Category Archives: Environment

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 <dbuckles@sas2.net>

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, https://www.ottawaclimatesolutions.net/ 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 (dbuckles@sas2.net) 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: http://greenspace-alliance.ca/index.php/policy/policy-ottawa-city-hall/workshop-on-climate-solutions-and-ottawas-new-official-plan/
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Bus Lanes to Green Spaces

One of our neighbours, Daniel Buckles, has had an op-ed article published in this Saturday’s Ottawa Citizen. It points to our Pontiac street depaving and suggests something similar for downtown. You can read it online at https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/buckles-how-closing-ottawa-bus-lanes-can-open-a-green-corridor

Community Garden for Kitchissippi – November 25

Large community garden likely for Kitchissippi – now looking for volunteers!

Are you a fan of community gardens? Do you have some time to spare and are interested in helping to launch a large allotment garden in Kitchissippi?

The Goldenrod Community Garden is a group of volunteers working to establish a large 60 plot garden on NCC land just north of Tunney’s Pasture. While we don’t yet have approval, we are encouraged by recent events as the NCC invited us to apply and we are currently going through their formal process. Our hope is to launch the garden in Spring 2020.
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Pontiac Depaving Slide Show by Envirocentre

Envirocentre (https://www.envirocentre.ca/) has put together this slide show video about the Pontiac Street depaving day, complementing our photos of the Pontiac Park Expansion.


pontiac_street_depave_video.mp4

A timeline of the park expansion is at https://champlainpark.org/park/pontiac-depaving-and-park-expansion/

Ottawa River Flooding Presentation

Following up on a talk by Michael Sarich of the Ottawa River Regulation Secretariat at our AGM, here are his slides about why flooding happens, what can be done, and the history of flooding on the Ottawa river.

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2019-10-29-ChamplainParkAssoc.pdf

He’s also provided a frequently asked questions document from the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (see https://ottawariver.ca/ for general information and bulletins).
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