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The third Fresh Water Jamboree takes place this Saturday, August 7, from noon to 11 p.m. at the Riverside Park Bandshell.

The Fresh Water Jamboree is a free, annual one-day music festival established to help raise awareness about “fresh water” in Wellington County, the province of Ontario and across Canada. Be The Artist, a Guelph-based organization that promotes musicians and environmental initiatives, launched Guelph’s first “green” music festival in 2008.

“We’re expecting to see 600 or 700 people at the event this year,” says festival organizer Chris Williams. “We’ve had so many local musicians and artistic communities become involved in this event, it’s quite exciting.  The Fresh Water Jamboree was created to help bring focus and awareness to our depleting fresh water supply, and also to help promote local musicians and artists.”

The day-long event will feature musical performances by Sam Turton, Peter Slack, Carmela, Mike Sharp and many more. A presentation about  the importance of fresh water by Wellington Waterwatchers, with support from The City of Guelph, will take place at 7.00 p.m. Food and refreshments will also be available.

The water in Canada is at risk. We need to act now before it is too late. Our water resources are being depleted so fast that the possibility of no water resources here in Canada could become a reality. There are many countries that have been getting water from our resources and there are many more companies and countries who are in need because they don’t have fresh water in their own country. We need to act locally and think globally.
www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca

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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

Listen to Hour 2:

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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Wellington Waterwatchers will be celebrating World Water Day, Monday March 22, with a special event in the E.L. Fox Auditorium at J.F. Ross Collegiate, from 7-10 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to hear from our youth about what they think about water, something we all take far too much for granted.

High school students throughout Wellington County have been creating submissions through Wellington Waterwatchers Message in the Bottle campaign. They will be showcasing their work;  art pieces, performance pieces, and science projects. All are designed to express how valuable our water is to us, and why we need to protect and conserve this lifeline of ours.

The emcee for the event will be Derek Forgie, while spokenword artist Evalyn Parry will also perform.

The evening will also feature the Guelph premiere of  Tapped, the 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.

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.

Local band and Royal City Rag favourites Dancehall Free for All will ensure that the whole evening goes with a swing!

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 on March 22 with Wellington Waterwatchers!

What: 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. Students who have created a submission get in for free

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Celebrate the season at this first-ever collaborative event with all your favourite green-minded, socially conscious organisations.

Participating organisations include:

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and grooves by DJ Dino.

Tuesday December 15, 8:30 p.m. Upstairs at the Albion

Admission: a non-perishable food donation for the Guelph Food Bank

More information: Arlene.slocombe@gmail.com

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Carson Reid Clearcut web

Clear-cutting on Victoria Road, June 2009

The City of Guelph have laid 151 charges against three companies as a result of an investigation into clear-cutting in the south-east end of Guelph on land owned by the developer, Carson Reid.

The incident occurred in June at 2007 Victoria Road South. The City’s By-law Compliance and Enforcement Officers completed their investigation into the incident in September, and charges are scheduled for a first appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice – Provincial Offences division on November 23, 2009.

Under the City of Guelph’s tree by-law, it is an offence to injure or destroy a tree, or cause or permit a tree to be injured or destroyed within the city. If found guilty of such an offence, a person or an organization could be subject to a fine between $500 and $2,000 per offence.

Although this by-law is not as protective as local tree activists, Guff Guelph, would like, it’s good that the city are taking a firm stand on this incident.

Its also interesting to note that Carson Reid also own River Valley Developments, the quarry at the centre 0f serious concern about blasting below the aquitard, the protective layer over our local aquifer (see Wellington Waterwatchers Press release below).

 

WELLINGTON WATERWATCHERS PRESS RELEASE
October 16, 2009

Continued quarrying is threatening Guelph’s Water Supply while Provincial Ministries stall.

Wellington Water Watchers, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of drinking water in Guelph and Wellington County, are gravely concerned about the threat to the City of Guelph’s drinking water supply resulting from continued blasting at the DoLime Quarry. Blasting at the quarry can create cracks and breaches in the Eramosa formation of the aquitard, which forms the protective layer over our local aquifer. Cracks in the aquitard create the possibility for surface water contamination of our pristine drinking water source. The initial breach of the aquitard was discovered almost a year ago. Despite numerous queries and complaints about the potential threat to our drinking water, and despite requests from the City of Guelph that the blasting be stopped, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of the Environment have allowed continued operations while information is gathered. Each and every subsequent blast has the potential of creating additional cracks in the aquitard, further exposing our aquifer to the possibility of surface water contamination.

