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

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

Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

This piece was written by PERC intern Johanna, who was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of the PEN, while staying with family in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a tropical oasis located within the Caribbean Sea. It is shaped like a butterfly and attracts tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and culture. The primary industry is tourism: it is amazing to look around and see all … Continue reading Breaking the Mainstream Barrier to Discover Local Travel

Giving Tuesday: Dec 3, 2019

by Linda McIntyre Why consider donating to PERC on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3? Eastern Ontario’s Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) empowers the public on peace, environmental, and social justice issues, encouraging community involvement. PERC emphasizes local activities in the Ottawa and valley area. We are an outlet for Ottawa area non-profits and place-based community groups to communicate with the public and find solutions to … Continue reading Giving Tuesday: Dec 3, 2019

JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

Le lundi 21 octobre 2019 : première journée de discussions marketing, commerciales et industrielles pour les membres québécois du Jumelage Économique Durable, JED, avec leurs pairs de l’Ontario. Objectifs du parcours: mieux comprendre le marché régional et comment mieux répondre aux demandes croissantes des clients en quête de produits et services plus respectueux de leur santé et de celle de la planète. – A Plantagenêt, gîte O Genêt, conférence … Continue reading JUMELAGE ECONOMIQUE DURABLE

East Coast Connection for PERC

Who would have thought that an article entitled “Loving Our Local” (Winter 2019 Edition) would lead to a connection in St. John’s, Newfoundland! That’s exactly what happened when Kim Todd, a founder of the St. John’s social enterprise Guide to the Good, visited Ottawa and picked up a copy of the PEN. “We really loved the article,” Guide to the Good’s Publication Specialist Katherine Saunders … Continue reading East Coast Connection for PERC

How Local Businesses Communicate Sustainability

This event was organized by a group of Master’s students in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, and hosted at Impact Hub Ottawa. The room was packed, with standing room only at the back, and there was obvious energy and excitement in thecrowd. The morning kicked off with panelists defining sustainability. Happily, there was general agreement that the UN based definition of “meeting our … Continue reading How Local Businesses Communicate Sustainability

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

Miniature shopping cart filled with holiday ornaments.

The Obligatory “Greening the Holidays” Post

It’s that time of year again – you can’t set foot in a shopping centre without hearing cheery Christmas music. Whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing is a personal matter, but as an ex-retail employee, I find it acts as extra motivation not to go shopping in the first place. If you’re the sort of person to be following … Continue reading The Obligatory “Greening the Holidays” Post