Using Wine for a Good Cause

July 21, 2014 11:43 am

Sommeliers rejoice! In this unique way of giving back, each bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio bought in April went to a good cause. Last Thursday, Tree Canada was presented with $30,000 by Lifford Wines & Spirits, on behalf of Santa Margherita Wineries during an event at the Canadian Museum […]

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Over the Hedge: Community Gardens are Sprouting in Ottawa

June 16, 2014 11:02 am
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“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” — Abraham Lincoln The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and Julia Lipinska can’t wait to get her hands dirty. She is ready to dig, to weed and […]

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What Ottawans Want from the Federal Budget: Report Calls for a Breakthrough Year for Ottawa River

February 24, 2014 11:02 am

By Ecology Ottawa A recent report released by Ecology Ottawa argues that the budget is an opportunity for the federal government to help Ottawa residents clean up the Ottawa River. The report, entitled Cut the Crap and Fund the Plan: 2014 Should be a Breakthrough Year for Ottawa’s Rivers, argues that the […]

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New Research Contributes to Uncovering Franklin Expedition Mystery

January 16, 2014 12:37 pm

For nearly 170 years the mystery behind the Franklin Expedition’s ill-fated crew has gripped three nations—Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States—launching the biggest search and rescue missions in history. In fact, Parks Canada continues to conduct an annual summer search of the missing ships. New research conducted by […]

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Ottawa – A Deadly Place for Wildlife

January 10, 2014 12:26 pm
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Given that the City’s Official Plan lists Ottawa as “A Green and Environmentally-Sensitive City,” you would be forgiven for wondering why City Council has such a terrible track record in how it treats wildlife. Certainly this record is at odds with how people in Ottawa view the protection of green […]

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Greenhouse Producers Seek Light During Darkest Days

January 9, 2014 11:15 am
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 Now that Canada is in the midst of the shortest and coldest days of the year, light and heat management are top of mind for many producers who operate greenhouses. Managing supplemental lighting to promote growth is not as simple as flipping a switch – it’s an art form. From December […]

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EarthTalk: Why Are Wetlands So Important to Preserve?

June 3, 2013 6:33 pm

By Doug Moss Wetlands serve a variety of important ecological functions including feeding downstream waters, trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution and providing fish and wildlife habitat. Contrary to popular myth that most ocean pollution is oil spilled from ships, most of it is land-based litter.       […]

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Ottawa Life Earth Talk

May 27, 2013 11:06 am

A recent report by the National Wildlife Federation found that the three-year-old BP spill is still having a serious negative effect on the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and its wildlife populations. Smoke billows over a controlled oil fire off the coast of Venice, Louisiana, on May 5, 2010. Photo Credit: Petty […]

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Two Canadian Fashion Designers with a Green Vision

April 16, 2012 4:03 pm
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The fashion industry is a lot of things – glamorous, ever-changing, and certainly big business. But in terms of being environmentally conscious, many argue the industry needs to clean up its act. From the fast trend cycle, which promotes disposable clothing, to the wasteful and harmful practices during production, we evidently have a long way to go.

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The Environment Loses in 2012 Federal Budget

April 2, 2012 9:02 am
Canada needs to be looking for long term energy solutions, not short-sighted ones.

While there are always winners and losers come federal budget time, there’s an issue when our own government is putting the interests of big oil corporations ahead of the interest of Canadians. Our right to a clean and healthy environment, as well as our right to democratic debate, is under attack.

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March: In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lamb

March 27, 2012 8:43 am

The normally wildly unpredictable March has come in like a lamb, and is, well, going out like one too. Ottawa Life asked some of our faithful readers what they thought about the recent mind-boggling weather. Is the early onset of spring cause for celebration, or worrisome? Read more to find out…

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Go Natural With Rocky Mountain Soap Company!

February 20, 2012 11:56 am

Beauty is no longer just skin deep. The average Canadian uses up to 10 different personal care products on his or her body every day. One Canadian company is dedicated to creating products that are safe for their customers. Rocky Mountain Soap Company is passionate about finding the most nurturing and therapeutic ingredients nature has to offer.

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Celebrate National Sweater Day!

February 9, 2012 8:45 am

Winter can be the toughest season for those of us trying to maintain a green lifestyle. Daylight is limited, the vegetation is buried under snow, and it’s uncomfortably cold. February 9th is National Sweater Day, a day for you to put on your favourite threads and turn down the heat to take action against climate change.

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Let There Be (non-toxic) Light!

February 3, 2012 3:55 pm

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us will be buying candles. Luxurious, calming, and exotic, it might appear to be the perfect gift. But the burning question is – do candles harm the environment and our health? The short answer: yes! The seemingly innocuous candle can be a source of lead poisoning, synthetic chemicals, and indoor air pollution.

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This Valentine’s Day, Green is the New Red!

January 26, 2012 8:33 am

On Valentine’s Day, we buy vast amounts of chocolates, greeting cards and other goodies that are manufactured, packaged, shipped, or discarded in ways that don’t exactly say “I love you” to the planet. This Valentine’s Day, emphasize romance rather than consumption, and show your loved one how much you care in a way that’s sensitive to the planet.

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A Vision for a Global Green Economy

January 23, 2012 8:45 am

We are living in a time of multiple environmental issues. 2011 saw news headlines of nuclear contamination, oil spills, and natural disasters, to name a few. Policy makers are facing serious questions: How do we provide clean water, adequate sanitation, and proper nutrition to the world’s surmounting population? And perhaps most importantly, how do we face these challenges amidst a global financial crisis?

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New Year’s Resolution – Eat Local

January 4, 2012 10:02 am
"Eat Local!"

Out with the old, and in with the new! A new year is a great opportunity to consciously start over and do things differently. It should come as no surprise that resolutions are usually centered around health and fitness, but this year, why not try a new kind of diet? With every meal you eat, you have the power to reduce climate change. By embarking on a “local diet”, you can take global warming into your own hands.

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