Newsletter 088, 17 March 2014


Enbridge applies for natural gas rate hike of nearly 40%

CityNews Toronto / Terry Pedwell / 13 March 2014
The harsh reality of this winter's exceptionally cold weather is catching up to millions of natural-gas users in central Canada.

The natural-gas company Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has applied to Ontario regulators for a nearly 40 per cent hike in the energy rates it charges customers, just one month after predicting that its massive storage capacity should mute any price increase.

But it has been so cold, for such an extended period, that the utility says it was forced to buy more natural gas - at a much higher cost - than expected.

"For a customer that does burn 3,000 cubic metres of gas a year, the increase for them is going to be in the order of $400," said Enbridge Gas Distribution's energy supply and policy director Jamie LeBlanc.

Normally, such a household would typically pay roughly $1,000 annually for natural gas.

If approved by the Ontario Energy Board, the rate increase would take effect April 1.


Next up: The Sweetness of a Simple Life

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, now world-famous for her knowledge of trees and their role in nature, has written a new and inspiring book, The Sweetness of the Simple Life. It's filled with short, often poetic essays in which she gives practical advice on how we can reset the clocks of our busy lives and take charge of our time.

"It is only through simplicity that we will be able to navigate the future," says this wise Merrickville-area scientist and gardener. "With each essay - on the health of your body, the food you choose to eat, your hearth and household, your backyard and garden and all the world around you - I am offering you a new wellspring of simplicity to use to your advantage."

In this book, she says, "you will find a treasury of little wisdoms. Pick out those that speak to you and adopt them as a habit. Each act, in time, will become your character, forming your destiny - that of living an uncluttered, healthier life with more time for yourself and everyone else."

Her tips range from how to stop smoking, the benefits of berries, the wonders of baking soda, what to do with all that dog hair, and how not to have the perfect lawn, to discovering the medicine in aerosols from trees, and how planting city forests can reduce smog in the air.

In addition to giving her listeners a taste of some of the tips in her book, Beresford-Kroeger will talk about current projects. She has been travelling all over the world this past year. While in Japan, she was involved in a special tree planting event in the Fukushima region that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Invited as a guest speaker, Beresford-Kroeger got down on her knees and planted laurel trees with everyone else, building a protective green wall of deep-rooted laurels around Fukushima.

All those who seek to simplify their lives while deepening their connection to nature are encouraged to come to the library on Sunday afternoon. Beresford-Kroeger will bring some actual slides of trees and gardens to brighten winter-weary spirits. Following her talk, she'll answer questions. She will sign copies of her book, which will be offered for sale by Leeds County Books. Refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

Later Presentations

April 27: Phil 'The Forecaster' Chadwick, meteorologist/artist: Local impacts of climate change
May 25: [TBA]

Please let us know what you'd like to hear about, or to hear more about, through this online form.

In April 2013 Transition Brockville hosted a talk about the state of Arctic sea ice by York U. geophysicist Dr. Christian Haas and local Arctic ice pilot John Cowan. Dr. Haas describes one of his latest expeditions in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Above & Beyond, as linked above.

Skipper Erik Andrus of the Vermont Sail Freight Project was our guest speaker on the weekend of Brockville's successful Tall Ships Festival in June 2013. He provides an update on his project at the above link.


Welcome to the TB Steering Committee

We welcome new Steering Committee members Bob Panter and Brian Killins. Bob is a longtime Brockville resident with social justice interests and a keenness for cycling, walking and sailing. Brian hales from the Delta area and brings a scientific background in energy efficiency to the committee.

Community Outreach

Members of our Steering Committee are available to speak to groups throughout the community, whether it be a lunch-and-learn at your place of business, a formal presentation to your faith group, or an informal neighbourhood discussion. Contact us at

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Line 9: W5 uncovers unreported spills, alarming communities

Toronto Star / Jessica McDiarmid, Annie Burns-Pieper / 22 February 2014
An aging Enbridge pipeline that runs across Ontario has had at least 35 spills - far more than reported to federal regulators - but many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents, a CTV W5 investigation reveals. The National Energy Boar...

