Emergency Preparedness for Rural Residents

Transition Brockville / 20 November 2019

Transition Brockville and the Brockville Public Library present a discussion of rural emergency planning, at the library on Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m.

Roger Haley, mayor of Front of Yonge, will discuss a council's role in rural emergencies; Yvonne Robert, clerk/administrator of Elizabethtown-Kitley, will describe the emergency plan and how it works; and Andy Guilboard, deputy fire chief for Elizabethtown-Kitley, will talk about what rural responders do and why it's important for residents to be prepared and have plans of their own.


TRANSITION BROCKVILLE

  • Our laundry soap workshop was a big success!
    Shown here are some of the participants of our October 27 workshop, grating soap and bagging some borax and washing soda to make their own soap at home. Virginia Glover gave an excellent demonstration of how to make the soap, one she’s used now for many years. A repeat workshop will be offered January 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Brockville Public Library. Sign up at the library or write to info@transitionbrockville.com.
  • TB comments on Brockville's draft Active Transportation Plan

    Steering Committee member Patricia Sutherland presented TB's position on the City's draft Active Transportation Plan at the public meeting of the Planning and Operations Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

  • Steering Committee

    The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8, 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

  • Stark differences on bike lanes
    Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 06 November 2019
    They are pedalling in opposite directions, but the two sides in Brockville's bike lanes debate stayed in their lanes on Tuesday. Supporters of the city's proposed active transportation plan touted its health and social benefits, while opponents, focused mainly on plans to put bike lanes on Laurier Boulevard and Windsor Drive, worried about traffic safety in that area. So intense was the interest in the matter that city council's planning and operations committee moved the venue of Tuesday's public …
  • UCLG: No appetite for declaring climate emergency
    Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 05 October 2019
    Mayors in Leeds and Grenville are not keen on the idea of declaring a climate emergency, but they are willing to look at what they can do from an operational standpoint to reduce waste. Michèle Andrews, a member of the grassroots group Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford, asked the United Counties to declare a climate emergency and initiate a task force to create a climate action plan for the counties. "So many of us are already experiencing the very real, immediate, local impacts from the climate …
  • Frontenac Arch UNESCO mandate renewed
    Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 30 October 2019
    The local biosphere group also used the occasion to announce the start of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Climate Action Team, which has an initial goal of organizing a youth climate summit for high school students within the Frontenac Arch area in April 2020. The aim is to have a student-organized and driven effort, with student teams developing climate action plans for their schools and communities. Longtime network board member Gary Clarke said the initiative stems from a visit a year ago to an …
  • Cornwall finally ready to create new climate change committee
    Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Alan S Hale / 16 October 2019
    Under the terms of reference, the mandate of the new climate change committee will be to provide local perspectives on climate change initiatives and to provide a framework reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the community. The committee will be tasked with creating a Climate Change Adaption Plan for the city, identifying ways to tackle environmental issues, and giving technical advice and recommendations directly to city council about the environmental impact of policies. The committee …
  • Athens builder dreams big … and Tiny
    Recorder & Times / Howaida Sorour / 15 April 2019
    Sometimes all the stars align and dream projects become reality. That's what's happening right now with the prototype Tiny Home that Yuergen Beck, owner of Redwood Homes 1000 Islands of Athens, is building at Algonquin College in Perth. "The point is, Tiny Homes provide a solution for people to get into the housing market," said Beck. It's a sentiment he shares with Brockville Coun. Leigh Bursey.
  • House of Lazarus in Mountain seeks satellite storefront
    Kemptville Advance / 12 November 2019
    House of Lazarus (HOL) is looking for a partner with retail space to help the mission expand its reach. Currently, HOL's main headquarters — including its food bank, two stores and warehouse — is situated in Mountain, at the very top west portion of North Dundas, right next door to North Grenville. Food bank clients, thrift store shoppers and donors come from far and wide, making HOL a household name throughout a good portion of eastern Ontario. The mission is funded primarily through revenue …
  • Fourth Annual Fall Feast — another big success!
    NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 08 November 2019
    For the fourth year in a row, the annual Local 316 Fabulous Farmers Fall Feast sold out ahead of the event and provided a delicious local food meal for 100 happy diners. A team of volunteers, many of them local young farmers, prepared and served a three course meal featuring foods in season; Sharon and Will Freeman, of Freedom Farm, Battersea, led the team, with Sharon the self-described “chief cook and bottle-washer.” The event included a silent auction featuring items donated by …
  • Kingston can play key role in climate change fight, Saxe says
    Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 18 October 2019
    The meeting is to come a day after the federal election, but in a telephone interview Thursday from Boston, where she was visiting family, [Ontario's former environment commissioner Dianne] Saxe said municipalities and local communities should not underestimate their role in fighting climate change. "Whatever happens to the senior levels of government, municipalities have an important role to play," she said. "Municipalities, in a way, have more at stake than the higher levels of government. …

