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Province funding new charging stations at workplaces

Ministry of Transportation / 16 January 2018

Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto today to announce the new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

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Powering for Prosperity Awards nominations

OSEA / 10 January 2018

We are thrilled to announce the nominations for the the 8th Annual POWERING FOR PROSPERITY Awards Gala. This year, we have six distinct award categories which aim to highlight the remarkable contributions made by individuals and organizations all around the province. We would like to announce the nomination candidates!

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Urban Forestry Toolkit

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

GIO’s urban forestry toolkit is a set of documents that support those working to improve urban forest management across the province. This toolkit builds upon our 2015 report Ontario’s Urban Forests: Call to Action and was developed with input from professionals around the province.

The first piece of the toolkit can help build the case for the value that urban forests provide as a municipal asset – with the goal of integrating urban forest management into municipal asset management plans. Read the bulletin on communicating the benefits of the urban forest in a municipal context HERE.

The second document in our toolkit helps urban forest managers understand how urban forest assets fit into the municipal asset management planning process. Read the urban forest asset managment primer HERE.

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City hopes new climate agency rains data, cash

London Free Press / Megan Stacey / 08 January 2018

City staff and politicians are welcoming plans for a new provincial agency to help direct the response to climate change, hoping it could bring London more of the data and funding it needs.

The new organization — a not-for-profit proposed by the province to build awareness, provide programming, and develop better regional weather data — could be just what London needs to combat the impacts of climate change, they say.

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Replacing Ontario’s nuclear energy?

CAPE Blog / Jack Gibbons / 03 September 2017

“Where would Ontario get its baseload electricity if it shut down its nuclear plants?”

For close to 50 years, Ontario has relied on nuclear power to supply a large share of its electricity. In that half century, the cost of nuclear power has climbed steadily, the risk of nuclear accidents has been made terribly real by events in Chernobyl and Fukushima, and no jurisdiction anywhere – including Ontario – has managed to devise a practical solution for dealing with the tonnes of dangerous radioactive waste sitting outside nuclear reactors, including in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area.

In short, nuclear power has largely been a failure. It has never even come close to meeting the claim that power produced from reactors would be “too cheap to meter” and never resolved the inherent dangers of combining highly complex systems with massive failure risks.

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Action Plans in the works for 7 Midland-area municipalities

Midland Mirror / Andrew Mendler / 20 December 2017

Sustainable Severn Sound is undertaking a massive initiative, which will involve creating Climate Change Action Plans for seven area municipalities: Midland, Penenetanguishene, Oro-Medonte, Tiny, Tay, Severn and Georgian Bay Township.

The first step of the project is to map out the energy consumption for each municipality and create a greenhouse gas inventory to establish a baseline of data. This data will then be analyzed and goals will be set to help communities cut down on pollution levels and move towards a low-carbon future.

“We have contacted Hydro One, Enbridge Union Gas and local providers such as Midland PUC to collect energy consumption data on a postal code level to see the baseline current greenhouse gas emissions that each community is currently emitting,” said Victoria Ervick, Climate Change Action Plan coordinator.

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