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

Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre

This article was featured on the cover of the Fall 2019 edition of the PEN. It was written by PERC and OCF together. How can Ottawa be the greenest capital city in the world? This is something the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has often talked about during her time in office. So it was fitting that she be the one … Continue reading Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre

CPJ Cross Canada Election Tour: Ottawa

Cross-post from our friends at Citizens for Public Justice. The 2019 federal election presents a fresh opportunity for people across Canada to shape the kind of country we want to be. As we prepare to cast our votes, it’s essential we consider the collective interests of fellow citizens and non-citizens, as well as those beyond our nation’s borders. Coupled with the privilege of exercising our … Continue reading CPJ Cross Canada Election Tour: Ottawa

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

New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Food waste is something of a hot-button topic lately, and rightly so. According to the Ontario Waste Management Association, about $12 billion dollars of food per year is wasted in Ontario. A commonly seen figure is that about a third of food produced ends up being wasted – a shockingly high amount when you think about all the energy and resources that go into growing … Continue reading New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Climate Emergency Rally: City Hall April 16th

This post was adapted from excerpts from Ecology Ottawa promotional materials. For more information on this climate rally, including background and other ways to support Ecology Ottawa’s work, click here. Ecology Ottawa has been pushing for a climate emergency declaration at the City of Ottawa, and they need your help. On April 16, a motion by Councillor Shawn Menard is coming before the Environment Committee … Continue reading Climate Emergency Rally: City Hall April 16th

Accelerating to Zero

Canada’s built environment is a significant contributor to GHG emissions, with 17% of GHGs coming from residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) issued a report on Wednesday Feb 20, coinciding with their Accelerating to Zero Summit, that is the first of its kind in Canada. Entitled “Making The Case For Building To Zero Carbon,” it confirms that Zero Carbon Buildings are financially … Continue reading Accelerating to Zero