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Next Transition Ottawa (TTO) Meet-ups

Ottawa Insights

Knowledge as a foundation for Transition

May 11, 7-9 Jack Purcell room 101

Ottawa Insights is an on line community knowledge centre developed by the Community Foundation of Ottawa to give residents and decision-makers unbiased, data-based intelligence on trends and conditions across a broad range of issues affecting quality of life in our city. OI is an evolving, collaborative project, currently comprised of over 120 carefully curated indicators organized in 8 themes, including Environment & Sustainability and Health & Wellness. Learn more about how to use this resource to sharpen understanding, explore and expose interconnections, and ultimately take informed action.
Rebecca Aird is responsible for the development and ongoing evolution of Ottawa Insights. She is also director of the Community Grants Program at the CFO.

Sharing Great Ideas

Monday April 3

Room 101 Jack Purcell
Free admission – donations to space rental welcome. Session is open to TTO and non-members

A packed evening with our inspired speakers presenting, followed by break-out groups where each participants can gather around their presenter of interest for Q&A and more information.

Brittany Boychuk – inspiring children to reconnect with nature –

Amber Westfall – shares her passion about the wild, edible and medicinal uses of the plants found in the Ottawa bioregion. JustFood.

Tom Marcantonio – 50% of Ottawa’s food locally grown by 2050 – a garden in every school – bake ovens

OREC – Ottawa going solar, one roof and one investment at a time.

Mike Nickerson – Updates on Lanark EcoVillage, 140 acres of forest, LEV is planning on growing food with full-cycle nutrient management, solar buildings, renewable energy, minimizing material consumption while maximizing satisfaction with life and sharing what we discover.

Wednesday, 12 October 

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Room 201 Jack Purcell Community Centre

Guest Speaker: City Councellor Catherine McKenney

Catherine McKenney, Councillor for Kitchissippi ward, will be sharing progress on local Transit. The focus is on designing – and paying for – a Low Income Pass; Social Services: Ensuring Equity in Concrete Terms; and Transportation: Moving Safely in the Urban Core, an important part of transitioning to a sustainable future.

She will also be sharing with us outcomes from Budgetspeak 2016 – Moving Priorities Forward – from the previous evenings October 11 consultation.

This is a great opportunity to be part of transit evolution in Ottawa, and a chance to pitch ideas or questions about local issues.


An Activity that Contributes to Rural Development in the Global South – with Gard Otis

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:00-4:00pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre – Room 101

Beekeeping holds the promise to rural farmers of enabling them to escape extreme poverty through the production and sale of honey and beeswax.
Dr. Gard Otis will provide an overview of the wonderful potential benefits of beekeeping, then review some project failures and the reasons for those. He will focus heavily on a highly successful development project he spearheaded in northern Vietnam.

Presented by the Eastern Ontario Beekeepers’ Association and Transition Ottawa
Donations will cover room costs and speaker travel expenses.

Off Grid Ecovillage and Farmsteading

Thursday February 23rd

Room 101 Jack Purcell
Free admission – donations to Rene welcome. Session is open to TTO and non-members

Rene Suarez is travelling from Toronto to share with us his experience starting an off-grid ecovillage/farmstead, part of a new Ecovillage Incubator program. This is a great opportunity to learn from feet-on-the-ground working in with Ontario’s weather and laws.

Rene will share with us tools and frameworks and apply them to three Ontario startup scenarios, including highlights from Bee City Canada & Skillseed’s own pollinator habitat/food forest/off-grid homestead near Orangeville, started in 2016, which is planning to grow 3 more acres of Food Forest and launch a group CSA market garden in 2017. This presentation includes elements of permaculture, green building, upcycling, living off-grid, living in community, native ecology, pollinator habitats & education, holistic lifestyle, and social enterprise.

Rene Suarez lived and worked in Auroville, India and other intentional intentional communities. He carries a wide and deep knowledge – some of you may remember his well-attended presentations on Ecovillages in 2015.

Click ‘interested’ or ‘going’ so Rene can have an idea of the numbers.

NB: Note the room change – we’re on the ground floor of Jack Purcell this time in room 101.

Free admission. All donations above the space rental will go towards Rene’s travel expenses.

Sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, and kombucha!

Fermented foods can be mysterious and intimidating. We will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make your own healthy fermented foods and drinks! This workshop is informative, practical, and fun. Discover how simple the ancient art and science of fermentation actually is and how you can integrate fermented foods into your daily life.

Workshops are from 1 pm – 4 pm in the east end of Ottawa (Overbrook), accessible through public transportation. You will receive the address once your register.

Cost: $65.  Participants will leave with a small jar of sauerkraut to ferment at home, a kombucha SCOBY, sourdough starter, recipes, and instructions. We also offer online support after the workshop. A variety of fermented food samples will be available to taste at the workshop!

Upcoming 2016 Workshop Dates:

October 16
November 20

Past Events

Wednesday May 18 

Cafe-style Transition brainstorming and discussion
Updates from inspiring Climate action meeting with Catherine McKenna last Thursday
Break-out group discussions on topic of choice
Pulling the best ideas together.

Wednesday April 20

Peter Schonherr – mechanical engineer -20 years working in thermal analysis and design of electronics for the aerospace field – Certified Passive House Building Consultant with PHIUS. Currently working on a rammed earth house near Kingston.

1) Motivations for adopting PH standard – Energy Efficiency
2) Brief history of PH movement.
3) Design Principals – Reducing losses, increasing gains, performance targets.
4) Strategies – Super insulate, maximize passive solar, window performance, airtightness, moisture control, thermal bridges, and ventilation.
5) My work with rammed earth buildings.
6) Examples of certified houses in Canada and the US.

Wednesday, March 23rd

Topic: Ottawa Food Resilience

Guest speaker: Clive Doucet: A food terminal is required for a sustainable Ottawa. Prior to 1960 50% of food was grown in Ottawa Valley. Now we’re reliant on just-in-time supermarket delivery systems. We need to shift from ‘cheapest everything’ to most sustainable everything – food, transport, energy, neighbourhoods.


Wednesday February 24th

Anthony Leaning, LEED certified architect, with slide presentations and talks to show us the nuts, bolts and energy savings of Passive Homes and apartments work – energy efficient homes of the future!

A brief overview with photos showing the 42 unit Eco Apartments in Ottawa which are expected to have annual heating bills of just $30.