Dianne Saxe is president of Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment.
2015 to 2019, Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and issued highly praised reports on a wide range of environmental, energy and climate topics.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dr. Saxe's career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.
A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized by all major legal rating services, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Her numerous honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.
Dr. Saxe has travelled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.
As the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Saxe can now be retained to give strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment. The breadth of her expertise and experience are illustrated by her reports as Environmental Commissioner, available here, and her presentations, available here. More details will be provided as we build out this website.
Dr. Saxe will give some presentations pro bono for registered charities who are unable to pay for her time.
Dianne Saxe is NOT, at present, practicing law or providing legal advice
Here is the text of Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration, unanimously adopted March 27, 2019:
Unanimously adopted March 27, 2019
(a) That the City of Hamilton declare a climate emergency that threatens our city, region, province, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world;
(b) That a multi-departmental Corporate Climate Change Task Force of City of Hamilton staff be created under the leadership of the City Manager;
(c) That the Corporate Climate Change Task Force be directed to investigate and identify:
(i) Additional actions to be taken to incorporate into existing plans and policies to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2050;
(ii) Best processes to centralize reporting on Climate Change for the Corporation of the City of Hamilton;
(iii) Green initiative investments and returns to the community, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) The City of Hamilton has reduced its carbon footprint since 2005. In addition to efforts surrounding mitigating personal property flooding the City has initiated a number of energy conservation initiatives;
(2) Energy intensity at City facilities (e.g. Recreation, Lodges, Entertainment, Police, etc.), has been reduced by 28% when comparing 2017 versus 2005;
(3) The City of Hamilton was a leader in the development of local district energy. The City of Hamilton established Hamilton Renewal Power Inc. (HRPI), which operates cogeneration at the wastewater treatment plant and landfill. HRPI generates 28,000,000 kwh of renewable energy annually with a reduction of 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide;
(4) Cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from energy conservation initiatives over the period 2011-2017 is 52,325 tonnes;
(5) When comparing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the periods 2016 versus 2005, 2005 emissions were in excess of 120,000 tonnes, decreasing to in excess of 80,000 tonnes by 2016; and,
(6) At the Bay Area Climate Change Summit some clear directions were discussed that would allow Hamilton to meeting its climate change targets:
(aa) All new building be built net zero by 2030 and all new buildings retrofitted by 2050 including fuel switching;
(bb) All diesel vehicles be decommissioned by 2030 and all vehicles electrified by 2050;
(cc) Low carbon technology for our steel manufacturing and other district energy technologies; and,
(dd) These initiatives would need to be taken by all partners and the City could show leadership by committing to these actions for construction and renovations of City facilities, requiring net zero construction where the City funds organizations for building (i.e. affordable housing) and the City could continue to “green” its own fleet of vehicles towards the goals listed above;
(iv) Gaps in current programs and projects and strategies to address those gaps; and,
(v) The establishment of a critical path and Terms of Reference to initiate an awareness strategy campaign to encompass the history of global warming, climate change and the United Nation’s Declaration on a Climate Emergency, which is to include the impacts of not taking such action, and the investment vs. the expense of taking such action;
(d) That the Corporate Climate Change Task Force report back to the Board of Health within 120 days; and,
(e) That Council supports City of Hamilton staff participation in Bay Area Climate Change Implementation Teams as subject matter experts to accelerate climate action across the Bay Area.
Adopted 16-0, Hamilton Council Minutes 19-006 March 27, 2019, Page 13-14 of 67. Typos in original.
Hats off to Kingston, Hamilton and West Nipissing for adopting municipal climate emergency declarations. (My deep thanks to everyone who made this possible.) They join Vancouver, Halifax, Edmonston and hundreds of Quebec municipalities.
The next step is to turn the declarations into real action on the three key areas that matter most: reducing climate pollution, getting ready for what's coming, and speaking up about both of them.
The Council of Canadians hosted a very successful webinar on April 11 to explore the climate emergency and what Ontarians can do, individually and collectively. We discussed carbon pricing, energy conservation and stopping urban sprawl. The slides are here: 2019-04-11 Council of Canadians.
You can watch the entire session at your own convenience at https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/6518103239635107329. Finally, the Council of Canadians's own Climate Campaigner Dylan Penner posts at www.canadians.org.
Canada is getting warmer faster than the rest of the world. Why is that? | CBC News asked me for answers.
Thank you to the large, enthusiastic audiences in both Hamilton and North Bay who came out to learn together how to respond to the urgency of climate change this week. And thank you to Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jim Chirico, Executive Director of Community Services Shannon Mantha and their teams who hosted yesterday's excellent workshop of northeastern Ontario Health Units.
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