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 We regret that we cannot correct outdated links or information from these past editions and projects.

Volunteering Opportunities and Descriptions


To Volunteer at PERC, please contact Diana Brushey, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a message at 613 230 4590

Priority Areas

Electronic Journalism

Description: Create or gather, edit, and submit multimedia or social media contributions such as podcasts, blogs, photos, videos, and/or written articles to the PERC website and/or E-PEN newsletter. (May be combined with Roving Reporters.)

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week


Board Members

The Peace and Environment Resource Centre does an annual call for applications to participate on the Board of Directors.  Board Members must display a commitment to the mission and mandate of the PERC, be prepared to serve in a voluntary leadership capacity, and must be elected by the membership. Skills, experience, and interest we look for include financial and administrative experience, journalism and communications expertise and/or education, and event management and volunteer coordination interest.

Time committment: Approximately 5 hours per month for meetings, committees, and support.

Website Redesign and Maintenance

Description:  Assist with moving content from the PERC archives to the new site; help upload and configure embedded social media onto site.

Time Commitment: 3-10 hours a month


Writers & Photographers

Description:  Contribute articles and/or photos on environmental, peace, or social justice issues for the electronic newsletter or the print publication of the PEN (Peace & Environment News) (May be combined with Roving Reporters).

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours a month


Resource Librarian (virtual or on-site)


Virtual – Work with other local environmental groups to gather useful links and electronic resources on environmental issues to add to the online resource library. May optionally include contacting publishers of periodicals to enquire as to whether any of our “real” collections are online.

On-Site – Catalog new donations to the PERC “real” resource library; assist with evaluating current materials for relevance and/or researching whether any of our collections are duplicated elsewhere. This job requires someone who is detail-oriented and careful.

Time Commitment: 5-15 hours a month


Other Needs

PERC Roving Reporters and Reps

Description: Go to various community events (river cleanups, tree plantings) to gather pictures, videos, interviews, etc for the PEN, E-PEN, and/or website.  This is also an opportunity to tell people about the PERC, ask people to sign up for the E-PEN, recruit volunteers, and distribute the PEN.

Time Commitment: varies, about 15 hours a month


PEN Distribution

Description: Bring packages of the Peace & Environment News to libraries, businesses, etc throughout the city for distribution. Research places willing to carry the PEN.

Time Commitment: a few hours every two months



Continuous Volunteer Needs

Booth Staffing

Description:  We always require volunteers to represent PERC at various events around the city.  This is an opportunity to engage citizens and talk to them about environmental and social justice issues in the city, and have them sign up for our E-PEN list.

Time Commitment: Usually one or more four hour shifts per event.  We generally staff about one-two events in a month. 




The PERC Website Committee is working on a complete site redesign to provide an enhanced online presence, with the aim of creating a web portal to environmental information in the National Capital Region. The site will include an online resource library.


The PEN is looking for members for two committees:

Editorial Committee: Assists with writing, editing, and planning for the PEN publications. Time Commitment: approx 12 hours/issue (bimonthly) – two meetings – editorial and editing so one meeting per month

Support Committee: Takes care of distribution, mailing, advertising, and publicity for the PEN Time Commitment: 5 hours per issue (bimonthly); varies



Other Skills/Areas of Interest


These are skills that may not be listed above, but that we generally will need help with at some point (though maybe not right away).  Let us know if you do have skills/interest in the areas listed below:

  • Data Entry                   
  • Administrative tasks     
  • Fundraising      
  • Illustration & Graphic design (please provide us with examples of your work)
  • Photography (let us know if you have professional experience)
  • Youth representatives
  • Research
  • Writing (newspaper articles, website articles, writing for reports)


Updated November 1, 2010

In this issue..

GM Alfalfa: Risk to Environment and Health
Genetically modified (GM) Alfalfa has been approved for sale in Canada. This is a huge environmental concern.
Alfalfa is used as a high protein feed for animals such as dairy cows, beef cattle and sheep. It is also used to build up nutrients in the soil. It is one of the most important and widely grown forage crops in Canada, and was produced on over 25 million acres across the country in 2011. That's 30% of Canada's cropland! 
Many parts of the Alfalfa plant are used for environmental and economic benefits, such as the leaves and stems as hay, the roots in building healthy soil, and the pollen and nectar for honey bees. Alfalfa is overall a very important plant that is deeply integrated in Ontario's food and farming culture.
The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) and its corporate members, including Monsanto, Pioneer, and Forage Genetics International (FGI), are actively trying to get support for the release of GM Alfalfa. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has already granted registration to several varieties of GM Roundup Ready Alfalfa. 
Thus far Canada grows 6.8% of the world's GM crops, such as corn, canola, soy and white sugar beets. There are two main traits in GM crops that affect the Ontario market. These traits are herbicide tolerance and insect resistance. Herbicide tolerant crops are engineered to withstand sprayings from certain broad-spectrum herbicides. (Therefore the crop will survive a herbicide spray that was intended to kill all weeds.) Insect resistant crops are engineered with genes from the soil bacterium and are toxic to certain classes of insects. 

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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.