As reported in November, 2012...
In the mere 5 months since our first meeting on May 31, 2012, Transition Erin has come a long way! There are many volunteers from every walk of life now participating actively in our efforts to make a Erin a better place to live and work, and the list keeps growing.
Our Steering Group meets every three weeks, alternating between Mondays and Wednesdays (to increase our accessibility). Most of the real work is done by Working Groups, which are listed here. On October 27, our Community Celebration Working Group hosted the first ever Transition Erin public event - a Community Barn Dance which was very well attended, made a donation to The Main Place, and still came out ahead. The next day, our Reskilling Working Group hosted an amazing Free School event. This prototype event used a workshop format called Virtual Space to create a phenomenal slate of workshop sessions, all in one day, ranging from Financial Planning to Beekeeping to Democracy to Knot Tying! While most of the over 40 attendees were from the local population, we were delighted to draw individuals from as far away as Toronto, Kitchener, and Hamilton. That working group is already looking forward to launching a much larger set of education initiatives in the spring.
We also have a working group devoted managing a film festival - an amalgamation with the popular Fast Forward Film Festival, now in its 4th year, created by the Climate Change Action Group of Erin (CCAGE). That group of individuals, encompassing all ages from high school students to retirees, is right now negotiating access to TIFF hits and other very current films that address issues of relevance to Erin and the surrounding area, to be shown starting early in the new year.
Without a doubt, our Sustainable Development Working Group is currently attracting the most attention in Erin. An application was recently submitted by a developer to the Town to develop a large parcel of land in the North-East corner of the Town of Erin. This plan could more than double the population of Erin, and has enormous ramifications. We want to do our utmost to ensure that any development is the best that it can be for our Town. To us, that means development that respects the Values and Principles for Good Community Development that have identified so far as being important to the people of Erin.
Quite separate from the development proposal, our Wastewater Management Working Group is looking at Erin's options for this important servicing. The Town's SSMP report will be released soon, proposing various options to Town Council. Our working group will promote options that fit our mandate of sustainability and resilience for Erin.
Transition Erin in the News and on the Web:
Join us live, every Thursday morning, somewhere between 8:20 and 8:45 for a Transition Erin update!, Headwaters Radio, CHES - Mix 88.1 FM
Fast Forward Eco Film Fest begins Jan. 16, Wellington Advertiser, Jan. 11, 2013
Council receives Solmar plan despite warnings, Erin Insight, The Erin Advocate, Nov. 28, 2012
Transition Erin promotes healthy urban design, Erin Insight, The Erin Advocate, Nov. 7, 2012
Solmar proposal could double size of Erin village with over 1,240 homes, Wellington Advertiser, Nov. 2, 2012
A ‘oneness’ celebrated by the world, Caledon Enterprise, Oct. 31, 2012
freeschool, Sarah's Kitchen Gardens blog, October 28, 2012
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