Here are a list of candidates who will champion a made-in-Canada New Green Deal

 

 

Today, we released our first round of federal election endorsements. Here’s our list of candidates from across the country who will champion a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

We’re endorsing these 13 candidates because they are bold leaders who will push the envelope when they’re elected. They will take risks, organize fellow Members of Parliament, and work across party lines to tackle the climate emergency. And, they’re running grassroots campaigns connected to movements in their communities.

We set a high bar for our endorsements. 

All of our candidates were nominated by Our Time organizers across the country. We trust them to fight for a made-in-Canada Green New Deal. That means they will champion science-based climate policy. They will work to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And, they will get to work rebuilding our economy with justice, dignity, and decent jobs for all.

Find out how you can support our endorsed candidates.

Image result for Leah GazanLeah Gazan supports a made-in-Canada New Green Deal, endorsed by Our Time, and is a candidate for Winnipeg Centre

In my hometown, Winnipeg, we’re endorsing Leah Gazan. I’ve known Leah for many years. Leah has spent her life fighting for human rights and is a tireless advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has served our community for decades as a teacher, member of the taxi board, and a dedicated organizer for justice.

Now, we’re ready to make sure that champions like Leah Gazan win their seats in Parliament. We will mobilize a generational alliance of voters in support of Green New Deal Champions in this election. Join our movement.

The government we elect in October will lead us through 4 of the 11 years we have to act on the climate crisis.

Today, the Globe & Mail confirmed that the climate emergency will be a top ballot box issue this election.¹

This is our time for the kind of action that we all know we need.  SOURCE

If we get to work now, we can elect a slate of Green New Deal champions this October. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re building a mass-movement of people that will hold these politicians to account once they’re elected. Will you join in?

Proposed “Big Moves” on climate could transform Vancouver in ways residents might not have imagined

This posting is a teaser to get you to read the common sense, realistic plans Vancouver is making in the full article. It contains all sorts of initiatives that the Prince Edward Council should be considering. If you wish to send an email to all Members of Council as a group, please email council@pecounty.on.ca.

Coun. Christine Boyle's motion last January declaring a climate emergency has set the stage for dramatic recommendations from Vancouver city staff.
Coun. Christine Boyle’s motion last January declaring a climate emergency has set the stage for dramatic recommendations from Vancouver city staff.

…Vancouver city council will deal with two major staff reports focusing on greenhouse gas emissions.

The first includes recommendations on the city’s response to a “climate emergency”, which was declared in January by council.

It’s hard to underestimate the impact that this report could have on the city and possibly other countries in the years to come….

Local governments can change the world. That’s been seen in everything from antismoking efforts to cannabis regulation to the peace movement to the trend across the globe to viewing drug addiction as a health issue.

In all four of these areas, Vancouver was a leading player in North America, just as it has been in responding to climate change.

Local actions can persuade senior governments to follow because municipalities are often hothouses for innovation. And this has also been the case with climate change.

Witness the role that municipal governments, including Vancouver, had in strengthening the backbone of world leaders to set hard limits in the Paris Agreement of 2015.

“In Canada and around the world, there is a growing movement of hundreds of local governments recognizing the emergency that climate change represents, accelerating their own actions, and calling on provincial/state and national governments to ramp up their responses,” the city report states. “Given the world’s increasingly urbanized population is on the front lines of the fight against climate change, the world’s urban population will disproportionately experience the effects of global warming.”

Forest fires have brought shrouds of smoke to Vancouver in recent summers. City staff have proposed
Forest fires have brought shrouds of smoke to Vancouver in recent summers. City staff have proposed “clean air” rooms as one possible response. METRO VANCOUVER 

The city report recommends six “Big Moves”, which will be voted on by council. Below, I’ve listed them, as well as their implications for city residents. MORE

These posters designed by Utah teens demand action on clean air

A simple poster contest for high schoolers is waking teens–and in turn, their parents–up to air quality issues.

Every year since 2015, two professors at Utah State University (USU) have hosted a poster-design competition for high school students to address a critical issue for the state: air quality.


[Image: courtesy Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest]

In the competition, they asked students to design posters calling for an end to vehicle idling, or encouraging people to carpool or “trip chain” (complete all errands in one go to diminish driving). Over the years, the number of students participating has grown to over 550 in four school districts, Stafford says, and he eventually wants the competition to expand its reach even further. MORE

 

Plugging Ontario into a Green Energy Future

Electricity price alert

On January 1st Ontario Power Generation (OPG) raised its price of nuclear power by 7% to 8.8 cents per kWh.

As a result, the price of nuclear power has doubled since 2002.

When will the promise be kept?To add insult to injury, OPG has told the Ontario Energy Board that it needs to increase its price of nuclear power by a further 88% between now and 2025 to pay for the re-building of its Darlington Nuclear Station. If this occurs, Premier Ford will not be able to keep his promise to lower our electricity costs by 12%.

Fortunately, the solution to our rising electricity rates lies just east of the Ottawa River. Quebec is the 4th largest producer of water power in the world and it has a large and rising supply of low-cost water power available for export to Ontario at a fraction of the cost of nuclear power.

Please contact Premier Ford and ask him to buy low-cost Quebec water power and cancel the high-cost Darlington Re-Build Project.

Premier Ford’s cell phone # is 416-805-2156. His email is Doug.Ford@pc.ola.org. Click here to send him a message now.

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