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Sun Shelter Opening – Canadensis “The Garden of Canada”

Sun Shelter Opening - Canadensis

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

Organization: Canadensis Botanical Garden Society

Timeline for Completion: Grand Opening June 2019

Objective:

Lawrence will be MC at the Sun Shelter Opening

‎20‎ ‎Jun‎ ‎5‎:‎00‎ ‎PM – ‎08‎:‎00‎ ‎PM

Canadensis | The Garden of Canada | Le J, 97PV+4F Civic Hospital – Experimental Farm – Central Park, Ottawa, ON

The stunning Sun Shelter is nearing completion. Join us on June 20th to officially open the new sun shelter and launch Beyond the Edge: Artists’ Gardens 2019 summer events. We are honoured to have Ed Lawrence as our Master of Ceremonies. Enjoy some music and strawberries. IT IS FREE! See you there.

CANADENSIS IS A MAGICAL BOTANIC PLACE WHERE VISITORS CAN ENRICH THEIR LIVES

The Canadensis Botanical Garden Society will be building “Canadensis: The Garden of Canada” as a legacy project for all Canadians within the historic Central Experimental Farm hub and adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal.

Botany matters. In today’s world, where environmental systems are increasingly interdependent, living plants are literally the “lungs” of the planet. Canadensis: The Garden of Canada will offer a unique place to celebrate our great natural heritage and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to sustainability in the context of climate change.

Ottawa today is the only G20 capital that has no botanical garden to display, interpret and promote Canada’s botanical diversity and beauty, as well as Canada’s vast horticultural, agricultural and arboricultural knowledge and expertise.

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Ottawa Foraging: Wild Plant and Mushroom Walks

Ottawa Foraging: Wild Plant and Mushroom Walks

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Foraged Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Our mission is to help people build a deeper connection to Ottawa’s natural spaces through hands-on experiences and knowledge sharing focused on wild edible plants and mushrooms of the Ottawa Valley and surrounding region.

Want to get to know the wild and wonderful plants and mushrooms of the Ottawa Valley?

Join local forager, wildcrafter, writer, and educator Bryan Dowkes for guided walks designed to introduce you to the bounty all around us. Learn to safely identify, ethically harvest, and prepare wild edibles common to our parks, lawns, backyards, forests and fields.

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Species Revival: Saving the American Eel

Species Revival: Saving the American Eel

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Portage Power

Project Start Date: Completed 2017

Objective:

Once the dominant fish species in the Ottawa River, the population of American eels has been decimated. In a span of only 30 years, the population has fallen almost 99% in Ontario. The numbers of eels in Ontario have been reduced so dramatically that they were already considered endangered when the Endangered Species Act came into effect in 2008.

Portage Power has made all efforts to provide safe passage both up and down the Ottawa River at Chaudière Falls, in order to help address the mortality due to hydroelectric facilities. At the new Chaudière Falls Powerhouse, an eel ladder has been installed on the upstream side, allowing the eels to safely bypass the facility. American eels can absorb oxygen through their skin as well as through their gills, allowing them to travel briefly over wet grass or mud. An eel ladder is a series of chutes that zigzag up the dam allowing eels to safely migrate over the powerhouse. This will allow the eels to continue their upstream migration to their traditional habitats. Once the eels have matured and begin their return voyage to the Sargasso Sea, they will once again pass through Chaudière Falls. During the migration season, Portage Power installs a fine spaced rack to ensure they do not enter the generating station. At this point the water is moving slowly enough that the screens do not hurt the eels or other fish, but allow them to maneuver to the bypass channels. Two bypass channels have been installed that will facilitate the eels on their downstream migration. They begin at the top and bottom of the intake channel allowing the eels and other fish to bypass the generating station and continue their migration.

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Generating History: Chaudière Falls Expansion

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Portage Power

Timeline for Completion: Completed in 2017

Objective:

Our vision of the Chaudière Falls expansion project was three-fold: produce clean, renewable energy in an environmentally responsible way; be an open public space to be enjoyed by all; and serve as a place of recognition and celebration of Canada’s First Nations and Ottawa’s industrialist past.

Built entirely below ground, the project was designed to have minimal-to-zero impacts on the visual, natural and aquatic environments. To ensure safe fish passage through our facility, we’ve incorporated leading technological solutions to protect migrating American eel, endangered under the Ontario Endangered Species Act (ESA), and facilitate their upstream migration past the numerous hydro-electric facilities at Chaudière. In addition, there are new spawning beds being built downstream to promote the recovery efforts associated with sturgeon (also endangered under the ESA).

Our new below-grade 29-megawatt hydroelectric facility feeds into the provincial grid and power 20,000 homes with clean, renewable energy; reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 115,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.

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Greening our Garbage: 10 Years of Turning Waste into Energy

Greening our Garbage: 10 Years of Turning Waste into Energy

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: PowerTrail Inc.

