New food truck shines a light on local, sustainable products

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kalynn Sawyer Helmer / 04 July 2019

This is just the beginning for Currier and his sous chef Tyler Jones, a new adventure that will help shine a light on the positives of the local agricultural community. “You have to make compromises as a business but we’re trying to do the best we can with what we have. I think this is a good step. I think educating people through food, through product, through any venue is a very important thing especially in the daily living,” he said. “The fact that I can bring my favourite things in life, like gardening, foraging and cooking, together in one stop is great. We need two things in life, water and food to sustain life and I think people should celebrate them a little more.”

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2019 EOAT Summit presentations

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network / 11 July 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since the 6th annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit which was held Long Sault on June 13th.

Thank you to everyone who attended. The room was packed with representatives from various sectors from all over Eastern Ontario (and several from outside our region). The day was packed with amazing speakers, fantastic networking, and enriching discussions and I think it’s safe to say that most of us left feeling (re)energized to tackle active transportation in our own communities.

Without further ado – we are pleased to share that we’ve posted the presentation slides for all to access as well as a slide show of pictures from the day: https://walkandrollcornwallsdg.ca/events/eoats-2019/

The link between extreme weather and climate change

Clean Energy Canada / Keri McNamara / 04 July 2019

Extreme weather attribution is a growing field of climate science, with an increasing number of studies dedicated to establishing the role that climate change plays in our changing weather patterns. It is now possible to attribute certain weather events to climate change with a reasonable degree of confidence, with one analysis suggesting 68% of all studied extreme weather events were made more likely by climate change.

While directly attributing extreme weather events to climate change is rarely possible given attribution science generally occurs after the fact, coverage of extreme weather events presents an important opportunity to educate the public about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change, the field of attribution science, and conclusions that have been drawn regarding similar past weather events.

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Farmersville Community Abattoir’s future looking bleak

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kory Glover / 03 July 2019

Barbara Schaefer and Bernie Barber are retiring at the end of the year, leaving the Farmersville Community Abattoir without a clear future.

Acting as the chair of the Farmersville Community Abattoir’s board of directors for the past four years, Schaefer is ready to hand the reigns to someone else, only problem is, not many people are stepping up to the plate.

“Myself and Bernie Barber, who is our lead butcher, were in it for the long haul but now both of us want to retire,” she said. “Basically what that means is that somebody needs to take over what we’re doing and there is no one to take over what we’re doing.”

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7 municipalities partnering with Brock U for Niagara Adapts

St. Catharines Standard / Beth Audet / 03 July 2019

St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake have seen significant flooding in Lakeside Park and the Dock Area respectively, Pelham’s iconic arches toppled in a windstorm, Niagara Falls has had issues with frozen pipes in the deep freeze of winter, Niagara seniors have struggled with the extreme humidity of summer, farmers have to cope with challenging crop planting in overly wet seasons and the bee population is declining.

“The impacts are here and we’re all feeling them,” she said, but quickly added that there are tangible things we can do about it if we work together.

Brock held its inaugural Niagara Adapts workshop on June 14, where community leaders from St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Welland and Pelham met with the four members of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

The partnership will proceed with a series of nine workshops held at the university over the next two years. There are also plans to engage with citizens and spread awareness as well, through public events or online forums.

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Air conditioning is the world’s next big threat

The Age / Chris Bryant / 29 June 2019

Carbon dioxide emissions rose another 2 per cent in 2018, the fastest pace in seven years. That increase was alarming in its own right, given what we know about the unfolding climate emergency.

But the proximate cause was especially troubling: Extreme weather led to more demand for air conditioning and heating in 2018, BP explained in its annual review of energy sector.

It’s not too hard to imagine a vicious cycle in which more hot weather begets ever more demand for air conditioning and thus even more need for power. That in turn means more emissions and even hotter temperatures.

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