Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour on Elgin a Success

For the 2nd year the city of Sudbury showed that Climate Change was on the minds of many as close to one hundred supporters came out to experience Sudbury's first ever Earth Hour on Elgin Street organized by GreenSudbury.

Critical Mass kicked the event off with a core of determined riders heading off to the Boardwalk early in the evening

But the most creative event of the evening was played out all along the local Artists District on Elgin Street as Critical Mass kicked things off with a determined ride to the Biardwalk. At 8:30 le Gallerie de Nouvel Ontario held an exhibition of Sam Shahsahabi's installation Museum of Nightmares while next door Infusion Teas was jam packed to standing for a candle lit Tea Tasting.

The Little Montreal Tavern's regular Jazz nite featureing the Allan Walsh Quartet held a special spot for the Laurentian University Climate Change Choir under the direction of James McGowan to join in following an earlier performance at the Universities Frazer auditorium.

Rounding off the evening the Laughing Buddha presented Cathy Orlando from ClimateProject Canada with a slideshow and Global Warming bingo with t-shirt giveaway.
With the City Council officially endorsing Earth Hour earlier in the month, the local Greater Sudbury Utilities monitored expected drops in power usage as the Rainbow School Board, Cambrian College, Science North and Tom Davies Square all switched off lights for an hour.

Close to 5 megawatts of power was conserved by Sudburians in 2008 in the 1 hour that it lasted and this years results should exceed those records.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reclaiming our Urban Places - Greater Sudbury's Brownfield Strategy Symposium

Want to learn more about how to bring abandoned and vacant commercial and industrial properties back into productive use? If so, come to "Reclaiming our Urban Places", Greater Sudbury's Brownfield Strategy Symposium, which is being held at the eDome at Cambrian College on March 26, 2009 from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm, where you can hear directly from leading experts in the field of brownfields speak about successful approaches to redevelopment.

Register early, as space at the eDome will be limited! This event will also be webcast live! Interested? See the attached flyer, agenda and registration form for additional details. Questions should be forwarded to Jason Ferrigan, MCIP, RPP, Senior Planner at

Reclaiming our Urban Places - Greater Sudbury's Brownfield Strategy Symposium - is sponsored by the City of Greater Sudbury, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Northwestern Ontario Development Network.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sudbury Earth Hour on Elgin Street

Sudbury Earth Hour on Elgin
Sudbury Joins the World in “Switching Off” to fight climate change

Sudbury City Council has endorsed Sudbury’s participation in Earth hour and encourages all Sudburian’s to participate by getting involved. On Saturday March 28th, 2009 GreenSudbury is organizing an evening of art, music, and drinks all by candlelight in the Artists District on Elgin Street. The Sudbury Earth Hour on Elgin Street runs from 7:30 p.m. until 12 midnight.

Hit the road through Downtown at 7:30 with a friendly bike ride starting at Elgin Street and returning at 8:30 pm. Then continue by checking out the solar powered window at 164 Elgin Street at Sudbury Paint and Custom Framing Gallery and then visiting La Galerie de Nouvel-Ontario at 174 Elgin for an hour of art. View the amazing collection “The Museum of Nightmares” described as an installation of drawings and moving objects by Sam Shahsahabi. According to Sam, you don’t have to be asleep to have nightmares!

If you lost your voice after screaming from the nightmares or if you just like tea, head over to Infusion Teas and Tisanes at 178 Elgin. They will be holding a Tea Tasting from 8:30 until 9:30 to soothe your throat. Come and try the tasty variety of specialty teas that they have to offer, and check out the cool tea accessories! There will also be a video installation called "It's not easy being green" by Merche- Mercedes Cueto Herrera .

Once you’ve been refreshed join us at Little Montreal, 182 Elgin at 9:30 for the Allan Walsh jazz band for you to enjoy. Bring your sweetheart or just some friends, and relax and unwind to the music of the Allan Walsh Jazz Quartet and the Laurentian Climate Change Choir. The Laurentian Climate Change Choir will be performing Voices of the Earth with participation from the Laurentian Choir, the Sudbury Chamber Singers, and the Young Sudbury Singers. The band includes Allan Walsh on sax, Tony Simpkin on piano, Dick Van Raadshooven on bass, and Jack Brompton on drums.

At 10:30 walk on down to the Laughing Buddha located right next door on Elgin Street. Come and see ClimateProject Canada's Cathy Orlando’s slideshow on Global Warming, as well as play a fun educational Climate Change bingo game.
Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative led by WWF that encourages people to turn off their lights for one hour to show they want to be a part of the fight against climate change. Last year, Earth Hour was a huge success with more than 50 countries participating world wide and in Canada almost 10 million people participated in more than 150 cities from coast-to-coast.
Millions of people across Canada turning off their lights together send a strong message to government that cannot be ignored, and Sudbury is taking it to the next level.

