Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Hide and Seek - WIld Child Style!

Tuesday, July 29 was the second week of the Wild Child Program at UPEI's Campus Kids Daycare. The day dawned hot a sunny, and I was grateful that we had scheduled the program for the morning hours, or the heat would have kept us all inside.

When I arrived I was greeted by a chorus of "Hi Ashley!" and excited whispers of "Look, Ashley's back!" Most of the faces were familiar. The children who had not been present the week before were quickly brought up to speed by their peers that we were going to play fun "secret" games. They eagerly cleaned up their toys and within ten minutes we were on our way.... Read more »

Wild Child Branches Out to PEI

Tuesday, July 22 was the first day of the Wild Child program on Prince Edward Island. I awoke bright and early, and was soon on my way to the Campus Kids Daycare at the UPEI campus. I arrived during snack-time and was given homemade biscuits with butter. An excellent start to my first day.... Read more »

No one will notice…‘til she blows

The National Energy Board (NEB) is continuing its undemocratic approach to pleasing its master: the oil industry. Most recently, the Calgary-based rubber stamp is trying to use the summer to hide yet another concession. On July 11th the NEB said it was going consider a request from Imperial Oil and Chevron to weaken the rules for offshore drilling in the Arctic and gave the public until August 1st to comment (some strong arguing won an extra two weeks).... Read more »

Discover McNabs Island with Waterfront Development

Discover McNabs like never before, with Waterfront Development and Halifax Diverse

This unique, one time event offers you the opportunity to visit McNabs Island, receive two 1-hour guided walks by expert historians and naturalists, and 3 hours of free time on the island. Sponsored by Waterfront Development and hosted by Halifax Diverse, we are as excited to explore the island as you are!

Get your tickets on Eventbrite!

 

Eventbrite - Discover McNabs Island with Waterfront Development

 

The Details:... Read more »

Halifax Goes Wild Photo Contest

Give us your best shot for the Halifax Goes Wild photo contest!


Show off your photo skills and the city’s green spaces in our photo contest, with prizes provided by Atlantic Photo Supply. Here's the answers to all your questions about this contest!


 “What kind of photos are you looking for?” – Photos should depict a green space within the municipality. This could be a park, a beach, your own backyard, or more. Photos can have people in them (with their consent), or not, it’s up to you!


“Sounds great, what can I win!?” – Great question! Atlantic Photo Supply will provide the winners with canvas prints of their choice. These aren’t just any prints either, these are gallery quality canvas wraps! First, second, and third place winners will receive, respectively, a 24x36”, 16x24”, or 11x14” canvas wrap, valued at $198, $114, or $70 retail, plus tax.... Read more »

Submit an image to Halifax Goes Wild through Twitter

Send us a tweet with the following text:

 

My @HfxDiverse #HalifaxGoesWild photo entry:

 

Then attach your photo and tell us your name, the name of the photo (if you wish) and when/where the photo was taken. We'll contact you through Twitter if you win!

Unfortunately there's no way to make a fancy button to do this automatically :(

 

Thanks for entering!

What I Would Have Said

It's been a few nights since Nova Scotia's independent fracking review passed through Halifax, addressing a frustrated and distrusting crowd of concerned citizens. These brave PhDs stood before hundreds of people and presented some unpopular conclusions...on an even less popular topic.

Fracking - the controversial process of fracturing shale rock deep underground using a toxic mixture of chemicals in order to retrieve bubbles of natural gas. We've become a profoundly desperate people, haven't we?

The public meeting was held in a lecture hall at King's College. Some people from the audience spoke out of turn, while others simply shouted over the panelists trying to deliver their findings. I was caught between sympathy for the panelists and stark agreeance with the hecklers.... Read more »

Halifax Goes Wild Photo Contest Terms and Conditions

Definitions

  • “Contest album” refers to the album hosted on Facebook which features all accepted submitted images by contest participants
  • “Contest promoter” refers to Halifax Diverse, a program of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation Atlantic Chapter
    • Offices at 1649 Barrington St, 2nd floor (The Hub), Halifax, B3J 1Z9
  • “Contest sponsor” refers to Atlantic Photo Supply Foto source
    • Offices at 202 Brownlow Dr., Dartmouth, B3B 1T5
  • “Participant” refers to an individual who submits a photo to the contest 
  • “Submitted image” refers to images which are uploaded to the contest promoter for judging by the staff of the contest sponsor
    • Acceptance of photos into the contest is subject to these terms and conditions

Eligibility... Read more »

Community gardens now able to sell produce - green thumbs rejoice

One small step for community gardens, one giant leap for Halifax at large.

There are 11 community gardens in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), public spaces in which people can grow their own food, to lower the grocery bill, to satisfy their need for local produce or to put their insatiable green thumbs to work. Thanks to a progressive move by municipal council, these soil enthusiasts can now sell their hard earned fruits and veggies to the public.

Moneys earned from these sales are not pocketed by the growers, however. According to the new municipal law, all earnings must be used for the benefit of the municipality or the community gardens themselves.

"This is a major change for the city," said David Foster, program coordinator with Halifax Diverse, an initiative aiming to connect the public with urban nature. "It adds legitimacy to urban orchards and gardens...and makes them the urban equivalent to a real farm."... Read more »

Intersection redesign is an example of Urban Forestry Master Plan in action

A long awaited roundabout is going to mean the end of some long standing trees on the Halifax Common.


Work is beginning this week on the conversion of the North Park and Cunard Street intersection into a roundabout and will causes significant changes to the surrounding area. Most noticeably this will involve reshaping the intersection into a traffic circle, including the use of some land that was formerly green space on the North Common. 


There are casualties in all great campaigns, and in this case it will be several old trees that have overlooked the Common for decades. But it’s not all bad news in this corner of Halifax, because the removal of those trees is guided by the Urban Forestry Master Plan (UFMP), which aims to ensure long-term sustainable development of the city’s treed habitats. The plan was approved by council in 2012. ... Read more »

   

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