Newsletter 134, 19 June 2018

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Food Foraging

Transition Brockville and the Brockville Public Library

Did you know you can sauté young day lily shoots in butter for a delicate addition to a meal in spring? Or that the berries of the sumac make a lovely lemonade in the heat of summer?

Parts of many plants in our flower gardens and in the wild are edible. Transition Brockville's next presentation is a workshop on food foraging, Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library.

We'll talk about the almost-lost art of finding food in unexpected places, as well as things to keep in mind when foraging. We'll have actual plants people can eat, photos of other plants, links to sites for more information – even a recipe or two.

If you have experience in foraging for certain foods, your stories will be a welcome addition to the workshop. Try to bring a photo, or the actual plant, and tell what it is, where it can be found, when its edible part is ready, and how it can be used.

We'll take notes and then post the information from the workshop on the Transition Brockville website.

All with an interest in food foraging are welcome at this free public presentation. Refreshments will be served; donations are appreciated.


  • Some disruption in late May
    The TB Steering Committee would like to apologize to those who arrived at the Public Library on the 4th Sunday of May ... with TB nowhere to be found. We had had some unforeseen disruption to our internet services about one week prior to that, affecting our website, our email and our newsletter. Two days into this outage, our planned speaker for May 27 regrettably had to make a last minute cancellation. Something of a "perfect storm" there! We take some minor solace in discovering that we have TB followers who attend our presentations on such a regular basis.


  • Brockville Waterfront Action Plan (WAP)
    Waterfront Ad Hoc Committee
    For those who missed the Open House held on Monday, June 18, the storyboards displayed may also be viewed here. Comments on the projects which may be included in the Waterfront Action Plan can be emailed to the Committee at or sent to Waterfront Adhoc Committee c/o Clerk's Office, City of Brockville, 1 King Street West, P.O. Box 5000, Brockville, ON K6V 7A5.
  • TLTI and Gananoque seeking input on recreation plan
    Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 02 June 2018
    The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is working in partnership with Gananoque to complete a Joint Recreation Master Plan. This Plan will guide recreational services over the next ten years and will include a needs assessment to support the future direction of parks, trails, recreation and leisure services. It will also include a series of recommendations and policy guidelines around the delivery of programs, events, facilities and services. If you're a program participant, a volunteer …


  • Ford vows to scrap cap-and-trade program as his 1st act as premier
    CBC News / Amara McLaughlin / 15 June 2018
    Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed that his first act in the legislature will be to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program. “In Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered,” he announced Friday during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Ford, who will be sworn in later this month, campaigned on a promise to dismantle Ontario’s existing cap-and-trade program, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, and to cut gas prices by 10 …


  • Antarctic ice melting faster than ever, studies show
    The Guardian / Matthew Taylor / 13 June 2018
    Ice in the Antarctic is melting at a record-breaking rate and the subsequent sea rises could have catastrophic consequences for cities around the world, according to two new studies. A report led by scientists in the UK and US found the rate of melting from the Antarctic ice sheet has accelerated threefold in the last five years and is now vanishing faster than at any previously recorded time. A separate study warns that unless urgent action is taken in the next decade the melting ice could …
  • April 2018 was third warmest April on record
    NASA Global Climate Change / 16 May 2018
    In spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 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 +0.86 °C warmer than the average April of the 1951-1980 period; this value is in line with the 1.8 °C/century rate of increase of the past 40 years. Only April 2016 (+1.07 °C) and …
  • Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix
    The Guardian / Annie Leonard / 09 June 2018
    Every minute, every single day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans. In the name of profit and convenience, corporations are literally choking our planet with a substance that does not just "go away" when we toss it into a bin. Since the 1950s, some 8.3bn tons of plastic have been produced worldwide, and to date, only 9% of that has been recycled. Our oceans bear the brunt of our plastics epidemic – up to 12.7m tons of plastic end up in them every year. Just over a decade …
  • Avoiding self-inflicted extinction. What are the solutions?
    News24 / Robert J Traydon / 01 June 2018
    Humankind has the unenviable duty to address the looming threats of runaway climate change and environmental collapse. At risk are Earth’s millions of species and our human civilisation, all of which could face severe hardship or even extinction by the end of this century. It seems like an impossibility: to meaningfully reduce our impact while thriving on fossil-fuelled technology and unrestricted population growth. But, there are solutions that could not only slow the rate of climate …
  • Changes in global water supply hint at future conflicts, crises
    Globe and Mail / Ivan Semeniuk / 16 May 2018
    By combining 14 years' worth of satellite data, scientists have captured a startling portrait of the world's water supply undergoing rapid transformation. The new analysis points to areas where there is increasing potential for conflict as a growing demand for water collides with the impacts of climate change. In Canada, the maps shows shifting water supplies that include wetter, more flood-prone regions in many areas of the country but a general drying out in the western sub-Arctic. "This is …


  • Wild Edibles – Season 1 – Episode 1
    The Outsider / 14 February 2014
    This season covers almost 20 Common Wild Edibles: How to identify them, Where to find them, and How to eat them! Yum!…
  • 12 ways to stop wasting money and take control of your stuff
    TIME / Kit Yarrow / 20 November 214
    In my work as a consumer psychologist and author, I've read countless studies about consumer behavior, and I've conducted plenty of research on my own, interviewing hundreds of shoppers about how, when, and why they shop. Here's what I've learned about how to avoid piling up too much stuff and how to stop making unnecessary, excessive, and ultimately unsatisfying purchases …
  • Save money by drying fruits and vegetables at home
    Mother Earth News / Lorna Peterson / July/August 1977
    Dehydration as a method of food preservation has been around a long time. Primitive man dried victuals by the heat of the sun or with the aid of fire, then ground the dehydrated stores into a long-lasting powder or ate them “as is”. Now, thousands of years later, dehydration is still one of the most widely used methods of food preservation in the world . . . for some mighty good reasons. Drying preserves the vitamin, mineral, protein, and fiber content of foods . . . more so than …
  • Avoiding plastic when grocery shopping
    Mother Earth News / Chantal Plamondon, Jay Sinha / May 2018
    Ten years ago, in our local grocery store in Wakefield, Quebec, you would rarely see someone bring their own reusable bags. Now you rarely see someone NOT bringing reusable bags. It took some time, but the new habit has started to take hold and what was once perceived as normal behavior has completely reversed. The same applies to many other little habits you might want to start integrating into your daily routine. It's the example that you set for others that creates change in your community …


3rd Annual Textile Festival

Lansdowne Association for Revitalization
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Lansdowne Community Centre, Lansdowne

Lovely soft textiles will be highlighted at this festival. See spinners, weavers, rug makers, quilters, needle crafters and more demonstrate their skill. Cast your vote for the best Demonstrator and Vendor in the People's Choice Award Contest.


Rideau Environmental Action League
WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Smiths Falls Community Health Centre, 2 Gould Street, Smiths Falls


  • 6:00 pm Social
  • 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner provided by REAL
  • 7:00 pm Documentary and Discussion on Climate Change
  • 7:30 pm Business (financial report available in advance on request)

RSVP to or Karen at 613-283-4604

Live Animal Show

Charleston Lake Provincial Park
WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Park Amphitheatre, Charleston Lake Provincial Park, 148 Woodvale Road, Lansdowne

Come check out some live mammals & birds! Join the wildlife specialists from Speaking of Wildlife to discover the fascinating lives of some of our park's animals ... and meet them face-to-face! Free with Park Day Pass. More info: 613-659-2065 • • Facebook Group