There are many citizens of Guelph who are fed up with the inaction by the regulator. The quarry owner, River Valley Developments, is a division of Carson Reid. Carson Reid is the same company that was charged after unauthorized clear-cutting was discovered this past June at a property on Victoria Rd. Further blasting at the quarry poses a severe and immediate threat to our drinking water. The quarry has been in operation for over a hundred years and all the rock that can be safely removed, has already been removed.

“ We are asking our MPP Liz Sandals, and the two Provincial Ministries responsible to immediately take action and cancel this quarry operator’s permits”, said Wellington Water Watchers Executive Director, Arlene Slocombe.

“The DoLime quarry should be closed immediately based on risk assessment – there is no justification on continuing with mining there within the protective layer of the aquifer system”,  said Hugh Whiteley PhD

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Hanlon Creek Downstream In The Spring (Photo: Bob Gordon)

Hanlon Creek Downstream In The Spring (Photo: Bob Gordon)

This article was originally posted by Wellington Waterwatchers on their website on March 3, 2009.

I thought it would be a good idea to re-post it here to remind people why well-known and respected local organizations like Wellington Waterwatchers, the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Guelph Urban Forest Friends and the Sierra Club have all expressed serious concerns about the current plans for the Hanlon Creek Business Park.

 

Hanlon Creek Business Park threatens the sustainability of Guelph’s Water Supply
Wellington Waterwatchers

We acknowledge the necessity for more economic development and additional opportunities for business growth in our community. We desire sustainability in such growth. The initial Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) plan was envisioned originally as a ‘green’ initiative, with low impact development practices aimed at preserving provincially significant wetlands and old-growth trees found in the area between Downey Road and the Hanlon Expressway.

However the latest plans are not consistent with this ‘green’ plan.  It appears that cost-effectiveness has taken priority over low impact development goals.  In the SHORT term, the plan calls for over 500 acres to be affected, of which as much as 75% may be paved or built over. This plan would dramatically effect a water catchment area which is crucial to the Downey Well and the groundwater recharge of the Paris-Galt Moraine.  The Moraine is a critical source of municipal water supply for Guelph and surrounding area. The Guelph-Puslinch Groundwater Protection Study from 2005 states that increased industrial activity in this sensitive area raises the potential for toxic materials to seep into our drinking water.

There are over 1700  trees, 60 biodiverse hedgerows, plants and up to 4 ft. of topsoil.  Bulldozers and graders will entirely disrupt the soil integrity which will be mass graded for levelling high areas  to low areas. Included in this tree count is a remnant of old-growth forest that has been identified SINCE the development plan was approved in 2005. The Sierra Club of Canada has expressed serious concerns about grading this entire site before businesses have even agreed to locate there. Other communities with similar developments in uncertain economic times have been left with costly unused “Moonscapes”. We believe that more thought should be put into the scope and planning of the HCBP so that the wetland, recharge zones and old growth forest are preserved.

The Paris-Galt Moraine has not been fully mapped. Mayor Karen Farbridge and MPP Liz Sandals requested that the Minister of the Environment protect the Moraine as it overlies Guelph’s drinking water.  We have been questioning all along the wisdom of giving our water away to commercial water bottlers in our area without properly identifying whether our water supply can sustain us through the exponential growth predicted for our city. It is important not to threaten this high quality water supply more with this plan that seems out of step with our current awareness of its potential for environmental damage?

We believe that the City is missing a golden opportunity to be an effective leader in the province by planning a development that can be sensitive to the environment while at the same time provide a sustainable economic opportunity.

Along with a number of other citizens groups, we would like to be able to bring this issue to the City of Guelph Council to help address our concerns. We were surprised and disappointed to learn that there are no plans to bring this matter back to City Council except to examine the tenders offered for the construction of the business park.  This appears to be very premature considering the current economic times and lack of excess public funds.

To us, this does not appear to be within the spirit of the City of Guelph’s mandate for transparency and accountability.

We urge you to write to Mayor Farbridge and City of Guelph councilors to ask, based on the new economic and environmental climate, that the Hanlon Creek Business Park development plans be revisited.

