Soirée film et réseautage sur le climat

Venez visionner le film un Paradis en Péril et discuter de changement climatique! Notre événement est suivi par le FestiSlam d’Ottawa.

Au programme pour la soirée:

18h-18h45: Projection vidéo de un Paradis en Péril. Accompagné d’une levée de fonds chocolat chaud et pâtisserie pour le FestiSlam d’Ottawa. Voilà une occasion parfaite pour discuter d’actualités sur le changement climatique avec les francophones de votre communauté. Cette avant-partie est gratuite.

19h00- 20h30: Prestations et spectacles de jeunes finalistes du FestiSLAM (un concours de poésie sur le changement climatique). Prestation de Wise Atangana, un artiste musicien poète originaire du Cameroun basé à Ottawa. Cette partie a un cout de 10$.

Où:

Collège catholique Samuel-Genest

704 Carsons Road

Ottawa, ON K1K 2H3

* À noter que ceci est un événement francophone

Pour vous inscrire au visionnement gratuit cliquez ici

Pour vous procurer des billets pour le FestiSlam cliquez ici

It’s time for OC Transpo to go electric

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Ecology Ottawa is partnering with Healthy Transportation Coalition and the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa to launch a campaign to rapidly move Ottawa’s bus fleet to electric.

Worldwide and across Canada, cities are stepping up in the fight against climate change by integrating electric buses into their fleet. Within a few short years, Ottawa’s fleet could be fully electric. This not only helps in the fight against climate change, but can also save the city money while making the OC Transpo fleet cleaner, quieter and more reliable. It means cleaner air and better service for the residents of our city.

Leading cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Laval, Edmonton and Vancouver are already leading the charge. Let’s get OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa to follow suit!

We’re calling on Ottawa City Council to:

  • Run an electric bus pilot in 2020;
  • Introduce electric buses on regular service by 2021;
  • Purchase only electric buses starting in 2024; and
  • Move to a 100% electric bus fleet by 2035.

SIGN OUR E-BUS PETITION TODAY!

$4.66B LRT Stage 2 Expansion Moves Forward With Many Positive Amendments to 2019 Budget

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Ottawa City Council met on March 6th for a 7-hour council meeting, where council voted on over $9 billion in spending on LRT Stage 2 and the 2019 budget. Our volunteer from the Council Watch team attended the meeting and here are some major discussions and votes.

A large topic of discussion on the agenda was the approval of the LRT Stage 2 expansion at a cost of $4.66 billion dollars. While it seems like a simple answer to move in the direction of achieving a more sustainable and equitable city by approving the expansion of the light rail, a lot of concerns were raised by councilors in the discussion.

Councilor Catherine McKenney motioned to defer the decision to approve the LRT Stage 2 expansion to the March 27th council meeting. Councillors Jeff Leiper, Shawn Menard, Carol Anne Meehan and Rick Chiarelli raised concern about the lack of information or public consultation, and the fact that council was only given 12 days to decide on a project that has changed significantly in scope and price tag. Councillors supporting this motion did not want to delay the contract, but to move the vote about the expansion to council on March 27th so that councilors had more time to review the report and answer the public’s questions.

City staff and external lawyers, however, continued to advice against delaying the project, citing, among others, the need to draft a contract and get approval from federal and provincial governments, and the loss of negotiating power with the winning bidders. Although councillor Leiper cited lack of community support for the many changes made to the project, and councillors Carol Anne Meehan and Diane Deans questioned the process that led to the short time frame for decision making, staff continues to suggest that delaying the vote means the city will be “plunged into chaos”, and councillor Stephen Blais said “deferring the decision means killing the project”. The motion ultimately failed 16/6, with councillors McKenney, Leiper, Chiarelli, Meehan, Deans and Menard voting yes.

