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Maple Ridge Transportation Plan Update

For those of you who didn't have a chance to attend the public input session of the Maple Ridge Transportation Plan Update last week, May 22, the display boards can now be viewed on-line.

For more information, please visit our local HUB blog …


Added by Jackie Chow on May 27, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The cost of sprawl - 1 acre lots outside urban boundary in Maple Ridge

I was very brave yesterday and spoke at a public meeting (reading from a piece of paper, that is...) about a development application of 91 one-acre lots 5 kms outside the urban boundary in Maple Ridge, serviced by city water. We can't afford to subsidize these kinds of developments, and it's also not exactly an exemplary model for a sustainable community. Read my blog post here



Added by Jackie Chow on May 22, 2013 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Transition Canada Digital Meeting

A member of the Ottawa transition group is running a project that seeks to facilitate conversation among Canada's Transition groups. In the first stage of this project, a spokesperson from each Transition group is asked to post "…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on March 12, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

GETIFest 2013 Coordinators - we need volunteers!

Planning is underway for GETIFest 2013, the annual Golden Ear's Transition Initiative Festival. Last year we had hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors. Similar to last year, the festival (on September 21) will take place in conjunction with the Haney Farmers Market. Our theme this year is "Youth in the Community." The festival will feature the Village Square (GETI action groups, local community organizations and businesses), the Artisan Village (where local artists and artisan…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on March 12, 2013 at 3:15pm — No Comments

GETI Round Table Meeting Notes

Here's a summary of the meeting notes from the February 28 meeting of the GETI Round Table. (The monthly Round Table meetings gives each GETI action group the opportunity to update everyone else on their status and activities. Everyone is welcome, but only representatives from action groups are invited to speak.)

Action Group Reports…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on March 1, 2013 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Now House Presentation

On February 5th at 6:30pm at the Maple Ridge Council Chambers, Lorraine Gauthier of the Now House Project ( will make a presentation about communities working together to help local residents reduce their heating costs and help the environment by…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on January 25, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Community Project to Reduce Home Energy Use

Retrofitting houses to be energy efficient can be an expensive project. However, if homeowners band together, they can dramatically lower costs by bulk ordering materials and working with contractors who scope and plan the project once and then repeat the implementation on multiple houses. James Rowley of the Hammond Neighbours group is organizing such a project. Check out the details on the…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on January 10, 2013 at 8:18am — No Comments

Congratulations to the 40 under 40!

Several GETI alumni were among Ridge Meadows Recycling "40 Under 40" award recipients. The award recognizes people who are environmental leaders in the community. The winners included:

* Shannon Alke (volunteer, Changes Recyling Centre)

* Jocelyn Durston (Farm…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on October 27, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Highlights from GETIFEST 2012

Awesome job everyone.  We can't wait for GETIFEST 2013!

Added by Christopher Kasza on October 27, 2012 at 7:26am — No Comments

Come out to GETI FEST!!!

We've put up a piece about the upcoming GETI FEST on our blog. Check it out for details and come on out to the festival. It's going to be amazing!

Added by Jocelyn Durston on September 17, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Call for Artisans for GETIFest

GETIFest 2012 will feature an Artisan Village that showcases work by local artisans. If you would like to participate, tables are available for $25 - $30. Contact Lisa or Kim at the or print out and submit the…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on August 9, 2012 at 10:05am — No Comments

New Bike Route will Connect Hammond and Pitt Meadows

As announced in the Maple Ridge News, the district is building a new "Hammond Trail" for walkers and cyclists that will connect Airport Way in Pitt Meadows with Ospring Street in Hammond (running under the Golden Ears Bridge).

This is a project dear to the hearts of the newly formed …


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on August 3, 2012 at 12:46am — 5 Comments

Maple Ridge Transportation Survey

The District of Maple Ridge has put out a “Transportation Issues & Opportunities Survey” that asks Maple Ridge residents to submit their opinions, ideas and priorities regarding transportation. This is part of the project to Update the Maple Ridge Transportation…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on July 31, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments

Farm for Life hosted their very first Haney Farmers Market booth today!

We finally got our produce to market and it was A LOT of fun! Read our blog post about it here.

Added by Jocelyn Durston on July 7, 2012 at 11:46pm — 2 Comments

Volunteers Needed at a CSA Farm in Burnaby on June 24

An S.O.S. came over the wire from the good people at FarmFolk CityFolk. FarmFolk CityFolk is "a not for profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. Our projects provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food."


The S.O.S. was on behalf of …


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on June 20, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

HUB Cycling Group in Maple Ridge News

In this week's Maple Ridge News, Jackie Chow of the HUB cycling group talks about how cars have contributed to social isolation in the suburbs. Jackie writes that as cars have become the…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on June 12, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments

Bill c-38 petitions


I hope everybody will take the time to look into what the Conservative government is trying to do with bill c-38.

here are a couple petitions I hope you'll take a moment to sign

I would also encourage you to call,…


Added by Christopher Moerman on June 5, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Richmond Joins BC's GE-free Jurisdictions

Congratulations to the Richmond Food Security Society and GE Free BC! On May 28, the city of Richmond passed a ban on crops grown from genetically engineered (commonly known as "GE", "GM" and "GMO") seeds. Richmond joins…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on June 4, 2012 at 2:38pm — No Comments

CEED Centre members helping the homeless

One thing I find particularly inspiring about working with the Golden Ears Transition Initiative is that its members are interested in the whole spectrum of community well-being. They recognize that a healthy and resilient community has many facets, not only those regarding energy, food security, transportation, education, etc.

I was proud to see …


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on May 31, 2012 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Grow the Soil...

…and the plants will take care of themselves.

It's easy to understand, when you dig your hands into rich, well-aerated soil, that soil itself is a living thing. There are the worms and bugs, of course, of an astonishing - and sometimes icky - variety and density. And there are many millions more creatures in any handful of healthy soil that are too small to see. There's the spongy, elastic feel of a…


Added by Jennifer Zickerman on May 18, 2012 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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