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Reporting invasive species

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

In Ontario, there are numerous agencies and monitoring programs in place that collect information and/or identify the distribution of invasive species. Monitoring programs generate large quantities of data, often covering a wide geographic area, multiple species, and lengthy time periods. Invasive species cross jurisdictional boundaries, so it is important to be able to share monitoring information with neighbouring provinces and states, and with the federal government. Effective data management improves our ability to detect and respond to invasive species, while avoiding duplication of effort.

EDDMapS documents the presence of invasive species. A simple, interactive Web interface enables participants to submit their observations or view results through interactive queries into the EDDMapS database. EDDMapS encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that maintain their personal records and enable them to visualize data with interactive maps.

Users simply enter information from their observations into the standardized on-line data form, which allows specific information about the infestation and images to be added. Information entered is immediately loaded to the EDDMapS website for verification.

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Farming Off the Grid: May 2017 SWITCH presentation

SWITCH / 05 May 2017

Fat of the Land Farm is part of the movement towards conscious eating.

Since 2010 we have been raising animals on our small, grass-based farm in Moscow, Ontario. We raise the kind of food we want our family to eat, that means no GMO’s, no antibiotics, and no hormones. It also means respecting the nature of our livestock. Cattle graze fresh daily paddocks, pigs root up the earth in the forest, and chickens scratch and peck the pasture looking for a tasty bite. Its a regenerative systems approach that is rebuilding the health of our soil, us farmers, and our community.

We are proud to serve the Ottawa and Kingston areas with our farmer-direct, buying club model. Order only what you want, then meet us at the scheduled time. Avoid the confusion of the meat counter. Know exactly what you are getting and who you are getting it from. Simple.

The presentation slides from the May SWITCH Open Meeting featuring Fat of the Land Farm are now available.

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Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’

TEDxAthens / Kate Raworth / 16 December 2014

Kate Raworth is an economist focused on the rewriting of economics to make it fit for addressing this century’s realities and challenges. She is the creator of the doughnut of social and planetary boundaries which, since being first published by Oxfam in 2012, has gained widespread international recognition and influence in reframing sustainable development, including shaping the United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. She is currently writing Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, to be published by Random House in Spring 2016.

To the Ends of the Earth

TVO / 23 January 2017

Narrated by Emma Thompson, this documentary examines the rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on the environment, economy and local communities. The fossil fuel industry’s intensive hunt for unconventional non-renewables, including Arctic drilling and shale gas fracking, also gives rise to a formidable array of scientists, authors and activists who envision a post-growth economic future premised on co-operation, social justice and ecological stewardship.

How pig power helped restore a local farm

NCPR / Todd Moe / 03 April 2017

Healthy food is the mantra at Funny Duck Farm, just north of Brockville in Ontario. When Samantha Klinck and her husband, Aaron, bought their 96-acre property in 2001, it hadn’t been farmed since the 1970s. Samantha said its pastures were “almost visible” in spite of the trees, brush and rubble left behind by the previous owner.

Unable to afford expensive, heavy equipment, Samantha and Aaron relied on their foraging livestock – mostly pigs – to help clear the land. It’s a long process, but it fits their “all organic” CSA philosophy. Samantha’s sister, Jen, manages a second farm nearby. Shares include a bit of everything grown on the two farms: beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and veggies.

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Sustainability centre proposed for Brockville

Transition Brockville / 25 March 2017

Transition Brockville’s Feb. 26 presentation featured Dr. Ellie Bennett, speaking on the International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities, whose aims are to inspire creative, innovative, and effective ways for people and nature to thrive together in rural communities.

In future, that could mean Brockville and area residents will benefit from ICSRC initiatives ranging from hosting a freshwater institute, restoring wetlands and offering sustainability training for farmers, to sponsoring citizen science (such as a 24-hour bioblitz to do a species count in the area) and promoting setting up bee boxes in backyards.

Still in the formative stages, this not-for-profit centre (with charitable status) will be located in Downtown Brockville. It will be North America and Europe’s virtual and physical hub for achieving the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program’s strategic objectives, focusing on building sustainable rural communities. Project proponents for the ICSRC are the Canadian Biosphere Reserves, Queen’s University, and the Aquatarium.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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