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10th Annual Seedy Sunday - March 5, 2017

posted Feb 15, 2017, 7:02 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 7:04 AM ]

The 10th annual Seedy Sunday is taking place on Sunday March 5, 2017 at the Rankin Culture and Community Centre from 10am - 3pm. Always a great day! See the poster for details.



5th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum - Our Trails, Our Future

posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:02 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 8:01 AM ]


The fifth annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, “Our Trails, Our Future”, will focus on community involvement in developing trails and trail networks in the Ottawa Valley, with a particular focus on the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) along the former CPR rail corridor.  The OVRT offers a great opportunity for local citizens to get involved in what promises to be one of the Ottawa Valley’s prime recreational assets. 

The Forum will have a keynote session on the OVRT (with particular focus on the segment between Arnprior and Renfrew) and the new Renfrew County Trails Strategy, with feedback from small group table discussions.  We also will have speakers examining trails from different perspectives, including local municipalities, trail user groups, and successful examples of community-based trails development.  There are many examples: the Shaw Woods trails, the Footprints in Time trail at Bonnechere Provincial Park, the Kiwanis Walkway in Pembroke, the Forest Lea ski trails, the McNamara Trail in Arnprior, the Emerald Necklace trails in Petawawa, the Beachburg County Forest off-road cycling trails, the Oiseau Rock Trail in Sheenboro, and the Manitou hiking and snowshoeing trails in Calabogie, to name a few.

Fee for the day is $20 and is payable at the door. Please register in advance by email: info@ottawariverinstitute.ca

The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum was initiated to connect people and organizations with an interest in the environment, a strong sense of place, and a concern about the future. Tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. The Forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange about what’s happening to our communities and our environment, so that we can adopt innovative partnerships and approaches and take effective action. Now is the time.  Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.

The inaugural Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, “Fostering Adaptive Collaboration”, was hosted by the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP), the Renfrew County Stewardship Council and Algonquin College at its Pembroke campus in April 2012.  Discussions focused on our changing climate and the collaborative, non-regulatory approach used by Muskoka Watershed Council to advance stewardship and to foster innovation. The second Forum, “Fostering Shoreline Conservation”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (now Watersheds Canada) in February 2013 in Pembroke. Discussions focused on the Centre for Sustainable Watershed’s shoreline surveys, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s research on implications of changing climate on water management, and proposed community collaboration to address water quality issues in Muskrat Lake.  The third Forum, “Celebrating Our Watersheds: Trails and Tributaries”, was hosted by the BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute (ORI) on in May 2014 in Pembroke. It featured discussions on active transportation, trail development along the abandoned CP rail line, and water quality concerns in the Muskrat and Bonnechere watersheds. The fourth Forum, “Towards Watershed Planning”, was hosted by BRWP, ORI, Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network in Pembroke.  It focused on water quality and the County’s proposed new Official Plan.

Summary of Discussions from Climate Change Town Hall

posted Sep 5, 2016, 11:47 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 11:49 AM ]


There was a great deal of energy and discussion at the Town Hall consultation on climate change for 46 residents of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on August 16 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Eganville, Ontario. The event, hosted by three community-based organizations: Pipeline Awareness Renfrew County, Bonnechere River Watershed Project, and Ottawa River Institute, raised awareness of climate change issues and provided an opportunity for residents to propose actions that can be taken by governments, businesses and individuals to address climate change.

Over 150 ideas were suggested as the 46 participants – including about a half dozen local elected municipal officials – engaged in round-table discussions. View the summary of the discussions here.

Town Hall - Climate Change Consultation for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke

posted Jul 25, 2016, 2:41 PM by Ottawa River Institute

The federal government is asking for public input on Canada’s national climate change plan. A climate change town hall for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke is being held to discuss our concerns. Our input will be forwarded to the Federal Government. Please come out and speak up in support of an ambitious national climate strategy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion, 57 Veterans Way, Eganville
Location is wheelchair accessible - Refreshments will be served - Everyone Welcome

RSVP and more information: parcrenfrew@gmail.com or parcrenfrew.org

Celebrate Our Rivers this summer

posted May 16, 2016, 12:00 PM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated May 16, 2016, 12:06 PM ]

ORI is partnering on a number of group paddles taking place this summer. Some feature local food, music, BBQ's and more. If you've never participated before, be sure to check out this list - they are much too much fun to miss! See poster.

9th Annual Seedy Sunday - March 6, 2016

posted Feb 17, 2016, 11:54 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Feb 17, 2016, 11:58 AM ]

The 9th Annual Seedy Sunday in the Ottawa Valley will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at our new location at the Rankin Culture & Recreation Centre (15 minutes south of Pembroke on Hwy 41).  Admission is FREE.  Come for an hour, stay for the day! All new and experienced gardeners, local food lovers and the curious will want to attend!

