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Posted by Denise Deby.

Why nature matters: that’s the focus of this week’s symposium, Nature Scene, at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

First up is a talk by Richard Louv on the need for nature in our high-tech lives. Richard Louv is the author of Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder. He’s also co-founder of the Children & Nature Network and honorary co-chair of Canada’s Child in Nature Alliance. His keynote is on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, 7-9 p.m.

The Nature Scene symposium features speakers on healthy living, nature activities, children in nature, and urban dwellers in nature; hands-on activities; an Indigenous walking tour; and information displays from Nature Canada, OCDSB Eco Schools, Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, Ecology Ottawa, The Wild Garden and many others. It’s on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 from 9-4:45 p.m.

Nature Scene is geared toward understanding why nature matters for health and well-being, and what we can do to sustain and enhance our engagement with nature.

See the Museum of Nature’s website for further details and registration.

Here’s an interview with Richard Louv talking about “Vitamin N”—nature—on CKCU FM 93.1’s Friday Special Blend.

 

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Posted by Denise Deby. Thanks to Julia Dupuis, Canadian Organic Growers for the information.

What better time than the fall to upgrade your gardening skills?

Canadian Organic Gardeners is once again hosting its Organic Master Gardener course, running Saturdays from October 22 to December 3, 2016.

The course is for seasoned and new gardeners—really, anyone interested in and willing to invest in learning how to maintain a vegetable garden, container garden, ornamental garden, lawn or other patch of soil in an eco-friendly way, without pesticides or a lot of watering. The course helps understand the connections between soil, plant, human and environmental health, and shares practical knowledge such as plant selection, watering and composting.

For details and to register, visit COG’s website, or email them at office[at]cog.ca or phone 888-375-7383.

 

Written by Denise Deby.

Healthy Trees--Healthy City: A Celebration of National Tree Day image courtesy City of Ottawa

Healthy Trees–Healthy City: A Celebration of National Tree Day image courtesy City of Ottawa

Ottawa is celebrating trees this month.

The Ottawa Fall Tree Festival continues until Oct. 15. Every Saturday, Tree Fest Ottawa is hosting a photography exhibit, walks and other activities that celebrate the people and groups working to protect and promote trees in our city. The Festival happens in Brewer Park; see the website for details.

The Healthy Trees—Healthy City event, hosted by the City of Ottawa in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health and Tree Fest Ottawa, is happening on National Tree Day, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. A Healthy Communities Expo with community organizations starts at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m. there’s a talk by University of Chicago professor Marc Berman, who led a multi-country study on the health effects of increasing the urban tree canopy. Tree Fest Ottawa’s new photography exhibit, PhotoSynthesis 2, launches the same evening. Find more information on the City’s website.

The Champlain Oaks Project is a great example of what community members can do to support trees and tree habitat. Residents and the community association have reached an agreement with the NCC to restore the natural forest in their urban neighbourhood. Check out their latest post.

 

Posted by Denise Deby.

Image via Facebook/Ecology Ottawa

Image via Facebook/Ecology Ottawa

Last month’s spill of oil from a Husky Energy pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River contaminated drinking water systems in communities and cities along the river, killed fish, birds and other species, and polluted soil and vegetation.

It’s a scenario that people opposing the Energy East pipeline want to avoid. Energy East would carry tar sands bitumen from Alberta to New Brunswick, with risks to ecosystems and waterways along the way.

Participants in the March to Save Our Rivers, organized by STOP Oléoduc Outaouais, are travelling this week from Saint-André d’Argenteuil near Montreal to Ottawa, along the Ottawa River and the proposed Energy East route.

Ecology Ottawa is encouraging people to come out to welcome the marchers to Gatineau and Ottawa, and join them for the final leg from Major’s Hill Park to Parliament Hill. They’re expected to arrive in Major’s Hill Park on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. For details and to RSVP, see http://www.ecologyottawa.org/welcoming_the_march_to_save_our_rivers or https://www.facebook.com/events/1030299940358766/.

From Ecology Ottawa’s invitation:

The March to Save our Rivers highlights the pipeline’s risks while underscoring the resolve of groups in Quebec, Ontario and elsewhere who are committed to preserving our shared natural environment…. Let’s all come out and show the city and the country that Ottawans do NOT want their climate, land and water threatened by this pipeline, and that we stand in solidarity with all opposition in the country.”

Written by Denise Deby.

David Suzuki Foundation 30x30 Nature Challenge infographic http://30x30.davidsuzuki.org/#ut-portfolio-details-wrap-4991

David Suzuki Foundation 30×30 Nature Challenge infographic http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/#ut-portfolio-details-wrap-4991

I’m in! I’ve registered again for the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Nature Challenge during May.

The Challenge: to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside in nature, for 30 days.

The purpose: to reconnect with nature and reap the benefits—including better health, lower stress, more energy, increased happiness and connections with other people.

It might sound difficult to fit in, but it doesn’t have to be. Options include going for a walk, having lunch in a park, holding a walking meeting, sitting by the river, birdwatching, stargazing, or checking out a recreational path or any of Ottawa’s wonderful greenspaces. The 30×30 Nature Challenge website has daily tips and other suggestions. (One suggestion is not to worry if you can’t get out every day; every little bit helps.)

You can register on the site; workplaces and schools can also register to participate.

With the 30×30 Nature ChallengeBike to Work Month and Jane’s Walk Ottawa, there are lots of good reasons to get outside this month.

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!

Posted by Denise Deby. Thanks to Julia Dupuis and Anouk Mackenzie of Canadian Organic Growers for the information.OMG_OTT_2015_flyer

If you’ve ever wanted to take your gardening to the next level, here’s an opportunity.

Canadian Organic Growers is offering its Organic Master Gardener Course in Ottawa again this fall.

The course covers sustainable practices for growing food or ornamental plants. Topics include botany and adaptations within ecosystems, soil ecosystem, soil testing, mulches and compost teas/brews, garden bed installation, soil fertility management, waterwise gardening, pruning, turf, landscape health, permaculture design and organic standards.

The course is for urban growers, community gardeners, landscapers, environmental advocates, naturalists and others, including people who’d like to improve their skills and/or start a practice or business.

It runs over three weekends: October 17-18, November 7-8 and November 28-29, 2015 at COG’s National Office at 1145 Carling. The course fee includes a text, online resources and a one year e-subscription to The Canadian Organic Grower magazine and library.

Find more information here and here; register here by October 9.

 

 

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