Mayor Farbridge: mayor@guelph.ca

Ward 1: Bob Bell bob.bell@guelph.ca, Kathleen Farrelly kathleen.farrelly@guelph.ca
Ward 2: Vicki Beard vicki.beard@guelph.ca, Ian Findlay ian.findlay@guelph.ca
Ward 3: Maggie Laidlaw maggie.laidlaw@guelph.ca, June Hofland june.hofland@guelph.ca
Ward 4: Gloria Kovach gloria.kovach@guelph.ca, Mike Salisbury mike.salisbury@guelph.ca
Ward 5: Lise Burcher lise.burcher@guelph.ca, Leanne Piper leanne.piper@guelph.ca
Ward 6: Christine Billings christine.billings@guelph.ca, Karl Wettstein karl.wettstein@guelph.ca

Don’t know your ward? Click here to see the map.

Thanks as always for your ongoing support.

For more background information on the Hanlon Creek Business Park, please see this timeline.

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From Wellington Waterwatchers:

To celebrate Earth Day 2009, Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) are pleased to announce that we have received a grant for $92,600 from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to fund the initiation of our “MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE” project!  This project’s goal is to deliver 50,000 refillable stainless steel water bottles at affordable prices to school child in Wellington County and the surrounding area.  Inside the bottle will be a bookmark with water conservation messages.  This project goal’s is to empower children personally take action to reduce global warming. Project will to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with single-use disposable plastic bottles and at the same time, educate our children about the high quality of our municipal water supply.   The Message in the Bottle project kicks-off this Friday April 24 at Gateway Public School, where we will provide Klean Kanteens to 350 students for $2 each.

The funding we received from the provincial government will mainly cover the cost of hiring two staff members to deliver the program.  We need additional funding to help make the bottles affordable to all.

Please show your support for this project by joining WWW or renewing your membership and donating the bottle you receive with membership to a student. 

To join/renew, send a cheque for $25 to Wellington Water Watchers, P.O. Box 26036, Guelph, ON, N1E 6W1.  If you are interested in sponsoring a classroom, e-mail us at:  wellingtonwaterwatchers@gmail.com

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200 year old Heritage Maples on Forestell Road

200 year old Heritage Maples on Forestell Road

The Hanlon Creek Business Park is a huge business development planned by The City of Guelph for the west side of the Hanlon Expressway south of Downey Road. 

Recently, a new Guelph community group, Land Is More Important Than Sprawl (LIMITS)expressed serious concerns about the environmental impact if this development is allowed to go ahead. The area in question is of important ecological value as it contains an old growth forest with trees of over 200 years old and is  an important groundwater recharge area for the community.

As there is no shortage of brownfield land around the city available for industrial development, LIMITS believe that disused industrial land should be used up before there is any attempt to develop this site.

On Thursday March 26, the Guelph Civic League hosted a public meeting with community leaders to discuss the project at Norfolk United Church. The evening began with a five minute presentation/remarks by each panelist followed by a facilitated dialogue.

Listen to the presentations:

City Responses
Here are the City responses to the questions posed from the audience during the community dialogue:
City of Guelph responses to questions from the audience

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Recently, a new Guelph community group, Land Is More Important Than Sprawl (LIMITS) has expressed serious concerns about the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park development.

The group believes that the City of Guelph is moving ahead with this huge business development without due diligence bearing in mind that we are in a deep recession, and both peak oil and climate change are starting to seriously impact the way we live.

The group also believe that the full environmental impact of this development has not been fully examined or explained to the public. The area in question is of important ecological value as it contains an old growth forest with trees of over 200 years old and and an important groundwater recharge area for the local area. As there is no shortage of brownfield land around the city available for industrial development, they believe that disused industrial land should be used first.

With these concerns in mind the Guelph Civic League is hosting a public meeting with community leaders to discuss the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) on Thursday March 26 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.  in Meeting Room 1 at Norfolk Street United Church , corner of Norfolk and Cork St., Downtown Guelph.

Community Dialogue Regarding The Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP)
Hosted By Guelph Civic League

Thursday, March 26 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
Norfolk Street United Church Meeting Room 1
75 Norfolk St., corner of Norfolk and Cork St.

Panelists:

The evening will begin with 5 minute presentation/remarks by each panelist and then move to a facilitated dialogue.

