Four things Kingston can teach other cities about climate-change plans

Kingston city hall and surrounds

The municipality that has billed itself as “Canada’s most sustainable city since 2009 now has some solid evidence to back up the claim.

The November issue of the journal Climatic Change contains a ranking of the climate-change plans of 63 Canadian municipalities — and Kingston comes out on top.

Plans were evaluated based on eight criteria, including how a community sets its climate goals, how effective those goals are, and how it measures and achieves progress.

Municipalities are the “most vulnerable” of all levels of government when it comes to climate change, explains lead author Dave Guyadeen, of the University of Guelph, because they face the most immediate impacts. ”So we wanted to know how they are responding to it,” he says.

So what lessons can Kingston offer other municipalities trying to come up with or improve climate-change plans?

Read Four things Kingston can teach other cities about climate-change plans at TVO by David Rockne Corrigan.

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March 18, 2019 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Paddle to the Sea

Sunday March 10,  1:30 – 3:30 Cornwall Public Library The next film in the Transition Cornwall+ winter series is perfect for the whole family and a great way to start the March Break. Join us for a very special showing of the much loved, National Film Board classic from 1966 Paddle to the Sea, The incredible adventure of the tiny, hand-carved canoe along the great lakes and St. Lawrence River is an inspirational and thought-provoking journey as we experience the surprising challenges that arise along this waterway, even from our perspective 50 years later. This is an interactive event and there will be fun crafts and activities for the children.

 

March 1, 2019 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary Winter Program

Every Saturday and Sunday (12noon to 4PM), the Friends of the Sanctuary opens the visitor centre on Morrison Road, off County road 2 between Ingleside and Morrisburg. For a modest fee, we offer ski and snowshoe equipment rentals, hot or cold drinks and snacks. There is no fee for using the groomed trails for skiing or the paths for snowshoeing and hiking. You can feed the birds and relax on the open deck, make snowmen and warm up by the fires afterwards. For more information and cancellations, please visit http://www.facebook.com/pg/Friends-of-the-Sanctuary-414036970680.More info

February 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

5th Annual Seedy Saturday Returns

Saturday, March 16, 10:30am-2:30pm, Benson Centre Cornwall

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Planting a vegetable garden in 2019? Hoping to purchase some local seeds? Looking for expert advice on what to grow? Need a free event for the kids during March break?

Then join us for the 5th annual Cornwall Seedy Saturday on March 16th, from 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Benson Centre.

This is a free, family-friendly event designed to help new and existing gardeners find the seeds, tools, and tricks they need to succeed at home.

With a dozen on-going children’s activities, six scheduled workshops, and our famous “ask-a-gardener table”, this event will have something for everyone.  

What to know more about our free workshops? Download the full schedule here.

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Have seeds, garden supplies, or books to swap? Bring them along, we will also have a traditional “Swap Table” for you.

 

>>Confirmed Vendors<<

Bonville Garden
Pitt Street Garden
Wild Rose Organic Farm
Camacho Farms
Greta’s Organic Gardens
La Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol
Bird & Bee
Kitchen Table Seed House
Heritage Seed and Produce
Beyond the Garden Gate
Stephanie Delorme
Stewart’s Honey
Simply Baked Catering.
ZipGrow
 
>>Confirmed Information and Gardening Activity Exhibitors<<
Seed Swap Table
“Ask a Gardener” tables
Transition Cornwall +
Tree Action Arbre
Waste Reduction Action Group
USC Canada – Seeds of Survival
Cornwall Horticultural Society
City of Cornwall, Ontario Environmental Services (Composting)
The Edible Cities Project – Cornwall, On
Seaway Valley Community Health Centre
Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects
Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Volunteer with us! Anyone who would like to volunteer at this event is encouraged to register online >https://goo.gl/forms/NVzWuGvmtMJt9UCE2 or email kathleen.rendek@gmail.com.
This free event has been made possible through the generous support from the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, Cornwall Ontario – Choose Cornwall, Cornwall Tourism, and the Cornwall Kinsmen Farmers’ Market.
We hope to see you there!

February 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Screening whets Transition Cornwall+ appetites for edible gardens

It was all things urban farming at the Cornwall Public Library on Sunday as Transition Cornwall+’s Winter Films series continued with a screening of Plant This Movie, a 2014 documentary directed by Karney Hatch.

The timing couldn’t be better for Cornwall.

One of the organizers of the event, and member of Transition Cornwall+, Alan D’Aoust, was on hand for a discussion following the screening. D’Aoust was recently successful spearheading an Edible Cities proposal city council supported in January.

Read Screening whets Transition Cornwall+ appetites for edible gardens by Marc Benoit at The Standard-Freeholder,

February 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Plant this Movie

Sunday, February 10, 1:30 Cornwall Public Library “Plant This Movie: the growth of urban farming around the world.” Alain D’Aoust from the Edible Cities Project will be on hand for the discussion following the movie. Soup and refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.

Check out the trailer.

February 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

Science and Nature on Tap with Dr. Glenn Benoy

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, 7:00 pm Schnitzel’s Restaurant, 158 Pitt Street Cornwall. (Back room)
Lakes and rivers straddle major sections of the Canada-United States (US) border. The International Joint Commission (IJC) is known to many who live and work along the St. Lawrence River due to operations of the Moses-Saunders Dam. In addition to their role in management of water levels through the control structures in the Great Lakes Basin, they play a central role in the provision of advice and recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States on water quality.

Dr. Glenn Benoy is the Senior Water Quality and Ecosystem Advisor to the Canadian Section of the IJC and is also a Fellow with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). He advises both the IJC and the CRI on the science and management of shared waters – lakes and rivers and their watersheds – between Canada and the United States. He holds a PhD from the University of Guelph and he was a postdoc at the University of Calgary and the National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon.

Click here to register

February 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

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