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2016 Annual General Meeting Report

Transition Brockville / 30 November 2016

Butler's Creek gardenersTransition Brockville’s well-attended Annual General Meeting on November 27 at the Brockville Public Library was lively, positive and productive.

After everyone had enjoyed a lunch of homemade soup and chili, MC Izabela Waglay summarized Transition presentations in 2016. Other members of the steering committee briefly described Transition’s partnerships with the library for Seedy Saturday, with the city’s solid waste officer for Talking Trash, with Butler’s Creek Community Garden for Tasty Tours, and with Ontario Culture Days for a Transition display on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Next came an open discussion on what Transition Brockville’s goals for 2017 should be. Top of the list – seek partnerships with other groups and individuals in the community that share many of Transition’s goals for building community resilience. Thanks to Karen and Bill Carriere, of Transition Cornwall+, and Alan Medcalf, former chair of the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee, for their ideas on how to go about finding partners.

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Downtown recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area

DBIA/Ontario by Bike / 21 November 2016

dbialogoDowntown Brockville is now one of four certified Bicycle Friendly Business Areas in Ontario! The Ontario By Bike Network is a province-wide network of certified bicycle friendly businesses and business areas that collectively enhance Ontario’s cycle tourism sector and growing cycling market. This designation positions downtown Brockville as a hub for the excellent on road cycling and trail riding throughout the city and into the surrounding region.

The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area (DBIA), an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, has been working over the past months with Ontario By Bike to meet the minimum criteria for the desigination, including dedicated cycling page on the BIA’s website (www.downtownbrockville.com/cycle-downtown-brockville.php). Meg Plooy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area states, “With the expansion of the Brock Trail and continued improvements to active transportation infrastructure within our City and Region, DBIA was eager to take the steps to be awarded our Bike Friendly designation and continue to promote Downtown Brockville as an alive and vibrant destination.”

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Transition Network Newsletter – November 2016

Transition Network / 03 November 2016

transicio-coverWe open this month with review of an irony free film about Climate Change by the owner of a $200m yacht, an award for a film, a new inspiring French film and two pieces on Brexit, it really isn’t time for everybody to get stoned (as might now Dylan agree). Insights into community Funders and communities having fun doing stuff. Plus reports from Italy, Mallorca, Barcelona and a course in Slovenia.

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Sustainability focus of international meeting

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 03 November 2016

icsrc-meetingBrockville could one day be home to an international centre devoted to sustainable development, working in tandem with Queen’s University and the Aquatarium.

While the project is still years away, it’s the objective of a small group of biosphere reserve representatives from five countries meeting at the Aquatarium Thursday through Saturday.

The international working group, set up at a previous UNESCO-backed international conference here three years ago, aims to develop a detailed program for research, education and exhibitions at the proposed International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ICSRC), which would be located in Brockville.

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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.

The European Union and the misery of bigness

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 23 June 2016

airships-610pxYears ago, the great Austrian economist Leopold Kohr argued that overwhelming evidence from science, culture and biology all pointed to one unending truth: things improve with an unending process of division.

The breakdown ensured that nothing ever got too big for its own britches or too unmanageable or unaccountable. Small things simply worked best.

Kohr pegged part of the problem with bigness as “the law of diminishing sensitivity.” The bigger a government or market or corporation got, the less sensitive it became to matters of the neighbourhood.

In the end bigness, just like any empire, concentrated power and delivered misery, corruption and waste.

And that’s the problem today with the European Union, big corporations, large governments and a long parade of big trade pacts.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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