When it comes to the vote on the approval of LRT contract itself, council questioned city staff and legal consultants extensively. Some concerns include SNC-Lavalin as one of the winning proponents, the increase in price tag, the extended closure of the Trillium line, etc. Particularly, councilor Deans was persistent on determining whether the winning bidders received a technical score above the 70 percent threshold in evaluating all three bidders. Staff refused to disclose any information about the evaluation process or results. This led Deans and many of the other councilors to believe that SNC-Lavalin did not achieve the 70 percent threshold, which was substantially influential on the way that the councilors were swayed to vote.

Ultimately, Mayor Watson and Councilor Harder urged the rest of council to take a leap of faith and vote yes to the expansion of the LRT Stage 2, characterizing anyone voting no as being against LRT. Meanwhile, Councilor Meehan and Deans reiterated that councillors have the right to ask questions and seek transparency to make an informed decision. They reaffirmed that they were in favour of LRT, and that their concern is with the process with which LRT is approved and built. Councillors McKenney and Leiper were both hesitant to vote yes, whereas Leiper said for the first time, he is voting without all the facts.

The motion to approve LRT Stage 2 expansion passed with 19 yays and 3 nays. The three nays were from councilors Menard, Deans, and Chiarelli.

The 2019 budget passed unanimously, although with several positive amendments. Councillor McKenney was responsible for putting forth a motion for Council to approve the allocation of $60,000 in new funding to complete annual community and corporate greenhouse gas emission inventories using the dividends from Hydro One. This motion was seconded by councilor Brockington, reiterating the need to take climate change seriously, starting with tracking our progress. With very little questioning, Council takes a step in the right direction acting on climate change by carrying the motion.

McKenney and Leiper also motioned to provide funding and support for the Urban Forest Management Plan as a term of council priority. Fleury and Harder expressed their agreeance and support with this motion and the motion was carried.

While there was a lot of discussion around the transportation budget, there was also a lot of discussion around winter maintenance and sidewalk clearing. Councilor Harder expresses concern about public safety in the suburbs, and is supportive of the study around renewing sidewalk clearing coming up. Councillor Theresa Kavanagh explains the importance of having properly maintained sidewalks in winter conditions with approving the new expansion of the LRT and prioritizing walkability to transit stations. While Meehan agrees that sidewalk clearing and maintenance needs to be improved, she suggests that the funds used on the study be allocated to the actual maintenance of sidewalk.

Lastly, Councillor Kavanagh motioned to freeze the fares for the Equipass, community and access pass with funding from the FEDCO investment income. With mutual agreement among council members, this motion was carried.

Job Postings: Living City Organizer, Greenspace Protection Organizer and Community Organizer

Ecology Ottawa has three exciting opportunities to join our team as Living City Organizer, Greenspace Protection Organizer and Community Organizer. Please see details and how to apply for each position below.

Living City Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is looking for an enthusiastic organizer to join our growing Living City team. The chosen candidate will be working alongside and reporting to the Lead Organizer of the Living City program, on three exciting projects: Tree Ottawa; green infrastructure; and protecting vulnerable natural spaces. Your time will be divided between these three projects, each with competing deadlines and priorities. Excellent time management skills are a must for this position.

The Living City Organizer will be responsible for Ecology Ottawa’s summer tree distribution program, door-to-door community outreach in Britannia, as well as locating, training and managing a team of volunteers to help achieve our program deliverables. More specifically, the Living City Organizer will:

  • conduct public education on environmental issues in targeted neighbourhoods across Ottawa, reflecting Ecology Ottawa’s initiatives on green infrastructure and protection of area greenspaces and waterways;
  • door-to-door outreach in Britannia, knocking on every door at least once during the spring/summer/fall months;
  • organize and attend a number of outreach “boothing” opportunities, to distribute 12,000 trees to Ottawa area residents;
  • recruit, train and manage volunteers to help with achieving tree distribution and community organizing targets;
  • follow and maintain Ecology Ottawa’s data entry cycle;
  • help develop organizational tools and documents; and
  • any other duties deemed to be an organizational priority.

