Newsletter 083, 21 October 2013

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 TOP STORY

Concerned by Enbridge Line 9 plan

Gananoque Reporter / Wayne Lowrie / 03 September 2013
In a submission to the National Energy Board, Emily Conger, president of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative, says the area of Ontario from Belleville to Cornwall is “uniquely fragile” and merits special protection from spills in the form of higher safety standards and faster emergency response time.

Conger of Lansdowne said the 38-year-old pipeline now crosses “our entire region – every river and every creek in our region” – and our [water] tables and wells are particularly vulnerable to a spill because of the geological formations in this area.

“The water table in most of the A2A region is particularly fragile, so that damage to it can be quick and long lasting,” she says in her submission to the NEB. “The soils in the A2A region tend to be shallow with bedrock close to the surface. This means that an oil spill may travel quickly and easily penetrate through bedrock, thereby fouling the groundwater and endangering humans and wildlife.” The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, which owns three areas crossed by the pipeline including the Marble Rock area and Eden Grove Forest near Gananoque and Mac Johnson Wildlife area at Brockville, underlines the A2A’s concerns about water.

[ Ms. Conger is guest speaker at the next TB/BPL Presentation ]


 TRANSITION BROCKVILLE
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Call for Steering Committee Members

Would you like to delve more deeply into global warming and peak oil issues on a regular basis? To make a tangible contribution to our community's resilience, rather than just ignoring or worrying? Join our Steering Committee and dedicate a few hours a month helping to guide our work. Contact us at transitionbrockville@gmail.com.

Community Outreach

As our Mission Statement shows, we aim to "educate individuals about climate change and peak oil, and empower them to take mitigative and adaptive action against their effects." In addition to our monthly presentations in partnership with the Brockville Public Library, members of our Steering Committee are available to speak to groups throughout our community, whether it be a lunch-and-learn at your place of business, a formal presentation to your faith group, or an informal neighbourhood discussion. Talks can be tailored to your area of concern, but we do like to include a brief description of Transition Brockville and some suggestions on how communities can cope under increasing stress. Contact us at transitionbrockville@gmail.com.

Local Business Directory

One of the most popular features of the TB website is our Local Business Directory, which we set up to encourage patronage of locally owned and controlled businesses. Would you like to list your business with this free service? Would you like us to add any others? Contact us at transitionbrockville@gmail.com.


 TB/BPL PRESENTATIONS
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Emily Conger, Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative: Enbridge's Proposed Line 9 Reversal

WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

It's possible that an oil spill like the one that devastated the Kalamazoo River in Michigan could occur here in the Brockville and Thousand Islands area, according to Emily Conger, president of Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A). Enbridge is seeking approval to reverse the flow of a pipeline that crosses this area, so that oil can be shipped from west to east, and to use the pipeline to transport bitumen from the Alberta tar sands from Sarnia to Montreal. What makes reference to the Kalamazoo disaster pertinent, says Conger, is that both quarter-inch thick pipelines are owned by Enbridge, both were installed over 37 years ago, and both were built to the same specifications.

Enbridge's Line 9 runs a few kilometers north of the St. Lawrence River and crosses the Back Pond in the Mac Johnson Conservation Area; Buell’s Creek, which runs through the heart of Brockville; and Jones Creek west of the city, among other water courses flowing into the St. Lawrence and many wetlands. The line is the subject of an Enbridge application to carry diluted bitumen (dilbit), which is far more difficult to clean up than conventional oil, and requires toxic "drag reducing agents" (DRAs) to be injected at pumping stations to keep it moving. These DRAs contain toluene or benzene, known cancer-causing agents. In addition to reversing the direction of flow, Enbridge also wants permission for the pipeline to carry five times what the pipeline has been carrying in recent years.

In her talk on Sunday, Conger will highlight concerns she outlined in the A2A submission to the National Energy Board last week in Toronto.

Refreshments and door prize. This presentation is co-sponsored by TB, A2A and the Council of Canadians.

Later Presentations

November 24: Chris and Bob Stesky: Solar PV and net metering (without FIT/microFIT)
January 26: Alan Medcalf and Tim Webb: E-bikes

Please let us know what you'd like to hear about, or to hear more about, through this online form.


 REGIONAL
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Kingston residents and elected officials say they have concerns about Enbridge Inc.'s plan to change how oil flows through a pipeline that runs through their community. Enbridge's Line 9 has carried foreign crude oil ...

Enbridge oilsands pipeline plan raises chilling issues for GTA

Toronto Star / Jessica McDiarmid / 02 October 2013
A pipeline that’s flowed quietly beneath Toronto for 37 years is under increased scrutiny as its operator looks to expand, prompting the city to raise startling concerns about how it would deal ...

Concerns voiced about Energy East pipeline at open house

Ottawa Citizen / Laura Armstrong / 03 October 2013
A group of North Grenville activists concerned about the effects TransCanada’s proposed pipeline could have on the town’s drinking water made their presence known at an open house to discuss t...

