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Blooming success for Brockville

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 10 October 2018

In July and August, [Communities in Bloom] volunteer judges [Doreen] Hill and Ron Dubyk travelled to Brockville to evaluate how city officials, local industry and businesses and the overall private sector, including volunteers, had fared in six criteria: Tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry and trails, landscape and floral displays.

Brockville got a five-bloom rating, and a special mention for heritage from Communities in Bloom Ontario.

“Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society,” the Communities in Bloom statement added.

“The quality of life in Brockville has been enhanced by the efforts of all its citizens,” Hill told council.

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Resilience: Transforming our Community

Resilience Doc / 23 August 2018

The film focuses on climate change in the Grey/Bruce region, but applies to all communities, large or small. Marine scientist Dr. John Anderson explains the problem. How climate change will affect us and what we can do about it. The film is designed to inspire action, using facilitated post-screening discussions. “It’s so hard to know where to start,” says John. “Change our light bulbs? Drive less? Eat less meat? But the trouble is if we act as individuals, it’s just too little. If we wait for governments to act, it will be too late. But if we work together as a community, it might just be in time.”

World Food Day celebration

Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group / 29 August 2018

Come celebrate World Food Day at the South Stormont homestead of Bill and Karen Carriere, on Sunday, October 14, 11 am – 3 pm.

The free day is packed with activities for the whole family in this beautiful setting, focusing on sustainable food production, both locally and globally. People can take guided and self-guided tours of the property’s fruit and nut groves, winter greenhouse, young food forest as well as enjoy woodland ‘mirror’ walks. There will be demo stations on different methods of food preservation and cider pressing, hands-on harvesting of root vegetables, children’s nature and food activities, and much more. A highlight will be an illustrated talk by a specialist on world food issues from USC Canada along with displays of projects worldwide. There will also be refreshments using local ingredients (a fundraiser for the USC Canada).

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Small businesses can save your community

Strong Towns / Quint Studer / 31 July 2018

Over the past few decades, most communities have had their “pillars” pulled out from under them. Big institutions like banks, hospitals, and newspapers used to be locally owned. Their owners lived and worked in the same place. Their children went to the local schools. As a consequence, their leaders were deeply invested in the community and worked hard to keep it vibrant.

But over the years, large corporations have bought up many of these pillar institutions and consolidated them. It’s now common for the owners of these organizations to live elsewhere, often in bigger cities where corporate headquarters are located. Smaller communities no longer have the benefit of business leaders with a deep personal connection to the place.

This is a natural part of change. And all change brings opportunities along with losses.

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Changemakers: Embracing hope, taking action …

New Society Publishers

With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act.

The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation.

This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of transformative change — what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning.

The second section explores powerful new stories of everyday people who have challenged traditional understandings of food, shelter, energy, transportation, waste, and economics, and transformed aspects of their lives, their communities, and wider society.

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Communities in Bloom Blog #3: Criteria for Judging

Brockville CiB Committee / 23 June 2018

Lots of people who read “Communities in Bloom” think that it is an assessment of how “pretty” each community is, but very few people understand just what Communities in Bloom is, and why it is so important to communities like ours across the country. Luckily for them, the Communities in Bloom Brockville committee is here to shed more light on the competition, and educate our citizens on the perks of being a part of this great program.

As stated in the first edition of the Communities in Bloom blog, the evaluation of each community is split up into six sectors. These sectors include: Environmental Action, Floral Displays, Heritage Conservation, Landscaped Areas, Tidiness, and Urban Forestry & Trails. Each of these sectors is further broken down into Municipal, Business & Institutional, Residential, and Community Involvement to help the judges fairly evaluate each aspect of the community. Each of the main sectors has specific requirements or measurables due to the differences from category to category. In this week’s blog, we’re going to break them all down. Enjoy!

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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