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”

The Carbon Tax Sticker Saga Comes to an End

If you like your anti-carbon tax sticker, you can keep your anti-carbon tax sticker, but you don’t have to put them up on your gas pumps anymore, and you don’t have to replace them if they’re torn down. Ontario’s Minister of Energy released a statement this morning that said that they will no longer pursue the much criticized policy after a year-long court fight. Continue reading “The Carbon Tax Sticker Saga Comes to an End”

Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote

Last month‘s vote by the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors to divest from fossil fuel companies was the fiscally prudent move according to the financial committee. But while the committee was sure that the U of G would suffer no fiduciary consequences to divestment, there has been a different kind of loss for the university as a result. Martha Billes, the chancellor of the U of G has quit, and she say’s it’s because of the divestment vote. Continue reading “Billes Resigns as U of G Chancellor Because of Divestment Vote”

RECAP: Raised Hopes and Raised Voices at Climate Town Hall

Although it was occasionally interrupted by the loud chants of people demonstrating in favour of the hereditary chiefs on the Wet’suwet’an territory, most people enjoyed a spirited and timely conversation between Guelph’s political leaders from all three levels of government. Below, watch or recap what Lloyd Longfield, Mike Schreiner, and Cam Guthrie had to say about climate change and taking climate action at a town hall led and moderated by high school students. Continue reading “RECAP: Raised Hopes and Raised Voices at Climate Town Hall”

Youth Gathered in the Cold for the First Climate Strike of the Year

It was cold, colder than it has been really at any point during this winter season, but that did not cool the passion and enthusiasm of the 50 to 60 people that took part in a Climate Strike to demand action by the government to protect our environment and start undoing the catastrophic effects of climate change. Continue reading “Youth Gathered in the Cold for the First Climate Strike of the Year”

Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station

Do you have an electric car? Have you ever pulled up to a public charging station and found that spot is being used by a regular old gas-powered car? Well Bill 123, the Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, will change that by making it illegal to block an electric vehicle charging station, and it’s brought to you, in part, by Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. Continue reading “Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station”

Songs and Pageantry Promote Climate Action in Latest Strike

The Fridays For Future Climate strikes have become a familiar site in Downtown Guelph over the last year, but they seem to have lost none of their enthusiasm. Over the lunch hour on a cold November day, nearly 200 people filled St. George’s Square to carry signs, dress in costumes, sing songs, and die-in to promote more climate action. Continue reading “Songs and Pageantry Promote Climate Action in Latest Strike”

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”