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                                                                                                  Sustainable Eastern Ontario Edition - Winter 2015-2016

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Left to right: Abduhalli Ali, Mavis Finnamore, Magda Ibrihim at a planning meeting in Herongate, November 17, 2015.
 Left to right: Abduhalli Ali, Mavis Finnamore, Magda Ibrihim at an ACORN Ottawa planning meeting in Herongate, November 17, 2015.
 

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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! 

In this issue..

A Retrospective 50-Year Memory Tour of Western National Parks and Other Sites 1964 and 2014
by Paul and Marilyn Koch
 
In 1964, Paul and Marilyn Koch took a 10-week camping trip through National Parks and other locations in both Canada & the USA. The trip covered three Canadian Provinces and 33 US States. 
 
In September 2014, armed with photographs from the original trip, they took a retrospective journey in the reverse direction through the Western portion of the trip with the intent of photographing a number of locations and sites as closely as possible to the original photos. This document shows the comparative results. Month of the year--July vs. September--weather, and time of day, all had an impact on many of the pictures but overall with a few exceptions things looked much the same. 
 

Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields 

The shocking but not surprising change in the Athabasca Glacier was by far the largest and most meaningful change in natural systems seen on the trip. The first two pictures (shown here), taken from approximately the same location, exaggerate somewhat the distance by which the toe of the glacier has receded, since the toe is now obscured by the large gravel hill that has been exposed. The toe of the glacier in 1964 was at the edge of the lake to the right, close to where a parking lot for glacier access is now located. 
Athabasca Glacier as seen in 1964.
 
Athabasca Glacier as seen in 2014. Photos courtesy Paul and Marilyn Koch.
 
The following pictures (not shown) give a more detailed view of the glacier's loss. The bridge in the first picture is at the front of the parking lot as you start to hike to the glacier. About half way up the hill was a marker showing where the toe of the glacier was in 1982. 
 
In the second picture taken at the top of the hill, you can see that it is still a significant way to the glacier, which is partially hidden--about as far again as the distance back to the parking lot. The third picture shows the current toe of the glacier to the left and the gravel hill that partially hides the glacier to the right. 
 
Wikipedia indicates that the Athabasca Glacier has retreated approximately 1.5 kilometres in the last century and the rate of retreat has accelerated since 1995. 
The big question remains: How much of that change is due to the burning of fossil fuels and how much simply to natural causes? No one really knows, but it does speak to the need to cut our fossil fuel-based energy consumption in every way possible.
   
[PERC would like to extend a sincere "thank you" to Paul Koch for permission to publish this excerpt of his Memory Tour. This excerpt has been edited for length.] 

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Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.

 

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