For more information Sudbury Earth Hour has a Facebook Group or Contact

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Transitions: Community Art for the Earth

MYTHS AND MIRRORS’ Spring Equinox Community Celebration

Transitions: Community Art for the Earth

Join us March 21st, 2009, starting at 12:00 Noon at the Mooselodge, 212 Frood Road for a Spring Community Celebration

12:30pm – 5:00pm Opening circle by elder: Winnie Pitawanakwet

  • Song and Drumming by: The EAGLE SINGERS
  • Video Screenings and Installation Art by: David Lebrun. – Video Short “Theomania”
  • Sam Shahsahabi The Persian New Year, “Nowruz”. Photos & Storytelling from Iran.
  • Billy Bruhmuller Circle Round Videos: Communities Hand in Hand - Youtube installation
  • Mercedes Cueto “It’s not easy being green”, Video loop installation
  • Spider Alan Asher “A Show of Hands”, Story telling & Video Screening
  • Living Culture: Videography by: David Lebrun and Tanya Ball

Voices from the Community;
Winnie Pitawanakwat, Jim Eshkawkogan, Stuart Cryer, Monique Beaudoin, Joan Kuyek, Gary Kinsman, Tanya Ball, Debbie Robertson, Laurie Missy Bergh, Spider Alan Asher, Shailagh Keaney, Nicole Poulin, Annette Reszcynski, Janet Gasparini, Rebecca Ziegler, Paula Johnson, Tina Roy, Amira Emma Routledge, Heather Smith, Rita McGlaughlin, Diane Jack, Eileen Creasey, Joanne Thompson, Carole Dodge, Vivian Hnatchiuk, Jean McGauley, Vickie McGauley, Lisa Lalonde, Lori Paradis, Paul Lowenberg, Sam Shahsahabi, Danielle Tremblay, Gerald Beaulieu.

1:00 – 5:00PM

  • The Northern Circus Jammers, Lead by; Amira Emma Routledge, Mike Fell, Jenny Hazelton
  • The Sudbury Earth Dancers Dance and Practice with the Earth Dancers! Lead by: Lauren Pero
  • Stuff Swap ** Bring a bag of clothes, households, books, etc, return home with anew! **
  • Meditation Circle Lead by: Martin Laforest
  • Magazine – ‘Know your Dandelion’ Lead by: Bodicca Mitchell and Paula Johnson
Closing Ceremony Winnie Pitawanakwat
Accoustics & Songs by Bryce Mulligan

Admission is free, Donations Gratefully Appreciated!

No pressure cold food potluck. For more information Please call 673-1374.

These projects were supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Greater Sudbury.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Toronto Social Innovation Video

Mayor David Miller joined 16 recipients of the Enterprising Nonprofits grants and a room full of social innovators on March 5, 2009 to celebrate 12 funders coming together to support a social enterprise movement in Toronto.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Discussions for a New Local Economy Forum

Have some interesting ideas that could help the City of Greater Sudbury economy?

Then take them to the Discussions for a New Local Economy Forum which will be held 9:30 a. m.-2 p. m. on March 28 at the Quality Inn on Elgin Street.

The forum is being put on by Greater Sudbury's Grassroots Economic Opportunity Development and Evaluation (GEODE) organization. It will feature four keynote speakers: Anne Cooper, founder and director of Programs with Learning Initiative; Gerry Labelle, owner and business consultant with Angelis Consulting; Ashley Burton, founder and artistic director of Arts North; and Martin Laforest, business coach and futures consultant.

The free forum will include a brunch and the chance to participate in discussions about advancing the local economy. People looking to attend are asked to pre-register by calling 670-8920.

"We're expecting about 50 people," say Rayvin Nite, GEODE spokeswoman.Nite said ideas that come out of the forum won't end up in a report on a shelf.

"We're hoping to get them up on our website," she said. "It depends on what we come up with."GEODE is a non-profit, community economic development organization. A press conference to announce the event will be held Tuesday at Arts North on Cedar Street.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nuclear lies, green truths – An evening on climate solutions

What is the quickest way to stop a wind turbine? Build a nuclear reactor.

Join Executive Director Bruce Cox of Greenpeace Canada and the Greater Sudbury Environment Network for an evening presentation and discussion on Tuesday, March 10th beginning at 7 pm in the Foyer at City Hal. The focus of the evening is on climate change solutions and how nuclear power threatens to put the brakes on green energy in Ontario.

Right now, Ontario is at a crossroads in terms of how electricity is going to be supplied to customers like you and me. In the next few weeks the Ontario government will release their Green Energy Act, and decide whether or not to rebuild the Pickering "B" nuclear reactor and potentially launch massive spending on new nuclear stations.

Pouring millions into new nukes is not only a bad decision for our economy and environment, it will effectively stop Ontario's renewable energy potential and fundamentally undermine Canada's ability to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Come out for an interesting evening of presentations and discussion on climate solutions and how nuclear power stands in their way. We need your help to tell the McGuinty government to say 'No' to $40 billion in new nuclear projects and 'Yes' to green power.

Admission is free.

The address for City Hall is 200 Brady St.- located at Tom Davies Square, Sudbury.

For more information call Scott Card | Greater Sudbury Environment Network at 705.674.1685 or Miriam Stucky | Nuclear Lies, Green Truths Tour Organizer at 705.749.1588

Check out A Smarter Energy Plan for Ontario:

Join the campaign to shut down the Pickering nuclear station: 30km.

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