Press release

More Than Just Crowd Stories: How the Heck do We Cover the Montreal Climate Change Talks in November?

October 24, 2005

Ryerson journalism school plays host to seminar for reporters for upcoming climate change conference.

  • What
    A two-hour professional development seminar aimed at editors, reporters, producers and columnists. Stories to watch for, key personalities, side deals, sticking points. Handouts, background, hot tips, loads of story ideas.

  • Who
    Canada's Kyoto expert John Drexhage of the IISD and international award-winning science journalist and author Alanna Mitchell.

  • Why
    This is the biggest world climate conference the world has seen since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997; up to 10,000 participants are expected. It's the first to be held in North America and Canada is the lead country on this for the coming year. It's the one that will tell the tale of whether the world will set tougher targets for carbon reduction. It's the first since Kyoto came into force nine months ago, making carbon a commodity on emerging world markets. It's the first that the business community will attend in force.

  • Where
    Room ENGLG 13, Centre for Computing and Engineering, Ryerson University, 245 Church St. (north of Dundas), Toronto

  • When
    9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, November 14, 2005

  • Cost
    $50 each for working journalists, free for students. Pay at the door or ask IISD to send an invoice. Sign up soon. Space is limited.

  • Organizers
    Ryerson School of Journalism, Toronto and the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a leading international institute whose mandate is to foster non-partisan public discussion about the economic implications of sustainable development.

  • Background
    The climate change talks run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2005 at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal. More information on

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.