LGTIRL all-candidates debate to build environmental leadership

100 Debates - LGTIRL / 12 September 2019

On October 2, community groups and individuals in our riding are hosting a non-partisan all-candidates debate on the environment for Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes (LGTIRL).

Around the world, we are seeing dramatic shifts in technology and people's behaviour to help address environmental problems.

Here in the communities of LGTIRL, we are playing our part by adopting solar energy, retrofitting our homes and integrating energy efficiency into new homes, buying food that was raised or grown locally, composting our organic waste, and more.

But while individual action can make an important contribution to addressing problems like climate change, complex environmental challenges can't be solved without government leadership.

Our riding's all-candidates debate is part of a national effort in 100 ridings to host such events, and to ask our candidates to tell us what they will do, if elected, to effect tangible and timely change …


  • Upcoming events
    • Culture Day in Brockville, Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, King St. West. Transition Brockville will have a booth demonstrating, once again, the popular apple peeler/corer/slicer. We will also be signing people up for our next workshop on Sunday, October 27 -- making beeswax wraps and homemade laundry soap and other cleaning supplies -- presented in partnership with the Brockville Public Library.
    • 100 Debates on the Environment - Brockville, Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm at Brockville Collegiate Institute. With an eye to ensuring environmental issues are in the forefront of the upcoming federal election, Transition Brockville, in partnership with Sustainable North Grenville and Citizen's Climate Lobby Canada, is presenting an all-candidates debate focused solely on environmental policies and positions of the various political parties. This initiative is part of the 100 Debates on the Environment project, a non-partisan effort to organize all-candidate panels in 100 federal ridings across the country.
    • Transition Brockville Steering Committee, Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 pm, at the Royal Brock Retirement Living, 100 Stewart Blvd., Brockville. Anyone interested in becoming more involved with Transition initiatives is warmly invited to attend this meeting. Call 613-345-4020 for more information.
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    InsideOttawaValley.com / Mallory Day / 10 September 2019
    Do you suffer from road range anxiety and aren't sure if you'll make it to your destination while driving an electric vehicle? A solution could soon be coming your way. During the Sept. 9 committee of the whole meeting of Smiths Falls town council, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris, brought to council the idea of having electric vehicle charging stations within the town. Morris wants to authorize staff to issue a letter of intent to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to partner for the …
  • NFU Local 316 presentation, Kingston, August 27: Food supply
    NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 29 August 2019
    In the midst of great political, economic, environmental and weather uncertainties, every community must build its self-reliance in food production. Maintaining and ensuring food supply is literally a public safety issue. As such, the City of Kingston needs to take an active role in supporting businesses in the local food system (farmers, processors, distributors, food retailers, restaurateurs and others) through regulations, funding and public education programs. We define climate-friendly …
  • Etown ponders tiny homes
    Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 26 August 2019
    Currently, the township requires houses be a certain square footage; minimum house sizes currently range from 65 to 85 square metres at minimum for most zones, with an exception being a minimum of 140 square metres currently required in the "estate residential" zone. In order to facilitate the development of tiny homes, they are proposing to remove the minimum square footage requirements for all zones except estate residential, an area where many subdivision lots are located. The changes are …
  • Community garden takes root
    Recorder & Times / Catherine Orth / 19 August 2019
    The creation of the Dana Street Community Garden was celebrated on Saturday morning. Brockville acting mayor Leigh Bursey handed out certificates of appreciation, as those involved in the new resource in the north end of the city drew attention to their achievement. If you were like neighbour Pat Cyr, the activities in early May on the city-owned property on Dana Street caught your interest and curiosity. "I saw that something was happening in the empty space on Dana Street. It looked like the …


  • Record-high Great Lakes water levels the 'evolving normal'
    The Energy Mix / Jeremiah Rodriguez / 20 August 2019
    "The flooding this spring and summer along the northern shores of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands, and some Toronto-area beaches has been particularly troublesome for homeowners and businesses," CTV states. "According to government statistics, July water levels for the bodies of water between Canada and the U.S. were at record highs. And this can lead to faster erosion of the coastline and flooding." Feltmate, head of UW's Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, cited climate change as one of …


