This Week In…..

Invasive Species Management

Lanark County decides to support continued action against “Canada’s Worst Invasive Plant“, Phragmites australis. This tall grass spreads rapidly, forms dense monocultures, reduces biodiversity and is a serious threat to many ecosystems. Read more here.

Phragmites australis, the European Common Reed, in front of a frozen pond.
Phragmites australis (European Common Reed) is considered Canada’s worst invasive plant.

Climate Change

COP 23 wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (the conference was organized by Fiji, but hosted by Germany for practical reasons). There was strong interest in using economic means to reach goals set at the Paris climate talks. The Pembina Institute has a good commentary on the ramifications of this here. Some feel progress is too slow and important issues have been put off (see this piece on Questions After COP23 by EcoWatch). We say progress is usually too slow, but we’ll take what we can get and keep pushing for more!

Ottawa ENGO Community

Graham Saul, founding Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, has stepped down from that role to become director of Nature Canada. Robb Barnes, current Acting Director at Ecology Ottawa, is expected to take his place. Graham’s efforts through Ecology Ottawa have been a huge force for sustainability in Ottawa, and his friends and colleagues held a “retirement” part for him on Wednesday evening at Chez Lucien, a Byward Market restaurant that has long supported Ecology Ottawa.


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