At the recent 9th annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, both Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon, made announcements about province-wide cycling initiatives.
Minister McMahon unveiled Tour by Bike, a tourism strategy that will develop and market Ontario as a cycling destination.
York Region and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) have partnered up with Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution to bring the electric buses and one electric charging station to town. This makes the local utility provider the first in Ontario to participate in an electric bus pilot project.
Newmarket-Tay will be responsible for maintaining an overhead, on-route bus charging station, which was the hurdle needed to move the pilot project forward.
“We are proud to be working with our utility provider to once again be a leader in bringing green technology to our community,” Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen said. “This is a big step toward reducing our overall carbon footprint and creating a sustainable future.”
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / 09 March 2017
This webinar [recording] covers chapters 4 – 7 of Facing Climate Change, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s 2016 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, released to the Ontario Legislature on November 22, 2016.
The strategy includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province’s circular economy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, such as:
Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mattresses, carpets, clothing and furniture
Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill
Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, from disposal and driving creative strategies to reuse and recycle these items
Improving oversight and accountability in the waste management sector, including by requiring producers to register and report on their waste management activities
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario / 10 February 2017
This webinar [recording] covers chapters 1 – 3 of Facing Climate Change, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s 2016 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, released to the Ontario Legislature on November 22, 2016.
Our power planners love nuclear energy, and the nuclear industry insists it is a low-cost source of power. Of course, they don’t add that publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation just applied for an 180 per cent increase in the price it is paid for the power generated by its nuclear plants, or that the aging Pickering Nuclear Station on Toronto’s doorstep has the highest operating costs of any nuclear station in North America, requiring a billion dollars annually to subsidize its operating deficit.
No other jurisdiction in the world outside of France relies as heavily on nuclear power as Ontario. It is an astonishing dependence at a time when costs for renewable sources like wind and solar continue to decline dramatically—but not one that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government seems to be in any hurry to shake.
What the Transition movement does incredibly well is small-scale experiments which are practical, which resonate with local people, which look as if they’re doable, and that can engage people at a practical and meaningful level. It connects up the big issues and the local issues and shows you that change can happen at a local level.
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
— Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark