Fredericton to Observe Canadian Environment Week

May 31, 2016 - The City of Fredericton is pleased to observe Canadian Environment Week from June 5 to June 11, by promoting the numerous activities, challenges and events taking place in the City.

Commuter Challenge – all week long.  What about making it all summer long? 

The Commuter Challenge is a nation-wide event that promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities to see who can get the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking. Sign up at http://commuterchallenge.ca/

Move with Fredericton Transit Charity Day 
You could Win $50,000

Vote for a charity at www.movewithfrederictontransit.com

Make a donation - the crew at Regent Mall Guest Services is accepting them - and then you'll get a raffle ticket!

Ride the bus on June 14 to see if your number matches for chance to win $50,000.

Fredericton Public Library

Splishy Splashy Storytime - Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30pm.  Canada is an ocean rich country!  We have the world’s longest coastline linking three different oceans –Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific – and an immense web of marine life.  Inviting children of all ages to join us at the library to celebrate World Oceans Day during Environment Week.  Let’s read, dance, sing, rhyme, and create our own ocean-inspired painting. Call 506-460-2806 for more information and to register.

Greener Village Community Food Centre Composting Work Shops, 686 Riverside Drive

Composting 101 June 6, 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Greener Village teaching kitchen. Learn the elements of making good compost from kitchen scraps, and leaves amongst other readily available items .  Classroom and practical elements to this workshop – Registration - $10. 00

Specialized Composting.  June 8, 6:30– 8:00pm in the Greener Village teaching kitchen. More complex methods of composting and the development of lasagna layered beds, tomato holes, hot troughs and other specific applications for specialized plants. Classroom and practical elements to this workshop. Registration $10.00

Growing Tips and Tricks. June 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm -  All sorts of tips on how to transplant seedlings using sugar and rolled oats, lay tomatoes on their sides to make them sturdier, get better growth from plants, when to deadhead flowers, split plants etc . Weeds, bugs and slugs also part of the menu! Classroom and practical elements to this workshop.  $10. 00. 
Payments in cash please, pre-booking is essential.  Please book ahead – by 12 noon the day of the class at alison@greenrvillage.org  or call 459 7461.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, Fredericton Region Solid Waste (FRSW), 1775 Alison Boulevard

FRSW accepts household hazardous waste twice a week:

Wednesday, June 8, 7:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday, June 11, 7:30am – 3:00pm

Household hazardous waste only, 20 litres or less, no industrial, commercial or institutional hazardous waste will be accepted. If you have questions about household hazardous waste, call the FRSW's Recycling Hotline at 453-9938. www.frswc.ca

Frog Walk at Hyla Park, 150 Greenwood Drive, behind Greenwood Baptist Church

Join young amphibian enthusiasts as they guided you through Hyla Park in Fredericton, NB.

Wednesday, June 8, 6-7pm

Discover frogs, salamanders and wildlife of all sorts. Learn how to identify amphibians and discuss their population threats. Frog Walks can be adapted to meet the interests and needs of participants. All are welcome, but space is limited. 

Please RSVP by email Kaela Neil, Stewardship Assistant at 2016stewardshipassistant@ntnb.org or (506) 453-4886.

Ferris Street Forest and Wetland Nature Preserve Grand Opening
 
Saturday, June 11th, join Nature Trust of New Brunswick in celebrating the community conservation effort that has been the Ferris Street Forest and Wetland Nature Preserve project! From 10 am to 2 pm. You can drop in to the Sunset U-Pick at 49 Ferris Street to meet the Friends of Ferris Street and Nature Trust staff, plus go for a guided walk through the beautiful trail system. For more information and to RSVP, contact Richelle at ntnbpreserves@ntnb.org or (506) 453-4886.

The idea for Environment Week emerged in 1970, when former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (PM from 1957-1963) noted the "tremendous energy, enthusiasm and initiative" of young people concerned about pollution. Diefenbaker approached the House of Commons with the concept of setting one week a year aside to focus on environmental issues.

Later that same year, Tom Goode, a Member of Parliament from British Columbia, pursued Diefenbaker’s idea by introducing a bill to designate a "Canadian National Pollution Awareness Week". The bill was passed by the House based on considerable support from the public and all political parties. Royal Assent was given in March 1971. To draw attention to all aspects of a healthy environment, the name "Canadian National Environment Week" was chosen. (Source: Environment Canada 2014, About Environment Week section).