Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – Busy Busy Time! Eco Farm Day – In Transition Film Screenings – Friends of the Earth Art Exhibit – CLICK FOR DETAILS – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – I know spring is itching to show her face when I see Robins flitting about.  Last week I sighted a group of eight darting about a farm yard.  Our harbingers of Spring are letting us know that winter is coming out of her big sleep.

Eco Farm Day is coming to the Ramada Inn once again this February 25 & 26th.  This well attended conference features speakers and a trade show which offers organic and transitional farmers information to improve their business and the opportunity for the general public to become familiar with the food producers in this region and the wonderful products they produce. Eco Farm Day is hosted by Canadian Organic Growers whose mission is to “lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fiber while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.” Contact for more information.

Mark your calendar for the screening of film “In Transition, From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience”. This solutions-focused fun film sites examples of how communities are using creativity and imagination to rebuild local commerce in response to peak oil and climate change.  Screening runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, February 24 at the Cornwall Community Museum, 160 Water St. West.  Entrance is Free.  Good-will donation is appreciated.  An opportunity for discussion will follow the screening. This is a great opportunity for students interested in the Environmental Field.

The weather cooperated to entice friends and family to put the outdoors into their family day celebrations.  A bright blue sky with balmy temperatures of -6C were the perfect conditions to skate, hike, run or toboggan.  I was delighted with the vision of Serge, father of two young boys taking the time to indulge in a little pick-up game of hockey on the frozen waters edge at the children’s grand-parents home.  How fortunate we are to live in a locale where wetland areas freeze over providing us with numerous little areas to use for our skating pleasure.  Oh sure it is not the perfect flat ice surface that you will find in your local ice rink however the local ice rink doesn’t offer the benefit of delighting in an impromptu pick-up game of hockey in fresh air under the sun either.  Sometimes the best things in life are free.

I am in the process of organizing an Event entitled The Friends of the Earth Art Exhibit.  This Exhibit will feature the work of Regional artists whose work will “celebrate the Earth’s majesty, remark on the challenges she faces or propose ways that we can be better friends with our living earth”.

Students in the Cornwall, Dundas, Stormont, Glengarry and Akwesasne Region are invited to participate in this Exhibit.  “As it is the younger generation that will inherit the world we leave behind I’m certain they have a few things to share on this subject and potentially have the most influence on the hearts and deeds of the attendees who will visit this exhibit”.  For those who wish to participate, I invite you to share your thoughts on the above theme using words (any language), drawings and paint on a standard sized 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper.  These papers will not be returned to you so if you wish to keep your work please make a copy of your original work and send us the copy.
We would like to acknowledge the maker of each piece so please insure your first name only and last name initial is noted on the back, with the grade you are in and the school you attend. We may use some of this work on line or in print form to promote this event.  Kindly forward your work or your classes submissions in an envelope to Jacqueline Milner, c/o Pierre Dufour, Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second St. East, Cornwall, Ontario K6H-1Y2 by April 7, 2011.  The Students work will be featured throughout the Library from Mid-April to Late-May.  Questions may be directed to

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  1. In light of information that there is a Friends of the Earth Canada organization the above mentioned Exhibit will be moving forward under the name “Earth Matters Art Exhibit”.

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