Make your own laundry soap on October 27

Transition Brockville / 21 October 2019

Would you like to wash your clothes with soap thatís safe for the environment? Well, now you can make your own soap and know just whatís in it.

Transition Brockville is hosting a free workshop on making your own liquid laundry soap, at the Brockville Public Library on Sunday, October 27, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Virginia Glover, a longtime Transition Brockville member, will demonstrate how to make the soap from simple, tried-and-true ingredients. This safe soap wonít harm the environment. Itís effective too Ė even takes elderberry stain out of white cloth!

All you need to bring is a grater to grate soap, a one-cup measure, and a two-litre plastic jug in which to take home your share of the soap. You will also receive enough ingredients to make your own batch of soap at home.

In addition, the library, Transitionís partner for many years, is providing recipes for some household cleaners, also made from simple, safe ingredients.

Refreshments will be provided; a freewill donation to Transition Brockville is welcome.

To register for this free workshop, participants need to sign up at the libraryís circulation desk, or call the library at 613-342-3936, or write to info@transitionbrockville.com.


TRANSITION BROCKVILLE

  • Steering Committee

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 pm, at the Royal Brock Retirement Living, 100 Stewart Blvd., Brockville. Anyone interested in becoming more involved with Transition initiatives is warmly invited to attend this meeting. Call 613-345-4020 for more information.

  • Your feedback is always welcome

    Let us know what sustainability topics you'd like us to explore through this online form, or email us at info@transitionbrockville.com.

REGIONAL

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  • How can municipalities lessen the impacts of climate change?
    InsideOttawaValley.com / Derek Dunn / 24 September 2019
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ONTARIO

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    Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 18 October 2019
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  • Town of Newmarket Community Energy Plan
    Town of Newmarket / 31 July 2019
    A Community Energy Plan (CEP) provides the Newmarket community with a roadmap to move towards a sustainable energy system. The CEP provides Newmarket with a vision for sustainable energy that allows the community to manage energy resources and use while contributing to economic development. It also provides a platform to demonstrate leadership in energy management at the community level, and positions Newmarket to respond to changes in legislation relating to climate change, cap and trade, as …
  • ‘Depaving’ project carves green space out of Ottawa street
    CBC News / Krystalle Ramlakhan / 06 October 2019
    Yesterday morning, volunteers removed asphalt by hand “as much as possible,” said Jen Stelzer, manager of community sustainability programs with Ottawa non-profit EnviroCentre, which helped co-ordinate the project. “A lot of the time, these big community projects can sort of just happen behind the scenes. But in this case, we actually have scored all of this asphalt … and we’ll be using pry bars to lift it out by hand. And the community will come together and …

CANADA

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    GreenPAC / Sabrina Bowman / 07 October 2019
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  • The Fast Lane: Tracking the energy revolution 2019
    Clean Energy Canada / 03 October 2019
    The report finds that Canada's clean energy sector will employ 559,400 Canadians by 2030—in jobs like insulating homes, manufacturing electric buses, or maintaining wind farms. And while 50,000 jobs are likely to be lost in fossil fuels over the next decade, just over 160,000 will be created in clean energy—a net increase of 110,000 new energy jobs in Canada. When it comes to getting to Canada's energy future, there's a slow lane, fossil fuels, and a fast lane called the clean energy sector …
  • Seeking to succeed where Energy East failed
    Pipeline News / Brian Zinchuk / 23 September 2019
    A new transcontinental pipeline project similar in concept to the defunct Energy East project is in its formative stages. It's early on for Canadian Prosperity Pipelines Corporation, but their idea is to transport oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Saint John, New Brunswick, and a marine tanker terminal for potential export. As a matter of course, the mainline would pass through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec to get there. The project is called the Canadian Prosperity Pipeline Project, …
  • Student’s pledge: No kids until Canada takes action
    CBC News / Isaac Olson / 17 September 2019
    An 18-year-old McGill University student pledges to not have children until she is sure the Canadian government is taking serious steps to battle climate change. And hundreds more are following in her footsteps. “Our government isn’t doing enough,” Emma Lim said on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak Tuesday. The steps provincial and federal lawmakers are taking are “nowhere near the action needed,” she said. The young climate activist decided to take action of her own — …

THE BIG PICTURE

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    The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jonathan Watts / 09 October 2019
    The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era. New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the …
  • Biodiversity-based agriculture to solve the climate crisis
    IPS / Vandana Shiva / 23 September 2019
    The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life. Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve. This is what NASA scientist James Lovelock found in working with Lynn Margulis, who was studying the processes by …
  • Staving off the coming global collapse
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    'Overshoot' is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We're already there. And show no signs of changing. Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, even when self-preservation is at stake. The scariest example is the simplistic, growth-oriented, market-based economic thinking that is all but running the world today. Prevailing neoliberal economic models make no useful reference to the dynamics of the ecosystems or social systems with which the economy …
  • The climate crisis explained in 10 charts
    The Guardian / Damian Carrington, Cath Levett / 19 September 2019
    The problem – rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere The level of CO2 has been rising since the industrial revolution and is now at its highest for about 4 million years. The rate of the rise is even more striking – the fastest for 66m years – with scientists saying we are in "uncharted territory". The causes – fossil fuel burning Billions of tonnes of CO2 are sent into the atmosphere every year from coal, oil and gas burning. There is no sign of these emissions starting to fall rapidly, as is …
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STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • Draft Active Transportation Plan – Public Meeting, November 5
    Active Brockville / 9 October 2019
    Everyone interested in seeing Brockville move into the 21st century, please plan on attending this public session. If you value your community having safe and equitable opportunities to choose your mode of travel each and every time out, regardless of age or ability, then attend this session. If you value your community being better able to compete in attracting and retaining talent, families, jobs, and business investment, then attend this session.

