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Walking the rural way in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network / Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (LGL) District Health Unit, in partnership with active school travel stakeholders in Brockville, Smiths Falls and Mississippi Mills, was successful in receiving $100,000 over two years to pilot the “Walking the Rural Way” Project. This project will operationalize “community tailored” Walking School Bus (WSB) models, using trained adult leaders to walk with elementary school children, on established routes to school. Similar to a yellow school bus, a WSB has designated “bus stops” and “pick up times”, where children and families are encouraged to join. The project is supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada with funding from the Government of Ontario.

The following six schools are scheduled to participate in the first year of the “Walking the Rural Way” Project:

  • Westminster Public School (Brockville)
  • Commonwealth Public School (Brockville)
  • Chimo Elementary School (Smiths Falls)
  • Duncan J Schoular Public School (Smiths Falls)
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic School (Smiths Falls)
  • R. Tait McKenzie Public School (Mississippi Mills)

Brockville schools will be running the Walking School Bus on Walking Wednesdays, with Westminster school using a before and after school model, while Commonwealth will start with mornings only. Smiths Falls will be piloting a Monday to Friday model, mornings only. The Walking School Bus will run from October to November 2018, and start up again April to end of June, 2019.

For more information, visit http://healthunit.org/health-information/physical-activity-rest/active-school-travel/ or e-mail WalkingSchoolBus_LGL@healthunit.org

E-bike charging station proposed for Blockhouse Island

Transition Brockville / 13 July 2018

On the Agenda for the Finance, Administration and Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, July 17, is a proposal to setup an e-bike charging station on Blockhouse Island Parkway. From Report to FAO 2018-073-07:

With the introduction of e-bikes, City staff has seen an increase in requests for access to power to recharge the vehicle batteries. In the past, staff has noticed people have plugged their personal electric vehicles into accessible outlets on City buildings and streetlight poles. Personal electric vehicles include e-bikes, and two and four-wheeled scooters. The proposed charging station is not compatible for charging electric cars. The City has previously installed two charging stations for electric cars in the public parking garage at Tall Ships Landing where the fee is $3.00 per hour.

[ FULL REPORT ]

Library expanding into bike loans

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 07 July 2018

Expanding on its Experience Collection, the Brockville Public Library will be adding bicycles to its borrowable collection starting July 10.

Starting on Tuesday, library card holders who are 18 or older will able to borrow a “Bibliobike” for up to two days at a time.

Library CEO Emily Farrell said she hopes the bikes will be used in a variety of ways.

“The Bibliobikes will enable individuals to easily get around the city, whether they’re interested in going for a leisurely ride or need transportation for a job interview,” Farrell said in a statement.

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Big bucks from solar, counties told

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 04 July 2018

Leeds and Grenville municipalities could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by incorporating renewable energy into their management of land and buildings, according to environmental consultant Sally McIntyre.

McIntyre urged the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville council on Tuesday to consider incorporating solar power into municipal projects as part of the provincial government’s “net metering” program that starts this fall.

Under the program, municipalities would be able to generate their own power using renewable energy to provide electricity to one of their buildings, say, and then send the excess power to the local electricity distributor in exchange for credits. Those credits could be used to lower the power bill for other buildings, McIntyre said.

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Bud’s sheds plastic straws

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 28 June 2018

John Ackerman wants to make sure he is doing his part.

The owner of the downtown restaurant Bud’s on the Bay announced and implemented the use of paper straws, instead of plastic, on Wednesday.

“I saw some articles pop up… and even at the G7 Summit, that topic of plastic in the oceans was going to come up there,” Ackerman said while speaking inside his restaurant.

“I’ve seen pictures of sea turtles with straws in their nostrils and reading about the large floating islands of plastic in the oceans, it’s terrible.”

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Plenty of plans for waterfront

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 15 June 2018

As demand for boating slips grows, the city may one day relocate the Brockville Rowing Club to St. Lawrence Park to make room for a marina expansion.

While that idea is nowhere close to the planning stages now, it could be among the more controversial proposals being floated before the public at a special waterfront open house meeting Monday.

Brockville’s waterfront ad hoc committee, which has been developing a “Waterfront Action Plan” for the city’s waterfront and shoreline, is inviting members of the public to the open house, where they can take in the various proposals in storyboard format between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Memorial Centre community hall.

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