Some of the upcoming events happening in and around Cornwall and area:
July 18 – 20 Nav Centre, Cornwall The Ontario Horticultural Association Annual Conference Many local horticultural districts have joined together to organize and host this prestigious event right here in Cornwall. The line up includes special guest speakers, seminars, work shops, garden tours, and much more. For complete information, kindly check their web site OHA .
June 28 – July 18th Rain Barrel Sale Glengarry Memorial Hospital is hosting a rain barrel sale for the benefit of the hospital’s therapeutic garden. “Did you know that for every inch of rain that falls on a square foot of your roof, can provide just over a gallon of water”. Interested, check out RAIN BARREL INFO
June 28 OPG in Partnership with the St. Lawrence River Institute Event: River Institute Scientist Matt Windle with American Eel on the St. Lawrence River” It will be a fish and eel adventure between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00. Sounds slippery and fun. More info: OPG June28
The Results of the Commuter Challenge are In! Mid size cities were compared across the nation and our fine citizens accumulated sufficient kilometres for a second place result for the City of Cornwall. Congratulations to all that participated, let’s try to maintain these alternate forms of transportation. For complete details and to see who won the donated bicycles Commuter Challenge results.
Saturday, June 21, 1:00 – 3:00 Launch of the Local Food Map , Avonmore Berry Farm 16365 Fourth Road Avonmore The launch of the SDG and PR Farm Fresh Local Food Map. Everyone is welcome. Local Food Map Launch Invitation
Commuter Challenge Winners What a fantastic week it was, June 1-7. The City of Cornwall is in second place nationally comparing to cities of similar size. Organizers are thrilled with the participation. The winners were chosen in various categories, such as modes of transportation used and fuel saved. For all the details please Challenge 2014_results.
June 1- 7 City of Cornwall and area Everyone is encouraged to participate in the National Commuter Challenge which is taking place locally. The City of Cornwall’s results will be compared to cities of similar population. It is easy and it should be fun. It also should be emphasized that commuting may be defined as walking for your lunch date, or to the park with the kids after supper, or car pooling, or taking your bicycle out for a spin. The Active Transportation Action Group is partnering with the City of Cornwall. Follow this link for complete information and registration information. Register this weekend and start on Sunday. Registration info here.
While you are out and about, possibly on the weekend, check out the ‘car free’ destinations below. While on your bicycle or roller blades or on foot, discover the ‘world of possibilities’ that Cornwall area has to offer. destinations
There was a mention of being able to win if one participates. The prizes are being offered after all ‘commuting’ has been reported. Cyclists have a chance to win one of two bicycles offered by TOTAL CYCLERY and BICYCLE WORLD, these are being co-sponsored by the City of Cornwall. Wednesday, June 4, everyone wins as Cornwall Transit is offering free rides all day on the regular city buses! This coincides with Clean Air Day. Commuters that take the bus during this special week will be eligible to win gift packages to celebrate participating.
Sunday, June 8th, MOCKTAILS in Lamoureux Park is offering a free drink each to the first 50 customers that report to have done the Commuter Challenge. This generosity will take place all day from 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. So head on down to the MOCKTAILS patio and enjoy the view while satisfying your thirst.
Wait there is more, a PHOTO CONTEST for all those participants who send in a photo of themselves. Put on your smile and do a selfie or have someone take your photo while commuting using active transportation or car pooling or doing a teleconference. Tweet the photo at: CornwallCommute. City of Cornwall swag is up for grabs.
Have an amazing week everyone. It would be wonderful if everyone could develop a new commuting habit after this week.
Incredible Edible Plant Festival! Second Amazing Year!
Saturday, June 7, 10 am to 2 pm (rain or shine) In front of the Justice Building, 340 Pitt St, & Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, 353 Pitt St Schedule HERE>>
Compost and Mulch for Free you say! The City of Cornwall land fill site is the location where gardeners show up with containers and shovels. You provide the muscle for these free garden essentials. As you enter the facility, just indicate to that you are coming for either compost or wood chips. The compost has been created from the organic matter from curb side pickup. Discarded Christmas trees become wood chips that are fabulous for mulching around trees and shrubs. The great thing is that there is no limit to the quantity to which you may help yourself.
May 3 to May 10, 2014
Show your community pride and join us for Cornwall Spring Clean-Up Week from May 3rd to May 10th! With spring finally here, it’s time to pitch in and clean Cornwall. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, classmates or neighbours and help make our City look even better by cleaning a park, boulevard or other public space! Working together we can keep Cornwall clean and green! This year’s Spring Clean-Up Week promises to be the biggest yet! For more info: CLEAN UP
Monday, April 28, 7:00 Our Risk – Their Reward Energy East Ontario Tour Concerned Citizens of Cornwall: The proposed Iroquois pumping station just outside of Cornwall is where TransCanada intends on building a new pipeline, attached to their existing, converted natural gas pipeline. The new pipeline runs close to the St Lawrence river, the source of Cornwall’s drinking water. Come and join us to listen to the featured speakers offering information on this important topic: Maude Barlow National Chairperson Council of Canadians, Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner Council of Canadians, Sabrina Bowman, Climate Campaigner Coordinator of Environmental Defence. To read more about the tour, kindly follow Energy East Ontario Tour .
