Transition Ottawa

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Kaia Nightingale
  • Female
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Canada

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Local food self-sufficiency
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Cliffen Feb 8, 2011.


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What attracted you to become a member?
Working with others to transition Ottawa to more local self sufficiency and reduced energy consumption.
If you are from the Ottawa area, in what neighbourhood area do you live (i.e. Nepean, Centre Town, Glebe, Vanier, etc.)
Would you like to be part of a transition initiative in your neighbourhood?
What issues are you interested in (Check as many as apply)?
Home energy power down, Local food resilience, Alternative vehicles, Solar/wind energy, Community building, Greening Ottawa, Joyous simple living
What are your skills (Professional and amateur)?
Container gardening
Workshop leader, presenter, speaker
Creative media - film, graphics, writing, music
Community events - dances, concerts, dinners
Living simply
Meditation teacher, yoga, chanting, energy healing
How would you like to see Ottawa look and feel in the future?
I'd like to see something edible growing on every unused piece of land, up walls (of buildings, bridges, or fences). Fruit and nut trees replacing ornamentals, lining streets and paths, greening up our parks and common areas. More farmers and craft markets. A slower pace of life. A place in each community where you could go for a tea, a dance, a concert or to simply see what is on - that is run by the community for the community. Neighbourhood alternative power supplies.
Car free areas. A variety of alternative transport - light weight electric vehicles for around town, four wheel electric-pedal hybrid vehicles, and loads more bicycles, combined with electric trains with platform-carriages that these light vehicles are driven onto for longer distances.
What part would you like to contribute to this?
Help networking, increasing public awareness through talks, presentations and discussions.
Show how to grow vegetables in containers - meaning food could be grown on driveways, decks and roof-tops - and inspire more of it
Show how easy it is with a bit of glass and plastic to grow food year round
Create more community with my immediate neighbours - sharing tools, having potlucks, being supports for each other when in need.
If you could create your ideal participation with Transition Ottawa, what would it be?
I'm already a member of the steering group.
In addition, I would be an educator - Urban agriculture workshops as part of our re-skilling
Making educational films so discoveries and innovations can be shared easily.

Kaia Nightingale's Blog

Hope for a healthy sustainable future

The best thing to do with feelings of hopeless about the environmental news we’re hearing is to channel it into actions that will help turn things around. Transition Ottawa co-founder Kaia Nightingale has just published “Visions – Co-creating our Future,” full of illustrations, action plans, technology and natural living to inspire us towards a world where we have good standard of living while radically reducing our impact on the environment. We CAN achieve this through streamlining our use…


Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Transition Ottawa Potluck party

I don't think any of us were expecting 70 people to show up. What a great buzz of talk and a wonderful spread of delicious food!

Following Justvoices choir, singing very relevant, fun, songs during our desert, we were given glimpses into many of the Transition Ottawa projects that are ongoing - Resilient kitchen, Urban wildcrafting, Peak Oil group - now transforming into the Transition Ottawa Meetup, 3i Summit, Distributing orchard produce, Jane's walks, and the emerging…


Posted on April 30, 2012 at 12:04am

Sustainable neighbourhoods

Bill and three others created an interesting open space meeting at Somerset West Community centre Wednesday evening to explore building sustainable neighbourhoods. A number of diverse ideas sprung from our sharing, like the idea of a neighbourhood map with names and phone numbers, sharing of tools, skills and services in the neighbourhood - sharing in general. One person shared how in the past each person offered (i.e. not sold) unique skills, and shared responsibilities within the collective.… Continue

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 2:31am

Ottawa Awakening...

In the midst of a deep discussion with my wonderful friend Tania in the UK, the conversation turned to peak oil and global oil dependence. Tania responded, “Many people here see the writing on the wall. We’re getting together in towns and villages, planning how we are going to transition into post-peak oil life.”

