Fantastic X-Ski, snowshoe trail open along Parkway!

<this article was initially posted on the Champlain Park website>

The trail is in excellent condition, suggest you give it a try if you haven’t already done so.

2016-02-28 xski trail parkway 2The “Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail” runs from the Canadian War Museum to Westboro Beach.  You can access the trail at the Champlain Park – Carleton Avenue entrance to the NCC Forest.

For more details click here:

Many Thanks for your community spirit!

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all those involved in this project, for their hard work and dedication in making this become a reality.

Thanks to the Westboro Beach Community Association, the National Capital Commission,  Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper and especially Dave Adams of the Nakkertok Ski Club for making this happen.

2016-02-28 xski trail parkway 1

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The biggest year ever for climate change action starts February 16

Ottawa residents are facing an unprecedented opportunity for a breakthrough on climate change over the next year.

We have entered one of those rare periods when our municipal, provincial and federal governments all have a mandate for action and a desire to move in the right direction. Each level of government is in the process of crafting its own response to the climate challenge and the combined result of their work will be a path forward that is filled with major milestones and specific deadlines.

This means that over the next 12 to 18 months, we will have one opportunity after another to say “Yes!!!” to the things that we want. And if people who care about climate change can rally around these key moments – support politicians that are prepared to show leadership and demand action from those that are not – then we will be able to look back on this period as a watershed for the direction of our city, our province, and our country.

No matter how much time and energy you have, you can be part of this potentially historic change, and it all starts on February 16th at City Hall.

Next Tuesday’s Environment Committee meeting will be packed with action on climate change and there has never been a more important time for you to tell your mayor and city councillor that you want to see leadership on this critical issue. You DO NOT need to be a policy expert on the minute details of what is being brought forward (though you can find a lot of additional information below). A simple phone call or email letting the Mayor and your city councillor know that you want them to push for action on climate change can help sweep away resistance and embolden leadership.

You can look up your councilor or find the contact information for all city Councillors here, and Mayor Jim Watson can be reached at (613) 580-2496 or Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca or tweet @JimWatsonOttawa
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NCC Urban Forest Panel Discussion – February 16

I was going to post the notice about a panel discussion the NCC is holding about the urban forest (since we have a local group of people interested in our forest), but the session is full. However, there is a live video feed of the proceedings.

http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/about-ncc/urbanism-lab/calendar-events/urban-forest-science-to-poetry

http://www.ccn-ncc.gc.ca/a-propos-de-la-ccn/le-labo-durbanisme/calendrier-activites/la-foret-urbaine-de-la-science-a-la-poesi

The Urban Forest: From Science to Poetry

Join us for a discussion on the urban forest and the vital role it plays in the city. We will explore the benefits of the urban forest in terms of community health and regional biodiversity, as well as the aesthetic and ecological benefits it provides.

This event on the urban forest is presented by the National Capital Commission (NCC) in the Capital Urbanism Lab.

Follow our Urbanism Lab live on Periscope!

Moderator: Michael Rosen, Registered Professional Forester, and President, Tree Canada

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