Ottawa Updates


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The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & The Common Good is interested in helping local faith communities on their indoor sustainable greening goals and Outdoor Greening (sustainable gardening, ecological landscaping and outdoor environmental practices). Contact us to see how our organization can help through our Greening Sacred Spaces program. We’re also working with local faith communities on the Mission Per Square Foot initiative.


Recent Updates

The Ottawa Chapter continues its work on Mission per Square Foot with four pilot sites and is also expanding its Greening Sacred Spaces program by providing support to French communities and New Canadians.  Contact us today!


November 2017:

Faith & the Common Good in the News!

Another special Faith & the Common Good edition of the Peace & Environment news was published in Autumn 2017. Take a look at this Special Section highlighting Greening Sacred Spaces efforts in Ottawa! (LINK TO: Peace & Environment News – Greening Sacred Spaces Insider – Fall 2017)

The FCG article on the Baha’i Community by James Howden was the front page of this edition of the PEN: PEN Fall 2017 – Bahai Article (pdf link)

Also one of the FCG pieces was highlighted as a Peace & Environment News Online Article: Regeneration Works – Places of Faith, by Andrew Hurrell, November 2017

PEN Cover 2017


October 2017:

ONTARIO 150 Growing Community Youth-led Gardens

All three selected gardens have now been completed for the summer:

Tucker House: On August 12th, the young gardeners met again at Tucker House to celebrate the garden. They gave a tour of the property and explained the creation of their garden. To learn more, follow this link to read the full blog post.

École Élémentaire Catholique Saint-Albert: The FCG Team met with the students over the summer, who are very proud of their beautiful garden. The school held a Garden Harvest ceremony on October 2nd to celebrate with their community.  To learn more, follow this link to read the full blog post.

St John’s Anglican Church, South March completed their garden in the fall and held a Garden Blessing ceremony after their mass on Sunday October 15th, along with a community gathering including cake!  To learn more, follow this link to read the full blog post.


May 2017:

Outdoor Greening Case Studies & Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets & Primer

10 local Ottawa Case Studies on Inspiring Gardening projects are available to view online:

(FCC Outdoor Greening Case Studies Booklet 2017)

10 inspiring Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets and a Primer to help you start gardening here:

(FCG Outdoor Greening Fact Sheets and Primer 2017)

FCG Outdoor Greening Resources 2017

January 2017:

“Recycling and Re-using – Making a Difference” by John Dorner (Link to PDF of Article) published in the lastest PEN (Jan-Mar 2017)

PEN John Dorner Article Jan 2017 crop



A special Faith & the Common Good edition of the Peace & Environment news was published in Autumn 2016.  Take a look at this Special Section highlighting Greening Sacred Spaces efforts in Ottawa! (LINK TO Peace & Environment News – Greening Sacred Spaces Insider – Fall 2016)




Inspiring Local Event: “Christmas Concert by students of Providence Academy Antonine Sisters inspired by “Laudato Si” of Pope Francis”



The “10 Mission Per Square Foot Case Studies” document was published in 2015, profiling diverse faith communities who are fully and sustainably utilizing their buildings in service to their mission and the larger community.  Read about these local examples here (Link to PDF).

10 MPSF Case Studies


Learn about the Sustainable Buildings Bus Tour that we held in Ottawa in 2012 which included visits to Sacré-Coeur Parish, Emmanuel United Church and Masjid Bilal Mosque in Orleans. (Link to PDF)


Don’t forget about Green Audit opportunities!


Faith communities can sign up for Green Audits to identify cost and energy saving opportunities. Kitchen waste reduction is just one of many suggestions a Green Audit can provide to save money and reduce your environmental impact! Over 30 faith communities in the Ottawa area have completed Green & Energy audits!





Consider a Rain Barrel sale or learn about going solar!

orleans1Rain barrel sales ( have helped faith communities raise funds for their organization while at the same time supporting their ecological beliefs.  If you do book a sale – let us know and we’ll spread the word!

The Greening Sacred Spaces “Guide to Going Solar” document is available in the Faith & The Common Good resource library.  We can also connect you with a local faith community who has already chosen to add solar to their place of worship.





Local FCG Newsletter


FCG Newsletter Spring 2016

Example of FCG Ottawa Chapter’s Newsletter – sent out 4 – 6 times a year.


The FCG – Ottawa Chapter Newsletter includes environmental news for faith communities, upcoming local events, and  updates on programs and resources that can help you with your Care for Creation initiatives in the Ottawa Region!

Click here to subscribe to the local Ottawa Chapter Faith & The Common Good newsletter.

When subscribing – please note: Just select “Local” as your subscription and then select “Ottawa” under the Chapter section.  You also have the option to subscribe to both the National and Local newsletters on the same online form.



Past Ottawa Chapter Newsletter Editions


Issue # 1 – February 2017

Issue # 2 – March 2017

Issue # 3 – April 2017

Issue #4 – September 2017

Issue #5 – November 2017



Issue # 1 – February 2016

Issue # 2 – April 2016

Issue # 3 – May 2016

Issue # 4 – June 2016



Green Sacred Spaces Awards

Congratulations to the recent Green Sacred Spaces Award Winners:


Sheng Shen (Holy Spirit) Parish

Their efforts include a Prayer Garden (both food & ornamental/native), their active Youth Green Team, green practices including energy-saving lighting, updating windows, doors & thermostat, composting, recycling, car pooling, and yearly yard sale to encourage reuse) and a social justice program.

