Community News Archive

Sweden Paves the Way, Again

Sweden just opened the world’s first electrified road just outside of Stockholm! Roughly 2km of electrical rails, embedded in a public road, will recharge the batteries of electric vehicles while they drive. And the country is not stopping there. The government’s road agency already has plans for future expansion. In order to achieve independence from fossil fuels by 2030, they have to reduce transportation that relies on it by 70%.

Lorna Williams receives Indspire Award at the University of Victoria

We are delighted to announce that a dear friend and colleague, Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams, Lil’watul from Mount Currie BC, is being honoured with a 2018 Indspire Award for her contributions to Indigenous education. The UVic Professor Emerita of Indigenous education has been living and breathing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on education and language since before the TRC was ever imagined.

Be A Part of Earth Hour on March 24th

This weekend, it is all around the world, where Earth Hour gives people a chance to send a signal that they care about ongoing environmental degradation and want action to be taken. If you want to get involved, turn off your lights for an hour on March 24th at 8:30 pm your time.  

An Artist’s Profile: Suzanne Paleczny

“We have forgotten that nature is not something outside of us—someplace we go hiking in on the weekend—but that it is us.”

— Suzanne Paleczny

Canadian Values Conversation

What matters most to Canadians? How much do we differ in what we want for Canada across gender, generations, regions, ethnicities? In a rapidly shifting global context, what values do we want to be reflected in the future of Canada?

Sustainable Biofuel Innovation in Canada

recent study revealed that climate change may release toxic mercury in the Arctic. It estimates that the amount of natural mercury stored in permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere is twice as much mercury as in all other soils, the ocean, and the atmosphere combined.

On-the-ground study improves health of homeless participants

A new study conducted by The Bridge Engagement Centre (The Bridge) found that curbing daily cigarette use can reduce dependence on opioids. In a previous study focused on the homeless community in Ottawa, they discovered that 96% of participants smoked as compared to just 9% of the city’s population. The Bridge undertook this second study to determine if tobacco use affected the prevalence of drug addiction among the homeless.

Nature Canada Hosts Art Auction

Nature can be exceptionally inspiring! From the budding trees and flowers to the roaring mountains and fascinating animals; artists are inspired by the textures, colours, and sounds of the natural world. That’s why Nature Canada is hosting their 3rd annual Art for Nature auction and have asked Canadian artists to create extraordinary art pieces using nature as their muse.

New Museum Coalition for Climate Justice

In response to climate change, museum professionals from across Canada are joining together. Founded earlier this year, the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice is “mobilizing and supporting Canadian museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change”. As a top priority, the Coalition is gathering and sharing relevant research and information on climate change.

Little Brown Bats: Not Bat At All

With Halloween just around the corner, The Northwest Wildlife Preservation (NWPS) is celebrating nature's nocturnal wonders. The bat is often misunderstood and even feared by many so the NWPS is trying to shift attitudes to help little brown bats thrive in British Columbia.

Why are bats important, you might ask?