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

This Week In….May 4, 2018

Peacekeeping The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defense is currently conducting a study on Canada’s Contributions to International Peacekeeping. Walter Dorn, president of the Canadian chapter of the World Federalist Movement, made a presentation to the committee on April 26th, entitled “Back in the Game”,  which included several recommendations such as supporting prevention activities, involving more female peacekeepers, and making Canadian leaders available to … Continue reading This Week In….May 4, 2018

Putting Carbon Policy to the Test

New online tool allows anyone to forecast the effects of government action on emissions. Reprinted from The Pembina Institute. What would your climate policy look like if you were in charge? Canada’s Energy Policy Simulator  (EPS) is the first tool that allows anyone to see exactly how policy ideas affect total carbon and emissions output in the country. From carbon pricing to mass transit to building efficiency, … Continue reading Putting Carbon Policy to the Test