Some of the upcoming events happening in and around Cornwall and area:

Paddle to the Sea

Sunday March 10,  1:30 – 3:30 Cornwall Public Library The next film in the Transition Cornwall+ winter series is perfect for the whole family and a great way to start the March Break. Join us for a very special showing of the much loved, National Film Board classic from 1966 Paddle to the Sea, The incredible adventure of the tiny, hand-carved canoe along the great lakes and St. Lawrence River is an inspirational and thought-provoking journey as we experience the surprising challenges that arise along this waterway, even from our perspective 50 years later. This is an interactive event and there will be fun crafts and activities for the children.

Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary Winter Program

Every Saturday and Sunday (12noon to 4PM), the Friends of the Sanctuary opens the visitor centre on Morrison Road, off County road 2 between Ingleside and Morrisburg. For a modest fee, we offer ski and snowshoe equipment rentals, hot or cold drinks and snacks. There is no fee for using the groomed trails for skiing or the paths for snowshoeing and hiking. You can feed the birds and relax on the open deck, make snowmen and warm up by the fires afterwards. For more information and cancellations, please visit info

5th Annual Seedy Saturday Returns

Saturday March 16, 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 succeed at home. All are welcome! More details regarding vendors, seed swap, workshops, and activities on the Seedy Saturday event page or on Facebook. Mark your calendars!

Plant this Movie

Sunday, February 10, 1:30 Cornwall Public Library “Plant This Movie: the growth of urban farming around the world.” Alain D’Aoust from the Edible Cities Project will be on hand for the discussion following the movie. Soup and refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.

Check out the trailer.

Science and Nature on Tap with Dr. Glenn Benoy

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, 7:00 pm Schnitzel’s Restaurant, 158 Pitt Street Cornwall. (Back room)
Lakes and rivers straddle major sections of the Canada-United States (US) border. The International Joint Commission (IJC) is known to many who live and work along the St. Lawrence River due to operations of the Moses-Saunders Dam. In addition to their role in management of water levels through the control structures in the Great Lakes Basin, they play a central role in the provision of advice and recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States on water quality.

Dr. Glenn Benoy is the Senior Water Quality and Ecosystem Advisor to the Canadian Section of the IJC and is also a Fellow with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI). He advises both the IJC and the CRI on the science and management of shared waters – lakes and rivers and their watersheds – between Canada and the United States. He holds a PhD from the University of Guelph and he was a postdoc at the University of Calgary and the National Hydrology Research Centre in Saskatoon.

Click here to register

Aultsville Filmfest

January 25-27, 8 films over 3 days! Welcome to the 13th Annual Aultsville Filmfest. This is an annual event that brings Independent Film to Cornwall, and raises money to support operations and refurbishment at Aultsville Theatre. Enjoy the comfort and acoustics that Aultsville Theatre provides, with the gracious lobby and reception space for socializing. Please plan to join us! Full Schedule.

WE ARE: Young and Rising

February 14-18, 2019 in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Anishinabek, PowerShift: Young and Rising will convene hundreds of young people from across Turtle Island. This four day youth climate convergence will feature workshops, keynote speakers, performances and panel discussions on how we– as a collective youth movement– can take action to solve the climate crisis. For complete info and registration.

Free Christmas Events – Everyone Welcome

Everyone Welcome!

Joey Seafood Restaurant

When: December 24, 11-7 and December 25, 12-7

What: Free 2 piece Joeys Famous Pollock Meal

Agora Centre (Nativity Hall ) 301 McConnell St.

When: December 25, 12-2

What: 5th Annual Christmas Dinner

Family Corner Restaurant

When: December 25, 4-8

What: Free turkey dinner with tea or coffee and dessert

Winchester United Church 578 St. Lawrence St.

When: December 25 11:00 Glad tidings of great joy, 11:30 Caroling, 12 Turkey dinner

What: Free Christmas dinner

Board Games Night Returns

December 14, 5:00  Simply Jennifer, 377 11th Street, Come join Patrick and I as we keep our doors open until pm for some board game fun. We bring our own games from home but if you have one you wish to bring , please do.Open to everyone, we have literature on hand, some cozy spots if you wish to just enjoy the space and menu. See you then.

Alone Christmas Day?

December 25, 12-2 Agora Hall (Nativity Hall) 301 McConnell St. Join us for our 5th Annaul Christmas dinner NO CHARGE but donations gladly accepted for next year. Need transportation? For pick up call Alison 613-662-4719 two weeks prior. Elevator accessible. Volunteer work call Marlene 613-662-9477.

Bats in Your Backyard

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7:00 pm Schnitzels European Flavours, 158 Pitt St. Cornwall Dr. Brian Hickey, Bats in your backyard
Dr. Hickey is Eastern Ontario’s foremost expert on bats. For the past several years, he has developed a large-scale habitat restoration project for Little Brown bats that has engaged citizens and students in monitoring and restoration work. In this presentation, you will learn about the importance of bats in the ecosystem, the impacts of their decline, and the progress and results of his work to install bat houses and monitor populations in our region.
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Avonmore Christmas Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale

Saturday & Sunday December 1 & 2, 10:00 – 4:00 Tagwi Secondary School Gymnasium (West Parking Lot) Admission is free with a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon both days at noon. Donations of food for the Community Food Share accepted. Info Linda at 613-346-5981. On the Saturday, the Show is a stop on the Avonmore & District House Tour, for information on the House tour call 346-5493.

Annual Christmas Market

November 17, 9-2 Canadian Legion 167 Queen Street, Chesterville,

Annual Christmas Market hosted by Chesterville Farmer’s Market.

Music of the WW1 Era

Sunday November 18,  2-4pm in the Cornwall Public Library, SONGS & MUSIC OF THE WORLD WAR I ERA offered by Genealogy and Archives Saint-Laurent and Duo-Clarpian. No charge. Please reserved your seat at 613-932-4796.

Girls Night Out Fundraiser for Williamstown Public School

Thursday, November 15, 2018 there will be a GIRLS NIGHT OUT – a fundraiser for Williamstown Public School, organised by the Optimist Club of Lancaster at the St. Mary’s Centre in Williamstown.

Doors open at 5:30 PM with a cash bar. Dinner at 7 PM.  Tickets are $50 each and include your dinner, wine with dinner, entertainment and automatic entry for door prizes being offered by the various vendors who will be there.

For tickets or more information please contact:  Anne Donkers: 613-577-7588 or Shannon Desgroseilleirs: 613-362-0949 or via the Facebook Page: Optimist Club of Lancaster.

Take a Vet to Dinner

Take a Veteran to Dinner SDGA was born of a strong desire to show appreciation for the efforts and sacrifices of Canadian Veterans. The night is a unique opportunity for Cornwall and area communities to join together in personally thanking the Women and Men who sacrificed so much for Canada. Donations from Individuals and Corporate Sponsors will cover the cost for veterans and their partners. The celebration will be held at The Ramada Inn on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Cocktail hour is at 5: 00PM followed by dinner at 6:00PM and is free for all veterans and their partners. A short presentation on the Code Talkers will occur during the dinner. VIA Rail has also provided a voucher for $750.00 to be given to a veteran in appreciation for their service. To register a veteran or obtain further information, please call, 343-475-0131 (343 is a local Cornwall and area number) and no “1” is required) or Email [email protected]

Warm Up Cornwall Knit Night

Friday, October 19, 6-9, 301 Sunnyside,  Optimist Club of Cornwall Clubhouse Do you knit? Do you want to learn how to knit? Do you want to give your knitting skills meaning? Well join up with Warm Up Cornwall and other knitters for an evening of stitching, learning and the company of other knitters.

Tour of Gerdau Ameristeel Cornwall Metals Recycling

Thursday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:00, Gerdau Metal Recycling, 300 Copeland St., Cornwall

A behind the scenes look at metal recycling! During Waste Reduction Week, take a Tour of Gerdau Metals Recycling operation in Cornwall, Ontario. Meet at the site and wear suitable footwear as the site may be muddy. All are welcome. Local contact: Ross Cotton, Location Manager 613 363-3417

World Food Day Open Garden

Sunday, October 14, 11-3 *Carriere Homestead, South Stormont. The free day is packed with activities for the whole family in this beautiful setting, focusing on sustainable food production, both locally and globally. People can take guided and self-guided tours of the property’s fruit and nut groves, winter greenhouse, young food forest as well as enjoy woodland ‘mirror’ walks.  There will be demo stations on different methods of food preservation, and hands-on harvesting of root vegetables, seed saving and children’s nature and food activities, along with music and refreshments using local ingredients.  A highlight will be an illustrated talk by specialist on world food issues, Elodie Mantha from USC Canada, along with displays of projects worldwide. Donations are welcome as a fundraiser for USC Canada. Activities will take place rain or shine, with some under cover. Click on the link for the schedule:

*Directions to Carriere’s Homestead: 401 west from Cornwall, Ingleside exit (Dickinson Dr./County Rd #14), 10 km north to Otto Rd., turn left (west) onto Otto Rd, first place on the left (#14932).

