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

City permanently raises Algonquin Anishinabe flags at City Hall

La version française suit On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Mayor Jim Watson has requested to have the flags of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council permanently raised at Ottawa City Hall. As of today, the flags will fly at Marion Dewar Plaza and will be permanently displayed in Council Chambers and in the Mayor’s boardroom.  The raising of … Continue reading City permanently raises Algonquin Anishinabe flags at City Hall

Northern Food Insecurity Primer

This post is a reprint of an article in the Spring 2018 PEN by former Environmental Studies practicum student Jordan Heer. In Nunavut, approximately 45% of households are food insecure. The other Canadian Territories share similar, shocking, statistics. Compare these to the nation­al rate of food insecurity – 12%- and it becomes evident that there is a disconnect. What causes this great disparity and what … Continue reading Northern Food Insecurity Primer