New Editors! New team! New Focus for Walden-CAN Newsletter!
We have received a good deal of input on our decision to go to an electronic version of our Walden-CAN Newsletter and as a result, we have decided that we will continue to mail paper versions to all Walden households for the foreseeable future.
Thank you to all who willed out the Fall Newsletter Survey and found a way to get it to us.
We have also decided to revamp our Walden-CAN Binders to enable you to find the information you need and to include a permanent Comment Envelope. The Binders will therefore be unavailable until early January. They will be accessible at the following locations in 2007: Lively Citizen Centre/Library/Walden Seniors & Pensioners Inc., Walden Day care Centre, Naughton Community center/Seniors center, Penage Rd. Community center and Beaver Lake Sports & Cultural Club.
Walden Ski Centre
Thanks to the City of Greater Sudbury, work on the ski lift has begun over the summer.It is expected the repairs will be completed well before the snow flies. So skiers and snowboarders should get their equipment tuned up in preparation for this year’s season. Volunteers will be called upon in the next few weeks for a “Brush up the Hill” event to remove the overgrowth. The Ski Hill Sub-committee will soon hold a meeting to establish a formal club/executive and decide how we would like to operate the hill in terms of shared responsibilities with the City.
The committee would like to sincerely thank those volunteers who have answered the call to get involved and help out with this project, the Mayor and Councilors for their continued support, the City staff who have helped to keep this project in motion, the Walden-CAN for their support, and in particular, a special thanks to Richard Bois for his time, leadership and guidance.
Let’s all look forward to a snowy season! Please call Ron at 692-4658 or Barb at 692-9398 if you would like to volunteer or be involved in any way.
This will be the last edition that is mailed to every household in Walden!
Please go to the last page to fill out details if you wish to remain on a hard copy mailing list or if you wish to receive the newsletter by e-mail. You can also look for past and future editions on our website: www.walden-can.com and limited numbers of printed copies at our sites around Walden.Next Walden-CAN Regular Meeting: October 10, 2006 7:30 p.m. MeadowbrookWebsite: Visit us at: www.walden-can.com News, Community Event Listings, Photo Gallery, Newsletters, Minutes, Blogs,…
Thank you to: Julie St. Onge from Efficient Sudbury for her presentation at the September 12 meeting.
For more information about this energy conservation program visit the Earth Care page on the City of Greater Sudbury website at: www.greatersudbury.ca
Four Laning of Highway 17
There will be a public input meeting held on Oct3 , 4:00 p.m.at the Countryside Arena to get input on the future four laning of the SW By-Pass from Kantola Road east for 13.3 kms. The purpose of this study is to identify a four lane highway plan for the SW By-pass with access restricted to interchange locations only.
At the end of this study a Transportation Environmental Study Report will be prepared and made available for public viewing. Throughout the study process the Project Team welcomes the public's comments and suggestions. Two Public Information Centres will be held where comments can be made.See Walden-CAN website for our page for this project
The Sudbury 100 Mile Diet By Aaron Dent and Allison Muckle
Over the past few months, you may have heard about the exploits of Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon in the news as they spent the last year of their life on the “100 Mile Diet” in Vancouver, BC. The 100 Mile Diet consists only of food grown locally, specifically food produced within 100 miles of one’s home for a set amount of time (one meal, one day, one month, one year, etc). For those who wish to learn more about James and Alisa’s year on the diet, they have created a website www.100milediet.org that documents their journey and also posts stories and information about eating locally.
Two Walden residents have been inspired to take up the challenge in our neck of the woods. Although many people consider Northern Ontario to be a poor farming area, they are trying to prove that it is possible to eat a diet consisting only of local food. Aaron Dent and Allison Muckle started their diet this past Labour Day. They decided to expand their diet to 130 miles to include products such as cheese and wine.
After discovering many great sources of local food over the past two months (as well as some frustrations!) they are now several weeks into the diet and will be sharing some of our food sources and stories online at http://communities.mysudbury.ca/Sites/100milediet.
In addition, Allison and Aaron have organized a Local Harvest Feast in Sudbury on September 24th where local farmers, consumers and friends will sit down together for a pot luck meal where all the ingredients are sourced within 150 miles of Sudbury. Other cities including Toronto, Calgary, and Saskatoon have all tried similar events with lots of success. A big thank you goes out to Tom Reid (aka the Nickel Chef) for hosting the event at his restaurant Vinegar on the Rocks.
Walden CAN Environmental Committee By Aaron Dent
Over the past few months, the Environmental Committee has been meeting once a month to learn about what environmental initiatives are being undertaken around the Sudbury Area. We have also been asking for local Walden environmental issues to get involved with. After researching what is out there, we were able to develop a mandate (listed below) for what our role in the community would be.
Walden Art Club presents their 14th Annual 'Artist in Action' Show & Sale Saturday November 4 12:00 until 8:00 Sunday November 5 10:00 until 4:00 Walden Arena (Upstairs at the Tom Davies Community Centre)
What makes our 'Artist in Action' show so different from any other shows in the area is that our artist in the Walden Art Club will be working on a watercolour painting, collage, acrylic, pastel, ink, pencil, encaustic and/or mix media throughout the whole show. This will give the community a chance to see us at work.
Although our clubs Objective is mainly original paintings and drawings the 'Artist in Action' show allows our Artist to show their versatility in other forms of art and some of our artist will have reproductions, photography, cards and other artisan works. This up coming show is different than our annual 'Spring show' where the focus is on original framed works of any medium. For further information, contact Kerry Mitchell, Walden Art Club (692-7612)
NEW WILDLIFE CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN WALDEN!
