August 5: Chad Lord, the Great Lakes, and cuts to the EPA; Blythe McKay and Farm Radio International

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Listen to entire program here:

Chad Lord: 6:55

Blythe McKay: 33:49

On Friday’s program we expanded on the  issue of the Great Lakes and the Asian Carp threat. Recent news from the US indicates that the Environmental Protection Agency is under threat from legislation that will undermine the effectiveness of that organization. The Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, according to an environmental coalition media release will be “… bad for the Great Lakes and the millions of people who depend on them for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He added that “This bill will not save the nation one penny. Problems like sewage contamination and invasive species are getting worse. Cutting restoration now will make the problems harder and more costly to solve. Skelding has urged the Great Lakes Congressional delegation and the U.S. House to reject this bill, go back to the drawing board, and pass a bill that supports successful restoration programs.”

 To discuss this issue and the impact for the future of the health of the Great Lakes, Chad Lord, Director, National Great Lakes Campaign, part of National Parks Conservation Association based in Washington D.C. joined us by phone from Washington DC. ( 6:55 mark) The cuts to the EPA  dovetail with a recent Toronto Star report of job cuts at Environment Canada.

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In the second half hour, we spoke to Blythe McKay, Manager, Resources for Broadcasters with Farm Radio International, to get an idea of the work of that organization. (33:49 mark)

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According to the website, Farm Radio International “… is a Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization working in direct partnership with approximately 375 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity.”

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Announcements

Windsor Youth Centre

1321 Wyandotte St. E. (between Moy and Hall Streets.)

August is a month of cleaning and painting.

We need ALL the help we can get.

Our cleaning/painting days:

Saturday the 6th, Saturday the 13th, Tuesday the 16th, and Thursday the 18th.

Please send us an email to let us know which days you can help out. We would like to know how many folks to expect because we’ll have some snacks or a meal for volunteers on those days!

When you come to help out, please bring a few things if you’ve got them or can get them easily:

*Rubber gloves

*Rags (that you don’t need anymore)

*Bottled water for drinking.

We’ve got August the 6th covered in terms of a meal for volunteers, but we are still looking for donations for the other three days. Do you know a restaurant , church group or community group who would like to provide a meal for volunteers on one of those days? Please put us in contact with them.

Also, some folks have been asking about other donations. Our first priority this month is making the space ready for the kids in September.

Donations

The most helpful donations for us this month, aside from monetary donations, are gift cards from the following places: Bulk Barn, Food Basics, Staples, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other building supply stores nearby. We would be grateful for gift cards in any amount, large or small. It all helps!

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