Have you heard the hum?

There’s a hum in the air – one that seems to get a little louder each summer. It’s air conditioning season and many people’s electricity bills will be climbing as temperatures soar.

So what happened to that 12% cut in hydro bills that Premier Ford promised more than a year ago? Absolutely nothing. In fact, the Ford government has stubbornly stuck with one of the worst decisions of the former government – doubling down on high-cost nuclear power instead of taking Quebec up on its offer to sell us low-cost water power.

Instead of seizing this chance to save billions of dollars, the government is busy slashing away at everything from education and libraries to health care and autism funding. Our new pamphlet is aimed at telling Ontarians that we don’t have to silently endure these painful cuts. We have a much better option – save billions by signing up for Quebec power at one-third the cost of power from rebuilt reactors.

The world is rapidly moving from nuclear and Ontario’s stubborn refusal to read the writing on the wall is also going to be costly for our economy – not to mention putting a big roadblock in front of efforts to address climate change. We spell out why in our second new pamphlet that calls on the Ford government to get with the times and embrace a 100% renewable future.

Please help us distribute these great new pamphlets to your Ontario friends, family, coworkers and communities. They’re free! Order them here. Thanks for helping us get the word out.

No need for cuts

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Angela Bischoff, Director

Quebec has an offer Ontario can’t refuse – forever

Once again this week, the Ontario government turned up its nose at an offer of low-cost power from its neighbour. Despite failing to make any progress on his promise to reduce electricity costs by 12%, Premier Ford told his Quebec counterpart that he was not interested in a deal that would provide power at one-third the cost of power from rebuilt reactors.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault isn’t giving up, however. He astutely predicts that once Ontario starts seeing the real costs of nuclear rebuilds, it will be a lot more interested in what Quebec has to offer.

Quebec has a large and growing electricity surplus and the lowest power costs in North America. Ontario is already in a position to import a significant amount of power from Quebec, and upgrading our transmission capacity to bring in enough power to replace all of the Darlington Nuclear Station’s production 24/7/365 would cost much, much less than rebuilding one reactor.

Premier Ford says he is focused on making life affordable for Ontarians. So why is his government following in the footsteps of its predecessors by ignoring what Quebec has to offer while subsidizing expensive nuclear projects?

Please email the Premier <doug.ford@pc.ola.org> and tell him it’s time to get serious about reducing electricity costs by making a deal with Quebec.

Thank you for making the time.

Angela Bischoff, Director

What is Bruce Power so afraid of?

The nuclear industry likes to claim that it provides a great deal for the people of Ontario. So why is Bruce Power so afraid of letting us know what the cost of power will be from the reactors it wants to spend billions of dollars re-building?

In mid-May, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario ordered the Government of Ontario to provide the Ontario Clean Air Alliance with a forecast of how much the price of Bruce Power’s nuclear electricity will increase during each year from now until 2064.  You’d think Bruce Power would be delighted to reveal what a bargain it is providing Ontario’s electricity consumers, given all its advertising about its sensational product.   Instead, it is appealing the Commissioner’s decision and fighting tooth and nail to keep its future prices secret.  

If Bruce Power has such a great deal to offer the people of Ontario, it should be happy to make all the details public, just as renewable energy suppliers do.  Even Ontario Power Generation (OPG) provides details on its future prices.  Of course, OPG’s story isn’t a good one for the nuclear industry, with prices doubling thanks to its Darlington rebuild project.  

Bruce Power should drop its appeal and come clean on the future price increases for its nuclear energy

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There’s a better way to balance Ontario’s budget

The Ford government has been busy slashing spending on everything from public health to class sizes to energy conservation programs. In all, its reductions to date add up to at least $1.8 billion.

Meanwhile, it will borrow $4.3 billion per year to continue the previous government’s artificial subsidy of electricity prices.

Is this the best way to balance the province’s books?

Our new factsheet compares the government’s cuts to what it could save by making a deal with Quebec for low-cost water power.

We calculate that by using low-cost Quebec water power instead of spending billions rebuilding old nuclear plants, the government could save up to $3.7 billion per year. That’s a lot of daycare spaces secured, school roofs fixed and art programs saved.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has made no secret of the fact that he would love to make a deal with Ontario to sell it some of his province’s huge surplus of low-cost power. So why is the Ford government so determined to slash spending on everything but bloated nuclear projects?

If you think the Ontario Government needs to get its budget priorities straight, please contact the Premier and tell him to focus on the real savings – Quebec water power to replace Ontario’s high-cost nuclear sector.

Email: doug.ford@pc.ola.org; phone 416-325-1941; cell 416-805-2156. (And please cc me: angela@cleanairalliance.org.)

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director

The 2019 Ontario Budget: Does it really protect what matters most?

According to Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, his provincial budget protects “what matters most to Ontario individuals, families and businesses.” But is this really true?

The Government of Ontario is proposing to reduce spending on public health, education, social, environmental and energy conservation programs by approximately $1.9 billion per year, while continuing to borrow $4.3 billion per year to subsidize electricity costs.  A much more sensible solution would be for the government to make a deal with Quebec to import low-cost water power, which would save us up to $3.7 billion per year.  There is no need to cut the programs Ontarians depend upon — as our factsheet explains, we can cut electricity costs instead.

Sign our petition calling on the Ford Government to cut electricity costs instead of public services.

 

 

Premier Ford: Cut my bill!

Premier Ford has pledged to cut our hydro bills by 12%. Here’s how he can do it: Buy low-cost water power from our neighbours in Quebec.

