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Maitland Tower: History, nature, community, social enterprise

River Institute / 21 March 2021

The Maitland Tower is an iconic landmark east of Brockville on the St. Lawrence River with a storied past that dates back to the 1750’s. In 2016 Philip Ling bought the Maitland Tower site, and started the restoration of the historic buildings. The site will become a hub for the community, connecting people with the history, nature, and the St. Lawrence River, and hosting and mentoring the next generation of social enterprises that want to have a positive impact on the community and our planet.

Sustainable North Grenville: Where We Started

North Grenville Times / 14 April 2021

In honour of Earth Day, and in lieu of the cancelled Sustainability Fair (we miss it too!), Sustainable North Grenville is releasing a series of articles, beginning today with ‘Where We Started’, a pocket history introduction. Next week look for ‘Where We Are Now?’, complete with our ‘State of NG’ community report card. The following week we finish with ‘Where to Next?’, mapping next steps to ensure a more sustainable future for North Grenville.

Sustainable North Grenville (or ‘SNG’) is your local citizen action group whose goals are to promote all things ‘Sustainable’ in the context of three values:

Our Community: To strengthen the resilience of our community at large – culturally and socially – by a number of measures, including better communication (‘knowing our neighbours’) and, of course, by having fun together!

The Environment: To raise awareness of environmental issues in our community with a mix of education and action.

Local Economy: To support and promote the principles of sustainable community economic development – living and breathing the ‘buy local’ philosophy.

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Local Food Access Network proposing food forest for Gananoque

The Kingston Whig / Lorraine Payette / 12 April 2021

“There are so many positive spin‐offs from a project like this when it comes to community development. It has the potential to attract community members to get involved with groups like Trees and Trails and the Horticultural Society who I understand would be delighted to have some younger members with a little extra strength and energy to offer. It would also offer great volunteer opportunities to students, seniors and families. It would be a fabulous educational resource and a beautiful location for community events. More importantly though, it would be a guaranteed affordable access point for safe and nutritious food. There has never been a time when our community needs it more. In short, the project would help fulfill our town’s Environment and Infrastructure Initiative while at the same time would help to fulfill the vision of our network.”

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Value(s) by Mark Carney – call for a new kind of economics

The Guardian / Will Hutton / 21 March 2021

In a mix of rich analysis mixed with pages that read like a dry Bank of England minute, he blames the three great crises of our times – the financial crash, the pandemic and the climate emergency (he is the UN’s special envoy on climate action and finance) – on twisted economics, an accompanying amoral culture, and degraded institutions whose lack of accountability and integrity accelerate the system’s dysfunction. Thus banks lost control of reality in a fantasy world in which balance sheets could grow exponentially without risk – another market would handle that – indulged by governments and regulators who believed that markets were always right. Then came the Covid pandemic, for which western governments were singularly unready, relying on dubious cost-benefit analysis rather than valuing what we as humans tend to – our lives and looking out for one another. The same mistake is being made with climate change.

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Seedy Saturday 2021: Call for seed donations

Brockville Public Library / 5 February 2021

We need seeds! If you have seeds to share, please put them in the Library drop box on George Street by Friday, February 12. Please label the seeds with seed name and date harvested.

Once we’ve collected all the donated seeds, you can check out our listing of seeds and submit your request on the library website (www.brockvillelibrary.ca) or in person starting Monday, February 22. We will package the seeds and call you to make an appointment to pick up your seeds at the Library on Saturday, March 6, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Seeds will be distributed while supplies last.

Check out our selection of growing and gardening books and e-books here. (We are closed Mondays due to Covid-19 restrictions.) Questions? Contact Brandy Smith, brandy@brockvillelibrary.ca, 613-342-3936 ext. 6432.

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Bringing community to the table in climate adaptation

Resilience / Leslie MacKenzie / 28 January 2021

Climate preparedness and adaptation work is excellent for Transition groups to do for several reasons:

  • Transition’s practical, solution-oriented approach makes it easier for people to take in difficult climate change information. We weren’t just telling people problems; we were giving them solutions.
  • Transition isn’t out for a quick win. Our group was there for years, offering different ways to engage so people had multiple opportunities to learn.
  • Transition doesn’t just give people information; it gives them a community where they can continue to talk to others. We’re building relationship capital.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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