Blue Dot National Day of Action

Photo: Kurt Sampson.

Photo: Kurt Sampson.

Location: HiVE Vancouver, (#210 - 128 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8)
For more information and to register, head to bluedot.ca.

Come join The Starfish Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation to discuss what it means to have the right to a healthy environment. 

Our region has been a champion for the Blue Dot movement, with Burnaby, Squamish, Whistler, Port Moody, and Vancouver each passing a declaration for the Right to a Healthy Environment. On April 19th, join us to talk about how to live out this declaration in our local communities. 

You'll hear about the movement, watch some video about the movement, and connect with participants to talk about what you want to see in your community to live out your right to a healthy environment.

For more information and to register, head to bluedot.ca.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

A Night With Grizzlies (Whistler, BC)

Come join us on April 8th as we talk about grizzly bears in southwestern BC and what you can do to save them. Hear adventurous stories from our Field Director Johnny Mikes, ecologist and PBS & BBC TV host and narrator Chris Morgan and BC Ministry of Environment’s Tony Hamilton. Admission proceeds go towards the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative.

Join ecologist and PBS & BBC TV host and narrator Chris Morgan for an adventure through the wild. From capturing grizzly bears and tracking them on foot for 2,000 miles over 2 seasons in the Rockies to launching and directing the award-winning Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, Chris's work with carnivores has been diverse and innovative. His engaging and authentic on-camera presence has brought him hosting and narration work seen on PBS Nature, BBC, National Geographic Television, and the Discovery Channel, along with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Tony Hamilton is one of a few “go to” people in the Ministry of the Environment about both bear species. His role is perhaps best described as “senior scientist on bear conservation and management in BC”, with a special emphasis on conservation of grizzly bears in threatened grizzly bear populations, major project impacts on grizzly bears, and mitigation of human-bear conflict. Tony represents BC on the cross-border Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.


Coast to Cascades Field Coordinator Johnny Mikes has done extensive backcountry trips in many of the more remote corners of the Coast to Cascades region. For over 30 years, Johnny guided tours in a number of Canada's premier northern wilderness areas which provided the privilege of encountering several hundred grizzly bears. On-the-ground knowledge and a passion for wild places and wild animals led him to be involved in the creation of several new parks and participation in land use planning processes in Sea-to-Sky and northern BC. Whistler has been his home for the past 18 years.

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) is a volunteer driven non-profit charity.  Originally formed in 1989, we are active on environmental and sustainability issues in our valley, and work to protect the fast vanishing wilderness in our backyard.  AWARE sees a sensible balanced approach to environmental sustainability as the only option for our future, from environmental, social and economic perspectives.

Launched in September 2013, the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative aims to restore the five threatened grizzly bear populations in southwest British Columbia and to connect grizzly bear habitat while encouraging environmentally responsible development. We can accomplish this by protecting grizzly bears from mounting threats and stemming their loss from our wild places, safeguarding year-round ample habitat, and ensuring connectivity between grizzly bear populations.

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5:30pm 5:30pm

Movie Screening: FLOW: For the Love of Water (Vancouver, BC)


Sustainable SFU Waste Team is pleased to present the fascinating documentary "FLOW: For the Love of Water"on Thursday, March 20th, 5:30-7:30PM at Harbour Centre rm 1520. Did you know that only 1% of the earth's water is drinkable? It's true. Fresh water is a human need, and is a resource that is becoming privatized all around the world. But CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER? Join us in anticipation of World Waters Day to celebrate H20.

If you are passionate about the environment, global politics, or just plain love water, come out and bring your friends for a FREE movie night showing the award winning documentary "FLOW: For the Love of Water". Popcorn, juice, water and a big screen provided!

Movie trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi197329177/

RSVP here: https://ssfu-flow-movie.eventbrite.ca/

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9:30am 9:30am

Global Citizenship Conference (Hamilton, ON)

Please also register with your details at the GCC website.

