Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Sep 21

Sustainable Waterloo Region’s first educational forum of their 2011/2012 event season is coming up on:

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: The Tannery Event Centre
151 Charles Street West, Kitchener (map)
Cost: Regional Carbon Initiative Members: no fee (with promo code)
Non-members: $40.00 (+HST)

Hors d’oeuvres will be served and each attendee will receive a copy of Ontario’s Energy Future: A Climate Change Perspective

Experts will discuss the report with an audience of business, community, and political leaders on the importance of energy policy in Ontario. There’s an election coming people – let’s get informed for god’s sake.

The most awesome Mike Farwell is moderating a seriously stacked panel of industry experts – you can register HERE.

More details are HERE.

Nice new logo, Guys! Looking great!!!!!!!!


Apr 12

I’ve got a serious love of St.Jacobs – I work 1 minute from the market, i worked in small boutique on the main drag in high school and Steel Rails rocked the small little town for 1 night. It’s just such a great place that makes Waterloo Region even awesomer (yes, awesomer is now a word.)

Anyways, a couple months ago now, @CuteGecko and I did some marketing 101 with Foodlink and since then – i’ve been getting all kinds of random, great updates from the farming community in Woolwich and area. As some of you know – i’m not into the country – but i can embrace it as long as i still have a twitter connection.

(I know, you all hate me and i’m a pretentious city-iot. get over it)

ANYWAYS! I digress, Sorry Joy! Here’s a couple things you RQ Readers should know about:


11 am – 4:30 pm

St. Jacobs Arena, 29 Parkside Dr.

Free admission

Learn what we CAN for Ourselves and the Environment

Discover how to shrink your electricity bill and simple ways to reduce your energy and water use at free workshops.  Buy green products, talk with solar, geothermal and other green energy providers, and much more!   Meet forty community groups, services and businesses. Children’s activities too!

Recycle your old bicycle by donating it at the Fair to support The Working Centre.  Free electronic waste drop off at the Fair courtesy of Greentec!  View a list of acceptable e-waste items at .

Free Workshops!

12pm & 2pm        Solar Panels on My Home? Q & A for solar electricity, hot water and the FIT Program by Paul Parker

12:30 & 2:30pm    Green Your Faith Community/School/Camp/Youth Group by Greening Sacred Spaces  

1pm & 3pm          Shrink Your Electricity Bill by Community Renewable Energy      Waterloo (CREW)  

1:30 & 3:30pm      Energy Saving Ideas for Less Than $100 by REEP Green Solutions  

Sponsored by Woolwich Healthy Communities and REEP Green Solutions

& Sustainable Living Tours!

Attend tour by bus only. Tour buses depart at 12, 1, 2 pm from the Green Living and Tech Fair

St. Jacobs Arena, 29 Parkside Dr.

Visit REEP House for Sustainable Living: a super-insulated, water-wise demonstration house in Kitchener, featuring a $200 annual heating bill, shingles made of old tires, water recycling system, geothermal, and more.  For more information see:  and

Sponsored by Woolwich Healthy Communities and REEP Green Solutions


Taking Local Food to the Next Level

Monday, April 18, 2011

5:00-8:00 pm

Calvary United Church

48 Hawkesville Rd. St. Jacobs

Meet local farmers, restaurateurs & chefs.  Sample savoury local foods.  See cooking & preserving demonstrations.  Enjoy fun family activities!  Learn what consumers can do to support the local food movement.  $2 per adult, children free.
Hope you can check some of this stuff out!


Sep 16

The next Sustainable Waterloo forum is coming up next week – Tuesday Sept 21 from 7:30-9:30.

You get some breakfast and get to hear about this:

Successful Green Teams inspire employees and get organizations working towards its sustainability objectives. But where do you start? How do you raise awareness? And what kind of programs should you implement? At this educational forum, attendees will learn Green Team implementation strategies featuring an organizational assessment on effective Green Team models from WWF’s Living Planet @ Work program, a Green Team case study by Deloitte and Sustainable Waterloo will debut its Green Teams document.

If you’re interested, go here to find out moreor HERE to register!

SW events are always a great crowd and full of valuable info. If you haven’t been to one – this would make a great intro.


PS. I’m biased. I love these cats and are part of their volunteer Ambassador program. So… yeah…. full disclousre ;)

Sep 07

Well, the long weekend is over and it’s full speed ahead into the Fall.

Orientation Week, change in the wind, elections and a whole lot of awesomeness going on in KW over the next couple months.

