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Sustainable Living Ottawa Centre


Sustainable Living Ottawa Centre

Sustainable living in Centretown - focusing on protected bike lanes, growing food on rooftops and small areas, and building community through small neighbourhood groups, movie nights, parties and drumming circles in the park.

Location: Centretown
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2015

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Comment by Adam F. on March 27, 2013 at 8:47pm

Ill be moving into the Ottawa Centre region in May and Im looking to see if any events or discussions are going.  I am currently involved with  SLOWest and also have some blogs/resources of my own: and  

Any updates?

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Comment by Kaia Nightingale on February 22, 2011 at 9:51pm

For any SLOCentre members who couldn't make it to our first meeting at Ecclesiax, this is a brief overview of the evening:


We started with a few slides – the traditional peak oil chart, drought and flooding in areas that grow our food – our initial personal impact is rising prices – possibly steeply rising. The short film Examining our Assumptions brought home to us the impact our consuming way of life has on the planet, and how we consumers are not really paying the full price of our consumables, because the land loss, pollution and other problems are elsewhere.

In our breakout groups, we discussed how we felt about what was happening in the world, to what extent we felt responsible, and explored what we felt to do about this. For 40 minutes the hall was filled with vibrant conversation.

Amber then shared the many sustainable shifts she has made in her lifestyle. Kaia showed a 4 ½ minute film of container gardening using season extenders that allows her to harvest salad year round. We ended with the Wombat film – 1 minute of humour of the Wombat humorously reminding us we’re all connected, right?!

Our next discussion presentation is on building community, this Monday February 28th. We hope to see you there!

Comment by Elizabeth Cliffen on December 8, 2010 at 7:40pm
Next meeting is tentatively scheduled for December 13th, 7pm, my house! Message me your rsvp and I'll send you my address!
Comment by Kaia Nightingale on October 18, 2010 at 10:16pm
Update on SLOCentre group meeting
A small group met this evening, Monday 18th, and out of many creative ideas came up with the following directions to follow up on:
A series of three evenings promoting transition awareness - the first including Awakening the Dreamer media, the second on food, and another on building community - to start early in the New Year.
Possible series of film showings at the Imperial Pub on Bank St.
A series of regular evenings, all with picnic potluck in Dundonald Park, followed by a presentation or workshop and/or something fun like a comedian, a dance, drumming circle, game, music jam - focused around evenings from late June to early September.
Comment by Kaia Nightingale on June 2, 2010 at 10:38am
Hi Rebecca,
The warm evening was perfect for the gazebo, so we met there. Jennifer Shepherd facilitated - she'll be posting a write-up soon.
We shared what we enjoyed about living in Centretown - how everything is so close by, that we really could live locally, then shared about places we'd seen elsewhere which were sustainable - many ideas shared from Germany, India, England, Israel. We then looked at what we'd like to see here. Protected bike lanes was key for us all - everyone had biked to the meeting, social events like street parties and events in the park. Julie is organizing a tour of Nanny Goat community gardens soon. We'd like to see more gardens, but in the absence of space, Adrian offered to find out how we'd go about using roof top space. We ended with a commitment to action items. Jessica committed to creating a pot luck for the people in her apartment block, I committed to sending everyone details of the bike lane meetings, and everyone committed to go to at least one meeting. Two people had contacts for the Dundonald Park film showings in the summer to see if the Transition movie could be included. One person drums with a drumming circle, and we thought to get a drumming circle / jam / dance in Dundonald Park. The post-group conversation was also deeply enriching as we realized that many of us were attuned to awareness of consciousness and its value.
Comment by Rebecca Aird on June 2, 2010 at 1:09am
Hey, how was the kick-off meeting Kaia?

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