MEDIA ADVISORY / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Residents and media are encouraged to join a public discussion on Tuesday evening about efforts in Hamilton to protect the Great Lakes and how Hamilton residents can get involved
 
Opportunity to speak with leading local and national environmental and policy experts in advance of “Make the Great Lakes Great” forum
 
Hamilton, ON –While governments at all levels make plans to protect the Great Lakes, on November 13, take part in “Make the Great Lakes Great” forum and find out how Hamiltonians are making an immediate difference to the city’s environment.  Join in the discussion on how to keep the new Great Lakes Protection Act alive – which could create important new ways to protect the largest freshwater basin on Earth – while the Ontario Legislature is prorogued. Learn about what Hamilton residents and environmental groups are doing to improve Great Lakes water quality, and the environment in Hamilton including improving public access to shorelines, restoring wetlands, and monitoring and reporting sources of water pollution.
 
MAKE THE GREAT LAKES GREAT: Be Active, Be Part of the Solution
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
 
Interview opportunities on Tuesday include:
 
Claire Malcolmson of Environmental Defence (day and evening)
 
Chris McLaughlin of the Bay Area Restoration Council (day and evening)
 
Dr. Gail Krantzberg of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy in the School of Engineering Practice McMaster University (day and evening)
 
Katherine J. Menyes of the Hamilton Conservation Authority (evening)
 
Lynda Lukasik and Katie Stiel of Environment Hamilton (day and evening)
 
Public presentation and discussion:  7:00 p.m.  –  9:00 p.m.
 
WHAT:  Learn what environmental groups are doing and have planned for improving Great Lakes water quality, and the environment in Hamilton. Speak with the environmental community and concerned Hamilton residents who are keeping this important legislation alive while the Ontario Legislature is prorogued.  Listen to presentations by local and national environmental and policy experts. Network with professionals in the field. Students and volunteers are encouraged to get involved in research, restoration or education projects.
WHERE:  At the Design Annex, 118 James St. North, Hamilton, Ontario
FOR EVENT DETAILS:  http://environmentaldefence.ca/make-great-lakes-great
 
Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. (www.environmentaldefence.ca)
 
Hamilton Conservation Authority, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area’s largest environmental management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources. (www.conservationhamilton.ca)
 
The Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) represents the public interest in efforts to revitalize the social, economic, and ecosystem health of Hamilton Harbour and its watershed. BARC is a charitable organization established in 1991 to promote, assess, and monitor progress of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (HHRAP). BARC members include community organizations, public agencies, commercial interests, and the general public. (www.HamiltonHarbour.ca)
 
The Centre for Engineering and Public Policy in the School of Engineering Practice McMaster University is developing future generations of engineers and applied scientists who are responsive to public and societal issues. The Centre is Canada’s first devoted to the engineering and public policy. Engineers and applied scientists serve as key advisors to policy makers in both the public and private sectors. They are involved in advancing sustainable solutions to challenging areas such as water, energy, health care, and transportation. The ability to communicate the consequences of state of the art science and technology to decision makers enables engineers and scientists to advance balanced and progressive public policies. (http://msep.mcmaster.ca/index.html)
 
Environment Hamilton is dedicated to helping Hamiltonians develop the knowledge and skills needed to protect and enhance the environment around them. (www.environmenthamilton.org)
 
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 258; 416-570-2878 (cell) ncarniol@environmentaldefence.ca