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Critics weigh in on federal budget cash for home retrofits

National Observer / Natasha Bulowski / 21 April 2021

The federal budget’s plan to retrofit residential buildings falls short of what is needed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create well-paying jobs, experts say.

The budget, announced Monday, includes a $4.4-billion investment over five years to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings with projects like replacing oil furnaces or low-efficiency systems, fixing drafty windows and doors, installing solar panels or upgrading wall insulation. But experts estimate the actual cost of retrofitting Canada’s residential buildings is more than 14 times that amount.

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Sustainable North Grenville: Where We Started

North Grenville Times / 14 April 2021

In honour of Earth Day, and in lieu of the cancelled Sustainability Fair (we miss it too!), Sustainable North Grenville is releasing a series of articles, beginning today with ‘Where We Started’, a pocket history introduction. Next week look for ‘Where We Are Now?’, complete with our ‘State of NG’ community report card. The following week we finish with ‘Where to Next?’, mapping next steps to ensure a more sustainable future for North Grenville.

Sustainable North Grenville (or ‘SNG’) is your local citizen action group whose goals are to promote all things ‘Sustainable’ in the context of three values:

Our Community: To strengthen the resilience of our community at large – culturally and socially – by a number of measures, including better communication (‘knowing our neighbours’) and, of course, by having fun together!

The Environment: To raise awareness of environmental issues in our community with a mix of education and action.

Local Economy: To support and promote the principles of sustainable community economic development – living and breathing the ‘buy local’ philosophy.

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Local Food Access Network proposing food forest for Gananoque

The Kingston Whig / Lorraine Payette / 12 April 2021

“There are so many positive spin‐offs from a project like this when it comes to community development. It has the potential to attract community members to get involved with groups like Trees and Trails and the Horticultural Society who I understand would be delighted to have some younger members with a little extra strength and energy to offer. It would also offer great volunteer opportunities to students, seniors and families. It would be a fabulous educational resource and a beautiful location for community events. More importantly though, it would be a guaranteed affordable access point for safe and nutritious food. There has never been a time when our community needs it more. In short, the project would help fulfill our town’s Environment and Infrastructure Initiative while at the same time would help to fulfill the vision of our network.”

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How grassroots schemes across UK are tackling climate crisis

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor / 10 March 2021

Communities across the UK are tackling the climate crisis with hundreds of local schemes ranging from neighbourhood heating to food co-ops, community land ownership projects and flood defences, according to a report.

A study from the IPPR thinktank found that community projects, often set up with the primary aim of reducing poverty and improving people’s day-to-day lives, were also reducing emissions and restoring nature.

Luke Murphy, the lead author of the report, said: “Under the radar there are already flourishing and transformative community initiatives to pool resources and create shared low-carbon energy, housing and natural assets … These groups have shown that they can increase community wealth and create thriving places while addressing the climate crisis.”

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Demand still hot for local farm boxes, say growers

CBC News / Giacomo Panico / 10 March 2021

Local growers say they’re anticipating even more demand for their products this season, as the pandemic continues to influence people’s buying and eating habits.

Mel Foster, co-owner of Foster Family Farm in the rural Ottawa community of North Gower, said people are already eager to pre-order his produce.

“We started getting calls for our 2021 season right after our 2020 season ended,” said Foster.

Like many small farms, Foster Family Farm sells community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, which gives customers a weekly or bi-weekly shipment of freshly-picked produce.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ TB Local Food Directory: CSAs ]

‘Hot Money’: a dire warning on climate change, financial system

NBC News / 2 March 2021

Scientists are raising the alarm about the worsening impact of climate change, and a new documentary, “Hot Money,” is issuing a dire warning on the ripple effect that climate change could have on the financial system.

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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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