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What is a Transition Initiative?

Transition Network

transition2_logoIt’s a place where there’s a community-led process that helps that town/village/city/neighbourhood become stronger and happier.

It’s happening in well over a thousand highly diverse communities across the world – from towns in Australia to neighbourhoods in Portugal, from cities in Brazil to rural communities in Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada. Many of these initiatives are registered on the Transition Network website.

These communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

Really, it’s the opposite of us sitting in our armchairs complaining about what’s wrong, and instead, it’s about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours and fellow townsfolk. And people tell us that as a result of being involved in their local “transition initiative”, they’re happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.


How close are you to oil trains and a derailment disaster?

Oil Train Blast Zone


How Canada Post can be the hub of our Next Economy

Delivering Community Power

Delivering Community Power - coverImagine:

  • A renewable-powered postal fleet that connects farms to dinner tables
  • Door to door mail carriers expanding their role in strengthening social fabric
  • Post offices as hubs for green innovation, connecting local businesses and customers
  • Postal banking, providing small towns and low-income communities with financial services
  • Canada Post’s public-interest finance fuels the green energy transition

What if our cherished national institution, with its vast physical infrastructure and millions of daily human interactions, could offer us something completely different? What if the post office could play a central role in building our next economy — an economy that is more stable, more equal, and less polluting?

We’re thinking big. Will you join us?


Sustainable Building Essentials Series

New Society Publishers

1-Sustainable-Series-BannerThe Sustainable Building Essentials Series covers the full range of natural and green building techniques with a focus on sustainable materials and methods and code compliance. Firmly rooted in sound building science and drawing on decades of experience, these large-format, highly-illustrated manuals deliver comprehensive, practical guidance from leading experts using a well-organized step-by-step approach. Whether your interest is foundations, walls, insulation, mechanical systems or final finishes, these unique books present the essential information on each topic including:

  • Material specifications, testing and building code references
  • Plan drawings for all common applications
  • Tool lists and complete installation instructions
  • Finishing, maintenance and renovation techniques
  • Budgeting and labor estimates
  • Additional resources


Welcome to Climate Watch

TVO / 14 March 2016

StormCloudsWelcome to’s hub for coverage of our changing climate and the way people, governments and businesses in Ontario are responding to it. We’re interested in how the climate changes are affecting people in Ontario — the human impact of warmer weather and more frequent storms.

Animal migrations are being disrupted in the north, while the varieties of grapes being grown in Niagara region are changing with the weather. People living on the shores of Lake Erie have to contend with an annual algae bloom threatening their water supply.

Winters are shorter and growing seasons longer, the province’s vast natural resources are under pressure and critical infrastructure is being stressed by frequent extreme weather. Most of all, we’re concerned about how the changing climate affects Ontarians today.

We will look at both sides of the coin — how Ontarians are adapting to the changed climate and how they’re fighting to slow the change. We will report on progress made towards Ontario’s goal of reaching 80 per cent of 1990-level emissions by 2050 and cover the province’s contributions towards global efforts to combat climate change.


Start your own sweet potato slips

Food Skills for Self Sufficiency

started-sweet-potatoStarting your own sweet potato slips is easy, and it’s an interesting process to watch. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to start her own sweet potato vines using a potato left over from the previous year’s crop. I don’t know how many years she maintained the same line of plants, but I know she did it every year that I can remember, and her sweet potatoes always tasted extra good to me because I knew where they came from.

It takes about 6 weeks to get sweet potato slips that are ready to be planted, so plan back accordingly from planting time in your area. It may take 6 weeks, but your time and effort is very minimal, and the results are well worth waiting for.


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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)
TB Projects

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