“Nature knows Best,” says Cate Shanahan, M.D. “Just eat the way people used to eat….” For their book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, she and her partner Luke researched early American cookbooks and worldwide cultures with intact cuisines. They came up with four ways people who live off the land eat, no matter where they live.
On January 1, 2017, Ontario begins a cap and trade program as part of changes intended to lower levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the province.
As part of the program, there will be costs related to the GHG emissions from natural gas used in homes and businesses.
The government has indicated that it will use money generated from the sale of GHG allowances to pay for environmental initiatives that reduce GHGs, such as energy efficiency retrofits which help reduce energy use. Watch the Ontario Government video to learn more.
We support the goal of reducing GHG emissions to combat climate change and believe that both natural gas, and Enbridge, can play an important role in helping to reduce overall emissions in Ontario.
As your natural gas distributor, the government requires us to acquire GHG allowances to cover the emissions for the natural gas consumed by our residential and business customers starting in January 2017. The cost to you will depend on how much natural gas you use.
Get a real tree this holiday season. Buy it or cut it yourself at a tree farm. Either way, you will be helping the environment.
Surprised? Most people think it’s bad to cut a live holiday tree. Instead, they buy an artificial tree made of plastic or other synthetic material. Because they reuse this artificial tree year after year, they think they are saving real trees.
But not so. Farmers grow trees especially for the holidays. They plant huge tracts of land in beautiful noble pines, Douglas firs, blue spruce, and other favorites. It may take 8 to 12 years to grow a good sized tree. But during that time, the tree is taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It is cleaning the air and helping slow climate change. If people didn’t buy the cut trees, the farmers wouldn’t plant them.
Transition Brockville’s well-attended Annual General Meeting on November 27 at the Brockville Public Library was lively, positive and productive.
After everyone had enjoyed a lunch of homemade soup and chili, MC Izabela Waglay summarized Transition presentations in 2016. Other members of the steering committee briefly described Transition’s partnerships with the library for Seedy Saturday, with the city’s solid waste officer for Talking Trash, with Butler’s Creek Community Garden for Tasty Tours, and with Ontario Culture Days for a Transition display on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Next came an open discussion on what Transition Brockville’s goals for 2017 should be. Top of the list – seek partnerships with other groups and individuals in the community that share many of Transition’s goals for building community resilience. Thanks to Karen and Bill Carriere, of Transition Cornwall+, and Alan Medcalf, former chair of the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee, for their ideas on how to go about finding partners.
Based on your April 2016 Conversation about Food Matters community input we will be focusing on the following broad directions:
Support to our members and partners in their work to increase the population’s food literacy including food skills – both in the schools and in the community. This can include supporting existing initiatives, sharing information, and learning about the various models of community food hubs.
Advocating for and working towards a strong community garden network – defining community as it may be appropriate – municipal land, private land, at schools, community areas, communal living spaces, etc.
Doing what we can to advocate for and support our members and partners who work towards decreasing food insecurity through decreasing poverty.
To more clearly define our work for the next 12 months we need to know who is interested in being actively involved so we can be sure to take on only what we can realistically handle. If you, or a representative from your agency or group, or someone else you know would like be actively involved with the Food Matters Coalition Steering Committee, please let us know by January 13, 2017.
Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She believes strongly that sustainability is possible, assuming we can learn to cooperate, share and assess what really makes us happy, rather than staying bought in to the material excess culture we’ve been raised in.
The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.