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

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July 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Nice shades: 7 Fast growing shade trees to slash your electric bill

Keeping the sun off of our homes and windows during the summer can end up saving us both money and energy, because we can avoid some of the heating effects and keep our homes cooler to begin with, so less energy is required to keep them comfortable. And one of the best ways to do that is by planting shade trees in the right location around our home, where they can block the sun from streaming in our windows and heating our walls and roofs during certain times of the day.

Read Nice shades: 7 Fast growing shade trees to slash your electric bill by Derek Markham at Treehugger.

July 4, 2018 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

24 Tricks to Survive Hot Summer Nights (Without AC)

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Before we dive in, we realize the obvious solution for cool, calm, and REM-ful sleeping is an air conditioner: These modern gizmos can keep a bedroom at the optimum sleep temperature (roughly between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), plus provide some nice white noise to boot. But even small window units use up tons of energy and jack up monthly electric bills. So what’s an environmentally responsible, budget-conscious sleeper to do?

Living through a hot summer without AC seems impossible but, hey, our grandparents did it all the time! Turns out, they learned a few things in the process. Here are all those tried-and-true DIY strategies for how to stay cool in summer.

Read 24 Tricks to Survive Hot Summer Nights (Without AC) by Sophia Breene at Greatist.

July 2, 2018 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

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.

Dr. Daniel Macfarlane is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. As a “transnational” environmental historian, his work explores the Canadian and American environmental borderlands looking at ecological diplomacy, energy, politics, as well as technology issues. He focusses primarily on the history of US-Canada border waters in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin where we live.
Dr. Macfarlane received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Ottawa in 2011 and is the author of the 2014 book Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and is the co-author of a recently published article on Plan 2014. He is co-editor of Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship, is currently finishing a book on the history of engineering Niagara Falls, and is co-editing yet another publication on the history of the International Joint Commission.
A subject matter expert on the St. Lawrence Seaway those interested in this subject won’t want to miss Daniel and his presentation on the singular project that has changed all of our lives on the St. Lawrence River.
Science and Nature on Tour sessions are free of charge but seating can be limited. Reserve your seat today at (613) 936-6620 (229) or e-mail Karen Cooper at kcooper@riverinstitute.ca. or visit: http://www.riverinstitute.ca.
For more details and information about River Institute summer programs like Science and Nature on Tour, OPG workshops, Eco-Friends Day Camp at Cooper Marsh, or Jr. Scientist Camp visit http://www.riverinstitute.ca or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

June 29, 2018 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Changemakers

Image: front coverWith every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act.

The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation.

This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of transformative change — what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning.

Read more about this new book HERE>>

June 27, 2018 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

10 ways to have a better conversation – Celeste Headlee TED talk

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

June 25, 2018 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Cornwall’s Waterfront Trail Awaits

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!

June 22, 2018 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

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