School Strike for Climate Action

School Strike for Climate Action, Friday March 15 in Ottawa, across Canada & worldwide Fridaysforfuture.org (map) | cop24climatestrike.com (map)

Get active, get involved! GoodWork.ca/fridays

#FridaysForFuture | #SchoolStrike4Climate | #ClimateStrike

Also, Friday May 3, 2019 — Canada-wide students strike

Volunteer in Ottawa

Passionate about the environment? Want to help make Ottawa the green capital of Canada? Work with Ottawa’s leading grassroots environmental organization? Ecology Ottawa is seeking Volunteer Organizers for May to August, includes training, more… GoodWork.ca/979615

Paul Dewar says goodbye…

Paul Dewar says goodbye | CBC News
Paul Dewar, the Ottawa Centre MPP who spent his last days…

“It is easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed by the gravity of the challenges we face. Issues like climate change, forced migration and the threat posed by nuclear weapons. It’s hard to know how to make a difference.

The secret is not to focus on how to solve the problem, but concentrate on what you can contribute – to your country, your community and neighbours.

Start from a place of compassion and be grateful for all that Canada has to offer – especially the natural beauty that surrounds us, and the music that brings us so much joy.

True change can only come when power is transferred to young people unburdened by cynicism…” – Paul Dewar

Youth Action Now | CBC News Story

How to start a Community Garden in Ottawa

At this free workshop learn how to start a community garden. How to search for land, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and more! With Jordan Bouchard of the Ottawa Community Gardening Network.  Registration is required as space is limited. RSVP to: communitygardening@justfood.ca . On RSVP, please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden and summarize your work to date, if applicable. Dates: Sun Jan 13 (1 pm), Wed Jan 23 (6:30 pm) or Wed Feb 6 (6:30 pm), 2019. http://justfood.ca/community-gardening-network/

Powershift 2019: Young and Rising

February 14-18, 2019
in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin Anishinabe

Powershift 2019 OttawaAbout PowerShift

PowerShift has historically been a series of gatherings organized by youth for youth. PowerShift gatherings mobilize passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.

PowerShift is about youth learning from each other, learning together, and using that knowledge to develop common strategies for creating visionary change. PowerShift aims to ensure that once the convergence is over, the youth climate movement continues to grow through our networks, continued capacity building, and strategic action.

WE ARE: Young and Rising

As wildfires burn through BC, glaciers retreat in Alberta, winters grow shorter in Nunavut, and floods destroy homes in the Maritimes, Canadian politicians continue to fail us. The federal government touts a lacklustre climate plan, all the while purchasing pipelines, protecting big industry, and failing to respect Indigenous rights. In the face of climate catastrophe, we see young people from across this land coming together, time and again, to work for the just and livable future we know is possible. Powershift: Young and Rising will galvanize a new wave of young leaders to assert a vision beyond fossil fuels- one that honours the leadership that frontline and Indigenous communities have been taking for generations.

From February 14-18, 2019 in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Anishinabek, PowerShift: Young and Rising will convene hundreds of young people from across Turtle Island. This four day youth climate convergence will feature workshops, keynote speakers, performances and panel discussions on how we– as a collective youth movement– can take action to solve the climate crisis.

Be prepared to learn about the history of social movements; how to start a campaign from scratch; how to influence decision makers; and how Canada can transition to a renewable energy economy. We will dig deep into discussions on topics including fracking, pipeline politics, Indigenous sovereignty, divestment, and green jobs. We will learn how to make lasting change through community organizing, direct action, art, storytelling, and using traditional and digital media.

Through workshops and skill-building sessions, we will learn from peers, elders, and experts alike. We will forge the bonds needed to solidify a long-lasting, resolute, and intersectional climate movement.nada can transition to a renewable energy economy. We will dig deep into discussions on topics including fracking, pipeline politics, Indigenous sovereignty, divestment, and green jobs. We will learn how to make lasting change through community organizing, direct action, art, storytelling, and using traditional and digital media.

In this moment, the stories and actions of young people are more necessary than ever before. We are the generation that has the power to counter the damage done, and build the future we know is possible.

Will you rise with us?

For more information or to register: 
https://powershift-youngandrising.ca/

Climate change event in Ottawa

Canadians have been coming to a greater understanding of the threat posed by global warming and the need for urgent action by governments, industry and the public at large. The Trudeau government has, more or less, taken up the cause. Provinces are recognizing the need for action, even as they fight over what that should be. Some multinational corporations are suddenly promoting themselves as environmental stewards. Concerned citizens are looking for ways to effectively reduce their carbon footprint. Yet progress has been slow and limited. Continue reading “Climate change event in Ottawa”

Get active, not radioactive!

Stop Nuclear Dumps on the Ottawa River
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6, at 12 noon
Sparks St. and Kent St.

“Gather and march to oppose plans to build a giant radioactive waste dump near the Ottawa River – and to bury an old reactor in cement.

Radioactive materials including tritium and plutonium would leak into the Ottawa River, endangering health.

These plans have been hatched by multinational corporations running the Chalk River nuclear laboratories, upstream from Ottawa-Gatineau. But the facilities are owned and paid for by the federal government. Taxpayers are paying over $500 million per year.

This nuclear waste will be hazardous and radioactive for 100,000+ years!

Stay tuned for details of the march route. Come out and stop these unacceptable plans.”

For more info or to support this initiative: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/991702397704994/
https://concernedcitizens.net/

 

Ottawa tornado & how to help

Tornado video… **warning** frightening/disturbing footage:

More: Ottawa tornado photos, video, news coverage | more

How to help: “If you’ve been affected by the tornadoes that struck our region, or if you want to help, CBC Ottawa has created a spot to connect. The “Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Community Connector” Facebook group is a place for anyone to share their ideas to help people without power or looking for shelter and supplies”: Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Connector page