And so it goes.

21 June 2021

Transition Brockville (TB) was organized by concerned citizens of Brockville and area in March 2007. Originally known as the Brockville Climate Action Group, it changed its name to Transition Brockville in October 2011. It was wound down during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21.

At the time the pandemic started, the TB Steering Committee was already struggling with lack of support. Although they no longer wish to take the lead on this issue locally, they believe a group of this sort is vital to the community’s resilience in a climate changing world. Others are welcome to step up and revive TB or to form a different group. For further info, please contact an administrator of TB’s Facebook group.

Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report

Natural Resources Canada / 28 June 2021

This report, led by Natural Resources Canada, is part of Canada’s National Knowledge Assessment process, Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. The report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting to reduce risks. It includes chapters on topics that are of national importance or that benefit from a pan-Canadian perspective, along with case stories featuring examples of adaptation in practice.

[ FULL REPORT ]

Athens-area arboretum starts to grow

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 7 June 2021

[Brian Porter] and some kindred spirits were planting 48 trees Saturday and Sunday on the site just outside Athens in an effort both to demonstrate and combat the effects of climate change.

The Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust (TIWLT) is building an arboretum, or conservatory, of wide-ranging species that are not common in Eastern Ontario at the property it purchased in Glen Elbe.

Over the weekend, 25 groups of people participated in the tree planting, for a total of 75 to 80 individuals, said land trust president Don Ross.

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Budget creates programs to reduce agricultural emissions

National Farmers Union / 19 April 2021

Today’s federal budget committed significant new money to programs to help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New funding in Budget 2021 includes:

  • $200 million over two years to fund programs to improve nitrogen fertilizer-use efficiency, accelerate cover crop adoption, and expand rotational grazing.

In addition to new spending, the Budget allocates existing funds to create new programs, including:

  • $60 million, over two years, from previously announced funding, for a reverse auction pilot program to protect wetlands and trees on farms;
  • $10 million to help farmers adopt clean energy solutions and begin to transition off fossil fuels;
  • $50 million to help farmers purchase more efficient grain dryers; and
  • Approximately $100 million of the money that farmers currently pay in carbon levies on natural gas and propane will be rebated back to farmers.

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Maitland Tower: History, nature, community, social enterprise

River Institute / 21 March 2021

The Maitland Tower is an iconic landmark east of Brockville on the St. Lawrence River with a storied past that dates back to the 1750’s. In 2016 Philip Ling bought the Maitland Tower site, and started the restoration of the historic buildings. The site will become a hub for the community, connecting people with the history, nature, and the St. Lawrence River, and hosting and mentoring the next generation of social enterprises that want to have a positive impact on the community and our planet.

Climate change to take big chunk of Canadian economy

Globe and Mail / Bob Weber / 22 April 2021

Canada will be more than $100 billion poorer by 2050 if the world doesn’t work harder to fight climate change, says one of the world’s largest insurers.

That anticipated drop in GDP is much higher than the economic effect the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to have on the country’s gross domestic product, said Jerome Haegeli, chief economist for Swiss Re, a multinational corporation that insures insurance companies, large corporations and governments.

“That’s huge,” Haegeli said from Zurich on Thursday.

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The Transition Framework

Transition Towns are in the forefront of those preparing for the changes ahead. Transitioners understand that the climate-changed future is hugely unpredictable and unstable. They feel keenly the dilemma of our daily life dependence on a dominant economic system that is threatening that very life with its insistence on unending material consumption and use of fossil fuels.

— Transition Town Peterborough
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