Transition Brockville

Newsletter 096, 20 October 2014


NEB slams the brakes on reversed Line 9 pipeline

The Globe and Mail / Shawn McCarthy / 09 October 2014

The National Energy Board has slammed the brakes on Enbridge Inc.'s plan to start shipping western oil to Montreal this fall through its reversed Line 9 pipeline, saying the company failed to install shut-off valves around some major waterways.

In a sharply worded letter to Enbridge this week, NEB secretary Sheri Young said the board is not convinced the company has met the safety conditions which the regulator set when it approved the plan to reverse the pipeline's direction of flow last March, and that Enbridge cannot begin shipping crude until it addresses those concerns.

[TB: Line 9 parallels the northern boundary of the City of Brockville, following Centennial Road, and traverses the Buell Creek spillway flowing out of the Back Pond.]


Where do our recyclables and garbage go? Can we save some cash?

If you've been wondering where your household's waste and recyclables go after they're collected, you'll likely find some answers in our next presentation.

Chris Wood, Brockville's solid waste officer, knows the ins and outs of the city's operations for collecting garbage and processing compost and recyclables. In his presentation Residential Solid Waste in Brockville, Wood will explain what the city collects as solid waste and where it goes. He'll talk about facilities that separate recyclables and what price the materials fetch when sold to manufacturers who want to use them in production of other items.

He'll also point out good reasons for householders to divert more of their recyclables away from the garbage stream. "Managing a ton of garbage costs almost five times the cost of managing a tonne of recycling," Wood notes. He urges people to separate their recyclables, which are collected free of charge, so that they don't have to buy as many garbage bag tags ($3 each). The more the city recycles and the more the contractor earns from the sale of recyclables to manufacturers, the less the contractor demands in fees from the city (and ultimately the taxpayer) per tonne of waste collected. "If we all do a better job recycling, we'll save ourselves tax dollars," Wood says.

Better recycling efforts are also much better for the environment, he'll argue. Manufacturers who use recycled materials require far less energy for production. This lowers the overall emission of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, with all its harmful consequences, such as droughts and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events.

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street

Later Presentations

November 23: Alan Medcalf: Towards a More Active Community
January 25: Hugh Campbell: A Discussion on Growth
In the works: Emergency preparedness; A discussion on GMO foods

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



Help with your fall clean-up

Brockville Reuses is your local household goods exchange. As well as free listings for your give-away goods and plants, the site's Recyclopedia provides recycling and disposal information on a vast number of items. You might want to bookmark this handy tool!

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 presentation to your board of directors or group members, or an informal neighbourhood discussion. Contact us at

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Brockville leaf collection

City of Brockville
Curbside collection of leaves will take place on your regular waste collection day during the following 2 weeks: October 20 to October 24 and then again on November 10 to November 14, 2014. To ensure fast collection and less waste, residents are encouraged to use re-usable containers or kraft paper bags for leaf waste. Usi...

Shell Canada trees grant

St Lawrence News / 09 October 2014
On Thursday, Oct. 2, Brockville residents received a gift of shade through the Brockville Tree Planting Project from Shell Canada Limited with an $8,500 donation to the city's partner, Brockville and Area Community Foundation (BACF), to plant 24 Crimson maple trees along the Brock Trail green space between Laur...

Tool lending library opening in Cornwall

RbEG / Press Release / 29 September 2014
"This tool library will act as a community resource that will reduce the burden of improving and greening the places where we live, work and play," says Rony Macarone, founder of the Cornwall Tool Library. The tool library will work like a regular book library in many ways. Tool libraries loan speci...

New 'Tesla' charging station opens in Cornwall

Seaway News / 04 September 2014
A new charging station that will allow owners of an electric car to travel hundreds of kilometres on little to no fossil fuel opened in Cornwall Thursday. Tesla Motors opened one of two Ontario charging stations in the Seaway City Thursday at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall. Tesla has indicated it wants to add mo...

Ottawa's newest co-op: West End Well

The On Co-op Newsletter / 29 September 2014
A new co-operative has opened in Ottawa! If you're a resident looking for local healthy food, great friends, and a fun new community hot-spot, look no further. Located in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood, the West End Well is a for-profit co-op that features a grocery store stocked with local food...


New FIT/microFIT price schedule available

Ontario Power Authority / 30 September 2014
As required by the August 29, 2014, Minister's direction, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. View the new price schedule. The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT Programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value a...

Environmental certification for Ontario rental buildings

Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / Volume 1, Issue 7
More and more rental buildings are going green, and Ontario renters can now include sustainability practices in their criteria when selecting a rental apartment thanks to the Certified Rental Building (CRB) Program, the only multi-unit residential building "certification" program in No...

Windfall Centre has released its in-depth study of the economic impact of Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption in Ontario. The yearlong research project, dispels myths and fills a significant knowledge gap on the impacts of what could well be a transformative shift in personal transportation in the 21st century. If ...


Climate change is having a direct impact on home insurance deductibles, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada. It's an increase that is being seen across Canada. "Each insurer is clearly faced with what is happening all around us," said Amanda Dean, vice president Atlantic of the Insurance Bureau of Canada. "Hom...

