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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.

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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 We regret that we cannot correct outdated links or information from these past editions and projects.

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 The PEN is a free community newspaper that has been published by the Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) since 1984. The PEN is published six times a year: January-February, March-April, May-June, July-August, September-October, November-December). Its mandate is to provide information on local peace, environment, and social justice issues. Although these may be national or international in scope, we focus primarily on the actions and events of local organizations. The Editor, Margaret Jensen, can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by leaving a message at 613- 230-4590.

 

Where can I get the PEN?

  • In your mailbox by donating to PERC.
  • Distribution: Approximately 3,000. Available at community centres and select businesses, churches, etc throughout the city. We are always looking for volunteers to help us expand distribution.

Can I contribute articles and advertising?

  • Your group can submit an event notice to be included in the Peace and Environment calendar, free!
  • People from all walks of life, from the local community, organizations, and internationally can contribute an article. An experienced editorial team ensures every issue is packed with a variety of articles of consistent quality.
  • To defray costs, the PEN also publishes paid commercial ads from organizations that are compatible with PERC's mandate. Support our advertisers! You can ask for advertising rates and submit an ad, or sponsor the feature supplement so that it is distributed with every copy of the PEN.
  • Writing Opportunities with the PEN
  • Benefits
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Writing Opportunities with the PEN

If you are interested in writing for the PEN, we recommend that you read a few of the back issues to get a feel for the type of issues we cover.

Regular Columns: Currently, the only regular column that is technically unstaffed is Web Watch. Web Watch is a listing of 4-6 web sites of interest to the peace, environment and social justice community. Each listing includes the URL and a one or two sentence description of the site. This position is currently being staffed on a rotational basis.

Articles: Articles are usually between 350-700 words in length. Articles can be assigned, if specific topics need to be covered, but suggestions for article ideas are welcomed. Topics range from profiles of activists and organizations, to local news and events, projects and programs, and longer-term issues that are periodically updated. All must address some aspect of peace, social justice or environment. Topics may focus on national or international projects or themes, but we always try to put a local spin on it - matching a topic with a local group that is working on the same issue.

You can contribute once in a while, or more regularly if you wish. To learn more about joining the editorial committee, please email the editor for details of an upcoming meeting (the average amount of volunteer time spent by editorial members is 12 hours per month).

Deadlines are always mid-month prior to publication, e.g. February 15 for the March-April edition, April 15 for the May-June edition, etc.

Benefits

For new writers, writing for the PEN is an excellent way to develop your portfolio and your expertise in issues and subject matters that interest you.

For professional, or more established writers, articles can sometimes be "recycled" as reprints to other media. The PEN holds the copyright in articles for 30 days after publication, at which time copyright reverts to the author (*note: articles are archived on our site). We do ask, however, that if an article is reprinted, credit be given to the PEN as the first publisher.

Since the PEN is also published on-line, writers can easily point other editors who are interested in your work to articles archived on the web site.

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Distribution: 3,000 (to libraries, community centres, food and health shops, book stores, churches, universities and colleges, and many other locations from Gloucester to Kanata).

Online archives go back to 2010; further back issues available at: perc.ca/pen/contents.html Note: we are no longer updating the old site; archives are offered as a service but no changes or corrections will be made to past information.

 

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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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.