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Sept/Oct - ReForest London tree sales and events

October 11, 2014 Day of the Girl

Oct 16 - Food Not Lawns October meeting
October 16 - World Food Day
Oct 18/14 - Celebration of Gardens4Bees first year
October 23 - Growing Cities - documentary
Oct. 23 - Climate Change Panel - what is to be done?
Oct 29 Carolinian Canada Ecosystem Recovery Forum
Nov 1 - Free Tree Delivery and 10% discount
Nov 8&9 - Path to Permaculture: Regenerative Design

Nov. 13, 2014 - Food Security Assembly
Nov 24 - Plight of the Pollinators: moving London toward being a pollinator sanctuary


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ReForest London Tree Sales and Events

Various dates and locations around London during September and October

Purchase a tree for a fair price, learn how to plant it and care for it. It's easy.

And it's easy for you to click the link here and go to ReForest London's events page to find out how and where.

ReForest London is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance environmental and human health in the Forest City, through the benefits of trees. There are many different projects, volunteer opportunities, and special events. Check the website: http://www.reforestlondon.ca


Day of the Girl

11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

For more information on UNICEF’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit: http://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_66021.html

For more information on UN Women’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit:

Food Not Lawns October meeting

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
EVAC, 757 Dundas Street

Our monthly meetings are planning sessions where we discuss upcoming projects, current issues, finances, admin, communications, and follow-up from past or ongoing projects. This is something to attend if you are interested in getting involved with Food Not Lawns on an organizational planning level.

We are all volunteers, and people contribute as much or as little as is comfortable for them. Anyone who shares our vision and values is welcome to attend and contribute!

This meeting is a potluck, so if you would like to bring something to share please do!

Please refrain from using or wearing scented products, including essential oils, to respect attendees with chemical sensitivities.

Turn your yard into a garden and your neighborhood into a community!

World Food Day - message from Food Secure Canada

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Here's a message from Food Secure Canada:

This October 16, Canadians will be participating in the global celebration of World Food Day, created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Food Secure Canada has created an online map capturing the wide range of World Food Day events that will be organized across the country. Organizations are invited to upload their activities themselves through a simple web form.

Many international studies have confirmed how critical family farming is to global food security, and yet small and medium sized farms in both developing and industrialized countries are facing increasing pressure: land speculation, lack of competition in commercial seed markets, climate change, intellectual property regimes, export focused trade rules. This is exacerbated by a lack of understanding on the part of governments about the critical role family farmers play in food security and food sovereignty, providing healthy and fresh produce, and responding to renewed interest in the general public for local and sustainable food.

According to the last Census of Agriculture, over the past 70 years, average farm size almost quadrupled, while the number of farms in Canada declined. In 2011, there were 205,730 farms, representing a 10.3% decline from 2006. This exacerbates a 7.1% decline between 2001 and 2006 .  The average age of farmers in Canada is 54 and the next generation faces many obstacles in accessing the land and equipment they need to farm sustainably.

To assist new entrants and to support sustainable livelihoods for all farmers, Food Secure Canada and its members are involved in a variety of research projects and programmes (eg. Local and Sustainable Network, National Farmers Union, ETC Group, FarmStart, ACORN).

The protection of seed diversity is also a key issue for FSC, who will testify on this topic at the Standing Committee on Agriculture Hearings on Bill C-18 on October 23.

Dr. Vandana Shiva, celebrated writer, ardent defender of the family farm and recipient of numerous international prizes will be the keynote speaker on November 13 at the Bi-annual Assembly of Food Secure Canada and ACORN Conference in Halifax during which there be numerous workshops and panels that will focus on this priority theme for the future of Canada’s food sovereignty. 
- See more here


Bee Fest for the Gardens4Bees Project - Save the Date!

Saturday, October 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
London Club, 177 Queen's Avenue

The Gardens4Bees project is celebrating its first year!

Gardens4Bees an aspect of the Julia Hunter Fund - has contributed funds to 12 pollinator-friendly gardens at Anglican Churches in London and communities around.  Planning is underway.  There will be presentations on four of the gardens, a speaker, music and refreshments, an awards presentation ... and more!

There is an ethos of care for our environment behind these gardens and the fund ... expressed here by bee-friendly gardens.

More details and registration information will be posted on CGL when it is finalized.  Cost will be $20 and there will also be an opportunity to donate to the London Community Foundation for those who want to support the Julia  Hunter Fund financially.

Gardens4Bees facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gardens4Bees

Growing Cities - a documentary

Thursday, October 23, 2014         6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 1st floor Stevenson & Hunt rooms, 251 Dundas Street, London

An inspirational documentary by two visionaries who show new ways of growing food in the city, creating healthy, sustainable future and vibrant communities. Director Dan Susman takes a look at the role of urban farming and its ways of empowering.

For more information and a trailer, check the website of Growing Cities: http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com/

Climate Change Panel - What is to be Done?