Seedy Sunday is a remarkable phenomenon that continues to catch on across Canada.  Gardeners, seed savers, seed vendors, local food producers, horticultural societies, organic practitioners, and local nature groups come together in a venue where they can learn from one another, exchange ideas and seeds, and purchase seeds and plants in a fun social setting.  It’s a day to educate, learn and promote local food, more sustainable methods of growing and the preservation and use of heirloom, organic and open-pollinated seeds. 

Read entire press release.

See Poster for more info.


Stewardship Forum - Towards Watershed Planning

posted Nov 20, 2015, 4:27 AM by Ottawa River Institute

The Ottawa River Institute is partnering with the Bonnechere River Watershed Project and Sustainable Eastern Ontario to bring the 4th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum to Pembroke on Monday November 30, 2015 at the Best Western Hotel in Pembroke. Click here to see the agenda and to register.
This year's Forum theme is - Towards Watershed Planning
The Renfrew County Stewardship Forum is about connecting people and organizations with a strong sense of place and future possibilities. The Forum is needed because tackling our environmental, social and economic challenges requires collaborative action among a diversity of people and organizations with strong convictions and the courage to act on them. To be effective will require adopting innovative partnerships and approaches.

The forum aims to foster intense interaction, networking and information exchange to explore how to inform people about what’s happening to our communities and environment in a way that they can relate to, understand and take action. Now is the time. Together we can shape our future to sustain our collective values and communities.

ORI Submission on Wetland Policy

posted Nov 9, 2015, 12:34 PM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 12:37 PM ]

The Ottawa River Institute recently made a submission to the provincial consultation on wetland policy.
The submission can be found below.

Group Paddles This Summer

posted Jun 2, 2015, 9:36 AM by Ottawa River Institute   [ updated Jun 8, 2015, 6:31 AM ]

The Ottawa River Institute is partnering with the Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP) this summer to bring group paddling opportunities to residents and tourists. Along with these paddles, listed below are some other local paddles and paddle related events. Some of the events also feature local food and entertainment, and all feature lots of fun!

Warm up your Paddling Season with Some Paddle Films!
Fri. June 5 - Bill Mason Film Fest with Paul Mason
6:30- 10pm at the Eagles Nest, Eganville Arena. $5.

Sat. June 6 - Wilber Lake to Eganville Paddle - $10 in advance, $13 day of paddle.
Followed by local food and music (open mic).
Organized by BRWP and Bonnechere Valley Twp. Register at: www.celebrateourriver.ca
Rendezvous: Eganville Arena

Sat. June 13 - 9:30am - Bonnechere River, Renfrew to Ottawa River Paddle and Clean up - $10. Organized by BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute. Register by email to: info@bonnechereriver.ca Rendezvous: End of Plaunt St, Renfrew. Bring a lunch.

Sat. June 20 - 9:00 am - Bonnechere River, Round Lake to Golden Lake Paddle - $10. Organized by BRWP and the Ottawa River Institute. Register by email to: info@ottawariverinstitute.ca
Rendezvous: End of John Foy Lane, Round Lake. Bring along some lunch or snacks. The ORI AGM Follows at 2:30 at the Sands on Golden Lake.

Sat. June 27, 8:30am registration. 9:30 departure -Sand Point to Red Pine Bay Paddle as part of Ottawa Riverfest, Braeside. $10. Rendezvous: Red Pine Bay. Drop off canoes/kayaks in advance at Sand Point Wharf.
Register by email to: recreation@mcnabbraeside.com

Sat. July 18 - 1:00pm - Bonnechere River, Eganville to Fourth Chute Paddle and Fiddle - $10. Followed by Bonnechere Caves optional BBQ ($5) and Music ($10). Organized by BRWP, Bonnechere Caves. Register by email to: info@bonnechereriver.ca
Rendezvous: Bonnechere Caves

Sat. Aug. 8 - 1:00pm - Madawaska River, Cherry Point Park to Burnstown Beach Paddle- $10. Organized by BRWP and MacNab Braeside Township. Followed by optional BBQ at Neat Cafe ($12)
Register by email to: recreation@mcnabbraeside.com
Rendezvous: Burnstown Beach

ORI Annual General Meeting- June 20, 2015

posted Jun 2, 2015, 9:33 AM by Ottawa River Institute

The Ottawa River Institute Annual General Meeting
Sat. June 20 - Ottawa River Institute Annual General Meeting - 2:30pm at The Sands on Golden Lake


Please join us for our Annual General Meeting at The Sands on Golden Lake on Saturday June 20th, at 2:30pm. (Please note time change, previously announced as 1:30 - now changed to 2:30pm)
We have openings for new board members. If you have a few hours a month to spare, and would like to contribute to the organization as a board member, please let us know.
For a bit of outdoor fun before the AGM, join us for a paddle on the Bonnechere River in the morning. See Group Paddles news item above for details.
Hope to see you there. For more information, please email us.

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