This Tuesday Feb. 19…support BAC

Good day wonderful Sustainable Cobourg supporters! This Tuesday will be your opportunity to hear what those mighty cyclists see as moving Cobourg beyond BRONZE! Remember, this Sustainable Cobourg Committee, chaired by Winston Emery, worked  with the Town to deal with safe cycling and it helped the Town receive the designation of a  “Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Level”, in 2018.

This is especially important as we really want as many cyclists, young and not so young to feel safe and comfortable riding around our beautiful town. We need this infrastructure so we can bike over to do our shopping, (check out the new greengrocer we’ve all been longing for downtown…Market& Smor), or go for a coffee, or hang out at a Council meeting, or visit a friend. We hope to influence the pathways that will connect the west to the east and the north to the south. We’ve done a lot, (most recently lobbying for the Elgin St. multi-use trail so cyclists don’t have to worry about right-turning cars going into the mall!). Lots more to do. We know its good for our health both physical and mental and we absolutely know its part of the solution for reducing Greenhouse Gases! Sooo, if you want to get involved with this really awesome group let me know.

So, Tuesday February 19 at 6:00 (cause they changed the time of Council from 4:00 to 6:00p.m. so more people who are working can participate)

Keep in touch.

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OOPS:Here’s the info you need for SC’s AGM

VENUE: HTM BUILDING, 1185 Elgin St. W. Cobourg ON K9A 4K5

DOORS OPEN:  6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet

PRESENTATION: 7:00 p.m. – Heather Varner of MASS ENVIRONMENTAL, Cobourg

SC’s AGM: 7:45 p.m. (Agenda)



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Join Us for Our AGM us and learn what Sustainable Cobourg has done this past year and  make your ideas heard as members. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with our newest members such as our Deputy Mayor Suzanne Sequin and Council member Adam Bureau and learn about one of our Corporate Partners, MASS Enviro.  Find out how to get involved in our upcoming projects and don’t forget to renew your membership.

As we have expanded we are looking for volunteers to help with routine tasks. The amount of time you can contribute is totally up to you. We appreciate your support.

It will be a celebration so we hope you will come and share in our catered offering from Ketch’s Korner. Chat, mingle, nibble and help us celebrate our successes in bringing an understanding and commitment to developing a culture of sustainability in Cobourg.

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Bicycle Action Committee Questions to Candidates

The following questions were sent to each candidate running in the 2018 Cobourg Municipal Election along with some background information about the Bicycle Action Committee (BAC), Cobourg’s Cycling Infrastructure, and Proposed Routes.

  1. To what extent do you personally support our rationale and goals for the improvement of cycling infrastructure over the next term? Please explain why.
  2. If elected, will you act to implement both the proposed cycling routes and the priorities for completion? If not, please explain why.
  3. In order to achieve the goals outlined in our document, the annual budget allocation ($20,000 ) will have to increase over the next four years. Will you support the continuance of this budgetary item and raise it to at least $25,000/yr. over the period of the mandate?

Click here to read the candidates’ responses to the three questions.

Also, dont forget that tonight (October 12th) is Sustainable Cobourg’s All Candidates Forum at the Venture 13 Innovation Centre located at 739 D’Arcy St (across from the CCC). Doors open at 6:30pm, with the forum starting at 7:00pm.

We hope to see you there.



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A.I. How and What to Pay Attention To

So many of us are really unaware of how A.I. is being used to mine information about our habits and that this information is often sold. Is this ethical? Should we , humans, be seen as ‘products’? What happened to privacy?

On March 5 a former Google A.I. researcher , Dr. Jack Paulson, will address local High School students to challenge them to think critically about these questions as well as the benefits and trade offs of using A.I. -enabled Geographical Information Systems. (GIS)

The question Sustainable Cobourg ‘S Jonathan Brown is posing is, “Will this technology help us adapt to Climate Change without sacrificing our basic human rights!”

March 5th 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Venture 13, 739 D’Arcy St. Cobourg ON K9A 5S3


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Sustainable Cobourg and Trent U partnership

Good morning Sustainable Peeps, here’s some exciting news !

Last year I was approached by Ryan Sisson, who is the co-ordinator of the Community-Based Research Program at Trent University. He had heard about our organization and the project I had submitted and offered us a field placement for fourth year students in Political Studies/ Public Policy.

Our organization’s focus last year was on Waste Diversion / Management and I was particularly concerned about the problems that inconsistent practices were creating for the school board.

We were thrilled with the Environmental Club students at Cobourg Collegiate Institute’s drive to educate about waste management and of course they won our prestigious Student Sustainability Award for their project.

But after listening to them, it became clear that there was another problem , besides creating awareness and commitment from the students, to achieving success in waste reduction.

So I created a research project proposal that would find out what these problems and barriers were, focussing on the inevitable connection of waste management practices and their connection to Greenhouse Gas production and the Climate Crisis.

So we have 3 fourth year students working on this project #4890, and they intend to have initial research ready for April. They are also interested in continuing the research and developing the project into the next academic year and their professor is in support of this expansion of the project!

The Sustainability Conference scheduled for this coming November will provide them a platform to report on their research. So exciting!

So there’s more but you’ll have to wait till next week .

Sending warmest regards to you all.


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Sustainability 2020 Has Arrived!

This is going to be an incredible year, no, an incredible decade! I can feel it.