May 2014 30 x 30 Nature Challenge Do you want to get healthier, happier and smarter? Try adding a daily dose of nature to your routine. Starting May 1st, the challenge is to get people across the country to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Join up to reap nature’s benefits: INFORMATION
April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville Phil Chadwick, meteorologist/painter will speak on the effects of AGW on our local weather.
April throughout May in the Ottawa region JUST FOOD workshops For complete details please click on the link. Just Food News and Events
Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup was a hit on Sunday at the Cornwall Public Library. Would you like the recipe? Click Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup
Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. Cornwall Energy East Our Risk Their Reward at The Social, Conference & Event Centre, 130 Sydney Street. The Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting communities across Ontario to talk about why Trans Canada’s proposed Energy East pipeling is all risk and little reward for Ontarians. Hear about local impacts, safety and spill concerns and what this meas for tar sands expansion, protecting our climate and water. Find out how you can get involved in the movement to stop Energy East. FREE ADMISSION! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
-Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians Chairperson
-Andrea harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians
-Sabrina Bowmen of Environmental Defence
Sunday, April 13, 1pm Film Food Series at the Cornwall Public Library. Transtion Cornwall + presents “GROW’, the final documentary in the winter Food Film Series.
This event will be of special interest to young entrepreneurs as well as the public. The event includes a warming cup of soup, the screening, and discussion. This event is offered by the Food Action Group of Transition Cornwall+. Admission is free and open to everyone (donations welcome).
The Thai Curry Sweet Potato soup was a hit. Here is the recipe: Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup
SATURDAY, APRIL 12th, 2014 Annual Bicycle Auction Cornwall Armouries 505 Fourth Street East. The Cornwall Police will be holding their annual auction of surplus equipment. There will be more than 50 bicycles awaiting bidders. Active Transportation folks, here is your opportunity to ‘get your own wheels’. Viewing will be possible at noon before the bidding at 1:00 p.m. (Other items up for grabs include electronics, jewelry and tools.)
April 2014, Organic Gardening in the City (Ottawa) The line up is set for the Spring 2014 Organic Gardening in the City Seminars. Topics include: soil, seeds, containers, school gardens, composting and more. Please click here for more info.
2014 May through September Wild and Edible Medicinal Plant Course Connecting people and plants, if you are keen to learn about wild edible plants, please follow the link for complete information: The Wild Garden
April 3- April 5 Great workshops organized by Living Local Venture: Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future
APRIL 03 * Gluten Free Living & Eating – workshop nearly full
APRIL 05 * Community SEED SWAP – join in, seeds or no seeds! Winthrop Agway!
APRIL 05 * Green Home Tours: Mass Heaters – Masonry & Rocket Stove
Click here for further details: Workshops
Saturday, March 22, Brockville Library 2:00 World Water Day Screening of Bottled Water. The film screening will be followed by discussion. Refreshments will be provided. There is no charge. The sponsor is The Council of Canadians, Brockville Chapter.
March 22 at Victoria Island, Ottawa 1:30- 4:00 World Water Day CelebrationWorld Water Campaigner Emma Lui, Guatemalan Maya Elder Tito Medina, Ottawa Riverkeeper Meridith Brown and poet Francine Desjardins will be in attendance. The event includes a traditional water ceremony, a drumming and sharing circle and a potluck meal (organizers ask that people bring a dish to share, a chair and a snon-disposable water bottle).
Wednesday, March 19th 12:00-1:30 or 2:00-3:30 Cooking out of the Box Adults of all ages learn to cook healthy dishes using vegetables and fruit from the Cornwall Green Food Box. All food is sampled and recipes are provided. To learn more about these groups or to register, please call the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre at 613-936-0306 ext.229.
Sunday March 16, at 1:00 Food Film Series Presents at Cornwall Public LibraryThe Food Action Group presents the third in its Food Film Series 2014. This month’s film, ‘Urban Roots’, will be shown. This documentary gives us a look at how real resilience, a sense of community and need has spurred ordinary people in Detroit to take control of their food source. The city is facing a post-industrial future with dramatic loss of economy and population. Whole neighbourhoods are in decay, but some people are seeing beyond this and recognising there is potential for a new way for growth. Together they are turning vacant lots into gardens that feed themselves and their neighbours, and even create employment. The stories are thought provoking to all of us living in urban environments.
March 22, 10:00 a.m. APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP at Connaught Acres Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard will be the presenter. There will be tips on getting better production, grafting and tree insect management as well as hands on demonstrations on pruning young and mature trees. Bring your own sanitized pruners and saws. Cost: $20 (refreshments included) bring your own lunch. Kindly confirm by March 17, 613-448-3540
APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP – MARCH 22ND – 10:00 A.M. @ Connaught Acres – owner Debbie DeCooman
Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard will be our presenter
Bring pruners and pruning saws(santize before pruning) and have a hands on demonstration pruning young and mature trees
Tips on getting better production, grafting and tree insect management
Cost – $20 and refreshments are provided
Bring your own lunch
Please confirm by email or call 613-448-3540
by March 17th
Spring 2014 Incredible Edibles will be an encore event this coming spring, presented by the Food Group. Hundreds of potted vegetable seedlings were given away for the benefit of those who did not have space for a garden. If you would like to be involved, please read on. The Food Group of Transition Cornwall + is excited to offer its contact info: tc.foodactiongroup(at)gmail.com .
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. Brockville Public Library Botanist Author Diana Beresford-Kroeger will be presenting on the topic of ‘The Sweetness of a Simple Life’. For further information, please click on Transition Brockville.
Saturday February 22, 2014 - Eco Farm Day 2014, Ramada Inn and Conference Centre, Cornwall ON Eco Farm
Saturday February 22nd - Agape Centre: Coldest Night of the year – Bundle up & walk 2k, 5k or 10k on in support of the hungry, homeless & hurting. Visit: Coldest Night
February 24, 2014 – Webinar: Sustainable Food Systems in a Healthy Communities Lens. Presented by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. More information
February 25, 2014 – Teleconference: School Garden Programs Presented by the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador. More information.
February and March are Travel Months for Many Canadians Check outSustainable Travel International for an informative on line magazine that provides a wealth of information. Their mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions that protect the environment, support adaptation to climate change, preserve cultural heritage, and generate economic benefits. For those who travel, here is a web site worth exploring. Bon voyage!
Sunday, February 16, 1 p.m. Numen: The Nature of Plants, Cornwall Public Library. The second in our hearty winter program of film, soup and conversation,offered by the food action group of Transition Cornwall+. This film is a powerful and inspirational exploration of the healing power of plants and the natural world. It has stunning footage and thought-provoking interviews important for everyone concerned about human and environmental health, including gardeners, medical practitioners and plant lovers.
Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. Birdbone Theatre, Benson Centre: “Tarsands Dragon Opera” presents what is quoted to be ‘a thought provoking and entertaining evening”. For a link to a promotional video, please click here: Birdbone.
The United Counties of S.D. & G. have Fabulous Outdoor Trails February starts on Saturday, a month with four wonderful winter weekends offering the possibility of getting out with snowshoes or cross country skis. Dundas County offers the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary , Stormont offers Guindon Park and Glengarry offers theSummerstown Trails. Enjoy celebrating the joy of being active out in nature. Check out their Family Day activities as well!
Wednesday, January 29th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Salon B Cornwall Civic Complex, “Cornwall is My Place” Event Cornwall residents are invited to take part in an inspirational evening of ideas and discussion about the future of their community. ‘Cornwall is My Place!’ is an interactive opportunity for all interested citizens to participate in the planning for the future of our city’s growth and development. For complete details Cornwall is My Place
Saturday, Feb. 22nd, The Ramada Inn, Cornwall, Eco Farm Day 2014 This conference, organized by Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa St. Lawrence Outaouais Chapter, is eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference. Organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, livestock and market gardens rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information and commerce opportunities. Workshops, organic lunch and trade show await all visitors. Please follow the link: Eco Farm Day.
Active Transportation Action Group representatives John Towndrow and Chantal Lalonde spoke to Cornwall City Council and a standing room only crowd at the meeting of January 13, 2014. The purpose was to update council on past activities and seek support for the up coming spring bicycle festival. Subsequently a front page article covering the event was published in the local Standard Freeholder under the title of Leave Car at Home: urges TC+, please click to read the full coverage.
Sunday, January 19, 1 p.m. Cornwall Public Library “Dirt, The Movie” will be presented as part of Transition Cornwall + Food Action Group Food Film Series in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library. From January through to April, many food and agricultural issues will be explored in four exciting new documentaries, highlighting progress in reclaiming our food systems and making them safe, fair, ecologically sound and sustainable.
Dirt! The Movie introduces viewers to dirt’s fascinating history. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, provides us shelter, and that can be used as a source of medicine, beauty and culture. It’s time to learn more about the dirt that our very survival depends on!
The Sunday afternoon event includes a warming cup of soup, the screening, and a post-film discussion. Soup’s on for 1 pm, followed by the movie. Admission is free (donations welcome, as are Agape food donations).
Friday, November 29th, Transition Cornwall+ and “Journey Together”present the documentary film: “Money & Life” 6:45 – 9:15 pm at Knox-St.Paul’s United Church, 800 Twelfth St East (off McConnell). “An Alternative to the Over-Shopping & Over-Spending of Black Friday”. If you are overwhelmed by the commercialism and overspending that bombards us at this time of year, please join us for this thought-provoking movie and discussion. All are welcome. No Charge. No Line Ups. Food donations for the Agape Centre appreciated.
An innovative approach to engaging Cornwall residents The City of Cornwall invites residents to weigh in on 2014 Budget. In an effort to engage Cornwallites in the City budget, the City of Cornwall is inviting residents to share their thoughts on how they would like to see their property tax dollars invested in community services. The City has launched an interactive online budget survey which allows residents to build their own budget and show City officials how they would spend their tax dollars. Residents can also provide comments on various City services. For more information and to find the on line survey, please click here: City of Cornwall.
December 2-3 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2013 Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre, 1550 Princess Street, Kingston. This conference will provide a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. For more information and registration: Local Food Conference
Sunday, November 24, 2 pm. Solar PV Net Metering Systems Brockville Public Library23 Buell St., Brockville
Bob and Chris Stesky have installed a grid-tied net-metered solar PV system with battery backup and will discuss it at the next meeting of Transition Brockville. They will describe their system in detail, explain how the net-metering contract works, and discuss their reasons for setting the system up.
