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In A Changing Climate: Foreword

Greenbelt Foundation / Urvil Villaruel / 25 September 2018

The Greenbelt Foundation is launching a new series exploring how our daily lives are impacted by the changing climate, the role of the Greenbelt in helping us to adapt, and how residents can take climate action. Our CEO Edward McDonnell shares his reflections on the series below.

The Greenbelt is not an abstract ideal. It is a working landscape of over 4,800 farms and 47 towns and hamlets. It is home to a rich array of plants and animals. It is a destination for tourists to enjoy Ontario food, beer and wine. It is where millions of Ontarians go to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, swimming and canoeing. It is also critical to Ontario’s health and well-being, providing fresh air, flood protection and clean water, and fresh fruit and vegetables to millions of people.

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Blooming success for Brockville

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 10 October 2018

In July and August, [Communities in Bloom] volunteer judges [Doreen] Hill and Ron Dubyk travelled to Brockville to evaluate how city officials, local industry and businesses and the overall private sector, including volunteers, had fared in six criteria: Tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry and trails, landscape and floral displays.

Brockville got a five-bloom rating, and a special mention for heritage from Communities in Bloom Ontario.

“Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society,” the Communities in Bloom statement added.

“The quality of life in Brockville has been enhanced by the efforts of all its citizens,” Hill told council.

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Green Energy Doors Open & Ontario Energy Symposium

OSEA / Newsletter / 01 October 2018

Green Energy Doors Open happened all across on Ontario from Friday September 21st to Sunday the 23rd. Thank you to all the participants, hosts, partners and sponsors who made this year another success! Despite challenging weather events in some parts of the province, attendees still came out to discover and support renewable energy projects in their communities. Thanks to their dedication we are proving that renewable energy still matters in Ontario. Stay tuned for announcements and news on future events you can be a part of.

On Friday September 21st, OSEA also hosted a critically important symposium about sustainable energy in Ontario: Think Global – Act Local. Over fifty individuals, gathered in downtown Toronto at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre to hear about how OSEA is helping to guide the province into a greener future. The energy in the room was palpable as representatives for several organizations networked and heard from industry leaders. [ more… ]

Ontarians are paying for climate change. They deserve a plan

Clean Energy Canada / Fernando Melo / 26 September 2018

Ontarians awoke to a cold reality check Tuesday morning—in a province that’s literally heating up.

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe didn’t mince words in her 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report when she stated the size of the problem. The province is warming faster than the global average—Ontario is 1.5°C hotter than it was in 1948—with no clear plan in place to address the challenge.

This rapid warming can significantly increase the likeliness of extreme weather events, which plagued the province in 2018—and which in the first months of this year inflicted nearly $1 billion in insured damage and another $1 billion in uninsured damage.

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Brockville backs active transportation plan

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 26 September 2018

A change of heart by Mayor David Henderson means Brockville will get its active transportation plan after all.

City council on Tuesday voted down a recommendation by its finance, administration and operations committee – one Henderson supported last week at that committee meeting – which would have diverted money from the preparation of the plan to physical improvements on the Brock Trail.

The mayor said the fact the Brock Trail committee was itself supporting the active transportation plan contributed in part to his change of heart.

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Walking the rural way in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network / Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (LGL) District Health Unit, in partnership with active school travel stakeholders in Brockville, Smiths Falls and Mississippi Mills, was successful in receiving $100,000 over two years to pilot the “Walking the Rural Way” Project. This project will operationalize “community tailored” Walking School Bus (WSB) models, using trained adult leaders to walk with elementary school children, on established routes to school. Similar to a yellow school bus, a WSB has designated “bus stops” and “pick up times”, where children and families are encouraged to join. The project is supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada with funding from the Government of Ontario.

The following six schools are scheduled to participate in the first year of the “Walking the Rural Way” Project:

  • Westminster Public School (Brockville)
  • Commonwealth Public School (Brockville)
  • Chimo Elementary School (Smiths Falls)
  • Duncan J Schoular Public School (Smiths Falls)
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic School (Smiths Falls)
  • R. Tait McKenzie Public School (Mississippi Mills)

Brockville schools will be running the Walking School Bus on Walking Wednesdays, with Westminster school using a before and after school model, while Commonwealth will start with mornings only. Smiths Falls will be piloting a Monday to Friday model, mornings only. The Walking School Bus will run from October to November 2018, and start up again April to end of June, 2019.

For more information, visit http://healthunit.org/health-information/physical-activity-rest/active-school-travel/ or e-mail WalkingSchoolBus_LGL@healthunit.org

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The Transition Framework

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.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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