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Electric car rebates end in Ontario

Green Car Reports / Eric C. Evarts / 12 July 2018

Following the election of Conservative Doug Ford as premier July 7, Ontario, Canada, has canceled the province’s generous tax incentives for electric cars, according to an announcement on Wednesday on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.

The move was widely expected after Ford ran on a platform of cutting government expenses, which included canceling the credits.

The credits, which included up to $10,645 ($14,000 Canadian) for the purchase of an electric car in the province, were funded by a carbon tax, which Ford also canceled.

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Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) cancelled

Share the Road / Jamie Stuckless / 05 July 2018

This week, communities across Ontario received notice from the Ministry of Transportation that the Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) has been cancelled. The OMCC was funded through the cap and trade program, which has also been cancelled. This is not surprising. The new government was very clear on their intentions to cancel cap and trade throughout the election, however, it is still disappointing to see the official announcement.

Through the OMCC, Ontario invested $93 million in cycling infrastructure. This investment will result in new and improved cycling facilities and Bicycle Master Plans across 118 municipalities and communities have until December 2020 to complete their planned projects under the program. However, there will be no new funding through OMCC moving forward.

The $93 million announcement was a game changer for cycling in Ontario in December 2017. It was supposed to be one of several investments that would see up to $225 million for cycling infrastructure over 4 years. We will not see the full $225 million investment under OMCC, however, we are committed to working with the new government to make investments in safe cycling.

This work is already underway. Are you part of it?

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Big bucks from solar, counties told

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 04 July 2018

Leeds and Grenville municipalities could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by incorporating renewable energy into their management of land and buildings, according to environmental consultant Sally McIntyre.

McIntyre urged the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville council on Tuesday to consider incorporating solar power into municipal projects as part of the provincial government’s “net metering” program that starts this fall.

Under the program, municipalities would be able to generate their own power using renewable energy to provide electricity to one of their buildings, say, and then send the excess power to the local electricity distributor in exchange for credits. Those credits could be used to lower the power bill for other buildings, McIntyre said.

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7 fast growing shade trees to slash your electric bill

Treehugger / Derek Markham / 02 April 2014

The free solar energy that hits the Earth each day can keep us warm, light our homes, grow our food, and generate clean renewable electricity, so we often invite it into our lives, but when the weather heats up in the summer, the sun can actually cause us to use more energy, because we then need to run air conditioners to cool us back down.

Keeping the sun off of our homes and windows during the summer can end up saving us both money and energy, because we can avoid some of the heating effects and keep our homes cooler to begin with, so less energy is required to keep them comfortable. And one of the best ways to do that is by planting shade trees in the right location around our home, where they can block the sun from streaming in our windows and heating our walls and roofs during certain times of the day.

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Ford vows to scrap cap-and-trade program as 1st act as premier

CBC News / Amara McLaughlin / 15 June 2018

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed that his first act in the legislature will be to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program.

“In Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered,” he announced Friday during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Ford, who will be sworn in later this month, campaigned on a promise to dismantle Ontario’s existing cap-and-trade program, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, and to cut gas prices by 10 cents per litre. He also vowed not to bring in any new carbon tax to replace it.

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Avoiding self-inflicted extinction. What are the solutions?

News24 / Robert J Traydon / 01 June 2018

Humankind has the unenviable duty to address the looming threats of runaway climate change and environmental collapse. At risk are Earth’s millions of species and our human civilisation, all of which could face severe hardship or even extinction by the end of this century.

It seems like an impossibility: to meaningfully reduce our impact while thriving on fossil-fuelled technology and unrestricted population growth. But, there are solutions that could not only slow the rate of climate change and ecological decline, but also reverse them to pre-industrial norms.

Many will regard the solutions that follow as crazy, but keep in mind they’re an order of magnitude less crazy than the sacrifices people will be forced to make if our planet’s biosphere fails.

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