Their system combines the emergency-handling capabilities of a completely off-grid system at one extreme and some of the economic benefits of a microFIT contract at the other. Photos will illustrate the construction process and the various types of equipment used. Bob will get into some of the technicalities of the system they chose. Transition Brockville
Sunday, November 24th, 2:00 pm Fall Reflections—Canadian Organic Growers Location: Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 400 McArthur Ave, Ottawa. For more info: Fall Reflections
SOUPer SQUASH Event at the Agape Centre: Squash, corn, potatoes, garlic, onions, red pepper, pots and spoons, blenders, bowls, choppers, stirrers and musicians were all in attendance. And a great time was had by all! A bountiful quantity of Squash Soup was prepared by members of the Transition Cornwall + food action group to donate for the clients of the Agape Centre. It was a great summer for butternut squash plants and it was time to share the harvest. This was a first initiative of its kind for Transition Cornwall +, such a super way to share with the greater community.
Thursday, November 21, 4:30 SOUPer SQUASH PARTY!
Agape Centre, 40 Fifth St. West – Come cheer our Transition Cornwall + volunteer chefs making soup for Agape patrons… free recipes… bring a food donation. LIVE MUSIC by Jonathan Irvine.
Wednesday, November 27, Science and Nature Speaker Series Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street The Science of Great Beer with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company and Steve Beauchesne. Find out how science and nature are blended together to brew the perfect beer by reserving your spot for this highly entertaining and interesting talk.
Call 613-936-6620 to reserve your seat or e-mail kcooper(at)riverinstitute(dot)ca.
November 20- Jan 22, 6 week Wednesday evening series Science and Spirituality St. Andrews United Church, Williamstown, David Rawnsley Quantum Activist, Author of: The Journey, from Science to Spritituality. For more information contact Rev. Andrea Harrison at 613-347-2063.
Wednesday November 6th, 7pm-9pm, McEwen Room, Benson Centre, Cornwall Public forum on Line 9 tar sands pipeline proposal, presenters: local environmentalist Elaine Kennedy, environment and energy writer Derek Leahy and Environmental Defence climate campaign coordinator Sabrina Bowman: Concerned residents of Cornwall have the opportunity to attend an info forum on November 6th at the Benson Centre to discuss Enbridge’s plans to pump 300,000 barrels of oil and bitumen from the Alberta tar sands every day through southern Ontario’s relatively unknown Line 9 pipeline.
The Line 9 info forum at the Benson Centre will be an opportunity for Cornwall residents to ask questions, express concerns and find out more about transporting tar sands bitumen through the 37-year old Line 9 pipeline.
The Benson Centre is located at 800 Seventh Street West in Cornwall. The Line 9 info forum is open to all members of the public and begins at 7 PM.
“This info forum is a must for everyone who wants to be informed about the environmental repercussions of the changes to Line 9 and recognizes the importance of environmental safeguards in the transport of hazardous materials”
— Elaine MacDonald, Cornwall resident.
“The decision-making process on Line 9 is moving so fast that the project could be approved by January without a lot of people in Ontario and Quebec knowing about the existence of the pipeline. This is particularly unfair to the communities living along Line 9. They have a right to be involved in the final decision.”
— Derek Leahy, co-presenter at the Line 9 info forum in Cornwall on November 6th.
Feel free to forward to your networks
MORE INFORMATION BELOW:
The 37-year old Line 9 pipeline stretches from Sarnia to Montreal. It runs through Cornwall north of the 401 between Kings Rd. (Hwy.18) and Headline Rd. (Hwy.44). Line 9 crosses every waterway flowing into Lake Ontario and the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers.
International pipeline safety expert Richard Kuprewicz has described Line 9 as “high risk for a rupture” and recently said that if Line 9 is approved to ship tar sands bitumen the probability of a rupture is “over 90%”
Several Ontario and Quebec municipalities such as Toronto, Kingston and Montreal participated in the National Energy Board (NEB) – federal energy regulator – hearings on the Line 9 project either by presenting letters of comment or oral arguments. The City of Cornwall did not participate in the public hearings, which concluded on October 25th.
The National Energy Board’s final decision on Line 9 will be made no later than March 19, 2014, but could come as early as January 2014.
Friday, November 1, Back to the Earth It is happening all over, Jack o lanterns have served their purpose and are headed back to where they came. The compost pile will transform this beautiful orange vegetable into rich earth in which the pumpkin seeds may grow next spring. For all those pumpkins that were not carved for Halloween, hope you become transformed into soup or cake or curry for all to enjoy.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 12-2 pm EST Web Cast – How to Feed 9 Billion on a Small Planet Growing evidence shows that agroecology will feed the world. Business as usual will not. Miguel Altieri from the University of California (Berkeley) – a widely published, leading authority on agroecology – will speak on ecological agriculture as a key solution to food insecurity, hunger, and climate change, later in November. He’ll be joined by panelists:
Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of Le jardinier maraîcher (coming soon in English as The Market Gardener), and
Sarah Archibald of the Meal Exchange Campus Food Project
Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Bob Carty, former CBC Radio host, will moderate the webcast.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 12-2 pm EST
Link for the webinar: How to Feed 9 Billion
Applications for the 2013 Ontario Renovates program are currently being accepted. November 15, 2013 is the deadline for submission.
Homeowners may apply if:
The property value does not exceed the Maximum House Value of $160,000.
The total gross household income falls under the Maximum Gross Household Income of $40,000 (combined income of all members of the household 18 years & older, excluding children/dependents that are full-time students).
Read the details on the City of Cornwall website.
