— CACOR Bulletins —
“Philip Cockshutt, CACOR member, on May 24 2018, at our 44th AGM, became the 6th member of CACOR to receive the honour of being named Emeritus Member.
Congratulations and many thanks for many years of service and dedication to CACOR.”
Fom left to right: John Hollins, Catherine Smith, Philip Cockshutt and Kay Beattie
Phil Reilly, CACOR member – Carp/Kinburn area’s 2018 Red Trillium Studio & Garden Tour.
Aerial photo of his property showing the profusion of gardens.
Phil & Carole Reilly, retired nursery owners, have their property and gardens included in the Carp/Kinburn area’s 2018 Red Trillium Studio & Garden Tour which takes place on June 2 & 3. They’ll selling some of their favourite perennials dug from some of their 32 garden beds on their one-acre, Kinburn-area property. Part of the income from these plants is donated to the West Carleton Garden & Horticultural Society. Also on their property will be a metal-work craftsman selling his creations.
The Reilly’s will continue, over the next week, digging and potting more of their favourite plant varieties for the event. So far 12 daylily, six bearded iris, 10 hosta, and 5 peony varieties are ready for the event. Many other sun and shade-loving specimens will also be available for purchase during the event.
The Tour Brochure… gives two clickable links including a tour map and a listing of craftspeople included on the tour.
Posted 2018 -05-19
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Member.
I just purchased an e-bike and LOVE it. When I am tired I can still keep going!
e-bikes: While, for purists, they might seem like cheating compared to pedal bikes, for the rest of us they override a large number of the excuses we use for jumping in the car—while still delivering on a majority of the social, environmental and health benefits of a regular bicycle too. (Yes, I did genuinely feel like I got a workout on my longer ride.)
The other thing I’m realizing is that e-bikes offer a number of advantages in busy streets. While you’re still vulnerable to getting ‘doored’, or clipped by an over aggressive motorist, the ability to accelerate quickly, maintain speed uphills or in head winds, and generally maneuver more nimbly gives you a confidence in navigating less bike-friendly environment.
COR Newsflash Edition 2018 – 5 COR link…
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR member, photographs a luncheon event.
Climate of The Holocene , From the End of the Ice Age
(11750 years ago) to The Present as Derived From Ice Cores;
Recent Sudden Changes
and Those of the Past.
Art Hunter, CACOR member, surviving Ice Storm 2018. Email exchange with John Verdon.
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 2:32 AM, Art Hunter <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thousands remain without power
While the numbers of outages have dropped since Sunday, by Monday night, thousands remained without power after the prolonged freezing rain and high winds took a significant toll on power lines.
“Crews are dealing with hazardous conditions and significant damage including downed poles/powerlines/trees,” Toronto Hydro tweeted early Monday. “Progress is being made and restoration efforts will continue until all power is restored.”
————————————— the above from The Weather Network for Ottawa —————————-
On Saturday the news of the above storm in Ottawa was being forecast. I went and configured the microgrid into its “emergency” configuration to prepare for a grid outage. This sounds far more fancy than reality. I put the batteries on 100% backup charge, which took about 6 hours to accomplish (max charge rate is 5 kW). This stopped my routine of trying to save money with every photon from the sun. Instead, I spent the $4.00 and charged up the batteries to a 100% state-of-charge and used any solar energy to meet house demand with help from the grid. No fancy balancing here. Very simple. The ice storm peaked Monday night and there were in fact 5 grid outages recorded on my system. The batteries took over each time, kept the house operational until the grid came back up and the batteries quickly recharged waiting for the next outage incident. This repeated five times and each outage was short, less than an hour.
The weather forecast says the worst of the storm is over and all weather alerts are now lifted. I will now convert the system back to financial optimization mode.
What this really means is I will let the house run on whatever solar energy I can get and recover the $4.00 I spent in energy stored in the battery. Sort of like getting my money back.
This was a first time I activated a manual “emergency” preparation procedure and there were real grid outages to be managed. This procedure is clear in my head now and it can be turned into control system code.
Awesome – the future is nigh 🙂
From: Art Hunter [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: April 17, 2018 4:31 AM
The only real issue is determining advanced HIGH risk power outages. In this case it was fairly easy as a major storm was forecast. Of course, a traffic accident can take out a hydro pole at any time as well as millions of other freak accidents that one can’t forecast. For now, I will only use area weather alerts coming on/off to trigger preparedness for grid outages. This is easy code to write as weather forecasts can be monitored every hour or more frequently and they all have future projections. I have to go get this digital data to estimate cloud cover (hence power produced) and the outside temperature + wind to estimate heat loss in the house. This permits planning ahead every day, week, month and season. The seasonal plan is most interesting as it is my squirrel mode – storing energy for the winter. I have two options – store electricity on the grid or store geothermal energy. Geothermal energy only has a lifetime of 3 to 4 months while electrical energy has a Hydro One mandated policy lifetime of 12 months. I shall use both in some manner that is still to be determined. Emergency grid outages and a host of supply/demand variables makes for an interesting and complex algorithm.
