Screening of film De-Railed: the National Dream at Sault College on Thursday, November 20, 2014

De-railed thumbnailYou are invited to attend a screening of the documentary De-Railed: the National Dream at 7 p.m on Thursday, November 20 in Room 1030 in the new building (Essar Hall) of Sault College on Northern Ave (scroll down to watch the trailer!). Admission is free.

This full-length film focuses on the urgent need to bring Canadian rail service back to life in Algoma as well as the rest of the country. It was directed by independent filmmaker Dan Nysted, who will introduce the film and field questions following the screening.

This film is an excellent tool for educating the public about the crumbling state of the Canadian railway system and the need for action to be taken to prevent the loss of more rail.  Canada has lost more than 10,000 kilometres of track since 1990. Via this film, the filmmaker asks why has Canada allowed its “ribbon of rail” to become so tattered?  He also presents the deregulation, struggles, successes, economic and environmental implications, and human stories of short-line passenger rail services across Canada.

Nystedt travelled by train throughout Canada (including  Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Vancouver Island) where municipalities, First Nations and community organizations are trying to preserve and restore endangered short line rail services. He explores the factors behind the deregulation of our nation’s greatest infrastructure—rail—through reflection on the history of short-line passenger rail, the environmental implications of the impending energy crisis and the potential role of rail in Canada’s steps towards environmental sustainability.

In the 1800s, tracks were laid across this massive continent. Little more than one hundred years after the completion of the trans-Canada rail-line we are tearing up our tracks for the cost of the steel, and increasingly investing in automobile culture as the entire world is discussing climate change, the energy crisis, and how to implement a‘green revolution. This is an urgent concern since communities without passenger rail will find themselves economically, socially, and culturally isolated as flying and long-distance automobile transportation become too costly in dollars and carbon emissions.

Nystedt filmed a wide range of people, including: Robert Bateman (artist and environmentalist), Dr. Judith Sayers and Mary Ashley (co-chairs, Island Corridor Foundation), Graham Bruce (E & N Railway), Harry Gow (co-founder, Transport Action Canada); Nicholas Heap (climate change policy snalyst, David Suzuki Foundation); Gerald Gauthier (director, industry liaison, Railway Association of Canada); Joseph Boardman (president/CEO Amtrak); Chief Isadore Day (chief, Serpent River First Nation);  Dr. Barry Wellar (professor emeritus, University of Ottawa),as well as people in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario who are working passionately to save their local rail lines from being abandoned. These interviews convey the environmental, economic, geographic and social reasons that Canada’s rail system must be returned to being the envy of the world.

De-Railed raises many questions and challenges us to find answers. It also shows us amazing work being done in local communities by dedicated citizens to maintain the rail infrastructure that will keep us connected into the future

This screening is brought to you by several partners. Clean North sees reinstating greater use of trains as a way to promote transportation with a lower carbon footprint by reducing the number of cars and transports on roads and highways. The Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Sault College is participating in the screening because of their interest in social justice issues such as availability of accessible public transportation. Viewing De-Railed will be a good opportunity for Digital Film Production students at Sault College  ho are interested in seeing how social issues can be covered through the medium of film. And the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains affiliated with Algoma U’s NORDIK Institute sees this film as an excellent way to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving and enhancing passenger train service in Algoma with connectivity to Toronto, Ottawa and the rest of the country

 For more information, contact  Linda Savory Gordon at linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or 705 949 2301 ext 4320, or David Trowbridge at david.trowbridge@saultcollege.ca

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One last chance to dispose of hazardous waste before winter!

The City of Sault Ste. Marie's Public Works and Transportation Department has announced that the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at 115 Industrial Park Crescent will close for the season after tomorrow.

Items can be dropped off at the Depot today, Friday, October 24 until 6 p.m. and on Saturday, October 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The facility will re-open in the spring of 2015.

For more information, contact the Public Works and Transportation Department office at (705)759-5201 or visit www.cityssm.on.ca – search Household Hazardous Waste.

Click here for a list of what you may and may not bring to this depot.

 

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Clean North gives a great, big, green shout out to Cathy and Phil Lemieux of Lemieux’s Composting and Haul-away!

For the past 13 years, Cathy and Phil Lemieux, owners/operators of Lemieux's Composting and Haul-away, have graciously allowed us to store our mulch from the Christmas Tree chipping in their yard on Black Road.

photo of the LemiuexsEach August, they also host our annual Move That Mulch! and tree sale event, and they actively promote this event for us.

Furthermore, they allow us to keep a supply of bat houses and rain barrels at their office for sale to the public. This is the only place that these items are available to the general public during business hours 6 days a week throughout the growing season.

Their efforts help lift our public profile and aid our balance sheet significantly!

THANK YOU, CATHY AND PHIL! Yes…you are truly outstanding in your field!

The Lemieux Composting website is here: www.lemieuxcomposting.com

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What’s a gardener’s best friend? Clean North mulch, that’s what! (available on August 23, 2014, along with tree seedlings, rain barrels, and more!)

photo of mulch made from Christmas treesClean North's mulch, which is made up of chipped Christmas trees, is a fantastic aid to any gardener. When applied to your garden beds, it helps control weeds and conserves soil moisture, and it gives your garden a neater appearance.

