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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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Community garden updates

Transition Brockville / 29 September 2020

Despite a slow start with the arrival of COVID-19 last spring, community gardens did get up and running — following guidelines established by the City of Brockville and our local health unit.

The Butler’s Creek Community Garden on North Augusta Road includes 22 householder plots, a shared herb garden, shared raspberry, black currant, rhubarb and horseradish patches, and a pollinating flower garden. A compost system is working really well, providing plenty of composted organic matter for the gardens. All were encouraged to donate surpluses to Loaves and Fishes, the Brockville and Area Food Bank or the Food Cupboard run by the Baptist Church. There are three plots still available for the 2021 season. Contact garden coordinator Nancy Raitt at nancyraitt@corptype.ca

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The climate case for building 15-minute neighbourhoods

Ecology Ottawa / Accessed 06 September 2020

The links between urban sprawl and climate change are well-documented in cities and regions around the world, but are perhaps best encapsulated for Ottawa’s context by former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dr. Dianne Saxe. Dr. Saxe has called urban sprawl “Ontario’s oil sands” – it’s the province’s main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, has a wide array of other environmental costs, and is bound up with a complex web of political and financial interests that benefit from the status quo.

More sprawl means people must travel further – often by car – to get to jobs and basic amenities. It also typically means more carbon-intensive housing patterns, with energy inefficient single-detached homes dominating instead of more compact forms. In Ontario (the Toronto area is shown below), there’s a clear link between climate pollution and urban form – with dense, walkable communities seeing the lowest levels of emissions.

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Highway 401 Planning Study – Brockville

Stantec Consulting Ltd. / Accessed 28 August 2020

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained Stantec Consulting Ltd. to undertake a Planning, Preliminary Design, and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Study on Highway 401 for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of structures; interchange modifications; and establishing the footprint of future six and eight lanes, to address current and future transportation needs, from 2 km west of Stewart Boulevard to 750 m east of Augusta Road, a length of approximately 4.5 km within the City of Brockville.

You are encouraged to participate in the study and to provide comments in writing to the study team. If you wish to have your name added to the study mailing list please click here to contact the study team.

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From Accra to Brockville, for the good of the planet

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 14 August 2020

At the Gord Watts Municipal Centre, on a sweltering Thursday afternoon, Nana Adjei heads from the main building to the compost site – by bicycle.

It’s a sign of his passion for the environment, and the little things all of us can do to help it heal.

That passion has taken the city’s newest solid waste supervisor and compost manager across an ocean into unfamiliar territory, all in an effort to learn more about environmental action and, he hopes, to help make things better in his native country.

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