Transition Town North Bay began in early 2009 when Dr. James Truong, an emergency room physician, became very concerned about peak oil and the increased number of patients he was seeing who were suffering from environmentally induced illness. Looking for a support system, James was referred to Jeremy St. Onge, a local environmentalist who teaches the environmental technology course at Canadore College.
Serendipitously, Jeremy's mom had just sent him an email about Transition Town Peterborough. News of this fledgling movement fired Jeremy's hope...a description of a community strategy for dealing with climate change and possible food shortages.
One phone call, one meeting, and two servings of falafel later, Transition Town North Bay was born.
The Transition Handbook gives a model and an antidote for dealing with the personal isolation of being one of the few people who understands the seriousness of peak oil and climate change. It provides a means of networking with others who have similar concerns, and helping your local community become better prepared for the future.