Quebec has a huge power surplus and is eager to sell more electricity to Ontario. In fact, it has offered to sell us lots of electricity at less than one-third the price of re-building the aging Darlington Nuclear Station. The difference is billions of dollars.

Ontario Power Generation says it will need to double its price of nuclear electricity to pay for the Darlington re-build. Fast-rising nuclear power costs mean higher bills for all power users in Ontario.

If we make a deal with Quebec, we can lower our electricity prices instead of seeing our power bills go through the roof.

Premier Ford, lower our hydro bills by 12% by making a deal for low-cost water power from Quebec.

Please sign the petition in the box below.  You can add your own comments by clicking on the “Read the Petition” link and editing the message.

Making a deal with Quebec is the smart power option

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3,575 Einat Rozenblat Vaughan Aug 16, 2019
3,574 Boaz Rozenblat Vaughan Aug 16, 2019
3,573 Jazen Brautigam Newmarket Aug 15, 2019
3,572 william mclauchlin Newmarket Aug 13, 2019
3,571 Mazen Hafez Newmarket Aug 13, 2019
3,570 L Bass Richmond Hill Aug 13, 2019
3,569 Eva Judge toronto Aug 11, 2019
3,568 William Harrison toronto Aug 11, 2019
3,567 Anthony Tran Maple Aug 11, 2019
3,566 Gord Jones Newmarket Aug 10, 2019
3,565 Gordon Jones Newmarket Aug 10, 2019
3,564 Audrey Wong Newmarket Aug 10, 2019
3,563 Kay Hong Aug 10, 2019
3,562 Joseph Yoon Aug 10, 2019
3,561 Glen Kadey Newmarket Aug 10, 2019
3,560 Nadia Sisto Kadey Newmarket Aug 10, 2019
3,559 Katherine Galati Newmarket Aug 09, 2019
3,558 Eliza Parkinson Picton Aug 07, 2019
3,557 Rob York Picton Aug 07, 2019
3,556 Yuri Kvyetko Richmond Hill Aug 06, 2019
3,555 Svitlana Kvyetko Richmond Hill Aug 06, 2019
3,554 Elena Shulman Vaughan Aug 05, 2019
3,553 Benjamin Cook Aug 05, 2019
3,552 Jack Gong Newmarket Aug 02, 2019
3,551 Elizabeth Cowling Aug 01, 2019
3,550 Tino Romano Maple Aug 01, 2019
3,549 Marilyn Bar-Or Dundas Aug 01, 2019
3,548 Hossein Alinejad Toronto Jul 31, 2019
3,547 Sandeep Batra Maple Jul 31, 2019
3,546 Anne Eriksen Toronto Jul 31, 2019
3,545 Gurvinder Singh Maple Jul 30, 2019
3,544 Don Young Toronto, ON Jul 28, 2019
3,543 Fazul haq Rahimi Newmarket Jul 26, 2019
3,542 Sara Amari Newmarket Jul 26, 2019
3,541 Susan Taylor Toronto Jul 26, 2019
3,540 Ramesh Sharma Richmond Hill Jul 26, 2019
3,539 Carolyn Brodeur Newmarket Jul 25, 2019
3,538 amber pulleyblank Toronto Jul 25, 2019
3,537 Elizabeth Block Toronto Jul 24, 2019
3,536 Buaron Moshe Richmond hill Jul 24, 2019
3,535 SEYED AHMAD DORRATOTAJ MAPLE Jul 23, 2019
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3,533 Alexander Gershkovich Vaughan Jul 23, 2019
3,532 Irene Beinarovics Toronto Jul 23, 2019
3,531 Jafar Hasan Maple Jul 21, 2019
3,530 Rene Ariens Wasaga Beach Jul 21, 2019
3,529 margaret Murray Toronto Jul 20, 2019
3,528 Casey Wildgen Waterloo Jul 19, 2019
3,527 Gordon Doctorow Toronto Jul 19, 2019
3,526 Tara Nazerali Barrie Jul 19, 2019
3,525 Andie Pople Toronto Jul 18, 2019 Please lower my hydro bill by 12% by making a deal with Quebec for low-cost water power. Nuclear power is dangerous and unnecessary!
3,524 John Cooper Waterloo Jul 17, 2019
3,523 Edward Gonsalves Toronto Jul 16, 2019
3,522 David Reid Mitchell Jul 16, 2019
3,521 Valerie Hunt Jul 16, 2019
3,520 Charlotte Butler North Augusta Jul 16, 2019
3,519 Kathleen Adamson Schomberg Jul 16, 2019 Please lower my hydro bill by 12% by making a deal with Quebec for low-cost water power. The provinces need to work together for benefit of all, and as a counterbalance to this federal government. My ultimate worry is the nightmare of longterm maintenance and disposal of nuclear for future generations who will inherit this danger. Thank you.
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3,517 Rupert Crighton Oakville Jul 16, 2019
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3,514 Cameron Tingley Toronto Jul 15, 2019
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3,511 Henry Tensen Kitchener Jul 15, 2019
3,510 Catherine Swing Toronto Jul 15, 2019
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3,507 Rod Holloway Picton Jul 15, 2019
3,506 Ron Harvie Prescott Jul 15, 2019
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3,501 Cara-Lee Coghill Woodstock Jul 15, 2019
3,500 Camla Draven Toronto Jul 15, 2019
3,499 Julie Barker Midland Jul 15, 2019
3,498 Jian Yang Toronto Jul 15, 2019
3,497 Mei Mei Roche Demorestville Jul 15, 2019
3,496 Christopher Kirouac Selkirk Jul 15, 2019
3,495 Phil Capone Thornhill Jul 15, 2019
3,494 Julie Horrocks Jul 15, 2019
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3,488 Mohammad Safari Maple Jul 12, 2019
3,487 William Blaxley Toronto Jul 12, 2019
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3,484 Neli Tavasouly Toronto Jul 11, 2019
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3,479 Joyce Zhang Markham Jul 06, 2019
3,478 Paul Wu Unionville Jul 06, 2019
3,477 Elnaz Seyed Imani Newmarket Jul 05, 2019
3,476 Soheil Namdari Jul 05, 2019

