Seedy Saturday 2021: Call for seed donations

Brockville Public Library / 5 February 2021

We need seeds! If you have seeds to share, please put them in the Library drop box on George Street by Friday, February 12. Please label the seeds with seed name and date harvested.

Looking for seeds? Once we've collected all the donated seeds, you can check out our listing of seeds and submit a request on the library website (www.brockvillelibrary.ca) or in person starting Monday, February 22. We will package the seeds and call you to make an appointment to pick up your seeds at the Library on Saturday, March 6, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Seeds will be distributed while supplies last.

Check out our selection of growing and gardening books and e-books here.

Questions? Contact Brandy Smith, brandy@brockvillelibrary.ca, 613-342-3936 ext. 6432.


REGIONAL

  • City procurement of dried bio-solids disposal
    City of Brockville / Council Notice & Agenda / 9 February 2021
    7.  SR2021-17  Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-solids Disposal – WPCC
    THAT Report SR2021-17 Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-Solids Disposal – WPCC be received; and
    THAT the procurement of services from Terrapure Organic Solutions (Formerly Third High Farms Ltd.) in Iroquois Ontario, for the disposal of the dried bio-solids produced at the City's Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) be authorized.  [ Terrapure Organic Solutions ]
  • Couple eyes composting program for Gan
    Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 2 February 2021
    The town of Gananoque does not currently have a municipal composting program. One young entrepreneur is proposing to change that deficit. Tikvah Mindorff is a Gananoque resident who would like to open up a composting business in partnership with the town. "The program would run according to the same recycling schedule in town, and there would be a membership initiation fee, in order to provide a curbside green bin and smaller kitchen caddy and fridge magnet explaining what can and can't go into …
  • Deep Roots Food Hub and its off-grid root cellar
    Art Hunter / 25 November 2020
    Food Security is a major concern in Canada and globally. This presentation describes the research and development project directed at low cost food preservation over a long and cold Canadian winter and located in Carp, Ontario.
  • Local creamery goes back to basics
    Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 30 January 2021
    He's the visionary; she's the facilitator who helps get things done, she says. Ellen and Josh Biemond are the brains and the brawn behind Biemond Upper Canada Creamery, a small dairy production and processing business in Iroquois that has taken North Grenville by storm. "It's organic, grass fed and local and it's good value," said Jim Beveridge, owner of B&H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville, the first retailer to carry Upper Canada Creamery products. "We actually do quite well with …
  • Council urges province to phase out gas-powered electric plants
    Kingstonist / Jessica Foley / 21 January 2021
    Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, moving that the City of Kingston write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Minister of Environment, Conservation, Energy, and Parks to request that the Government of Ontario develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation as soon as possible to ensure that Kingston and other municipalities are enabled to achieve climate action goals. The City of …
  • Sustainability
    North Dundas Times / Joselyn Morley / 20 January 2021
    This is the first in a series of articles on sustainability. Going forward, there is a space for discussion of all things sustainable: local food, sustainable agriculture, food security, sustainable development, heritage animals and grains, heirloom food, how to support local food community, how to support and grow local community in general, local market gardening, permaculture, regenerative farming …

ONTARIO

  • Too many developers, no local reps: mayor on conservation authorities group
    CBC News / Bobby Hristova / 1 February 2021
    Hamilton city councillors and the executive director of Environment Hamilton think recent changes by the province to conservation authorities will “decapitate” them and erode years of work to curb global warming and other environmental issues. The most recent issue raised was how no one from Hamilton or Niagara are included in a provincial working group made following controversial legislation that governs conservation authorities. Conservation authorities oversee regional …
  • Great Lakes ice cover shrinks, with big toll
    Toronto Star / Max Martin / 26 January 2021
    Ice coverage on the Great Lakes hit record lows in January and is well below the seasonal average, prompting concerns from experts about the environmental impact caused by a lack of ice. As of Jan. 25, 7.7 per cent of the Great Lakes have frozen over, based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a U.S. science agency. Ice levels were as low as 1.8 per cent on Jan. 15, a record-low for the mid-January period. The abnormally low levels in 2021 reflect a longstanding …

