Schreiner Announces Private Members Bill to Create Carbon Budget Accountability

Governments talk a lot about balancing the fiscal budget, but what about a carbon budget. Well, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner is bringing forward a private members bill later this week that will demand of the Ontario government that they adhere to an annual carbon budget as a way to attack global climate change. His plan, Schreiner says, will cut Ontario’s climate pollution in half by 2030 and get the province to net-zero by 2045. Continue reading “Schreiner Announces Private Members Bill to Create Carbon Budget Accountability”

Levenson Tells Open Sources that Even the Greens Just Aren’t Green Enough

Is there any room left of the Green Party on environmental policy? Karen Levenson sure thinks so, and she’s running for the Animal Protection Party to prove it. Having run twice before under the APP’s old banner, the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party, Levenson told Open Sources Guelph that you can’t separate climate action from animal protection and welfare. Continue reading “Levenson Tells Open Sources that Even the Greens Just Aren’t Green Enough”

Bowman Acclaimed as the Federal Green Party Candidate for Guelph

Politicos from coast to coast to coast are anticipating an election call that might come any day now, so local riding associations need to get their candidates lined up and ready to go. The Guelph Green Party have selected their candidate for the coming Federal Election, and it’s environmental scientist Dr. Michelle Bowman who says that she’s eager to give people a reason to vote Green. Continue reading “Bowman Acclaimed as the Federal Green Party Candidate for Guelph”

Horwath Comes to Guelph in Campaign-Style Announcement

In a campaign-style announcement on Thursday morning, Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath landed in Guelph with a couple of her NDP colleagues to talk about her party’s plan to promote the use of electric vehicles. The setting, next to some EV charging stations, was not subtle, and neither was the political message. In the home of Ontario’s first Green MPP, Horwath wanted to make the point that she’ll be better on the environment file. Continue reading “Horwath Comes to Guelph in Campaign-Style Announcement”

GUELPH POLITICAST #279 – Now We’re All Working for 2050

We’ve heard a lot about the City of Guelph’s intention to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. That is the corporate goal of the City of Guelph, and while it’s a laudible, City Hall doesn’t generate power. So isn’t there a key partner they need to bring on board to reach net zero by 2050? Like the company that provides all our electricity? Well, there was recently some good news on that account. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #279 – Now We’re All Working for 2050”

Longfield Says Government is Ready to Move Forward After Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Federal government can impose a price on carbon. The 6-3 decision was released on Thursday morning, and effectively ends a joint appeal by the Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan governments of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, aka: the Carbon Tax. Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield hopes this means the whole country can now move forward on climate action. Continue reading “Longfield Says Government is Ready to Move Forward After Supreme Court Decision”

GUELPH POLITICAST #263 – They Had Concerns

You may remember Xinyi, a Chinese glass manufacturer that wanted to try and build a plant just next door in Guelph/Eramosa Township. All but one of the township’s councillors rejected the proposal in the wake of wide-spread public outcry about the effect on the local environment, especially the water supply, and that seemed to be the end of that. It wasn’t. The story then moved to Stratford. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #263 – They Had Concerns”

One Week After Passing Omnibus Bill, Ontario Gov’t Wants to Talk Conservation

A little over a week after passing a budget omnibus bill that forced some sudden and substantive changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, the Minister of the Environment is now inviting everyone to take part in a working group to get input on developing new regulations for conservation authorities, and how best they should be governed. Continue reading “One Week After Passing Omnibus Bill, Ontario Gov’t Wants to Talk Conservation”

Shoes Sub for People in COVID Friendly Climate Protest

Exactly one year ago, a group of young people gathered in St. George’s Square to protest Canada’s lack of climate action, and to demand better from all levels of government. Since then, holding a protest with hundreds of people has gotten more difficult, and so has the job of getting attention for climate changes issues. Activists are forced to be more creative than ever, and that’s why if you passed by City Hall at lunch hour on Friday you saw rows and rows of shoes. Continue reading “Shoes Sub for People in COVID Friendly Climate Protest”

University of Guelph Gets Federal Money for Environmental Upgrades

This long weekend, the University of Guelph will be giving thanks to the Federal government and MP Lloyd Longfield for about three quarters of a million dollars in new funding to upgrade campus’ environmental sustainability. This holiday weekend, the U of G is getting the gift of more energy efficiency, and more chargers for electric vehicles. Continue reading “University of Guelph Gets Federal Money for Environmental Upgrades”