Written by Denise Deby.


There’s new optimism in Ottawa and across much of the country that action on the environment and climate change is possible.

To draw attention to the opportunity for change and encourage the Canadian government to act, a coalition of environmental, community, labour and other groups is organizing 100% Possible: Marching for Climate Solutions and Justice on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.

Everyone is welcome to join the March from 1-4 p.m., starting at Ottawa City Hall and moving to Parliament Hill.

Organizers encourage people to wear green—representing renewable energy, the environment and hope—and bring posters or banners. More tips here.

The Ottawa event is part of a Global Climate March that day.

We can solve climate change in our lifetimes. Canada is at a crossroads. The solutions to the climate crisis exist, solutions that:

  • Create low carbon jobs
  • Respect Indigenous rights
  • Stop tar sands expansion

We can create a clean, renewable energy economy, for everyone.

A 100% clean economy by 2050 is not only possible, it is NECESSARY. It’s a vision for a healthy, diverse economy that leads to a safer, more sustainable, and more just future. This fall, we have a historic opportunity to be HEARD by our new government in their first month in power, on the eve of their first international meeting in Paris.

On November 29, let’s show our leaders that 100% clean is possible, together.”

For many years, Canada has promoted and subsidized fossil fuels, but with political will can shift to clean energy. Read more and get involved here.

You can also sign up here to get Ecology Ottawa’s updates on the March.



Written by Denise Deby.

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If you’re concerned about:

you might want to have a say on the City of Ottawa’s Urban Forest Management Plan.

The city is creating a comprehensive plan to enhance and protect Ottawa’s tree canopy. That includes trees on public as well as private property–in parks, yards, on streets and on commercial property, for example–as well as tree habitat.

Launched in September, the process continues with public consultations on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

The full timetable and more information can be found here.

Thanks to Carol Burnup of EnviroCentre for the information. Posted by Denise Deby.



EnviroCentre’s annual reception is coming up.

It’s on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Ottawa Little Theatre’s second floor lobby, 400 King Edward Ave.

Here’s the notice from EnviroCentre:

We’re having our third annual reception!

Come out and mingle with our network, learn more about our programs and services and the impact they have on our community. The evening also features some tasty local food, music and a raffle featuring products from our boutique!

Link for more info and to register: http://www.envirocentre.ca/about-us/annual-reception/

Contact info for more details: Carol Burnup

EnviroCentre is a non-profit with programs and services to help people, organizations and businesses with energy conservation, alternative transportation, green renovations and more. Check them out at http://envirocentre.ca.



Thanks to Cristina Scaini for the information. Posted by Denise Deby.


Happy Anniversary, CPAWS-Ottawa Valley!

For 45 years now, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)’s Ottawa Valley chapter has been working to protect biodiversity and land in our region.

They’ve sent in this information on their upcoming celebration:


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two terrific conservation biologists share their insights into the importance of the Ottawa Valley for North America’s boreal songbirds.

Come and get inspired by these big-thinking speakers, see old friends and meet new ones!

This event will be followed by a free reception celebrating 45 years of conservation by CPAWS’ Ottawa-Valley chapter, including nibblies, cash bar and door prizes.

Location: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Paid parking, easy access by OC Transpo (Laurier Station)

Time: Doors open: 6:30 PM; Lecture: 7 PM

Tickets: $15  Seating is limited.”

The speakers are Michael Runtz, a naturalist, nature photographer, natural history author and “superteacher,” and Dr. Jeff Wells, bird expert, conservation biologist and science and policy director for the Boreal Songbird Initiative.

You can find more information and purchase tickets here.




Written by Denise Deby.

Here’s a way to try out some health and wellness products, hear some excellent music and support a good cause: The Babes4Breasts and Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre’s silent auction, concert and CDs.

The silent auction runs October 1-31, 2015. You can bid online for any of the items, which include:

  • An organic fruit and vegetable box from Goodfood2u, delivered to you;
  • Personal care product baskets from Bee Real, Lilou Organics and Green Beaver;
  • Passes to Empower Me Yoga;
  • A studio d yoga tunic;
  • A basket of goods from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company;
  • A glass art frame and drinking glasses made of recycled materials from Out of Ruins;
  • A “Babes4Breasts Superfan Package” that includes five Babes4Breasts CDs, two T-shirts a concert poster and more.

Other offerings include yoga CDs, sport and therapy passes, grocery and restaurant gift certificates, culinary lessons, health products, spa packages, family portrait sessions, vintage art, framed photos, handmade quilts, Ottawa Grassroots Festival passes, Ottawa 67’s tickets, a signed hockey jersey, ski lift tickets, hotel stays and more. Check out the auction items here: http://oicc2015.eflea.ca/view.

The Babes4Breasts Annual Benefit Concert is Saturday, October 24, 2015 at St. Albans Church (King Edward at Daly). It features Ana Miura, Oh Susanna, Amanda Rheaume, Jeremy Fisher and Sarah MacDougall. Tickets have sold quickly, so check out availability here. Even if you can’t get to the concert, you can buy the CDs here.

The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, a non-profit centre of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, provides research, education and complementary therapies (such as nutrition counselling, massage, exercise and yoga therapy) that work alongside conventional treatments (such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery) in an integrated approach to wellness. The OICC’s Head Start Program, supported by Babes4Breasts, helps women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer—a scary, overwhelming time—and helping ease anxiety and treatment side effects.

Babes4Breasts are Canadian recording artists who use music to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer prevention, education and support. Since 2007, they’ve made lot of good music and donated more than $125,000 to breast cancer charities. That’s music to the ears!

Written by Denise Deby.

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Image courtesy Goose Lane Books http://www.gooselane.com/media/1248.jpg

Here’s how the Ottawa International Writers Festival describes their fall schedule in their latest newsletter:

From Canada to Ireland and Tanzania, First Nations communities to the oil sands and rural Quebec, through the world wars, to the fight against ISIS, this week our festival is bringing stories from around the world to Ottawa.”

A few highlights:

First Peoples, First Stories with Lee Maracle, Bev Sellars and Joseph Boyden, hosted by Waubgeshig Rice, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. (Important things to know, and new ways to think.)

Oil, Gas and Water with Marq de Villiers, Louis Helbig and Andrew Nikiforuk, hosted by Neil Wilson, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. (The politics of water, the “beautiful destruction” of the tar sands, and the fight against fracking.)

The Dorito Effect with Mark Schatzker, hosted by Sean Wilson, on Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. (How food flavours have shifted from real and healthy to “craveable” but empty.)

The Reason You Walk with Wab Kinew, hosted by Waubgeshig Rice, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. (A memoir and a reconnection.)

There’s lots more, so check the schedule.

As well as food for thought, the festival has food—including local dishes from Dash Mobile Cookery, Bridgehead and local breweries served in the Festival Café (check the schedule for times). There’s also a Literary Luncheon with Margaret Atwood on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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on Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pictogram_resolved.svg\

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