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August already!

TREA has been busy promoting waste reduction. TREA volunteers were again at Home County Folk Festival, and Inspiration Fest. Even with rainy weather, we saw great enthusiasm from attendees.

TREA also facilitated a one-on-one trial project with Woodfield community (from Richmond to Adelaide, and Dundas to the CP rail tracks south of Oxford). Surveys on what prevents citizens from being waste free, the barriers around packaging and accessing local food were asked to gain perspective on further TREA priorities in promoting environmental action. We thank Woodfield for its insights and support. We found the process to be overly all very positive when TREA was at their door.

As a note, to prevent regular back up of traffic at the CP tracks on Richmond near Woodfield and other locations, the City budgeted for a system to track train traffic at rail crossings and convey those delays to drivers using roadside signs to flash a warning and how long a disruption will last. So if you need to drive, watch for these signs. Also avoid vehicle idling but especially at rail tracks. TREA has promoted the City by-law on anti-idling for several years. The by-law was revised in 2009 from five to no more than two consecutive minutes of idling by local drivers. Some emergency and special use vehicles are exempt.
We mentioned earlier TREA had a video prepared this spring by a volunteer to introduce TREA.
Check out the video here!
Also as a note, TREA is currently translating its newcomer messages already in Spanish into Arabic. If you can help us translate materials as well into French or Mandarin, please contact us at info@trea.ca. 
News
The world has officially passed Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), August 1, the calculated date when humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds the Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources in that same year, thus we are herein supporting an ecological deficit and increasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Last year the EOD was August 2. Each of us needs to do all we can on a personal level to change this statistic. Let us know what you are doing to help change this trend so we can share it with others – act local, impact global.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) launch their 3rd Annual Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. As many of you know more than two-thirds of the food crops we depend on benefit from pollination by native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. Learn more about threatened bumble bees and their habitat.
Get involved here!
Today, the bicycle is a mainstream mode of transportation for almost a million riders in Toronto. Showcasing over a dozen bicycles, archival photographs, early advertisements and artifacts from private and public collections, Bike City tells the story of the bicycle and its impact on Toronto, past, present and future. Available until November 17, 2018 at Market Gallery, 2nd Floor, St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. For more details, email: marketgallery@toronto.ca.
Interested in travelling alongside bike-friendly campgrounds in Ontario with cycling amenities? 
Listing of Places
Is your community group holding a special event this season?
 
The City now has two new "Thirstation" drinking water stations available at no cost for community functions! To find out more and their availability, call the City at 519-661-2489 ext. 5081 or email: water@london.ca.
City of London
Reimagine: Co has a composting 101 workshop August 30, 211 King St, London. Afterwards, if you want to see different types of composters/composting, come visit TREA’s compost demonstration site.
Register
Sincerely
TREA Board

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