NEB Approves Enbridge Pipeline Reversal

Toronto Star / Jessica McDiarmid / 06 March 2014
The approval gives Enbridge the green light to increase the capacity of Line 9, which runs from Sarnia to Montreal, by 25 per cent, from 240,000 barrels a day to 300,000. The Calgary-based pipeline company also got permission to reverse the flow of the 38-year-old pipeline from westward to east...

Kemptville agricultural school to close

CBC News / 12 March 2014
The mayor of North Grenville says it's a "sad day" for the community after the sudden news that the century-old Kemptville campus of the University of Guelph is shutting its doors. Mayor David Gordon told CBC that an official announcement on Wednesday will confirm the agricultural school is closing in 2015. The Univer...

SLPC to complete 1000 Islands Recreational Trail in 2014

St. Lawrence Parks Commission / Press Release / 24 February 2014
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has announced plans to move forward with a major project to complete the final phase of the refurbishment of the 1000 Islands Recreational Trail along the 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville. The nearly 2-million dollar ini...

We're looking for expressions of interest from folks interested in developing their own family garden at our rural location. Grow your own food, save money and enjoy a healthy harvest. Limited number of sites available at a nominal cost of membership on our 68 acre farm property. We're developing a multi-purpose permaculture demonstration site; food forest and orchard and community garden. Community organizations, churches, faith groups, schools and other groups are welcome to participate. Contact: Kurt Liebe, MiKu Valley Farm, 130 Quabbin Hill Road, RR4 Mallorytown, Ontario, K0E 1R0, 613-659-3823

At Kudrinko's, Green Means Business

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 26 February 2014
Kudrinko's, owned by Neil and Martha Kudrinko, recently won a "Greatness in Green, Outstanding Independent" award from industry publication Progressive Grocer Independent. The prize, part of a North-America-wide competition, honoured the store for its environmental efforts. In 2012, anot...

Ottawa: Building Resilience Through a Community Food Centre

Green Living Ottawa / Denise Deby / 26 January 2014
The West End Well is part café, part organic grocery store and part meeting and learning space. The café, to be operated by Jacqueline Jolliffe of the popular food truck Stone Soup Foodworks, will offer freshly-prepared meals using seasonal, local ingredients. The grocery will sell produce, eggs, meat, dairy and dried goods from local farmers and producers, and there'll be a coffee house space, a teaching kitchen, workshop rooms, and offices for sustainability-minded businesses and organizations...

The Wakefield Centre features a state-of-the-art performance space, multi-purpose room, catering kitchen, outdoor rink and public parking in the heart of Wakefield and is also home to an independently-run library and youth centre (Wakefield Activities for Youth). The Centre is owned and run by a not-for-profit Co-operative organization with over...


Electricity and Jobs in Ontario

Mindscape Innovations / Derek Satnik / 26 January 2014
Ontario's energy debate has been raging for decades, but is particularly animated of late, and highly political. Our infrastructure is aged, and much of it needs replacing over the next two decades. The reigning Liberal Party ran some numbers and dared to admit that it will cost money to d...

The Primer is designed to help municipalities understand how they can work within the current regulatory framework to plan their communities' energy future. This will require getting the right groups around the table and figuring out how to share information in a timely and efficient manner among stakeholders in order to be effective. The Prim...

Ontario's Water-Energy Nexus

POLIS Water Sustainability Project / April 2010
POLIS' second report on the water-energy nexus offers Ontario's first estimate of the large quantities of energy used to pump, treat and heat water and to generate steam. The study reveals that pumping and treating water and wastewater consumes enough energy to light every home in the province. I...

The Case for Food Hubs / Wayne Roberts, Lori Stahlbrand / 05 February 2014
The food hub concept, which is gaining traction throughout North America, holds the solution to a problem that continues to bedevil the local food movement, and that is lack of infrastructure. How can local growers, farmers and artisans aggregate, process, market and share their ...

Brewing Beer in Kitchener-Waterloo ... Co-operatively

ON CO-OP / Newsletter / 28 February 2014
The worker-owners of Together We're Bitter Brewing Co-operative (TWB), by their own admission, got tired of waiting for a "quirky craft brewpub in the heart of Kitchener" so they're endeavouring to start one that puts their values into practice. By serving fresh craft beer brewed in house paired w...


