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

Ottawa Vanier Climate Change Town Hall – come and have your say on July 11!

Ottawa Vanier Climate Change Town Hall – July 11, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Des Pères-Blancs

The Canada Climate Action consultations in Ottawa are coming to Ottawa Vanier on July 11. Councillors Fleury, Nussbaum and Tierney (TBC) will be on hand to meet and hear our thoughts on taking action on climate change.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has invited all Canadians to share ideas to shape Canada’s approach to action on climate change.

The Town Hall will be held 6 pm – 7:30 pm.  We invite you and hope you can attend and have your say! Much like the many consultations held across Ottawa in recent weeks with MPs McKenna, McGuinty, Vandenbeld, McCrimmon, and Arya this is an historic opportunity for people to tell their elected representatives that climate change must be taken seriously. After the Town Hall, we will submit our climate solutions to the Minister.

The event is coordinated by Ecology Ottawa and co-hosted by Lowertown Community Association, New Edinburgh Community Association, Local Eco-Action Families (LEAF). Please invite your friends and share in your networks. We hope to see you July 11th!
Sophie Oliver on behalf of Local Eco-Action Families

Over 100 local businesses participate in pipeline protest‏


Over 100 local businesses participate in pipeline protest: Tens of thousands of blackened loonies circulated in Ottawa to raise awareness about proposed Energy East pipeline 

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OTTAWA, ON, February 23, 2016 – Over 100 local businesses are working together to put tens of thousands of blackened loonies into circulation in Ottawa to raise awareness of the proposed Energy East pipeline. The coins are marked with a removable decal that points to a website (“”) with information about the threats the pipeline poses to Ottawa’s water, land and climate. The decal also simulates an oil spill by blackening the image of the iconic loon.

“We are working to ensure that people in Ottawa know about the dangers of the proposed Energy East pipeline,” said Graham Saul, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. “The positive response from local businesses has been overwhelming, we’re having a hard time keeping up with demand for the coins.”

In total, over 100,000 decals have been distributed, which means that tens of thousands of marked coins are circulating in the city. Over 100 local businesses, ranging from fast food outlets to bars to clothing stores, are actively participating in providing the loonies to their customers as change.

The proposed Energy East pipeline would be the largest tar sands pipeline in North America once completed, larger than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Energy East would ship over a million barrels a day of primarily tar sands oil, from Alberta through Ottawa to export ports in New Brunswick. A single spill from the pipeline could threaten the Ottawa River, the World Heritage Rideau River, the City of Ottawa’s drinking water, rural aquifers and farmland. The pipeline also represents a substantial threat to the climate by facilitating the continued expansion of the Alberta tar sands.

“We know that it is impossible for Canada to do its fair share to fight climate change while allowing the tar sands to expand as projected,” said Alex Tétreault, Lead Organizer with Ecology Ottawa. “This proposed pipeline is incompatible with the climate commitments made by Canada at the Paris climate talks.”

Ecology Ottawa is urging local decision-makers to join the growing chorus of voices opposing tar sands pipeline projects across the country. This year, the Mayor of Montreal along with representatives of the 82-member Montreal Metropolitan Community voiced strong opposition to Energy East. The mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby have also voiced strong opposition to the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.


For more information, please contact:

Graham Saul
Executive Director
Ecology Ottawa

Alex Tétreault
Lead Organizer
Ecology Ottawa


Plus de cent commerces locaux participent à une protestation contre l’oléoduc. Des dizaines de milliers de huards noircis circulent à Ottawa pour sensibiliser la population au projet d’oléoduc Énergie Est

OTTAWA, ON, le 23 février 2016 : Plus de 100 commerces locaux travaillent ensemble pour mettre des dizaines de milliers de huards noircis en circulation à Ottawa pour sensibiliser les habitants à propos du projet Oléoduc Énergie Est. Les pièces sont marquées d’un autocollant amovible indiquant un site internet (« ») contenant des informations à propos des menaces que pose l’oléoduc pour l’eau, les terres et le climat d’Ottawa. L’autocollant simule également une marée noire en noircissant l’image emblématique du huard.

« Nous travaillons à nous assurer que les gens à Ottawa connaissent les dangers du projet Oléoduc Énergie Est », dit Graham Saul, Directeur Exécutif d’Écologie Ottawa. « La réponse positive de ces commerces locaux est impressionnante, nous avons du mal à tenir le rythme de la demande de pièces. »

Au total, plus de 100 000 autocollants ont été distribués ce qui signifie que des dizaines de milliers de pièces marquées circulent à travers la ville. Plus de 100 commerces locaux, depuis des restaurants-minute aux bars et magasins de vêtements participent activement à fournir les huards à leurs clients en leur rendant la monnaie.

Le projet Oléoduc Énergie Est serait le plus grand oléoduc de sables bitumineux d’Amérique du Nord une fois complété, plus grand encore que le projet d’oléoduc Keystone XL. Énergie Est enverrait plus d’un million de barils par jour, principalement de sables bitumineux, depuis l’Alberta, à travers la Ville d’Ottawa  jusqu’aux ports d’exportation au Nouveau-Brunswick. Une seule fuite de l’oléoduc pourrait menacer la rivière des Outaouais, la rivière Rideau et son Canal consacré patrimoine mondial de l’humanité, l’eau potable de la ville d’Ottawa, les aquifères ruraux et les terres agricoles. L’oléoduc représente une menace réelle envers le climat en favorisant l’expansion des sables bitumineux d’Alberta.

« Nous savons qu’il est impossible pour le Canada de faire sa juste part pour combattre les changements climatiques en autorisant l’expansion de sables bitumineux comme il est prévu actuellement », dit Alex Tetreault, Organisateur chez Écologie Ottawa. « Ce projet d’oléoduc est incompatible avec les engagements climatiques pris par le Canada lors des accords de Paris sur le Climat. »

Écologie Ottawa incite les preneurs de décisions locaux à joindre le chœur croissant de voix qui s’opposent aux projets d’oléoducs de sables bitumineux à travers le pays. Cette année, le maire de Montréal, avec les représentants des 82 membres de la Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal ont fait savoir leur opposition à Énergie Est. Les maires de Vancouver et Burnaby ont aussi signifié leur forte opposition au projet d’oléoduc Trans Mountain.


Pour plus d’informations, merci de contacter :

Graham Saul
Directeur Exécutif
Écologie Ottawa

Alex Tétreault
Écologie Ottawa

Public Forum on Energy Bills and Free Trees

Is your energy bill too high? Did you lose a tree to the Emerald Ash Borer?

The OCA’s Public Forum at 6:30 pm, Thursday, 16 April at the Overbrook Community Centre will offer solutions to these issues and more.

The Environment & Parks Committee has invited speakers from Ottawa Hydro and Ecology Ottawa to address residents. Whether you own or rent in Overbrook, this meeting is for you!

Public Forum April 15

Public Forum April 15 2

Please share the above flyer with your contacts. See you there!

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