Addressing Racism Locally

by PERC The horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25th is the latest in a tragic string of deaths of black people at the hands of the police, and one which has fanned the flames of protest around institutional racism in much of North America. It has left many of us wondering what we can do to … Continue reading Addressing Racism Locally

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

Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

written by Katie Fettes photo Credit: Jean Luc Habimana, 2019 Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Up to 70 percent of the continent’s population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this production relying on rainfall. Increased water scarcity due to irregular rainfall patterns is bringing droughts … Continue reading Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Herongate Tenants Deliver Dozens of Work Orders to Timbercreek Office

by Ottawa ACORN The gentrification issues plaguing the Herongate community were discussed in our current issue of the PEN, especially in relation to transportation development. This press release from Ottawa ACORN highlights some recent actions residents are taking to keep their homes. Tenants demand repairs be made to their homes and the evictions be cancelled OTTAWA, Ontario, August 3, 2018 — Tenants facing eviction by … Continue reading Herongate Tenants Deliver Dozens of Work Orders to Timbercreek Office

Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….

Happy Friday, and welcome to what we hope will become a semi-regular feature here on the PERC blog. This Week In…. aims to bring attention to important and interesting stories from the Ottawa area and around the world. The focus will be on stories you might not encounter in the mainstream media, and will be a mix of local and international news with the usual PERC … Continue reading Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….