Gwen’s story

“Recording, through my drawings, trees that are no longer there – and trees in whose presence we can still rejoice – and sharing that with so many concerned citizens was ...


[BREAKING] Expert report: Energy East spill impact analysis for the Ottawa-Gatineau region

[FRENCH] PRESS RELEASE ON THE PROPOSED ENERGY EAST PIPELINE For a quick overview of key facts from the report, click here.    Report shows Energy East poses great risk to Gatineau ...


Cyclists and Pedestrians Unite!

Ottawa has a Riverkeeper to keep our rivers clean and healthy, so why shouldn’t we also have a Pathmaker to do the same for our streets? It’s a sad fact. ...



Voting Day in Ottawa-Vanier

[FRENCH] Today, Thursday, November 17th, is the provincial by-election in the riding ...

Key facts from the Savaria report

[FRENCH] On October 5th Ecology Ottawa and the Council of Canadians released ...

Restorations Map – Adopt a Street

Turn your street into a Complete Street. Click on the map to see ...

Recent Posts


Benefits of ‘complete streets’ outweigh criticisms

Ottawa Citizen writer Kelly Egan  questions the merits of the City of Ottawa’s complete streets approach here. Below is a response from Robb Barnes at Ecology Ottawa, which was published in the Citizen here. I was disappointed to read Kelly Egan’s recent column on complete streets. He recalls conversations with road users who voice concerns […]

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Crowds of Ecology Ottawa Supporters

Eco Gala Annual Dinner

When and Where: This Thursday, November 17. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. dinner at 7 p.m. St. Elias Banquet Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave. Ottawa [map below] Guest speaker: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe NOTE: If you’ve already bought your tickets remember that they’re “virtual” which means we’ve got your name (and those of […]

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The Future is Renewable: Switch Ontario to 100% Renewable Energy

In the run-up to the provincial government’s Ottawa consultation on the Long-Term Energy Plan on November 23, Ecology Ottawa signed onto a joint letter with leading environmental organizations across Canada regarding the transition to 100% renewable energy. The text of this letter is below. It is time for Ontario to join the global movement toward […]

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All Candidates’ Forum for the Ottawa-Vanier By-election

[french follows] Join residents of Ottawa-Vanier to hear from candidates running in the November 10 provincial by-election. Ask the questions that are most important to you. The forum will feature: – André Marin (Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario) – Claude Bisson (Ontario New Democratic Party) – Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ontario Liberal Party) – Raphaël Morin […]

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Presenting HallowGREEN

Join us for our first annual family “HallowGREEN” walk/talk/run for environmental awareness! Come as you are or – better yet – wear your best costume! Join us for our tree planting / ribbon cutting event at 10am, followed by runs and walks along beautiful 2km and 3km loops on the campground. The cost is $10 […]

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#Throwback Thursday – A reminder from Janette Sadik-Khan

It’s Throwback Thursday. Not too long ago – April 27, 2016 to be exact – former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke to a packed house of engaged Ottawa residents at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park. Here is a clip of her takeaway message: when you change the street, you change the […]

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Celebrating the Champlain Oaks Project: Riverine Forest Gets New Trees

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Riverine Forest was the site of an important urban tree planting project. Riverine Forest is a small woodland located on the edge of Champlain Park in the Westboro neighbourhood of Ottawa.  Residents and volunteers from the Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA), with the support of the National Capital Commission (NCC), […]

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FREE TREES in honour of Jim MacNeill

Come by the Ecology Ottawa office to pick up a free tree in honour of Jim MacNeill (email velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca to arrange a pickup). Upcoming events to get free events: Oct 8, and 15th – TreeFest Ottawa Nov 17 – Ecology Ottawa Eco Gala   Tree Ottawa is giving away free trees in memory of a […]

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Trudeau needs to stop Energy East pipeline reviews and overhaul NEB

Over 50 organizations from across Canada, including Ecology Ottawa, call on PM Trudeau to shut down the review of the Energy East and the NEB process pending urgently needed reforms. In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, these groups point out the inappropriate actions of two of the NEB review […]

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Why do we need a Pathmaker?

Why this position at this time? Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. We have been working on sustainable transportation for five years through advocacy on issues like complete streets, light rail, bike lanes, street design, accessibility and funding for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. […]

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