2017

Arts and Culture

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, Ontario $100,000

Canadian History Hall

The Museum will develop online resources for classes across Canada, responding to the needs of all provincial and territorial curricula, making use of Canadian History Hall content and the Virtual Museum of Canada to support teachers in their classrooms

www.historymuseum.ca

www.museedelhistoire.ca

 

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario $50,000

Arctic Gallery

A signature gallery at Canada's national museum of nature and natural sciences the Arctic Gallery tells the story of Canada's Arctic past, present and future focused on exploration, geography, education, climate change, sustainability, and the resilience of its people over millennia. The new Arctic Gallery opened June 21, 2017. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.nature.ca

 

Library and Archives Canada, Gatineau, Québec $25,000

Pilot Digitization Project of Newspaper Material

The National Digitization Strategy aims to improve access to Canada's documentary heritage by making collections easily accessible online, standards-based, and coordinated in a national plan. The pilot digitization project of newspaper material will serve to demonstrate best practices for digitizing select collections that can be shared with memory institutions across Canada to help build a national, representative newspaper collection. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.bac-lac.gc.ca

 

Northern Public Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario $10,000

Environment Series

The current series of articles on the environment will highlight the importance of ecosystem conservation within the context of economic development and the need to promote a low-impact, sustainable future for Arctic communities. The series will explore challenges and opportunities for northern residents and policymakers to work at developing renewable energy and sustainable fisheries.

www.northernpublicaffairs.ca

 

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario $75,000

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English is a major international humanities research project defining the vocabulary of the first six centuries of the English language from approximately 600 to 1150. Using 21st century technology and research tools, this work in progress is linked with the Middle English Dictionary as well as the Oxford English Dictionary and when completed, the documented vocabulary of Old English will provide the basic building blocks to a complete understanding of the English language and how it has evolved over time.

www.doe.utoronto.ca

 

Environment

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia $20,000

Acid Rain Mitigation Plan for Southwest Nova Scotia Watersheds

Ongoing acidification of freshwater resources in SW Nova Scotia compromises any significant return of salmon populations in these rivers and streams. The mapping of watershed areas with high toxic aluminum levels will help inform which streams and rivers are priority candidates for acid mitigation measures. Thirteen priority watersheds are the focus of current conservation and habitat restoration efforts to bring back Atlantic salmon. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.sterlinglab.ca/

 

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barrie, Ontario $45,000

Positioning Wetlands as Critical Natural Infrastructure

DUC will use its modelling study of wetlands in the Credit River Watershed to survey key industry stakeholders including banking, insurance, development, construction, and government agencies as to current thinking around the value of wetlands as natural unbuilt infrastructure. Survey results will inform a communications and outreach strategy to promote the benefits of existing and restored wetlands in providing critical natural infrastructure for flood mitigation relative to the projected costs of building more grey infrastructure.

www.ducks.ca

 

Ecojustice , Toronto, Ontario $25,000

Protecting Canadians' Health and the Environment

Ecojustice will provide briefs, commentary and other inputs to the comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. An updated and amended CEPA will strengthen existing programs and respond to emerging issues including improved risk management, updated criteria for toxic substances, chemicals management, and greater public engagement for preventing pollution, protecting the environment, and human health.

www.ecojustice.ca

 

Environmental Defence, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Greenbelt Protection and Expansion

Over the next year Environmental Defence will continue to promote the implementation of better and more efficient land use practices, the development of compact, complete communities in existing urbanized areas as well as the advancement of higher order transit investments to make our communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe more livable. The Smart Cities + Smart Communities Lab will showcase and provide best practices for local communities, municipal governments and the province to help advance implementation of the Growth Plan and smart growth policies across the GGH, within a well protected and expanded Greenbelt. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.environmentaldefence.ca

www.mah.gov.on.ca

 

Equiterre, Montreal, Quebec $20,000

Raising Awareness of the Impacts of Pesticides

Equiterre continues to promote public outreach regarding the risks, use and control of pesticides currently allowed in agriculture as well as in urban areas in Quebec. Greater public awareness and understanding of the impacts of pesticides on human health, pollinators and the environment will help to support stronger legislative and regulatory controls both at the federal level and for the Pesticide Management Code in Quebec.

www.equiterre.org

 

Green Budget Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario $5,000

Working with a broad range of 17 of Canada's key environmental NGOs, the Green Budget Coalition prepares an annual list of environmental priorities to be considered by government prior to its spring Budget. This consolidated set of priority recommendations is shared across all parties.

www.greenbudget.ca

 

IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Winnipeg, Manitoba $25,000

Potential Effects of Diluted Bitumen Spills

In order to analyze potential effects of spills of diluted bitumen on the environment, the ELA will conduct an experiment simulating a dilbit spill in a natural aquatic environment. Research outcomes will help inform evidence-based management strategies for pipeline spills on Canada's boreal waters by assessing the ecosystem's natural ability to cleanse itself and by assessing the impacts of contamination on natural systems over a range of dilbit concentrations.

www.iisd.org/ela

 

Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association, Manitowaning, Ontario $15,000

Stream restoration at several sites includes bank stabilization, improving aquatic habitat, minimizing erosion, and planting vegetation in areas that support critical fish spawning and nurseries. Community engagement and stewardship activities continue to play a critical role in building awareness, and providing learning opportunities for youth to protect the environment and Manitoulin's abundant freshwater resources. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.manitoulinstreams.com

