Spring into Summer Local Vendor Event

May 5, 5:00 – 9:00 North Stormont Place in Avonmore  Please join us for an evening of shopping and pampering. 20+  local vendors will be selling a variety of goods including jewelry, woodwork, home decor, clothing, maple syrup, desserts and so much more.Proceeds from the event are going to the Avonmore Recreation group for projects in the community.What a wonderful opportunity to get your Mother’s Day shopping done! (Pre-registration is required for the floral workshop and spaces are limited, so sign up early. Please contact Kelly’s Floral Design at info@kellysfloraldesign.com, 613-362-8565 or on her Facebook page).

May 5, 2017 at 2:42 am Leave a comment

Ottawa Salus, city’s new affordable housing complex, boasts top efficiency rating

Lisa Ker, executive director of Ottawa Salus, expects tenants to move into the charity's latest supportive housing complex next weekend.

How would you like to pay $28 to heat your apartment – for the entire year?

That’s exactly what Ottawa Salus hopes to offer when it opens its new 42-unit affordable housing building this week.

The four-storey supportive housing complex on Clementine Boulevard near Billings Bridge will serve adults with severe mental illness, but it’s also designed to support ambitious environmental and cost-saving goals through a passive house design never before used for affordable housing apartments in North America, according to executive director Lisa Ker.

Using things like thick insulation, tightly sealed doors and windows and a special energy recovery ventilator that circulates fresh air into the building, the apartments will likely be up to 90 per cent more efficient than regular buildings.

Read Ottawa Salus, city’s new affordable housing complex, boasts top efficiency rating at MetroNews.ca.

Hat tip to Transition Brockville for this post!

May 3, 2017 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Squeezing Oil Out of Your Travel (Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part 2)

oil-spillAs long as you and I consume oil, we make oil nastiness possible in the most basic way. Our money, and how we spend it, is an extension of our values, our intent, our convictions. If we don’t consume the oil, then, yes, someone else might. But when we participate in the ugly world of oil by consuming its products, we not only make it profitable, we give the whole craziness our implicit consent. Our efforts to change this are not useless drops in the bucket. Paradigm shifts most often happen first within small subgroups that eventually form enough critical mass to cause large-scale cultural change.

Now I know you’re not going to shed your junk miles, move to a ten-minute neighborhood or replace all your flights with trains tomorrow. It may, in fact, take you years to squeeze the oil out of your travel. I suggest for 2017 that you adopt the task as a kind of hobby, (after all, we don’t mind spending time and money on our hobbies) and get creative, flexible and even adventurous about the options available. You may be surprised by the life benefits that cheap oil has been hiding from you.

Read Squeezing Oil Out of Your Travel (Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part 2) by Karen Lynn Allen at Musings.

May 1, 2017 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Peoples’ Climate March in Ottawa

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 – 3:00 Confederation Park,  100 Elgin St, Ottawa. Ottawa is speaking out.   Join with thousands of others and help make the message clear:  the time for change is now.   Jobs, Justice, and the Climate are our priorities.From Washington DC to cities across America and around the world, people will be speaking with one voice to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.  Join the People’s Climate March in Ottawa

April 28, 2017 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Lead in Urban Soil

raised-beds-square-jpgLearn about safe levels of lead in soil, testing soil for lead, lead remediation, and how to take a few simple precautions to take when gardening in urban soil.

Green, growing plants and vibrant flowers drastically improve upon broken concrete, crumbling brick, rusted chain-link, and shattered glass. However, there are different challenges to gardening in the city, and one of the biggest issues for urban gardeners is lead in soils.

Although adults can be affected by lead, children, especially those under 6, are at the highest risk of serious lead poisoning. Minor symptoms of lead poisoning will go away over time if the lead source is removed, but severe damage is permanent. There is no known safe threshold of lead in the blood for children; any lead at all in the body is a concern.

What Are Safe Levels of Lead in Soil?

What does this have to do with urban gardening? Lead contaminates many city soils. All soil contains a small amount of lead, measured in parts per million (ppm). Normal soils can contain 10 to 50 ppm of lead. Many governments and researchers have established guidelines for lead in soil.

Read Lead in Urban Soil by Andrew Weidman at The Heirloom Gardener.

April 26, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

How to Throw a Successful Yard Sale

By gosh, there’s nothing better than a good sale. And I’m not talking about shopping. Selling off your stuff can be surprisingly fun, liberating, and profitable. It’s hard work, though. To ensure good profits, your best bet is to organize a multi-family or neighborhood sale. Bigger sales bring more customers; a well-run, well-publicized event can net hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

So how do you do it? Well, you’ll need more than a newspaper ad. Get organized, plan ahead, and use social media to make your sale stand out.

1. Start early and in person.
A month or two before the sale date, start calling your neighbors and friends. Hold a planning meeting, potluck-style. Topics of conversation: location, date, theme, and price points. Make an action plan and let every household choose a manageable task.

2. Create a web presence.
This step makes all the difference, but it doesn’t need to be complicated! The easiest method is to create a Facebook event. It’s quick to set up, and you can invite most of your friends and neighbors.

3. Catalogue the goods.
Create an online photo album (e.g. on Flickr). Use a shared login so your co-sellers can upload photos. Ask everyone to post their interesting or valuable items, along with information about any antiques or collectibles. If possible, set up a separate album for each participating household.

Read all 8 tips at How to Throw a Successful Yard Sale by Jessica Reeder at Shareable.

April 24, 2017 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Paint Night Fundraising Event

Friday May 5, 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Pitt Street, Cornwall, Come and join us for a fabulous fun-filled fund raising event in support of the Agape Centre. $45 per person. The Agape Centre helps 100+ families weekly in the food bank and feeds 120+ people in the soup kitchen. Monies from this event will help buy fresh ingredients to continue preparing and serving many families in our community. To reserve a seat for this event click on the Agape Centre Facebook page and click on BUY, or go to paintnite.com and find the event to BUY.

April 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

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