4-5pm-Colman House. 
Everyone Welcome!

FREE Cooperative Organic Dinner - get to Colman House and join together to 
cook some delicious organic and locally grown food. FREE! Bring Your Own 
Bowl and cutlery! 5-9pm-Colman House

***Wednesday Events***

Carpooling Info and Transit Tickets - come to this booth in the great Hall 
to learn about UTM's carpooling program to get yourself ready for next year 
or to buy some $ cheap $ Mississauga Transit tickets, subsidized by SAC UTM.

  12-4pm-Student Centre.  Students Only

Vietnam Case Study -  UTM alumnist Rachelle Zilber will speak about her 
experiences with waste-pickers in Vietnam. 12-1pm-Board Room.

Waste Reduction Workshop - brush up on your 3R's with EcoSource Mississauga.

Greening your Car Workshop- EcoSource Mississauga will teach you how to make
your car a green machine. 2-3pm-Boardroom.

UTM Master Plan Awareness - Paul Donoghue will present the university's 
plans to "Grow Smart Grow Green". Find out what the future holds for UTM - 
it's looking good and GREEN! 3-4pm-Boardroom

Debate: Cloning and Stem Cell Research - Hosted by the Roman Catholic 
Student Club.  Doctors representing both Catholic and Muslim faiths will 
debate the issue with Clonaid Doctor Boisselier and Raelian Leader Rael. 

6-9pm-Blind Duck.

***Thursday Events***

UTM Sexual Education Centre Event - Reusables Workshop: Make your own SEX 
TOY.  They will supply a variety of materials to play with.  

11-4pm-Presentation Room

Environmental Economics - a speaker who used to be the environmental 
economist for Environment Canada, and now works for the City of Burlington, 
will show how environment and economics can work together. 

1-2pm-Presentation Room

Kyoto Discussion - U of T professors discuss the Kyoto accord. 

2-3pm-Presentation Room.

*Keynote Speaker: David Anderson - Federal Environment Minister will be 
speaking at St. George on the link between politics and the environment. 
Free buses from UTM at 4:10pm, event starts at 5pm, OISE, St. George.  Get 
your free bus ticket in the SAC office.  Get a free Environment Week 
T-Shirt, the product of our design contest.

***Friday Events***

Activist Lane - local environmental NGO's are visiting UTM to tell you a bit
about their work and their volunteer opportunities. Evergreen , OPIRG, 
Credit Valley Conservation, Healthy Lawns for Healthy People and more!  

12-4pm-Student Centre

Career Center - Careers in Environment - UTM alumni speak about their career
paths after graduation; they ensure us all that it's not THAT hard to get a 
good job.  Very colourful presenters.  11-12pm-Board Room.

FREE Hemp Bracelet Workshop - learn how to make your own bracelets out of 
this biodegradeable material, the almighty hemp. BYOB=Bring Your Own Beads!

2-3pm-Board Room.  Students Only.

UTSC Schedule:

Monday: Opening day, posters, flyers and other advertisements
Tuesday: Garbage Demonstration 

  Speaker: Frank Wania, "Atmospheric Pollution" 6-7 pm, in B264

  Speaker from OPG at 7-8 pm, 

Wednesday: Recycling tour 8:30 to 12:00 meeting outside the Gym

Thursday:  Recycling Demonstration in the morning

  Organic Dinner at 7:00 pm in the Attic, by invite only.

Friday: Closing day, final push for Recycling

** ALL WEEK: Battery, ink-cartridge collection, and water-bottle

"We must go forwards, not backwards. Upwards, not forwards. And always 
twirling, twirling into the future."

"End communication."

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