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Royal City Rag on March 20 had a distinctly environmental flavour.

We started off the show with a three song set featuring Daniel Lanois, Johnny Cash and James Gordon in honour of World Water Day, March 22

Wellington Waterwatchers have a very special event taking place that day in the EL Fox Auditorium at John F Ross Collegiate from 7-10 p.m. At the event, high school students from Wellington County will showcase art and science projects created as part of the group’s Message in the Bottle campaign.

The evening will also feature the Guelph premiere of  Tapped, an as yet unreleased documentary, by the producers of Who Killed The Electric Car, that takes a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated bottled water industry.

Spokenword artist Evalyn Parry and local band and Royal City Rag favourites Dancehall Free for All will also perform.

There will also a chance to learn about  Blue W ( www.bluew.org ), a not-for-profit program dedicated to promoting municipal tap water as a healthy and waste-conscious alternative to bottled drinks.

Tickets are just $5 and available at The Bookshelf, at 10 Carden on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at the door. Students who have created a submission get in for free. The show starts at 7:00 pm and runs till 10:00 pm, but the doors will open at 6:00 pm to showcase submissions.

Celebrate World Water Day with Wellington Waterwatchers
Where: E.L. Fox Auditorium (J.F. Ross), 21 Meyer Dr. Guelph
When: March 22 from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: $5, from The Bookshelf, at 10 Carden on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at the door.

 

Healthy Landscapes

Later in the first hour, we welcomed Karen McKeown back to the show to talk about Healthy Landscapes  the City of Guelph program to help people develop their own healthy, environmentally-sustainable garden at their home or place of business. 

Developing beautiful, healthy landscapes does not always mean hours of maintenance and ritualistic pesticide use. In fact, through some proper landscape planning, proactive maintenance, and proper plant selection, you will significantly reduce your requirements for weeding, watering, continued maintenance and eliminate the need for pesticides.

If you would like a free 30 minute on-site Landscape Assessment at your home or business address you can contact Karen McKeown at 519-822-1260 Ext. 2109 or healthylandscapes@guelph.ca.

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Trees

We started off the second hour of the show with a three song set about trees featuring Bruce Cockburn, Bluegrass Patriots and Kidzone. 

Guelph citizens have been waiting for a new stronger protective tree by-law for over 19 years. In the meantime we continue to lose mature trees and canopy. Guelph’s urban forest canopy sits at 25%, while the desired level  is 40%.

Local activist group, Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) are advocating for our urban trees, including a stronger protective tree bylaw and a separate urban forestry department with a certified forester to more effectively manage tree maintenance and coordinate public education on the value of our mature trees.

If you would like to help GUFF improve the lot of our urban trees, they can be contacted at guffguelph@gmail.com.

 

Pollination Guelph

Later in the second hour we were joined by Karen Landman, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph to talk about Pollination Guelph.

Photo: City of Guelph

Pollination Guelph is a group dedicated to conserving and developing pollinator habitat. In partnership with the City of Guelph, they are developing Ontario’s first large-scale Pollinator Park on the site of the old East View landfill. Their annual symposium takes place on March 27 at the Orchard Park Centre at the Ignatius Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 North, Guelph. This year’s theme is “Pollinator Plantings, Great and Small” and will feature a number of speakers, a silent auction, pollination-related materials for sale and booths with information on pollination, pollinators, and other ecological topics. The cost is $30 for pre-registrants, or $35 at the door. Pre-registrations can be sent to pollinationguelph@gmail.com.

Download a copy of the symposium program

Download a copy of the plans for the Pollinator Park

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Music:
Daniel Lanois, Still Water from Acadie
Johnny Cash, Cool Water from American VI: Ain’t No Grave
James Gordon, Scam Of The Century from Just West Of Something Big
Bumblejums, Gardening from Meet The Bumblejums
Mo’ Kauffey, Dig It from Dig It
Bruce Cockburn, If A Tree Falls from Anything Anytime Anywhere
Bluegrass Patriots, Why Do You Weep Dear Willow? from Springtime In the Rockies
Kidzone, Plant A Tree from Reduce Reuse Recycle
Darren Archer, Pollination from Amnesia
Denim Dirt Farmers, Pollination Dance from Salad Days
Big Mama Thornton, Big Mama’s Bumblebee Blues from With The Muddy Waters Blues Band

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Royal City Rag on March 20 will have a distinctly environmental flavour. As Spring is in the air, its time to think about how you will manage your garden this coming growing season.

In the first hour we’ll be talking about how you can develop your own healthy, environmentally-sustainable landscape at your home or place of business.

Developing beautiful, healthy landscapes does not always mean hours of maintenance and ritualistic pesticide use. In fact, through some proper landscape planning, proactive maintenance, and proper plant selection, you will significantly reduce your requirements for weeding, watering, continued maintenance and eliminate the need for pesticides.