This position involves immersion in the tools and techniques of grassroots organizing, canvassing, volunteer management, data management and communications. It will also require some evening and weekend work (where needed, often season dependent).

Successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • experience working for an environmental not-for-profit or other social justice organization;
  • past community organizing experience;
  • ability to work independently, but also as part of a team;
  • familiarity with community organizing theory and practices;
  • a passion for environmental issues;
  • event organizing experience;
  • a G driver’s licence;
  • strong interpersonal skills;
  • a relevant educational, work and/or volunteer background;
  • attention to detail;
  • strong oral and writing skills (French language skills are a major asset); and
  • a good sense of humour.

French/francophone candidates, as well as candidates of an Aboriginal or visible minority background will be prioritized and are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to: velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca

Compensation: $17/hour for the first 3 months. After this probationary period, the candidate will then receive a raise to $19/hour.

Period: 40 hours per week until December 31, 2019, with the possibility of extension. Starts immediately.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca . Only complete applications sent by email will be considered. No phone calls please. Applicants will be considered as they apply and will be interviewed on a rolling basis. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about Ecology Ottawa, please visit our website at ecologyottawa.ca.

Greenspace Protection Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is looking for an enthusiastic organizer to join our growing Living City team. The chosen candidate will be working alongside and reporting to the Lead Organizer of the Living City program, on one of our newest campaigns: protecting vulnerable natural spaces. Ottawa is a city that has many green spaces, and for those residents who moved to be close to them it may be a shock when that community forest is bulldozed for development. This program will inform residents who live close to unprotected green spaces about how they can get involved to help protect them.

The Green Space Protection Organizer will be responsible for Ecology Ottawa’s summer door-to-door community outreach in two targeted communities (still to be chosen), as well as locating, training and managing a team of volunteers to help achieve program deliverables. More specifically, the Green Space Protection Organizer will:

  • conduct public education on environmental issues in two targeted neighbourhoods across Ottawa;
  • lead door-to-door outreach teams in two targeted neighbourhoods, knocking on every door at least once over the course of your contract;
  • recruit, train and manage volunteers to help with achieving community organizing targets;
  • follow and maintain Ecology Ottawa’s data entry cycle; and
  • any other duties deemed to be an organizational priority.

This position involves immersion in the tools and techniques of grassroots organizing, canvassing, volunteer management, data management and communications. It will require evening and weekend work.

Successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • familiarity with community organizing concepts and techniques;
  • a passion for environmental issues;
  • ability to work independently, but also as part of a team;
  • a G driver’s licence (essential for this position);
  • strong interpersonal skills;
  • a relevant educational, work and/or volunteer background;
  • strong oral and writing skills (French language skills are a major asset); and
  • a good sense of humour.

French/francophone candidates, as well as candidates of an Aboriginal or visible minority background will be prioritized and are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to: velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca .

Compensation: $17/hour.

Period: 40 hours per week from May 21 to August 16, 2019

To apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resumé to velta.tomsons@ecologyottawa.ca by 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2019. Only complete applications sent by email will be considered. No phone calls please. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For further information about Ecology Ottawa, please visit our website at ecologyottawa.ca.

Community Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is a local, not-for-profit, volunteer-driven environmental organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. We mobilize Ottawa residents who care about the environment and promote environmental leadership at City Hall through our work advocating for our greenspace, water, sustainable transportation, and climate change actions.

Ecology Ottawa is looking for a Community Organizer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Organizer will provide support for Ecology Ottawa’s outreach campaigns on climate change. This goal is pursued by:

  • Maintaining and expanding Ecology Ottawa’s base of grassroots support through door-to-door outreach and community events (60% of time);
  • Mobilizing supporters of Ecology Ottawa campaigns to take action at strategic moments (10% of time);
  • Processing, entering and updating supporter data into Ecology Ottawa’s database (10% of time);
  • Creating and promoting campaign-related communications materials (10% of time); and
  • Providing support to staff for campaign-specific events and activities (10% of time).

