DFO closes shellfishing due to contamination

Not a lot of information in this article but we can safely assume that the contamination came from pesticides running off from the recent heavy rains.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-shellfish-harvesting-restrictions-1.3336817?cmp=rss

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed two areas of P.E.I. shoreline to shellfishing as a precautionary measure after fears of contamination from heavy rainfall.

On P.E.I.’s north shore, the closure runs east from Gillis Point to a point just east of Cavendish, and takes in the important shellfishing areas of both Malpeque Bay and New London Bay.

On the south side of the Island, the closure affects an area from the church in Mont Carmel east to just east of the Desable River.

The closure restricts harvesting of oysters, mussels, clams and any other bivalve mollusc in a three-kilometre band from shore.

The DFO has brought in similar closures in the past after heavy rains.

 

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Water Act Consultations Schedule

The Water Act Consultations are winding down – here is the schedule for the next few weeks. In each case start time is 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 24th
Kensington Legion

Kensington North Watersheds Association
Kensington Water Management
Southwest River Nitrate Group
Margaret MacKay (individual)

Thursday, Nov. 26th
Elmsdale, Westisle Composite

Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water (#2)
PEI Federation of Agriculture
PEI Federation of Municipalities
Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
Cornwall Civic Centre

Cornwall and Area Watershed Group
PEI Potato Board
PEI Shellfishers Association
Ellen’s Creek Protection and Planning Committee

Monday, Dec. 7th
Farm Centre, Charlottetown

CropLife Canada
Fertilizer Canada
Darcie Lanthier (individual)
Sandy MacKay (individual)

Blue Drinks – October 27

PEI Blue Drinks - October 27

Are you interested in, studying, or working on water issues in PEI? Join your colleagues for informal networking at Blue Drinks! Where: The Gahan House, 126 Sydney St., Charlottetown

When: Tuesday, October 27th at 6pm

R.S.V.P: Blue Drinks PEI Tickets

Blue Drinks is a networking event hosted by the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professional Committee (CWNSYPC) for members of the water community to discuss water-related challenges, developments, and opportunities for collaboration. Students, researchers, professionals, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend!

To be added to the PEI Blue Drinks distribution list, contact Erin at BlueDrinksPEI@gmail.com

Water Act Consultations

Here are the dates and places for the upcoming Water Act Consultations (all are at 7 p.m.). These are all open to the public.

Charlottetown – October 6 – Murchison Centre
Charlottetown – October 8 – Farm Centre
Charlottetown – November 5 – Farm Centre
Summerside – October 13 – Credit Union Place
Souris – October 20 – Legion
Poole’s Corner – November 3 – Kaylee Hall
Wellington – November 17 – Legion
Kensington – Legion – November 24
Elmsdale – November 26 – Westisle School

Party Leaders’ Forum on the Environment

April 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m., Mackinnon Lecture Theatre, Holland College (Kent St entrance) for an all Party Leaders’ Forum on Environmental Issues.

Moderated by Dr Carolyn Peach-Brown, Director of UPEI Environmental Studies, the forum will feature the leaders of the Green, Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Parties of PEI.

After answering a series of pre-set questions, there will be time for the leaders to respond to questions from the floor.

IMG_1049Brought to you by the following groups:

  • Environmental Coalition of PEI
  • PEI Watershed Alliance
  • Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water
  • Citizens’ Alliance of PEI
  • Island Nature Trust
  • Nature PEI
  • Cooper Institute
  • Holland College Green Machine
  • PEI Environmental Health Cooperative
  • Save Our Seas and Shores PEI
  • Don’t Frack PEI
  • PEI Food Security Network
  • Green Economy Network
  • Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group
  • Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bay
  • Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association
  • Blue Dot PEI (The Right to a Healthy Environment)
  • Vision PEI
  • Sierra Club Canada (PEI group)
  • Pesticide Free PEI
  • Winter River Tracadie Bay Watershed Association
  • Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group

IMG_1460Details

Date:
April 21, 2015
Time:
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1621088524787016/

Organizer

22 Environmental Organizations Across the Island

Venue

MacKinnon Lecture Theatre – Holland College
Phone:
902-651-2575
140 Weymouth St.,  Charlottetown,  PE C1A 4Z1 Canada

Fish Tales PEI – MacPhail Woods on Wednesday, August 20th

On behalf of the production crew of Fish Tales PEI, we would like to invite you to join us at MacPhail Woods Nature Centre on Wednesday, August 20th, at 6:30pm for a river walk on the historic MacPhail grounds, music and poetry by Island artists and an informative evening of discussions followed by the premiere of Fish Tales.

Fish Tales is a short documentary film shot on PEI in the summer of 2013. The film explores how rivers and waterways on Prince Edward Island influence Islanders’ views on social and environmental issues. We look at current realities and challenges in our rivers, including the human impact of catastrophic events like fish kills. Through interviews and storytelling with experts from all sides of the spectrum, Fish Tales captures how Islanders interact with these areas, and their perspectives on the future of our watershed heritage.

We want to highlight that many Islanders, from all walks of life, are interdependent with, and have a responsibility towards, the health of PEI’s historic waterways.