    The Active Transportation Plan is a city-wide plan to develop a more walkable and bikeable community. It is orders of magnitude bigger and more important than bike lanes on one street.

    As with any public meeting, expect that the minority special interest groups opposed to progress will be there and will be loud. Now is not the time to be quiet and watch. Now is the time to register as a delegation and speak up for a healthier future for our city.

  • How to make natural cleaners
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    Keeping your home clean can actually be a pretty toxic experience if you use the typical chemical concoctions that are sold as cleaners these days. Ingredients like ammonia and bleach are extremely harsh, and the fumes linger in your home long after you've done your cleaning. Many less pronounceable substances are mixed in for good measure (like maybe some dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chloride or trisodium nitrilotriacetate), even though many have been linked to increased cancer rates. Not …
  • Emergency survival kits
    Mother Earth News / Matthew Stein / December 2010/January 2011
    In today's world of blackouts, big storms, terror alerts and global warming, many of us will experience significant disruptions in the flow of electricity or goods at some point in our lives. Having an emergency survival kit can be a big comfort and aid — maybe even a lifesaver — in such a situation. Stocking up on a few supplies, learning new skills and making an emergency contingency plan don't have to take a lot of time or money, and these steps will foster peace of mind in turbulent times …
  • Climate change’s next target: your natural gas range
    CBC News / Kim Brunhuber / 16 October 2019
    “There was a time natural gas considered cleaner alternative to dirtier sources such as coal,” says Drew Johnstone, a sustainability analyst with the City of Santa Monica. But these days in his city, Johnstone says, natural gas from buildings — composed of more than 90 per cent methane — has become the second largest source of emissions after vehicles. And nationally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential and commercial buildings account for about 12 per cent …
UPCOMING EVENTS

Waste Reduction Week in Canada

WHEN: Monday, October 21 - Sunday, October 27
WHERE: Canada-wide

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program's primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. The celebratory nature of the campaign is how it motivates learning and behavior change.

The program's educational resources and "take action" messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.


Local Government Open House

City of Brockville
WHEN: Monday, October 28, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Memorial Centre, Brockville

Members of the public are invited to bring questions and meet Brockville City Council and Staff to learn about services and programs in an open house format. Ideas, questions, concerns. Procedures, hiring, waste and recycling, snow removal, lighting, signage, bylaws, finances, recreation, taxes, maps, user fees and charges, etc. Council and staff will be there to hear what you have to say.


House Painting Without Plastics: Come and see what it looks like

Marie T. Voutsinos
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
WHERE: 1783 Beach Road, Oxford Mills

When came time to paint the new addition to my house, I discovered, albeit belatedly, that most of the water based paint one can buy is made from petrochemicals, and is a form of vinyl, basically liquid plastic. Plastic has become such a pernicious and persistent chemical now, with all sorts of unfortunate ill effects such as mimicking human hormones, that I was not keen to start putting it on my walls. Plastic on my brushes, down the drain with the wash water, into the septic tank and field to end up in the soil and water table: I'm thinking I would prefer to avoid all that. Now we have low VOC plastics, but in order to have a nice creamy texture and desired color, all sorts of other chemicals are added, none of which I would want in my drinking water, or in the oceans.

Natural, non-toxic paints seemed like the only possible solution for me. There are some on the market, but there were claims on the internet that they could be made from scratch for a fraction of the cost. There is a surprising number of recipes to be found on the internet; well, maybe not so surprising since natural paints have been widely used until the second world war, and Ancient Egyptians were already well versed in their make-up and use. Also, restoration of historic buildings all over Europe has allowed knowledge of natural paints and building techniques to persist and help a resurgence of interest for more sustainable and ecological construction materials and techniques.

The gist of it is that I found some recipes, experimented, and have been able to make and use my own paints. I am holding an Open House to share my experiences. All who are interested are welcome!


Public Meeting: Draft Active Transportation Plan

City of Brockville
WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 4:30 pm
WHERE: Brockville Arts Centre, 235 King Street West, Brockville

The City of Brockville invites all residents to attend the November Planning and Operations Meeting to discuss the Draft Active Transportation Plan. We encourage anyone who wishes to be a delegation at this meeting to register with the Clerk's Office by emailing clerk@brockville.com or calling 613-342-8772 ext. 4437 or 4461. More info at https://brockville.com/activetransportation. Should you have any questions please contact the Clerk's Office.


Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2019

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 14
WHERE: 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall

The 2019 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is coming to Cornwall and you are invited! The City of Cornwall, the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are pleased to be partnering to bring this unique regional local food event to the NAV Centre in Cornwall on November 13-14, 2019. More info and registration at http://www.eastontlocalfood.com


6th Annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference

Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
WHEN: Monday, December 2 - Thursday, December 5
WHERE: Ramada by Wyndham Hotel, Belleville

This year's theme – Climate of Curiosity – speaks to the nature of farmers as curious and resilient innovators in the face of the very real impacts of climate change on agriculture in Ontario. We hope participants will not only leave the conference with new ideas and inspiration they can apply on their farms, but with new connections and renewed hope. More info and registration at http://conference.efao.ca