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Shannon Lee Stirling joined us in the studio on March 18 to discuss the Guelph launch of the innovative urban farming initiative Backyard Bounty. Backyard Bounty aims to provide healthy locally-grown produce from city yards. The launch of the program takes place at The Evergreen Centre, Woolwich Street, Guelph on March 22 from 1.30 – 4.30 p.m. Feature presentations include Liz Nowatschin from restaurant Artisanale, Ali English from Farm Start and music by James Gordon. A number of community organisations, including Wellington Waterwatchers and Transition Guelph, will have informational booths.

Later in the show we had an excellent interview with members of the new Guelph group “Land Is More Important Than Sprawl” (LIMITS) about the proposed Hanlon Creek Business Park. LIMITS  has real concerns that the City of Guelph is moving ahead with this huge business development without due diligence bearing in mind that we are in a deep recession, and both peak oil and climate change are starting to seriously impact the way we live. The group also believe that the full environmental impact of this development has not been fully examined or explained to the public.

The area in question is of important ecological value as it contains an old growth forest with trees of over 200 years old and and an important groundwater recharge area for the local area. As there is no shortage of brownfield land around the city available for industrial development, they believe that disused industrial land should be used first.

With these concerns in mind the Guelph Civic League is hosting a public meeting with community leaders to discuss the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) on Thursday March 26 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.  in Meeting Room 1 at Norfolk Street United Church , corner of Norfolk and Cork St., Downtown Guelph.

Music:
Neko Case, This Tornado Loves You from Middle Cyclone
Mike Mucci, Eramosa from Under The Tulip Trees
Chris Brown, Oblivion from Oblivion

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kitchenerFollowing up on Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, latest visit to Guelph on January 14 2009, to discuss water rights, the Guelph Chapter of Council of Canadians is looking to find new members and get current members to renew their membership.

The Guelph Chapter is regarded as one of the most active and successful in the country.

Because of the increasing concerns regarding the climate, the economy, and the environment, the group wants to step up their efforts to influence public policy. They  also want to lead a local effort in making necessary lifestyle changes that are consistent with a sustainable environment.

The Guelph group would like all members to renew their membership through the local chapter, hopefully at the Maude Barlow presentation on January 14 2009, as this allows the local chapter to benefit directly.

If members renew or join the CoC through the head office, they ask that you indicate that you are in the Guelph area, which will have the same effect.

The cost of a regular membership is $45, but for seniors and students it is still $6.

Following up on Maude Barlow’s visit to Guelph on Janaury 14, the Guelph Chaper is working on several interesting topics including:

  • Tar Sands = Environmental Crisis There has been great interest in this topic both at our previous event and in the news since then.  And of course, the news gets no better. Maude Barlow spoke of the environmental degradation she witnessed when she visited the Tar Sands site recently.
  • The Geography of Hope: Chris Turner Chris spoke at an Eden Mills Carbon Neutral dinner and he was a huge hit.  He gives practical and positive steps that can be taken now to move toward a sustainable environment. And yes, he gives us hope!
  • Steven Moore: Queen’s University This dynamic lecturer is teaching a new program on the environment and he will outline what he is doing and why he is able to present such a program in the business school at Queen’s.
  • Transition Guelph The transition from an oil-based economy to a green economy and all the related issues is the primary focus of this group. How we can build community resilience to withstand climate stress ahead.
  • Nuclear Energy and its Perils James Harding was going to speak at an earlier meeting of the CoC but he was hampered by an injury. They are trying one more time to get him to visit our city.
  • Wellington Water Watchers It could be that the activities in the water arena and the WWW’s response to them could make for an interesting and valuable update for our group.  Although they have been working closely together, there are many members who don’t know what the group has been doing over the past year and where it plans to go.

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0UNBOTTLEIT.ADThe Unbottle It! Tour: Water as a Human Right

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and United Nations Advisor on Water, will be back in Guelph at Norfolk United Church on Wednesday January 14 2009 to talk about water as a right and not a commodity and why we should dump bottled water. She will be accompanied by Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario.

The goal of this visit is to build on local successes at banning bottled water from schools and municipalities, promote new bans, work toward a provincial ban, and help link bottled water to the commoditization of water in people’s minds.

