Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

By Brent Patterson. Reproduced with permission from Peace Brigades International – Canada. It is possible that the world could see a decrease in spending on weapons due to the drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt, and a popular push for public funds to be spent on health care and the environment rather than increasingly on armaments. On May 18, The Guardian reported, “Saudi … Continue reading Climate Justice or Militarism? – Canada’s 2 yr Window to Decide

World Beyond War Online May 28-30

#NOWAR2020 VIRTUAL EVENTS #NoWar2020 is going online this May 28-30, 2020! Due to the cancellation of CANSEC and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we’re turning #NoWar2020, World BEYOND War’s 5th annual global conference, into a series of online sessions. On Day 1 on May 28 at 12pm-2pm Eastern Time, Mary-Wynne Ashford will lead a virtual workshop on “Nonviolence Strategies – 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War”. Click here to … Continue reading World Beyond War Online May 28-30

To Bag or Not To Bag: Reusable Bags in Ottawa During COVID-19

by Barbara Sibbald and Stuart Kinmond, Co-chairs, Single-Use Plastics Group, Centretown Community Association      Safety is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, but so is accurate information. Lately, there has been a resurgence of support for single-use plastic (SUP) bags, even though there is no scientific evidence that they are more hygienic than reusable bags. This has generated controversy about the use of SUP bags vs … Continue reading To Bag or Not To Bag: Reusable Bags in Ottawa During COVID-19

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

City of Ottawa Official Plan

This article is taken from the Spring 2020 edition of the PEN Insider, and was written by Paul Johanis from the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital. Read the whole PEN and Insider here. The City of Ottawa is currently reviewing its Official Plan. Under the Planning Act, every city in Ontario must have an Official Plan which conforms to the requirements of the Provincial Policy … Continue reading City of Ottawa Official Plan

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

PERC AGM HAS MOVED TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM. RSVP TO INFO@PERC.CA FOR DETAILS All members of the PERC community are invited to join the Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you’ve never attended one before, this is where we welcome in new Board members, say thank you and fare well to outgoing board members, and review … 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