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

Their efforts include an energy audit, replacing windows, doors, updating heating and ventilation, being the pilot site for tracking energy use, retrofit of the nave of the church (in an env. friendly effort with mobile pulpit, altar, organ and font + recycled furniture + sustainable floor material), coining the term: “Mission Per Square Foot” with St. Luke’s Table and office space and a bike clinic and community garden

Also the first individual award is presented to: Dr. Lenore Fahrig for her outstanding sustainable leadership that she has given on faith group divestment of shares in carbon intensive companies


Paroisse Sainte-Geneviève

Their efforts include raising $30,000 for energy retrofits, an active Development & Peace team, participation in Cleaning the Capital, green practices including energy audit, replacing lights & windows, recycling, water conservation and other efforts, recycling of goods and youth engagement that included farm planting.


Previous GSS awards were given out in Ottawa from 2007 to 2011 – please refer to the attached Ottawa Chapter Past GSS Award Recipients list.

Information about the GSS Award can be found here on the FCG website.


Local Events/Dates

Ongoing – Community Garden Development Fund for Ottawa (no deadline – but submit as early as possible for 2017!)

If you wish to build a new garden for 2017, please be in touch with the CGN coordinator at the contact information below:

Jordan Bouchard – Coordinator
(613) 699-6850 x 12

Link to program website


December 2017

December 6, 2017 – Webinar: Adapting to climate change and reducing GHGs through integrated action

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST (Online) – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Register at the FCM website)

December 7 – Settler Self-indigenization in the Age of Reconciliation

7 pm – 25One Community – 251 Bank St. 2nd floor (Link)

December 7 – 10 – No Más II Tour by Kairos Canada (Ottawa dates)

A 16-day Canadian educational tour between November 25 and December 10, 2017, featuring two representatives from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) National Women’s Programme (NWP), a KAIROS funded partner.  It will highlight the women, peace and security work of the KAIROS Women of Courage Program.  (Link to Kairos webpage)


January 2018

January – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by Christian Council of the Capital Area

January – Living the Questions 2.0 – Honouring Creation at Julien of Norwich

Thursday Evenings, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 8 Withrow Avenue, Refreshments will be served.

Mid- January – 2018 through Lent – final dates to be determined, Suggested donation of $10

Details on Julian of Norwich website.

January 15, 2018 – Topic: TBD – Gloucester Horticultural Society – Monthly Meeting

7:30 pm at the Top Generation Hall, 4373 Generation Court – Cost for Non-members (Link)

January 23, 2018 – Garden Design Trends – Monthly Speaker Event

7:30 pm, Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa Horticultural Society (Link)


February 2018

February 6 – 8, 2018 – Sustainable Communities Conference (link to FCM Website)

February 10, 2018 – Almonte Seedy Saturday (Seeds of Diversity Link)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St

February 15, 2018 – Planning the Sky – N.C.C. Urbanism Lab (Link)

February 15, 2018 – Edibles in the Garden’ – incorporating edible plants into your flower garden

7:30 to 9:00 pm at City View United Church – Nepean Horticultural Society – $4 for Non-Members (Link)

February 19, 2018 – Heritage Day (Canada) – the National Trust (Link)

February 27, 2018 – Drystone Walls – Monthly Speaker Event

7:30 pm, Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa Horticultural Society (Link)


March 2018

March 3, 2018 – Ottawa Seedy Saturday (Seeds of Diversity Link)

10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview ave.

March 4, 2018 – LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate Workshop

Organized by Leading Green at the University of Ottawa

More information at Leading Green website.

March 14, 2018 – Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Sikh Environment Day)

Mid-April – Ottawa’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign begins (registration starts in March)

March 24, 2018 – Earth Hour (8:30 – 9:30 pm) Website

March 27, 2018 – Honey I Shrunk the Lawn – Monthly Speaker Event

7:30 pm, Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa Horticultural Society (Link)


April 2018

Starting in April (April/May) – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars (Link)

Starting in April (April/May) – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lectures (Link)

April 19, 2018 – Sustainability: Urban and Rural Lessons for Canada’s Capital Region – N.C.C. Urbanism Lab (Link)

April 22 – Earth Day (Canadian website) & Green Khutbah Campaign (Link)

April 24, 2018 – Square Foot Gardening – Monthly Speaker Event

7:30 pm, Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa Horticultural Society (Link)


Other Dates in 2018:

May 17 – The Capital and the Healthy 10-Minute Neighbourhood – N.C.C. Urbanism Lab (Link)

May 22 – International Biological Diversity Day (Link to Convention on Biological Diversity website)

June – National Aboriginal History Month (Website)

June 5 – World Environment Day (Website)

September 21 – International Day of Peace (Website)

October – Islamic History Month (Website)




**Please tell us about your local events and we’ll be happy to spread the word! Email the Ottawa FCG Chapter if you have an event you’d like us to share on this page and in our newsletter.







January 2017

January 24, 2017 – Building A Future: Creative Partnerships with Church Real Estate

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 3 Rue Eddy (Zibi Developments)

In this panel discussion three speakers will share their experience in creative redevelopment projects aimed at optimizing existing real estate within the faith community. The speakers represent three different perspectives: the perspective of the Church, the developer, and a consultant.  (Link to Event)

January 26, 2017 – Understand Your Energy Bills – Interactive Workshop ($$)

7:00 – 10:00 pm, Bibliothèque Ottawa Library – Carlingwood, 281 Woodroffe Avenue

This interactive workshop by Enviro Centre will teach you everything you need to know about your energy bills!  This workshop is a pay what you want workshop, suggested payment is 10 dollars. (Link to Eventbrite for more details and registration)


February 2017

February 11, 2017 – Almonte Seedy Saturday (Seeds of Diversity Link)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte St

February 19, 2017 – Movie Night: Awakening film

7:00  to 9:30 pm, Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive

Screening of the documentary Awakening featuring the late Elder William Commanda’s vision for Chaudière Falls and the surrounding islands.  The evening will also feature authors David Mulholland and Romola Thumbadoo reading short passages from their books.

Donations of $5 or more appreciated. (More details at Ottawa Start Event page)

February 22, 2017 – Waste Audit Workshop for Carbon 613 Members (Enviro Centre)

7:30 – 9:30 am, Performance Court, 150 Elgin Street

Guidance for small-to-medium sized businesses on how to increase the amount of waste your organization diverts from landfill. Learn how to conduct a waste audit, how to use the findings from the audit effectively, how to interface with your waste and recycling haulers, how to obtain buy-in from staff and how to calculate the carbon footprint of an organization’s waste. (Link to Event Listing)

February 25, 2017 – Environmental Health Workshop

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Beaver Barracks, 464 Metcalfe Street

Come out to learn and enjoy a vibrant discussion around environmental health featuring four specialists on different aspects of environmental health. Organized by Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (Link to Eventbrite page)

February 25, 2017 – Film Night and Potluck

The Wisdom to Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism & Community
5:30 pm, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 400 Sparks Street

For more information contact Anna Kelley (, Mirian Lapp ( or Tania Boutilier (  All are welcome.

February 26, 2017 – “Why Care About Our Common Home: Laudato Si.”

12:00 – 2:00 pm, St. George’s Parish, 415 Piccadilly Avenue

Join experts from academia, the Green Churches Network and St. George’s Parish along with local MP and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna, to understand the Laudato Si call to ecological action and to learn how to take practical actions as a society, parish and individual.  (Link to more info on St. George’s website)

February 27, 2017 “Comment Prender Le Virage Vert En Eglise?” Le Christianisme au Canada au 21eme siècle

7:30 pm with Richard Pommainville et Norman Lévesque

Paroisse Sainte-Geneviève, 825, avenue Canterbury (Link to Sainte-Geneviève Bulletin)

February 27 – March 2 – Learning Series at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Traditional Plant-Based Medicines Workshops led by Joseph Pitawankwat

Plant-based medicines at Culture Night (6 pm Feb 27), Traditiona Medicines Tea Making (10 am Feb 28), Traditional Medicines (2 pm Mar 1), Traditional Medicines Tea Making (6 pm Mar 1), Traditional Medicines & Salve Making (10 am Mar 2)

Contact Wabano for further details – (email) (phone) (613) 748-0657


March 2017

March 1 – April 13 – Give It Up For The Earth – CPJ Campaign

Join Citizens for Public Justice in their Give It Up For The Earth Campaign – hold a public engagement events and collect postcards from participants who will pledge to take individual climate action and who also request national climate policy from the government. Online options for promoting engagement via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will also be made available.

Completed postcards will be returned to CPJ for delivery to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, at a campaign closing event on/around Earth Day (April 22).  (More information here)

March 4, 2017 – Ottawa Seedy Saturday (Seeds of Diversity Link)

10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, 102 Greenview ave.

March 4, 2017 – Ottawa Development and Peace 50th Célébration 50ième

5pm Mass of Thanksgiving at Notre Dame Cathedral, 285 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
6pm Reception with food and wine
7pm Celebration with music, stories and displays

Guest of honour: Rand Sukhaita, Director of the Darna Centres in Syria

More information at Eventbrite page.

March 7, 2017 – International Women’s Day Celebration Banquet

6:30 – 9:00 pm, IDI Ottawa Headquarters, 335 Michael Cowpland Dr, Kanata (Dinner will be served)

Theme: “Refugees and the Canadian Mosaic: Women Walking Hand in Hand for Our Common Future” (Link to Eventbrite page)

March 8, 2017 – International Women’s Day Public Lecture and Discussion

“Planetary Solidarity: Gender and Climate Justice in Global Perspectives.” The Sophia Research Centre of Saint Paul University

7:00 pm, Room 1124, Saint Paul University, Main Street

Climate change affects all of us, but not equally. People who live in poverty, especially in the global South, have done the least to cause climate disruption, yet disproportionally suffer its effects.  Dr. Hilda Koster how explores climate justice intersects with gender justice, proposing the idea of planetary solidarity . (Registration and more information available on St. Paul University Website)

March 8 – April 5, 2017 – Living into Right Relations Circle – Wednesday Night Speaker Series

“Water is speaking, are we listening? Indigenous Perspectives on Water: Our Sacred Resource.”  Held weekly on Wednesdays from March 8 to April 5

7:00 – 9:00 pm, First United Church, 347 Richmond Road (Corner of Churchill)

Speakers include: Grandmother Francine Payer, Anishanabe Elder (March 8), Ben Powless, Mohawk Environmental Activist (March 15), Irving Leblanc, Assembly of First Nations (March 22), Peter Di Gangi, Ottawa River Historian (March 29), David Chernushenko, City Councillor (April 5)

March 11, 2017 – Brockville Seedy Saturday (Seeds of Diversity Link)

10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Brockville Memorial Centre, 100 Magedoma Blvd. Guest speakers, demos, free hands on kids planting activity, and free seed exchange!  In partnership with Transition Brockville and Brockville Public Library.

