— CACOR Bulletins —
|Canadian COR Zoom Series of Weekly 30+ Minute Presentations|
|15-Apr||Wednesday||completed||Ted Manning||Greening China Challenge|
|22-Apr||Wednesday||completed||Bill Pugsley||Measuring Ottawa’s Air Pollution|
|29-Apr||Wednesday||completed||Art Hunter||Off Grid for 200 days in 2020|
|06-May||Wednesday||completed||John Hollins||Stumbling from Rio to Paris|
|13-May||Wednesday||completed||Ruben Nelson||Civilizational Overshoot|
|20-May||Wednesday||completed||Gordon Kubanek||Mental Health and Covid-19|
|27-May||Wednesday||completed||John Meyer||Canada’s Energy History (guest talk)|
|03-Jun||Wednesday||completed||Values Committee||The entanglement of these times conditioning the future|
|10-Jun||Wednesday||completed||Ted Manning||Precolombian Cultures of the Americas – what happened?|
|17-Jun||Wednesday||completed||Marianne Armstrong||Adapting Canada’s Building Codes for Climate Change|
|24-Jun||Wednesday||completed||David Hutton||Whistleblowers During the Covid-19 Pandemic|
|02-Jul||Thursday||1:30 p.m.||Paul Maillet||Racism and transforming our own biases|
|08-Jul||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Paul Koch||Stockholm 1972 revisited|
|15-Jul||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Anitra Thorhaug||Scrubbing Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere with Seagrass|
|29-Jul||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Vic Buxton||The UN and Ozone hole management (Montreal Protocol)|
|12-Aug||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Zachary Jacobson||Flu and Covid-19 similarities|
|26-Aug||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Jon Legg||Arms Control and Disarmament|
|09-Sep||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||John Meyer||Canada’s Energy Future (guest talk)|
|16-Sep||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Dr. Haifa Feki||Climate Change and Water Resources|
|23-Sep||Wednesday||1:30 p.m.||Dr. Art Hunter||Vertical wall solar power and virus disinfection chamber|
In memory of Fredrick C. Boyd, long time CACOR member.
CACOR transition to electronic meetings.
The CACOR Board of Directors is experimenting with ZOOM for its meetings. This could roll out to other CACOR members. More news as the bugs are worked out.
COVID-19 Notes from UCSF Expert panel – March 10
You MUST read this. It is a matter of survival.
In memory of Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Deputy Chair, Board of Directors — celebration of life , the Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Saturday, March 07, 1:00pm -5:00pm.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, is one of the volunteers that produces The Ecological Citizen journal. He is pleased to announce that the new supplement on Ecological Economics can be found here:
Dr. Haifa Feki, CACOR member, submitted the abstract “Analysis of Extreme Hydrometeorological Events in Tunisia” to the 54th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, which will be held in Ottawa from May 24 to 28.
Dr. Art Hunter and Dr. John Hollins, CACOR Board of Directors, have both submitted abstracts to the 54th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, which will be held in Ottawa from May 24 to 28. The theme of the Congress is Building Societal Resilience to Changing Weather, Climate, Oceans and Environment. Art’s paper will draw lessons from the Manotick Microgrid. John’s will address the findings of the CACOR Pathways Study.
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, lives a low carbon lifestyle in his home and works with a group of “concerned citizens” in North Gower opposing the construction of a HUGE warehouse there – larger than the new Amazon warehouse – which would be in a floodplain, it is within the village boundary and goes against the village official plant, and the possible 1700 employees have no public transit to get to and from work.
Dr. Art Hunter, CACOR Board of Directors and webmaster has updated the list of member committees and CACOR discussion groups.
Dr. Ted Manning, CACOR Board of Directors and past Chair, reports his daughter is leading the update to the Canadian National Building Code.
Jean Dougherty, CACOR Board of Directors, announced the CACOR luncheon schedule of speakers and topics for 2020.
