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REaDY Summit 2015 was about youth empowering youth

April 29, 2015 | Leave a comment

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation

It's gratifying to see third and fifth graders share their desire to be guardians of Earth. At the fourth REaDY Summit at Hugh Boyd Secondary in Richmond on April 18, third grader Lyrra Guelos, fifth graders Isha Kapoor and Theresa Mah and ninth grader Hailey Lai shared their winning speeches with teachers, parents and students on why protecting the planet means protecting their future. (REaDY stands for Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit.)

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Introducing radon: An invisible killer

April 28, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By Lisa Gue, senior researcher and analyst, and Elisabeth Ormandy, volunteer project assistant

If you're like most Canadians, you've never heard of radon... until now! A radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in soils, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and the primary cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Canadians are exposed to radon when it escapes from the ground into the air. Concentrations outdoors are low, but radon can become trapped and accumulate in buildings, reaching high levels.

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Workplace green time is a team building stress buster

April 27, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Parkgate Branch colleagues hiked to Quarry Rock after work. Left to right: Tim, James, John, Slavica, Sea, Naila and Michelle.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

It's spring! Time for our annual 30X30 Nature Challenge, where participants commit to get into "the nature habit" by spending at least 30 minutes each day outside for 30 consecutive days. It's become a wildly popular national event that people across the country look forward to — especially after this year's brutal winter...

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Volunteers sing out solutions

April 24, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Erzsi and Emma at last year's MEC Paddlefest (Credit: Warren Springer)

By Jennifer Rodriguez, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Four years ago, the Foundation had to turn down invitations to exhibitions and community events because we simply didn't have enough staff to attend them.

As with so much of our work, volunteers stepped up to solve the problem, and give us a greater presence in local communities.

At first we sent them off with a cardboard box of pamphlets, a banner and a tablecloth. As time passed, their ongoing feedback helped us create an interactive, personalized experience for members of the public visiting our booths.

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Canada deserves a better budget

April 22, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Mtsrs via Flickr)

On April 21, the Government of Canada unveiled its 2015 budget. Despite being over 500 pages long, it comes up short on protecting the people and places we love.

We took some time to go through the budget and pick out some announcements (and omissions) worth sharing.

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