Development trumping environmental policy, report says

Peter Gorrie

province is letting development run roughshod over protection of
invaluable natural resources, Ontario’s green watchdog says.

region around Toronto is being decimated by expanding suburbs, highways
and gravel pits, despite creation of the GTA Greenbelt and regulations
to control urban sprawl, Environmental Commissioner Gordon Miller says
in his annual report, to be released today.

In the North, lack of
planning and reliance on policies that give mining companies virtually
unfettered access to the fragile wilderness threaten to destroy what
Miller calls an “ecological treasure.”

In both regions, the report says, the Liberal government must step back and rethink its strategy.

Read the full article online at the TorontoStar.com.

Climate change critics fear Canada’s influence

Peter Gorrie

“What we will do in the next two, three years will determine our future. This is the defining challenge.”

call to action came last month from Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, after that group of global
scientists warned “humanity’s very survival” is at stake if we don’t
apply a cold compress to Earth’s increasingly sweaty brow.

is the first day of that brief time to get our act together. In Bali,
Indonesia, delegates from Canada and about 180 other countries, or
parties, will launch the 13th annual United Nations conference on
climate change.

Judging by the most optimistic predictions of the
outcome, it’s safe to say the gulf between doomsday rhetoric and
diplomatic dithering couldn’t be wider.

Read the full article online at the TorontoStar.com

Farm readies biogas plant


ILDERTON — A green revolution in agriculture and power production is taking shape at the Stanton Bros. dairy farm.

It’s called biogas, a technology that transforms livestock manure and food waste into clean, renewable energy.

The Stanton Bros. biogas plant is only the third in Ontario and by far
the largest. The farm has the capacity to handle 2,000 head of dairy
cattle producing enough manure to generate 300 kilowatts of power.

Read the full article online at the London Free Press.

Province pressed to cut logging

Peter Gorrie

Just three weeks into the job, Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield
has angered environmentalists over whether to curb, or even ban,
logging in Algonquin Provincial Park.

She’ll probably come under
more pressure next week, when provincial environmental commissioner
Gord Miller releases his annual report.

Although it’s not
usually evident to the million or so people who camp, canoe or hike
each year in Ontario’s oldest park, trees can be cut down and hauled
out of more than three-quarters of the popular “wilderness” preserve.

Green Party of Ontario welcomes new executive

For Immediate
Release – Smith’s Falls– November 26, 2007 – Fresh off the best election results
ever, the Green Party of Ontario voted on its future direction during its Annual General Meeting and Policy
Conference in Smith’s Falls, which began Friday and ended Sunday. It is its
largest AGM in GPO history.

GPO members reaffirmed
their confidence in Frank de Jong as Party Leader. “The future of Ontario politics is
Green,” says Frank de Jong. “We’re a
burgeoning political force en route to electing MPPs in 2011.” The GPO tripled its
popular share of the vote as well as its membership during the last provincial

Members also
celebrated their recent court victory obtaining a change in electoral law which
required candidates who did not obtain 10% of the vote to lose their deposit
fee with Elections Ontario. “Every candidate
who ran in the last election will get their deposit fee returned, regardless of
how many votes they received and what their political affiliation,” says de
Jong. “We are continuing to improve
democracy in Ontario.”

The GPO welcomes
new President LAWSON HUNTER, a former Director of Communications for the GPO. Former Progressive Conservative Party of
Canada Director DAVID SCRYMGEOUR is now Chief Financial Officer.

Other newly-elected
members of the Executive include:

Eastern Region

Eastern Region

Toronto Region Female CAROLINE LAW

Toronto Region Male SHAUN MERRITT

Northern Region

Central Region

Region Male ANDREW C. McAVOY

A by-election
will be called for the Southwestern Region Female, which was tied between LEIGH

For more
information, visit www.gpo.ca.


diffusion immédiate – Smith’s Falls- 26 novembre 2007 – Peu après les meilleurs résultats électoraux qu’il n’ait jamais
obtenu, le Parti Vert de l’Ontario s’est donné un nouvel élan lors de son
Congrès annuel à Smith’s Falls. Celui-ci a débuté vendredi et s’est terminé dimanche.
Ce fut le congrès le plus important du parti, en nombre de participants.

