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Facing Climate Change part 1

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.

[ See also: Facing Climate Change part 2 ]

Ontario shouldn’t abandon its shift to renewable energy

Torontoist / Angela Bischoff / 10 February 2017

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.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

2017 Powering Prosperity award winners

OSEA / 08 February 2017

Congratulations to the winners in all categories:

  • Community Project of the Year Award
  • Manufacturer of the Year Award
  • SMARTpreneur of the Year Award
  • Community Developer of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award
  • Developer of the Year Award
  • Sustainable Project of the Year Award
  • 20/20 Leadership Award
  • Special Recognition Awards

[ LIST OF WINNERS ]

Ontario raises $800 million with third green bond

Ministry of Finance / 03 February 2017

Ontario has successfully issued its third green bond, raising $800 million to help build clean transportation and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects in communities across the province.

Proceeds from the bond will support 12 projects, including:

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, targeted to achieve LEED® gold-level certification
  • ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, expected to achieve LEED® silver-level certification
  • York VivaNEXT Bus Rapid Transit Expansion in York Region
  • GO Transit Regional Express Rail in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Green bonds help Ontario’s efforts to fight climate change and build on initiatives such as setting a cap on pollution, ending coal-fired electricity generation, and electrifying and improving the province’s commuter rail network.

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

Webinar series: “Facing Climate Change”

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Join us for a two-part webinar series.

On February 8, 2017, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dr. Dianne Saxe, will deliver the first of two webinars on our recent Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Facing Climate Change.

The first webinar will discuss chapters 1 to 3: the science behind climate change and how Ontario contributes to climate change. It will focus on some important questions our report raises, including:

  • Why is climate change worse than most people think?
  • How is climate change affecting Ontario now? What’s ahead?
  • How much does Ontario contribute to climate change? What sectors are the biggest emitters?
  • Why must we act now?

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Ontario making electric vehicles more affordable

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 February 2017

Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and switch to an electric vehicle (EV) by further enhancing its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).

Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and in effect as of Jan. 1, 2017, the updated EVIP:

  • Removes the cap limiting EV incentives to 30 per cent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)
  • Eliminates the $3,000 cap on incentives for EVs fully run on battery power and priced between $75,000 and $150,000, which enable long-range, zero-emission travel and have less environmental impact than lower priced plug-in hybrids
  • Continues to exclude EVs with an MSRP of $150,000 and above from qualifying for incentives
  • Offers incentives only on vehicles produced by automakers who are partners in Ontario’s new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP).

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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Donna White, Green Things Garden Centre:
Teaching Gardening to Children

Sunday, May 28, 2:00 pm
Brockville Public Library
23 Buell Street, Brockville

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