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Etown ponders tiny homes

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 26 August 2019

Currently, the township requires houses be a certain square footage; minimum house sizes currently range from 65 to 85 square metres at minimum for most zones, with an exception being a minimum of 140 square metres currently required in the “estate residential” zone.

In order to facilitate the development of tiny homes, they are proposing to remove the minimum square footage requirements for all zones except estate residential, an area where many subdivision lots are located.

The changes are part of a bylaw update, which is the continuation of a years-long process of the township’s official plan. Updating the bylaw would simply implement the details of the official plan passed in September 2018, of which the tiny home development is one.

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What we can do now

Toronto Star / Megan Ogilvie / 12 July 2019

It’s clear that Canada, like the rest of the world, is facing a climate crisis.

From melting permafrost in the north, to ninja rain storms in our cities, to the shifting shores on our coasts, we’ve seen the evidence: climate change is real.

We have the facts. So, what comes next?

With no single checklist to follow, no series of straightforward steps to take that will make it all go away, it’s hard to know what to do.

But there are some strategies that will help safeguard our homes, our communities and our country. People are working on them every day.

We hope this handbook will help you find your own path forward.

In it, you will meet people and community groups working to combat climate change — and finding comfort and purpose in their efforts.

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Do you qualify for free insulation?

Enbridge Gas Inc.

Warm up to energy savings. Enbridge can help.

Wake up to a well-insulated home that feels warm and snug all the time.

If you qualify, you can receive:

  • New Insulation
  • Draft Proofing
  • Smart Thermostat

All installed by experienced professionals. Why? Because we want to make sure you save on energy costs and stay that much warmer during long winter months. Now that’s something to cozy up to.

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A zero waste guide for Toronto

The Sharing Depot / Emily / 11 July 2019

I couldn’t possibly talk about the problems with our consumer society and not make some effort to curb my reliance on single-use plastic (#PracticeWhatYouPreach). So I put together a Zero Waste Kit – my first step towards fending off disposable demons – and went from there. Soon after, I released a post called A Zero Waste Guide for Toronto to share the things that were working for me in my little war on waste.

Why am I telling you all this? Well because it’s #PlasticFreeJuly and I’ve updated my initial guide to include more useful tips and tools for those of you interested in waging your own war on waste.

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18,000 pieces of balloon waste found in Great Lakes

USA Today / Keith Matheny / 19 June 2019

Pregnancies. Births. Birthdays. Graduations. Anniversaries. Promotions. Retirements. Even deaths. Balloons are used to decorate, celebrate or commemorate almost every major life event.

But there’s a growing awareness that balloons released to the sky come down to Earth, somewhere, as litter, 100% of the time. And that litter, in addition to polluting the environment, can be deadly to animals that eat the balloons or get tangled in them.

Volunteer trash pickups found more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines between 2016 and last year. That’s according to surveys from such events sponsored by environmental nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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Learn how to live a zero waste lifestyle

Transition Brockville / 15 June 2019

Can you imagine reducing your household waste from one trash barrel to a single 250 ml Mason jar every two weeks?

It can be done. Michelle Dunford, of Kemptville, will show how during her talk, “Practical Zero Waste Living,” at the next Transition Brockville presentation, Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library’s program room.

Dunford, 32, her husband, 40, and their 2-year-old son have been using the 5 R’s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot) to achieve a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle this past year, while both work 8 a.m to 5 p.m. jobs. In the last 6 months, they have thrown out only one curbside can of garbage.

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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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