Toronto City Councillors Jennifer McKelvie and Mike Layton are following in the footsteps of their colleagues in 13 other Ontario municipalities* and urging Toronto City Council to adopt a motion calling for the phase-out of gas-fired electricity in Ontario “as soon as possible.”
The Councillors point out in their motion that “the City of Toronto cannot reach its climate goal of net zero” emissions by 2050 if the province ramps up gas-fired electricity generation. Currently, Ontario’s electricity planners are forecasting a more than 300% increase in gas plant pollution by 2030.
Councillors Jennifer McKelvie and Mike Layton
Acknowledging that this has been a challenging year for the city, the Councillors point out that it is also a critical moment for the City to walk its talk on climate: ”As we move towards restart and recovery from COVID-19, we need to do what we can now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in order to meet our net zero goals and build back better, greener and more resilient.”
What you can do
If you are a resident of the City of Toronto, please urge your Councillor and Mayor John Tory to support this important motion. Send them a message telling them to support the gas plant phase-out motion now!
Angela Bischoff, Director
* Kitchener, Windsor, St. Catharines, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Cobourg, Halton Hills, King, Woolwich, Selwyn, Kingston and Waterloo.