Monthly Archives October 2017

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario addresses Climate Change

Climate change. It’s worse than we thought. That was the message we heard from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, who joined us on three separate occasions over the past months — a June event in Hamilton and September events at Church of the Incarnation in Oakville and the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill. What will it take to change our behaviours? It’s time to put an urgent climate lens on and commit to procurement, funding, regulations, incentives, policies, permitting, and planning, “because climate changes everything,” the Commissioner said. One positive idea to hold onto in all this
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Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

At Faith & the Common Good, we’ve been giving tremendous thought to the extreme weather events taking place globally. We are thinking about what we, as faith communities can do to prepare ourselves, here in Canada, especially vulnerable communities. Our ED, Lucy Cummings, along with Sheila Murray of Toronto CREW and Chris Winter of Climate Action Canada wrote an article on the issue, that was published as a guest post on the Environmental Defence website. Here’s an excerpt: “Recovery from natural and other disasters does not depend on the overall amount of aid received nor on the amount of damage done by the
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Planting the Original Species: Youth Get Messy

-By Donna Lang, Toronto FCG Coordinator. As with the First Peoples who inhabit this vast land, native plant species are the originals. This was the theme at the Faith & the Common Good (FCG) and Ontario 150 native garden plaque presentation, “First Peoples, First Plants,” held on September 29, at Manor Road United Church, in Toronto. “First Peoples had great knowledge concerning the importance of native species and their role as good stewards of the land in supporting pollinator populations long before the settlers arrived,” said Donna Lang, Toronto Coordinator for FCG. Describing the benefits of native species, “Firstly, they are drought resistant, which is
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