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Voluntary Simplicity, followed by a party

Transition Brockville / 11 April 2017

A vacation from our high-tech, high-pressure lives is always welcome. But what if we could make that freedom and contentment with life permanent, instead of returning to the rat race after a one- or two-week escape?

An alternative way of living, called Voluntary Simplicity – or sometimes the Simpler Way – will be discussed at the next Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

Chris Stesky, a member of the Transition Brockville steering committee, will introduce the concept, offer some insights from her experience, and invite the audience to share stories from their own journey toward a simpler life.

Following the discussion, everyone is invited to a celebrate Transition Brockville’s 10th anniversary. There will be a look back at the group’s history, appreciation of those who have contributed over the years, and a delicious cake and treats.

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Wanted! Tiny house manufacturers and owners

Beyond Events / 11 April 2017

Help us bring Ontario to the forefront of the Tiny House movement by exhibiting your tiny house at Ontario’s first (and finest) Tiny House Festival – [to be held in Perth and] following the example of Quebec’s successful “Festival Mini-Maisons.” Details follow.

The goal of the festival is to inspire and explore options to reduce the ecological footprint in the construction of homes. The festival provides an important opportunity to market products and services and promote businesses to an appreciative and informed audience.


Seedy Saturday is bigger and better than ever this year

Transition Brockville, Brockville Public Library

The Brockville Public Library and Transition Brockville will be hosting the 3rd annual Seedy Saturday free seed swap on Saturday, March 11, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Brockville Memorial Centre, 100 Magedoma Blvd.

Seed savers and garden lovers are invited to swap and share seeds, and meet and share experiences with local gardeners. Our Seedy Saturday will also feature free planting activities for kids, as well as a seed sprouting demonstration. This year Seedy Saturday is expanding to include special guest speakers on improving your soil (Dave Alguire, 10:30) and starting your own seeds indoors (Jeremy Dutton, 11:00), as well as displays by local food and garden vendors.

Everyone is welcome to attend and pick up free seeds.

If you would like to register and bring your own labeled vegetable and flower seeds to swap, or for more information about Seedy Saturday, please contact Brandy at the library, 613-342-3936 or, or Chris Stesky with Transition Brockville,

Speaker to introduce Brockville-based international centre

Transition Brockville / 17 February 2017

Dr. Ellie Bennett, an ecologist and teacher, will introduce the fledgling Brockville-based International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ICSRC) at the next Transition Brockville presentation, Sunday, February 26, 2-4 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

Bennett, who set up the education content of the Aquatarium’s exhibits and school programs, is program manager for the ICSRC, a proposed UNESCO designated facility, based in downtown Brockville, that will be integral to achieving the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program’s objectives related to biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development.

A physical and virtual hub for the EuroMAB Biosphere Reserve network, the Centre will be collecting best practices for sustainable development from around the world. It will link Indigenous and traditional knowledge from rural communities with modern science, and use this knowledge and these ways of knowing to educate and inspire people to work together to build thriving rural communities.

The Centre will coordinate citizen science activities aimed at monitoring biodiversity and the impacts of climate change, and provide training on sustainable development practices to municipal leaders, businesses and the general public.

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Webinar series: “Facing Climate Change”

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Join us for a two-part webinar series.

On February 8, 2017, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dr. Dianne Saxe, will deliver the first of two webinars on our recent Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Facing Climate Change.

The first webinar will discuss chapters 1 to 3: the science behind climate change and how Ontario contributes to climate change. It will focus on some important questions our report raises, including:

  • Why is climate change worse than most people think?
  • How is climate change affecting Ontario now? What’s ahead?
  • How much does Ontario contribute to climate change? What sectors are the biggest emitters?
  • Why must we act now?

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TB screens DiCaprio’s global warming documentary

Transition Brockville / 13 January 2017

Screening and discussion of Leonardo DiCaprio’s global warming documentary, Before the Flood, are the focus of the next presentation by Transition Brockville, Sunday, January 22, 2-4 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

Released the month before the U.S. federal election, the film follows Hollywood star DiCaprio, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, as he visits places around the world where global warming is having devastating effects, or where industrial activity on a massive scale leads to very high CO2 emissions.

Passionate about fighting climate change since he met Al Gore in 2000, DiCaprio interviews numerous people who support the need to reduce fossil fuels, as well as those whose goal is to continue producing them. Along the way, the viewer may reach conclusions on how to begin turning awareness of the problem into means of solving it.

Discussion of positive actions we can take as individuals and as a community will follow the film. Refreshments will be served. This presentation is free and open to the public; a free will donation to Transition Brockville, however, is always welcome.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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