Ottawa companies: renewable energy cancellations a waste

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 14 July 2018

The Ontario government is cancelling 758 renewable energy projects, a move people involved with the sector call a ‘waste’ that will create uncertainty.

The government made the announcement Friday, which includes the cancellation of 26 Ottawa projects.

Four of those cancelled are solar projects that belong to the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, according to spokesperson Aaron Thornell.

“This is the province undermining efforts of municipalities, of Indigenous communities, of community groups such as ours, who’ve been working toward developing renewable energy projects in their own communities and elsewhere in the province,” Thornell said.

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Heatwave sees record high temperatures around world

The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 13 July 2018

Record high temperatures have been set across much of the world this week as an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave intensifies concerns about climate change.

The past month has seen power shortages in California as record heat forced a surge of demand for air conditioners. Algeria has experienced the hottest temperature ever reliably registered in Africa. Britain, meanwhile, has experienced its third longest heatwave, melting the roof of a science building in Glasgow and exposing ancient hill forts in Wales.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the rising temperatures were at odds with a global cyclical climate phenomena known as La Niña, which is usually associated with cooling.

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E-bike charging station proposed for Blockhouse Island

Transition Brockville / 13 July 2018

On the Agenda for the Finance, Administration and Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, July 17, is a proposal to setup an e-bike charging station on Blockhouse Island Parkway. From Report to FAO 2018-073-07:

With the introduction of e-bikes, City staff has seen an increase in requests for access to power to recharge the vehicle batteries. In the past, staff has noticed people have plugged their personal electric vehicles into accessible outlets on City buildings and streetlight poles. Personal electric vehicles include e-bikes, and two and four-wheeled scooters. The proposed charging station is not compatible for charging electric cars. The City has previously installed two charging stations for electric cars in the public parking garage at Tall Ships Landing where the fee is $3.00 per hour.

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Electric car rebates end in Ontario

Green Car Reports / Eric C. Evarts / 12 July 2018

Following the election of Conservative Doug Ford as premier July 7, Ontario, Canada, has canceled the province’s generous tax incentives for electric cars, according to an announcement on Wednesday on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.

The move was widely expected after Ford ran on a platform of cutting government expenses, which included canceling the credits.

The credits, which included up to $10,645 ($14,000 Canadian) for the purchase of an electric car in the province, were funded by a carbon tax, which Ford also canceled.

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It’s official – spending time outside is good for you

University of East Anglia / Press Release / 06 July 2018

Summer park in Hamburg, Germany
Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits – according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

Populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are also more likely to report good overall health – according to global data involving more than 290 million people.

Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing hasn’t been fully understood.

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Library expanding into bike loans

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 07 July 2018

Expanding on its Experience Collection, the Brockville Public Library will be adding bicycles to its borrowable collection starting July 10.

Starting on Tuesday, library card holders who are 18 or older will able to borrow a “Bibliobike” for up to two days at a time.

Library CEO Emily Farrell said she hopes the bikes will be used in a variety of ways.

“The Bibliobikes will enable individuals to easily get around the city, whether they’re interested in going for a leisurely ride or need transportation for a job interview,” Farrell said in a statement.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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