Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability

Here is what has been happening at CAFES recently

Peoples Official Plan Budget 2023 Open Letter

CAFES, as an active member of the Peoples Official Plan Coalition, was proud to be part of the writing and submission of an open letter to city council on the topic of Ottawa's Budget 2023. In this letter, POP outlined our priorities for Budget 2023, both in terms of what should be funded and how […]

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Call For Expressions of Interest to Join CAFES Board and/or Volunteer Leadership 

Are you interested in local community-based environmental action? CAFES is looking for people to serve on the CAFES Board or in a Volunteer Leadership role. We are looking for candidates who have experience in communications, perspective on suburban living, have connections to community groups and are passionate about climate and environmental change locally. Does this […]

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Glebe Community Association Climate Resiliency Panel Discussion

On November 17th, 2022, The Glebe Community Association (GCA) hosted a virtual panel discussion with experts to discuss proven and practical things that residents & communities can do to become climate resilient. You can find the recording of the event here. Find the presentations and more on GCA's website here.

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CAFES takes stand in rally against Bill 23 Dec 7

On December 7th at 9AM at the Provincial Courthouse (161 Elgin St), CAFES will join ACORN Ottawa, CAWI, Ecology Ottawa, Reimagine Ottawa, For Our Kids Ottawa-Gatineau, Greenspace Alliance, and Horizon Ottawa in standing against Bill 23. The Province's Bill 23 'More Homes Built Faster Act' uses the housing crisis as a cover for destroying tenant […]

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CAFES joins the People's Official Plan coalition in written submission on Bill 23

CAFES and the People's Official Plan Coalition have completed a written submission on Bill 23, the "More Homes, Built Faster Act" to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy. The submission calls on Doug Ford's government to withdraw this omnibus legislation that threatens environmental, social and economic well-being. You can read the full […]

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CAFES joins community organizations and City of Ottawa in standing against Bill 23

CAFES, with the People's Official Plan Coalition, is supporting the City of Ottawa in opposing Doug Ford's Bill 23. This omnibus housing legislation is a threat to environmental, social and economic well-being and it must be withdrawn. Read more below. Join us for a rally at City Hall Plaza this Tuesday, November 15th from 1-2pm […]

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CAFES opposes zoning amendments to allow four tower high rise development at 1015 Tweddle Road

On October 27th, Ottawa's Planning Committee voted on a motion to amend zoning by-laws to allow for a development of four towers (2 28 storey, one 32 storey and one 24 story) adjacent to the provincially significant wetland at Petrie Island. Three public delegations were made, including an Orleans resident, Greenspace Alliance, and CAFES Chair […]

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Tree rescue October 2022

On October 15th, 2022, CAFES Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa, and Forêt Capitale Forest came together, in order to rescue trees, give away tree saplings, and find new homes for tree saplings. All three organizations worked very hard to get the job done.  The tree giveaway was fairly successful. A large number of volunteers travelled to the […]

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Mayoral Debates on the environment

Between August and the end of September, CAFES held four Mayoral Debates on the Environment. The events took the form of panel discussions and question & answer followed by candidates' meet and greet with residents. You can access all of the footage for the debates and more by visiting our page Mayoral Debates on the […]

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Citizen Climate Counsel, 2022 Climate Progress Account

What has the City of Ottawa’s progress been on its climate action goals? A member of  CAFES’ network, Citizen Climate Counsel (C3), is launching a 2022 Climate Progress Account report that answers this question.  C3 diligently tracked all of the City of Ottawa’s 159 milestones outlined in their various climate plans: Climate Change Master Plan, […]

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