- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit / Press Release / 1 May 2020Residents in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark will be able to start planting in community gardens soon. On April 25, 2020 the government of Ontario lifted restrictions, allowing community gardens to operate following the guidance of the local Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit supports Ontario's decision. "Community gardens increase access to healthy foods, provide a sense of community belonging, and
- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit / Press Release / 7 May 2020The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit strongly supports local Farmers' Markets. They encourage people to buy healthy local food, and are a way for farmers to sell their produce. They have also been a social gathering place which supports individual and community well-being. Unfortunately at this time, with COVID-19, where social gatherings used to be a strength, they now pose a risk to both the vendors and the people who come to the market. The provincial government has allowed
- CBC News / Hallie Cotnam / 16 May 2020They’re sprouting up all over Ottawa this spring: raised gardens in the backyard and converted flower beds in the front, re-tooled to grow fresh produce close to home. Urban gardening may be the new sourdough and seeds the new toilet paper as families seek to grow fresh food in the safe confines of their own property. Social media feeds are full of garden boxes for sale. Giant cubes of soil squat in driveways, waiting for this weekend, or perhaps warmer weather. Interest in the Edible
- CBC News / Christine Maki / 20 April 2020After three decades producing organic vegetable and flower seeds, [Greta] Kryger was hoping to retire after this year. But instead of winding things down, she’s dealing with three to four times the usual demand, all thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “I could close today and have enough for my whole year of living,” she said. “People say they’re scared they won’t have enough food. And because they’re home now they have nothing else to do. It’s an
- Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 15 May 2020A motion encouraging students to grow their own food while learning from home was denied at the public school board this week. Upper Canada District School Board trustee John McCrea put forward a motion at this week's board meeting to inspire students to get outside and plant vegetable gardens, citing a variety of benefits associated with gardening. "There is a deep and profound feeling that people get when they're outside," McCrea said at the meeting. "Growing something really makes you feel
- Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 5 March 2020With this year's theme "On Common Ground: Food and Farming in a Shifting Climate," the event previously dedicated primarily to organic growing for niche farmers has widened its scope by looking at the increasing impact of climate change, the farm income crisis, and the loss of farmland. The 2020 event unrolled on Feb. 22 and 23 in Cornwall. "When we recognize that we face common struggles, we find support and solutions in one another," the organizing team stated, inviting participants in the
- The Energy Mix / 6 May 2020Youth, schools, and communities all stand to gain from a public transit initiative in Kingston, Ontario that is empowering young riders, making (pre-COVID) field trips less costly and more climate-friendly, and encouraging life-long transit ridership. Describing a "simple but powerful model to transform public transportation," Green Teacher explains that the Kingston initiative hinges on "two systemic changes": actively teaching students how to ride the bus, and, subsidizing transit to make it
- CBC News / 24 April 2020Rural eastern Ontario leaders hope to localize and decentralize food processing in the region by building a new “food hub” to help local farmers get their products to market. The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) east of Ottawa are developing a $36-million facility that would include a federal slaughterhouse and processing and distribution facility for meats and fruits and vegetables. “This [means] security to the region, where we know that we are producing our
The Brockville Farmers Market opens this week for online orders. Orders placed before 8 pm on Wednesday, May 20 will be ready this coming weekend for curbside pick-up. This initiative is a project of the Farmers Market and Fulford Academy with the assistance of the LG&L District Health Unit.
- Globe and Mail / Jeff Gray / 14 May 2020An Ontario court has struck down a move by the provincial government to kill the partly-built Nation Rise Wind Farm southeast of Ottawa, quashing Environment Minister Jeff Yurek's decision last year to block the project over his concerns about endangered bats. In its ruling, the Ontario Divisional Court said Mr. Yurek's decision last December was "not reasonable," and did not "meet the requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility." Instead of returning the matter to the
- National Post / Mia Rabson / 12 May 2020“We have adapted our infrastructure program to the new reality of COVID,” said [Infrastructure Minister Catherine] McKenna. It will include things like retrofitting health-care facilities and schools, particularly with a view to allowing for more physical distancing and making it easier to practise good hygiene like handwashing. Projects to help people find ways to get outside safely will also be a priority, such as new or better paths, bike lanes, and nature trails.
THE BIG PICTURE
- Grist / Shannon Osaka / 27 April 2020Pedestrians have taken over city streets, people have almost entirely stopped flying, skies are blue (even in Los Angeles!) for the first time in decades, and global CO2 emissions are on-track to drop by about 5.5 percent. Wait, what? Even with the global economy at a near-standstill, the best analysis suggests that the world is still on track to release 95 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year, continuing to heat up the planet and driving climate change even as we're stuck
- The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 5 May 2020The corona pandemic, a pretty mild affair in the scheme of things, is telling us that we are now in the middle of a historic cycle where hyper-connectivity combined with hyper-complexity could rapidly lead to decline, if not collapse. In fact, pandemics are not black swans, but predictable and natural events that often appear like clockwork in the evolution of human empires. They trigger other crises or partner up with them.
- Post Carbon Institute / Richard Heinberg / 27 April 2020The film is controversial because it makes two big claims: first, that renewable energy is a sham; second, that big environmental organizationsby promoting solar and wind powerhave sold their souls to billionaire investors. I feel fairly confident commenting on the first of these claims, regarding renewable energy, having spent a year working with David Fridley of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to assess the prospects for a complete transition to solar and wind power. We found that the
- Yes! / David Korten / 23 April 2020This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone. Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window: the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared to consider at a given time.
STUFF YOU CAN DO
- Treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 30 April 2020The coronavirus pandemic has made people realize how dependent they are on the outside world for services, resources, and entertainment. Weeks of self-isolation have left many feeling vulnerable, scared, and bored. In the months and years that follow this pandemic, I suspect that more people will be wanting to build up their resilience at home. They won’t become outright preppers, who anticipate worst-case scenarios at every turn (and do have some worthwhile takeaway points for the rest
- Mother Earth News / Anna Twitto / 9 November 2017I see many parents driven by the famous “Mom, I’m bored!" especially during summer vacations – so much that they feel compelled to entertain their children 24/7. As soon as the child says he or she is bored, they will be immediately taken to the mall, the zoo, the swimming pool, or signed up to any number of extra-curricular activities. Boredom, while often seen as unproductive, can in fact be of infinite use. A bored mind is a clear, unoccupied mind, which can, when provided
- CBC News / Madeleine Cummings / 26 April 2020Q: What are the easiest vegetables to regrow? A: Green onions are pretty easy to regrow. You can also do bulb onions, of course, but there’s lettuce, like romaine lettuce, beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and even to a certain extent, cabbage. I think we kind of forget that when we buy many of these plants in the grocery store, they’re still alive. They’re not dead! They’ve been harvested from a field or from maybe a greenhouse and, given the right conditions, they
- TED Talks / Tom Rivett-Carnac / April 2020When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we’re powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of “stubborn optimism” to confront climate change — or whatever crisis may come our way — and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: “Stubborn optimism can fill our