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2003 Weenie Nominees and Enviro-Achiever Award Winners

This yearís Weenie Award nominees and Enviro-Achiever Award winners have been selected. For outstanding contribution to local environmental progress, the 2003 Enviro-Achievers are:

1.      Bert Harris: Bert has made a tremendous effort to preserve Ranta Park located on the shores of the Detroit River near Amherstburg.

2.      Nancy Knowles: Nancy volunteers at St. Francis School in the old town of Sandwich.  She teaches the kids about gardening, recycling,    composting and general care for our earth.

3.      The Trust for Public Land: The trust purchased Humbug Marsh, which represents the last mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. mainland of        the Detroit River.  The trust will work with the public to preserve the 410 acre wetland complex.

The 2003 Weenie Award nominees have been chosen for their outrageous contribution to environmental degradation.  The members of the audience, as always, shall select the Weenie Award. The nominee list is presented below in random order:

1.      Royal Polymers Inc.: this Sarnia facility released hundreds of kilograms of toxic vinyl chloride into the St. Clair River and failed to notify  the public in a timely fashion.

2.      City of Toronto: the city now ships all of its municipal waste through southwestern Ontario to a landfill in Wayne County, Michigan.

3.      Ontario Ministry of the Environment (Air Quality Index): the ministry does not alert the public to smog events unless the smog persists for     six hours and the health information about the impact of smog is misleading exposing people to unnecessary risk.

4.      George W. Bush and administration: a second consecutive nomination for unceasing efforts to undermine U.S. environmental protections.

5.      Pest Management and Regulatory Agency (pesticide management in Canada): pesticide management by the federal government is not a         priority and as a consequence the management of environmental and health risks from pesticides is minimal.

6.      Joint Management Committee (Windsorís Gateway Action Plan): the plan calls for more roads and more trucks not an environmentally        sustainable plan.

7.      Canada-U.S.-Ontario-Michigan Transportation Partnership (Binational Planning Group): their plans will determine land use patterns and   transportation options for decades to come, but they haven't been responsive to the public or presented an environmentally sustainable  option to more border crossings.
Remember, the Weenies are all about Democracy! So come on out to boo, jeer and heckle your favorite Weenie to victory! This year's Weenie Award and Enviro-Achiever Award will be presented this Thursday (November 20) at Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. West (next to the Capitol Theatre), at 8:00 pm. Matthew Romain, Master of Ceremonies will present the Weenie nominees in an informative and entertaining presentation. Stick around for refreshments, door prizes and musical-styling by Acoustastrophe.

For more information contact:
Derek Coronado, Research and Policy Coordinator,
Citizens Environment Alliance (519) 973-1116

Directions to the Weenie Awards at Artcite Inc. from Detroit:

From the Tunnel (into Canada):

After clearing customs, turn left on to Park Street, and then right at first light on to Ouellette. Heading north, turn left at first light on to University Avenue. Proceed one block, and begin to look for street parking... ARTCITE is located right next to the Capitol Theatre, nearest to the corner of University and Pelissier!

From the Bridge (into Canada):
After clearing customs, keep right, following billboard directions for downtown Windsor, turning right on to Huron Church (heading north). Pass through one sets of lights, and turn right on to University Ave W (heading east). Follow this into the downtown core through 4 sets of lights (the last will be the Victoria intersection) until you see the Capitol Theatre and ARTCITE on your right!

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