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Winter Woodlot Tour – January 21st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017

 

Contact: Philip Pineau

Tel: 902-621-0505

E-mail: philip.pineau@pei.sympatico.ca

                                               WINTER WOODLOT TOUR 2017: FORESTS FOR ISLANDERS

 

Watershed organizations from the Hunter-Clyde, Wheatley, and West Rivers, along with the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment, would like to invite the public to attend the sixth annual Winter Woodlot Tour on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

This event will run from 9:00AM –1:00PM at 452 Clyde Road in Hazel Grove. The storm date is Saturday, January 28th, at the same time and place.

This location in the Hunter-Clyde Watershed provides a snapshot of the diversity of Island resources from farming to forestry and recreational activities. This area has a rich natural history encompassing diverse Acadian Forest stands, feeder streams for the larger watershed, diverse fish and wildlife habitat, and man made recreational trails.

Fun and family-friendly activities include:

  • snowshoeing
  • sleigh rides
  • rope ladders and climbing course from Scouts Canada
  • making maple syrup

Visit information stations along the trails through the woods to learn more about:

  • wildlife and birds present in our forests in the winter
  • plants and trees found in the Island’s Acadian forest
  • private woodlot management
  • chainsaw maintenance and safety
  • watershed management and stream restoration
  • Acadian forest restoration techniques
  • forest-based products in craft industries

This annual event is intended to give Islanders a taste of what our forests can do for us, both as a resource and as an important part of our Island environment. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of winter fun and camaraderie. There is no charge to attend, there will be heated tents to warm up in and, as always, there is free hot cider.

For more information, please contact Philip Pineau, via e-mail at philip.pineau@pei.sympatico.ca or visit our Facebook page: PEI Winter Woodlot Tour.

You can view the poster here:  2017WWTPoster_Final

PEI Watershed Alliance Fall Meeting: October 22nd in Hunter River

Please mark your calendars, the Fall Meeting of the PEI Watershed Alliance is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am – 2pm in Hunter River at the Community Centre.

The main agenda item will be the proposed Watershed Management Funding Formula. Groups are asked to come prepared to vote on whether to accept this formula. If you require more information on this proposal, please touch base with your local watershed coordinator.

An agenda for the meeting will soon be circulated.

Climate Change Town Hall July 13th

Join Hon. Wayne Easter at 7pm on Wednesday, July 13th at the Hunter River Community Centre (19816 Route 2), to share ideas about what governments and individuals can do to reduce and adapt to climate change.

He is looking for input on:

  1. How and where to reduce emissions
  2. Ideas for new technology and job creation
  3. How to put a price on carbon
  4. Preparing for the impacts of climate change
  5. General ideas on climate change reduction

After the town hall, we’ll be sharing notes via this interactive website so that others can learn from our ideas.

The town hall will last about two hours. Doors will be open at 6:30 and light refreshments will be available.

This is one of a series of consultations being held in Prince Edward Island on this issue. Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, will also be hosting a town hall on August 10th, 7-9pm, at Confederation Park. (Rain location Holland College CAST Building, 3rd floor).

Individuals and organizations with practical, specific ideas and information to contribute to the national strategy are invited to make presentations of up to five minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether or not they wish to make a presentation.  Proceedings will be recorded and fed into the federal information-gathering process.

For those interested in presenting: we’d like to hear from a diverse array of speakers; however, space is limited. If you wish to present please contact my office as soon as possible by responding to this email, wayne.easter.c1c@parl.gc.ca  or by calling 902-964-2428. If your presentation is longer than 5 minutes, please provide a written submission to accompany and/or for distribution at the event.

 

More information can be found: Climate Change infographic 2016

Estuary Watch Info Session tomorrow – June 7th

Want to learn more about a Citizen Science Program aimed at improving knowledge on the health of our estuaries? If so, please join Cindy Crane, Surface Water Biologist with Environment Division of Communities, Lands and Environment (CLE) at a free information session on Estuary Watch:

Tuesday, June 7th

6:30pm – 8pm

Kensington, PEI

Agricultural Insurance Corporation Building Meeting Room

7 Gerald MacCarville Drive

More information about Estuary Watch – a citizen science program!

– Volunteers and Watershed Groups record their observation of conditions in estuaries daily into a logbook or in a digital spreadsheet (see attached for an example of the new spreadsheet)

– Recordings are kept from mid June through mid September

– It only takes a few minutes per day

– Its well suited to anyone with a home or cottage on an estuary or to someone who visits an estuary on a daily basis ( e.g kayakers).

– This program is a partnership between Watershed Groups and Communities, Lands and Environment (CLE) as groups can use Estuary Watch to gain water quality information on their estuaries. This program also provides a community engagement opportunity and helps build awareness on water quality and issues facing our estuaries.

New for 2016:

– The program is being re-launched this year as CLE has developed a new reporting format with past results available soon.

– Logbooks have been revised and will be easier to complete

– An Excel spreadsheet will be available to Watchers as an option for completing the logbook digitally.

For more information and to RVSP to this workshop, please contact Mary at ecologist@peiwatershedalliance.org or 902-394-0999.

AGMs this week

Annual General Meetings taking place this week:

 

Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group: Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm.  More information available by clicking here

Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation: Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm.  More information available by clicking here

Kensington North Watershed Association Inc. :  Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm.  More information available by clicking here. 

Upcoming AGMs

A few groups have Annual General Meetings scheduled for this week:

 

Hillsborough River Association: Tuesday, April 19th. More information can be found here.

PEI Wildlife Federation: Tuesday, April 19th.  More information can be found here.

