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    DSF Toronto builds youth support through City Mosaic

    June 18, 2012 | Posted in | Leave a comment
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    By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

    Do you wonder who these young people are and what they are looking for? The answer is they were part of the more than 400 City Mosaic participants who came to our Toronto office last month looking for clues.

    For the first time, the David Suzuki Foundation joined Across UHub, a well-established youth group in the GTA, to host a mandatory checkpoint for their popular annual event, City Mosaic. AUH started City Mosiac in 2005. The one-day event is modelled after the hit TV reality show The Amazing Race, in which participants must meet all the challenges from pre-determined checkpoints.


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    Roundtable sparks discussion about rights

    June 7, 2012 | Posted in | Leave a comment
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    By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

    Canada is a country of immigrants.

    "People come to Canada in search of the freedom to speak out against injustice, especially the freedom to disagree with the government," Joseph Wong, a recipient of the Order of Canada and Humanitarian of the Year Award, said recently in a meeting in Toronto.

    Dr. Wong's comment could not have come at a better time!

    In response to the federal government's recent assault on Canadian charities and environmental laws, the David Suzuki Foundation joined other prominent environmental organizations, former Fisheries Minister John Fraser, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs on Monday, June 4, for Black Out Speak Out, a campaign to defend our environment as well as our democratic right to speak out.

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    Richmond youth talk about green solutions

    May 2, 2012 | Posted in | 2 comments
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    (Far left) Assistant District Superintendant for Richmond Wendy Lim, (Third from left) Ian Thom, Student Committee Chair for REaDY Summit. (Credit: Barry Brady)

    By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

    More than 500 people from Richmond and other Metro Vancouver communities celebrated Earth Day and shared their vision for the future at the Earth Day Youth Summit on April 21, 2012. The four-hour conference, hosted by Steveston-London Secondary School, was more than just a way to celebrate the 42nd Earth Day, it was also a time for REaDY Summit participants to learn and talk about what the future holds for our environment. Their conclusion — the Earth is in worse shape today than 42 years ago and the time to take action is now!

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    DSF congratulates Richmond Green Youth Leaders

    April 17, 2012 | Posted in | Leave a comment
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    By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

    Congratulations are in order for three Richmond students who won the latest speech contest leading to this weekend's REaDY Summit 2012.

    Theresa Mah from Wowk School, Avitej Dhaliwal from Grauer School and Ken Ip from Richmond Secondary not only wrote their inspiring speeches on what we can do to protect the environment, they were also awarded the best delivery in each of their categories. The three winning students will share their speeches and receive their awards at the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit this Saturday.

    REaDY Summit 2012 will be co-hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation, the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District.

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    The youngest winner is eight-year old Theresa Mah. Although this is the first time Theresa has ever written a speech, entered a contest and won, she has been worried about the state of our environment for some time now!

    "I see pollution everyday as we create so much garbage and waste so much energy," the Grade 3 student shared her thoughts and concerns about the environment. As a result of her worries, Theresa decided to overcome her own fear of public speaking, and ventured on to share her thoughts about what we are doing wrong and how we can help the earth.

    "I was nervous with so many people staring at me," Theresa said of the speech contest that took place a few weeks ago at the Richmond City Council Chamber. "But the exciting part of it was I get to share my message with others."

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    Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit 2012

    February 8, 2012 | Posted in | 2 comments
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    By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

    With a population of close to 200,000, the city of Richmond is not only one of the fastest growing cities in Metro Vancouver, it is also the most ethnically and culturally diverse municipality in Canada.

    According to 2006 Census, 57.4 per cent of Richmond's population is made up of immigrants, with the majority from Chinese descent. Richmond's "Asian Mall" district—which spans from No. 3 Road in the west to Garden City in the east, and Cambie Road in the north to Granville Road in the south—is often dubbed Metro Vancouver's Chinatown South.

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