Changing the World: Films and Discussions

Written by Denise Deby.


Hear interesting people and be inspired at these upcoming films and talks:

The Price We Pay film and panel discussion will shed light on the extent to which offshore finance and tax avoidance deprive societies of revenues, hampering governments’ ability to provide services and contributing to inequality. Organized by Inter Pares as part of its Film Night series, in collaboration with Canadians for Tax Fairness, Publish What You Pay, MiningWatch Canada, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability and Oxfam Canada. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Mayfair Theatre.

How to influence the outcome of the 2015 federal election and the environmental and social issues we care about? The West End Well hosts a discussion on what political parties are saying about the environment, affordable housing and more. Brock Carlton (Federation of Canadian Municipalities), David Chernushenko (city councillor), Michael Bulthuis (Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness) and Dick Stewart (social and community advocate) will be on hand. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, 7-9 p.m.

Author and activist Naomi Klein and filmmaker Avi Lewis will be in town Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 for the Ottawa premiere of the film This Changes Everything, based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book about capitalism and climate change. The documentary is “an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change” and a call to use climate change as an opportunity to change our economic system. The Oct. 4 screening, including a Q&A and book signing, starts at 6:30 p.m. (The film also runs Oct. 9 and 10.)

From Oct. 4-10, the Mayfair is also showing How to Change the World, a film about the founding of Greenpeace.

Tree expert Diana Beresford-Kroeger and other tree advocates will be at Trees for Life, organized by Tree Fest Ottawa and Forests Without Borders, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park. Includes award-winning films Forest Man, The Man Who Planted Trees and Moving Forest. It’s also an opportunity to see PhotoSynthesis, a photography exhibit on trees (the exhibit runs until Oct. 12). Check out Tree Fest Ottawa’s other upcoming events.

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From the This Changes Everything film synopsis:

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.”

David Suzuki in Ottawa

Written by Denise Deby.

This work by David Suzuki Foundation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
This work by David Suzuki Foundation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

A rare chance to hear David Suzuki in person is happening this Friday, June 19, 2015.

The renowned scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster will be at Centretown United Church at 7 p.m. to present his newest book, Letters to My Grandchildren.

Check Octopus Books’ website for details and ticket information. (Tickets sold out early for his talk last year.)

The event is co-sponsored by Ecology Ottawa, Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa St Lawrence Outaouais, National Union of Public and General Employees, and Public Service Alliance of Canada – National Capital Region.


Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale 2015

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From 2012 Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale photo courtesy Ecology Ottawa
From 2012 Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale photo courtesy Ecology Ottawa

The Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale is back!

Ecology Ottawa’s 8th Annual Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale | Saturday, May 23, 8am-4pm | 680 & 690 Bank Street (at Glebe Avenue, in the Rogers Plus and Kunstadt Sports parking lots)

It’s your favourite time of year again… Soon the entire Glebe will be abuzz with lawn-hawking like you’ve never seen. It’s this annual mecca of bargain-hunters from near and far that gave birth to Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale!

Ecology Ottawa is working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, and the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale has become one of the organization’s flagship annual events. What started as a humble fundraiser in 2008 has become a carnival unto itself that community members look forward to each year.

This isn’t your average garage sale – this massive event also features a vegetarian BBQ (join us for lunch), a bake sale (including hot coffee at the crack of dawn), and live musical performances. We will also have representatives from Ecology Ottawa on site to tell you more about the organization, as well as massage therapists (to help you relax after a long day of shopping), fun activities for kids of all ages, a water bottle refilling station on site, portable public washrooms for the community’s use (when nature calls), and much, much more!

In the past 7 years, this event has helped divert countless tonnes of potential waste from Ottawa landfills and raised nearly $50,000. All items sold at the event are collected from over 200 supporters from across the city, and all proceeds raised go to charity (90% to Ecology Ottawa, 10% to The Ottawa Food Bank). Best of all, everything is coordinated by an amazing team of over 100 volunteers each year, and we have had a blast doing it!

There are many ways to get involved in this fun community event – you can donate your unwanted items, volunteer and/or bake for the event, and of course, come and do some bargain shopping on May 23rd. For more information on how to get involved, please click on the links below:

For more information on how to get involved, click on the following links:

Please help us to spread the word about this event to family, friends, colleagues, teammates, and the people you sit next to on the bus. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more info, please visit our web site at

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March/April Book Events

Written by Denise Deby.

Writersfest, Octopus and gift books - D. Deby

1. The Ottawa International Writers Festival brings more food for thought this month.

Environment and human rights advocate Sheila Watt-Cloutier talks about her book, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015. In the book she connects her life story to the survival of Inuit culture and the need to address climate change.

Check the Writers Festival website for details on this and other upcoming sessions (including Close Encounters with the Natural World on Monday, Apr. 27 with Jennifer Kingsley and Deni Béchard).

2. Octopus Books’ event schedule includes Nothing to Lose But Our Fear: Resistance in Dangerous Times with Fiona Jeffries on Tuesday, Apr. 7, and The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift with Carrie Saxifrage on Monday, Apr. 13. In The Big Swim, Carrie Saxifrage uses her personal experiences and adventures to examine the environment and climate change from different angles.

Update: Carrie Saxifrage will also be at the West End Well Co-op on Sunday, Apr. 12 to talk about The Big Swim.

Any other literary events or environmental books you’d recommend? Let us know.



Your Water Footprint: Book Launch

Written by Denise Deby.


On average, Canadians use between 200-400 litres of water a day for drinking and household use—but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

Stephen Leahy, an independent environmental journalist, has written Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products.

For example, it takes 140 litres of water to make a cup of coffee—including the water used to grow, process and ship the beans. Some 910 litres go into producing a smartphone, 2,500 litres to make a cotton shirt. One kilowatt hour of electricity (enough to surf the web for five hours) uses 180 litres of water.

The book also identifies ways for people to make choices that reduce water use and help avoid water shortages around the world.

Stephen Leahy will launch Your Water Footprint on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Octopus Books’ Centretown location (251 Bank St.).

At the event, which coincides with Human Rights Day, Council of Canadians’ water campaigner Emma Lui will also talk about the human right to water and water issues in Canada.

You can find more on Stephen Leahy and his writing at