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Ecology Ottawa has an excellent calendar of local eco-events.
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The Ottawa Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) is an incorporated, registered charity. It is primarily a volunteer-run, grassroots organization with a Board of Directors to govern its operations.

So why do we have the Peace and Environment Resource Centre, and what does it do?

 The PERC exists to address several community needs:

  • The need for alternative local media that address Peace and Environment issues;the mainstream press usually doesn't, or covers issues very superficially.
  • The need for a resource centre where alternative publications are available to the public. Local libraries carry a few of these, but not very many.
  • An outlet is needed for local groups to communicate with the public. Most groups are too small and financially poor to advertise, and they are ignored by the media.
  • The public need to be involved in finding solutions to environmental and social problems.

To address these needs, the centre has set some goals:

  • To create an informed public on Peace, Environmental and Social Justice Issues
  • Community involvement in these issues
  • Provide assistance to local groups in getting their information to the public

In order to meet our goals, the PERC has many activities, and provides several services:

  • The Peace and Environment News (PEN), published 6 times a year, in which local groups can print articles and place free ads for meetings, events and so on.
  • The upcoming E-PEN electronic newsletter, containing highlights of the PEN and online site, distributed through partner groups
  • A website portal to Ottawa's environmental sector, featuring:
    • highlights and archives of the PEN
    • multimedia components
    • an online resource library of environmental materials
    • a directory of and links to local groups and resources
  • Working with and supporting Ottawa area non-profits and place-based community groups through partnerships, web hosting, promotion, and cooperation
  • Information handbooks, like the Bringing Nature to the City handbook (a wonderful resource for teachers)
  • A resource centre with books, periodicals, and multimedia resources on environmental, peace, and social justice issues.

 

In this issue..

Get cleaning this spring!

Catherine Mageau-Walker, Program Coordinator, Sustain Lowertown

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Every spring in Lowertown, a community organization takes the lead in bringing together residents to take part in the Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital, a citywide cleanup campaign that occurs in the spring and fall of every year, whereby residents come together and combine efforts to make the city clean and green.

This year the community organization in Lowertown taking the lead is SustainLowertown, a partner community in EnviroCentre’s Sustain Your Community project, which aims to empower residents to design and implement their own sustainability initiatives that result in long-lasting benefits for themselves and their neighbours around issues related to energy and water conservation, local food and transportation.

Aside from coming together to clean up the neighbourhood and care for the environment, the SustainLowertown Action Committee is currently planning the event to make it a fun one!  In addition to the usual community BBQ and nutritious and delicious food, there will also be fun activities around recycling and composting. So mark your calendar for the last weekend in April!

If you are a Lowertown resident and would like to get involved in the Cleaning the Capital event, or would like to get involved in the SustainLowertown project to impove and better meet the needs of our community around food, transportation, energy and water, please emailsustainlowertown@envirocentre.ca


PEN Spring 2016 Simple

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Look for the full print edition at community centres and select retailers throughout the Ottawa area.

The PERC site features highlights from the current edition. PDF versions of the full PEN will be available in the archives after the current edition is off the stands.

 

The PERC thanks the above organizations for their support.

Thank you to Sustainable Eastern Ontario, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring the Winter 2015-2016 edition of the PEN.

 

Viewpoints expressed should not be taken to represent the opinions of the Ottawa Peace and Environment Resource Centre, the Peace and Environment News, or our supporters. The PEN does not recommend, approve or endorse any of the advertisers, products or services printed in the PEN or referred to on the PERC website. Health-related information printed in the PEN or online is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed health care provider. The PERC and PEN are not responsible for the content on any external website links.