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Forests looking for good homes around Cornwall

With tree-planting season just around the corner Forest Ontario is offering landowners 50 million trees to fill in those empty spaces and the Cornwall area is being targeted as one area that needs some of those trees.

It’s easy to get on the list for trees, said Susan Moore for Forests Ontario and with Moore Partners Marketing & Communications.

All it takes is a call or email to the Eastern Ontario outreach co-ordinator, who in turn will take your information and contact the local field adviser. The field adviser will do a site visit and see if you are eligible for the program. In order to be eligible, the landowner must have 2.5 acres of open land.

The 50 Million Tree Program provides both funding support to cover up to 80 per cent of the total planting costs and technical assistance. A local planting partner will work with the landowner to develop a site plan, do the planting and conduct follow-up assessments in subsequent years.

Read Forests looking for good homes around Cornwall by Lois Ann Baker at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

Related: Transition Cornwall+ Tree Action Arbre working group.

April 5, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Where money grows

Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer air conditioning bills, but more shade also means less blade to maintain thousands of acres of grass. Health-wise, trees contribute to lower asthma rates and birth defects by removing air pollutants.

Portland, New York City, Milwaukee and Atlanta are among the cities that have quantified the payoff from pines and palms, olives and oaks. It’s part of a breakthrough in thinking among city planners in recent decades who now realize that a city runs not just on engineering, but on biology and ecology as well.

Read Where money grows by Jack Payne at Corporate Knights.

February 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm 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

From Oil Age to Soil Age

Debra Solomon examines nature’s internet at Schumacher College in England

Debra Solomon examines nature’s internet at Schumacher College in England

In 1971 a geologist called Earl Cook evaluated the amount of energy ‘captured from the environment’ in different economic systems. Cook discovered then that a modern city dweller needed about 230,000 kilocalories per day to keep body and soul together. This compared starkly to a hunter-gatherer, 10,000 years earlier, who needed about 5,000 kcal per day to get by.

That gap, between simple and complex lives, has widened at an accelerating rate since Cook’s pioneering work. Once all the systems, networks and equipment of modern life are factored in – the cars, planes, factories, buildings, infrastructure, heating, cooling, lighting, food, water, hospitals, the internet of things, cloud computing – well, a New Yorker or Londoner today ‘needs’ about sixty times more energy and resources per person than a hunter-gatherer – and her appetite is growing by the day.

To put it another way: modern citizens today use more energy and physical resources in a month than our great-grandparents used during their whole lifetime.


Read from Oil Age to Soil Age by John Thackara at

December 14, 2016 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

New water strategy signed

generatorsA new water control strategy, called Plan 2014, was signed Thursday morning by the Canadian and U.S. governments as a result of extensive and collaborative consultations by the International Joint Commission (IJC)

“Plan 2014 is a modern plan for managing water levels and flows that will restore the health and diversity of coastal wetlands, perform better under changing climate conditions and continue to protect against extreme high and low water levels,” added U.S. section chair Lana Pollack.

It’s great news,” said regional Senator Bob Runciman who, as a former Brockville area MPP, has been close to the issue of water level impacts for more than two decades.

“(Plan 2014) will restore the river to the more natural flow of the Seaway,” Runciman said.

“It’s estimated it will be the second largest wetland restoration (in North America),” he said of the 26,000 hectares that will improve wildlife and fish habitat.

Read New water strategy signed by Greg Peerenboom at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

December 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

Before the Flood Documentary

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Free viewing from Oct. 30 through Nov. 6.

Read an excellent review of the documentary by Transition Town co-founder, Rob Hopkins, HERE>>



October 31, 2016 at 10:40 am 2 comments

Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?

africaThe big question often asked is: can agroecological farming really feed the world, with the global population hurtling towards 9.6 billion by 2050? It’s clear that there’s increasing evidence it could.

A landmark 2001 study by Jules Pretty and Rachel Hine examined 208 projects from 52 countries and found yield increases of 50-100% for rain-fed crops like maize. The cases studied involved 9 million farmers on around 3% of all of the farmed land in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the increases were typically bigger at lower yields, indicating greater benefits for the poorest farmers.

Read Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet? by Henrietta Moore at The Guardian.


“The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

Sunday, October 16, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Knox-St Paul’s United Church, 800 – 12th St West (off McConnell)

Join Transition Cornwall +Food Action Group, All Things Food SDG Community Food Network, and Knox – St. Paul’s United Church for a FREE day of discussion, learning, and food in celebration of United Nations World Food Day 2016.

In honour of World Food Day, we have invited special guest, Kate Green from USC Canada, to address this year’s theme “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Key talking points will include food production, globalization, climate change, and the role of local versus global communities. For anyone curious about the local versus global food system issues and opportunities, this is a presentation and discussion not to miss!

Following Kate Green’s presentation, we will host “Frugal Food Preservation”, a hands-on educational activity to help attendees learn the basic for harvest food preservation. If you have ever wanted to learn to pickle, ferment or dehydrate, our experts will be on site to help guide and answer all of your questions. 

Soup, bread, and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Transition Cornwall +.

October 10, 2016 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

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