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Living our Environmental Challenge

Did you know that thanks to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton, all events at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival are free for Carleton students? It’s true! This Saturday the festival presents Living our Environmental Challenge with with Tzeporah Berman, William Marsden and Chris Turner.

Bringing together three passionate ecological experts, this event is a crucial overview of Earth’s environmental challenge and the road to a sustainable economy. William Marsden is the author of Stupid to the Last Dropand Fools Rule. Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading writers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry, is the author of The Geography of Hope and The Leap. Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time, is the founder of ForestEthics and PowerUp Canada, and is currently Climate and Energy Co-Director of Greenpeace International.

  • Date: Saturday September 24th, 2011
  • Location: Knox Presbyterian Church • 120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Cost: FREE for Carleton University Students (this event and all events at the writer’s festival)
  • Tickets: available online using “get tickets feature” or by phone at (613) 562-1243

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Tour the ROPEC wastewater treatment plant this weekend.

Source: City of Ottawa at

This weekend is Doors Open Ottawa where residents get the chance to take a peek inside Ottawa’s most exciting buildings. One of these buildings that you can visit is the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre wastewater treatment plant, aka ROPEC. There will be tours of the facility and plant by staff will be on hand to explain the treatment processes and answer questions. I’ve seen a couple of water treatment plants in the past years as part of Doors Open Ottawa and I really like the experience. It’s nice to see the application of the concepts you learn in class (or will be learning).

ROPEC as part of Doors Open Ottawa:

  •  Saturday June 4, 2011 – 9:00 – 5:00 pm
  •  Sunday June 5, 2011 – 9:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Address: 655 Shefford Road, Gloucester, ON, K1J 8G8
  • Click here for more info about Doors Open Ottawa
Check out this picture of me in 2009 at the Brittannia Water Treatment Plant during Doors Open Water. We were lucky enough to see the filter being backwashed. 😉


Me at the Britannia Water Treatment Plant as part of Doors Open Ottawa in 2009

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Aquitard Hydrogeology Symposium

The 2nd Canadian Symposium on Aquitard Hydrogeology is set to take place from 21st – 23rd, 2011 at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this symposium will be ‘Aquitards for hazardous waste management and aquifer protection’  and the symposium is being presented by Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG), the University of Ottawa (UofO) and the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter (IAH-CNC).

The symposium organizers are now accepting abstracts for poster presentations pertaining to the characterization of aquitard systems, and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste within these formations (deadline of June 1, 2011).  Student contributions are strongly encouraged.  Prizes will be awarded for best student poster!

For more information, or to register for the 2nd Canadian Symposium on
Aquitard Hydrogeology, please visit:

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Upcoming YEP Events

YEP (Young Environmental Professionals) sent around a list of exciting upcoming events.  The events are listed on their events page, but in brief, they are:

  • Green Expo, March 19 & 20
    The Ottawa Green Expo is the first of it’s kind in Ottawa! This exciting, 2 day event features hundreds of exhibitors, all dedicated to providing information, products and services that can help you live a greener lifestyle! With everything from home and garden ideas, eco-friendly food and clothing, transportation options, organic food and cooking, to guest speakers and interactive displays the Ottawa Green Expo offers many simple ways of going green and helping our environment!
    This event is part of a unique series in the National Capital Region that features world-renowned speakers on themes of timely interest to sustainability visionaries.   This event, though far from free (~30$ for students), features Bob Willard presenting “The Next Sustainability Wave: Building Buy-In and the Business Case” giving a very interesting talk following a networking session.
  • GET CRAFTY with CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi
    The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) and Wabi Sabi are partnering for a unique Earth Day 2011 event to raise awareness about the Ontario wilderness and the need to protect it. CPAWS-OV and Wabi-Sabi are calling on local crafters of all skill levels to create a creature for Wabi-Sabi’s wilderness-themed window display. Everyone is welcome to participate (all ages!  all skill levels!), and you can knit, felt, sew or weave your favourite animal, plant, bug – or even fungi! Participants are asked to lend their critter to Wabi-Sabi for the month of April for the window display, and everyone is invited to the Earth Day Celebration at Wabi-Sabi (1078 Wellington St. W.) on Friday, April 22.  For more info, please visit:


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Short Notice but Good Speaker!!

Dan Gardner speaks at the CNSC THIS MONDAY!

On Monday February 21, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 14-032 (280 Slater Street) The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) invites you to Dan Gardner’s talk on risk in the nuclear industry, the latest talk in the continuing series of guest speakers in 2011. Coffee will be served, so bring your mugs. Dan Gardner will speak about “Getting Risk Right,” providing unique insight from his role as a journalist.

Mr. Gardner is a columnist and senior writer with the Ottawa Citizen and has won many journalism awards, including a National Newspaper Award, a Michener Citation of Merit, and Amnesty International’s Media Award. In 2008, he examined the psychology of risk perception in Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear. A best-seller in the United Kingdom and Canada, published in 11 countries and 8 languages, Risk was praised as “an invaluable resource for anyone who aspires to think clearly” by The Guardian. In 2008, it also won the Canadian Science Writers’ Association award, and in 2010, the Daily Telegraph named it one of five best brain science books ever written. In October 2010, Gardner’s next book, Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe Them Anyway, was published in Canada. It will be published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere in spring 2011.

Before becoming a journalist in 1997, Gardner was senior policy advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Education and social policy advisor to the Premier. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from York University and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Please contact Chris Fleming if you would like to attend:, (613) 992-8467

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