The Wild at Heart Refuge Centre is pleased to announce that they will soon be getting a new home! Wild at Heart is a registered charity located at the Walden Animal Hospital that provides veterinary care and rehabilitation to injured or orphaned wild animals from Northern Ontario. Some of the animals treated this past year include moose, deer, lynx, owls, hawks and songbirds.
The new facility will include more room to care for wildlife as well as an education centre open to the public! Visitors will be able to view exhibits, take a tour and see some of our wildlife patients through one-way glass. Wild at Heart will also be offering on-site educational programming for schools and other groups. Outside the facility will be new enclosures where our wildlife patients can recover from their injuries, including a large flight cage for raptors such as hawks and owls, aviaries for songbirds and enclosures for mammals.
Because Wild at Heart is committed to protecting wildlife and the environment, our new facility will be built using environmentally-friendly materials and methods including: Walls constructed from straw bales, alternative energies, water and energy conserving systems and building materials made from environmentally-friendly products.
WANT TO SUPPORT WALDEN’S NEW WILDLIFE CENTRE? BUY A BALE!
Wild at Heart needs help from people like you to build our new home! You can help by “buying a bale” of straw. This symbolic donation will be put towards the completion of our new strawbale facility. We need 1000 bales to get our building up, so spread the word! Each “bale” is $50 and donors will receive their name (or the name of a loved one) on a plaque inside our new facility and an invitation to attend our “Bale Raising” in 2007. If you would like to “Buy a Bale”, please call Johanne Jamieson, Wildlife Technician, at 692-4478. If you would like to learn more about Wild at Heart, please visit our website at www.wahrefugecentre.org
Heritage Committee Update
On September 25, a public meeting was held at the Tom Davies Arena, to receive reaction to the 17 publicized recommendations addressing issues concerning Heritage and the Future of the Anderson Farm.
In a highly productive, well-attended meeting, presentations were received from concerned citizens, community groups, businesses and local politicians.
Staffing, budget, maintenance, vandalism, trails for leisure use, rezoning, programming, governance and the need of a visitors centre were some of the areas addressed during the two and one-half hour session.
The committee will now take the suggestions and the input received at the meeting and incorporate them into the recommendations. The revised package will be forwarded to the Walden CAN Committee for their consideration and support.
The Heritage Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took the time to speak, write or present their ideas to us throughout these last several months while this report was being compiled. We earnestly hope that we have captured the flavour and content of your suggestions. We would also like to acknowledge the time taken by citizens, groups and organizations to attend the Public Meeting concerning the future of Anderson Farm and making their feelings known on the issues that the Committee believed to be important.
Expanded comments are available at www.walden-com.ca. Marte J. Holouka, Chair Walden CAN Heritage Committee
All Candidates Meeting will be held OCT 17 at 7:30 pm at Meadowbrook Village - Plan to Attend
What You Told Us at June and Sept/06 W-CAN Meetings… Here is a partial list of the suggestions you had for us to investigate:
Bus Service scheduling changes and improved/expanded Handi-Transit Bus Services
Need better access to City Information and Improved Communication in the Community
Start early advocating for better snow removal policy along roads
Safety Issues in Walden:
Entrances to Meatbird Lake and from Highway 144 to Lively
The Railway Crossing at Santala Road and Old Soo Road (sightlines)
Raise concerns about noise from By-Pass across from Neimi Rd: planted trees as a Noise Barrier
Input into Proposed 4 Lane Highway Construction: Tree Planting and other Noise Barriers
Earth Day Activities- education in the schools
Improve aesthetics of Town
Ensure 5% Playground designation is implemented
Bike Paths/Routes healthier for the environment
Youth Services Topics: Skateboard Park, Playgrounds, Location/improvements for Youth For Youth Look for full listings and details on the Walden-CAN Website: www.walden-can.com
WALDEN SENIORS AND PENSIONERS
Our Lounge is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Monday........1 pm Bridge; 6 pm Hand and Foot canasta Tuesday.......9:30 am Shuffleboard; 1 pm Knitting and Hand Work Wednesday..6 pm Cribbage; The 3rd Wednesday of every month from September to May, monthly dinner meetings. Both potluck & catered. Thursday.....1 pm Bowling at Pine Hill Lanes; 6 pm Euchre Friday.........1 pm Bridge Saturday.....6 pm Cards (sometimes $1.25 per player) Ladies Aux. Coffee and Craft Sale: November 1st from 9:30 am to 12 Noon. Looking for new members. Anyone over the age of 50 is more than welcome. Our membership fee is $10.00 for the season. If anyone would like further information feel free to call the Center any weekday morning from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 noon Contact 692-5591 GREATER SUDBURY CITIZEN SERVICE CENTRE/ LIBRARY 692-4749 NAUGHTON SENIORS & PENSIONERS Contact Pat Scott 692-5287 PENAGE ROAD SENIORS Contact Jean Kulmala 866-2442 BEAVER LAKE SPORTS & CULTURAL CLUB Contact Brenda Salo 866-2919
KUDOS … … to the organizers of the 1st Annual Walden Fall Fair, held on September 2, 2006 at Anderson Farm. Thanks to all of the volunteers and the generous sponsors of this community event. Look for details soon on the Walden-CAN website: www.walden-can.com
See your Fall/Winter 2006-2007 Leisure Guide for a full listing of Community Contacts on pages 6 through 11.