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On CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag, this Saturday, March 13, we’ll be enjoying another visit from Transition Guelph‘s Chris Mills and Sally Ludwig. They will be updating us on their group’s current projects and  also highlighting some important upcoming events.

Transition Guelph are part of a worldwide grassroots intitiative, dedicated to helping communities cope with the potentially devastating threats of peak oil and climate change. 

The Transition Town initiative, that started in the U.K, has now lead to the development of 14 different transition communities in Canada, as well as, this month, a national group, Transition Canada. The goal of the national group will be to help other Canadian towns and cities get started on the road to local resiliency.

After the debacle of Copenhagen and the laissez faire attitude of our national government it is now more clear than ever that we can’t afford to wait on governments to act – we need to act for ourselves.

Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

We’ll also be sharing some cool music. Its always fun having Chris and Sally on the show. You won’t want to miss it.

Photo: http://www.internationalwomensday.com

In the second hour we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day in music and welcoming into the studio, members of the Guelph Go Go Grandmothers.

Guelph Go Go Grandmothers, locally known as the 4Gs, have been working hard for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The campaign seeks to build solidarity, raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers. The campaign was launched on March 7, 2006, on the eve of International Women’s Day

Since the launch, some 220 groups of Canadian grandmothers have taken up the call to action. To date, the campaign has raised more than $6 million for African grandmothers and the children in their care. SLF has directed these funds to community-level organizations in 15 sub-Saharan African countries that provide grandmothers with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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Finding Hope: Spiritual Resources In Environmental Crisis

January 27 & February 10 at 7.30 p.m at The Fat Duck (Corner of Kortright and Edinburgh, Guelph)

Relaxed conversations on spirituality and the environment.

Where can you find hope in the face of the environmental crisis that threatens the planet?

And, its all taking place in one of Guelph’s best eateries, The Fat Duck Pub!

Join the discussion with two presenters that care deeply about the fate of our planet:

  • Mike Nagy on Wednesday, January 27
  • Jim Profit on Wednesday, February 10

All welcome.

Sponsored by the Anglican and United Churches

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On December 12, we were pleased to welcome Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph back to Royal City Rag to talk about the Candlelight Vigil For A Real Deal On Climate Change taking place at 4.30 p.m.in St. George’s Square, Downtown Guelph and the progress in the Copenhagen climate talks.

This event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants A Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

10 year old Lil Peppi, The King of Eco-Rap: “My goal is to get young people to realise that saving the planet is a big deal and we should all do our part to keep her beautiful”

Melting Ice (2009)

Listen to Hour 1:

In the second half of the show, Guelph potter Bunny Safari joined us live from the Guelph Farmer’s Market to talk about why you should support local artisans this holiday season.

We also played some decidedly miserable holiday tunes; tales of what happens when things don’t go quite as planned and you find your (often unreal) expectations for the season unmet. I’m sure we’ve all experienced that.

Enjoy these songs to please your inner curmudgeon. Bah humbug!

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Loreena McKennitt, Snow from Maybe This Christmas (Compilation)
Sufjan Stevens, Sister Winter from Songs for Christmas Vol VI, Peace (2006)
The Nylons, This Island Earth from Happy Together
Will.i.am, Take Our Planet Back (YouTube)
Dean Martin, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! from Christmas With Dino
Bob Dylan, Winter Wonderland from Christmas In The Heart
Be Good Tanyas, Rudy from Maybe This Christmas Too (Compilation)
Teddy Thompson and Jude Rogers, I Won’t Kill You This Christmas (Digital Download, http://www.Guardian.co.uk)
The Handsome Family, So Much Wine from Blue Christmas (Compilation)
Sufjan Stevens That Was The Worst Christmas Ever from Songs for Christmas Vol III, Ding Dong (2003)
Graham Parker, Christmas Is For Mugs from Leather Canary Xmas Mix

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Joanna Defoe is with the Canadian Youth Delegation at the climate talks in Copenhagen. She sent the following message and asked that it be circulated as widely as possible.

Dear Friends,
 
I apologize for keeping so quiet from Copenhagen.  The truth is that this negotiation has been a total whirlwind.  The politics alone can take up 24 hour in the day just to follow. But on top of the negotiation analysis, there is so much at stake that the emotions run strong throughout the conference center.  Any moment it is possible to hear or read about someone’s impassioned plea for leadership.  There is a large number of savvy, coordinated, young people that are so tired to see their calls for leadership ignored. Just the other day, my friend Teryn made a very brave speech to Canada’s lead negotiator calling on even civil servants to show greater leadership.
 
I have a lot more to debrief and process from this experience, but the most pressing thing worth writing to friends about concerns what you can do to help break the negotiation deadlock.  The most pressing thing is to sign up for a candle light vigil tomorrow.  I am asking that you consider joining myself and millions of other people who are participating in a global candlelight vigil for a real deal at Copenhagen.  The tone of this action is very appropriate for the political climate we are currently in.
 