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Fredericton, New Brunswick $25,000

Freshwater Conservation Blueprint

The Freshwater Conservation Blueprint provides science-based tools to assess the condition of lakes and rivers and their populations of Atlantic species such as fish, amphibians and reptiles, as well as identifying areas critical to maintaining connected watersheds. Mapping out threats and stresses to freshwater ecosystems will enable NCC to prioritize the best locations for conservation and restoration work across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and eastern Québec. The extensive Blueprint for Atlantic Canada will link up with similar mapping and datasets collected for the Northeastern United States. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.natureconservancy.ca

www.conservationdelanature.ca

 

Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa, Ontario $45,000

Ending Sewage Overflows into Canada's Capital River

Over the next 3 years Ottawa Riverkeeper will work to engage the public, various levels of government and other stakeholders in a collaborative effort to implement a strategic action plan for the river through a regional watershed council. Broad collaboration across the Ottawa-Gatineau Region will help to reduce if not eliminate current sewer overflows into the river, reporting overflows in real-time to the public, and encouraging infrastructure investment from Québec as well as from the Federal government.

www.ottawariverkeeper.ca

 

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education, Toronto, Ontario $5,000

To enhance federal government relations capacity for Canada's environmental movement.

www.pembina.org

 

Smart Prosperity Institute, Ottawa, Ontario $25,000

Municipal Natural Capital Initiative

The Smart Prosperity Institute continues to promote the concept of municipal natural assets as a way of integrating green infrastructure into the asset management and financial planning of municipalities. The initiative aims to equip local governments across Canada with the tools needed to identify and account for natural assets at the community level, as well as best practice guidelines for working with community stakeholders to increase natural asset management. The goal is to preserve natural environments and the vital ecosystem services they provide while reducing risk and lowering costs as part of a sustainable infrastructure strategy.

institute.smartprosperity.ca

 

Succession, Ottawa, Ontario $22,000

Promoting Green Infrastructure in Ottawa

Together with Ecology Ottawa and other stakeholders Succession will work closely with municipal planning partners at the City of Ottawa to develop green infrastructure solutions at scale. Key to the success of this initiative is an analysis of green infrastructure performance and best practices in other municipalities, and to communicate the benefits and business case for widespread and rapid implementation for the City of Ottawa. Using natural processes to expand green infrastructure will help create capital cost savings and reduce the lifecycle burden on built systems.

 

Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $30,000

Reducing Toxics in Canada

A collaboration of several environmental NGOs in a multi-year initiative to reduce exposure to toxics in Canada starting with the current review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Pest Control Products Act, updating the management and regulation of toxics across the country.

 

Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Lake Erie Alive: Building a Movement to Heal a Great Lake

With their combined skills in communications and strategic planning, outreach and community engagement, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Freshwater Future are working closely together with US counterparts to implement a bi-national public engagement strategy for eliminating toxic algae contamination in the Lake Erie Basin. This operates at a regional level down to grassroots activities, with Domestic Action Plans guiding sub watershed monitoring, new policy approaches and proactive compliance and enforcement mechanisms to meet progressive reduction targets and improve water quality. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.freshwateralliance.ca

www.freshwaterfuture.org

 

TNC Canada, Toronto, Ontario $25,000

Permanent Protection for Thaidene Nene, NWT

After decades of negotiations, the boundaries of Thaidene Nene were agreed in 2016 with the people of Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, the government of the Northwest Territories, and Canada's Federal government to provide a caribou protection area, a Territorial park, and a National Park Reserve. TNC continues to play an important role ensuring legislative protections are in place as well as a solid framework for local community management, youth training and stewardship to safeguard the lands, waters and wildlife that have sustained the Lutsel K'e for generations. Once the more than six million acres are formally protected, a dedicated Trust Fund will continue to support monitoring, management and conservation of the park's resources over the long term. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.nature.org

 

Wildlife Conservation Society, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Establishing Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada

WCS continues to promote awareness, understanding and adoption of the Key Biodiversity Areas international standard, a globally agreed methodology to identify sites that contribute significantly to the world's biodiversity, and where it applies to important sites in Canada. Working with ENGOs, government agencies and other partners WCS has taken a leadership role in consolidating Canadian standards with internationally recognized KBA criteria. Key Biodiversity Areas will contribute to the federal government's commitment to increase biodiversity protection for Canada by 2020. In addition, it will provide vital information for environmental assessments and land-use planning to mitigate or offset the impacts of natural resource development and associated infrastructure across the country.

www.wcscanada.org

 

WWF Canada, Toronto, Ontario $65,000

Conserving the Beaufort Sea

WWF continues to build relationships with communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Beaufort to help collect traditional and scientific knowledge for community-based mapping including ecologically and culturally sensitive marine areas. This work helps to inform Arctic Council's long-term goal of developing circumpolar solutions for ecosystem-based management across the Arctic. WWF is also working with northern partners to develop low-impact renewable energy for communities around the Beaufort, promoting greater self-sufficiency and potential reductions in greenhouse gases.

www.panda.org/arctic

 

2016

Arts and Culture

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario $50,000

Arctic Gallery

A signature gallery at Canada's national museum of nature and natural sciences will tell the story of Canada's Arctic past, present and future focused on Arctic exploration, education, research and discovery. The new Arctic Gallery will open in June 2017. Second of a 3-year grant.

www.nature.ca

 

Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland $14,000

Hiram Silk Digitization Project

The Hiram Silk tapes provide a vivid spoken record of interviews done for the radio program "Looking back" from the 1950s to the 1980s, covering a broad spectrum of Newfoundland society and three generations of Newfoundlanders. The interviews are a rich spoken source of regional and local heritage, history, folklore, and personal stories. When complete, the digitized archival record of these interviews will be publicly available from Memorial University's Digital Archives, from the Rooms Provincial Museum Archives and from the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society.