March 11, 2017 – Open Doors – Open Hearts

12:00 – 5:00 pm, Ottawa Mosque, 251 Northwestern Avenue

The Ottawa Muslim Association invites the public to “Open Doors – Open Hearts” a tour of the Ottawa Mosque plus Questions and Answer Session with a Scholar.  Syrian Snacks + Crafts + Henna, etc. All Activities are Free and All are Welcome.

Further info: (email) or call OMA at 613-722-8763

March 11, 2017 – Monthly Baha’i Fireside Chat

Interdependence, Justice and Sustainability: How to Make the World Work with Victoria Thoresen
7:00 pm, 172 Presland Road in Overbrook/Vanier (All are Welcome – Please RSVP at

March 11, 2017 – FCG Annual Forum – Exploring Sacred Space: Regenerating Places of Faith (Toronto ON)

Multi-faith Centre, U of T, Toronto, ON

Keynote speakers are Dr. Stephen Scharper (School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto) and Dr. Mike Wood Daly (The Halo Project). Workshops and interactive presentations will cover 4 diverse case studies of Toronto faith communities.

Click here for registration information and further details.

March 14, 2017 – Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Sikh Environment Day)

This day marks the New Year in the Sikh calendar and the Gurgaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji, who is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. In 2016, over 3,500 Gurdwaras, schools, and organizations were involved in Sikh Environment Day, sharing what the gift of air, land, and water means to them!

March 19, 2017 – Movie Night: “Water” (2005) Film

7:00 – 9:30 pm, Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive
The evening will open and close with the “ Blessing of the Water Song” shared world wide by the women of Kiti Gan Zibi since aprox. 1998.  Donations of $5 or more appreciated.

March 22 – World Water Day (Link to UN site)

Details about Greatness: The Great Lakes Water Walk & Celebration to be launched on World Water Day 2017 (LINK TO PDF)

March 22 – 26 – Water Film Festival organized by Ecologos (HELD IN TORONTO)

March 25 – Earth Hour (8:30 – 9:30 pm) Various Events Across the City

March 30 – Active Citizens of Social Enterprise Youth Innovation Summit

9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Opening Plenary Session, Centre Block on Parliament Hill

For more details, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bonita Mathew ( or Adil Skalli (

March 31 – Local Riding Ottawa-Vanier debate

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa, 400 McArthur Ave

More information at Facebook Event page


April 2017

April 4, 2017 – Film Screening: To the Ends of the Earth

7:00 pm, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue

Documentary which examines the rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on the environment, economy and local communities. Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Ottawa City Counselor David Chernushenko, renewable energy expert Chris Young, and Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative President Dick Bakker.  Organized by SolarShare and OREC. (Details and registration at Eventbrite)

April 6, 2017 – Interfaith Harmony and Diversity with Intercultural Dialogue Institute

Theme: “Finding Harmony in Diversity through Sharing Spiritual Cultures”.
6:30 pm, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata 

Dinner will be served – Register through Eventbrite Link. Cost $10

Participating Religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, & Native Spirituality.
Appreciation, Performance, Peace Messages, Harmonious Atmosphere, Sharing Spiritual Cultures, Music, Dress, Chanting, & Art

April 8 – 9, 2017 – Out of the Box Fibre Art Show and Sale (Ecoequitable)

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive

Mid-April – Ottawa’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign begins (registration starts in March)

April 18 – Zero Waste Talk with Bea Johnson

6:30 pm Doors Open / 7:00 pm Welcome followed by Bea’s Talk and Q&A

First Baptist Church 140 Laurier Avenue West (corner of Elgin and Laurier Street)

Eventbrite Link for more details and registration.  This is a not-for-profit event made possible by the financial support of Councillors Chernushenko, McKenney, Leiper, Fleury, Nussbaum and NU Grocery, Ottawa’s new zero waste grocery store

April 18 – May 9 – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, City Hall, 110 Laurier West

Learn about organic vegetable, herb, and edible flower gardening with experienced and qualified instructors. Discounts are available for students and seniors with registration for total package of 7 seminars.  (Link to details)


April 2017

April 22 – Earth Day (Canadian website) & Green Khutbah Campaign (Link)

Earth Weekend in the Hills
Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22
Wakefield, Quebec
Full Program online

The Salvific Power of Beauty for Spirituality, Ecology and Justice
Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23
Kitchissippi United Church in partnership with Madawaska Institute for Religion and Culture
Link to Online Poster.

Old Homes – Earth Day Event
10 am to 3 pm – April 22
Glebe Community Centre
More details on Planet Friendly Online Calendar.

Earth Day Family Celebration
11 am to 3 pm, April 22
Minwaashin Lodge, 1155 Lola Street
Link to Facebook Event Page.

Deepen Your Connection with Mother Earth and Nature
1 pm to 5 pm – April 22
Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street
Hosted by Love Peace Harmony Ottawa
More details on Facebook Event page.

Ottawa Park Summit
1 pm to 5 pm, April 22
Makerspace North
Ecology Ottawa + Park People
More details and registration online.

