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Voter’s X

With the provincial election in full swing, all parties are making environmental promises. The reigning Liberals are promising to:

• Create a tough new toxic reduction law

• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 1990 levels by 2014, 15% below by 2020 and 80% by 2050, e.g. by

Continue to replace coal-fired electricity, doubling renewables and doubling conservation

Build more rapid transit

Provide rebates / tax incentives for energy efficient appliances and home improvements

plant 50 million new trees by 2020

Eliminate inefficient lightbulbs

Encourage real time energy metering

• Work with Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association to identify, target and reduce the number of cancer-causing agents released into our environment

• Ban the cosmetic use of pesticides

• Implement the new Endangered Species Act, beginning with caribou habitat in the Boreal Forest

• Create stronger protections for threatened lakes like Lake Simcoe

• Consider applications by regional and county governments to grow the Greenbelt

• Support sustainable forestry by purchasing more FSC certified paper, and
Work with retailers to reduce packaging.

It’s good to see environmental issues staying high on the political agenda.

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