November 2013 Update

A hearty welcome to those who joined in the past month:
You can find out more about these groups and individuals, including what sustainability products, services, interests and ideas they have, by viewing their profiles on the Network website.

Remember, Network membership is 100% FREE and open to families & individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups, and institutions & government departments.  As a general rule of thumb, members are welcome to join from Bridgewater AND area – that means anywhere in Lunenburg County.

Upcoming Events
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Environmental Leadership Opportunity for High Schoolers

This fall a High School Environmental Leadership program is being offered to Lunenburg County! Through a collaboration with Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation and Acadia University this overnight program will take place November 9th and 10th at the Morton Centre located on Heckman's Island in Lunenburg. Extended out of the environmental adventure camps which took place this past summer, the high school student program will provide a hands-on environmental adventure engaging students in leadership experiences.

This program is intended for high school students ages 15 – 19, who are interested in their role within the natural world. The program will begin 10 a.m. on Saturday and will conclude 4 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of the weekend is $20 for each participant with lunches, supper and  breakfast provided (allergies will be accommodated). Registrations are due Wednesday, November 6th. Space is limited!

For further details and registration please contact us at

Petition to Support Small Farmers in Nova Scotia

Several CSN members asked that the following petition be circulated to the broader CSN membership:

"Although the local food movement is rapidly gaining strength, many of the regulations enforced by our provincial and national governments make it difficult for small farmers to meet the growing demand for healthy alternatives. Quota systems, production regulations, and marketing restrictions designed to oversee and protect large food production facilities make it next to impossible for alternative farming and marketing methods to flourish.  It's time our food came from next door instead of half way around the planet and it's time our food dollars stay at home."  If this is an issue that concerns you, visit this website to view a petition to ask the Government of Nova Scotia to make changes to it regulations for small farmers.

Blue Bridgewater!

An ad hoc committee has been working to prepare a presentation to Bridgewater Town Council requesting that the town explore the possibility of becoming a Blue Community.  The Blue Communities Project calls on communities to adopt a water commons framework by:
  • Recognizing water as a human right.
  • Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.
  • Banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.
They believe that the Town of Bridgewater is well-positioned to take this next step based on the excellent work that has been done over the years.  They hope that Bridgewater will become the first Blue Community in Atlantic Canada and a model for other towns to follow.

They invite CSN members to attend the November 12 Bridgewater Town  Council Meeting at 6:15 pm to show support for this initiative.

Click here to watch a short video on issues related to this topic.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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