Orillia Electric Vehicle Demo Weekend 2019 - November 8

Sustainable Orillia hosted the first Orillia Electric Vehicle Demo weekend at the Orillia Square Mall on Saturday September 28th and Sunday September 29th.  This event, co-hosted by the Orillia Square Mall and sponsored by the City of Orillia as a public education experience, featured a large variety of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

Vehicles provided by Plug ‘N Drive for test drives and rides were augmented with member owned vehicles from the Tesla Owners Club, the Electric Vehicle Society, Sustainable Orillia and demo vehicles provided by Orillia Hyundai and Green Storage.  Plug ‘N Drive technicians conducted daily 1:00 pm in-mall seminars on EV ownership while EV owners were on hand to answer questions, share experiences and provide advice.

The twenty-three vehicles featured on each day included; the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Honda Clarity, Mitsubishi Outlander, IBM i3, Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona and Tesla models 3, S and X.

The Saturday morning opening ceremony was attended by Mayor Mike Burkett (Severn) left, Mayor Harry Hughes (Oro-Medonte) center and Mayor Steve Clarke (Orillia) right.

In door Mall displays by Plug ‘N Drive, Electric Vehicle Society and Sustainable Orillia were manned by enthusiastic volunteers from the Youth Council.

The organizers are grateful for the many volunteers who gave up their weekend and to the sponsorship provided by local business to make this a very successful event and an enjoyable experience for the estimated 2-300 members of the public that came out to enjoy the weekend.  Some came from some distance away just to test drive and learn about EV ownership and we are grateful for their participation and interest.

World Economic Forum - November 8

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CBC "What on Earth" - November 7

A smart, snappy, constructive take on the state of the environment. We will highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world, as well as what each of us can do, individually, to be more green.

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Clean Energy Canada - November 4

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We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

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World Economic Forum - November 1

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Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

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CBC "What on Earth" - October 31

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Clean Energy Canada - October 28

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World Economic Forum - October 25

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Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

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CBC "What on Earth" - October 24

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Clean Energy Canada - October 21

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We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

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World Economic Forum - October 18

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It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Our activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions.

We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.”

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CBC "What on Earth" - October 17

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Recycling is the engine that helps drive this local business - October 16

This story started with a brief comment made by Steve Van Kessel, co-owner of Orillia’s Parry Automotive, at a Kiwanis Club lunch meeting last spring.

Following a short presentation to the club about Sustainable Orillia’s beginnings, Van Kessel remarked that his company collected plastic containers that were contaminated by their contents and shipped them to a recycler who was able to use the material.

That sounded like a “good news” story for Sustainable Orillia, but when I went to talk to him to get more detail, I discovered a whole new concept of recycling — that is, new to me.

First, the story about the contaminated plastic.

About seven years ago, Parry Automotive realized that every day they were shipping a variety of oil products, antifreeze, even windshield washer fluids out to their customers in plastic containers that, once emptied, were destined for the local landfill.

The contents of these jugs and bottles permeated the plastic to such an extent that the containers themselves could not simply be rinsed out and if they couldn’t be rinsed out, they became trash to his customers. (Consumer alert: Van Kessel tells me that the windshield washer fluid we buy for our vehicles does the same thing to its container, making them impossible to recycle. Can we find a place to refill those containers when empty?)

Deciding that this wasn’t acceptable, they went looking to find a company that would take the product — and found one!

Pnewko Brothers, a plastics recycler located in Aurora (http://www.pnewkobrothers.com/home.html ), entered into a deal with Parry Automotive whereby they would supply the company with a 50-foot trailer if Parry Automotive would pick up the used plastic containers and return them to the company.

This was a no-brainer for Parry Automotive; they had trucks going out to their customers every day and they came back empty. By providing some large bags for the plastic containers, they persuaded their customers to send back the empty containers for recycling rather than sending them to the landfill.

This was a value-added service to their customers for which there was “no extra charge.” The bags went into the trailer and every two to three months, a full trailer was sent to the Pnewko Brothers.

A huge problem solved — at least for Parry Automotive customers in this area!

“Why did you decide to do it?” I asked Van Kessel.

“We wanted to help our environment, and at the same time help our customers,” he replied.

And if you’re wondering what happens to those recycled plastic containers, Van Kessel tells me they’re used to make a composite wood (and plastic) product that is used to build decks.

But that’s not the end of this story.

A walk around Parry Automotive with Van Kessel opened my eyes to what this company does to reduce waste on a scale that few of us probably ever think about. And it’s been doing it for decades.

A big part of Parry Automotive is its machine shop, a place in behind the retail sales area of the business that could be said to have been the real start to the decades-old business.

For years the machine shop has been re-building engines — engines from trucks, cars, tractors, even boats, especially the mahogany runabouts that cruised the Muskoka lakes for decades.

Van Kessel showed me an area full of old engines, most of which are destined to be re-built by his skilled machinists. The “before” and “after” pictures are amazing.

An old motor looks like it must be destined for the scrap heap. When rebuilt, it looks brand new — and essentially is a new product which will perform for another 300,000 miles if looked after.

Van Kessel showed me engine components that had come out of a 1966 Dodge Charger. “They’re 50 years old, but rebuilt, they’re ready for another half century.”

“We keep in touch with antique boat clubs and with heritage car owners,” said Van Kessel. “In fact, we sponsor the Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show held on Orillia’s Mississaga Street on August each year. It makes sense for us as a lot of those car owners are our customers.”

The talk and tour of Parry Automotive that Van Kessel gave me was an eye opener. The owner finished by showing me the new parts he ships out to customers and the old parts they ship back to him in the boxes that held the new parts.

And what happens to these old parts? “We ship them back to our suppliers and they rebuild them into products that can be used again.”

Brake calipers, brake shoes, brake master cylinders, alternators, starters, steering racks, power steering pumps, air conditioner compressors, batteries — all go through this process.

We’ve all seen used car scrapyards. And eventually some of those parts end up being collected by a company like Morton Metals here in Orillia. But recycling is a given for the people who own and work at Parry Automotive.

Hats off to you, Parry Automotive! Thanks for what you do.

A closing note: I asked Van Kessel about the engines in today’s cars. “Not so easy to deal with,” he said.

Auto manufacturers are making a lot more engine sizes than they used to, so parts aren’t available for rebuilding them. On top of that problem, many engines aren’t really made to be rebuilt. It appears that even the cars we buy are being made to “throw away” when we’re finished with them.

How did we ever get to thinking a “throwaway” economy made any sense at all? Governments, are you listening? Regulation may be the only way to end this madness!

Clean Energy Canada - October 14th

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

We work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology. We conduct original research, convene influential dialogues, inform policy leadership, and build citizen engagement.

We believe Canada is capable of developing one of the most advanced energy systems in the world while significantly reducing carbon pollution by 2050.

The Clean Energy Review brings you must-read clean energy news and analysis.

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