“Really?! Wow – that makes sense. We might as well use what remaining oil we have to set up infrastructure for the time to follow, simplify our lives, create more community…” I… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 5:31pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:00pm on April 12, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,

How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.

Have a nice day.

Bruno Serra.

At 10:39am on January 15, 2015, Suzanne Hale said…

HI Kaia,

Thanks for the message. I have forgotten about ULAb. How goes it? 

At 9:58pm on March 11, 2012, Ginnig Wong said…

Great to be on board!

I have to say living in Centretown is the way to go!

So in the last week, my group "Pick Share Ottawa" has been put on a shelf but the good news is the common goal still lives on - just under a different name and I will be a part of that organization.  Will it still be possible to be invited to the events you mentioned?

An architectural technologist drafts and coordinates different disciplines in order to create tender documents for clients and contractors.  I enjoy it very much and I feel very lucky that I can say this.

Thanks for the reply Kaia!


At 8:00pm on March 19, 2011, Krista H said…

Hi Kaia! I hope all is well. It seems I have missed your workshop on how to grow vegetables in containers (i.e. I want to learn how to green my back deck). I'm not sure how I overlooked the date. Any chance you will be holding something like this in the future -- at a beginner's level? Just curious. Thank-you! Krista

At 10:44pm on March 2, 2011, Chris Bisson said…

I am really fascinated with the connections between labour organizing and permaculture. There seems to be a natural fit when considering the similar semi-autonomous tendencies between radical ecology and anarcho-syndicalism. There has been a movement afoot - mostly in Europe of "ecosyndicalists" (though I think they are more about luddite pre-industrial technologies). I like this word and I have been working on ideas of incorporating such ideas into permaculture design and movements. A lot of this stems from my reading of Murray Bookchin, and practice of urban gardening.

At any rate, this all fits into the speakers panel on liberation permaculture I was talking about. These are sort of my ideas; community/workplace organizing towards free-mutually provisioned permaculture cities.

Utopic? What ever. Lets give it a shot.

At 7:13am on March 2, 2011, Chris Bisson said…

Hey Kaia,

Great to see you again. How is yoga going this year?

I actually joined transition towns because I am currently organizing a liberation permaculture speakers panel with the Permaculture Project Ottawa (PPO) and Common Cause Ontario and looking for further collaboration.

With my background in Common Cause, I think I can contribute best in terms of linking anti-poverty/labour organizing with issues of ecological transition. I would be interested in seeing how I can bridge the transition town-ecosyndicalist divide.

At 9:22pm on August 25, 2010, Patrick M. Pilon said…
Sure I would be interested. However, I need to know a little more about this community (Transition Ottawa), in order to get good sense of the values shared in the movement. So, I would love to learn more and get myself implicated and some the activities before having to play a key role. And yes, if I feel right in this group, I will gladly undertake presentation/discussion with my fellow students of the University of Ottawa.
At 7:13pm on August 16, 2010, Andrea Flowers said…
Thanks so much for the invite, Kaia. I will be leaving Sun. Aug. 20 for a two week vacation, but I look forward to connected after Sept. 7th.
Warm regards,
At 8:52am on July 15, 2010, brian timbs said…
The edamame beans are not sterile and can be used as seed. In fact I have calculated what I need in seed and will leave that much in the ground for seed until late fall. I have 3 LARGE gardens (60 feet by 40 feet) and only 1 in test production this year...planted Buckwheat as a green manure in the others. I can easily increase the size 10fold as I have 25 acres but I want something that is nature friendly and not opposed to have MANY smaller gardens nestled among the trees rather than 1 big ugly one. Thanks for the welcome
At 1:51pm on July 14, 2010, brian timbs said…
Kaia, I forgot to mention I built a new business model which I am about to launch.

An ECO audit company and the premise is that I come in and do a review of inputs and outputs of the company and show the company how to save money while reducing their impact on the planet with locally sourced products, less waste and scrap, alternative energies, etc etc.

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