Timeline for Completion: Started 2007 Ongoing

Objective:

Clean, green, renewable energy, at that. At the City of Ottawa landfill site in Richmond, decomposed waste creates methane – a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – that is collected and converted into enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes per year.

The plant reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by preventing landfill gas from being released into the atmosphere. By collecting the gas through wells inserted into garbage mounds, the facility uses it to power five internal combustion reciprocating engines, each linked to a 1 MW generator.

It’s a process we’ve been doing now for a decade. Since 2007, the Trail Road landfill gas-to-energy facility has converted the equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into renewable energy – that’s like 330,000 passenger vehicles being removed from the road every year!

PowerTrail built another, smaller, plant in Moose Creek in 2013. Using the same technology, this facility produces enough electricity to power 4,000 homes each year and prevents 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.

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Kanata Farmers’ Market – Enjoy a wide variety of goods, produced and distributed by locals

Kanata Farmers' Market - Enjoy a wide variety of goods, produced and distributed by locals

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Kanata Farmers’ Market

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal

Objective:

The Kanata Farmers’ Market has been and always will be here to serve the community. We believe in providing our shoppers with quality products as well as outstanding service. Since day one, a genuine love and passion for our patrons has defined what we do.

We offer everything from: honey, breads, baked goods, apples, meats, eggs, all types of fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies and the list goes on. It’s a great place to come get your weekly groceries knowing it’s the freshest you’ll ever find and it comes straight from a local producer.

Our commitment to our customers is that all products at the market are produced directly by the vendors and are of the highest quality. Our producers are among the best at what they do and come each week to offer you their freshest products.

See you at the market!

Market Location: 745 Kanata Ave (Kanata Entertainment Centrum)
Saturdays: 9am to 3pm starting in May

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GIVEAWAY WEEKEND: Your trash could be someone’s treasure

GIVEAWAY WEEKEND: Your trash could be someone's treasure

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Sat and Sun – June 8-9, 2019

Objective:

Wait! Don’t toss that.

It’s the City of Ottawa’s giveaway weekend Saturday and Sunday and your trash could be someone else’s treasure trove.

The city suggests putting out books, CDs and DVDs, old furniture and small appliances, construction materials including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws, kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and “unwanted gifts.”

Place the items at the curb and mark them as free, make sure keepers are tucked away and don’t discard items on others’ property.

Pickers should respect private property, stay off lawns and gardens and take only items marked free.

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Inside the Greenbelt – Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area (Walking Trails)

Inside the Greenbelt - Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area (Walking Trails)

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: City of Ottawa – Conservation Areas, Forests and Parks

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The Caldwell-Carver Conservation area has pathways around the eastern shore of McKay Lake and a smaller pond with a sandy beach. The rich woodland retains an abundance of bird species.

What you’ll experience:
• Distance: 2-4 km of pathways
• Location: Rockcliffe Park

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Inside the Greenbelt – Britannia Conservation Area

Inside the Greenbelt - Britannia Conservation Area

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: City of Ottawa – Conservation Areas, Forests and Parks

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal

Objective:

A 79 hectare patch of wilderness in the middle of an urban setting, Britannia Conservation Area is an amazing area of forest and wetlands. It is home to a pond called Mud Lake and hundreds of species of wildlife, with raccoons, frogs, turtles and foxes. This is prime birding territory, with thousands of birdwatchers coming each year to observe hundreds of different species. A walk through this easy-to-access natural area provides an exciting escape from city life.

What you’ll experience:
• Distance: 3-5 km of trails
• Location: Along the Ottawa River in Britannia Village

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Sustainable Agriculture in the Greenbelt

Sustainable Agriculture in the Greenbelt

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

Organization: The National Capital Commission

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Farms in the Greenbelt are a symbol of Canada’s rural traditions, and they provide an example of how to practise viable and diverse agriculture in a near-urban setting. The Greenbelt also ensures that there is a space in Ottawa where farming can supply part of local food needs.

Sustainable agriculture in the Greenbelt integrates environmental stewardship, economic profitability and social responsibility. The Greenbelt farming sector includes 5,400 hectares of good quality farmland. The land quality and the favourable climate mean that a wide variety of crops can be produced by Greenbelt farmers.

Close to 1.5 million residents live in Canada’s Capital Region. This provides an opportunity to develop a vibrant, dynamic farming sector where small and medium-sized farms can respond to local consumers’ demands. The popularity of the local food movement and the resulting demand create a sustainable future for Greenbelt farms.

Many of the farmers in the Greenbelt are already adopting sustainable agriculture practices, including:
•Precision agriculture: Many of our farmers use satellite and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to increase sustainability of field crops by minimizing required inputs and maximizing productivity
•Organic farming: We strongly encourage organic agriculture in the Greenbelt. Currently, five farms in the Greenbelt have organic certification. Many of the Greenbelt farmers who are not organic producers are minimizing the use of pesticides.

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