CANADA

  • Canada and U.S. drastically underestimate methane emissions
    The Energy Mix / Mitchell Beer / 3 February 2021
    Federal environmental agencies are underestimating methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells by 20% in the United States and 150% in Canada, according to a McGill University study published late last month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, one of several in recent weeks that have pointed to a mounting crisis in releases of the climate-busting gas. From oil and gas operations and abandoned wells in North America, to urban gas lines in Europe, to farms in China and …
  • Canada has yet to embrace rooftop solar power
    CBC News / Jade Prévost-Manuel / 5 February 2021
    The U.K. and Germany, places Gall said receive less light on average than Canada, have more than 20 times the number of solar rooftops. Quantity is one measure of uptake but the rate of installations is equally important, and in countries like Vietnam, rooftop solar is booming. Despite a global pandemic and countrywide lockdown last year, Vietnam saw rooftop solar installations increase by nearly 2,435 per cent from 2019, to more than 100,000 systems in total. “Last year, Vietnam …
  • Homeowners, towns partner to take CO2 out of home heating
    CBC News / Jonathan Ore / 29 January 2021
    According to 2017 data from Statistics Canada, 43 per cent of homes in Canada are heated with natural gas. They’re billed as cleaner than coal or oil, but nearly 18 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating our buildings. Some homeowners like Manning are switching to electric heating systems to do their part to reduce emissions even further than the oil-to-natural gas shift. But it can come with a high price tag — Manning said the bill for their retrofit …
  • Recycling key to crisis says coalition behind new plastic 'pact'
    National Observer / Marc Fawcett-Atkinson / 28 January 2021
    Every year, Canadians create hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic waste, almost half of it from packaging. Despite Canadians’ diligent efforts at curbside recycling, most of it ends up in landfills. That might be changing. On Wednesday, a coalition of major businesses, environmental organizations, and the federal government announced a new initiative to eliminate plastic waste: the Canada Plastic Pact. The group aims to ensure that in the next five years, at least half the plastic …
  • New climate data hub ClimateWest
    National Observer / Carl Meyer / 20 January 2021
    Canada's three Prairie provinces are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis, and now their governments are helping make climate data more accessible, according to the head of a new non-profit. Jane Hilderman is executive director of ClimateWest, an organization that launched Tuesday aiming to make data on climate change accessible to municipal planners, land use planners, and other institutional-level groups in the Prairies. Hilderman said all three provinces helped with the startup, as …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded
    The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 8 January 2021
    The climate crisis continued unabated in 2020, with the the joint highest global temperatures on record, alarming heat and record wildfires in the Arctic, and a record 29 tropical storms in the Atlantic. Despite a 7% fall in fossil fuel burning due to coronavirus lockdowns, heat-trapping carbon dioxide continued to build up in the atmosphere, also setting a new record. The average surface temperature across the planet in 2020 was 1.25C higher than in the pre-industrial period of 1850-1900 …
  • Climate crisis: world is at its hottest for at least 12,000 years – study
    The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 27 January 2021
    The planet is hotter now than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period spanning the entire development of human civilisation, according to research. Analysis of ocean surface temperatures shows human-driven climate change has put the world in "uncharted territory", the scientists say. The planet may even be at its warmest for 125,000 years, although data on that far back is less certain.
  • Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds
    The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 25 January 2021
    The melting of ice across the planet is accelerating at a record rate, with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets speeding up the fastest, research has found. The rate of loss is now in line with the worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading authority on the climate, according to a paper published on Monday in the journal The Cryosphere. Thomas Slater, lead author and research fellow at the centre for polar observation and …
  • The ongoing collapse of the world's aquifers
    National Observer / Matt Simon / 21 January 2021
    As California's economy skyrocketed during the 20th century, its land headed in the opposite direction. A booming agricultural industry in the state's San Joaquin Valley, combined with punishing droughts, led to the over-extraction of water from aquifers. Like huge, empty water bottles, the aquifers crumpled, a phenomenon geologists call subsidence. By 1970, the land had sunk as much as 28 feet in the valley, with less-than-ideal consequences for the humans and infrastructure above the …
  • Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in Arctic
    The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 12 January 2021
    The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found. The most comprehensive study to date found the microplastics in 96 of 97 sea water samples taken from across the polar region. More than 92% of the microplastics were fibres, and 73% of these were made of polyester and were the same width and colours as those used in clothes. Most of the samples were taken from 3-8 …
  • Nature should be at the heart of economic planning: U.K. report
    CBC News / The Associated Press / 2 February 2021
    A report commissioned by the British government is urging a radical transformation in the way that countries around the world assess the state of their economies by elevating the natural world as a key element in their economic planning. The review of the economics of biodiversity by Professor Partha Dasgupta concludes that nature needs to become as valued as traditional gauges of economic wealth such as profits in the future. In the 600-page review that was commissioned in 2019 by …
  • 'Hockey stick' scientist talks about the 'New Climate War'
    CBC News / Bob McDonald / 29 January 2021
    Climate scientist Michael Mann is possibly best known for the iconic “hockey stick” graph published in 1998 that showed the steep rise in planetary temperatures. He was also one of the targets of a massive email hack dubbed “Climategate” aimed at discrediting climate scientists. As a result of all this he gained an intimate knowledge of the strategies of those who are attempting to resist climate action — climate change deniers, and those trying to derail the political …
  • Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced
    The Guardian / Damian Carrington / 19 January 2021
    Batteries capable of fully charging in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time, marking a significant step towards electric cars becoming as fast to charge as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles. Electric vehicles are a vital part of action to tackle the climate crisis but running out of charge during a journey is a worry for drivers. The new lithium-ion batteries were developed by the Israeli company StoreDot and manufactured by Eve Energy in China on standard …