While globalization and mass media conglomerates are subtly influencing our daily thought processes, simultaneously, democratization of the media, facilitated by user generated content and niche communities has also allowed many to opt for more nuanced narratives. Though all of these stories can sometimes disorient, one thing is for certain: we are hungry for real stories, and we crave the empowerment that accompanies pure knowledge.  We get lost, however, in figuring out how to filter through mass information, and all of its connotations and intentions in order to build a true multicultural democracy.
To narrow the focus, this year, McMaster’s Global Citizenship Conference will emphasize marginalized narratives and the power of the untold story. We want to recognize those at the fringes of society, the marginalized populations who interact with the forefront of social justice work. We want open up space in the university for these fringe narratives, alternative stories and traditionally silenced perspectives to inform our daily work and create environments where those with lived experience can influence personal social justice processes.
By bringing together a multitude of perspectives in workshops, panels, lectures, open discussion, storytelling, theatre and art the Global Citizenship Conference hopes to foster a greater sense of understanding and empathy among delegates to influence the ways in which they interact with the world. We hope to inspire delegates from  different backgrounds to create holistic systems change -starting from the individual and radiating outwards.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Species at Risk Film Screening & Dialogue (Vancouver, BC)

Did you know that British Columbia has no stand-alone provincial law to protect species at risk? 

Join Sustainable SFU, the SFU Wildlife Conservation Club, and the Wilderness Committee for a film screening and panel discussion to learn about the threats facing BC's endangered species...and find out what you can do to help.

We'll be showing a series of short films featuring some of BC's most unique and charismatic endangered wildlife -- including the American badger, barn swallow, Oregon spotted frog and the phantom orchid.

Speakers on the panel include:

- Dick Cannings, Biologist
- Gwen Barlee, Wilderness Committee Policy Director
- Isabelle Groc, Wilderness Committee BC Species at Risk Outreach Coordinator
- Mike McKinlay, Videographer
- Leslie Hurteau, SFU Wildlife Conservation Club
- Tesicca Truong, Sustainable SFU

Where: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900
SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St.)

When: Friday, March 7 | 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: FREE

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Talk Food to Me: Opportunities in Food (Vancouver, BC)

This student-led event is open to all students with an interest in local food organizations and Sustainable SFU, particularly those looking to volunteer, intern or work in local food/urban agriculture. Sole Foods and Growing Chefs are just two of several organizations that will be at this event. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 
RSVP here: https://sustainablesfu-talkfoodtome.eventbrite.ca/ 

Where: Harbour Centre, 7th Floor, Room 7000

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Check Your Head's Annual General Meeting (Vancouver, BC)

Text below from Check Your Head.

You are invited!

Check Your Head’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Meeting Room (Suite 1400, 207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC).

Join us to hear all about the year that was at Check Your Head, take part in important governance processes, and meet our staff and board team! Check Your Head’s board and staff members will be presenting the annual report, financial statements, and presenting new board members for election. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, we are actively seeking new members – click here for more information.

Please RSVP to Vince Terstappen (admin@checkyourhead.org) if you would like to join us.

Everyone is invited to the AGM, but only members will be able to vote. You can become a member or renew your membership here. Membership is by donation but if you can’t make a contribution that is no problem either! Just help us keep our membership list current by updating your contact information here.

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5:00pm 5:00pm

Sustainable SFU's Annual General Meeting (Burnaby, BC)


Text below from Sustainable SFU.

We are YOUR student sustainability society!
Lead the way at SFU and take THE NEXT STEP for a more sustainable campus!

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in our Annual General Meeting. Hear about our work in 2013 and plans for the year ahead, review our finances, and vote on new board directors and bylaw changes.

Lead the way at SFU and take THE NEXT STEP for a more sustainable campus. Come to our Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 24, at 5PM. Free vegetarian and vegan food will be provided.


Keynote Speaker: Vancouver-based social artist and activist Julien Thomas. An SFU Alumni, Julien helped organize our Western Canada Sustainable Campuses Conference in 2012. Today, he is making change in Vancouver with mobile parkletsand other urban interventions.

Annual Report: Hear about what we’re doing to make SFU a more sustainable campus through student leadership, advocacy and capacity building. Since we’re funded by student fees, you’ll also hear from our auditor and be able to ask questions about our finances.

