In My Backyard: Meet Canada’s Soon-to-be-Famous Soul/Rock Singer-Songwriter, Miss Emily!

Proud of you and happy for you too……lots of hard work doing what you love to do. All the best….Heather and Don Ross


The divine, Prince Edward County born, Kingston-based, singer-songwriter Miss Emily (a.k.a. Emily Fennell) is an artist that Eastern Ontarians have known and loved for many years. She has been a fixture on the Kingston music scene, playing just about every venue in town in her many incarnations: with her rock band – The Emily Fennell Band, her country act – Sugarplum, and more recently as soul/rock singer-songwriter Miss Emily. If you’ve heard Emily sing you can’t help but be wowed because she can sing anything and make it sound fresh and exciting. She has one of those rock voices, the likes of which we haven’t heard since Melissa Etheridge released Bring Me Some Waterover 20 years ago. She can growl sexily or softly croon and melt your heart within the context of one verse or chorus! Emily exudes strength and vulnerability in equal measure and the…

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Climate Change Health Impacts Demand Urgent Action


“The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible – affecting the health of populations around the world, today. Whilst these effects will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in society, every community will be affected.”

This is one of the conclusions expressed in the new report, The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, that was released on October 31, 2017.  Produced by the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from 24 academic institutions and inter-governmental organizations, the new report identifies 31 indicators that can be used to measure the impact, adaptation, mitigation, economics, and politics of climate change on a global scale.

The Countdown notes that global inaction to mitigate climate change is moving us towards a 2.6°C to 4.8°C increase in the global temperature by the end of the century – “a level which would be disastrous…

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Check out our new video!

Support this wonderful local effort…Food not Bombs

Food Not Bombs in Prince Edward County

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Thanks to Brian Sword of County Productions, we now have a fabulous video to help us spread the word about Food Not Bombs in Prince Edward County!  It’s especially cool that Brian, Tracy, and their little ones are part of the Food Not Bombs community and come to share meals with us. The importance of everyone’s right to healthy food and the solidarity in community is what Food Not Bombs is all about.
Shout out also to Marc Keelan-Bishop of IDḖOmedia who created the Food Not Bomb graphic we’ve been using for the past couple of years, and which you see at the end of the video.

Thanks again from all of us in the FNB PEC Collective

P.S. Next meal is Wednesday, June 21st at 5:30, Picton Town Hall or across the road at Benson Park. Hope to see you there!

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How to Help Trump

When you repeat Trump, you help Trump.

George Lakoff

Without knowing it, many Democrats, progressives and members of the news media help Donald Trump every day. The way they help him is simple: they spread his message.

Think about it: every time Trump issues a mean tweet or utters a shocking statement, millions of people begin to obsess over his words. Reporters make it the top headline. Cable TV panels talk about it for hours. Horrified Democrats and progressives share the stories online, making sure to repeat the nastiest statements in order to refute them. While this response is understandable, it works in favor of Trump.

When you repeat Trump, you help Trump. You do this by spreading his message wide and far.

Nobody knows this better than Trump. Trump, as a media master, knows how to frame a debate. When he picks a fight, he does so deliberately. He tweets or says outrageous things, knowing they will be…

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Host a movie night – with a purpose!

Green Ideas by Carl Duivenvoorden

Popcorn, beverages – and something to talk about

Have you seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s new National Geographic documentary, “Before the Flood”?  Released last month, the 95 minute movie offers a great overview of the causes of climate change (and other environmental challenges we face); and then bridges over to the solutions we need.  It features interviews with Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Elon Musk and more.

From the Obama interview, this prophetic exchange:

Dicaprio: “Somebody that comes into office that does not believe in the science of climate change – do they have the capacity and the power to dismantle everything that you’ve already worked for?”

Obama: “Even if somebody came in campaigning on denying climate science, reality has a way of… hitting you in the nose if you’re not paying attention.  And I think that the public is starting to realize the science – in part because it’s indisputable.”


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Who, me – living in poverty??

Green Ideas by Carl Duivenvoorden

Taking back the only thing that is truly ours

If poverty is having less than you need, many of us live in a new kind of poverty brought on by the demands of our hurried, frenzied world: time poverty.  I came across that phrase recently in The Better World Handbook (New Society Publishers).

From the book: “The quest to “have it all” has programmed us to have overscheduled, frazzled, harried lives where we run from place to place without much sense of where we are going.  Stretching ourselves too thinly sucks out the meaning of daily experiences.”  It’s not very good for the planet either.

The authors suggest, “We must learn to think, feel, communicate and experience the world beyond the confines of material possessions.  We must commit to leading lives fuelled by compassion and love rather than by consumption and personal gain.”

In other words, if life…

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An essential resource before you buy a vehicle

Green Ideas by Carl Duivenvoorden

EnerGuide for Vehicles, the definitive guide to fuel economy

Few of us really know the fuel consumption of our vehicles. We may have a rough idea of how far we can travel on a $50 fillup, but that’s a pretty poor measure since fuel tanks vary in size and gas prices are always changing.

The real measure of a vehicle’s fuel economy is how many litres it consumes to go 100 kilometres, or its imperial system equivalent, how many miles you go on a gallon. And the very best place to get unbiased comparisons between vehicles is Natural Resources Canada’s fuel consumption ratings search tool. It’s a database that lists the official fuel economy of every make and model of vehicle sold in Canada since 1995. It allows you to find the best ones, or compare the models you’re considering. An invaluable tool for any vehicle buyer!

And –…

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