River Ward – Earth Day Event
2 pm to 4 pm, April 22
Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre
More details online here.

Voices of Earth:  Earth Day Concert
7:30 pm, April 22
Centretown United Church (507 Bank St.)
Performed by local choir Tone Cluster (from Green Living Ottawa Earth Day list)

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Ottawa) Earth Day Blog post

April 26, 2017 – China and Global Green Prosperity

7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., Ottawa (between Bay St. and Bronson Ave)
Free parking on site off of Sparks St., handicapped access


May 2017

May 7, 2017 – Spring Clean Up of Bronson Park

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Bronson Park (intersection of Albert Street and Commissioner Street – one block west of Bronson Ave)

All are welcome, refreshments provided.  Organized by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Care for Creation Committee

For more information, please contact Tania Boutilier (

May 8 – “Our Whole Society: Religion and Citizenship at Canada 150” Summit

Canadian Interfaith Conversation conference at Saint Paul University

Thursday, May 11 2017 – Celebrating the Spirit of Creation” Green Churches Forum

One day workshop at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa

Organized by Green Churches Canada (Link for more details on Forum)

May 18, 2017 – Public Heroes Awards Ceremony

6:30 – 9:30 pm, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive (Link to Eventbrite page)

Dinner Included, Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa with Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service

May 22 – International Biological Diversity Day (Link to Convention on Biological Diversity website)

May 25, 2017 – Great Lakes Student Rally 

Will kick off a campaign to recruit 150 classes to engage in Water Docs @ School Action Projects in the following school year beginning in September 2017. (Link to PDF – see Youth Program Page 2)


June 2017

June 2 – 11 – National Faith Commuter Challenge (details at FCG website)

June 5, 2017 – World Environment Day (Canada to host for 2017)

June 17, 2017 – What The Bees Know: Lessons From The Beehive

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Ecological Somatic Workshop

Almonte, Ontario, Spirit Matters Retreat Centre (Link to Eventbrite page)


September 2017

September 1st – “Time for Creation” starts (World Council of Churches)

September 1st was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. 

September 21 – International Day of Peace (Link)

September 21 – Forging a New Path: Reconciliation, Ecological Protection and Responsible Development of Canada’s Natural Resources (Symposium)

8:30 am – 4:00 pm, – Amphitheatre (G1124), Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street 

Topics include: indigenous issues related to ecological protection and territory, sustainable development, climate change, the role of faith communities in the protection of environment and defense of First nations, and the effects of mining to environment.

September 22 – Transportation Equity Summit (Enviro Centre)

8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West (more details on Eventbrite)

September 22 – Soul Food (Interfaith event)

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans)

It features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world. The purpose of Soul Food is to inspire us to transform our lives, and our communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society. For more information please contact

September 24 – The Great Lakes Water Walk (Waterdocs) Toronto

Early on September 24, 2017, Indigenous water walkers will lead a diverse group of people from Toronto and beyond on the Great Lakes Water Walk, as a way of raising awareness, bringing healing, and uniting cultures.

Indigenous elders will meet large groups of people at the mouths of the Credit and Rouge Rivers for a blessing of those historic watersheds. The two groups will then traverse Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, joining finally at Ontario Place.

September 27 – 29 – ClimaCon 2017!

All Saints Event Space (315 Chapel Street)

Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada is thrilled to announce the second annual ClimaCon, an event for heroes from every corner of the Canadian climate movement to come together, learn, share stories, build relationships, and have fun. To learn more and register click here.

September 28 – The Better Buildings Breakfast – Sustainable Short Series

8:00 – 11:00 am, Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive

A new format for James McNeil and his team, September launches the new format mini-conference Climate Disruption: The Imperative for Low Carbon Buildings. Register Today!


October 2017

October 4 – Commemoration of Francis of Assisi – author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

October 4 – Building the Ottawa Energy Evolution: Working Towards Change

12:30 – 3:30pm, Outaouais Room, RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive
Building the Ottawa Energy Evolution continutes to work towards a greener Ottawa by developing clear plans to improve existing building stock. A core group is busy working away on this, but we want the input of all the groups who attended our first “Collective Impact” event in May, and any new ones who may have joined us since. For more information and to register, click here.

October 7 – A Rocha – Fall Colours Hike and Thanksgiving Celebration 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

10:00 am, Hike King Mountain Trail in Gatineau Park;  12:30 pm, Potluck Lunch with Thanksgiving Celebration afterwards

Please RSVP to let us know if you will be attending and what you will be bringing for the potluck lunch. (For more details click here)

October 12 – Ecology Ottawa Eco Fest (10th Anniversary Annual Dinner)

5:30  – 10:00 pm, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park

This event will feature speakers, food and drinks from local vendors, live and silent auctions, green activities, and organizations and businesses sharing their exciting environmental initiatives. (Link to Ecology Ottawa website)

October 15, 2017 – “Our relation to the Ottawa River and Chalk River Nuclear Waste Site Sunday Service and Talk

11:15 am, First United, 347 Richmond Road w Q & A in chapel following the service.  Dr. Ole Hendrickson, a professional ecologist, who is deeply involved with this situation, will introduce us to the proposed Chalk River disposal plan, and why we need to be concerned.  Soup available at talk.

October 16, 2017 – Waste Reduction Week starts (More details at national website.)