This weather has to improve to dry the ground out so I can get a digger into the property and install the ground heat exchanger. Nothing is easy.
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR member, talks about her busy retirement.
I was asked how I spend my time now that I have been retired for a few years. I am formally involved with four organizations whose mandates resonate with me:
- Body and Brain Healing (bodyandbrainhealing.com), where I teach at least twice weekly, and also take classes daily in Korean yoga and Tai chi from Master Kuam. Further, I participate in:
- taking, editing and organizing event photographs,
- editing the recently revised Instructor Training Manual,
- helping prepare for and coordinate special events,
- participating in Health and Wellness shows.
This is a small organization with a BIG mission: to save our planet. Our yoga and Tai chi bring people into a Tao perspective, after which actualization will help them to use their energy to help others naturally and without stress (sustainably).
- The Great India Festival (http://tgifottawa.ca) which has been operating since 2011, and was recently recognized as a significant cultural event in the City of Ottawa. This three-day event ‘brings India to Ottawa’. The longer term goal is to make TGIF an internationally recognized Festival. I am the Director for Visual Media within the umbrella of Marketing, so the responsibilities are ‘on going’.
- CACOR (the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (canadiancor.com) where I am a member of the Board of Directors, and participate in two committees. CACOR’s mandate is to be a forum for a resilient Canada in light of Climate Change. We have monthly luncheons with subject matter experts presenting, and workshops that are designed to help participants and those reading the resulting reports benefit from the knowledge base within our organization.
- HPI (Humans for Peace Institution (http://www.humanspeace.org/en) where I am in charge of Communications, but help wherever I can. HPI’s goal is also BIG and straightforward: to stop wars. Currently, HPI works with Syrian Refugees who have settled in Ottawa and Canada, creating programs and projects ‘to thank and give back to Canada’. We recently had an Art Auction (https://auction.humanspeace.org/) where works of created by the Syrians in Canada, mostly girls and women, were auctioned for charity. All of the proceeds went to:
- The Canadian Blood Services
- Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre
Last year, Children for Peace (same umbrella organization, HPI) created and auctioned works of art, the proceeds of which went to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. This initiative received wide recognition, including an invitation to show the art on Parliament Hill.
After the huge success of many projects including last year Capital Cleaning by newcomers:
Humans for Peace Institution (HPI) is organizing a project “Humans for Peace – Capital Cleaning”. HPI, Syrian refugee children in Ottawa, and their families (40 people) will clean the community and the neighbourhood. This activity is designed to send a message of hope and gratitude from them to local community and to engage the new comer in the volunteer work.
HPI is pleased to invite you to the event “Humans for Peace – Capital Cleaning “.
When: Sunday April 15th, 2018 at 10.30 am
Where: 1244 Donald St, Gloucester, ON K1J 8V6
Phil Reilly, CACOR member, on 6 April 2018 issued the following invitation via email.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, on 2 April 2018, announced:
The Ecological Citizen, <WEBsite Link> is a project that I and several others initiated because we missed the old Wild Earth magazine which has been defunct for about ten or twelve years. Nothing had risen to replace its ecocentric voice or its ability to connect people who thought ecocentrically around the world (sometimes, we feel very scarce on the ground).
We started with an all volunteer editorial board of three which, thankfully, has now risen to five. Still, it takes between one and three hours a day to do items connected with the journal. So far we’ve published two issues and a supplement, see <Free published journals…> and our next full issue is due out on the first of July. We have no revenues and accept no donations, so our independence is complete. The journal is open access, and is freely available to all.
Between full issues we publish opinions as we receive them; they are available through our website
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR member, said “After not being able to do men’s pushups all my life, just one week ago, I discovered I COULD do them. My personal goal is to comfortably do 40 (male) pushups all at once.”
This full announcement Link here…
John Verdon, CACOR member, is active in a local social enterprise for adults on the autism spectrum. He reported:
We’ve raised $40K in two Kickstarter campaigns and we are approaching our 1rst birthday.
On 22 March 2018 CBC Ottawa awarded theSpace as one of 10 ‘Trailblazers’ (there were over 300 nominations).
Rian is the core of the effort – catalyzing our members into finding their own voice and creative focus.
Our Mission – is “Enabling Adults on the Spectrum to Apprentice creative Self-Employment and Building Generative Community”.
It is shocking in a positive sense – just how many fantastic self-driven initiatives are arising in Ottawa.
In the next month we will incorporate as a non-profit corporation.
All of these efforts and initiative should give us all hope and optimism about the capacity for people to take hold of the future with solid ‘Response-Ability’
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR member, stumbled upon fantastic Music of the Plants
She then collected some More Sounds of Nature…
John Hollins, Chair CACOR, sent the following email to Federal Retirees of Canada…
Thank you for the magazine: very well written and beautifully presented.
Thank you also for avoiding the trap into which much of the main-stream media falls when it addresses an issue that is politically controversial, namely, giving equal time or space to folks who deny science that is very well established. Your brief text on global warming following the second letter is sound.
