REGIONAL

  • TB on #FYI @ YourTV
    YourTV / Doreen Barnes / 21 May 2020
    Christine Stesky from Transition Brockville joins us on #FYI to discuss sustainable living …
  • Let it bee, Augusta declares
    Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 17 June 2020
    Augusta Township has proclaimed itself to be a bee-friendly community by agreeing to set aside vacant township properties to be used by beekeepers. In a report to council, planner Myron Belej said the plan would have the dual benefits of helping the struggling bee population and beekeepers as well as assisting farmers in the pollination of their crops. "It's a sweet deal that will create a lot of buzz," Belej told council this week …
  • Lanark County goes electric
    InsideOttawaValley.com / Ashley Kulp / 10 June 2020
    The county is ramping up its climate action plan and purchasing electric vehicles is part of the priorities. Through the Local Municipal Vehicle Program passed by county council May 27, it encourages the purchase of one electric or hybrid vehicle by Dec. 31, 2022 with a grant available through a federal government subsidy. "The county will match the federal incentive on that vehicle," noted chief administrative officer Kurt Greaves …
  • Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens
    CBC News / Joseph Tunney / 8 June 2020
    People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they’re raising chickens in their backyards. While backyard chicken coops are prohibited in Ottawa, they’re allowed even in dense urban areas across the river in Gatineau. In fact, by June 1, the city had handed out nearly as many permits for backyard coops as it did in all of 2019. “I think the go-to question of the year is where to find chickens,” said Vicki Black, who’s helping …
  • LGSBC launches Summer Company
    Hometown TV 12 / 4 June 2020
    The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre proudly launches its annual Summer Company program on June 3rd, 2020. The launch will be virtual this year and be done over Zoom. This is a particularly special year for the small business centre as it celebrates 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020. This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The number is slightly less …

ONTARIO

  • Ontario reinstates the environmental protections it suspended
    Cottage Life / Andrew Cruickshank / 22 June 2020
    The Ontario government is revoking a regulation it passed on April 1 that suspended a wide range of environmental protection laws. Citing COVID-19 as the reason, the regulation allowed the government to bypass part two of the Environmental Bill of Rights. Established in 1993, the EBR was created to allow Ontario residents to participate in environmental decision-making. Bypassing part two "was a green light for going ahead and making decisions on things without the public knowing and being able …

CANADA

  • Canadians still support climate action: poll
    BIV / Jeremy Hainsworth / 28 May 2020
    COVID-19's economic and health challenges have not diminished support for infrastructure changes to create a cleaner Canadian economy, a new poll finds. Results from the Abacus Data-Clean Energy Canada poll released May 28 found an equal number of those surveyed believed a change to a cleaner economy was possible and that such considerations should come after health and economic concerns …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • More extreme rainfall due to climate change, study confirms
    CBC News / Emily Chung, Alice Hopton, Tashauna Reid / 03 June 2020
    Warmer temperatures due to climate change lead to wetter air, and we’ve seen more extreme rainfall and flooding across North America. But is there really evidence that the two are related? Yes, there is. A new study from researchers at Environment and Climate Change Canada found that climate change has made: Rainfall more extreme. Storms with extreme rainfall more frequent …
  • 'The human fingerprint is everywhere': Met Office
    The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 27 May 2020
    Scientists at the Hadley Centre, which has been on the global frontline of climate monitoring, research and modelling since it opened in 1990, said early theories about fossil-fuel disruption have been proven by subsequent facts. "The climate now is completely different from what we had 30 years ago. It is completely outside the bounds of possibility in natural variation," said Peter Stott, a professor and expert on climate attribution science at the centre …
  • World health leaders urge green recovery from coronavirus
    The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 26 May 2020
    Doctors and medical professionals from around the globe have called on world leaders to ensure a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis that takes account of air pollution and climate breakdown. More than 200 organisations representing at least 40 million health workers – making up about half of the global medical workforce – have signed an open letter to the G20 leaders and their chief medical advisers, pointing to the 7 million premature deaths to which air pollution contributes each year …
  • IEA: 'Green' coronavirus recovery would keep emissions below 2019 peak
    Carbon Brief / Josh Gabbatiss / 18 June 2020
    The world has a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its "sustainable recovery plan" for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ensure 2019 was the "definitive peak" for global emissions. Launched in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the new report presents a strategy for economic growth that includes mass home …

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • Home canning cardinal rules for first-time food preservers
    Mother Earth News / Mary Moss-Sprague / 9 April 2020
    Our lives may have been turned topsy-turvy with the global health pandemic, but the can-do spirit of many people is very much alive and well. Many are turning to nature both for comfort and sustenance. That’s a very good thing, especially when it comes to growing and preserving our own food. As a trained and certified Master Food Preserver, one of my main concerns about food preservation is that of food safety. It doesn’t do any good to go through the process of canning or otherwise …