Apples and Arts Studio Tour 2018

Saturday & Sunday September 29 & 30 10:00  – 4:00,  Winner of the 2016 Cornwall Chamber of commerce Tourism Excellence Award The studio tour takes place throughout Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG). 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 artist open their creative space to visitors. Kindly visit for the brochure and map.

Flying Friends

Saturday, September 15, 10am – 2pm Free Family Oriented Workshop OPG Visitor Centre 2500 B Second Street W. Cornwall. Get out your binoculars, come along for a hike, and meet some real live birds of prey! This interactive workshop will introduce you to the basics of bird ecology and help you identify our local feathered friends. A special guest presentation will be given by Conservancy Raptors Canada.

6th Annual Fall Harvest Market

Sunday, September 9, 11-4 Williamstown Fair Grounds 19629 John Street South It’s the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Market. Join us for our open-air country style event set on the picturesque grounds of the Williamstown Fair, Canada’s oldest fair. Expect to see a wide assortment of vendors offering up a large selection of handmade goods. Hosted by W3G & Co.

Stormont County Fair

September 1 – 4 Newington, Celebrating 151 years Stormont County Fair has been providing the Eastern Ontario Community with a fun filled Labour Day Weekend since 1867. For a schedule of the weekend events, click here.   Enjoy the last long weekend of summer at the Fair!

Cornwall Triathlon Weekend

August 25 & 26 Weekend Events: Saturday Young champions day is a great initiation into the sport in a fun non-timed environment. Kids aged 4-14 take part in duathlon and triathlon events at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre. Sunday events move to L’Heritage High School. Events for ages 15 & Up include a 5k run, duathlon and triathlon events.


Sunday August 12 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The City of Cornwall is pleased to announce the first-ever Trash to Treasure Day on Sunday, August 12.

Residents throughout the city are invited to participate by placing gently used, unwanted household items to the curb after 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 12. Participants can help treasure hunters by placing signs next to their free items.

“Trash to Treasure Day is all about reducing the waste we send to the landfill,” said Danielle Watson, Waste Management Supervisor. “Often, we throw away items that would be useful to someone else.

“Someone’s trash is always someone else’s treasure!”

Watson outlined several guidelines for residents looking to participate:
– This is not a yard sale – if you have items to sell, please do not place them out during Trash to Treasure Day.
– No mattresses, hazardous waste, or food items can be set out for Trash to Treasure Day.
– If items remain at the end of the day, you must bring them back inside before 7 p.m., or the City will issue a ticket.

“This event is the first of its kind in Cornwall,” said Watson. “We hope to see lots of residents participating in this valuable program.”

Lost Villages Ghost Walk and Paranormal Evening

Saturday, July 28 8:30- 11:59 Lost Villages Museum Long Sault

Tickets are now on sale for our summer Ghost Hunts and Fundraisers at the Lost Villages Museum in Long Sault, Ontario.This is not a tour. This is a chance for you to investigate with us, use our equipment and see if you have what it takes to be a Paranormal Investigator.

This event is family friendly. Recommended age depending on maturity is Age 10 + You will get a chance to do what we do, use our equipment and perhaps find out what spirits dwell at the The Lost Villages Museum

You can reserve your tickets now for the July, August or September event 613-534-2423 or by email at [email protected] or by calling the Museum at (613) 534-2197

Come join our Ghost Hunt and help us raise money for such an important historical site here in Ontario

Arts in the Park

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS Entering its 33rd season, Arts in the Park is a series of free, family friendly musical acts and an outdoor movie presentation. The concert series is held outdoors at the Lion’s Club Bandshell, where everyone is always welcome.

Please bring your chair, blanket and/or picnic basket to Lamoureux Park and enjoy music performed by popular local artists and performers. All afternoon matinees begin at 2:00 p.m., while all evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are weather permitting.

Free parking is available behind the Lion’s Club Bandshell and at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

All shows are weather permitting and begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated.   Schedule is subject to change without notice.  Please visit often as further concerts and/or updates will be added.  

Glengarry Events

Martintown Grist Mill Sundays ( July 1 – Sept 2) (10-3) Free admission. Artists inside, farmers’ market, and vendors.

Saturday, July 14, 2- 4  Flower Show and Victorian Tea at the Meeting Place, Williamstown Fair Grounds Green Thumbs Horticultural Society invite you to their annual event. Enjoy the scent of the season! Come see who has the best marigold on the block. Free admission/Free will donation for tea!

Fair Ecosphere

Fri, 13 Jul 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 5:00 Place des Festivals, 8 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X

Come to Fair ECOSPHERE, the largest environmental fair in Quebec!  We bring together hundreds of exhibitors who sell ecological products that fit into numerous categories: organic food produce, eco-friendly housing and architecture, eco-friendly design and commerce, health and wellness, beauty and cosmetics, oils and bath products, etc. In addition, we host a multitude of conferences that are promoted by passionate and insightful experts.

On July 13 at 7 p.m., we will be showcasing the documentary La terre vue du coeur made in partnership with Hubert Reeves.

On July 14 at 7 p.m., the Ecoleaders’ Evening will bring together 5 or 6 Ecoleaders who will share their insight into how to fight climate change and adopt healthy lifestyles.

General admission: FREE

Regulating a River: Creating the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Wednesday July 11, 2018 7:30 pm @ South Stormont Township Hall
The River institute’s signature speaker series, Science and Nature on Tap is on tour for the summer months. The series will drop anchor in Long Sault, at South Stormont Township Hall in the Council Chambers for a very special session. Dr. Daniel Macfarlane of Western Michigan University is the presenter. This free presentation will explore the St. Lawrence Seaway, its complicated history, the environmental impacts, and its significant influences over the past six decades. A timely presentation given this year’s 60th anniversary of the inundation which permanently submerged nine communities with the creation of the Seaway in 1958.

The Waterfront Trail Awaits You

Summer has Officially Arrived and Cornwall’s Waterfront Trail awaits you! You may cycle, walk or take a run down the wonderful path that the Waterfront Trail offers. The scenery is great with many benches with which to enjoy it along the way. There is a splash pad and Rotary exercise centre in Lamoureux Park. Reminder, please do not feed the wildlife. Get out and enjoy our fine city!

Waterfront Plan Open House

Wednesday, June 20, 2:00-8:00 Ramada Inn, 805 Brookdale Ave.

The City of Cornwall is updating the 2007 Waterfront Plan. The updated Plan will build upon the 2007 document, align with relevant policy, and confirm a vision for the future of the City’s waterfront. It will also provide a new and progressive framework for addressing the important economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits of the waterfront to the community and visitors.

Please join us, all welcome!

Bike Love 101 Atelier Bike Love

Monday, June 11, 7:00 – 8:30 Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, 353 Pitt Street

In celebration of Walk and Roll Month, join Joe McNamara, owner of Bike Centric, for a fun and interactive workshop focused on caring for your bike and making your next ride a fun experience.

As an avid road cyclist and a year-round bike commuter, Joe will walk you through basic bike maintenance and riding skills. Come prepared with your questions and leave feeling more confident and ready to get rolling!

Registration is FREE but space is limited so register online here:

TimeraiserX Cornwall

Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 Cailuan Gallery, 225 Pitt St., downtown Cornwall Attendees at TimeraiserX buy the art by bidding their volunteer hours to a local non-profit agency of their choice.The goal of the event is to raise volunteer hours for local non-profit organizations and to give people the chance to buy high quality art with time, and not their money. Money from sponsors and ticket sales to the event are used to buy art from local artists. TimeraiserX itself is setup to be a great party. The event will feature live entertainment, adult beverages, event photography by Bruce Davis, catering by Christian Barque and more. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Cailuan Gallery.

Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence System

May 30th-31st 2018, River Institute is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of our Annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Symposium.

Our symposium series began in 1993 (one year before River Institute was founded) as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues. We will celebrate our 25th Anniversary with the original conference theme, ‘Sharing Knowledge ~ Linking Sciences’. This theme celebrates our founding partners and neighbours, the Mohawks of Akwesasne, and will highlight projects and programs that link ecosystem science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). We seek to develop a heightened awareness of the value of TEK and the stories that define our history as important pathways to engage people in environmental issues and inspire scientific inquiry and research, as has been our experience at River Institute. Click here to register:

Incredible Edible Plant Festival 2018

Saturday May 26, 10:30 – 2:00 Justice Building Plaza

Rain or Shine!

