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Ecology Ottawa has an excellent calendar of local eco-events.
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The current edition of the PEN is on the topic of Homelessness and will be current through early January 2012. 

Our next edition in January-February will be on Water. We are seeking sponsors and partner groups for this edition. Sponsorship means that the Insider is placed in every edition and has a colour centrefold. Sponsors may receive benefits such as a profile article and featured link on our home page. If your organization is interested in sponsoring this or future editions of the PEN, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information on our sponsorship opportunities. We also have very affordable ad rates!

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We do read your feedback forms and appreciate member and public input regarding issues and articles.

In this issue..

Biodome Garden Promotes Food Sustainability

Ottawa's first Biodome Garden will extend the growing season and showcase sustainable approaches to food security, according to members of the Brewer Park Community Garden in Old Ottawa South. They're putting the finishing touches on a geodesic dome that will house garden beds, an aquaponics system and a community learning space.

"The goal is to be able to have four seasons of gardening in there," says Johanne Ranger, Biodome liaison on the Brewer Park Community Garden executive.
The dome will also serve as a demonstration garden to test and share knowledge about growing healthy, local food more sustainably. "It's to teach, learn, inspire and collaborate," says Guy Soulire, Biodome Garden project co-lead.
The striking design of the 13-foot-high, 26-foot-diameter geodesic structure serves several purposes. The rounded shape, formed by 75 plywood triangles surrounding transparent polycarbonate panels, is strong. 
"We're estimating that we're using about 40 per cent less materials than would normally be in a structure of this type," says Michael Oster, Biodome Garden project lead. 

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