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Kingston can play key role in climate change fight, Saxe says

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 18 October 2019

The meeting is to come a day after the federal election, but in a telephone interview Thursday from Boston, where she was visiting family, [Ontario’s former environment commissioner Dianne] Saxe said municipalities and local communities should not underestimate their role in fighting climate change.

“Whatever happens to the senior levels of government, municipalities have an important role to play,” she said. “Municipalities, in a way, have more at stake than the higher levels of government. Municipalities own and operate most of the infrastructure in Canada.

“As owners and operators of infrastructure, they have a lot at stake and a lot to lose.”

And it is often the municipalities that are left to clean up the aftermath of climate change-related disasters, she said.

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Athens builder dreams big … and Tiny

Recorder & Times / Howaida Sorour / 15 April 2019

Sometimes all the stars align and dream projects become reality. That’s what’s happening right now with the prototype Tiny Home that Yuergen Beck, owner of Redwood Homes 1000 Islands of Athens, is building at Algonquin College in Perth.

“The point is, Tiny Homes provide a solution for people to get into the housing market,” said Beck.

It’s a sentiment he shares with Brockville Coun. Leigh Bursey.

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Cornwall finally ready to create new climate change committee

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Alan S Hale / 16 October 2019

Under the terms of reference, the mandate of the new climate change committee will be to provide local perspectives on climate change initiatives and to provide a framework reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the community. The committee will be tasked with creating a Climate Change Adaption Plan for the city, identifying ways to tackle environmental issues, and giving technical advice and recommendations directly to city council about the environmental impact of policies.

The committee will be made up of two members of city council, and three representatives from the community. The original draft called for two community reps, but the council amended it to three.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, St. Lawrence River Institute, and Transition Cornwall+ will each have one representative each on the committee. The city’s general manager of infrastructure and municipal works and the division manager of environmental services will also have seats on the committee.

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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

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