Letters

“Smoke, Fire, Politics” letter to the Globe and Mail, 23 Aug 2018

Letter to editor, Globe & Mail 23 August 2018, A10

Gary Mason is right on climate change when he says, “There isn’t a bigger issue before us.” But the header, “While the planet burns, our politicians fiddle,” sends the wrong message. Politicians who have put forward concerted plans to tackle climate change have been punished at the polls.

To Premier Doug Ford, August 2018

August 8, 2018
Hon. Doug Ford, Premier
cc. Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
Legislative Building , Queen’s Park | Toronto,ON | M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford,

Ontarians across the province are experiencing a summer of record-breaking heat waves, floods, forest fires and heat-related human health crises . Like other countries and states around the world, Ontario is experiencing first-hand the uncertainty, expense and loss that result from a changing climate.

To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, July 2018

Rt Hon Justin Trudeau, PC, MP
July 9, 2018

Dear Mr Trudeau

JustEarth members are (mainly) Ontario residents, and we strongly disagree with the decision of the new premier to cancel the province’s cap-and-trade program. We would have preferred a carbon tax, as the most straightforward way of putting a price on carbon, but the program legislated was a reasonable one.

to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 2018 re Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion

Rt Hon Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister
June 11, 2018

Dear Mr Trudeau

Re: Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Notes on lobbying MPs

drafted by Lyn Adamson, Jan 5, 2017

  • Designate a note taker and time keeper in advance.
  • Arrival, check amount of time for the meeting
  • Brief intro of each person in the group (30 sec, can be why this is such an important concern for you)
  • Chair of meeting thanks the MP for some action the MP may have taken (on this or any issue) or thank you in general for the introduction of a carbon price across Canada and/or leadership in Paris.

Canada Begins Long-Term Climate Planning in Marrakech

Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac) news release, November 18, 2016

The government of Canada released an initial draft of their long-term strategy to decarbonize by 2050 today. This plan outlines priority pathways including replacing fossil fuel energy with renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid, facilitating the movement of electricity between provinces and states, and avoiding stranded assets.

In response, CAN-Rac Executive Director Catherine Abreu issued the following statement:

What Now?

By Steven Guilbeault at equiterre.org, 9 November 2016

(abridged: see full article and graphics at http://www.equiterre.org/en/news/what-now)

Fossil fuel subsidies undermine carbon pricing in Canada, new study shows

November 15, 2016

Four prominent Canadian environmental groups released a study that shows how billions of taxpayer dollars in federal and provincial subsidies for oil and gas companies greatly undermine climate action in Canada.

Two statements on the Trudeau government's plan to phase out coal power

Clean Energy Canada

Accelerating Transition to Clean Electricity Will Drive Clean Growth, Cut Pollution

November 21, 2016

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada announced today that it will accelerate investments in clean electricity by phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, increasing the country’s supply of non-emitting electricity from 80 to 90 per cent over the same period.

Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the announcement.

To the prime minister, minister for the environment and climate change, and all MPs

November 7, 2016

Dear Mr Trudeau, Ms McKenna, and MPs

JustEarth recently joined in with a large number of Canadian civil society and climate change groups in a joint “Open letter to world leaders” on the urgency of adequate action on climate change. We write now with some specific Canadian concerns.

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