Why get involved with CAFES?

It takes teamwork to create change in municipal environmental policy. While environmental committees in community associations certainly make a difference in their neighbourhood, convincing a panel of councillors to change policies often requires a larger presence. CAFES acts as a link between our community associations, helping them present a united front to councillors at council and committee meetings. Together, we can make change happen.

Here are the ways you can get involved!

Join the CAFES network

This link takes you to a form to sign up for our Google group. This is the main way news gets shared at CAFES right now. Stay tuned as we are in the process of rolling out a new communications strategy!

Sign up

Get information about CAFES at info@cafesottawa.ca

Volunteer - contact us at volunteer@cafesottawa.ca

Why get involved with community associations?

A community association is a group of residents who advocate or positive change in their neighbourhood. Volunteers work together in areas such as anti-racism, environmentalism, neighbourhood security, zoning, the arts, etc.. Community Associations work closely with their city councillor to advocate for improvements in their neighborhoods. Getting involved with your CA is a great way to jump into meaningful activism while creating new friendships in your neighbourhood.

Why activism at the municipal level?

Advocating for change at a municipal level is a very effective way to create change. While Federal and Provincial politics are known for lengthy bureaucratic delays, decisions made at the municipal level are more easily swayed by enthusiastic citizens and advocacy groups. For example: Reno, Nevada installed wind and solar infrastructure throughout their city in 2011, and they have saved $1 million annually in energy since - not to mention the environmental benefits! A project like this is much more difficult to execute at higher levels of government.

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