January 2014 Update



Happy New Year!  On behalf of the CSN volunteers and myself, we hope your Christmas and holidays have been wonderful.  

"Engagement" seems to be the theme for 2014.  This year the dedicated CSN Events & Engagement team is working on new ways to connect CSN members by creating opportunities for them to share their sustainability experiences and knowledge.  Our first event will be the January 21 session on sustainable home energy.  

This month we'll also be launching our first annual Sustainability Poll for our members, which will provide an opportunity for members to provide feedback to the Town of Bridgewater on where to take its sustainability programs and initiatives - stay tuned for more information.


Memberships

A hearty welcome to those who joined in the past month:
You can find out more about these groups and individuals, including what sustainability products, services, interests and ideas they have, by viewing their profiles on the Network website.

Remember, Network membership is 100% FREE and open to families & individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups, and institutions & government departments.  As a general rule of thumb, members are welcome to join from Bridgewater AND area – that means anywhere in Lunenburg County.


Upcoming Events
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.


Sustainable Households, On and Off the Grid


This is a new initiative to help create a space for introducing members to each other and to learn more about sustainable living from each others’ experiences and expertise. The CSN's Events & Engagement Committee plans to host several of these in the future before some of the regularly scheduled CSN meetings.

Our first Members Night features the owners of three energy efficient households. Joanne Muron and Patricia Sullivan will speak first about their journey building an off-grid home, now affectionately named Kijiji Castle. Doug and Emily Liot will also be speaking about their experience equipping their new home with a geothermal system. Finally, Collene Dahlby and Gerald Cosgrove will add their story about working to find the right balance of heating options in their new slab home. Time will be set aside for Q&A after the presentations and for hearing from others who would like to add information from their home energy experiences.

The general public as well as CSN members are all welcome at the Members Night and to join the discussion on household sustainability. Everyone is also encouraged to stay for the CSN meeting immediately following the Members Night talk.  Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more info or the poster.


Bridgewater Planning Review: Open House Events!


The Town of Bridgewater will be presenting updated drafts of the Town’s Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-Law and Subdivision By-law later this month. Together, these important documents guide all development in Bridgewater. Some of the issues addressed in these draft documents include:
  • Future Land Use & Zoning
  • Urban Design 
  • Built Heritage Protection
  • Housing
  • Transportation Objectives
  • Environmental Management 
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing & Signage
  • Off-Street Parking
  • Wind Turbines
  • Open Space Planning
  • Planning Approval Processes
The Open House Events will be held at the Days Inn Hotel (50 North Street) on Wednesday, January 29, and Thursday, January 30. Please join us any time between 2:00—9:00PM on those dates. Several posters will be on display for viewing and Town staff will be available to discuss the documents and answer questions.

For more information on the Planning Review, please visit the Town’s website (www.bridgewater.ca/planningreview) or contact Jesse Morton at 541-4386.


CSN New Years Levee - Good Cheer Had by All!


Thirty-one people came out on the afternoon of January first to celebrate the arrival of 2014 with fellow sustainability enthusiasts. The CSN provided light refreshments, including a hot cider for those chilled by the wintery weather and a rhubarb punch. The rhubarb for the punch was locally sourced from Donna Foulke’s rhubarb patch in Middle LaHave, as well as the Morton’s more modest patch at Charlie’s Pasture in Watford. For the fans of rhubarb’s versitile delights, we include the recipe for the New Year’s punch:

Rhubarb Punch Slush

Mix 16 c. chopped (frozen or fresh) rhubarb (about 5 lb. frozen) with 8 c. (or more) of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until rhubarb becomes mushy. Strain juice into large freezer-proof bowl or container. Discard pulp in backyard compost pile or municipal green bin.

Mix in 2 ½ to 3 c. of white sugar, juice of one lemon, and a can of frozen orange juice into the hot rhubarb juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then place mixture in the freezer overnight. Next morning, stir the mixture until it becomes a slushy texture of icy rhubarb flakes and juice. Stir every 2 or 3 hours to maintain its slushy texture. When ready to serve, put in a large punch bowl and add 2 or 4 litres of lemon lime soda (such as 7-Up).


Hosts Charlene Morton and Daniel Vokey would like to thank everyone who came out to the levee to meet new people and greet old friends. The lively conversation touched upon many issues related to community sustainability. These new connections should help mobilize enthusiasm for sustainable living and generate a stronger network of support for local action.


Winter Walk Day


Winter is as good a time as any to walk. Schools, child-care centres and community groups are invited to host a walk to school event, have an intentional walk or go for a hike on Winter Walk Day. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep children and youth from heading out for a walk. If they dress properly and practice winter safety, they’re ready to go! Walking is fun when you walk together. It’s good for our bodies because of the extra physical activity. It’s good for the Earth if you walk as transportation because it cuts down on the number of polluting cars on our streets.  This year, International Winter Walk Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2014 but it doesn’t have to be just this day! You can plan your Winter Walk to School Activity for any day in February. For more information and to register your school visit, click here.


Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

Community Sustainability Network - Bridgewater & Area
www.SustainableBridgewater.ca
sustainability@bridgewater.ca


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