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Federal government makes investment, says Ottawa can become more environmentally friendly

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan Jr. is offering up what a more sustainable nation's capital could look like.
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A $22-million dollar boost from the federal government aims to inspire green energy entrepreneurs and a drive to live in a cleaner, greener Ottawa.

Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan Jr. says, as a community, Ottawa must re-think practical solutions to climate change challenges.  

He offered some examples of what a greener more sustainable nation's capital could look like, such as building new net zero office towers or putting solar panels on roof tops, or even turning organic waste into renewable gas. 

O'Regan Jr., also points to the transportation sector as the leading cause of toxic emissions.

He calls the second phase of the city's light rail transit (LRT) development as a likely practical solution for cleaner energy due to local commuters having easier access to public transportation within a five kilometre radius of where they live.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) endowed Ottawa Climate Action Fund with $22-million. The money is expected to be used for building retrofits and the electrification of transportation.

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