Book Author and CACOR member, Dave Dougherty, offers this link. The Odd One
Phil Reilly, CACOR member, recommends the book 101 Solutions to Global Warming
Brussels, 11th December 2019 – The Club of Rome congratulates European Commission president von der Leyen and vice-president Timmermans on their leadership and foresight in developing a European Green Deal (EGD). The Deal is an opportunity for Europe to show not only leadership on climate neutrality but also on economic, financial and social transformation. Link to PDF…
COR Planetary Emergency link…
COR presentation to the World Economic forum in Davos. Time to Emerge…
posted 2020-01-11 and updated 2020-01-19
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, states an issue with the low carbon lifestyle: “Our attempts to have vegetarian meals are mostly failures as the two older ladies cannot imagine a meal without meat. Yesterday my mother in law looked at what I had made for dinner and grabbed a tin of sardines from the pantry – she had to have some protein or she thought she might not survive the day.”
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, explaines “To continue to reduce our carbon footprint my mother moved into our home. She now occupies the basement apartment – with a stair lift of course!”
Yasmin Asgarali, Vice Chair, CACOR Board of Directors has completed level 2 training of Eugene Staffa, CACOR Member, as a new editor of our Website. His duties are being developed.
Dr. Peter Meincke, CACOR member, posted on our discussion group:
“I recommend watching Greta’s most recent speech at COP25. Democracy Now has the video and a transcript. It is fantastic.”
Pathways project workshop presentation of 4 December 2019 is contained in this PDF Link…
Dr. John Hollins, past Chair CACOR, enters the Ottawa public transportation debate.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, reports that The Ecological Citizen has published a new, short opinion piece titled Small cetaceans, big problems. Link…
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, responds to the children in grade 3 at Lorne Cassidy public school. PDF Link…
The Ecological Citizen, a journal which CACOR member Ian Whyte helped to found, has published its seventh issue (including themed supplements) on July first. Among other topics, it looks in detail at religion and ecocentrism. You can access all content in the new issue for free here:
Philippe Roy, CACOR member, sent a copy of his Climate Emergency In Canada, October 29 to
PDF document link…
David Dougherty, CACOR member, is providing the Youtube of the week for the website, found in EVENTS.
Yasmin Asgarali, Vice Chair CACOR Board of Directors, was commissioned to do a photoshoot for Deepti Gupta of Arzoo Dance Theatre:
CACOR Member, Jean Carr runs a website Website Link…
It was created to list gardening events in Ottawa but has expanded to experiences consistent with the values of gardeners and respect for nature.
CACOR Member, David Dougherty, highly recommends the 16 minute YouTube “Healthy Planet, Healthy People | Courtney Howard | TEDxMontrealWomen”
and “Why you should be a climate activist”
CACOR Member, David Dougherty, highly recommends the short YouTube “The Last Time the Globe Warmed”
CACOR Vice Chair Board of Directors, Yasmin Asgarali, has been nominated for a CPACT Choice Award for Volunteer Excellence and needs your vote.
CACOR member Vic Buxton appeared on TVO, The Agenda on Thursday evening, June 13, along with Thomas McMillan (Minister of the Environment, 1987) and Elizabeth May (Policy Advisor to the Minister, McMillan at the time. Vic Buxton was lead negotiator for Canada. Steve Palkin asked questions about lessons for climate change.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, responds to “What are you doing about climate change?” (part 2)
– I make my own yogurt to avoid buying throwaway plastic containers
– I purchase carbon offsets from researched suppliers when I travel
– I use paper already printed on one side more than 99% of the time
– I do all the little ‘nonsense’ things, like recycling and turning off the water when I brush my teeth
– I have been an ‘activist’ all my life and have tried to influence others to be more gentle on the Earth
– I pick up litter wherever I am out in the world, and carry bags for that purpose
– I WILL NOT buy or use any consumable in plastic: coffee, take out food, whatever
– I complain when throwaway containers are used, and won’t use them.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, responds to “What are you doing about climate change?” (partial list)
– I switched to Bullfrog Power, a renewable energy service
– I replaced the monoculture desert called a lawn with a garden
– I bicycle or walk to all close locations rather than drive
– I take public transportation when possible
– I keep the house heat low and wear extra clothes in heating season
– I use ceiling fans and/or movable fans and have no air conditioner
Dr. Art Hunter, member CACOR Board of Directors, on 7 July completed one full year of living fossil fuel free for transportation, heating/cooling home, hot water, and electricity by electrification of everything. All electrical power is generated using solar power and heat/cool is geothermal. The yearly Coefficient of Performance (energy efficiency) is 2.0 or 200% when integrated over the year. This means that twice as much energy is produced annually compared to consumed. The OFF Grid record, without using grid power backup, is presently underway and is now 20 days with no estimate of when it will be necessary to fall back to Grid power.
