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”

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”