Friday-Saturday, November 8-9, 9:30-4:30 Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFAO) EcologEssentials of Ecological Agriculture – 2 Day Course Topics covered in this 2-day program include soil biology and fertility, basic crop rotation, weed and pest control and livestock husbandry. Location: Kingston-Frontenac Library: Central Branch, Kingston, ON. Member Cost: $140.00 Non-Member Cost: $200.00 Contact: info(at)efao.ca, or 1-877-822-8606
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 Free Public Presentation – Topic: Enbridge Proposal: Pipeline 9 Reversal What are the risks for the Brockville and the St. Lawrence corridor? Emily Conger of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative will present at the Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street. For more information: Transition Brockville
Saturday, October 26, 2 pm at Schnitzels Restaurant, 158 Pitt Street Book launch – “Cornwall Scrapbook”, including 350 images of Cornwall, created by Ian Bowering and Lor Pelton. Entertainment will be provided by Jamie Heath, Cornwall’s Blues’ Man. The event will be followed by a walking tour of Pitt Street.
Saturday/ Sunday October 26-27 Green Living Ottawa Speakers Jo Becker ‘Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights and Advocacy in Practice’ and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will be presenting at Knox Presbyterian Church, 720 Lisgar Street (at Elgin), Ottawa. For more information: Green Living Ottawa
Wednesday, October 16th, 7:00 p.m. WORLD FOOD DAY, Transition Cornwall + food action group is partnering with Knox-St Paul’s Church at 800 12th St. E. for this event. It will be held in the upstairs hall, and will include a film, refreshments and table conversations. The film is “A Place at the Table.” Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the film explains with simplicity why so many go hungry in a country with more than enough food to go around.
Attention All Cornwall Cyclists: This pertains to you! A cycling path may be part of the extension of Nick Kaneb Drive. All cyclists are encouraged to attend the Open House described below and give their opinion. The City of Cornwall is holding a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for proposed extension of Nick Kaneb Drive. A Public Open House (POH) meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday October 16, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m , please click on the link for more information.
Green Homes Showcase and Home Improvement Series, September 28, 12:00 – 4:00
EnviroCentre, in partnership with the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, is excited to announce our upcoming Green Homes Showcase and Home Improvement Series to encourage energy efficiency and sustainable living in Ottawa.
The Green Homes Showcase is a free and interactive event that is opening the doors of unique “green” Ottawa homes to the public to see energy efficient upgrades and green renovations – such as solar panels, geothermal systems, green finishes and much more – up close. Attend and speak directly to homeowners, green technicians and energy advisors about the benefits of green renovations.
The Home Improvement Series is a free workshop series taking place in October to make sustainability and green renovations accessible and effortless for homeowners.
For more information: Envirocentre
Best Food Plants for Our Gardens, Tuesday, September 10, 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Navy Club, 30 Sixth Street East. A talk by Karen Carriere at the Cornwall & District Horticultural Society. If we want to grow some of our own produce, what’s worth the time and effort? Which vegetables and fruits are the most nutrient dense? Which are the easiest to grow in this region? What’s pretty enough to use as edible landscaping? Worried about pesticide residues on conventional produce, but can’t afford organic? If you grow, or are thinking of growing some food, this talk will be of interest. Bill and Karen Carriere grow hundreds of different fruit and vegetable varieties at their homestead near Newington.
Grow Your Own Farm Profits Workshop, August 15 and 22 , Moosecreek ON.,
Start the business planning process by attending this FREE two-day interactive workshop. You will assess business management practices, determine priorities and key goals, develop realistic action plans and learn about cost-share funding opportunities.
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- GYFP_Workshop – Free
Canadian Organic Growers – Organic Farm and Garden ToursSunday, August 18, 2013
1. Morning: Arc Acres Farm (organic vegetables, beef and pork) between Manotick and Greely at 1538 Manotick Station Road (www.arcacres.ca)
2. Afternoon: (to be confirmed) Roots and Shoots Farm (certified organic vegetables) at the corner of Mitch Owens Drive and Manotick Station Road (www.rootsandshootsfarm.com)
3. Later afternoon: Grazing Days Farm (non-certified organic beef) just 400m from Roots and Shoots Farm (www.grazingdays.com)
Bring a picnic lunch and we’ll enjoy a picnic at a site along the way.
TO REGISTER: contact Dick at dcoote(at)xplornet.com.
Action Group Meetings
Active Transportation Group
The next meeting of the Active Transportation Community of Interest Group will take place on Wednesday September 4 at 6:00 – 8:00 at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, 1000 Pitt Street, Cornwall. All are welcome.
Food Action Group
The next meeting of the TC+ Food Action Group will take place on Sunday, June 23, 12:30-2:30 at the Cornwall Community Museum (Lamoureux Park, 160 Water Street West). Bring your own brown bag lunch. Contact Karen Carriere for more details: carrieres(at)xplornet.com
Northeast Permaculture Convergence
In Frelighsburg, Quebec the Northeast Permaculture Convergence will take place on July 5-7. More than 15 speakers will be present including author Eric Toensmeier, Stefan Sobkowiak, Ben Falk, Scott Kellogg, and Bernard Alonso. There will be over 30 workshops and hands on activities as diverse as mushroom cultivation, composting, biochar, transition, biodynamic agriculture & permaculture, resilience, opensource, financial Permaculture, soil analysis, geobiology and cooperatives. Activities are in English, and French, and for all levels, all ages and all tastes!