This position is for 40 hours/week. The vast majority of this time includes outdoor work on evenings and weekends in targeted areas of the city.

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in political or community organizing;
  • A passion for environmental and political advocacy, and strong commitment to social and environmental justice;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and meet targets;
  • Working knowledge of NationBuilder or other CRM is an asset;
  • French language skills are a major asset;
  • A valid driver’s license is an asset;
  • A good sense of humour.

The successful candidate will be conducting outreach in Kanata. Candidates living in Kanata or nearby areas, therefore, are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in working with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization and contributing to our efforts to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resume to: vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Compensation: $19/hour

Period: 40 hours/week. Starts ASAP. This contract runs from April to October.

To apply: Please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resume to: vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca. We thank all those who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Join us as a Volunteer Organizer

Ecology Ottawa is looking for Volunteer Organizers to join a dynamic team working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada.

The Volunteer Organizer will help promote Ecology Ottawa’s mission and initiatives by participating in direct outreach, receiving hands-on training on engagement organizing and conducting work on a special project that touches on one of Ecology Ottawa’s three core campaign areas

Ecology Ottawa’s core campaign areas focus on: trees and water (“Living City”); energy and climate change (“Renewable City”); and transit and active transportation (“Active City”), with an overall focus on local issues and municipal policies. This position involves immersion in the tools and techniques of research, communications, event management, canvass organizing, volunteer management and data management.

Successful applicants will have an opportunity to learn more about how an active, grassroots environmental organization functions. You will participate directly in project and campaign development and execution, and benefit from specialized training in a range of areas.

The Volunteer Organizer’s responsibilities include:

  • Committing a minimum of 20 hours per week on an unpaid basis between May and August 2019;
  • Become familiar with Ecology Ottawa’s organizational philosophy, issue campaigns and database;
  • Take part in all relevant training offered by Ecology Ottawa; and
  • Participate in direct community outreach, which will include door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, event coordination and data entry.

Successful candidates will have some combination of the following:

  • A passion for environmental and political advocacy;
  • A strong commitment to social and environmental justice;
  • An interest in learning more about – and contributing to – environmental organizations and project/campaign development;
  • A relevant educational background, such as humanities, political science, sociology, environmental studies, geography, urban planning, social work, etc.;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Strong oral and writing skills (French language skills are a major asset);
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working for not-for-profit organizations or relevant areas of work; and
  • A good sense of humour.

If you are interested in gaining experience with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization and contributing to our efforts to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, please send a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying along with your resume to: vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca.

Forum Francophone à la Cabane à Sucre

Assistez à notre deuxième édition de notre forum francophone! 

Apprenez à rassemblez les francophones dans vos communautés et célébrez le temps des sucres tout à la fois.

Vous souciez vous de votre parc? Ou avez vous des idées d’evenements pour vos communautés franco-ontarienne et vos parcs? Cherchez vous à rencontrer des gens pour lancer vos idéés?

Le forum est une occasion parfaite pour créer des résaux, trouver du soutien et de renforcir vos capacités d’organisateur(rice) – tout en dégustant des bonnes crèpes au sirop dérable!

Nous aurons des conférenciers et divers outils pour discuter de la manière d’organiser des activités et de mobiliser vos quartiers.

Tout les participants serons invité pour un festin gratuit à la cabane à sucre pour diné. 

N’oubliez pas de confirmer votre présence et informez vos amis et votre famille de nos événements à venir.

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Où: Muséoparc Vanier – 300 Pères-Blancs Ave, Vanier, ON K1L 7L5

Quand: 17 Mars 2019 @ 10h30 – 14h

Nous allons facilité le forum dans le Muséoparc et par la suite nous dirigez en groupe vers la cabane à sucre.

Gratuit et ouvert à tous.

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Marche Guidée à la Tourbière Mer Bleue

 

 

Marche guidée en Foret en Francais!