Jean Brasseur, CACOR member, responds to “What are you doing about climate change?”
I left a rural town for Ottawa to access public transit. I follow the city’s re-cycle program. I joined CACOR and manage the Quote widget for the website. I search the internet for relevant news and opinion for CACOR Groups. I have supported and photographed Art’s Microgrid Project.
“Plan to Survive: A Canadian Guidebook for Dealing with Climate Change”, CACOR document, first Edition, 12 July 2019, is now available for widespread distribution.
“HOLISTIC, LONG-TERM THINKING FOR A BETTER FUTURE”
Thoughts on a new vision, mission and strategy for the Club of Rome
Ian Whyte CACOR member, responds to “What are you doing about climate change?”
I support Rewilding Earth which has produced the book The New Rewilding Anthology 2018-2019 available, along with more information, at:
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, responds to “What are you doing about climate change?”
I am a Green Party candidate for the 5th time and have a totally electric home, two electric cars and I do not fly.
Jean Brasseur, CACOR member responds to “What are you doing about climate change?”
I gave up my car and now use public transit or walking.
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Vice Chair Board of Directors, has been supporting the Ottawa police forum, “Building Trust Together”. Her recent involvement was attending the “Community Policing Forum and Police Week Launch” in May 2019.
CACOR emeritus member Philip Cockshutt celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, May 30. Philip was Treasurer for many years. He still serves as Chair of the Membership Committee.
The Communications Committee report to the 2019 AGM is now available.
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Board of Directors, on 13 May 2019, attended the Community Policing Forum “Building Trust Together”.
Dr. Art Hunter, CACOR Board of Directors, provided a guided tour of his “Future Proofing Renewable Energy – The Manotick Independent Microgrid – 100% Renewable Energy Home” to five members of the Green Party of Canada (GPC) on 2019-05-10 and a second tour for more members of the GPC is planned for 2019-05-13.
Jean-Jacques Desgranges, CACOR Board of Directors, stated “I wish to announce that I have been elected as Bencher at the Law Society of Ontario. I was informed of this great news yesterday, May 1.”
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, recently attended two Extinction Rebellion protests and went to the School Children’s Climate Breakdown protest on Parliament Hill. All were uplifting events.
David Pollock, Chair and Gordon Kubanek member Board of Directors, made a presentation titled “Climate Disruption Stark Realities – Real Opportunities “, to a full house of about 80 members of the Rideau Valley (Manotick) branch of the PROBUS club.
Ian Whyte, CACOR Member, accepted the challenge to pick up plastic and litter from a beach.
His adventure is found in The Ecological Citizen
Ruben Nelson, CACOR member, in San Francisco on December 2018, was honoured as the 2018 recipient of the Don Michael Award.
Phil Reilly, CACOR member, recently joined the Board of Directors of Deep Roots Food Hub.
On 5 March 2019, Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, was elected by the Green Party of Canada to be their federal candidate for the riding of Carleton in Ontario.
Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Board of Directors, on February 16, attended a panel discussion at Ottawa City Hall, organized to bring attention to International Mother Language Day (IMLD). The title of the panel discussion was ‘Do Mother Languages Matter: Let’s Talk’. This event was organized to support Bill 247. Link to bill 247…
Jean Brasseur and Art Hunter (CACOR members) on 2019-02-22, participated in a meeting of prestigious pre-Internet pioneers who ran the Fidonet networks in Eastern Ontario from 1983 through 1991. Discussions were informal but covered a wide range of topics including cyber security, privacy, hacking, social media and hardware.
David Pollock, Chair, and Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors will be speakers for the PROBUS club at the Manotick Legion April 3 “Climate Change: Stark Realities – Real Opportunities.”
Dr. Art Hunter, CACOR Board of Directors, reached a significant milestone in his fossil fuel free home energy efficiency.
Reminder: Coefficient of Performance (COP) = Energy out / Energy in
Net Zero = Energy produced – Energy consumed (Watt-hours)
Using data only from Hydro One (electrical power consumed and produced) and Enlighten (solar energy production) the July 2018 COP was over 25 and this dropped to almost 1.0 in January 2019. Solar production is the main variable but power consumption is significant. The Net Zero integral over the past 12 months was + 5.11 MWh but was -1.15 MWh for the month of January 2019. Performance is terrible in the winter by fantastic in the summer.
A small report in Word is available that explains this performance. If interested, contact Art.
The Pathways Project, modelling possible Canadian policy changes designed to meet IPCC agreed greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. Electric Vehicles), is well underway. Seven CACOR members are active.
We are pleased to announce that Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, has joined Ian Whyte as co-manager of the “What are you Doing?” widget on our website.
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|Quality Control||Art Hunter||Art Hunter||Art Hunter||Art Hunter|
|Widget Title||CACOR Writers||What are you Doing?||Solutions||Announcements|
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David Pollock, Chair, CACOR Board of Directors sent the following on 16 January to all our members.
Vic Buxton, CACOR member and Dr. Art Hunter CACOR Board of Directors attended Elizabeth May’s (Green Party of Canada) 12 Day of Christmas social event on 6 January. Many contacts were made and plans are developing to facilitate tours of the Manotick Microgrid.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member, announces:
Dr. Ted Manning, ex-chair CACOR Board of Directors, explains: Planet still here. Best wishes for the New Year.
In May Dr. Peter Meincke attended a conference on “How to Save the World in a Hurry”. More information about the ongoing activity can be found at http://tosavetheworld.ca/
Past CACOR Chair John Hollins is also a member of la chorale Les Jeunes de Cœur d’Orléans. This year, the choir has 75 members; it meets regularly on Tuesday afternoons. John accompanies the choir at the piano, sometimes sings with the tenors, and occasionally plays the organ when the choir sings for a mass; that’s what he will be doing on Christmas morning this year.
The choir performs two main concerts every season, one at Christmas and the second in the spring. In November, about 50 of the choristers sang three pieces for a Cérémonie de Souvenir in Orléans, including a four-part version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, a moving piece to mark the Armistice, with a fine accompaniment for the piano.
Last Christmas, it joined forces with Les Chansonniers d’Ottawa to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. The concerts were presented at the Shenkman Theatre in Orléans, a modern 500-seat hall with good acoustics and technical support.
This year it will perform its Christmas concert at l’Église St-Joseph d’Orléans on Sunday afternoon, December 16.
Susan Tanner, CACOR member, is interviewed concerning the recent Group of 78 policy conference on Climate Change at
The full report and Executive Summary with recommendations are available at
CACOR Pathways Plan is presented.
The main Club of Rome Announces “Climate Emergency”:
Dear Member of the Club of Rome,
The recent IPCC report sent a stark reminder to humanity about the existential threat posed by climate change. The only possible response is emergency action to transform our social, economic and financial systems.
We are happy to share with you today The Club of Rome Emergency Plan – A Collaborative Call for Climate Action, as announced during the 50 Years Club of Rome Anniversary Summit in Rome. In cooperation with partners we call on all stakeholders – governments, civil society, business – to adopt the action plan you will find in the attachment.
