Executive Summary: All Candidates’ Survey on Environmental Issues


Help us get out the environmental vote

This is it!

After months of knocking on thousands of doors, hosting debates and surveying candidates to raise the profile of local environmental issues, election day is where it all comes together. The Ottawa municipal election will take place on Monday, October 22, and we need your help to get out the environmental vote.

The new mayor and councillors elected on Monday can play a key role in making Ottawa a green capital – it’s up to us to vote with the environment in mind and ensure that the next council is the greenest ever. The next council has a lot of work to do, from taking strong action on climate change, to protecting vulnerable green spaces, to enhancing transportation options for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. With help from many of you, we have raised these local environmental issues among Ottawa residents and candidates over the last five months.

Now, we need your help for the final push.

We need canvassers to visit voters and encourage them to vote. We need phone volunteers to call into target wards. And we need drivers to make our ground game happen on Sunday, October 21 (from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Monday, October 22 (from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.). Whether you have one hour or eight, we need as much help as you can offer.

To sign up, please email dana.taylor@ecologyottawa.ca and indicate which day(s) you can help out and in what capacity.

We’ll also be celebrating and watching the election results roll in on Monday night, 7:30 PM at Fox and Feather. https://www.facebook.com/events/584344931984886/

Green Infrastructure in Canada’s Capital: Launch Party!

You’re invited to our Launch Party and Information Session

Join us while we kick off our Green Infrastructure campaign in Britannia! In the coming months we’ll be working with homeowners, builders, local organizations, and government officials to integrate Green Infrastructure into our homes, public buildings, and public spaces.

Learn how green infrastructure solutions like downspout redirects, green roofs, rain gardens, and rain barrels can prevent flooding, save money and help us adapt to climate change by slowing down, soaking up, and filtering rain water.

Refreshments, light snacks, and free home-level infrastructure adaptations will be available for all attendees!

Monday, November 19th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Carlingwood Public Library


Greeninfrastructure 101

Join us for the eleventh Eco Gala on October 11

An evening to celebrate the

environmental community in Ottawa

You are cordially invited to Ecology Ottawa’s eleventh annual dinner – Eco Gala 2018 at the Horticulture Building (Lansdowne Park) on Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 p. m. Tickets are on sale now!



This year’s gala will take place just a few days before Ottawa votes for its mayor and city council. It will be an exciting opportunity to take stock of the people, community partners and big ideas that will transform us into a greener capital.
This year’s Eco Gala will feature:

  • A delicious vegan/vegetarian meal provided by Thyme and Again
  • A green silent auction featuring great items from local green businesses.
  • An opportunity to connect with the people and community groups growing the environmental movement in Ottawa.

At this year’s Eco Gala, we are also pleased to honour Paul Dewar for his leadership and contribution to the environment in Ottawa.

The Eco Gala is the largest annual gathering celebrating Ottawa’s strong, dynamic and growing environmental movement. Don’t miss it, purchase your ticket today!
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We look forward to seeing you at the Eco Gala on October 11.


Eco Gala Speakers Panel (2)How do we make Ottawa a world-class leader on green issues – from renewable energy to a healthier watershed and innovative local food policy? Find out by listening to a dynamic panel, named “The Next Four Years: Fighting for a Greener Ottawa” and moderated by award-winning journalist Mike de Souza, Managing Editor of the National Observer. This year, the Eco Gala speakers are:

  • Robb Barnes, Ecology Ottawa’s Executive Director;
  • Janice Ashworth, from Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC);
  • Meredith Brown, from Ottawa Riverkeeper;
  • Moe Garahan, from Just Food


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Here are some photos from previous Eco Galas in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This National Forest Week, make trees an election issue

Ottawa trees and greenspaces need to be an election issue!

During this year’s election period, we are calling on Ottawa residents to bring focus to the importance of our trees — urban trees in particular — and to celebrate them! It’s vital that all candidates know how much we care about our trees and that we are willing to stand up to protect them. National Tree Week is a great opportunity to use the public stage as a way for us to support the messaging to candidates about specific actions and commitments we want to see in Ottawa.

Click here to see what the existing events are!

What are we looking for?

Passionate and engaged citizens to plan events in their communities that are centered around trees and greenspace. These would be public events and all candidates running in your ward should be invited to attend. The idea is to highlight how important trees and greenspaces are to you and their potential constituents, and to invite people to speak from the heart, as well as the head.

There are 23 Wards in the City of Ottawa, and we would love if there was at least one event in each ward! With that said, we are not limiting the amount of events people want to plan. There is a good chance there will be multiple events in multiple wards.

Interested? Here are next steps:

Is there a key Tree issue in your community? Is infill threatening your mature trees? Do you know if your parks and greenspaces are protected or slated for development? Each community in Ottawa has it’s own unique battles when it comes to trees and greenspaces and the event you choose to plan will reflect that. Your event could be a walk through a local park, a tree ID session, a meet and greet at a local community hub, a walk down a street slated for resurfacing or anything in between. Past what event you plan, it’s important that your event is public and that all candidates in your ward are invited. Don’t know who your candidates are? Find out using Ecology Ottawa’s Ward Map. Candidates’ contact information are also available on the City of Ottawa website.

You event doesn’t have to be a large gathering, it could be a small group of concerned citizens who want to have an in-depth conversation about how your candidates will prioritize trees and greenspace if they are elected.