Cette activitée est gratuite et ouverte à tous. Les enfants et famille sont bienvenues! Nous allons explorer la tourbière Mer-Bleue pour encourager les communautés francophones à apprécier une journée en plein-air tout dans le cadre du mois de la francophonie.

Collations et brevages inclus – apportez vos contenants

Òu: Le sentier de la toubière Mer-Bleue (Ridge Road) stationnement P22

Quand: Dimanche 3 mars, 14 h

Nous offrons une navette gratuite à partir du Loblaws Elmvale à 13h30. Pour reservez votre place sur la navetter, appellez May Turcot au 613-699-6111

Pour vous enregistrer suivez ce lien

 

 

Generation Climate: Youth Climate Ambassadors Kick-Off Event!

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Ecology Ottawa’s Youth Climate Ambassadors program kicks off on March 27th at 7:00pm with “Generation Climate” at the Shaw Centre! Join us for a full evening of connection, mobilization, snacks, and inspiring individuals speaking to their experiences combating climate change in Ottawa as young people.

We hope that folks of all ages will leave the event feeling empowered to take action, and take on climate change in our city.

 

Click here to register for Generation Climate: Youth Climate Ambassadors Event Launch!

 

Apply to be a Youth Climate Ambassador today!

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Draft budget 2019 – What does it mean for Ottawa’s environment?

On Wednesday, February 6 Mayor Jim Watson presented a draft city budget for 2019.

This budget has implications for all three of Ecology Ottawa’s program areas:

  • Living City, our program to protect and enhance Ottawa’s trees, water and green space;
  • Renewable City, our program on climate change and energy policy; and
  • Active City, our program on sustainable transportation.

Below is a summary of key line items impacting each program area, followed by an assessment. Note that these assessments are preliminary. Over the next few weeks, Ecology Ottawa staff and volunteers will be asking questions to councillors and city staff in order to clarify the points below. We will publish a final assessment of the budget once the final version is adopted on March 6.

In the area of Living City, draft budget 2019 includes:

  • $1.5 million to plant 500,000 trees. This is a standard line item that we’ve seen in past budgets. We are happy to see the city continue to invest in forest cover.
  • No money earmarked for the expansion of green infrastructure. We have been asking for the city to move beyond the pilot phase and roll out green infrastructure at scale. We could not identify a stand-alone item on green infrastructure in the city budget.
  • Unanswered questions regarding funding of Urban Forest Management Plan. The City has worked hard to develop a comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan. We applauded the City for its ambitious and well-designed plan. However, this plan requires funding to deliver on its action items. We could not identify funding in the budget.
  • Unanswered questions regarding funding regarding the purchase of natural areas. In past years, the city has spent over $800,000 on the purchase of natural areas for preservation. We could not identify a stand-alone item on natural areas protection in this year’s budget.

In the area of Renewable City, draft budget 2019 includes:

  • $150,000 for Energy Evolution. This is below last year’s total of $500,000. City documentation indicates that this money is going towards planning and implementation for Energy Evolution. It is unclear whether this amount is sufficient to implement all of the phase 1 action items as well to initiate key items from phase 2.
  • No mention of electric vehicle infrastructure investments. While we would expect electric vehicle infrastructure to be captured across a number of line items, we see no dedicated city funds intended to support and reinforce the growing update of electric vehicles city-wide.
  • No mention of a climate resilience plan. We remain optimistic that this city council will develop and implement a climate resilience plan. Unfortunately, there is no funding for work to be undertaken towards this plan in 2019.
  • $2 million increase to city energy efficiency and conservation retrofits and updating building automation systems at City-owned facilities. This is excellent news, and brings the total for the city’s investment in this area up to $3 million in 2019. These projects are meaningful investments that will in many cases save the city money.  
  • Unclear status of “Green Fleetline item. In past budgets, the city devoted $500,000 to converting its fleet to lower- or zero-emissions. We were unable to identify the “green fleet” line item for the 2019 budget, and are concerned that this program has been cancelled.

