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Modified Active Transportation Plan passes

Transition Brockville / 19 January 2020

City of Brockville staff have confirmed that, with the motion passed by Council this week, the City now has an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in place, qualifying it for funding under some upper tier government programs.

As explained in a misleadingly-titled Recorder & Times article, this plan includes modifications, but is largely based on the draft ATP submitted by the consulting firm Alta Planning last September.

[ R&T ARTICLE ]

Counties to draft climate strategy

Brockville | Prescott This Week / Wayne Lowrie / 16 January 2020

Counties council has asked its administration to develop a strategy to combat climate change across Leeds and Grenville.

Andy Brown, chief administrative officer, will form a committee with some of his counterparts in Leeds and Grenville townships to come up with a plan for “climate change adaptation and mitigation.”

“Over the past few years, the counties have been impacted by various climate changes, including flooding, more frequent and extreme storms, hotter summers, periods of drought and greater ultraviolet radiation exposure,” Brown said in a report to council. “These changes pose risks to the counties infrastructure, local economic and social conditions and public health.”

White Rock commits to climate change action

Cloverdale Reporter / Alex Browne / 16 January 2020

In prior discussion, Coun. David Chesney had wondered whether the suggested directive might place an onerous burden on city hall employees.

The directive asks that climate change assessments figure in all staff reports to council, that staff keeps council up to date on Metro Vancouver and provincial climate change initiatives and opportunities, and that staff keeps council briefed on organizational, human resource or financial costs of pursuing this path.

But engineering and municipal operations director Jim Gordon told council that he believes all the work is both “do-able” and desirable.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Kingston climate change symposium fosters local action

Kingston Whig / Elliot Ferguson / 16 January 2020

Trees, whether growing in forests and urban green spaces or harvested and used in construction, offer an effective tool in the fight against climate change, said one of province’s biggest forest proponents.

Speaking at the third Kingston Climate Symposium and the Grand Theatre on Thursday, Rob Keen, executive director of Forests Ontario, said the province, and Canada as a whole, has some of the best-managed forests in the world and those forests can play a big role in climate change.

“There is a lot of talk about reducing emissions to deal with climate change — and that is good, we all need to reduce — but trees and plants, through photosynthesis, are some of the few things that actually take CO2 out of the atmosphere,” Keen said.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

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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