A high school student who helps immigrants settle in Nova Scotiaand managed a small business at his school is this year’s winnerof the Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Fund EntranceScholarship. Ryan Livingston accepted the $6,000 scholarship today, June 25,at the Prince Andrew High School graduation ceremony. The scholarship honours the life and work of the late TonyJohnstone, a long-time educator and human-rights advocate in NovaScotia. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multiculturalunderstanding and social equality. The scholarship is the largestuniversity-entrance scholarship awarded by the Nova Scotiagovernment. “This scholarship encourages young people to learn more abouthuman-rights issues in Canada and get involved in continuing thesocial change Dr. Johnstone worked so hard to achieve,” saidEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “Mr. Livingston is an excellentexample for other young Nova Scotians and I’m pleased tocongratulate him on this award.” Mr. Livingston is the 13th winner of the scholarship. A selectioncommittee chooses one recipient annually who demonstratesoutstanding academic achievement and active involvement instudent and community affairs. Mr. Livingston helps immigrants learn English and founded theInternational Student Community Support Group in the HalifaxRegional Municipality. He is currently helping a Korean familyadjust to life in Nova Scotia. He managed a second-hand clothingstore at his school and is the skip for his team at the DartmouthCurling Club. “I think it’s important for people from around the world to cometogether because they learn about themselves while learning abouteach other,” said Mr. Livingston. “I’d like to encourage highschool and university students to get to know internationalstudents and help them adjust to life here because that helps ushave more open minds.” Applicants are required to submit an original essay on positivesolutions to resolve current human-rights issues that confrontCanadians. In his submission, Mr. Livingston suggested theCanadian government should give refugees more opportunity toplead their case for entry into the country. He also believespolice officers should have more training to prevent theexcessive use of force, particularly against visible minorities. Recipients of this award must plan on immediately entering thefirst year of a bachelor’s degree program at any maritimeuniversity. Mr. Livingston will pursue a bachelor of commercedegree with a major in global business management at Saint Mary’sUniversity. Students eligible to apply for next year’s Tony JohnstoneScholarship may obtain applications from their school guidancecounsellors or at ednet.ns.ca early in 2005. The applicationdeadline is March 31, 2005.
Una McCauley presented her credentials to Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, as the new Resident Coordinator for the United Nations and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka today. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley will lead the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and act as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. Prior to her appointment, Ms. McCauley served as the UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka for four years. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and has worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With close to 15 years of experience serving within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of experience working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley has been instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries. A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley has a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Science Research from the University of East London.Ms. McCauley is the first female to hold the position of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Glencore’s Kidd Operations and Raglan mine honoured for innovative environmental and community engagement projects. For their innovative projects that raise the bar for corporate responsibility in the Canadian mining sector, the two were recognized with 2016 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Excellence Awards at the CIM Awards Gala in Vancouver this week.The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) awarded Glencore’s Raglan mine with the 2016 TSM Environmental Excellence Award for its successful use of renewable energy with its wind turbine and accompanying storage facility in northern Quebec, the largest in the province. Kidd Operations was recognized with the 2016 TSM Community Engagement Excellence Award for helping local non-profits secure long-term sustainability through its Community Partnerships program in Timmins, Ontario.“We congratulate Glencore’s Raglan Mine and Kidd Operations for sweeping this year’s TSM Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the company’s leadership in taking emerging environmental technologies and social practices and successfully implementing them at the site-level, paving the way for the wider industry,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “These projects showcase the significant investments in innovation our members are making to protect the environment and to create lasting benefits for the communities where they operate.”Sitting on a plateau 600 m high on the Ungava Peninsula in northern Quebec, Raglan mine is well situated to take advantage of the power of wind. In 2014, the company did exactly that when it completed its construction of a 120-m high wind turbine and storage facility, the largest in Quebec. Like most other northern mines, the off-grid Raglan mine