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Ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup
Jan 8/18 update : no answers yet to questions asked by CGL webkeeper about steering committee
Friday, January 5, 2018 - applications due for London's Urban Agriculture Steering Committee
Tuesday, Jan. 16/18 When the Salt of the EArth Meets Wildlife Rehab
Tuesday, Jan. 23/18 How Do You Tail a Bird?
Tuesday, Jan. 30/18 A London, Long Time Ago: London's Geologic Journey
Tuesday, Feb. 6/18 Reviving Indigenous Knowledge in Interacting with the Natural World
Tuesday, Feb. 13/18 Changing the City's Culture Through Permaculture
Tuesday, Feb. 20/18 Taking a Walk on the Wild Side

 


 

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In Case You Missed It Mondays

Each week, USC-Canada posts In Case You Missed It Mondays, news from many sources and aspects of agriculture and food production. 

Check for this regularly.  Hey, just check USC's site. There's so much, and so much positive ... meaning so many people and communities doing something positive and productive, thoughtful, activist ...

Start with USC-Canada's website, then drop down Resources to come to News.

We're keeping this on top of events and news because ICYMI Monday is always new news and events. 

 

 

 

Further to Urban Agriculture Steering Committee - January 8, 2018 note: no answers to questions sent by CGL webkeeper

 

In blue, are some questions submitted by CGL webkeeper Maureen on December 7/17 concerning the application form for and terms of reference of London's new Urban Agriculture Steering Committee (ToR here). The City UA page is here. As of January 8, 2018 there've been no answers. I've just resent the inquiry. Below that in regular black are some excerpts from the terms of reference

Is conduct expected by a member of the Urban Agriculture Steering Committee the same as that expected by a member of any of the advisory committees?  Or is “Council Policy” referring to something else?

Will meetings of the Urban Agriculture Steering Committee be open to members of the public?

Are there supposed to be up to 10, or up to 14 members on this steering committee? (see tally below) ... ie who are the voting members?

Will persons from the advisory committees which have been guaranteed a spot on the urban agriculture steering committee also be required to fill in the form?  The steering committee terms of reference says “member to be appointed by the group”.

What criteria - or level of previous urban agriculture and other involvement - are being looked for by the the city staff looking at applications?

Where in the Steering Committee terms of reference does it say that the committee may and is able to decide on changes to the terms of reference?


Sections of the Urban Agriculture Steering Committee Terms of Reference ... full document here

Community members    T = up to 6
up to two (2) community members(s) who holds membership in a community group dedicated to urban agriculture
up to two (2) community members(s) who operates [sic] a business involved in urban agriculture
up to two (2) community member(s) who works with or for a community group or institution which is involved in urban agriculture activities
              
City Advisory Committee members    T= 4

One (1) Representation from each of the following groups, with the Steering Committee member to be appointed by the group:
- Advisory Committee on the Environment
- Agricultural Advisory Committee
- Middlesex-London Food Policy Council
- Western Fair Association
              
adjunct City Advisory Committee participants   T = 4
The Steering Committee may invite the participation of members from the following Advisory Committees as requested from time to time to assist in the implementation of the strategy.  These representatives shall be appointed by the Advisory Committee, but the representative shall not be a member of the Steering Committee
- Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
- Trees and Forests Advisory Committee
- Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee

Civic administration will be represented by an identified staff member for support from each of the following City of London Divisions:
- Planning
- Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services
- Environmental and Engineering Services
- Parks and Recreation

Selection of Steering Committee Members
Steering Committee members shall be selected from a qualified pool of candidates and approved by Council
- upon the recommendation of the Managing Director, Planning and City Planner,
- in consultation with the Managing Director, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services
- and the Managing Director, Parks and Recreation.

The Steering Committee will meet no more than four (4) times a year.

... will prepare one report to Council in the 4th quarter of each year

6.2 “The conduct of the Steering Committee members shall be in keeping with Council Policy”



 

Application for Appointment to the City Of London Urban Agriculture Steering Committee - due January 5/18

Information about London's New Urban Agriculture Strategy - the Strategy, the Report to Council, and the Steering Committee terms of reference - are linked from the City Urban Agriculture website page (here). The instruction is to contact Leif Maitland, City Planner, to get a copy of the application form. But CGL webkeeper Maureen has copied those below.

A decision regarding membership will be made early in the new year. 

- Name
- Address
- Telephone (daytime)
- Email
- What is your preferred method of contact? (please circle one): Phone               Email
- Are you intending to represent an organization? (if yes, please specify)
- Are you intending to represent a sector? (if yes, please specify)
- Do you hold membership in a community group dedicated to urban agriculture? (if yes, please specify)
- Do you operate a business involved in urban agriculture? (if yes, please specify)
- Do you work with or for a community group or institution which is involved in urban agriculture activities? (if yes, please specify)
- Are you a member of a Council advisory committee? (if yes, please specify which)
- Do you have any education or professional credentials that would support your work on this committee? (if yes, please specify)
- Are you a member of demographic minority group which is underrepresented in municipal affairs, and wish that to be known for the purposed of consideration for committee member selection (if yes, please specify the group(s)).
- What skills, abilities and specialized knowledge do you have that will assist this committee?
- Why are you interested in serving the City of London on this committee?
- What contribution do you believe you can make to this committee?
What past contributions have you made on a similar body or organization?

Please return completed application form to the City of London Planning Office at 206 Dundas Street, London, ON, by January 5, 2018 at 4:30PM. Attention: Leif Maitland
NOTICE OF COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORAMTION
The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used to assist the City of London in selecting appointees to the City Of London Urban Agriculture Steering Committee. Questions about this collection may be referred to the City Planner, 206 Dundas Street, London, ON; Tel: 519-661-4980.
NOTE: BY SIGNING OR TRANSMITTING THIS APPLICATION FORM, I HEREBY CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISCLOSURE OF MY PERSONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS FORM. I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THIS PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE DISCLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND TO THE MEDIA BY THE CITY OF LONDON, UPON REQUEST, AND MAY BE INCLUDED IN PUBLICLY DISCLOSED COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL REPORTS, AGENDAS AND ON THE CITY OF LONDON’S INTERNET WEB SITE.

When the Salt of the Earth Meets Wildlife Rehabilitation

Tuesday, January 16, 2018               7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Since its founding in 2004, Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre has been nursing injured wildlife back to health in the London area.  Founder Brian Salt will describe the journey he has been on, the work that he leads with staff and a volunteer team, and the recent expansion of Salthaven. 

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 1 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018- A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.
Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/
Salthaven:  http://www.salthaven.org

How Do You Tail a Bird?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018               7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

In Hansel and Gretel’s day, you would have tracked things with a trail of breadcrumbs.  Now, our top scientists are using stable isotopes and nanotechnologies to follow migrants.  Dr. Keith Hobson, a professor at Western University’s Biology Department, will describe his research relating to tracking migrant birds and insects.  Hobson’s work relates to ornithology, climate, change conservation, and the field of biogeochemistry.

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 2 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018 - A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.

Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/

Long, Long Time Ago: London's Geologic Journey

Tuesday, January 30, 2018               7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

It would be fair to call Dr. Cam Tsujita a rock star.  This Western professor of earth sciences revels in rocks and has a particular enthusiasm for sharing his interests.  Join him in a trip through time as he describes the profound changes in landscapes (and seascapes) that have occurred in what is now London Ontario over hundreds of millions of years.  During this virtual trip, we will pause occasionally to admire minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms of our area.

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 3 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018 - A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.
Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/

Reviving Indigenous Knowledge in Interacting with the Natural World

Tuesday, February 6, 2018                7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

How do you interact with the earth?  She is listening.  Andrew Judge, an Anishinaabe and Irish scholar, shares his experience utilizing indigenous teaching to add richness to interactions with our earth mother.  Judge, a PhD candidate at Western’s Faculty of Education, teaches Indigenous studies at Conestoga College and collaborates on  range of projects that celebrate Indigenous cultural and traditional ecological knowledge.

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 4 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018 - A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.

Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/

 

Changing the City's Culture through Permaculture

Tuesday, February 13, 2018             7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Permaculture – a transformational approach to the way we create backyards, neighbourhoods, and cities – is slowly taking root. In communities around the planet, city-dwellers are forming mutually beneficial relationships with non-human nature and creating spaces in which people, animals, and plants flourish.  Becky Ellis, a PhD candidate in geography at Western University, will bring it home by describing practical teachniques for spaces in London.

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 5 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018 - A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.

Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/

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Taking a Walk on the Wild Side

Tuesday, February 20, 2018             7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Too often we can find ourselves shuttling endlessly between home and work and school.  But just a short hop away from where you are, right in and around the city, there are wonderful Environmentally Significant Areas and other natural spaces where the wild things are.  London bird educator Gail McNeil is eager to share her insights about some of her favorite birding and hiking haunts.

Nature London in partnership with the London Public Library
Part 6 of 6 – Nature in the City 2018 - A series of illustrated talks on nature in and around the city of London. The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature. Let's do this together by sharing information and stimulating interest in the natural world around us.

Nature London:  http://www.naturelondon.ca     London Public Library:  http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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