Escarpment Views at Halton Eco Festival on Saturday

Escarpment Views will be one of the exhibitors at the Halton Eco Festival this Saturday, April 9. Come and say hello to Mike and me (Gloria) and pick up any back issues you’re missing –for free! The current issue and subscriptions will be available for sale. Here is news from the Festival organizers about other reasons to attend:

 

Are You Going To The Environmental Fair?

     “Sixty-five exhibitors including nine sponsors look forward to sharing their many green environmental products, services and campaigns with you at the free-to-attend Halton Eco Festival on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Glen Abbey Rec Centre on Third Line in Oakville. This is a one-day only family event so don’t miss it,” says Mervyn Russell, chairperson of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights which organizes this event.

     “The first 1,000 visitors will each receive a free gift of a 250 ml hand sanitizer valued at $10 from Nature Clean. In addition, Halton Region will be distributing a limited quantity of free blue boxes to the visitors,” he adds. “The Halton Eco Festival is a celebration of the environment, green alternatives and good living. It’s a fun, festive event that features something to benefit everyone.”

     Every half an hour beginning at 10:30 am, you can enjoy an educational presentation delivered by a knowledgeable and inspirational speaker on a wide variety of environmental subjects including (in order of presentation) nuclear weapons, ecovillages, sustainable food, permaculture and gardening, dealing naturally with allergies, measuring and recording your trees, waste diversion, socially responsible financial investing, solar energy, a live animals demonstration promoting biodiversity, embracing diversity, and indigenous peoples rights.

     You will experience and learn many new things at the Halton Eco Festival which brings earth-friendly companies and organizations together in a variety of categories. You will discover businesses with various products like residential solar systems and geothermal power, natural cleaning solutions, organic fruit spreads and body soaps, reusable and compostable bags. There will also be many local providers of healthcare and environmental services such as a green diaper service, a raw foods restaurant, landscaping, gardening, ethical financial planning, energy efficiency and conservation, naturopathic and chiropractic healthcare, massage therapy, an organic farmer’s market and lots more.

     Meet some very dynamic environmental education exhibitors including Alternatives Journal from Waterloo University, the Association for Canadian Educational Resources, Environmental Defence, Escarpment Views, [that’s us!] FutureWatch, Green Leaders, the Halton Waldorf School, and Katimavik.

     Come sit in an eco-friendly smartcar from smart Centre Oakville. Discover how to save money and become more energy efficient when talking to representatives of Eco Alternative Energy, EfstonScience, Excess Energy, Oakville Hydro, Tangoraysolar, and Union Gas which will be distributing free home energy saving kits that will save you hundreds of dollars in future expenses.

     iCCOUNTING.ca will help lessen your environmental impact while C & C Planning Group/Partners In Planning Financial Services can show you how to invest more ethically and socially.

     Food and Drink exhibitors will include Nature Bite, Nzyme Living Foods Bistro & Juice Bar, and the Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership. Local government will be well represented by the Public Works Department at Halton Region and the Town of Oakville’s Environmental Policy Department.

     Health and Wellness exhibitors include Chiropractic Advantage, Chiropractic First Natural Health Group, In-Line Family Chiropractic, No Allergies Please, Oakville Naturopathic Clinic, Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

     Home and Garden exhibitors include As You Wish Parties and Programs, Fern Ridge Landscaping, In The Garden…, and Wild Birds Unlimited who will have a wide selection of bird feeders on display for you.

     Many local organizations with new ideas and actions to benefit the natural environment will be in attendance including the Halton Environmental Network (HEN), KAIROS (Oakville-Mississauga), the Oakville and District Labour Council, Physicians for Global Survival, Reclaim Our Democracy, and the Sierra Club of Canada.

     There is a growing consumer demand for natural products including those featured by Bear Bottoms Diaper Service, Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads, Ecolife Natural Products, Enfleurage Organics, Fresh and Clean, and Nincompoop Farms.

     The enjoyment and preservation of nature are central to the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment, Conservation Halton, the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, the Ontario Urban Forest Council, and Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER) which is based in Halton Hills.

     All four major political parties will be sharing their environmental platforms with visitors; come and talk politics with federal election candidates and other representatives from the Oakville Federal Green Party Association, Oakville and Burlington New Democratic Party Riding Associations, the Conservative Party of Canada – Oakville, and the Oakville Provincial Liberal Association. As well, the Halton Chapter of Fair Vote Canada will be there to promote proportional electoral representation.

     The Burlington Reuse Centre is promoting the 3Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle and will be encouraging you to donate your good useable household goods to their location at 3335 North Service Road.

     The Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights will be promoting their 20th annual Earth Week Clean Up of Nature Sites in Oakville scheduled for April 16, getting orders for the sale of recycled rain barrels, and signing up visitors to go on a bus trip to an organic farm.

     People who are concerned about local development issues and want smart growth should plan to visit with Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE), Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), and Whole Village Ecovillage.

     “After visiting the sponsors and exhibitors and taking in a presentation or two, relax while sipping on a fair trade, organic coffee. Enjoy a snack, slice of pizza or baked good at our eco café,” enthuses Mr. Russell who also noted that the Halton Eco Festival strives to be a waste-free event.

     Please carpool to this free event with friends, family and neighbours. Bus #28 will deliver you to the door from the Oakville GO station while Bus #3 while bring you there from the Bronte GO.

     The 11th annual Halton Eco Festival is one of Ontario’s longest-running environmental fairs. This year’s nine sponsors include the Burlington Reuse Centre, Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment, Conservation Halton, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Green Leaders, Halton Region’s Public Works Department, Nincompoop Farms, Oakville and District Labour Council, and the Town of Oakville’s Environmental Policy Department.

     “The Halton Eco Festival is for people who want to live a more healthy life, reduce their environmental impact and live in a more sustainable world. Visitors will experience an interactive, informative and fun event featuring a wide-range of eco-friendly products and services that will help them to make sustainable choices for themselves and their families,” said Stephen Dankowich, show manager, and executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

     For more information, phone 905 849 5501 or email the Centre or go to their site.

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