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Local sustainability initiatives
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Initiatives by topic
Energy Action Coalition, coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada. Wikipedia category: Climate change in Canada
Community currencies activism
Commons Currency Project, Imagining a Great Lakes Commons Currency
Hunters' and Trappers' Committee in Aklavik, Northwest Territories
For thousands of years, Inuit communities in far northern Canada lived seminomadically, surviving off of whatever wild game they could hunt. But starting in the mid-20th century, climate change, colonialism, and economic changes had a devastating impact on people in places like Aklavik. Caribou herds shrank and migration patterns changed. The Inuit were forcibly resettled in prefabricated towns and their sled dogs culled by authorities. As demand for seal and fox furs fell and resettlement accelerated, hunters were forced into employment or into nine-to-five jobs, reducing both time and money for hunting.
With fewer hunters, food had to be flown in at exorbitant prices — as much as $38 for a bag of grapes that would cost only a few dollars in the south. As a result, the Aklavik Hunters' and Trappers' Committee and several other groups across the Arctic have established community fridges, where hunters or people who have been fishing drop off surplus meat. The hunters are reimbursed for certain fees and the food is distributed to people in need, following a centuries-old Inuit tradition of delivering one's surplus catch to the elderly and isolated. Canada's largest Inuit advocacy group, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, has launched a food security mapping project to track similar initiatives across the Arctic.  Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee – Community Harvesters, itk.ca
Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
Halifax Tool Library
Halifax Tool Library (HTL), is a tool lending library based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Members pay an annual subscription and may borrow specialized tools for home repair, maintenance, building projects, community projects, gardening and landscaping. The HTL is a Non Profit community organization. The HTL offers standard, Student/Low-Income option, and organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses. The HTL is supported by Dalhousie University student union, Ecology Action Centre, Parker Street food & furniture bank, Forest Friend, Bike Again, North Brewing Company, Catalyst, Fusion HFX, Deiter's tool and Saw. W
8-80 Cities, Canadian based non-profit organization with an international outlook, promote walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for ALL.
RAIN, urban stormwater program designed by Green Communities Canada to maximize community engagement and action.
News and comment
Apr 22 Canada’s libraries step up to help vulnerable people during pandemic 
Empowering Canada's Indigenous communities through coworking, Nov 12 
A Toolkit for Establishing a Great Lakes Commons, Sep 18 
7 Inspiring Ways Canadians Are Sharing to Tackle Food Insecurity, Jun 28 
This beer kills pipelines, Jun 7 
Meet the First Nation Above the Arctic Circle That Just Went Solar, Mar 28 
A How-To Manual For Growing A Community, Mar 20 
Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths, Nov 24 
Plastic microbeads will be banned in Canada, effective mid-2018, Nov 4 
Canada's National Parks will be free to all visitors in 2017, January 11 
Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate goal, December 7 
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another, September 15 
High-volume fracking to be banned in Nova Scotia, September 3 
Canada should be doing more to fight income inequality, March 17 
May 26 Bike Day in Canada is about bringing together the public, cycling organizations and members of all three levels of government across Canada, to ride on the same day. The day is dedicated to highlighting the importance of cycling in Canada as a healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly form of physical activity, transportation and tourism. 
Apps for sustainability
Apps for Climate Action Contest winners, September 16, 2010
Great Lakes Commons, a grassroots effort to establish the Great Lakes as a thriving, living commons — shared and sacred waters that we all protect in perpetuity.
Local communities in Canada