Canada’s tree-mendous discovery: Forests limit harmful ozone gas

Darker environments like forests make less ozone gas, as the inorganic molecule is produced from a chemical reaction activated by ultraviolet light from sunshine. There is also less wind in forests because trees reduce turbulence, so there is a smaller chance of ozone gas getting whipped up from fresh air.

What that meant is that deforestation just took on a whole new importance.

Not only do forests suck carbon dioxide from the air, helping to counteract the greenhouse effect that is furthering dangerous and destructive climate change, they also help lower smog and make healthier air to breathe by lessening ozone, a key air pollutant.

Read the full article  Canada’s tree-mendous discovery: Forests limit harmful ozone gas by Karl Meyer at the National Observer.

 

June 28, 2017 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Strength Test #1: How’s your Main Street doing?

“Take a photo of your main street at midday. Does the picture show more people than cars?”

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This is the first item on the Strength Test for a reason. It helps us understand on a very basic level whether your town is filled with cars passing through, or people enjoying your city center as a destination. At Strong Towns, we call humans the “indicator species of economic health.” If you’ve got a lot of them walking around, visiting your town’s businesses, enjoying your town’s amenities and living in your town’s homes, you’re well on your way to being a strong town. That means you have an economic base to support your community and people who genuinely want to live in your place and contribute to it.

On the other hand, if your main street is devoid of people and merely a thoroughfare for cars, that tells us about your town’s auto-dependence (which makes infrastructure costs expensive) and it tells us about the tax base of your community. In our analyses of tax value per acre in city after city, we find that downtown cores and main streets are the most economically productive places.

Read Strength Test #1: How’s your Main Street doing? by Rachel Quedno at Strong Towns.

June 26, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Bike Valet Available at Summer Beer Fest Seaway Food Festival

Saturday, June 24, 11:00-11:00 Ride your bike down to the event of the summer in Lamoureux Park. Free safe parking service will be provided at the BIKE VALET TENT. The Summer Beer Fest is an interactive craft beer tasting event that is founded on the core principle of celebrating the best of our community, organized every summer by the Seaway Food Festival. This award-winning festival is your perfect opportunity to try some of the finest beers in the region and the most delectable food in our area. This summer we will feature a “market” with local products, craft distilleries, wineries, education sessions, the Beer Fest Awards, and a nighttime concert. Join us on the shores of the St-Lawrence for a summer day like no other!

June 23, 2017 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Energy East pipeline review may look at broader climate impacts

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The National Energy Board’s review of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline has had more than a few hiccups along the way. Take, for example, the revelation of secret closed-door industry meetings and the allegations of bias that led to the entire National Energy Board’s panel reviewing the project stepping down last September. In January, the newly appointed panel voided all prior decisions, sending the process back to square one and appointing a new panel.

With that black mark behind it, the board recently announced it would be taking public input on the issues it should consider as part of its review. It’s especially interested in hearing about the issue of the pipeline’s broader environmental effects, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Read Energy East pipeline review may look at broader climate impacts by Charles Hatt and Dyna Tuytel at Ecojustice.

June 21, 2017 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Ontario earmarks $200M from cap and trade to make schools greener

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced on Tuesday that $200 million from the province’s cap and trade program will go towards making schools in the province more energy efficient.

The amount is part of the $1.4 billion that has been earmarked in the 2017-18 fiscal year for school renewal and repairs, Wynne and Hunter said at a news conference at a northwest Toronto school.

Wynne said the money from what is known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) will enable schools to install such energy-efficient features as new windows, lights and furnaces. Funded by Ontario’s cap and trade auctions, the GGRF supports retrofit projects designed to reduce energy use in schools.

Read Ontario earmarks $200M from cap and trade to make schools greener by Muriel Draaisma at CBC News.

June 19, 2017 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

National Aboriginal Day

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00- 9:00, Knox St. Paul’s United Church 800 12th Street  For National Aboriginal Day – Screening of the documentary “Open and Out” – with special guest Steven thompson-Oakes. The documentary ‘Open and Out’ features Steven Thompson-Oakes, Adam White, Kit Thomas, and Kevin Lazore. The film tells the coming out stories of 4 Akwesasronon. They discuss their life, the struggles, and the impact that coming out has made. This documentary was produced by Akwesasne TV in association with Akwesasne Family Wellness Program.

June 16, 2017 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Cornwall Public Library wants to raise $250K for rooftop oasis

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The Cornwall Public Library could have a “roof oasis” by 2020.

Maybe sooner.

“If we have a good, solid fundraising strategy and the support we need, it could (be completed before 2020),” said Francois Marineau, chair of the Library Roofop Development Committee, at a Tuesday night stakeholder meeting.

The proposed $250,000 project would have the roof at the library on Second Street transformed into a gathering place, what Marineau called “an oasis in downtown Cornwall, a unique and attractive public venue that fosters learning, socialization and relaxation.”

The project, still considered to be in its early stages, would have the roof including a wellness area with quiet times for reading and reflection, and there could be activities including everything from yoga and Tai Chi to a night sky observatory. There could be music events, a green space café, a giant chessboard out of patio stones, community gardening and private social events, too.

Read Cornwall Public Library wants to raise $250K for rooftop oasis by Todd Hambleton at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

June 12, 2017 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

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