  • Emissions will rise under Conservative climate plan
    National Observer / Marc Jaccard / 23 August 2019
    For more than two decades, I have evaluated promises by Canadian politicians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. My work would be straightforward if a politician committed to a rising carbon price or to technology regulations of increasing stringency. Either of these policy approaches would transparently reduce GHG emissions by an amount we evaluators could reliably estimate, based on long-standing research showing how firms and individuals respond to changes in relative energy prices and …
  • First Nations: Climate action a priority for next fed government
    The Energy Mix / 10 September 2019
    Just two days ahead of the official launch of Canada's federal election, expected later this morning, the Assembly of First Nations released a policy paper identifying climate change as the top priority for the next federal government. "Climate change's ascension to the top election concern for First Nations comes after it wasn't mentioned once in Closing the Gap, AFN's election priorities document from the last election," iPolitics reports. "Its 2015 agenda largely focused on advocating for …
  • Alberta solar project to be Canada’s largest, by far
    CBC News / 28 August 2019
    The largest solar energy project in Canada has received provincial approval and the company hopes to start construction in southern Alberta next year. “It will be, by far, the largest solar energy project in Canada and one of the largest in the world,” said Dan Balaban, president and CEO of Greengate, the Calgary-based company behind the array. He says the project in Vulcan County will include 1.5 million solar panels that will generate about 800 million kWh per year, enough to …
  • Climate youth leaders travel through Beaufort Delta
    NNSL Media / Nick Pearce / 29 August 2019
    A six-day trip through the Beaufort Delta made a changing climate bracingly tangible for roughly a dozen youth leaders this week. Running from August 22 to 28, Ecology North's Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change had participants meet with elders, harvesters and community members studying the first-hand effects of climate change. This is the second time Inuvik has hosted the event, where youth delve into topics such as coastal erosion along the Arctic coast and the changing water …
  • Turning boreal forest from carbon sink to source
    The Energy Mix / 26 August 2019
    Wildfires across northern Canada are "mining" carbon from the soil and turning the boreal forest into a carbon source after millennia of acting as a carbon sink, in a process that could accelerate global climate change, according to a new paper in the journal Nature. "This study underscores why more frequent burning in the boreal forest due to wildfires is bad from a climate perspective," said lead author Xanthe Walker, post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at …


  • Scientists underestimating the pace of climate change
    Scientific American / Naomi Oreskes, Michael Oppenheimer, Dale Jamieson / 19 August 2019
    These recent updates, suggesting that climate change and its impacts are emerging faster than scientists previously thought, are consistent with observations that we and other colleagues have made identifying a pattern in assessments of climate research of underestimation of certain key climate indicators, and therefore underestimation of the threat of climate disruption. When new observations of the climate system have provided more or better data, or permitted us to reevaluate old ones, the …
  • I never thought I’d see the Australian rainforest burning
    The Guardian / JoŽlle Gergis / 10 September 2019
    These days as a climate scientist, the line of separation between the research I do in my professional life and the events unfolding in the world at large is growing ever thinner. The extreme events that our community has been talking about for decades are now becoming part of our lived experience, season after season, year after year across the entire planet. What we are seeing play out now is much faster than many of us ever imagined.
  • World heading for point of no return, says UN
    The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 30 August 2019
    The fires in the Amazon are "extraordinarily concerning" for the planet's natural life support systems, the head of the UN's top biodiversity body has said in a call for countries, companies and consumers to build a new relationship with nature. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, the executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said the destruction of the world's biggest rainforest was a grim reminder that a fresh approach was needed to stabilise the climate and prevent ecosystems …
  • Fossil fuel burning leaps to new record
    National Observer / Barry Saxifrage / 31 July 2019
    Despite decades of promises to prevent a climate crisis, the primary cause of it — global fossil fuel burning — continues to increase rapidly. Last year’s record-breaking burn was a doozy. That’s according to data in the latest “BP Statistical Review of World Energy.” And renewable energy — a hoped-for climate solution — has not only failed to halt the explosive rise in fossil carbon burning, it’s falling ever-further behind. I’ve dug into the latest BP …