Don’t think about the nuclear elephant

Doug Ford wants you to think about what the federal carbon tax is costing you — even though it will not actually cost 70% of Ontario’s families anything – and not about his failure to deliver on his promise to reduce electricity costs.

In its electricity plan released in March, the Ford government essentially admitted that it could not deliver on the Premier’s promise to reduce electricity costs by 12% while proceeding with high-cost, high-risk nuclear rebuild projects.

Tell Premier Ford to make a deal with QuebecThat’s why we are once again reminding the Premier that he can keep his promise by making a deal with Quebec to import low-cost water power. Today we’re starting to air radio ads on Barrie radio stations Rock 95 and 107.5 KoolFM calling on the Premier to save Ontarians money by making a deal with Quebec. Please click here to listen to our radio ads.

Instead of printing stickers, redesigning licence plates and generally trying to distract Ontarians from his failure to keep a major cost-saving promise, the Premier should sit down with Quebec Premier Legault and get a deal done.

You can help us stop the Premier from changing the channel by making a donation to support our radio ads, billboards and pamphlets (our volunteers are distributing these leaflets throughout Doug Ford’s riding).

And please sign our petition asking Premier Ford to cut your electricity bill by 12% by doing a deal with Quebec.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director

Ford Government gets it backwards on energy cost savings

The Ford Government is ending a number of valuable energy conservation programs – particularly those that help homeowners – with a claim that Ontarians don’t need help to save energy.

It says it will save on costs by axing things like incentives for higher efficiency lighting, furnaces and air conditioners. But what it fails to note is that Ontario’s conservation programs have the lowest costs of any option for meeting our energy needs – just 1.7 cents per kWh. Eliminating these programs and the energy savings they generate will just require greater reliance on high-cost nuclear plants, where the cost per kWh will hit 16.5 cents per kWh by 2025.

These actions will hurt consumers without leading to any decrease in electricity costs because energy efficiency is the lowest cost way to meet our energy needs and Ontario’s programs are highly cost effective, generating about $2.50 in savings for every $1 spent.

If the Ford Government is serious about cutting bills it needs to focus on what is really driving up rates – the enormous cost of rebuilding aging nuclear reactors. It could deliver real savings to all Ontario electricity users by closing these dinosaurs and making a deal with Quebec to import low-cost water power. Quebec has repeatedly offered Ontario power at less than one-third the price of electricity from rebuilt nuclear reactors.

Tell your MPP that it makes no sense to take away valuable assistance from consumers while throwing money at bloated nuclear projects.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director

 

Etobicoke Campaign to persuade Premier Ford to lower hydro costs starts today

 

Today we are launching our Etobicoke Campaign to persuade Premier Ford to keep his promise to lower your hydro bills by 12%. He can do it by signing a deal with Quebec.

Quebec has a huge surplus off low-cost water power which can keep your lights on at less than 1/3rd the cost of re-building the Darlington Nuclear Station.

We’re taking the message about these huge potential savings to Premier Ford’s backyard in Etobicoke. We’ve already posted a billboard on Kipling Ave, south of Bethridge Road, and will soon be distributing our Cut My Bill pamphlets there as well.

What you can do to lower your hydro bills:

1. Ask Premier Ford to keep his promise to cut your bills by signing our CutMyBill.ca petition.

2. Please contact me at Angela@CleanAirAlliance.org if you can help us distribute our “Cut My Hydro Bill!” pamphlet in Etobicoke.

3. Make a donation to support our campaign to lower your hydro bills.

4. Pass this message on to your friends, neighbours and co-workers.

Thank you!

Angela Bischoff, Director

IESO takes major step to lower Ontario’s electricity bills

On February 1st, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) asked Hydro One to upgrade its transmission system to permit Ontario to buy large quantities of low-cost water power from Quebec.

Specifically, the IESO has asked Hydro One to increase its import capability by up to 1,650 megawatts (MW) by December 2022 at a cost of approximately $20 million. This upgrade will permit Ontario to buy enough Quebec water power to displace more than 50% of the output of the Darlington Nuclear Station.

According to Financial Accountability Office of Ontario, in 2017 the province bought water power from Quebec at an average price of 2.2 cents per kWh. Ontario Power Generation’s price of nuclear power is currently four times greater at  8.8 cents per kWh. And the price of nuclear power is forecast to rise to 16.5 cents per kWh by 2025 to pay for the re-building of Darlington’s aging nuclear reactors.

By purchasing low-cost water power from Quebec, Premier Ford will be able to keep his promise to reduce Ontario’s electricity costs by 12%. This is great news for Ontario’s electricity consumers and the environment!

Angela Bischoff, Director

Electricity price alert

On January 1st Ontario Power Generation (OPG) raised its price of nuclear power by 7% to 8.8 cents per kWh.

As a result, the price of nuclear power has doubled since 2002.