 

Institut québécois de la biodiversité, Montréal, Québec $10,000

Central Register of Québec's Natural History Collections

To document Québec's biodiversity and natural history, IQBIO continues to bring together collections scattered around the province into a central Register. Existing collections are assessed, and metadata on various collections completed and entered into the database. The Register serves as a provincial resource to contribute to the understanding and preservation's of Québec's own natural history and biodiversity as well as well documented references to specimens in the neighbouring Appalachian-Acadian ecoregion, and in Ontario.

www.iqbio.qc.ca

 

Library and Archives Canada, Gatineau, Québec $25,000

Building a National Heritage Digitization Strategy

The new Digitization Strategy aims to greatly expand the digitization of the documentary heritage of Canadian memory institutions by making these collections easily accessible online, standards-based, and coordinated in a national plan of preservation. In the early stages the project will focus on prioritizing 'last copy' and 'at risk' material covering published heritage prior to 1917 including books, periodicals and newspapers, scientific journals and theses, audio and audio-visual recordings, high-interest archival fonds, photographs, artefacts, and fragile historical maps. First of a 2-year grant.

www.bac-lac.gc.ca

 

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario $35,000

Learning Through the Arts

Digital media arts resources developed by Learning Through the Arts, currently for grades 4 through 10 will encourage students and teachers to work out creative ways for learning social studies, language arts, science and math. The new video resources are being launched in Calgary and Fort Chipewyan in Alberta as well as Belleville, Tyendinaga, Toronto, Hamilton, Six Nations, and Windsor in Ontario - to engage and inspire learning for both students and teachers.

www.ltta.ca

 

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario $75,000

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) is a major international humanities research project defining the vocabulary of the first six centuries of the English language from approximately 600 to 1150. Using 21st century technology and research tools, this work in progress is linked with the Middle English Dictionary as well as the Oxford English Dictionary and when completed, the documented vocabulary of Old English will provide the basic building blocks to a complete understanding of the English language and how it has evolved over time.

www.doe.utoronto.ca

 

Environment

Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment and Health, Ottawa, Ontario $15,000

Reforming Ontario's Environmental Assessment Process for Mining

In partnership with other NGOs the Canary Research Institute aims to narrow the gap on key issues affecting responsible mineral development in Ontario including the need for mandatory environmental assessments (EAs) for mines and meaningful public consultation. EAs and public consultation help identify ways to prevent or mitigate some of mining's worst effects on biodiversity, aquatic ecosystems and water resources including site cleanup following mine closures. Ontario is the largest mining jurisdiction in Canada and the only one where mines are not automatically subject to a provincial EA with public consultation. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.canaryinstitute.ca

 

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia $20,000

Acid Rain Mitigation Plan for Southwest Nova Scotia Watersheds

Ongoing acidification of freshwater resources in SW Nova Scotia compromises any significant return of salmon populations in these rivers and streams. The mapping of watershed areas with high toxic aluminum levels will help inform which streams and rivers are priority candidates for acid mitigation measures. Thirteen priority watersheds are the focus of current conservation and habitat restoration efforts to bring back Atlantic salmon. Second of a 3-year grant.

www.sterlinglab.ca/

 

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barrie, Ontario $25,000

Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Wetland Collaborative

The Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Wetland Collaborative is a partnership initiative aimed at reducing phosphorus and other nutrients flowing into Lake Simcoe and southeastern Georgian Bay through wetland conservation. The initiative has three main components: landowner outreach, municipal engagement and research. These components work in combination to reduce nutrient and sediment loading, improve habitat conservation, and address gaps in research and mapping to help conserve critical wetland resources. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.ducks.ca

www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=90133FF9-1

 

Environmental Defence, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Strengthening the Greenbelt

Through communications, government relations, outreach and education Environmental Defence continues to enlist public support for strengthening the Greenbelt, promoting enhanced protection for farmland and natural heritage areas and the need to build smarter communities. In late 2016 the province began its review of the "Big Move" regional transportation plan, aligning transit planning with climate action, the Greenbelt and Growth Plans. In its bid to manage growth the province is conducting a coordinated review of the 4 provincial land use plans. This provides an opportunity to address challenges, and to amend and improve existing plans including greater protection for the Greenbelt. First of a two-year grant.

www.environmentaldefence.ca

www.mah.gov.on.ca

 

