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

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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...

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At the University of Minnesota Dr. Nate Hagens teaches an honours course called “Reality 101: A Survey of the Human Predicament.” Hagens operated his own hedge fund on Wall Street until he glimpsed, “a serious disconnect between capitalism, growth, and the natural world. Money did not appear to bring wealthy clients more well being. ”Reality 101 addresses humanity’s toughest challenges: economic decline, inequality, pollution, biodiversity loss, and war. Students learn about systems ecology, neuroscience, and economics. “We ask hard questions,” says Hagens....

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxgVxu2mdZI&w=560&h=315] Stuart Candy is a futurist helping people “think and feel about things that haven’t happened yet.” Enabling people to play on a mental jungle gym of possible worlds, helping them access unique insights and explore each other’s insights….Combining real world impact, intense creativity, and a whole heap of fun, he draws people into creative thinking about possible and preferable futures.

With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act. The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation. This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of...

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1vskiVDwl4&w=560&h=315] When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to...

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This Thursday is Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year and the official beginning of the summer season. It also happens to be National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Cornwall Transition+ is planning events throughout the day to celebrate all three aspects. The events’ head organizer, Susan Towndrow, said the group wanted to plan a day that would help people get back in tune with nature. “This is the longest day of the year so we had this idea of...

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Health. Energy. Climate. Crime. Education. Happiness. Water. Housing. What if it were possible to make headway on all these issues with simple changes to our neighborhoods? What if we could cut our medical costs in half? What if we could give the average American an added five years of healthy life? What if we could cut our energy use, our water use, and our greenhouse gas emissions by more than half while improving our happiness and prosperity? What if we...

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Make your vote count: find out where the parties stand. The next Government of Ontario will inherit a province facing many significant environmental challenges, from climate change and ongoing loss of biodiversity to a steady build up of toxics and pollutants in our air, water and land.  Strong actions will be required to address these problems and to position Ontario to benefit in a world rapidly moving toward a low-carbon future and embracing the need for more sustainable economic and...

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When two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers. It’s a simple idea: take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. What is not so simple is where they’re doing it. Todmorden is an old mill town in Yorkshire’s Calderdale valley. It rains a lot, there’s not a lot of sun,...

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