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Foundation fellowships to help scholars seek solutions

December 2016

My academic career was helped a lot by scholarships and mentors. When I was accepted into Amherst College in Massachusetts in the 1950s, a healthy scholarship made attending possible. I did an honours degree in biology and was inspired by Prof. Bill Hexter to go into genetics after graduating. I... More »

Bloor bike lanes are a success!

December 2016

Driving in Toronto is a drag! Delays on highways and roads are a daily occurrence. Collisions are, too — an average of 55,000 in the city each year! Costs for car payments, insurance, parking and repairs are a heavy burden. Compare this to the healthy, affordable and even joyful activity... More »

Simple "green" cleaning substitutes for borax

December 2016

It's time to ditch borax — a salt of boric acid — as a "green" home-cleaning ingredient. Six reasons to go borax-free: 1. You want your home to be pesticide-free (borax kills ants). 2. You can clean well with food-grade ingredients only — baking soda, salt, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide... More »

Camp Suzuki plugs kids into nature

December 2016

Thanks to you, Camp Suzuki 2 was a resounding success! The camp, located on Gambier Island in the heart of B.C.'s spectacular Howe Sound, aims to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. Participants spent time outdoors learning about nature and how to protect it for future generations. This year,... More »

Half measures aren't enough to save caribou

December 2016

Alberta is home to two of Canada's imperilled caribou populations, the southern mountain and boreal woodland herds. Both are threatened with extinction. Alberta recently released its draft range plan for the Little Smoky boreal and A la Peche southern mountain herds. It allows for continued forestry and petroleum approvals in... More »

Protecting orcas

December 2016

Few experiences are as exciting and awe-inspiring as seeing orcas off B.C.'s coast. But these endangered whales will only survive if we protect them. The government's proposed Killer Whale Action Plan was more than three years late. And it doesn't contain anything that will help whales right away. Canadians care... More »

Canada's oceans need support

December 2016

Oceans support healthy coastal communities, people and economies. Canadians want and expect them to be clean, thriving and resilient. Over the past decade, we've seen dramatic reductions in protection of Canada's coasts. Your support helped put these issues on the prime minister's desk. More than 14,000 Canadians signed a petition... More »

Putting an end to coal in Canada

December 2016

Why, in this high-tech world, are we still using an 18thcentury energy technology? Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. It contributes to climate change, poor air quality, many illnesses — including asthma — and rising health-care costs. Your support launched a campaign to eliminate all Canadian coal power plants over... More »

We're nearer to nationwide environmental rights, thanks to you

December 2016

Ontario is updating its incomplete Environmental Bill of Rights. And, with your support, Blue Dot made the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity: Volunteers met with members of provincial parliament from across the political spectrum. They organized local events, using cutting-edge digital tools to increase their reach. More than 45 members... More »

Blue Dot ambassadors take on the nation

December 2016

Two years ago, we set off together on an ambitious journey to achieve your constitutional right to a healthy environment. Thanks to your support, so much has been accomplished in such a short time! More than 103,000 Canadians signed the Blue Dot pledge. A whopping 143 communities — representing 40... More »

Finding Solutions — Winter 2016

December 2016
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Finding Solutions is our quarterly report to you — showing your donations at work in our recent victories and campaigns. Plus, it's full of tips, news, recommended books and movies, and ways you can help the environment in your everyday life.... More »

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