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • Bringing community to the table in climate adaptation
    Resilience / Leslie MacKenzie / 28 January 2021
    Climate preparedness and adaptation work is excellent for Transition groups to do for several reasons: Transition's practical, solution-oriented approach makes it easier for people to take in difficult climate change information. We weren't just telling people problems; we were giving them solutions. Transition isn't out for a quick win. Our group was there for years, offering different ways to engage so people had multiple opportunities to learn. Transition doesn't just give people …
  • Do you drink bottled water? Read this
    The Guardian / Adrienne Matei / 28 January 2021
    Despite its ever-growing popularity in the US, bottled water is atrocious for the environment. To quote Harvard University's Office for Sustainability, "The entire life cycle of bottled water uses fossil fuels, contributes to global warming, and causes pollution." Although water bottles are recyclable, Americans throw away about 80% of the bottles they use – and, by some estimates, Americans use 1,500 plastic bottles of water every second. Plastic bottles contribute immensely to global …
  • EV shopping
    Clean Energy Canada / 18 January 2021
    With more EV models coming onto the market, there is more choice than ever. To help narrow down your electric options, Plug 'n Drive has produced this useful new tool that allows you to tailor the search to suit your individual commuting needs by comparing range, price, cost and more.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Youth Climate Action Summit pre-workshop

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Online

Calling all students! The 2021 Virtual Youth Climate Action Summit hosted by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network will be occurring this May (more information and registration available soon!). This year’s summit will be preceded by a series of workshop-style webinars. Our first webinar will feature two youth speakers sharing their experiences with Youth Climate Summits and focus an interactive conversation around climate anxiety and how to talk about #climatechange.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with regional youth before the main summit event happening this May. If you are interested in attending the summit this spring, we highly encourage you to attend!

