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Ontario Plans to Expand Use of Natural Gas to Generate Electricity. What's Up With That? Why Should I Care?

Back in early July '23 several constituents in Parkdale-High Park met virtually first with our MPP Bhutila Karpoche, and then with our MP Arif Virani, and voiced our concerns about the provincial government’s plans to expand existing gas plants and build new gas plants in order to produce electricity. We underscored the serious public health concerns, and the impossibility of meeting our climate targets if we were to allow this path. We asked our MPP to please, in conjunction with our MP, host a town hall to raise public awareness of what’s at stake.


Let’s remember what kind of summer we’ve had - including right here in our neighbourhoods, breathing in the smoke of distant forest fires; extending the hours for cooling centres and pool openings to deal with the heat; listening to the news of extreme weather events…  On September 21 ’23 António Guterres did not mince his words at the United Nations as he urged world leaders on an acceleration agenda to safeguard the 1.5ºC temperature goal, and to deliver climate justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RXZ5BiOjpE

Free Webinar: Pulling Back the Curtain: The Strategy, Tactics and Tools of Canada's Fossil Fuel Greenwashing

April 18 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm ET

Key narratives and lobbying by Canada's oil and gas industry are weakening climate policy and jeopardizing Canada's ability to meet net zero targets by 2050. While corporations position themselves as climate allies, research shows Canada’s six largest companies also work to actively oppose climate policy, advocate against regulation to reduce emissions, and push for oil and gas expansion.

Free webinar: Beyond Gas: Ontario's Energy Future

When: April 18 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Eastern Time

An energizing evening with celebrated Stanford energy researcher and author Dr Mark Z. Jacobson and local experts Jack Gibbons (Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance) and Gaby Kalapos (Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership). Moderated by well-known health journalist Avis Favaro and introduced by Dr Mili Roy.


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