Ste. Anne Ecology Day Saturday
Event dedicated to Oscar winning artist
OAn annual environmental awareness day being held Saturday in Ste. Anne-deBellevue will honour celebrated Canadian artist and filmmaker Frederic Back, who spoke at the town’s inaugural Ecology Day in 2004.
rganizers say the event aims to raise awareness about the local ecology and promote environmental protection through education.
The free conference that will be linked with the weekly Ste. Anne’s Farmer’s Market, will boast many family-friendly activities. Booths and conferences will be set up near the corner of Sainte-Anne and St-Pierre streets, while part of Rue Sainte-Anne between the entrance and the exit of Parc Lalonde will be closed. Organizers say a live bald eagle will be brought in for visitors to learn about and enjoy, and that the town will give away a rain barrel and five water economy kits.
Other events during the day will include: a talk about owls by the Ecomuseum (11 a.m.); Frédéric Back documentary, L’homme qui plantait des arbres (noon); presentation of cer t i f i c ate s to f a milie s t hat have welcomed new babie s in t he past year (1:30 p.m.).
Back,who died on Dec. 24, 2013, won two Academy Awards for his films Crac (1981) and The Man Who Planted Trees (1987). He was the guest of honour during t he f i r st ever Ecology Day. Ste. Anne town councillor Ryan Young says Back shared his knowledge a nd passion f or environmental awareness and action during a moving speech. A t ree will also be planted in Back’s honour during the event.
Ecology Day in Ste. Annede- Bel l ev ue wi l l t a ke pl ace Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.