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 about volunteering at this event, contact Penny at [email protected]

Our partners and supporters:

Adopt-A-Street, All Things Food/Bouffe 360, Boys and Girls Club, Canadian Organic Growers, City of Cornwall, City of Cornwall and District Police Services, Community Garden Network, Cornwall & Area Housing Association, Cornwall Fire Department, Eastern Ontario Health  Unit, Home Hardware, Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, Marlin Orchards and Garden Centre, North American Travelling College, Ontario Early Years Centre, Ritchie Feed and Seed Inc, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, YourTV Cornwall

Our plant giveaway includes:

Bush beans, patio tomatoes, sweet peppers, perpetual spinach (a milder form of chard) in 3 gal pots, as well as smaller quantities of  herbs, eggplants, Chinese cabbage, Chinese celery, kale, sweet potatoes, tumbling basket tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and a few varieties from the Dwarf Tomato Project. If you have extra veggie seedlings please consider donating them to others at this event.

Williamstown Green Thumbs are Holding the Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12 8:00 a.m. sharp The Meeting Place Williamstown Fair Grounds, Williamstown Green thumb Horticultural Society is holding its annual plant sale. Lots of perennials, annuals, tomato plants, small trees and shrubs, a gently used table and a Special Mother’s Day table . Come early to get the best pick.

The Science of Weather and Climate

Wednesday May 2, 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors, Pitt Street The River Institute’s Science and Nature on Tap speaker series will tackle one of contemporary science’s most important topics.  McGill University professor of Physics and Climate Science author, Dr. Shaun Lovejoy will  visit Schnitzels in Cornwall.
Shaun Lovejoy is Cambridge educated professor of physics and author who teaches at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of several books and many articles including the book “The weather and climate: Emergent laws and multifractal cascades”, as well as a soon to be published “Weather, Macro-weather, and Climate”.
Analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a recent study by Dr. Shaun Lovejoy. His research represents a new approach to the question of whether global warming in the industrial era has been caused largely by man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
Rather than using complex computer models to estimate the effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, Lovejoy examines historical data to assess the competing hypothesis: that warming over the past century is due to natural long-term variations in temperature. “This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers,” Lovejoy says. “Their two most convincing arguments – that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong – are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it.”
Sessions are free but seating is limited. To reserve your seat today for this very special session book on-line at , by calling (613) 936-6620 (ext. 229), or via e-mail at [email protected]

Volunteers 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 [email protected]

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: [email protected] Tickets also available at the door.

Bikes versus Cars – A Documentary Film Viewing

Sunday, April 8 1:30- 3:30 Cornwall Public Library Join us as we view the documentary film BIKES vs CARS and then hold a lively discussion. Bikes vs Cars is the fourth movie in Transition Cornwall +’s winter film series. This is a FREE event and all are welcome.

The Science of Brewing a Good Craft Beer

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Pitt Street The River Institute’s signature Science and Nature on Tap speaker series will tap one of their own when RiverLabs program leader, Louis Savard presents on one his favourite topics – the art and science of brewing a good beer. As it turns out, it’s all about the water.
The craft brewing industry in Ontario continues to grow by leaps and bounds and one of the largest challenges being faced, especially in smaller rural communities, is water management. RiverLabs Brewery Services Program is actively working with members of the Ontario Craft Brewer’s Association to ensure that not only does the best quality of water goes into Ontario Craft Beer but that the wastewater leaving their facilities does not pose a problem for the environment. Louis Savard says, “The message is fairly simple – Best Water In: Best Water Out”.

Formed five years ago, Cornwall’s own RiverLabs is the Applied Research wing of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. Amongst its many other industry environmentally related projects, RiverLabs is working with Ontario’s Craft Brewers to assist some 68 small independent breweries across the province to create the best products possible. Breweries such as Lake of Bays in Baysville, Ont. and Beau’s in Vankleek Hill are brewing large quantities of craft beer in small communities. Out of necessity they are becoming experts and leaders on water and wastewater best practices and Savard’s expert team is working with them to assist in the process.
Mario Bourgeois from Cassel Brewery says, “Being a microbrewery with limited space, analysis and quality control is challenging. RiverLabs staff have gone out of their way to help us out and build standards for our beers. Their professionalism and awesome service is one of the key factors of our success.”
Learn more about the burgeoning craft brewing industry and its vital connection to water in this intriguing session at Schnitzels where an opportunity exists to discover what makes Ontario’s craft brews some of the finest anywhere. Sessions are free but seating is limited. If you are interested learning more about water’s role in brewing great beer, reserve your seat today by registering on line at or by e-mailing Science and Nature on Tap Coordinator Karen Cooper [email protected] or by calling 613-936-6620 (ext.229).

Rotary Club of Cornwall Annual Pancake and Silent Auction Day

Saturday, March 24 7;00- 12:00 St. John’s Presbyterian Church Caldwell Hall, 28 Second St. East (just east of Pitt and Second) Adults $5 /Children under 6 free. Proceeds go to Rotary Projects.

Friends of the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary- Photo Contest

Open until April 1, Calling all amateur photographers to join the contest. All photos must be taken at the Sanctuary, and “The Friends of the Sanctuary” have the right to use entrants in promotional material. Only 2 entrants per individual. For complete info. 

7th Annual Seedy Saturday

March 17, 10:00 – 3:00 Benson Centre, 800 7th Street West Showcasing regional seed vendors, community exhibitors, educational workshops, and children’s activities. Admission is free, however, donations are welcome. Donations help to support future events by Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group and All Things Food. A family friendly event!

Vendors: Bonville Gardens, Greta’s Organic Gardens, Homestead Organics, Ferme Tournesol, Bird and Bee, Pitt Street Garden, Simply Baked – Bea’s Bread, Cedar Croft Farms, Kitchen Table Seed House, Heritage Seed and Produce, La Shop Agricole, Stewart’s Honey, Langview Farms, Wild Rose Organics

Community Exhibitors: TC+ Tree Action Group, TC+ Food Action Group, TC+ Waste Reduction Group, City of Cornwall Waste Management, Cornwall Horticultural Society, Earthworks, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, Centre de Santé de Cornwall

For complete info.

Eastern Ontario Ash trees Working Towards Recovery

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Science and Nature on Tap will host a special panel comprised of forestry experts Chris Craig (SNC), Scott Porter (City of Cornwall) and Normand Genier (RRCA). This panel will present the latest information on a multi-faceted strategy to help preserve as many ash trees as possible from the devastation being caused by the Emerald Ash Borer. This event is free but you must reserve your seat, email Karen Cooper: [email protected]

Eco Farm Day Movie & Dinner

Saturday, February 24 Schnitzels European Flavours, Pitt Street 7:00  Eco Farm Day, Transition Cornwall + and All Things Food are proud to present: 5:30 Networking dinner and social, 7:00  Documentary film screening, 8:30 Discussion with special guest Aube Giroux. We know that after Eco Farm Day, you are hungry and inspired, and want to share your new ideas with other fellow farmers. You also may be looking for something a little different to do to bridge two days of intense workshop learning. For $20, you will enjoy a delicious and casual meal with farmer friends and other like-minded community members, as well as watch the newly released documentary, Modified. The documentary filmmaker, Aube Giroux, will even be in house to lead a discussion about the film and the issues of GMOs it explores. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets on line.

Family Day at the Summerstown Trails

Monday, February 19 The Friends of the Summerstown Trails will be hosting their annual Family Day activities at the Summerstown Forest on Monday, February 19, from 10am to 4pm. Come out and enjoy the trails and other outdoor fun activities. Free XC ski and snowshoe rentals for families throughout the day. Many other free activities and food offered. The trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401. For more information, visit

Living on the Natural Edge

Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Science and Nature on Tap presents Chloe Lajoie environmental biologist and Natural Edge Program leader from Watersheds Canada. This shoreline naturalization program is available to water front property owners to assist them in planting native trees, shrubs, ground covers, wildflowers and grasses along the water’s edge. This session is free but seating is limited. Kindly call 613-933-6620 ext 229 or email Karen Cooper at [email protected]

Countryside Adventures

A Skate in the Woods  “Countryside Adventures” in Moose Creek is offering the unique opportunity to skate in the wonderland of the forest. Get out and enjoy the beauty of our Canadian winter. Check out their link.

Annual Winter Film Festival Kicks off this Sunday

Sunday, January 21, 1:30 – 3:30 Cornwall Public Library The movie GRACIE’S BACKYARD will be shown as the first of Transition Cornwall +’s Annual Winter Film series, in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library.  Expanding on the success of previous TC+ Food Action Group film events, this four-part Winter Film Series will cover a variety of issues that branch across all four Transition Cornwall+ Action Groups. Light refreshments will be served and a lively discussion will follow the film to help answer questions and brainstorm new ideas for the various Action Groups. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

Adirondacks to Algonquin A2A

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 Science and Nature on Tap, Schnitzel’s European Flavors  David Miller is the Executive Director of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A). A2A is a network that envisions an Algonquin to Adirondacks region that is a resilient, ecologically connected landscape that can sustain a full range of native wildlife and enhances people’s quality of life. One of their landmark projects is the establishment of the A2A trail- a pilgrimage for nature that crosses an international border to connect two iconic parks. The idea of linking Algonquin Provincial Park and Adirondack Park ecologically across the Frontenac Arch has been an ongoing plan since the early 1900’s when conservationists first envisioned a connected and sustainable series of ecosystems anchored by the two great parks. David will speak on the ongoing network of A2A and their plans to grow the Algonquin to Adirondack Corridor. For more information or to reserve a spot for this session contact:

Karen Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

Summerstown Trails Grand Opening

Sunday, January 7 Starting at 10:00 The trails are situated on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401. Join us on Jan. 7 for a day of family-friendly activities. We’ll have free ski and snowshoe rentals, volunteers to act as guides on the trails and hot chocolate by the fire to warm you up. Learn about events and lessons taking place this winter, and meet other trail users and members of FOTST. It’s time to get excited about winter! For more information, please visit summerstowntrails[email protected] or check out our Facebook page.

