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Number of Projects: 310

Protecting Pollinators

Protecting Pollinators

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food)

Organization: Seeds of Diversity

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Pollinators are the creatures that pollinate flowers. You know about bees and butterflies, but did you know that there are over 1000 species of pollinating animals in Canada? Together, the plants and their pollinators are an indispensable natural resource, and their daily work is essential for over a billion dollars worth of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce.

Since 2006, significant declines in pollinator populations have been noted around the world. These beneficial animals are under pressure from loss of habitat (where they nest and eat), pests and disease, pesticides, invasive species and climate change. As pollinator populations are threatened, so too are the foods and plant products we enjoy — dyes, essences, medicines, fibres, spices — as well as the wild ecosystems that depend on these pollinators.

Pollinators include bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, bats and birds (there are no pollinating bats in Canada; thank them if you’re fond of tequila). Bees are the major pollinators in North America, performing over 70% of the pollination services. There are 855 species of native bees in Canada — bumble bees, mason bees, sweat bees, leafcutting bees, mining bees, squash bees and more — in addition to the western domesticated honey bee.

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Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network

Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to coordinating the development of the agri-food sector in Eastern Ontario and fostering dialogue between its members and partners.

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Waterfront Market – Discover Local

Waterfront Market - Discover Local

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Chesterville Waterfront Market

Timeline for Completion: Saturdays from 9am -1pm – Seasonal

Objective:

The Waterfront Market, formerly the Chesterville Farmers Market, is dedicated to bringing the community of Chesterville a rich, dynamic and fresh farmers market experience. Located on the redesigned waterfront, a talented variety of local farmers, makers, producers, crafters, artisans, and small business owners will have their products and goods on offer on Saturdays from 9am -1pm, May through October. Join us, rain or shine, for a refreshed season of the Market!

Location: Chesterville Waterfront, Chesterville, ON

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School Active Transportation Program

School Active Transportation Program

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: EnviroCentre

Timeline for Completion: Started 2010 Ongoing

Objective:

The School Active Transportation Program encourages elementary-school children to walk and wheel to school on a regular basis.

There are plenty of benefits for children such as:
•improved concentration at school
•a chance to learn and practice safety skills
•growth in independence and confidence
•time to connect with a caring adult or friend
•opportunities to make friends with children in their neighbourhood
•spending more time outdoors
•learning about the neighbourhood in which they live
•enjoying safer school zones with less traffic congestion
•a chance to care for our planet by reducing pollution and Green House Gasses
•building a can-do attitude for life

The School Active Transportation Program assists Ottawa schools with educational workshops on pedestrian and bike safety with fun events such as Bike to School Week or International Walk to School Day. School committees work to identify challenges in the neighborhood and implement solutions. With the help of School Travel Planning facilitators, they set targets, track progress, engage partners, and celebrate successes as students get active and healthy.

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20th Annual Carp Garlic Festival

20th Annual Carp Garlic Festival

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Carp Farmer’s Market

Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in August

Objective:

20th ANNUAL CARP GARLIC FESTIVAL!

Garlic, garlic and more garlic! You will never find more garlic in one place than as you will at the Carp Farmers’ Market

Fresh garlic bulbs, garlic braiding demonstrations, garlic cooking demonstrations, garlic decorations, a garlic contest, garlic tasting, and wonderful garlic aromas; could you ask for anything more.

Located at the Fair Grounds in Carp
120 Booths | Free Admission | Free Parking | Wheelchair Accessible

Date: Sat. and Sun. August 10th & 11th, 2019
Time: 8am to 3 pm – Saturday; 10am to 3pm Sunday

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Spending 2 Hours In Nature Every Week Significantly Boosts Health

Spending 2 Hours In Nature Every Week Significantly Boosts Health

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: NatureResearch

Project End Date: Ongoing

Objective:

Modern life is busy, so it can be hard to take some time out to be with nature. But it may be worth the effort as a new study suggests slotting some time in the great outdoors could be pretty good for you.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports in mid-June, says spending two hours in nature every week can likely significantly boost health.

People that spent at least 120 minutes per week in nature reported higher psychological well-being and better physical health than those who didn’t visit nature at all, or those who went for less than two hours a week. It didn’t seem to matter if the 120 minutes were spent in nature all at once or spread out throughout the week in shorter bursts. Spending more than two hours didn’t seem to bring about any particular benefits, researchers noted.

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Riverwatch Program – Keeping the Ottawa River Healthy

Riverwatch Program - Keeping the Ottawa River Healthy

(Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Ottawa Riverkeeper

Project End Date: Ongoing

Objective:

Ottawa Riverkeeper has over 70 volunteer Riverwatchers spanning the river from Temiscaming to Lake of Two Mountains. Our Riverwatchers help to inform our work throughout the watershed and have contributed to initiatives such as our real-time reporting campaign and our study on microplastics.

Throughout the Ottawa River watershed, individuals and community groups are concerned about the health of the river and want to help to protect it. By working together, we can speak with one strong, clear voice in support of a swimmable, drinkable, fishable river. Our Riverwatchers are critical to these efforts.

Riverwatchers identify themselves with specific sections of the river or a tributary and become involved in ways that reflect their own interest, time and skills. Each Riverwatcher determines the activities they would like to participate in within their local community. Together, they work with Ottawa Riverkeeper to find effective solutions to their local problems.

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Beachkeeper Program – adopt a beach or a shoreline and learn how to protect it!

Beachkeeper Program -  adopt a beach or a shoreline and learn how to protect it!

(Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ottawa Riverkeeper

Project End Date: Ongoing

Objective:

Adopt a beach or shoreline, learn about its local ecology and how to monitor and protect it, and inspire others to experience it too!

You don’t have the time to go in the field? It’s not a problem! You can also use our activities without going outside!

We are looking for passionate groups who want to promote healthy shorelines or learn how our watershed works.

A Beachkeeper team can adopt a beach/shoreline and…
•Learn about the local issues and environment
•Clean up the shoreline
•Explore the water’s edge with aquascopes!
•Inspire others to explore and care for the shoreline

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Ottawa Recyling in the Park Pilot Project

Ottawa Recyling in the Park Pilot Project

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Started 2017 Ongoing Summer Pilot

Objective:

The City of Ottawa is continuing the recycling pilot program in approximately 50 parks for the summer 2019 season. The pilot will see recycling bins placed beside every garbage bin. It was modified in 2018 from an initial pilot in 2017.

The 50 parks are identified on this site.
https://capitalcurrent.ca/waste-not-want-not-in-blue-bins-placed-in-city-parks/

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Green Bins in the Ottawa Parks Pilot Project

Green Bins in the Ottawa Parks Pilot Project

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: 2019 Summer Pilot (1 year)

Objective:

Brewer Park North has been selected as one of ten parks across the city for the Solid Waste Green Bin in Parks Pilot Project. The one-year project is an expansion of the ‘Recyling in the Park Pilot Project’ from last year, and it will allow the city to continue to collect data on the use of recycling and green bins in city parks. Hopefully, this is just a start and we’ll soon have recycling containers and green bins in all parks.

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