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Council urges province to phase out gas-powered electric plants

Kingstonist / Jessica Foley / 21 January 2021

Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, moving that the City of Kingston write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Minister of Environment, Conservation, Energy, and Parks to request that the Government of Ontario develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation as soon as possible to ensure that Kingston and other municipalities are enabled to achieve climate action goals.

The City of Kingston was the first city in Ontario to declare a Climate Emergency, and has a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040. The province of Ontario is phasing out the Pickering Nuclear Power plant in 2024, and plans to increase the output of natural gas-powered plants as the demand for electricity increases. An increase in gas plant production will see greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rise, which is counterproductive to the province’s goal of a 30 per cent reduction of GHG emissions by the year 2030.

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EOAFN hopes to create partnership with SDG

Recorder & Times / Francis Racine / 23 December 2020

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network (EOAFN) is hoping a partnership can be struck with the United Counties of SDG.

EOAFN executive director Tom Manley asked council on Monday to consider a three-year partnership with the organization. The partnership would entail SDG providing the network with a proposed $25,000 a year. The EOAFN strives to promote small-scale agriculture, artisan food processing, agri-tourism, and local food consumption.

The requested amount, coupled with funds the network hopes to receive from neighbouring municipalities such as Prescott-Russell and the City of Cornwall, as well as members, sponsors and stakeholders, would be enough for the EOAFN to have a $150,000 annual core funding.

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GHG inventory would be first step in reducing emissions

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Francis Racine / 16 December 2020

Cornwall city council directed administration on Monday to undertake a cost analysis that would enable the creation of an inventory of all of the local sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Doing so would assist the city in lowering its emissions footprint moving forward, according to the environment and climate change committee, who requested the analysis. The committee’s mandate includes the identifying and addressing of local sources of greenhouse gas emissions through the establishment of an inventory of all greenhouse gas sources, as well as setting reduction targets, and carrying out local climate-change action plans.

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Augusta is the place to bee

Recorder & Times / Tim Ruhnke / 23 October 2020

The Township of Augusta held the 2020 Fall Harvest Event at V6 Agronomy in North Augusta on Thursday. Oct. 22 is World Energy Day.

Several local projects and businesses involving agriculture, sustainability, the environment and economic development were highlighted at the gathering attended by about 30 people.

“This is why we’re all here today,” said township planner and event MC Myron Belej, who congratulated the entrepreneurs and organizations in the audience for all of the work they have been doing on initiatives that are benefiting the rural community.

Some of those projects are partnerships involving the municipality and other agencies such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation and South Nation Conservation that involve habitat restoration. The township is working with local beekeepers to promote pollination.

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Dufferin County to assess all new projects with a ‘climate lens’

Orangeville.com / Alexandra Heck / 27 August 2020

Local environmentalists are applauding the County of Dufferin’s new plan to add an environmental scope to every project going forward.

As part of the municipality’s goals to mitigate climate change, county staff will be adding a climate portion to reports on items being considered by council […]

The scope of the “climate lens” will assess whether or not a new infrastructure would create greenhouse gas emissions and whether or not those impacts can be mitigated.

It will also consider whether there will be any danger for people or property in extreme weather events, like drought or flood.

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Involve local groups in protecting biodiversity

The Guardian / Severin Carrell / 31 August 2020

The “Edinburgh declaration”, published on Monday, urges leaders to work more closely with sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, national parks, local councils and wider society in meeting 20 biodiversity goals set out in the Aichi accord, signed in Nagoya, Japan, 10 years ago.

Those targets were due to have been met by 2020. None of them were, leaving global biodiversity in a parlous state, the statement says.

“The current approach is bust,” said Prof Des Thompson, principal science adviser at NatureScot, Scotland’s conservation agency, which oversaw the declaration process. “What we need to do is work with local communities, local governments and local communities – that’s how we’re going to meet those targets.”

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