Newsletter 091, 11 June 2014

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 ONTARIO ELECTION

Where do the parties stand on energy?

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / Newsletter / 10 June 2014
Which of the four major parties in the Ontario election has the best plan to build an energy system that reduces our climate impact and air pollution, increases our economic competitiveness through improved efficiency, and helps keep power affordable?

The Ontario Environmental Priorities Initiative brought together 20 of Ontario’s top environmental organizations, including the OCAA, to develop an environmental election scorecard.

On energy, we asked if the parties support the province’s new Conservation First framework to help homeowners and businesses save money by improving energy efficiency. The Liberals, NDP and Greens said yes while the PCs did not answer our question.

We also asked if the parties would shut down the aging and high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station by 2015. The Greens said they would shut Pickering by 2015. The Liberals and NDP both left the door open to shutting Pickering before 2020, but did not commit to a date. And the PCs once again did not answer our question.

The Pickering A Nuclear Power Plant is the highest cost nuclear plant in North America while Pickering B is the fifth highest. And now Ontario Power Generation wants to continue to operate Pickering beyond its “best before” date by exceeding the design life of its major reactor components. This is despite the fact that Pickering is surrounded by more people in its immediate vicinity than any other nuclear plant in North America.

As columnist Jeffrey Simpson pointed out in Friday’s Globe and Mail, Ontario now has a significant opportunity to reduce costs by importing water power from Quebec. Replacing Pickering with Quebec water power, for example, would save Ontario $650 million per year.

There are important differences between the positions of the parties on a number of key environmental issues in this election. So get informed and get out to vote this Thursday, June 12!

[ ENVIRONMENTAL SCOREBOARD ]

Take the Active Communities Pledge

Share the Road Cycling Coalition / Justin Jones / 29 May 2014
When Ontarians go the Polls on June 12, there are many issues on voters’ minds. Jobs, economic development, health care, our environment – these are among the many issues being discussed on the campaign trail, and are front of mind for Ontario residents.

Share the Road recognizes that creating more active, safer and better connected communities is a vital way forward on all of these issues, creating new jobs, stronger local economies, healthier citizens and more sustainable communities.

You can make your voice heard in this election by keeping active transportation at the forefront of all of the parties’ platforms by taking 2 simple steps.

Sign the Active Communities Pledge and add your voice to a growing chorus of Ontario residents requesting that active transportation remain a priority for all provincial parties, whose support for cycling has been strong and growing every year.

Challenge the candidates in your riding to take the pledge! Every candidate that agrees to support active transportation shows that this is a truly non-partisan issue – it’s one that helps all Ontarians by bolstering our local economies, keeping Ontarians healthier and making our roads safer.

See what other steps you can take, and how you can support the Active Communities Pledge by visiting www.activecommunitiespledge.ca today! Together we can make sure that Ontario moves forward together!

A look at some agricultural party platforms

The Hanover Post / Jon Radojkovic / 14 May 2014
Agriculture is the second biggest economic workhorse in Ontario, after automobile manufacturing, contributing $34 billion to the economy and the four main provincial parties have many programs and arguments in favour of supporting this vital industry.

Many of the promises each of the four parties running in this June 12 provincial election have some key policies that are different from each other but they also overlap on some issues.

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives... nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

CHARLES DARWIN
 

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