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Sudbury’s food forests thriving

Sudbury Star / Mary Katherine Keown / 13 September 2019

Part of the food forest at Delki Dozzi. The food forest is designed to resemble a forest ecosystem and requires no watering after a couple of years. There are several kinds of flowers in the forest to attract pollinators. Mary Katherine Keown/The Sudbury Star
“I think it’s doing great,” Carrie Regenstreif, executive director of Sudbury Shared Harvest, said. “Way better than I expected – I was honestly a little skeptical. When you saw it the first year and there’s just a bunch of plants with woodchips around them, you don’t really believe it’s going to fill in like this.”

The 8,000-square-foot forest is open to the public and Regenstreif said nearly every time she visits, she sees someone harvesting.

The forest contains several types of apple, cherry and plum trees; Saskatoon berries; ever-bearing strawberries, which produce fruit until the frost hits; gooseberries; haskaps; sea buckthorn; asparagus, which will be ready in 2020; rhubarb; currants; and three varieties of raspberries, in addition to other species. Everything in the forest is drought-resistant. In fact, the food forest is designed not to require watering after the first two years.


Record-high Great Lakes water levels the ‘evolving normal’

The Energy Mix / Jeremiah Rodriguez / 20 August 2019

“The flooding this spring and summer along the northern shores of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands, and some Toronto-area beaches has been particularly troublesome for homeowners and businesses,” CTV states. “According to government statistics, July water levels for the bodies of water between Canada and the U.S. were at record highs. And this can lead to faster erosion of the coastline and flooding.”

Feltmate, head of UW’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, cited climate change as one of two factors “disproportionately” affecting Great Lakes water levels. “Number one is climate change-induced. We’re getting more water coming down over shorter periods of time more frequently,” he told CTV. The other factor is that “we’ve removed 72 to 73% of the natural infrastructure of forest fields and wetlands, which gives water a place to go when it falls.” So “now, when the big storms hit, the water goes very quickly into the Great Lakes.”


Consultation on proposed changes to provincial land use policy

NFU Local 316 / 08 August 2019

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced online consultations on the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), the primary provincial land use policy document guiding municipal decision-making, including how growth, development, farmland, wildlife habitat, and public health and safety are managed.

The provincial government’s pro-development position could threaten efforts toward farmland preservation and environmental protection.

To submit your comments, go to:

The deadline for written comments is Oct. 21, 2019.

Ontario plan costs taxpayers more than federal carbon tax

The Energy Mix / Jesse Snyder / 04 June 2019

The Ford government’s new climate plan for Ontario will cost taxpayers half again as much as the federal carbon tax, according to a new analysis released yesterday by Canadians for Clean Prosperity.

“The Clean Prosperity report found that the Ontario plan would be more expensive largely because it would ‘cherry-pick’ certain sources of emissions to cut and would cost C$334 million in 2022, or $62 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions removed. The federal plan would cost $214 million in 2022, or $40 per tonne,” Canada.Com reports. “Much of the additional cost would be passed down to consumers, the report said, raising annual household expenses in Ontario by an average $80 in 2022, rising to $154 in 2030.”


Trying to be Canada’s first carbon-neutral community

Maclean's / Alireza Naraghi / 23 July 2019

An hour’s drive from Toronto on the northwestern edge of Milton, Ont., is a little-known town with a little-known story of climate-change activism. With about 350 residents, Eden Mills has long sought to preserve its 19th-century charm, making it a haven for big-city escapees who enjoy cycling or placid walks along the Eramosa River. More recently, though, its inhabitants have worked toward a distinctly 21st-century goal: becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral community.

The project has defined the past 12 years of Charles Simon’s life. He got the idea after watching a TV program about Ashton Hayes, which is aiming to become England’s first carbon-neutral village. It also happens to be located near where Simon, a retired engineer, grew up. After a summer visit to the U.K. in 2007, he returned to his own community with a vision. And to his surprise, his neighbours bought in.


Township office targets net-zero-energy consumption

Federation of Canadian Municipalities / 17 June 2019

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; and Joanne Vanderheyden, Second Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced over $2.7 million in grants and loans through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support green initiatives in McNab/Braeside towards the construction of the new township office.

The new township office will optimize energy performance through improved building construction, and design considerations such as water usage, natural light and passive solar heating. The new building could generate annual energy savings of up to 127,208 kilowatt hours, a 67% reduction in energy consumption. This reduction in energy use combined with the renewable energy produced by the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would make this a net-zero building. The new building, expected to be completed during the summer of 2019, will also improve the overall quality and efficiency of municipal services by creating a more accessible and functional space and improving air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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