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Sarnia declares climate emergency

Sarnia, the home of Ontario's Chemical Valley and a major petrochemical industry hub, declared a climate emergency yesterday, the very day that the Canadian House of Commons did the same. It's a great first step. Now, what about action?

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Ontario paying more for less

Amazing how expensive the Ontario PC climate plan is to achieve so little. Nearly three times the cost for 1/3 the result, per expert analysis by Enviroeconomics.

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McMurtry Fellowship

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the McMurtry Visiting Clinical Fellowship 2019/20 by Osgoode Hall Law School, in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. I will be giving guest lectures, mentoring students...

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Climate emergency presentation now freely available

A full video of my climate emergency presentation is now available, free of charge, with deep thanks to filmmaker Kathy Garneau, and to the host of this presentation, St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Please encourage others to...

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Why I support climate emergency declarations

This letter is to express my strong support for the proposed climate emergency declaration by the City of Greater Sudbury. As a result of the largest scientific collaboration in human history, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the climate crisis...

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Who’s declared a climate emergency?

It is exciting to see so many large and small Canadian municipalities joining others around the world to declare climate emergencies. Of the 594 declarations reported, 398 come from Canada. This includes 366 in Quebec including Quebec City and Montreal,...

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Text of the Hamilton Climate Emergency Declaration

Here is the text of Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration, unanimously adopted March 27, 2019: City of Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration Unanimously adopted March 27, 2019 (a) That the City of Hamilton declare a climate emergency that threatens our city, region,...

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Municipal Climate Emergency Declarations

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...

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Climate changes everything webinar

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...

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Why is Canada warming faster than global average?

Canada is getting warmer faster than the rest of the world. Why is that? | CBC News asked me for answers.

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Thank you to Hamilton and North Bay!

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...

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Environmental Commissioner of Ontario reports and presentations are still available, just harder to find.

This post includes all my reports and presentations during my role as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

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