Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

This piece was written by PERC intern Johanna, who was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN, while staying with family in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a tropical oasis located within the Caribbean Sea. It is shaped like a butterfly and attracts tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and culture. The primary industry is tourism: it is amazing to look around and see all … Continue reading Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

by Johanna Mercedes Van Schie-Copol Photos were taken by Ellie from Walker Farms Prime agricultural Land, the essence of what attracted masses to today’s urban centers in the first place, is now lost to urban development, aggregate extraction, transportation corridors, and recreational land uses by thousands of acres each year within Ontario. This further translates to biodiversity loss, degraded soils, and dysfunctional ecosystems. Environmental sustainability … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

The Subtle Art of Being Wrong

by The Skeptical Hippie This piece appeared as part of a regular column in the Fall 2019 Edition of the PEN You are wrong. It’s not a pleasant thing to hear (or read), is it? You probably feel a bit taken aback. Hey now, Skeptical Hippie, you may be thinking. You don’t know me. Just what gives you the right to tell me I’m wrong? … Continue reading The Subtle Art of Being Wrong

On A Roll To Protect Atlantic Salmon

This piece was on the cover of the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN. When the average Canadian hears the term “wild salmon”, they probably picture west coast salmon. After all, the migrations these fish undertake, and the majestic west coast rain forest ecosystems they support, are legendary. Grizzlies fattening up for winter on spawning salmon, fish leaping huge distance up waterfalls, and the fight … Continue reading On A Roll To Protect Atlantic Salmon

Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre

This article was featured on the cover of the Fall 2019 edition of the PEN. It was written by PERC and OCF together. How can Ottawa be the greenest capital city in the world? This is something the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has often talked about during her time in office. So it was fitting that she be the one … Continue reading Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre

Giving Tuesday: Dec 3, 2019

by Linda McIntyre Why consider donating to PERC on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3? Eastern Ontario’s Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) empowers the public on peace, environmental, and social justice issues, encouraging community involvement. PERC emphasizes local activities in the Ottawa and valley area. We are an outlet for Ottawa area non-profits and place-based community groups to communicate with the public and find solutions to … Continue reading Giving Tuesday: Dec 3, 2019

SIX LOCAL FARMS PARTNER TO CREATE LOCAL FOOD COLLECTIVE

This post is from Aliments Farmhouse Food, who are all set to deliver their first offering, the Harvest Box, next month! This fall, six small ecological farms from the Ottawa-Gatineau region have partnered on a new initiative to connect urban eaters with more local food. The collective, named Aliments Farmhouse Food, includes Beetbox Farm, Bluegrass Farm, Grazing Days, Juniper Farm, Milkhouse Farm & Dairy, and … Continue reading SIX LOCAL FARMS PARTNER TO CREATE LOCAL FOOD COLLECTIVE