Energy East Pipeline Update from SNG

Sustainable North Grenville / Pipeline Update / 23 September 2013
Last Wednesday (Sept. 18), Sustainable North Grenville hosted a very informative and well-attended session regarding the proposed Energy East pipeline. This proposed project would b...

FAB's 5th Year in Queens Partnership

Frontenac Arch Biosphere / Newsletter / 20 September 2013
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is currently in the last year of a five-year partnership with the Queens University School of Environmental Studies to work on State of the Environment Reportin...

Backyard coop project not ruffling feathers

Kingston Whig-Standard / Paul Schliesmann / 25 September 2013
Kingston’s backyard hen pilot project hasn’t ruffled any feathers the past two years. As a result, city bylaw staff will recommend the program be adopted permanently at Thursday...

Non-profit funeral co-operative opens

CBC News / 02 October 2013
A new funeral co-operative in Ottawa says it hopes to reduce the average cost of a funeral by up to 50 per cent. The non-profit Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa opened Wednesday in a strip mall on St. Laurent Boulevard,...

Canadian cheese named best in the world

Globe and Mail / Sue Riedl / 15 October 2013
Move over Stilton, Ontario now makes the king of cheese. Well, the “Supreme Global Champion” of cheese to be exact. Hailing from Lancaster, Ont., and made at Glengarry Cheesemaking, aged Lankaaster ...


 ONTARIO
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Green Energy Doors Open a province-wide success

OSEA / Press Release / 16 October 2013
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's (OSEA) second annual Green Energy Doors Open, held Saturday, October 5, 2013, was a great success! The province-wide event included 66 sustainable energy champions...

FIT 3 Final Program Documents Available

SWITCH / Newsletter / 15 October 2013
Final versions of the FIT 3 Program Rules and other program documents have now been posted on the FIT Program website. Additional supporting guidance documents will be posted shortly. The application period...

OPA offers ideas for renewed conservation vision

OPA arc Newsletter / 10 October 2013
The OPA has submitted to the Ontario government its suggestions for a new conservation and demand management framework. The input was offered in response to the release in July of the government’s discussion ...

Ontario backs away from plans to buy new nuclear reactors

Globe and Mail / Adam Radwanski / 10 October 2013
Ontario’s government will shelve plans for a major new investment in nuclear power, according to industry and government sources. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have decided against spending upwa...

Ontario sued over changes to Species at Risk legislation

Ontario Nature / Press Release / 10 September 2013
Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of Ontario Nature and Wildlands League, have filed a lawsuit in Divisional Court alleging that the Ontario government acted unlawfully by making a regulation t...

Youth Leaders Table Bicycle Friendly Ontario Agenda with MPPs

Share the Road Coalition / Press Release / 08 October 2013
At an event at Queen's Park with MPPs and government Ministers, delegates from the Youth Bike Summit presented their vision for a more bicycle friendly Ontario, which includes: Impleme...


 CANADA
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Environment minister casts doubt on climate change

Ottawa Citizen / Mike de Souza / 03 October 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s environment minister is casting doubt about scientific observations of melting summer sea ice in Canada’s north. In a short televised interview on CTV’s dail...


 THE BIG PICTURE
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Comparison of observed and simulated climate change

IPCC / Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers / 27 September 2013

Climate change? Try catastrophic climate breakdown

The Guardian / George Monbiot / 27 September 2013
There are no radical departures in this report from the previous assessment, published in 2007; just more evidence demonstrating the extent of global temperature rises, the melting of ice sheets an...

The Earth is Warming. Still. A LOT.

Skeptical Science / Glenn Tamblyn / 16 March 2012
In a previous post we discussed how the argument that the Earth has stopped warming doesn't make much sense because the people claiming this don't know how to draw their 'system boundaries' correct...

Climate after Growth

Transition Network / Rob Hopkins, Asher Miller / 01 October 2013
The nearly ubiquitous belief of our elected officials is that addressing the climate crisis must come second to ensuring economic growth. This is wrongheaded—both because it undere...

What ocean heating reveals about global warming

RealClimate.org / stefan / 25 September 2013
The heat content of the oceans is growing and growing. That means that the greenhouse effect has not taken a pause and the cold sun is not noticeably slowing global warming. NOAA posts regularly upd...

Ocean acidification is at highest for 300m years

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey in Kiel / 03 October 2013
The oceans are more acidic now than they have been for at least 300m years, due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, and a mass extinction of key species may already be almost...

Plundering the Planet: a Report to the Club of Rome

Cassandra's Legacy / Ugo Bardi / 08 October 2013
We have been acting with mineral resources as if we were pirates looting a captured galleon: grabbing everything we can, as fast as we can. Now, of course, there is a problem with the idea of p...

