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Wed. Nov. 9 - Council of Canadians Annual General Meeting, Maude Barlow speaker
Fri. Nov. 18 - Recovery Park: repurposing Detroit's neighbourhoods.
Sat. Nov. 19 - Conference: Urban Agriculture - London's Food Future

Sat. Nov. 26 - Permaculture Design Presentations at The Living Centre


Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Return of the Light Solstice Celebration
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 - Bird Watching ... Embrace the Cold. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 - Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 - Learning from the Past So We Don't Repeat It. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 - Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 - Find a Little Love for Wetlands. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 - Magical Meadowlily: a four-season oasis. A Nature London presentation.

 


 

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In Case You Missed It Mondays

Each week, USC-Canada posts In Case You Missed It Mondays, news from many sources and aspects of agriculture and food production. 

Check this out regularly.  There's so much, and so much positive ... meaning so many people and communities doing something positive and productive, thoughtful, activist ...

Start with USC-Canada's website, then drop down Resources to come to News.

We're keeping this on top of events and news because ICYMI Monday is always new news and events. 

 

 

 

 

Council of Canadians Annual General Meeting, with Maude Barlow

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, 5:30-6:30 pm  (*** NEW TIME! ***)  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m. for social time.  Snacks will be served.
Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place, 442 William St.

The agenda for the AGM will include reports and election of officers on the Steering Committee and consideration of proposed amendments, if any, to the by-laws. Nominations of candidates willing to stand for positions on the Steering Committee will be accepted up to Wednesday November 2, 2016. Officers to be elected are:  Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Media and Communications Chair, and Website and Social Media Administrator. Any proposed amendments to the by-laws will be accepted only if received prior to Sunday October 9, 2016. Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1355391124500848/ Current by-laws:  http://londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/Bylaws.pdf

* Maude Barlow * will be speaking about Canada’s water crisis, at 7:30 p.m., same locale.

Maude Barlow is head of the Council of Canadians, and a long time activist for the environment.  She’s an inspiring, informative speaker, one of the people who keeps us all going.  Barlow’s new book is Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada's Water Crisis.   It “lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change.”

Please RVSP if you would like to confirm a seat for this event:
http://boiling-point-london.eventbrite.ca/
Alternatively, seats will be available in the order of arrival.
 
Books will be available for purchase and Maude is there to sign books!
http://canadians.org/event/london-boiling-point

Council of Canadians London contact: Robert Cory (“Rory”),Website/SocialMediaAdmin - londoncouncilofcanadians.ca

RecoveryPark: Repurposing Detroit Neighbourhoods

Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
121 Studios, 211 King Street (at Clarence), London ...  at the unLondon location

Bonus!  Even before Saturday’s Urban Agriculture conference ... Gary Wozniak, director of The Recovery Park project in Detroit will be speaking about the organization, particularly the RecoveryPark Farms,  a business which grows specialty foods within the city to sell to some of Detroit’s best restaurants.  Along the way it fulfils the Recovery Park mission.

The Recovery Park development strategy is to leverage Detroit’s “underutilized assets:a large available workforce, abundant open space, access to fresh water, extensive infrastructure and a wide array of manufacturing and technology companies. ... creating job opportunities for Detroit’s residents  and in helping returning citizens and challenged workers return to the work force.”  

Registration through Eventbrite helps the organizers plan, but you're coming last minute, please just come!

Recovery Park:  www.recoverypark.org ........ Recovery Park Farms: http://www.recoveryparkfarms.com/

unLondon: www.unlondon.ca
Enabling Exploration, Creativity, and Excellence In Art+Make+Tech
UnLondon supports and enables excellence, edification and the flowering of innovation in the art-make-tech, startup and entrepreneurial communities in Southwestern Ontario and beyond, through facilities, education, and advocacy.
(unLondon - 211 King St., is housed in the building where Novack's used to be)

Urban Agriculture: London's Food Future

Saturday, November 19 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There's an urban agriculture conference in the works with speakers and participant input. This is a free event! Details are now posted on the Library website right here! You may register for the sessions now.

There will be 6 sessions, including: Urban Agriculture Policy for Municipalities with Lauren Baker, Toronto Food Policy Council and Ellen Lakusiak of London's about-to-be food policy council; Food Security through Urban Agriculture with Angela Elzinga Cheng of FoodShare Toronto and Becky Ellis of EarthMagic Permaculture.

Organizing of this event is a partnership of the Advisory Committee on Environment and the Agriculture Advisory Committee (two of the City's volunteer committees) and the London Public Library.

