Many Canadians are recycling wrong, and it’s costing us millions

Canadians are throwing too much garbage into their blue bins, sometimes out of laziness or ignorance, but sometimes with the best of intentions. And it’s costing recycling programs millions of dollars a year.

Even a few spoonfuls of peanut butter left in a jar can contaminate a tonne of paper and make it unmarketable — destined for the dump. Same for that glob of yogurt left in the bottom of the container.

Contamination has recently become a much bigger issue because China, the world’s biggest importer of recyclable material, started banning imports of paper with more than 0.5 per cent contamination — a standard that North American cities are struggling to meet.

Read Many Canadians are recycling wrong, and it’s costing us millions by Emily Chung at CBC News.

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April 23, 2018 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Volunteer Opportunity for the Incredible Edible Plant Festival

Monday, April 23, 1:30 pm Cornwall Public Library Might you be interested in helping out at the 6th Incredible Edibles Plant Festival? Everyone is welcome to the open public meeting at the CPL. The festival takes place on Saturday, May 26, 10.30 to 2 in front of the Justice Building. This is an opportunity to help people discover the joy of growing their own food! We give away free pots of vegetable plants, offer gardening advice, plant community gardens and run children’s food and craft activities . The event needs volunteers to help with all of these,(including early set up and take down)?
For more information, please come to the planning meeting, or contact Penny at pennykb@sympatico.ca

April 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

How a warmer Arctic could intensify extreme weather

Is there a link between the vanishing Arctic sea ice and extreme weather?

Some prominent climate researchers think so. That’s because warming temperatures in the Arctic are altering the behavior of the polar jet stream, a high-altitude river of air that drives weather patterns across the globe. As the winds that propel the jet stream weaken, storms, droughts, and extreme heat and cold move over continents at slower rates, meaning bad weather can stick around for longer.

Eli Kintisch reports aboard the Norwegian research vessel Helmer Hanssen about how changing conditions at the top of the world could be impacting weather far away.

Read How a warmer Arctic could intensify extreme weather at Vox, by Eli Kintisch and Mallory Brangan.

April 18, 2018 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute

If the Cornwall Innovation Centre (CIC) gets its way, the city and SDG will become the epicentre of training for jobs in the agriculture technology — or agritech — industry in Ontario.

The centre has decided to open a new institute at the Nav Centre to provide people with the knowledge required to land cutting-edge agritech jobs with salaries that can run up to $80,000 or $90,000.

Oh, and by the way, the training is free.

On Friday morning the CIC held a press conference to announce it had received $477,000 from the province’s Skills Catalyst Fund to establish the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute in Cornwall

Read Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard Freeholder.

April 16, 2018 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Charity Chili Challenge for Hospice

Saturday, April 14  4-7 p.m. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1509 Second St. W Co-sponsored by the Swinging B’s Square Dance Club, Crafter Tables, Silent Auction LOOKING FOR COOKS to join the chili challenge, register or to order tickers. Contact Helen: helenmaccallum@sympatico.ca. Tickets also available at the door.

April 13, 2018 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Solving Climate Change — The Opportunity for Business with Katharine Wilkinson

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming and reach the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hear from Project Drawdown on how its team of PhDs developed the plan, based on existing solutions and technologies, and how businesses can act on these opportunities now to put carbon back where it belongs

April 11, 2018 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the midst of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

The company started in Berwick, Ont., a town halfway between Ottawa and Cornwall, and, over the course of the last four years, expanded to Morrisburg and then Sebringville, near Stratford.

“Our mission is to serve and develop organic agriculture and after 30 years my head is high and I believe we have achieved that,” he said.

Read Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business by Mathew Kupfer at CBC News.

April 9, 2018 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

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