Carbon Pricing – Made in Canada

The Ontario government has cancelled the previous government’s carbon pricing program, cap and trade. As a result Ontario will become subject to the backstop measures of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. That plan includes a price on carbon pollution with rebates to individuals. But, our provincial government intends to fight … Read more

Thank Doug Ford for more Ticks and Lyme Disease

As the climate warms with more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, diseases such as lyme disease (carried by deer ticks) and West Nile Virus (from mosquitoes) have entered Canada from the United States, so everything we do to reduce greenhouses gases reduces the increase in such diseases. Across Ontario, about 20% of greenhouse gases come … Read more

First days of a Government whose policy on climate change is negative!

The new Ontario Conservative Government cannot ignore the environment, but it probably wishes that climate change was not such a high-profile item. The Government has already acted to reduce voter scrutiny of its performance on climate change issues. It dropped the words “Climate Change” from the title of the Ministry responsbile for the environment. The Government … Read more

Climate Change Policy will not be Ontario Government Policy

The polls anticipated the Conservative win.  And for the next four years Ontario will be governed by a party that will not address climate change, although it will target litter!. So For Our Grandchildren and many other environmental organizations will  not be listened to, let alone any having actual influence on the Provincial Government. Doug … Read more

Aspirational !! ??

4RG first commented on the use of aspirational in our blog “Harper and Aspirational Targets”.  “Aspirational “ has now become the international buzz word for measures to reduce GHG emissions. Nations used the word to confirm that they would set ambitious targets for reducing their emissions. By setting an ambitious target, a nation could maintain … Read more

Ontario Tories have no program to reduce carbon emissions! 

Traffic on city backdrop

Right after his election as leader of the Provincial Party, Doug Ford told Ontario voters that, if elected, the Tories will get rid of the cap and trade program aimed at reducing carbon emissions.  And he would will not allow a carbon tax in its place. Ford can advance two reasons for his determination to … Read more

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 … Read more