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

Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe

Reconciliation: Re-Membering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe – A Panel Discussion with Albert Dumont, Lynn Gehl, Randy Boswell and Lindsay Lambert. By Anne-Marie Hogue (This article was published in condensed form in the Fall 2018 edition of the PEN. It is reproduced here in its entirety.) At the heart of Ottawa, beside Parliament Hill lie the Chaudière Falls, a jewel of nature on the Ottawa River. Many … Continue reading Reconciliation: Remembering Creator’s First Sacred Pipe

Three photos show a newly renovated light rail station and train.

LRT Sneak Peak

Ottawa is abuzz with anticipation for further light rail transit to become operational. The hope is for faster, easier, more accessible public transit that cuts down on car traffic. We discuss some of the ongoing issues with transit accessibility, and how affordable housing is related to transit development, in our current edition of the PEN (in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition & Ottawa ACORN), … Continue reading LRT Sneak Peak

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

This Week In….

March 30, 2018 (Good Friday) …Water Issues Blue Drinks Ottawa held an interesting session on Monday evening…. ….Volunteering Volunteer Canada is promoting National Volunteer Week which runs from April 15-21st, including touting volunteering as a great way to help combat the winter blues (blog post here). It’s true – volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, especially when you’re doing … Continue reading This Week In….

Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

(This is a cross-post sampling of a complete article on the blog Wild.Here. Photos from Wild. Here.) The Scandinavian Approach to Embracing the Outdoors – by Katherine Forster Cooler weather and even winter seem to be embraced with open arms by many Scandinavians. There are certain Scandinavian approaches that have been talked about for decades, that seem to provide an easier transition to winter and … Continue reading Cross Post: Embracing Winter Scandinavian Style, by Wild.Here.

This Week In…..

Volunteering December 5th was International Volunteer Day! As a volunteer-based organization ourselves, we’re happy to celebrate along with those who won Canada’s Volunteer Awards, as announced on Monday by Employment and Social Development Canada. Ottawa’s own Parkdale Food Centre won in the Social Innovator Category for Ontario (this category recognizes non-profits rather an individuals). Congratulations, folks! Read more about it, including a list of all … Continue reading This Week In…..