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The SCAN! Ottawa group began to take shape in the fall of 2022, and our numbers continue to grow. During that time, members have supported and been involved in the actions featured below.

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Talking to Seniors

SCAN! Ottawa members volunteered to “table” at the Sandy Hill Eco Fair in Strathcona Park on Saturday, June 1. It was a great opportunity to explain what SCAN! is about, show what we do, and recruit new members.

Protesting Plastics/April 21, 2024

SCAN! Ottawa members joined 500 others on The Hill to demonstrate their concern about plastic production and pollution to bring public attention to the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.

Fossil Fools Day


On April 6, SCAN! Ottawa members took part in the FOSSIL FOOLS DAY rally in front of the RBC branch at Queen and Bank in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders. The rally was organized by Decolonial Solidarity and attended by many other local groups.

SCAN! Ottawa Heads to City Hall

Recently SCAN! Ottawa joined with many other Ottawa and national groups such as Ecology Ottawa, Horizon, CAFES and Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment to call on the city to ban fossil fuel advertising on city buses and property. The motion presented by Councillor Menard directs staff to review the policy and return with recommendations by Q3. It passed unanimously at Finance and Corporate Services Committee and will go to Council in April. SCAN! Ottawa members are encouraged to call their councillor and ask them to support the motion.

The delegations speaking in support of a motion to review the City of Ottawa’s advertising and sponsorship policy in order to ban fossil fuel ads start at hour 2:00.



Many SCAN! Ottawa members supported the efforts of Fridays for Future Ottawa and the many other organizations who helped plan this event on Parliament Hill. A few of our members were even part of the core organizing team.

Canada is Burning/Day of Action, June 28

Ottawans made themselves heard!

Renewable Power for All

SCAN! Ottawa members joined hundreds of others on Parliament Hill on June 5 for a rally organized by the David Suzuki Foundation to support 100% clean electricity. Thousands of petitions calling for “Renewable Power for All” were accepted by Minister Guilbeault in person.


Enough is Enough” Rally

On June 3,  many SCAN! Ottawa members joined hundreds of others from unions and the labour movement, adding their voices to send Ford a loud and clear message about the impacts of his destructive policies on the environment.

Capping Fossil Fuel Emissions

On May 25, SCAN Ottawa members joined in on the cross-Canada Day of Action organized by Leadnow in support of a strong cap on fossil fuel emissions as the government prepares to release the first draft of regulations limiting emissions from the oil and gas sector.

SCAN! Ottawa members were part of a coalition of groups that participated in a rally on April 20 to focus on Imperial Oil tailing leaks in Northern Alberta. This  situation has shone a light on the looming threat the more than 1.4 trillion litres of oil sands tailings—a mixture containing arsenic, leftover bitumen, toxic naphthenic acids, silt and clay—pose to the people, lands and waters downstream of the oil sands.

To read the National Observer‘s account of the event, click HERE

On April 1, all across the country, Fossil Fools Day rallies were held in support of the Wet’suwet’en struggles against the Coastal GasLink Pipeline–and Ottawa was no exception. RBC was the focus as they are by far the biggest funders of fossil fuels projects in Canada, and fifth largest in the world.

A good number of SCAN! Ottawa members attended the rally held at Bank and Queen in support of the efforts by Decolonial Solidarity to organize this and other similar events. This will not be the last. We were rewarded by bright blue skies and enthusiastic singing and chants. Some of us were more creative than others, and their efforts were much appreciated by passersby.

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SCAN! Ottawa members were honoured to hold up our banner as a backdrop for a very eloquent 12-year-old girl at the “End Fossil Fuel Finance” rally in front of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office on March 3, 2023. There was an enthusiastic turnout, and a letter was delivered although police escorted the demonstrators out in record time.

Click the button below to learn more about this very successful event.

On December 7, a number of SCAN! Ottawa members attended a demonstration against Bill 23 in front of the provincial courthouse on Elgin St. It was organized by an impressive coalition of community and environmental groups such as Horizon Ottawa, Acorn, and Ecology Ottawa.

The speeches were very informative and inspired us to continue working to oppose this very destructive piece of legislation.

The September 23 Global Climate Strike. SCAN! Ottawa members helped promote the climate strike organized by Fridays for Future Ottawa and were there to march in solidarity. It was a great opportunity to network with other seniors and recruit new members.

The delivery of an invoice for Climate Impacts to the Ottawa office of CAPP.  Rolly, David and Jim were part of the Ministry of Transition, which delivered the invoice.

The delivery of a petition with 35,000+ signatures to the Prime Minister’s office in December.

The Extension Cord project/Don’t Unplug demonstration organized by Fridays for Future Ottawa and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. SCAN! member Rolly Montpellier was  one of the event organizers.

“The damage caused by the fossil fuel industry and the impacts of climate change are accelerating, and that’s why we need transformative solutions and to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. It’s why we must make Big Oil pay.”

Rolly Montpellier