All Candidates Meeting: Environment & Sustainability

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The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE), Whistler Centre for Sustainability (WCS) and the Whistler Public Library have come together to host an All Candidates Meeting (ACM) for the upcoming local elections.  The topic will be ‘Environment & Sustainability’, allowing candidates to highlight their personal priorities from a wide array of local, national and global issues.  The meeting will take place at Whistler Public Library on October 28th, at 7pm.

The format for the ACM will be consistent with previous years, with candidates being given an allotted timeframe in which to share their priorities, expertise and background around the ACM agenda.  Following candidate presentations the floor will be opened to public Q&A which will run until the close of the meeting.  An informal opportunity to connect with candidates will then be provided through an invitation to drinks at the Brickworks pub, directly opposite the Whistler Library.

Prior to the Environment and Sustainability ACM candidates will be asked to complete an online survey with questions posed by AWARE and WCS.  The survey allows the views of each candidate to be shared across a wide range of local issues at the forefront of the environmental and sustainability agendas.  Candidates will have until October 24th at 5pm to complete the online survey, and results will be available from the 25th onwards on awarewhistler.org and will be posted at the All Candidates Meeting on the 28th.
In the interests of removing barriers for individuals to be involved in public process, childcare will be freely available at the All Candidates Meeting.   Pre-registration is required for childcare and the deadline for registration is 5pm on Sunday Oct. 26th – To register click here.

Donate to childcare at All Candidates Meeting

Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, is seeking donations to help support childcare at the upcoming All Candidates Meeting in Whistler, focused on the Environment and Sustainability.

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Click Here To Donate: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7t9ga/ab/748JM8?

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Each election Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE hosts an All Candidates Meeting.  In previous years we have had comments following the meetings that people could not attend due to having to look after the kids, cost of childcare etc. This issue has been raised frequently enough that we feel it constitues a barrier to individual getting involved in public process.

Shared childcare can is cost effective and we will be offering this on site at the Whistler Public Library.  There will be space for up to 25 kids with childcare being provided by Whistler Babysitting (who have trained staff and hold all the appropriate insurances, etc).

If you believe in breaking down barriers to engagement in public process please donate what you can.  Contributors will be recognised at the All Candidates Meeting and on the AWARE website unless they choose to remain anonymous.

If the campaign does not reach it’s goal AWARE will cover remaining costs of childcare.  Any funds in exceedance of the goal will be put towards the costs of the All Candidates Meeting.

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The reason we are asking for support of a relatively small expense is that hosting an all candidates meeting can cost AWARE over $1000 without any allocation for time (volunteer organised). This year the board voted to reduce these event costs which we have been able to do through partnership with the library as a venue and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability (as our topic has been ‘Environment & Sustainability’ for the past decade).

However, while we work to reduce event costs it is important we don’t loose sight of what the community has identified as a need, hence why we committed to make childcare happen, taking a leap of faith that this is something members of the Whistler community will step up to support.

 

Simplify Life: AWARE’s First All Female Clothing Swap & Shop

October 27th, 6 – 9 PM @ Nicklaus North

All proceeds go to AWARE, Whistler’s Environmental Charity since 1989.

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Entry Fee:

$ 10 with swappable clothing

$ 15 empty handed

$ 30 rent a table in our Vendor’s Lounge, whether you are a local artist or someone with goods too deeply loved to give away.

SWAP:

Bring clothes you no longer love, and swap them for something you adore!

Halloween costumes welcome!

SALE:

Separate from our swap, we will showcase a sale section featuring local artisans, wine, and local ladies with wardrobes too well loved to merely give away. To rent a $30 table in the vendors lounge e-mail info@awarewhistler.org before Oct. 25th.

All clothes which remain after the swap will be donated to Dress for Success and the Whistler Re-Use-It Centre.

Dress for Success is a charity empowering women into the work force.  The Re-Use-It Centre is a non-profit whose proceeds fuel Whistler’s social programs and efforts keep tonnes of waste out of the landfill annually.

Crafty By Nature + Envirofest Join For A Day Of Outdoor Fun

AWRE459_CraftyByNature_Poster_HRA day of nature crafts, live music, food and fun… Celebrate the Whistler environment with AWARE on Sunday, August 31st as Crafty by Nature and the RMOW’s EnviroFest come together at Rebagliati Park.

Guiltlessly gorge on vegan sliders and vote for a victor as the Four Seasons, Whistler Blackcomb, The Naked Sprout and Gardein go head to head in Whistler’s inaugural Vegan BBQ Championship!  Live music by Brother Twang and the Sociables will keep your toes tapping, as old skool games such as potato sack racing, horseshoes and three legged sprints will bring you back in time to the original play station!

Surrounding the park, nature craft workshops will teach you how to build bird and bat houses, weave, create nature inspired jewellery and make your very own paper.   All ages are welcome to join in the festivities and celebrate AWARE’s 25th Anniversary year!

Local environmental non-profits will join in on the fun and allow you to connect more deeply with your surroundings and the outstanding work they have been doing on behalf of our natural environment. Become bear wise with Get Bear Smart and C2C Grizzly Bear Initiative, appreciate your breath with the Sea to Sky Clean Air Society, learn about your food’s life cycle with Sea to Sky Soils, the AWARE Zero Waste Station, and Earthsave Whistler, and identify local plants and creatures with Whistler Naturalists and the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council.

For more details click here!

July Green Talk: What does the future hold for Howe Sound?

Howe Sound is North Americas southernmost fjord, beautiful and wild yet easily accessed from Vancouver or Whistler in 30 minutes. With a history of industrial mismanagement the Sound was ecologically devastated. After decades of restoration and in excess of $46 million dollars of taxpayer money, the Sound has seen an ecological renaissance, culminating with the return of Orcas.

Yet even with this history the Sound is being slated as the site for over 10 separate commercial and residential development proposals. In AWARE’s July 2nd Green Talk the case will be made for assessment of the potential cumulative effect of so much development in this unique area.

Guest presenter Eoin Finn has been a key advocate for the endorsement of a cumulative effects assessment and has presented the need for this to citizen groups, organizations and local and regional governments. Eoin will give an overview of the various development proposals on the table, explore impacts such as increased tanker traffic and will provide detail around some of the developments already undertaking community consultation, such as the Woodfibre LNG proposal.

AWARE has also invited Tracey Saxby of My Sea to Sky who will be detailing the environmental impact assessment processes specific to the industrial developments.

Development of the Sound could have real impacts for tourism and therefore Whistler. We hope that dedicating our upcoming Green Talk to the issue will add support to the various groups currently working to raise awareness and provide an engagement opportunity for our members and Whistlerites.

About Eoin Finn:

Eoin Finn grew up in Ireland and moved to Canada to attend graduate school in 1968. He is retired, having been a Partner in the Accounting / Consulting firm KPMG. A seasonal resident of Bowyer Island in Howe Sound for the past 30 years, and the father to two marine biologist daughters, he is thrilled by the return of the orcas, dolphins, herring and salmon to Howe Sound. Eoin holds Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry and an MBA in International Business.

No need for the rainy day blues

The forecast may be for a rainy weekend but the kids are all right because there is lots of fun to be had at the AWARE Kids Nature Club…

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The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am at the Whistler Public Library.

These free sessions are focused on encouraging learning through fun interactive activities and are open to all but are mainly intended for kids aged 4-12 (all kids must be accompanied by a parent).

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

For more information regarding the AWARE Kid’s Nature Club please contact us via e-mail: info@awarewhistler.org or the contact form on this site.

May Green Talk – Gardening with Native Species & Avoiding Invasive Plants

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Join AWARE for our May Green Talk on planting with native species.

As the warm weather is here and we get itchy green fingers, Clare O’Brien of the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council will talk about how to avoid introducing invasive species into our gardens. Highlighting the invasive plant species found in Whistler gardens, how to identify them and great alternatives.

Green Talks are possible thanks to a venue partnership with the Whistler Museum and the presenters who volunteer their time to share their knowledge.

Where: Whistler Museum

When: Wednesday May 7th, 6pm

Join AWARE on Pitch In Day

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Saturday May 3rd, 8:30am @ Nesters Market

The annual clean-up where different community groups ‘Pitch In’ to help clean up the trash that is left behind after the snow melts.  Pitch In Day and the materials needed are organised by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and every year AWARE oversees the area around Nesters and White Gold.

Meet at Nesters Market at 8:30am to get your equipment.  Dress for the weather and if you have gardening gloves we would recommend them from past experience! After a morning or work all volunteers are head to a free BBQ at the firehall for lunch.

Happy Earth Day!

As someone who is on this website and interested in AWARE we hope you agree that every day is Earth Day.  But it’s always good to have extra cause to celebrate and consider the value we get from the environment (air, water, food, a place to have fun) and the impact we have on that same environment.

For things to consider when thinking about ways to reduce personal impacts here’s a ‘Top 10 Tips’ from Earth Day Canada.

For those of us more inspired by visuals, here is a great info-graphic of options to consider from Irene Lee.

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The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) strives to improve the quality of life in Whistler and surrounding areas, protect and restore the natural heritage and maintain our resources and ecosystems, and achieve environmental sustainability through community education and advocacy.