Tell the Climate Consultation What You Want!

You don’t have to be a climate expert to partcipate… climate change is already affecting all of our lives. The policies our governments make will either help or make it worse. So far, Canadian policies have only made it worse.

The Government of Canada is holding another Climate Consultation. Despite the fact they completely ignored the public input from the 2016 in-person Climate Consultation, it is important for every Canadian concerned about the Climate Crisis to participate. This time, they don’t have a majority government, so they have to at least pretend to listen to us.

Waterloo Region MPs attending the 2016 Waterloo Region Climate Consultation: (left to right) Liberals Marwan Tabbara (Kitchener South—Hespeler), Bardish Chagger, (Waterloo) , Raj Saini, (Kitchener Centre), Bryan May (Cambridge), and Conservative MP Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga)

The deadline for submissions is tonight at midnight, so to make it easier, I’ve reproduced the questions so you can think about what you will say before you go online. It’s important to note that the “tell us more” essay questions each have a 5,000 character limit.

Privacy
They’ve made this an anonymous survey, and we are repeatedly advised not to use any identifying information in our answers. And yet the largest part of the survey is asking for our demographic information, even though they provide a “prefer not to say” answer to each of the demographic questions. Although privacy is an important issue to me, very often we have to make tradeoffs, particularly if we want our voice heard. And the government is more likely to accept our answers as legitimate if we indicate we are Canadians.

(I would also like to point out that if you would be liable to negative repercussions from the government, it would be better to use your own anonymizing method, perhaps using a public access machine and going through TOR. If this is impossible, you would do better not to make a submission at all).

THE SURVEY
You’ll find the survey here:
https://eccc.sondage-survey.ca/f/s.aspx?s=4132165a-69ff-455b-9208-24be193aa656&lang=EN&r=94a20c2e-88fb-4585-989c-82da43aff18c

Today the correct link for the consultation survey is https://eccc.sondage-survey.ca/f/LanguageSelection.aspx?s=4132165a-69ff-455b-9208-24be193aa656.
(likely due to the deadline change)

Q1. What opportunities do you think the Government of Canada should pursue to reduce emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and position Canada to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, including in any or all of the following economic sectors? Please elaborate on your answers where appropriate, including any specific insights on policy opportunities or initiatives.
• Buildings
• Electricity
• Heavy industry, including oil and gas
• Transportation
• Agriculture and waste
• Nature-based climate solutions
• Economy-wide (e.g., carbon pricing, climate-risk disclosure, sustainable finance, etc.)
• Other, please specify
Please tell us more:

Q2. What do you see as the barriers or challenges to reducing emissions in these sectors? Do you have suggestions on how to overcome these barriers?

Q3. What broader economic, technological, or social challenges and opportunities do you foresee resulting from efforts to reduce emissions in these sectors? For example, opportunities associated with economic diversification across sectors. Do you have suggestions on how to address these challenges and opportunities?

Q4. Looking beyond 2030, what enabling measures, strategies or technological pathways do you think the Government of Canada should put in place now to ensure that Canada is on track to net-zero emissions by 2050?

Q5. What broader economic, technological, or social issues to you foresee as a result of the transition to a net-zero economy in Canada? Do you have suggestions on how to address these issues?

Q6. How would you like to be engaged on Canada’s climate plans moving forward? How often should this engagement occur, and what method or format would be preferable?

Demographic questions

D1. In what capacity are you completing this engagement process? As an:
• Individual
• Representative of a business/business association
• Representative of an Indigenous organization
• Representative of a not for profit organization such as a charity or academic organization
• Representative of a government organization
• Prefer not to say

D2. What is your province or territory?
• Alberta
• British Columbia
• Manitoba
• New Brunswick
• Newfoundland and Labrador
• Nova Scotia
• Ontario
• Prince Edward Island
• Quebec
• Saskatchewan
• Northwest Territories
• Nunavut
• Yukon
• Outside of Canada
• Prefer not to say

D3. Please select the option that best relates to your sector (business).
• Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
• Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
• Utilities
• Construction
• Manufacturing
• Wholesale Trade
• Retail Trade
• Transportation and Warehousing
• Information and Cultural Industries
• Finance and Insurance
• Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
• Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
• Management of Companies and Enterprises
• Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
• Educational Services
• Health Care and Social Assistance
• Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
• Accommodation and Food Services
• Public Administration
• Other, please specify
• Prefer not to say

D4. Which of the following age groups do you fall into? (individual)
• Under 24
• 25 to 39
• 40 to 64
• 65+
• Prefer not to say

D5. How do you identify yourself? (individual)
• Woman
• Man
• Non-binary
• Other
• Prefer not to say

D6. Do you identify as any of the following? Select all that apply (individual)
• First Nations
• Inuit
• Métis
• Racialized Canadian
• LGBTQ2S+ person
• Person with a disability
• Official language minority
• New immigrant to Canada
• None of them
• Prefer not to say

CONCLUSION

When you’ve reach the end of the survey you can go vack and review or change your answers. When you’re happy about it, press the [SUBMIT] button.

Points You might want to bring up:

Canada must adopt a 2030 emissions reduction target of at least 50%, but 60% would be better.

In 2015 we were promised an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Now we’re told that will finally happen in 2023. That isn’t good enough: it needs to happen now,

Since climate change is an existential threat, the government must spend whatever it will take.

Stop searching for new fossil fuel projects.
Stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure, like pipelines and LNG facilities.

CONSULTATION RESOURCES

If you’re looking for more suggestions, the Green Party’s Mission Possible plan is a great place to start.

  1. Declare a Climate Emergency
    Accept, at every level of government, that climate is not an environmental issue. It is the gravest security threat the world has ever seen.
  2. Establish an inner cabinet of all parties
    Modelled on the war cabinets of Mackenzie King and Winston Churchill, parties will work together to ensure that climate is no longer treated like a political football. It requires all hands on deck.
  3. Set stringent new targets
    Establish our new target and file it as Canada’s Nationally Determined Contribution with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: 60 per cent GHG reductions against 2005 levels by 2030; zero emissions by 2050.
  4. Assume leadership
    Attend the next climate negotiation in Chile this year and press other countries to also double their efforts.
  5. Respect evidence
    Restore funding of climate research within the Government of Canada and in the network of universities that received financial support before 2011.
  6. Maintain carbon pricing
    Revenue neutrality will be achieved through carbon fee and dividend and we will eliminate all subsidies to fossil fuels.
  7. Ban fracking
    No exceptions. It destroys ecosystems, contaminates ground and surface water, endangers our health and it’s a major source of GHGs.
  8. Green the grid
    By 2030, remove all fossil fuel generation from our national east-west electricity grid.
  9. And modernize the grid
    By 2030, rebuild and revamp the east-west electricity grid to ensure that renewable energy can be transmitted from one province to another.
  10. Plug in to EVs
    By 2030 ensure all new cars are electric. By 2040, replace all internal combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles, working with car makers to develop EVs that can replace working vehicles for Canadians in rural areas. Build a cross-country electric vehicle charging system so that drivers can cruise from St. John’s, NL to Prince Rupert, B.C. – with seamless ease.
  11. Get Canada back on track
    Modernize VIA Rail, expand service and ensure trans-modal connections across Canada to light rail and electric buses, so that no one in rural and remote areas of Canada lacks efficient, affordable and safe public transit.
  12. Complete a national building retrofit
    Create millions of new, well-paying jobs in the trades by retrofitting every building in Canada – residential, commercial, and institutional – to be carbon neutral by 2030.
  13. Turn off the tap to oil imports
    End all imports of foreign oil. As fossil fuel use declines, use only Canadian fossil fuels and allow investment in upgraders to turn Canadian solid bitumen into gas, diesel, propane and other products for the Canadian market, providing jobs in Alberta. By 2050, shift all Canadian bitumen from fuel to feedstock for the petrochemical industry.
  14. Switch to bio-diesel
    Promote the development of local, small scale bio-diesel production, primarily relying on used vegetable fat from restaurants. Mandate the switch to bio-diesel for agricultural, fishing and forestry equipment.
  15. Create new partnerships for renewables
    Form partnerships with Indigenous peoples, providing economic opportunities by ramping up renewables on their lands. Harness abandoned deep oil wells, wherever feasible, for geothermal energy, using workers who drilled the wells to manage the renewable energy generation.
  16. Call for all hands on deck
    Engage every municipality and community organization, as well as every school and university to step up and plant trees, install solar panels, heat pumps, assist in retrofitting buildings to maximize energy efficiency.
  17. Prioritize adaptation
    Invest significant resources in adaptation measures to protect Canadian resource sectors such as agriculture, fishing and forestry from the ravages of climate change. Review all infrastructure investments for adaptation to climate change. Map flood plains, tornado corridors and other areas of natural vulnerability and adjust land use plans accordingly.
  18. Change planes
    Cancel the purchase of F35s and buy more water bombers to protect communities from forest fires. Cut standing dead timber to establish fire breaks and save lives.
  19. Curtail the “other” GHG sources
    Address the fossil fuel use that falls outside the Paris Agreement – emissions from international shipping, aviation and the military.
  20. Restore carbon sinks
    Launch a global effort to restore carbon sinks, focusing on replanting forests and restoring the planet’s mangrove forests as quickly as possible.
    https://www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible

Climate Messengers Canada has put together this excellent Toolkit to help answer the survey questions.

https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1OYTlNHe9KM6gYDB3kKz9LYjgP_um9wV0RWYib4XP-0c/mobilebasic#h.eu1g505mrtif

If you prefer, LEADNOW has put together an identifiable letter form response. https://leadnow.ca/climate-consultation/ I think it better to submit your resonse in the manner the government has asked for, but the most important thing is to submit something.

TONIGHT: Why Canada needs Guaranteed Livable Basic Income

Ontario Liberal Party's Basic Income Consultation, Waterloo Region (January, 2017)
Back in 2017, Bob Jonkman participated in the Waterloo Region
Basic Income Consultation
hosted by the Ontario Liberals before their Pilot.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 19:00 to 20:30

The Green Party has long advocated for a Guaranteed Livable Income.  Tonight you’re invited to join Green Party MP Paul Manly as he hosts a virtual national town hall with Coalition Canada: Basic Income in discussion about the Guaranteed Livable Basic Income.  The panel of experts will explain the basics, consider the benefits, and bust some myths about basic income.
Panelists:

  • Senator Kim Pate: An independent senator who has advanced the national conversation around basic income. Senator Pate is a nationally renowned advocate who has spent nearly 40 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized — particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.
  • Tracy Smith Carrier: Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at King’s University College at Western University. Dr. Smith-Carrier’s research and policy analysis, examines if, and how, marginalized groups access programs and services in the post-welfare state. Her current research projects involve examining trends in intergenerational social assistance receipt, research on charitable and justice models of social support, human rights, and the design and delivery of basic income. She is Chair of Basic Income, London Ontario.
  • Evelyn Forget: Economist and Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Forget’s research has focused on the data associated with a basic income field experiment conducted in Manitoba in the 1970s. She has been consulted by governments in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland on this topic. Her research has been featured on CBC Ideas, PBS Marketplace, and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. An updated edition of her book, Basic Income for Canadians, is due out Oct. 12th.
  • Robert Case: Associate Professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, Waterloo, and Chair of the Wellington Water Watchers, a Guelph-based water advocacy organization. Dr. Case’s research and teaching interests include social welfare policy; community organization; community resilience, localism and community-based activism; social development and the environment; social ecology.
  • Monika Ciolek: Monika was a participant in the Ontario Basic Income pilot project. She is a sole support parent and a self-represented performance artist based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Having spent 14 years on Ontario Works, and over 20 years learning her industry, Monika has dealt with issues of women’s rights within the cultural sector.

Live simultaneous French translation will be provided.

REGISTER NOW

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LhSFdmXqSdWRtkJMUk4rvA

source: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/content/why-canada-needs-guaranteed-livable-basic-income

Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener–Conestoga EDA and CA — 6 June 2019

Meeting
Meeting!
Hello Kitchener–Conestoga Green Party members: The Annual General Meeting for the Kitchener-Conestoga federal Electoral District Association and provincial Constituency Assocation is happening!

What: Annual General Meeting of the Kitchener–Conestoga EDA and CA
When: Thursday, 6 June 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kennedy’s Restaurant
Location: 1750 Erbs Road, St. Agatha, Ontario Map

RSVP

(RSVPs are optional, but will help with reservations)

Current Green Party members in KitCon can vote for, and run for positions on the Executive. Lapsed members (whose membership has expired recently) can renew their membership at the meeting.

These are the executive positions currently held:

Kitchener–Conestoga Green Party of Canada Association

  • Chief Executive Officer (Bob Jonkman)
  • Financial Agent (Bryan Izzard)
  • One or more Members-At-Large (Elisabeth Honek, Laurel Russwurm, Patrick McDonald)

Kitchener–Conestoga Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association

  • President (Elisabeth Honek)
  • Chief Financial Officer (Bryan Izzard)
  • One or more Principal Officers (Laurel Russwurm, David Weber)

Nominations will be made at the AGM; you can nominate yourself.

