Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability

Here is what has been happening at CAFES recently

2024 Climate Risk Keynote Presentation

We're excited to share CAFES' Climate Risk Keynote presentation delivered by Craig Stewart, VP Climate Change and Federal Issues at the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Craig spoke about the the 'dollars and sense of climate risk', the estimated cost and damages, and municipal financial sustainability. Watch the full presentation below! Special thanks to Craig for […]

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CAFES 2024 Annual General Meeting

CAFES held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 27, 2024. The meeting was well attended and a great chance for all our members to be involved. Some of the key outputs of AGM included: Directly preceding the the AGM, we hosted a Climate Risk Keynote event open to the public. It was our great […]

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Mother's Day Tree Give-Away and Community Planting Initiative

This Mother's Day weekend on May 11-12th, in partnership with Yasir Naqvi, MP for Ottawa Centre, Mechanicsville Community Association and Dalhousie Community Association, CAFES will be hosting our second annual school-based tree sapling give-away event to help increase Ottawa's urban tree canopy by encouraging backyard tree planting, care and education. We will be promoting this […]

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Climate Misinformation ToolKit Launch

February 28th, 2024: CAFES Launch of the CAFES Climate Misinformation Resource Page! Congratulations to the members of the CAFES Climate Misinformation team! Much work, editing and collaboration has gone into this new resource for the climate-aware community in Ottawa. Check it out here! Where did this project come from? It may be news to some, that there's […]

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What is happening with the "Ottawa Wildlife Strategy"?

The beginning, the middle and awaiting the end of a revised strategy for coexistence By Pragati Parajuli, CAFES Carleton practicum student A crucial conversation is unfolding about the city’s wildlife strategy- a journey that started with the aim of fostering coexistence between residents and the diverse wildlife of Ottawa. According to city staff, the Wildlife […]

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Homes & Energy: Coffee Houses on Sustainability

On Saturday January 27th, the Coffee Houses on Sustainability series successfully launched with the first session on homes and energy! CAFES was very proud to be a co-host and supporter alongside the Glebe Community Association Environment Committee who is spearheading the series. The series of events provides neighbours with the opportunity to enjoy coffee, cookies, […]

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BESS: Battery Energy Storage Systems - Coming to Ottawa?

Battery Energy storage was all the buzz in October and November 2023 for those of us interested in renewable energy and the energy transition. BESS technology has dramatically improved over the past decade and is now cost effective at utility scale. The Ontario Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO) put out a competitive call for proposals […]

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Enbridge St. Laurent Boulevard Pipeline

On November 21st, CAFES delivered a presentation to the City of Ottawa’s Environment and Climate Change Committee meeting to address Councillor Tierney’s motion for the City to retract the testimony it gave at an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) hearing last year and endorse Enbridge’s proposed natural gas pipeline replacement project along St. Laurent Boulevard.  The […]

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Green Infrastructure – Making the Trees & Stormwater Management Connection!

The latest draft of the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) will come to a joint Planning & Housing and Environment & Climate Change Committee expected in February 2024. The committee meeting to review the draft IMP was re-scheduled twice this fall.  As our response to the draft IMP, CAFES is planning to continue our intervention that […]

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Site Alteration By-Law Review - Do we have tools to protect woodlands and wetlands in the rural area?

Also at the Nov 30 2023 ARAC meeting was a review and recommendations for updates to the Site Alteration By-law. The purpose of this 2018 by-law is to prevent drainage problems, protect soils in designated agricultural resource areas and protect designated natural areas and identified natural features in and around the urban area. The proposed […]

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