climate change

Province Passes New Waste-Free Ontario Act

As the Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure, earlier this spring I was pleased to represent the City of Toronto before the Standing Committee on Social Policy at the Provincial Legislative Assembly for consideration of Bill 151, Waste-Free Ontario Act.

Every year in Ontario, more than eight million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill. Greenhouse gas emissions have also risen by 25 percent between 1990 and 2012 as more and more waste is disposed of in landfills.

The Waste-Free Ontario Act, passed on June 1, 2016, is going to increase waste diversion, require producers to take full responsibility for their products and packaging and help fight climate change.

You can read my full deputation at the Legislative Assembly by clicking here.

I also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, to discuss Bill 151 and how the City of Toronto, as the largest municipality in the province, could take a leadership role in championing a “Zero Waste” vision and building a circular economy.

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Trees in Toronto Panel Discussion

Please mark off the evening of Thursday, February 13 for an exciting discussion about the impacts of extreme weather events on our city and, in particular, our tree canopy! I will be moderating an all-star panel of expert gardener and well-known author Mark Cullen, LEAF Executive Director Janet McKay and University of Toronto cultural anthropology professor Hilary Cunningham.

Ward 25er Peter Jones is taking the lead and organizing the event and deserves thanks for all of his efforts to date! Peter is one of the founders of For Our Grandchildren, a non-profit that aims to connect and empower grandparents concerned about the impending effects of climate change. Discussion will centre around the damage sustained during the ice storm as well as what steps can be taken so that we are better prepared for the next extreme weather event.

The event is set for 7:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 13 at the Lawrence Park Community Church (2180 Bayview Avenue), and you can register online here. I encourage you to attend!