Youth Actions for Greater Sustainability

by Brianna Yeung  The climate is changing everyday and there’s only so few things that citizens can do about it. This goes for teens as well.  Teens spread awareness by communicating. They use posts from social media or talk about the horrible impacts we are having on our environment. They try to use influence to get people to make a tiny change in their lives … Continue reading Youth Actions for Greater Sustainability

EnviroCentre Launches New Resource

EnviroCentre is pleased to announce that it has just launched MyGREENLifestyle.ca,  a new online learning platform for folks going green.  It’s their new response to folks in our community who have said “I want to take action on climate, but I’m not sure where to start.” The site features free daily Green Lifestyle Tips, and a selection of pay-what-you-can online courses, designed to meet folks … Continue reading EnviroCentre Launches New Resource

PERC AGM Moving to Virtual Platform

Heads up Ottawa! The Peace & Environment Resource Centre AGM is moving from the physical venue described in our original announcement, to a virtual venue! No potluck will take place, but feel free to eat tasty food at home while you participate, if that’s what floats your boat 🙂 RSVP to info@perc.ca for details of how to join this meeting, which is still taking place … Continue reading PERC AGM Moving to Virtual Platform

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

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

The Strong Hands that Hold our Future

By Claus Anthonisen Saturday, Feb. 15—The youth gathered in the Horticultural Building, at Landsdowne, for the Generation Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit were both inspired and inspring as they celebrated the youth-led initiatives on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. There were also many, let’s say, more mature folks participating the summit including luminaries as diverse as Joel Harden, the MPP for Ottawa Centre, Solange … Continue reading The Strong Hands that Hold our Future