To view a trailer for the film, please visit www.vimeo.com/conorleggott/fishtalestrailer
Fish Tales was produced by a volunteer crew of Adnan Saciragic, Ashley Prince, Conor Leggott, and Hanna Hameline. The film was made possible by funding from the Environmental Coalition of PEI, and in-kind support from the Island Media Arts Co-op and the Holland College Photography and Digital Imaging Program.

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who you think might be interested in Fish Tales.

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Island Water Symposium at UPEI

UPEI News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Island Water Symposium at UPEI

 

Charlottetown, PEI (April 28, 2014)—The future of the Island’s water supply will be the subject of an upcoming public symposium at the University of Prince Edward Island. In light of recent concern about increased pressure on our groundwater resources by urban, industrial, and agricultural use, this event is a timely one.

 

Island Water Futures: Assessing the Science will take place in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242 of UPEI’s McDougall Hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. The symposium is sponsored by the Institute of Island Studies in conjunction with UPEI Research Services.

 

This is a public-forum event with presentations by three speakers: Dr. Ryan O’Connor, Dr. Cathy Ryan, and Dr. Michael van den Heuvel.

 

Dr. O’Connor, a graduate of UPEI, is an environmental historian. His PhD thesis, written at the University of Western Ontario, will be published this year by UBC Press under the title The First Green Wave. His talk will provide a general overview of research done so far relating to the Island’s groundwater resources; he will review the various scientific papers, reports, and theses produced about the Island’s water supply.

 

Dr. Ryan is a professor cross-appointed to Geoscience and Environmental Sciences at the University of Calgary with a long interest in agricultural impacts on water quality. She leads a team of hydrogeologists working with agricultural scientists to understand groundwater in the fractured sandstone on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as part of the Canadian Water Network’s Secure Source Water Network.

 

Dr. van den Heuvel is the Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity at UPEI. He studies the effects of agriculture and chemical use on freshwater and coastal environments. His focus is the endocrine responses, immunotoxicology, and population health of fish. He is working to develop methods and solutions to best monitor environmental problems and better protect rivers in Prince Edward Island.

 

The symposium will be chaired by Diane Griffin, long-time councillor for the Town of Stratford and a former deputy minister of the provincial Department of the Environment. Last year, Dr. Griffin was awarded an honorary doctorate by UPEI.

 

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend this symposium. Admission is free. Following the three presentations, there will be ample time for discussion and questions from the floor.

 

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Media contact:
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications
(902) 620-5117,
datkinson@upei.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maude Barlow speaks to full house

Maude Barlow speaking about protecting the water of PEI
Maude Barlow speaking about protecting the water of PEI

It was a packed room at the Rodd Charlottetown last night to hear Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians, and Reg Phalen, organic farmer and member of the National Farmers’ Union, John Joe Sark, and biologist Daryl Guignion speak.  CBC reported 200 but it was actually closer to 300.

Maritime News from last night:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/PEI/ID/2439671882/
about 5:45 into the broadcast.

Earlier in the day, Maude spoke with the media about the issue of high capacity wells and the formation of the Coalition:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/PEI/ID/2439649824/
4:45 into the broadcast

Keptin John Joe Sark spoke first about the importance of water and presented an eagle feather to both Maude and to Leo Broderick.  Reg and Daryl each spoke after that (I can summarize their thoughts another day soon).

The author of several books, including the most recent Blue Future, Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever,Maude has seen water issues in many parts of the world.  She talked about the “myth of abundance” and that “lifting the moratorium would be the worst thing that could happen to PEI.”

She said this is a “watershed moment” that can lead to a province-wide Water Act, based on a “water ethic”:
(reporting errors are my own):
1) Water is a human right — there is an obligation to prevent third party destruction of water sources.
2) Water is a public trust, with a “hierarchy of use” being made, and government as the trustee (“Don’t laugh,” she said.  “It is working in other parts of the world.”)
3) Water has rights, too — important to keep the Precautionary Principle in mind (basically, if it could cause harm, don’t do it)
4) Water can teach us how to live together.  Like other scarce resources, it can be the source of conflict, violence, war, but also turned into water being a peacemaker (she gave examples).


At the end of a long but very pleasant day, Maude Barlow, Leo Cheverie and Cindy Richards, February 26, 2014.

A huge wave of appreciation to Leo Broderick, vice chair of the Council of Canadians, who along with many volunteers made the day’s events happen.
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And what can people do now?:

  • attend, if you can, the Standing Committee meeting today where the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Water will present its submission calling for the moratorium to stay in place. 1:30PM (the Coalition is presenting after a committee welcome and a greeting by Keptin John Joe Sark, so probably between 1:50 and 2:30PM).  Coles Building, Richmond Street, next to Province House.
  • write a letter to your MLA List is here:  http://assembly.pe.ca/index.php3?number=1024555&lang=E
  • and send it to the papers:
  • The Guardian
    letters@theguardian.pe.ca

    The Eastern (and West Prince)Graphic
    editor@peicanada.com
    The Journal-Pioneer