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GreenSudbury Top Sudbury Environmental News from May 2008

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GreenSudbury Top Sudbury Environmental News from May 2008

  • After years of data collection the $10 million dollar Sudbury Soils Study, was released to the public. The study found no appreciable current human health risks after decades of local mining and processing activities from Vale/Inco and Xstrata/Falconbridge. Media coverage and reaction was extensive with hundreds of citizens attending the public meetings including United Steel Workers of America and Mine Mill representatives who questioned the study methodology of not including pensioners and retirees in determining health effects.
  • Myths and Mirrors launches Whats the Risk postcard encouraging discussion on the Soils Samples Study.
  • NorthWatch and MiningWatch release report on the state of Mining and Boreal Forests.Read the Sudbury Star article or Download the .pdf
  • City of Greater Sudbury releases its official Master plan with Watershed, Lake and Environmental protection priorities.Download the .pdf
  • City plans Green building to rebuild Portions of Pioneer Manor destroyed in fire.
  • Greater Sudbury ReGreening Staff plant 3000 jack and white pine, tamarack and white spruce on the Azilda ski trail site.
  • City Bicycle advisory panel and Sudbury Transit announce bike racks on city bus routes Route 703 - Val Caron / Hanmer / Capreol.
  • Ward 6 Coun. AndrĂ© Rivest sends out 13, 000 flyers to promote the BarryDowne Extension, a 10 km (6 mile) connecting road claiming the road will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing commuting times and idling times caused by congestion at intersections along MR 80 and at the Lasalle - Notre Dame intersection
  • Sudbury Green Party and T.A.G. presented the 11th Hour at the Parkside Older Adults Center.
  • Gordon Harris local Green candidate and Liz May of the Green Party hosted a meet and greet at Respect is Burning, a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club and a Laurentian University Womens alumni event. Read the Sudbury Star coverage.
  • Stephane Dion of the Liberal Party stopped in to Science North and promised a Green election campaign stating “ I will make climate change the core of my next campaign because it is the worse ecological threat that humanity is facing,”

  • Junction Creek Stewardship Committee continued its Brook Trout Re-introduction Program releasing 1000 Brook Trout May 22nd at Twin Forks Park with help from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Scouts.
  • Cedar Green golf course in Garson in conjunction with Junction Creek Stewardship Committee begin watering its greens using a newly-constructed pond.
  • Science North receives funding for an film on Climate Change and premieres locally produced film Mysteries of the Great Lakes (runs May 5 - June 27)
  • The 3rd Annual Geo cache Hike 'n' Seek took place May 31 at the Rotary Park Trail (Adanac Ski Hill)
  • The Stopciati Gallery presented The Bear Project "Are black bears encroaching on our territory or are we encroaching on theirs?", an exhibition of paintings by Suzanne McCrae during the month of May.
  • Caisse Populaire on Lasalle promoted fair trade and the environment giving away tree seedlings when switching to a paperless account during environment week.
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