So how can you get your hands on some Clean North mulch? Head to the 8th Annual Green Side Up event on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon at Lemieux Composting, 764 Black Road, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

At this event, Clean North will have available:

  • Free Christmas tree mulch (by donation; please bring your own containers)
  • Tree seedlings
  • Coir blocks
  • Rain barrels
  • Bat houses
  • Worm composter kits

For more information, call (705)945-1573 or email info@cleannorth.org.

Want to know more about mulching? Click here for a Canadian Gardening article on the subject.

 

 

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The worms are coming… To Desbarats!

wormsClean North will be bringing our indoor worm composting demonstration to the 2014 Green Expo being held this coming Saturday July 26, 2014 from 9 am until 3 pm at the Johnson Township Community Centre in Desbarats.

There will be a hands-on worm sorting activity open to children of all ages. Clean North volunteers will be available to answer your questions about the basics of worm composting, and anyone wishing to start their own worm composter will have an opportunity to acquire worms.

The theme of Green Expo 2014 is Steps to Sustainability; attendees and vendors will be invited to share the steps they are taking to become more environmentally sustainable. The Expo will feature a pancake breakfast, interactive exhibitors, artists such as Doug Hook, activities for adults and children including archery, and the Johnson Farmer's Market. Childrens` activities will include Gerald’s Reptiles, Perfectly Painted Faces. and a scavenger hunt courtesy of the Junior Explorers, a new environmental education and outdoor appreciation program.

For more information, check out the news release found here or contact the Kensington Conservancy at (705)782-2200 or green2014expo@gmail.com.

You can also visit the Green Expo 2014 on Facebook.

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Nomination deadline for City Beautification Awards—including Clean North-sponsored Green Glove Award—is Thursday, July 17, 2014

photo of gardenIt’s that time of year again: Time to acknowledge local gardeners and businesses who beautify our fair city!

Categories include the Green Glove Garden Award, sponspored by Clean North.  For this award, nominated gardens are judged on design, overall health and the use of organic gardening methods, which include natural disease and pest control, composting, mulching, recycling, and water conservation.

Other categories are:

Front Yard, Backyard (sponsor – Godfrey Realty Group Inc.)
Commercial/Institutional (sponsor – KPMG)
Feature in a Garden Award (sponsor – Lemieux Composting)
Most Improved Residential Property
Best Water Feature (sponsor – New North Greenhouses)
Green Glove Garden (sponsor – Clean North)
Teeny Weeny Garden (sponsor – One of a Kind)
Best Vegetable Garden (sponsor – Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society)
Best of the Best (sponsor – Downing’s Landscaping and Greenhouses)

View/Print Nomination Form.

Forms are also available at:

  • Civic Centre – reception desk
  • Canadian Tire – Garden Centre
  • Downing’s Greenhouses
  • Lemieux Composting, New North Greenhouses
  • Rome’s Independent Grocer – Garden Centre

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It’s better to give away than to throw away! Sault Freecycle Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014!

Sault Freecycle posterA Freecycle Day will be happening in Sault Ste. Marie this Saturday, June 21, 2014.

All you have to do is place your re-usable unwanted items at the end of your driveway with a sign that reads FREE.

Other residents and neighbours will be on the lookout for items to pick up and take away.

Sault Freecycle is a green event organized by Saultite Anita Beckett.

Want to know more?

Like the Sault Freecycle Facebook page or check out the Sault Freecycle forum to post items you want or items you have to give away. 

Items not picked up by 9 p.m. Saturday evening are the responsibility of participating homeowners/residents and must be brought inside. The city will not have a special waste pickup associated with this event.

A list of organizations that accept donations is available on the Sault Freecycle Facebook page or email saultfreecycle@gmail.com.

Let’s recycle on Sault Freecycle Saturday!

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Move That Mulch! event to take place at Algoma University on Saturday, June 7, 2014 [plus trees, rain barrels, and more!]

graphic of Move That Mulch!Gardeners, need mulch? Clean North is having a Move That Mulch! event from 9 am to noon on Saturday, June 7 at Algoma University. You can pick up some nice mulch made from chipped up Christmas trees—great for acid-loving garden areas and pathways. Bring your own containers; we'll help you shovel.

Clean North will also be selling a variety of locally adapted three-year-old tree seedlings, including white cedar, white spruce, Norway spruce, red pine and white pine; prices are $6 each (or $5 each for 4+ or $4 each for 20+). We can give you tree-planting advice, too!

We will also be selling coir coconut fibre (environmentally friendly substitute for peat moss), worm composter kits, bat houses, and rain barrels.

For more information, call the Clean North office at (705)945-1573 or email info@cleannorth.org.

Please share this information with your gardener friends!

 

 

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Clean North to sell trees and shrubs at Allard St. Community Garden Plant Sale

photo of tree seedlings

It isn’t often that the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society and the Allard St. Community Garden pair up to offer two plant sales on two subsequent weekends. However, plant lovers will have another opportunity to snap up tomato seedlings, herbs and perennial favourites as well as Clean North's trees and shrubs. The third annual $1 $2 $3 Plant Sale will be held this Saturday, May 31 at the Allard St. Community Garden located at 105 Allard St. (next to the Red Cross building) from 8 am to noon, rain or shine.

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Need coir blocks, a bathouse, or a rain barrel? Clean North will be at Hort Society Plant Sale on May 24, 2014

This sale will take place from 9 am to noon at United Baptist Church at 41 Malabar Drive. It's a great opportunity to augment your garden….Two feature plants this year will be rhubarb and lovage. The latter is a perennial herb that smells and tastes a lot like celery, only better! It's fantastic in soups and stews.

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