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Western University, Spencer Engineering Building, room 1200
Free Parking in Alumni/Thompson Lot, off Alumni Hall traffic circle

Gary Brown, Community/Environment Activist, member of London's Bicycle Advisory Committee
Radoslav Dimitrov, Western University, Political Scientist specializing in global environmental politics
Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo, chair in Science and Society
Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail national affairs columnist

This public panel will be livestreamed online.  For more information, and parking details, please visit the website of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy: http://www.rotman.uwo.ca or email rotman@uwo.ca

Heather Douglas' website: https://uwaterloo.ca/philosophy/people-profiles/heather-douglas
Radoslav Dimitrov website:  http://politicalscience.uwo.ca/people/faculty/full-time_faculty/radoslav_dimitrov.html

Jeffrey Simpson - e.g. column - Canada's Perpetual Climate Charade - October 11/14 - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/canadas-perpetual-climate-charade/article21032688/


Carolinian Canada 2014 Ecosystem Recovery Forum

The Big Picture After 15 Years: Revisioning the Vision

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario

This annual event brings together conservation practitioners from across Canada’s “deep south” to share their achievements and learn from each other in a spirit of collaboration and common cause.  This year’s Forum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Carolinian Canada as an organization, as well as the 15th anniversary of our Big Picture vision.  The Big Picture is about restoring a green, healthy, functioning ecosystem of natural cores and corridors across one of Canada’s most biologically diverse and threatened landscapes.  

The Ecosystem Recovery Forum Website will give information about all speakers, workshops, costs, directions
and how to register 

Since 1984, Carolinian Canada Coalition (CC), now a registered charity, has been a leading ecoregional group in Canada. Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario is among North America's most vibrant and fragile ecoregions. CCC brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario's unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations. Carolinian Canada website: caroliniancanada.ca

Free Delivery to London and 10% Discount on Tree Purchase


PICK-UP DATE:  Saturday, November 1/14, 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Crouch Library, parking lot ... 550 Hamilton Road

For members and friends of Food Not Lawns ... Whiffletree Farm & Nursery (http://www.whiffletreefarmandnursery.ca)  and Tree Hustler (http://www.treehustler.ca/ ) are collaborating on a one day event Saturday November 1st.

They are offering the people of London, Ontario a one day discount of 10% on bareroot trees and plants and free delivery. 

NOTE: PLEASE read the poster for full details and make inquiries if you have questions. You'll need to go to the Whiffletree site to find out which trees they have available through the catalogue. Food Not Lawns London Canada: http://www.foodnotlawnslondoncanada.org/ has more information about this.


Introduction to Permaculture: The Path of Regenerative Design

Introduction to Permaculture: The Path of Regenerative Design

Saturday November 8 & Sunday, November 9, 2014 - full days
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Road, London

Shantree Kacera & Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera lead an introduction to Permaculture
"Permaculture is a complete design system, based on principles of ecology and sustainability that can be used to create resilient, economically stable, and productive landscapes, home and communities.  In this workshop you will learn the foundations of Permaculture. The workshop contains a healthy mixture of theory and engaging hands-on exercises with a focus on the creation of a forest garden.  This workshop will inspire you with methods and strategies to have a positive impact on the environment and lives. Informative, inspiring and practical!"

For complete information about course content, fee, and a map to The Living Centre: click here

The Living Centre website: http://www.thelivingcentre.com/
ph. 519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109

The Living Centre is a 50 acre eco-spiritual, educational sanctuary.  It is a beautiful space, run by knowledgeable people, Shantree and Lorenna.  There are many, varied courses throughout all seasons of the year.  It is both a CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - operation, and a Community Supported Education centre

Bi-Annual Food Security Assembly of Food Secure Canada and ACORN

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Vandana Shiva, celebrated writer, ardent defender of the family farm and recipient of numerous international prizes will be the keynote speaker on November 13 at the Bi-annual Assembly of Food Secure Canada and ACORN Conference in Halifax during which there be numerous workshops and panels that will focus on this priority theme for the future of Canada’s food sovereignty. 

Full information is on the Assembly info pages of Food Secure Canada: here

Food Secure Canada website: http://foodsecurecanada.org/

Acorn website: http://acornorganic.org/


Plight of the Pollinators: Moving Toward London as a Pollinator Sanctuary

Monday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street, London

Pollinators face many challenges in our urban and agricultural-dominated landscapes, including habitat loss, loss of food sources, disease and pesticides, with many of these factors acting in concert. Recent studies have shown that several pollinator populations including those of wild and honey bees have drastically declined. the City of London has been very supportive of pollinators but more can be done.

What are the issues and what are practicals steps we can take as citizens of London to help the plight of pollinators? World renowned bee expert, Dr. Laurence Packer, will share with us his insights on wild bees and will be joined by an expert panel to discuss conservation and restoration strategies in the city. This forum is organized the the City's Advisory Committee on the Environment, London Public Library and concerned community members.

Dr. Brian Bransfireun, moderator
Laurence Packer, author of Keeping the Bees ,  professor of Biology at York University, specialist in wild bees
Linda McDougall, City of London ecologist planner
Bryan Gilvesy, YU Ranch
Chris Hiemstra, Clovermead Apiaries
Maureen Temme, Community Gardens London

For more information please contact the City's Advisory Committee on Environment - 519-661-2500, ext. 5417, committee secretary, J. Martin.

CGL webkeeper's notes: Many advisory committees contribute their members' expertise and concerns to the Municipality of London. The Advisory Committee on Environment is mandated to give input on a wide range of environment-related topics, give advice, and make recommendations to the Planning and Environment standing committee for London, Ontario. All members of the advisory committee are volunteers, some with particular expertise in areas designated by the ACE terms of reference. City staff work closely with ACE. ACE is one of the City's most active advisory committees.

The London Public Library is possibly the greatest asset we Londoner's have. Its breadth of programs in all areas, its staff members' abilities in helping Londoners find information about everything, its openness to working with community groups on programs ... it's second to none!!

** Keeping the Bees: why all bees are at risk and what we can do to save them. Available in the London Public Library, 595.799 Pac.

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