When will the promise be kept?To add insult to injury, OPG has told the Ontario Energy Board that it needs to increase its price of nuclear power by a further 88% between now and 2025 to pay for the re-building of its Darlington Nuclear Station. If this occurs, Premier Ford will not be able to keep his promise to lower our electricity costs by 12%.

Fortunately, the solution to our rising electricity rates lies just east of the Ottawa River. Quebec is the 4th largest producer of water power in the world and it has a large and rising supply of low-cost water power available for export to Ontario at a fraction of the cost of nuclear power.

Please contact Premier Ford and ask him to buy low-cost Quebec water power and cancel the high-cost Darlington Re-Build Project.

Premier Ford’s cell phone # is 416-805-2156. His email is Doug.Ford@pc.ola.org. Click here to send him a message now.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you!

Angela Bischoff, Director

Improving natural gas efficiency can save us billions

This short report summarizes the findings from a technical study that found that deeper gas efficiency efforts between now and 2030 could save Ontario consumers $85 billion in natural gas costs over the life-times of the energy efficiency measures.  Natural gas use is one of the biggest contributors to this province’s greenhouse gas emissions and increased efficiency could cut these emissions by 18% while saving gas consumers money.

Read Saving Billions on Natural Gas Costs 

We need your help to get Ontario back on track to a sustainable future 

You’ve stood by our efforts to phase out coal and create a sustainable future in Ontario. Thank you for that! We need your financial support now more than ever.

Our goal is to move Ontario to a 100% renewable energy future because this will actually serve our province well with new jobs, lower energy bills, clean air and a healthy environment.

A big part of the puzzle is electrifying everything from buildings to vehicles. The technology to achieve this is advancing rapidly – from highly efficient heat pumps for buildings to electric vehicle technology that is taking the world by storm.

But if we rely on high-cost nuclear energy to power this future – as Ontario is doing – we are most likely to fail. The high costs and poor performance – not to mention massive radioactive waste problem – of nuclear is a major barrier to a successful shift to a broader use of electricity.

Fortunately, we have better solutions: import low-cost water power from Quebec and combine it with deep energy efficiency efforts as well as supports for low carbon technologies. These would deliver zero emissions energy at much lower cost, making them a huge win for our province.

This is how we can change the energy paradigm – by showing that a move to a renewable energy future with electric vehicles can lower our energy bills and grow our economy.

Your support can help us make Ontario a climate leader once again.

Please consider contributing to the smart, innovative work of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance today. Your dollars will have a powerful impact in our hands. Click here.

Thank you so much for your support of our work, and blessings of the season to you and yours.

Jack & Angela

Jack Gibbons, Chair and Angela Bischoff, Director

Phasing out dirty coal was smart. Stalling on climate action is not

According to Environment Minister Rod Phillips, Ontario should weaken its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for three reasons:

1. Ontario’s coal phase-out has raised the electricity bills of a typical residential electricity consumer by $33 per month

2. We have already done our share to address climate change

3. Achieving the previous government’s climate targets will harm our economy

Fortunately, none of Minister Phillips’ assertions is correct.

In 2002, Ontario’s previous PC Government committed Ontario to a complete coal phase-out by 2015 because it realized that this was the lowest-cost option to end Ontario’s air pollution public health crisis (i.e., 60 smog alert days a year) and reduce our GHG emissions.

The coal phase-out could have been achieved at a low cost if the subsequent Liberal governments had pursued the lowest-cost options to phase-out coal (i.e., buying Quebec water power and investing in energy efficiency). Unfortunately, they decided to pursue the highest-cost option, namely, re-building our aging nuclear reactors. Ontario Power Generation’s price of nuclear power has risen by 91% since 2002 and it is forecast to increase by a further 100% to pay for the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station, further burdening Ontarians with completely unnecessary costs.

Minister Phillips correctly notes that Ontario’s coal phase-out is one of the largest GHG reduction initiatives in North America. Nevertheless, Ontario’s GHG emissions per person are still amongst the highest in the world. In fact, they are 11% higher than those of New York State and more than double those of Sweden.

Solving the climate puzzle

Finally, as Sweden has shown, Minister Phillips’ assertion that there is a trade-off between reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and growing our economy is simply not true. We can address the climate crisis and keep our economy humming by pursuing these smart actions:

1. Keep Premier Ford’s promise to reduce our electricity costs by 12% by buying Quebec water power and investing in energy efficiency to make increasing use of zero-emission electricity cost effective.

2. Direct Enbridge Gas and Union Gas to ramp up their energy efficiency programs to reduce our natural gas costs by $85 billion and lower our natural gas-related GHG emissions by 18% by 2030.

3. Develop a strategy to make Ontario a world leader in the development, production and sale of electric vehicles. Please sign our petition.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director

Ford government needs to get into high gear on EVs

Plugging Ontario into a renewable future

Ford government needs to get into high gear on EVs Petition

Premier Doug Ford loves to say that Ontario is “open for business.” But if that business is building electric vehicles (EVs), his government has not provided much encouragement. Cancelling the province’s cap and trade system and, with it, incentives for electric vehicles, did not exactly communicate a strong desire to support this fast-growing sector.

Ontario needs to build its EV industryGeneral Motors has justified its decision to close its Oshawa assembly plant by saying it needs to quickly shift to electric and self-driving vehicles. Premier Ford should be pressing GM and other automakers to make these cars of the future here. Ontario workers have a proven track record for building high-quality vehicles and we have many cutting-edge technology companies in the auto sector. What’s holding us back is a government that is not communicating a strong interest in moving to a low-carbon economy.

