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

PERC AGM – May 12th

Details for the PERC AGM were set before the current COVID-19 pandemic. If public health recommendations warrant changing them by the time we enter the month of May, we will do everything we can to share that information. For now, they stand. All members of the PERC community are invited to join the Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, for our Annual General … Continue reading PERC AGM – May 12th

Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

PERC intern Johanna was inspired to write this article while visiting the island of Guadaloupe in the French Carribean, and witnessing all of it’s sustainable energy infrastructure. In 1983, Hubert was sixteen years old and was pulled out of school to work full time on his family’s sugar cane plantation. Every morning he would wake up at 4 am along with his brothers and dad, … Continue reading Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

International Women’s Day 2020

In honour of International Women’s Day 2020, here are few women leading great work here in the Ottawa area. Kristina Inrig Kristina is well known as a fundraising & financial management guru in the environmental nonprofit sector in Ottawa. She is the Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario and holds two degrees in philanthropy and non-profit management. She also serves in a volunteer role with … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020

The Subtle Art of Being Wrong

by The Skeptical Hippie This piece appeared as part of a regular column in the Fall 2019 Edition of the PEN You are wrong. It’s not a pleasant thing to hear (or read), is it? You probably feel a bit taken aback. Hey now, Skeptical Hippie, you may be thinking. You don’t know me. Just what gives you the right to tell me I’m wrong? … Continue reading The Subtle Art of Being Wrong

On A Roll To Protect Atlantic Salmon

This piece was on the cover of the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN. When the average Canadian hears the term “wild salmon”, they probably picture west coast salmon. After all, the migrations these fish undertake, and the majestic west coast rain forest ecosystems they support, are legendary. Grizzlies fattening up for winter on spawning salmon, fish leaping huge distance up waterfalls, and the fight … Continue reading On A Roll To Protect Atlantic Salmon

Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre

This article was featured on the cover of the Fall 2019 edition of the PEN. It was written by PERC and OCF together. How can Ottawa be the greenest capital city in the world? This is something the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has often talked about during her time in office. So it was fitting that she be the one … Continue reading Ottawa Named A Low Carbon Cities Canada Urban Innovation Centre