Les membres du PVO ont réitéré leur
confiance en Frank de Jong comme Chef du parti.

“L’avenir de la politique ontarienne est
vert,” a affirmé Frank de Jong. “Nous sommes une force politique en plein essor
et nous élirons des députés provinciaux en 2011.”

Le PVO a triplé sa part du vote ainsi que
son nombre de membres pendant la dernière élection provinciale.

Lors du congrès, les membres ont également
applaudi la victoire judiciaire récente qui change la loi électorale
provinciale: les candidats qui obtiennent moins de 10% du vote ne perdront plus
leurs frais électoraux de $200.

“Élections Ontario sera maintenant obligé de rendre ces
frais à tous les candidats et candidates, quels que soient leur affiliation
politique et nombre de voix,” d’après de Jong. “Le Parti Vert améliore ainsi le
système démocratique de l’Ontario.”

Le PVO s’est donné un nouveau président, LAWSON HUNTER, qui avait dans le passé
occupé le poste de Directeur des Communications. Un ancien directeur du Parti Progressiste
Conservateur, DAVID SCRYMGEOUR, est
maintenant l’Agent financier du parti.

Voici les autres membres du Conseil éxécutif
élus lors de ce congrès:

Représentante de la région de l’Est: JEANIE WARNOCK

Représentant de la région de l’Est: MARK MacKENZIE

Représentante de la région de Toronto: CAROLINE LAW

Représentant de la région de Toronto: SHAUN MERRITT

Représentant de la région du Nord: RON YURICK

Représentant de la région de Toronto: BILL HEWITT

Représentant de la région du Sud-ouest: ANDREW C. McAVOY

Le Parti organisera une élection partielle
pour élire la représentante du Sud-ouest, vu que LEIGH GREAVES et ANITA PAYNE
ont obtenu le même nombre de voix.

Veuillez consulter www.gpo.ca pour obtenir plus d’information.

Green Party of Ontario’s gala awards ceremony highlights candidates’ campaign achievements during AGM

Gala Awards Dinner – Saturday, November 24, 2007 – 6 PM

Annual General Meeting – Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25, 2007 Camp Merrywood, Perth, ON

For Immediate Release – Ottawa – November 22, 2007 – Green Party members will be shaking, rattling and rolling at the Green Party of Ontario’s ‘Campaign Wrap-Up’ Gala Awards Ceremony that is taking place this Saturday, November 24th at Camp Merrywood, located just outside Perth Ontario. Kicking off at 6 pm, the evening promises much laughter and frivolity as GPO candidates from across the province are recognized with tongue-in-cheek awards, similar to those on shows like the MuchMusic Video Awards.

“The GPO has come of age, and we have a lot to celebrate,” says Leader Frank de Jong. “Through our combined effort, we tripled our vote, tripled our membership and earned our stripes in every riding. For this one night, we can relax and enjoy each other’s company. In the morning, we’ll continue to map out a strategy to lay the groundwork for electing Green MPPs in 2011.”

“This is a great way of bringing everyone in the party together under one roof,” says Victoria Serda, Female Deputy Leader. “The GPO includes people from all walks of life, and events like the Gala allow our members to network and really get to know each other in an informal, fun environment. Understanding each other is a key component of a strong political organization.”

The Gala will be taking place in conjunction with the Green Party’s Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference. “We’re looking forward to introducing the rest of the party to Eastern Ontario,” says John Ogilvie, a provincial candidate who is organizing the event.

The Gala and the AGM are open to Green Party of Ontario members and the media. The event is hosted by the Green Party’s Carleton-Mississippi Mills Constituency Association. Tax receipts will be issued.

Full event information can be found at:



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Make it easy to be green

Michael Polowin, Ottawa Citizen Special

Too often, the city goes after the easy mark when trying to be green. No
science is done, other than a web search, or as I call it, Google science. By
and large, the city’s environmental efforts are pathetic.

Do we see solar collectors on city hall, or wind turbines on city properties?
The light-rail project, proposed by those who seek a green solution, won’t go
where it would be most green. Put it on the Transitway, where it would be least
expensive. No. Instead, most want to run the train where we would have to use up
more land and build new stations. The Transitway was built for light rail.
Preserve the land and put it where we already paid to put it.

