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Local leaders gather for climate action symposium

Windsor Star / Mary Caton / 26 November 2019

Representatives from municipalities across Essex County are scheduled to participate in a Climate Action Symposium at the University of Windsor on Friday.

Topics include climate emergencies and your municipality, the cost of doing nothing, community energy planning, engineering solutions for climate change and climate change and health.

“A year ago, together with the University of Windsor, we brought together municipalities and researchers for a workshop where we discussed whether to move forward collectively and what our priorities were for climate action,” said Claire Sanders, climate change specialist for the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

“The need for strategic, long-term planning was raised as a priority and there was consensus that a regional climate collaborative could help bring municipalities and other stakeholders together.

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Cornwall council considers growing canopy

Cornwall Seaway News / Nick Seebruch / 25 November 2019

The City of Cornwall heard a presentation urging them to grow the tree canopy coverage in the municipality.

The presentation was made by Transition Cornwall+ in partnership with Tree Canada.

Presented by Susan Towndrow of Transition Cornwall+ and Michael Rosen of Tree Canada who urged Council to formulate a by-law for municipal trees and to take steps to increase tree canopy coverage to 30 per cent.

“There are times in the life of a community where crucial decisions must be made, and I believe that this is one of them,” Susan Towndrow said. “Protecting the tree canopy in Cornwall is one of the cheapest ways in fighting climate change and we can do that right here, right now.”

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Where Durham stands on climate change

The Oshawa Express / Chris Jones / 19 November 2019

Durham Region has developed a new $5 million climate mitigation and environment reserve fund, with more plans forthcoming.

Staff hopes to implement climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives with benefits to long-term sustainability, and also to improve energy efficiency, innovation and climate resiliency.

There is also a hope the co-ordination and integration of corporate and community climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives, and the effective communication of said initiatives across programs to regional council, and the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change will also combat climate change.

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Net zero by 2050: London city staff unveil recommendations

Global News / Jacquelyn LeBel / 20 November 2019

London city staff are unveiling a proposal to develop a comprehensive action plan to get the city to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, seven months after the city declared a climate emergency.

A report going to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on Monday outlines actions that can be taken immediately, actions to take within the next four months, and actions to take within one year — all with the goal of reducing energy use and increasing climate change mitigation.

“As you can imagine, there are lots of people that work at the city, lots of things the city is responsible for, lots of things the city does,” said Mike Fabro, manager of sustainability and resiliency at the City of London.

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TB comments on Brockville’s draft Active Transportation Plan

Transition Brockville / 11 November 2019

Steering Committee member Patricia Sutherland presented TB’s position on the City’s draft Active Transportation Plan at the public meeting of the Planning and Operations Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

How big a problem is idling?

CBC News / 07 November 2019

When a gasoline-powered vehicle is idling, it is in its least efficient mode. It’s doing nothing but sitting there, burning fuel and sending emissions into the atmosphere.

Natural Resources Canada says if most Canadian drivers limited idling to three minutes a day, over the course of a year, 1.4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 emissions would go into the atmosphere.

It would save money, too. For every 10 minutes of idling, the average three-litre engine vehicle loses more than a litre of fuel, according to NRCan.

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