Équiterre, Montréal, Québec $20,000

Updating Québec's Pesticides Act and Pesticide Management Code

Équiterre continues to build on several years work promoting restrictions on the sale and use of high-risk pesticides deemed harmful for human health and the environment. Through outreach and communications with agriculture, environment and public health specialists, academics and civil servants Équiterre will continue to advance the case for strengthening the legislative framework to limit the health and environmental impacts of pesticides that fall short of meeting recognized safety standards. First of a 2-year grant.

www.equiterre.org

 

Green Budget Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario $5,000

Green Budget Coalition

Working with a broad range of some of Canada's key environmental NGOs, the Green Budget Coalition prepared an agreed list of environmental priorities to be considered for inclusion in the Federal government's spring Budget 2016.

www.greenbudget.ca

 

Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association, Manitowaning, Ontario $15,000

Major stream restoration for 2016 was undertaken at 4 priority sites to improve and protect water quality, aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, and the fisheries resource. Community engagement and stewardship activities continue to play a critical role in building public awareness, and in providing learning opportunities for youth to protect Manitoulin's abundant freshwater resources and surrounding environments. Damaged by a century of unsustainable land-use practices, Manitoulin's rehabilitated freshwater streams draining into Lake Huron contribute to improved water quality in the Lake Huron/Georgian Bay watershed.

www.manitoulinstreams.com

 

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Fredericton, New Brunswick $25,000

Freshwater Conservation Blueprint for the Northern Appalachian-Acadian Ecoregion

Nature Conservancy's regional Freshwater Conservation Blueprint provides science-based tools to assess the condition of lakes and rivers and their populations of Atlantic species including fish, amphibians and reptiles, as well as identifying areas critical to maintaining connected watersheds. The Blueprint allows for better freshwater protection by prioritizing research, restoration and strategic management of aquatic resources over this broad area covering New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and eastern Québec. The extensive blueprint for Atlantic Canada will link up with similar mapping and datasets collected for the Northeastern United States. First of a 2-year grant.

www.natureconservancy.ca

 

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education, Toronto, Ontario $5,000

To enhance federal government relations capacity for Canada's environmental movement.

www.pembina.org

 

Smart Prosperity Institute, Ottawa, Ontario $25,000

Municipal Natural Capital Initiative

The Municipal Natural Capital Initiative tests and refines how local governments can value and incorporate natural assets into existing municipal asset management systems. Pilot initiatives undertaken in 2016 by 5 communities in BC and Ontario will continue into 2017. The 5 pilot municipalities represent different regions, locations, size and type - looking at storm water, climate change adaptation, and carbon emissions reductions. This will provide a strong body of learning and evidence to refine the approach and share it with other municipalities across Canada.

institute.smartprosperity.ca

 

Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada , Montréal, Québec $20,000

Promoting Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will provide greater protection for conservation and biodiversity as well as for social, cultural and economic values of the five Canadian provinces whose coastal inhabitants depend on it. While this work is largely focused on Québec's 60% portion of the Gulf, close collaboration with colleagues in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island allows stakeholders to define common interests and to promote integrated management of the Gulf as a whole ecosystem. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.snapqc.org

 

Tides Canada Initiatives, Vancouver, BC $20,000

Lake Erie Alive: Building a Movement to Heal a Great Lake

With their combined skills in communications and strategic planning, outreach and community engagement, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Freshwater Future Canada are taking a coordinated approach to work with residents, commercial interests, the farming community and other Lake Erie stakeholders. A cross-sectoral action plan defines targets and timelines to begin to arrest the polluting effects of algal blooms by reducing phosphorus and nutrient loading to Lake Erie. A bi-national strategy framework is reviewed regularly with NGO counterparts in the US., particularly in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to significantly improve water quality in Lake Erie. First of a 2-year grant.

www.freshwateralliance.ca

www.freshwaterfuture.org

 

TNC Canada, Toronto, Ontario $25,000

Permanent Protection for Thaidene Nene, NWT

After decades of negotiations, the boundaries for Thaidene Nene were recently approved by the people of Lutsel K'e, the government of the Northwest Territories, and Canada's Federal Government. When ratified, Thaidene Nene will be among Canada's largest protected areas comprised of 6.5 million acres of boreal forest, lakes, rivers and tundra at the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, NWT. TNC will play a key role ensuring legislative protection is in place as well as park infrastructure, and community-led management and monitoring plans to promote a conservation economy and protection for Thaidene Nene's lands, wildlife and water resources. First of a 2-year grant.

www.nature.org

 

Wildlife Conservation Society, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Establishing Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada

WCS will play a lead role in promoting awareness, understanding and adoption of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) international standard, a globally agreed methodology to identify sites that contribute significantly to the world's biodiversity, and where it applies to important sites in Canada. WCS will work with ENGOs, government agencies and other partners to consolidate Canadian standards with the internationally recognized KBA criteria. KBAs recognized in Canada will contribute to the government's commitment to increase protection of its lands and waters, and will provide crucial information for environmental assessments and land-use planning in an effort to mitigate or offset the impacts of infrastructure and the built environment across the country. First of a 2-year grant.

www.wcscanada.org

 

WWF Canada, Toronto, Ontario $65,000

Conserving the Beaufort Sea

WWF Canada's ongoing work in the six Inuvialuit communities of the Western Arctic is focused on efforts to build community-based mapping to identify ecologically and culturally significant areas in marine and terrestrial environments. A pilot community conservation plan is under development in Paulatuk, and data collection continues to be carried out in Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok. WWF is also working with communities to develop capacity for renewable energy and sustainable fisheries, empowering Inuit voices for conservation planning, and zoning to protect local environments from the encroachments of industrial activity. Second of a 3-year grant.

