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Swimming against the current: The journey of Canadian Transition initiatives in their quest for transformative change

Lund University / Gisela Ruckert / 16 May 2017

Specific attention is focused on how well TIs are meeting two prerequisites for transformative change highlighted by Dumitru et al. (2016): the ability to build initiatives that attract and maintain membership, and the development of effective strategies to engage with their communities.

Areas of particular concern are highlighted, including a high rate of dissolution. In addition, the study highlights characteristics which distinguish successful TIs. These include a greater tendency towards distributed leadership, self-evaluation, strategic planning, and viewing all partner groups as potential allies in the quest to build a more sustainable future.

The author discusses the implications of the Canadian context, monitoring and evaluation, engagement choices, and suggests additional areas for potentially fruitful partnerships, including health/social agencies, the business community and academia.

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Ontario invests in local food access

AgriNews / 19 May 2017

On Wed., April 19, the Greenbelt Fund announced 24 local food projects that will increase access to local food across Ontario, made possible with funding from the Government of Ontario. These investments support farmers and agri-food businesses as an essential bedrock of Ontario’s economy.

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement along with Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund, at McLean Farms in Peterborough. This investment includes a $15,000 grant to Farms at Work to partner with Transition Town Peterborough to strengthen the impact and sustainability of Peterborough Local Food Month.

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Building community from your front porch

Peak Moment TV / 15 May 2015

“Hi, neighbor!” After work Michelle Colussi’s husband sits on the front steps, attracting visitors young and old. This bit of neighborliness encourages relationships which come in handy — like bailing out one another’s houses when the nearby creek flooded.

Official trailer: Tomorrow

In Tomorrow, the filmmakers meet with leading environmental experts who have developed practical schemes to face environmental and social challenges in search of solutions that can help save the next generations.

Transition Brockville celebrates its 10th anniversary

Transition Brockville / 26 March 2017

In March 2007, Brockville resident Hugh Campbell called a meeting of anyone interested in fighting climate change at the local level.

The Brockville Climate Action Group (BCAG), as it was called then, arose from that first well-attended meeting. The next month MP Gord Brown unveiled the group’s new website, and Mayor David Henderson congratulated the group’s initiative and hoped the City could use the group “as a resource in our efforts to do what we can for our environment.”

BCAG’s mission was to help identify personal and community-wide steps to both reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the climate changes and resource depletion that were already unavoidable.

Within a few months of its formation, the group began offering free public monthly presentations, in partnership with the Brockville Public Library, where they are held to this day. Expert speakers have enlightened the public on everything from renewable energy to green building, from degrowth to cooperative enterprises, from living closer to nature to nurturing our personal inner transitions to be more in tune with the needs of our changing world. Sometimes we screened timely documentaries. Other times we gathered for a potluck supper and open discussion.

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Seedy Saturday growing bigger and bigger

Recorder & Times / Jonathon Brodie / 13 March 2017

The Seedy Saturday Free Seed Exchange is finding its roots in Brockville.

The third edition of the event took place Saturday and already it has shown considerable growth, moving from its former home at the city library and into the Memorial Centre hall this year.

On top of the garden clubs that have always been involved in the event, organizers chose to listen to last year’s feedback and expand by bringing in vendors as well.

Five local vendors, ranging from honeymakers to a business that makes dog treats, set up for the event and helped fill the larger space.

The addition appears to have worked out as it was estimated a couple hundred people checked out Seedy Saturday, to give the event its highest attendance.

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The Transition Framework

Transition initiatives share many of the same goals as other groups, and works collaboratively with a variety of organizations in their local areas. Transition differs in that it focuses specifically on preparing communities for the changes associated with unprecedented resource depletion and transitioning away from fossil-fuel dependency.

— Transition U.S.
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