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About Us / What We Do

Our mission is to inspire, engage and empower the residents of our community
as we move along the path to a more local, resilient and sustainable future

Go Local means
supporting local businesses and farmers;
building community social networks;
harnessing natural and social diversity;
celebrating what this wonderful Town has to offer,
and taking care of each other.

We began in 2008 as Transition Oakville, were designated an “official” Transition Town (http://www.transitionnetwork.org/) and incorporated in 2011 as Go Local Oakville. Our Board of Directors includes founding president Blake Poland, Hart Jansson (VP), Frank Jones (Treasurer), Melissa Tervit, Alana Kelcey (on parental leave), Susan Curran (on leave), Lisa Seiler, Darren Davis, and member emeritus Andy Stark.

We have a number of initiatives on the go, and several more under development:

Growing & Sharing Food in Halton - http://www.oakvilleorganicmarket.com/Growing_-_Sharing/growing_-_sharing.html

Three, interrelated urban projects, have been undertaken in collaboration with the Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership (http://www.oakvilleorganicmarket.com/About_OSFP/about_osfp.html) (OSFP), and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to increase the resilience of the local food system and communities in Halton:

Halton Fruit Tree (gleaning)
Backyard Bounty & garden sharing
Community Orchard

All of these initiative support the recently adopted Halton Food Charter by the Halton Food Council (www.haltonfoodcouncil.ca (http://www.haltonfoodcouncil.ca/)). To learn more or to volunteer for the Halton Fruit Tree Project, contact Jennifer at foodinhalton@gmail.com or 905-691-6510

Community Gardens

Members of our Board have been active in starting and running several community gardens, including one in West Kerr Village (Trafalgar Park) and a newer smaller raised community garden in front of Whole Foods market.

Community Power

We are working in collaboration with the Halton Environment Network (HEN) and their alternative power project (HEAT) to develop a community-owned solar power generation project in Halton. Hart Jansson, our VP, led a Mayor’s Advisory Group on residential solar panel financing in 2011.

Permaculture Club / Edible Garden Club

We started two local clubs to promote and support those interested in growing their own food. The Permaculture Club was launched in December 2010 to address the demand for information on permaculture gardening principles (there were several hundred people in the GTA asking for a meet-up group on Permaculture. We held a series of information nights, seed-sharing events, and meetups on related topics, launched an extensive demonstration garden (that has been the subject of several documentaries and an award), and a listserv for online discussion. The Edible Garden Club was launched in May 2012 as a surrogate pod of the US-based Kitchen Gardeners International, with a broader focus on edible gardening, informal seed exchange, and a series of monthly potluck dinners.

Household Preparedness

Initially inspired by the work of Chris Martenson (The Crash Course), this group met regularly in 2011 to explore emergency preparedness issues (food, water, etc). A similar initiative will be (re)launched in the fall of 2012.

Inner Transition Book Club

Many Transition Towns operate on the assumption that community-building, reskilling, energy independence and related projects designed to proactively address emerging threats need to be complemented by finding new ways to harness and celebrate inner resilience and community. In this vein, we come together to discuss books by Carolyn Baker, Joanna Macy and others that provoke and inspire us in this direction.

Equity & Diversity Initiatives

We believe that diversity is our strength, but that we still have quite a ways to go to harness the creativity and non-dominant ways of thinking and doing that are so important to the transition from an increasingly pathological industrial growth paradigm to something that is more life-sustaining. Resilience and equity go hand in hand. We want to help midwife a transition to a low-carbon future that is equitable and inclusive of diverse peoples from all walks of life, including newcomers. With the assistance of Futurewatch (www.futurewatch.net/ (http://futurewatch.net/)) and the Halton Multicultural Council (www.halton-multicultural.org (http://www.halton-multicultural.org/)/), we have been exploring how best to be welcoming and inclusive of the full diversity that is Oakville. Several networking, awareness raising, and community celebration events with this focus have been organized over the past 2 years.

Closely related initiatives also spearheaded by GLO members include:

Halton Green Screens monthly eco-film and discussion series, in collaboration with Encore Cinemas (www.haltongreenscreens.ca (http://www.haltongreenscreens.ca/))
Green Drinks monthly social gathering for anyone interested in environmental issues
Halton Food Swaps

Upcoming events (5+)

The Hive - for crafty bees

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

Free attendance open to any crafty person - materials are supplied.

The Hive - for crafty bees

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

Free attendance open to any crafty person - materials are supplied.

Repair Cafe

Oakville Public Library - Central Branch

Do you have a talent for fixing things? We need your help! On Sunday, May 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Oakville Public Library, Town of Oakville, Halton Environmental Network, and in partnership with Sheridan Mission Zero are hosting a Repair Café at the Central Branch of the Oakville Public Library. Come join our team of Fixers! To join our team of fixers, please register on this Eventbrite site or phone Halton Environmental Network: (905)[masked]. After registering we will send you a link to see what see what type of fixer you are: https://forms.gle/WoJpx82Pv9KL7uu39 What is a Fixer? A Fixer is a volunteer who is skilled at repairing household items, everything from appliances to electronics to clothing. Everyone is needed and welcome. What is a Repair Café? Visitors will bring their items to the Repair Café where they will get help fixing it – from you! Most importantly, community members will learn from you – the fixers – how to do it themselves. At the Repair Café, fix anything from lamps to toasters to computers – you name it! It’s free and all are welcome! Repair Café aims to reduce the waste that’s sent to landfill and to change society’s throw-away mindset. Want to bring in an item for repair? Drop-in between 1 pm and 4 pm and register your item in person at the intake table. The event runs until 4pm but we will stop registering items at 3:30. For more information, contact: Halton Environmental Network: www.haltonenvironment.ca, (905)[masked]. To learn about the repair global movement, visit www.repaircafe.org To learn more about Sheridan Mission Zero visit missionzero.sheridancollege.ca

Halton Green Screens

Film.Ca Cinemas

Halton Green Screens Presents a screening of "Sustainable Joes" "From the economy to the environment, we all know something has to change. But can we do anything to really help? ‘SustainableJoes – The Time Is Now’ takes a realistic look at the challenges we face, the drivers of our actions, and provides solutions to have a positive impact today. Twisting the typical environmental narrative, ‘SustainableJoes – The Time Is Now’ is strongly influenced by the work of world renowned Behavioural Economist, Dr. Dan Ariely. Highlighting the drivers of our human behaviour, throughout the film Dr. Ariely talks about strategies to affect change. Ultimately, from food to fashion, water to wealth, energy to the economy; ‘SustainableJoes – The Time Is Now’ covers a variety of topics with a digestibly fast paced approach, focusing on less doom and gloom, more hope and solutions."

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The Hive - for crafty bees

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

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