So here’s what’s been going on. Sustainable Cobourg executive as well as volunteers met at my house for our Planning Session and a Potluck early January! Great combo. We were focused on how to reshape the organization to better include all of YOU. So come out to our FIRST Sustainbility Outreach Social at Venture 13 on D’Arcy right across from our beautiful Community Centre on Tuesday February 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a mug! Whether or not you’re a member, doesn’t matter. If you’re not maybe make a pay what you can donation…totally up to you.

We’ll have some coffee/tea and just talk and connect and chat about things you are doing or want to do or wish you could do to be sustainable because that’s what’s going to change the world!

Speaking of changing the world…hope some of you were able to make the concert last Saturday with Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels. Carlos wanted to host a fundraiser for the organizations in Port Hope and Cobourg that are working to bring about the changes needed to deal with the effects of Climate Change on our world. So Claire Holloway Wadhwani who’s working with others in ‘Port Hope for the Future ‘, Diane Taylor of ‘Friday’s For Future’ and Tom Shea of Blue Dot Northumberland and Dan Fraleigh of The Port Hope Working Group on Environmental Sustainability, and me for Sustainable Cobourg had a platform to send our message of what we are doing to bring about the changes in attitudes and behaviours and understanding to deal with and mitigate the effects of Climate Change through sustainable ways of living .

So one of those ways is to repair your broken whatever and you can do that by bringing it to St. John’s Church in Port Hope on February 22 from 10:00 a.m. Penny Nutbrown whom I met at the AWESOMEE Fest in Port Hope is the organizer along with Claire of Port Hope for Future.

Don’t forget about SC’s Bicycle Action Committee that also helps to run Cycle Transitions at 390 King St. W. Here’s where the Sweat Equity Program can earn you a bike! Plus there’s a parts shop that’s affordable, and you can learn about bike maintenance from an expert! Spring is just around the corner and you know cycling is better for you and the planet, right! So drop in to the shop on Monday or Wednesday from 6:30 -9:00p.m. and pretty soon on Saturday mornings. Give them a call at: 289-251-8895.

So much more but you’ll have to wait till next week!

We are the change!



President Sustainable Cobourg

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Agenda for SC’s AGM Monday November 18/19

  1. Welcome/Introductions – G. Ludorf-Weaver, President
  2. Approval of Agenda – GLW
  3. Approval of 2018 AGM Minutes – GLW
  4. Approval of 2018 Treasurer’s Report – Ellen Abramczyk (motion to approve)
  5. REPORTS: President’s – GLW

                             Bicycle Action Committee – Winston Emery (chair)

                             Food Action Committee – Jonathan Brown (chair)

                             Eco Action Committee – Warren McCarthy (chair)

                             Financial 2019 – Ellen Abramczyk (Treasurer)

                             Liaison – Judy Smith- (Northumberland Environmental Officer)

                             Youth Ambassador – Jenna Martinello (CCI student)

6. Nominations/Voting  for Board Positions – V.P. , Secretary

7. New Business

8. Reminder to renew Memberships

9. Adjourn

10. Next AGM – Friday November 6, 2020

The AGM will begin after the presentation by Jeremey Clarke and a brief intermission.





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Our AGM Monday November 18, 6:30-8:30 @1185 Elgin St. W. HTM Building

Hey Sustainable Peeps! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last talked to you. Well we’ve been busy on your behalf.

Just need to tell you that our All Candidates Forum that we hosted with Blue Dot Northumberland and Council of Canadians on October 9th, exceeded our expectations. We had close to 300 people attend and all 5 candidates were wonderful! Denny Manchee was the moderator and keep a convivial flow. Not an easy task! All 3 organizations collaborated on the questions which centred on various aspects of sustainability including environmental-concerns, (i.e. single use plastic bottles) economic ( i.e.NAFTA), and social ( i.e. worker transition centres re: The Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities).

And an amazing amount of participation from the audience when their questions were asked after the yummy intermission. I made plum cake;) and there were a lot of tasty treats.

Our takeaway was that this community is really invested in creating a sustainable framework for tackling the big issues. First and foremost we need to protect our earth. That sentiment resonated with everyone there, including all of the candidates.

This month we’re holding our Annual General Meeting with Jeremy Clarke, one of our Corporate Members kicking it off by speaking about building sustainably and he does it! He’ll talk about how he does it so come and have a listen.

You can stay for the AGM part and get to hear what SC has been up to and where our intrepid committees hope to go with their projects. You can be part of it. You can see what we’re up to and even if you only have an hour a week or a month you can help make a difference.

Our secretary / recorder is hoping someone will step into her shoes so there’s a great opportunity for you to volunteer!

Call me if you have any questions: 905-269-9355.

Onward 🌻

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All-Candidates Forum October 9th / come hear the candidates’ views on sustainability; environmental, social, economic!

Flooding, and fires, and hurricanes, reminds me of Dorothy’s “lions and tigers and bears ” from The Wizard of Oz! Like Dorothy we are searching for the road that will lead us to a solution to the scary things that are happening.

In the real world there are environmental, social and economic consequences for the ‘extreme weather’ events that have become more frequent in the last 50 years, and those 100 year events are now happening every other year! That’s really scary.

The upcoming Federal election gives us all an opportunity to choose the road we want to travel as a country for the next 4 years. It is a right not to be taken lightly.

On October 9th at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’Arcy St. With a Meet and Greet beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the Forum at 7:00, moderated by Denny Manchee, you will hear those questions the answers to which will inform you as to who you want to represent Northumberland Peterborough-South on the Federal landscape.

Come with your own questions!

This event is hosted by Sustainable Cobourg, Blue Dot – Northumberland Chapter ( David Suzuki Foundation) , and Council of Canadians

Refreshments will be served and the event is free.

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