What you can do in Ottawa this Earth Day weekend

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This year’s upcoming Earth Day celebrations are the first without significant COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic began in 2020. This means the return of many in-person events to multiple neighborhoods across the city, where attendees can learn about nature, do handicrafts, recycle old materials or even take part in a demonstration, among other activities.

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Earth Day Action at the Bank of Canada by MÉPACQ

If you are looking for a call to action, the Popular Education and Community Action Movement of Quebec planned a protest at the Bank of Canada at 234 Wellington Street to demand action on climate change and income and wealth inequality. This event is scheduled to take place on Fridays from 2-4 p.m. and those interested are encouraged to dress as ‘banksters’, although it is not required. Street theater will be integrated into this event.

Earth Day Celebration at Dundonald Park

The Downtown Community Association is hosting a celebration at Dundonald Park near Somerset and Lyon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, full of fun activities for families. Attendees can expect to find an Indigenous Strawberry Ceremony at the park until 10:30 a.m., followed by a bilingual story hour from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Ottawa Public Library. An art tent featuring Inuit artists and a buildable cooking workshop are other planned activities among the group that will last until 2 p.m., with a toy and book exchange also set to take place throughout the day. throughout the day.

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“The most exciting thing for me is being in my community with my neighbors, enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful park we have,” said Carmen Rupp-Eke, a local downtown resident.

Another rain date is set for April 24 with the same time allotted.

Ottawa South

Eco Market with Re4m Design and Fabrication Inc.

From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, an ecomarket promoting local Ottawa suppliers and a collection of materials will be held at 136 Billings Avenue. Organized by Re4m Design and Fabrication Inc., attendees are encouraged to bring items such as hardware, egg cartons, bread tags, milk bags, lumber, old tools, old paint cans, spray cans, and trash hazardous household items to be recycled by local organizations. A full list of what can be donated can be found on the Eventbrite Marketplace page.

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The market will be accompanied by several games and activities, including lawn games, door prizes and an ecological craft table. Due to the event’s “obscure” location, Re4m founder Heather Jeffery suggests walking or biking to the market, or checking out the organization’s parking map on its Facebook page .

“We want to create a community of people who are passionate about reducing waste,” Jeffery said. “I find that when fun events like these are held, it’s kind of an inspiration for local residents to try and contribute to this zero-waste lifestyle.”

This event will take place indoors and outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

River Ward Earth Day Celebration

Councilman Riley Brockington hosted a wide range of Earth Day activities Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hunt Club – Riverside Park Community Center at 3320 Paul Anka Dr. A park cleanup is planned for the start of the event for 11:30 a.m., followed by a free basic bike tune-up until 3 p.m. A guided tour of McCarthy Woods will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and an e-waste recycling drive in partnership with Junk that Funk is is scheduled to run for the duration of the event. Interested people are invited to bring their old electronic devices to be recycled at the drive-thru.

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Orleans

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Spring Cleanup

Orleans residents are invited to join Green Party provincial candidate Michelle Petersen and her team of volunteers in picking up litter around Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Starting in front of the school, participants will pick up litter along the tenth line. Road, heading south to Innes Road. Although garbage bags and gloves are provided for cleanup, attendees should bring their own water to this event.

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Spring Things in Trend Arlington

The Trend Arlington Community Association prepares a day full of fun for the surrounding community – from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, locals can find a number of activities ranging from garage sales to cleanups. Neighborhood garage sales will run from event start time until noon, and TACA is promoting 14 sales locations across Trend Arlington, which can be found on a virtual card on his Facebook event page.

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The organization is hosting its own garage sale complete with bake sale and seed giveaway from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Trend-Arlington Community Center on 50 Bellman Dr. Lunchtime concerts with local musicians scheduled to take place at the center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a “Cleaning the Capital” initiative until 3 p.m., where cleaning supplies will be provided. Interested persons can Register to volunteer for the cleanup on the organization’s Facebook event page.

“Earth Day is a big thing for our community because we were hit by a tornado in 2018 and we’re on the Greenbelt,” said Robin Lawrence, TACA Secretary and Co-Head of Events and Events. programs. “We really see people coming out and helping clean up and a lot of our events are nature-based. We live in a great neighborhood.

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Rural Ottawa

Earth Day Extravaganza at Ottawa Farm Fresh

Ottawa Fresh Farm, located at 2811 Ramsayville Rd., is set to host a wide range of activities, including bike tune-ups and a nature walk from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. A free lesson on the basics of bike maintenance will end at 10:15 a.m., followed by a $109 plus tax tune-up at 10:15 a.m. that must be booked in advance on the farm site.

Alternatively, a farm cleanup is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., where participants will help Ottawa Farm Fresh farmers clean up an area of ​​land used to grow the city’s vegetables. A spring nature walk is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. and is free for farm members, but will cost non-farm members $25 to participate.

Finally, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., attendees can sow their own pollinator-friendly flower mix with Ottawa Farm Fresh, or shop for garden supplies at the farm store, just in time for the spring season.

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