 New this year at the trails will be a new and bigger relocated parking lot adjacent to Summerstown Road. FOTST, in collaboration with the United Counties of SDG, will be holding a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am on that same day to mark the occasion.
 This is the second year that FOTST is organizing an Opening Day event, and we hope that those who have never visited the trails will use this opportunity to discover this gem of a place right in our own backyard. The Summerstown Trails offer 18 km of groomed XC ski trails for both classic and skating, and a separate network of 11 km of snowshoe trails. The trails are situated on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401, and are open seven days a week. There is no charge to access the trails.

Ambitious Plans for Local Forests

There are some hidden games in the area, and a new working group with the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has some big plans for them.

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has an ambitious plan to take seven forested areas and turn them into recreational and ecological areas, complete with their own names, signage, and trails.

A working group made up of county staff, and representatives from conservation authorities and the provincial government was formed in August to identify which wooded areas would be ideal to be turned into public recreation areas. After months of work the seven forests were revealed at the county council’s meeting on Monday.

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Get Out and Experience Cornwall in the Winter

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Free horse-drawn wagon rides are back in Lamoureux Park on Saturday, December 23 and New Year’s Day, from 3 pm – 7 pm. Enjoy a beautiful ride under the lights in the park. Mocktails will also be open selling coffee, hot chocolate and Mocktails pastries.

Tobogganing Hill Enjoy some tobogganing at the hill just east of the splashpad!

Winter Solstice Walk

Thursday, December 21, 6:00 – 6:45 Rotary Eco Garden Lamoureux Park  All are welcome to join a simple celebration of the season in the natural beauty of the park. Gather at the Rotary Gazebo & dress accordingly. Weather permitting ( 613-938-8459).

Soup’s On – Le Potage est  Pret

Tuesday, January 23 11:30 – 2:00 Cornwall Civic Complex, Salon B

Mmmmmm. A warm savoury soup on a cold winter day! Soup’s On with 12 Chefs, 12 Soups – Come try them all and vote for your favourite. Attend with co-workers, family and friends! $5 for 2 “Soupons” or $10 for 5 ” Soupons” – – purchase them now as gifts for family, friends and co-workers. Call 613 932-4914.

Edible Forests – Planting a Sustainable Community

Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm Schnitzels European Flavors Pitt Street Edible Forests – Planting a Sustainable Community –  The River Institute through its popular Science and Nature on Tap series is inviting RRCA’s Forestry Specialist, Normand Genier to chronicle this special “Edible Forest” project. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this unique project. It is something that our Mohawk neighbours and ancestors were well aware of back in the day but many of us have now forgotten. Many wild trees and shrubs found in nature are a nutritional source of food and produce fruit or nuts that are edible. Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is now sharing this legacy knowledge and literally inviting us all to re-discover our roots. Over the past couple of years RRCA has worked side by side with dozens of local volunteers and community groups to create the area’s first edible garden by planting several hundred trees and bushes at Gray’s Creek Conservation Area.  Science and Nature on Tap Sessions are free of charge and held at Schnitzels European Flavours but space is limited. If you would like more information or to reserve a seat please call (613) 936-6620.

Free Info Session on the Benefits of Co-ops

Wednesday, December 6, at 9 am Cornwall Civic Centre, 100 Water Street East  An information session on the benefits of co-ops, hosted by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, will be held. This free event welcomes everyone, but will be of particular interest to owners of micro-businesses, entrepreneurs with an idea to develop, or others wishing to generate a second income. Co-op possibilities include a store front for locally-produced goods, an office space for one-on-one meetings with clients, a makerspace/workshop space for teachers offering courses, a safe place to connect with online customers, and a social space to promote your business. There will be open discussions and presentations on the benefits of co-ops, legal and bookkeeping aspects, the formation process, as well as the challenges co-ops face. Come meet and connect with others who wish to explore the possibility of forming a co-op to promote success for all members. For more info, please contact [email protected]

Maker Gift Shop Grand Opening Saturday, November 14, 12:00-4:00,  145 Pitt Street Cornwall We’re excited to open our curated gift shop, filled exclusively with products from makers & artisans. Come out and support small business! Don’ forget to check out our Facebook page for year round goodies and gifts.

Balancing Our Landscape – Forests, Farming and Their Relationship in S.D.&G.” – Tuesday, November 28, 9:00 – 4:00  The forum will be held at North Stormont Place in Avonmore (16299 Fairview DR, Avonmore,)The intent of the forum is to encourage an open dialogue regarding our rapidly changing landscape in S.D.&G. We believe that we have brought together an interesting and diverse group of speakers and panelists who present views from many sectors. There will be an opportunity for those attending the forum to ask questions or provide comments on the topics presented. Forum organizers hope that you and other interested parties can attend and would appreciate your RSVP 613-984-2948 ext 285 by Friday November 24, 2017, if you plan to attend the forum so as to determine lunch requirements.

8th Annual Trunk Sale – Marlin’s Orchards Saturday & Sunday November 4 & 5 11:00 – 4:00 Our 8th Annual Trunk Sale will be held at the beautiful and breathtaking Marlin Orchards.  Join us for one or both days as many vendors will change out over the weekend. We are delighted to announce that this year’s benefiting charity will be Rachel’s Kids. Almost $123,000 donated to charities since 2010.

Removal of the Hogansburg Dam: Restoring Nature and Culture on the St. Regis River Wednesday, November 1 at 700 p.m. at Schnitzels European Flavours Science and Nature on Tap is pleased to welcome to Cornwall, Tony David, Water Resources Manager for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe who spearheaded the successful efforts to remove the 330-foot-long Hogansburg Dam. The removal of the Hogansburg Dam in the fall of September 2016 was a triumph of spirit, ingenuity, and collaboration, restoring a natural water course that had been impacted by decades of industrial control.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a unique project that is restoring nature and culture on the St. Regis River. Science and Nature on Tap Sessions are free of charge  but space is limited. If you would like more information or to reserve a seat please call (613) 936-6620 or e-mail Coordinator Karen Cooper at [email protected] or visit

Empty Bowls Sunday, November 12, 12:00 – 1:30 Knights of Columbus 205 Second Street. A Fundraiser in support of the Agape Food Bank Choose a unique handcrafted bowl, fill it with your selection of gourmet soup, grab a fresh bun and dessert, take home your one of a kind bowl. Bowls generously donated by 25 potters from the Country Harvest Pottery and Sale presented by Ann Marlin. Tickets $30 call, 613-938-9297, ext 25 or 27.

Maple Leaf Project Saturday October 14, 9-12, Children’s Aid Society Boundary Road, Everyone is encouraged to participate in this Raisin Region Conservation Authority  project of planting over 150 trees in the shape of a maple leaf. Free barbecue. Bring your friends and neighbors!

Bringing Nature Back: Free Tour of the Rotary Eco-Garden – October 15, 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Rotary Club Gazebo in Lamoureux Park

In celebration of an environmental success story, join wildlife biologist Dr. Brian Hickey for a guided tour of the Rotary Eco Gardens at Lamoureux Park, a hidden, magical place and perhaps catch a glimpse of chinook salmon that have once again returned to spawn at our beautiful man-made Rotary Creek.  Hosted by Transition Cornwall + and Walk and Roll Cornwall-SDG.

World Food Day 2017 Celebration and Workshop – October 15, 1:00pm – 3:30pm at the Cornwall Benson Centre.

Join Transition Cornwall + Food Action Group for a short film screening of Seed: The Untold Story, followed by a hands-on seed saving workshop in honour of United Nations World Food Day. Everyone (including families and children) are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Learn More!  SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Cooper Marsh Wine and Cheese Sunday October 1, 2:00 – 4:00 14th Annual Wine and Cheese Cooper Marsh Visitor Centre. Come and enjoy the beauty of Cooper Marsh and the friendship of good company. Come and taste the Glengarry fine cheeses, sip some fine wines, or a glass of Port. Scrumptious nibbles or delectable chocolate await you as well. If you feel lucky you may win one of the door prizes. Admission $30 per person, tax receipt for a portion. Info call Mike 613-935-3301

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.

Animal Mania Saturday, September 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the OPGin 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 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!

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!