Electric cars are increasingly popular in Ontario – 8.2% of new cars sold in Ontario in 2018 to date have been electric (plug in or battery). Of course, with greater range, lower prices and growing selection, EV sales are taking off worldwide with many auto sector analysts anticipating a tipping point in the not so distant future where EV sales rapidly outpace sales of conventional vehicles.

The auto industry has been the engine of Ontario’s economy for over 100 years. We cannot afford to lose our auto industry and its good jobs now. To grow and protect our economy, Premier Ford must develop a strategy to ensure that Ontario rapidly becomes a world leader in the production and use of EVs and other low-carbon technologies.

Please help save the engine of Ontario’s economy, the auto sector. Sign our petition now calling on Premier Ford to accelerate EV development, manufacturing and sales in our great province.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director

 

Make Ontario a World Leader in Electric Vehicles – Petition

 

Premier Doug Ford loves to say that Ontario is “open for business.”  But the Ford government has done little to communicate support for  green businesses like manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs).  The auto industry has been the engine of Ontario’s economy for over 100 years.  We cannot afford to lose our auto industry and its good jobs now. 

Please sign our petition (below) calling on Premier Ford to grow and protect our economy by developing a strategy to ensure that Ontario rapidly becomes a world leader in the production and sale of electric vehicles.   

The Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan is manufactured in Windsor, one of only two EVs made in the province.

 

Make Ontario the World Leader in Electric Vehicles - Petition

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615 Todd Edwards Markham May 13, 2019
614 Lucy Segatti Apr 28, 2019
613 Alan Warren Toronto Apr 27, 2019
612 leslie thurston Apr 26, 2019
611 Milithza Silva Toronto Apr 12, 2019
610 Leah Lobo Apr 11, 2019
609 Andre Forsythe Mar 27, 2019
608 Claudia Rivera Vaughan Mar 23, 2019
607 George Bartlett Toronto Mar 23, 2019
606 Douglas Buck Toronto Mar 11, 2019
605 Kate Chung Toronto Mar 11, 2019 Premier Ford, Ontario needs to be a leader in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, including through the development and manufacturing of electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies. To grow and protect our economy please develop a strategy to ensure that Ontario rapidly becomes a world leader in the production and sale of electric vehicles and other green technologies. And restore and increase the charging stations everywhere in Ontario.
604 Beth Mahy Toronto Feb 26, 2019
603 Judy Gilbert Toronto Feb 06, 2019
602 Peter French Toronto Feb 06, 2019
601 Liisa Repo-Martell Toronto Feb 03, 2019
600 Don Rudiak Crystal Beach Feb 02, 2019
599 Ronald Shirtliff Toronto Jan 23, 2019
598 Mary McKeen Jan 22, 2019
597 John Quayle Terra Cotta Jan 14, 2019
596 Liliana Bertolotti Toronto Jan 13, 2019
595 Sherry Mowbray Jan 12, 2019
594 Sam Walden Toronto Jan 11, 2019
593 Albert Roffey Scarborough Jan 11, 2019
592 D Tim Seitz Kingston Jan 11, 2019
591 Iva Kinclova Toronto Jan 09, 2019
590 Victor Becker Lau Regina Jan 05, 2019
589 Cathie Brenner Tottenham Jan 04, 2019
588 Marisa King Jan 03, 2019
587 Victoria Alleyne Toronto Jan 02, 2019
586 Judy Gilbert Toronto Jan 01, 2019
585 Patti De Lorenzi Dec 31, 2018
584 David Booz Toronto Dec 31, 2018
583 Rikki van Marle Toronto Dec 31, 2018
582 Alan Lawrence Toronto Dec 25, 2018
581 Joanne Olafson Edmonton Dec 24, 2018
580 Jeffrey Friedman Mississauga Dec 22, 2018
579 Olivia Shuel Guelph Dec 17, 2018
578 Fran Hill Penetanguishene Dec 15, 2018
577 Melissa Kanmacher Chesley Dec 12, 2018
576 Thomas Gerry Barrie Dec 11, 2018
575 Martin Archambault Montréal Dec 10, 2018
574 Deborah Woods Barrie Dec 10, 2018
573 Gavin Devine Toronto Dec 10, 2018
572 Patricia Indart Toronto Dec 10, 2018
571 S J Lenko Barrie Dec 09, 2018
570 Deb Doherty Collingwood Dec 09, 2018
569 Dess Jakab Stouffville Dec 09, 2018
568 Jacqueline Wakefield Tobermory Dec 09, 2018
567 Simon Dubois Oka Dec 09, 2018
566 Barbara Priscus Toronto Dec 09, 2018
565 Douglas Worts Toronto Dec 09, 2018
564 Jim Salmon Burlington Dec 09, 2018
563 Rene Ariens Hanover Dec 08, 2018
562 Chelsea Duncan Dec 08, 2018
561 Lloyd Skaalen Victoria Dec 08, 2018
560 Stan Blecher Port Hope Dec 08, 2018
559 Lynn Bishop Toronto Dec 08, 2018
558 Carol Ramm Warkworth Dec 08, 2018
557 Leslie Pearl Toronto Dec 07, 2018
556 Fiona McMurran Welland Dec 07, 2018
555 Milou Antaya Dec 07, 2018
554 Solange Gagnon Oka Dec 07, 2018
553 Philippe Giroul Trois-Rivières Dec 07, 2018
552 Sylvia Przychodzki Mississagua Dec 07, 2018
551 carole lizée Laval Dec 07, 2018
550 Lynda Brisbane Ajax Dec 07, 2018
549 Carlos Fernandez Waterloo Dec 07, 2018
548 Réal Lalande Gatineau Dec 07, 2018
547 Doug Green Toronto Dec 07, 2018
546 Martine Chatelain Verdun Dec 07, 2018
545 L Falardeau Laval Dec 07, 2018
544 Terry Levesque Waterloo Dec 07, 2018
543 Jane Martin Toronto Dec 07, 2018
542 Phil Ridge Etobicoke Dec 07, 2018
541 Carl Emmerson Nobleton Dec 07, 2018
540 Annie Giguère Nanaimo Dec 07, 2018
539 André MICHEL Mont-Saint-Hilaire Dec 07, 2018
538 Carla Wong Toronto Dec 07, 2018
537 Lucie Massé Oka Dec 07, 2018
536 Kelly Clune Orillia Dec 06, 2018
535 Bettilyn Berglund Owen Sound Dec 06, 2018
534 Nicole Truesdell Cardinal Dec 06, 2018
533 damian williams Pickering Dec 06, 2018
532 Mike Antoniades Toronto Dec 06, 2018
531 Richard Biggs Newmarket Dec 06, 2018
530 steve Graham Pickering Dec 06, 2018 Premier Ford, Ontario needs to be a leader in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, including through the development and manufacturing of electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies. To grow and protect our economy please develop a strategy to ensure that Ontario rapidly becomes a world leader in the production and sale of electric vehicles and other green technologies. This will help your constituents in Oshawa!
529 Jennifer Sault Aurora Dec 06, 2018
528 Henry Borkowski Toronto Dec 06, 2018
527 Mark Couture Toronto Dec 06, 2018
526 Kerstin Muth Neebing Dec 06, 2018
525 David Anderson Dec 06, 2018
524 martin nugent pickering Dec 06, 2018
523 Karen Lockhart Toronto Dec 06, 2018
522 Ronald Macfarlane Toronto Dec 06, 2018
521 David Burman Toronto Dec 06, 2018
520 Ginny Colling Seagrave Dec 06, 2018
519 Eric Wallin Toronto Dec 06, 2018
518 Adam Deutsch Toronto Dec 06, 2018
517 Ted Ho Toronto Dec 06, 2018
516 lesley Siegal Pickering Dec 06, 2018

