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Creating New Opportunities and a Paradigm Shift in Housing

In the face of mounting housing costs and displacement caused by gentrification, extreme climate events and war, new solutions are required that allow everyone a chance to have a stable home.

Kudos to the creative minds at the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative who are working to create community and stability through taking housing off the speculative market.

Their solution borrows from various legal forms (land trusts, cooperatives, funding options) to create a new type of real estate development.

 

 

 

 

EBPREC Introduction Video from EB PREC on Vimeo.

 

 

Montreal’s St. Pierre River: Little local issues are tied to big global ones

August 2nd 2018 UPDATE: The Court has ruled in favour of burying the St. Pierre River. To read Marion Scott’s report, click here.

by Hélène Montpetit

Montreal environmental group Les Amis du parc Meadowbrook recently called attention to a Quebec Superior Court decision ordering the city to clean up a small stream in the west end.

In and of itself, this does not sound like anything that should make headlines, but the stream is one of the few remaining visible sections of the historic St. Pierre River and its fate could set a precedent of some importance, since filling it in is what the developer that currently owns the site suggests should be done. Continue reading “Montreal’s St. Pierre River: Little local issues are tied to big global ones”

Sauvons La Falaise endorses Hands Across Our Green Spaces

We are happy to announce that Sauvons la Falaise has added its name to the list of Montreal non-profit environmental groups endorsing Hands Across Our Green Spaces, a fun and healthy way to support the conservation of Greater Montreal’s wild and natural spaces.

Take a peek, get inspired, sign up here!

Saturday, June 10 2017 – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues

By Hélène Montpetit

Is Montreal Really an Environmental Dunce?
Adopted in April 2016, the Charter for the Protection of Montreal’s Green Spaces and Natural Environments was signed by over 100 city planners, biologists, sociologists, economists, public health and social housing experts, as well as about 40 citizens groups. On April 20th, to mark its first anniversary, Forum Nature Montréal handed the City a Green Report Card. The final grade came out of a survey in which participants assessed Montreal’s performance on priority environmental issues such as the protection of natural environments and biodiversity, the reduction of urban sprawl and the accessibility of green spaces for all residents. How did the City fare? An overwhelming majority of respondents gave it a poor (D) or miserable (E) rate on all counts! Continue reading “Looks Like Montreal Could Use Tutoring On Environmental Issues”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 27: Resilience

A program of the Post Carbon Institute, Resilience.org provides news and information on  energy, the depletion of critical resources, complex environmental crises and related social and economic issues. It also shares the creative solutions various groups and individuals have thought up or implemented to overcome these challenges.

A great one-stop way to stay informed on current initiatives, the site features articles by various experts, journalists, publications, associations and NGOs such as Yes! Magazine, the Sustainable Food Trust, Circle of Blue and others. It also publishes book reviews and links to films on relevant topics.

To access resilience.org, click here.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Sweet Songs Collection no. 23: 350.org

Founded by a group of university friends in the U.S. along with author Bill McKibben, 350.org got its name from the number indicating the highest safe level of carbon dioxyde that can be tolerated in the earth’s atmosphere.

Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 23: 350.org”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 22: The Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a joint initiative of Stockholm University and the Bejer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Internationally recognised, it conducts and publicizes transdisciplinary research.

The SRC has divided its activities under themes:

  1. Global dynamics. How local and regional drivers can generate global-scale challenges like crises in energy, food, and water.
  2. Landscapes. Freshwater, food and ecosystem services in dynamic social-ecological landscapes.
  3. Marine.  Broaden and deepen our understanding of the resilience and dynamics of marine social-ecological systems.
  4. Regime shifts. Operationalizing the regime shifts theory to explain important mechanisms in social-ecological systems.
  5. Stewardship.  Analyses the social, institutional, economic and ecological foundations of multilevel governance that are successful in building social-ecological resilience.
  6. Urban. Looks at linkages between ecosystem services, biodiversity, societies and humankind in an urban context.

Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 22: The Stockholm Resilience Centre”

Town Hall Meeting: Montrealers call for ambitious action at the Federal level

Montreal, May 26 2016 – More than 150 local residents, constituents, and community members packed an auditorium in Concordia University’s Hall building yesterday to demand bold action on climate change. The town hall meeting was hosted by Marc Miller, MP for Ville-Marie- Le Sud-Ouest- Ile-des-Soeurs as part of public consultation leading up to the drafting of Canada’s national climate strategy. Continue reading “Town Hall Meeting: Montrealers call for ambitious action at the Federal level”

Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions

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On March 19, 2016, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal’s (OPCM) VertMTL hackathon gave creativity and entrepreneurship free reign as part of the city’s bid to reduce its carbon footprint. From measuring the environmental, social and economic impact of existing urban agriculture initiatives to long-term investments in education, by way of various transportation solutions, participants presented an impressive array of products and services, all carbon neutral life hacks that could significantly help the City reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Continue reading “Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions”

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