More info and directions

Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:00am-3:30pm OPG – Auditorium, 2500B 2nd Street W, Cornwall, Join us for a 1-day Cultural Sensitivity Training offered through a collaboration between the Native North American Traveling College, Akwesasne Area Management Board, and other community programs. This workshop will feature community elders speaking on traditional cultural stories and lessons. This training is intended to provide participants with a greater understanding of the indigenous experience and equip us with tools to act as allies in our personal and professional lives. Please Contact Kathy Herne @ NNATC  [email protected] or 613.932.9452 X223

Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm South Stormont Municipal Building (Council Chambers), 2 Milles Roches Rd. in Long Sault. Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology & Conservation Physiology, Dr. Steven J. Cooke will be the special guest for the River Institute’s Science and Nature on Tour.  One of Canada’s foremost fish scientists, Dr. Cooke is the Director of the Institute of Environmental Science at Carleton University and as a biologist specializes in ecology and conservation physiology of fish. He is best known for researching physical responses in fish in response to natural and human impacts. He currently is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University and the Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Conservation Physiology. Simple catch and release methods can make a difference to fish survival, like the use of barbless hooks. Dr. Cooke says, “They are more effective – the time to get the hook out is a lot less, and it is easier to get out, allowing the fish to be returned quicker.” He adds, “If you use a net, rubber is the way to go, it causes less damage to the fish and it is easier to release them from the net.” Anglers won’t want to miss this free special session hosted by the St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences.  However, space is limited. If you would like more information or to reserve a seat please call Karen Cooper at (613) 936-6620 or e-mail [email protected] or visit the River Institute website at

Thursday, August 24, 11:00-1:00, Cornwall Public Library The Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group will be setup outside of the library on Second Street with different species of tomato. Everyone is invited to celebrate and taste the tomatoes, whether they bring heirloom samples, their own favourites, or no tomatoes at all. Experts will be on hand to give advice on how to grow tomatoes, prepare healthy recipes, save seeds, and preserve tomatoes for winter. That sounds just yummy!

Saturday, August 19, 10- 8 from the St. Lawrence River, along Pitt St. right up to Third Street. This year, the food fest is partnering with two other popular events and together they will offer a day of fun in Cornwall. For complete details.

Sunday August 27, 11:00 – 4:00 Nav Centre 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall, Cornwall is 1 hour from Montreal and Ottawa From garlic and farmers market producers, to artisans and live musical entertainment. A corn roast, a beer and wine garden, local foodies, workshops, and more are all part of this year’s 150th Celebration of Everything Local. Check out the web site.

Sundays 11-3 St. Lawrence College 2 St. Lawrence Drive  Kinsmen, Market Farmers, Foodies and Artisans make for a fabulous combination.  Come and support your local farmers’ market every Sunday.

Thursday evenings  5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 2 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays  2 pm to 8 pm during the months of July and August,Enjoy Cornwall’s waterfront with a horse-drawn wagon ride along the beautiful recreational path in Lamoureux Park. This summer, Mocktails and Gentle Giant Stables are partnering to provide residents and visitors with a 20-minute horse-drawn wagon ride along the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall’s waterfront park. Tickets can be purchased at the Mocktails canteen at the splash pad in Lamoureux Park throughout the week. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family of four. Children two years old and under are free! The pickup and drop off location is between the Cornwall Community Museum and the splash pad. See you in the park!

Saturday July 15, 12:00 – 1:30 Take the “Tour De Lamoureux Park” and complete the 7 stations. Registration 12:00 – 1:00 at the Bandshell. Free and open to all ages!

July August September When the first days of summer come around, we always have big plans. We daydream about all the amazing things we’d like to do, places we’d like to go, and people we’d like to see. We assume it’s going to be the best summer ever. We’re here to help make this summer different. With Canada turning 150 years old on July 1st, this summer should be one to remember. To help you celebrate and make the most of the warm weather, we’ve created the Ultimate Summer Play List. For lots more info and the playlist.

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2:00-5:00 Lamoureux Park World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.

June 4- 10 During the week of June 4th to 10th, Cornwall and SDG residents are encouraged to take part in the Walk and Roll Challenge (part of the national Commuter Challenge) by parking the car and using active forms of transportation. The week long event encourages residents and workplaces from Cornwall and SDG to register and then track their active and sustainable trips such as walking, cycling, carpooling, taking transit, jogging, rollerblading, and even carpooling. For more info and to register:

Saturday, May 27,  10:30 – 2:00 340 Pitt Street Grab your garden gloves and head over to the Cornwall Justice Building Plaza (Pitt Street near City Hall) for the 5th Annual Transition Cornwall + Food Action Group Incredible Edible Plant Festival. This year’s festival  will feature our famous vegetable plant give-away and a huge bouquet of free, family-centered activities hosted by TC+ and members of the All Things Food Network.

Monday, May 22, 10:00 – 4:00 Lamoureux Park Grab your needles or hook and enjoy a picnic in the Park. Being held at the same time is the Sesquicentennial committee Old fashion picnic and car show, come on down to Lamoureux Park and enjoy the day.

TREE ACTION ARBRE open meeting Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 9:00 a.m.   at  Pitt Street Garden, 2045 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON  Interested in knowing more about this community working group and their goals of growing and protecting vital green corridors in Eastern Ontario? Come on out and find out. Everyone is welcome.


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Show your community pride and join us for Cornwall Spring Clean-Up Week from May 3rd to May 10th! With spring finally here, it’s time to pitch in and clean Cornwall. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, classmates or neighbours and help make our City look even better by cleaning a park, boulevard or other public space! Working together we can keep Cornwall clean and green! This year’s Spring Clean-Up Week promises to be the biggest yet! For more info: CLEAN UP


Monday, April 28, 7:00 Our Risk – Their Reward Energy East Ontario  Tour  Concerned Citizens of Cornwall: The proposed Iroquois pumping station just outside of Cornwall is where TransCanada intends on building a new pipeline, attached to their existing, converted natural gas pipeline. The new pipeline runs close to the St Lawrence river, the source of Cornwall’s drinking water. Come and join us to listen to the featured speakers offering information on this important topic: Maude Barlow National Chairperson Council of Canadians, Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner Council of Canadians, Sabrina Bowman, Climate Campaigner Coordinator of Environmental Defence. To read more about the tour, kindly follow Energy East Ontario Tour .

May 2014 30 x 30 Nature Challenge Do you want to get healthier, happier and smarter? Try adding a daily dose of nature to your routine. Starting May 1st, the challenge is to get people across the country to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Join up to reap nature’s benefits: INFORMATION

April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville Phil Chadwick, meteorologist/painter will speak on the effects of AGW on our local weather.

April throughout May in the Ottawa region JUST FOOD  workshops For complete details please click on the link. Just Food News and Events

Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup was a hit on Sunday at the Cornwall Public Library. Would you like the recipe? Click Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup

Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. Cornwall Energy East Our Risk Their Reward  at The Social, Conference & Event Centre, 130 Sydney Street. The Council of Canadians, with local partners, will be visiting communities across Ontario to talk about why Trans Canada’s proposed Energy East pipeling is all risk and little reward for Ontarians. Hear about local impacts, safety and spill concerns and what this meas for tar sands expansion, protecting our climate and water. Find out how you can get involved in the movement to stop Energy East. FREE ADMISSION! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!

Special Guests:

-Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians Chairperson

-Andrea harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians

-Sabrina Bowmen of Environmental Defence

Sunday, April 13, 1pm Film Food Series at the Cornwall Public Library. Transtion Cornwall + presents “GROW’, the final documentary in the winter Food Film Series.
This event will be of special interest to young entrepreneurs as well as the public. The event includes a warming cup of soup, the screening, and discussion. This event is offered by the Food Action Group of Transition Cornwall+. Admission is free and open to everyone (donations welcome).

The Thai Curry Sweet Potato soup was a hit. Here is the recipe: Thai Curry Sweet Potato Soup

SATURDAY, APRIL 12th, 2014 Annual Bicycle Auction Cornwall Armouries 505 Fourth Street East. The Cornwall Police will be holding their annual auction of surplus equipment. There will be more than 50 bicycles awaiting bidders. Active Transportation folks, here is your opportunity to ‘get your own wheels’. Viewing will be possible at noon before the bidding at 1:00 p.m. (Other items up for grabs include electronics, jewelry and tools.)

April 2014, Organic Gardening in the City (Ottawa) The line up is set for the Spring 2014 Organic Gardening in the City Seminars. Topics include: soil, seeds, containers, school gardens, composting and more. Please click here for more info.

2014 May through September Wild and Edible Medicinal Plant Course Connecting people and plants, if you are keen to learn about wild edible plants, please follow the link for complete information: The Wild Garden

April 3- April 5 Great workshops organized by Living Local Venture:  Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future

APRIL 03 * Gluten Free Living & Eating – workshop nearly full
APRIL 05 * Community SEED SWAP – join in, seeds or no seeds! Winthrop Agway!
APRIL 05 * Green Home Tours: Mass Heaters – Masonry & Rocket Stove

Click here for further details: Workshops

Saturday, March 22, Brockville Library 2:00 World Water Day Screening of Bottled Water. The film screening will be followed by discussion. Refreshments will be provided.  There is no charge. The sponsor is The Council of Canadians, Brockville Chapter.

