December 21, 2006

Clean air makes a great gift

It has been a year of highs and lows in the fight for clean air in Ontario.  We have seen the Government take a big step backward from its commitment to close our dirty coal plants.  This is just as conservation programs, renewable power projects and many other policies and programs are really beginning to demonstrate their potential to quickly end our reliance on the dirtiest of fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, at the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, we are embarking on an exciting new initiative to build a group of civic champions for a cleaner energy approach.  We are working to bring together cities, municipal utilities, energy companies and citizens to push for a modern approach to meeting our electricity needs cleanly and efficiently.  There is huge potential to transform Ontario’s electricity culture from one of the world’s most wasteful to one of its most innovative and efficient, but we can’t do it alone.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a true grassroots coalition that operates on a small budget while producing big results.  We are grateful that major funders like the Laidlaw Foundation and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund have put their continued confidence in us.  But we also need your dollars to stretch our modest budget to meet the enormous challenge of turning around a provincial government that is rapidly moving backwards instead of forwards toward a cleaner, greener energy future.  Please consider making a secure online contribution to our work so that we can start the New Year with a bang. 

You can make a donation right now at www.cleanairalliance.org/getin/donate06.html. 
Whatever contribution you can make will make a big difference when it comes to cleaner air and real answers to the threat of climate change for Ontarians today and many generations to come.

Tuesday’s Santa Parade:
Santa’s delivery of a lump of coal to Premier Dalton McGuinty grabbed lots of attention around Queen’s Park on Tuesday and was covered by the Globe and Mail, CBC television news and NOW Magazine among others.  Thanks to everyone who signed on for the delivery which included a 21 foot long petition!  You can check out a video of the delivery on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdKp4BtWEcM or see NOW’s coverage at

www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2006-12-21/news_cityinbrief.php.

Have a safe and happy holidays.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you

Jessica Fracassi
Communications & Membership Manager
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: info@cleanair.web.ca
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org