From time to time we are asked to advertise a community event to our members, often for their help in escorting swimmers. This page provides a place for us to communicate the details of these requests to the CCC membership.
Fat Bike Demo
For info and tickets please see: ccra.ca/online-services/tickets/
Sat Feb 22, 2020
Have you seen those funny bikes with the balloon-size tires? Ever wonder what they’d be like to ride? Join the Friends of the Cataraqui Trail and test ride a fat bike. Demo will be led by Ed Paul from the Kingston Velo Club.
Date: Saturday February 22 (rain date is Sunday February 23)
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Cataraqui Trail in Sydenham (across Bedford Rd. from the Foodland)
$0 if you have your own bike
$30 to rent a fat bike (a member of the Friends will contact you with rental details).
Advanced registration is required. You must wear a helmet while riding, so please bring one with you. Don’t forget to dress for the weather.
We will have 3 demo bikes to test out if you don’t want to rent one. These are first come first served and only for short distances.
2020 Hastings Stewardship Council Speaker Series
For up to date information please see: https://www.hastingsstewardship.ca/
All Winter Speaker events are at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Hwy 62 Ivanhoe An entrance fee is $5 per person, or a donation, help us cover the costs. Children are free. For information, contact Ray Wellman, (613) 848-7697, firstname.lastname@example.org, hastingsstewardship.ca
Thursday, February 13 at 7 pm: Maple Syrup: Sustainable Harvesting Then and Now, Gareth Metcalfe, local maple syrup producer and chair of Hastings Stewardship. How the maple syrup industry has evolved over the centuries in Ontario and how you can follow in these traditions.
Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm: How Ruminants Fit in the Ecosystem: Grazing Animals and Soil Health, Sebastian Belliard, soil management specialist with OMAFRA, is passionate about healthy soils: soil carbon and nutrient cycling, soil structure, and soil ecology. Katherine Fox, senior policy advisor, Beef Farmers of Ontario, working on environment and sustainability policy. New research shows the importance of grazing animals and the symbiotic relationship between cattle and grassland. Sebastian Belliard will talk about what is a healthy grassland soil and the role of livestock in improving soil health and carbon sequestration. Katherine Fox will discuss the importance of cattle in the production of beef, dairy and other products.
Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm: New Roles for Cannabis and Hemp, Josh Powles, PhD., professor and coordinator, Cannabis Applied Science, Loyalist College. John Baker, President of CBD Baker Inc., is a recognized hemp breeder and researcher with Health Canada and with Canadian Seed Growers Association. Josh Powles will describe the role that cannabis has within society, looking at recreational, medical, and potential future applications. He will also talk about how agriculture and applied industries could benefit from the cannabis sector. Hemp is valuable in many ways. Expert plant breeder John Baker will describe what is happening in the hemp industry and how this relates to cannabis. He will explain the varied uses of hemp: CBD, fibre and yarn, biodegradable plastics, biofuel, insulation, food and animal feed, and also the role of hemp in soil improvement.
Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Guardians of our Wetlands and Creeks, Colin Jones, provincial arthropod zoologist, Natural Heritage Information Centre, dealing primarily with rare species. He is co-author of “A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and Surrounding Area.” Colin Jones is a naturalist who can connect us to nature. The beautiful dragonfly or damselfly, silently skimming the surface of the water, is enchanting. He will distinguish between the two and outline their life cycles and talk about conservation, and habitats of the dragonflies and damselflies of Ontario. They play vital roles in terrestrial and aquatic habitats as predators feeding on a variety of mosquitoes and biting flies, and as prey for birds.
Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm: Practical Solutions: Building an Earth Sheltered Home, Steven Moore, Professor of Sustainability/Environmental Policy/Ecological Economics, Queen’s University. Steven Moore will show how to build a low-maintenance house that features energy-efficient and recovered materials, passive solar heating, a green roof, and more. You will get many ideas about how to adapt your own house without necessarily building a new one. Steven says, “We’ve built an earth-sheltered house, hoping to be more sustainable, on the wooded banks of the Salmon River where we live relatively maintenance-free, listening to the roar of the rapids.”