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Water a Focus at the 11th Annual Stewardship Forum

Feb 24, 2010

(TORONTO - February 24, 2010) - It only takes one small pebble to make a ripple effect, and that's what Toronto and Region Conservation and City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation hope to accomplish at the 11th Annual Stewardship Forum: A Ripple Effect. This free event includes inspirational presentations, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and outdoor learning experiences to motivate people to make a positive change for a greener Toronto. It is open to all individuals interested in environmental conservation, restoration and stewardship issues.

This year's Forum will focus on water and what's happening in the global oceans, provincial lakes and local watersheds. Keynote speaker Alanna Mitchell, a Canadian author and journalist who writes about global science issues, will kick-off the Forum with a discussion on how the global ocean is undergoing vast chemical changes and why it matters. She will also speak about her latest book, Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean.  

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm

Agenda: (Detailed agenda available online.)

9:00 - 10:00am: Registration

10:00 - 11:15 am Key Note Address: Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, Alanna Mitchell, Author and Journalist

11:15 - 12:15pm Morning Breakout Sessions:


  • Walkerton - The Cost of Getting it Wrong: Understanding the Consequences of Failing to Protect Drinking Water from Source to Tap, Bruce Davidson, Co-founder and Spokesman, The Concerned Walkerton Citizens
  • HTO: Toronto's Changing Relationship to Water, Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator, Toronto Museums and Heritage Services
  • Living Winter, Liz Hood, Children's Programs Supervisor, Toronto Botanical Garden


12:15 - 1:30pm Lunch and Networking 

1:30 - 2:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions:


  • Well, Well: The Flow of Community Arts Engagement Susan Scott, Writer Wesley W. Bates, Visual Artist
  • Water Education, Beyond the Classroom, Susan Reid, Program Coordinator, Children's Water Education Council
  • Thirsty City Walk (outdoor session), Emily J. Alfred, Volunteer, Lost Rivers and Helen Mills, Coordinator, Lost Rivers
  • Establishing an Aquatic Protected Areas Network, Evan Ferrari, Director, Parks and Protected Areas, CPAWS - Wildlands




Media registration and information:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation                

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