1. Ecology North’s 2015 Annual General Meeting – Sept. 24th
  2. Fall Harvest Fair 2015 – Call for Volunteers + Food Donations - Sept. 5th
  3. Young Leaders Summit on Climate Change
  4. Twin Pine Hill and City Council
  5. Waste Reduction: Recycle My Cell
  6. Oh the (composting) irony!
  7. Waste Reduction: Wearing Water
  8. Capital Area Development Plan - Public Engagement Schedule
  9. Herbes Salées (Salted Herb Preserve) Workshop – Sept 1st
  10. Attention Primary Teachers!
  11. City of Yellowknife organizing Fall Curbside Giveaway Weekend – Sept. 5th to 7th

1. Ecology North’s 2015 Annual General Meeting – Sept. 24th

It’s that time of year again! Ecology North will be holding an Annual General Meeting the evening of Sept. 24th at Northern United Place. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what Ecology North does and what we've achieved over the past year, meet your board members and EN staffers, mingle with old friends and meet new ones, and to enjoy some delicious wholesome food.

When: Thurs. Sept. 24th – doors open at 6:30pm; meal starts at 7:00pm
Where: Northern United Place

To find out more on how to become a member, or to register, visit our website.  - http://ecologynorth.ca/membership-sign-up/ -- Or you can sign up/renew your membership in-person at the AGM!

View full size poster here: AGM Poster 2015

AGM Poster 2015


2. Fall Harvest Fair 2015 – Call for Volunteers + Food Donations

We are excited to announce that this year’s Fall Harvest Fair will be held in N’Dilo on Saturday September 5th from 3-9pm. There will be a veggie show-off, garden tours, kids games, a petting zoo, displays, face painting, a fire pit, greenhouse inauguration, a delicious dinner, drum dance by the Dettah Drummers, and more. Last year was a big success, with over 250 people in attendance and fun had by all. This year we look to build on this success and have another great community gathering.

Events like this cannot happen without amazing volunteers like you. This is where you come in. We are looking for help in all different areas of the event, from helping coordinate the local garden tours to playing/organizing games, to helping set up and run the veggie show-off and more. You are welcome to commit any amount of time that you are able too, from 1 hour to 1 day.

No time to volunteer this year with your busy schedule? Please consider donating your extra vegetables to the Fall Harvest Fair; a community event which will feature wholesome local food for the public. You are welcome to drop off vegetables at the Ecology North office at 5013 51 St. Please call or email beforehand so we know to expect you. (Please note: For members of the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective, this donation would be separate from your required 25% food donation to a local food organization)

If you are interested in volunteering, or would just like to learn more, please email admin@ecologynorth.ca or call 867-873-6019. Thank you!

View the full size poster here: Fall Harvest Fair Poster 2015

Fall Harvest Fair Poster 2015


3. Young Leaders Summit on Climate Change

They are here and on the road! The eight Young Leaders from NWT, Yukon and Nunavut arrived in Yellowknife on Sunday night. We had a bbq to welcome them, and sent them on their way Monday morning. First stop was to meet Weledeh MLA and Ecology North co-founder Bob Bromley, they had lunch with seven MLA’s, met Mayor Mark Heyck, drove to Fort Providence where they pulled a net and picked berries with elders, did some forest fire research with scientists in Kakisa, and met the Chief Lloyd Chicot among other things. Today they are in Hay River doing a tour of the Northern Farm Training Institute, a fossil hike along the Hay River, and a tour of the Hay River Reserve with Dorothy Buckley.

To follow along check out our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/EcologyNorth) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/EcologyNorth)

We would like to invite our members and supporters out to a press conference we are hosting at the teepee on Frame Lake just outside the Legislature on Friday at 3:00pm.


4. Twin Pine Hill and City Council

Craig Scott presented to Yellowknife City Council on Monday Aug 24th about the Twin Pine Hill trail network. Ecology North’s position is in support of building a robust trail network that will take advantage of this jewel of a park in the center of the City. We envision an informal trail network for dog walking and enjoyment of nature and views, as well as multi-use commuter trail that is accessible to all, and promotes active transportation options. We plan on keeping the pressure on the councillors to honour their commitment to make this happen. The lack of public knowledge and consultation about this project was also raised, and we hope the City will become open and transparent about City planning decisions. Thank you to all who wrote council about this, let’s keep the pressure up and make sure this trail network lives up to its potential.