According to the National Office of the Council of Canadians:

 “there are numerous reasons to hate bottled water, including environmental and health concerns, but we’re going on tour to focus on the importance of public water and seeing water as part of the commons, not a commodity. And of course we’ll talk about the need for strong provincial and federal policies to protect water and ensure access to clean water for all Canadians.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Water Information Fair featuring representatives from CoC-Guelph, CUPE, Wellington Water Watchers, OPIRG Speed River Project, Transition Guelph, Kairos, TapIn, OXFAM and others. There will also be hot chili (vegetarian or con carne), buns, and coffee or tea.

The evening presentations will start at 6.45 p.m.

The Unbottle It! Tour: Water as a Human Right
Who: Maude Barlow and Sid Ryan
When: Wednesday January 14 at 6.45 p.m. (Water Information Fair at 5.30 p.m.)
Admission: FREE
Presented by The Council of Canadians and CUPE Ontario

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From Wellington Waterwatchers:

image208020tap20waterWellington Waterwatchers will be having a visioning meeting from 3-4 p.m. on December 7th at 10 Carden Street (after the Kyoto Plus rally).

We want your input and ideas at this critical meeting, as it will set much of the agenda and priorities for 2009.

The steering committee will be presenting a couple of projects to you for feedback but most importantly is the next step. We want our members to bring forth ideas and projects that they wish to champion and undertake in order to utilize the organization of the WWWs to its fullest.

The WWWs will be as successful as the members want it to be. It is your organization.  Therefore we really want this meeting to be as much member driven as possible.

We welcome new energy and initiatives no matter how big or small.  Some examples may include: school driven programs, workplace initiatives, permit renewal leads, education seminars and public forums, fundraising ideas!

So please come to the Guelph Civic League’s office, at 10 Carden St, at 3 p.m. to participate and help drive the future of the Wellington Waterwatchers.

www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca

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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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A rerun of the May 28 show featuring James Gordon live in the studio.

James Gordon joined us to chat about Maude Barlow’s visit to Guelph on June 3 to present the documentary Flow: For Love of Water as well as the Wellington Waterwatchers AGM that takes place the same night. We also talked about the Guelph Civic League’s Spring Fling Dance Party that took place  on May 30.

James delighted us with three live songs, our theme “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?”, “Scam of the Century” (about bottled water” and “Our Future’s on the Line”  (about the bylaw that prevents home owners from putting out a clothesline rather than using an electric clothes dryer).

In the second half, two students from the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), Leslie Bothwell and Nathan Dyck joined us to talk about their training with Al Gore to present “An Inconvenient Truth” as well as CELPs efforts to decrease their own carbon footprint, and that of their school bus through tree-planting.

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James Gordon joined us to chat about Maude Barlow’s visit to Guelph June 3 to present the documentary Flow: For Love of Water as well as the Wellington Waterwatchers AGM that takes place the same night. We also talked about the Guelph Civic League’s Spring Fling Dance Party taking place May 30.

James delighted us with three live songs, our theme “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?”, “Scam of the Century” (about bottled water” and “Our Future’s on the Line”  (about the bylaw that prevents home owners from putting out a clothesline rather than using an electric clothes dryer).

In the second half, two students from the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), Leslie Bothwell and Nathan Dyck joined us to talk about their training with Al Gore to present “An Inconvenient Truth” as well as CELPs efforts to decrease their own carbon footprint, and that of their school bus through tree-planting.

Music:
Chris Brown and the Citizens band: “Oblivion” from “Oblivion” and the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Benefit CD “At the Barricades Volume 1”

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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Canadian author, Council of Canadians (CoC) Chairperson and water rights activist, Maude Barlow will be returning to Guelph on June 3 to present a new film about water issues called FLOW (For Love Of Water).

The event co-sponsored by the CoC and Wellington Water Watchers will take place at Norfolk United Church in downtown Guelph. The AGM of the Wellington Waterwatchers will also take place that night too.

 

 

FLOW (For Love Of Water), a film by award-winning director Irena Salina, shows how the global water crisis affects communities around the world.

Maude Barlow is featured prominently in the film as she uncovers the corporate profiteering that drives global water business.

The documentary featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Los Angeles Times calls FLOW a “lively and engaging look at a truly serious situation.”

Maude Barlow has won several awards for her leading role in the international movement to promote the right to water including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as “the alternative Nobel.”

Her latest book, Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, outlines a plan to reverse the alarming trend of water commodification which has led to environmental devastation, political turmoil and overwhelming rates of water-related deaths around the world.

It was my great pleasure to interview Maud Barlow in November 2007 on the “Blue Covenant” book tour.

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