I would like to say this confluence of leaders and policy makers is leaving me charged with hope.  The truth is that my biggest hope lies in community back home, and their ability to develop a political base that ensures that a more fair climate policy can be put forward.  We still have time – there is one week left.
 
In solidarity and with love from Copenhagen,
 
Joanna

Guelph’s Candlelight vigil for a real deal on climate change takes place on December 12 at 4.30 p.m. in St Georges’s Square. If the weather is too cold, the vigil will move into Old Quebec Street. Musicians James Gordon, Dave Sills and Chris Mills will be playing. Please bring candles and flashlights.

This family friendly event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants a Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

According to Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph,  “It is clear now that many citizens of Guelph want to see real action on climate change from our leaders in Copenhagen. The time is past for rhetoric and delay. Climate change is happening now. We need a real deal now. To uphold Canadian values of social justice, we want to show our support of efforts to avert catastrophic climate change, live simply and sustainably on the Earth and equitably with our neighbours around the globe.”
 
This global mandate comes at the mid-point of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen where world leaders are meeting to sign a new climate treaty. Candlelight vigils will begin Friday night at embassies, consulates, and iconic places worldwide. On Saturday, in Guelph and in major cities in countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to sign their names on message walls and petitions in support of a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal. Then on Sunday, the air will reverberate with this growing demand for climate justice and action when faith communities around the world ring bells and sound ceremonial horns in support of a Real Deal.
 
Transition Guelph is a group of concerned Guelph residents who have come together with the shared vision of building resilience and sustainability into our community in response to the challenges of peak oil, accelerating climate change, and global economic instability. Visit their website at www.transitionguelph.org 

TckTckTck is an unprecedented global alliance made up of leading international, national and local organizations addressing environment, development, poverty, human rights, health and humanitarian issues. Representing hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life, it represents faith-based groups, youth groups, trade unions and individuals all calling for a fair,  ambitious and binding climate change agreement in December 2009 in Copenhagen. The world is ready!  Visit their website at www.tcktcktck.org

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On Saturday, December 12, people from all over Guelph will gather downtown at St. George’s Square at 4.30 p.m. for a family friendly candlelight vigil. This event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants a Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

According to Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph,  “It is clear now that many citizens of Guelph want to see real action on climate change from our leaders in Copenhagen. The time is past for rhetoric and delay. Climate change is happening now. We need a real deal now. To uphold Canadian values of social justice, we want to show our support of efforts to avert catastrophic climate change, live simply and sustainably on the Earth and equitably with our neighbours around the globe.”
 
This global mandate comes at the mid-point of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen where world leaders are meeting to sign a new climate treaty. Candlelight vigils will begin Friday night at embassies, consulates, and iconic places worldwide. On Saturday, in Guelph and in major cities in countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to sign their names on message walls and petitions in support of a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal. Then on Sunday, the air will reverberate with this growing demand for climate justice and action when faith communities around the world ring bells and sound ceremonial horns in support of a Real Deal.
 
Transition Guelph is a group of concerned and active Guelph residents who have come together with the shared vision of building resilience and sustainability into our community in response to the challenges of peak oil, accelerating climate change, and global economic instability. Visit their website at www.transitionguelph.org 

TckTckTck is an unprecedented global alliance made up of leading international, national and local organizations addressing environment, development, poverty, human rights, health and humanitarian issues. Representing hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life, it represents faith-based groups, youth groups, trade unions and individuals all calling for a fair, ambitious and binding climate change agreement in December 2009 in Copenhagen. The world is ready!  Visit their website at www.tcktcktck.org

Catch Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph on Royal City Rag, Saturday December 12 between 7-8 a.m.

If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag. Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm

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A massive weekend of action for action on climate change is planned for the weekend of December 12 to coincide with the Copenhagen climate talks.

Wherever you are in the world, you’re invited to participate in a candlelight vigil to help give politicians the wake-up call they so desperately need.

Each tiny flame represents people planning to come together in their community for hope and to show solidarity with the citizens of the world whose lives and homes are on the line, asking for fair, ambitious and binding agreement on changes for our climate.

Transition Guelph and other local groups will be hosting a candlelight vigil on December 12 at 5.00 p.m. in St. George’s Square, Downtown Guelph.

Join us for a family friendly event feturing thought provoking songs and speakers. Bring your bells, drums, noise makers and posters. Candles will be available or bring your own light.

For more information, please visit www.350.org/vigil.

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James Gordon’s great, thought provoking song about climate change “How?” (a favourite of Royal City Rag), is now up on Youtube.

Borealis logoCheck it out if you get a chance. It now has a cool video attached that should be compulsory viewing, and not just for James’ natty new beard!

The song will appear on James’ forthcoming album on Borealis Records “My Stars Your Eyes”.

Thanks again, James.

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Check this video out and circulate it widely.

In December, the UN Global Summit on Climate Change takes place in Copenhagen.

World leaders will make decisions on the fate of our planet, and the future of children.

Make your voice count. Help us remind Canada’s leader, Stephen Harper, who he’s representing in Copenhagen.

Add the picture of your child to the wall.

