Tag Archives: Ontario

Canada Facing Increased Flooding

The ECOreport publishes another Op-ED about climate impacts, Canada Facing Increased Flooding

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki,  with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Communications Specialist Theresa Beer.

Spring flooding in Canada this year upended lives, inundated city streets and swamped houses, prompting calls for sandbags, seawalls and dikes to save communities. Ontario and Quebec’s April rainfall was double the 30-year average. Thousands of homes in 130 Quebec municipalities stretching from the Ontario border to the Gaspé Peninsula flooded in May. Montreal residents raced to protect their homes and families as three dikes gave way and the city declared a state of emergency. The Ontario government had to boost its resources for an emergency flood response.

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Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Phasing Out Coal Improved Ontario’s Air Quality

Originally Published in Policy Opinions

By Erin Flanagan, Philip Gass

Fifty-three to zero: this is the number of smog days in Ontario in 2005 compared with the number in 2014. Ontario had the better part of two full months of smog days in 2005, and none in 2014. It is undeniable that Ontario has seen pollution reduction and an improvement in air quality since phasing out coal-fired power plants — and that families have felt these health and environmental benefits across Ontario. As Ottawa and the provinces flesh out the details of a nationwide phase-out of coal pollution, we should bear this in mind.

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Saving Rosedale’s Park Drive Ravine

The ECOreport reposts a news story from the Toronto Area, Saving Rosedale’s Park Drive Ravine

Originally Published on U of T News

As the city considers a ravine strategy plan, University of Toronto forestry professor Sandy Smith and her students are tracking the ecological changes of a Rosedale ravine – and they’re alarmed by what they’re finding so far.

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Ontario Needs 100% Renewable Energy

The ECOreport reposts a joint appeal from 14 organizations, Ontario Needs 100% Renewable Energy

Press Release from Environmental Defence

Toronto, ON – A group of fourteen organizations, including environmentalists, doctors and nurses, says that Ontario’s next energy plan should empower citizens and communities to join the global movement toward 100 per cent renewable energy.

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Fighting the Energy East Pipeline

The ECOreport reposts Ecojustice’s reasons for fighting the Energy East Pipeline

Originally Published on Ecojustice

By Devon Page

We are representing community group, Transition Initiative Kenora, in their fight to stop the Energy East pipeline. But first we need your help to make sure the review process is fair and unbiased.

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Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about commitment, Getting Young People To Invest In Toronto’s Future

Originally Published on U of T News

Ten young people, one big challenge: get their generation to play a part in Toronto’s future.

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Municipal Regulations Impact House Prices

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED arguing that municipal regulations impact house prices

Originally Published on the Fraser Insitute

By Kenneth P. Green, Josef Filipowicz, Steve Lafleur & Ian Herzog

As Canadians continue to converge on urban centres and concerns about the affordability of housing grow, it is crucial to understand why the country’s major housing markets have seen such dramatic growth in prices. This study presents evidence that the regulation of residential development restricts the housing supply, encouraging the growth of prices and distorting local economies.

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A Pivotal Time In Canada’s Clean Energy Transition

The ECOreportconsiders Clean Energy Canada’s report on a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada is at a crossroads. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggests our reliance on fossil fuels will soon be a memory. The future lies with renewables.  There are numerous challenges to be overcome. Yet the latest instalment of Tracking the Energy Revolution states this is a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition.

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Undergrads Making Bike Lanes Happen

The ECOreport reposts a story about Toronto undergrads making bike lanes happen

Originally Published on U of T News

By Peter Boisseau

If you’ve been looking forward to getting around the city by bike this summer, you might want to thank some University of Toronto students for making that a little easier.

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Clean Economy Alliance Welcomes Ontario’s Climate Plan

The ECOreport reposts news that the 90 member organizations of the province’s Clean Economy Alliance Welcomes Ontario’s Climate Plan

Press Release from the Clean Economy Alliance

TORONTO, ON – The Clean Economy Alliance (CEA), a coalition of over 90 organizations, applauds Ontario’s ambitious Climate Change Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and invest in the jobs, technologies, institutions and infrastructure of a 21st century low-carbon economy. The Climate Change Action Plan includes key measures to help Ontario shift away from fossil fuels, including incentives for electric vehicles, retrofitting homes and buildings to improve energy efficiency, and offsetting natural gas use with renewable energy, including solar and geothermal technology.

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