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Green Initiatives

Green Initiatives

Community Involvement

GSNH promotes social involvement through community-based initiatives. We actively participate in and / or sponsor many charitable initiatives throughout the year. The range of initiatives offers our lawyers and staff meaningful opportunities for personal growth, while contributing to the improvement of our communities.

We also support our own unique charity, The Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship . Michael Hart, the late son of Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber’s Murray Hart, was a promising 2nd-year Masters student at McMaster University with a research quest into antibiotic resistance that had potential to alter science. And while cancer caused his untimely death, Michael Kamin Hart’s spirit at McMaster endures. A new endowed scholarship fund was established in 2011 to honour Michael.

In 2016, GSNH will be involved in these initiatives:

Lawyers Feed the Hungry

Lions Recycle for Sight

World Wildlife Fund

National Denim Day

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Canadian Blood Services

Tour for Life

Daily Bread Food Bank

Dress for Success

Second Harvest

Baycrest

 

Green Projects:

Paper Reduction: GSNH is not a paperless business, however, we are taking steps to reduce usage by distributing documents electronically, sending e-cards and e-invitations for holidays and event planning and distributing paystubs via epost.

Water conservation: All GSNH staff and lawyers use refillable water bottles and our clients are provided with glass and ceramic cups during office visits. GSNH’s washrooms are retrofitted with automatic sinks to significantly reduce our water consumption.

Recycling: GSNH recycles and reduces waste daily in our office environment, from paper, to cans & bottles and printer toner cartridges.

Technology: GSNH has battery recycle stations located in various locations of our offices, and have motion sensor lights installed in strategic areas to cut down on power consumption through empty/quiet office hours.

A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life. Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could.

The most basic operations – getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement – could become deadly.

Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you. Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman’s life.

It’s a future without antibiotics.[1]

The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) at McMaster University is a world-leading centre of transdisciplinary infectious disease research in the fields of virology, immunology, bacterial pathogenesis and population biology and epidemiology.

Michael Hart, the late son of Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber’s Murray Hart, was a promising 2nd-year Masters student at McMaster University pursuing research in the area of antibiotic resistance when he died from cancer. The Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate, a Masters and a PHD student who each demonstrate academic excellence and leadership – the same enthusiasm for science as Michael.

These students are passionate about discovering solutions to global antibiotic resistance – a situation the World Health Organization calls an international public health threat.

Thanks to your generosity, the scholarship has established itself as one of the Institute’s most prestigious awards. Your awareness of this threat and donation in support of these spirited, hard-working young scientists will greatly help to continue this critical research, advancing medical science for the betterment of humankind.

If you wish to make a donation to The Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship, please make your cheque payable to McMaster University and add ‘’The Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship’ on the memo line. Please mail your cheque to:

McMaster University

Attn: Janice St-Denis

Manager of Development

1280 Main Street West, HSC 2E46

Hamilton, Ontario  L8S 4K1

[1] BBC News, James Gallagher, Analysis: Antibiotic Apocalypse, November 2015

 

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Lawyers Feed the Hungry On March 17th a group of lawyers and staff sponsored and served breakfast at the Law Society of Upper Canada. The Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program provides more than 60,000 meals a year in major Canadian cities and is made possible through generous donations to The Law Society Foundation and the work of committed volunteers.

 

Lions Recycle for Sight Collect donated eyeglasses to help Lions initiatives. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

 

World Wildlife Fund On April 22nd, GSNH will sell herbs and potted pansies with all proceeds going to the WWF.

 

 

 

National Denim Day This event is held annually on the Tuesday following Mother’s Day (2016 – May 10th). Businesses, organizations and institutions across Canada are encouraged to allow employees, members and/or students to wear denim and receive CURE’s ‘pink flower’ ribbon in exchange for a suggested $5 donation.

 

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer On the weekend of June 11th and 12th Ernest Gutstein and Howard Sloan will join team Suck it Up in a ride of over 200 kilometres to raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Howard and Ernie hope to raise over $10,000 in support of the cause.

 

Canadian Blood Services Law Challenge Every year, lawyers in Toronto are challenged to donate in groups throughout the month of July. GSNH is committed to making a contribution this July. Anybody can give blood – you’re somebody’s type. Donating blood saves lives.

 

Tour for Life Walter Traub has hosted the Tour for Life, a 130 km ride from Toronto to the shores of Georgian Bay in Thornbury Ontario for many years, and the event continues to grow in support of a variety of local charities including Hospital for Sick Children; Toronto General Hospital; Princess Margaret Hospital; Collingwood General & Marine Hospital; Bridgepoint Health Center, Cancer Society; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Kid’s Cancer Ride; and Baycrest Foundation.

 

Daily Bread Food Bank Firm-wide Thanksgiving appeal in September / October.

 

Dress for Success Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. In November, GSNH will be collecting professional business attire from our lawyers and staff to provide women in Toronto a step up to successful employment.

 

Second Harvest Adopt a Family for the Christmas holiday.

 

Baycrest Donation made to Baycrest Health Sciences – a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging.