Newsletter 129, 12 December 2017

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Brace for bad winter

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 21 November 2017

His advice for Brockville residents? Be prepared.

With the possibility of wind and ice, [meteorologist Michael] Carter said residents should be ready for power outages and blackouts with an alternative heat and power source as well as drinking water. The more frequent storms mean that residents should be sure their cars are in good working order and that the snow tires are on, he said.

"And be a good neighbour, be a good friend, and check in on friends and relatives who might not be able to do as much for themselves," he said. …



  • Brockville gains in provincial OMCCP announcement
    Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 04 December 2017
    Ontario's momentum toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly province took a big step forward today with the announcement of funding details in the first year's tranche of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). Brockville's grant for 2018 will be $183,362. This year, Ontario will be investing $93 million to provide safe and low-cost commuting options for residents by enabling people to ride their bikes. This represents a doubling of the initial investment of $42.5 million, …


  • New program supporting low-carbon innovation for industry
    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 08 December 2017
    Ontario is supporting industries to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from their facilities or manufacturing processes through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair, to announce the launch of GreenON Industries …
  • Ontario outlines long-term energy plans
    World Nuclear News / 30 October 2017

    The government of Ontario has reconfirmed its support for the Canadian province’s nuclear sector in its long-term energy roadmap. The plan focuses on energy affordability, innovation and customer choice in the province, which already generates over 90% of its electricity without producing greenhouse gases. The 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) – subtitled Delivering fairness and choice – was published on 26 October after a consultation and …

  • Ontario reducing carbon footprint, boosting care at hospitals
    Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care / 27 November 2017

    This year, Ontario is funding 180 projects at 98 hospitals across the province, including 117 heating, ventiliation and air conditioning projects, 35 lighting projects and 28 projects that address other energy efficiency needs at hospitals. As a result of these and other improvements, almost five megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent gases are expected to be eliminated from the environment by 2050, the equivalent to taking about 40,000 …


  • Federal bills on carbon pricing, coal, clean fuels expected in 2018
    CBC News / Mia Rabson / 08 December 2017
    One year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got eight provinces and all three territories to agree to put a price on pollution as part of a national climate change plan. The Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is a mouthful to say but it was considered by many to be the first time Canada had, at least on paper, an actual strategy to meet its international commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Twelve months later, environmental advocates say 2018 is going to have to …
  • Social housing providers build Canada’s greenest apartments
    CBC News / Emily Chung / 05 December 2017
    They’re buildings so energy efficient they don’t need a furnace, an air conditioner or any other kind of active climate control to keep their residents comfortable through Canada’s sticky summers and icy winters. “Passive houses” are buildings that rely on insulation, ventilation and heat from their occupants or sun falling on them to maintain the perfect temperature. In Canada, up until now, they’ve mostly been single-family dwellings — green dream homes for …


  • October 2017 was the second warmest October on record
    NASA Global Climate Change / 15 November 2017
    October 2017 was the second warmest October in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Last month was +0.90 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean October temperature from 1951-1980, just barely warmer than October 2016 (+0.89 C). The warmest month of October according to the analysis happened in 2015 (+1.08 C).
  • Worst-case global warming predictions are the most accurate
    The Independent / Josh Gabbatiss / 06 December 2017
    Current predictions of climate change may significantly underestimate the speed and severity of global warming, according to a new study. Reappraisal of the models climate scientists use to determine future warming has revealed that less optimistic estimates are more realistic. The results suggest that the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to keep global average temperatures from rising by 2C, may be overly ambitious.
  • Climate change-enhanced jets of flame rage across S California / 07 December 2017
    Fimbul is an old icelandic word for mighty, giant, great. It is an archaic word that has fallen out of modern use. But considering the fact that the fires now ripping through Southern California are both out of the context of recent milder climates and have explosively expanded to gigantic proportion, it is perhaps time that we should re-introduce the term. Sections of Southern California are now experiencing never-before-seen levels of fire hazard as winds gusting to near 80 mph across the …
  • Our world in charts
    The Guardian / Comment by 'Calbum' / 05 December 2017
  • The shale oil bonanza as a symptom of economic crisis / Bart Hawkins Kreps / 05 December 2017
    The gradual climb in oil prices in recent weeks has revived hopes that US shale oil producers will return to profitability, while also renewing fevered dreams of the US becoming a fossil fuel superpower once again. Thus a few days ago my daily newspaper ran a Bloomberg article by Grant Smith which lead with this sweeping claim: "The U.S. shale revolution is on course to be the greatest oil and gas boom in history, turning a nation once at the mercy of foreign imports into a global player. That …
  • You’re just not prepared for what's coming
    Peak Prosperity / Chris Martenson / 01 December 2017
    After spending more than a decade warning people all over the world about the futility of pursuing infinite exponential economic growth on a finite planet, I can tell you this: very few are even aware of the nature of our predicament. An even smaller subset is either physically or financially ready for the sort of future barreling down on us. Even fewer are mentally prepared for it. And make no mistake: it’s the mental and emotional preparation that matters the most. If you can’t …


