The last few days in Ottawa have been…warm.
In fact, Wednesday temperatures—which read 31.9 C at 5 p.m., with the humidex making it feel like 41C—broke a 78-year record set when City thermometers reached 31.5C in 1945. Normal temperatures for early September are closer to highs of 21C and lows of 11C, and Ottawans can expect more comfortable weather for the coming weekend.
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Typically, other important events are listed in the ‘Other News’ section featured lower in the newsletter. But in this month’s newsletter, I’m pulling one story towards the top to note a coalition of community groups and Ottawa residents that are taking the Ottawa Police Services Board to court for violating their right to freedom of expression guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You can find out more here.
Stories from the PEN!
And now on to the Stories from the PEN, where you can read articles by individuals and organizations stepping up to engage in issues affecting our local communities.
In Demand Better Public Transit—For the Climate, William van Geest writes again from Ecology Ottawa to encourage Ottawans to call for better public transit. Residents can contact the mayor and their councillor with demands, sign a soon-to-be circulated petition, and join in a planned rally at City Hall at the end of September.
Stefan Klietsch, our treasurer, contributed to this month’s newsletter to write about Greek-Canadian Dimitri Lascaris’ recent presentations regarding the Ukraine war, as well as some of the Ukranian diaspora’s criticisms of Lascaris’ statements.
And Frances Bernardino, an intern at Sea Change Canada, seeks to raise awareness about ocean issues in Connecting Ottawa to the Ocean.
From the PEN Archives
Our September 1996 issue featured an article about two London-based Greenpeace activists who used some newfangled tech—the internet—to build awareness about McDonald’s environmental and ethical transgressions.
Peace & Environment News, September 1996: Volume 11 Number 7
The Finance and Corporate Services committee goes before full council on Sept. 13, and has voted to cap this year’s tax increase at 2.5%.
Applications for the 2023 Rural Community-Building Grants Program, which is designed to support rural-based community project undertakings by non-profit organizations such as community associations and agricultural groups, is now open. Funding is project-based, with a defined beginning and end and measurable outcomes. Read more here.
In late August, Ottawa city councillor Laura Dudas called for axing the city's new vacant unit tax, “suggesting the administration of the new levy is ‘an unparalleled annual bureaucratic burden’ on households.” Dudas’ call came after preliminary numbers showed a higher number of vacant units than initially expected.
You’ve probably read about it already, but the PEN would be remiss to not include a link about the Greenbelt Land Grab and the Special Report on Changes to the Greenbelt recently released by the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. In the fallout, it seems that more Greenbelt land could be opened to future development.
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—Christopher Bonasia, PEN editor
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