Monday, July 8, 6:30 Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa-St.Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter Summer organic farm tours
The 1st one is coming up soon at Luxy Farm, on Monday July 8th at 6.30 in the evening It’s east of Ottawa, and just west of St Albert, at 1919 Route 900 West, St. Albert ON K0A 3C0.
Tuesday, July 9, 7-8:30 Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa World Premiere of David Chernushenko’s latest film Bike City, Great City. It is an uplifting ride through cities that are embracing cycling as a liberating, convenient and healthy way to get where you want to go.
David Chernushenko is a citizen, cyclist and city councillor in Ottawa, Canada, which received a “Silver” Bicycle Friendly City designation in 2011. That’s pretty good. But for David — and all cyclists and aspiring cyclists — Silver is not good enough. They want Gold. They want their city to be a place where people of any age, gender and income level see the bicycle as a practical, appealing and affordable choice for travelling to work, to school, to the shops, to everywhere.
In North American cities, less than two percent of people choose the bicycle as a regular mode of transportation. In great European cycling cities, more than 30 percent do. But in the last five years, dozens of major American and Canadian urban centres have figured out what Copenhagen has long known: When you give people a real choice — by making cycling a safe and appealing way to travel — they flock to it in droves and transform the city into a better place for everyone. Even drivers.
Sunday June 23, Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa-St. Lawence-Outaouais Chapter is hosting garden tours in the city of Ottawa. See the details below and contact Lloyd to sign up as spaces are limited: lw.strachan(at)bell.net or 613-257-8362
10:00 a.m. Visit a Master Garden 1386 Louis Lane(near St. Laurent Blvd. south of the Queensway)
Over 150 species of plants using permaculture principles including drought resistant plants, shrubs, hosta beds and native plants. Directions: Bus #95 to Cryville Station, cross 417 bridge & path beside Securit Corporation Bldg. through Marchand park to Kenaston and Louis Lane (1 km).
12:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch in Marchand Park ( we will go together from the garden tour)
1:30 p.m. Visit with various gardeners at the Gloucester Allotment Garden (Weir Road at the intersection of Anderson and Renaud Roads). No public transportation access. Carpooling from Marchand Park. Visit several gardeners and their interesting food gardens including sweet potatoes, soybeans, ethnic vegetables and 15 different kinds of fruit trees. See eco-friendly fence, watering system with storage tanks and pipeline.
Vermont Sail Freight Project
In conjunction with the Tall Ships Festival, Transition Brockville presents: Erik Andurs, Vermont Sail Freight Project: Inland Merchant Sailing on Sunday, June 16, 2:00 pm at the Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville.
Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m., Youth with Vision, Open House, Cornwall Public Library Over the past few months two groups of young people from ages 8-15 have been discovering the world of design and creating their own visions of what that could be. They are presenting their work at the Cornwall Public Library on June 1 between 1 and 3, and their creations will be on display in the library display windows and upstairs in the children’s library for the month of June.
These young people are part of ‘Design for Living’, an after school programme run by local arts educator, Penny Bateman with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and generous support from the Cornwall Community Museum and the Cornwall Public Library.
If you come to the Saturday event which is open to all, you will see these young designers’ vision for what makes a good community space in Cornwall. Youth are often the recipients of what is and is not planned but they are seldom asked their opinion. Here is an opportunity to find out what they are thinking. And you will be invited to participate as they have made their vision into a community board game. You can also try your hand at simple video game on the same theme.
Need a new house? In a few years one of these young people just might be your choice of designer as their innovative house and building models show they are ready to explore new ideas and think green. Please support our young innovative generation by attending their ‘Open House”.
The Incredible Edible Plant Festival, “Right in your own front yard” Saturday, May 25, 1:00-3:00
Transition Cornwall + is hosting a vegetable seedling give away event which will include planting demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the viewing of the movie ‘The Edible City”. The event will take place outdoors (except for the film) at 240 Pitt Street, in front of the Justice Building, adjacent to the Cornwall City Hall. This is an opportunity for the general public to receive vegetable plants in pots in which they may spend the summer, with no need to have a garden. All ages are welcome, youth, students and adults alike. Plan to come and bring a picnic and enjoy this fun spring celebration.
Update: The Incredible Edible Plant Festival was a huge success as demonstrated by these photos. Approximately 300 potted seedlings were given out to members of the community. The event also included musical entertainment, demonstrations and the viewing of the movie, The Edible City. The group plants to make this an annual event. Many thanks to the support from the following partners: the City of Cornwall, the Horticultural Society, the Social Development Council and and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre.
How to find, harvest and prepare some of Eastern Ontario’s finest edible plants, Sunday, May 26, 1-3:30 p.m. discover with local expert in wild edibles, Peggy Calder, on a walk through Gaudet’s organic farm and tree plantation. Peggy will be sharing her wealth of knowledge as spring brings forth a fresh bounty. Come on out for some fun and learning together.
Event Details: Comfortable walking or hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Also hats, and insect repellent as needed, long sleeves and pants. Bring some water in a reusable bottle. You are welcome to bring a camera (no video camera please) and something to take notes with. Samples can be taken to press between pages for later reference. No dogs, please. This is a highly interactive event so please bring questions.
Cost is $5 per person. Rain date is June 1st. Space is limited so reserve your spot by contacting Myriam at lindex(at)xplornet.com
Wednesday, May 29, 3-7 p.m., Salon B of the Cornwall City Complex The City of Cornwall is conducting a Strategic Planning exercise to guide the city’s decisions for the community in the years ahead. Please follow the link for more information.