October 16, 2017 – Webinar: How transformative is Canadian green infrastructure?

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Explore the findings of this first assessment of the Stormwater Scorecard promoted by Our Living Waters Network members Green Communities Canada and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and look at examples of communities that are taking action to change the way rain is managed on the landscape.  Link to Rain Solutions webpage.

October 17, 2017 – Ontario Urban Flooding Collaborative Webinar

11:00 – 12:00 pm – Overview of the collective impact initiative to reduce urban flood risk in Ontario and how you can get involved. We will also share preliminary results and key themes gleaned from interviews with over 20 key stakeholders across sectors on what is being done and what needs to happen to address this issue. This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.  Link to Rain Solutions webpage.

October 18, 2017 – Thanksgiving & Interfaith Perspective Dinner 

6:30 – 9:30 pm, Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa, 335 Michael Cowpland Drive

Panel Speakers from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam includes Dinner, and testing Noah’s pudding, and more!  (Link to Eventbrite page)

October 20 – 22 – Electric Vehicle Days (Kanata, Orléans and Barrhaven)

12:00 – 4:00 pm, Various Locations (see Facebook page for details)

Chat with Electric Vehicle owners from the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa (EVCO), find out about available rebates and take a test drive in an electric vehicle. 

October 26 – Exploring Sustainability at Alt Hotel with Carbon613 (EnviroCentre)

3:30 – 6:00 pm, 185 Slater Street

Enjoy a tour of the Alt Hotel and learn about their geothermal heating and cooling systems, heat recovery programs, low-E windows to provide maximum light with minimum heat loss, and central room-key lighting control that were integrated into the properties. They also will be talking about the products that they have sources that can be reused, refilled or recycled.  See how these practices can be applied to your faith community!  (Tickets available at Eventbrite link)

October 31 – Islamic History Month  by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Ottawa

5:00 – 8:00 pm, Baitun Naseer Mosque, 2620 Market Street, Cumberland

Islamic Heritage Month Ontario is an acknowledgement to those who have contributed to the betterment of humanity throughout the ages, and an overall celebration of Islamic history summarizes Islamic History Month Canada [IHMC].  For more information and to register, click here.

November 2017

November 1 – “This Is Water – Art Celebration”  

7:30 – 9:00 pm, First United Church, 347 Richmond Road 

Viewing of collection of Water Celebration Art (photos, drawings, fibre art, paintings, children’s art). Refreshments Served.  (Details at First United website)


November 4 – Rain Barrel Workshop, organized by the City of Ottawa

10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Van Lang Field House

Free workshop about how to install and winterize a rain barrel. Everything you’ll need to know – picking the right location, equipment and supplies, installation and proper maintenance. (Link to City of Ottawa webpage.)

November 4 – A Rocha – November Hike and Evening Potluck  (2:00 to 9:00 pm)

2:00 pm, Hike Skyline Trail in Gatineau Park;  5:30 pm, Potluck Dinner with Presentation after

Please RSVP to let them know if you will be attending and what you will be bringing for the potluck. (For more details click here)

November 6-8 – QUEST 2017 – Smart Energy Communities on the Hill

For more information visit:

November 7 – Know Your Power – Energy Information Session  

7:00 – 9:00 am, Centurion Conference & Events Center, 170 Colonnade Rd, Nepean

Mitigating the high cost of energy for you business. Learn how your business can benefit and save on energy costs. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Click here to  register and for more details.

November 9 – Webinar: 20 Ways to Stop the Rain: Celebrating Local Leadership

1:00 -2:00 pm – In this free webinar cities that have adapted to extreme rainfall will be highlighted, providing details on successful local projects and lessons learned.  Link to registration page.

November 9 – Climate Change in Challenging Times, with Ted Halstead & Bob Inglis 

5:30 – 6:30 pm, Fairmont Château Laurier, Adam Room, 1 Rideau Street

Canadians for Clean Prosperity and Canada 2020 are hosting a free, open, public talk about the future of clean prosperity.

Guest speakers: Ted Halstead, Chairman and CEO of the Climate Leadership Council and Bob Inglis, former Republican Representative for South Carolina and current Executive Director of RepublicEn. To register and more information click here



November 13 – Rain Barrel Workshop, organized by the City of Ottawa

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Carlingwood Public Library

Free workshop about how to install and winterize a rain barrel. Everything you’ll need to know – picking the right location, equipment and supplies, installation and proper maintenance. (Link to City of Ottawa webpage.)


Mid-November – Final Interviews for Urban Flooding in Ontario project by Rain Community Solutions

Rain Community Solutions is currently conducting interviews with people who have experienced flooding to identify priorities issues and actions. If you’re interested in getting involved or sharing your experience, contact Clara Blakelock at  The interviewees can be kept anonymous for the report if that is requested.


November 28 – Sustainability Symposium at the Nepean Sailing Club

For more details and to register click here.

November 29 – Calculating your Corporate Footprint by EnviroCentre

1:00 – 2:00 pm – This Free Carbon 613 online webinar will help attendees overcome the most common challenges faced by businesses and institutions in translating their energy use data into a carbon footprint.  (Link to Eventbrite registration page.)







