NEW! CSLA President Robert Norman and Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Meet with Representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

In Ottawa, on February 24th, 2016, Robert Norman and Colleen Mercer Clarke met with Mr. Jon-Paul Jepp, the Senior Policy Advisor - Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada. According to Robert Norman, the meeting was "a wonderful and rare opportunity to provide context on our profession and how we as landscape architects can contribute to the climate change discussion at a federal level."

Jon-Paul Jepp thanked the CSLA "for a very informative session on the role that landscapes can play in both mitigating the causes of climate change, and in building resilient communities that are robust to the effects of climate change."

Photo (L to R): Robert Norman, Colleen Mercer Clarke, Jon-Paul Jepp and Chris Moraes, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

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2015 Election Toolkit

A Word from Robert Norman, OALA, CSLA President

As part of the CSLA Annual Meeting in Mexico City this year, I suggested that we have an opportunity in the upcoming Federal Election in Canada, to ensure those candidates running for office are aware of the benefits which the profession of landscape architecture can provide to resolve environmental challenges.  There are national issues which should be at the forefront of those seeking public office.  That is, issues such as climate change, land use, built form, energy, sustainable communities and infrastructure, agriculture, low impact development of storm water, preserving land for source water storage or wildlife corridors, as well as mobility, are critical at this time.  I would encourage all CSLA members to use the opportunity of the election, to highlight to those candidates in your area, the topics of concern and how the profession of landscape architecture can assist in addressing these challenges.  For your reference, the CSLA has provided a link to climate change information which was highlighted in the May 2014 Congress in Ottawa.  Additional links are provided to national issues in Ottawa. The information can be presented to candidates in a positive manner and elaborate on how landscape architects can be part of the solution to address these challenges.  Thank you for your time and attention. Learn about CSLA's issues...

During the 2015 federal election campaign, the CSLA's members have an opportunity to raise awareness of issues in landscape architecture. This election toolkit is designed to help CSLA members advocate for better communities and engage candidates. The toolkit also contains useful links to help you find out quickly if you are registered to vote, your electoral district, the candidates in your district and the party platforms. The CSLA encourages its members to question candidates and to compare their positions on specific issues and educate them on important policy issues that may not be addressed otherwise. Here are six easy steps to make your voice heard.

STEP 1 – Contact your candidates

Contact the candidates in your riding. Ask them for their views on CSLA's issues. Tell them what issues matter to you and why. Tell them who you are: e.g. a constituent, a landscape architect, a member of the CSLA and a small business owner. Use this opportunity to build personal relationships with people running for office.

STEP 2 – Tweet to your candidates about the issues

STEP 3 – Meet your candidates

Set up a meeting with your candidates, either through your firm, a group of members or your component association. Discuss the issues and offer yourself as an expert to consult on these issues. Candidates want to know how a specific issue will affect their riding so use local or personal experiences to emphasize your points.
STEP 4 – Attend or organize a town hall meeting

Attend a town hall meeting and ask questions. Identify yourself as a constituent and a landscape architect. Put out a call to landscape architects and allied professions in your district, rent a hall and hold a forum or debate or round-table discussion.

STEP 5 – Tell the media

Send a letter to the editor of your newspaper or offer to write an op-ed article.

Election 101

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