City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

April 12, 2007 09:01 ET

City of Beaconsfield/The West Island Environment Fair: Solutions for the Future

CITY OF BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2007) - To celebrate Earth Day, the city of Beaconsfield is sponsoring the West Island Environment Fair, to be held on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beaconsfield High School, located at 250 Beaurepaire Dr. in Beaconsfield.

Headed by Councillor Kate Coulter, the Beaconsfield Environmental Advisory Committee (BEAC) has organized this free event under the theme: Solutions for the Future, in order to bring together, under one roof, some of the resources, ideas and strategies for living a more sustainable lifestyle. "When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report on climate change this February, declaring that the evidence of a warming trend is "unequivocal," and that human activity has "very likely" been the driving force in that change over the last 50 years, we wanted to help West Island residents find some of the answers on how they can do their part to reduce their ecological footprint on our planet", said Mrs. Coulter.

Highlights of the event include Marc Garneau, Canada's first astronaut in space, as a keynote speaker, speaking on "Our Changing Planet" as well as Shelley Kath, Al Gore's trained foot soldier presenting the science behind the Oscar winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth". Additional seminars include Jon Eakes from CJAD radio on Environmentally Friendly Renovation Tips and Composting by Valerie Sabbagh and Raymond Charbonneau of SOS Planete.

There will be activities for the whole family. Exhibits will feature different themes that affect our daily lives: alternative energy sources, the 3 R's, energy efficiency, alternatives to pesticides, anti-idling, sustainable lifestyle choices, responsible consumerism, water consumption, air quality and organic food sources. Other highlights are children's activities, including a teen fashion show of re-used clothing, a food lounge, and draws for donated prizes from our exhibitors.

This first West Island Environment Fair will take place thanks to the participation of the following exhibitors: Montreal Public Health Department, Ferme Pousse-menu, La Ferme du Fort Senneville, Association for the Protection of Angell Woods, Reboot Montreal, Tree Canada Foundation, Breast Cancer Action Montreal, SOS Planete, Le Reseau quebecois des femmes en environnement, Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Quebec, Matrix Energy Inc., Brac Systems Inc., Co-op La Maison Verte, Spinelli Toyota, Air Liquide Canada Inc., Greenlite Lighting Corporation, Master Group, Alternatives, Morgan Arboretum, Le Nichoir and more...

Thanks to our sponsors (Spinelli Toyota, Air Liquide Canada Inc., Greenlite Lighting Corporation, Master Group, and Alternatives), this will be a carbon neutral event. Additional donations for this cause are welcome.

The BEAC will screen 3 films, leading up to the Fair (Inconvenient Truth, How to Save the World, The End of Suburbia), in the Beaconsfield Library, to open the discussions on the issue of climate change and sustainable lifestyles: Wednesday, April 18 and 19. Details on the website:

This initiative reflects the City of Beaconsfield's commitment to improve citizen's quality of life and the environment.

Contact Information

  • Yvonne Hiemstra, BEAC
    Kate Coulter, City Councillor