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panic_peak_oilFollowing on from the great show with Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph, no discussion of transition or sustainability can be complete without mention of formidable social commentator James Howard Kunstler.

James is a renowned author and speaker who has written a great deal about the peak oil crisis and the serious impact it will have on our society and way of life. 

His best known works are The Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency. Both are an essential read for anyone concerned about our current predicament.

You should also try and catch James in Gregory Greene’s documentaries, The End Of Suburbia and Escape From Suburbia. Again, they are essential viewing  to understand how we got in this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

James Howard Kunstler said that he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.”

long-emergencyHis most recent non-fiction work, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, focused on the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.”

James was in Guelph for the Guelph Civic League Amazing Possibilities conference in May 2006. His presentation has to be one of the best I have ever heard.

If ever there was the time when  we need to heed the words of James Howard Kunstler it is now.

We are already very late in starting to deal with these issues… we will not do future generations any favours to wait any longer.

Listen to the presentation:

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Mike Nickerson’s name came up during last week’s great show with Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph.

life-money-and-illusion1Mike coordinates the Sustainability Project as well as an initiative to establish a Genuine Progress Index for Canada. He has written several books including “Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as If We Want to Stay” focusing on how climate change, gas prices and the current economic crisis all relate to Earth’s limits and how this awareness offers opportunities to plan for a fulfilling, just and sustainable future. Its definitely worth a read.

I had the opportunity to interview Mike around the time of the launch of Life, Money and Illusion.  It’s well worth repeating. Enjoy!

Listen to the interview:

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Brian Holstein was back in the studio for his monthly visit to chat about goings-on around town. As this was his last regular show, Brian was in a nostalgic mood, reminiscing about his five years on CFRU. His rant was one of the best ever.

We started the show with a new song by James Gordon, How? that asks the question, How will we deal with the climate change issue locally?

As a new community campaign, Transition Guelph is just starting, the timing of this song could not be better. A perfect theme song for the campaign. I look forward to a version of the song featuring many an all-star line-up of Guelph musicians.

Later in the show, Bill Hulet, former Communications Chair for the Green Party of Canada joined us to chat about the proposed LiberalNDP coalition. Its definitely worth a listen, especially for all those who don’t understand why a coalition is a perfectly reasonable and democratic alternative to yet another election if the current Conservative minority government is unable to guide us through these challenging economic times.

Music:
James Gordon – How (digital)
The Weavers – So Long Its Been Good to Know You from The Weavers Reunion At Carnegie Hall 1963

The audio for this show is no longer available on the website.  If however you wish to hear it again, please contact us at info@royalcityrag.ca. Thank You.

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Kyoto Plus, Help Cool The Planet!

climate20changeJoin us in St George’s Square on December 7th for a family-friendly rally/parade to support a crucial meeting enroute to a new global climate treaty next year.

This special event starts at 2.00 p.m. and includes live music with James Gordon and street theatre. Bring your message to hang on our clothesline. Wear something blue, paint your idea on a cardboard fan and wave it in the parade.

Help us ‘Cool the Planet’ !

We will parade down Wyndham St to 10 Carden St where we will enjoy refreshments.

World leaders meet this December in Poland.

Canada must not block the negotiations like we did in 2007.

We must join the international voice for reduction in dangerous climate change. We are speaking out for the Earth.

This event is supported by Council of Canadians, Guelph Urban Forest Friends, Wellington Water Watchers, Sierra Club, Eden Mills Carbon Neutrals, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Guelph Environmental Leadership, Unitarian Congregation of Guelph, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice, GREN (Grand River Environmental Network) and others.

www.climatechaos.net
www.climateactionnetwork.ca

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Our pre-election Royal City Rag, we started the show with the Canadian Artists Climate Change Awareness song “You have a choice” followed by Hawksley Workman’s wonderful comments from the U of G Student Town Hall about why it is important to vote in the coming federal general election.

Listen to Hawksley’s comments here:

Get Informed and get engaged! Make sure you vote on October 14th.

Lynn Broughton from the Downtown Guelph Business Association joined us to talk about Dig-in Downtown, their downtown restaurant promotion.

Prix fixe meals are available every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout October from thirteen of Downtown Guelph’s finest kitchens. Lunches are in the $10-$15 range and dinners, $20-$30 per person. Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended.

According to Lynn, “This annual harvest celebration will fully satisfy the public’s appetite for a sumptuous yet affordable meal – flavoured locally.”

 

The participating restaurants are:

  • The Albion Hotel
  • Artisanale Café & Bistro
  • Atmosphere Café + etc.
  • Babel Fish Bistro
  • Bin 23
  • Bollywood Bistro
  • The Bookshelf Greenroom & Ebar
  • Carden Street Café
  • Diana Downtown
  • Friends in Our Kitchen
  • Georgian Creed’s
  • Wild Organic Way (WOW)
  • The Woolwich Arms & Arrow

Visit http://www.downtownguelph.com for the Dig-In Brochure online today!

On next week’s show we will be previewing The 23rd Guelph Studio Tour.

Listen to the show here:

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