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Fermented oat porridge recipe

Mother Earth News / Sandor Ellix Katz / August 2016

Fermentation can add new dimensions to grain porridges. A 12- to 24-hour soak will increase digestibility and creaminess without altering flavor.

Sally Fallon, author of the pro-fermentation cookbook Nourishing Traditions, is emphatic about soaking grains to make them digestible. “The well-meaning advice of many nutritionists, to consume whole grains as our ancestors did and not refined flours and polished rice, is misleading and often harmful in its consequences; for while our ancestors ate whole grains, they did not consume them as presented in our modern cookbooks in the form of quick-rise breads, granolas, and other hastily prepared casseroles and concoctions. Our ancestors, and virtually all preindustrialized peoples, soaked or fermented their grains before making them into porridge, breads, cakes, and casseroles.”

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Local grocery starting up: By the Seasons

Transition Brockville / 02 November 2017

A new Health Food Store comes to Brockville: By the Seasons. Its focus is on providing FRESH, LOCAL and SUSTAINABLE produce and products.

Just starting up this fall, there is not yet a storefront. However, this announcement was made yesterday:

I am sending out a message to everyone as a way to say hello! And give you an update on the store.

If you can spare some good vibes, today is the day I present the business plan for the store in front of the Starter Company Panel, in the hopes of receiving a $5,000 grant to help get things started, (sooner rather than later).

The plan is to send you all a produce and price list within the month and get your first orders in! In the next few months I hope to have a large produce list to choose from so that you can do all of your shopping in one place, but it may take some time to get the inventory list up there.

If you know of anyone else who would like to be added to this list, please do tell them to message me (sara@bytheseasons.ca). The grant money will be going toward building a great online site where you can easily do your groceries, pay, and choose delivery/pick up time, so in the future, any new interests will be able to find all the info they need there, including my number if they would like to call me.

If the internet does scare anyone, I am happy to e-mail you the list or speak with you over the phone as we get things up and going.

Thanks for being here and being excited, it’s the main reason I’m here!

Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017

Chief Public Health Officer / 26 October 2017

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are.

I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death in Canada. It is alarming that in 2011, almost 2.7 million or 1 in 10 Canadians 20 years and older were living with diabetes. Rising rates of type II diabetes can be considered a red flag for poor health as they are associated with higher rates of other diseases and conditions and linked to an unhealthy diet, low physical activity and higher rates of overweight and obesity. Rates of type II diabetes and other chronic diseases in Canada could be reduced by seamlessly integrating healthy living into our daily lives which can be achieved, in part, by designing and redesigning our communities.

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Screening of “Call of the Forest”

Transition Brockville / 12 October 2017

Visionary scientist and acclaimed local author Diana Beresford-Kroeger will be featured at the next Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

She will introduce her documentary, Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, nominated for an award by the Pariscience International Film Festival, and answer questions after its screening.

Humans cut down billions of trees every year. Today only five percent of the worldʼs old growth forests remain intact. Yet trees are one of this planetʼs most significant creators of food, new medicines, and oxygen. Forests hold the answer to many of the worldʼs problems, from climate change to human health and well-being. Kroeger explores the science, folklore and history of this essential eco-system, reminding us that when we improve our profound human connection to woodlands we can restore not only our health but our planet.

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Special items to borrow at the BPL

Transition Brockville / 08 July 2017

Our community partner, the Brockville Public Library, doesn’t just lend books. Over recent years, it has expanded its work with a variety of innovative programs, a few of which are described below.

Discounted Aquatarium Passes

Take your family to discover the Aquatarium! The pass gives access to a family of five (5) at $5.00 + tax per person. Please note the pass does not include the Ropes Course or the Aqua Drop.

Community Tackle Box

Fishing rods and tackle boxes are available to sign out for free. Equipment is available for a one week loan period. Customers are responsible for their own licenses. For resources on fishing licenses and regulations, click here.

A special thank you to Canadian Tire Brockville and the Friends of the Brockville Public Library for sponsoring the fishing rod and tackle borrowing program!

MAPsacks!

Look for our three (3) bright orange MAPsacks, check one out and go outside! A MAPsack is a backpack containing stories, nature guides, activity sheets, a logbook and a free family pass to enjoy the Rideau Valley Conservation Areas and Parks Ontario family pass. MAPsacks is a joint library project created by the Leeds-Grenville Stewardship Council and Rideau Lakes Public Library as part of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Healthy Communities Partnership. The MAPsacks are a rotating collection among the Libraries of Leeds & Grenville so watch for other sacks!

The loan period for MAPsacks is one week. When you return your MAPsack check the inventory list to ensure all of the items are returned.

Pedometers

The Library has pedometers for you to borrow for one (1) week. The pedometer kits, located at our lower level customer service desk, includes one (1) digital pedometer, a log/info sheet and a local trail map.

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Can living with less make you happier?

The Guardian / Fumio Sasaki / 12 April 2017

Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions to the least possible. Living with only the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits such as the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning, it has also led to a more fundamental shift. It’s given me a chance to think about what it really means to be happy.

We think that the more we have, the happier we will be. We never know what tomorrow might bring, so we collect and save as much as we can. This means we need a lot of money, so we gradually start judging people by how much money they have. You convince yourself that you need to make a lot of money so you don’t miss out on success. And for you to make money, you need everyone else to spend their money. And so it goes.

So I said goodbye to a lot of things, many of which I’d had for years. And yet now I live each day with a happier spirit. I feel more content now than I ever did in the past.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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