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COVID prompts local industries to cooperate

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 14 December 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the global economy, it also taught Canadian businesses a stark lesson about the world supply chain, a lesson the region’s economic development commission won’t forget.

And the result has been local industries increasingly doing business with their neighbours, rather than with suppliers in other countries.

As the pandemic persisted from spring into summer, the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission formed an industrial leadership team, bringing leaders of local industries together, touring each other’s plants.

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Hands-on learning, one nail at a time

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 25 November 2020

It’s all part of a unique program by the Employment and Education Centre to give the young people hands-on experience in the trades.

Heather Brisebois, project co-ordinator, said the budding tradespeople will develop their skills under the supervision of trade professionals and learn by doing.

At the end of the 30-week program, the youths will have learned basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, drywalling, roofing – all of the skills that go into house construction.

And they will have built a house that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be used as affordable housing somewhere in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

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Microgrids: An idea whose time has come?

CBC News / Emily Chung / 24 January 2020

As the global population grows, so does the demand for electricity. But there are challenges, even now. More than a billion people around the world don’t have access to power grids. According to the Canada Energy Regulator, 200,000 people in Canada are not connected to the North American electrical grid and natural gas distribution pipeline systems.

We’re also seeing natural disasters and major weather events disrupt power supply, causing mass blackouts for days at a time. And when one part of the transmission system breaks down, it can paralyze the whole grid.

Enter the microgrid. A concept that’s been growing in popularity, it’s a power system that can operate independently or work in connection with bigger grids.

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Involve local groups in protecting biodiversity

The Guardian / Severin Carrell / 31 August 2020

The “Edinburgh declaration”, published on Monday, urges leaders to work more closely with sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, national parks, local councils and wider society in meeting 20 biodiversity goals set out in the Aichi accord, signed in Nagoya, Japan, 10 years ago.

Those targets were due to have been met by 2020. None of them were, leaving global biodiversity in a parlous state, the statement says.

“The current approach is bust,” said Prof Des Thompson, principal science adviser at NatureScot, Scotland’s conservation agency, which oversaw the declaration process. “What we need to do is work with local communities, local governments and local communities – that’s how we’re going to meet those targets.”

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Task force urges $50B for ‘bold’, resilient recovery

The Energy Mix / 23 July 2020

An independent task force of Canadian finance and policy experts is calling on the federal government to invest C$50 billion over the next five years in five “bold moves for a resilient recovery”, with a $27-billion building energy retrofit program leading a list of 22 specific policy measures.

A resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic “means getting Canadians back to work at the same time as supporting the jobs, infrastructure, and growth that will keep Canada competitive in the clean economy of the 21st century,” the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery states in its preliminary report released Wednesday. It calls for five years of investments and policy measures “that go beyond short-term stimulus to put our economy on a low-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable, and competitive pathway.”

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TB on #FYI @ YourTV

YourTV / Doreen Barnes / 21 May 2020

Christine Stesky from Transition Brockville joins us on #FYI to discuss sustainable living.

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