March 22 at Victoria Island, Ottawa 1:30- 4:00 World Water Day CelebrationWorld Water Campaigner Emma Lui, Guatemalan Maya Elder Tito Medina, Ottawa Riverkeeper Meridith Brown and poet Francine Desjardins will be in attendance. The event includes a traditional water ceremony, a drumming and sharing circle and a potluck meal (organizers ask that people bring a dish to share, a chair and a snon-disposable water bottle).

Wednesday, March 19th 12:00-1:30 or 2:00-3:30 Cooking out of the Box Adults of all ages learn to cook healthy dishes using vegetables and fruit from the Cornwall Green Food Box. All food is sampled and recipes are provided. To learn more about these groups or to register, please call the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre at 613-936-0306 ext.229.seaway valley health logo

Sunday March 16, at 1:00 Food Film Series Presents at Cornwall Public LibraryThe Food Action Group presents the third in its Food Film Series 2014. This month’s film, ‘Urban Roots’, will be shown. This documentary gives us a look at how real resilience, a sense of community and need has spurred ordinary people in Detroit to take control of their food source. The city is facing a post-industrial future with dramatic loss of economy and population.   Whole neighbourhoods are in decay, but some people are seeing beyond this and recognising there is potential for a new way for growth. Together they are turning vacant lots into gardens that feed themselves and their neighbours, and even create employment.  The stories are thought provoking to all of us living in urban environments.

March 22, 10:00 a.m. APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP at Connaught Acres Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard will be the presenter. There will be tips on getting better production, grafting and tree insect management as well as hands on demonstrations on  pruning young and mature trees. Bring your own sanitized pruners and saws. Cost: $20 (refreshments included)  bring your own lunch. Kindly confirm by March 17, 613-448-3540

APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP – MARCH 22ND – 10:00 A.M. @ Connaught Acres – owner Debbie DeCooman
Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard will be our presenter
Bring pruners and pruning saws(santize before pruning) and have a hands on demonstration pruning young and mature trees
Tips on getting better production, grafting and tree insect management

Cost – $20 and refreshments are provided
Bring your own lunch
Please confirm by email or call 613-448-3540
by March 17th

Spring 2014 Incredible Edibles will be an encore event this coming spring, presented by the Food Group. Hundreds of potted vegetable seedlings were given away for the benefit of those who did not have space for a garden. If you would like to be involved, please read on. The Food Group of Transition Cornwall + is excited to offer its contact info:  tc.foodactiongroup(at) .

Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. Brockville Public Library Botanist Author Diana Beresford-Kroeger will be presenting on the topic of ‘The Sweetness of a Simple Life’. For further information, please click on Transition Brockville.

Saturday February 22, 2014 – Eco Farm Day 2014, Ramada Inn and Conference Centre, Cornwall ON Eco Farm

Saturday February 22nd – Agape Centre: Coldest Night of the year – Bundle up & walk 2k, 5k or 10k on  in support of the hungry, homeless & hurting. Visit: Coldest Night

February 24, 2014 – Webinar: Sustainable Food Systems in a Healthy Communities Lens. Presented by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. More information

February 25, 2014 – Teleconference: School Garden Programs Presented by the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador. More information.

February and March are Travel Months for Many Canadians Check outSustainable Travel International  for an informative on line magazine that provides a wealth of information.  Their mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions that protect the environment, support adaptation to climate change, preserve cultural heritage, and generate economic benefits. For those who travel, here is a web site worth exploring. Bon voyage!

Sunday, February 16, 1 p.m. Numen: The Nature of Plants, Cornwall Public Library. The second in our hearty winter program of film, soup and conversation,offered by the food action group of Transition Cornwall+. This film is a powerful and inspirational exploration of the healing power of plants and the natural world.  It has stunning footage and thought-provoking interviews important for everyone concerned about human and environmental health, including gardeners, medical practitioners and plant lovers.

Friday,  February 21, 7:00 p.m. Birdbone Theatre, Benson Centre:  “Tarsands Dragon Opera” presents what is quoted to be ‘a thought provoking and entertaining evening”. For a link to a promotional video, please click here: Birdbone.

The United Counties of S.D. & G. have Fabulous Outdoor Trails February starts on Saturday, a month with four wonderful winter weekends offering the possibility of getting out with snowshoes or cross country skis. Dundas County offers the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary , Stormont offers Guindon Park   and Glengarry offers theSummerstown Trails. Enjoy celebrating the joy of being active out in nature. Check out their Family Day activities as well!


Wednesday, January 29th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Salon B Cornwall Civic Complex,  “Cornwall is My Place” Event  Cornwall residents are invited to take part in an inspirational evening of ideas and discussion about the future of their community. ‘Cornwall is My Place!’ is an interactive opportunity for all interested citizens to participate in the planning for the future of our city’s growth and development. For complete details Cornwall is My Place

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, The Ramada Inn, Cornwall, Eco Farm Day 2014 This conference, organized by Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa St. Lawrence Outaouais Chapter,  is eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference. Organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, livestock and market gardens rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information and commerce opportunities. Workshops, organic lunch and trade show await all visitors. Please follow the link: Eco Farm Day.

Active Transportation Action Group representatives John Towndrow and Chantal Lalonde spoke to Cornwall City Council and a standing room only crowd at the meeting of January 13, 2014. The purpose was to update council on past activities and seek support for the up coming spring bicycle festival. Subsequently a front page article covering the event was published in the local Standard Freeholder under the title of Leave Car at Home: urges TC+, please click to read the full coverage.

Sunday, January 19, 1 p.m. Cornwall Public Library “Dirt, The Movie” will be presented as part of Transition Cornwall + Food Action Group Food Film Series in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library. From January through to April, many food and agricultural issues will be explored in four exciting new documentaries, highlighting progress in reclaiming our food systems and making them safe, fair, ecologically sound and sustainable.

Dirt! The Movie introduces viewers to dirt’s fascinating history. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, provides us shelter, and that can be used as a source of medicine, beauty and culture. It’s time to learn more about the dirt that our very survival depends on!

The Sunday afternoon event includes a warming cup of soup, the screening, and a post-film discussion. Soup’s on for 1 pm, followed by the movie. Admission is free (donations welcome, as are Agape food donations).


Friday, November 29th, Transition Cornwall+ and “Journey Together”present the documentary film: “Money & Life” 6:45 – 9:15 pm at Knox-St.Paul’s United Church, 800 Twelfth St East (off McConnell). “An Alternative  to the Over-Shopping & Over-Spending of Black Friday”. If you are overwhelmed by the commercialism and overspending that bombards us at this time of year, please join us for this thought-provoking movie and discussion. All are welcome. No Charge. No Line Ups. Food donations for the Agape Centre appreciated.

An innovative approach to engaging Cornwall residents  The City of Cornwall invites residents to weigh in on 2014 Budget.  In an effort to engage Cornwallites in the City budget, the City of Cornwall is inviting residents to share their thoughts on how they would like to see their property tax dollars invested in community services. The City has launched an interactive online budget survey which allows residents to build their own budget and show City officials how they would spend their tax dollars. Residents can also provide comments on various City services. For more information and to find the on line survey, please click here:  City of Cornwall.

December 2-3 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference 2013  Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre, 1550 Princess Street, Kingston. This conference will provide a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. For more information and registration: Local Food Conference

Sunday, November 24, 2 pm. Solar PV Net Metering Systems Brockville Public Library23 Buell St., Brockville
Bob and Chris Stesky have installed a grid-tied net-metered solar PV system with battery backup and will discuss it at the next meeting of Transition Brockville. They will describe their system in detail, explain how the net-metering contract works, and discuss their reasons for setting the system up.
Their system combines the emergency-handling capabilities of a completely off-grid system at one extreme and some of the economic benefits of a microFIT contract at the other. Photos will illustrate the construction process and the various types of equipment used. Bob will get into some of the technicalities of the system they chose. Transition Brockville

Sunday, November 24th, 2:00 pm  Fall Reflections—Canadian Organic Growers Location:  Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 400 McArthur Ave, Ottawa. For more info: Fall Reflections

SOUPer SQUASH Event at the Agape Centre:  Squash, corn,  potatoes, garlic, onions,  red pepper,  pots and spoons,  blenders,  bowls,  choppers,  stirrers and musicians were all in attendance. And a great time was had by all! A bountiful quantity of Squash Soup was prepared by members of the Transition Cornwall + food action group to donate for the clients of the Agape Centre. It was a great summer for butternut squash plants and  it was time to share the harvest. This was a first initiative of its kind for Transition Cornwall +, such a super way to share with the greater community.P1090120 P1090115 P1090117P1090118

Thursday, November 21, 4:30 SOUPer SQUASH PARTY! 


