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Meet an organic distiller and an organic creamery owner

Transition Brockville / 17 May 2019

Transition Brockville’s Green Drinks series this month features an outing to an area craft distiller to learn how he and a neighbouring dairy farmer work cooperatively to make sustainably-produced organic spirits, cheese and yogurt.

Our second Green Drinks event takes place Sunday, May 26, 1:30 p.m., at the King’s Lock Craft Distillery, 5 Newport Drive, Johnstown, just east of Prescott, on County Road 2.

The afternoon begins with socializing and sampling of the various spirits made at the distillery. Also available will be $5 cocktails and samples of cheeses made at the Upper Canada Creamery.

Rob Heuvel, owner of the distillery, and Josh Biemond, co-owner of the farm and creamery, will give presentations about how they cooperate, with Biemond producing organic grains for the distillery and Heuvel returning spent materials to the dairy farm for producing organic milk, yogurt and cheese. Following their presentations, Heuvel will give a tour of the distillery. For more information about these two businesses, visit www.klcraftdistillery.ca and www.uppercanadacreamery.com.

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BBL Energy’s solution to plastic waste

Transition Brockville / 23 April 2019

The world has finally recognized that we have a serious problem with plastic waste. Ultimately, people will find ways to reduce or even eliminate single-use plastics, but in the meantime, what can be done with the mountains and oceans of plastic debris already accumulated?

A local company thinks it has an answer.

Transition Brockville has invited David Bohn, general manager of BBL Energy in Johnstown, to explain the company’s plans to convert waste plastic and used tires into light diesel fuel, natural gas and carbon char, at its next presentation, on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library.

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Sustainable gardens to open near Elgin

Recorder & Times / Ian MacAlpine / 25 October 2018

Participants will be able to receive agricultural job training in organic farming practices, learn about local food systems, improve culinary skills with locally grown produce and attend specialized workshops in health, wellness and living sustainably, a news release said.

“It’s really a space for young people to come, for everybody to come to think about a sustainable lifestyle and addressing our local food systems.”

Partnering up for the project with No. 9: Contemporary Art and the Environment are the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre and St. Lawrence College School of Skilled Trades and Tourism.

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Small businesses can save your community

Strong Towns / Quint Studer / 31 July 2018

Over the past few decades, most communities have had their “pillars” pulled out from under them. Big institutions like banks, hospitals, and newspapers used to be locally owned. Their owners lived and worked in the same place. Their children went to the local schools. As a consequence, their leaders were deeply invested in the community and worked hard to keep it vibrant.

But over the years, large corporations have bought up many of these pillar institutions and consolidated them. It’s now common for the owners of these organizations to live elsewhere, often in bigger cities where corporate headquarters are located. Smaller communities no longer have the benefit of business leaders with a deep personal connection to the place.

This is a natural part of change. And all change brings opportunities along with losses.

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Ottawa companies: renewable energy cancellations a waste

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 14 July 2018

The Ontario government is cancelling 758 renewable energy projects, a move people involved with the sector call a ‘waste’ that will create uncertainty.

The government made the announcement Friday, which includes the cancellation of 26 Ottawa projects.

Four of those cancelled are solar projects that belong to the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, according to spokesperson Aaron Thornell.

“This is the province undermining efforts of municipalities, of Indigenous communities, of community groups such as ours, who’ve been working toward developing renewable energy projects in their own communities and elsewhere in the province,” Thornell said.

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Some choices matter: Eastern Ontario

Credit Unions of Ontario / 26 September 2017

Home to our nation’s capital, Eastern Ontario is chock full of people looking to make positive change happen in their communities, their province and across the country. Discover how credit unions are supporting this change, and sparking a new wave of progressive ideas from Kingston to Ottawa.

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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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