Cornwall and Area Watershed Group: Wednesday, April 20th. More information can be found here.

Wheatley River Improvement Group: Wednesday, April 20th. More information can be found here.

South Shore Watershed Group: Thursday, April 21st.  More information can be found here.

 

 

 

Blue Drinks – March 9th

There will be a Blue Drinks networking event at Upstreet Craft Brewery in Charlottetown on March 9th, at 6pm. The event will be an informal networking session for those interested in, studying, or working on water issues on PEI. We will also discuss the Water Act consultations, the Environment Advisory Committee’s report, and the future of the Water Act. See here for more information.

Symposium on Governance and Environmental Management – Thursday Feb 25th.

The Geography of Local Governance on Prince Edward Island: A Public Symposium

The topic of local governance is the focal point of an upcoming Public Symposium, “The Geography of Governance,” to be sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI Research Services. The date is Thursday, February 25, at UPEI’s MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242, Don and Marion McDougall Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. (The storm date is the following evening, Friday, the 26th.)

The reform of local government on the Island has been much discussed in recent years, especially since the release of the 2009 Thompson Report of the Commission on Land and Local Governance. At that time, the Island had 75 incorporated municipalities – many of them with just a few hundred people – and 70% of the province’s territory had no local government at all. The situation remains much the same today.

Judge Thompson recommended that local government might be extended to cover the entire Island, and that the units be large enough to be effective and sustainable – that is, with a population of at least 4,000 each. There’s a perception among Islanders that reform is now in the air, and some communities have initiated discussions with their neighbours about joining together to form larger governance units.

If we assume that larger municipal units are on the horizon, and all of the Island could be included, then the question arises about the criteria to be used in deciding on new boundaries. Should cultural factors be paramount? Or “communities of interest”? Or geographical factors? Or environmental management – such as including a whole watershed within a municipality? Or some combination of these – and others?

The principal speaker will be Diane Griffin, noted Island environmentalist, Stratford Town Councillor, and Vice President of the Federation of PEI Municipalities. She will be joined by a Panel of three individuals representing various points of view: Dr. Ryan Gibson, Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, and Jeanetta Bernard.

Dr. Gibson, who is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Island Studies, teaches in the Department of Geography, Saint Mary’s University. He has a special interest in collaborative governance in rural regions. He will address the question: How can the Provincial Government guide and oversee change while respecting and enhancing local democracy and authority?

Dr. van den Heuvel is the Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute based at UPEI. He will discuss case studies and the advantages of defining municipal boundaries based on watersheds to enhance resources for environmental management.

The third Panel member, Jeannita Bernard, of St. Philippe, is a well-known Island singer-songwriter and community leader in the areas of health, education and community development. She will explore the idea of creating a new Evangeline regional government unit, which would include the present villages of Wellington and Abram’s Village, plus 12 adjacent unincorporated communities.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend. Admission is free. Following the presentations, there will be ample time for discussion and questions from the floor.

For more information, please contact Laurie at iis@upei.ca or (902) 894-2881.

Valentine’s Day – 25 Mile Dinner

Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association is holding a fundraising dinner on Thursday, February 11, 2016  at DeBlois Community Center, Ecole Pierre Chaisson starting at 6:30 pm.

Roast Turkey dinner including appetizers, entree, dessert and tea/coffee will be served with all ingredients coming from within 25 miles of West Prince.

Tickets are $20/ per person and can be purchased by contacting John Lane at 853-2090.

Reserve soon as limited tickets are available.

More information can be found by clicking here

Water Acts and Poetry – the UPEI Don Mazer Arts and Science Lecture

In a timely visit to PEI, Dr. Rita Wong — professor at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, watershed researcher/activist, poet, and multi-media artist — will give a presentation on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in UPEI’s McDougall Hall Auditorium, Room 242.

Dr. Wong’s talk, entitled “Humble Autonomy: Renewing Culture through Participatory Water Ethics,” will be the inaugural UPEI Don Mazer Arts and Science Lecture and is presented by the faculties of Science and Arts. More details…

Blue Drinks in Charlottetown

Erin Mundy is the Atlantic representative for the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professional Committee (http://www.cwn-rce.ca/young-professionals/2015-2017-committee-members/). Erin will be hosting a Blue Drinks networking event at the Gahan House in Charlottetown on October 27th, at 6pm. The event will be an informal networking session for those interested in, studying, or working on water issues on PEI. We will also discuss the Water Act consultations that are currently ongoing. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. The more, the merrier! Thank you!!!

Here is a poster, with how to RSVP: http://peiwatershedalliance.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/PEI-Blue-Drinks.pdf

Environmental Forums in all four ridings

Candidates’ Forums on Environmental Issues are being held over the coming days in all four federal ridings: Charlottetown, Malpeque, Cardigan and Egmont.  All the forums begin at 7:00 p.m. The forums are scheduled as follows:

  • Charlottetown Riding, Tuesday, September 29, Holland College Lecture Theatre
  • Malpeque Riding, Wednesday, September 30, Hunter River Community Centre
  • Cardigan Riding, Thursday, October 1, Red’s Corner Restaurant, Pooles Corner
  • Egmont Riding, Thursday, October 8, Linkletter Community Centre.

This may be one of the few opportunities to hear your candidates speak during this important federal election.  I hope you will be able to attend.  Also, please spread the word!

Please, share this information in your private and professional networks, and come out to the Forum in your area – to support (the groups that organized it) in the community – for this very important opportunity to speak directly with Candidates on environmental issues in the lead up to the Federal election.