REGIONAL

  • Community garden updates
    Transition Brockville / 29 September 2020
    Despite a slow start with the arrival of COVID-19 last spring, community gardens did get up and running following guidelines established by the City of Brockville and our local health unit. The Butler’s Creek Community Garden on North Augusta Road includes 22 householder plots, a shared herb garden, shared raspberry, black currant, rhubarb and horseradish patches, and a pollinating flower garden. A compost system is working really well, providing plenty of composted organic matter for the …
  • Highway 401 Planning Study - Brockville
    Stantec Consulting Ltd. / Accessed 28 August 2020
    The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained Stantec Consulting Ltd. to undertake a Planning, Preliminary Design, and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study on Highway 401 for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of structures; interchange modifications; and establishing the footprint of future six and eight lanes, to address current and future transportation needs, from 2 km west of Stewart Boulevard to 750 m east of Augusta Road, a length of approximately 4.5 km within …
  • The climate case for building 15-minute neighbourhoods
    Ecology Ottawa / Accessed 06 September 2020
    The links between urban sprawl and climate change are well-documented in cities and regions around the world, but are perhaps best encapsulated for Ottawa's context by former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dr. Dianne Saxe. Dr. Saxe has called urban sprawl "Ontario's oil sands" – it's the province's main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, has a wide array of other environmental costs, and is bound up with a complex web of political and financial interests that benefit from the status …

ONTARIO

  • Ontario funding model undermines transit, favours Uber
    The Energy Mix / 07 September 2020
    As Ontario's Doug Ford government signals an ever-increasing enthusiasm for microtransit services like Uber, critics warn that, far from being a panacea for transit woes, ridesharing undermines public transit and leads to reduced accessibility, rising fares, and more congestion and emissions. And the federal government isn't helping matters, they add, with plans to tie a C$1.8-billion bailout for the country's pandemic-devastated transit systems to a requirement that provinces kick in an equal …
  • From feast to famine
    Queen's Alumni Review / Andrew Stokes / 2020 Issue #3
    This past February, Paul Sawtell (Artsci’02) offered me a tour of the low-slung warehouse in North York that holds his business, 100km Foods. As we walked, he talked about the pride he felt moving into the space. How when he started the enterprise with his wife, Grace Mandarano, he couldn't have dreamed of being big enough to need its more than 8,000 square feet. Back in 2008, they'd started 100km Foods to link the farms of the Ontario Greenbelt to the restaurants and stores that wanted …
  • Dufferin County to assess all new projects with a 'climate lens'
    Orangeville.com / Alexandra Heck / 27 August 2020
    Local environmentalists are applauding the County of Dufferin's new plan to add an environmental scope to every project going forward. As part of the municipality's goals to mitigate climate change, county staff will be adding a climate portion to reports on items being considered by council […] The scope of the “climate lens” will assess whether or not a new infrastructure would create greenhouse gas emissions and whether or not those impacts can be mitigated. It will also …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Northern hemisphere breaks record for hottest ever summer
    The Guardian / Emily Holden / 14 September 2020
    This summer was the hottest ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, according to US government scientists. June, July and August were 1.17C (2.11F) above the 20th-century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). The new record surpassed the summers of 2016 and 2019. Last month was also the second-hottest August ever recorded for the globe. The numbers put 2020 on track to be one of the five warmest years, according to Noaa. [ FULL ARTICLE ]…
  • The future has arrived. These explosive fires are our wakeup call
    The Guardian / Peter Gleick / 11 September 2020
    Like millions of people in the western United States this week, I woke up to deep red, sunless skies, layers of ash coating the streets, gardens, and cars, and the smell of burning forests, lives, homes, and dreams. Not to be too hyperbolic, but on top of the political chaos, the economic collapse, and the worst pandemic in modern times, it seemed more than a little apocalyptic […] While fires in the west are not unusual or unexpected, these fires are different: they're earlier, bigger, …
  • 28 trillion ton ice melt spells danger
    WBUR / Robin Young, Samantha Raphelson / 01 September 2020
    A total of 28 trillion tons of ice has disappeared from the Earth's surface since 1994, according to the results of a study that shocked the U.K. researchers who conducted it. This report fulfills the worst-case scenario that was predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 30 years ago.…
  • Our Planet: Too Big To Fail
    WWF / 18 September 2020
    How can the finance sector help save the planet? The sector's leading voices explore the crucial role of finance in turning the tide on climate change and nature loss.…
  • Involve local groups in protecting biodiversity
    The Guardian / Severin Carrell / 31 August 2020
    The "Edinburgh declaration", published on Monday, urges leaders to work more closely with sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, national parks, local councils and wider society in meeting 20 biodiversity goals set out in the Aichi accord, signed in Nagoya, Japan, 10 years ago. Those targets were due to have been met by 2020. None of them were, leaving global biodiversity in a parlous state, the statement says. "The current approach is bust," said Prof Des Thompson, principal science …
STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • Tips for keeping your Inbox clean and green
    TechSoup Canada / Chiara C. / 27 August 2020
    Clearly, there are big and important changes that need to be made in the future of our digital infrastructure. Thinking about the scale of the change required can feel out of reach for the average online user interested in supporting the shift towards sustainability. That said, understanding what's behind our data usage can be a powerful entry point for reducing our online carbon footprint and provides an accessible way to start making a difference.

 
Transition Brockville reminds everyone of the need to stay safe, and to protect our loved ones and our community. Ontario has moved to Stage 3 recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown. Masks are still required in all enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge. The virus is still highly infectious. With more places opening, our prevention measures are more important than ever to keep us all safe.