Newsletter 127, 17 October 2017

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TB presents "Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees"


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 world's old growth forests remain intact. Yet trees are one of this planet's most significant creators of food, new medicines, and oxygen. Forests hold the answer to many of the world's 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.

From the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan, the ancient Raheen Wood of Ireland, and the walnut and redwood trees of America, to the great boreal forest of Canada, Call of the Forest tells the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

As she travels across the globe to tell the story of the life and the science of the global forest, Beresford-Kroeger presents a revolutionary conception of their value to all life and a message that could, literally, save mankind from itself.

Carbon levels in the atmosphere are rising. As the planet warms, it becomes more difficult to alter the outcome of human impact on climate change. Woodlands are the beating heart of our ecosystem and Beresford-Kroeger's call to action – to protect the native forests of the world and for every person to plant one tree a year for the next six years – provides a simple and powerful solution for climate change.

Sunday's presentation is free and open to the public; however, a free will donation to Transition Brockville is always welcomed.



  • Energy East pipeline cancelled – Good news for North Grenville
    Sustainable North Grenville / Facebook / 06 October 2017

    Sustainable North Grenville is quietly celebrating yesterday's announcement that TransCanada Pipeline has officially terminated the company's proposed Energy East pipeline project. The pipeline, which would have shipped 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen across the Rideau River through North Grenville, posed a direct threat to the community's land and water, particularly the area's drinking water aquifer.

    "We are relieved about this project," said Chris Weissflog, a spokesperson for SNG. "In the first place, it is very probable that there is insufficient market potential for tar sands oil to guarantee that the project would make money. But when you add the climate test to the National Energy Board (NEB) process, the pipeline's true environmental impact would be realized, and TransCanada recognizes that."

    Since the pipeline proposal was announced in 2013, Sustainable North Grenville has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of such a project to the community. SNG made several presentations to North Grenville Council, hundreds of people signed petitions, and dozens of volunteers organized local events and public meetings. A local crowd-funding effort stopped TransCanada from sponsoring a local festival in Kemptville. In 2015, SNG had applied for and received Commenter Status at the planned NEB hearings.

    "New tar sands pipelines don't make sense—economically or environmentally—in a world that is addressing climate change and moving away from fossil fuels," said Ian Angus, a local environmental expert and author. "And, thankfully, our water supply now won't be put at risk."

    "So many residents of North Grenville thought the proposed Energy East Pipeline was a bad idea from the beginning," said area resident and SNG member Tom Graham. "We're happy that TransCanada has finally come to the same conclusion. Thanks to the many concerned citizens and local volunteers for expressing their opposition. Their hard work has paid off."

    Sustainable North Grenville was created in 2010 by a group of concerned citizens to help raise awareness about sustainability issues in North Grenville and to share information with those who would like to see the community become more sustainable.

  • TLTI thinking tiny (homes)
    Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 07 October 2017

    Council members decided this week to embrace the tiny-house movement that has become the darling of environmental trend-setters in the United States and Europe. They asked planning director Elaine Mallory to prepare a zoning bylaw amendment that would remove the minimum size requirements for new houses, and include tiny houses in the township's definition of permissible dwellings. The township's building rules now say that new houses should …

  • South Nation wants new flood map
    Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 19 September 2017

    The South Nation Conservation authority has applied for federal money to map the flood-prone areas along the St. Lawrence River from outside of Cornwall to Brockville. The money under the National Disaster Mitigation Program would update 25-year-old floodplain maps based on the evidence from this year's record flooding, according to Sandra Mancini, the authority's engineering team lead. She told Augusta township council the mapping would …

  • OPG hoping to build battery energy storage at Saunders dam
    Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 07 September 2017

    A community meeting will be held just under two weeks to discuss an Ontario Power Generation project for the R.H. Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall that will involve the use of a battery-based energy storage facility. Ontario Power Generation wants to build the facility adjacent to the dam, which would be used to absorb energy in times of excess system generation, or release energy in times of a system generation shortfall …


  • Ontario supporting municipalities in fighting climate change
    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 14 August 2017

    Province Funding Local Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made …


  • An IGA in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof
    Montreal Gazette / Jacob Serebrin / 20 July 2017

    Tim Murphy bends down and pulls a healthy-looking bulb of garlic out of the ground. Nearby, heirloom tomatoes grow next to several varieties of lettuce. It's a large, well-maintained garden, but what really sets this garden apart is where it's located. Murphy is a project manager and urban gardener for The Green Line: Green Roof, a Montreal-based company that installs green roofs, the garden he tends is on the roof of a grocery store. IGA Extra …

  • Energy efficiency upgrades to commemorate Canada's 150th
    Natural Resources Canada / Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / 29 June 2017

