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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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Demand still hot for local farm boxes, say growers

CBC News / Giacomo Panico / 10 March 2021

Local growers say they’re anticipating even more demand for their products this season, as the pandemic continues to influence people’s buying and eating habits.

Mel Foster, co-owner of Foster Family Farm in the rural Ottawa community of North Gower, said people are already eager to pre-order his produce.

“We started getting calls for our 2021 season right after our 2020 season ended,” said Foster.

Like many small farms, Foster Family Farm sells community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, which gives customers a weekly or bi-weekly shipment of freshly-picked produce.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ TB Local Food Directory: CSAs ]

Line 5 shutoff would have ‘devastating effects’ for eastern ON

Brockville Newswatch / 13 February 2021

A business recruiter and job creation group for seven Leeds-Grenville municipalities is warning a potential shut down of an oil pipeline will have “devastating effects” on the regional economy and Eastern Ontario.

In an open letter to the prime minister, the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission is calling on Justin Trudeau to make the issue of Line 5 a priority.

Enbridge Line 5 is a major pipeline that delivers crude oil from western Canada to eastern Canada through the Great Lakes.

The commission says Enbridge Line 5 delivers just over half a million barrels of crude oil to Ontario and Quebec. It could be shut down on May 12 after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer moved to revoke a 1953 easement for operating the pipeline in her state.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]  [ ‘Enbridge Line 5’ on Wikipedia ]

Climate change, water quality, indigenous collaboration priorities for IJC Watersheds Initiative

International Joint Commission / Kevin Bunch / 16 February 2021

Ensuring that all boards are aware of how climate change may impact their responsibilities and work in the decades to come is another priority for the IJC. A Climate Change Guidance Framework developed as part of the IWI program is being used to help all IJC boards determine what climate-related risks may impact their mandates in coming years and how they can be addressed. As of January 2021, the St. Croix River Watershed Board has completed its assessment. Other assessments are in process for the Souris River Board, Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board of Control and Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board.

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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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