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It bears repeating: renewables alone won’t end climate crisis

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 19 November 2019

To [esteemed Canadian energy analyst David] Hughes, the implications are clear: “What this means is that we have to look at downsizing, degrowth, using less. The math doesn’t work to keep the party going with renewables.” Ecologist [William] Rees delivered the same message a week ago in The Tyee.

Note that Hughes is not saying we shouldn’t build lots of renewables. What he is saying is that we need to radically reduce energy consumption and use renewables to actually retire fossil fuel infrastructure. (To date, the evidence shows that we have largely used renewables to consume more energy.)

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Our laundry soap workshop was a big success!

Transition Brockville / 20 November 2019

Shown here are some of the participants of our October 27 workshop, grating soap and bagging some borax and washing soda to make their own soap at home. Virginia Glover gave an excellent demonstration of how to make the soap, one she’s used now for many years. A repeat workshop will be offered January 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Brockville Public Library. Sign up at the library or write to info@transitionbrockville.com.

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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