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What I learned volunteering with the Ottawa Street Medics

Since October, journalist Cullen Bird has been volunteering with the Ottawa Street Medics, a grassroots-led group of volunteers who provide basic first aid and de-escalation at rallies and demonstrations. The Medics also provide support and supply drops for homeless and vulnerable people in downtown Ottawa. This is what he’s learned after three months of volunteering with them.

City Love Flowers: Lessons in giving

Kate Punnett, founder of City Love Flowers, creator of the Elderflower campaign, which was recognized by Awesome Ottawa and showcased by Ottawa Matters, is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and community volunteer who gives back to the 613 daily in myriad ways.

Mapping Ottawa’s biodiversity, one weekend at a time

“We’re at a very ground-level stage here where we don’t even necessarily know what tree species we have within 20 kilometres of Ottawa,” says field naturalist and tree expert Owen Clarkin. “There’s a lot of change happening. There’s a lot of clear-cutting occurring. There is climate change. Our push has been documenting what’s there today, […]

613 Geotours: Princess Louise Falls, a hidden gem in Orleans

This week’s geotour is a scenic spot with some nice walking trails around it. If you haven’t been to Princess Louise Falls in Orleans before, then it’s definitely worth a visit. It looks like something that you should be seeing in a tropical jungle in South America, not in the suburbs of Ottawa.

613 Geotours: Route Canal

This week’s geotour starts and ends where the Rideau Canal enters the Ottawa River, just below the Chateau Laurier. The tour will feature a moderate walk or bike ride between two provinces and reveal the history of why the Rideau Canal ends where it does.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

We have made it into summer’s wind down and it is time to soak up all we can of these remaining summer weekends. Make it a priority to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while we can. There are plenty of reasons to get out and about this weekend, if the fleeting warmth of the season’s sunny skies isn’t enough to draw you from your living room. Here are just a few of them.