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Provincial Party Responses 2018

Make your vote count: find out where the parties stand. The next Government of Ontario will inherit a province facing many significant environmental challenges, from climate change and ongoing loss of biodiversity to a steady build up of toxics and pollutants in our air, water and land.  Strong actions will be required to address these problems and to position Ontario to benefit in a world rapidly moving toward a low-carbon future and embracing the need for more sustainable economic and social systems. We asked all parties to describe their vision for making Ontario an environmental leader and how they will enhance the quality of life of all of its residents.

We have invited all four parties to submit any additional policies or information as the election progresses, and we will note when new information has been added.

Read Party Responses 2018 at Green Prosperity.

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June 4, 2018 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Rail lines, not pipelines: the past, present, and future of Canadian passenger rail

Graph of Canadian railway network, kilometres, historic, 1836 to 2016

One kilometre of oil pipeline contains the same amount of steel as two kilometres of railway track.* The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will, if it goes ahead, consume enough steel to build nearly 2,000 kms of new passenger rail track. The Keystone XL project would consume enough steel to build nearly 4,000 kms of track. And the now-cancelled Energy East pipeline would have required as much steel as 10,000 kms of track.

With these facts in mind, Canadians (and Americans) should consider our options and priorities. There’s tremendous pressure to build new pipelines. Building them, proponents claim, will result in jobs and economic development. But if we’re going to spend billions of dollars, lay down millions of tonnes of steel, and consume millions of person-hours of labour, should we be building soon-to-be-obsolete infrastructure to transport climate-destabilizing fossil fuels? Or should we take the opportunity to create even more jobs building a zero-emission twenty-first century transportation network for Canada and North America?

Read Rail lines, not pipelines: the past, present, and future of Canadian passenger rail by Darrin Qualman at Darrin Qualman blog.

May 21, 2018 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Gas prices pinching your wallet? Here’s how much you could save with an electric car

Gas prices are expected to hit a four-year high in North America this summer, and things might get even worse now that the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

New sanctions on Iran, one of the world’s major oil producers, are already pushing up oil prices and could add another 5 cents a litre to the price of gasoline for Canadians this summer, GasBuddy analyst Dan Mcteague told Global News.

The prospect of pain at the pump through the summer driving season might spur more car-shopping Canadians to take a closer look at electric and hybrid vehicles.

There’s no question that battery-powered cars will save you a pretty penny when it comes to fuel costs.

Read Gas prices pinching your wallet? Here’s how much you could save with an electric car by Erica Alini at Global News.

May 14, 2018 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

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Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program will provide 80 per cent of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space.

Read the full news release: Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

January 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

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Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for years. But many consumers have limited exposure to electric vehicles (commonly known as EVs) and may have many questions about whether an electric car might fit into their lives.

This guide is a basic primer that can help you determine whether going electric is the right move.

Read Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions at Consumer Reports.

November 20, 2017 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Walk and Roll Cornwall SDG

Last summer the Transition Cornwall+ Active Transportation Group set out to interview a couple of people who love to walk and roll in Cornwall and SDG.  Their goal was to learn more about where they walk and roll, what tips and tricks they have to share with others and why they love doing it!

With the help of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit communication team, they were able to capture it all on tape and produce two short videos.  The participants – Nancy and the Garcia Family – were great sports!

Walk and Roll Cornwall-SDG is an online space to help people who live, work and play in Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to get around safely either on foot, by bike or by transit.

 

November 8, 2017 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Supersizing electric vehicles: Loblaws trucks going green

Loblaw Companies Ltd., which owns widely-known brands including President’s Choice, Joe Fresh and Asian grocery chain T&T, announced a commitment to completely electrify its fleet of trucks as part of its goal to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Transportation is the second-largest carbon pollution source in Canada, just behind oil and gas. Heavy-duty trucking is the fastest growing slice of Canada’s transportation emissions, accounting for 10.5 percent of the national total. Analysts at the Pembina Institute point out that, by contrast, Canada’s vast electricity sector is only slightly larger at 11 per cent.

Read Supersizing electric vehicles: Loblaws trucks going green by Jenny Euchi and Chris Hatch at the National Observer.

November 6, 2017 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

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