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‘Depaving’ project carves green space out of Ottawa street

CBC News / Krystalle Ramlakhan / 06 October 2019

Yesterday morning, volunteers removed asphalt by hand “as much as possible,” said Jen Stelzer, manager of community sustainability programs with Ottawa non-profit EnviroCentre, which helped co-ordinate the project.

“A lot of the time, these big community projects can sort of just happen behind the scenes. But in this case, we actually have scored all of this asphalt … and we’ll be using pry bars to lift it out by hand. And the community will come together and really experience that many hands make light work,” Stelzer said.

“It really brings ownership back [to] the spaces in our environment.”

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Renfrew asked to become waterpower champion

InsideOttawaValley.com / Jonathan Mulvihill / 04 October 2019

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is inviting Renfrew to show support for community waterpower.

Stephanie Landers, the manager of community relations and public outreach at OWA, appeared before Renfrew council Sept. 24 to explain the need to promote hydroelectric power as a clean, locally sustainable and reliable source of energy.

“It provides local development opportunities while being a renewable energy source and the key to a low-carbon future,” she said.

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Active Transportation Plan – Draft – September 2019

Active Brockville / 27 September 2019

The draft of Brockville’s Active Transportation Plan goes to committee of Council on Tuesday, following which there will be a period for public review, and then a further Council meeting to consider ratification.

Download the (large) plan PDF document here: http://bit.ly/XBR-AT1

CCVS helps plant trees outside Cornwall Public Library

Cornwall Newswatch / 25 September 2019

On this National Tree Day, a group of students from Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) planted trees outside the Cornwall Public Library.

The project is a partnership between the high school and the Tree Action Working Group of Transition Cornwall+ with supervision from the City of Cornwall’s parks department.

The 14 students from grades 7-12 are part of the school’s Tiny Forest initiative. They planted six trees – four sumac and two crab apples – along the east side of the building next to Sydney Street, north of Second Street East.

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Introducing: Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford

Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford / 14 September 2019

We invite anyone interested to join us in working together to take positive action in the face of the climate crisis. No judgement, no guilt, no shaming – we need all our efforts, however imperfect. Let’s come together to learn, build community resilience and regenerate our planet.

We will aim to host a monthly potluck event where we share a meal and pursue practical learning and action on themes of interest. We will select topics that help us all to address the climate crisis, exploring how we can help at home and in the community to regenerate our environment and transition to a new green energy economy.

We will also network online, sharing ways to contribute to various initiatives and action beyond our community.

No memberships, no commitments, join us when you can, take up tasks of interest. New faces always welcome!

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How can municipalities lessen the impacts of climate change?

InsideOttawaValley.com / Derek Dunn / 24 September 2019

Municipalities have direct control over five to 10 per cent of their community’s greenhouse gas emissions through assets such as community centres and fire departments. They could influence between 40 and 50 per cent through legislation, meaning, for example, grants to make commercial and residential buildings more efficient. Or more funding for public transit.

Another challenge, [Kevin Behan of the Clean Air Partnership] said, is felt almost exclusively by smaller municipalities: too few staff tasked with too many responsibilities.

Deanna Nicholson at the Town of Arnprior doesn’t entirely agree.

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