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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?

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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

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Welcome to Climate Watch

TVO / 14 March 2016

StormCloudsWelcome to TVO.org’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.

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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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Our Warming World

rabble.ca

our warming world logoOur Warming World looks at the everyday ways environmental change is impacting Canadians. From the effects of global warming on tourism to aquatic osteoporosis in Canada’s lakes, this series looks at all the little ways in which we interact with our changing natural world.

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The rise of ‘buy me once’ shopping

The Telegram / Eleanor Tucker / 03 January 2016

buymeonce‘Every time I read something about the environment, I would get this guilty feeling that I wasn’t doing anything. I kept thinking, if people did buy things that were built to last it would have such a positive impact – both economically and environmentally.’

In the last 50 years or so, we’ve gone from investing in good quality products to the overconsumption of mass-produced goods. However, Tara is certainly not alone in longing for products that are either robust, or don’t have ‘planned obsolescence’, meaning they’re designed to become out-of-date within a known time period.

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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
TB Projects

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