“Less Plastic!” Let’s Make a Boomerang Bag #2!: Sat., Nov. 24

We had so much fun, we are doing it again!
Workshop to make grocery clothbags from your worn-out clothes. We call them Boomerang Bags – they keep coming back for more groceries.
The original idea comes from Australia where they started making lots of cloth bags and hung them up in grocery stores for people to borrow when they had forgotten their own. They are labeled “Borrow and Return”. We plan to do the same once we have lots of bags. Everybody is welcome to join in this effort.
Pattern, instructions and help are provided. Bring your sewing machine (or use one of ours), scissors, pins and your worn-out clothes; pants are very suitable.
Program Room Yarmouth Library, Sat. Nov. 24, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
For more information contact Margrit (secretary Yarmouth Environmental Think Tank)
902 742-5542

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Burned — Are Trees the New Coal?

A compelling new film about the rise of the biomass industry is on tour now in Nova Scotia.
The Ecology Action Centre with support from TREPA (Tusket River Environmental Protection Association) and other local community groups across Nova Scotia are presenting screenings of the new film “Burned – Are Trees the New Coal” The award-winning documentary “Burned” focuses on the eastern seaboard of the United States but the story could be anywhere – including Nova Scotia where the recent advent of big biomass has consumed millions of tonnes of our forests and driven forestry practices to new lows. In a perversion of the term “green”, forests worldwide are being clearcut and burned for electricity generation under the guise of producing “green energy”. And it’s happening at the precisely the time we need our forests more than ever to help combat climate change. “.
A brief discussion will follow each screening.

TREPA will be showing the film on November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives. No admission charge.

For more information about the film and to watch the trailer visit: www.burnedthemovie.com

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact EAC Wilderness Coordinator Raymond Plourde – 902-478-5400, wilderness@ecologyaction.ca

“Burned – Are Trees the New Coal” Screening & Discussion

The Ecology Action Centre is partnering with TREPA to present the award-wining documentary film “Burned – Are Trees the New Coal” about the recent rise of the global biomass industry and it’s impacts on our forests and the atmosphere. The film will be shown at Yarmouth County Museum and Archives on November 14th, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

“Burned” is a riveting film every citizen, taxpayer and electricity ratepayer should see – especially if you care about forests.

A short discussion will follow the screening.

For more about the film visit: www.burnedthemovie.com

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Access to Water Quality Reports

— John Sollows

Folks have been asking me about public access to the various reports on water quality done by the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, a raft of volunteers, and us TREPA folks.

They are on the Yarmouth municipal website. Things have recently been rearranged, and they are now harder to find. To reach them now, click or copy-and-paste https://www.district.yarmouth.ns.ca/index.php/community/community-organizations-programs/224-carleton-river-watershed.

The final phase of sampling is happening this month so it’s a little premature to say how things are going this year. Once again, we had a hot, dry summer. That made for warmer water and less runoff. Less summer runoff means likely drops in both colour (from decaying leaves) and nutrients.

Warmer, clearer water means that lakes are more vulnerable to blue-green algal blooms, so we all need to be increasingly careful about what runs into our rivers and lakes. Waterfront landowners need to maintain wild shoreline buffers. The mink industry and other users who can potentially pollute need to follow regulations and voluntary guidelines, as well.

Blue-green algal blooms are not just hard on property values, they are hazards to public health.

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New TREPA shoreline protection brochure available

TREPA is pleased to announce that its new shoreline protection brochure is available. It has been redesigned to assist developers, contractors and owners meet shoreline protection regulations and develop properties in a manner to protect the water quality of their home locations. Unfortunately, improper development of the shoreline can lead to pollution of the very resource, the lake or river, for which the property was purchased. To get copies contact John Sollows <nhungjohn@eastlink.ca>

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Yarmouth Chimney Swift Walk July 24

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