Peace and Environment Resource Centre

Your community voice for peace and sustainability

Get Adobe Flash player
  Become a member & receive the PEN!
 

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

About your donation

  Help spread the word and support our work!
 

Fundraise Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

 

 

Create a secure online giving page through CanadaHelps to share

Get PERC Updates

 

Sign up for our email newsletter for updates from the PERC and PEN

Event Calendars

Suggested Links:
Ecology Ottawa has an excellent calendar of local eco-events.
Green Ottawa has an events list as well as a directory of green groups, jobs, and more.

Old PERC site

Link to old PERC site

Please note: PEN archives and other online PERC projects prior to 2010 are provided as a courtesy but are not updated. We regret that we cannot correct outdated links or information from these past editions and projects.

 

 Living Lightly

  EnviroCentre Edition - Spring 2016

Scroll down for highlights!
 
Catherine Mageau-Walker (SustainLowertown Coordinator), Annie Mercier (LCRC Community Developper), Mathieu Fleury and Angela Palma Herriot at a Good Food Market in Lowertown Credit: Photo courtesy of SustainLowertown

Catherine Mageau-Walker (SustainLowertown Coordinator), Annie Mercier (LCRC Community Developper), Mathieu Fleury and Angela Palma Herriot at a Good Food Market in Lowertown.
Photo courtesy of SustainLowertown
 

Workshop facilitator

Share

The PERC wishes to thank Rob Danforth of Canadian Organic Growers for the excellent facilitation he provided for our organic container gardening workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.

Rob has an impressive background in growing organically and teaching others how to do the same:

 

  • Past Workshops:  Canadian Organic Growers (COG), Senior Organic Gardeners (SOG), & Community Garden Network (CGN)

He is an experienced vegetable/herb gardener:  

  • Backyard plots
  • Gloucester Allotment Gardens
  • Jardins Arrowsmith Thymeless Community Gardens
  • Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard  garden
  • Personal container gardens (indoors & outdoors)
  • SOG container gardens
  • Workshop Instructor in vegetable/herb gardening for COG OSO (containers, raised beds, & in-ground gardens)
  • Executive member of Jardins Arrowsmith Thyme-less Gardens Association (JATGA)
  • Long time Volunteer with the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard (GEFC)
  • Contributor of fresh vegetables to the GEFC and to the Cumberland food cupboard
  • Past manager of the GEFC garden and the JATGA demonstration garden
  • Past Coordinator of high school student volunteers for JATGA Gardens.
  • Retired High School Teacher (still registered as an Ontario Certified Teacher)

 

Thank you Rob for teaching us how to grow healthy, sustainable food in small spaces! 

In this issue..

Making home energy savings accessible to all families

EnviroCentre

The cost of heating our homes can be more of an expense than anticipated – both financially and environmentally.

Energy poverty is sad reality that many families in our community face – where households spend more than 10% of their income on energy, forcing them to decide between heating their home or buying food.

Through our partnerships with major utilities such as Union Gas, Enbridge Gas and the Ottawa River Power Corporation, EnviroCente delivers home retrofit programs to qualified low income households across Ontario. These programs help reduce energy poverty by helping families save energy and reduce their energy bills. Services provided include draft proofing and sealing, and free insulation in areas like attics, and exterior and foundation walls.

In 2015 through our network of high quality and customer-oriented insulation contractors, we retrofitted over 1 900 homes across the province, including communities as close as Cornwall, Hawkesbury and Renfrew to as far as Sault-Ste. Marie, Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury.

Our goal of improving home energy efficiency not only reduces electricity and natural gas use, generates cost savings, increases indoor comfort for homeowners or tenants – and ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it also ensures that everyone in our community can have both a warm home to sleep in and food on the table. And knowing that, I think we can all sleep a little better at night.

To learn more about our free programs, please visit envirocentre.ca to learn more.


PEN Spring 2016

Want more PEN?

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.