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

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

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

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

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

Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps

Plenty of news outlets have covered the gathering of 20 000 people on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill for Friday’s Climate Strike (#climatestrikecanada) with much more thoroughness than one volunteer blogger could hope to do, but here are some thoughts and musings on the day, and a couple next steps. Things I Noticed: Ottawa residents are pretty creative when it comes to making protest signs. A few … Continue reading Climate Strike: Thoughts & Next Steps