March 7 & 8, 2016 – Nature and Ethical Thought: Reflections on Laudato Si 

Public Colloque/Symposium, Dominican University College (DUC), 96 Empress Avenue

The publication of Laudato Si once again brought the ecological question to headlines worldwide. DUC welcomes scholars and the general public to reflect on contemporary conceptions of nature and on ethical discourse in ecology. Info and times:

March 9, 2016 – Climate Action After Paris: Next Steps For Faith Communities

7 – 9 PM, Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street (Free Event)

Mardi Tindal, leader of the United Church delegation to COP21, will be interviewed by Dennis Greunding, author of Pulpit and Politics.  Followed by a discussion on next steps lead by local leaders.  More details: CPJ Events Page and on Facebook or contact

March 14, 2016 – Sikh Vatavaran Diwas (Sikh Environment Day)

This day marks the New Year in the Sikh calendar and the Gurgaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji, who is remembered in Sikh history for his deep sensitivity to nature and its preservation. In 2015, over 2,000 Gurdwaras, schools, and organizations were involved in Sikh Environment Day, sharing what the gift of air, land, and water means to them!

March 19, 2016 – Earth Hour (8:30 – 9:30 pm) Various Events Across the City:

First United Church, 347 Richmond Road – Sing Along – Songs to the Earth

March 20, 2016 – Spring Equinox Sitting + Community Gathering

12 pm, Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre, 119 Ross Avenue, Suite 102

Come and celebrate the reawakening of our earth and our innate connection to the beauty of the natural world. Please register for this event.


April 2016

April 5, 2016 – “Paris Climate Conference and After?” Public Talk 

An evening with Steven Guilbeault (Equiterre) and Genevieve Talbot (Development and Peace)

7 pm at St. Paul University, Main Street  (5 pm screening of This Changes Everything beforehand)  Citizens for Public Justice event 

April 10, 2016 – 3rd Annual Harmony in the Hills “The Spiritual Teachings of Islam”

Farm Point Community Centre, 331 River Road, Chelsea, Quebec  – All Welcome!  

Includes Public Q & A, Algonquin Blessing, Baha’i Writing, Buddhist Meditation, Christian Reflection, Jewish Prayer, Sikh Chant – Organized by Gatineau Hills Multi-Faith Circle & The Outaouais Islamic Centre

Mid-April – Cleaning the Capital Campaign begins (registration starts in March)

April 22, 2016 – Earth Day (Canadian website)


May 2016

May 7, 2016 – Making It Happen: Global Promise to Grassroots Realities (Ottawa Baha’i community Fireside Chat)

Hear about: societal responsibility, social action, community development and wheels-on-the-roadsocial change.  (More information at the Baha’i Community of Ottawa website)

May 10, 2016 – Faith & The Common Good webinar: “How to Maximize Rental space and Revenue”

6:30 – 8:00 pm, Online free webinar event. Register at Eventbrite. You will receive an email with details on how to connect to the webinar when you register.

May 11 – 13, 2016 – Books, Blooms and Baking: Annual Book and Plant Sale

First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier (at Elgin)

Proceeds from Bake Sale will support sponsored refuge family

May 14, 2016 – REGENERATING PLACES OF FAITH: A Workshop for Ottawa’s Communities (Link to More Details & Registration)

This one-day workshop will share inspiring examples and proven regeneration strategies from across the country and from the Ottawa area. Join us at this unique event where local faith groups, heritage and community organizations will share their experience, concerns and creative solutions to the challenges confronting places of faith in Ottawa.

May 14, 2016 – Spring Fair and GranAid Perennial Plant Sale

All Saints’ Westboro (347 Richmond Road)

9 am – 2 pm Also includes Fleamarket and Books and Baking (Link to website)

May 14, 2016 – Clothes for a Cause

St. Bartholomew’s Church (125 MacKay St.)

10 am – 4 pm Sale of Vintage and pre-loved clothes to raise money for the settlement of Syrian refugees in Ottawa

May 15, 2016 – Blessing of the Bikes @ Church of the Assension

May 18, 2016 – Nepean Horticultural Society’s Annual Plant Auction and Sale

6:30 pm @ City View United Church, 6 Epworth Avenue, Nepean. Please enter the church from the rear parking lot.

Come and meet gardeners from your neighbourhood and learn more about gardening in Nepean.

May 22, 2016 – International Biological Diversity Day

May 29, 2016 – Knox United Church Blessing of the Bikes and Garden Dedication

May 31, 2016 – Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise (Parliament Hill)

5:30 – 7:30 pm (Link to event page) This event is in honour of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the continued work that needs to happen in order to see reconciliation happen in Canada. This will be one of many Mass Blanket Exercises happening across the country led by Indigenous youth leaders and settler allies.

June 2016

June 2, 2016 – Citizens for Public Justice Annual General Meeting

Dominion Chalmers Church (335 Cooper Street)

6:00 – 9:00 pm Guest Speaker to be announced soon (Link to event page)

June 2 & 3, 2016 – Algonquin College Horticultural Program Plant Sale

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (both days) Sale includes annuals, tropicals, shrubs, and some perennials.

The sale will take place at Building M, behind the parking lot, Woodroffe Campus.

