Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, joined with concerned citizens and local farmers from the Holland Marsh, to launch a province-wide campaign against the construction of a natural gas plant on some of Ontario’s most bountiful farm land. Together, they are calling on the McGuinty government to stop imposing these plants on local communities and ensure Ontarians’ voices are heard.
Mike Schreiner believes it is irresponsible for the government to move forward with a project whose costs will likely increase due to fluctuations in natural gas prices and that threatens the viability of one of Ontario’s best farming regions. The GPO believes it is more financially responsible to reduce energy demand through investments in energy efficiency and promoting 21st century green energy. This plant flies in the face of reducing pollution, preserving prime farmland and promoting the health and well being of the community.
“I believe that communities should be empowered to make decisions that are in the best interests of citizens and unique local circumstances. I am calling on the McGuinty government to issue an immediate moratorium on their plans to impose a gas-fired plant on the residents and farmers in the Holland Marsh – one of Ontario’s most important agricultural areas that is critical to producing healthy local food that benefits all Ontarians.
– Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
“For a government that is supposedly interested in Green Energy, putting a gas-fired plant on pristine agricultural land in one of the most fertile regions of the province is as puzzling as it is wrong.”
– Jamie Reaume, Executive Director, Holland Marsh Grower’s Association
The Holland Marsh is the source of 40 per cent of the nation’s onions and carrots, 25 per cent of the celery and almost all of Toronto’s locally produced Asian greens. It produces $50M of Ontario’s locally grown food.
Attached is a letter that was sent to MPP Kevin Flynn from the Holland Marsh Grower’s Association outlining the issues around the procurement process with the Ontario Power Authority.
The petition is available to all Ontarians at: www.gpo.ca.
There’s a new face on the political landscape today… This weekend, Mike Schreiner was confirmed as Leader of the Green Party of Ontario… In the last provincial election nearly one in ten voters went Green… but the party is still without a seat at Queen’s Park… We’ll find out how the new leader plans to change that when we speak with him. Listen to the Item
Nuclear regulator’s impartiality questioned
Tyler Hamilton- December 01, 2009
When environmental group Sierra Club of Canada issued a report this month warning against dangerous levels of radioactive tritium in drinking water, the country’s nuclear watchdog was quick to bark back.
How much would a nuclear meltdown cost?
Tyler Hamilton- November 30, 2009
What kind of insurance policy do you take out if you operate a large nuclear plant in one of the most densely populated, fastest-growing communities in Canada?
Nuclear fleet shows its age
Tyler Hamilton- November 28, 2009
Kathy Hogeveen remembers the sugar cubes most. They were there, along with the free coffee, at the visitor’s centre at Pickering nuclear station.
GPO November/December 2009 Newsletter
Inside this issue:
A few words from Bill Hewitt, GPO President
Message from Frank de Jong, past GPO Leader
Profiling Robert Routledge, Director of Membership
Get Involved – Toronto Female Representive on Provincial Executive
Training session with Deputy Leader Shane Jolley
University of Guelph Organics Program
Interview with Mike Schreiner, GPO Leader
Report from the 2009 Leadership Convention & Policy Conference by Chris Tindal
Newsletter can be found attached
After five moves in as many years due to high rent and utility costs, the roof – literally – fell in on Brampton mother Colleen Richards and her family.
“It actually fell on my head,” says Richards of the day last spring when the soggy living room ceiling in the family’s mouldy two-bedroom apartment finally gave way.
“After all these years of struggling, it really struck me. We shouldn’t have to live this way,” says Richards, who has been slinging coffee at Tim Hortons since 2001, when her husband was laid off from Chrysler. He has since retrained as a chef and is working in a restaurant.
“We’re hard-working people. We don’t mind working hard. We’d just like a fair shake.” But in communities such as Brampton, where subsidized housing is scarce, the Richards and their three teenaged children – like so many other low-income families – have few options.
“We were nearly homeless. But there are so many different levels before you become truly homeless,” says Richards, whose family was featured in a documentary film about homelessness in Toronto released last month by the Sky Works Charitable Foundation. “What is so troubling, is that ours is not a unique story.”
Some 647,000 Ontarians pay more than 30 per cent of their income on rent; more than 129,000 households are waiting up to 20 years for a social housing unit where rents are geared to income.
Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/726255—nearly-homeless-struggl…
The Barrie Examiner
By ERICH JACOBY-HAWKINS
Certainly, this is a decision that should be based on science — along with a healthy dose of prudence and skepticism. Yet is that being done? It seems that the science is being kept out of sight. This is never a good sign.
What is at issue is water. Located atop some of the world’s cleanest water, Site 41 could threaten drinking water for humans and natural species. The engineering of the site, held up as the way to prevent such harm, is based on measurements and predictions of water flows. The only way this operation could possibly be safe is if those measurements and predictions are accurate.
The standard way to test the accuracy of science is through reproducibility. Other experts must be able to make the same measurements and tests and come up with the same results, or at least review the measurements and raw data.
If computer modelling is used to make predictions, then that model must be subject to examination, comment, criticism, and modification where necessary. Yet in this case, the information is being held secret, despite an order from the Information and Privacy Commissioner that it be revealed. This is not a good sign.
Read more at: http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=1680213