was heavily dependent on diesel to fuel its operations. With climate change considerations, commitments to limit environmental impacts and rising diesel costs, there was a strong business case for Glencore to explore renewable energy solutions. With the mine situated in the Canadian Arctic, which harbours some of the world’s richest wind resource, Glencore set out to diversify its energy mix with wind as a means of improving sustainability, reducing emissions and cutting costs.The project was unprecedented in scale, and was specially designed for severe Arctic climate conditions. The project was a private-public partnership between Raglan, TUGLIQ Energy and the federal and provincial governments. Communities were consulted throughout the project and feedback was acted upon by the company. For example, concerns raised by the Inuit about the potential of blade reflection affecting local fish patterns resulted in Glencore’s decision to move the turbine to another location.In its inaugural year, the 3-MW wind turbine and storage facility has already saved 2.1 million litres of diesel and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5,850 t. Based on these results, Glencore estimates that it will save more than $40 million in fuel-related costs over the projected 20-year life of the wind turbine. This successful pilot project could have transformative impacts across northern Canada, helping to pave the way for the more widespread adoption of greener energy alternatives. It is a fully-developed and tested wind power and storage system that could be duplicated into Aboriginal communities and other northern mining operations in the future.“Raglan is proud to implement a project that promotes renewable energies in Québec’s Arctic region despite the significant technical and logistical challenges involved. Since our facilities are not connected to the hydro network, we have to produce our own electricity. This project allows us to reduce our fossil fuels consumption and, in turn, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, thus enabling us to minimize our environmental footprint”, explained Kristan Straub, Raglan Mine’s Vice President.Glencore’s Kidd Operations, including the concentrator and mine, is Timmins’ largest private-sector employer. Kidd Operations is a major corporate funder in Timmins, and has donated nearly $4 million towards community initiatives since 2007. With an anticipated closure date of 2022, it has re-invented its corporate giving approach to mitigate impacts of its eventual exit and to ensure that it is contributing to long-term capacity building and sustainability in the community.Based on stakeholder feedback and identified local priorities, Kidd developed an innovative social investment program called ‘Community Partnerships’, transforming how the site invests in the community. The new model has Kidd taking a proactive approach to social investment by brokering strategic projects to community partners, moving away from traditional corporate philanthropy. This has enabled Kidd to engage meaningfully with stakeholders to design collaborative, multi-partner projects that contribute to the long-term sustainability of the community at large. An example of this was the offering of Timmins’ first sustainability conference for the local non-profit sector in 2013. What is also innovative about that model is that it measures social return on investment for the major projects supported allowing Kidd to evaluate the reach of its social investments based on financial and social impact data. For example, Kidd was able to determine its C$320,000 investment in a recent expansion project at a local retirement home showed a return of C$1.58 for each dollar that Kidd invested into the project.The success of the Community Partnerships program and its ability to measure social return on investment attracted the attention of Canada’s largest public-sector grantmaker, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). In 2015, Kidd and the OTF launched the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund. This partnership will see Kidd and the OTF each investing C$500,000 into the fund, which will begin making grants when Kidd ceases operations. This collaboration, a first for the government agency, paves the way for future private-public sector partnerships.“Kidd Operations has done lots of work to extend the life-of-mine and we continue to challenge ourselves to go on even further. However, we must also start thinking and planning for ultimate closure and what that will mean for our community. Our Community Partnerships program celebrates our venerable 50-year history of community contributions, but it also looks to the future,” said Steve Badenhorst, Glencore-Kidd Operations’ General Manager. “Social investments made through Kidd’s Community Partnerships Program, including the $1 million Kidd Operations–Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund, are aimed at helping community organizations achieve greater self-sustainability beyond closure.”A total of 23 nominations were submitted by mining companies that participate in the TSM initiative, a performance-based program whereby mining operations evaluate, manage and publicly report on critical environmental and social responsibilities. The selection committee, comprised of members from the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) national Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Panel, selected the finalists based on criteria such as innovation, involvement of and engagement with communities, and project outcomes. TSM performance was also considered as an indicator of the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility.