Category Archives: Activities

Protecting Wild Bees: Workshop and Film

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Wed Jul 13, 2016, Ottawa, ON (and Sunday too)

Join Friends of the Earth Canada at Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 7-8PM on Wednesday, July 13th and 9-11AM on Sunday, July 17 to learn how to protect native and wild bees. Includes a showing of a new documentary film (A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee) and a tutorial on how to participate in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. On Sunday, we will be going out into the garden to practice taking photos of and identifying bees. Everyone is welcome!  http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1btYHcY9S3J2

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Break free from fossil fuels

It’s no secret that 2015 was one of the hottest years on record and one of the world’s biggest contributors to our rapidly changing climate is Canada’s tar sands. It’s time for us to break free from fossil fuels. You and I both know that dangerous tar sands infrastructure, such as the proposed Energy East pipeline, will only lock us into the fossil fuel economy of the past, and make the shift to 100% renewables that much harder.

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Green Eggs n’ Protest Breakfast: Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and TransCanada

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Join us in telling the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce that it’s not OK to host TransCanada on the eve of Earth Day!

When: Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 AM.
Where: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (Albert Street)

April 21st is the eve of Earth Day.

As it turns out, however, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce does not seem to understand its significance….

Join us! http://www.ecologyottawa.org/chamber_action

Spirit of Sustainability – Photo Contest

Show us what sustainability means to you…
In your home, your workplace and in your community!

Set your sights on the every day sustainable moments that inspire you!

Winning photos will be selected in three categories:

  1. Healthy, efficient homes
    Show us how you improve everyday energy use in your home! It can be something like changing to LED lighting, using Energy Star appliances, or making grand scale green renovations.
  2. Connected, environmentally-aware businesses
    Does your business have a green team? Are you turning computers off at night to save energy? Or providing incentives to staff to take transit or bike to work? Show us what you’ve done or are doing!
  3. Engaged, sustainable communities
    What are you, your family, friends or community members doing to make your neighbourhood a better place to live? Are you using your bike to get around or building a community garden? Show us your sustainable community or what you’re doing to create one!

Contest opens on March 21, 2016 and closes at midnight ET on May 15, 2016. All photographic entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2016.

The grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift certificate of the photographer’s choice to either Henry’s Camera Store or Vistek.

For more details and to submit your photo:
http://www.envirocentre.ca/photocontest

Canoeing the Gatineau River

Canoeing the Gatineau River, just north of Ottawa

Ottawa is a mecca for enjoying nature and outdoor activities. Three rivers, the Ottawa RiverGatineau River, Rideau River and Rideau Canal are great for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and swimming.

Canoes can be rented or purchased at stores such as MEC, Paddle Shack or other local outfitters (2).  Or join a local outdoors club (2) and go hiking, skiing or canoeing with them. If you’re a beginner, the Ottawa River Canoe Club offers a one-day course, Recreational Canoeing Basics; Paddlesport will also be offering lessons in 2013, as well as the Ottawa Canoe Camping Club.

You can also walk, hike or bike along any of these rivers: see the Rideau Trail Association, Ottawa Capital Pathway and the village of Wakefield, Quebec, which is on the banks of the Gatineau River about 30 minutes north of Ottawa.

Please leave no trace while walking, canoeing or camping. And if you’d like to help protect  these great rivers, check out these local organizations: Ottawa Riverkeeper, Save the Gatineau, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Algonquin to Adirondacks and other local groups.

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