We’ll be welcoming back to the show Karen McKeown, from the City of Guelph Healthy Landscapes  program to discuss why you should take advantage of a free Landscape Assessment this year.  She’ll also be updating us on some upcoming gardening events and lectures.

Pollinating Bee on a Dandelion (Photo courtesy: City of Guelph)

In the second hour of the show we will be joined by Councillor Vicki Beard from the City of Guelph and Landscape Architecture Professor at the University of Guelph Karen Landman to talk about the work of Pollination Guelph.

Pollination Guelph is a group dedicated to conserving and developing pollinator habitat. In partnership with the City of Guelph, they are developing Ontario’s first large-scale Pollinator Park on the site of the old East View landfill.  

Their annual Pollination Symposium takes place on March 27 at the Orchard ParkCentre at the Ignatius Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 North, Guelph. This year’s theme is “Pollinator Plantings, Great and Small” and will feature a number of speakers, a silent auction, pollination-related materials for sale and booths with information on pollination, pollinators, and other ecological topics.

The cost is $30 for pre-registrants, or $35 at the door. Pre-registrations can be sent to pollinationguelph@gmail.com.

Download a copy of the program

To top it all off, we’ll also be reminding you about Guelph Urban Forest Friends “Little Art for Big Trees” art show taking place at 10 Carden on March 2o from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Wellington Waterwatchers’ special event to “Celebrate World Water Day”taking place in the EL Fox Auditorium at John F Ross Collegiate on March 22 from 7-10 p.m.

As always there will be a lot of cool music thrown in for good measure. Sounds like a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

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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Urb Ag Symposium posterOn Friday November 20, Backyard Bounty and the University of Guelph will be hosting the first conference on urban agriculture in Guelph. Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Action will bring together the movers and shakers in the Urban Agriculture scene.  The conference aims to not only inspire action but address key issues and provide connections that enable the Urban Agriculture movement to advance.
 
The morning will start with a keynote presentation from Dr. Karen Landman who will inspire us with stories of her summer tour of urban agriculture projects across North America. A panel discussion will follow that brings together experience and ideas from those near and far working in the field of urban agriculture.  During the afternoon participants will take part in an interactive facilitation process to identify common barriers, seek feasible solutions and set achievable actions.  A local lunch and snacks will be provided.
 
In partnership with Guelph-Wellington Local Food Initiative, The City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes project, The Organic Conference, Chris Jess and his army of locavores.

We invite you to join us!

Please register at:
www.backyardbounty.ca
 
Shannon Lee Stirling
Project Co-ordinator
Backyard Bounty
info@backyardbounty.ca

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Royal City Rag on September 12 had everything, one of our best ever shows. Community issues, local politics, arts, music, books… it was all there, with some fine music selections thrown in for good measure.

LEAF_Ad_Guelph_400x500_WEBDuring the first hour we talked to Karen McKeown from Healthy Landscapes at the The City of Guelph about the Cool Communities tree rebate program.  The project is aimed at encouraging homeowners to plant trees for energy conservation.  Shade trees planted on the southern and western sides of a home can save 25–40%, and reduce peak energy demand in summer by up to 30%. By planting trees, homeowners also improve their neighbourhoods by cleaning the air, decreasing pollution, attracting pollinators, and increasing biodiversity.

The project is being launched as a pilot by Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), an award-winning, Toronto-based urban forest non-profit organization and is supported by both Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) and the City of Guelph. Funding has been provided by the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation Fund. For more information on the Cool Communities project, including a list of participating nurseries, visit www.yourleaf.org/coolcommunities. The program runs from September 12-13 and September 19-20. To take advantage of the discount, and save up to $100, please visit one of the participating nurseries.

Bob Gordon joined us on the phone to provide an update on the Hanlon Creek Business Park, this week pointing out how a proposed condo development, 1291 Gordon Steet, is also raising concern amongst environmentalists because of the potentially serious impact it may have on a neighbouring wetland. Expect to hear more ab0ut 1291 Gordon Street and the continuing furore around the HCBP on upcoming shows. 

Finally, in the first hour, Jennifer, Marsaye and Wendi joined us to chat about Guelph Community Singers, who officially came to life on September 16 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

In the second hour, we had the first of what will be a regular chat with  Sally Wismer from Guelph Arts Council about upcoming arts events in Guelph, including Schmoozefest taking place on September 22 and their innovative FourPerformance Pass, the perfect gift, and, a great deal for anyone interested in the performing arts. 

Later in the hour, Ed, Sarah and John joined us to wax lyrically about some of the classic rock from the 70s including Fanfare the Common Man, Live and Let Die and Born to Run

Euphoric Flight

Euphoric Flight

The event is a collaboration between the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Euphoric Flight,  a pop-rock band formed this year from an outstanding line-up of Guelph musicians including the wonderful guitarist John Tonin.

