Category Archives: Environment

The Seeds and Soil Home Garden Project

Just Food and the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force announce…

The Seeds and Soil Home Garden Project

Are you looking for a way to increase your food supply with a home garden? There is still time to plant greens, beans and other food for your home use.

Just Food and the City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force are partnering to provide free seeds and soil to 3000 households living on lower incomes in Ottawa.

Home gardens are a great way to grow your own food, stay active, and support positive mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distribution starting Tuesday, June 16. First come – first served! All information found here:

For further information or for interviews, please contact:
Moe Garahan, Executive Director, Just Food 613-600-7636

Trees Still Available for Planting – Reminder

Following up on the previous post about saplings being available:

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 15:25:28 -0400

Spring time trees

Are you one of the lucky ones with a front yard unimpeded by hydro wires? Do you have a backyard with space to breath? Want to start the next generation of the elder tree in your yard? There are still a few baby Bur Oaks (Heritage Champlain Oaks) and baby Sugar Maples available from my backyard nursery. They will become big trees, so not for tiny spaces. Curb side pick up available at Daniel Avenue, by sending an email to

Trees available for Planting

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:02:16 -0400

Want to plant a tree, while practicing physical distancing in your yard? I have Champlain Oaks (Heritage Bur Oaks) and Sugar Maples in pots, available for you to pick up. These are very small saplings, but in 20 years will grow to be very large trees! They need room to grow, so may be best suited to backyards or frontyards with no obstructions.

Call Daniel at 613-807-8048 to arrange to pick up at the end of my driveway.

Ottawa River 2020 Updates

Subject: Ottawa River 2020 – freshet updates
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2020 12:53:21 +0000 (UTC)
From: Dan Wilcock <>

Hi all,

Happy Easter and hoping you’re all well. I wanted to provide a quick update about what’s happening along our Ottawa River…

[River Path with Water and A-Frame Barrier]
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Salt in our River

From the Ottawa Riverkeeper Newsletter for January 30 2020:

Salt in the Watershed

Did you know that road salt can be toxic to aquatic environments? For several years we have shared the downsides to using road salt, given tips to reduce personal usage, and recommended alternatives.

But what if you could directly measure the impact of road salt on our watershed? This winter we are piloting a new community based monitoring initiative, which will involve sampling water at local creeks to determine the changes in the level of salinity over the season. Data will be collected by a team of volunteers and these findings will lead to a deeper understanding of how the levels of salt applied in snowy weather are changing your river.
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Results from the Workshop on Climate Solutions

Subject: Proceedings of the Workshop on Climate Solutions and Ottawa’s New Official Plan
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 13:01:53 -0500
From: Daniel Buckles <>

Hello. We are delighted to share with you results from the workshop “Climate Solutions and Ottawa’s Official Plan”, held at Bayview Yards November 15 and 16, 2019 and attended by more than 120 people.

The new website, includes priorities and policy actions developed by 11 discussion groups, on Nature, Food, Buildings and Transportation, as well as the Economy. It also contains several outstanding videos relevant to the ongoing development of Ottawa’s new Official Plan (from Dianne Saxe, former Environment Commissioner for the Province of Ontario, and from Mitchell Beer, the Managing Editor of Ottawa-based The Energy Mix).

Importantly, the site provides you with an opportunity to comment and contribute to the ongoing development of “The People’s Plan for Ottawa’s Climate Emergency”. To do so, and to build momentum behind climate action, Sign Up to the Forum.

Finally, hold the date March 7, 2020 for the next workshop of the People’s Official Plan (POP), to be hosted by the Healthy Transportation Coalition, the Federation of Citizen’s Associations, Ecology Ottawa, The Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital and other partners in the POP working group. It will focus on organizing informed action against expansion of the current urban boundary by showing that just and healthy intensification is possible!

Daniel Buckles (CAFES and Board member of the Greenspace Alliance) and Paul Johanis (Chair of the Greenspace Alliance)

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:
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