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Public meeting: Active Transportation Plan

Active Brockville / 09 October 2019

Everyone interested in seeing Brockville move into the 21st century as a community that values safe and equitable opportunities to choose your mode of travel each and every time out, regardless of age or ability, and that is better able to compete in attracting and retaining talent, families, jobs, and business investment, please plan on attending this public session.

The Active Transportation plan is a city-wide plan to develop a more walkable and bikeable community. It is orders of magnitude bigger and more important than bike lanes on one street.

As with any public meeting, expect that the minority special interest groups opposed to progress will be there and will be loud. Now is not the time to be quiet and watch. Now is the time to register as a delegation and speak up for a healthier future for our city.”

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Renfrew asked to become waterpower champion

InsideOttawaValley.com / Jonathan Mulvihill / 04 October 2019

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is inviting Renfrew to show support for community waterpower.

Stephanie Landers, the manager of community relations and public outreach at OWA, appeared before Renfrew council Sept. 24 to explain the need to promote hydroelectric power as a clean, locally sustainable and reliable source of energy.

“It provides local development opportunities while being a renewable energy source and the key to a low-carbon future,” she 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

How can municipalities lessen the impacts of climate change?

InsideOttawaValley.com / Derek Dunn / 24 September 2019

Municipalities have direct control over five to 10 per cent of their community’s greenhouse gas emissions through assets such as community centres and fire departments. They could influence between 40 and 50 per cent through legislation, meaning, for example, grants to make commercial and residential buildings more efficient. Or more funding for public transit.

Another challenge, [Kevin Behan of the Clean Air Partnership] said, is felt almost exclusively by smaller municipalities: too few staff tasked with too many responsibilities.

Deanna Nicholson at the Town of Arnprior doesn’t entirely agree.

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More EV charging stations could be coming to Smiths Falls

InsideOttawaValley.com / Mallory Day / 10 September 2019

Do you suffer from road range anxiety and aren’t sure if you’ll make it to your destination while driving an electric vehicle? A solution could soon be coming your way.

During the Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting of Smiths Falls town council, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris, brought to council the idea of having electric vehicle charging stations within the town. Morris wants to authorize staff to issue a letter of intent to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to partner for the provision of up to three Level 2 charging stations within the town.

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Trying to be Canada’s first carbon-neutral community

Maclean's / Alireza Naraghi / 23 July 2019

An hour’s drive from Toronto on the northwestern edge of Milton, Ont., is a little-known town with a little-known story of climate-change activism. With about 350 residents, Eden Mills has long sought to preserve its 19th-century charm, making it a haven for big-city escapees who enjoy cycling or placid walks along the Eramosa River. More recently, though, its inhabitants have worked toward a distinctly 21st-century goal: becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral community.

The project has defined the past 12 years of Charles Simon’s life. He got the idea after watching a TV program about Ashton Hayes, which is aiming to become England’s first carbon-neutral village. It also happens to be located near where Simon, a retired engineer, grew up. After a summer visit to the U.K. in 2007, he returned to his own community with a vision. And to his surprise, his neighbours bought in.

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