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RoTell - November 30, 2022

Rotary Club Ottawa South eBulletin

In-person at KS on the Keys and via Zoom.
Editor: Scott Vetter, Assistant Editor: Rosemary Parker


  • Salvation Army Christmas Kettle - Saturday Dec 10: We're ringing bells and encouraging donations for the Salvation Army's work in our neighbourhood.  Click to sign up for a 2-hour shift.
  • D4L Dictionaries 4 Life: Jeff Sirrs informed us that he will drop off dictionaries to Charles H. Hulse Public School. 
  • Community Blend Coffee: Contact Scott or Dave to order coffee for Christmas gifts.
  • Calendars: We're raising funds for RC Ottawa West and our club with the sale of Rotary Cash Calendars for 2023. Only $20 and you get a chance to win every day of the year! Contact Dave G. or Kateri.
  • Rotel AGM / RCOS AGM: Next Wednesday Dec 7 will be the Annual General Meeting for Rotel and RCOS. Come join us at noon at KS on the Keys.
  • Seasonal Social/Get-together: Wednesday December 14 from 5 - 7PM at KS on the Keys in the upstairs lounge. All members, friends and family are welcome!
  • No meetings on Dec 21 or Dec 28.
  • Upcoming District Training:
    - Saturday, Nov. 12 - Grants Management Training (French) in Montreal
    - Monday, Nov. 14 - District Training Assembly - Guest Speaker Ronald Servant - "Heart Led Leadership" 7-8 pm on Zoom
    - Saturday, Dec. 3 - Grants Management Training (English) in Cornwall
John Crump, Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada)

John Crump is the Senior Policy Advisor in the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s Canada office. ICC represents 185,000 Inuit living in Inuit Nunaat – Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia.

Before joining ICC, he worked for GRID-Arendal, a Norwegian foundation that works with UN Environment. At GRID John had several roles, including Senior Advisor - Climate Change and Senior Science Writer.

John has spent three decades in Arctic policy work and has been the Executive Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat based in Copenhagen. He has also served as Cabinet Communications Advisor in the Yukon Premier’s office, was a policy analyst with Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Government Relations Manager for the Nunavut Planning Commission and Executive Director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC).

John’s academic background is in journalism, communications, history and political economy. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism, public administration and polar issues in Canada and Germany. He currently lectures on Arctic Policy in the Northern Studies Programme at Carleton University.

John gave us an overview of his experience at COP27. The magnitude of the conference is hard to imagine for those of us who were not there. Tens of thousands of attendees representing thousands of organizations.

He spoke of the importance of including the Inuit in climate change negotiations in Egypt. Climate change is a major threat to the Inuit's way of life, and they have been observing the changes for decades.

In fact, the Arctic is a centre for heat absorption. As the ice cap recedes, more heat goes into the ocean which has dramatic effect in the north and around the globe.

The bottom-line regarding climate change is that we need to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. John feels it important that we get informed and then get active. 

John's presentation was in-depth and chockful of interesting facts and important information. Some notes and links from John for further information:

Sherri Kelly's Enviro Minute

Today’s Enviro Minute is about promoting biodiversity and actions we can take to assist our pollinators.

Populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators are declining, in some cases steeply, around the world. With fewer pollinators, we will have less fruits and vegetables to harvest. We will also lose songbirds and other wildlife that depend on pollinators as their food source. The decline of pollinators is because of habitat loss, agriculture, urban development, the use of pesticides and herbicides, and climate change.

We can help pollinators by increasing the availability of early flowers in the springtime, like dandelions and white clover in lawns and by delaying mowing our lawns in the spring.

In May, many bees are coming out of hibernation and need flowers to feed themselves and their babies. The main purpose of No Mow May is to encourage people to let spring flowers in their lawns bloom before mowing. Flowers you commonly see blooming in lawns in May include dandelions, white clover, and creeping charlie. While many people view these flowers as weeds, some pollinators view them as food. Ideally, you can add to the mix and provide food for more pollinators by adding native plants. Early spring blooming native plants like violets and pussy toes can be a part of your bee lawn. Planting a wide variety of native spring blooming flowers, trees, and shrubs, like pussy willows, serviceberries, and bluebells, supports bee diversity.

Although we get anxious to clean up our yards, hibernating pollinators often need a bit more time under the leaves before they can safely emerge. Leaves left on the ground provide important insulation for bees hibernating underground and for moths and butterflies that overwinter in the leaves. Leaving your leaves where they are until temperatures are above 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees F) for 5 consecutive days will give most of those hibernating pollinators the

protection that they need. Bees that nest in stems may not emerge until mid-June or later. It is best for the bees to leave the stems where they are. New growth will soon cover them, any bees nesting in the stems will emerge, and the old stems will decompose.

A manicured lawn is a desert for pollinators and most wildlife. A small pile of twigs makes a great home for pollinators. All bees need a source of water with a perch. Offering a muddy spot with stones helps them out!

Delay mowing, and then mow at the highest setting. This allows low lying flowers to continue to grow and decreases re-flower time for those that are mown. It is also good for the health of your grass, which will need less watering when it is long.

Last spring I had the pleasure of watching a robin pull the uncut dead stems from my backyard hostas plants and weave them into a nest for her babies in our white spruce tree. Rethinking your landscaping maintenance can bring benefits to our backyard birds, small animals, and insects, and create joy for ourselves and others.

Creating a pollinator garden in your yard is another wonderful thing you can do to promote biodiversity.

Join us at our next meeting in-person at KS on the Keys or via Zoom

12:30 pm Wednesday December 7, 2022

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Feb 02, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Feb 16, 2023
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Mar 02, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Mar 16, 2023
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Mar 30, 2023
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Apr 13, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Apr 27, 2023
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POSTPONED Dreamers Walk 2022 for Cerebral Palsy
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School
May 01, 2023
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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May 11, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Victoria Day
May 22, 2023
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Join us at our next meeting via Zoom

6:30 pm Wednesday November 23, 2022