Archive for ◊ October, 2012 ◊

• Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Electric Charging Stations for cars

Electric Charging Station for Cars

Source:  Hybrid Cars

The City of Montréal announced its intention to join Québec’s The Electric Circuit.

Montréal, the provinces’ metropolis, will roll-out public charging stations for electric vehicles on its territory in 2013.

“This project is another step in reaching our target to reduce Montrealers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020, based on 1990 levels” said Alan De Sousa, Vice-President of the City of Montréal’s Executive Committee and responsible for sustainable development, the environment and parks. “The network of charging stations will be rolled-out gradually, in close collaboration with interested boroughs, and will encourage Montrealers to seriously consider electric vehicles.”

Through The Electric Circuit, the City of Montréal will offer its boroughs the possibility of purchasing and installing charging stations. The City and interested boroughs intend on choosing the locations with the greatest potential to ensure the best possible geographical distribution. According to The Electric Circuit, more than ten boroughs have already expressed their interest.

In addition to these charging stations, a pilot project for the installation of curbside charging stations will be implemented downtown Montréal.

This project will help determine the nature and scope curbside public charging needs. It will be a first in Québec and Canada.

• Monday, October 15th, 2012

fungi in the forestSource: St. Jim the Composter

Stop to smell the flowers and you might learn something.   Farmers and other ecosystem managers are considering a whole lot of factors few of us city slickers know about.    They have better sense than to try to kill off every living thing that’s not salable.   Country people are more mature about the facts of life and death.    They’re familiar with the smell of manure, and not unduly afraid of it.   They know that what feeds the life in the soil – the dead bodies and manure of plants and animals – feeds us people.

Nature – the community of life that provides us with the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe, and consumes our waste products for us – has an incredible ability to heal the destructive impacts of industrialization.     The first entrants into an area damaged by radiation are microbes and fungi; this is why composting is a pollution-cleaning technology.   The web of life slowly re-establishes itself, and (though the genetic damage will take many generations to restore the site) life will re-establish itself.     But don’t kid yourself – the myth of clean, safe nuclear power, unquestioning belief in which was nurtured by the military-industrial establishment to continue the nuclear industry and manufacture bombs after World War II, is genetically destabilizing the planet.

The Bahai faith believes that humanity as a whole is on a path of maturation, like growing from childhood to adulthood.    And our current stage is adolescence.    We’re running around inventing and manufacturing enormous numbers of new things, not thinking of the consequences.     Should we make it through to maturity as a species, it will be because our lover side has won over our warrior side.   The Catholic philosopher Father Thomas Berry said, “The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.”  Though this mystical attitude – that, as American Indians believe, even plants and rocks are alive – seems illogical, the most advanced modern science is confirming that there is no real separation between anything.    When you hurt another creature you’re hurting yourself.    The most productive gardens and farms are those in which ALL species are welcome.     The way to win a war is to make friends with the other side, not defeat them.

• Tuesday, October 09th, 2012

Source: Grist

Been jonesin’ for a Hollywood movie about a hot-button environmental issue? One without animation, penguins, or Al Gore?

You’re in luck: Promised Land could be just the ticket when it hits theaters on Dec. 28. Beyond being the first environmental-issue drama with Oscar chances since Erin Brockovich, this movie about fracking in small-town America comes from some big-name players. Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, and John Krasinski star. Gus Van Sant directs. Damon and Krasinski wrote the script based on a story by Dave Eggers.

• Wednesday, October 03rd, 2012

Waste reduction week, MontrealEvents in Montreal for Waste Reduction Week, October 15-21:

  • On October 15th, the Coop Maison Verte is offering a workshop that will show you how to make your own household cleaning products. This workshop serves to emphasis Quebec’s official waste reduction week and provides another way for you to save money and reduce your consumption.
  • Sunday, October 21 from 10:00am to 2:00pm (Coop la Maison verte): Used bicycle collection and bicycle mechanics workshop
  • Cyclo Nord-Sud is collecting used bikes to donate to disadvantaged communities in developing countries in order to promote development and combat poverty. Donate your surplus bicycles (20 inches and higher, in a repairable state) to the 4th annual bike collection happening at the Coop La Maison Verte and give your old bike a second life! A donation of $15 per bike is required in order to allow Cyclo Nord-Sud to cover a part of the associated recuperation costs (transport, storage, etc.). In exchange, you’ll receive a tax receipt for the value of your bike and your $15 donation. In light of Quebec’s official waste reduction week, a bike mechanics workshop will be offered simultaneously (free, bring your own bike).
  • Computationis inviting the general public to drop off their unwanted computer equipment for reuse or recycling — free of charge. For larger quantities, organizations and pick-up service or data destruction requirements (such as shredding), please contact Computation.Computation is a computer equipment refurbishing, recycling, and IT service provider serving Canada  coast-to-coast from facilities in Montreal and Toronto since 2001.

    Drop-off is available at:

    • 7080 Alexandra St., Suite 101, from 10:00am until 6:00pm
      Monday through Friday, and Saturday 11:00am until 5:00pm.