The climate catastrophe and what you can do about it

To many of us, the latest IPCC report on climate change was like a siren going off. Never before have the world’s climate scientists issued such a stark and alarming assessment of the disaster that we are racing toward and how little time we have left to change course.

Meanwhile, in Ontario the new government has yet to explain how it is going to achieve real reductions in climate damaging emissions after cancelling both our carbon cap-and-trade system and many renewable energy contracts. Right now, Ontario simply doesn’t have a plan to achieve the kind of immediate greenhouse gas pollution reductions the IPCC has told us are desperately needed.

But here’s the thing: Ontario is actually in an excellent position to take action. Despite a growing population and growing economy, we have cut our total electricity use by 16% since 2005 by using power more efficiently, thanks in part to our advocacy. We have also eliminated our biggest single source of greenhouse gases – dirty coal-fired generating stations – again thanks in large part to our efforts

Saving energy is as easy as screwing in a lightbulbBut we have to do a lot more and that is why we – with your help – are redoubling our efforts to make Ontario a renewable energy economy. We need to put the pedal to the metal on improving the efficiency of both our use of electricity and natural gas. We need to recognize that the renewable energy revolution is barreling ahead – let’s get back on board. And we have to make a lot more of our vehicles zero emissions.

One key way to quickly achieve results is to “electrify everything.” By moving away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, we can make a real difference for our climate. But we can’t do this by relying on high-cost nuclear power and wasteful energy practices. That’s where you come in – you can help us promote solutions that achieve double bottom line results – lower bills and lower emissions by donating to support this critically important work.

By greatly increasing our imports of low-cost renewable power from Quebec and combining this with a shift to smart new technologies like LEDs for lighting, heat pumps for heating and cooling, and smart controls for saving electricity and gas, we can make this transition quickly and cost-effectively. These are far better solutions than waiting another decade or more for the completion of nuclear projects with sky-high costs and risks. Help us make sure Ontario makes the smart choice.

We need solutions now – not decades from now. Our strategy for making efficient use of zero emission renewable power from both Ontario and our neighbours in Quebec is sensible, doable, and critical to our future wellbeing. Please support our efforts to drive these win-win climate solutions forward by donating $50, $100 or $200 today.

Thank you for your generosity. Working together we can move Ontario towards a 100% renewable energy future.

Angela Bischoff, Director

 

Four greenhouse gas emission reduction options for Ontario

Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips is seeking suggestions from the public on how Ontario can reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Specifically, Minister Phillips wants to create “a balanced solution that puts people first, makes life more affordable for families and takes Ontario’s role in fighting climate change seriously.”

Here are four actions that Minister Phillips can take to reduce our GHG emissions and make life more affordable for families:

1. We can reduce the cost of heating our homes and powering our industries, while taking a big chunk out of greenhouse gas emissions, by directing Enbridge and Union Gas to ramp-up their programs to increase their customers’ energy efficiency. According to a study submitted to the Ontario Energy Board, stronger gas utility energy efficiency programs could reduce their customers’ gas costs by $85 billion, over the life-times of the energy efficiency measures. Natural gas consumption is responsible for one-quarter of Ontario’s total GHG emissions.