www.wwf.ca/conservation/arctic/

www.irc.inuvialuit.com

 

2015

Arts and Culture

Canadian Artists' Representation-Le Front des artistes canadiens, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Codes of Best Practice and Online Resources for the Ontario Arts Sector

CARFAC seeks to develop codes of best practice for artists engaged in public art commissions as well as artists training at colleges and universities to become successful entrepreneurs - and for organizing, maintaining and protecting archival materials held by Artist-Run Centres. In addition, codes of best practice are being developed to provide ethical and practical standards for the visual, media and craft-based arts sector in Ontario.

www.carfacontario.ca

 

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec $20,000

Enhancement of Online Resources

The Canadian Centre for Architecture will remodel its website functionality by developing an advanced editorial platform, search tools and programs that link together multiple complex system databases, and easy access to a broad range of CCA resources including collections, research, the library, past and present exhibitions, public programming and e-commerce. With these upgrades the CCA seeks to significantly improve the online visitor experience, already familiar to national and international audiences. As an international research centre and museum, the CCA aims to raise awareness of the role of architecture in society, to promote top-level research in this field and to encourage innovation in design practice. It holds an outstanding collection of archives and oral histories of individual architects, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, and international research publications.

www.cca.qc.ca

 

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario $50,000

Arctic Gallery

A signature gallery at Canada's national museum of nature and natural sciences will tell the story of Canada's Arctic past, present and future focused on Arctic exploration, education, research and discovery. Scheduled to open in 2017. First of a three-year grant.

www.nature.ca

 

Nunavut Research Institute, Iqaluit, Nunavut $10,000

"Northern Public Affairs"

Towards research and publication of 3 issues to be published in 2015. "Northern Public Affairs" is a public policy magazine for Northern Canada. It creates space for an independent public forum through which Northerners and those interested in the North can engage with one another about public policies and issues affecting Northerners.

www.nri.nu.ca

www.northernpublicaffairs.ca

 

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario $100,000

Dawn of Life Gallery

This landmark gallery will display and interpret the ROM's spectacular collection of once-living organisms, ancient animals and plants. Using colourful technological animation the Dawn of Life Gallery will explore through the fossil record and explain where life came from and how it evolved and diversified over millions of years - from tiny single-celled beginnings billions of years ago, through the first steps on land, to the appearance of dinosaurs and mammals over 200 million years ago. The development of this gallery is in process and the opening date as yet unannounced.

www.rom.on.ca

 

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario $75,000

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries of the English language (600 - 1150) using 21st century technology and research tools. The DOE has an international Advisory Committee and the editors consult with scholars worldwide on specialized vocabulary such as legal, medical, and botanical terms. When completed the DOE will join the Middle English Dictionary and the contemporary Oxford English Dictionary to provide a complete vocabulary of the English language and its evolution.

www.doe.utoronto.ca

 

Environment

Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment and Health, Ottawa, Ontario $10,000

Rigorous Environmental Assessment Process for Ontario Mines

The Institute's 2014 survey of operating mines, processing facilities and advanced stage mining projects in Ontario revealed that 73% of operations and projects had not undergone a full individual project-level Environmental Assessment. Mining Watch continues to press for reforming Ontario's Environmental Assessment practices broadly, and in particular as they apply to mining. The Institute will promote higher Canadian standards of EA practice to be applied consistently to mines across Ontario so that impacts to biodiversity, aquatic systems and water resources can be properly evaluated for approvals - and mitigation measures taken where needed. Second of a three-year grant.

www.canaryinstitute.ca

 

Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick $25,000

Water Quality Standards for New Brunswick Watersheds

Under New Brunswick's Clean Water Act a fully implemented Water Classification system will provide a scientific baseline of water quality across the province's nearly 40 watersheds, tracking changes over time and providing a formal process for enforcement purposes. Waterways shared with the state of Maine will now be able to provide similar protection using standardized measures across the two borders. Local watershed groups continue to provide data collection, stewardship and local action to help support watershed-level governance for the province.

www.conservationcouncil.ca

 

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia $20,000

Acid Rain Mitigation Plan for Southwest Nova Scotia Watersheds

Under the new Acid Rain Mitigation Plan for Southwest Nova Scotia thirteen priority watersheds have been identified for mapping, correlating those with high aluminum levels to those with low pH levels to determine optimal targeted liming activities in these areas. The watersheds were identified by the Southern Upland Priority Group as top habitat areas for wild salmon restoration. The mapping project will also use data on areas of acid rock drainage and road density from the recent Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Plan to create a tailored mitigation and restoration plan for potentially re-building salmon stocks. First of a three-year grant.

www.sterlinglab.ca/

 

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barrie, Ontario $25,000

Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Wetland Collaborative

By improving wetland conservation and restoration, the Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Wetland Collaborative will work to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients flowing into Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. The initiative has 3 main components: landowner outreach, municipal engagement, and research. These components will combine to reduce nutrient and sediment loading, improve habitat conservation, and address gaps in research and wetland mapping to inform environmental decision making. First of a two-year grant.

