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March 2018 – A busy month in London!
TREA is excited to have attended the City’s first Urban Agriculture Steering Committee meeting this month. The goal is to develop a plan engaging community to become involved with all the strategy’s many action opportunities. A final report at year end will be strategized for Council’s consideration.

We have been planning for our first Dinner For a Cause! since January, organized with Plant Matter Kitchen to celebrate Earth Day, on April 22. TREA helped plan the very first Earth Day celebration here in London at Harris Park and from there many other community events were arranged over the years, particularly in schools. We hope you will share this information and join us on April 22nd as friends of TREA. If the 22nd does not work for you please support LEN’s Dinner For a Cause! on Sunday, Sept 9. TREA’s 1st dinner on the 22nd is planned for 5:30pm and once that sitting is filled through reservations, a 2nd dinner will be arranged for 7pm. 

We are very excited to celebrate Earth Day in this way. Please make your reservation today by emailing info@plantmatterkitchen.com or by going to http://plantmatterkitchen.com/reservations. We thank you for your ongoing support!

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The Master Gardener’s annual Seedy Saturday, March 3 was a great success. TREA chatted with many community members and is happy to report many of them were familiar with TREA’s past work. TREA also recently attended the launch of Lucas HS’s ban on plastic water bottles. Lunch hour displays gave students opportunity to visit with various community agencies on water and waste efficiency initiatives. TREA has had an active role over time in promoting reduction of plastic water bottles and plastic bags.
Looking ahead - TREA attended a recent workshop at the Small Business Centre to determine any opportunities for a tool lending library; a webinar on Bike Safety and impacts of non-helmet use; a Pillar Risk Management workshop; and once again a visit to the amazing yearly pollinator workshop in Guelph.

TREA continues its outreach to London’s multi-cultural communities to gain local involvement. We also had a display at the recent London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership’s newcomer volunteer fair this month.  With the program, we also have a special workshop organized in partnership with the Central Library, Saturday, March 24, 10-11:30am in English and Spanish to discuss the environment. Our visits have included asks that we expand messages into French and Arabic. This is now in the works.
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TREA will continue its outreach to commuter cyclists to ensure they have bike lights while riding at dusk. We are accomplishing this with the help of the Urban League’s small grants program for its members.
Upcoming Events
We would like to share the following with you –

1. Friends of Urban Agriculture’s 2018 2nd planning meeting is arranged for Saturday, March 17, 10:00 to noon, at Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road. For further details, email info@trea.ca.

2. Join Council of Canadians for World Water Day at the Central Library on March 21, 7 pm. Three short films will be made available. Over 63 million people do not have access to safe water close to home. For big picture information and/or to get involved, visit www.worldwaterday.org. 

3. TREA looks to provide a volunteer to support LEN’s display at the annual GoWildGrowWild Green Expo on April 7. Don’t miss this fabulous event – find details at GoWildGrowWild.ca.

4. TREA’s Annual General Meeting will be held April 12, 2018 from 7-9pm at Grosvenor Lodge. 

5. If you have not had opportunity to attend City Open Houses, visit online information on the expansion of the W12 landfill at https://getinvolved.london.ca/WhyWasteDisposal/virtual-open-house-residual-waste-disposal-strategy and the planning for a Resource Recovery Strategy at https://getinvolved.london.ca/WhyWasteResource. Also, check for public feedback deadlines.
 
Sincerely,
TREA Board
 
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