Mother Earth Day Fair

By all accounts it was a happy success!
See pictures on CUSP’s Facebook page.

Two items we had on display at the Mother Earth Day Fair are now published on our site:
The Harper Sin List
Some Thoughts on the Economy


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Baggage Building, Marina Park

1 – 5 pm

Free Admission
What can citizens do about environmental protection and social justice?



1:00 p.m. Doors open—Exhibitors
1:30-2:00 Cambrian Players Improv: Working Co-operatively on a Tiny Planet Hanging in Space
2:00-3:30 Speakers Corner: Successful Action to Promote Social & Environmental Change
  2:00-2:10 Graham Saunders & Peter Lang The Fight Against Burying Nuclear Waste
  2:10-2:20 Paul Filteau, Key Milestones in Promoting Community Forests
  2:20-2:30 Alex Boulet, Community Participation in a Local Food Act
  2:30-2:40 Judi Vinni, Willow Springs’ Market: A Collaborative Green Venture, Built on Social Purpose
  2:40-2:50 Council of Canadians, Saving the Experimental Lakes Area
  2:50-3:00 Christy Radbourne, The Successful Fight Against Synfuel
  3:00-3:30 Open Mic
3:30-3:50 Marina Park Walk with Walkability Thunder Bay
4:00-5:00 The Climate Action Debaters—People and Climate Change


Willow Springs Creative Centre fresh local open-face sandwiches available for purchase – some gluten free – while they last – bring a reusable cup if you have one for coffee & tea!