5. Waste Reduction: Recycle My Cell

Ecology North is gearing up for another Recycle My Cell campaign this fall. We're looking to partner with schools across the territory in an effort to encourage responsible recycling of cell phones. Participating schools and/or school districts earn 1$ for every phone collected. Last Year, Princess Alexandra School in Hay River won the grand prize of additional 500$ for collecting the most phones in the NWT! Visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca for more information or contact Jade Cambron if you're interested in getting your school to participate (compost@ecologynorth.ca).


6. Oh the (composting) irony!

Earlier today an office colleague and I (Jade) were debating the definition of irony. Here's the scenario: yesterday while digging through incoming organics at the City's compost facility, I found this little gem on "sustainable living".

EN News Aug 26 Composting

Initially perusing the book to find the section that encourages people to compost their books whole, I finally concluded that compost participants must have a pretty dry sense of humour. Of course, compost is "the Earth's blanket" and a component of "sustainable living", but one can only assume that the irony of composting books (as such) is lost on the single-celled microbes responsible for decomposition. I tried to "break it down" for them, but to no avail. So, I'll say it to you, if you really want to compost your books (vs. recycling them), please tear off the cover and shred them before putting them in your bin.

On behalf of the microbes, thank you!



7. Waste Reduction: Wearing Water

Did you know that to make a single pair of jeans requires about 8,000L of water? What if there was a way that you could buy less, while still getting the "joy" of a new garment? In an attempt to curb the amount we consume, and to spruce up our wardrobes, Ecology North staff members started an in-office dress-exchange almost a month ago. Dresses are taken out a week at a time, and returned clean to the clothing rack. A communal closet of any kind is just one way that you can tamper the urge to splurge on those new clothes. To find out more about your personal water-footprint, click here.

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8. Capital Area Development Plan - Public Engagement Schedule

The City of Yellowknife and the Government of the Northwest Territories are in the process of updating the Capital Area Development Plan. The Planning and Lands Division is now gathering feedback on proposed initiatives and design considerations for the Capital Area via online survey. There is also a public engagement schedule posted on the website.

If you care about your City and want to have a say in what changes you wish to see, if any, we recommend getting involved! Fill out the online survey, attend the public engagement sessions, or send a personal email with your ideas.

Aug 19 Capital Area Development Plan


9. Herbes Salées (Salted Herb Preserve) Workshop – Sept 1st

When: Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30pm
Where: Library Meeting Room

Looking for an exciting way to preserve your herbs instead of drying them? This workshop will have you leaving with a jar full of a traditional French herb preserve that you can use in soups, stews, meat dishes, gravy - the list goes on!

What you will need to bring:
A cutting board and sharp knife
Large bowl
Spatula or large spoon
1 to 2, 750 ml - 1 liter mason jar with lid (wide mouth preferred)
Cleaned and dried (as in not wet!!) herbs and vegetables as suggested:
1-1/2 cups fresh parsley
1-1/2 cups favorite herbs - combinations encouraged!! e.g. oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, tarragon, chives, etc,….
1 medium leek or 1 small onion
2 medium carrots
2 medium stalks celery
3/4 cup good quality sea salt ( it doesn’t have to be expensive, but read label to make sure it doesn’t have anti-caking agents)


10. Attention Primary Teachers!

Do you need colourful counters to be used for mathematic manipulatives? Over the summer Ecology North collected a large stash of colourful plastic bottle caps. If you'd like a bag or two to add to your teacher tool kit send Rose an e-mail rose@ecologynorth.ca


11. City of Yellowknife organizing Fall Curbside Giveaway Weekend – Sept. 5th to 7th

Looking to get rid of items? Itching to find some new treasures? The City of Yellowknife is hosting another curbside giveaway event the weekend of Sept. 5th through Sept. 7th. Looking to get rid of large items? The City can help you! Register on their website to schedule for large item pick up.

Visit the City website for more information: http://calendar.yellowknife.ca/Event/Index/86556afc-970c-409e-b456-a4f200c05725