In the area of Active City, draft budget 2019 includes:

  • Almost $90 million to “enhance transit operations.” This money is mostly going towards the replacement of old buses and refurbishment of existing buses. A smaller portion ($7.8 million) will go towards the purchase of 12 new buses and expanded bus service. We are pleased to see investment in transit. However, Ottawa must be much more ambitious in its transit spending if it seeks to drastically curb emissions from transportation. Further, it is unclear whether the 12 new buses will be electric.
  • Continuing EquiPass transit fare program for low-income residents. We are pleased to see the city continue to invest in this area.
  • Rate increase for EquiPass, adult monthly pass and single-ride fares. This budget will see the EquiPass increase by 2.6%, the adult monthly pass increase by 2.6% and single-ride fares increase by 2.9%. These rate increases are well above the rate of inflation (approx. 1.7%). This is disappointing; the city should be freezing or reducing fares rather than raising them.
  • Parking rates remain frozen. While transit rates continue to increase, on-street and off-street hourly parking rates remain flat in this year’s budget. Facilitating the use of vehicles continues to inhibit the city’s progress on encouraging the shift to more sustainable modes of transportation.
  • $7.1 million for the Cycling and Pedestrian Plans. This is a steep decline relative to average annual funding over the last term of council. Over the 2015-2018 period, for example, the City spent an average of over $20 million per year in this area.
  • $22.9 million to widen Strandherd Dr. Ottawa’s continued expansion of its road network creates serious challenges for future budgets, in terms of maintenance, clearing, and managing induced demand from additional vehicles. There is no evidence that widening roads alleviates congestion. It is unclear as to the city’s rationale for this massive investment, and it is clear that the money could be better used elsewhere (e.g., transit, pedestrian infrastructure and/or cycling infrastructure). 
  • $1.6 million committed to the Temporary Traffic Calming Measure Program, with each councillor receiving $50,000 for initiatives in their respective wards. This is a slight increase from the previous councillor allocation of $40,000. This is a positive change.
  • $500,000 in the Pedestrian Crossover Program. We are pleased to see the city investing in this area. This appears to be a new standalone line item.
  • Vision Zero. We remain optimistic that this city council will develop and implement a Vision Zero strategy to eliminate death and severe injury on Ottawa’s streets. While there is no specific line item for this policy initiative, it could be implemented through other line items. We will seek to clarify this.

For Immediate Release: Watson asleep at the wheel while other cities rush to show climate leadership

Budget is business-as-usual at a crisis moment that demands anything but

February 6, 2019

(Ottawa) – Today, Jim Watson presented the draft 2019 City of Ottawa budget. The most notable aspect of this budget is what it did not say. In Jim Watson’s remarks, there was no mention of the climate crisis, or even climate change more generally. This comes at a time when the United Nations warns us we have 11 years left to avoid global climate catastrophe, and when cities like Halifax and Vancouver are declaring climate emergencies and modifying budgets and policies accordingly.

“Halifax and Vancouver are leading the way by calling the climate crisis what it is – an emergency – and are using policies and funds to respond accordingly,” said Robb Barnes, executive director of Ecology Ottawa. “Ottawa’s draft budget 2019 is a business-as-usual document at a crisis moment that demands anything but.”

While “resilience” was one of the themes of the budget stated by Watson at the outset of the presentation, there was no indication that the City of Ottawa has a clear resilience strategy when it comes to climate change. Even as the city directed more money to areas such as affordable housing, the implications of climate change impacts on Ottawans – especially the most vulnerable – remain an unanswered question.    

“The mayor should be commended for seeking to make Ottawa a more caring city, and for making some investments in this area” said Mr. Barnes. “But we do a profound disservice to all Ottawa residents if we fail to address and respond to the impacts of climate change.”

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For more information: 

Robb Barnes
Executive Director
Ecology Ottawa
robb.barnes@ecologyottawa.ca
613-276-5753 (cell)
613-860-5353 (office)