The votes are in … except they’re not. But Ontario’s party platforms are here, and we’ve funnelled them through a climate justice filter to make it easier for you to assess them.
With the provincial election coming up on June 2, we’re posing one question: What does the ideal climate action candidate look like for Toronto?
Forget partisanship. Forget smear campaigns. Forget voting for a candidate because their climate platform is marginally better than another.
And forget needless bureaucratic gatekeeping — climate justice advocacy is simple when it’s specific, direct, and actionable.Read more
Those of us standing on the grounds of Queen’s Park on November 6th (N6) were there to ask for Climate Justice now Real Action @ COP26 as climate negotiations by political leaders in Glasgow went on with deferred promises, delay strategies and false solutions that continued to miss the mark on climate justice.
Photos throughout by Dawn Pearson
On Wednesday September 8th, TO350 and People’s Climate Movement Toronto led an on-the-ground "Canada's Still on Fire" action at Queen’s Park. The event was one of 60 held across the country in a nationwide effort initiated by 350Canada to make it clear that climate must be front and centre this election.
Why Toronto Council should endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, and 4 simple actions you can take to make it happen
Our hearts go out to the residents of Lytton, B.C. Record temperatures, wildfires, a town destroyed and residents devastated. This is the climate crisis in real time.
We can begin our help here.
It is evident the change in our climate played a role in the heat-related deaths and wildfires in B.C. These northern areas were hotter than the Middle East. Scientists fear this indicates a new dimension of the global crisis.
Johan Rockström of the The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research stated the recent extreme weather anomalies were not represented in global computer models that are used to project how the world might change with more emissions. The fear is that weather systems might be more frequently blocked as a result of human emissions. “It is a risk – of a serious regional weather impact triggered by global warming – that we have underestimated so far”, he said.
It is clear that the Climate Emergency created this crisis and it is time to act. In Canada the fossil fuel industry is the biggest source of impact on the climate. As residents of Toronto, we need our electricity production and home heating to be free of fossil fuels. Now is the time to commit to doing this.
What needs to be done
There is a global movement calling for national governments to negotiate and ratify a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to stop the further expansion of fossil fuel production, phase out fossil fuels, and ensure a global just transition for all.
Toronto350 has endorsed this treaty along with hundreds of other organizations including the Cities of Vancouver, Los Angeles, Barcelona, as well as seven other cities and sub-national governments. As Canada’s most populous city, it is time for Toronto to add our name and endorse this treaty. By endorsing it, Toronto is committing to a fossil free future, and sending a message to our provincial and federal governments to stop investing in oil and gas, and use funds to transition away from them.
What can you do?
Consider any or all of the following actions:
- Add your name to the petition for Toronto Council to endorse the FFNP Treaty.
- Send a letter to Mayor Tory and all city councillors asking that they endorse the treaty. Use this tool to make it easy!
- Phone your councillor and leave a message asking them to endorse the treaty. You can find your councillor’s contact information here.
- Personally endorse the treaty at https://fossilfueltreaty.org/#endorse
Join the over 12,000 individuals including over 1300 scientists, academics, and researchers, and over 480 world wide organizations who are working to make this treaty a reality!
Today, on National Indigenous Peoples’ day, it is a good time to mention that Bill C-15 has passed and royal assent is coming soon. To quote the bill’s summary, it will require that the government of Canada “take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),” a human rights instrument focused on Indigenous rights.
When Toronto350 graded the federal Speech from the Throne in September 2020, we considered whether it represented an appropriate response to the interlocking health, economic and climate crises. The 2021 Budget puts funding behind the Throne Speech’s promises, and so we ask again, does this Budget support Canadians in a just recovery and a transition to a low-carbon economy?
In 2020, two different bills were tabled in the House of Commons to support climate change accountability. The first, the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-215), was introduced by MP Kristina Michaud of the Bloc Québécois in February 2020. The second, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12), was introduced by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change in November 2020.
So who wrote the better bill?Read more
Decarbonizing Canada is a critical step to ensure a climate-safe and resilient future. An effective National Decarbonization Strategy can help us build back better, creating inclusive, green communities and quality green jobs (e.g. jobs in renewable energy). This strategy must include equitable partnerships with Indigenous communities, investing in renewable energy projects on Indigenous homelands and continuing to expand Indigenous ownership.
Here is a version of our budget submission part 3 of 7, with some simple calls to action that you can take added in.
Three simple steps can make all the difference.
While the federal government’s Climate Accountability Act, Bill C-12, is a step forward, it leaves much to be desired. There are critical gaps in this proposed legislation(1) that must be addressed if Canada has any hope of fulfilling its climate commitments and doing its part to avoid climate catastrophe.