Local Living Fair in Russell

Saturday, January 21, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell starting at 9:30 a.m. The Russell Horticultural Society’s annual Living Locally Fair is one of the rare opportunities in January for local farmers’ market producers to sell products.For complete info.

January 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Canadian investor profiles

solar88Canadians who want to invest in environmental solutions and clean technologies (cleantech) – the sector of companies that minimizes the impacts of non-renewable resource use – have several options. Some of these are available to retail investors wary of choosing individual stocks or volatile passive funds characterized by hype and cynicism.

Read Canadian investor profiles by Jason Visscher at Corporate Knights.

January 18, 2017 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Province Launches Pollinator Health Action Plan

butterflyAfter months of consultation, Ontario announced the launch of its comprehensive Pollinator Heath Action Plan in December, and states the plan “will help keep Ontario’s agri-food sector sustainable and productive as it supports a healthy environment by protecting pollinators.”

In November 2014, the government launched the first Pollinator Health strategy with targets of reducing overwinter mortality rates for managed honey bees to 15 per cent by 2010, and achieving an 80 percent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017.

In 2016, a third target was added of restoring, enhancing and protecting 1-million acreas of pollinator habitat in Ontario.

Read Province Launches Pollinator Health Action Plan By Candice Vetter at Agri-News.

January 16, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Love Love Food Cooking Classes

January 2017 Class Line Up, Love Love Food  15 1/2 Second Street East, Cornwall The only rule for the  cooking classes is to have fun! Each class includes recipes, food prep demonstrations and food to take home or to eat on site!Classes are held in our kitchen at the bistro. If you are interested in a class, reserve your spot early as our classes are limited to 8 to 10 people and they fill up fast! For complete info.

January 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

What kind of housing do aging boomers need?

late-boomers-jpgI believe the obsession with wide doors with lever handles and corridors connecting the garage to the house is misplaced. If you look at data from the study Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Households 2015-2035, household activities (the blue line) includes driving, food shopping, taking medication and meal prep — and they are the first to go, hitting 65 percent of the over-80 crowd, twice the rate of the mobility issues like walking and getting out of bed. Yet these houses are designed with big garages, wide corridors and giant kitchens, and they’re located so that people must drive to go food shopping. There’s something wrong with this picture.

Read What kind of housing do aging boomers need? by Lloyd Alter at MNN

January 11, 2017 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

The cost of carbon pricing in Ontario and Alberta

rebate_figureClaims that carbon pricing will lead to skyrocketing price increases throughout the economy are misplaced at best—and misleading at worst.

On January 1, Ontario and Alberta adopted broad-based carbon pricing policies. Alberta opted for a carbon tax while Ontario chose a cap-and-trade system. Alberta’s carbon tax is $20/t of carbon dioxide in 2017, while permits in Ontario’s cap and trade system currently trade at about $18/t of carbon dioxide.

In these early days of carbon pricing, detailed empirical analysis is necessarily limited. Our brief analysis shows that the direct effect of carbon prices will be about $150 (Ontario) to $200 (Alberta) per year for an average household. The indirect effect on carbon pricing on the goods and services we buy will be on the order of $100 for the typical household in 2017. Of course, even modest cost increases may be challenging for many households but rebates can effectively mitigate these concerns. In Alberta, lump-sum rebates will be sufficient to ensure low- and middle-income households aren’t (on average) made worse-off by carbon taxes. Ontario meanwhile has no explicit support program, but has a variety of other initiatives.

Read The cost of carbon pricing in Ontario and Alberta by Trevor Tombe and Nicholas Rivers at Macleans.ca.

January 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Indigenous Knowledge and Science Partnering to Restore our Environment

Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 Schnitzel’s European Flavors, Pitt Street, Science and Nature on Tap invites world respected trail blazer, Larry McDermott, executive director, PLENTY CANADA to Cornwall. Larry supports an indigenous world view where people are part of the environment and that we can only maintain healthy lives when the environment as a whole is healthy. For more info: kcooper@riverinstitute.ca

January 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

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