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Demand still hot for local farm boxes, say growers

CBC News / Giacomo Panico / 10 March 2021

Local growers say they’re anticipating even more demand for their products this season, as the pandemic continues to influence people’s buying and eating habits.

Mel Foster, co-owner of Foster Family Farm in the rural Ottawa community of North Gower, said people are already eager to pre-order his produce.

“We started getting calls for our 2021 season right after our 2020 season ended,” said Foster.

Like many small farms, Foster Family Farm sells community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, which gives customers a weekly or bi-weekly shipment of freshly-picked produce.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ TB Local Food Directory: CSAs ]

‘Hot Money’: a dire warning on climate change, financial system

NBC News / 2 March 2021

Scientists are raising the alarm about the worsening impact of climate change, and a new documentary, “Hot Money,” is issuing a dire warning on the ripple effect that climate change could have on the financial system.

Line 5 shutoff would have ‘devastating effects’ for eastern ON

Brockville Newswatch / 13 February 2021

A business recruiter and job creation group for seven Leeds-Grenville municipalities is warning a potential shut down of an oil pipeline will have “devastating effects” on the regional economy and Eastern Ontario.

In an open letter to the prime minister, the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission is calling on Justin Trudeau to make the issue of Line 5 a priority.

Enbridge Line 5 is a major pipeline that delivers crude oil from western Canada to eastern Canada through the Great Lakes.

The commission says Enbridge Line 5 delivers just over half a million barrels of crude oil to Ontario and Quebec. It could be shut down on May 12 after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer moved to revoke a 1953 easement for operating the pipeline in her state.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ ‘Enbridge Line 5’ on Wikipedia ]

Climate change, water quality, indigenous collaboration priorities for IJC Watersheds Initiative

International Joint Commission / Kevin Bunch / 16 February 2021

Ensuring that all boards are aware of how climate change may impact their responsibilities and work in the decades to come is another priority for the IJC. A Climate Change Guidance Framework developed as part of the IWI program is being used to help all IJC boards determine what climate-related risks may impact their mandates in coming years and how they can be addressed. As of January 2021, the St. Croix River Watershed Board has completed its assessment. Other assessments are in process for the Souris River Board, Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control and Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board.

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500+ scientists demand stop to tree burning as climate solution

Common Dreams / Andrea Germanos / 12 February 2021

Referring to forest “preservation and restoration” as key in meeting the nations’ declared goals of carbon neutrality by 2050, the letter frames the slashing of trees for bioenergy as “misguided.”

“We urge you not to undermine both climate goals and the world’s biodiversity by shifting from burning fossil fuels to burning trees to generate energy,” the group wrote.

The destruction of forests, which are a carbon sink, creates a “carbon debt.” And though regrowing “trees and displacement of fossil fuels may eventually pay off this carbon debt,” the signatories say that “regrowth takes time the world does not have to solve climate change.”

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Cheap wind power is making dams more valuable as a ‘battery’

CBC News / Don Pittis / 8 February 2021

The cost of wind and solar power have fallen so much over the last decade that they are much cheaper than building new hydroelectric dams — “The cost declines have been astounding,” said Carlson — but they have the disadvantage of being intermittent.

“The sun doesn’t shine at night,” he said someone always tells him on Twitter when he mentions solar’s cost advantages, “As if I weren’t aware of that.”

The advantage of combining less-expensive intermittent power with Quebec’s existing system of hydroelectric power dams is that it allows the power utility to use up the cheap wind power as it is produced while the water behind the dams is retained, at the ready.

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