2. We can eliminate our electricity-related GHG emissions and lower our electricity bills by billions of dollars per year by saying “yes” to Premier Legault’s offer to sell us low-cost Quebec water power to replace our aging high-cost nuclear reactors. If Premier Ford really does want to reduce inter-provincial trade barriers, this is the perfect place to start.

3. We can ramp up electricity efficiency programs and save electricity at one-eighth the cost of nuclear power. According to an Independent Electricity System Operator study, expanded energy efficiency programs could cost-effectively eliminate the need to re-build four of Bruce Power’s aging nuclear reactors.

4. We can reduce our fastest growing source of emissions by accelerating the electrification of vehicles. Ontario has a big stake in auto manufacturing and we need to be leaders in developing electric vehicle (EV) technology, which is poised to disrupt the conventional auto sector. The Ontario government should find innovative ways to support the development and deployment of EVs in Ontario, while making a deal with Quebec to also ensure that we have low-cost zero emission power to fuel these vehicles.

Does this man have a plan?

The Ford Government has made it clear that it does not support the federal carbon pricing plan. The simplest way to break free of the federal plan is to develop a Made-in-Ontario plan that will achieve the same level of greenhouse gas reductions. The four common sense steps outlined above are the kinds of actions the government needs to quickly embrace if it is serious about addressing climate change.

You can submit suggestions to Minister Phillips by clicking here: https://www.ontario.ca/form/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change. Deadline is Nov. 16, 2018.

Thank you for making the time to contribute to climate and energy policy.

Angela Bischoff, Director

 

100 days to save 12%

The Ford Government must use its next 100 days in office to show it has a workable plan to meet its promise to reduce electricity costs by 12%. And it must do so without repeating the mistakes of the previous government – turning up its nose at an incredible offer of low-cost power from Quebec and using accounting tricks to create an illusion of savings.

Step one is to take new Quebec Premier Francois Legault up on his offer to sell Ontario low-cost power. In fact, the new Quebec premier has said he sees power exports as a key way the two new like-minded governments can work together. “Of course, we have clean energy, cheap energy, compared to the nuclear, and I would like [to] make [that] our contribution and work together,” Mr. Legault told the National Observer

This is not a new offer from Quebec – the province is keen to expand its electricity exports as it has a large and growing power surplus – but under pressure from our high-cost (and coddled) nuclear industry, the previous Ontario government refused to sign a major long-term deal. As a businessman, Mr. Ford must recognize that getting the same goods at half the price is an offer that is just too good to refuse and should immediately negotiate a smart deal with Quebec.

By saying “yes” to Premier Legault’s generous offer, Premier Ford could give every Pickering nuclear worker a $1 million severance package and still reduce Ontario’s electricity costs by $5 billion

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Step two is to focus on finding real savings for electricity users instead of just hiding costs on another set of books. Electricity consumers can save big by increasing efficiency and today’s technology makes it easier than ever to do so. Delivering real bottom-line savings on bills – instead of just moving numbers around — is particularly important for rural and small town electricity consumers grappling with Hydro One’s sky-high distribution charges.Switching to more efficient heating technology, improving insulation, heating water on demand – these are the kinds of actions that can deliver real bottom-line savings for millions of Ontarians.

By paying consumers to save a kilowatt-hour (kWh), Premier Ford can avoid the need to pay Ontario Power Generation 4 to 8 times moreto produce a kWh of electricity. We all save with a more efficient system that requires fewer expensive generating stations.

Please send a message to Premier Ford [doug.ford@pc.ola.org] and Energy Minister Rickford [greg.rickford@pc.ola.org] now telling them you want them to keep their promise by developing a real plan — not accounting tricks — to reduce our electricity costs by 12%.

Thanks,

Jack Gibbons
Chair, OCAA

Let’s make every Pickering worker a millionaire

How could the Ford Government actually meet its promise to reduce hydro bills?  It could start by making every worker at the Pickering Nuclear plant a millionaire.

OK, that sounds like a pretty strange plan, but the fact is that by replacing the power from Pickering that Ontarians currently use with low-cost water power from Quebec, we could save so much money that we could make every Pickering worker a millionaire and still save billions on our electricity costs (you can see all the details in our new report).

Workers are given a more-than-fair settlement for the quick shutdown of an aging and increasingly unsafe plant and we all pay less for power. Plus, we end the production of tens of thousands of radioactive fuel bundles that are currently being piled up on the Pickering waterfront in warehouses and open water pools with no long-term storage solutions in sight.

And the wins just keep coming: If we embark on immediate decommissioning of the plant, as recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency, we can create thousands of skilled jobs in dismantling its 50-year-old reactors and moving waste to a much more secure facility away from the water.

That, in turn, opens up a 750-acre waterfront site for redevelopment, just as the closure of the dirty Lakeview coal plant has allowed Mississauga to embark on an ambitious new plan for its waterfront.

Instead of accounting tricks that shift costs between ratepayers and taxpayers, our plan results in real bottom-line savings for everyone who buys electricity in Ontario.  So let’s make Pickering workers millionaires and save ourselves some serious dough.

If you want to save on your hydro bill, sign our petition to close Pickering today!

We can make every Pickering worker a millionaire — and still save billions!

According to the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the Pickering Nuclear Station’s performance is “persistently abysmal… by any objective measure.”

Ontario Power Generation admits that Pickering’s operating costs are higher than those of any other nuclear station in North America

Half of the power produced by Pickering is exported at a loss, costing Ontario electricity ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Ontario can lower its electricity costs by $1.1 to $1.4 billion per year by closing the Pickering Nuclear Station and importing cleaner, safer and lower-cost water power from Quebec.