The winter that ruined everything

Maclean's / Michael Friscolanti, Kate Lunau / 13 March 2014
This winter for the ages will cost Canadian cities untold millions in extra snow-clearing, pothole maintenance and other infrastructure repair bills that have yet to arrive. In this era of climate change when scientists expect severe bouts of weather to become the rule rather than the exception the past few months have provided a disturbing glimpse of the overwhelming costs to come...

Canada's Arctic ice caps melting rapidly since 2005

Ottawa Citizen / Jason Fekete / 18 February 2014
"Glacier monitoring conducted by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) in Canada's High Arctic indicates that shrinking of ice caps started in the late 1980s, and has accelerated rapidly since 2005," says an October 2013 memo to NRCan's deputy minister, who reports to federal Natural Resources ...

Insurers struggle against tide of water damage

Globe and Mail / Jacqueline Nelson / 27 February 2014
Water damage from water main breaks, appliance overflows and sewage backup has overtaken fire in recent years as the most costly source of claims in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. Some companies report that their average cost of water damage claims has more than doubled i...

Environment Canada braces for cuts to climate programs

Toronto Star / Alex Boutilier / 12 March 2014
Canada's efforts to combat climate change could be scaled down as Environment Canada braces for more budgetary belt-tightening over the next three years. A recently released report on Environment Canada's plans and priorities reveals the department plans to reduce spending from $1.01 billion i...

Canada's War on Science?

The Mark News / Michael Mann / 20 February 2014
The scientific community has long warned that environmental issues, especially climate change, need to be a global concern. Climatologist Michael Mann argues that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's administration is purposely obstructing the research that needs to take place to solve these ...

More people are investing locally in Alberta, thanks to a partnership of organizations providing leadership through an Unleashing Local Capital project. Since spring of 2012, six Alberta communities have established co-operatives that pool and manage local capital for investment in local businesses. Another six are explo...


Gas pipeline not enough to avert New England energy crisis

New Hampshire Union-Leader / Dave Solomon / 17 February 2014
New England is facing an energy crisis brought on by high natural gas prices, and the call by governors in the six states for a new, publicly funded natural gas pipeline does not go far enough to solve the problem, according to a detailed analysis of the region's energy options. The...

U.S. Cattle Herd the Smallest Since 1951

Milwaukee-Winconsin Journal-Sentinel / Joe Taschler / 03 March 2014
Unrelenting drought across large swaths of the Great Plains, Texas and California has led to the smallest U.S. cattle herd since 1951, shrinking the supply of beef. That has sent prices higher for everything from rump roasts to rib-eyes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sai...

California's drought heightens fear of fire season

Al Jazeera America / Haya El Nasser / 21 February 2014
There is no relief in sight from the historic drought ravaging every corner of California, and where there's drought, there's fire. In the thick of winter and normally wet months, 545 fires have broken out so far this year, burning 1,142 acres. That is a staggering 330 percent incr...

Over 140 Brazilian cities have been pushed to ration water during the worst drought on record, according to a survey conducted by the country's leading newspaper. Some neighborhoods only receive water once every three days. Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 stat...

IEA Chief: The Water-Energy Nexus Is Underestimated

Christian Science Monitor / David J. Unger / 28 February 2014
Q: California is 36 months into its worst drought ever, threatening power outages in a state that gets 15 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric dams. How critical is water to the future of global energy security? A: The use of water in producing energy is a big issue, but i...

Plastic waste ingested by worms threatens marine food chains / Nicholas Barrett / 26 February 2014
Lugworms are an important food source for many marine species, and play a pivotal role in maintaining sediment quality. Because of their foundational position, reductions in lugworms would likely be echoed by impacts on many ocean communities. "They are the earthworms of the sea; they keep t...

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Winter Update

Falls Church News-Press / Tom Whipple / 18 February 2014
Even though production of conventional oil peaked nine years ago, massive investment and a five-fold increase in oil prices has allowed the economical production of shale and deepwater oil at a profit since 2005. Further growth shale oil production, however, clearly has a half-life, be it ...

EROI of Different Fuels and the Implications for Society

Energy Policy / Charles A.S. Hall, Jessica G. Lambert, Stephen B. Balogh / Issue 64
Abstract All forms of economic production and exchange involve the use of energy directly and in the transformation of materials. Until recently, cheap and seemingly limitless fossil energy has allowed most of society to ignore the importance of contributions ...

