Northern Food Insecurity Primer

This post is a reprint of an article in the Spring 2018 PEN by former Environmental Studies practicum student Jordan Heer. In Nunavut, approximately 45% of households are food insecure. The other Canadian Territories share similar, shocking, statistics. Compare these to the nation­al rate of food insecurity – 12%- and it becomes evident that there is a disconnect. What causes this great disparity and what … Continue reading Northern Food Insecurity Primer

Dec 15: This Week In….

Renewable Energy The City of Ottawa voted on it’s 2018 budget on Wednesday, Dec 13. One of the items in the budget was $500 000 for the Energy Evolution project, which was passed. Many environmental groups were advocating for additional funding for this project, notably Ecology Ottawa, who expressed disappointment that despite finding an extra $10 million in the budget just before approval, the City … Continue reading Dec 15: This Week In….

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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…..

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Invasive Species Management Lanark County decides to support continued action against “Canada’s Worst Invasive Plant“, Phragmites australis. This tall grass spreads rapidly, forms dense monocultures, reduces biodiversity and is a serious threat to many ecosystems. Read more here. Climate Change COP 23 wrapped up in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (the conference was organized by Fiji, but hosted by Germany for practical reasons). There was strong interest … Continue reading This Week In…..

Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….

Happy Friday, and welcome to what we hope will become a semi-regular feature here on the PERC blog. This Week In…. aims to bring attention to important and interesting stories from the Ottawa area and around the world. The focus will be on stories you might not encounter in the mainstream media, and will be a mix of local and international news with the usual PERC … Continue reading Nov 17, 2017: This Week In….