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Consultation on proposed changes to provincial land use policy

NFU Local 316 / 08 August 2019

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced online consultations on the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), the primary provincial land use policy document guiding municipal decision-making, including how growth, development, farmland, wildlife habitat, and public health and safety are managed.

The provincial government’s pro-development position could threaten efforts toward farmland preservation and environmental protection.

To submit your comments, go to:

The deadline for written comments is Oct. 21, 2019.

Ontario plan costs taxpayers more than federal carbon tax

The Energy Mix / Jesse Snyder / 04 June 2019

The Ford government’s new climate plan for Ontario will cost taxpayers half again as much as the federal carbon tax, according to a new analysis released yesterday by Canadians for Clean Prosperity.

“The Clean Prosperity report found that the Ontario plan would be more expensive largely because it would ‘cherry-pick’ certain sources of emissions to cut and would cost C$334 million in 2022, or $62 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions removed. The federal plan would cost $214 million in 2022, or $40 per tonne,” Canada.Com reports. “Much of the additional cost would be passed down to consumers, the report said, raising annual household expenses in Ontario by an average $80 in 2022, rising to $154 in 2030.”


Trying to be Canada’s first carbon-neutral community

Maclean's / Alireza Naraghi / 23 July 2019

An hour’s drive from Toronto on the northwestern edge of Milton, Ont., is a little-known town with a little-known story of climate-change activism. With about 350 residents, Eden Mills has long sought to preserve its 19th-century charm, making it a haven for big-city escapees who enjoy cycling or placid walks along the Eramosa River. More recently, though, its inhabitants have worked toward a distinctly 21st-century goal: becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral community.

The project has defined the past 12 years of Charles Simon’s life. He got the idea after watching a TV program about Ashton Hayes, which is aiming to become England’s first carbon-neutral village. It also happens to be located near where Simon, a retired engineer, grew up. After a summer visit to the U.K. in 2007, he returned to his own community with a vision. And to his surprise, his neighbours bought in.


Township office targets net-zero-energy consumption

Federation of Canadian Municipalities / 17 June 2019

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; and Joanne Vanderheyden, Second Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced over $2.7 million in grants and loans through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support green initiatives in McNab/Braeside towards the construction of the new township office.

The new township office will optimize energy performance through improved building construction, and design considerations such as water usage, natural light and passive solar heating. The new building could generate annual energy savings of up to 127,208 kilowatt hours, a 67% reduction in energy consumption. This reduction in energy use combined with the renewable energy produced by the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would make this a net-zero building. The new building, expected to be completed during the summer of 2019, will also improve the overall quality and efficiency of municipal services by creating a more accessible and functional space and improving air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


7 municipalities partnering with Brock U for Niagara Adapts

St. Catharines Standard / Beth Audet / 03 July 2019

St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake have seen significant flooding in Lakeside Park and the Dock Area respectively, Pelham’s iconic arches toppled in a windstorm, Niagara Falls has had issues with frozen pipes in the deep freeze of winter, Niagara seniors have struggled with the extreme humidity of summer, farmers have to cope with challenging crop planting in overly wet seasons and the bee population is declining.

“The impacts are here and we’re all feeling them,” she said, but quickly added that there are tangible things we can do about it if we work together.

Brock held its inaugural Niagara Adapts workshop on June 14, where community leaders from St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Welland and Pelham met with the four members of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

The partnership will proceed with a series of nine workshops held at the university over the next two years. There are also plans to engage with citizens and spread awareness as well, through public events or online forums.


Ready Set Rain Strategy

Green Communities Canada / April 2019

The Ready Set Rain Strategy was developed by Green Communities Canada with input from stakeholders from across the province. It maps out a vision for flood-resilient Ontario communities, along with ideas for moving more communities towards this vision. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this project.


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