Civic Elections in Ontario and climate change

After four years of relative neglect, the problems caused by a changing climate are a concern of the candidates running for municipal office in 2014. Toronto Mayoralty Race Elizabeth May recommends Olivia Chow.  With such a recommendation Chow will certainly have the support of voters who consider that climate change and its impact on Toronto …

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Climate Change: Key to Canada’s 2015 Federal Election

Our last blog, A Ray of Hope, suggested that the Federal Government might become active on renewable energy after two years of indifference.   What is the basis for this optimism?

First, the Ontario Liberals, who have been very active in promoting renewable energy, now have a comfortable four-year mandate.  The Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray, understands the importance and challenges of renewable energy better than any Federal Minister.

Secondly, Quebec, a Province where a great majority of people have constantly supported mitigation of climate change, now has a Liberal Government that intends to move forward on this neglected area.

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In Danger of failing. 

Many many decades ago, this language appeared on school report cards. A check mark warned parents that their child might not advance to the next grade.  Judging by the recent conclusions of Gordon Miller (Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner), “In danger of failing” could refer to Ontario.

His 2014 report  to the Ontario Legislature on Ontario’s performance questions whether the present Government is committed to programs that will result in Ontario meeting its 2020 GHG reduction target.

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Finally!!!

The Ontario Government has taken a small step which is enormous in the context of North American politics. The step:  re-naming the Department of the Environment as the Department of the Environment and Climate Change. In our recent letter to Premier Wynne we stated: “Along with other Provinces, your Government committed to bring these [GHG] emissions down to …

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The Ontario Election and Climate Change

Many voters concerned about climate change grudgingly accepted the Liberals over its principal challenger, the Ontario Conservative Party. These voters gave the Liberal party credit for what it had accomplished in reducing GHG emissions.  They were prepared to give some breathing room before expecting more action on the subject.  Their choice was made easier by the Conservative’s indifference …

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