Agape Centre, 40 Fifth St. West – Come cheer our Transition Cornwall + volunteer chefs making soup for Agape patrons… free recipes… bring a food donation. LIVE MUSIC by Jonathan Irvine.

Wednesday, November 27, Science and Nature Speaker Series  Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street The Science of Great Beer with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company and Steve Beauchesne. Find out how science and nature are blended together to brew the perfect beer by reserving your spot for this highly entertaining and interesting talk.
Call 613-936-6620 to reserve your seat or e-mail kcooper(at)riverinstitute(dot)ca.

November 20- Jan 22, 6 week Wednesday evening series Science and Spirituality St. Andrews United Church, Williamstown, David Rawnsley Quantum Activist, Author of: The Journey, from Science to Spritituality. For more information contact Rev. Andrea Harrison at 613-347-2063.


Past Events

Northeast Permaculture Convergence

In Frelighsburg, Quebec the Northeast Permaculture Convergence will take place on July 5-7. More than 15 speakers will be present including author Eric Toensmeier, Stefan Sobkowiak, Ben Falk, Scott Kellogg, and Bernard Alonso. There will be over 30 workshops and hands on activities as diverse as mushroom cultivation, composting, biochar, transition, biodynamic agriculture & permaculture, resilience, opensource, financial Permaculture, soil analysis, geobiology and cooperatives. Activities are in English, and French, and for all levels, all ages and all tastes!

Monday, July 8, 6:30  Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa-St.Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter Summer organic farm tours

The 1st one is coming up soon at Luxy Farm, on Monday July 8th at 6.30 in the evening  It’s east of Ottawa, and just west of St Albert, at 1919 Route 900 West, St. Albert ON K0A 3C0.

Northeast Permaculture Convergence

Tuesday, July 9, 7-8:30 Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa World Premiere of David Chernushenko’s latest film Bike City, Great City. It is an uplifting ride through cities that are embracing cycling as a liberating, convenient and healthy way to get where you want to go.

David Chernushenko is a citizen, cyclist and city councillor in Ottawa, Canada, which received a “Silver” Bicycle Friendly City designation in 2011. That’s pretty good. But for David — and all cyclists and aspiring cyclists — Silver is not good enough. They want Gold. They want their city to be a place where people of any age, gender and income level see the bicycle as a practical, appealing and affordable choice for travelling to work, to school, to the shops, to everywhere.

In North American cities, less than two percent of people choose the bicycle as a regular mode of transportation. In great European cycling cities, more than 30 percent do. But in the last five years, dozens of major American and Canadian urban centres have figured out what Copenhagen has long known: When you give people a real choice — by making cycling a safe and appealing way to travel — they flock to it in droves and transform the city into a better place for everyone. Even drivers.

Bike City Great City

Vermont Sail Freight Project

Sunday June 23, Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa-St. Lawence-Outaouais Chapter is hosting garden tours in the city of Ottawa. See the details below and contact Lloyd to sign up as spaces are limited: lw.strachan(at) or 613-257-8362

10:00 a.m. Visit a Master Garden 1386 Louis Lane(near St. Laurent Blvd. south of the Queensway)

Over 150 species of plants using permaculture principles including drought resistant plants, shrubs, hosta beds and native plants. Directions: Bus #95 to Cryville Station, cross 417 bridge & path beside Securit Corporation Bldg. through Marchand park to Kenaston and Louis Lane (1 km).

12:00 p.m. Bring your own lunch in Marchand Park ( we will go together from the garden tour)

1:30 p.m. Visit with various gardeners at the Gloucester Allotment Garden (Weir Road at the intersection of Anderson and Renaud Roads). No public transportation access. Carpooling from Marchand Park. Visit several gardeners and their interesting food gardens including sweet potatoes, soybeans, ethnic vegetables and 15 different kinds of fruit trees. See eco-friendly fence, watering system with storage tanks and pipeline.

Vermont Sail Freight Project

In conjunction with the Tall Ships Festival, Transition Brockville presents: Erik Andurs, Vermont Sail  Freight Project: Inland Merchant Sailing on Sunday, June 16, 2:00 pm at the Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville.

Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m.,  Youth with Vision, Open House,  Cornwall Public Library Over the past few months two groups of young people from ages 8-15 have been discovering the world of design and  creating their own visions of what that could be. They are presenting their work at the Cornwall Public Library on June 1 between 1 and 3, and their creations will be on display in the library display windows and upstairs  in the children’s library for the month of June.

These young people are part of ‘Design for Living’, an after school programme run by local arts educator, Penny Bateman with a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and generous support from the Cornwall Community Museum and the Cornwall Public Library.

If you come to the Saturday event which is open to all, you will see these young designers’ vision for what makes a good community space in Cornwall. Youth are often the recipients of what is and is not planned but they are seldom asked their opinion. Here is an opportunity to find out what they are thinking. And you will be invited to participate as they have made their vision into a community board game. You can also try your hand at simple video game on the same theme.

Need a new house? In a few years one of these young people just might be your choice of designer as their innovative house and building models show they are ready to explore new ideas and think green. Please support our young innovative generation by attending their ‘Open House”.


The Incredible Edible Plant Festival, “Right in your own front yard” Saturday, May 25, 1:00-3:00 

Transition Cornwall + is hosting a vegetable seedling give away event which will include planting demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the viewing of the movie ‘The Edible City”. The event will take place outdoors (except for the film)  at 240 Pitt Street, in front of the Justice Building, adjacent to the Cornwall City Hall. This is an opportunity for the general public to receive vegetable plants in pots in which they may spend the summer, with no need to have a garden. All ages are welcome, youth, students and adults alike. Plan to come and bring a picnic and enjoy this fun spring celebration.

Update: The Incredible Edible Plant Festival was a huge success as demonstrated by these photos. Approximately 300 potted seedlings were given out to members of the community. The event also included musical entertainment, demonstrations and the viewing of the movie, The Edible City. The group plants to make this an annual event. Many thanks to the support from the following partners: the City of Cornwall, the Horticultural Society, the Social Development Council and and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre.

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How to find, harvest and prepare some of Eastern Ontario’s finest edible plants, Sunday, May 26, 1-3:30 p.m. discover  with local expert in wild edibles, Peggy Calder, on a walk through Gaudet’s organic farm and tree plantation. Peggy will be sharing her wealth of knowledge as spring brings forth a fresh bounty. Come on out for some fun and learning together.

Event Details:  Comfortable walking or hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Also hats, and insect repellent as needed, long sleeves and pants. Bring some water in a reusable bottle. You are welcome to bring a camera (no video  camera please) and something to take notes with. Samples can be taken to press between pages for later reference. No dogs, please. This is a highly interactive event so please bring questions.

Cost is $5 per person. Rain date is June 1st. Space is limited so reserve your spot by contacting Myriam at lindex(at)


Wednesday, May 29, 3-7 p.m., Salon B of the Cornwall City Complex The City of Cornwall is conducting a Strategic Planning exercise to guide the city’s decisions for the community in the years ahead. Please follow the link for more information.

Food Action Group

Sunday May 19, 1-3 Cornwall Community Museum The initial  meeting of the Food Action Group will take place and everyone interested in the topic of Food is encouraged to attend.  Following the movie The Edible City, ideas were shared and now is the time for action, the next step following great creative ideas.  Feel free to bring a friend.

Monday, May 13, Transition Network and will be hosting a Webinar entitled Local Economic Blueprints: pioneering or pointless?  It will look in more depth at the recently published:

Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint‘.

Wednesday, May 1st 7:00 Diane Freeman will be speaking at the Martintown Community Centre. Come and learn the benefits of herbs, planting, growing and harvesting for cooking and teas from Diana Freeman a professional gardening coach from Wild Rose Organic.  Come joins us for delightful evening. New members welcome.  For more info visit us at

Sunday April 28,  Cornwall Public Library, 1:00 – 3:00 You are invited to join us for a screening of the movie “Edible City”. This is a fun, fast paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local Good Food movement taking root in the San Fransisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The movie digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work – from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies-finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems. Documenting a broad spectrum of activists, organizations and inspired citizens, Edible City shows how everyone can get involved in transforming our food system today.

Follow Up Despite the glorious spring day, the turn out was great for the viewing of “Edible City”.  Following the discussion, attendees were encouraged to join the initial get together of an action group regarding ‘Food’.  The spring gardening season is apropos for this  kick off.  Everyone interested in becoming involved should attend a meeting on Sunday, May 19.  Further details will be announced.

Saturday, April 20, Greening Akwesasne The St. Regis Mohawk Senior Center on Akwesasne was the place to be on Saturday morning if you were in need of vegetable seeds for the up-coming garden season. Residents were lined up at the door an hour before opening time, and no one left disappointed. The seed give away was one of the Earth Day happenings taking place. Transition Cornwall + was invited and Karen Carriere gave an informative talk on Transition Towns. The information was well received by the attentive audience. Akwesasne was welcomed and encouraged to to become part of the + in Transition Cornwall +.


