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

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

Remembrance Day 2019: Toward a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

This post was adapted from a posting on Good Work, Canada’s Green Jobs board. Original here. Peace, Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution Work for peace and sustainability! If we love our kids, we must strive for peace. Peace is not just the absence of conflict. If =we simply try to avoid aggression, or worse still “fight fire with fire”, it can come back bigger than before. Rather, peace … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2019: Toward a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

CPJ Cross Canada Election Tour: Ottawa

Cross-post from our friends at Citizens for Public Justice. The 2019 federal election presents a fresh opportunity for people across Canada to shape the kind of country we want to be. As we prepare to cast our votes, it’s essential we consider the collective interests of fellow citizens and non-citizens, as well as those beyond our nation’s borders. Coupled with the privilege of exercising our … Continue reading CPJ Cross Canada Election Tour: Ottawa

Accelerating to Zero

Canada’s built environment is a significant contributor to GHG emissions, with 17% of GHGs coming from residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) issued a report on Wednesday Feb 20, coinciding with their Accelerating to Zero Summit, that is the first of its kind in Canada. Entitled “Making The Case For Building To Zero Carbon,” it confirms that Zero Carbon Buildings are financially … Continue reading Accelerating to Zero

Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Last week the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), which includes groups such as Sierra Club Canada Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS, Pembina Institute and WWF Canada, released it’s recommendations for the Canadian 2019 Federal Budget. GBC has been active since 1999 and releases recommendations based on rigorous analysis by experts from a number of groups for the federal budget every year. Their ideas are are inter-related and … Continue reading Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC