Healthy Streets

This article is a key companion piece to the Spring 2020 Edition of the PEN Insider, produced in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition. Please see the PEN Insider Centerfold (coming out April 1st) for a map explaining how and where these principles can be applied in Ottawa People have genuine concerns about what increased urban population density could mean to Ottawa’s street trees, and … Continue reading Healthy Streets

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

Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps

Plenty of news outlets have covered the gathering of 20 000 people on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill for Friday’s Climate Strike (#climatestrikecanada) with much more thoroughness than one volunteer blogger could hope to do, but here are some thoughts and musings on the day, and a couple next steps. Things I Noticed: Ottawa residents are pretty creative when it comes to making protest signs. A few … Continue reading Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps

Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

This post is an excerpt from a larger article about infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods written by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. You an read the original article in the Summer 2019 Insider. Since 2015, we (The Healthy Transportation Coalition) have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This … Continue reading Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast comes to Bank and Laurier by Jen Stelzer EnviroCentre hosted their 3rd annual Bike in Breakfast on May 7th . The event is a celebration of biking to work during Bike to Work Month. They work with several community partners to make the event such a great success. VeloFix is on site giving mini tune-ups, breakfast is generously donated by Eggspectations and extra coffee … Continue reading Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start

The 10th year of Bike to Work Month is off to a great start, and it’s bigger than ever! This year, EnviroCentre is giving away over $10,000 worth of prizes, hosting events and workshops throughout the month. This campaign encourages and celebrates people cycling to work throughout the month of May. Last year, there were over 4,000 participants and 250 workplace teams. Participation is free, fun and simple! Sign … Continue reading Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start

Happy Birthday Bike to Worth Month!

by Jen Seltzer, EnviroCentre EnviroCentre’s Bike to Work Month, a program that encourages people to try cycling to get to and from work, is celebrating it’s 10 th anniversary this year. Started in 2010 by Elyse McCann, director of community sustainability programs at EnviroCentre, this program has grown from a week long campaign with just over 500 participants to a month long celebration that saw more than … Continue reading Happy Birthday Bike to Worth Month!