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ONEIG - Winter Newsletter - March 2024

ONEIG Webinar: Patterns of Caring Among Planetary Health Nurses

Picture of a stream in the winter with trees

Nurses participating in environmental interest groups should be supported, valued, and championed for their unique contribution to practices promoting and sustaining planetary health.

Join us on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. for an online presentation and discussion of nursing research that celebrates the work of nurses for planetary health. 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85924149721?pwd=NHAvcWphcUNSWFlSU3dwbHMwNVZjZ…

Meeting ID: 859 2414 9721
Passcode: 284099

ONEIG Quarterly Meeting Flyer: March 22nd from 730-9pm

Join us for our Quarterly Meeting!

Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group

Join us for an opportunity to share your vision for ONEIG with the launch of our new member survey, get updates from the ONEIG executive, speak about the issues on your mind, and ground yourself with a shared mindfulness exercise led by our co-chair, Josalyn Radcliffe.  REGISTER NOW!

And while you're here: ONEIG and RNAO has been working with CAPE-ON on the campaign 'Fossil Fuel Ads Make Us Sick', the campaign just launched a new action to speak out against the sponsorship of Winterlude by Enbridge, the natural gas company. Read more and support the campaign here! 

We also have a NEW initiative to bring our collective voices together ahead of Earth Day 2023. 

Check out this video by our student liaison Emma and connect with us via email oneigrnao@gmail.com or social media to add your voice! 

Thank you to all of you for your support! We hope to see you on the 22nd (drop-in for as much time as you have)! 

In solidarity,

Your ONEIG executive 

This post has attached images. Access them from the full post link below.

See the full post in the following link: https://chapters-igs.rnao.ca/interestgroup/36/email/3350.

Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group

Join us on March 27th from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm for a presentation on Understanding the Current State of Nursing, the Environment, and Legislation.

Through the lens of the Social Determinants of Health, nurses are aware that the quality of the environment in which we live, work and play has an effect on human health. 

Nurses may be concerned about the impact that changes to the built or natural environment around them may have on human health.

We wish to address concerns that may be impacting Ontario’s nurses related to recent legislation – the most pressing issue being the passing of Bill 23 by the Provincial government. 

Nurses may have questions about the impact on conservation land/wetlands/Greenbelt, about impacts on addressing housing needs, and the potential impact of these and other factors on human health. 

This event features speakers with topic experts/expertise, who come from diverse backgrounds. An interesting feature is that we have a subject matter expert with a background in nursing and environmental issues, as well as a subject matter expert with a background working with a Conservation Authority and now a National Greening Program. As environmental issues are holistic and multi-faceted, we see this diversity as a benefit.

This event will empower nurses by providing a better understanding of ways in which environments, built and natural, have an impact on health. We are also wishing to give nurses tools (language and practical knowledge) to engage with politicians and stakeholders, related to Bill 23 and any other environmental issues impacting health.

Josalyn Radcliffe (BScN, PhD Candidate at University of Waterloo)

Randall VanWagner (Head of National Greening Program, Tree Canada)


See the full post in the following link: https://chapters-igs.rnao.ca/interestgroup/13/email/3366.

Please do not reply to this email. Contact the interest group executive using the following link: Contact Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group.

The Intersection of the Climate Crisis and Anxiety. January 22, 2023 at 5pm with Dr. Adler Nevo, medical student Max Silverman, and RN Natania Abebe. Compassionately Gili, Max, and Natania will illuminate the darkness of criss-crossing climate change and anxiety.
The Intersection of the Climate Crisis and Anxiety

REGISTER NOW: https://www.beby.org/event/january22

On January 22nd at 5pm, ONEIG will be collaborating to host a webinar on eco-anxiety and eco-grief.

This session will be lead by Dr. Gili Adler Nevo (Head of Child & Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at Michael Garron Hospital), medical student Max Silverman engaged in Global Health, and RN Natania Abebe, UBC grad student completing a dual master's degree in Public Health and Nursing who recently completed a film on climate change and mental health.  

Reach out to oneigrnao@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions for future events (and if you'd like to be a part of planning a campaign or event!). 


Please join us for ONEIG’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 28th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM! We will be introducing you to our executive team, welcoming new members, reviewing our initiatives and accomplishments this past year, discussing future plans, and featuring talks from two guest speakers: Kerrie Pickering and Katie North!