Thank you, and see you at the AGM!

–Bob.


Bob Jonkman
E-mail: mailto:bob.jonkman@greenparty.ca
Phone: +1-226-476-4529
Web: https://bobjonkman.ca/
Twitter: @BobJonkmanGPC

Vote for the person who will best represent you in your riding!

A statement from PEI Greens Peter Bevan-Baker

On The Loss of a Friend

CHARLOTTETOWN – It is with the deepest sadness that Green Party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker issued the following statement:

“As Leader of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island, I was bereft to learn about the death of Josh Underhay and his son in a tragic accident today.

“Josh has been a dear friend and colleague of mine for many years, as a volunteer, musician, passionate cycling advocate and Green Party supporter. He has touched the lives of everyone who knew him, including the students he taught, fellow musicians, and members of the party. Whether advocating for proportional representation, dazzling us with his mastery of languages, or being there to support fellow candidates, Josh brought humour, enthusiasm and boundless energy to every situation.

“I simply cannot imagine how much he will be missed.

Peter Bevan-Baker and Josh Underhay

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and I know we will all join together to provide each other with support and comfort during this terrible time.”

All Green election activities will be suspended for the remainder of the campaign.

We ask all media to respect the privacy of the family at this time. Please direct all media inquiries to Green Party of PEI Director of Communications Shannon Carmont.


You can help Josh Underhay’s family by donating to the GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/raise-money-for-the-family-of-josh-underhay

Meet the Kitchener—Conestoga Candidate for 2019!

Michele Braniff (Cambridge), David Weber (Kitchener South—Hespeler) and Stephanie Goertz for Kitchener—Conestoga
WRGreens Candidates: Michele Braniff (Cambridge), David Weber (Kitchener South—Hespeler) and Stephanie Goertz for Kitchener—Conestoga

The first official outing for the 2019 WRGreens was the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.  Stephanie carried off the most difficult Glorious Greens Pancake Flipping team position – the flipper flipper – with aplomb!

Congratulations Stephanie!

Kitchener–Conestoga Green Party of Canada Nomination

Join our Green Party Nominations

Kitchener — Conestoga, Kitchener South — Hespeler, and Cambridge are holding a joint nomination meeting!

Feel the energy being created by the passionate and dedicated people in your community. Connect with others and learn how the Green Party plans to bring together and boost our economy, community & environment.

Open to everyone and anyone.

In addition to the chance to meet and hear from your candidate nominees, you will also get to listen to some amazing local musicians. Derek Hines and Jason White will be jazzing up the night with their incredible talents and will likely be bringing a few friends along. We may even have a couple of surprise performers join them throughout the night.

Vote in your Green Party candidates for the 2019 Federal Election! Or simply come to learn more about the Green Wave growing in Waterloo Region and across Canada.

Cambridge Nominee

  • Michele Braniff

Kitchener — Conestoga Nominee

  • Stephanie Goertz

Kitchener South — Hespeler Nominees

  • David Weber
  • Ian Graham
  • Archie Henderson

There will still be a contest for districts with only one nominee; the ballot also has a choice for “None Of The Above”.

In order to vote for a candidate your membership must have been activated by 6 March 2019, or if you have an expired membership you can renew it before or at the event.

Doors open at 6:30pm with some opening music. The official business gets underway at 7:15pm. We’ll have musical performances scattered throughout the night and we’ll end with an opportunity to socialize while listening to some great tunes. we’ll have some light refreshments available and Edelweiss will be providing additional food and beverage service throughout the night. They are open all day so you can even come early and get some dinner before the event.

What: Joint Nomination Contest for Cambridge, Kitchener-Conestoga, Kitchener South–Hespeler
When: Thursday, 4 April 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Edelweiss Tavern
Location: 600 Doon Village Road, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Pancake Flipping Contest with @WRGreens at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Five people standing in a line facing the camera: The Glorious Greens: David Weber (KitSHesp), Mike Schreiner (Guelph), Bob Jonkman (KitCon), Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo), Stacey Danckert (KitCent)
The Glorious Greens: David Weber (KitSHesp), Mike Schreiner (Guelph), Bob Jonkman (KitCon), Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo), Stacey Danckert (KitCent)
Join the Glorious Greens as we return to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Pancake Flipping Contest as the undisputed vanquished competitors of 2018! We have nowhere to go but up!