I take the liberty of drawing your attention to a statement on human-induced climate change issued in 2014 by a Canadian authority, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). Many retired federal public servants are members of CMOS.
John G. Hollins, Ph.D.,
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Member and photographer has recently photographed a collection of paintings produced by Syrian refugee women.
David Hutton, CACOR member posted pictures of our 2018-02-21 meeting.
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR member makes a DARE.
An acronym for Drastic Action Required for the Environment
Dare to know how dire our global environmental situation really is
Dare to think and help find solutions
Dare to be challenged as you face the unthinkable
Dare to act to change yourself, your family, your country and your World
Dare to share your wealth and knowledge
Dare to belong to a group of like-minded people
DARE to hope of a better future for all life on Earth.
Art Hunter, CACOR Member, makes submission to the Ontario IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) for inclusion in their Implementation of their Long Term Energy Plan to modernize the Ontario grid which would include microgrids with storage. The presentation to the Ontario Minister of Energy was on 13 January 2018. The submissions and the next steps are found at the link below.
Graeme Maxton, Secretary General, Club of Rome
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Club of Rome. We are currently organising two major events to celebrate this momentous milestone, one on 7 April 2018 in Winterthur, to celebrate the day when the Club was actually founded, and another around the Annual Conference, which will be held between 16 and 18 October in Rome. Further details about both these events, as well as invitations to attend them will be circulated in the coming months.
Other initiatives are also planned, for example a major event will be held in the Netherlands at the beginning of September.
If you are planning an event to celebrate this important occasion please let me know so that we can help publicise it. If we can offer you any help or support in what you are doing, please let me know too. I have attached the official logo for the 50th Anniversary year, which you can use freely.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, is a founding member of the international collective producing The Ecological Citizen, and remains an associate editor. They published their second document after coordinating inputs from global writers and contributors.
Art Hunter, CACOR member, on 2017-12-09 officially launched phase 2 of an occupied single residential microgrid with solar (6 kW Net Metering, 10 kW microFIT), storage (39 kWh – three Tesla PowerWalls), geothermal, electric vehicle and a building management system. The top level operation requirement is available below. Official tours are encouraged.
This organization has been posting relevant quality video and articles since 2011. Well worth a visit.
John Hollins, Chair CACOR, published in the Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). “Adaptation to Global Warming: Inevitable, Prepare Now”
John Verdon – CACOR Member – Last year John was involved in a KickStarter campaign for a social enterprise aimed at enabling adults with cognitive disabilities – on the Autism Spectrum – to apprentice for creative self-employment.
Lalith Gunaratne – CACOR Member. UN FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
YouTube posting for 18 October luncheon.
High resolution picture from 18 October CACOR luncheon. Worth a view.
A tip-of-the-hat goes to David Hutton for his photographic skills.
Lalith Gunaratne – CACOR Member. Nomination for Premier’s Award for Technology by Seneca College
CACOR Board of Directors 2017
Luncheon dates and themes 2017 — bookmark
CACOR activities until end of the year
Weekly Website update notification is shown and explained.
CACOR Members contributing to CACOR Writers
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, announces the first issue of The Ecological Citizen.
Peter Brown, CACOR member, has received the 2017 Herman Daly Award for outstanding contributions to ecological economics.
His economic framework is already posted on this site. Read more…
Tribute to Canada on 150th birthday. Song “This is My Canada”
Émeric Proulx: winner of CACOR’s Award at Canada Science Fair 2017
Your Board of Directors for 2017
CACOR Youth Science Award 2017 Winner Announced
Did you Know, CACOR has these email groups you can join….
A Press release on our AGM was released by John Hollins to about 20 agencies.
Posted on 2017-05-23
Several members highly recommend… The Future of Humanity…
Peter Brown, McGill University and CACOR member makes a presentation to the United Nations General Assembly on the faulty and absurd Earth/Economic model and the need to radically revise economics as part of the requirement for harmony with nature.
Featured Image compliments of www.presentationmagazine.com
— Club of Rome —
Dr. Thomas Schauer – Director of Programme and Administration The Club of Rome
NewsFlash 2017-08 presents information about Club of Rome events, initiatives and publications.
Newsflash No 2017-2 presents information about Club of Rome events, initiatives and publications.
CACOR is affiliated with the Club of Rome, an international organization now based in Winterthur, Switzerland. The Club was founded in 1968 in Rome to address global concerns and their resolution. The Club coined the term “world problématique” to describe the complex of world problems needing attention. The group became known as The Club of Rome.
One of the earliest products produced for the Club of Rome was the landmark work Limits to Growth, which outlined the risks to the global system if there were no changes in the directions of human impact on the planet and its ecosystems. It is characterized by an holistic and systematic approach to these global concerns, rather than a more limited focus on particular components or symptoms.
The Club of Rome encourages global debate in order to set in motion actions which, by the middle of the century, will ensure a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world.