Katie North is a Registered Nurse with a myriad of experience in frontline healthcare and education. She is currently completing her doctoral research focused on sustainability and waste in healthcare settings. 
Kerrie Pickering is past President of ONEIG and a research associate at the University of the Sunshine Coast whose research has focused on health, food, and social-ecological change. 
We look forward to hearing about their research and the ways that they have applied their passion for addressing ecological determinants of health as nurses and hope you can join us!

We will also be raffling off prizes featuring eco-friendly products! Details for how to enter will be provided during the meeting. Hope to see you there! 

Register NOW!

Everything you will need for the AGM is below- including documents we will review/approve and our tentative agenda. It's going to be a great night and hope you can join!

Tentative Agenda – Wednesday, September 28, 2022


1.     Welcome and Land Acknowledgment


2.     Minute-taker; Recording begins

3.     Introductions of Executive

4.     Approval of Quarterly Meeting Minutes June 2022

5.     Approval of AGM minutes from September 2021

6.     Treasurer's report

7.     ONEIG 2021-2022 Members Voices and Membership Numbers

8.     Communications and Social Media updates

9.     Interest group elections/appointments: Co-chair (Rob), Social media exec (Cleo), Membership (Samson)

10.  Proposed bylaw changes (see below)

11.  Review of ONEIG Resolutions

12.  Upcoming ONEIG Events and Work

13.  Date of next meeting

14.  BREAK

15. Speakers

16.  Raffle and acknowledgments


Key documents for the 2022 AGM:


Quarterly Meeting Minutes June 2022

AGM 2021 minutes


Proposed Change to ONEIG Bylaws: 


Proposed change to Article 7, Item 1 :"Chair - Communicate with the RNAO Home Office contact. The Chair shall supervise the business and affairs of the ONEIG and represent ONEIG during his/her/their term in office. The Chair shall be a member ex-officio of all committees and perform all duties incidental to the office. The Chair shall be the ONEIG’s representative to the RNAO Home Office. Leadership in building a strong EC is required. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of ONEIG and perform other duties as assigned by the EC."


to read instead (Changes in italics)


"1.                  Chair/Co-chairs  - This role may be filled by one individual or shared between two co-chairs. Communicate with the RNAO Home Office contact. The Chair/co-chairs shall supervise the business and affairs of the ONEIG and represent ONEIG during his/her/their term in office. The Chair/co-chairs shall be a member ex-officio of all committees and perform all duties incidental to the office. The Chair/co-chairs shall be the ONEIG’s representative to the RNAO Home Office. Leadership in building a strong EC is required. The Chair/co-chairs shall preside at all meetings of ONEIG and perform other duties as assigned by the EC. Should all attempts to reach a consensus fail, the chair (or co-chairs) will have one vote in decision-making. Should co-chairs disagree regarding the vote, the most senior (2nd year of term) will have the deciding vote. 


As well as all instances within the bylaws to change from 'Chair' to 'Chair/co-chairs'


Gardening with Kitchen Scraps Skillshare

Cartoon Infographic of vegetables and plants. Title: ONEIG workshop: Gardening with Kitchen Scraps. Text surrounding title: Regrowing vegetables, manures, germination tips and tricks, reusing containers. April 6th at 7pm using the link from your member email.
Gardening with Kitchen Scraps Skillshare

Spring is around the corner (warm sunny days are coming!) and it's time to start thinking about our gardens. 

Please join ONEIG via Zoom on Wednesday, April 6 from 7-8:00 p.m. for our skillshare on growing your own food with kitchen scraps and items you can repurpose from your home. 

The first 45 minutes will be informative with educational information and step-by-step directions on how to start your own garden at home. The last 15 minutes are available for questions and discussion.

To be prepared to start your garden with us in real time, gather the following items from your home:

  • From seeds: seeds, soil, a container such as strawberry container and a marker;
  • OR regrow: root end of a vegetable, a cup, skewers, and water

Register NOW!

We look forward to having you join us!

Your ONEIG team 

P.S. We know that you all have amazing skills that are valuable to share! Please consider coordinating a skillshare with an eco-focus with ONEIG- email us at oneigrnao@gmail.com


Hilda Swirsky, ONEIG leadership member extraordinaire is helping to coordinate yet another thought- provoking webinar in collaboration with the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synaogue and Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment. 

Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak and Canadian Bioethicist Kerry Bowman will speak to the role of leadership as it intersects with pandemic conditions and the state of planetary health, including individual and collective ethical actions to respond to challenges such as decreasing our greenhouse gas emissions. This promises to be a lively and enlightening discussion. Register here on the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synaogue website. 

Sept 22: Intro to Enviromental Health Webinar

Poster for Sept 22 Webinar