Read the full article online at the Ottawa Citizen.


Government caught in middle of electricity rate battle

Nov 05, 2007 04:30 AM
Ian Urquhart

Electricity rates have long been a
political football in Ontario, tossed about by governments of all stripes in
search of votes.

The result, after years of freezes and caps, was an
artificially low price for electricity in the province, which acted as a disincentive for homeowners and businesses to invest in energy efficiency
and conservation projects.

When the current Liberal regime came to
office in 2003, however, one of its first actions was to lift the freeze
imposed by the previous Conservative government on electricity rates for
homeowners and small businesses. The Liberals took some heat for this
move, not least because it represented another one of their broken

Read Ian Urquhart’s full column on the Toronto Star.

Greens in Guelph Closing in on Winning Seat

Another riding closing in on a Green seat!!

Internal polling is showing 38% committed support for Ben Polley in Guelph’s greenest polls – areas the Greens have enjoyed averages of 15% since 2003. That is more than double the support and the best part is that a further 21% are “leaning Green” with only 16% committed to another party.

This is great news especially when we have learned that 25% of those polled are undecided giving the Greens an excellent chance. Feedback comes into the campaign office daily from people who say they’re voting green for the first time in this election, our hard work over the years is showing its rewards.

The local daily endorsed Ben in the article “Polley would shake things up” see below and http://news.guelphmercury.com/article/245901 is powerful

And the message is being reinforced with two full page ads and an endorsement from world-renowned author & futurist Thomas Homer-Dixon who recent book is titled The Upside of Down.

Polley would help shake things up

October 03, 2007


. . . the urge to turn things upside down and go Green is strong, especially following last week’s televised debate co-sponsored by the Mercury.

All of the candidates performed well that night at the Guelph Place Banquet Hall — . . . but the person who made the greatest impression was Ben Polley.

The Green party candidate is thoughtful and truly believes what he is selling. He has a confidence about him and demands you take him seriously. He went from being a guy with nice ideas who will never win, to one deserving serious consideration.

Voting for Polley would not be a wasted vote, and sending him to Queen’s Park would not be giving up our voice.

You can easily imagine a “fringe party” representative sitting quietly in the back row of the legislature, blending in with the wallpaper and not being heard from again until re-election time. With Polley, it is clear this would not be the case.

As potentially the first Green MPP, he would be sought out by the Toronto and provincial media for his perspective on all kinds of issues — and they’d keep going back to him for more, too, because he’d offer great quotes.

He’s on topic and effective, makes for great sound bites — someone alert the media.

And when political watchers in other centres get a feel for him through his regular appearances on the evening news and in the big-market newspapers, they’ll realize that the Green guy isn’t the whacko they feared from the former fringe party. A lot of his ideas make perfect sense and, come to think of it, their local Green candidate had made compelling points during the election, too.

They just didn’t vote for that person because they figured there was no way they’d win, but maybe next time they’ll give Green a chance.

And when it happens that electing a few Green MPPs around the province doesn’t cause the roof of the legislature to cave in — and their presence is no longer a novelty act — the good folks of Guelph will be able to say with pride that we were first.

Our reputation as a green community, once strong because we knew how to deal with our garbage, will again be intact. This time it will be because we had the guts to put party politics aside and send someone to Queen’s Park who will not only question the way things are done — anyone can do that — but offer thoughtful alternatives worth consideration.

Like Polley said at the debate: “I’m not asking you to overthrow the government, just shake it up a little.”

. . . Polley demands consideration.

Congrats to Ben and best of luck to the team in Guelph on this final push!


A better plan for public schools

Over the past 12 years, Ontario Progressive Conservatives under the leadership of Mike Harris, Ernie Eves and John Tory have proven to be no huge fans of public education in this province.

Under former premier Harris, and to a lesser extent under Eves, the Conservatives fought endless battles with public schools by shortchanging them of money, waging war on teachers, imposing disruptive new academic programs and encouraging private schools.

Now, John Tory, in his first election as Conservative leader, has plunged Ontario into a divisive debate over public education by promising to extend government funding to all faith-based schools in the province, not just Roman Catholic schools.

Read the full article at the Toronto Star