Club of Rome, Dinner at Nate’s and Politics must be Ottawa

CACOR cordially invites you to a Dinner Meeting

Topic: Capital to Capitol: From citizen advocacy to the highest political echelons, for healthy waterways.

Speakers: Max Finklestein, Dot Bonnenfant  and  Clive Doucet

Date: Tuesday December 11th 2012

Time: 5:30-8 PM

Place: Nate’s 1545 Merivale Road, Ottawa

Cost:  $20 general admission.

Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail on or before Monday December 10th.  By replying to this e-mail,

About the presentation:

In September and October 2012, a group of people paddled in a Voyageur canoe 1800 km advocate for clean and healthy river systems. Twenty five canoeists participated, five of which made the whole journey. Along the way there were many adventures. You are invited to learn more about the trip, its very important purpose, what we learned, and meet many of the participants.

About the Speakers

Max Finklestein is a well-known, tireless advocate of rivers, wild places, and historical water routes. . His life-long travels have taken him by paddle across continents and into the remaining wilderness areas of the globe.  The author of “Canoeing a Continent” and the co-author of “ Paddling the Boreal Forest – Rediscovering A.P. Low”, two acclaimed books, he is the recently retired Communications Officer of Canadian Heritage Rivers System, a Canadian government agency for the preservation of rivers in Canada.

 Dot Bonnenfant

Dot has been canoeing since before she was born, her family went canoe camping throughout her childhood. When not working at the University of Ottawa – most of the time you can find Dot in a canoe. She is a Paddle Canada (nationally certified) canoeing instructor for White water and Flat water, having taught canoeing for the Y Canoe Camping Club (now the RA Canoe Camping Club) since 1990. Her wilderness canoe trips include the nearby wilds of Ontario and Quebec as well as  the ‘north’ – Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik. Dot has done numerous ‘long distance’ canoe trips (e.g. Georgian Bay home to Ottawa -solo; The Pas upstream for 2 weeks to the Churchill River and downstream to Sandy Bay SK; Whitehorse to Dawson, Pingualuit Crater to Puvirnituq on Hudson’s Bay)
Dot is also a ‘paddle artist’ with her home business: Heritage Paddle Designs. She has done over 400 commissions in the past 20 years. Recipients include Grandfather William Commanda, Max Finkelstein (!) :-), Pierre Trudeau, Bill Ried… and her grand daughters!

Clive Doucet is a Canadian writer and politician. Doucet was born in 1946 in London, England. He was a Ottawa city councillor for 12 years. In 2010 Councillor Doucet won the Ottawa Consumers Choice Award for man of the year and in 2004 he received the Canadian Eco-Councillor of the Year award. His book Urban Meltdown:Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual is used in universities across North America.  Urban Meltdown was endorsed by former Toronto Mayor David Miller, the late Jane Jacobs, James Howard Kunstler and others.

Clive has written plays, novels, poetry and many commentary pieces for newspapers and magazines.  Three of his most successful books are “Notes from Exile” chosen by McClelland and Stewart as one of their 100 best books to celebrate their first 100 years of publishing; “My Grandfather’s Cape Breton” selected by the New Brunswick Board of Education for the provinces school system and “Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual” short listed for the Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for political writing.


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