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Lanark County moves forward with Climate Action Plan

Lanark County / Media Release / 27 July 2020

Since adopting its Climate Action Plan in January 2020, Lanark County has taken some decisive actions towards achieving goals for sustainability.

Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a core strategy in the county’s 2005 Strategic Plan, and council established “climate and environment” as one of its top five priorities for this term.

“We need a holistic approach with a multitude of strategies in order to reach a level of sustainability in our county,” explains CAO Kurt Greaves. “Climate change and environmental degradation are defining challenges of our time.”

A work plan outline set goals for this year and includes strategies related to grant research and applications, homes, forests and farms, industry, waste diversion, transportation, municipal buildings, and public engagement. A number of actions are already underway.

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Why cities are planting more ‘food forests’

CBC News / Emily Chung / 23 July 2020

Many of us see forests as places to walk, hike and enjoy nature. But more and more cities are planting “food forests” — not just for strolling through, but for growing fruits and veggies.

At the Cowichan Green Community Food Forest in Duncan, B.C., visitors can amble along green microclover pathways in the shade of big-leaf maple trees to pick herbs such as rosemary and savory, vegetables like asparagus, as well as fruits, including salmonberries, grapes, plums, kiwis and figs — for free.

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Let it bee, Augusta declares

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 17 June 2020

Augusta Township has proclaimed itself to be a bee-friendly community by agreeing to set aside vacant township properties to be used by beekeepers.

In a report to council, planner Myron Belej said the plan would have the dual benefits of helping the struggling bee population and beekeepers as well as assisting farmers in the pollination of their crops.

“It’s a sweet deal that will create a lot of buzz,” Belej told council this week.

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Lanark County goes electric

InsideOttawaValley.com / Ashley Kulp / 10 June 2020

The county is ramping up its climate action plan and purchasing electric vehicles is part of the priorities. Through the Local Municipal Vehicle Program passed by county council May 27, it encourages the purchase of one electric or hybrid vehicle by Dec. 31, 2022 with a grant available through a federal government subsidy.

“The county will match the federal incentive on that vehicle,” noted chief administrative officer Kurt Greaves.

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AMO – Blue box transition to full producer responsibility

Brockville City Council / May 26 Agenda

SR2020-86

WHEREAS the amount of single-use plastics leaking into our lakes, rivers, waterways is a growing area of public concern;

WHEREAS reducing the waste we generate and reincorporating valuable resources from our waste stream into new goods can reduce GHGs significantly;

WHEREAS the transition to full producer responsibility for packaging, paper and paper products is a critical to reducing waste, improving recycling and driving better economic and environmental outcomes;

WHEREAS the move to a circular economy is a global movement, and that the transition of Blue Box programs would go a long way toward this outcome;

WHEREAS the City of Brockville is supportive of a timely, seamless and successful transition of Blue Box programs to full financial and operational responsibility by producers of packaging, paper and paper products;

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Modified Active Transportation Plan passes

Transition Brockville / 19 January 2020

City of Brockville staff have confirmed that, with the motion passed by Council this week, the City now has an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in place, qualifying it for funding under some upper tier government programs.

As explained in a misleadingly-titled Recorder & Times article, this plan includes modifications, but is largely based on the draft ATP submitted by the consulting firm Alta Planning last September.

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