My Submission to the Ontario Consultation: A made-in-Ontario climate change plan

The first thing we need is to keep the independent watchdog agency, the Ontario Environmental Commissioner. Ms Saxe has done a good job, and her 2018 report should be adopted. It is a lot more economical to limit water pollution than pay the price to clean it up afterward. We need to commit funding to programs that protect municipal drinking water sources, as well as increase the protection of wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife across the province. Currently it is getting harder and in many places impossible for homeowners to get home insurance against flooding. One reason basement floods are becoming more prevalent is the loss of wetlands. So increasing the protection of wetlands is essential. Woodlands and wildlife across the province need protection too.

After all, we can’t exist without water.

You’ve asked about the effects that climate change is having on our households, businesses, communities and public infrastructure. Here in Waterloo Region we’re increasingly having extreme weather events. “100 year storms” are happening yearly. In this century in Elmira we’ve had several ice storms, with trees coming down ripping into homes. I understand basement floods are so prevalent that homeowners can’t get insurance to cover them. Even though some governments don’t believe in climate change, the building standards for eavestroughs have changed to accommodate the torrential downpours we get almost every rainfall now. Such rain used to be the exception, now it’s the norm. With all the ice storms, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get our hydro lines underground.

The most valuable help you can give homeowners is subsidies to facilitate retrofitting existing homes.

We also need to protect our water sources for municipal water supplies so we don’t have another Walkerton.

The best way to hold polluters accountable is putting a price on carbon. While I agree cap and trade wasn’t the ideal way to go about it, the federal government’s fee and dividend system is a better choice. Don’t waste our tax dollars fighting a no-win battle.

Binding emission targets can be legislated so we can keep Global warming to 1.5%. We need a 15% reduction below 1990 levels by 2020, 37% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030, and we can be Net Carbon Neutral by 2050. Government has the power to jump start change with legislation. Mandate all government buildings and operations move to zero carbon.

The province needs to support the clean economy, but also support energy efficiency and conservation. We can do that by investing in public transit, and switching to electric buses and trains, and replacing gas stations with charging stations. People want to switch to electric vehicles but many can’t afford it without subsidies.

We need serious investment in cycling infrastructure. New York City has discovered that reducing street parking in favor of protected bike lanes makes the brick and mortar stores in our towns and cities prosper.

Intensification of housing in our urban cores especially along existing public transit lines. This will help keep our farmland and greenbelts secure, so we will have food security.

The greatest efficiency the government can make would be to wind down our nuclear plants whilst ramping up alternative energy initiatives. Wind and solar are only part of the story, geothermal is good too. Encouraging micro energy generation, especially for farmers and folks living in rural Ontario would help them help themselves. As they do in Europe, small biogas genberators can be fuelled by organic waste generated by the farm property would help make them secure.

But we really need to do what’s necessary to protect our environment.

 


Today is the deadline to submit.
https://www.ontario.ca/form/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change

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Climate Change: A Letter To The Canadian Government

Guest post by Louisette Lanteigne

Louisette Lanteigne participates in the Novemeber Climate March in Waterloo


Dear Hon. Prime Minister and Ministers

Want to stop Climate Change? We need to stop burning fossil fuels in Alberta because it is disrupting the jet streams that govern weather around the Arctic circle which influences weather around the world. It is disrupting the Rossby Waves.

During the Line 9 hearing I met a system’s engineering expert by the name of John Quarterly. He is a special advisory to the Canadian, UK and US government and has done international reviews on issues like Fukushima. He and I met at the Line 9B hearing because we were both delegates. He and I spoke about Alberta’s Heat Island impact on the jetstreams of the Arctic. I have a friend in Waterloo who specializes in that science and my father was a flight engineer for 47 years so I found discussion on heat thermals and impacts on climate and aviation was really fun. This is my kind of discussion.

If you remove trees and bogs from an area and replace it with exposed sandy sediment with lots of large black storage ponds and lots of fossil fuel burning factories and heavy machinery, it attracts and generates lots of solar heat. Particulates in the air capture it too. These heat islands generate thermals that rise up high into the atmosphere. Heat thermals expand more than cool air which is why Alberta’s heat thermals is pushing it’s way into the Arctic right now, concentrating very strong winds that then plunge deeply down towards the equator bringing Arctic air south. I live in Ontario so we get direct effects of this. I know why it’s colder than normal and why are storms and winds are growing stronger. The storms are forming vertically instead of horizontally now with quick bursts of severe storms rather than the long drawn out rainy weather we used to get. It’s a common sense issue. I’m witnessing it.

Visit this link to view a video on how the Rossby wave goes up over Alberta and how cold weather drops down into Ontario. The video was produced by NASA.

With the variables created by Alberta Oil Sands it is changing the jetstream, dramatically increasing dangers for aviation. University of Reading has excellent information on this.

