First, the bad news.
Ottawa’s climate is changing. Overall, Ottawa will become much warmer and wetter over the coming decades, with more extreme heat days, heavy rain and extreme weather events like severe winds, floods or winter storms.
Now for the good news. The City is developing a Climate Resiliency Strategy to guide how Ottawa can prepare for and respond to the anticipated impacts of changing climate conditions.
The Climate Resiliency Strategy is one of eight priorities of the Climate Change Master Plan
More good news: You have several opportunities to contribute your ideas to help design the strategy. Visit Engage Ottawa to learn more about climate trends and risks and share your ideas through a virtual comments board.
Participate in person at one of these community dialogue sessions coming to a location near you.
Old Town Hall Community Centre
Friday, May 12, 7 pm
61 Main Street
Kanata Beaverbrook Community Centre
Saturday, May 13, 9 am
1002 Beaverbrook Road
Burritts Rapids Community Hall
23 Grenville Street
Tuesday, May 16, 7 pm
Barrhaven Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
3058 Jockvale Road
Wednesday, May 17, 7:15 pm
Hintonburg Community Centre
1064 Wellington Street West
Tuesday, May 23, 7 pm
Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
300 Des Peres-Blancs Avenue
Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 pm
- Trinity Church of the Nazarene
480 Avalon Place
Tuesday, June 6, 7 pm
More meetings, including a virtual event, on Monday, June 19, are in the works. Visit Engage Ottawa for details on all the events.
Each dialogue session will be an opportunity to learn about climate impacts and risks and share how you see them affecting you and your community. It will also be a chance to discuss actions that individuals, communities and the City can take to prepare for climate impacts.
The dialogues are being organized by Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES) and local community associations with support from the City of Ottawa.
Please register to secure your spot. In order to keep the workshop focused on local challenges and solutions please only register if you live in the neighbourhood. Space is limited and priority will be given to people who are registered and live nearby.
If there isn’t a community dialogue near you, why not organize your own "climate conversation” with your friends or neighbours? Contact [email protected]) for resources to host your own conversation.
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