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2015-04-08  |  John Bennett

Dear friends:

I’m writing you from Niagara-on-the-Lake (overlooking vineyards) where I’m still on the road and still waiting for an elusive spring.

I hope you got a ‘rise’ out of last week's April Fool’s email.

PROTECTING POLLINATORS

It’s week four of the Protect The Pollinators Tour, which means our (unfortunate) comedy of errors is almost over. So far we have survived a broken tooth in the airport, two missed connections, a twisted ankle (I’m typing with my foot over my head) and one heck-of-a gruelling schedule. I am getting (at least feeling) old and, at this point, the...

2015-03-25  |  Hanna Hameline

The last two weeks have concluded my scheduled visits for Wild Child (although I do have make-up visits scheduled for next week due to all the snow days!). These weeks have been really fun. I have noticed that the by my 3rd, 4th, and 5th visits that relationship with children really starts to become more evident. I remember many childrens names and we can recount experiences from my past visits. Children’s excitement levels seem to increase with each visit. I have also noticed increased comfortability in myself as I revisit each daycare. In terms of relationship building and material retainment, I am curious how a week long visit to each daycare would compare to the bi-weekly visit approach that I have taken. This may be something that the next season of Wild Child could consider trying.

 

Given it is March and spring is just around the corner, during my Wild Child visits I thought it would be inspiring and hopeful for us to start...

2015-03-20  |  Webmaster

On behalf of the Sierra Club family, we are all very saddened by the loss of our friend, colleague, and activist, Andrew Chisholm, and extend our condolences to his family and friends.

The world would be a better place with more people like Andrew Chisholm out there.


Related: Bill C-51 and a dear friend's wisdom, Bennett Blog, March 17, 2015

2015-03-17  |  Webmaster

Greetings from Victoria where our Protect the Pollinators Tour gets underway tonight.

I want to talk about Bill C-51, the anti-terror bill, and how it might impact Canadian environmentalists. Before I do, I want to take a moment and talk about Andrew Chisholm, who passed away over the weekend. He was the first person I ever spoke to at Sierra Club back in 1996. He took the time to talk to me about how the federal government was changing the environmental assessment laws in the middle of the night so it could sell CANDU reactors to China.

Then, when I got here a few years later, Andrew was still part of the Sierra family (on staff and later as a volunteer). He was someone...

2015-03-16  |  Hanna Hameline

The last two weeks has really shown me that there is a large amount of community interest and support to get children back into nature. Perhaps you saw the segment on CBC’s Compass with Boomer or made it out to the fundraiser for the Wild Child Program, or maybe you will pick up the Guardian this week and read about Wild Child in the paper.. regardless, the support for this program has been great and is very encouraging to those interested in getting nature programs into childcare and education systems. From news stories to fundraisers, I am getting the notion that people genuinely want children to reconnect with nature. What an inspiring message!

 

The last two weeks have been a little jumbled with more snow/freezing cold temperatures making things interesting. Some daycares were receiving indoor visits with the blue tub (mentioned in my previous blog post!) and indoor games while others were heading outdoors to build animal homes and go for nature walks...

   

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