www.ducks.ca

www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=90133FF9-1

 

Ecology Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario $15,000

Long Road to Restoring the Ottawa River

The federal, provincial and municipal governments have now committed to building the long-awaited Combined Sewer Overflow Tunnels for the Ottawa River to handle excess stormwater and wastewater. Over the past year Ecology Ottawa and Sierra Club Foundation have provided significant inputs to community-wide stormwater-management retrofit studies and promoted overall support for Ottawa's new Water Environment Strategy for water management. Ecology Ottawa has continued to build community engagement with local leaders to protect and restore the watershed's network of rivers, streams and small creeks flowing through Ottawa's various neighbourhoods. Third of a three-year grant.

www.ecologyottawa.ca

 

Environmental Defence, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Greenbelt Protection and Expansion in Ontario

Over the past year Environmental Defence has continued to refine its Greenbelt strategy, closing loopholes against unsustainable development in favour of smart, affordable growth and protection for productive farmland and regional food supply. Environmental Defence has worked with ratepayer groups, municipal leaders, NGOs and ENGOs in Kitchener/Waterloo, Simcoe County/Barrie, Durham and Halton Regions to discuss key issues affecting the Greenbelt in advance of the province's 2015-2016 coordinated review of the 4 provincial land-use plans to accommodate growth in a smart, sustainable way. Second of a two-year grant.

www.environmentaldefence.ca

www.greenbeltalliance.ca

 

Green Budget Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario $5,000

The Green Budget Coalition brings together 14 of Canada's leading environmental and conservation organizations to analyze the most pressing issues affecting environmental sustainability in Canada, and to make recommendations to the federal government as to strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities. The 3 strategic agendas for the 2015 federal budget were: 1. energy innovation and climate change leadership 2. meeting Canada's international biodiversity targets agreed in Aichi, Japan in 2010 and 3. providing a consistent level of protection for all Canadians from preventable environmental hazards. Second of a two-year grant.

www.greenbudget.ca

 

Kawartha Land Trust, Peterborough, Ontario $10,000

The Kawarthas, Naturally Connected

Protection measures for connected natural features and priority areas identified in the Kawartha Natural Heritage System have been widely approved for integration into local planning policies of regional municipalities in the Kawarthas. The Land Trust has been a key player in coordinating on-the- ground stewardship, conservation, and land securement with partners across the region and continues to provide essential leadership in coordinating data inputs, mapping, information gathering and public outreach contributed by the partnership organizations and agencies working to have the Kawarthas, Naturally Connected successfully implemented. Second of a two-year grant.

www.kawarthalandtrust.org

 

Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada , Montréal, Québec $20,000

Promoting Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas will substantially improve marine conservation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, providing greater protection for biodiversity and for the social, cultural and economic activities of the 5 Canadian provinces whose coastal inhabitants depend on it. While SNAP's work is largely focused on Québec's 60% portion of the Gulf, close collaboration with colleagues in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island has allowed stakeholders to define common interests and treat the Gulf as a whole ecosystem. Second of a three-year grant.

www.snapqc.org

 

The Land Between , Haliburton, Ontario $20,000

The Biodiversity Greenway, a Conservation Blueprint Project

The Land Between continues its role as coordinator for sharing mapping and regional data with other agencies, Land Trusts, Conservation Authorities, and municipal governments while continuing outreach and communications to promote citizen science and local stewardship. Second of a two-year grant.

www.thelandbetween.ca

 

WWF Canada, Toronto, Ontario $65,000

Conserving the Beaufort Sea

WWF - Canada's ongoing work in the Western Arctic will focus on efforts to build community-based mapping to identify ecologically and culturally significant areas in coastal, marine, and terrestrial environments starting with Paulatuk and its interest in developing a pilot Community Conservation Plan. WWF will also work with communities to develop capacity for renewable energy and sustainable fisheries, and empower Inuit voices for conservation planning and zoning to protect local environments from the risks of industrial activity. First of a three-year grant

www.wwf.ca/conservation/arctic/

www.irc.inuvialuit.com

 

2014

Arts and Culture

Alternatives Journal A\J, Waterloo, Ontario $7,500

Exploring Canada's Coasts

The coastal issue considers challenges relating to Canada's Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts as well as looking at complex questions concerning the Great Lakes ecosystem. Canada's complicated relationship with its finite freshwater resources - and the impact of development and growth on its coastal communities - are vital study areas that can help inform debate and a more sustainable future.

www.alternativesjournal.ca

 

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario $20,000

First World War Module Enhancement Project

Website additions to visual resources on the First World War include further teaching and research materials, photograph albums and diaries, and curriculum-specific information about Canada's role in the 1914-1918 War. The Museum continues to digitize its unique resources including archival documents and photographs so that they are accessible online for educators, students and all Canadians, increasing our understanding of how the First World War forged Canada into a nation. Second of a two-year grant.

www.warmuseum.ca

www.museedelaguerre.ca

 

Inuit Heritage Trust, Iqaluit, Nunavut $20,000

Nunavut Heritage Training Institute

The Nunavut Heritage Training Institutes provide participants with training in best practices in cultural heritage, and opportunities for enhancing their understanding of collections management, conservation, research and exhibition design. Professional development training prepares participants for working in the various cultural centres across Nunavut to gain proficiency in management for the preservation and interpretation of traditional Inuit skills and heritage as well as strengthening culture and identity in their respective communities.

