Mississauga and Brampton are the latest municipalities to endorse the need to phase-out gas-fired electricity generation. These two major municipalities join a list of 19 Ontario municipalities* that are calling on the Ford Government to eliminate gas-fired electricity generation to combat climate change.
As Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie noted, the province’s plan to increase gas plant use is a move in the completely wrong direction. “The increased use of gas-fired power plants by the Government of Ontario is discouraging. It is a major set-back and contradicts what many Ontario municipalities, like Mississauga, are trying to avoid – increasing greenhouse gas emissions,” the Mayor said.
“If the Province continues with their plan, there will be a 500 per cent or more increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by 2040,” added Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney, who moved the phase-out motion, which was seconded by Councillor Ron Starr.
The Mississauga resolution was opposed by Dave Butters, President of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.
To read the City of Mississauga news release please click here.
What you can do
A motion to endorse the phase-out of gas generation will be coming to Toronto City Council on March 10th. We are hopeful that Mayor John Tory and Toronto Councillors will follow the principled lead of their GTA counterparts. If you are a Toronto resident, please contact your councillor and tell them that Toronto needs to join GTA leaders like Mississauga and Brampton on this issue.
If you live outside of the City of Toronto please sign our online petition requesting Premier Ford to phase-out our gas plants by 2030.
Angela Bischoff, Director
* The 19 Ontario municipalities that have called for the phase-out of gas-fired electricity generation are Mississauga, Brampton, Niagara Falls, Ajax, Temiskaming Shores, Orangeville, Kingston, Waterloo, Guelph, Cobourg, St. Catharines, King, Woolwich, Selwyn, Windsor, Burlington, Hamilton, Halton Hills and Kitchener.