Zdravko Gunjevic looking scared beside pancake mascot FlapJack
FlapJack and Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo)
Got skillz? We’re looking for pinch flipperers in case substitutes are needed!

Raise a flipper in support of your favourite Green Team — We’ll need as many cheerleaders in the stands, and coaches, trainers, kinesiologists, and physiotherapists may be required, too!


People standing in front of a pancake mascot
FlapJack with David Weber, Zdravko Gunjevic, Stacey Danckert, Bob Jonkman, and Mike Schreiner, candidates in the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election
Our competitive flipperers are the Waterloo Region Green Party candidates for the upcoming federal election in October 2019. Meet your candidates, and shake the hand that flipped a pancake.


What: Pancake Flipping Contest
When: Saturday 6 April 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00n
Where: Woolwich Memorial Arena
Location: 4 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira, Ontario Map

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – Button Making and Info Table

Making buttons - three different pictures of hands drawing and colouring button blanks, and one picture of a completed button with a bumblebee and the GPO logo and wordmark
Making Buttons
Come check out the Waterloo Region Greens information table in the arena at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival! If you’ve got questions about Green Party issues, politics, or policies we’ll have the answers you’re looking for!


David Weber colours a button blank at a table covered in pencils and crayons with a young person colouring across the table
David Weber (KitSHesp) makes a button
We’ll have a button making station for kids of all ages. Colour or draw your own artwork, and get it stamped into a button.


Willem Jonkman strains to operate the lever on the button press while Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo) looks on.
Operating the button press
You’ll have a chance to meet the Green Party of Canada candidates from the five Waterloo Region ridings: Cambridge, Kitchener Centre, Waterloo, Kitchener–Conestoga, and Kitchener South–Hespeler.


Zdravko Gunjevic colours a button blank, surrounded by other people drawing and colouring buttons around a table filled with pencils and crayons, with Willem Jonkman at the button press at the end of the table.
Zdravko Gunjevic (Waterloo) makes a button
And at 10:00am come to the main arena to see the “Glorious Greens” participate in the annual pancake flipping contest. Will there be celebrity flipperers? Come find out!


What: Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – Button Making and Info Table
When: Saturday 6 April 2019 from 7:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Woolwich Memorial Arena, across from the pool
Location: 4 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira, Ontario Map

Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019

Mike Schreiner: “It’s time we started taking seriously our sacred responsibility to leave a livable planet for our children and grandchildren.”

On Wednesday February 20th, 2019, Mike Schreiner made history again when he introduced his first Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

You can read Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019 online
(
An Act to conserve the Paris Galt Moraine by providing for the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Plan)

In the face of climate change, resource extraction and sprawl, Mike’s draft legislation seeks to protect the Paris Galt Moraine, an essential water ecologically sensitive recharge area in the Grand River Watershed which naturally purifies water for the citizens of Guelph and the surrounding area.  Bill 71  would amend the province’s Planning Act and Development Charges Act  to more strictly regulate development that could jeopardize the moraine’s integrity.

This is about conserving what nature can do for free, so I cannot think of a more fiscally responsible solution. Failure to act could put the government on the hook for hundreds of millions in water infrastructure, like an expensive pipeline from the Great Lakes.
—Mike Schreiner.

Mike wrote the draft legislation over a period of months where he consulted with water experts and Ontario stakeholders, including First Nations, municipalities, farmers and MPPs from all parties.

With this important legislation, Mike has demonstrated the Green Party’s core commitment to participatory democracy and consensus based governance by building all-party support, which resulted in the bill’s passage at Second Reading on March 7th, 2019. “I’m glad my colleagues unanimously showed their commitment to Ontario’s water today. Safeguarding water and food-growing farmland should not be partisan issues. Let this be a first step towards all-party collaboration to protect the places we love,” said Schreiner.

First Green Bill gets all-party support! Let this be the first step of all-party collaboration to protect Ontario's water for our children and grandchildren." - Mike Schreiner, MPP, Green party of Ontario

I appealed to good progressive conservative thinking from the past. But it took four different bills over two years before the Oak Ridges Moraine was protected by legislation. With climate change on Ontario’s doorstep, and $1.2 billion in damage last year alone, we must act quicker. I look forward to working on this bill at committee, and this legislation returning to the House for a final vote.
Mike Schreiner, First Green legislation passes key vote with all-party support