Food Action Group
Sunday May 19, 1-3 Cornwall Community Museum The initial meeting of the Food Action Group will take place and everyone interested in the topic of Food is encouraged to attend. Following the movie The Edible City, ideas were shared and now is the time for action, the next step following great creative ideas. Feel free to bring a friend.
Monday, May 13, Transition Network and Resilience.org will be hosting a Webinar entitled Local Economic Blueprints: pioneering or pointless? It will look in more depth at the recently published:
Wednesday, May 1st 7:00 Diane Freeman will be speaking at the Martintown Community Centre. Come and learn the benefits of herbs, planting, growing and harvesting for cooking and teas from Diana Freeman a professional gardening coach from Wild Rose Organic. Come joins us for delightful evening. New members welcome. For more info visit us at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/martintown.
Sunday April 28, Cornwall Public Library, 1:00 – 3:00 You are invited to join us for a screening of the movie “Edible City”. This is a fun, fast paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local Good Food movement taking root in the San Fransisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The movie digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work – from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies-finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems. Documenting a broad spectrum of activists, organizations and inspired citizens, Edible City shows how everyone can get involved in transforming our food system today.
Follow Up Despite the glorious spring day, the turn out was great for the viewing of “Edible City”. Following the discussion, attendees were encouraged to join the initial get together of an action group regarding ‘Food’. The spring gardening season is apropos for this kick off. Everyone interested in becoming involved should attend a meeting on Sunday, May 19. Further details will be announced.
Saturday, April 20, Greening Akwesasne The St. Regis Mohawk Senior Center on Akwesasne was the place to be on Saturday morning if you were in need of vegetable seeds for the up-coming garden season. Residents were lined up at the door an hour before opening time, and no one left disappointed. The seed give away was one of the Earth Day happenings taking place. Transition Cornwall + was invited and Karen Carriere gave an informative talk on Transition Towns. The information was well received by the attentive audience. Akwesasne was welcomed and encouraged to to become part of the + in Transition Cornwall +.
March 24, 2013 – Cornwall Public Library, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You are invited to join us for the first pubic screening of the film “IN TRANSITION 2.0″ by the originators of the Transition movement in Totnes. With examples of how people from around the world are responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and engaged optimism, this film is a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times.
Also shown will be an inspiring short clip called “START SOMETHING TOGETHER” with many ideas about how we can start saving money, cutting carbon and strengthening our neighborhoods right on our own street. Discussion to follow.
Follow up - A meeting of minds, inspiring exchanges and a sharing of experiences were the results of the March 24 movie viewing and discussion event. Participants were shown by multiple examples, the way to Start Something* on their own street or neighborhood. * Neighbors identify group goals and realize them by working together.
February 24, 2013 – Transition Cornwall + is presenting a first in a series on the topic of Inner Transition. The focus will be on staying strong to fully contribute and respond to changes in a positive way when challenges seem overwhelming. The discussion will be led off with a short video of world-renowned eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. An opportunity to share ideas will follow. All are welcome at the Cornwall Public Library, Sunday February 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Karen Carriere at carrieres(at)xplornet.com
February 23, 2013 - Canadian Organic Growers present Eco Farm Day on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ramada Inn, Cornwall, Ontario. The theme is Water Management in Organic Agriculture. The keynote speaker is Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. For more information contact: www.ecofarmday.ca
January 30th, All Things Food is hosting a networking event to connect local producers, processors, co-ops and food distributors with Student Nutrition providers. This event will provide an opportunity for local food stakeholders to build business relationships and develop collaborative solutions to challenges to increasing local food in Student Nutrition Programs.
November 25, 2012 – Wintry Amusements. Come join us for a cheery afternoon gathering to celebrate the coming of winter, and the simple joys of doing things together. Try your hand at spinning, quilting, or knitting. See wood carving, hear stories and song, dance with us, and taste old-time treats from simpler times. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30. Event is free and all are welcome.
October 28, 2012 – Screening of Movie Switch.
Worried about the rising price of gasoline and electricity? Can renewables really power our future? Is fracking polluting our water? Is nuclear safe?
SWITCH delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, on a spectacular global journey with Dr. Scott Tinker, renowned energy expert. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30.
October 6, 2012 – Fall Food and Garden Work Bee.
Join us at the country gardens of Bill & Karen Carriere for pressing apple juice, shelling dry beans, and preparing root vegetables for storage. This is a family friendly event! DON’T MISS! Demos of drying apple rings 1:30 pm, making sauerkraut 2:15 pm, and pressure canning 3 pm. Tea and coffee available. If desired, bring a lawn chair, and a snack to share. 1-4pm.
September 30, 2012 – Walkability & Cyclability What is it and what are we doing about it? Research has linked active transportation and improved public health. Studies also show that when the infrastructure is in place – sidewalks, cycle lanes and street connectivity – people will use active transport for their daily travel. Guest speaker: Chantal L. Lalonde, Health Educator & Promoter, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will share information on walkability and cyclability as well as provide an overview of what’s happening in our community to move the issue forward. A question and discussion period will follow. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30pm.
August 11, 2012 - Open Garden & Heirloom Tomato Tasting.
