Apples and Arts Studio Tour

September 23 & 24 10:00 – 4:00 26th Annual Studio Tour 2017 Winner of the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Tourism Excellence, Discover the many talented artists that live in your community. The arrival of fall is one of the most colourful events of the year in our area. The season dresses in its most vibrant hues while local artists open their creative space to visitors. For complete details.

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September 22, 2017 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota

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Last year, when Minnesota passed a groundbreaking law on best practices for providing pollinator habitat at solar power sites, they also (unexpectedly) helped launch something called Solar Honey, in which solar companies and commercial beekeepers work together in a mutually beneficial arrangement.

On May 31, 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Pollinator Friendly Solar Act into law, a first of its kind legislation that lays out voluntary standards for managing native habitat—think prairie grass and wild flowers—for pollinators, songbirds, and other beneficial critters. Solar developers and local governments can use these guidelines, which give recommendations on things like what seed mixes to use, the best options for laying out the plants, and how to maintain the site, in order to help provide these beneficial creatures with the a comfortable home. In return, they get bragging rights, so long as they can prove they’re following state regulations. They also have to make their site’s vegetation plan available to the public, among other requirements. The idea is catching fire among solar providers through Minnesota.

Read Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota by Lorraine Chow at Modern Farmer.

September 20, 2017 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

For Humans, Bugs and Beauty — An Urban Food Forest Demonstration

“This place is famous. People loving coming by here because at any time of year you can get something to eat.” Architect Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair project, gives a tour of the corner sidewalk outside his Portland office building, where a food forest is bursting with life. A diagram shows where over 80 plants are located in six or seven vertical layers. Tall fruit trees, flowers, a grape arbor, herbs, berries, small vegetables, and ground cover are abundant.

Related: TD Tree Days: Building an edible forest  Dozens of environmentally conscious residents showed up with shovel in hand to help the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority plant trees for TD Tree Days.

September 18, 2017 at 9:50 am 1 comment

Animal Mania

Saturday, September 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre in Cornwall plays host to raptors (of the flying variety) when Falcon Ed bring in their beautiful birds of prey. Other animal visitors will include the critters from Speaking of Wildlife, a very special Wildlife Education Centre that provides permanent sanctuary to non-releasable Ontario Wildlife. Many of the animal residents have been orphaned, abandoned, injured or have been kept illegally as pets and are now unable to live in the wild as they should. These creatures now make their home with Speaking of Wildlife, travelling across the province teaching audiences about the animals that we share our environment with.
If its free, furry, feathery, finny, and fun it must be Animal Mania at OPG!

September 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Let’s talk electric bikes: Q&A with an e-bike retailer

RadRover electric fat bike

The electric bike market seems to be rapidly expanding right now, with a lot of new brands, a lot of choices for buyers, and yet a lot of people have questions or reservations about them, so I called up Steve Appleton of ReallyGoodEbikes.com and interviewed him. I distilled our hour-long conversation about e-bikes down to a slightly more manageable length, and edited it for clarity.

Read Let’s talk electric bikes: Q&A with an e-bike retailer by Derek  Markham at Treehugger.

September 13, 2017 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

‘Where’s that money going to come from’: Insurers, government back away from disaster relief

With the federal government looking to play a smaller role in covering the costs of natural disasters, and private insurers declaring some homes built in some high-risk areas are uninsurable, the question of who will pay for storm damage is becoming a more pressing issue.

In the U.S., which continues to be pounded by powerful hurricanes and storms, the government will be spending billions on recovery. In Texas alone, the government has estimated the financial toll of the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey could be between $150 billion and $180 billion.

But with bigger and more intense storms hammering Canada because of climate change, it too faces increasing financial pressures. Provinces that in the past relied on Ottawa to cover those costs may find it more challenging to receive disaster assistance.

Read ‘Where’s that money going to come from’: Insurers, government back away from disaster relief by Mark Gollom at CBC News.

September 11, 2017 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Festival of Flavours

Sunday, September 10, 10:00 – 4:00 The Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market is proud to present the annual Festival of Flavours. Enjoy great local food, beverages, artisans and music!                      Over 65 vendors. Rain or shine. Featuring a 320 ft. lunch table!

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September 8, 2017 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

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