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Energy efficient improvements for social housing

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 09 February 2018

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair, to announce the launch of the GreenON Social Housing program.

Along with existing provincial programs designed for larger social housing buildings, this new program will help improve the energy efficiency of social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units across the province.

Improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, lighting and insulation. These renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income and vulnerable tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings.

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Still work to be done to meet climate change goals: report

Yahoo! News / Paola Loriggio / 30 January 2018

Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.

In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.

The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.

What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.

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Funding addresses Mohawks’ weather concerns

Kingston Whig / Tim Meeks / 01 February 2018

Climate change is causing much concern for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

A major drought in 2016, followed by severe flooding in 2017, resulted in myriad of issues in Tyendinaga, so recently announced funding in excess of $300,000 from the federal government is welcome news for Chief R. Donald Maracle.

“We are extremely appreciative of this funding from the federal government to help us plan to deal with these issues in the future,” Maracle said.

The First Nation Adapt Program is providing funding for a community climate change impact study and a water source protection plan to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management. Under this program, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte will receive $199,183 over two years.

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OFA: Focus on adapting to climate change

Simcoe Reformer / Michael-Allan Marion / 28 January 2018

“The OFA is pleased to see a renewed focus by government on the need for adaptation to the potential impacts of climate change,” president Keith Currie said last week in a presentation to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which is posted on the ministry’s Environmental Bill of Rights website.

“The agricultural sector has a long history of learning and adapting to the variability of Canadian weather and climate. Global warming and climate change, however, present a much more formidable challenge to agricultural production with an observable increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and changes to regional water cycles.

“The uncertainty and variability resulting from climate change presents significant increase risk to food production and rural livelihoods.”

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Shuttle bus service gets green light in London

The Guardian / Gwyn Topham / 29 January 2018

An experimental shuttle bus service operated by Ford has been approved by London’s transport authorities.

The vehicle manufacturer’s Chariot service, which has started in five US cities, will run four set routes and pick up passengers who pre-book via its app.

Passengers will pay a premium (£2.40) over normal bus fares (£1.50), and get a guaranteed seat on a Ford Transit minibus for their money.

The move by Ford is one of a series by vehicle manufacturers to provide shared mobility services as the traditional industry model is threatened by declining car ownership among younger people and city dwellers.

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Province funding new charging stations at workplaces

Ministry of Transportation / 16 January 2018

Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto today to announce the new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

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