Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. It is possible that the world could see a decrease in spending on weapons due to the drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt, and a popular push for public funds to be spent on health care and the environment rather than increasingly on armaments. On May 18, The Guardian reported, “Saudi … Continue reading Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

Remembering the 2-yr Parliament Peace Camp Opposing Cruise Missiles

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. On March 10, 1982, Don Sellar of Southam News reported on a not-yet-public agreement between Canada and the United States for the testing of a range of weapons in this country. It was a news report that would both prompt an investigation of Sellar by the FBI and spur the peace movement into action. … Continue reading Remembering the 2-yr Parliament Peace Camp Opposing Cruise Missiles

World Beyond War Online May 28-30

#NOWAR2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS #NoWar2020 is going online this May 28-30, 2020! Due to the cancellation of CANSEC and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’re turning #NoWar2020, World BEYOND War’s 5th annual global conference, into a series of online sessions. On Day 1 on May 28 at 12pm-2pm Eastern Time, Mary-Wynne Ashford will lead a virtual workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War”. Click here to … Continue reading World Beyond War Online May 28-30

Community Gardens: An Essential Service

This post is based on a letter created by Just Food Farms to be shared with members of provincial parliament, advocating that community food gardens be removed from the list of non-essential services that must remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here. Having the ability to safely grown local food is critical for food security in this time, especially for vulnerable families.  The … Continue reading Community Gardens: An Essential Service

Sending a Warning: The XR Climate Emergency Camp at the Prime Minister’s Front Door

By: Ann Cognito and Eric Rebel This article was submitted for the Spring 2020 PEN, but had to be left out due to space constraints. Instead, we are publishing it here, and will run an updated version in the Summer 2020 edition. In early 2019, Ann Cognito had a vision. The fifty-year-old Calgary woman decided enough was enough! Something needed to be done about the … Continue reading Sending a Warning: The XR Climate Emergency Camp at the Prime Minister’s Front Door

City of Ottawa Official Plan

This article is taken from the Spring 2020 edition of the PEN Insider, and was written by Paul Johanis from the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital. Read the whole PEN and Insider here. The City of Ottawa is currently reviewing its Official Plan. Under the Planning Act, every city in Ontario must have an Official Plan which conforms to the requirements of the Provincial Policy … Continue reading City of Ottawa Official Plan

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

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