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COVID-19: Limit spread of fear by changing online behaviour

CBC News / Jeff Yates / 14 March 2020

Public health authorities worldwide have asked people to change their habits in order to slow the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. They implore citizens to wash their hands more frequently, to avoid large gatherings and to put themselves in voluntary quarantine if they feel flu-like symptoms.

But as health authorities attempt to calm the public, coronavirus mis- and disinformation is spreading through social media.

Disinformation about the coronavirus not only generates fear and panic, but it can make outbreaks worse by encouraging people to follow bad advice, according to a study by U.K. researchers.

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Planning your community food forest

Mother Earth News / Catherine Bukowski, John Munsell / January 2019

Our experience studying and leading community food forests taught us that starting with the basics and seeking to understand fundamental management phases leads to effective planning. This is true whether the food forest is an independent project or part of a larger community initiative. Thinking about phases helps leaders identify and plan for when, where, and how to direct precious resources instead of trying to do everything at once. The Community Food Forest Handbook provides a general overview of the following five main phases associated with project management and relates them to community food forests.

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Starting your own canning club

Mother Earth News / Sarah Marshall / September 2018

The first week of the month used to feel weighted by bills, worries about everyday tasks, and to-do lists — leaving few thoughts about the future and more regrets about paying for the past. For the last few years, however, the first Wednesday of every month has instead brought anticipation and excitement. Our organizer Brooke Weeber (also this book’s illustrator) couldn’t have imagined the feelings her canning club would inspire when she reached out to a small group of friends to see if we wanted to meet up and exchange canned goods. Over time, the Portland Preservation Society has grown into much more than the canned food exchange she initiated — it is a reminder for all of us to spread creativity, joy, and delicious food.

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House of Lazarus in Mountain seeks satellite storefront

Kemptville Advance / 12 November 2019

House of Lazarus (HOL) is looking for a partner with retail space to help the mission expand its reach.

Currently, HOL’s main headquarters — including its food bank, two stores and warehouse — is situated in Mountain, at the very top west portion of North Dundas, right next door to North Grenville. Food bank clients, thrift store shoppers and donors come from far and wide, making HOL a household name throughout a good portion of eastern Ontario. The mission is funded primarily through revenue from store sales, with donations and grants helping to fill in the gaps.

“If you have store front space sitting idle and you’re interested in partnering with us, we can pay a reasonable rent or provide a charitable tax receipt in lieu of rent,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said.

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Active Transportation Plan – Draft – September 2019

Active Brockville / 27 September 2019

The draft of Brockville’s Active Transportation Plan goes to committee of Council on Tuesday, following which there will be a period for public review, and then a further Council meeting to consider ratification.

Download the (large) plan PDF document here: http://bit.ly/XBR-AT1

CCVS helps plant trees outside Cornwall Public Library

Cornwall Newswatch / 25 September 2019

On this National Tree Day, a group of students from Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) planted trees outside the Cornwall Public Library.

The project is a partnership between the high school and the Tree Action Working Group of Transition Cornwall+ with supervision from the City of Cornwall’s parks department.

The 14 students from grades 7-12 are part of the school’s Tiny Forest initiative. They planted six trees – four sumac and two crab apples – along the east side of the building next to Sydney Street, north of Second Street East.

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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
TB Projects

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