  • 9 Permaculture practices
    Mother Earth News / Jessi Bloom / June/July 2017
    We're all stewards of the land, blessed to be living here, and it's our critical responsibility to make sure we honor the natural resources that help us live. Permaculture design provides a great toolkit for doing this, and it can also help simplify your life and make your landscape more resilient. Practicing permaculture can be fun and rewarding on many levels. Though it's complex and can take years to learn, I'm going to help simplify permaculture for you. First and foremost, permaculture is …
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    Mother Earth News / Rachel Kaplan / April/May 2014
    If you live in a city and dream of someday being able to work the land and become a modern homesteader, consider this: There's no need to wait — you can easily do many homesteading activities in the city. You may not have enough garden space to grow your own wheat or corn, but you can harvest an amazing amount of many crops from a collection of containers. Owning your own milk cow is likely not an option, but keeping backyard chickens certainly is. Plus, in the city, it can be much easier to …
  • Give your yard back to nature
    Popular Mechanics / Jessie Kissinger / 01 July 2019
    Most American yards don't reflect their ecological condition. The plants need to be treated with fertilizer because the soil's not right. They want water the weather doesn't provide. Wildlife disappears because they no longer have food to eat. All this creates more labor for homeowners, the humans in this ecosystem, because they're working against nature instead of with it. "A garden that's planted purely by aesthetic decisions is like a car with no engine," says Larry Weaner, founder and …

Climate Emergency: Why, and what must we do?

Diocese of Ontario Green Group
WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm
WHERE: St. George's Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston

Guest speaker: Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Lawyer and Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (Emeritus)

  • What is happening to Ontario's environment?
  • Why so many declarations of "Emergency"?
  • What must we do as individuals, families, and the country?

Admission: free (goodwill offering for Group Speaker Series)

Green Energy Doors Open - GEDO 2019

WHEN: Friday, September 20 - Monday, September 23
WHERE: Ontario-wide

GEDOTM is a public exploration of Ontario's Sustainable Energy Technologies.

More info: https://ontario-sea.org/Green-Energy-Doors-Open-2019

Medicine Walk

Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

Take a short walk in downtown Brockville and see what is growing, appreciate what is around us, learn about harvesting and giving thanks. Free, please pre-register at the Library.

Green Energy Doors Open - GEDO 2019

EcoGen Energy & Build
WHEN: Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28
WHERE: Merrickville and Osgoode

We are excited to be hosting three sites this year! Each is unique in terms of design, lifestyle and needs.

More info: https://www.ecogenbuild.ca/?p=584

Culture Day in Brockville

WHEN: Saturday, September 28
WHERE: King Street West - Buell to Perth Street, Brockville

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. In Brockville, Transition Brockville will have a booth and will be signing people up for its next workshop: how to make beeswax wraps and homemade laundry soap.

Energy Savings Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Smiths Falls Legion, Main Street East, Smiths Falls

Learn how easy it is to stop those annoying and costly winter drafts; where and how to get grants to help get you through the tough times; what an energy audit can do for you; what your legal rights are for unfair utility bills; and listen to one person's experience about making her home a more comfortable (and cheaper) place to live. You might even enjoy a coffee and snack, a chance to win a fabulous door prize and a chat with others wanting to know more.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116788468518832/

100 Debates on the Environment - Brockville

Transition Brockville, Sustainable North Grenville and Citizen's Climate Lobby Canada
WHEN: Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Collegiate Institute, 90 Pearl Street East, Brockville

This is one of 100 non-partisan all-candidate debates on the environment being held across Canada. Let's help to create a Canada-wide conversation between candidates and constituents about the environment. The more people who attend, the more powerful our message will be. All five candidates will be participating in the LGTIRL riding event.


Brockville Public Library
WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

Beekeeping has surged in popularity over the past several years, and for good reason. Honeybees play a critical role in agriculture, pollinating the crops that provide our families with food on our tables. This presentation will provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of honeybees, including their biology, honey production, and information on hobbyist beekeeping. An enclosed observation hive with a live colony and some beekeeping equipment will be available for display. The session is being presented by John Espadero of Bayanihan Honey Bee Company. John manages 60 hives and focuses his efforts on breeding locally acclimatized, productive, and gentle bees. Free admission.

REAL Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction

Rideau Environmental Action League
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Smiths Falls Legion, 7 Main Street East, Smiths Falls

Live Music by the Tritones - Appetizers - Local Beers - Ontario Wines. Tickets $60 or $55 before September 22 - available at the REAL Deal Store and Modern Thymes, or contact Cathryn at 613-283-9819

Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2019

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 14
WHERE: 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall

The 2019 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is coming to Cornwall and you are invited! The City of Cornwall, the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are pleased to be partnering to bring this unique regional local food event to the NAV Centre in Cornwall on November 13-14, 2019. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! http://www.eastontlocalfood.com