We feel comfortable with this final draft and already reached out to experts and potential partners. The initiative will be launched on November 24th at 3pm CET in cooperation with We don’t have time. The event will be live-streamed online
We would be grateful for your help and support in distributing the message of the launch your networks.
We would strongly encourage the national chapters to consider organising events around the Climate Emergency Plan. Those of us who have been working on developing the Plan would be ready to participate in such meetings. Before X-mas would be difficult, but early next year would be fine as well. We also know of course that many, if not most, of our members are well versed into the topics being raised.
An Implementation Plan is being developed which will be circulated in due course as the initial group of key partners becomes clear. Should you be interested in contributing to the further course of the project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes,
Sandrine, Mamphela, Anders, Ian-- Project and Communications Manager The Club of Rome Lagerhausstrasse 9 CH-8400 Winterthur SWITZERLAND Phone: +41(0)52 244 0808 email@example.com www.clubofrome.org
John Verdon, CACOR member, was recently accepted to participate in the Synapcity (formerly Citizen Academy) Civics Boot Camp
Well this was the first session – so mostly introduction to each other and the outline of the next 5 weeks (each session is 3 hours – but there is homework to do in the week – the program extends for six weeks).
The core of the program involves having 3 case studies related to current concerns of Ottawa – one case concerns affordable housing and inclusive zoning (this is the one I’m involved in simply because I’m very concerned with the need to re-imagine how we build, sustain and nurture community for multigenerational and diverse needs that are also green and walkable). Another case study concerns exploring how the city of Ottawa can bring their service delivery into the 21st century (I was very attracted to this case study – but housing & community are my priority because of my need to think of where Clara will go when I’m no longer able).
Throughout the Boot Camp we will have city and other experts speak and participate with the aim of developing alternative possibilities that the city can seriously review.
On 6 November 2018, Art Hunter, CACOR Board member, had a representative from Tesla inspect his microgrid. An agreement to cooperate was made for data exchange and sharing of information. The Tesla representative was most interested in the geothermal “battery” and how it was being used in recycling wasted thermal energy to heat hot water and save for internal climate heating in the winter.
On October 30, 2018, Mr. Phil Reilly, CACOR member, attended the event Gardens and Healthy Cities: Sustainable projects for our health and well-being.
In June 2018, Peter Meincke and Sue Williams (CACOR members) attended the 16th Islands of the World conference of the International Small Islands Studies Association held in Leeuwarden and Terschelling in the Netherlands. Peter gave a paper entitled “How Islands Can Show the way to a Sustainable Future” which described how an imaginary island named Walden Four was using existing technologie.
Steven B. Kurtz, CACOR member, Wrote: Feedback And Dis-Equilibrium In Human Overpopulation
Overwhelming evidence has engendered a consensus among global scientists that the human population level and trend are unsustainable. Although we are part of nature, we may have some choice in the ongoing process of which our numbers are but one variable. Individual, social, and institutional factors are examined, and policy options are considered. Evidence is given debunking the claim that the rich attempt to coerce poor nations to reduce fertility. Carrying capacity and optimum population concepts are discussed, particularly as to equilibrium potential. Prospects for pro-active success are entertained.
Dr. Peter Meincke and Susan Tanner, CACOR members reported:
Peter is serving on the organizing committee chaired by Susan Tanner for a Group of 78 conference on Climate Change. CACOR will receive invitations bur information can be found at Link…
Thomas Schauer, Club of Rome Newsflash
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Newsflash No 2018-10 presents information about Club of Rome events and publications by members:
Valerie Hume, CACOR member, was a delegate at the Zonta International biennial convention held in Yokohama this year. Zonta is a volunteer-powered, leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. For the past four years she served on the international award program called Young Women in Public Affairs Committee. The delegates at the convention voted to support a UNICEF integrated program for adolescent girls in Madagascar, a UN Women program to improve the resilience and empowerment of Syrian refugee and vulnerable Jordanian women, and a UNICEF program to accelerate global action to end child marriage.
