September 15, 2008

Taking the bull by the horns

The mayors of Northern York Region are taking charge of the issue of how to deal intelligently with electricity use in their region with a Mayor’s Forum.  The purpose of the meeting is to explore the potential for energy conservation and efficiency and small-scale renewable and combined heat and power to meet the region’s electricity needs instead of the proposed high-cost and low-efficiency peaker plant. The forum will take place at Egypt Hall in the Town of Georgina at 6756 Smith Blvd, Baldwin on Wednesday, September 17th from 7 to 9 PM.


Mayor Robert Grossi of the Town of Georgina is convening the meeting, which will be open to the public to observe (the public will not be allowed to speak or make deputations).  A number of councils in Northern York Region have already declared their municipalities “unwilling hosts” for the proposed peaking plant, so this promises to be an important chance for the mayors to assess alternatives and further push the province the reinstate the Northern York Region Working Group to come up with a better plan. Visit for further information.


On Thursday, September 18th the Concerned Citizens of King Township will be hosting a Public Meeting.  It will take place at the Holland Marsh District Christian School, 18955 Dufferin St, King Township at 7:30 PM. Guest speakers will be from the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.  Visit for more information.

On a similar note, those interested in alternatives to high voltage transmission lines through eastern Toronto can explore the potential of solar energy – particularly solar hot water heating – at the City’s first Solar Pool Party.  The party is taking place at Canada’s largest solar heated swimming pool located at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre (870 Queen St. E.) Saturday, September 20th, 10 AM to 2 PM.  There will be workshops, demonstrations, neighbourhood solar tours and a great line-up of kid’s activities, including making solar s’mores and racing solar cars.  See for details.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Jessica Fracassi, Communications & Membership Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601