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

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

International Year of Plant Health: Road Salt Edition

The year 2020 has been declared the International Year of Plant Health ( IYPH) by the United Nations General Assembly. The objective is to reach a global audience and incentivize awareness and action towards supporting plant health to protect the environment, boost economic development, and reduce poverty. The primary message surrounding this movement is plant protection. Additionally, to bring attention to standardized activities and implement … Continue reading International Year of Plant Health: Road Salt Edition

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

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

Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

This post is an excerpt from a larger article about infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods written by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. You an read the original article in the Summer 2019 Insider. Since 2015, we (The Healthy Transportation Coalition) have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This … Continue reading Infrastructure Pop-Ups in Ottawa

Depaving Ottawa Schools

by EnviroCentre Although you won’t find the definition of “depaving” in the dictionary, several public schools here in Ottawa have been busy doing just that this spring. As the word suggests, depaving means removing pavement, especially in the form of asphalt and concrete, to restore it to a more natural state. And thanks to a program run by Green Communities Canada in collaboration with EnviroCentre … Continue reading Depaving Ottawa Schools

Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast comes to Bank and Laurier by Jen Stelzer EnviroCentre hosted their 3rd annual Bike in Breakfast on May 7th . The event is a celebration of biking to work during Bike to Work Month. They work with several community partners to make the event such a great success. VeloFix is on site giving mini tune-ups, breakfast is generously donated by Eggspectations and extra coffee … Continue reading Event Recap: EnviroCentre’s Bike in Breakfast 2019

Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start

The 10th year of Bike to Work Month is off to a great start, and it’s bigger than ever! This year, EnviroCentre is giving away over $10,000 worth of prizes, hosting events and workshops throughout the month. This campaign encourages and celebrates people cycling to work throughout the month of May. Last year, there were over 4,000 participants and 250 workplace teams. Participation is free, fun and simple! Sign … Continue reading Bike to Work Month Off to Great Start