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ECO releases 2018 GHG Progress Report - webinar coming Oct. 1

On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, released Climate Action in Ontario: What's Next?, her 2028 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.The report calls on the provincial government to create a climate change law that drives down emissions while funding sensible solutions. A meaningful climate law needs science-based emissions budgets, a legal obligation to stay within those budgets, and credible, transparent progress reporting.

New Home Resilience Pilot Program

The City of Toronto is supporting a new pilot program to help homeowners address basement flooding. The Toronto Home Resilience Program is an emergency preparedness and flood risk reduction education service that provides homeowners with emergency preparedness resources and a Home Flood Protection Assessment that identifies priority actions to reduce their risk of basement flooding. The program is available on a first come-first serve basis to up to 200 homeowners, for a cost of $95.

Opinion: Wake up and smell the smoke

A must read:
The following op-ed by CAPE, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, was just published in the Vancouver Sun on August 8, 2018:

Opinion: Wake up and smell the smoke
Canadians are not doing nearly enough to combat climate change and a record season of wildfires this year serves as evidence of our failure to act.

Open letter to Premier Ford re: Ontario climate action

The following open letter was sent to the Premier and to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks on August 8, 2018:

August 8, 2018
Hon. Doug Ford, Premier
cc. Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
Legislative Building , Queen’s Park  | Toronto,ON | M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford,

Environmental Defence Statement on the federal government purchases of Kinder Morgan

"For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018

Statement by Environmental Defence’s Patrick DeRochie on the federal government’s reckless purchase of the Kinder Morgan pipeline

Toronto, Ont. – The federal government’s decision to purchase Trans Mountain is a totally reckless use of public money. It leaves Canadians on the hook for a risky pipeline that lacks a viable business case, flouts Canada’s commitment to Indigenous rights and reconciliation, and faces intractable legal, political and regulatory obstacles.

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