World Wetlands Day 1999 in Canada


Activities reported for World Wetlands Day 1999

From the Wetlands Research Centre, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

I am happy to report that we have finalized our plans for another World Wetlands Day celebration at Waterloo in Canada. Although the official date for World Wetlands Day is February 2, we have had to postpone the event to 16 February.

The day is again organized in partnership with CRESTech, The Waterloo Education Foundation Inc., The Waterloo Region District School Board - Open Door/University Heights Secondary School, and the Wetlands Research Centre.

There are three components to the day:

1. Program for upper level high school students within the region. Schools from the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Waterloo Region Separate School Board, and a few private schools have been invited and are expected to participate. Numbers have been limited to 500 students and teachers. A series of presentations will be made to the students and teachers in the morning.

2. A Marketplace and workshop organized by CRESTech. The Marketplace will feature displays by representatives from industry, business, government, etc. from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. A workshop for CRESTech members conducted by Dr. John Ferguson of the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario will be on: "The Environmental Bill of Rights and the Environmental Registry". The workshop will run from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The marketplace and the workshop are open free of charge to the general public.

3. Keynote Presentation. Buffy Sainte-Marie is our keynote speaker. She will present a talk entitled: "Taking your message to the world". Karen Redman, MP, will bring greetings from the federal government. Dr. J. Downey will bring greetings from the university. Henry Lickers and Richard David of the Mohawk Council of the Akwesasne will open and close the session with a prayer. The keynote presentation will run from 1:00-2:30 and it is open free of charge to the general public. All the high school students and teachers will be at this session.

Again the Pelee Island Winery has produced a special wine to commemorate the day.

All activities are to take place in Hagey Hall of the Humanities Theatre and in the foyer on the second floor outside the balcony of the theatre. Everyone is welcome to all events. Admission is free. Further information can be sought from me or from our Web site.

Barry G. Warner, Ph.D., PWS Director
Wetlands Research Centre, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3G1
Fax: 519-746-0658, email:  
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