TREA staff have been busy this month writing a business plan for Reimagine Co.’s tool and equipment lending library in the new year as part of Reimagine’s new waste free grocery store space. Sharing allows community to borrow from an inventory of tools to use at home, a pooling of resources to benefit the environment saving us energy, resources, storage space and money.

TREA is participating with an Environment and Climate Change Canada stakeholders’ input process for its discussion paper: A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution and the proposed approach to manage plastics products to prevent waste and pollution.  Check out the discussion paper here

TREA members have been helping CAN-Bike London with instructor training this fall. This has included programming in Chatham, London and Windsor. Courses are being planned for the spring as well so if you are retired or have flexible hours, you ride year round, and are a safety driven cyclist, please consider this as your opportunity to contribute to community service.

TREA’s 4th Christmas online 12 Days of Christmas Silent Auction will run between November 28 and December 9.  Each day for 12 days, one or more items will be posted on our Facebook event page, bids close each day at 9pm. Don’t forget to sign up! Link can be found here:
We would like to share the following with you –

The Urban League’s meeting Thursday November 26th, 7-8:30 pm will give opportunity to share feedback on the City’s Climate Emergency Action Plan as well as hear from City staff Jamie Skimming and Mike Fabro, and Jake Miller from Project Neutral. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Please note, the Urban League’s recent blogs that focus on the City advisory committee review. Almost all City advisory committees have not met since March while the City discusses their value. The most recent report discussed this month at City Hall addresses various community engagement approaches including advisory committees. Image below shows an advisory committee meeting in action.

TREA has supported Council of Canadian’s London chapter work to make London a Blue Community and they need your help in a final push!
Please visit their online petition on how important water is to our communities.
The Blue Community program is a local and global movement for water security and justice launched in 2009. There are now 44 Blue Communities in Canada including Montreal, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls and another 31 around the globe including Paris, Berlin and Los Angeles.
Montreal and McGill University becoming Blue Communities on World Water Day 2019!
LEN’s Green in the City series mentioned in our October newsletter wraps up with a discussion panel on COVID-19 and a Green Economic Recover Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 7– 8:30 pm. Visit here to register.
Take personal policy action --
As the federal government moves forward on the ban of some plastics, single-use plastic water bottles are NOT on their list of banned plastics. Neither are q-tips or coffee cups that have plastic liners and plastic lids. Here are 3 things you can do before public comment ends December 9, 2020 shared by our friend Maryanne MacDonald, now living in Ottawa.
  1. Send a request to The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, email or phone 1-613-995-1225.
  2. Sign the e-petition #2958 on the Government of Canada website.
  3. Watch the free viewing of “The Story of Plastic” between November 11 – 24. The Unitarian Fellowship of Ottawa Social Action Cluster, in collaboration with Ottawa Water Study/Action Group (OWSAG), are hosting an online viewing and discussion of this feature length documentary, an informative, in-depth look at the impacts of plastic on our world.
Register for the film here. 
To join a discussion on November 24th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm your registration information will be used to send you the zoom link on November 24 to join Dr. Eric Schiller, Water Resources Engineer, Prof. (ret) University of Ottawa, founding member of OWSAG, and others in a community discussion about the film. There will be no film viewing that evening.
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