  1. Organize an event during National Forest Week that invites people to learn more about trees, to celebrate them, to show our appreciation in some way.
  2. Create a Facebook Event and/or website description for your event.
  3. Register the event with Tree Action Now website.
  4. Invite your ward candidates.
  5. During your event, compose a message to your Ward candidates and send it to them with photos.
  6. Post a summary and photos afterwards.

Check what the existing events are!

How Tree Action Now can help:

  1. Suggestions for events — tree-planting, film screening, song circle, book talk, storytelling, Tree Talks, Tree walks, “postcard to a tree”.
  2. Specific resource lists and contacts for the above ideas: film titles, local singer-songwriters, etc.
  3. Calendar listing on websites.
  4. Promotion through various avenues.
  5. Contact information for the candidates in their ward.

For more information contact YOWelection2018@gmail.com.

Click here to see what the existing events are!

À la découverte du patrimoine du parc Major’s Hill – 10/07

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire à l’événement !

Envie de plein air ? De verdure ? De découverte ? Nous vous proposons tout cela à la fois à travers une promenade éducative en Français dans le parc Major’s Hill le dimanche 7 octobre ! Cette sortie, organisée en partenariat avec Jane’s Walk, sera guidée par Michel Prévost, D.U. président de la Société d’histoire de l’Outaouais, pour en apprendre plus sur le patrimoine de votre parc.

En collaboration avec Park People et avec le soutien du Gouvernement de l’Ontario, le programme Les Amis des Parcs a pour but de célébrer les communautés francophones d’Ottawa et leur culture, tout en mettant en avant les espaces verts de la Capitale.

QUOI : Promenade éducative en Français

QUAND : dimanche 7 octobre 2018 / 2:00pm

OÙ : Parc Major’s Hill, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Pour le départ, rendez-vous à la statue Maman, en face du Musée des Beaux Arts.

ATTENTION : notez qu’en cas de pluie, la sortie sera annulée.

Vous souhaitez vous joindre à nous ? Faites-le-nous savoir en cliquant ici pour vous inscrire à l’événement !

Cliquez ici pour visiter le site web de Jane’s Walk.


Upcoming debates and events before the 2018 municipal election

As we count down the days to the 2018 municipal election, debates are being planned across the city. Join us for the following debates, planned by Ecology Ottawa, our distributed volunteer teams, or community groups.

Ecology Ottawa are hosting (or co-hosting) the following debates on the environment.

Our amazing volunteer teams and community partners are hosting the following debates.

Here’s a more comprehensive list of debates organized across the city. We encourage you to attend these debates and ask candidates where they stand on environmental issues relevant to your ward.

We also welcome you to attend a series of events across the city to draw attention to the importance of trees and greenspaces, hosted by the Tree Action Now coalition. Find a list of events here. 

Les Amis des Parcs – Session d’Information – 09/13

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire à l’événement !

Le programme Les Amis des Parcs a été créé en collaboration avec Park people dans le but de célébrer les communautés francophones d’Ottawa et leur culture, tout en mettant en avant les espaces verts de la Capitale. Dans ce cadre, Écologie Ottawa soutient et accompagne toute personne issue de la communauté francophone souhaitant célébrer cette dernière, que ce soit du sport, de la musique ou encore de la gastronomie !

Vous avez une idée d’événement que vous souhaitez organiser ? Vous souhaitez vous renseigner sur le programme et l’accompagnement qu’il offre ? Alors n’attendez plus et assistez à la session d’information qui aura lieu le jeudi 13 septembre 2018 à 19h30 au MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans) !

Les places, bien que gratuites, sont limitées. Nous vous conseillons donc de vous inscrire à l’événement en cliquant ici.

QUOI : Session d’information / Programme Les Amis des Parcs

QUAND : jeudi 13 septembre / 19h30-20h30

OÙ : Salle Richelieu / MIFO / 6600 rue Carrière, Ottawa, ON ON K1C 1J4

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire à l’événement !


The upcoming Ottawa Municipal Election is on October 22nd, less than eight weeks away! Join Ecology Ottawa team for a canvass to talk about environmental issues and the upcoming municipal election.

Door-to-door canvassing is more fun when you’re joined by dozens of other people. This Storm the Ward is an opportunity for new volunteers to get involved, and for a massive amount of people to knock on thousands of doors in a few hours. Best of all, they’re a lot of fun.

We’ll meet in the park, go over the procedures, and head out to knock on doors in Innes Ward!

Sept.9th, 2018 at 4pm – 6:30pm
Chapel Hill Park
Forest Valley Drive
Ottawa, ON K1C 6G9

Innes Ward Debate on Environmental Issues


Due to some last-minute problems, we have to reschedule the all-candidates’ debate on Wednesday, September 19 at the Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall. 

We firmly believe that it is vital that Innes Ward residents hear from their candidates on environmental issues facing the city. We’re working hard to schedule a new debate date with the candidates, and will let you know as soon as we get a new date pinned down. 

Please accept our apologies for the last-minute change in plans. 

Robb, Vi, Dana, Velta, Justine, Agathe, Marion and the entire Ecology Ottawa team


In the lead-up to the 2018’s municipal election, Ecology Ottawa, in collaboration with Grassroots Blackburn-Orléans, is hosting an all-candidates’ debates on the environment in Innes Ward.

The debate will include all four candidates running for City Council in Innes Ward, and feature questions on green space protection, green infrastructure, pedestrian, cycling and transit infrastructure, local action on climate change and other local issues relevant to the Ward. Join us, bring your questions, and find out where your candidates stand on issues in Innes Ward.

Please RSVP to the debate today!