www.ihti.ca

 

Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario $50,000

Learning Through the Arts VideoFlip educational products aim to provide engaging, dynamic, quality learning opportunities online for students in rural and remote communities giving them a solid introduction to the broader resources offered by the entire LTTA library of 350 exemplary lesson plans. At the same time, the project will provide schools across Canada already experimenting with the flip classroom model additional tested online resources based on the best ideas and lesson plans generated by LTTA over the past two decades.

www.ltta.ca

 

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario $50,000

Biodiversity and Conservation Research, Programming and Education

Recent advances in biodiversity and conservation research continue to be transferred to museum audiences through exhibits in the Gallery of Biodiversity as well as through Earth Rangers' environmental education and programming. Third of a three-year grant.

www.rom.on.ca/schad/

www.earthrangers.com

 

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario $75,000

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries of the English language (600 - 1150) using 21st century technology and research tools. The DOE has an international Advisory Committee and the editors consult with scholars worldwide on specialized vocabulary such as legal, medical, and botanical terms. When completed the DOE will join the Middle English Dictionary and the contemporary Oxford English Dictionary to provide a complete vocabulary of the English language and its evolution.

www.doe.utoronto.ca

 

Environment

Canary Research Institute for Mining, Environment and Health, Ottawa, Ontario $10,000

Rigorous Environmental Assessments for Ontario Mines

The Institute will conduct a survey of mining operations in Ontario not undergoing provincial environmental assessments and will promote the need for a rigorous assessment process as a basic requirement for responsible mineral development. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada where mines are not automatically subject to an environmental assessment for evaluating potential impacts on waterways, aquatic environments and biodiversity. First of a two-year grant.

www.canaryinstitute.ca

 

Ecojustice , Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Chemical Reaction: A Strategic Initiative to Protect Great Lakes Water Quality

Restrictions and bans on the use of toxics under Canadian law will be compared with the European Union's REACH legislation (Registration,Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical Substances). The Federal government will be asked to exercise its mandate under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to thoroughly assess, regulate and manage toxics already banned in the European Union. Information compiled in the Ecojustice database will serve to inform the Great Lakes Water Quality Protocol from which recommendations can be made to identify which chemicals of concern should be addressed and how, by the US and Canadian governments.

http://echa.europa.eu/regulations/reach

www.ecojustice.ca

 

Ecology Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario $15,000

Restoring the Ottawa River

In order to see the Ottawa River Action Plan fully implemented, Ecology Ottawa continues to communicate the critical need for federal and provincial support to build combined sewer overflow tunnels. As a contributing partner to Ottawa's Water Environment Strategy, Ecology Ottawa promotes community engagement with local leaders working to protect and restore the watershed's network of rivers, streams and small creeks flowing through Ottawa's various neighbourhoods. Second of a three-year grant.

www.ecologyottawa.ca

 

Ecospark, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Mapping and Assessing the Health of Streams across Southern Ontario

Ecospark will build an online database of almost two decades of data collected by its citizen science groups monitoring water quality in streams across southern Ontario. Status and trend analyses will be conducted for the site locations mapped as to how water quality has changed over time, to show where we have been, where we are, and what needs to be done going forward. Additional mapping layers will facilitate information exchange on factors influencing water quality and how we are collectively impacting our natural environments. In addition to being publicly available on the Ecospark website, the data will be entered into the Flowing Waters Information System to integrate with existing datasets used by the conservation community and water monitoring professionals in Ontario.

www.ecospark.ca

www.comap.ca/fwis

 

Environmental Defence, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Greenbelt Protection and Expansion in Ontario

In the urbanized areas of southern Ontario it is increasingly clear that by building more sustainable, complete communities we are supporting the financial sustainability of municipal governments by using land and services more efficiently. Throughout 2014, Environmental Defence will work with municipal leaders and ratepayer groups in Kitchener/Waterloo, Barrie, and Pickering/Ajax to promote the implementation of Ontario's Places to Grow Act. With the official review of the Greenbelt Act approaching in 2015, Environmental Defence will report on the status of land-use planning within the Greenbelt, and why it's critically important to protect the Greenbelt's thriving agri-food sector to provide locally grown food across the region. First of a two-year grant.

www.environmentaldefence.ca

www.mah.gov.on.ca

 

Green Budget Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario $5,000

The Green Budget Coalition is comprised of 14 of Canada's leading environmental and conservation organizations. In advance of the annual Federal Budget the GBC makes recommendations to representatives of all parties on specific priorities identified annually such as action on climate change, preserving biodiversity, establishing a national conservation plan, support for freshwater resources, and a renewed emphasis on chemicals management, energy efficiency and clean energy development. First of a two-year grant

www.greenbudget.ca

 

Kawartha Land Trust, Peterborough, Ontario $10,000

Implementation Measures, Phase ll, Kawarthas Naturally Connected Project

Protection measures for priority areas and connected natural features identified under the Kawartha Natural Heritage System will be strengthened by enhanced policy, on the ground stewardship, conservation and land securement. Recent restoration activities will be assessed against regional Official Plans so that the overall framework and goals of the KNC project are aligned with regional policy. Kawartha Land Trust continues to provide vital leadership by coordinating data inputs, mapping, and information gathering on the contributions made by the many partnership organizations and agencies working to have the Kawarthas, Naturally Protected Project successfully implemented. First of a 2-year grant.

