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Peterborough Candidate Debate on the Environment
September 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
On Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 Peterborough will hold a debate on the environment between local candidates in the federal election. This event, moderated by journalist Jim Hendry, is part of 100 Debates on the Environment occurring over two nights across Canada organized by GreenPAC.
Please consider attending this debate to indicate to political leaders the importance of climate change and the environment in the election campaign.
To register to attend the debate and to submit your questions use the link below:
To add a question at any time after you have registered, please use this form or the link below.
Organizations supporting this event include:
- Camp Kawartha,
- Council of Canadians (Peterborough Chapter),
- Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association,
- For Our Grandchildren,
- Kawartha World Issues Centre
- Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action,
- Peterborough Youth Empowerment,
- Rotary ECO Club,
- Trent School of the Environment,
- Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough.
In spring 2021, the Canadian Parliament passed the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This act requires binding emissions reductions targets at five year intervals starting in 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050. While targets are needed, concrete policies that reduce emissions are important.
- What are two key policies you support that will ensure Canada sufficiently reduces emissions by 2030 and to net zero by 2050?
Toxics, environmental regulations, clean air and water
The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is the overarching law to protect the health and environment of Canadians. This Act sets out regulations that prevent pollution and restrict toxic substances. The Act has not been significantly amended since it was first introduced in 1999. A Parliamentary committee released a report in 2017 with recommendations to update and improve the Act.
- What are the two most important updates to CEPA that you would support?
Indigenous Rights & the environment
Indigenous people have an important role in understanding and protecting our environment. In spring 2021, Parliament passed the UNDRIP Act, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Work must continue to implement this Act and advance reconciliation.
- What are two key environmental policies that you support that will advance UNDRIP in Canada?
Federal role in low-carbon transition
Under our constitution, provinces are responsible for natural resources and energy.
- What are the two best federal actions and/or policies you would support to facilitate a just transition to a low-carbon energy system across Canada?