Author Archives: Charles

Join me and Ecology Ottawa for a pre-Olympic evening with Olympic and environmental heroes

Join Olympians and snow and ski specialists for thought-provoking discussion on the challenges we face today and the future of snow sports. Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A CHANGE OF LOCATION – February 5 – Museum of Science and Technology … Continue reading

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Oil Pipeline Expansion – Why I Object

Several friends who I love and respect disagree with me. They tell me they support pipeline expansion because it means jobs and investment. They tell me that pipelines are safer than trains. They tell me that we’re not going to … Continue reading

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Local Public Concern Increasing on Carbon Pollution

Just yesterday Jian Ghomeshi talked on his CBC radio show Q about Canada’s environmental record. Today he chose as his letter of the day feedback that tied an “own the podium” interview to that poor Canadian showing. I’d sent him … Continue reading

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Making Al Gore Local

In 2012 I was trained as a Climate Reality Canada presenter and joined about a dozen Ottawa area climate leaders who’d been trained by Al Gore since his slideshow won an Academy Award in the form of An Inconvenient Truth … Continue reading

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Ask Your Elected Officials to Oppose the Tar Sands Pipeline

I just sent email to Paul Dewar (my MP), Yasir Naqvi (my MPP), Katherine Hobbs (my City Councillor), Kathleen Wynne (Premier of Ontario), and Jim Watson (Mayor of Ottawa), saying pretty much the following: I write because pipelines such as … Continue reading

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The City of Ottawa’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

On June 24 the public got its first glimpse of Ottawa’s proposed changes to its Official Plan. One thing not changed in the Official Plan is that the City will take measures to adapt to the effects of climate change … Continue reading

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Host an Event

Here are a few ideas on how to get talking about climate change. ONE: Last Friday I invited members of the Canadian Writers Union (TWUC) to my house for an informal but themed supper I called “stories of climate change.” … Continue reading

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Presentation to Environment Committee

On May 21 the City of Ottawa’s Environment Committee met for the first time since February. On their agenda was an item related to the March 23 Greenhouse Gas Roundtable. Unlike the Environment Committee, whose members are city councillors, the … Continue reading

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GHG Roundtable Outcome

On Saturday I gathered with hundreds of others at the City of Ottawa’s greenhouse gas roundtable. Ideas were expressed, speeches were made. But the most significant thing about the event I’ve captured in this video. For the first time in … Continue reading

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City of Ottawa Posts GHG Roundtable Documents

These look very good. I am hopeful. Original City of Ottawa post here.

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