    In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate our country's history, not just on Parliament Hill, but in their own communities, at their local arenas and recreation centres. So what better year to make sure that those community gathering spots are as energy-efficient as they can be? To mark the celebration, the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure …

  • United Church embraces startups
    Globe and Mail / Mark Rendell / 03 July 2017

    The Markham Community Innovation Hub, which can host up to 20 entrepreneurs, is only a small part of a broader shift in the United Church. In an attempt to engage millennials and reimagine its role in communities across the country, the church is turning to the language and techniques of startup culture. Two years ago, EDGE ran its first Social Innovation Challenge in Toronto, inviting entrepreneurs and social activists, both church and non-church …


  • The relationship between hurricanes and climate change
    New York Times / John Schwartz / 25 August 2017

    Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and an author of the report, said even if global warming does not change the number of storms — and, she noted, there could even be fewer hurricanes over all — tropical storms and hurricanes do gain energy from warm water, so the unusually warm water that has accompanied climate change "can have a role in intensifying a storm that already exists." More moisture in the atmosphere, she …

  • California fires: deadliest week in history
    The Guardian / Associated Press / 13 October 2017

    Northern California's wildfires have now killed 31 people, making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history. Sonoma County sheriff Robert Giordano said Thursday night that two more people have been confirmed dead there. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31. The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 29 people by itself. While no one fire currently burning has killed that many, collectively this is the deadliest series of …

  • The great nutrient collapse
    Politico / Geoff Johnson / 13 September 2017

    "A higher concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere would aid photosynthesis, which in turn contributes to increased plant growth," the Texas Republican wrote. "This correlates to a greater volume of food production and better quality food." But as the zooplankton experiment showed, greater volume and better quality might not go hand-in-hand. In fact, they might be inversely linked. As best scientists can tell, this is what happens: Rising …


  • Brockville Grocery Store Survey
    Sara Nicholson

    I want to get your feedback on what your IDEAL food store would be like. If you have the time, I would love to hear your ideas through this short 6 question survey. Your feedback is important!

  • Home Food Preservation Headquarters
    Mother Earth News

    Stretching the shelf life of food can be as low-tech and hands-off (set trays in the sun to dry) or as elaborate and large-scale (a day devoted to pressure-canning summer's bounty) as you'd like. No matter where you fall on that spectrum or whether you have surplus fruit from an ample orchard or a profusion of basil from a petite, potted herb garden, the information you need to safely and deliciously put by fresh food awaits here in our online Home Food Preservation …

  • The Community Resilience Reader
    Post Carbon Institute / 05 October 2017

    The Community Resilience Reader offers a new vision for creating resilience through essays by leaders in varied fields including science, policy, community building, and urban design. It describes the environmental, economic, energy, and equity challenges we face, the essential tools of resilience science, and the wisdom of activists, scholars, and analysts working with community issues on the ground. The result is a holistic, accessible book that will …

  • For humans, bugs and beauty: an urban food forest demo
    Peak Moment TV / 16 September 2017

    "This place is famous. People love coming by here because at any time of year you can get something to eat." Architect Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair project, gives a tour of the corner sidewalk outside his Portland office building, where a food forest is bursting with life.…

  • Heritage Skills Workshop Series
    Brockville Museum

    In the first of our hands-on workshops in September we discovered the history and utility of cast iron pans. In our workshops on October 25 and November 29, we will explore wartime recipes and candy making, respectively. Cost includes all supplies. $15 per session. Advance registration is required either by purchasing your spot in person at the museum or by calling us with a credit card number at 613-342-4397.


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 - 19, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Arts Centre

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. General Admission, tickets $10.00 (HST included).

REAL: Local Foods Harvest Dinner Fundraiser

REAL Smiths Falls
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Lombardy Agricultural Hall

Meet some local producers at the appetizer-tasting stations - Enjoy local beer and Ontario wines at a cash bar - Feast on a delicious buffet of local foods prepared by Laurie Brennan of NOAL Pantry - Listen to music by the Giocoso Strings - Bid on a great selection of items in our silent auction. Socialize, celebrate our local food producers, and support your *local* environmental organization at the same time. This could be an alternative to having a Christmas get-together during the busy holiday season! Tickets $60 at the REAL Deal or Modern Thymes. Contact Barb at 613-283-9966 or See for more.

Fall Leaf Collection

City of Brockville
WHEN: Monday, October 23 - Friday, October 27 and Monday, November 13 - Friday, November 17
WHERE: City-wide

Put out leaves for collection in paper bags or reusable containers ONLY before 7 a.m. on your regular collection day during these two weeks. Leaves in plastics bags will NOT be collected.

City Compost Site closing for season

City of Brockville
WHEN: Friday, November 30, 5:00 pm
WHERE: 251 North Augusta Road • • Facebook Group

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