On September 28th Dr. Nicole Morgan, CACOR Board of Directors, will be presenting at the colloque Ville intelligente | Ville organique. (Sherbrooke)
Enfin, voici pour votre information le Lien vers la page de l’évènement. Je vous invite à en parler autour de vous et à inviter les personnes susceptibles d’être intéressées dans votre réseau. J’attire votre attention sur le fait qu’il y a un tarif privilégié (moitié prix) pour les étudiants, les groupes communautaires…
Lalith Gunaratne, CACOR member announcement.
Dear CACOR friends and community
Ian Prattis and I are doing two mindfulness talks and sessions at Ottawa Public Library on 15th September.
Please see the links as they are separate events and have to register separately.
Posted 14 September 2018
Dr. Art Hunter, CACOR Board of Directors, is preparing for an Open House for the public to visit his 100% fossil fuel free home for a demonstration of the home and transportation of the future as described in
Also, and electronic brochure Available here…
Further, he is giving presentations at 5:30 pm at “Green Drinks Ottawa – Sept 13, 2018” event, 5:30-8:30pm, Fox & Feather Pub, 283 Elgin Street. This same presentation will be delivered at Lansdowne Park 22 September from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Phil Reilly is also participating in this event Link…
John Verdon, CACOR member, requested assistance.
Hi everyone, the non-profit social enterprise I’m involved with had a short documentary made about it – and it is now one of the 10 finalists – for the People’s Choice Award.
If you like the documentary – you could vote for
“Find Your Place Within TheSpace” Vote here…
For more information about theSpace
Club of Rome News flash presents information about Club of Rome events and publications by members, including CACOR:
Dr. Nicole Morgan, CACOR Board of directors, Published a book, COLD HATRED (2012): What does the American right think. Paris, Le Seuil
“Lost in its problems, Europe pays little attention to the American political scene.
Barely did it notice a populist movement emerged from the shadows: the Tea Party, where, alongside religious fundamentalists hammering the Bible, atheists showing up the US Constitution, unemployed youth, pensioners ruined by the crisis and nostalgic for an all-powerful America. Such eclecticism does not prevent this movement from being revolutionary, because it demands a radical change of power, which it wants to move from the public sector to the private sector: complete free enterprise.
This ideology was formed in the United States, but its universal vocation concerns the future of all modern nation-states. Like any ideology, it rests on simplistic postulates that it transforms into irrefutable truths under the banner of a pseudo-science: here the economy. Like hard ideologies, it conveys strong emotions that draw on the collective unconscious, hate and fear in mind, punishments in support, fundamentals in addition. Hatred underlies it, the number sanitizes it, the incompetence qualifies it.
This book gives all the keys to a formidable machine that was built over half a century, with its high priestess, Nobel Prizes, sulfurous alliances and powers that live on this virtual continent where only one percent of the world’s population lives.”
She is working on another follow up book, HOT HATRED (Montreal 2019). In the first part, I thoroughly document the way the propaganda machine was built over 50 years by finance (not the GOP or Trump. Those are mere puppets), following up with what will happen when the private sector rules the world. I go into full scenario. There is only one scenario.
In May Dr. Peter Meincke, CACOR member, attended a conference on “How to Save the World in a Hurry”. More information about the ongoing activity can be found at http://tosavetheworld.ca/
Dr. Nicole Morgan, Board of Directors, will be interviewed on Radio France International on Monday, 13 August 2018.
Subject: the rise of the ultras in United States.
« Le Journal d’Haïti et des Amériques ». Ce serait à 14h10 (heure de Paris), 8h10 heure de chez vous.
In June, Peter Meincke and Sue Williams, both CACOR members, attended the 16th Islands of the World conference of the International Small Islands Studies Association held in Leeuwarden and Terschelling in the Netherlands. Peter gave a paper entitled “How Islands Can Show the way to a Sustainable Future” which described how an imaginary island named Walden Four was using existing technologies.
