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Meet Diana Beresford-Kroeger, scientist – author – gardener

Merrickville-Wolford In Bloom / 29 October 2017

Diana is known for her extraordinary ability to bring an understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. “Diana Beresford-Kroeger is one of the rare individuals who can accomplish this outwardly simple but inwardly complex and difficult translation from the non-human to human realms,” E.O. Wilson wrote in the forward to Arboretum America, a Philosophy of the Forest by Beresford-Kroeger.

Beau’s, Bullfrog Power launch solar project at Just Food Farm

Bullfrog Power / 11 October 2017

Today, Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, and Beau’s Brewing Co., based in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, are announcing the launch of a new solar project in Ottawa. The 10 kW project is being developed in partnership with Just Food, an organization working toward just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region. A free community celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Just Food Farm where members of the public can learn more about, and celebrate, local good food projects.

“Bullfrog Power and Beau’s took an early interest in Just Food’s community farm when they committed to helping us develop our own solar project,” said Moe Garahan, Executive Director, Just Food. “Thanks to this very generous support, we were able to partner with a range of funding partners to do even more to strengthen Just Food’s mission of working towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region.”

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Bringing local food into the sharing economy

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 19 October 2017

There’s a food revolution going on, and several dozen guests at a first-time seminar on Thursday were finding out ways to get more deeply involved in it.

The Sprouting New Connections: Scaling Up event was hosted by All Things Food/Bouffe 360, in partnership with several organizations.

Talking about the sharing economy and the role technology is playing in it, keynote speaker Marcia Woods, CEO and co-founder of Barrie-based Fresh Spoke, told the gathering “it’s bloody well time we take advantage of this opportunity and apply it to local food.”

Fresh Spoke, which has an Eastern Ontario regional ambassador, says it’s reinventing the supply chain and giving local producers a new way to get food orders where they need to go, providing a marketplace platform that connects people with local producers and simplifies the order, payment and delivery process for buyers and sellers.

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TLTI thinking tiny (homes)

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 07 October 2017

Council members decided this week to embrace the tiny-house movement that has become the darling of environmental trend-setters in the United States and Europe.

They asked planning director Elaine Mallory to prepare a zoning bylaw amendment that would remove the minimum size requirements for new houses, and include tiny houses in the township’s definition of permissible dwellings.

The township’s building rules now say that new houses should be at least 807 square feet in size, although houses can go as small as 484 square feet in a mobile home park.

Tiny houses, on the other hand, can run as small as 223 square feet, plus a “wash closet” in the bachelor model.

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South Nation wants new flood map

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 19 September 2017

The South Nation Conservation authority has applied for federal money to map the flood-prone areas along the St. Lawrence River from outside of Cornwall to Brockville.

The money under the National Disaster Mitigation Program would update 25-year-old floodplain maps based on the evidence from this year’s record flooding, according to Sandra Mancini, the authority’s engineering team lead.

She told Augusta township council the mapping would cover the corridor between the 401 and the St. Lawrence River.

Mancini said the survey, done by airplane, would use electronic technology that plots the topography of the strip along the river. The information would allow the authority to map the areas that would be in danger of flooding when the river spills its banks.

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OPG hoping to build battery energy storage at Saunders dam

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 07 September 2017

A community meeting will be held just under two weeks to discuss an Ontario Power Generation project for the R.H. Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall that will involve the use of a battery-based energy storage facility.

Ontario Power Generation wants to build the facility adjacent to the dam, which would be used to absorb energy in times of excess system generation, or release energy in times of a system generation shortfall […]

“Battery Energy Storage complements renewable generation like wind and solar, and will help (the Independent Electricity System Operator) maintain system reliability,” said OPG director of media, issues and information management Neal Kelly.

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