Retail Council Asks Ontario Government for Direction on Plastic Ban (?)

The Retail Council of Canada has sent an open letter to Ontario’s Minister of the Environment asking for government help with bans on single use plastic. They apparently like the idea of going with less plastic in our environment, but they’re asking that Ontario government to step in before municipalities in the province get too carried away. Continue reading “Retail Council Asks Ontario Government for Direction on Plastic Ban (?)”

RECAP: Guelph Candidates Chat About Environmental Issues

Four of the five major party candidates in Guelph took part in one of the “100 Debates on the Environment” held across the country tonight, this one was at Centennial C.V.I. Barbs were traded as the candidates tried to position themselves, and their party, as the best to tackle the most existential crisis of our times. So how did it all turn out? Continue reading “RECAP: Guelph Candidates Chat About Environmental Issues”

“Get a Plan or Lose My Vote!” Hundreds Gather for Global Climate Strike in Guelph

An unseasonably warm noon hour on a beautiful Friday made of an ideal setting outside Guelph City Hall for a Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of Guelphites, many of them young people, gathered in Market Square to make their voices known, they want climate action, and they want it yesterday. Continue reading ““Get a Plan or Lose My Vote!” Hundreds Gather for Global Climate Strike in Guelph”

Green New Deal Meeting Sequel Kicks Off Week of Climate Action

Over 100 people gathered in Peter Clark Hall Thursday night at the University of Guelph to pick up where they left off in June in creating of a Green New Deal. This gathering of environmental activists and supporters leads off a week of climate action, including a  gathering at City Hall tomorrow that’s part of the Global Climate Strike. Continue reading “Green New Deal Meeting Sequel Kicks Off Week of Climate Action”

PLASTIC FREE NEWS: Fukushima, Polls, and Weird Dinosaur

Plastic Free News is a weekly round up of environmental news from the local to the global. From the state of the climate emergency, to animal matters, to interesting stuff that makes living on Earth cool, Plastic Free News is here with all the details. So what’s going on this week? Continue reading “PLASTIC FREE NEWS: Fukushima, Polls, and Weird Dinosaur”

Environmental Action Group Endorses Dyck and Chong

The writ for the 2019 Federal Election hasn’t even been drawn up yet, and already the endorsements are coming in. Locally, Guelph Green Party Candidate Steve Dyck and Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong are two of the initial 25 candidates endorsed by Green PAC, a non-partisan environmental organization. Continue reading “Environmental Action Group Endorses Dyck and Chong”

Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails

It’s not over till it’s over. That seems to be the message coming from the various court challengers to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) as Ontario heads to the Supreme Court, Saskatchewan loses a bid to delay, and Prince Edward Island is out of the court battle (for now?). Continue reading “Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails”

Elections Canada CEO Says You Can Talk Climate Change Partisan-Free

The day after Canadian environmental groups voiced their concern that Elections Canada was going to classify any discussion about climate change as potentially partisan, the CEO of Elections Canada says talk is free, but paid ads means groups have to register as third-party advertisers. Continue reading “Elections Canada CEO Says You Can Talk Climate Change Partisan-Free”

City Moves Water Restrictions Up to Level Yellow

As we’re about to head into the “dog days of August,” the City of Guelph is raising it’s water restriction level to 1 yellow, meaning that residents have to be even more cautious about their water use in the days, and likely weeks, to come. Continue reading “City Moves Water Restrictions Up to Level Yellow”

Feds Announce Money for Small Businesses to Find Energy Efficiencies

If adapting to, and mitigating, climate change sounds like a big, expensive job, it’s because it is. Of course, if you’re a small or medium size business, just about any additional cost or project is big, so if you want to tackle a project to make yourself more environmentally-friendly, wouldn’t it be nice if the Federal government could offer some assistance? Continue reading “Feds Announce Money for Small Businesses to Find Energy Efficiencies”