Speaking of the upcoming elections: A couple weekends ago, M82 and lovely Cara stayed with us for a short but sweet visit, while some frantic ironing was happening, we got into a pretty interesting chat about Fluoridation – a hot topic in Waterloo at the moment – and Mike (who does work on this sort of thing) was kind enough to write up this quick overview on the topic for us.

Enjoy, and feel free to post questions.



Over the past decade, water quality has become a greater concern for Ontarians. The (in)famous and tragic wake-up call occurred in May 2000 in Walkerton, where the public groundwater supply became contaminated with one of the few toxic strains of E. coli (0157:H7). Farm runoff from an intense storm impacted nearby municipal wells that were known to be vulnerable to surface contamination. This event resulted in at least seven deaths and 2,500 illnesses.
Although contaminants like E. coli are of significant concern to public administrators and water users alike, other water quality issues have received their fair share of attention. A prime example is the fluoridation of municipal water. Health units, researchers, and government bodies (including Health Canada) support water fluoridation, citing that the introduction of water fluoridation has resulted in improved dental health across the world (fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities).

Ontario drinking water engineers regularly monitor the concentration of fluoride in their source water, as many parts of Ontario experience high levels of naturally-occurring fluoride in their water supply. This is due to the dissolution of local minerals in bedrock or soil where groundwater is extracted. Anthropogenic sources of fluoride contamination do exist but are less common. Other jurisdictions which have low levels of fluoride fluoridate their water at treatment plants before it is distributed to users. Both Ontario and the World Health Organization have a Maximum Acceptable Concentration of 1.5 mg/L of fluoride in drinking water.

Although large government and scientific institutions continue to support fluoridation, significant opposition from the public and members of the scientific community has formed around the issue. Comprehensive studies from Canada (Locker, 1999), the U.S. (Yiamouyiannis, 1990), and New Zealand (Colquhoun, 1998) showed no significant differences in dental health between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas. Western European countries have vocally opposed fluoridation and have experienced the same decline in dental decay as North America. Some studies have proposed many reasons why dental decay has decreased in non-fluoridated communities since the 1930s. They include the tremendous increase in nutrition and fresh fruit and vegetable consumption assisted by the introduction of household refrigerators. Cheese consumption has also greatly increased, which is known to have anti-decay properties (Colquhoun, 1998).

Even more interestingly, where fluoridation has been discontinued in communities from Canada, Germany, Cuba and Finland, dental decay has not increased but has actually decreased (Maupome 2001; Kunzel and Fischer,1997,2000; Kunzel 2000 and Seppa 2000). Other research indicates that the benefits of fluoride are much greater if they are applied topically (using toothpaste with fluoride to brush directly on your teeth) rather than systemically (drinking fluoridated water and spread throughout the body). This could make swallowing fluoride unnecessary and potentially harmful, increasing the risk of dental and skeletal fluorosis especially in young children.

So where does this leave us?

Questioned research from the original fluoridation studies in the mid 19th century, potentially better dental health in non-fluoridated areas, increasingly mixed opinions between the medical orthodoxy and new research, continued support from U.S. and Canadian health agencies, and the likelihood that all of fluoride’s benefits could simply come from your Colgate or Crest rather than your kitchen tap.

Mind the paranoid hysteria and Orwellian politics online, but educate yourself. Even as a water nerd, there are some big flashing signs to seriously question business as usual. Get on your boots.

And some top Google Search results for your consideration: – Health Canada “Fluoride and Human Health” document – Benefits and Risks of Water Fluoridation. Please note the authors do not address topical vs systemic application of fluoride which can significantly impact its benefits and risks. – an article about New Zealand’s chief dental health official and why he changed his mind on water fluoridation – 50 reasons to oppose fluoride. At first I dismissed this “Fluoride Action Network”, but the list of researchers which are members of the network is compelling.

- M82

May 07

It’s early – but you’ll learn something. And you can eat some breakfast…. it’s the most important meal of the day you know….

But,  WTF is a Feed-In Tariff?

“Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program is North America’s first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. This program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 which was passed into law on May 14, 2009. Educational Forum: Feed-in-Tariffs will provide attendees with a thorough overview of the FIT program from an Ontario Power Authority (OPA) representative.

Terry Boutilier, Senior Business Development Office and Brownfield Coordinator with the City of Kitchener will be discussing the city’s current experiences with participation in the FIT Program through the implementation of a 500 kWh solar-energy system on the roof of its future consolidated maintenance facility. Additional speakers include Cindy Roks, Business Analyst for the FIT Program with the OPA and Erik Veneman, Manager of Distribution Engineering with Waterloo North Hydro.”

