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

Charging Towards a Greener Future

This blog post summarizes some of the information gathered by Sustainable Eastern Ontario in their Energy Management Case Studies project. For more information on this, and other, projects featured, click here. Electric vehicles are exciting, especially if you’re a nerd like we are at PERC. Despite the cool factor, one of the limits many people run into when considering purchasing an electric vehicles (EV) is … Continue reading Charging Towards a Greener Future

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

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

Municipal News – June 2018

June 2015 City to shed light on LED conversion project  Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson will be joined by Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, Environment and Climate Protection Committee Chair David Chernushenko, Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad, and Chief Energy and Infrastructure Services Officer for Envari, Adnan Khokhar, for an update on the City’s efforts to convert streetlights to light emitting diode … Continue reading Municipal News – June 2018