Come join us in the country gardens of Bill & Karen Carriere to explore some great food to grow. Tour the many nut and fruit trees and bushes, large vegetable gardens and greenhouse. PLUS! Enjoy tastings of vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colours. If you can spare a few, bring some named varieties from your own garden to add to the diversity and deliciousness. Demonstrations of tomato canning, drying, and seed saving too! Admission is FREE! 1-3pm.
May 6, 2012 - Transition Cornwall+ presents Eat Your Yard.
Guest speaker Pat Lucey. Cornwall Public Library 1-3:30pm.
Dedicated long-time organic gardener and environmentalist, Pat Lucey, from Bourget, will share her knowledge and experience to inspire beginner gardeners to grow food in their own yard. Come and learn about how this can be fun, and lead to a healthier, low-cost, satisfying lifestyle.
April 30, 2012 – All Things Food presents How to Start an Organic School Garden Workshop
Are you interested in starting a garden at your daycare, school or college? All Things Food and Growing Up Organic will be hosting a free “How to Start an Organic School Garden” workshop on Monday, April 30th from 6 – 8 p.m. at South Nation Conservation, Finch.
April 27, 2012. Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “Hungry for Change”.
Location: Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).
Guest Speaker is Sylvie Thiebert, The Health Nut! She will be providing lots of samples of her delicious baking and speaking about changing the way we eat to include more real, whole foods. Please bring a food or monetary donation that will benefit the Baldwin House. Please RSVP as we expect a packed house! All are welcome. Go to http://www.spirittreeyoga.net for more information.
March 30, 2012 - Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “THE QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling us?”
Owners of Levac Honey and Apiaries will be on hand to co-host the event.
The website Queen of the Sun says this is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm.
Location: Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).
Admission is free with a food donation. All the food will then be given to the Agape Centre. Call Lisa at 613-330-4494 for more information.
All are welcome.
March 25, 2012 - FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION SERIES: Thriving During Challenging Times
Cam Mather will talk about resilience from his own experience, living a more self-sufficient lifestyle off-the-grid, providing practical steps toward energy, food and financial independence. Join the discussion on where we are personally, and in the community with respect to resilience, what we need to do, and how we can do it. At the Cornwall Public Library, March 25th, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Please pass this invitation on to anyone else in Cornwall or the surrounding area who might find this gathering interesting! For more information see: www.cammather.com
March 24, 2012 - APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP with Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard
Hosted at Connaught Acres (13621 Connaught Road, Chesterville) from 10am to 2pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and pruners/saw to do hands-on pruning, please santize before you come. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Bring pictures and questions and dress for the environment. Please confirm attendance in advance by calling Debbie at 613.448.3540
February 26, 2012 – Moving from Awareness to Local Action
Transition Cornwall+ invites you to attend a community gathering. After a year of raising awareness about our need to prepare for the challenges of Climate Change, Peak Oil, and the resulting economic instability, what can we actually do to make this community more resilient? Got ideas? Got curiosity? Let’s built connections to start moving forward in 2012. Come join this important gathering!
Plus: Akwesasne guest Bob Stevenson will inspire us with the story of the award winning local eco-tourism project ‘Tentsitewaiena’
February 24-25, 2012 - Eco Farm Day
Eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference – organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, market gardens, and livestock rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information, and commerce opportunities. Over 350 people come back every year for the social event, the networking, the positive atmosphere, and the great food! Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2012 at the Cornwall Ramada Inn. For more information, click here.
February 5, 2012 - Greening Sacred Spaces – A Conversation
What does it mean to care for the earth within the context of our spiritual beliefs? Are you concerned about climate change, pollution, or other ecological issues? Have you felt these were moral issues? What does your religion teach about caring for the earth? If you are connected with any type of sacred space–or are just interested in the topic — we hope you’ll join the conversation!
CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY,
200 AMELIA ST. (at Second St. E)
Sunday, February 5, 2011, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
This event is a collaboration between: Cornwall Interfaith Partnership & Greening Sacred Spaces
Admission free, Refreshments provided.
Donations gratefully accepted for Transition Cornwall+
For more information call: Transition Cornwall+ 613 938-8459 Cornwall Interfaith Partnership 613 938-3875
January 27, 2012 - Film Screening
Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “Fresh”. The website http://www.freshthemovie.com/ states that: “FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.” Friday, the 27th of January at 6:30pm at Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).
Admission is free with a food donation. All the food will then be given to the Agape Centre. Call Lisa at 613-330-4494 for more information. All are welcome.
January 25, 2012 - Book Reading “All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming”
All Things Food and USC present an author reading by Robin Tunnicliffe, an organic farmer from Victoria, B.C. She will read from All the Dirt, a must-read how-to book on small-scale agriculture that outlines how farmers can engage in resilient agriculture that is vibrant, fun and economically viable. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street East, Cornwall, ON.
December 1, 2011 – Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference
A bilingual conference designed to facilitate stronger relationships among local food groups, as well as provide technical information on key topics. Keynote speaker: Tom Stearns, president of Center for an Agricultural Economy and High Mowing Seeds in Vermont will discuss key elements of success that Vermont has built upon to foster agricultural economic development.
November 28, 2011 – Presentation by Mike Nickerson
Mike Nickerson, author of Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay will be guest speaker at a public meeting about a sustainable future for Cornwall and area. The event, hosted by Transition Cornwall+, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28th at the Ramada Inn on Brookdale Avenue.