Educational Forum: Feed-in-Tariffs

Tuesday May 11, 2010

7:30am – 9:30am

Delta Kitchener-Waterloo: 105 King St. E., Kitchener, ON



May 04

Thanks to Lesa, the funniest woman I know in real life, for sending this through:


In honour of their 25th anniversary, Ziggy’s Cycle and Sport Ltd. has imagined a bold and unprecedented community initiative. The store will be giving away 25 custom-fitted commuter bicycles free of charge to 25 enthusiastic citizens.

The central ambition of the project is to create meaningful change in the community through the promotion of physical fitness and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Applicants will be expected to write a 300-word essay on the question “how would a new bicycle change your life?”.Successful applicants would be expected to use the bicycle for the entire season and blog about their experiences for the benefit of the public at large. Applications are due May 7 with bikes being handed over at a ceremony in June.

Please visit to download the application and contest release form. Essays and signed release forms can be submitted to or mailed to 417 King St. W, Kitchener ON, N2G 1C2.

Results of this initiative will be posted on the Parking and Transportation Resources web site. Please contact either Susan Chilton, Parking and Transportation Resources, at or ext. 3032 or Sarah English, WLU Sustainability Coordinator, or 519-884-0710 ext. 4280 if you have any questions.

I am 100% submitting an essay. Oh yeah!

Apr 27

I would like to report that interesting things have been going on with me lately, like I’ve had my house ransacked by the police, or I started a worldwide phenom of baring cleavage in the name of women’s rights – but sadly, I had a pretty chill weekend.

I DID get out to the Kegger for Cancer though – good time as always! And did some very cosmic bowling on Friday night. Excellent.

Tonight, you may want to check out this really interesting seminar at Seven Shores Cafe:

“Protecting the Mountain Gorilla”

7pm – Seven Shores – FREE

I’ll be recording this weeks episode of The 100. So if you go – lemme know!


Apr 21

You thought i was finished with 2 right? Well, there’s a couple interesting earth week things you need to know about too:

1. Procession of the Species

- a parade from Uptown to Downtown where people dress as their favourite species. More details HERE.

2. A learning event at the Rotunda hosted by REEP, click to enlarge the poster:

3. And, the Blooming Earth Festival, at the Kitchener Market from 9am – 4pm. Crafts, Kid stuff, Fashion show. More details HERE.

Plus, You can get more details about all this stuff on the next episode of The 100 tomorrow!

Choose wisely young Jedi. It’s gonna be a busy day.


Mar 26

Here’s some things you need to know about the Weekend… in no particular order.

1. It’s EARTH HOUR on Saturday.  8:30 – 9:30 pm. Turn the lights off you. I will be biking around town throwing eggs at houses with lights on. You’ve been warned.

2.  Saturday during the day is the “GRAND MUSIC UNCONFERENCE” Go to Opus Lounge (on top of the Pizza Pizza,across from city hall) and meet with some people who want to start some sort of awards thingidythingy to celebrate the local music scene.

3. Elmira MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL. You know it.

4. Intro to Engineers without Borders Grand River – Saturday, 3:30, Barleyworks Boardroom at the Heuther. This is not just for engineers. Read THIS.

5. Then Sunday…. there’s the grist mill show that i posted the other day. 3 – 6pm. Music and stuff to make you stop hating the environment and give up your love for wasteful plastic bottles.

There. 5 things you could do. Don’t say there isn’t anything to do in this town.


Mar 25

Hey All – posted up at Ideas Transform:


We talk about Car Culture and the transit system in Waterloo Region.

Darcy Casselman is our guest and as always, we cover events from last week and events comin up over the next 5 days or so.

Here’s a couple links to things we talk about:

Let us know what you think! We’re looking for feedback and you have an opinion, and ideas… i know you do.


Mar 24

I know, I know, you’re sick of hearing about this event from me, but too bad.

The event last night was great – 300 people, good snacks and interesting speakers.

One of them was Stephen of Enermodal. Seriously, if you haven’t heard of these guys, check’em out. Doing amazing work with LEED certified buildings across Canada… and reducing their company’s carbon footprint with some really cool initiatives for their employees.

That leads me to this: one of the reasons that the companies cite when they explain why they work with SW is… employee satisfaction/engagement/retention.

Man, how true is it that young people feel more compelled to work at/for a company that actually gives a shit about the environment? SO. TRUE.

If you’d like a play-by-play of last night, check out my twitter (@angrycelery) and to view the Sustainable Waterloo 1 year annual report, Go HERE.

Nice work friends at SW, very excited to work with you over the coming months.


Mar 23

On Sunday March 28th from 3-6pm there’s going to be a rally at the Waterloo Park Grist Mill to call attention to the way our culture views disposable materials.

