Ecology Ottawa is looking for a Climate Change Campaign Organizer. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Climate Change Campaign Organizer will provide support for Ecology Ottawa’s outreach campaigns on climate change.
(OTTAWA) – On January 16, on the heels of a May 2020 decision to expand Ottawa’s urban boundary, city planners released a draft report recommending the development of various parcels of land on the fringes of Ottawa’s urban area. Beyond the new land slated for development is a proposed “Gold Belt” that would create ultimate limits for Ottawa’s suburban communities.
On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Mayor Jim Watson presented the City of Ottawa’s draft 2021 budget. As the mayor noted, 2020 has been a year unlike any other in Ottawa’s history, with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the daily life of all Ottawans, as well as on city finances.
What progress did Ottawa make towards becoming the green capital of Canada in 2020?
What's next for climate action, active transportation, urban biodiversity and greenspace protection as we look forward to 2021?
Join Ecology Ottawa's Executive Director Robb Barnes for the2020 State of the City Year-in Review. We'll look at major council decisions, pressing environmental issues facing Ottawa, and opportunities as we approach the new year.
OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa has released its annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories in the lead-up to the December 15, 2020 meeting of the Standing Committee of Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management. The inventories show new emissions data for 2019, now at 6,140 kt CO2e community-wide. This represents a rise in emissions above the levels recorded in each of the preceding three years. Local emissions have not been this high since prior to the provincial coal phase-out.
Ottawa is an excellent cycling city—how many times have you heard this statement while talking with neighbours and friends? Although Ottawa may have an admirable collection of multi-use pathways (MUPs) that are safe and accessible for all users, ages, and abilities, they rely on a safe road network to connect them. Unfortunately, many of our roads lack the appropriate infrastructure needed to make them safe, jeopardising the accessibility of our cycling network.
Today, council's Environment Committee will receive Energy Evolution, the latest and most comprehensive version of the city's climate action plan. There's a lot at stake to getting this right. Here are our thoughts...
The National Capital Commission (NCC) recently released its 2020 draft of the Gatineau Park Master Plan. Buried towards the end of the draft plan is a presentation of the advantages and the need for modernizing the park’s legal framework.
This may surprise readers who think Gatineau Park is a “real park” under a federal act. Sadly, Gatineau Park’s boundaries are currently not legislated, and as such lands can be sold, traded without parliamentary approval and houses are still being constructed on the remaining private land within the park. As the draft plan points out, legislation would firm up the park’s conservation mission and its protection, modernize pricing of activities, establish regulations and assign powers of protection.
I agree, we want a throne speech for adults. But we disagree on what being an adult means.
I am part of groups in the Ottawa region called Ottawa Reduces and For Our Kids. Together, these groups count more than 1,600 worried citizens. Over the past two weeks, a lot of conversations has been about getting the government to understand that we want this throne speech to bring systemic changes for a green and just recovery, not just a “modest, doable and reassuring” plan. We don’t have time for reassuring. California is on fire, and so was Australia in the winter. The fumes from California reached our city this week. The Earth is sending us cries of help. We don’t have time for modest.
The federal government has approved Ontario’s plan to charge industry for carbon pollution, even though it is “clearly weaker” than what Ottawa intended.
In a statement Monday, federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Premier Doug Ford’s program “meets the minimum stringency requirements” to replace Ottawa’s version and the government is “required” to sign off.
“However, the proposed Ontario system is clearly weaker than the federal backstop system that it would be replacing,” the statement said. “It is therefore not consistent with a long-term climate plan aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cumberland candidates make bold environmental pledges on planning, transportation and campaign finance reform
PRESS RELEASE September 18, 2020
(OTTAWA) – In the run-up to the Cumberland ward by-election on October 5, Ecology Ottawa has released the results of an environmental priorities survey, shared with all candidates on August 28. The 11-question survey focused on pressing environmental issues including climate change, transportation and nature protection. All candidates were asked to answer “yes” or “no” questions and provided an explanation for their responses if they desired. Six of ten candidates completed the survey.