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Organics first step to zero waste

Green Communities Canada / GCNews / November 2017

The first step in achieving Ontario’s ambitious goal of zero waste is to get food waste and organics out of landfill. So says a new report from the the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

“It’s true,” says Laurie Westaway, former of the Green Communities Foundation. “Recycling alone will not answer or solve waste issues,” says Westaway, who works as a waste management consultant.

“What I find fascinating is that we require so much packaging to ‘protect’ our health,” she says. “Then we create health and environmental concerns with disposing of the packaging.”

“We are killing ourselves by attempting to protect ourselves.”

[ FULL ECO REPORT ]

Floodplain Mapping Update proposed

City of Brockville / 10 November 2017

Project Description

Review and update floodplain mapping for Buell’s and Butler’s Creeks.

Project Rationale

The City’s creek systems react relatively quickly to rainfall and snowmelt events. There are several areas where homes and businesses are close enough to the creeks to be potentially vulnerable during flooding events. Applying improved mapping technology to a larger database of creek flow records, and taking into consideration recent developments will result in greater accuracy in comparison to the 1997 floodplain mapping. The project would be jointly funded by the City, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and Public Safety Canada (conditionally approved through the National Disaster Mitigation Program)

[ PROPOSED 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OPERATIONS ]

Is climate change making you sick?

CBC News / 02 November 2017

Dr. Courtney Howard discusses her new report on how climate change is affecting Canadians’ physical and mental health.

Township buys Kemptville College for sustainability hub

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 08 November 2017

North Grenville has reached a deal to buy the former Kemptville College campus from the provincial government. The agreement in principle announced Wednesday would see the municipality assume ownership of most of the 633-acre campus with more than 50 buildings to transform it into an “education and community hub.”

“The is great news,” said North Grenville Mayor Dave Gordon. “For starters it brings back North Grenville College to the residents of North Grenville. It gives us the opportunity to create an economic hub for the North Grenville area.”

Brian Carre, chief executive officer of North Grenville, said the municipality will own the land and the buildings but a not-for-profit group will run the hub.

Carre said the hub will focus on such green initiatives as climate-change adaptation, low carbon studies and agriculture resiliency. […] As an example, Carre cited an agency that works with post-traumatic stress disorder patients through gardening therapy. The gardening program would dovetail well with the hub’s environmental focus.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Local grocery starting up: By the Seasons

Transition Brockville / 02 November 2017

A new Health Food Store comes to Brockville: By the Seasons. Its focus is on providing FRESH, LOCAL and SUSTAINABLE produce and products.

Just starting up this fall, there is not yet a storefront. However, this announcement was made yesterday:

I am sending out a message to everyone as a way to say hello! And give you an update on the store.

If you can spare some good vibes, today is the day I present the business plan for the store in front of the Starter Company Panel, in the hopes of receiving a $5,000 grant to help get things started, (sooner rather than later).

The plan is to send you all a produce and price list within the month and get your first orders in! In the next few months I hope to have a large produce list to choose from so that you can do all of your shopping in one place, but it may take some time to get the inventory list up there.

If you know of anyone else who would like to be added to this list, please do tell them to message me (sara@bytheseasons.ca). The grant money will be going toward building a great online site where you can easily do your groceries, pay, and choose delivery/pick up time, so in the future, any new interests will be able to find all the info they need there, including my number if they would like to call me.

If the internet does scare anyone, I am happy to e-mail you the list or speak with you over the phone as we get things up and going.

Thanks for being here and being excited, it’s the main reason I’m here!

Warm winters, scorching summers: New maps project impact

National Post / Sharon Kirkey / 26 October 2017

Is this the end of the Great Canadian winter?

A new report says that even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, all of Canada is projected to get warmer by the end of the century, while the number of 30 C plus days per year are predicted to “explode” under the current global warming trajectory.

The report by climatologists at the University of Winnipeg-based Prairie Climate Centre looks at how temperature and precipitation are likely to change under two hypothetical warming scenarios: a “low-carbon” one that assumes emissions will slow, and a high-carbon scenario that assumes the opposite — “that humanity will continue to emit more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere well into the future.”

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

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