CEN Weekly E-Bulletin

October 8th, 2004

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Contents

1.

CALL FOR DELEGATES

 
  1. Workshop on Possible Amendments to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act
  2. Public Involvement Framework for the Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada
  3. Draft Screening Assessment report on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)
 

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
  1. Steering Committee elections for CEN Caucuses
 

3.

EVENTS

 
  1. CEN Annual Conference on the Environment
  2. International Caucus Events in Montreal
  3. Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program
 

4.

EMPLOYMENT

 
  1. Executive Director, Yukon Conservation Society
     

 

 

1.

CALL FOR DELEGATES

 
i.
Workshop on possible amendments to the metal mining effluent regulations under the Fisheries Act

When: November 3rd and 4th, 2004
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Number of ENGO Delegates sought: 6
Deadline to apply: October 8, 2004

The Minerals and Metals Branch of Environment Canada is planning a workshop on November 3rd and 4th, 2004 in Ottawa, to seek advice on possible amendments to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act.

Federal departments and jurisdictions, as well as stakeholder organizations are invited to this event. Environment Canada is prepared to reimburse, consistent with Treasury Board Guidelines, the travel and living expenses for up to six representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations.
The complete Call for Delegate is available on the CEN web site. If you are interested in taking part in this event, please fill-out the online application form.

 
  ii.
Public Involvement Framework for the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB), Health Canada

Where: Various Regions accross Canada
Deadline to apply: Various dates depending on the region. Consult HPFB's website:
Click here.

The Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) is the part of Health Canada that evaluates the safety, quality and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines, medical devices and other therapeutic products, including natural health products, available to Canadians.

This proposed Public Involvement Framework will address this need, as well as increase public awareness of our mandate, enrich our relationships with our stakeholders and develop and implement innovative ways to encourage stakeholder involvement. If you are interested in taking part in this consultation: Please fill-out the online application form that is available on their website.

 
 
iii
Draft screening assessment report on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)

Environment Canada has released its Draft Screening Assessment Report for Perfluorooctane sulfonate and its salts (PFOS) for a 60-day public comment period, beginning October 1, 2004.

Following the 60-day public comment period, the comments will be considered and the report revised as necessary, including the final conclusion as to whether or not the substances are considered “toxic” under section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The report will then be sent to the Ministers of Environment and Health for final approvals.
Please view the Draft Screening Assessment Report is available on the internet:

 

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
i.
Steering Committee elections for CEN caucuses

Nominations are currently being accepted for positions on the following CEN Caucus Steering Committees: Water, Toxics, Agriculture, and Atmosphere/Energy. CEN members in good standing with interest in any of these issues are encouraged to submit their nomination to the appropriate caucus. Application forms are available on the CEN website at the top of each Caucus' home page. Application deadline has been extended to October 12, 2004.

 
 

3.

EVENTS

 
i.
CEN Annual Conference on the Environment

The Canadian Environmental Network is hosting its second annual conference on the environment entitled “Building the Eco-City: Today’s Cities for Tomorrow’s Generations”

October 21-22, 2004
Centre St. Pierre
Montreal, Quebec

The purpose of the 2004 conference is to examine the challenges facing the urban environment and to explore solutions, policy and practical tools and models to achieve sustainability in the urban context. The conference will feature speakers from across Canada and from other countries, with the aim of providing conference delegates with information and inspiration to work towards sustainability in their community.

For more information click here. If you would like to register for the Annual Conference on the Environment please fill out the on-line registration form.

 
 
ii.
International caucus events in Montreal

The CEN’s International Program invites the public to take part in two events that will take place on October 23rd, 2004 at the Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, in Montreal. An interactive workshop entitled “Environment and Security: Challenges of Working 0verseas” will be held from 2:45 – 5:00pm. This will be followed to a public event under the theme of “The World we find ourselves in Post September 11th - Wars over natural resources - Violence increases”, from 7:30 – 9:30pm. For Information and registration: contact Chantal Bois at 613-728-9810 ext. 24 or visit the CEN web site.

 
 
iii.
Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program

Every day, in communities across Canada, young people are actively demonstrating their passion for the environment through the important work they accomplish. These dedicated young Canadians are emerging as tomorrow's environmental leaders and advocates.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program encourages and rewards 15 students across Canada $5000 annually, those who have distinguished themselves through environmental community service, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and academic excellence.
For applications and more information please visit the Toyota Earth Day Website.

 

4.

EMPLOYMENT

 
i.
Executive director, Yukon Conservation Society

The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is seeking a highly motivated, experienced individual to lead this 35-year-old ENGO. The full job description is available on the CEN web site. Please submit a letter of Interest and CV to: Yukon Conservation Society, 302 Hawkins Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1X6
Email: [email protected],
Fax: (867)668-6637.
Application deadline is October 15, 2004.

 

 

     

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