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Beyond Crisis – a hopeful film about meeting the challenge

Transition Brockville / 18 September 2018

If you know climate change is a challenge that must be faced, but you don’t know how to talk about it with your family and friends, Beyond Crisis is a film that aims to help you find a way.

Transition Brockville’s next presentation is a free public screening of Beyond Crisis, Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library. Following the film, Lynn Ovenden, of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will facilitate a discussion.

“It’s my hope that people will leave our meeting feeling encouraged and a lot more energized” to talk to others about acting on climate change, says Ovenden. A new grandmother, retired government biologist, and longtime field biologist, Ovenden lives near Casselman, Ontario. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Ovenden signed up with CCL Canada (NCR Chapter) in 2016 to help build the political will for effective climate action.

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Make the best seed starting and potting mix

GrowVeg / 23 February 2018

Seed starting mixes are essential for sowing many vegetables, herbs and flowers. But with so much to sow over the coming weeks and months, they can be expensive – unless you make your own.

Transforming lawns

West Coast Seeds / Mark Macdonald / 05 April 2017

While recreational field turf has its uses, most urban and suburban lawn leaves the Earth with a net loss. Space that could be used for growing food or feeding pollinators is dedicated instead to demanding, non-native grasses. Lawn grass is challenged by animals that prey on European chafer (and other) beetle larvae in the winter and spring, and then it dries out and turns brown in the summer due to watering restrictions. We think it’s time to consider transforming lawns to more sustainable uses. We’re asking you to Commit to Grow something more useful than grass.

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Reopening the penitentiary farms

Save Our Prison Farms committee / Dianne Dowling / 27 February 2018

Yahoooo! Today’s budget included a paragraph about the prison farms:

Reopening the Penitentiary Farms at Joyceville and Collins Bay Institutions

To provide federal inmates with training opportunities to acquire new skills, while preparing for employment and successful reintegration and rehabilitation into the community, the Government proposes to invest $4.3 million over five years, beginning and 2018–19, to support the reopening of the Penitentiary Farms at the Joyceville and Collins Bay Institutions in Kingston, Ontario. The farms would be run by CORCAN, a key rehabilitation programming agency of the Correctional Service of Canada.

from page 210 of the budget at https://www.scribd.com/document/372565383/Federal-Budget-2018#from_embed

The CSC prison farm advisory panel has a meeting next week, and I am hoping we will have more details from the Minister of Public Safety and CSC about what the farms will include.

Suggested action:

Please consider writing a letter or making a phone call of support and appreciation to any of the following: the Minister of Public Safety, the Prime Minister, other Cabinet ministers, any MP of your choice, a media outlet, etc. Supporting the decision to fund the restoration of the farms will assist in maintaining the government’s endorsement of the program, and, we hope, lead to additional funding in the future.

OFA: Focus on adapting to climate change

Simcoe Reformer / Michael-Allan Marion / 28 January 2018

“The OFA is pleased to see a renewed focus by government on the need for adaptation to the potential impacts of climate change,” president Keith Currie said last week in a presentation to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which is posted on the ministry’s Environmental Bill of Rights website.

“The agricultural sector has a long history of learning and adapting to the variability of Canadian weather and climate. Global warming and climate change, however, present a much more formidable challenge to agricultural production with an observable increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and changes to regional water cycles.

“The uncertainty and variability resulting from climate change presents significant increase risk to food production and rural livelihoods.”

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Off-grid food preservation methods

Mother Earth News / Leda Meredith / June/July 2016

Before widespread refrigeration and electricity, people developed other food-preservation methods to slow down spoilage. Adopting some of these long-established ways to preserve food and relying less on modern ones will reduce your carbon footprint; increase your self-reliance; and cost less than canning, freezing, and other grid-dependent ways to preserve food.

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