Herongate Tenants Deliver Dozens of Work Orders to Timbercreek Office

by Ottawa ACORN The gentrification issues plaguing the Herongate community were discussed in our current issue of the PEN, especially in relation to transportation development. This press release from Ottawa ACORN highlights some recent actions residents are taking to keep their homes. Tenants demand repairs be made to their homes and the evictions be cancelled OTTAWA, Ontario, August 3, 2018 — Tenants facing eviction by … Continue reading Herongate Tenants Deliver Dozens of Work Orders to Timbercreek Office

Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

by Seetal Dhaliwal I wrote this poem while I was on a trip in Banff National Park. The entire time, I was surrounded by trees, mountains and breathtaking views. I was blown away by nature’s beauty and how it gave me a sense of calmness. When I came back to Ottawa, I felt so relieved and ready to face any challenges. It’s interesting how one … Continue reading Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

This is post is part of the Plastic Free July Series It’s pretty common, especially in political circles, to draw a distinction between problems that can be best solved by a top down, authoritative approach and those that are better solved by a grassroots, bottom up approach. Like many pieces of common wisdom, however, the reality is that is usually much more complicated. While some … Continue reading Top Down vs Bottom Up: Why We Need Both

Three photos show a newly renovated light rail station and train.

LRT Sneak Peak

Ottawa is abuzz with anticipation for further light rail transit to become operational. The hope is for faster, easier, more accessible public transit that cuts down on car traffic. We discuss some of the ongoing issues with transit accessibility, and how affordable housing is related to transit development, in our current edition of the PEN (in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition & Ottawa ACORN), … Continue reading LRT Sneak Peak

Plastic Free July 2: Big 4

In what way do you produce most of your plastic garbage? Specifics vary between people, but according to Our Positive Planet (and the obvious litter laying around most urban areas), there are four big culprits: plastic bags, plastic straws, take-away coffee cups, and single-use water bottles. Identifying easy starting points like these make cutting down on plastic use easier – instead of seeming harder and … Continue reading Plastic Free July 2: Big 4

Canada Day & Plastic Free July

Happy Canada Day, and a happy kick-off to #PlasticFreeJuly! While it will be hard to avoid single-use plastics today, PERC and the Reseau Canadian Environmental Network, in partnership with Sea Change Canada and fellowship with countless other ENGOs across Canada and around the world, encourage you to try. Start with the challenge from Our Positive Planet outlined below, but also stay tuned: we’ll be sharing … Continue reading Canada Day & Plastic Free July

How Ambulances Are Helping Reduce GHG Emissions: Ottawa’s Green Municipal Fleet Plan

Did you know the “municipal fleet” of vehicles is more than just those City of Ottawa trucks and vans you see around town? Garbage trucks, fire engines, buses, ambulances – these are all part of Ottawa’s municipal fleet, and they all represent opportunities for energy savings. Public transit could be subject of its own story – many of its own stories in fact (some in the … Continue reading How Ambulances Are Helping Reduce GHG Emissions: Ottawa’s Green Municipal Fleet Plan