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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.

 

 


 

 

 

The PERC thanks the Community Foundation of Ottawa

and the Ottawa Sustainability Fund for their support

of our Practical Environmentalism: Energy Conservation for Low-Income Populations project

Offered in partnership with EnviroCentre

 

In this issue..

Energy East -- Approach with Caution

Energy East--Approach with Caution

 

by Adrian Larose

 

Pembroke, Renfrew, Morrisburg, Hawkesbury, Alexandria, Laval, Montreal and Quebec City. So many rivers: the Rideau, Ottawa, Madawaska, Red, Assiniboine, Mississippi, St. Lawrence. Plus 11 provincial parks in Ontario alone.

And right near Ottawa, in some of our neighbour's backyards, Kemptville and Stittsville are also on the list.

If TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project gets the green light from the federal government later this year, all of the above environments will have something new in common: Each would be host to a bitumen-filled tar sands pipeline and all the environmental risks such a project entails.

In the Ottawa area, the physical pipeline already sits near Kemptville and Stittsville, where it crosses the Rideau River. However, that 50-some-year-old pipe currently transports natural gas.

TransCanada wishes to convert the existing pipeline so that it would transport heavy bitumen. As local environmental group Ecology Ottawa notes in a recent release, "a pipeline rupture would severely impact well water in the area, as well as the local environment and economy."

About 40 people attended an Ecology Ottawa town hall discussion on the topic, held late July in Stittsville. 

Read more...

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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.