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More than two wheels: how bikes build sturdy communities

Globe & Mail / James Martin / 11 May 2017

There are community bike shops all across Canada, but Winnipeg’s particularly high concentration is a reason the city will host the 2017 edition of Bike!Bike!, an international gathering of community bicycle projects this August. Approximately one in five Winnipeggers are immigrants, and the city welcomed 12,383 new permanent residents in 2015 alone.

“Bikes open up options to employment to them, and open up their city,” says Mr. Heath. “A lot of the folks we serve don’t necessarily identify as cyclists in the way you or I might think of it – spandex, fancy road bike. And they’re not hipsters. Like a lot of cyclists in Winnipeg, they’re functional cyclists. They get introduced to it and they realize it’s affordable, it has health benefits and there are a lot of joys to it. They’re just regular people on bikes.”

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Return of traditional skills is boosting Italy’s economy

The Guardian / Angela Giuffrida / 01 April 2017

Italy has one of the most sluggish economies in the European Union, with the overall unemployment rate standing at 11.7% in January, figures from Istat, the national statistics agency, showed.

But there are some signs of recovery among small artisanal businesses, with hiring among them rising 2.3% in 2016, according to data from CNA, the national confederation of artisans and small businesses.

Claudio Giovine, a chief economist at CNA, said this is partly due to the economy in general performing mildly better and firms having more flexibility with work contracts.

There has been a trend among school leavers veering towards traditional trades, but also among graduates striking out alone, he added.

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newterra showcasing toilet-to-tap technology

Newterra / 22 March 2017

World Water Day is a great time to reflect on how precious every drop of water is, particularly when much of the world does not have access to clean, safe, drinking water. According to a report by World Health Organization (www.who.int), half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by the year 2025. Given these facts, it’s easy to see how critically important it is that we think about ways to reuse wastewater. newterra (www.newterra.com), a leader in modular water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment solutions, is working hard to expand global access with innovative, safe, and efficient water treatment technology.

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OREC targets $2 M with fifth securities offering

OREC / 16 January 2017

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op launches its fifth securities offering and is seeking to raise up to $2 million to invest in four local solar power projects. The Co-op’s latest projects include a rooftop project at both the Twin Elm Rugby Park and KIN Vineyard in Carp along with a ground mount system in Alfred, Ontario, and a rooftop system on a private building. These projects will start to produce power for the grid starting in June, 2017.

OREC’s previous four securities offerings raised $5.1 million, financing 13 solar rooftop projects in Ottawa – four of which are found on local French language schools.

“Working with the French school boards to install these solar projects has been such a pleasure. We are accomplishing our environmental and educational goals, while also providing a profitable, socially-responsible investment option for our members,” says Janice Ashworth, OREC’s General Manager.

Investments can be made by purchasing Preference Shares or Member Investment Notes and is open to all residents of Eastern Ontario who become members of the co-op. OREC’s preference shares have 20-year terms, are RRSP & TFSA-eligible, and average a 4% annual dividend plus return of capital over time. Member Investment Notes have five year terms and provide a fixed 3% annual return with the capital returned at the end of year five.

As opposed to a mutual fund where individual investors have little control, with a co-op, every investor becomes a member and has a vote in decisions that affect operations and investments.

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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.

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REconomy Project teleseminar: Enterprises that Build Resilience

Transition US

What if our economy actually served people and the planet, and built stronger communities? Instead of extracting resources, what if businesses built local wealth and resilience while regenerating ecosystems? And what if we create enterprises that provide good jobs, reduce income inequality, and lower our carbon footprint?

The Transition US REconomy Project seeks to explore these three questions and develop strategies to bring these economic ideals to life.

Join us to learn from some of the incredible businesses featured in our new REconomy Report 25 Enterprises that Build Resilience: Lopez Community Land Trust and the Local Investing Opportunities Network.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 am EST
Registration: To participate, register online and you will receive call information via email.

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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