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Call for comments: “A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan”

Government of Ontario / 29 November 2018

Proposal summary

The proposed Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan reflects our government’s commitment to address the pressing challenges we face to protect our air, land and water, reduce litter and waste, and support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families prepare for climate change.

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Ontario’s new climate change plan gets a failing grade

Environmental Defence / Sarah Buchanan / 03 December 2018

After axing most of the province’s programs that reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, the Ontario government’s promised plan to address climate change has finally arrived. But does the plan have what it takes to do Ontario’s fair share to reduce carbon pollution?

We’ve scored the plan in ten key areas. This was a tough task given that the plan includes few specifics in its proposed actions. While there are commitments to “investigate” or “consider” promising policies, we’ve decided not to count any actions without commitments behind them. This led to a total score of 2 out of 10 – a failing grade by any standard.

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Ontario’s climate plan needs to fill in its blanks

Clean Energy Canada / Sarah Petrevan / 29 November 2018

TORONTO — Sarah Petrevan, senior policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the Ontario government’s plan to address climate change:

“If you want to tackle climate change, you need a plan. For months we’ve been listening to the Ontario government say what they wouldn’t do, and now they’ve said what they will do.

“Unfortunately, while the plan rightfully acknowledges the seriousness of climate change, it remains scarce on details—setting an emissions target without clear pathways to hit it.

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Student confident tiny home will keep mom warm

CBC News / 02 December 2018

The tiny house tucked away just outside the architecture school at Carleton University in Ottawa — and recently featured on HGTV — occupies just 180 square feet.

Its exterior is scale-like, with overlapping diamond-shaped shingles that look like they’re made of aluminum.

Inside, there’s a full-size shower, a full-size sink, a bed that comes out of the ceiling with the touch of a button, and a more traditional pull-out couch.

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Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive

The London Free Press / Robin Baranyai / 23 November 2018

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

It doesn’t disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food.

It’s also choking lakes. Plastic waste in the Great Lakes has been found in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as high as 6.7 million pieces per square kilometre.

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Another downtown charging station

Gord McFarlane / 20 November 2018

 
 
The EV charging station at The New Oak Tree, 28 King St Brockville, is now fully operational. Use your EVduty app on your smart phone to activate the charger. Level 2, 240V, 30A. Enjoy Downtown Brockville while your EV is charging.

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