Bay Street Film Festival We are providing films to screen that we have produced with the Food Security Research Network and other local groups about sustainability and environmental topics. Films included are Northern Grown, Katimavic, Community Kitchen Chickpea Initiative. The films will be shown on a loop.
Bicycles for Humanity Information
Big Boreal Adventure Kids’ Activities
Cambrian Players Improv Club The Cambrian Players Improv Club meets every Sunday evening at “Paramount Live” (beside the Paramount Theatre on Court St.) in order to rehearse our unrehearsed acceptance of the unacceptable. Our performance will demonstrate a microcosm of working co-operatively on a tiny planet hanging in Space—or maybe it won’t.
Centre for Place & Sustainability TBA
Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP) The Climate Action Debaters + Mother Earth day Fair Coordination
CUSP is a Thunder Bay-based coalition of concerned citizens, committed to engaged communities, a healthy environment, social and ecological justice, Indigenous rights, and participatory democracy.
Community Spokes Free bicycle repairs 1 pm – 4 pm
Council of Canadians TBA
Diversity Thunder Bay Diversity Thunder Bay works towards an equitable community free of racism and discrimination of any kind. We will be handing out brochures and multicoloured bows.
EarthWise[R] EarthWise[R] Thunder Bay is building a community vision for sustainable living. EarthWise[R] is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and the community with the goal of implementing our Community Environmental Action Plan, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating a more sustainable community.
Eco Bus Kids’ Activities
EcoSuperior Display and Kids’ Activities
Environment North Display showing highlights of 41 years of working on environmental issues in the Great Northwest.
Environmental Film Network Display
Food Security Research Network (FSRN) The FSRN works to increase public awareness about issues related to food security in the region. The FSRN connects students and instructors/researchers from Lakehead University with community organizations to collaboratively overcome barriers to food security in Northwestern Ontario. We will be sharing our research about Collective Kitchens and the FSRN Community Campus Garden.
LURadio LURadio is Thunder Bay’s ONLY Campus and Community Radio Station. We will be on hand to provide some music for the day as well as to do some cut-in updates live from the Mother Earth Day Fair.
Nolalu Eco Centre The Nolalu Eco Centre, just west of Thunder Bay, is Northern Ontario’s largest solar- and wind-powered straw bale facility that includes a passive solar house with net metering, a micro fit system and much more. The Centre is a place for learning, relaxing and meeting inspiring people—all connected to “living lightly” on this fragile planet. The Nolalu Eco Centre will be present on Mother Earth day to answer your questions.
North Shore of Lake Superior Remedial Action Plan TBA
Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership (NOSCP) NOSCP is an ad hoc group that came together in November 2006 in response to the forest industry crisis in northern Ontario. Participants are a range of individuals and organizations, including northern municipalities, non-governmental organizations, academics and Aboriginal organizations. NOSCP promotes community forests as an alternative to the current forest tenure system, focusing on local decision-making and benefits.
Northern Woman’s Bookstore Displaying books on social justice and environmental themes.
Northern Women’s Centre Good Food Box display.
Ontario Nature We provide advice on natural resource legislation, policy and planning that affects northern forests, lakes and rivers based on best available science and a conservation ethic. We enhance the leadership and capacity of northern groups and support the building of strong networks for conservation and community sustainability.
Regional Multicultural Youth Council Youth from the RMYC will have participatory activities and handouts.
Student Union of Confederation College Confederation College is committed to environmental mindfulness and stewardship in all of its endeavors. The Campus Environmental Action Plan was created to guide Confederation College in integrating environmental awareness and responsibility into the daily life of the institution. The College also offers courses that are environmentally focused.
Superior Renewable Energy Co-op SREC, the Superior Renewable Energy Co-operative, is looking for investors to co-own renewable energy projects in the area. We plan on handing out brochures with information about the co-op and helping people understand how they can participate in the renewable energy economy.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Display
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Display & membership information
Thunder Bay Multicultural Association The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association is a one-stop-shop for newcomer services in Northwestern Ontario, providing settlement, language training, mentoring, youth programs and interpretation/translation.
True North Food Co-op True North is a non-profit, community-based co-operative in Thunder Bay aimed at building community resilience in Northern Ontario through a stronger localized economy.
Walkability Thunder Bay The Thunder Bay District Health Unit will highlight the efforts of our local Walkability Committee, which promotes Active Transportation by raising awareness of the benefits of a walkable community and advocates for policies and infrastructure needed for our city to become more pedestrian friendly. We plan to hand out a “Rate Our Streets” (for walkability) surveys at our display, for a chance to win an iPod Nano to be drawn at the end of June.
Walleye Display
Willow Springs Willow Springs Creative Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing accessible art, gardening and food programming to organizations, institutions, schools and the general public. Programming is delivered to urban locations as well as at the centre located in Lappe. Information and a children’s activity.



Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP), together with Ontario Nature, Earthwise and Environment North, among others, are holding a Mother Earth Day Fair, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Baggage Building, Marina Park. The free fun family-friendly event is focused on “What can citizens do about environmental protection and social justice?” It will be CUSP’s going public event and an action-oriented day with activities that encourage everyone to do something within their abilities to make our community and world a better place. For further info, see the invitation below, and if you still have questions feel free to use our Contact form. We expect to have more details added here soon.


An Invitation

Saturday, April 20, 2012, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Baggage Building, Marina Park

Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP), together with Ontario Nature, Earthwise, Ecosuperior and Environment North, among others, invite you to join us for a free fun family-friendly day of celebration and raising awareness. This will be CUSP’s “going public” event and we can think of no better way to launch our organization than sharing a day with community people and organizations committed to similar goals.

CUSP is a Thunder Bay-based coalition of concerned citizens, committed to engaged communities, a healthy environment, social and ecological justice, Indigenous rights, and a participatory democracy. You can find out more about CUSP checking the website,

As noted above, our theme is: “What can citizens do about environmental protection and social justice?” We see an action-oriented day with activities that encourage everyone to do something within their abilities to make our community and world a better place.

We will be setting up a Speaker’s Corner. Speakers will be given a maximum of 10 minutes to share stories about successful actions for social or environmental change that they have been involved in, focusing on lessons learned.

The day will end, between 4-5 p.m., with a “Debaters”-style event addressing climate change.