Guest post by Christine Earnshaw, Project Lead, 100in1Day, Synapcity. (Images courtesy of 100in1Day Ottawa.)
Saturday, June 2nd is 100in1Day.
100in1day is a global festival that activates citizen-led initiatives in public spaces across a city. Originating in Bogota, Colombia, and spreading to cities across the globe, the citizen-led festival is a platform for residents to host one hundred or more thoughtful and playful “interventions” across the city to transform outdoor public space and spark positive change.
Powered by Synapcity, 100in1Day is coming to Ottawa for the second time this year on June 2nd!
Interventions are activities that take place in parks, on the streets, in schoolyards and other public spaces. They are activities such as street art projects, free outdoor music performances, flash mob events, community bike rides, temporary art installations, pop-up parks, guerilla gardening projects, neighbourhood walking tours, and so much more. 100in1Day is a festival of possibility.
By registering an intervention, you can share your passion for the city and contribute to Ottawa’s community-building initiatives.
If you have an idea, would like more information or are ready to register your 100in1Day intervention, visit www.100in1day.ca or get in touch with the Project Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make this year bigger, more diverse and more inspiring than ever.
10 Reasons to Participate in 100in1Day
Add beauty to a neglected or unexpected public space
Bring people together through play
Invite social interaction
Liven up a public space
Take it outside
Support the environment
Improve city infrastructure
Act on an idea to improve the neighbourhood or the city
Guest post contributed by Angela Plant, Jane’s Walk Ottawa Organizing Committee.
Every year Jane’s Walk convenes close to 2,000 Ottawa residents (May 5-6, 2018) to walk their city in a festival of over 60 community-led, free walking tours that put people in touch with their city.
Jane’s Walk began in May, 2007 in Toronto, and spread quickly. it was founded in honour of the ideas of Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to understanding, organizing, designing, and building cities. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 best-seller, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and her later books introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and succeed or fail.
In 2008, the festival was held in ten Canadian cities: here in Ottawa, as well as in Charlottetown, Halifax, Toronto, Guelph, London (ON), Thornbury-Clarksburg (ON), Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. Over 6000 people across Canada took part. It is now international.
We welcome you to attend one or more of our walks on the weekend of May 5-6! We promise that you will learn something, meet new people and come away feeling energized with ideas. Visit our website to view an interactive map of the walks!
This annual series of walks explores and celebrates well-known and not-so-well-known public spaces, connects people with the built and natural environments around them, and sheds light on what makes for a liveable city.
Update: Jane’s Walk Ottawa is still on despite the rain, but check the Jane’s Walk Ottawa website to make sure the walk you want to attend hasn’t been cancelled due to wet conditions or flooding.
What makes Jane’s Walk particularly compelling is that the walks are led by local residents: storytellers, historians, scientists, community organizers, neighbours and others who volunteer to share their perspectives on parts of the city they know. The walks are free and open to everyone.
This year, Jane’s Walk in Ottawa-Gatineau takes place May 6-7. The 50+ local walks happen at the same time as thousands more around the world, all commemorating the ideas of writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Jacobs advocated for people-centred urban planning, building on the “intricate sidewalk ballet” of informal neighbourhood activities, for example, and for vibrant, accessible neighbourhoods.
There are so many great walks this weekend that it’s hard to list them here, so check out the full schedule at janeswalkottawa.ca. Here’s just a sample of what’s available to discover:
Envision Elgin St., Stittsville Main St., Rideau St. or Bank St. as redesigned lively, walkable community streets;
Take a foodie tour focused on local, organic food in Centretown;
See downtown through the eyes of an Indigenous woman, or from the points of view of people who have experienced homelessness, or from other perspectives;
Examine the past, present and future of Lebreton Flats; land use in the Central Experimental Farm; or the shift of a disused railway line into a green corridor;
Learn about Indigenous people’s relationship with the Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers, colonialism, industrialization, urban planning, resistance and resurgence;
Find wild, edible plants growing in the heart of the city;
Check out Little Free Libraries in the Glebe;
Discover how downtown buildings can be made more bird-friendly;
Explore the connections between urban design and health in the Carling/Merivale area;
Learn about the ecology and restoration of the Pinhey Sand Dunes.
