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What’s next for action on climate change in the City of Ottawa?

Will the City of Ottawa finally produce a meaningful Renewable Energy Strategy in 2017? Will Mayor Watson seize the historic opportunity represented by provincial and federal climate action to position our city as a leader on the most important issue facing humanity today? These are the key questions that Ecology Ottawa’s climate change campaign is […]

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What’s next for our living city? Trees, water, greenspace…

A million trees planted, a strong urban forest management plan for Ottawa, a new water environment strategy, and a long-term vision for greenspace connectivity and land acquisition in our city  – these are the things that Ecology Ottawa worked to promote in 2016 as part of our Living City campaign. With your support, we can […]

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What’s next for safe streets for Ottawa’s cyclists and pedestrians?

A plan to systematically build safer, more walkable, and bike-friendly streets, more money for Ottawa’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure plans, and federal and provincial support for Stage 2 light rail – these were Ecology Ottawa’s sustainable transportation priorities going into this term of council. With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what […]

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Ecology Ottawa’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan

In 2016, Ecology Ottawa solidifed a strategic plan for the 2016-2019 period. This plan articulates Ecology Ottawa’s vision around three major campaign themes – the Living City, the Active City and the Renewable City. The plan provides a high-level assessment of what we are trying to accomplish in each of these areas, and where we […]

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Ecology Ottawa’s take on the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Budget

Ecology Ottawa met with representatives of the City of Ottawa in late November to discuss the 2017 draft Budget, which was tabled for approval at City Council on Wednesday, December 14. Below is the statement made by Ecology Ottawa at that meeting, updated with more recent budget information where applicable. Mayor Jim Watson 110 Laurier […]

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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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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 a profound and moving experience.” Gwen Frankton is an artist whose story shows how Ecology Ottawa supporters are using their talent, time and effort to make […]

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Voting Day in Ottawa-Vanier

[FRENCH] Today, Thursday, November 17th, is the provincial by-election in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. It’s VOTING DAY! Ecology Ottawa attended the Ottawa-Vanier candidates’ forum last Thursday and heard from four candidates on the proposed Energy East pipeline. We asked candidates if they wouldoppose the construction of the proposed Energy East pipeline in light of the […]

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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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