on Apr 15, 2016 8:00:46 AM
on Oct 16, 2015 11:47:08 AM
Constance Lake First Nation
The CBC News headline from October 15, 2015 reads:
Bad water: 'Third World' conditions on First Nations in Canada: Two-thirds of First Nations have been under at least 1 water advisory between 2004 and 2014. According to the article: "two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, a CBC News investigation has revealed. The numbers show that 400 out of 618 First Nations in the country had some kind of water problem between 2004 and 2014."
But we know it doesn't have to be this way. With the right people in the circle, the impossible is possible. We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people in industry and government, and people from towns of all sizes, get together to make amazing things happen – things they couldn’t have dreamed up alone. We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people from corporations get together with people in local governments or NGOs to explore innovative ways to do business while enhancing the natural and social environment, and building community. In particular, we live in a world where Aboriginal and industry partnerships can achieve results that evade siloed government programs. We live in a world where shared value solutions are possible.
Seven years ago, a group of environmental scientists, environmental planners, and water specialists sat down for lunch with the elected leader of a distant community to hear the community’s story of a watershed gone bad, years of contaminated water, and a seemingly permanent boil water advisory affecting the health of families and preventing economic development. The story was not from a Third World community, but from Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) in northern Ontario.
on Oct 10, 2015 8:30:23 AM
Do you have a passion for how people and the environment interact? Are you looking for a meaningful work environment where you can take initiative and think outside the box?
On July 8, 2015, we had the opportunity to assist Larry Sault, former Councillor and Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and former Grand Chief of the Iroquois and Allied Indians - and now CEO of Anwaatin, for his address to the Climate Summit of the Americas. Following his speech, there were many requests to have access to a copy. Here, with Councillor Sault's direction, is the text of his address.
We are Stewardship Warriors
July 8, 2015
I’ll begin by thanking Premier Wynne; Ontario’s Environment Minister: Glen Murray and the rest of the Summit Organizers. Our First Nation ancestors have always reminded us about our spiritual connection to the natural world. It’s my privilege to be invited to talk here this morning.
200 years ago, this was the original homelands of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation and one of the largest fur trade routes on the great lakes. This was our home. So on behalf of our membership we welcome other Tribal and First Nation Leaders, dignitaries from the 41 countries from the Americas, Mr. Felipe Calderón, Chair of the The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, former United States Vice Presicent Al Gore, California Governor Jerry Brown, Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard and you - our guests.
on Jun 27, 2015 12:35:00 PM
NEW Ontario Aboriginal Procurement Program
On June 26, 2015, Ontario launched its new Aboriginal Procurement Program. The Program is designed to help Aboriginal business owners sell products and services to the Ontario government and help them secure future contracts and clients. It is based on an Aboriginal Procurement Pilot Program that was launched in 2012. The Program connects with Premier Kathleen Wynne's Ministerial Mandates, including a wide range of mandates for Aboriginal community wellbeing (see our previous post: Premier Wynne's Priorities for Ontario: Aboriginal Community Wellbeing).
The Aboriginal Procurement Program will likely foster meaningful Aboriginal and industry partnerships, especially creative aboriginal-private sector business partnerships - beyond existing programs such as those for Aboriginal energy partnerships - where companies really step up and break new ground with creative, innovative and practical Aboriginal business ventures.
on May 3, 2015 9:56:49 AM
In Quebec, natural gas is fast becoming the fuel of choice for large transportation, long-haul fleets, thanks in part to provincial incentives for vehicle refits and a growing network of "Blue Road" refueling stations. Will Ontario be next?
Before jumping to the Five Game-Changing Natural Gas Innovations discussed below, it's good to get some background on how Ontario got into the position to see these innovations in the first place, where they fit with Ontario's energy future, and why they should matter to you.
on May 2, 2015 11:37:00 AM
In the summer of 2014, Ontario's Premier Wynne announced a series of mandates for her ministers, including a set of mandates for low cost natural gas. Now with the recent Ontario budget, the announcements are rolling out.
Ontario has now announced a new program that combines a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan with a $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant. Both initiatives are targeted to rural Ontario natural gas access - for areas of the province that are not currently served with increasingly low cost natural gas, especially rural and remote areas and agri-business.
Ontario says the program is designed to expand the spread of natural gas and natural gas pipelines in rural Ontario, attract new industry, make commercial transportation and agriculture more affordable, help to create jobs, provide more energy choices and lower electricity prices for businesses and consumers of rural ontario natural gas.
on Apr 13, 2015 5:31:00 PM
$90,000 per Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Project Now Available in Ontario!
Nichole Fraser-MacDonald, Jeremy Shute and Leah Culver - Our Aboriginal Community Energy Plan bright lights - call 226-706-8888 or Toll-free - 1-866-293-9042 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
[We also provide certification training for "BEAHR" Aboriginal Environmental Monitors and Technicians!]
on Apr 2, 2015 11:49:00 PM
Who is the Energy Innovator Who Helped Inject $4.2 Billion into Ontario Construction, Putting Many Ontarians to Work While Generating Serious Environmental Issues?
Note: This Post is part of our "Sustainability Innovation for Ontario" and "Unconventional Oil and Gas" series. We’re strategic environmental assessment practitioners and we're keen on sustainability innovation in Ontario, so we believe in the importance of accurately understanding the impacts of change, harnessing change appropriately, and acknowledging and addressing negative impacts. We recognize that there are potential positive and negative impacts to the changes in natural gas infrastructure and use across Ontario. To really “get gas” you need to look closely at the benefits, trade-offs and potential negative impacts. You can keep track of recent developments at our Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario on our LinkedIn Group.
Most people have never heard of George Phydias Paraskevopoulos - better known as George Mitchell, the Greek-American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas. Certainly, most people in Ontario have never heard of him, but everyday he touches our lives.
on Mar 16, 2015 7:35:00 PM
Circular Economy Brilliance: Landfill Gas Fuels Ontario Recycling Plant
Climate change is perhaps the single greatest threat to humanity of our generation. With Canada’s emissions set to continue rise, we are nowhere near the targets we've set as a nation. Not content to wait for federal action, Ontario is embarking on a "subnational" effort to change that. Ontario climate action innovation is helping change Canada's image as a climate action laggard to that of a global climate action leader.
We're going to provide input to Ontario's climate change discussion paper, and help support a high-productivity, low-carbon economy. To develop our input, we're going to learn from some of the "early adopters" pushing Ontario climate action innovation - people and organizations building Ontario climate policy from the ground up. The great thing about the people of Ontario is they don't wait for federal climate policy to innovate and make climate change action happen.