Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

This full-day workshop at the RA Centre marked the ten year anniversary of the National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network (NCENN), which is currently a program of Sustainable Eastern Ontario. The Network started in the fall of 2008, with an original presentation by Ken Wyman, and has been holding regular networking and capacity building sessions to support local environmental groups. Ken Wyman is a professor at … Continue reading Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Last week the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), which includes groups such as Sierra Club Canada Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS, Pembina Institute and WWF Canada, released it’s recommendations for the Canadian 2019 Federal Budget. GBC has been active since 1999 and releases recommendations based on rigorous analysis by experts from a number of groups for the federal budget every year. Their ideas are are inter-related and … Continue reading Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe

Reconciliation: Re-Membering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe – A Panel Discussion with Albert Dumont, Lynn Gehl, Randy Boswell and Lindsay Lambert. By Anne-Marie Hogue (This article was published in condensed form in the Fall 2018 edition of the PEN. It is reproduced here in its entirety.) At the heart of Ottawa, beside Parliament Hill lie the Chaudière Falls, a jewel of nature on the Ottawa River. Many … Continue reading Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe

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

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

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