March 24, 2013 –  Cornwall Public Library, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You are invited to join us for the first pubic screening of the film “IN TRANSITION 2.0” by the originators of the Transition movement in Totnes. With examples of how people from around the world are responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and engaged optimism, this film is a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times.
Also shown will be an inspiring short clip called “START SOMETHING TOGETHER” with many ideas about how we can start saving money, cutting carbon and strengthening our neighborhoods right on our own street. Discussion to follow.

Follow up – A meeting of minds, inspiring exchanges and a sharing of experiences were the results of the March 24 movie viewing and discussion event. Participants were shown by multiple examples, the way to Start Something* on their own street or neighborhood. * Neighbors identify group goals and realize them by working together.

February 24, 2013 – Transition Cornwall + is presenting a first in a series on the topic of Inner Transition. The focus will be on staying strong to fully contribute and respond to changes in a positive way when challenges seem overwhelming. The discussion will be led off with a short video of world-renowned eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. An opportunity to share ideas will follow. All are welcome at the Cornwall Public Library, Sunday February 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Karen Carriere at carrieres(at)

February 23, 2013 – Canadian Organic Growers present Eco Farm Day on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ramada Inn, Cornwall, Ontario. The theme is Water Management in Organic Agriculture. The keynote speaker is Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. For more information contact:

January 30th, All Things Food is hosting a networking event to connect local producers, processors, co-ops and food distributors with Student Nutrition providers. This event will provide an opportunity for local food stakeholders to build business relationships and develop collaborative solutions to challenges to increasing local food in Student Nutrition Programs.

November 25, 2012 – Wintry Amusements. Come join us for a cheery afternoon gathering to celebrate the coming of winter, and the simple joys of doing things together. Try your hand at spinning, quilting, or knitting. See wood carving, hear stories and song, dance with us, and taste old-time treats from simpler times. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30.  Event is free and all are welcome.

October 28, 2012 – Screening of Movie Switch.
Worried about the rising price of gasoline and electricity? Can renewables really power our future? Is fracking polluting our water? Is nuclear safe?
SWITCH delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, on a spectacular global journey with Dr. Scott Tinker, renowned energy expert. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30.

October 6, 2012 – Fall Food and Garden Work Bee.
Join us at the country gardens of Bill & Karen Carriere for pressing apple juice, shelling dry beans, and preparing root vegetables for storage. This is a family friendly event! DON’T MISS! Demos of drying apple rings 1:30 pm, making sauerkraut 2:15 pm, and pressure canning 3 pm. Tea and coffee available. If desired, bring a lawn chair, and a snack to share. 1-4pm.

September 30, 2012 – Walkability & Cyclability What is it and what are we doing about it? Research has linked active transportation and improved public health. Studies also show that when the infrastructure is in place – sidewalks, cycle lanes and street connectivity – people will use active transport for their daily travel.  Guest speaker: Chantal L. Lalonde, Health Educator & Promoter, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will share information on walkability and cyclability as well as provide an overview of what’s happening in our community to move the issue forward. A question and discussion period will follow. Cornwall Public Library, 1-3:30pm.

August 11, 2012 – Open Garden & Heirloom Tomato Tasting.
Come join us in the country gardens of Bill & Karen Carriere to explore some great food to grow. Tour the many nut and fruit trees and bushes, large vegetable gardens and greenhouse. PLUS! Enjoy tastings of vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colours. If you can spare a few, bring some named varieties from your own garden to add to the diversity and deliciousness. Demonstrations of tomato canning, drying, and seed saving too! Admission is FREE! 1-3pm.

May 6, 2012  – Transition Cornwall+ presents Eat Your Yard.
Guest speaker Pat Lucey. Cornwall Public Library 1-3:30pm.
Dedicated long-time organic gardener and environmentalist, Pat Lucey, from Bourget, will share her knowledge and experience to inspire beginner gardeners to grow food in their own yard. Come and learn about how this can be fun, and lead to a healthier, low-cost, satisfying lifestyle.

April 30, 2012 – All Things Food presents How to Start an Organic School Garden Workshop
Are you interested in starting a garden at your daycare, school or college? All Things Food and Growing Up Organic will be hosting a free “How to Start an Organic School Garden” workshop on Monday, April 30th from 6 – 8 p.m. at South Nation Conservation, Finch.

April 27, 2012.  Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “Hungry for Change”.
Time: 6:30pm.
Location: Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).
Guest Speaker is Sylvie Thiebert, The Health Nut! She will be providing lots of samples of her delicious baking and speaking about changing the way we eat to include more real, whole foods. Please bring a food or monetary donation that will benefit the Baldwin House. Please RSVP as we expect a packed house! All are welcome. Go to for more information.

March 30, 2012 – Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “THE QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling us?”
Owners of Levac Honey and Apiaries will be on hand to co-host the event.
The website Queen of the Sun says this is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm.
Location: Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).
Admission is free with a food donation. All the food will then be given to the Agape Centre. Call Lisa at 613-330-4494 for more information.
All are welcome.

March 25, 2012 – FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION SERIES: Thriving During Challenging Times

Cam Mather will talk about resilience from his own experience, living a more self-sufficient lifestyle off-the-grid, providing practical steps toward energy, food and financial independence. Join the discussion on where we are personally, and in the community with respect to resilience, what we need to do, and how we can do it. At the Cornwall Public Library, March 25th, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Please pass this invitation on to anyone else in Cornwall or the surrounding area who might find this gathering interesting! For more information see:

March 24, 2012 – APPLE PRUNING WORKSHOP with Dennis Taylor from Cannamore Orchard
Hosted at Connaught Acres (13621 Connaught Road, Chesterville) from 10am to 2pm.  Bring a brown bag lunch and pruners/saw to do hands-on pruning, please santize before you come.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  Bring pictures and questions and dress for the environment.  Please confirm attendance in advance by calling Debbie at 613.448.3540

February 26, 2012 – Moving from Awareness to Local Action
Transition Cornwall+ invites you to attend a community gathering.  After a year of raising awareness about our need to prepare for the challenges of Climate Change, Peak Oil, and the resulting economic instability, what can we actually do to make this community more resilient?  Got ideas? Got curiosity? Let’s built connections to start moving forward in 2012. Come join this important gathering!

Plus: Akwesasne guest Bob Stevenson will inspire us with the story of the award winning local eco-tourism project ‘Tentsitewaiena’

February 24-25, 2012 – Eco Farm Day
Eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference – organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, market gardens, and livestock rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information, and commerce opportunities. Over 350 people come back every year for the social event, the networking, the positive atmosphere, and the great food! Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2012 at the Cornwall Ramada Inn. For more information, click here.

February 5, 2012 – Greening Sacred Spaces – A Conversation
What does it mean to care for the earth within the context of our spiritual beliefs? Are you concerned about climate change, pollution, or other ecological issues? Have you felt these were moral issues? What does your religion teach about caring for the earth? If you are connected with any type of sacred space–or are just interested in the topic — we hope you’ll join the conversation!

200 AMELIA ST. (at Second St. E)
Sunday, February 5, 2011, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This event is a collaboration between: Cornwall Interfaith Partnership & Greening Sacred Spaces
Admission free, Refreshments provided.
Donations gratefully accepted for Transition Cornwall+
For more information call: Transition Cornwall+ 613 938-8459 Cornwall Interfaith Partnership 613 938-3875

January 27, 2012 – Film Screening
Spirit Tree Yoga is screening the movie “Fresh”.  The website states that: “FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.”  Friday, the 27th of January at 6:30pm at Spirit Tree Yoga, 117 Eleventh St. West, Cornwall, ON (entrance is on right hand side of building, towards the back).

Admission is free with a food donation. All the food will then be given to the Agape Centre.  Call Lisa at 613-330-4494 for more information.  All are welcome.

January 25, 2012 – Book Reading “All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming”
All Things Food and USC present an author reading by Robin Tunnicliffe, an organic farmer from Victoria, B.C. She will read from All the Dirt, a must-read how-to book on small-scale agriculture that outlines how farmers can engage in resilient agriculture that is vibrant, fun and economically viable. Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street East, Cornwall, ON.

December 1, 2011Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference
A bilingual conference designed to facilitate stronger relationships among local food groups, as well as provide technical information on key topics. Keynote speaker: Tom Stearns, president of Center for an Agricultural Economy and High Mowing Seeds in Vermont will discuss key elements of success that Vermont has built upon to foster agricultural economic development.

November 28, 2011 – Presentation by Mike Nickerson
Mike Nickerson, author of Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay will be guest speaker at a public meeting about a sustainable future for Cornwall and area. The event, hosted by Transition Cornwall+, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28th at the Ramada Inn on Brookdale Avenue.

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