Events

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

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  kherne@nnatc.org 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 kcooper@riverinstitute.ca or visit the River Institute website at http://www.riverinstitute.ca.

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: http://walkandrollcornwallsdg.ca/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1770816816277251

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)gmail.com .

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!

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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! 

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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.

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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)bell.net 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”.

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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)xplornet.com

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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.

http://www.cornwall.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=eGfVCrPSj3gueIx0aTb0ggeQuAleQuAl&newsId=UScSA1B7MS2T8WUf5lA5HlXDXQeQuAleQuAl

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 Resilience.org 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‘. 
http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-05-10/live-webinar-local-economic-blueprints-pioneering-or-pointless

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  http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/martintown.

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 +.

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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)xplornet.com

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: www.ecofarmday.ca

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 http://www.spirittreeyoga.net 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: www.cammather.com

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!

CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY,
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 http://www.freshthemovie.com/ 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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  • 1. Mesha Boyer  |  June 13, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Is there a calender of up coming events?

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  • 2. Mesha Boyer  |  July 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    These are all past events, is there a calender outlining future upcoming events?

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    • 3. transitioncornwall  |  July 31, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks for asking! We post upcoming events every Friday on our Home page, and also on our Events page. If you sign up to follow our blog, you will receive notification of events every Friday, as well as posts on Mondays and Wednesdays. The next event will be in September. Hope we see you there!

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