Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Updates from two Calgary campaigns: Coalition for a Healthy Calgary & CivicCamp

November 5, 2009 - 2:00am

We will hear from two local organizations that have been busy lobbying city hall and making headlines on two issues: pesticides and the growth of our city.  We will hear from Coalition for a Healthy Calgary (CHC) on the recent happenings of Calgary’s first Pesticide Bylaw, and what we can do to support it, and we will also be hearing from members of CivicCamp, who will be talking about their work around The Calgary Plan-IT and their recent CivicCamp 2.0 workshop.

CivicCamp is a community-building exercise, open to anyone who wants to talk about ways to improve the place in which they live. It is modeled on the Barcamp unconferences, where participants define the topics of discussion. CivicCamp 2.0 is happening on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, where they will recap their accomplishments of the last six months and focus on how we can continue to make positive change and build a citizen movement in Calgary.

Coalition for a Healthy Calgary is a coalition of citizens, health care professionals, scientists, landscaping and horticultural professionals, and health and environmental organizations that incorporated as a non-profit society in April 2007.  They are currently entirely run by volunteers and funded by private donations, membership fees and web-site ads.

History of the Pesticide Bylaw Campaign

Individual citizens and various groups have been asking City Council to pass a bylaw to phase out unnecessary pesticide use in Calgary for at least 15 years. The Sierra Club Chinook Group led the initiative to bring a pesticide bylaw to Council in 1999. This resulted in the Pesticide Sub-Committee of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the City of Calgary being formed to work on reducing pesticide use in Calgary.  After 1999, the Sierra Club Chinook Group started a campaign to educate Calgarians about pesticide risks and how to use natural alternatives. Over 4000 Pesticide-free yard signs, with the distinctive ladybug logo, have been given out to Calgarians who pledge to refrain from using pesticides on their yard.  Pamphlets, stickers, bookmarks and magnets have also been given out with the ladybug logo. A web-site was developed —

The Sierra Club Chinook Group holds a free, monthly public meeting at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Calgary Area Outdoor Council building (1111 Memorial Drive NW, upstairs, entrance at the back).

If you have any questions or to RSVP (optional), email SC CG Meetings Coordinator Alex Taylor at: [email protected]


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB