Transition Guelph

Posted August 28, 2014 by

There is so much information out there about the state of our earth, and much of the communication that happens about climate change is based around information and facts sharing. It is important to remember, however, the humanity of those receiving the messages. We are people with reactions, with questions, with feelings about what we hear in the media and in the streets about the issue of climate change. On October 15th, 6 – 9 pm, Transition Guelph and the St. James’ Environment and Social Justice Committee are holding an event to address the human emotional reaction to climate change and the information we receive about it. The event will begin with a free community dinner at 6:00 which will be followed by facilitated discussion in both small and large groups.

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Posted August 27, 2014 by

September 12, 2014, Fair Trade Guelph, and Engineers without Borders from the University of Guelph, co-host a talk by Chief Adam Tampuri, Chairman of the board of Fair Trade Africa.

Chief Adam Tampuri  is Chairman of the board of Fairtrade Africa, which represents Fairtrade certified producers across Africa. He also serves on the board of both Fairtrade Germany and the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK. In addition, he chairs the Fairtrade-certified Gbankuliso Cashew Farmers Association, which represents 800 cashew nut stakeholders. He has been actively involved in the Fairtrade movement for many years. He will be presenting a talk at Planet Bean about Fair Trade at 7:00 pm at Planet Bean’s Wyndham St. location on Friday, September 12.

Fair Trade is a different way of trading and supporting producers in various countries that makes fairness the main principle of business. It seeks to ensure that farmers and artisans behind the products we enjoy, are offered better remuneration for their work, as well as long term, meaningful trade relationships. For more information visit Fairtrade Canada

This talk will help us to learn first hand about Fair Trade from an eloquent speaker.We are honoured to have the opportunity to host Chief Adam Tampuri.

 About Fair Trade Guelph

Fair Trade Guelph is a working group associated with Transition Guelph which is pursuing Fair Trade Town certification for the City of Guelph. Research into Fair Trade Town certification began in 2011 and in the spring of 2013 a group came together to more the project forward. Since that time, the group has done a number of public events to promote Fairtrade, published a directory of local merchants offering Fairtrade products and won the official support of the City of Guelph for their efforts.

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Posted August 27, 2014 by

Transition Healthcare Resilience

There are problems with healthcare that are impacting the environment today, needing attention today:

  1. Our foods are full of toxic chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer residues. Genetically Modified Organisms are being included in our foods, with no precautions being taken about long term effects on people who eat them.
  2. Medication, hormone and other biologically and ecologically harmful chemicals are polluting the environment.
  3. Newborn infants have hundreds of drugs in their blood.

Solutions to these problems are a long way from being developed.

  1. Legislative remedies are unlikely because of the power of the pharmaceutical companies to influence governmental bodies.
  2. Individual healthcare resilience can contribute to reductions in medication wastes, promoted within Transition Town initiatives.
    • Promote and teach self-healing approaches for problems that are highly treatable through these methods.
    • Programs for alternatives to conventional medical care that relies heavily on medications:
      • Identify drug-free healthcare alternatives, such as local herbal, homeopathic and other complementary/alternative healthcare options and plans.
      • Develop preventive programs for healthcare, addressing healthy nutrition, fitness and prevention of obesity.
      • Promote awareness among complementary/ alternative healthcare providers of healthcare resilience as a contribution to healing the environment as we help people to heal

Practical steps:

  • Periodic meetings of interested Transition Guelph participants. We invite you to sign up for our
    • Monthly health-related films followed by discussions
    • Healthcare Resilience Symposium at the Annual Transition Guelph Resilience Festival
  • Projects to identify the Resilience-minded healthcare providers in Guelph

Your further suggestions are welcomed! See more about Transition Healthcare Resilience at or get in touch with Daniel Benor, MD, ABIHM (Project Chairperson) at

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Posted August 27, 2014 by

What’s This Workshop About?

Part of a 3-year study on the emergence of Transition Initiatives in Canada, this workshop is for Transition members whose initiatives have been in operation for 1 year or more. It will be co-facilitated by certified Transition trainers and University-based researchers active in the movement. We are combining the best elements of a research workshop and Transition THRIVE in a single weekend.

For the research, we will engage the Structured Story-Dialogue method (developed by Canadians Ron Labonte & Joan Feather). Some participants will be asked to come with prepared stories on a challenge in relation to their Transition work. In small groups, participants will listen to the story and discuss the What, Why, So What, and Now What of it. This method is based in popular education, where participants start from their own experiences, and create theory and tools from there.

This weekend will also be an opportunity for Transition groups to explore new tools and approaches to strengthen your leadership and your initiative. The final half day will be designed by you: in the registration form, you will tell us what topics you want to spend time on, and we will design training or conversations around those. This is the first opportunity that Central/Eastern Canada TIs have had to come together – we want to make sure it meets your needs.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Enhance our responses to key Transition challenges
  • Learn new tools and approaches
  • Strengthen our relationships and cooperation

Register online at

We need your help!