Permaculture Design Presentations at The Living Centre

Saturday November 26, 2016            1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London

The Living Centre invites you to learn, and to celebrate with the Centre’s newly certified Permaculture Design students.  From the Living Centre’s email:

Each Permaculture Design team will present a project based on what they have learned over the past year. 

The three design projects include:
1)To Establish and create an off-the-grid educational eco-centre, homestead design with a edible forest garden for self-sufficiency surrounding a tranquil pond.
2)To Regenerate and transform an old farm house with alternative energy for an natural health clinic and residency with an edible snack trail using permaculture principles and practices.
3) To Design and landscape an open field into an ecological forest garden nursery, which includes geodesic dome, greenhouses and propagation facilities, an off-the grid shoppe and a permaculture business plan.

The projects will include: natural building ideas, water catchment and sustainable resource use, forest garden landscape design, energy and economic systems of the future, and social Permaculture. The ecological designs are to educate, demonstrate and inspire us in in the 'how tos' of  creating a regenerative future.  

This is a Free Event!  However, we do ask that you RSVP so that we can prepare the space accordingly, thanks!   A Special Presentation will also be offered by Lorenna & Shantree Kacera to launch the afternoon.  Tea and desserts will be served.

The Living Centre:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com

Return of the Light: Winter Solstice Celebration at The Living Centre

Wednesday, December 21, 2016   
Please arrive at 6:45. We will begin promptly at 7pm. and end at 10pm. 
PLACE:  Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.
A DONATION of $15 - $20 supports the costs of the Centre and desserts provided

The Living Centre once again invites you to join them and “millions of people all over the world who will be sharing in prayer and song, dance and chanting, meditation and ritual as we celebrate the return of the light and the power to create a new era on Earth.”
  
The evening will include song, conversation, good food and a “Give-Away” Ceremony ...
- bring in your mind a specific-as-possible fear or block that is holding you back
- bring an actual item that has some meaning to you – a “feeling value” and that you are willing to part with
- by willingly giving away an item you show the universe that you are ready to give away the fear

More information about the evening is here: http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/events/ecstatic-peace-winter-solstice-celebration
Please RSVP to help Lorenna and Shantree plan this event.

info@thelivingcentre  www.thelivingcentre.com 519-652-9109

 

WARNING: Winter bird watching may cause you to embrace the cold

Tuesday, January 17, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Snowy Owls are irresistible. But once you realize how many other raptors and waterfowl species can be seen around London from January to March, you may fall hard for winter birding. Paul Nicholson, the birding columnist for the London Free Press, will highlight this area’s winter bird species. He will describe local hot spots and touch on changes in winter bird populations.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Invasion of the habitat snatchers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

When people first see the opulent plumes of phragmites or the glossy leaves of a buckthorn, they may be impressed, but these and other invasive species are outcompeting our native plants. Dr. Daria Koscinski, the Thames Talbot Land Trust’s conservation property manager, will help us to sort out the friends from the foes. She will describe the impacts of nasty invasives, and shed light on helpful local and legislative responses

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Learning from the past so we don’t repeat it

Tuesday, January 31, 2017                               7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Did bears once roam around downtown London? Did Passenger Pigeons litter the skies over London? What did our natural world look like centuries ago? Dr. Mhairi McFarlane, Nature Conservancy of Canada conservation manager , will paint a picture of what our city and county were like and will reflect on the lessons this might hold for us for today and tomorrow
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NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London) and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Do birds have posh or cockney accents?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017                                7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

It’s already a challenge to learn the calls of different bird species. We would have to have bionic ears to pick up on bird dialects. Research led by Dr. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, a biology prof at Western University, has found that there are indeed geographic variations in birdsong. She will explore why this happens and will describe the importance of birdsong in mate selection.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.. 
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Can we, should we find a little love for wetlands?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning about marshes, bogs, and swamps. Bad jokes about swampland for sale have given wetlands a bad rep, but wetlands support distinctive ecosystems that enhance environmental diversity and resilience.  Chris Smart, a hydrologist with Western University’s Geography department, will share his knowledge of the wetlands in and around London and describe how best to manage these valuable habitats.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Magical Meadowlily: A four-season oasis

Tuesday, February 21, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area is tucked in along the south branch of the Thames River in southeast London. The ESA includes city-owned land as well as property owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Through every season this area reveals special birds and wildlife and diverse flora. London naturalist Dave Wake will describe the history and highlights of this magical place

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

 

 

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