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DEAC hosting online information webinars during May

COURTNEY McCLURE, for The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: The Durham Environmental Advisory Committee (DEAC) is hosting multiple webinars throughout the month of May.

“We are pleased with the positive response so far,” said Aneesah Luqman, from DEAC, regarding the webinars.

This is DEAC’s first year hosting online webinars for public consumption. Jay Cuthbertson created the idea of these webinars, one of DEAC’s vice-chairs, after the team at DEAC watched a presentation by UOIT Seed Library. The presentation was about the challenges the university’s seed library has faced because of the pandemic.

According to Aneesah Luqman, the Regional Staff Liaison to DEAC, the pandemic has affected the local bee pollinator distribution project. The Environmental Awards are also impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Although the pandemic continues to challenge us all in many ways, it has driven many of us to expand our IT capabilities and take up activities like gardening,” said Ms. Luqman.

The webinars organized by DEAC cover a wide range of topics. The topics all have to do with the environment. They cover things like gardening strategies around homes and learning about local climate change projects.

There is one remaining session left in May, scheduled for May 18th. There are five sessions in total.

The webinar on May 11th is about ‘Creative Plant Strategies.’ The webinar on May 18th is about ‘embracing life during a climate crisis.’

There are a number of speakers who have hosted DEAC’s past and present webinars, all experts within their fields.

According to Ms. Luqman, each webinar is hosted by someone different, depending on the topic criteria. The name of the host for each topic is listed on the Eventbrite page of their online website.

Each webinar session is produced and moderated by Durham Regional staff members, hosted using Microsoft Teams.

Members of the community can sign up online for the upcoming webinars using this link: https://

Everyone who is registered will receive a viewing link before the beginning of the webinar. The link will work via a web browser or on the Microsoft Teams’ app, so there’s no software download required.

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