Started Jan 10, 2013
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Had great fun at the Transition Ottawa meeting yesterday talking about seeds from starting to saving to sharing and selecting. It was a big subject and I wanted to open this thread if there was anyone who had more questions or wanted me to clarify or expand on any of the topics covered. P.S. You are welcome to ask questions even if you weren't at the meeting.
And thank you for everyone's enthusiasm!
I am presently working on a way to purchase and hold land for the purpose of promoting business that would make Ottawa more sustainable. We now have crowd source funding with sites such as Indiegogo.com and the Securities Commission is considering allowing small business to sell shares with crowd source funding. This effectively allows private business to make public offerings. The commission can not prevent the growth of small business now that the need for shareholder financing is not…
I am looking for a presenters for one evening each this February. Resilient Wallet (under the umbrella of Resilient Kitchen) is an eight-week course on making ends meet while living lighter. Topics include:
Food: Being frugal and still able to afford local, non GMO food.
Clothing: Saving money without going to the big box mart
Energy: Powering down . Practical tips for lowering the hydro and gas…
Part of being self-reliant is know-how - knowing how to make things for yourself. Knitting, sewing, woodwork, soap-making, cooking, crochet, weaving, spinning and so on and so forth.
I would love to start a community crafts centre maybe Crafts of Ottawa Centre, or to get the spelling to suit my sense of humour, Krafts of Ottawa Kollective, or KOOKs, or some such nutty acronym.
What I envision is a centre, possibly starting in an unrented store or a house (if anyone has a…
"The report found that in the US and parts of Europe nearly half of all food bought by consumers is thrown away; and that 30 percent of all crops grown in the UK are not even harvested because they do not meet the stringent cosmetic standards that are set by supermarkets and other food distributors…
As many of you know, we wanted to get a better understanding of why people joined Transition Ottawa and what they would like to see from us, so we sent out a brief online survey and handed out several more surveys at our fall potluck.
Overall we had a great response rate — 15% of our membership! Thank you so much to all who took the time to fill it out. For those who stated that they would like to volunteer, someone will be in touch with you shortly.
Below is a graphical…
Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:26am — 6 Comments
We received this from the City of Ottawa today and are passing it along . . . / jd
The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the launch of the Neighbourhood Connection Office. La Ville d’Ottawa a le plaisir d’annoncer la création du Bureau des relations avec les quartiers.
You can help us spread the word on this new initiative by including the message…
Posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:02am
Coursera* has announced an 8-week online course on sustainability, offered by the University of Illinois, which may be of interest to Transition Ottawa members. Next session begins August 27.
Details and sign-up:
* An organization that offers free online university-level courses from major universities
Posted on August 14, 2012 at 9:30am
The Transition Ottawa web site is now available on your smartphone in a format designed to be easy to read and navigate on smaller screens. It automatically detects that you are using a mobile device and displays the mobile version. Here (right) is an example of the blog page in the mobile…Continue
Posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment
I know that many Transitioners are also cyclists. Ottawa is moving slowly toward become more bike-friendly, but it's still a scary world out there.
In the wake of the death last month of yet another cyclist in Ottawa and now, more recently in Toronto, the following post may be of interest.
This Toronto blogger advises that "dwelling on the 'could have beens' is of no help to the victim, her family, or anyone else. It’s a fool’s errand. Rather, you have to learn to be a…Continue
Posted on November 10, 2011 at 11:54am — 2 Comments