If you’d like to enjoy fresh, homegrown vegetables, make better use of your yard or garden and contribute to a local, sustainable food system in Ottawa at the same time, here’s an opportunity.
Capital Greens is a local business that transforms space in backyards into pesticide-free vegetable gardens. They do all the gardening work, and in exchange, yard owners receive some of the harvest every week. Capital Greens sells the rest to neighbours and local restaurants.
Capital Greens owner-operator Mathew Levinson started operations last summer in the Westboro/McKellar area, converting sections of lawn in area yards into gardens to grow leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, herbs and more.
Interested? Not sure? Capital Greens will provide a free yard appraisal to make sure the conditions and space will work. There’s more information and a contact form on their website. Some great pictures, too.
Let us know if you check it out!
Posted by Denise Deby. Thanks to Mathew Levinson, Capital Greens Urban Farm for the information.
Posted by Denise Deby. Thanks to David Mazur-Goulet, OREC, for information.
How can cities, with their significant environmental footprints, be sustainable?
The Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop (OREC), Octopus Books and delegates of the EU-Canada Municipal Cooperation on Urban Policy are addressing that question in a discussion on cities and climate solutions.
They’ll share “real world examples of people coming together with the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
It’s on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7-9 p.m. at Octopus Books’ Centretown location (251 Bank St.), $5 or pay what you can.
This wonderful weekend to discover the city is happening on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2016.
Jane’s Walk Ottawa-Gatineau is a weekend of walks that explore and create conversations around the history, culture, ecology, design, politics and communities of Ottawa.
The walks this year include edible plants in the city, the potential of Stittsville Main Street, the turtles of Petrie Island, an Indigenous perspective on Lansdowne Park, the Poets’ Pathway in the Sawmill Creek wetlands, the history of the Deschenes Rapids, the parking lots of Parliament Hill, the Ottawa tool and seed libraries, conservation in the Pinhey Sand Dunes, l’art et la nature sur l’Île-de-Hull, and many more. All walks are led by knowledgeable and engaging volunteers.
Catch This Changes Everything again on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 at Carleton University with a screening hosted by Carleton Climate Commons Working Group, 350 Ottawa, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and Carleton Cinema Politica.
Also on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Impact Hub Ottawa hosts What’s next after Paris? Community action for a post-carbon future. Panelists Mitchell Beer (Smarter Shift/The Energy Mix), Mike De Souza (National Observer), Andrea Flowers (City of Ottawa), Graeme Cunningham (Bullfrog Power), Janice Ashworth (Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op) and EnviroCentre’s Carbon 613 will talk about getting involved in creating a sustainable world.
For inspiration on understanding and protecting nature and ourselves within it:
Local conservation biologist and author Robert Alvo launchesBeing a Bird in North America at Octopus Books (Glebe) on Saturday, Apr. 9, 2016. It’s a book that uses humour and science to provide a new perspective on birds.
Celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall will be speaking in Ottawa on Monday, Apr. 11, 2016 about her lifetime of research and her sustainability work with youth. (Proceeds from the event support the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s conservation, humanitarian and youth programs.)
The City of Ottawa is hosting Engaging Citizens in Science to showcase groups that are involving people in understanding and documenting nature. As well as speakers Dr. Jeremy Kerr (University of Ottawa, co-founder of Bumblebeewatch.org) and Andy Kenney (University of Toronto, Neighbourwoods Program), several groups will present their citizen science and research initiatives. It’s on Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016.
The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club has several upcoming birding and other events. Check details on their website.
For inspiration on making Ottawa a more sustainable city:
Janette Sadik-Khan led New York City’s program to create safer, more liveable streets, and wrote about the experience in Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. She’ll be speaking in Ottawa on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016 at Streetfight: NY’s Urban Revolution Comes to Ottawa, a discussion organized by Ecology Ottawa and other groups.