www.kawarthalandtrust.org

 

Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Fund, Milton, Ontario $20,000

Biodiversity on the Niagara Escarpment: Data Analysis and Publication

Recent extensive fieldwork into the biodiversity of the Niagara Escarpment will be analyzed and collated with previous sampling undertaken 25 years ago as well as earlier sampling up to 50 years ago to provide a comprehensive picture of the escarpment over time. This scientific data will be published and made available to the public, to conservationists, stakeholders and decision-makers, in advance of the Ontario government's 2015 review of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

www.escarpmentfund.ca

www.escarpment.org/biosphere/index.php

 

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario $15,000

Reducing Nutrient Loading in the Great Lakes

Sierra Club continues to work closely with other NGOs and its US Sierra Club counterpart to address the problem of algal blooms in the Great Lakes and their impact on human and ecosystem health, with a special emphasis on Lake Erie. The primary targets are phosphorus from agricultural sources and excess nutrient loadings from stormwater, wastewater and sewage treatment facilities in both urban and rural communities. The International Joint Commission's Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority report sets out a concise analysis of causes and cures and a program for immediate action for the two national governments, as well as Ontario and the 4 US. states that border Lake Erie. Greater public awareness will help create bottom up solutions to the nutrient loading crisis and eutrophication in this great lake.

www.sierraclub.ca/foundation

www.ijc.org/en_/leep

 

Société pour la Nature et les Parcs du Canada , Montréal, Québec $20,000

Promoting Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

To improve marine conservation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, SNAP is working to promote the establishment of a network of Marine Protected Areas. Secured protection will help maintain biodiversity, and the social, cultural and economic activities of the five Canadian provinces that depend on the Gulf. SNAP will focus on Québec's 60% portion of the Gulf while collaborating closely with colleagues in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland defining common interests among stakeholder groups who consider the Gulf an entire ecosysytem. First of a three-year grant.

www.snapqc.org

www.cpaws.org

 

The Land Between, Haliburton, Ontario $25,000

Biodiversity Greenway, A Conservation Blueprint Project

The Land Between is a transition zone in Ontario lying between the landforms of the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands, from Georgian Bay to Kingston. With development pressures increasing across the region, the Conservation Blueprint will address a critical need to map regional biodiversity and ecosystem function, develop a strategic action plan with regional partners from a database of priority conservation actions, promote the Blueprint for adoption into Official Plans, and extend outreach to landowners, land trusts and other conservation groups. First of a two-year grant.

www.thelandbetween.ca

 

Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Lake Erie Alive: Building a Movement to Heal a Great Lake

The Lake Erie Alive Initiative seeks to coordinate community, watershed and grassroots groups in a sustained, collective effort to eliminate harmful, nuisance algae blooms in Lake Erie. This will require targeted communications to build broad public understanding as to the process by which nutrients pollute the lake, and ways to begin reducing algae, identifying champions of change in key regional organizations to promote coordinated action over the long term. The near term goal is to build a shared action plan for collaborative solutions around public policy, water quality monitoring, land-use practices and public engagement.

www.ijc.org/en_/leep

 

Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $5,000

The Next Wave

The Next Wave is a report that examines conservation challenges currently facing Canada and opportunities to enhance sustainability leadership while providing key indicators for an integrated approach to solving environmental, economic and social issues.

www.canadaconserves.ca

www.tidescanada.org

 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Integrated Restoration Prioritization

This process brings TRCA objectives for aquatic systems, water resources and headwater streams into its terrestrial ecosystem recovery planning process using overlays of a vast assortment of environmental data. The principal goals are to restore natural hydrologic processes when altered or impaired, increase natural cover in wetlands, forests and meadows, restore soil and soil processes to promote self-sustaining natural communities, and to restore critical habitat for target species. The TRCA continues with pilot projects in the Rouge and Humber watersheds to help direct future restoration work, ensuring a strategic, integrated and comprehensive approach to restoration planning. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.trca.on.ca

www.thelivingcity.org

 

Toronto Environmental Alliance, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

DeTOx Toronto Initiative

TEA continues to promote citizen engagement and training in understanding the environmental health risks of local toxic hot spots around Toronto and how to develop action plans for local toxics reduction through strong community collaborations. At the same time, a Community Right to Know Network has been developed with health promotion workers, environmental researchers, community leaders and local residents to advocate effectively for pollution prevention. Second of a 2-year grant.

www.torontoenvironment.org

www.toronto.ca/chemtrac

 

Trout Unlimited Canada, Calgary, Alberta $20,000

Conservation Success Index for the Great Lakes

The CSI is an ecosystem-based management tool that is being used to quantify and map the conservation status of watersheds feeding the Great Lakes, starting with Lake Superior. Maps developed will show relative changes in water quality, quantity and connectivity, and impacts likely to affect biodiversity and ecosystem health. This will aid in management decisions for protection, reconnection, rehabilitation and monitoring across Great Lakes watersheds, river basins and fish species. Third of a 3-year grant.

www.tucanada.org