Category Archives: Transition Forum

Web Site Updates (so far)

Hello all,

Jaden and I have been making updates to the Transition Meaford web site, and want to summarize what has taken place so far:

Projects have been updated and each have their own drop-down menu.

Content from our monthly meeting minutes are added into the web site directly where applicable. For example, a Reskilling event is announced, and the events calendar gets updated. Or find out what was discussed about Local Government initiatives in the Bridge to Local Government Project tab.

Submit your reskilling or community building events to the calendar. Email Jaden or myself and we’ll post it. Stay updated by adding the Transition Meaford calendar to your mobile device or computer: http://www.transitionmeaford.org/events/ Carpool to the Guelph Resilience Festival this weekend, anyone?

Other events that are organized by some other groups within the municipality are listed at http://www.transitionmeaford.org/re-skilling/

You can also participate in the online discussions. Check out the Transition Forum and email Jaden to add your community post. The Transition Meaford Facebook Page is now embedded on our web site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/269978913013041/

We have a web site which Leo kindly administers for us for free, and we see the value of using the web site as the community connector. We need your participation to ensure the web site is a social and actively updated space. We look forward to your sharing of feedback, ideas, events, and discussion online.

Earth Week

Once again the Municipality of Meaford, in conjunction with a group of volunteers, will be hosting various events around the Municipality during Earth Week.

This year the RE-Use & ECO-Fair will take place at the Meaford & St Vincent Community Centre on Saturday, April 29th  from 10am to 2pm.

The Fair provides a very practical venue for promoting re-use & recycling A positive, up-beat way to support Moving Towards Zero Waste efforts in our community. Spring cleaning and donating reusable items; the perfect partnership.


Re-Use Fair

The RE-Use portion of the RE-Use & ECO-Fair is one key way the community contributes to waste reduction. The RE-Use station receives unwanted but reusable goods. The goods then are passed along to groups that request them in advance via their Wish list. Over the past 3 year’s almost three tons of goods changed hands.

If you are a member of a community group that would like to participate, please complete the Wishlist Application 2017 and return it to aknott@meaford.ca by Friday, March 31st.

The list of items needed will be published in April, so please check back then!

What Is A Wishlist & How Is It Connected To The RE-Use & ECO-Fair?

  • The Wishlist Form is the vehicle where by groups, churches, schools and budding entrepreneurs request needed, reusable items for their organization.
  • There is no cost attached to submitting a Wishlist Form on behalf of your group.
  • There is always a deadline for receipt of the completed Wishlist Form.

Time is needed for public advertising of the Master Wishlist before the day of the RE-Use & ECO-Fair.

The published Master Wishlist does not have the names of the groups on it.

  • The RE-Use & ECO-Fair is where the exchange of stuff happens. The donated items that are dropped off are sorted and boxed by volunteers for the groups requesting the useable stuff.
  • Why is the Wishlist event connected specifically to the RE-Use & ECO-Fair?

Eco-Fair Looking for Vendors

Earth Week Vendor Application Form

At the ECO portion of the Re-Use and Eco Fair, the municipality would like to feature local earth-friendly vendors who’s business upcycles or repurposes items from one once useful life into another, or has other eco-friendly practices.

It is a great way to showcase your business and reach out to other eco-minded residents who are working towards a cleaner environment.

There is a $10 application fee to hold your spot for the Fair. Reserve your space as soon as possible. The application deadline is April 3, 2017. Space will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions please contact:

Lindy Iversen
Earth Week Organizing Team Participant
519-538-0167


Contact Us

For more information on the Re-Use and Eco Fair, contact us at 519-538-1060 ext 1200, or email aknott@meaford.ca.

Friends of Waste Reduction (FOWR)

Moving Towards Zero Waste Statement of Purpose:

We are Friends of Waste Reduction (FOWR), a volunteer group connected with the Development & Environmental Services Department of the Municipality of Meaford.

Our aims are twofold:

  1. To work in harmony with the municipality on waste reduction, and
  2. To create, test and implement inspiring & practical initiatives that support waste redirection & reduction; initiatives that may be voluntarily embraced by local groups, event organizers, churches & businesses.

We are a non-political, non-confrontational grass-roots team, focused on the benefits of taking action to help turn our waste stream into a resource stream. Everyone is welcome to join in & support our aims.

This is a journey of working towards zero waste; we do not know when we will get there.

Municipal Staff Contact: Emily Howard ehoward@meaford.ca

Volunteers: Jaden Calvert, Cathy Miller, Lynda Stephens, Lindy Iversen, Heather Bukazias

Streetbank – things and skills share for neighbours

Streetbank logo

We have launched a new spark which is things and skills share for Meaford. We are utilizing the Streetbank.com platform for this. Anyone is welcome to join Streetbank.com.

Instructions: It is free to become a member and all you need to do to be able to view what your neighbours are sharing is to go to streetbank.com, create an account and share at least one item.

Main goals:

  1. Building community, getting to know your neighbours
  2. Reuse items, waste diversion from landfill
  3. Economic growth of the area and wealth of local families

Tools:

  1. Main platform for items and skills sharing is the website streetbank.com
  2. Promotional tools are on the page Spread the Word. For example, here is a page you can print out and hand out to your neighbours (add your name and address), here is the poster.

RE-Use ECO Fair Wishlist for 2016

RE-Use ECO Fair Wishlist for 2016!

Transition Meaford location change

The location of the monthly Transition Meaford meeting has been moved from EcoInhabit to the Anglican Christ Church at 34 Boucher Street, Meaford. The time 7:00 pm is still the same and the date, always the second Wednesday of the month is still the same.

Reflections on Addicted to Plastic

Four tweens sat in the front row of Addicted to Plastic; the film that was on screen at Meaford Hall, Grey Cup Sunday.
The movie was a well presented documentary on the global environmental damage of plastic. It went well beyond our common knowledge that plastic isn’t biodegradable and therefore lasts forever.

Professor Frederick vom Saal, a biologist at the University of Missouri says that in parts per trillion a certain chemical that is in plastic can disrupt the exquisitely sensitive gift that is life. This disruption leaves us and other mammals with reduced potential to procreate and increased potential for breast or prostate cancer.

It was no Disney movie.

The film Free Willy seems benign in comparison to the plight of plankton eating fish and whales. While feeding, they eat massively more little balls of plastic than plankton, their source of food and life.

How do parents talk to their kids after a film like this? How do they explain that so much damaging environmental degradation goes on because of greed and convenience?

The purpose of the Film for Thought series presented by Transition Meaford isn’t to give children nightmares or paralyze adults. The goal is to spark collective action that will remove road blocks to a healthier community and planet.

The film documented other people and communities around the globe taking action.

Arising out of the ‘open mike’ session at the end of the film was the suggestion to create a plastic film collection & recycling pilot project. Several movie goers stepped up to be part of an ad hoc team to move this idea forward.

Watch for future invitations to participate.

If we all do our part maybe when the children of these tweens go to the movies they won’t have to watch a horror show!

Lindy Iversen