Back to school might look a little different this year

With approximately 22% of families with the OCDSB and 24% of families within the OCSB choosing remote learning this September, for many students their bedrooms and kitchen tables have become their classrooms. Parents, students, teachers and administrators have had to think on their feet and act quickly, often without having all the information necessary to make an informed decision. It has been especially hard on … Continue reading Back to school might look a little different this year

Youth Actions for Greater Sustainability

by Brianna Yeung  The climate is changing everyday and there’s only so few things that citizens can do about it. This goes for teens as well.  Teens spread awareness by communicating. They use posts from social media or talk about the horrible impacts we are having on our environment. They try to use influence to get people to make a tiny change in their lives … Continue reading Youth Actions for Greater Sustainability

EnviroCentre Launches New Resource

EnviroCentre is pleased to announce that it has just launched MyGREENLifestyle.ca,  a new online learning platform for folks going green.  It’s their new response to folks in our community who have said “I want to take action on climate, but I’m not sure where to start.” The site features free daily Green Lifestyle Tips, and a selection of pay-what-you-can online courses, designed to meet folks … Continue reading EnviroCentre Launches New Resource

Addressing Racism Locally

by PERC The horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25th is the latest in a tragic string of deaths of black people at the hands of the police, and one which has fanned the flames of protest around institutional racism in much of North America. It has left many of us wondering what we can do to … Continue reading Addressing Racism Locally

Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. It is possible that the world could see a decrease in spending on weapons due to the drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt, and a popular push for public funds to be spent on health care and the environment rather than increasingly on armaments. On May 18, The Guardian reported, “Saudi … Continue reading Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

Remembering the 2-yr Parliament Peace Camp Opposing Cruise Missiles

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. On March 10, 1982, Don Sellar of Southam News reported on a not-yet-public agreement between Canada and the United States for the testing of a range of weapons in this country. It was a news report that would both prompt an investigation of Sellar by the FBI and spur the peace movement into action. … Continue reading Remembering the 2-yr Parliament Peace Camp Opposing Cruise Missiles

World Beyond War Online May 28-30

#NOWAR2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS #NoWar2020 is going online this May 28-30, 2020! Due to the cancellation of CANSEC and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’re turning #NoWar2020, World BEYOND War’s 5th annual global conference, into a series of online sessions. On Day 1 on May 28 at 12pm-2pm Eastern Time, Mary-Wynne Ashford will lead a virtual workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War”. Click here to … Continue reading World Beyond War Online May 28-30

PERC AGM Moving to Virtual Platform

Heads up Ottawa! The Peace & Environment Resource Centre AGM is moving from the physical venue described in our original announcement, to a virtual venue! No potluck will take place, but feel free to eat tasty food at home while you participate, if that’s what floats your boat 🙂 RSVP to info@perc.ca for details of how to join this meeting, which is still taking place … Continue reading PERC AGM Moving to Virtual Platform

To Bag or Not To Bag: Reusable Bags in Ottawa During COVID-19

by Barbara Sibbald and Stuart Kinmond, Co-chairs, Single-Use Plastics Group, Centretown Community Association      Safety is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, but so is accurate information. Lately, there has been a resurgence of support for single-use plastic (SUP) bags, even though there is no scientific evidence that they are more hygienic than reusable bags. This has generated controversy about the use of SUP bags vs … Continue reading To Bag or Not To Bag: Reusable Bags in Ottawa During COVID-19

Community Gardens: An Essential Service

This post is based on a letter created by Just Food Farms to be shared with members of provincial parliament, advocating that community food gardens be removed from the list of non-essential services that must remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here. Having the ability to safely grown local food is critical for food security in this time, especially for vulnerable families.  The … Continue reading Community Gardens: An Essential Service