While the workshop is free to attend, we are hoping to provide billeting for visitors coming from across the province. If you are able, please consider sharing your home for the chance to meet some key members of other Transition Initiatives when they visit Guelph. If you are interested, please email and we can provide you with more information.

For more information on the Regional Workshop, you can visit or get in touch with Blake Poland (Principal Investigator) at

Again, you can register online now at

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Saturday September 13th, 2014

Fresh Water Jamboree

Noon – 11pm  |  Riverside Park  |  Rain or Shine!

Musical Guests: Shane Jacob Philips, Ian Andrews & the Smokin’ Scoundrels, James Gordon, and more!

Featuring speaker and activist: Maude Barlow

Kids activities and bouncy castle!

Learn more at

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Posted August 27, 2014 by

“Farming with Nature Profitably” with Mark Shephard (Author and Polyculture Expert)

Open Consultation Workshop – 2 Day hands-on experience at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ontario

Friday October 3rd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Principles

Saturday October 4th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Field Day
Farmer, engineer, ecologist, and author Mark Shephard will be providing a 2 day, in-the-field, open consultation in Waterloo. Mark will explain how to transition from a purely annual production to a perennial system that integrates nut and fruit trees, fruiting bushes and vines, alley crops, and pastured livestock. Keyline design and a water management technique will be included and demonstrated in the field.

Registration: $195
Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch, entry to the public talk, as well as the two day workshop. Limited scholarships are available upon request. Books available for purchase.

To register, visit

Questions? Email Leanne at

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“Farming with Nature Profitably” with Mark Shephard (Author and Polyculture Expert)

Public SeminarSteckle Heritage Farm, Kitchener, Ontario

Thursday October 2nd, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An evening sharing session where Mark will give an overview of his design concepts and facilitate a lively question and answer period. Books will be available for purchase.

Registration: $10

To register, visit

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Posted August 26, 2014 by

Hosted by SVC every fall and winter semester, this free event showcases the excitement of volunteerism in an interactive zone that features a dynamic array of community based organizations offering meaningful volunteer placements for students that encourage self-development and provide an opportunity to make a difference in the local community.

The next Inter(act) Volunteer Fair will be taking place on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Organizations are encouraged to engage students through micro-volunteer activities (micro-volunteerism is the act of voluntarily participating in small day-to-day situations that occupy a brief amount of time).

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Canoeing has always been a personal passion of mine. I spent most of my summers as a youth up north on the lakes of Algonquin Park, and it is there, I believe, that I first felt my passion for nature and the earth.

So when Mike Barber told me that he though Transition Guelph should host a canoe race, I was totally game.

After weeks of planning with a dedicated team of volunteers who were all committed to making this event a success, we gathered together last Sunday for the inaugural Transition Guelph Canoe Race! The weather cooperated very nicely and what started as a cloudy morning soon turned to sunny skies and warmer temperatures – perfect for spending a day with friends and canoes.

All in all, we had a great turn out for the race. Bike It Guelph helped out by delivering canoes for the race on a bike trailer – a great sustainable way to get canoes across land!  There were three different divisions planned for the day: a family (non-competitive) race, a competitive race, and a kayak race. We started the first family race at 10:30 with 4 canoes in the first heat. The route was planned from Gordon Street bridge travelling west down the Speed River toward the McCrae Bridge, around the bridge and back to Gordon Street. We had two more heats of family racers all making remarkably good time! Next up was the competitive race and we had a number of spectators standing on the bridge shouting and cheering the racers as they sped down the (appropriately named) Speed River, trying to beat the other canoes. Finally, we had a father-daughter kayak race to bring the day of racing to a close! In total, there were over 25 people who raced as well as 20 or so spectators who spent the day helping out, cheering on the paddlers, and enjoying the day.

We also had some great vendors, Northern Cookstoves and Wiseway Stoves and  come set up shop for the day, and The Command Post serving great sandwiches and ice cream. Kids and adults alike we entertained by Andrew the Abolsutely Normal and we had some amazing mini paddles to paint lovingly crafted by The Children’s Art Factory.

A huge thank-you to everyone who came out to share the day, to everyone who lent hands to help out with the day, and especially those that donated prizes for the winners!


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Posted August 21, 2014 by

Fifteen years ago, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way of learning the history most Canadians are never taught. The Blanket Exercise was the result and on October 4th, 2014, you can come and experience the Indigenous understanding of our journey together.

Join us for the Blanket Exercise at Dublin United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W in Guelph, and raise your awareness of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Canada.

1:30 – Opening

2:00 – Blanket Exercise

3:30 – Sharing Circles

4:45 – Drumming

5:00 – Closing

Opening Invocation led by Jan Sherman, elder living in Guelph.

Kairos exercise led by Val Kerr, Mohawk and Anglican priest in the Diocese of Niagara.

Drumming and closing ceremonies led by Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak, the Good Hearted Women Singers of Kitchener.

Sponsored by Kairos Guelph, St. Matthias Anglican Community, St. James Anglican Church and St. George’s Anglican Church.

Snacks and drinks provided.

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