June 4, 2016 – Ottawa Free Plant Event (part of the Ottawa Freecycle and Plantcycle Community)

9am to 1 pm @ THE JACK PURCELL COMMUNITY CENTER (Link to Facebook Event page)

June 5, 2016 – World Environment Day


Faith & The Common Good Annual Forum

(Waterloo, Ontario) (Link to Registration Page)

June 14, 2016– Leap Community Forum

7:00 pm at Ottawa City Hall (Information on the Leap Ottawa Saute Facebook page)

June 16, 2016 – Under One Sky: The Multi-Faith Scene in Ottawa

7:00 -9:30 pm, at Julian of Norwich: 9 Rossland Avenue (Link to event)

June 17, 2016 – Sacred Walk to Protect Algonquin Sacred Site

10 am on Victoria Island (Link to details: It Is Sacred)

June 17, 2016 – INTERFAITH IFTAR DINNER with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute and Faith & The Common Good

June 21, 2016 – NATIONAL TRUST FREE WEBINAR: Regenerating Places of Faith

12:30 pm EST (Free Webinar) Register online on the National Trust website


July & August 2016

July 11, 2016 – First Week Session of COUNTRY FUN NATURE CAMP starts

August 9 – August 14 – KAIROS at the World Social Forum / Forum social mondial 2016

August 11, 2016 – Public Lecture @ World Social Forum in Montreal

Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis and Leap Manifesto Team (Link to website)

August 13, 2016 – Community BBQ @ Maison Tucker House (Details on Fbook page)


September 2016

September 20, 2016 – Maude Barlow @ Centretown United Church (Council of Canadians and Octopus Books)

7:00 pm (Link to Event)  Maude Barlow is one of the world’s foremost water activists and she has been on the front lines of the world’s water crises for the past 20 years. She has seen first-hand the scale of the water problems facing much of the world, but also many of the solutions that are being applied. In her new book Boiling Point, she brings the wealth of experience and expertise home to craft a compelling blueprint for Canada’s water security.

September 21 through October 2 – Ottawa Peace Festival (Link)


October 2016

October 3, 2016 – Gardens as mini-ecosystems – learn how to create a sustainable, low impact garden hosted by the Manotick Horticultural Society

7:30 p.m., RCMP Campground Hall, 451 Nicolls Island Rd., Manotick. Guests: $5. Info: 613-715-2493.

October 19 (in Hamilton) – Building Strength: Regenerating Places of Faith workshop as part of National Trust Conference

9:00 am to noon, Faith & The Common Good Half Day Workshop, Cost: $75 or $100 (for those not attending conference) Link to Details

Starting October 22 – Organic Master Gardener Course – Canadian Organic Growers

Every Saturday from Oct. 22 to Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rideau High School, 815 St. Laurent Blvd. Offered by Gaia College and Canadian Organic Growers. Cost: $720 (7 classes)

October 24 to 26 – Climacon 2016 – organized by Climate Action Network

October 27 – Sustainable Commute Options workshopEnviroCentre (Carbon 613)

8-10 am at the Adobe Building, 343 Preston Street – More Details at Eventbrite Website (Cost: $25)


November 2016

November 4 – Julian Speaks (Community Building Speaker Series) – Julian of Norwich, Anglican Church (LINK)

November 13, 2016 – National Housing Day – Interfaith Prayer Service and Reception (Organized by Multi-Faith Housing (Ottawa) more details to come)

November 21 – “Between heaven and earth; ecology at the heart of Christian faith” – Free lecture (en Francais). Ample parking.

7:30 p.m. , La Nativité-de-Notre-Seigneur-Jésus-Christ church , 355 Acton street

The ecological crisis calls Christians to action while expressing the bondage between humans and the earth, in its origin as much as in its destiny. Christian faith presents itself as an important partner for the passage to a more harmonious relationship with nature.

November 22 – Interfaith Speaker Program: The Roots of Extreme Violence – Interfaith Dialogue Institute

6:30 pm (Dinner Included) – 335 Michael Cowpland Drive – More details at Eventbrite page

Panelists: Colonel Guy Chapdelaine, Director Chaplain Strategic Support, Office of the Chaplain General, National Defence Headquarters; Jeremy Littlewood, Professor, International Politics, Carleton University; Imam Mohamad Jebara, Chief Imam and Resident Scholar, Cordova Spiritual Education Centre


December 2016

December 12 – Jewish Perspectives on Climate Change – Temple Israel 50th Anniversary Panel Series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive – More details at Temple Israel website.





Local Resources

Carbon 613
Carbon 613 is Enviro Centre‘s made-in-Ottawa, target-based sustainability program for business. The program is creating a network of like-minded businesses that are embedding sustainability into their operations and gaining a competitive advantage. Find out how sustainability is in business’ best interest: Carbon613 pdf or visit Enviro Centre’s website for more info.

Community Energy Network
The Community Energy Network (CEN) is an Eastern-Ontario network of non-profits, businesses, community groups, municipalities, and others who are dedicated to promoting clean and renewable energy, and energy conservation in Eastern Ontario. For more information, or to have your faith community take the Clean Energy Pledge, visit

Green Page for Ottawa Presbytery
The Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church has set up a green page. Keep up to date with what the United Church is doing locally to be more green, here.

Environmental Stewardship Page for Archdiocese of Ottawa
Tools and resources to help encourage and support the education of the faith community regarding the moral imperative for all to serve as Stewards of Creation.  Includes: Church Teachings and Relevant Documentation, Advocacy, Actions, Prayers and Reflections, Parish Bulletin Entries and Appreciation ideas. Visit Catholic Diocese: Environmental Stewardship.

Peace & Environment News
This community paper often carries stories and notices about Greening Sacred Spaces events. Help support their great work by visiting, and checking out the E-PEN online paper.

YouTube Channel
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