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

Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

This piece was written by PERC intern Johanna, who was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN, while staying with family in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a tropical oasis located within the Caribbean Sea. It is shaped like a butterfly and attracts tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and culture. The primary industry is tourism: it is amazing to look around and see all … Continue reading Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

by Johanna Mercedes Van Schie-Copol Photos were taken by Ellie from Walker Farms Prime agricultural Land, the essence of what attracted masses to today’s urban centers in the first place, is now lost to urban development, aggregate extraction, transportation corridors, and recreational land uses by thousands of acres each year within Ontario. This further translates to biodiversity loss, degraded soils, and dysfunctional ecosystems. Environmental sustainability … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

Le lundi 21 octobre 2019 : première journée de discussions marketing, commerciales et industrielles pour les membres québécois du Jumelage Économique Durable, JED, avec leurs pairs de l’Ontario. Objectifs du parcours: mieux comprendre le marché régional et comment mieux répondre aux demandes croissantes des clients en quête de produits et services plus respectueux de leur santé et de celle de la planète. – A Plantagenêt, gîte O Genêt, conférence … Continue reading JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

East Coast Connection for PERC

Who would have thought that an article entitled “Loving Our Local” (Winter 2019 Edition) would lead to a connection in St. John’s, Newfoundland! That’s exactly what happened when Kim Todd, a founder of the St. John’s social enterprise Guide to the Good, visited Ottawa and picked up a copy of the PEN. “We really loved the article,” Guide to the Good’s Publication Specialist Katherine Saunders … Continue reading East Coast Connection for PERC

Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

By Steve Beauchesne, CEO and co-founder, Beau’s Brewing Co. This piece was composed for the PEN on the request of  a community partner, TJ Turenne, Deputy Director at Maison Tucker House. It was intended to go in the Winter 2019 Edition of the PEN, but was cut due to space constraints. We decided to make sustainability a core value at Beau’s from the get-go. Our … Continue reading Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

Business As A Force For Good?

This article was submitted to the Winter 2019 edition of the PEN, but there wasn’t enough room for it! We’ve published it here, and it will be appearing in the Spring 2019 edition as well. Thanks to Mike Gifford of OpenConcept Consulting for preparing the piece. Imagine that business was motivated by more than just profit? Yes, it takes a bit of effort to shake … Continue reading Business As A Force For Good?