Youth have a voice in all-candidates environment debate

Categories: Events
Published on: September 25, 2019

100 Debates - LGTIRL Organizing Committee / 23 September 2019

Students in our federal riding are no different from students the world over when it comes to climate change. They care very much about the environment and our future.

The world’s youth are telling adults and people in power that it’s past time to get serious about climate change. Student strikes declare the urgency of the crisis. Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg challenges politicians in the halls of governments.

Locally, students in all area high schools were asked to contribute questions in advance of the non-partisan October 2 environment debate by federal candidates for election in Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (LGTIRL) riding, and the submissions were impressive.

From the questions submitted, debate organizers chose two for the candidates to discuss. During the debate, a grade 11 student from Academie catholique Ange Gabriel will ask what candidates would do about the destruction of bee colonies, and a representative of the Grade 7 class at Ecole elementaire et secondaire publique Riviere Rideau will ask them about protecting nature from development in the riding.

In addition, debate co-moderators Bruce Wylie of 104.9 JR FM radio and Ron Zajac of The Recorder and Times newspaper will ask candidates from all five parties (Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green and PPC) questions about climate change, water, wildlife conservation, pollution and toxic substances. These questions are being asked of federal candidates in 100 Debates on the Environment in ridings all over Canada (see

A shuttle bus departing from Kemptville’s municipal centre at 6 pm will bring citizens from North Grenville to the debate. Tickets ($5 minimum donation per person) are available at Geronimo Coffee House and at Brewed Awakenings until 4 p.m. the day of the debate. Seating is limited. 100 Debates – LGTIRL will be held at the Aquatarium theatre*, 6 Broad Street, Brockville, on October 2, 7-9 pm. It is hosted by Transition Brockville, Sustainable North Grenville and Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Leeds-Grenville. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook (visit the event’s page below).

For more information about this free public event check out the Facebook page at or write to

[*Venue changed as of 19/09/27]