The savings would be so great that we could pay every Pickering worker $1 million in severance and we would still save billions!

Sign the petition to close Pickering!

The International Atomic Energy Association recommends immediate decommissioning for closed nuclear plants.  This would create thousands of hours of work over a decade or more as the plant is dismantled and waste is moved to more secure facilities.

The people of Pickering would then have a roughly 700-acre waterfront site ready for redevelopment – just as Mississauga is redeveloping the site of the old Lakeview coal station.

It would also mean that we stop accumulating close to 20,000 radioactive fuel bundles every year that are added to the huge pile – 700,000 bundles – already being held on the Pickering waterfront.  There is no long-term storage site for this waste anywhere in North America, and not likely to be one soon.

We all win by closing Pickering: electricity consumers save big; Pickering workers are rewarded; and we remove an aging and dangerous nuclear plant from our largest urban area, where it simply doesn’t belong.

Read the full report: How we can make every Pickering nuclear worker a millionaire and save Ontario electricity consumers $5 billion

Another costly nuclear decision – Pickering gets 10-year extension

Unsurprisingly, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has approved a ten-year extension to the aging Pickering Nuclear Station’s operating licence, meaning the plant can now operate until 2028. 

It took the CNSC less than five weeks to review – and dismiss – dozens of submissions pointing out the Pickering Station’s terrible location surrounded by millions of people, the lack of thorough emergency planning despite 50 years of operations, and the absence of plans for better dealing with the tonnes of radioactive waste stockpiled at the plant with nowhere to go.

Instead, the CNSC came down in favour of submissions such as one made by Ontario Power Generation that claimed that no one had been harmed by the massive radiation releases from the Fukushima accident and that “some radiation” is actually good for you!

Meanwhile, the CNSC essentially ignored the findings of international radiation expert Dr. Ian Fairlie about the true potential consequences of a Fukushima-scale accident at Pickering, including more than 20,000 cancer deaths and hundreds of thousands of homes left evacuated for decades.

It also ignored the issues raised by nuclear risk expert Dr. Gordon Thompson about the ever-growing pile of highly radioactive waste on the Pickering waterfront – next to the source of drinking water for 40 million people – including enough plutonium to construct more than 11,000 nuclear warheads. Somehow it is ok with the CNSC that Pickering continues to produce close to 20,000 radioactive fuel bundles every year despite a lack of fully secure storage facilities onsite or any viable long-term plan for dealing with this deadly waste.

The CNSC’s lack of serious scrutiny of the issues involved in operating a 50-year-old nuclear station well past its intended lifespan were made clear by its decision to begin hearings on the licence renewal just as the licence was coming up for renewal. With only a few weeks between the end of public hearings and the licence expiry, it was obvious the CNSC never truly intended to do anything more than issue its usual rubber-stamp approval. Indeed, the CNSC has never refused a nuclear licence request – no matter how old or trouble-prone the facility.

But that certainly doesn’t mean that continuing to operate Pickering is a good, safe or economical idea. In fact, replacing Pickering with low-cost water power from Quebec would save us $billions. Meanwhile, decommissioning the fourth-oldest nuclear station in North America would create thousands of jobs and open up new economic opportunities on the Pickering waterfront.

The CNSC may be satisfied that millions of people living alongside eight aging reactors (six active) is a good idea, but we know the vast majority of residents of the GTA are not on board with this risky plan.

We need an unbiased review of the true costs and benefits of continuing to operate this high-cost, high-risk facility, which should have been closed years ago. Please email energy minister Greg Rickford <greg.rickford@pc.ola.org> and tell him that closing Pickering now is the best way to cut electricity costs while ensuring the safety of millions of Ontarians.

Thank you. Please pass this onto your friends.

Angela Bischoff, Director

Ford needs a real plan to lower electricity bills

The Ford Government’s mantra is “promise made, promise kept.” But in the case of its promise to cut electricity bills by 12% there is still a long road ahead. Showing the board and CEO of Hydro One the exit and cutting renewable energy contracts will not be sufficient. Premier Ford is going to need to dig a lot deeper.

Real savings mean saying no to nuclearThe place to start is with Ontario’s high-cost nuclear energy projects. In our new report, Three Options to Reduce Ontario’s Electricity Costs, we have outlined how taking a pass on some or all of these high-cost nuclear projects could save Ontario electricity consumers anywhere from $1.1 to $5.7 billion per year.

The Ford Government can take a fiscally responsible approach to our electricity system by closing the highest-cost nuclear plant in North America – the Pickering Nuclear Station – when its licence expires this summer. And Premier Ford can actually preserve and create jobs in Pickering by ordering the immediate decommissioning of the closed plant and make way for the redevelopment of Pickering’s waterfront.

The numbers are black-and-white: Replacing high-cost nuclear power with low-cost water power from Quebec can result in enormous savings. That’s the bottom line our new Premier needs to focus on.

Please contact Premier Ford (doug.ford@pc.ola.org) and ask him to direct the Independent Electricity System Operator to analyse the potential cost savings that Ontario can achieve by importing low-cost Quebec power to replace higher-cost nuclear power.

Thank you. Please pass this message onto your friends.

Angela Bischoff, Director

 

Three Options to Reduce Ontario’s Electricity Costs

This report outlines three ways in which the Ford Government could actually reduce electricity costs.  We outline how the government could save electricity users anywhere from $1.1 to $5.7 billion per year by closing the aging Pickering Nuclear Plant and forgoing expensive reactor rebuild plans in favour of lower cost options, such as improved energy efficiency and importing low-cost water power from Quebec.

Read the report