Transition Ottawa

Building Community Resilience Through Action

Transition Ottawa Meet Up


Transition Ottawa Meet Up

Our informal group usually meets up once a month on the 4TH (or last) WEDNESDAY* of every month at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (please check event dates for details or check with reception for specific room).

Join us to discuss current and future issues surrounding energy, economy, environment, politics and health. With a focus on building community resilience, we share ideas and experience on food, shelter, skills and physical/financial/mental preparations for transition.


Our primary goal is to provide a venue to get people together and discuss transition related issues and to create trusting, lasting relationships.


  • What are you doing in regards to transition?
  • What have you learned from recent undertakings?
  • How do we motivate others towards positive change?
  • Learn from others' experience and connect

We are always looking for topic suggestions, presenters and ideas to explore. Please send them to me or post in the discussions or comments section of the group page.

Location: Ottawa
Members: 56
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2015


---PAST EVENTS--- (click through for follow up comments)

Discussion Forum

Green Construction in a Post Peak Oil Context 22 Replies

Started by Terry Newcombe. Last reply by Ron St. Louis May 20, 2011.

Stoneleigh in Wakefield? 6 Replies

Started by DJ. Last reply by Peter Karwacki Oct 28, 2010.

Next PODG Meet Up - November 22, 2011 - Deflationist Support Group 3 Replies

Started by Ron St. Louis. Last reply by Ron St. Louis Sep 5, 2012.

Upcoming summer events 2011 2 Replies

Started by Ron St. Louis. Last reply by Ron St. Louis Jul 12, 2011.

Video: Jeff Rubin at ASPO 2010 1 Reply

Started by Ron Rancourt. Last reply by Tim Inkpen Oct 19, 2010.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Peter Karwacki on July 19, 2013 at 1:10pm

I plan to attend this event:

Transition Ottawa Wild Tea Social

July 24, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
 Jack Purcell Community Centre - Room 201
 320 Jack Purcell Ln.
Website or Map:
A strictly social night.
Kid friendly, free of charge (donations accepted), and in an accessible and welcoming community environment. Drop in to mingle and network with others in our community who are transitioning towards a sane and sustainable Ottawa.
Wildcrafted teas and SumacAid will be served free of charge
Bring your own mugs.
If you are ambitious, please also feel free to bring in a light snack to share (bonus points for locally/organic/ethically sourced).
All are welcome, RSVP appreciated.
There is no fee for this gathering. Donations are encouraged and will go towards room rental fees and other Transition Ottawa initiatives.


Comment by Ron St. Louis on April 21, 2013 at 8:11pm

There will be no Meet Up this month (April 2013)

Comment by Ron St. Louis on September 4, 2012 at 11:38pm

Thanks for posting this, Adam. The only thing I personally think he's missing from this 3rd Industrial Revolution is how to deal with modern agriculture. I think if we De-industrialize agriculture and move towards more locally produced models based on permaculture ethics and principals, we could be well on our way not only to a great industrial revolution but also a great step in our specie's evolution.

Comment by Adam F. on September 4, 2012 at 7:32pm

I found this video on TVO and it focussed on peak oil but also a third industrial revolution which I found "compelling".  Let me know what you think!

Comment by Ron Rancourt on April 15, 2012 at 8:53pm

EIA Washington has revised figures back to 1985. Global production has been  Stuck below 74mbpd since 2005.

Comment by Ron Rancourt on April 4, 2012 at 12:17pm

Production from conventional sources worldwide has peaked.  Most people I follow say it happened in 2005.  Some good sites to look into for references: and ASPO:

Comment by Ron St. Louis on April 4, 2012 at 11:59am

Welcome. Sorry Adam. I don't necessarily keep up to date on all of the actual reserve status. For that type of info I highly recommend checking out The Oil Drum at

Besides that, one of the best things I've seen on Energy, Environment and Economy is Chris Martenson's "The Crash Course" It is long (and kinda like a boring slideshow) but I have found it to truly be the best and most understandable peice out there. I appreciate that format over the modern documentary because it doesn't throw in all the emotional/political/conspiracy nonsense and sticks to the hard facts.

Looking forward to meeting.

Comment by Adam F. on April 4, 2012 at 11:46am

I'm looking for some information.   My understanding is that conventional oil reserves have or will peak and that what we are using now is mostly unconventional forms like tight oil, offshore and tarsands. Do you know if conventional sources have peaked already?

Comment by Ron St. Louis on October 10, 2011 at 1:05am

Next meet up October 25th, 2011 at the Montgomery Legion


Also of note: Nicole Foss is scheduled to do another updated talk November 15th at St Paul University. More details at

If you haven't heard Nicole's presentation yet this is not to be missed. Always engaging, Nicole's presentation and commentary is priceless to hear again and again.

Comment by Ron St. Louis on September 21, 2011 at 12:30pm

This month I am happy to do a demo on Homebrewing beer. I'm definitely no expert but at the very least I can show you how easy it is to make tasty beer and you could have a chance to sample some of my past labours and get a bit of hands on experience.

This will be done in my kitchen and space is very limited and already nearly full so please RSVP right away via email/message if you are interested.


Homebrewing basics
Sept 27 7pm sharp to 9pm (or later).

Ron's place near St. Laurent Shopping Centre.
More details to those who RSVP.

Ron St. Louis

PS: Did I happen to lend out my book "Earth User's Guide to Permaculture"? I seem to have misplaced it. I'm in no rush to get it back.


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