Tree Givaway, Concert, Summer Camp – May 13+

Ecology Ottawa Tree Giveaway + Stephen Lewis Foundation Fundraising Plant Sale

Friday, May 13 – 10am – 1pm
30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)

Ecology Ottawa is embarking on their largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history, and we’re involved!
Help re-plant Ottawa’s urban forest by picking up one of 20,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes on your private property.
Visit FirstU, at 30 Cleary, on May 13th to pick up a FREE baby tree for your yard


You can pick up some by-donation perennials for your garden while you’re here, and help the Unitarian GoGos raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The plant sale runs from Friday at 9am through to Sunday at 2pm. Stop by any time!

Choral Concert: The Road Home

Saturday, May 14 – 4pm
In Person at 30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)
By Donation at the Door – $15 Suggested

FirstU’s singers are so excited to be home again and presenting “The Road Home”, our first concert in over two years!
Join us on Saturday, May 14 at 4pm for an hour-long live, in person performance featuring our contemporary Fusion ensemble, our Three Rivers Singers women’s ensemble, and our Chalice Choir, presenting music about community, resilience, and finding home.

Please Note: You must be fully vaccinated to enter our building and masks are required for attendees.

OWL Summer Camp – Registration Open!

July 4 – 8 (9am-4pm, daily)
$75 per child for the week – subsidies available upon request

Good news! First Unitarian is running OWL Summer Camp for both 10-11 year-olds AND 12-14 year-olds this July!

OWL day camp includes all the usual Summer Camp fun – art, games, and getting active outdoors – plus workshops that focus on “Our Whole Lives” topics like body image, consent education, cultivating healthy peer-to-peer relationships, and building communication skills.

More information is available here:
Contact to register your kids for camp.
Please Note: There is a mandatory information session for parents and caregivers.

A Key Time for our Climate Change Campaign

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What to watch for!

The month between the end of April and the end of May is expected to be momentous in terms of our city’s plans on climate change.

Date Event – Activity
Ecology Ottawa hosts a climate change panel discussion. You’re welcome to attend, see details below
The city is expected to make public its new climate change management plan
The city’s Environment Committee meets, hopefully to approve the new plan
Full City Council meet, again hopefully to approve the new plan

Your efforts continue to make a difference.

GHG is shorthand for “greenhouse gas” – those emissions such as carbon dioxide (also known as CO2) and methane which, as their concentrations increase, are responsible for trapping more heat in earth’s atmosphere.

A year ago Mayor Jim Watson addressed the GHG Roundtable at City Hall saying “the City of Ottawa is committed to renewing the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan to include renewed GHG reduction targets for both community and corporate emissions.”

He made that promise because hundreds of people had told city hall this issue is important to them.

Despite a lack of news coming out from the city after the Roundtable we’re now on the cusp of progress.

In the fall of last year Ecology Ottawa became aware that city staff were indeed preparing a revised climate change management plan. We know that the city has consulted with subject-area experts about best practices. We believe the revised plan will encompass both climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation; which means they’ll be trying to both reduce emissions and trying to plan for what climate change will inevitably bring to our city.

The new document is expected to come before council in May. The schedules of city council meetings etc. mean that the revised climate change management plan should appear on the City of Ottawa website on May 13. Ecology Ottawa will be watching for it; we will let you know what we think of it; and we’ll ask you for your input.

The reason we’re at this point is because Ecology Ottawa supporters just like you told the mayor or their Councillor that climate change should be something our city takes action on. The messages of their voters created the political will. We are optimistic about the coming plan although we haven’t seen it.

But there’s more to do. Releasing a plan doesn’t bring down emissions or limit damage from extreme climatic events. With your help Ecology Ottawa will be working to ensure that the plan is a good one and that it actually gets funded and implemented.

We’d love your help. If you want to get more actively involved please email me and we can talk about what you can do.

For a full description of the background and current status on this issue, plus a list of what you can do to help, please visit Ecology Ottawa’s website.

Panel Discussion

While we’re waiting for that City of Ottawa plan you’ll be interested in the second of Ecology Ottawa’s discussion panels on local impacts of climate change:  Sick of Climate Change? Local Health Impacts in a Warming World

Is free and takes place Tuesday April 29 at the University of Ottawa. The event features local and international experts on how human health is already being affected by climate change. See full details here.

Please register to attend.

Thanks for all you do

Charles Hodgson
Volunteer Climate Change Campaign Lead
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Ottawa Election 2014 – What’s important to you?

ecology ottawa logo2014 is an election year and your vote will help decide who leads our city into the future, so please take a moment to let us know what is important to you by taking a quick election survey.

Your answers will help guide our work over the coming year.

October’s election will help determine whether or not our city enjoys

  • affordable and convenient public transit
  • walkable and bike-safe communities
  • clean rivers
  • a healthy urban forest
  • clean energy options to break our oil dependence, doing our share to fight climate change

Ecology Ottawa will be working with like-minded people across the city to encourage candidates to show environmental leadership and your feedback will help guide our work. We’ll be looking for politicians who take strong positions for a sustainable city.

Please take a few moments to answer eight questions about your local environmental priorities. We’ll keep you up to date on the issues you care about most.

Take the survey here.

Graham Saul
Ecology Ottawa, Executive Director