Panel discussion on cities and climate change Wednesday, 31 January, 6:30-8 pm, Main Public Library

Invitation to Townhall session on climate change

  • Hello,
    Please join us for a town hall on September 27th at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church located at 317 Chapel St., to share ideas about what governments and individuals can do to reduce and adapt to climate change.

    The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, will begin with a presentation and then ask you for your constructive ideas about:

    How and where to reduce emissions;

    Ideas for new technology and job creation;

    How to put a price on carbon;

    Preparing for the impacts of climate change;

    General ideas on climate change reduction.

    The town hall will last about one hour.

    Please feel free to share with your network and we look forward to seeing you.

    If you require additional information, please contact us at 613-947-7961.

    Federal Riding Office of Ottawa-Vanier


    Nous vous invitons à participer à une séance de discussion qui se tiendra le 27 septembre à 19 h à l’église All Saints au 317, rue Chapel afin d’échanger des idées sur ce que le gouvernement et la population peuvent faire pour ralentir et s’adapter aux changements climatiques.

    La ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique, l’hon. Catherine McKenna, débutera par une présentation. Vous serez ensuite invités à proposer des idées constructives sur les sujets suivants :

    Comment et où réduire les émissions ;

    Des idées sur de nouvelles technologies et la création d’emplois ;

    Comment fixer un prix au carbone ;

    Comment se préparer en prévision des effets des changements climatiques ;

    Des idées sur le ralentissement des changements climatiques en général.

    La séance de discussion devrait durer environ une heure.

    Prière de nous appeler au 613-947-7961 si vous désirez de plus amples informations.

    Prière de partager avec vos réseaux. Au plaisir de vous voir !

    Le bureau de la circonscription fédérale d’Ottawa-Vanier

Climate Change meeting tonight

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church

400 McArthur Avenue

9 April 2015 (Ottawa) – For the first time, elected representatives from all three levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – will come together under one roof in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier to answer questions together about what they are doing to fight climate change. This event is being organized by Ecology Ottawa, in cooperation with ClimateFast.

The Member of Parliament, Member of Provincial Parliament and all three city councilors within the boundaries of the Ottawa-Vanier riding will be asked the question: “What is your level of our government going to do about the challenge of climate change and what will your role be as our representative?”

Elected attendees from the riding of Ottawa-Vanier will include:

  • Mauril Bélanger, MP, Ottawa-Vanier
  • Madeleine Meilleur, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier
  • Tobi Nussbaum, Councillor, Rideau-Rockcliffe
  • Mathieu Fleury, Councillor, Rideau-Vanier
  • Tim Tierney, Councillor, Beacon Hill-Cyrville

This Ecology Ottawa event is the first of its kind in Ottawa and members of the public are invited to attend, ask questions and make their voices heard.

“Blueprints for climate change action are easy to find,” says Graham Saul, Ecology Ottawa Executive Director. “The real challenge is marshaling the political will to do something about it.”

Climate change impacts have already made themselves felt in the Ottawa area through flooding, increased storm frequency and extreme temperatures. The urgency of this problem demands both accountability and collaboration from our elected officials.

Climate change has immediate relevance at all levels of government as a federal election is on the horizon, the Province of Ontario is currently preparing its climate change plan and municipal councillors are being asked to implement the City’s Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan.

“The complexity of the climatic problem means that we need collaboration between all levels of government,” says Saul. “If we are successful in doing something about climate change then it will be because we were able to work together to create solutions.”

For more information, please contact:

Stu Campana
Climate Change Project Coordinator
Ecology Ottawa

Elections Survey: Candidates Agree Urgent Action Needed on Climate Change

OTTAWA (September 27, 2014): – Just days after incumbent mayor Jim Watson said in an environmental all candidates debate that the city has “a moral and ecological responsibility” to address climate change, local environmental organization Ecology Ottawa releases its report on the views of candidates for city council on the issue.

Nine out of ten Ottawa City Council candidates say they believe the city must do its part to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, according to a candidates’ survey conducted by Ecology Ottawa.

“The survey results show that candidates all over Ottawa—and the vast majority of candidates—understand that not only is climate change one of the most important challenges of our time, but that the City has a role and responsibility to play in addressing that challenge” says Charles Hodgson, the lead for Ecology Ottawa’s climate change campaign.

Ecology Ottawa asked all candidates running in the October 27 municipal election to explain where they stand on Ottawa’s most pressing environmental issues by completing a questionnaire. 66 out of the total of 124 candidates have responded thus far.

“Lots of candidates have specific initiatives they’d like to see implemented, such as ways to finance household energy efficiency renovations; or something called a ‘climate lens’ to ensure City decision-making takes climate change into account” Hodgson says. “This shows that community leaders running for office know that we all have a role to play. They agree with the outgoing council’s decision in May to reengage on global warming by passing a climate change management plan. Many candidates want to go further, they think the targets in the plan aren’t ambitious enough” Hodgson says.

A full report of candidates’ responses on complete streets can be downloaded here: Your Decision – Vote for a Healthy & Green Ottawa – Election 2014 – All-Candidates Survey – Council Candidates Want Urgent Action on Climate Change.
The report is the second installment of Ecology Ottawa’s series during Election 2014. Four more reports will be released in the weeks leading up to Election Day in Ottawa on October 27th.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Charles Hodgson
Ecology Ottawa’s volunteer climate change campaign lead
Landline: 819-326-5916  Mobile:613-220-9954


Robb Barnes
Ecology Ottawa’s electoral outreach coordinator
Mobile: 613-276-5753

Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots and volunteer-driven organization, working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada.