Masquerade!

It took a lawsuit to force the Ontario Government to recognize that the Environmental Bill of Rights gives Ontario citizens a right to be consulted before the Government takes steps e.g. to “ditch” environmental legislation (Cap and Trade),  reverse policies (withdraw from the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change) and eliminate agencies (such as …

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Nobel Prize Winner supports a price on carbon. Ford doesn’t!

As one of his first steps after taking office, Premier Ford announced his intent to repeal the provisions of Cap and Trade, the vehicle for the reduction of GHG emissions in Ontario. This program had been in effect for almost two years, and was starting to show results. Ford treated the vote in the Provincial Election …

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Climate Change and the Toronto Municipal Elections

In 2009 Toronto’s City Council mandated a study on the risks and impacts of climate change. The consultants assumed that countries would meet their Kyoto/Copenhagen targets for lower carbon emissions. Lower emissions would limit global warming, thereby reducing the risks of damages caused by future extreme weather events.  Unfortunately, few countries haven taken significant steps …

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Climate change and Ontario politics!

Rod Phillips, the Ontario Environmental Minister, recently stated that “the best approach [to climate change] is to have a plan and then [bring forward] any targets as part of the plan.”  So how does this vague statement of policy fit in with The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change? Over two years ago,  …

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Ontario marks time!

Ontario is pausing efforts to reduce GHG emissions, the key to limiting climate change.  Since its election Ontario’s new Conservative Government has: Abolished the “cap and trade” infrastructure that will reduce GHG emissions in time to meet Ontario’s reduction targets Promised to replace “cap and trade” “by a series of measures, including regulations, .  . …

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