The change of jet stream temperatures was also evident in the movements of fish along the Atlantic Coast. The fish are an excellent indicator species for this. Many moved north when warm waters came in as a result of augmented jet streams. Here’s data from one 30 year study.

The Innu noticed the changed of winds and the re-positioning of the Arctic as seen in this video.

NASA proved they were correct.

Rossby Waves influence weather.  Alberta is pushing hot air into the Arctic and this was a risk known for decades.

Meanders of the northern hemisphere's jet stream developing (a, b) and finally detaching a "drop" of cold air (c). Orange: warmer masses of air; pink: jet stream.
Meanders of the northern hemisphere’s jet stream developing (a, b) and finally detaching a “drop” of cold air (c).
Orange: warmer masses of air; pink: jet stream.

For those who are aware of aviation and atmospheric sciences this stuff is pretty obvious. In my view there is no way that the TSB Canada, the RCAF, Environment Canada and other government agencies have any plausible deniability on this matter— so why isn’t Canada telling the public and investors the truth?

Lack of disclosure of risk is fraud. Lack of fiscal prudence is also fraud.  Here is RBC’s position on stranded assets in Alberta. Read the conclusion.  RBC‘s stance mirrors wording used by EXXON, a company currently being sued for climate denial.

I have filed a formal complaint against RBC for failure to disclose fiscal risks and fiscal prudence through the Competition Bureau however it is my concern that this MOU may negate the jurisdictional ability to secure compliance seeing that they must disclose such concerns to the Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta

I am also concerned that when issues are voiced to SEC about these issues that it is being monitored by Non Canadian regulators as well. Why is that? As a concerned citizen whistleblower I find that unsettling. We are not told these things when we make our complaints.

John Quarterly raised the concern of Rossby Waves during the Line 9B approval process on pages 14 & 15 in OH-002-2013 File OF-Fac-Oil-E101-2012-10 02 Response to John Quarterly Information Request No. 1.

The report clearly states:

Enbridge objects to the request as the information sought is not relevant to the issues in this proceeding.”

Any reasonably person can understand the logic that to facilitate the use of an East bound pipeline from Sarnia to Montreal would facilitate Alberta’s continued oil production and yet the NEB simply disregarded this concern as being not relevant. That in my view is outrageous.

I have included the full affidavit of Mr. Quarterly in the attachments and I encourage everyone to review his professional expertise. This isn’t the kind of guy one should ignore. Canada, NEB and Enbridge have no plausible deniability when it comes to the climate risks.

CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Life, liberty and security of person
7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Right now any child in Canada has the ability to sue this government for Climate inaction and if it happens I won’t hesitate to stand united with them. When it comes to the costs, ending production is cheaper than mitigating the damages, the suffering or the associated liability risks

I see how the children in Attawapiskat are getting colder as the icy Arctic winds bring cold air into their homes and around the area of the Ring of Fire. Those harsh conditions threaten their lives, food supplies and medicines of indigenous people and is contributing to their suicides. I see how these winds moved the cod away along the East Coast and how jobless fishermen are driven to work at Tar Sands to feed their families. When the young men move off, the oil companies start their exploratory drilling off our coasts. It’s all connected by design. I’m certain of it.

Louisette LanteigneMy demand is that our government STOP producing Alberta Tar Sands oil because it is contributing to scientifically measurable violations of environmental law, Indigenous Rights, and the rights to life liberty and security of person well beyond the scope of simply Alberta. It’s impacting our global weather patterns. Putting England at Risk and other areas beyond. This is already beyond reason.

Thank you kindly for your time.

Louisette Lanteigne
Waterloo, Ontario


Image Credit:
Jetstream Rossby Waves in the Northern Hemisphere by Fred The Oyster is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) License ~ I’ve added a NASA Public Domain starscape backdrop.

80% of Canadians Want Climate Action

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Elizabeth May
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

The Harper Government disallowed the participation of opposition parties to attend the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw as part of the Canadian Delegation.  

Elizabeth May, Canada’s Green Party leader, attended the conference as part of the Afghanistan Delegation. 

What a dramatic illustration of the lack of representation Canadians have in what we are told is a democratic government.

The problem is that a winner-take-all electoral system, like the one we have now, means the majority of Canadians do not have a voice in parliament.

Canada needs to reclaim democracy before it is too late.

In 2015 we all must vote for candidates committed to electoral reform to proportional representation.

Nearly 50% of eligible Canadians voters don’t vote, many because our inequitable electoral system has made them feel disenfranchised.  Because only some votes count in our unfair out dated First Past The Post electoral system. We need to encourage everyone to vote for candidates committed to meaningful electoral reform in 2015.  If Canadians cast enough fractional votes for candidates committed to Proportional Representation, we will all win.

We need to make all our votes count.

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Image Credit
Elizabeth May by ItzaFineDay released under a creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

For information on Proportional Representation visit FairVote.ca