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Workshop facilitator


The PERC wishes to thank Rob Danforth of Canadian Organic Growers for the excellent facilitation he provided for our organic container gardening workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.

Rob has an impressive background in growing organically and teaching others how to do the same:


  • Past Workshops:  Canadian Organic Growers (COG), Senior Organic Gardeners (SOG), & Community Garden Network (CGN)

He is an experienced vegetable/herb gardener:  

  • Backyard plots
  • Gloucester Allotment Gardens
  • Jardins Arrowsmith Thymeless Community Gardens
  • Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard  garden
  • Personal container gardens (indoors & outdoors)
  • SOG container gardens
  • Workshop Instructor in vegetable/herb gardening for COG OSO (containers, raised beds, & in-ground gardens)
  • Executive member of Jardins Arrowsmith Thyme-less Gardens Association (JATGA)
  • Long time Volunteer with the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard (GEFC)
  • Contributor of fresh vegetables to the GEFC and to the Cumberland food cupboard
  • Past manager of the GEFC garden and the JATGA demonstration garden
  • Past Coordinator of high school student volunteers for JATGA Gardens.
  • Retired High School Teacher (still registered as an Ontario Certified Teacher)


Thank you Rob for teaching us how to grow healthy, sustainable food in small spaces! 





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Energy East -- Approach with Caution

Energy East--Approach with Caution


by Adrian Larose


Pembroke, Renfrew, Morrisburg, Hawkesbury, Alexandria, Laval, Montreal and Quebec City. So many rivers: the Rideau, Ottawa, Madawaska, Red, Assiniboine, Mississippi, St. Lawrence. Plus 11 provincial parks in Ontario alone.

And right near Ottawa, in some of our neighbour's backyards, Kemptville and Stittsville are also on the list.

If TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project gets the green light from the federal government later this year, all of the above environments will have something new in common: Each would be host to a bitumen-filled tar sands pipeline and all the environmental risks such a project entails.

In the Ottawa area, the physical pipeline already sits near Kemptville and Stittsville, where it crosses the Rideau River. However, that 50-some-year-old pipe currently transports natural gas.

TransCanada wishes to convert the existing pipeline so that it would transport heavy bitumen. As local environmental group Ecology Ottawa notes in a recent release, "a pipeline rupture would severely impact well water in the area, as well as the local environment and economy."

About 40 people attended an Ecology Ottawa town hall discussion on the topic, held late July in Stittsville. 


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