US and UK scientific academies answer 20 global warming questions

Yahoo News / Seth Borenstein / 26 February 2014
The report, released on Thursday, addresses new issues such as the recent slowing in the increase of world temperatures and how heat-trapping gases are connected to extreme weather. Increases in extreme weather, melting glaciers, rising seas and oceans getting more acidic are already happening, the...


What is Community Capital? Community capital harnesses the financial wealth that exists within a region to support local, community-serving businesses and organizations, and keeps this wealth re-circulating for the benefit of the whole community. BALLE created the Community Capital Toolkit as a way to introduce the fundamental concepts of community...

Keeping Local Communities Alive

Humanity's Test / R. Boyd / 29 January 2014
As we travel through the economic and social impacts of increasingly expensive energy, food and basic resources, as well as the impact of client change it will become more and more important to keep local money within the local economy, rather than having it sucked up and centralized by huge conglomera...

The Food Hub Movement

Drovers Cattle Network / Suzanne B.Bopp / 10 February 2012
In an article called "Five Food Predictions for 2012," author Andrew Stout writes: "Networked food hubs are our future." Which might cause you to ask: What's a food hub? The USDA website says that definitions for the term "vary from narrow market efficiency functions to t...

Neighborhood Gardens Create Community Food Security

Mother Earth News / Tim Rinne / April/May 2014
Everything I've described here we've done without government assistance. Our hamlet is a self-initiated, self-supported urban homestead that we'd love to see replicated all over the country. The feature that makes this hamlet concept so attractive is that it can be imitated in any urban settin...

Success With Succession Sowing

Mother Earth News / Niki Jabbour / 12 November 2012
The goal of succession planting is simple - to enjoy a continuous and uninterrupted supply of fresh vegetables. This type of planting is particularly important in small backyard gardens, where space is at a premium. Many of my favorite crops for succession planting are those that thrive in th...

Recommended Viewing from Escott's Seedy Saturday

Escott Seedy Saturday / Pierre Mercier
We've prepared a limited list of YouTube videos (out of thousands of potential candidates) that might be of interest or of use to you. There are also links to a couple of interesting websites. Thanks to those who could attend, we had a great time. We have plans for an even better event next January or F...

All About Growing Fruit Trees

Mother Earth News / Barbara Pleasant / February/March 2014
No plants give sweeter returns than fruit trees. From cold-hardy apples and cherries to semi-tropical citrus fruits, fruit trees grow in nearly every climate. Growing fruit trees requires a commitment to pruning and close monitoring of pests, and you must begin with a type of fruit tree ...

Choose the Best Garden Fence

Mother Earth News / Barbara Pleasant / April/May 2010
Most gardeners eventually have heated encounters with unwanted wild animals. The best and kindest solution is to keep them out with the right kind of barrier. A good farm dog can be a huge help, and repellents and scare devices work sometimes for some animals, but you can't beat well-chosen...

What exactly is a "bike overnight"? It's a short bike tour where you start riding on one day, stop and stay the night somewhere, and then ride back the following day (or the day after that). Bike overnights can be camping trips, or they can be getaways to a local inn, hostel, or B&B. For those of us...

Though predictive science is improving, natural hazards continue to pose great threats to facilities, equipment and productivity simply because the when, where and severity of any natural hazard occurrence can change sharply, often without warning. Advance preparation is essential to mitigating damage and business disruption. [ W...


Video: The Cost of Carbon

Climate Reality / 22 October 2013
Carbon pollution is warming the earth, creating dirty weather. And it's costing us.

Video: MicroFIT - Is There Still an Opportunity?

Green Home TV / 5 February 2014
The MicroFIT program has seen a number of changes; most notably the decreasing rate offered. The questions, then, that seems to be increasingly asked is, "Is there still an opportunity in MicroFIT?" We caught up with John Gorman, President of CanSIA at Solar Canada 2013 plus other industry players to get there...

In this updated edition of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food Wayne Roberts puts under the microscope a global food system that is under strain from climate change and from economic disaster. He shows how a world food system based on supermarkets and agribusiness corporations is unsustainable and looks at new models of producing healthy food from ...

