Climate disruption is affecting Ontario and will get worse, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario says.
Dr. Dianne Saxe told a meeting in Midhurst that the weather will never be “normal” again. “Ontario is warming faster than many parts of the world… Extreme events in North America have already tripled.”
Saxe says Ontario’s cap and trade program was working.
“Cap and trade was providing the motivation and billions of dollars in funding for meaningful emission reductions across the provinces. Hospitals and schools were getting money for energy improvements.”
She pointed to the electric school buses in York Region as an example.
A study released by the ECO’s office says “the government’s proposed replacement, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act (Bill 4), currently lacks most of the features of a good climate law. Without a strong climate law… we will lose out on good jobs, clean air, lower health costs and more.”
Saxe says there is an Oct. 11 deadline for Ontarians to comment on Bill 4.
To learn more about Bill 4 and/or to comment, go to https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-3738
Photo: Bradford West Gwillimbury fence blown over in May 4, 2018, wind storm.