Mineral resources and the limits to growth

Cassandra's Legacy / Ugo Bardi / 18 September 2013
The data you usually read for petroleum production are just that: how much petroleum is being produced in terms of volume. There is already a problem with the fact that not all petroleums are ...

390 Billion Barrels of New Oil Production Needed by 2035

Motley Fool / Matthew DiLallo / 22 September 2013
Production from legacy oil wells is declining each year. At the same time, demand from emerging markets is rising rapidly. When those two things collide, it leaves a production gap of 390 billion b...

Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’

Climate Progress / Joe Romm / 17 September 2013
James Hansen, the country’s most prescient climatologist, is out with another must-read paper, “Climate sensitivity, sea level and atmospheric carbon dioxide.” The paper, co-authored by a numbe...

Food crisis fears prompt UN wake-up call to world leaders

The Guardian / Claire Provost / 18 September 2013
Governments in rich and poor countries alike should renounce their focus on agribusiness and give more support to small-scale, local food production to achieve global food security and tackle clima...


 STUFF YOU CAN DO
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The transformity of personal action

resilience.org / Mary Logan / 23 September 2013
Here are my thoughts on how to deal constructively with the crushing problems we face on a global scale. The focus on problems at the larger scale, which we cannot change as isolated individuals, can...

Save Money and Resources by Reducing Food Waste

Mother Earth News / Natural Resources Defense Council / December 17, 2012
In the U.S., we waste around 40 percent of all edible food. A large portion of that waste is caused by consumers. The average American throws away between $28-43 in the form...

Great Places, 2013 edition

Mother Earth News / Kathryn Compton / October/November 2013
Our annual Great Places series is an ongoing conversation about what makes communities work. Improvement is a process, and we like to give props to people who are doing what it takes to m...

Try Quick Hoops — Easy-to-Make Mini-Greenhouses

Mother Earth News / Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman / 12 March 2013
Gardeners through the ages have tried to extend summer. A sheltered area in a winter vegetable garden used to protect plants from cold and wind can often take plants past their...

How to Make a Fruit Picker

Mother Earth News / A Dreyer / 13 November 2012
Are you tormented by ripe fruit that's out of reach on high branches? Would you love to put that fruit to use, but just can't get to it? Follow these easy instructions on how to make a fruit picker a...

Sustainable Baby Care

Resilient Life / Amanda Witman / 09 September 2013
Where there are humans, there will be babies. We are evolutionarily driven to reproduce ourselves; it’s human nature. Although there is good reason to be concerned about worldwide population g...


 NEW IN MEDIA
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Wendell Berry, a quiet and humble man, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution. He urges immediate action as he mourns how America has turned its back on the land and rejected Jeffersonian principles of ...

Thom Hartmann proposes that the only lasting solution to the crises we face is to re-learn the lessons our ancient ancestors knew -- those which allowed them to live sustainably for hundreds of thousands of years -- but which we've forgotten.

Host Steve Paikin speaks with panelists Brian Milner, Senior Economics Writer & Global Markets Columnist, The Globe and Mail, Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Don Drummond, Matthews Fellow in Global Pub...

Tzeporah Berman discusses how the Canadian government is muzzling scientists speaking out on global warming, quickly changing environmental laws, and why she believes the push for tar sands extraction has created a “perfect storm” of grassroots activism bringing together environmentalists, indigenous communities and rural landowners.

Centuries of agriculture have depleted our soils causing the nutrient-density of fruits, grains and vegetables to decline dramatically, but the health of effects of eating foods that are not nu...

In this special report Anja Taylor looks at the domino effect of environmental and atmospheric factors that drive the globe to wetter, hotter, drier and colder extremes.


 UPCOMING EVENTS
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Climate Reality Presentation

WHEN: Friday, October 25, 5:00 pm
WHERE: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street, Kingston, ON

Join Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op and Bullfrog Power for an evening to celebrate our new partnership. A great opportunity to hear from graduates of Al Gore's Climate Change Reality Course - to meet Wintergreen members and hear their plans for a clean energy future - and to enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade harvest soup.

Hydro One's Energy Efficiency teams

WHEN: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
WHERE: Brockville, ON

Teams will be available for consultation at Home Depot and The Home Building Centre.

REAL Harvest Dinner and Murder Mystery Evening

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club, 13 Old Sly’s Road, Smiths Falls, ON

The Dinner: Joanne Edwards, Executive Chef of The Cove in Westport, is composing a fabulous fall feast featuring foods grown and produced in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

The Mystery: The Smiths Falls Community Theatre will challenge diners to solve a murder mystery set at a fall country fair. The performers engage with diners through the appetizers and dinner, dropping misleading hints, answering questions and providing tips that lead to solving the murder by dessert!

Tickets available at the REAL Deal, Thursday through Saturday, and at Modern Thymes, 11 Russell St. E., Monday through Saturday. Or contact Barb and we’ll work something out: dhicks11@cogeco.ca or 613-283-9966.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives... nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
CHARLES DARWIN