John Verdon, CACOR member is also a co-founder of A NON-PROFIT SOCIAL STUDIO FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN OTTAWA. They recently conducted two successful Kickstarter campaigns – the first we were asking for $25K and got $32K – the second we were aiming for $6K and got $8K.
Their key founder was chosen out of 300 applicants as one of Ottawa’s 10 trailblazers by CBC Ottawa. THE SPACE has been operating for 1 1/2 years.
On July 14, Yasmin Asgarali, CACOR Board of Directors, was invited to ‘a book launch’. She knew nothing about the book, nor its contents, and patiently sat through all the speeches about its development, and subsequent cultural performances.
At the end, as she was mingling with other attendees while having tea, one gentleman greeted her and asked her name. And then he said “That’s why I recognize you. You’re in the book!”. She was taken by surprise. She was sure he was mistaken. So, she of course doubtingly asked “Are you sure it’s me?” to which he replied “Yes, you are featured in Chapter 3, and mentioned in Chapter 6.”
He accessed a copy of the book (Yasmin still did not believe him), turned to Chapter 3, and there it was: her photo and a page of information, collected during a focus group session she had attended three years prior.
The title of the book is A HISTORY OF INDO-CANADIANS IN OTTAWA – A JOURNEY ACROSS GENERATIONS by Hand Tandan and Prabir Neogi. Here is what the book says about Yasmin:
“Yasmin’s ancestors were from U.P. in India and had been in Trinidad for five generations when her family migrated to Canada. Yasmin’s parents went back to Trinidad when she was 13, but Yasmin and her three older siblings continued to live with their aunt and uncle until she was sixteen.
Young Yasmin missed Trinidad, especially since she was having a miserable time at school. She was the only Indian student and was bullied and harassed by other students. For her, those three years at school were mostly about survival. She used to write letters to her parents in Trinidad, letters she never posted because she did not want to worry them.
Fortunately for Yasmin and her siblings, she was befriended by a schoolmate of Dutch descent. That Dutch family eventually helped transition Yasmin and her siblings, and parents (they returned to Canada three years later) into a life in Canada.
Things changed when Yasmin started her studies at the University of Manitoba where she met a broader selection of Canadians. She was now admired for being ‘exotic’ as there was a genuine and honest curiosity about her heritage and culture. She thinks the reason for the change was related to Canadians becoming more familiar with people from different racial and cultural backgrounds. Another reason was that the people at institutions of higher learning generally tend to be more open minded and accepting of others.
After Yasmin completed her education, she met and married a white Canadian, whose professional interest was architecture. She moved to Ottawa where her husband was admitted to Carleton University for a course in Architecture. They had two children. Yasmin worked in the federal public service. Later, she was with the Ministerial Services Briefing Unit of HRSDC until April 2012, when she chose to retire early.
Still living in Ottawa, she teaches Korean yoga, engages in volunteer work, sits on the Board of Directors for two organizations, and spends a significant part of her time as a photographer and two small business enterprises. Her children, now adults are in permanent relationships and living on their own. Her son is in Toronto; her daughter in Australia. Interestingly, her daughter’s fiance in Australia has ancestral ties (on his father’s side) from four generations ago to Tobago, Trinidad’s sister island!
Art Hunter, CACOR Board of Directors, announced completing milestone #3, Geothermal subsystem is installed and certified on 2018-07-09.
Energy Freedom Project major milestones:
#1 EV purchase 30 April 2015
#2 Solar and Tesla batteries 4 December 2017
#3 Ground Source Heat Pump 9 July 2018
Full focus is now on milestone #4
#4 Command and Control (including GUI, algorithms, sensors and actuators) up to release 1.0.
