Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

This is a cross post from the hard working folks at the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. “According to the World Conservation Union, invasive alien species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity, after habitat loss”. You most likely have read or seen this quote once before, in another, similar article, on a website, maybe even a newspaper. But what does it really mean? … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Invasive Species

Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

This is a guest post from the Muskrat Watershed Council. Text by Meagan Rae. Photos courtesy of Muskrat Watershed Council. With the coming of 2019, the Muskrat Watershed Council (MWC) (Profiled in the Winter 2018 edition of the PEN!)is looking back and reflecting on last year’s projects – including the Natural Edge Project. In Spring 2018, Watersheds Canada partnered with the MWC and Algonquin College’s … Continue reading Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

This full-day workshop at the RA Centre marked the ten year anniversary of the National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network (NCENN), which is currently a program of Sustainable Eastern Ontario. The Network started in the fall of 2008, with an original presentation by Ken Wyman, and has been holding regular networking and capacity building sessions to support local environmental groups. Ken Wyman is a professor at … Continue reading Event Recap: Sustainable Fundraising with Ken Wyman

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

Plastic Free July 2: Big 4

In what way do you produce most of your plastic garbage? Specifics vary between people, but according to Our Positive Planet (and the obvious litter laying around most urban areas), there are four big culprits: plastic bags, plastic straws, take-away coffee cups, and single-use water bottles. Identifying easy starting points like these make cutting down on plastic use easier – instead of seeming harder and … Continue reading Plastic Free July 2: Big 4

Canada Day & Plastic Free July

Happy Canada Day, and a happy kick-off to #PlasticFreeJuly! While it will be hard to avoid single-use plastics today, PERC and the Reseau Canadian Environmental Network, in partnership with Sea Change Canada and fellowship with countless other ENGOs across Canada and around the world, encourage you to try. Start with the challenge from Our Positive Planet outlined below, but also stay tuned: we’ll be sharing … Continue reading Canada Day & Plastic Free July

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