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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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Plenty of plans for waterfront

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 15 June 2018

As demand for boating slips grows, the city may one day relocate the Brockville Rowing Club to St. Lawrence Park to make room for a marina expansion.

While that idea is nowhere close to the planning stages now, it could be among the more controversial proposals being floated before the public at a special waterfront open house meeting Monday.

Brockville’s waterfront ad hoc committee, which has been developing a “Waterfront Action Plan” for the city’s waterfront and shoreline, is inviting members of the public to the open house, where they can take in the various proposals in storyboard format between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre community hall.

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The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture

The Guardian / Kate Lyons / 15 March 2018

A vacuum cleaner, a hair straightener, a laptop, Christmas lights, an e-reader, a blender, a kettle, two bags, a pair of jeans, a remote-control helicopter, a spoon, a dining-room chair, a lamp and hair clippers. All broken.

It sounds like a pile of things that you’d stick in boxes and take to the tip. In fact, it’s a list of things mended in a single afternoon by British volunteers determined to get people to stop throwing stuff away.

This is the Reading Repair Cafe, part of a burgeoning international network aimed at confronting a world of stuff, of white goods littering dumps in west Africa and trash swilling through the oceans in huge gyres.

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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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