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TROHGG technical advisor Dara Bowser of Bowser Technical Inc. recently contacted the City of Brantford regarding its proposed 2012 Water Minimum Bill. He exchanged messages with Selvi Kongara, the city’s acting director of environmental services, stressing that “conservation remains a worthwhile objective.” Kongara thanked Bowser for his input and pointed out that the city work plan for 2012 includes revamping the water and wastewater billing structure, and that increasing the block rate structure is “one of our options to promote conservation and we will be evaluating the existing wastewater cap methodology. She added that discussion about the new rate structure will undergo a public consultation process before any decisions are made … a revised rate structure is expected to take effect in January, 2013, he said …. Bowser then replied to Kongara: “I am sure that with your help, council will make the right decision for the current situation as well as in the future.” ….
TROHGG team members wrote on Twitter: @Crystalinee (Crystal Thorne): Starting work for TheGreenHub.ca ! Check it out! Add us twitter @the_green_hub ! Like Us on Fb! …. @atomicspark (Adam Hislop of TheGreenHub.ca) @davecarrol just announced as a speaker at #140confONT… Way cool! …. @taephoto (Tae Photography): @JenGPhotog @lissyleibs How did you make that mark on the tweet?
Facebook post of the week: From Leanne Wood Newman of Flying Camel Advertising, Design + PR: “Had to say goodbye to my beloved Texie boy last night. So sad. Rest in peace buddy. April 15, 1998- August 16, 2011.” … She got 49 comments from friends, including this one: “So sorry what happened. My dog is like one of my kids … I can’t imagine.” …
TROHGG team member D’Arcy McNeil of Empirical Photographic Arts is a regular source of sustainable living tidbits and tips. He constantly forwards links to articles and information he comes across and recently brought something called an upcycled pallet bench to our attention. It came from a blog entitled ‘Frugal Homesteads …
not just for hippies anymore. Where frugality and homesteading meet to create a unique homestead in North Georgia’ … just another example of creating a useful piece of outdoor furniture for little, or no, cost. Said the blog post: “The cost was free, but for a few screws. The whole process took about four hours, including a bit of pondering time to figure out how it was going to be done.” ….
Last but not least: Lisa Herbert from Flying Camel has been busy behind the scenes helping with preparation for Disney Earth night at Harmony Square in downtown Brantford Thursday, September 1. TheGreenHub.ca is sponsoring the Movies in the Square event, and the latest feature we’ll be offering is cookie sales, with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Brant … more details to come … A reminder that Adam Hislop of the TheGreenHub.ca will be putting together a standalone video to precede the movie, which is Planet Earth, following the migration paths of four animal families … The family living in the TROHGG house – Greg McMillan, Yani McMillan, Alaina McMillan and Bryan Ozoria, known as the TROHGGers – will be on hand, as will other participants from the TROHGG project and TheGreenHub.ca … We will also be announcing, and profiling, a new TROHGG team member next week …We have added a Frequently Asked Questions page at TheGreenHub.ca for people interested in finding out more about the TROHGG project. Check out our meet the team link .
Photo at top of page: Upcycled pallet bench: D’Arcy McNeil of Empirical Photographic Arts sent along a blog link from Frugal Homesteads. The cost was free and it took about four hours to build. (Photo courtesy of gardendaddy.blogspot.com)