Other Communities in Ontario

Three-letter acronym now ‘a weapon of mass destruction in the planning world,’ critics say

Opponents say Minister’s Zoning Orders ignore environmental concerns while kowtowing to developers. Local resident Bob Codd says the province and municipalities are employing Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) with fervent abandon to the detriment of both the environment and due process

Nov 20, 2020 1:53 PM By: Andrew Philips – orilliamatters.com

ONTARIO YOUTH CLIMATE DEFENDERS WIN THEIR DAY IN COURT

In a groundbreaking judgement, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled the climate crisis doesthreaten fundamental rights protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that Canadian citizens can therefore challenge their governments’ climate failures on constitutional grounds,

The Energy Mix – NOVEMBER 16, 2020

‘The developers are all in control’: Doug Ford’s government moves to limit the power of conservation authorities, sparking fears for the environment

New legislation by Doug Ford’s provincial government will override the powers of Ontario’s conservation authorities, limiting their ability to assess the environmental impact of developments across the province, according to environmental groups.
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– Toronto Star – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hamilton City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Government of Ontario to phase-out the province’s gas-fired power plants by 2030.

According to the City of Hamilton resolution, a fossil-free provincial electricity system is critically important for the City to achieve its climate goals in part by replacing fossil fuels with electric vehicles, electric buses and electric heat pumps. – Clean Air Alliance – November 11, 2020

Kitchener and Halton Hills call for the phasing-out of Ontario’s gas-fired power plants

Yesterday the City of Kitchener and the Town of Halton Hills became the first municipalities to request the Government of Ontario to start phasing-out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants. You can download a draft resolution to send to your council here. You can sign as an individual here.

October 27, 2020 Building a clean, green grid, Bulletins

OTTAWA CITY PLAN SETS SIGHTS ON ZERO EMISSIONS, 4.4 GW OF NEW RENEWABLES BY 2050

The City of Ottawa has released a long-awaited energy transition plan that has it eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions, phasing out all fossil fuel use, shifting all heating and transportation to electricity or other zero-emission options, and adding 4.4 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity by 2050.

OCTOBER 23, 2020 PRIMARY AUTHOR COMPILED BY MITCHELL BEER

Tay Valley Township Approves First Climate Action Plan

Posted on Wednesday September 16,

In late August the Council of Tay Valley Township approved Taking Steps to Make a Difference – A Climate Action Plan 2020. The Plan sets two targets – a 55% reduction in municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 2028 and a 45% reduction in community emissions.  The municipal target reflects the call by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 7.6 per cent a year, each year, in order to hold the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A car-less dream of a Muskoka for all

Proposals abound to plan for a greener, post-pandemic future. Most focus on cities, where 81 per cent of Canadians live. But, a truly national plan must include how to connect cities with rural areas without relying on internal combustion (ICE) vehicles.

By Gordon Laxer, Gravenhurst, September 13, 2020 – The Star

Guelph to add 65 electric buses to public transit fleet through $177 million investment

The electrification strategy involves replacing 35 currently operational diesel buses with EVs, as well as commissioning 30 new electric buses and installing on-route charging stations.

16 January 2020 – ELECTRIC AUTONOMY