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 … Read more

Climate Change and the Liberal Party of Ontario???

We invited the Liberal Party to respond to our questions to party leaders, and we did receive an email from a Party Representative that answers would be forthcoming.

When our commentary appeared on our Website on May 29, we had not received a further response from the Liberal Party. So we examined the Party Website to see what it told us. As we reported to you,  very little.

Today, June 4th, we received a response dated May 27 signed by Premier Wynne.  Accordingly we have revised our previous commentary.

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Questions on Climate Change: Where do the Ontario parties stand?

To the major Ontario Political Parties (Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic Party and Green Party) contesting this Provincial Election: We request that you state your party’s policy on the issues below and/or directly answer the questions. We will share your response with other Environmental Organizations and the Ontario media.

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A Senior’s Letter to Premier Wynne

Dear Premier Wynne,

You were recently quoted as saying:

“My value system is: We have a responsibility as government to allow people to have a secure retirement. . . . There is a stark difference between those who believe this is a good idea and those who don’t.”

Your words were addressed to pensions for seniors, but they are equally applicable to the environment that seniors hope for when they retire in the next decades.

Global warming is a reality that will bring heat waves of greater frequency and severity in mid-latitude areas such as Ontario.  Elderly citizens are most at risk from these extreme events: increased heat-related deaths, greater anxiety, dislocation of living patterns and the like.

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Yorklands Green Hub

Methane is a powerful GreenHouse Gas.  Methane emissions, such as the potential emissions from the Arctic waters, present a longer-term threat to our climate. There are other sources of methane that contribute to this threat, such as emissions from extraction of natural gas, and the recycling of organic waste.

Harvest Power is an American company that specializes in processes that generate electricity from organic waste.  A Harvest Power subsidiary in B.C. received a $4 million grant from the Federal Clean Energy Fund to develop a high efficiency system for producing renewable energy from food and yard waste. The proposal is to extract purified methane from waste that would otherwise be landfill.  This methane is then used to generate electricity.

This development is timely.  Unfortunately there are many municipal waste sites that still vent methane to the atmosphere.

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