To reserve your spot, please visit the Eventbrite registration https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/copy-of-fab-youth-gathering-for-climate-action-tickets-136526294823


Great British Cooking Night! A take-and-make online cooking class

Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Online

Brockville Public Library is partnering with downtown Brockville restaurants to offer a series of unique fundraiser cooking experiences. The shopping is done for you! Don’t worry about getting gourmet ingredients from the grocery store – all the ingredients are pre-measured and will be conveniently ready for you to pick up. A great way to learn new things, spend time together at home, enjoy delicious food and support our community.

Tonight you will experience a unique cooking adventure while having a cozy night in with Cosies British Tea Room & Café. Paul will teach you about traditional British flavours and techniques that he grew up with in England. You’ll learn how to make a scrumptious traditional pasty with chicken, bacon and mushroom filling and pan fried potatoes and onions on the side. How it works:

  1. Register
  2. Pick up ingredients from Cosies at 45 King St. West in Brockville on Tuesday, February 23, between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.
  3. Join the Facebook Live online class.

Serves 2. All ingredients supplied. This class requires access to Facebook Live. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the library. Registration is $30. Get your tickets here.


Eco Farm Day 2021 — Virtual Conference Featuring the Best of Ecological Ag

Canadian Organic Growers
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, February 26-27
WHERE: Online

Join us as we dive into regenerative grazing, soil health, and economics of diversification with 100s of farmers in Ontario & Quebec. Along with other activities, these will be our Featured Sessions:

  • Friday Evening: Ask Me Anything on Soil Microbiology, Carbon Sequestration, Improving Soils with Dr. Kris Nichols, COG's Director of Research and Education
  • Saturday Morning: Increase Net Income with Diversified Rotations with Agri-Fusion
  • Saturday Afternoon: Hope & Hacks: Grazing and Life Lessons from Alderspring Ranch with Glenn Elzinga

More info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eco-farm-day-2021-virtual-conference-featuring-the-best-of-ecological-ag-registration-138609694327


Seedy Saturday

Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Saturday, March 6, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Online

Get started on your garden with our Seedy Saturday Free Seed Exchange!

If you have seeds to share, please put them in our Library drop box by Friday, February 12.

Check out our listing of seeds and submit your request online or in person starting Monday, February 22. We will package the seeds and call you to make an appointment to pick up your seeds at the Library on Saturday, March 6, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Our seed inventory will be continuously updated, and seeds will be distributed while supplies last.

There will also be an online webinar at 1:30 pm: learn about starting seeds indoors and rooting cuttings from your favourite mother plants with local garden experts Mary Ann Van Berlo and Phil Hosick. They will walk us through the basics of starting plants from seeds at home, with a short demo on rooting cuttings!

Call or email brandy@brockvillielibrary.ca to register.


North & Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

County of Renfrew and the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance
WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10:00 am - noon
WHERE: Online

The COVID-19 pandemic created immense opportunity and pressures for local food systems. It showed how critical these systems are, as well as exposing weaknesses that make them vulnerable. In this series of FOUR FREE WEBINARS, we explore the hard-won lessons learned from a global pandemic that can help strengthen local food businesses and organizations.

  1. March 10: Local Food More than Ever: Harvesting the Lessons of COVID-19, with keynote speaker Dr. Evan Fraser.
    Dr. Fraser is a professor of geography and the Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. A passionate communicator, he has written for the Globe and Mail, TheGuardian.com, CNN.com, ForeignAffairs.com, the Walrus and the Ottawa Citizen, and has authored popular non-fiction books about food and food security, most recently Uncertain Harvest, published in 2020.
  2. March 17: Navigating Agri-Tourism During a Pandemic
  3. March 24: Surviving and Thriving: The Resilience of Local Food
  4. March 31: Innovations in the Local Food Frontier: Aquaculture, Aquaponics, Greenhouse Production and Vertical Farming

Details and registration:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/north-eastern-ontario-local-food-conference-registration-139458254393


Transition Brockville reminds everyone of the need to stay safe, and to protect our loved ones and our community. Ontario is currently in a COVID-19 lockdown and under a stay-at-home order, excepting essentials. Masks are required in all enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge. As virus variants emerge, our prevention measures are more important than ever to keep us all safe.