South Osborne Information Sessions – We’re in the Sou’wester!

photo: Simon Fuller via Canstar

A reminder that we have two information sessions on carsharing in Winnipeg coming up.  Although they are meant for the South Osbrone neighbourhood, they are of course open to anyone who’s interested!

  • Thursday, February 16th from 5:30 – 8:30pm
    at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre
    625 Osborne St.
  • Thursday, February 23rd from 6:30 – 9:00pm
    at Riverview Community Centre
    90 Ashland Ave

It was also nice to wake up to a story in Canstar’s Sou’wester community newspaper  featuring one of our first members Jane Stewart who lives in South Osborne.

Jane Stewart — member number 20 — uses the car once a week on average.

“The system is great. I go to a woodcarving club and we meet in Transcona, so there’s no quick and easy route there, so it’s really convenient to drive out there after work,” said Stewart, who lives in Riverview.

“I’ll also spend more time in Osborne Village, so I’m actually more socially-engaged with the neighbourhood.”

Check out the full story on the Winnipeg Free Press’ Canstar Community News site. Come on out to one of our events!

February 18th: Actif Epica and Peg City Car Co-op Celebrating Human Resiliance

ACTIF EPICA from kyle thomas on Vimeo.

Peg City Car Co-op is pleased to be participating in the first ever Actif Epica event, a 130km bike race from St. Malo to St. Boniface on February 18th of this year. We’ll be following the race (in a car co-op car) along the historic Crow Wing Trail, taking photos of the racers and the side events (like Festival des Amis). Follow along with us on Twitter (here and here), and while you’re at it, check out our friend, Mani Yeti’s blog.

So follow along as we enjoy the outdoors and celebrate human-powered transportation and a love for winter!

from TEDxManitoba: Getty Stewart of fruitshare.ca

I had the opportunity to attend TEDxManitoba yesterday (February 9, 2012) and one of the first talks of the day was Getty Stewart who came up with, and is the volunteer co-ordinator for the now three-year-old program fruitshare.ca.

The concept is so simple. Connect homeowners that have a surplus of fruit to volunteers who are ready to pick and distribute. The benefits are split three ways between the homeowner, volunteers and community groups. Getty started with the help of South Osborne Urban Community Cooperative in the Riverview/Lord Roberts area (a neighbourhood we’ve recently expanded to!) and now harvests in several other neighbourhoods throughout Winnipeg.

Growth of Fruitshare.ca from their first year in 2010 to 2011.

The following year since launch, fruitshare.ca harvested 7,400lbs of fruit – which is worth roughly $15,000 – 20,000 in food costs that would have otherwise gone to waste. Getty’s central premise is to share the surplus of a useful thing that would otherwise go to waste – something we take to heart too.

Her entire talk can be found in the morning session at about minute 52 : http://tedxmanitoba.com/tedxmanitoba-february-9-2012 but as soon as TEDxManitoba reposts individual talks, I’ll embed it here. She discusses from start to finish the conception of the idea, the community engagement locally with her neighbourhood and nationally with other fruitsharing groups. Finally she discusses the true benefits of the fruitshare – and asks, “What could you share?”