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Kaitlyn celebrates her eighth by fundraising for the planet

August 17, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Kaitlyn celebrates her eighth by fundraising for the planet

(Credit: Kevin D.)

By Sarah Blay, Development Coordinator

It takes a pretty spectacular kid to decide to forego birthday presents: Meet amazing, eight-year-old Kaitlyn!

This year, Kaitlyn asked friends and family to make donations to the David Suzuki Foundation in lieu of personal gifts to her and raised an astounding $850!

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Youngsters Megan, Sydney and Kira raise Blue Dot awareness (and dollars)

August 14, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Youngsters Megan, Sydney and Kira raise Blue Dot awareness (and dollars)

(Credit: Samantha Heiydt) Left to right: Kira, Megan, Cameron, Sydney

By Sarah Blay, Development Coordinator

Megan Brown (11 years old), Sydney Heiydt (10 years old) and Kira Heiydt (8 years old) of Richmond Hill, Ont. spent last winter busily planning for a Blue Dot summer fundraiser.

Participating in a shoreline cleanup inspired Megan to further action. She and friends Sydney and Kira came up with a plan to raise awareness AND fundraise for the Blue Dot mission to bring the right to a healthy environment to all Canadians.

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Keegan Kelly: Walking the talk

August 14, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Keegan Kelly: Walking the talk

(Credit: Jennifer Dickison)

By Sarah Blay, Development Coordinator

Eleven-year-old Keegan Kelly of Fredericton, N.B. noticed that many people get in cars to travel short distances. He wants to change that.

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Homegrown rain gardens win Toronto innovation award

August 6, 2015 | Leave a comment
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A team of neighbours led by Ranger Marc Yamaguchi planted the first rain garden in Toronto's Danforth East Village in June 2015

By Jode Roberts, communications,

Part of the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project, the Rain Gardens of Danforth East Village is a pilot project that aims to beautify a network of urban yards while making them easier to maintain, more attractive to bees, birds and butterflies, and better able to handle severe storms and extreme heat.

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Don't bee fooled: neonics are still toxic to honeybees

July 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
Photo: Don't bee fooled: neonics are still toxic to honeybees

(Credit: Sandy & Chuck Harris via Flickr)

By Lisa Gue, Senior Researcher

Did you hear that the honeybee crisis is over? This bold and surprising pronouncement appeared in Margaret Wente's July 22 Globe and Mail column, Good news: There is no honeybee crisis. Wente cites the latest survey statistics from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, which indicate fewer losses of Canadian honeybee colonies this past winter than the previous one. It is good news — although overwintering losses in Ontario were still double the level beekeepers suggest is sustainable.

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