As life becomes more complicated and demanding, Nova Scotianshave more appreciation for those special places where they canenjoy life’s simpler pleasures. Those special wild places are also the focus — and the theme –of National Wildlife Week, April 10 to 16. “We are so lucky to have a province that offers something foreveryone,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources.”We have beaches, forests, wetlands and savannah. People cancamp, hike, picnic, swim or just perch on a hill and enjoy theview…there is something for everyone.” During the week, the Department of Natural Resources issponsoring a wildlife scavenger hunt on the Internet. Studentsfrom grades primary to six are invited to visit the departmentwebsite to explore the habitats and discover native wildlife.Participating classes can enter a draw to win one of thefollowing prizes: First prize — Members of the winning class will have theopportunity to visit a provincial park and discover the residentwildlife for themselves. Each student in the class (maximum of30) will choose between a family pass for a day at theShubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park or a one-night stay at anyprovincial park campground. Second prize — This winning class will be awarded a set of fourprovincial park posters for the class. Third prize — The winning class will receive a copy of DiscoverNova Scotia Wildlife Viewing Sites by Julie Towers and AnneCamozzi, and of 120 Common Inland Birds by Jeffrey C. Domm. The Department of Natural Resources has circulated more than1,000 teachers’ kits from the national program to all schools,libraries and individuals. National Wildlife Week is sponsored by the Canadian WildlifeFederation, a non-profit, non-government organization. The eventtakes place each year around April 10, which was the birthdate ofJack Miner, a pioneer in Canada’s conservation movement. The weekwas proclaimed in 1947 by Parliament to celebrate Canada’snatural heritage. More information is available on the Department of NaturalResources’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nww . The Department of Environment and Labour is also sponsoring aspecial photo contest for National Wildlife Week. Details areavailable at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .
In a statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the decision would be formally confirmed during the visit of Han Seung-soo, the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to the agency in Geneva. The theme of the 2002 WHO tobacco control campaign is “Tobacco-Free Sports.” In that context, the health organization is working with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the World Cup organizing committees in making the World Cup a complete tobacco-free event. The World Cup will be co-hosted by the Republic of Korea and Japan. “The eventual aim is to make all football matches everywhere tobacco-free events: free from tobacco sales, consumption, promotion and sponsorship,” the WHO statement said. This first ever tobacco-free World Cup will join the many other tobacco-free sports events supported by WHO. The 2002 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City will also be tobacco-free, a policy that WHO helped craft along with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).