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Municipal vehicle tax could fund transit, benefit all city-dwellers

February 17, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Municipal vehicle tax could fund transit, benefit all city-dwellers

(Credit: City of Toronto via Flickr)

By Gideon Forman, transportation policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation

Now that road tolls are out, at least for the foreseeable future, how can Toronto pay for public transit that is vital to our climate goals and congestion relief?

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Ontario's first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes

February 2, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Ontario's first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes

Credit: Miranda Fuller

By Gideon Forman, climate change policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation

Miranda Fuller looks over the 10 turbines on Gunn's Hill Wind Farm in southern Ontario's Oxford County, a lush region of farmland and small cities between London and Kitchener. "They're magical!" she says.

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U.S. approves Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Tell Canada to say "No way!"

January 24, 2017
Photo: U.S. approves Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Tell Canada to say

(Credit: Climate solutions and Justicee via Flickr)

We won't be able to realize the full potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure.

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines was met with support by our federal government. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the approvals are a positive step for Canada and for deepening our relationship with the U.S. on the energy file.

We disagree. We don't believe Canada should deepen its relationship with the new U.S. administration on the energy file until we have seen a solid environmental regulatory regime and climate change plan in place.

SPEAKING POINTS

Tell them:

  • Who you are and a bit about yourself (you are a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, Indigenous person, voter, etc.).
  • Why climate change concerns you (impacts from increased extreme weather, air quality, sea-level rise, extinctions, climate refugees).
  • We won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines (as well as domestic pipelines like Kinder Morgan and Energy East).
  • These pipelines pose extreme threats to Indigenous water resources and land. Indigenous rights must take priority over short-term oil industry profits. We support the community of Standing Rock, which is opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.
  • Leave your name and phone number, and ask him to reply to confirm whether he will commit to supporting renewable energy instead of new oil pipelines.

Tips for the call

Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes.
Be polite but firm — MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.

Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

January 19, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

(Credit: Daniel Borman via Flickr)

By Gideon Forman, climate change policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation

The most exhilarating aspect of Barack Obama's recent article in the prestigious journal Science, "The irreversible momentum of clean energy", is the deep optimism it embodies. Published on January 9 — just a week-and-a-half before the end of his presidency — it provides consoling words to a world greatly in need of consolation.

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Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

January 18, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

Photo courtesy of Lynn Oliphant

By Steve Kux, David Suzuki Foundation Policy Analyst

Sun shines on the Prairie provinces more often than anywhere else in Canada. That's what inspired retired University of Saskatchewan professor Lynn Oliphant to start taking advantage of this untapped resource. Oliphant, who lives outside Saskatoon with his wife, Rhonda Shewfelt, is a lifelong sustainable technologies advocate and adopter, but the decision to install solar panels on his property two years ago was as much a matter of economics as environmentalism.

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