  • Helping my daughter face climate change with an open heart
    Yes! Magazine / Chris Moore-Backman / 04 December 2017
    Gazing into the smoke, my daughter seated beside me, I considered the stark difference our awareness of global warming created between my childhood and hers. And I felt a deep anxiety stir in my belly. What happens to a child's psyche, I asked myself, as she gradually absorbs the knowledge that our planet is warming at a terrifying rate and to an unimaginably dangerous degree, then quietly observes the adults in her life, particularly those most responsible for caring for and protecting her, …
  • All you need to know to eat good, grass-fed meat
    Mother Earth News / June/July 2012 / Deborah Krasner
    Beef and other ruminants are generally called "grass-fed," while pork and poultry are referred to as "pastured" or "free-range." The essential point is that these animals spend their whole lives eating what they were designed by nature to eat and getting exercise, fresh air and sunlight. They tend to be healthy, with no need for antibiotics or other drugs. Because they range through rotating pastures, they aren't stressed or crowded. When grass-fed animals are allowed to grow slowly and …
  • Where do you keep your compost bin?
    treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 01 December 2017
    The location of a compost bin could be affecting your willingness to use it. A group of researchers from the University of British Columbia found that the closer a main collection bin is to one’s door, the more likely one is to use it. While this is a logical and unsurprising conclusion, it’s interesting to see how small the changes have to be in order to make a big difference. The 10-week study took place in several high-density residential buildings in Vancouver. Compost and …
  • Rethinking refrigeration: The benefits of a smaller fridge
    Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 28 November 2017
    If you're a family of four or more — or you have teenagers in the house — a big French door refrigerator can be a lifesaver. But there's room to simplify in even the most bustling households. And for smaller families, empty nesters, singletons, and retirees, opting for a smaller fridge can almost go unnoticed. These "alternative" fridges use less energy, take up less space, and encourage you to waste less food. They're also a much better fit for small kitchens and can help you add counter …
  • Educating children in the spirit of simple living
    Mother Earth News / 09 November 2017

    One of the most beautiful things about simple living is how child-friendly it is. Closeness to nature, a slow pace of life and an abundance of simple, practical activities are just the thing for children of all ages (and adults, too). Young and old alike enjoy digging in the dirt, playing with baby chicks or shaping dough into loaves of bread. I don’t think education, however inspiring and individually adapted, should turn into running in circles …


TB/BPL Presentation

Transition Brockville and Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

A discussion on the direction of Transition Brockville.

Seedy Saturday

Transition Brockville and Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Memorial Centre, Megadoma Drive, Brockville

There will be a free planting activity for kids, local garden clubs and market vendors, our resident expert master gardener and a free seed swap. Contacts: Brandy at (613-342-3936) and Chris at

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit

EOATS Committee - City of Brockville, lead partner
WHEN: Thursday, May 10 - Friday, May 11
WHERE: Brockville

Are you interested in living in a healthy active community? One that is safe for walking and cycling? Learning how towns are transforming themselves into a more livable place? Are you an engaged citizen interested in living in a town like this? Learn about these simple concepts that make towns healthier, more vibrant and stronger economically. Perhaps you're a downtown business person, discover the economic potential of pedestrian and cycle friendly communities? Or a town planner or staff person, learn best practice techniques of others building healthier towns. Maybe you're a resident that wants to be able to get around your community more easily and safely on foot or on a bike. Join us at the Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit. • • Facebook Group