A quick static Coefficient of Performance without doing anything fancy is 5.6 (2 kW energy used by the Geothermal system and it is moving 11.2 kW heat to the soil for storage.) Both these are measured values. Of course this is quite low as it is a static value rather than one integrated over some time period and no major steps have been taken at energy efficiency. I am still shooting at a COP > 8.0 (with wild dreams of 10) for the entire electrical and geothermal system when it is operating as an optimized single system with COP integration over months or a year. It is important to get all seasons involved as they all have energy efficiency challenges that need managing in order to improve the COP. The two Svec coils are connected in series. The temperature difference between the outgoing Loopanol and the returning Loopanol is 5.6 C (10 F).
Performance can only improve from here. The low starting baseline is a COP of 5.6.
Ian Whyte, CACOR member is very active in the production of the Ecological Citizen periodical.
The Ecological Citizen exists to promote ecocentric thought, thinking and action. The third issue, with an agricultural mini theme, exemplifies this mandate well. From the lead ‘Angry Editorial’ through to the closing poetry and art, the ecocentric theme is maintained through both text and beautiful illustrations.
The Angry Editorial brings to light, through a discussion of the ecological destruction caused by contemporary corporate and large scale agriculture, yet again, that our society’s paradigm is a death dealing one. Further on Colin Tudge, in his article Lies, Misconceptions and Global Agriculture, shows that a fair bit of the mountain of agricultural produce is not even necessary for human nutrition. Rob Percival gives an ecocentric perspective on eating animals.
Several shorter pieces round out the agricultural mini theme: Anderson’s personal reasons to be vegan; Payne’s discussion on edible insects; Percival takes on the relation between ecosystem flourishing and eating animals, and; Wes Jackson’s group discusses a different agriculture based on natural systems.
Don’t fear, the issue is not all agricultural! There is an article titled ‘Immigration and Population’, one on ‘The Insanity of Endless Growth’, and a further one on how the distant past influences today’s economics.
Piccolo writes a super review of “Being Salmon: Being Human by Martin Lee Mueller, which will make you want to get and read the book.
Finally, there’s a newly transcribed speech by George Monbiot ‘The Pricing of Everything’ which critiques concepts such as ‘natural capital’, ‘ecosystem services’, ‘green infrastructure’, ‘asset classes’ and the ‘ecosystem market’.
As if the above were not enough, there’s great original art and plentiful photographic illustrations throughout, and the issue closes with a careful selection of classic and contemporary poetry.
Get the strong third edition of The Ecological Citizen at Link…
Dr. Thomas Schauer, Director of Programme and Administration The Club of Rome
Newsflash No 2018-07 presents information about Club of Rome events and publications by members:
Deputy Webmaster Michael Krakowiak (external contractor) has been contracted for one year of support starting in June 2018. He is very experienced in Website design, maintenance and operations. His duties are to pick up some of the workload, conduct website maintenance, and assist CACOR members as required. Art Hunter will remain the CACOR business contact for outside services and as the single internal point of contact for issuing work packages after the completion of the transition. Yasmin Asgarali will be meeting with him to demonstrate some of our standard operations with the objective of providing familiarity.
New Board of Directors for 2018.
Robert Hoffman, CACOR member recognized by World Academy of Art and Science.
The World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) has recognized Robert Hoffman as Fellow. Fellows are chosen for eminence in the arts, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities, and are mandated by the Academy’s founders to explore “the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge’. As an active participant in New Economic Theory Working Group, he sees the need to reframe economics as a complex evolutionary system of which humanity is an integral component. These ideas are explained in ‘Towards a Conceptual System for Managing in the Anthropocene’ an article published in Cadmus, the Journal of the World Academy. At present he is collaborating with fellow WAAS and Club of Rome member, Carlos Alvarez Pereira, to launch a project whose objective it is to create a computer based systems model to demonstrate the concepts upon which new economic theory might be based. The ‘Open Simulation’ project group met in Vienna following the CoR Annual General Assembly and again in Paris Following the WAAS meeting of the New Economic Theory Working Group.
Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Board of Directors, is a Green Party candidate in the Ontario election. Further, he recently was the keynote speaker at the CACOR AGM. Popular demand asked that his full presentation on Bees be made available. They are available on the following link.
“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.