ONTARIO

  • Multi-Sector Climate Impact Assessment
    Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / 07 November 2019
    The assessment will help the province better understand where and how it is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and will provide information to communities to help them undertake a more strategic approach to adaptation planning and infrastructure investments to prevent and mitigate climate change risks. “Our government is taking action in the global fight to reduce emissions and strengthen our resilience to the impacts of climate change that are already happening in our …
  • Practical approach eyed for climate adaptation plan
    Sarnia Observer / Tyler Kula / 04 November 2019
    Sarnia is one of 59 small and medium-sized municipalities to receive a share of the $6.5 million in federal Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program funding for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities-recommended task. Sarnia's $125,000 program is 80 per cent funded via the grant. The expected effects of climate change in Sarnia include heavy rains; hot, dry, longer summers; extreme winters; and damaging winds. Sewer system surcharging; flooding basements; localized surface flooding; …
  • City of Toronto encourages pollinator gardens
    National Observer / The Canadian Press / 27 October 2019
    While most homeowners are raking autumn leaves, Mike Perozak is helping his neighbours in downtown Toronto prepare their gardens to welcome guests in the spring. They are ripping up grass, filling their lawns with native plants meant to encourage bees and other pollinators to take up residence next year. The 58-year-old and several of his neighbours are tapping into a municipal grant program that gives participants $5,000 to make their homes a haven for pollinators and hopefully reverse the …
  • 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 …

CANADA

  • Canada’s nationwide climate success — electricity
    National Observer / Barry Saxifrage / 5 June 2019
    All across Canada, electricity generation has been getting much cleaner. It’s our country's one big climate success so far. To illustrate how quickly electric power is being cleaned up, what’s still left to do, and the benefits it brings, I’ve dug into Canada’s latest emissions inventory and created a series of charts below.
  • NFU announces new Executive Director, Mara Shaw
    NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 14 November 2019
    The NFU is pleased to announce that Mara Shaw will be taking on the role of Executive Director starting January 6, 2020. Mara Shaw is a fierce advocate for food and farming. She grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri with every issue of Foxfire and Mother Earth News informing her parents’ use of their land. She attended the University of Illinois in Chemistry with a specialization in Environmental Engineering, then the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Environmental …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for disasters
    Reuters / Robert Birsel / 14 November 2019
    While the politicians argue, concern is growing about the impact on the health of a warmer world. In China, health officials have reported a rare outbreak of pneumonic plague after two cases were confirmed this week in Beijing. The two were infected in the province of Inner Mongolia, where rodent populations have expanded dramatically after persistent droughts, worsened by climate change, state media said. An area the size of the Netherlands was hit by a "rat plague" last summer. The wider …
  • How communities can build psychological resilience to disaster
    National Observer / Nicole Westman / 08 November 2019
    As climate change makes natural disasters more common and more extreme, cities and communities are working to improve their resilience—their ability to withstand disaster, and bounce back quickly when it occurs. But disasters don't just cause physical damage; they can leave communities struggling mentally and emotionally, as well. Working to shore up physical structures only tackles part of the problem, says Gerald Galloway, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Center for …
  • Cities turn to urban forests to combat climate change
    Globe and Mail / David Israelson / 28 October 2019
    Urban parks and trees also provide cost-effective ways to control and moderate climate change, says Jake Tobin Garrett, policy and planning manager for Park People, a national not-for-profit group that supports the creation and maintenance of parks in Canadian cities and towns. "Think of green spaces as natural air conditioners," he says, "but a lot cheaper and longer-lasting than air-conditioning units – and trees don't burn fuel and emit carbon fumes." A study released by Park People in …
  • Changing climate and impacts on farms and rural communities
    Ohio Food Policy Network / 02 October 2019
    58 minute discussion by Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Center and Climate Specialist, Ohio State University Extension Service …