Trap Tiger is playing… and The Orfs… and it might even be a nice day. You should come out! yeah – you! with the water bottle – i’m talking to you. (you know who you are)

You can find out more details HERE

There’s a lot of people talking about this little GEM right now… The Story of Bottled Water.

NEW RQ CHALLENGE: if you see me with a disposable plastic drink bottle, you can kick me in the junk.


photo from here.

Mar 22

Tons of events again this week…. i love the spring – people leave their house, they stop being jerks on the expressway in the morning, they talk about what they did on the weekend. It’s lovely.

So a couple things you need to know about for this week will be posted over the next couple days.

I KNOW you already know about the Sustainable Waterloo event tomorrow at the Delta in Kitchener – but if you’d like to register last minute, go HERE before 5pm today.

Also – Cinq a Sept on Thursday at 5pm, Bauer Kitchen!
Mark it in your calendar!

Mar 17

Awesomeness! The Residential Energy Efficiency Project & KW Hydro are hosting 6 FREE Workshops!

Here’s the dates and topics:

  • March 17 : Intro to home energy efficiency, energy evaluations, and electrical savings
  • March 24 : Energy efficiency improvements to attic, main walls, windows and doors
  • March 31 : Basement renovations and air leakage
  • April 7 : Appropriate ventilation and furnace upgrades
  • April 14 : Insulating and preserving heritage homes
  • April 21 : Solar, green tech and green reno materials

How great are these?

All sessions run from 7-9pm, held at the Stanley Park Library which is on Indian Road. You need to register with the Library at 519-896-1736.

Full details and a map are HERE.

Happy St.Patrick’s Day!


Mar 16

There is a great event being put on by Sustainable Waterloo on March 23rd.

(Man, I can’t believe it’s mid-March already!)

Anyways, March 23rd 5 -7pm at the Delta Hotel in Downtown Kitchener.

It’s free, just RSVP ONLINE.

This is a great event for finding out what Sustainable Waterloo is all about, or to meet some interesting like-minded individuals within the business sector.

I’ll be there – come hang out.


Mar 12

So the Words Worth Blog is talking about these new journals they got in called “ECOSYSTEM”. They’re made with 100% recycled materials.

This green looks a little bit happy for me, but they also have a black version. Phew.

Everything I love in my pretentious Moleskine notebook and MORE. I am in love with my current journal, but will definitely be moving to this guy next.

Check’em out at Words Worth Books in Uptown, or on the Ecosystem site and WWB will order one in for ya.


Mar 10

Seems like a natural fit, doesn’t it? With all the innovation in the air? or so we say….

Dragon’s Den is coming to KW to do some open auditions on Monday, March 22nd from 11 am – 6 pm at the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, Accelerator Building, UW Research & Technology Park, 295 Hagey Blvd. on the 2nd Floor, Suite 240 (please use the north entrance facing Sybase).

No experience is necessary – hopefuls just have to be ready to pitch their business in under five minutes. If you can convince producers you’re ready for the limelight, you could be invited to face Dragons when the upcoming season is filmed in Toronto.

SLIGHTLY COOL IMPROVEMENT TO THE SHOW: As extra incentive this year – entrepreneurs with an eco-friendly business, invention or idea could qualify for a $100,000 Greenvention prize from Sun Chips. (WTF? Sun Chips? OH! because of their new “eco friendly” bag? sounds like green-washing to me.)

If you’re interested in auditioning, apply online  HERE and bring the completed application form to the auditions.


Mar 09

Sustainable Waterloo is hiring an Events Manager.

Think this might be for you? You better be

Here’s some details:

The full-time Events Manager position would offer you the opportunity to plan and deliver environmentally-focused workshops and forums for both Sustainable Waterloo members and the broader business community. This position also entails secondary responsibilities in the areas of community & member relations, as well as office management.

As the ideal candidate you have a passion for ♦ Environmental issues ♦ Community-based leadership ♦ Improving the environmental sustainability of Waterloo Region ♦ Multi-sectoral collaboration ♦ Building and maintaining relationships with a diversity of internal & external stakeholders

Qualifications and skills required include:

  • Corporate event-planning experience an asset
  • University degree / Diploma in related field (Environment and/or Business)
  • Acute attention to detail while working on multiple projects of diverse priority
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills in order to manage multiple events,projects and direct reports
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to mentor a dedicated group of volunteers in a learning
  • organization, and to well-represent Sustainable Waterloo to a variety of external stakeholders

  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Flexibility to attend business functions on evenings and weekends as required
The full listing and contact information can be found HERE.
Tell’em RQ sent’cha.

Apply by March 31st.