Board Elections: Students will be selecting new Directors for the 2014-15 term and recognizing the work of our current directors. See below for more information.

Opportunities and Special Guests: Meet representatives from organizations and classes that we help fund and learn about ways to take sustainability leadership on campus.

Run To Be A Board Director:

As a  Sustainable SFU member, you have the right to nominate, vote for, or run to be a director of your student society.

Read what our current directors say about their experience leading Sustainable SFU.

To run as a director of the society:

  1. Read the Director Position Description and the Bylaws of the Society.
  2. Complete a Director Nomination Form, with signatures from ten currently enrolled SFU students or other members.
  3. Submit the Nomination Form (and optional 200-word candidate statement) via email to info@sustainablesfu.org.

Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting on February 24, 2014. Submit your nomination package before February 20th to be included in the meeting agenda package. Late but otherwise complete nominations will be accepted at the meeting.

If you have questions about the nomination or election process, or the Director position, email info@sustainablesfu.org before February 20th, 2014.

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9:30am 9:30am

Winter Hike at Cypress Provincial Park (North Vancouver, BC)

Bowen Island Lookout trail has a stunning view of Howe Sound. Join on the 3 km round trip winter hike which will lead us past a frozen Yew Lake, old growth trees, and end with a view of Bowen Island and Howe Sound. While we take in the view, we will chat about the biodiversity that Howe Sound holds.

Date: February 23 2014, 9:30AM
Location: Cypress Provincial Park. Meet in front of Cypress Creek Lodge (the main lodge).

**Important** This activity is weather dependent! Please register, so you can be informed if it's cancelled.

**Also depending on future snowfall, snowshoes may be recommended! They can be rented from MEC for 12$/day. Please register and as the date approaches Kate will inform you on the trail conditions. 

Map of Trail:http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cypress/park_map.pdf

Blog about hike: http://activatebc.ca/blog/2013/06/13/bowen-point-lookout/

If you plan on attending, please email Kate at wildambassadors@cpawsbc.org.

This event is a part of the Wild Ambassadors Program, hosted by CPAWS-BC and BC Parks.

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9:00am 9:00am

Deadline: Youth Arctic Coalition Positions

The Youth Arctic Coalition is looking for youth to fill the following positions:

  • Communications Director
  • Assistant Communications Director (Social Media)
  • Assistant Communications Director (Graphics & Promotion)
  • Education and Outreach Director & Assistant Director 
  • Assistant Policy Director
  • Assistant Partnerships Director 
  • Logistics Co-Director

For more information, please see the descriptions here and contact Executive Director Graham May at director@youtharcticcoalition.org.

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9:00am 9:00am

CPAWS-BC Take Back The Wild: Applications Due

Take Back the Wild offers hands-on training for young leaders in engaging and connecting local communities in conservation efforts. This exciting program seeks to identify, connect and engage a new generation of conservation leaders, while educating and empowering participants to take action for their future and their province. Participants have an opportunity to deepen their understanding about endangered ecosystems and current wilderness and ocean protection campaigns while furthering their passion for conservation in B.C.Take Back the Wild launched in October 2012 with 25 participants gathering in Vancouver and subsequently working on conservation projects around the province.

Upcoming sessions:

Vancouver: March 7 to 9, 2014 - Applications now available - due Friday, February 14, 2014. Open to participants from across BC.

Take Back the Wild includes leadership training, skills development, cultural exchange, mentorship and support, and networking opportunities. Participants will leave the weekend training with an increased ability to collectively build capacity and expertise in designing and implementing an effective and efficient conservation project. Take Back the Wild participants will be provided with subsequent opportunities to engage in a conservation project of their choice with support from a project mentor, thereby building expertise and leadership throughout B.C.

For more information, please email Elyse at takebackthewild@cpawsbc.org or call 604-685-7445 ext 25.

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to Feb 2

Youth Arctic Coalition Conference

The first ever conference of the Youth Arctic Coalition, entitled Breaking the Ice, will take place on February 1st & 2nd, 2014. 

Designated ‘satellite’ meeting locations will be established across the Arctic, from which participants will partake in the virtual conference. Individuals may also participate from any location across the world.

