Read the Current PEN Issue!

For reasons related to the history of the paper, as well as the logistics of the printing press that actually produces the physical PEN, the paper is divided into two parts: the regular PEN, and the PEN Insider. The Insider is, unsurprisingly, located inside the regular PEN, and usually focuses more on a specific theme, while the regular PEN contains staples like the Peace & Environment Calendar.

Keep this in mind if you’re referring to a specific page – make sure you’re looking in the right section!

Several copies of the Peace and Environment News stacked in a decorative fashion.

About the PEN

The PEN is a free community newspaper that has been published by the Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) since 1984. It often contains the Insider, a special insert produced in partnership with one or more local non-profits whose mandates align with our own.

The mandate of the PEN is to provide information on local peace, environment, and social justice issues. Although these may be national or international in scope, we focus primarily on the actions and events of local organizations.

Currently the PEN is published quarterly. Expanded online content is intended to increase coverage and provide timely information in a less resource-intensive manner.

Our Editor, KJ Norman, can be contacted at


We’re always looking for more writers, editors, photographers and other contributors. If you have an issue you would like us to cover get in touch – we can help you prepare an article, or match you up with a volunteer who can help with the actual writing.

Article lengths vary from around 400- 1500 words. Articles should be easy to read, factual (provide references to specific claims if needed), and end with a positive tone or call to action. Please submit images separately, with caption and photo credit.

Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

Upcoming Themes

Summer 2020 – Energy Cube

Past Issues

Spring 2020 Regular PEN

Spring 2020 Insider HTC

Winter 2020 Regular

Winter 2020 Insider

Fall 2019 Regular PEN

Fall 2019 Insider_

Summer 2019 Regular PEN

Summer 2019 Insider

Spring 2019 Regular

Spring 2019 Insider

Winter 2019 Regular PEN

Winter 2019 PEN Insider

Fall 2018 PEN: Animals & Wildlife Conservation:  Fall 2018 PEN- Regular

Fall 2018 Insider: Ottawa Municipal Election Feature: Fall 2018 PEN – Insider

Summer 2018 PEN: Sustainable Transportation  Summer2018REG

Summer 2018 Insider: Transit & Affordable Housing Summer2018INSIDER

Spring 2018 PEN: Students, Sustainability & Volunteering

Spring 2018 Insider: Showcasing Three Years of Eco Talent in Ottawa  (in partnership with the Ottawa Eco Talent Network).

Winter 2018 PEN: Energy Management in Ottawa – JAN2018Reg

Winter 2018 INSIDER: Ottawa’s Energy Outlook – Jan2018INSIDER

Fall 2017 PEN: Outdoor greening & sacred places Fall 2017 PEN

Fall 2017 Insider: Faith & the Common Good

Summer 2017 PEN: Transportation Equity 0JulSep2017reg

Summer 2017 Insider: Healthy Transportation Coalition 0JulSep2017ins

Spring 2017 Regular: Sustain Your Community Spring 2017 PEN

Spring 2017 Insider: EnviroCentre Spring 2017 Insider

Winter 2017 Regular: 0JanMar2017reg

Winter 2017 Insider: 0JanMar2017ins

Fall 2016:

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