Rockin’ with the GSO which takes place at the at John F. Ross High School’s E.L.Fox Auditorium on September 19 at 8.00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from riverrun.ca or the River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000. Promises to be great fun. 

We wrapped everything up with a phone chat with Drew Hayden Taylor who you can catch in the Adisokaun area at the Eden Mill’s Writers Festival on September 20.

A great show. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Music:
Sarah Jane Morris, Mad Woman Blues from Love & Pain
Johnny Cash, What Is Truth? from The Legend
Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band, Pilgrim from Mountain
Les Paul and Mary Ford, Chicken Reel from The Ultimate Collection
Emerson Lake and Palmer, from Fanfare For The Common Man  (Live in Montreal)  from Youtube
Billy Joel, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant from Live At Carnegie Hall 1977
Royal Wood, Don’t Fall Apart from The Lost and Found EP

Listen to the show:
Part 1

Part 2

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colmusic ad web72We’re not talking about the weather here although September has, so far, been wonderful.

We have a packed show lined up for September 12 featuring Healthy Landscapes Karen McKeown from The City of Guelph on Cool Communities, an update on the Hanlon Creek Business Park issue with Bob Gordon and, finally, Guelph Community Singers. And that ‘s just the first hour!

In the second hour, we’ll be talking to Sally Wismer from Guelph Arts Council, Rockin’ with the GSO and, then, catching up with Drew Hayden Taylor on the Eden Mill’s Writers Festival.

Phew, what a scorcher, indeed!

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your Saturday!

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HL-Logo_largeRoyal City Rag on May 20 had a distinctly environmental slant.

We started off with a great interview with University of Guelph Arboretum manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin.

Trees in Guelph need far greater protection than afforded by the current city bylaw. Guelph has far less than the ideal 40% tree canopy cover recommended for cities. A strategic plan for Guelph’s urban forest has been in the works at city hall for over a decade now yet progress has been slow to say the least.

On March 30, Ric Jordan made a presentation to the Community Development and Environmental Services Committee of City Council on behalf of Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) to remind the city that the time for inaction on the Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan is now past.

GUFF’s Requests of the Committee:

  • We need an interim protective tree bylaw now.
  • We need an independent urban forestry department.
  • We need a certified forester to direct tree, shade and water interconnection, public education and enforcement of tree maintenance and protection.
  • We need an urban forest advisory committee to support this department.

In the meantime more and more trees are lost from our urban landscape. For more on this important issue, visit the Guelph Urban Forest Friends website at www.guffguelph.ca.

Please consider signing the GUFF petition.

Download and print the petition. Encourage your friends and neighbours to show their commitment to Guelph’s trees by signing it. Return complete petitions to GUFF, under the Big Umbrella, at the Guelph Farmers’ Market.

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Later in the show, Karen McKeown from the City of Guelph joined us to discuss the city’s Healthy Landscapes – Landscape Assessment program. The Healthy Landscapes program provides great information on how to develop and maintain a beautiful garden without hours of maintenance and ritualistic pesticide use.

For more information on the program, book an assessment or get your questions answered e-mail Karen at mckeown@guelph.ca or call 519-822-1260 Ext. 2109.

On Saturday June 20 from 9.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.,  Healthy Landscapes will be running a Lawn Care Day in the back parking lot at the West End Community Centre. This is your opportunity to learn all about lawn care with advice on weed and insect control. Representatives from local lawn care companies and businesses will be present. You can also bring in your old gas powered lawn mower and receive a rebate on a brand new SOLARIS – SP21HB – High Performance Self Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower.

Another interesting event coming up, and one that ties both parts of the show together, is the A Bus Tour Of The Trees of Guelph on Sunday June 21 from 1.00 -3.00 p.m. The tour, featuring Sean Fox, forester at The Arboretum, will visit some of the outstanding trees in our city. You will also be able to learn what trees will work best in your yard, and how to look after them. Pre-registration is recommended as space on the bus in limited. Email healthylandscapes@guelph.ca or call 519-822-1260 Ext 2109.

Music:
Fiona Joy Hawkins, Prelude to a Landscape from Portrait of a Waterfall
Gregory Hoskins, Real Beauty Aches from Alone At The Mayor’s House, Almost

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Guelph Is Skin DeepWe’ll be talking about Healthy Landscapes on Royal City Rag on May 20. Karen McKeown from the City of Guelph will join us to discuss the city’s Healthy Landscapes – Landscape Assessment program.

We’ll also be replaying a wonderful  interview with Ric Jordan, manager of The Arboretum at the University of Guelph about the plight of our urban trees, an important part of any healthy landscape.

Don’t miss the show. It promises to be a good one.

Wednesday, May 20 from 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station.

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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