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I have become increasingly interested in the Transition concept, partly because it offers hope rather than hand-wringing, a can-do spirit rather than a "the problems are too big: what's the use?" attitude which, sad to say, prevails in much of our society.
- jd (John Davidson)

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What attracted you to become a member?
I have become increasingly interested in the Transition concept, partly because it offers hope rather than hand-wringing, a can-do spirit rather than a "the problems are too big: what's the use?" attitude which, sad to say, prevails in much of our society.
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?
Depends on what is required
What issues are you interested in (Check as many as apply)?
Local food resilience, Greening Ottawa
What are your skills (Professional and amateur)?
media, outreach, strategic planning, web design and 'new media' communications
How would you like to see Ottawa look and feel in the future?
A world leader in green living and sustainable living solutions
What part would you like to contribute to this?
Being a part of Transition Ottawa will help, but Transition Ottawa is only one of many organizations and initiatives that need to come together in concert to achieve the ends we seek. I would like to contribute to the networking, public awareness and public education aspects of this.
If you could create your ideal participation with Transition Ottawa, what would it be?
I think I'm already doing it.

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The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:26am — 6 Comments

Neighbourhood Connections

We received this from the City of Ottawa today and are passing it along . . .  / jd

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the launch of the Neighbourhood Connection Office. La Ville d’Ottawa a le plaisir d’annoncer la création du Bureau des relations avec les quartiers.

You can help us spread the word on this new initiative by including the message…


Posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:02am

Free online course on sustainability

Coursera* has announced an 8-week online course on sustainability, offered by the University of Illinois, which may be of interest to Transition Ottawa members. Next session begins August 27.

Details and sign-up:



* An organization that offers free online university-level courses from major universities

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 9:30am

Transition Ottawa On The Go

The Transition Ottawa web site is now available on your smartphone in a format designed to be easy to read and navigate on smaller screens. It automatically detects that you are using a mobile device and displays the mobile version. Here (right) is an example of the blog page in the mobile…


Posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Staying alive as a cyclist

I know that many Transitioners are also cyclists. Ottawa is moving slowly toward become more bike-friendly, but it's still a scary world out there.

In the wake of the death last month of yet another cyclist in Ottawa and now, more recently in Toronto, the following post may be of interest. 

This Toronto blogger advises that "dwelling on the 'could have beens' is of no help to the victim, her family, or anyone else. It’s a fool’s errand. Rather, you have to learn to be a…


Posted on November 10, 2011 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

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At 3:30pm on January 14, 2013, Darcy Whyte said…

Thanks for the welcome message!

At 8:20am on December 11, 2012, Marc said…

Thanks for the welcome.

At 5:06pm on October 21, 2012, Andrew Waye said…

Thanks for the welcome. Was sorry to miss the event last night. Was there a good turnout? Community bartering seems like a pretty awesome concept.

At 10:41am on October 11, 2012, John Irving said…


At 7:16am on July 28, 2012, Chris Philpott said…

  Thanks for the welcome. Just like  say I am from England and want to share my experiences in Transition ( with folks in Ottawa. I am in Ottawa as part of a of North America from  19th to 21st September 2012. My details of offer of a  talk on Green Spirituality are below and also my travel schedule. If any members want to host a talk I am not bothered about venues,size of audiences, selling books just believe in international solidarity in the green movement and sharing ideas and experiences. If you know of any folks on my travels that would want to host a talk that  would be great! Thanks

Best Wishes


Green spirituality is a book for our times. It explores the relationship between spiritual values and the current global environmental problems and  world poverty. It outlines 12 ancient and modern spiritual traditions and shows how their teachings can guide us out of our present crisis. It provides up to date and easily accessible information on the causes and effects of  climate change, water shortages, food shortages, species loss, air pollution , waste and world poverty.  Published by Authorhouse. See 

About the Author


Chris’s involvement as educator activist in the green movement goes back 30 years. Chris is a regular campaigning organiser and participant in local and national issues as wide ranging as climate change and recycling as well as an initiator in biodiversity projects with children, local grow-your-own, local exchange trading or LETS, the local Transition Town as well as meditation, inter-faith and green spirituality groups. He has carried out projects in schools to promote the work of Agenda 21.

He has given talks on Green Spirituality for many years on a local and national level  at UK Green Party national conferences, the Big Green Gathering, the Climate Camps, the Campaign against Climate Change Forums, the Glastonbury festival , Transition Town groups , Inter-faith  groups and churches.

Other hats Chris wears include workshop leader, public speaker, musician  and classic clown with which he entertains youngsters.

His research for Green Spirituality took 13 years and included visits to a UN

conference in Johannesburg and a countrywide tour of  India where he spent

time with 130 spiritual leaders from Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Christian and

Buddhist traditions whose wise words are woven throughout the book.

CITY                                         DATES VISITING

New York                                Tuesday 4th to Wed 12th Sept

Boston                                    Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th Sept

Montreal                                 Sat 15th to Tues 18th Sept   

Ottawa                                    Wed 19th to Friday 21st Sept

Toronto                                  Sat 22nd to Tues 25th Sept

Buffalo                                    Wed 26th Sept

Philadelphia                           Thurs 27th Sept to Monday 1st Oct

Washington                            Mon 1st to Fri 5th Oct

Atlanta                                    Sun 7th to Wed 10th Oct

New Orleans                           Wed 10th to Sat 13th Oct

Chicago                                  Wed 17th to Tues 23rd Oct

Denver                                    Wed 24th to Fri 26th Oct 

Sacramento                            Mon 29

At 7:57pm on July 5, 2012, Margaret Tourond-Townson said…

Great site for Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa to participate in and enjoy!


At 5:01pm on May 31, 2012, Marie Primeau-Maurice said…

Thank you for the welcome! Glad to be here!


Marie P-M

At 7:16am on October 18, 2011, Aileen M. McKenna said…
Delighted to be here with this wonderful group "In Transition" for that momentous time we have entered that I like to call 'The Shift".  I am an Agent of Conscious Evolution fully appreciating that the gifts I came here to share are essential for the times we are shifting into....How great it is to be with a group with the same understanding.  We are to live from the heart rather than our ego and to consider everyone as part of us sharing and being in this field of love and caring where we will heal each other as well as ourselves when we are this caring mode.
At 11:41pm on October 4, 2011, Kathleen Black said…
Thanks JD, happy to be here!
At 11:55am on September 30, 2011, Gina Cenciose said…
thanks, I am happy to be with you. Hopefully I will be able to meet some of you in person in November, probably the 3rd for Andrew Macdonald's talk, mostly on Thursday evenings, I teach. going forward, Gina

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