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Local food systems and rural development

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design / Angela Moreno-Long / 24 October 2016

Local food systems in rural communities can provide much more than just access to high quality food, food systems are linked to the economic vitality, sustainability and health of communities. The Iowa State University Community Design Lab produced an “Agricultural Urbanism” toolkit for revitalizing local food systems in order to create resilient communities, promote social equity and build financial sustainability. Don’t let the “urbanism” title fool you, agricultural urbanism is a process which can be used in cities and towns of any size across America–the key idea is integrating food systems and agriculture into the planning, design, and social fabric of communities. The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit highlights pilot projects at multiple scales that use creative design solutions for local food systems.


Qualified support for eco centre

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 07 February 2017

A proposed sustainability centre in Brockville, located at or near the Aquatarium, is worthy of tax receipts, but not outright city funding, councillors said Tuesday.

Members of council’s economic development and planning committee are recommending the city issue tax receipts from city hall “on donations towards the various work phases and business plan development cost to establish a UNESCO EuroMAB international centre in Brockville.”

The motion, which goes to the full city council for a final vote, would also see Brockville’s economic development advisory team give the EuroMAB group’s Canadian representatives guidance “on local planning, advocacy and economic matters associated with the project implementation and preparation of a formal prospectus.”


[ TB: This motion was passed by City Council at its meeting on February 14. ]

Uptake in cycling benefits local economies

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 26 November 2016

tdl327cIt’s well established that increases in cycling modal share create a multiplier effect in population health improvements and reduced health care costs. Yet the economic effects don’t seem to be as well accepted, despite quinquennial study updates in places like Québec, published by MTQ and Vélo Québec. It’s good to see other studies from other regions add to that evidence. Here, BBC Research reports on Colorado, where cycling events and tourism add $1.6 billion annually to the state economy. That’s why Bike Friendly Business Areas and paved shoulders are so important in the larger economic picture.


City could save on energy: Report

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 18 November 2016

sewage-treatment-plantBrockville should not hire an “embedded energy manager,” but it can still save money on energy by monitoring consumption better, say consultants hired by city hall to look into the matter.

A report by the consulting firm Energy Performance Services (EPS) suggests the city spend more than $83,000 to upgrade monitoring at the water and sewer plants, adding this would eventually yield more than $32,000 in annual energy savings.

City officials will decide next year whether to follow through on the recommendation.


Brockville’s Commemorative Tree Planting Program 2017

City of Brockville / Operations Department

commemorative-tree-planting-brochure-coverThe Operations Department is pleased to offer a Commemorative Tree Planting Program. This program may be used as a form of remembrance of a loved one, celebration of a birth, honouring a retiree, or any other event which you feel should be commemorated by a living tribute. Trees will be planted in approved areas along the Brock Trail in the fall of each year. Orders must be received by the Operations Department by August 1 with payment in full. Once planted, the tree becomes the sole responsibility of the Operations Department.


Wanted: Cycling Advisory Committee members

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 11 November 2016

Are you interested in helping Council realize the benefits of cycling, as directed in the Official Plan and Sustainability and other plans, and as endorsed in the Healthy Communities Vision? If so, the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee is seeking new members.


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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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