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Earth Day in Ottawa South – Inspiring Action

Ecology Ottawa and Tree Ottawa each had a table with information and able volunteers. We signed up a few people on the renewable city petition with the help of Judy, Alok and Eva. Tree Ottawa also had great conversations with…

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Q1 City Hall Roundup

Contributors: Chelsea Bland, Kai Ip Wong, Monica Wu  1. City to Host First Ever Water Roundtable February 18th marked the first Environment Committee meeting of 2014, with water as the major agenda item of the day. Councillor Maria McRae surprised…

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Starting the New Year with a Splash: 2014 ORAP Update

Tuesday, February 18th marked the first Environment Committee meeting of the new year, with the Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) Annual Update as the main agenda item for the day. Before getting to the ORAP, however, the meeting began with…

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Not Just Trees to be Cut in the New Year

With the 2014 budget pending approval at next week’s City Council meeting, the Environment Committee’s focus during their November 19th meeting was the draft operating and capital budget for the upcoming year.  Councillor Maria McRae, alongside of Staff, began with…

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Waste diversion versus Plasco

Councillors on the Environment Committee discussed the City contract with Plasco Energy Group on August 22 (Item 4). Plasco is a corporation contracted by the City to convert Ottawa’s residential waste into electricity through the use of plasma gasification. The…

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Presentation to Environment Committee Post GHG Roundtable

On May 21 the City of Ottawa’s Environment Committee met for the first time since February. On their agenda was an item related to the March 23 Greenhouse Gas Roundtable. Unlike the Environment Committee, whose members are city councillors, the recently…

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A meeting at long last, but very little of substance

By Alison Sidney and Leah Shields The Environment Committee finally met May 21, following the cancellation of two scheduled meetings in March and April. Despite there being a substantial break prior to this meeting, it was notably brief and lacking…

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Council Watch Monthly Digest- February 2013

Environment Committee (February 19): Councillors of the Environment Committee approved city staff’s recommendation to impose a 7% increase in 2013 water/sewer rates. Ecology Ottawa congratulates the Environment Committee on approving this motion, especially in light of the fact that office holders are…

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Council Watch on Seven Percent Increase in Water/Sewer Rates

By Jesse Baker The Environment Committee meeting held on February 19 primarily served as a discussion of the proposed seven percent increase in 2013 water and sewer rates. The meeting began with a presentation of the city’s proposed 2013 and…

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Environment Committee weirdness regarding LEED certification of city-owned buildings

By Aya Helal The first Environment Committee meeting of 2013 dropped a bomb-shell that could lead to a step backward in the City’s commitment to promoting and implementing green building practices. City Councillor Diane Holmes submitted a motion, after the…

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