New Euro-Canada treaty is a gift to oil firms

The Tyee / Murray Dobbin / 06 October 2014
While there has been attention paid to some key provisions of CETA -- such as its investor state rules, its impact on Canadian drug pricing and its curbs on governments' ability to buy local -- there has been almost nothing in the media about CETA's chapter on domestic regulation. But a new Canadian Cen...

Train with distillates derails in Saskatchewan, catches fire

Globe and Mail / CP / 07 October 2014
Adam Scott, a spokesman for the advocacy group Environmental Defence, said Canada is experiencing a boom in the use of railways to transport petroleum products. "The freight rail lines actually go right through the centre of almost every major urban centre in the entire country, including small towns,...


Wildlife numbers plunge as human population nearly doubles

New Zealand Herald / 30 September 2014
Wildlife numbers have plunged by more than half in just 40 years as Earth's human population has nearly doubled, a survey of over 3,000 vertebrate species has revealed. From 1970 to 2010, there was a 39-per cent drop in numbers across a representative sample of land- and sea-dwelling species, while fresh...

NASA: Arctic ice shrinks to 6th-lowest level on record

US News & World Report / Alan Neuhauser / 23 September 2014
Arctic sea ice melted and shrank to its sixth-smallest recorded size this summer, a result of rising temperatures worldwide, NASA announced Monday. President Barack Obama speaks to political leaders from around the world at the 69th U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, i...

Antarctic heat heralds hottest September in the NASA record / 11 October 2014
According to NASA GISS, September of 2014 saw global surface temperatures that were 0.77 C hotter than the 20th Century average. This record beats out 2005 by a rather strong 0.04 C margin and represents the 4th month in the GISS record for 2014 that was either the hottest or tied for the hottest (Januar...

Six decades of upper ocean warming

Paul J. Durack et al / 05 October 2014
Figure M2. Pacific and Atlantic meridional sections showing upper-ocean warming for the past 6 decades (1955-2011; Source: Timo Bremer/LLNL)

Pentagon signals security risks of climate change

New York Times / Coral Davenport / 13 October 2014
The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme...

Energy, diminishing returns and the future of food

Eric L. Garza / 09 October 2014
This game of investing energy towards the procurement of food is one that Homo sapiens – and all living organisms – have played for millennia. From our days as hunter-gatherers to today's dependence on a global, industrialized food system, we've always invested energy in the process of food production. ...

Genoa: Two thirds of a year's average rainfall in 72 hours

Daily Mail / Reuters, Dan Bloom / 11 October 2014
Some parts of the northern city have seen two thirds of a year's rainfall in 72 hours, hurling cars into each other and reducing public services to chaos as the cleanup cost is estimated at 157million. Civil protection chief Franco Gabrielli said: 'We are still in full emergency. The forecas...

Selling the shale boom

Bloomberg / Asjylyn Loder, Isaac Arnsdorf / 09 October 2014
Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic fracturing boom to investors and to persuade lawmakers to lift the 39-year-old ban on crude exports. Sixty-two of 73 U.S. shale drillers reported one estimate in mandatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission while citin...

In search of oil realism

D Ray Long / 30 September 2014
This is one thing that the optimists simply do not do very well: developing data-driven arguments in response to the modern oil pessimists of today. If someone thinks that the US shale boom will continue to grow over the next 10 to 20 years, don't go back to Hubbert, stay in 2014 and deba...

Global collapse, local survival

Survive Peak Oil / Peter Goodchild / 01 October 2014
The problem of the world's diminishing supply of oil is a problem of energy, not a problem of money. The old bromide that "higher prices will eventually make [e.g.] shale oil economically feasible" is meaningless. This planet has only a finite amount of fossil fuel. That fuel is starting to d...


What is reskilling anyway?

Transition US / Philip Barnes / 07 October 2014
What skills are being shared? Here is the list: Canning food, gardening skills of all sorts, demonstrating solar and alternative energy systems, soap making, weaving, bee keeping, animal husbandry, creating a sense of place, maintaining bicycles, making rocket and masonry stoves, creating and u...

This webinar takes you through the ins and outs of investing in SolarShare bonds. Earn 5% while making a positive social and environmental impact.

How to use manure in organic growing

Mother Earth News / Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador / 19 September 2014
The use of animal manure in organic farming has been significant in the sustainable agriculture movement. Manure is a great source of many crop nutrients, including both micronutrients and macronutrients. Nitrogen is typically the nutrient with the most value, as well as the grea...

Add fungi to your homestead activities

Mother Earth News / David Goodman / 16 September 2014
The average gardener sees mushrooms as if they were individual plants. He spots them in the yard and assumes they're simply a single organism, or a group of organisms in a ring or a cluster. Rarely does he stop and wonder how deep their mycelium run. The truth of the matter is that mushrooms ...


  Limits to growth: Where we are and what to do about it

The Extraenvironmentalist / 14 October 2014
Nate Hagens synthesizes the current landscape of global energy, environment and financial risks while offering suggestions on what to do as a hominid living on a full planet. He raises the question of whether it is possible to degrow our economies with conscious effort before our options are constr...

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

Tom Murphy's talk at Compass Summit 2011.

  Peak Oil and Climate Change: A Rural Community Guide

Wayne Caldwell et al, University of Guelph / 26 March 2013
Global climate change is a reality, and at the same time energy prices continue to rise. As these trends will fundamentally change our communities, how can municipalities work to increase resilience – to ensure that communities can withstand potential shocks and changes? What types of ...

  Slow Money: Putting capital to work for local food resilience

Peak Prosperity / Chris Martenson, Woody Tasch / 21 September 2014
WT: Everybody can't afford to eat food that has the full cost of food production in it. We all got hooked on this really cheap, subsidized, externalized cost food. Not everybody's going to wake...

  Energy East 101

Council of Canadians / 15 September 2014
A four-minute handimation gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada.

Why, after 20 years of discussion on climate change, do so many people ignore the science and evidence of their own eyes? UBC Reads Sustainability's first speaker of 2014, George Marshall, draws on the social psychology of climate change to tackle this question. Marshall's UBC Reads Sustainability talk explores how ...


Social Enterprise Workshop

Algonquin College Perth Campus and the Perth Civitan Club
WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Algonquin College, Perth

Would you like to participate in a free workshop to discuss Social Enterprise as a tool for Non-Profits? Do you have a business idea that a non-profit agency could use? Are you interested in sustainability? Want to learn about a variety of social enterprises including local ones operated by YAK, BBBS and Operation Come Home?

This Intro to Social Enterprise Workshop will feature a panel presentation including Tanis Cowan and youth from YAK, Jennifer Miller from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, Business Dean Dave Donaldson from Algonquin College's Woodroffe Campus, and SSW grad Natalie Elliott from Operation Come Home in Ottawa. SSW student poster projects can be viewed and there will be facilitated focus groups to discuss ideas and opportunities. Free refreshments and lunch.

To register: ssw-program-tickets-13136402333?aff=eac2

MJWA tree planting bee

Friends of Mac Johnson Wildlife Area
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 8:30 am - 12:00 noon
WHERE: Decommissioned Brockville landfill site, 3300 Parkedale (just before it becomes Old Red Road)

Help enhance wildlife habitat and beautify this decommissioned site while generating revenue for the MJWA tree nursery! We will be planting 50+ caliper size nursery stock trees from the MJWA tree nursery. The area to be planted has been mowed and all planting holes will be machine dug the day before. As well as moving the trees to their individual plant sites using the gator, there are other jobs that do not involve any heavy lifting: each hole will receive a measured amount of bone-meal fertilizer to be mixed with the in-situ soil, each tree needs to be supported using 2" x 2" stakes and wire, and each tree requires a mulch mat and a spiral collar. We expect to be completed by lunch so if you can only spare an hour it would be greatly appreciated. Lots of parking!

Webinar: Breaking the Inevitability Frame in the Energy Debate

CEGN and The Sustainability Network
WHEN: Friday, October 24, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Online

From Keystone XL to the Northern Gateway and Energy East pipeline projects, the accelerated expansion of the Canadian Oil Sands is being framed as inevitable and essential for nation building and job creation. Yet an alternative narrative is emerging that needs to be amplified about the transition to clean energy and low carbon solutions and the benefits this pathway provides. Join environmental communication expert Cara Pike from Climate Access as she shares an overview of public opinion and media coverage in Canada on clean energy and climate issues, along with recommendations on how to reframe the debate.

Cara Pike is the founder and director of the nonprofit Climate Access, a network for leaders engaging the public in the transformation to low-carbon resilient communities; and Social Capital Strategies, an environmental communication-consulting firm. Her work includes creation of the Ecological Roadmap, a values-based approach to building supportfor environmental protection; Climate Communications Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners, and other widely used publications and toolkits. Cara regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations including the Obama administration, the state of Oregon, British Columbia's Ministry of the Environment, the city of Seattle, World Wildlife Fund, Union of Concerned Scientists, Tides Canada and others.

Space is limited so register now. Registration:

Ontario Municipal Elections

WHEN: Monday, October 27

Have any of your candidates acknowledged global warming or fossil fuel depletion?

Webinar: Savings Opportunities With HVAC Systems

Natural Resources Canada
WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Online

Improved energy efficiency helps your business lower operating costs which in turn can help improve competitiveness. Efficiently operating HVAC systems can help greatly reduce annual energy consumption and save money. During this FREE webinar you will learn what steps you can take to identify, quantify and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities. Agenda: 1. Introduction. 2. Enbridge: Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Industrial HV. 3. Case Study: Fabrene Inc. 4. Conclusion and Q&A

For more information please contact Francis Charette at or 613-996-7744

BCGN Quarterly Meeting

Brockville Community Garden Network
WHEN: Monday, November 10, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
WHERE: Boardroom, Volunteer Centre of St Lawrence-Rideau, 42 George Street

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.

Charles Darwin

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