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Camping in the city: the Homegrown Jamboree!

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As part of the Homegrown National Park Project, the David Suzuki Foundation is excited to announce our first-ever overnight camp out in the city, the Homegrown Jamboree, this summer.

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How to attract snakes to your backyard

Queen of Green | July 21, 2014 | 3 comments
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A Northern Pacific Rattlesnake minding it's own business near Vernon, B.C. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

Is your garden overrun with slugs and mice? Enlist the help of snakes!

Many species of garter snakes and others, like the sharp-tailed snake (found on B.C.'s Gulf Islands), are a slug's worst nightmare.

In Canada, we have about 25 different species of snakes. But don't worry, most are shy.

Snake-friendly gardening tips

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How to find fair trade sports balls

Queen of Green | July 18, 2014 | 35 comments
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Soccer balls are great for kids, but they shouldn't be made by kids.

Tweak your sport ball purchasing habits. Choose certified fair trade soccer balls, volleyballs (indoor and beach) and basketballs, too! Or, before you buy, win a fair trade soccer ball by answering the skill testing question below in the blog comments.

Fair Trade = no child labour

Child labour means workers under the age of 15, as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Like the fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate you enjoy, manufacturers of sport balls must meet certain social, economic (e.g., fair wages) and environmental standards.

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Enbridge or a new indigenous economy?

Healthy Oceans | July 17, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Tribal Journeys is an annual canoe gathering of First Nations on the Pacific coast. Paddlers travel for weeks in traditional canoes to a host community and spend a week sharing food, tradition and culture. This year, the gathering is in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella. (Credit: Kris Krüg)

By: Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, Marine Planning

This small community is buzzing with life. Day two of the Tribal Journeys gathering starts with men and women, elders and youth of all Nations dancing to pop music on the soccer field where the week's cultural sharing takes place. The MC calls on them to get moving, to wake up the ancestors.

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Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

Science Matters | July 17, 2014 | 6 comments
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We can't afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. (Credit: Charles Dawley via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Is dilution really the solution to pollution — especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.

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Pulling together: The Tribal Journeys gathering in Bella Bella

Healthy Oceans | July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Nations from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and all along the B.C. coast have arrived, and one by one, they request permission from the hosts, the Heiltsuk First Nation, to land in their territory just as their ancestors would have done. (Credit: Kris Krüg)

By: Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, marine planning

The fog lifted, the sun came out over the hills and 50 traditional canoes arrived in the small First Nations community of Bella Bella on B.C.'s central coast.

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Never too young to lead

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For the past three years, Ruby Lyons (left) and her intrepid Save the Bowhead Whale Club, including Gabbi Bailey (centre) and Ryan O’Donnell, have spread the word about the plight of Arctic mammals and raised money for the David Suzuki Foundation. Photo credit: Tricia Mumby

By Gail Mainster, communications specialist

"We know you are also worried about the Canadian Arctic and its animals, and we hope you can use this money." ~Ruby Lyons (age nine)

Not yet out of elementary school, Ruby Lyons is already a fundraising maven.

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