Holding the conference virtually across multiple time zones will minimize the environmental impact of our collective action and increase accessibility for international participants. We also hope to hold a small physical conference in Ottawa, where directors and participants can engage with the Canadian media.

At the conference we hope to partner with other international youth organizations who share goals and values with the YAC, and collaborate to finalize a constitution, mission statement, and declarations on Arctic issues. We will present these materials to the Arctic Council and the governments of Arctic states.

We are seeking input of all kinds on the following issue-areas, which will be the subject of YAC position papers to be finalized collaboratively at the conference: food security in the North, energy exploration, culture and languages, health and well-being, human rights of indigenous groups, Arctic contaminants, education, and Arctic sovereignty. After finalizing the papers we will share them widely, presenting them to Arctic organizations and the governments of Arctic states.

Head over to our Input page to lend us your thoughts.


Do you live in Ottawa? Are you interested and able to host a youth delegate to the 2014 YAC Conference for 1-2 nights on the weekend of February 1st, 2014? Do you plan to attend the conference in Ottawa and need a place to stay?

Please email Logistics Director and Conference Coordinator Justina LeeStolz at logistics@youtharcticcoalition.org for information on accommodation during the February conference.

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9:30am 9:30am

Tree Planting (and Pulling out Invasive shrubs)

Join us on November 9th at the NATURE INTERPRETIVE CENTER, RBG ARBORETUM (16 OLD GUELPH ROAD, HAMILTON, ON) to pull out invasive shrubs and plant replacement native trees! Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. 

 This event is in collaboration with "Trees for Hamilton" and the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).

Kindly RSVP: sujane@thestarfish.ca

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to Oct 27

Beyond Green Environmental Youth Summit


There is still time to register for this incredible opportunity to connect young Canadians who want to create environmental change.

Join 1,000 young delegates, aged 14 to 30, in Toronto to explore environmental issues from every angle and develop strategies to spark change in your community!

Whatever your passion, there is a path. Whether you’re an artist, scientist, frontline activist, or brand new to the scene, Beyond Green provides the techniques, tools, and connections you need to take action!

Access the free Beyond Green app here to check out our detailed schedule. Over 100 environmental organizations, groups and researchers are coming together to offer the tools, information and connections you need to change the game.

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to Oct 18

CONTEST: Tickets to Beyond Green Environmental Youth Summit

The Starfish has tickets to Earth Day Canada's Beyond Green Environmental Youth Summit to give away! Simply fill out the form at www.thestarfish.ca/contests and you'll be entered into the draw.

Contest closes October 18th, 2013. One e-mail address per entry. Winners will be asked a skill testing question and will be responsible for transportation to and from the event.


Join 1,000 young delegates, aged 14 to 30, in Toronto to explore environmental issues from every angle and develop strategies to spark change in your community!

Whatever your passion, there is a path. Whether you’re an artist, scientist, frontline activist, or brand new to the scene, Beyond Green provides the techniques, tools, and connections you need to take action. See all details at http://www.earthday.ca/beyondgreen/.

October 25-27, 2013 at the University of Toronto


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Healing our Hearts & our Earth: Tree Planting

See event photos here


Dear Friends of The Starfish,  

 "Healing our Hearts & Our Earth" is an event about replenishing the earth through the memory of a loved one who has passed on. It is an obligation for us to not only take care of each other, but also take care of our future generations and our future environment. 

That is why we would like to work together to create an annual healing journey library (our healing journey). I'm sure that we have all lost someone very dear to our hearts...we have all felt the pain, the sorrow, and the anguish that comes along with the grieving process.  I truly believe that we can use those feelings to do something positive for ourselves, each other, and most especially for the ones who will always remain in our hearts.

I understand these feelings to be a lot like a seed....we have the power to plant it, water it, nurture it, and use it for the benefit of those around us.

The inaugural event was held on July 6th, 2013 with a turn-out of 30 community members and friends!  We would like to thank each of you for coming out to support this cause.  

Looking forward to next year's planting event and many more in the future, 

The Starfish Team  

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