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About Me

I love the Transition Movement. I think it is the most promising approach to surviving Peak Oil, global climate change and economic turmoil. Never before has a civilization had to face three major crises in parallel. To meet these massive problems we have to simplify our lives. Scale down; live locally; consume less energy in our homes, in transportation, at work and at play.

It's going to be a fun ride, so jump on board!

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What attracted you to become a member?
I want to be kept informed of what people are doing (actions) to build resilience in their lives against the real threats of Peak Oil and economic turmoil. Ottawa is a big city and while I don't think it can transition as a whole, I believe individual neighborhoods can.
If you are from the Ottawa area, in what neighbourhood area do you live (i.e. Nepean, Centre Town, Glebe, Vanier, etc.)
Chelsea
Would you like to be part of a transition initiative in your neighbourhood?
Yes
What issues are you interested in (Check as many as apply)?
Home energy power down, Local food resilience, Alternative vehicles, Solar/wind energy, Community building, Public transport, Joyous simple living, Other
What are your skills (Professional and amateur)?
Internet Development, IT, drumming, building with wood, bike building, coordinating and planning events.
How would you like to see Ottawa look and feel in the future?
Less cars, slower pace, social neighborhoods, a council that facilitates acceptance of sustainable living.
What part would you like to contribute to this?
General participation.
If you could create your ideal participation with Transition Ottawa, what would it be?
Discussion and posting on the website of relevant topics.

Ron Rancourt's Blog

Peak Oil fact of life: Canada losing big $ in oil

“Despite being an important crude oil producer, Canada still has to import more than 40 per cent of the oil it consumes,” said Mr. St-Arnaud, citing a pipeline network that moves crude from the West to the U.S. Midwest, but not to eastern Canada.

“Most of the imported oil comes from OPEC countries or the North Sea, which is priced using the Brent benchmark,” the analyst said in his report, titled “When oil turns against you.”

“Hence, each time the spread between WCS…

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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 10:30am

Free Permaculture eBook

You have to register but no pmt info is required to download the 380+ page "Facilitator's Handbook for Permaculture".  20+ other related free eBooks as well - http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/ebooks/free-ebooks.html

Ron

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 9:24pm

OCCN and recent TTO meetup

Just wanted to shoutout to Ron and Corrie a note of thanks for putting on a good meetup July 24 (second last Tues of each month).  I thought the discussion was interesting and productive.  We heard some history of Transition Ottawa, how it has evolved and we discussed what the role of Transition Ottawa should be in the future.

I was greatful to three attendees for generous donations to help OCCN pay for website hosting and registration costs.  This was the kickoff of our…

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Posted on August 5, 2012 at 9:47pm

OCCN Demo website

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 2:36pm

Local currency in Germany started as a school project

We need this in the National Capital.

"We need to re-democratise the monetary system, to have a set of alternatives for issuing credit outside the banking oligarchy. Alternative currencies can play a vital role in that – particularly in conjunction with the exciting developments in ICT [information and communication technologies] which enable consumers and producers to exchange with each other across a larger area and based upon values other than globalisation and economies of…

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Posted on January 13, 2012 at 10:13pm

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At 11:01pm on May 6, 2010, Carol Gudz said…
Hi Ron! I'm totally new to this virtual "friend" world, but I gotta start sometime! I'm looking forward to getting involved in Transition stuff.

Carol
At 6:55pm on September 25, 2009, Peter Schonherr said…
Thanks for your interest Ron. Have you seen our website, www.ecovillas.com ?
We would be happy to meet with you over a coffee some evening if you like. Let me know what works best for you. Otherwise I could talk to you at the next group meeting if you prefer.

Regards,

Peter Schonherr
At 3:19pm on August 13, 2009, Transition Ottawa (/jd) said…
Ron, I hope you don't mind if I 'stole' your tweet idea, but I thought it was so good, that I ended up puttiing a 'tweet feed' on the front page of the site. Thanks for the inspiration!! / jd
At 10:04pm on August 12, 2009, Transition Ottawa (/jd) said…
...Also really like you twitter peak oil feed. Cool!
At 9:58pm on August 12, 2009, Transition Ottawa (/jd) said…
Welcome aboard, Ron! I like your comments above since they are focusing on the positive! Any comments, feedback, suggestions, words of wisdom would be most appreciated! / jd
 
 
 

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