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Town counts on transit, urban design to protect rural flavour

The Energy Mix / 06 December 2019

Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as the garden city movement of the early 20th century, Israel’s cooperative moshavs, and the annual Burning Man event, the town council of Innisfil, Ontario has developed a new model of suburban intensification built around nature, two wheels, and walking, in a bid to protect the good things about rural life […]

Architect and design leader Alex Josephson of Toronto-based Partisans said the “next-generation community” will be “for people who want access to a big city, but also nature and everything that comes with living in a rural community.”

Combining the customary grid-based street plan of today’s typical development with “some degree of irregularity, and lots of cut-throughs for pedestrians,” the Orbit is “radical,” the Globe and Mail writes. That’s a characterization that suits Innisfil just fine, as it moves to preserve its rural essence even as it “faces huge pressure to grow from its current 36,000 people”.

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Lake Erie residents reckoning with worsening shoreline erosion

CBC News / Ellen Mauro / 06 December 2019

O’Brien lives on Erie Shore Drive, a stretch of road near Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario that was originally built as a dyke.

It’s prone to flooding, but O’Brien and her neighbours aren’t alone in their struggle. Many communities along Lake Erie have faced a challenging combination over the past year: record-high water levels and significant erosion of the shoreline.

This double whammy has caused property sizes to shrink as the lake swallows land, and has forced some homeowners to make the painful decision to either continue to try save and their lots or abandon them.

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AG: Ontario not using ‘sound evidence’ in climate change plan

CBC News / Nick Boisvert / 04 December 2019

Ontario’s auditor general says the Ford government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change is not supported by sound evidence.

Bonnie Lysysk’s 2019 report found that Ontario is overestimating the potential impact of its new environmental plan.

She said the government has also miscalculated some estimates and made policy changes that could discourage further emission reductions.

“Our office’s analysis found that the emissions reductions in the plan are not yet supported by sound evidence,” Lysysk writes in the report.

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Ontario appoints advisory panel on climate change

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks / Media Release / 28 November 2019

The advisory panel on climate change consists of experts on climate change resiliency who have experience in a variety of sectors, including the not-for-profit, agriculture and insurance sectors. The panel includes Paul Kovacs as the Chair and Lynette Mader as the Vice-Chair.

“The knowledge exists to prevent losses from flooding, wildfire and other climate extremes,” said Mr. Kovacs. “Members of the advisory panel on climate change look forward to working with the Government of Ontario to champion climate resilience. Working together, we can break the alarming trend of rising severe weather damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure. Action on climate resilience is a critical element of a comprehensive strategy on climate change.”

[ TB: In other words, no action on mitigation, just adaptation. ]

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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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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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