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Conservation authorities group has too many developers, no local reps: mayor

CBC News / Bobby Hristova / 1 February 2021

Hamilton city councillors and the executive director of Environment Hamilton think recent changes by the province to conservation authorities will “decapitate” them and erode years of work to curb global warming and other environmental issues.

The most recent issue raised was how no one from Hamilton or Niagara are included in a provincial working group made following controversial legislation that governs conservation authorities.

Conservation authorities oversee regional environmental and watershed protection.

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Great Lakes ice cover shrinks, with big toll

Toronto Star / Max Martin / 26 January 2021

Ice coverage on the Great Lakes hit record lows in January and is well below the seasonal average, prompting concerns from experts about the environmental impact caused by a lack of ice.

As of Jan. 25, 7.7 per cent of the Great Lakes have frozen over, based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a U.S. science agency.

Ice levels were as low as 1.8 per cent on Jan. 15, a record-low for the mid-January period.

The abnormally low levels in 2021 reflect a longstanding trend of Great Lakes ice coverage declining by about 5 per cent per decade since the 1970s.

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Green Energy Doors Open 2020 in review

OSEA / Newsletter / 30 December 2020

On October 20th, OSEA held its 10th Annual Green Energy Doors OpenTM 2020 event, in partnership with OCE (now OCI). Over 300 plus registrants from all sectors participated, and over 20 sustainable energy companies participated within “clusters” that included: Waste to Energy & Waste Recycling, Energy Storage (V2G and Storage with Solar), Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Grid Firming Technologies, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Emerging Carbon Free Technologies e.g. Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, SMRs, and Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

In a post event survey with OCE/OCI, all respondents were impressed with the high calibre and breadth of the sustainable technologies, the information conveyed and came away with a better understanding of the rich ecosystem that has been developed in Ontario over the years.

Bill 216, Food Literacy for Students Act

Daryl Kramp, MPP / 18 December 2020

Hydrogen strategy touted as key to Ontario climate change plan

Nation Valley News / 24 November 2020

In the face of the intensifying climate crisis, the Ontario government has responded with a Made-in-Ontario Environment plan that includes blending hydrogen into natural gas.

The plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 — to be accomplished by powering vehicles, industrial processes, homes, and businesses across the province with the hydrogen-natural gas blend.

The government released a discussion paper, which will inform the province’s hydrogen strategy, and invites the public to provide feedback for a sixty-day consultation period.

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Ontario hiking ethanol content in gasoline

Driving / Jonathan Juha / 27 November 2020

Ontario plans to raise by half the ethanol content required in gasoline in a move to fight climate change that could also benefit Southwestern Ontario’s vast corn belt.

The province says it will gradually increase the required ethanol content in gasoline to 15 per cent from 10 per cent by 2030.

Made from corn, most of which in Ontario is grown in Southwestern Ontario, ethanol is also produced in the region, home to major refiners in Sarnia, Chatham, and Aylmer.

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[TB: Corn and soy are being monocropped increasingly across the province, reducing biodiversity, destroying soils and polluting lands with chemical additives … and with virtually zero EROEI.]

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