You’re Invited: Great Canadian Green Events Sept.12-23, 2012

Here are four, FREE green events in Canada:

Above, The Emerald Ash Borer (Adult)
Above, The Emerald Ash Borer (Adult)

Emerald Ash Borer – Public Information Session

Wednesday, September 12

Father Ermmano Bulfon Community Centre
8141 Martin Grove Rd., Woodbridge, Ontario

7 p.m.

  • The initial outbreak of Emerald Ash Borer in Canada was detected in Windsor in 2002.
    • The first positive infested tree was detected in the City of Vaughan in 2008
      • The Emerald Ash Borer is a Wood-boring beetle native to China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan that most likely arrived through untreated Ash wood used for packing material
      • This insect is not harmful to people
        • It specifically attacks and kills all species of Ash (genus: Fraxinus).
    • The Emerald Ash Borer infestation is expected to impact all ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) within Vaughan by 2020
      • Preliminary studies estimate approximately 14,000 Ash trees on City boulevards that will require removal in the next eight to ten years
  • The information session on September 12 will provide residents with details on the City of Vaughan’s strategy for this infestation
    • It will be comprised of a 25-minute presentation by Forestry staff followed by a question and answer period
    • A panel of representatives from the City of Vaughan, CFIA and York Region will be available to answer questions
  • For frequently asked questions about the Emerald Ash Borer, please  click here
Above, Rouge Park
Above, Rouge Park

Toronto Park People


Learn About the New Rouge National Urban Park


Thursday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.

Urbanspace Gallery, First Floor
401 Richmond Street West (just east of Spadina Avenue)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Learn about Rouge National Urban Park from the new Park Superintendent and have your say on the new park
  • Come to a presentation and discussion on the incredible opportunities and challenges facing the development of Canada’s first National Urban Park – Rouge National Urban Park
  • Newly appointed Park Superintendent Pam Veinotte (formerly of Banff National Park) will provide an overview of the park and its possibilities
    • You will have a chance to ask Pam questions and provide input into the developing plans for the potentially 15,000 acre, 25 km long park stretching from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine.

      “The development of Rouge National Urban Park is one of the most exciting park developments for Toronto in the next decade. We are hopefully on the verge of having a vast and incredible natural, agricultural and recreational asset we can access by TTC. Rouge Park is 1/4 of Toronto’s greenspace and this green gem could provide us with park opportunities well beyond most cities in North America.”

  • The discussion will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 on September 13
    • You can take the Spadina streetcar down from Spadina subway station, walk from Osgoode subway station or use the Queen or King Street cars

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

This video presents “Olympian Andrew Russell on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup”:

  • “Andrew Russell is a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Champion and RBC Olympian.
  • Here on Lake Banook in Darmouth, Nova Scotia (his favorite body of water in Canada), Andrew tells us why he’s committed to keeping Canada’s water clean and healthy”

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

September 15 – 23, 2012

  • Help keep our waters healthy for everyone including the wildlife and communities that depend on them
  • Joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to clean up litter of every lake, river, stream, pond, and Canadian ocean shoreline in your community
    • The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is now one of the largest direct action environmental events in Canada, engaging tens of thousands of participants annually in every province and territory
    • In 2010, the Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 17th anniversary with 47,027 registrants nationwide
  • A joint conservation initiative from the Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup presented by Loblaw Companies Limited aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups
  • Start by searching WWF online interactive map at  to find a cleanup near you
    • You can even suggest new cleanup sites
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest Shoreline Cleanup news and facts about aquatic litter


Admission is FREE

September 17, 2012

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Please click here to register

  • The inaugural Green Jobs Forum offers new graduates, students, and the general public an in-depth exploration of careers in the ever-expanding Green Economy
  • Be prepared to …
    • Gain insight into various green jobs by listening to 50 speakers representing eight environmental sectors
    • Engage with companies that are creating sustainable economic opportunities
    • Apply for jobs, internships, and volunteer positions
    • Build your own network of green-collar professionals
    • Receive expert feedback on your resumé and cover letter
    • Learn new tips for successful interviewing
  • Be inspired and motivated in Eight Green Sector Rooms
    • Speakers in each room will inspire you to pursue a career in their sector and provide practical information about their field including challenges, opportunities, educational requirements, and more
    • Delegates will learn from insightful presentations and will interact with leaders and mentors in the private, public and non-profit sectors within the following green industry rooms:
    1. Agri-Food & Forestry
    2. Business & Finance
    3. Energy
    4. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    5. Environmental Protection & Conservation
    6. Green Building & Energy Auditing
    7. Health & Education
    8. Urban Planning & Transportation
  • Engage and exchange in The Job Pavilion:30+ organizations will be on hand to offer information about:
    • Recruitment: Green jobs with private companies and non-profit organizations
    • Hands-On Help: Job search tools and resources designed to access the Green Economy
    • Schools and Programs: The latest possibilities for an environmental education
    • Volunteering and Networking: Gain experience and connect with the green-collar workforce


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