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REaDY Summit 2016 focuses on hope and action

April 21, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Richmond Earth Day speech contestants at city council chamber

By Winnie Hwo, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

Protecting the environment is a family affair, and there is nothing more telling than the excitement and pride students and their parents shared at the annual REaDY Summit speech contest. Typically, the speech contest takes place a month before the April 23 half-day event. This year's theme is "Change happens now; our future is rooted in our backyard."

"We need to save our planet, so when future generations grow up and become parents, their children will not have to face the problems we fear today," Abbas Bimji, a Grade 7 student from Water Lee Elementary, told the audience at the speech contest in a packed council chamber in early March. "We won't let our nightmares get to us. United, we can save our earth."

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Volunteers make our work possible

April 13, 2016 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Janice Williams via Flickr)

By Jennifer Rodriguez, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities — that's the theme of this year's National Volunteer Week. At the David Suzuki Foundation, we couldn't agree more.

Our volunteers are not only the roots of their communities, they are also the Foundation's branches, bringing our message to people across the country.

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Why I will hand back my degree to McGill University

April 1, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Viola Ng via Flickr

By Karel Mayrand, Director General for Quebec

Twenty-one years ago, I finished my last exam and left the McGill University campus for the last time. I remember how proud I felt. As someone from the small town of Rimouski, Quebec, where we rarely heard a word of English, graduating from McGill felt like conquering Mount Everest.

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Will Toronto go wild about wild bees?

March 30, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Sheila Colla, Scott MacIvor and Jode Roberts

If you love bees, please read this.

While beekeepers, city councillors, American presidents and multinational breakfast cereal companies have become advocates for beloved honey bees, this is an important public service announcement on behalf of wild bees, the honey bees' lesser-known but vitally important bee cousins.

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Federal budget is a good step in addressing water crisis in Indigenous communities

March 25, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Children in Indigenous communities are often at risk from bad water. Photo by Sherry Prenevost.

By Faisal Moola and Rachel Plotkin

Few of us can imagine not being able to turn on the tap to get clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing. But this is the reality in hundreds of Indigenous communities across Canada, where watersheds are degraded or tainted by pollution, including from oil and gas development such as the Alberta oilsands. Many communities lack critical infrastructure to keep tap water safe. A recent CBC investigation revealed that 400 of 618 First Nations in the country experienced problems with water between 2004 and 2014.

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