SYC in the News

Food focus growing at VIU

By Jenn McGarrigle - Nanaimo News Bulletin
November 26, 2011 6:00 AM

For three Vancouver Island University students, encouraging more people to eat locally produced foods begins on campus.

Celia White, Jesse Alexander and Leah Chesterman hope to encourage more local and sustainable purchasing practices at the university.

They have funding from two national organizations, Meal Exchange and Sierra Youth Coalition, to start a campus food strategy group. The university is one of five campuses across Canada chosen for the funding.

Youth Across Canada Join in Climate Justice Training Project

July 18, 2011

Edmonton, AB - Right now, across the country youth are gathering for 6 regional camps providing training in popular education, actions & strategy, communications, messaging, campaign planning, and other quintessential organizing skills, while building an understanding of climate justice. These 3-day camps are using  participatory, direct education to train the next generation of climate warriors.

Montreal student wins Canada’s top environmental scholarship

Jessica Magonet of Montreal, Quebec, is the winner of the 2011 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award. While 35 regional winners have hailed from Quebec over the nine years of the program, Jessica is the first national winner of Canada’s top environmental scholarship from the province. Jessica’s achievements were celebrated today at an awards ceremony during the Green Vehicle Rendez-Vous, presented by Toyota Canada, at the Parc Marie-Victorin in Kingsey Falls, Quebec.

McGill student Jonathan Glencross recognized by Earth Day Canada for environmental achievement

By Chris Chipello
June 7, 2011

Less than a week after receiving his B.A. from McGill, Jonathan Glencross is about to collect a major environmental award for helping to make the University’s operations more sustainable.

Earth Day Canada has announced that Glencross will receive the 2011 Individual Hometown Heroes Award at the national environmental charity’s annual Gala on the evening of June 8, in front of 500 business and environmental leaders at Toronto’s Drake Hotel.

Action urged on environment

By Tracey Tong
November 30, 2010

Local young people asked the government to take action at the UN climate change conference that opened in Cancun yesterday. It’s important for youth to be involved, said Tracey Guptill with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition.

“It’s our future that’s at stake here,” said Guptill. “And negotiations and decisions are made on our behalf. We find it’s very important that long-term effects are considered and that Canada show leadership for a problem it helped contribute to.”

Community Garden

By: Sara Falconer

The status quo had better watch its back. A new generation of activists is getting ready to make some big changes, and thanks to Ottawa's 10th annual Youth Action Gathering (YAG), they'll have the skills to do it.

From July 12 to 16, the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) will host a very unique summer camp for 20 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 at the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre. YAGs are also being held in Halifax and Victoria.

'Bottled Water Free Day' - but not in Ottawa

By Joanne Chianello , The Ottawa Citizen
March 13, 2010

OTTAWA — Almost one year ago to the day today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities resolved to, in their own words, “phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water at their own facilities where appropriate and where potable water is available.”

Bottle Water Free Day a success

By Maggie Cameron

Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:26

Thousands of Canadians are saying no to bottled water today, taking part in Canada’s first Bottled Water Free Day.

Vancouver Island University professors participating in climate change teach-in

In order to promote regional and student awareness of climate change, Vancouver Island University (VIU) professors are participating in a 12 day long teach-in, reports the Nanaimo Bulletin.  The theme of the teach-in is 'Climate Justice." The theme aims to promote discussion on how the people that stand to be affected most by climate change are also largely the people that have done the least to contribute to the problem in the first place.

1,000-km cycle trek to raise oilsands concerns

A group of activists are getting ready to cycle 1,000 kilometres from the Fort McMurray area in northern Alberta to Calgary to draw attention to their environmental concerns about the province's oilsands.  The trek, which begins later this week, is organized by the Sierra Youth Coalition and is the second in what the group hopes will be an annual event.  Last year, cyclists travelled from southern Alberta to the oilsands area.