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Local creamery goes back to basics

Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 30 January 2021

He’s the visionary; she’s the facilitator who helps get things done, she says.

Ellen and Josh Biemond are the brains and the brawn behind Biemond Upper Canada Creamery, a small dairy production and processing business in Iroquois that has taken North Grenville by storm.

“It’s organic, grass fed and local and it’s good value,” said Jim Beveridge, owner of B&H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville, the first retailer to carry Upper Canada Creamery products. “We actually do quite well with their products; they have a loyal following.”

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Council urges province to phase out gas-powered electric plants

Kingstonist / Jessica Foley / 21 January 2021

Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, moving that the City of Kingston write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Minister of Environment, Conservation, Energy, and Parks to request that the Government of Ontario develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation as soon as possible to ensure that Kingston and other municipalities are enabled to achieve climate action goals.

The City of Kingston was the first city in Ontario to declare a Climate Emergency, and has a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040. The province of Ontario is phasing out the Pickering Nuclear Power plant in 2024, and plans to increase the output of natural gas-powered plants as the demand for electricity increases. An increase in gas plant production will see greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise, which is counterproductive to the province’s goal of a 30 per cent reduction of GHG emissions by the year 2030.

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Sustainability

North Dundas Times / Joselyn Morley / 20 January 2021

This is the first in a series of articles on sustainability. Going forward, there is a space for discussion of all things sustainable: local food, sustainable agriculture, food security, sustainable development, heritage animals and grains, heirloom food, how to support local food community, how to support and grow local community in general, local market gardening, permaculture, regenerative farming…. You get the idea. I’m open to suggestions, and to learning. I would like to visit some small local farms and businesses. It seems unbelievable that, despite the fact that we are surrounded on all sides by farmland, many in our community exist in a food desert or are food insecure.

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GHG inventory would be first step in reducing emissions

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Francis Racine / 16 December 2020

Cornwall city council directed administration on Monday to undertake a cost analysis that would enable the creation of an inventory of all of the local sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Doing so would assist the city in lowering its emissions footprint moving forward, according to the environment and climate change committee, who requested the analysis. The committee’s mandate includes the identifying and addressing of local sources of greenhouse gas emissions through the establishment of an inventory of all greenhouse gas sources, as well as setting reduction targets, and carrying out local climate-change action plans.

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Hands-on learning, one nail at a time

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 25 November 2020

It’s all part of a unique program by the Employment and Education Centre to give the young people hands-on experience in the trades.

Heather Brisebois, project co-ordinator, said the budding tradespeople will develop their skills under the supervision of trade professionals and learn by doing.

At the end of the 30-week program, the youths will have learned basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, drywalling, roofing – all of the skills that go into house construction.

And they will have built a house that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used as affordable housing somewhere in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

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Augusta is the place to bee

Recorder & Times / Tim Ruhnke / 23 October 2020

The Township of Augusta held the 2020 Fall Harvest Event at V6 Agronomy in North Augusta on Thursday. Oct. 22 is World Energy Day.

Several local projects and businesses involving agriculture, sustainability, the environment and economic development were highlighted at the gathering attended by about 30 people.

“This is why we’re all here today,” said township planner and event MC Myron Belej, who congratulated the entrepreneurs and organizations in the audience for all of the work they have been doing on initiatives that are benefiting the rural community.

Some of those projects are partnerships involving the municipality and other agencies such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation and South Nation Conservation that involve habitat restoration. The township is working with local beekeepers to promote pollination.

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