CSI member the Toronto Tool Library, an initiative of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, offers a low-cost, resource-sharing, and space-saving alternative to purchasing and owning tools. It's also democratizing the means of production, allowing people to innovate and create like never before.

How can the stock market reach new record highs when the economy is still sputtering and the middle class is fading away? What role do our investments play in shaping our world? We will look at how financial capital has been transformed from a tool fostering economic growth to a self-perpetuating pool growing through trading activities progress...

John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, joins Thom Hartmann.

Audio: Good Grief

PRN.FM / Carolyn Baker / 23 February 2014
Carolyn Baker and Francis Weller discuss the healing power of grieving, and the spiritual power of traditional ritual.


Growing Unusual Vegetables

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WHERE: Athens High School (Cafeteria), 21 Church Street, Athens

The Athens Horticultural Society presents a round-table discussion in which organic oardener Dave Alguire will answer your questions on growing vegetables like eggplant, artichoke or sweet potato. Contact: Madelaine Palko at or 613-924-0790

Apple Pruning Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
WHERE: Connaught Acres, 13621 Connaught Road RR3, Chesterville

Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard will be our presenter. Bring pruners and pruning saws (sanitize before pruning) and have a hands on demonstration pruning young and mature trees. Tips on getting better production, grafting and tree insect management. Cost: $20, refreshments are provided. Bring your own lunch. Please confirm by email to or call 613-448-3540

Documentary: Bottled Life - The Truth about Nestlé's Business with Water

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

Winner of 6 International awards. "Nestlé's is a predator, a waterhunter," says Maude Barlow. In Ontario, Nestlés pay $3.71 for each million litres of water, bottles it and makes a fortune. Sponsor: Brockville chapter Council of Canadians

GreenProfit Symposium

WHEN: March 24 to March 25
WHERE: St. Lawrence College / Four Points By Sheraton, Kingston

After three successful years, big changes are coming to the GreenProfit Conference in 2014. SWITCH and the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) are bringing a bigger and better sustainable energy event to Southeastern Ontario. The GreenProfit Symposium is a new event that combines the SWITCH GreenProfit Conference and the SEARC Sustainable Energy Symposium. Keynote Speaker: Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

More info and registration:

LGL Food Charter Launch

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Farrell Hall, 186 Gore Street East, Perth, ON

Come share your ideas and collaborate with others to bring the Leeds-Grenville-Lanark Food Charter to life!

Guest Speakers: Dr. Peter Andrée - Dr. Andrée's teaching and research focuses on international and Canadian environmental politics, as well as the political economy and political ecology of agriculture and the food system. Dr. Andrée is a co-lead of a Community Food Security Hub project along with Cathleen Kneen. Cathleen Kneen - Cathleen was one of the founders of Food Secure Canada, and is currently Chair of Just Food in Ottawa and a member of the new Ottawa Food Policy Council.

Registration is a MUST - Registration deadline: Friday March 21, 2014
Please register at
Cost: (includes morning snack and lunch) FREE!

Keeping Bees and Making Honey

WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Escott Library - Springfield House - 2nd floor, 1365 County Road 2, Escott

Debbie Hutchings will be giving an introduction to beekeeping for anyone interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby or small business. Topics will cover any questions you have about becoming a beekeeper such as start up costs, equipment needs, challenges, time required and honey yields. As a fourth generation beekeeper, Debbie has a lifetime of experience and knowledge to share. She is the owner of Debbee's Bees in Westport, Ontario. Free admission. Registration is required.

Registration and information: or 613-659-3800
Refreshments available
Presented by Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library

Jean-Martin Fortier, organic market gardener

WHEN: Monday, March 31, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
WHERE: Université de Guelph-Campus d'Alfred, Alfred

Jean-Martin Fortier, a young market gardener farming in St-Armand, QC, utilizes a low-tech, high-yield method of organic production to grow and sell vegetables on just an acre and a half of land. Fortier farms alongside his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, and they sell their vegetables through a CSA model and at local farmer's markets. His method of production has garnered him recognition all over the world, and he regularly shares his story at events and conferences throughout North America and Europe. Fortier explains that, 'We don't work for the farm, the farm works for us.'

