Workshop on Climate Solutions and Ottawa’s New Official Plan

Daniel Buckles ( writes:

On November 15 and 16 more than 100 people gathered for a day and a half at Bayview Yards in Kitchissippi to discuss the climate crisis and define priority actions that must be included in Ottawa’s new Official Plan. It built on the People’s Official Plan for Ottawa’s Climate Emergency, an initiative launched last April.

For background on these initiatives and the organizations involved, and some of the key outputs so far, follow this link:

The outputs of the workshop include a declaration opposing urban expansion and an Executive summary of workshop discussions. A full report will be published at a later date.

Dianne Saxe, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, provided a recorded opening address for the workshop. It is really excellent and worth hearing her thoughts on urban expansion, smart intensification, rural development, canopy cover and access to greenspace.

Cheers, Daniel Buckles

P.S. Their server seems to be down at the moment. The linked-to opening address is on Youtube so that should still work. Also try the Google Cache option when looking at search results on this topic.

– Alex