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • How big a problem is idling?
    CBC News / 07 November 2019
    When a gasoline-powered vehicle is idling, it is in its least efficient mode. It’s doing nothing but sitting there, burning fuel and sending emissions into the atmosphere. Natural Resources Canada says if most Canadian drivers limited idling to three minutes a day, over the course of a year, 1.4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 emissions would go into the atmosphere. It would save money, too. For every 10 minutes of idling, the average three-litre engine vehicle loses more than a litre of …
  • Grow cover crops for the best garden soil
    Mother Earth News / Harvey Ussery / October/November 2011
    Consider cover crops your most important crops, because the requirements for abundant food crops — building soil fertility, improving soil texture, suppressing weeds, and inhibiting disease and crop-damaging insects — can be best met by the abundant use of cover crops, season after season […] The most important strategy of all is: Do it now! When I complete a food crop harvest in fall, that same day I plant an overwinter cover crop. If I harvest a spring crop such as lettuce from a bed …
  • 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

Seed to Seed

Presented by Ratinenhayén:thos
WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Mohawk Community Centre, 1807 York Road, Deseronto

Inspired by long-held Rotinonhsyón:ni (Six Nations) agricultural and seed-saving traditions, join us for a day of knowledge-sharing about all things seedy. This conference is for youth, farmers, hobby gardeners, foodies, and anyone who wants to learn more about seed saving and feeding ourselves through a modern Indigenous lens. This event includes sessions about:

  • Things to consider when selecting seed to save
  • How to avoid cross pollination and keep seed pure
  • Choosing varieties of corn for shorter growing seasons
  • Panel discussion on challenges and adaptations for growing in a changing climate
  • Breakout discussions and information sharing on experiences this growing season
  • Seed to table meal featuring the Three Sisters
More info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seed-to-seed-tickets-73251630599


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


From Seed to Home: The Full Story of Building with Sustainable Wood

Eastern Ontario Model Forest and Canadian Institute of Forestry (Ottawa Valley Section)
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd. 44, Kemptville

Feature Presentations:

  • Traditional Opening and Closing - Lorraine Rekmans, FSC Board Member
  • Harvesting wood sustainably: Good for the Environment and Climate Change - Martin Streit, RPF, Forester, South Nation Conservation Authority
  • The Future of Building - Wood and the Carbon Neutral Pathway - David Moses, LEED®AP, Founder of Moses Structural Engineers
  • A Local to Global Perspective: Linking Sustainable Forest Management to Green Buildings - lnvited: Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Benefits of Building with Wood - Alex Nott, Mass Timber Engineer, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Prefabrication in Timber Construction - Mohammad Mohammad, Senior Research Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
  • A National Mass Timber Research Network: Connecting the Dots - Dr. Anne Koven, Executive Director, Mass Timber Institute
  • Moderated Q&A Session and Re-cap of the Day - Astrid Nielsen, RPF, General Manager, Eastern Ontario Model Forest
The fee is $50 and includes warm lunch and HST. Register online at https://www.eomf.on.ca/news-and-events/events/16/eomf-cif-december-forest-seminar or call the EOMF at 613-713-1525. Payment by credit card or PayPal.