Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability

Here is what has been happening at CAFES in recent months!

CAFES at SMARTNet's Sustainability Showcase 2022

Yesterday CAFES participated in the 2022 SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase! The day was full including panel discussions and ask the expert sessions on topics including transitioning to a low-carbon future, heat pumps, passive homes and energy retrofits. Attendees were also invited to try out an EV test drive. CAFES had a table set up alongside other […]

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Ottawa Climate Strike September 2022

On Friday, September 23rd, members of CAFES joined hundreds of people at Ottawa’s Global Climate Strike to demand meaningful climate action from multiple levels of government. The event began at Confederation Park where protesters gathered with their creative banners and signs, including signs offered up by march-organizers Fridays for Future Ottawa.  We were delighted to […]

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Ottawa Magazine interviews CAFES Executive Director Angela Keller-Herzog

Ottawa Magazine recently published a piece called Election 22: investing in a net-zero future on funding climate action to achieve Ottawa’s climate targets. CAFES Executive Director Angela Keller-Herzog was interviewed along with other Ottawa climate leaders. You can read the article here.

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POP Letter to the Ministry

Ottawa City Council approved the new Official Plan on October 27th, 2021. It now comes to the Ministry for review and final approval. The People's Official Plan alliance seeks to summarize some of the concerns regarding this plan in a letter to the Ministry.

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Home Energy Retrofits

The City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada declared a climate emergency in 2019. Our City is committed to accelerating local efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Homes and buildings produce almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa today.

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The New Official Plan

City Council approved the new Official Plan on October 27th and it is now in the hands of the Ministry for adoption and implementation.

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Phasing out Gas-Fired Electricity Generation in Ontario

Ottawa City council voted today (October 13, 2021) to pass a motion put forward by Councillor Shawn Menard in which the city will request that the government of Ontario to phase out Gas-fired electricity generation in Ottawa! This is a big step in the right direction, and one that could not be passed without the […]

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Save the Trees in Hunt Club Forest!

People in the Hunt Club Riverside area and beyond are rallying to oppose the Otto’s BMW request to the City of Ottawa to change the Zoning of this Red Pine Forest and pave the way for a parking lot.   Protestors are gathering weekday mornings at 8 AM and can be seen with their signs […]

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Civic Hospital Development

December 2021 Community groups near the proposed Civic hospital development are not opposing the location of the hospital, but they do have concerns about the removal of over 600 trees to accommodate a parking garage. Representatives of the Glebe Community Association have asked government decision-makers for the following: - "Turn back this proposal and require […]

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Opposing the Nuclear Waste facility at Chalk River

The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a private sector consortium led by SNC Lavalin, intends to build a near surface disposal.

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