The presentation on Jean-Martin's story and method of production will take place from 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at the Université de Guelph-Campus d'Alfred, followed by an optional lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend; the cost of the presentation is $10 and the lunch is $15. To register or for more information, contact the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network at or phone (613) 875-3262. The deadline to register is March 26, 2014. The presentation has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network and the Université de Guelph-Campus d'Alfred.

No Till Garden Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Heritage Harvest Farm, 76 Crystal Rd, Jasper

What You Will Learn in our No Till Garden Workshop: How to incorporate permaculture principles into your design to create a sustainable gardening system * Tips and techniques for getting your Straw Bales prepared to be plant ready * How you can have a garden absolutely anywhere, no matter the size of your balcony or back yard * The importance of using straw and not hay * How to build soil that feeds the earth and your plants without using chemicals * How to incorporate multiple growing methods * How to make gardening enjoyable with the least amount of effort.

Cost: $35. Registration:
Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy while we learn.
On our lunch break we will enjoy a tour of the organic CSA farm gardens and greenhouses.

OEB Energy East Consultations

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Centre, 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, Stittsville

WHEN: Tuesday, April , 6:30 pm
WHERE: Ramada Cornwall, 805 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall

There will be 7 interactive community discussions in Part One of the consultation process. All of these discussions will take place in communities along the route of the proposed Energy East Pipeline and will take place from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Detailed agendas for these meetings will be posted shortly.

More info:

Energy East: Our Risk. Their Reward.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, Leeds and Grenville 44, Kemptville

From April 7-16, the Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting communities across Ontario to talk about why TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline is all risk and little reward for Ontarians. TransCanada's Energy East project would be the largest oil pipeline in North America. It would ship 1.1 million barrels of oil every day through Ontario towards Saint John, New Brunswick. Join us to find out why this massive tar sands pipeline puts our water, land and air at risk.

Featuring: Maude Barlow: The Council of Canadians, on protecting our water - Eriel Deranger: Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation, on living downstream from the tar sands - Ian Angus: Sustainable North Grenville - Andrea Harden-Donahue: The Council of Canadians. With information and video on the billion dollar tar sands spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

For more information contact: or visit this link.
Presented by Council of Canadians and Sustainable North Grenville

Brockville Community Clean Up Day

WHEN: Saturday, April 26
WHERE: Brockville city-wide

For several years running, neighbours, school groups, sports teams, work places, and church organizations have been volunteering a Saturday morning in April; as a community they rake Brockville's parks and green spaces into shape. On this day each year, hundreds of bags of rubbish and recyclables are removed from our parks, and small branches & leaves are tied up or bagged for composting.

Can you help the effort? Can you bring a group or team with you? More info:

Learn About Trumpeter Swans

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am - 12 noon
WHERE: Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, 4649 Debruge Road, Brockville

Join us at the Nature Centre to learn more about the Trumpeter Swans. Stefan Foerster, CRCA Conservation Areas Supervisor, will be giving a presentation on Trumpeter Swans. After the presentation, walk down to the Buells Creek Reservoir to see if you can spot the swans and catch them feeding at the swan feeder.

More info: or or 613-546-4288

Backyard Chickens

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Escott Library - Springfield House - 2nd floor, 1365 County Road 2, Escott

This introductory seminar will cover the basics of raising chickens in your back yard as a hobby and will cover topics such as breeds, selection, shelter, feeding and practical advice. Wendy Desrocher has been raising chickens from her farm in Lansdowne for 18 years. Wendy and her husband are very interested in selective breeding with Ameraucana chickens and have been experimenting to bring new colours into the breed. Wendy can name every one of her seventy chickens.

Admission is free, registration is required
Information and registration: or 613-659-3800
Refreshments available Presented by Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library

SNG Annual Sustainability Fair

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, Leeds and Grenville 44, Kemptville

Sustainable North Grenville was created to help raise awareness about sustainability issues in North Grenville, and to share information with those who would like to see our community become more sustainable. Our signature annual event is the North Grenville Sustainability Fair, a fun, family friendly event held in the spring every year in celebration of Earth Day. This year, we are hoping that you and your groups and networks will come and bring your ideas about sustainability, community and environmental awareness and participate in this year's edition.

More info:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives... nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.