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Bank of Canada acknowledges climate-related risk

National Observer / Carl Meyer / 16 May 2019

The central bank listed climate change as one of six vulnerabilities in the Canadian financial system in a report released May 16. The report, called the Financial System Review, marks the first time the Bank of Canada has explored the issue in depth as part of its examination of risks to the nation’s financial stability.

The Bank of Canada’s acknowledgement of climate-related risk in Thursday’s report is significant, given that it’s the institution that promotes economic and financial welfare in the country, including through setting the key interest rate and influencing the money supply.

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Healthy environment a right: Councillors

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 03 April 2019

Brockville council will vote next week on a motion declaring “the right to a healthy environment.”

Members of council’s planning and operations committee on Tuesday unanimously backed Coun. Cameron Wales’s motion to adopt the declaration put forward by the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Blue Dot” movement.

The full council is expected to put the declaration to a final vote next Tuesday.

The Blue Dot movement website describes it as “a national grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and a say in decisions that affect our health and well-being.”

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SNG Sustainability Fair and Market – Presentations

Sustainable North Grenville / 29 March 2019

The 12th Annual Sustainability Fair and Market will be held on Sunday April 14 from 10am to 3pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. As before, the fair will be complemented by an electric vehicle show in the arena and a wide range of workshops and presentations. We encourage participants to come early because the presentations will begin right away and run back-to-back for the full event.

SNG’s very own Chris Weissflog will be presenting on “Affordable, Efficient, Zero Emission Housing”. Chris founded EcoGen Energy in 2007. EcoGen has designed and built solar water heating systems, combined solar thermal / heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) including grid-tied and off-grid systems, low-energy HVAC systems, and now complete Passive House level homes. His presentation will look at the kind of housing that is needed in the face of the climate crisis: describe what affordable, efficient, zero-emission housing is and how it is different from existing and code-level homes. He will explore what EcoGen is now building to meet that need.

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Climate change a walk between hope and despair, Saxe says

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 17 January 2019

The challenge of combating climate change is a stark choice between hope and despair, both of which have a role to play, Ontario’s environment commissioner says.

Speaking at the second annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, Dianne Saxe said human-made climate change is the most pressing challenge facing the planet.

But it was easy to give in to despair as Saxe outlined the impact of climate change, both today and forecast for the coming decades.

“Anyone who works on climate change walks a knife edge between hope and despair,” Saxe said during her keynote address to the second annual symposium. “A lot of people think climate change is about polar bears and something that is going to happen sometime. It is here.

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Brockville’s Active Transportation plan invites your input

City of Brockville / Matthew Locke

The Social Pinpoint engagement site for the Brockville Active Transportation Plan invites your input:

1. Browse the concept tab for ideas about different active transportation facilities and terminology.

2. Drag and drop pins onto the map to tell us your active transportation experiences in Brockville (walking, cycling, etc).The map shows existing active transportation facilities and previously proposed trails.

3. Complete the survey questions in the sidebar tab.

To provide your input and for more information, please visit the project webpage at https://brockville.com/activetransportation. The online engagement for this phase of the project will close in mid-March 2019.

Kingston’s climate change strategy is number one in country

TVO Current Affairs / David Rockne Corrigan / 14 December 2018

The municipality that has billed itself as “Canada’s most sustainable city” since 2009 now has some solid evidence to back up the claim.

The November issue of the journal Climatic Change contains a ranking of the climate-change plans of 63 Canadian municipalities — and Kingston comes out on top.

Plans were evaluated based on eight criteria, including how a community sets its climate goals, how effective those goals are, and how it measures and achieves progress.

Municipalities are the “most vulnerable” of all levels of government when it comes to climate change, explains lead author Dave Guyadeen, of the University of Guelph, because they face the most immediate impacts. ”So we wanted to know how they are responding to it,” he says.

So what lessons can Kingston offer other municipalities trying to come up with or improve climate-change plans?

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