This Coming Election Day – On Thursday, June 2nd – Are We Really Going to Gift Doug Ford and his Party of Climate Laggards Another Four Year Term?
Unfortunately, For Our Future and the Future of our Children, It Looks That Way
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted May 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large
This past Saturday, May 21st. a severe storm, featuring highly destructive winds and flooding rain, swept through a wide swath of Southern Ontario and Quebec, killing at least eight people and leaving many thousands without electrical power.
As of the time of this posting, Ontario hydro crews were still working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses, and police and firefighters were knocking on doors in the most severely hit communities, checking to see if there are any others who have in trapped, injured or killed.
Fortunately, those of us who live municipalities across Niagara, who, earlier on the day, received the same storm warnings those in the Greater Toronto area and other regions of Southern Ontario did, managed to dodge the worst of it this time.
But given the growing frequency and severity of these weather events in this era of climate crisis we humans have brought on, maybe we will get the worst of it next time. Indeed, almost any credible climate scientists will tell you that it really is just a matter of time.
And yet speaking of ill-winds, in Ontario right now, with only 10 days to go before the votes are counted in this provincial election, the political winds continue to blow relentlessly in the direction of Doug Ford and his Conservatives winning a majority government for another four years.
If the tracking polls are making projections as accurately as they have in provincial and federal elections over the past 20 to 30 years, that means there are enough people of voting age in Ontario who don’t care about the past four years of Ford and his Tories’ awful record on environmental protection.
Growing climate crisis or not, they will vote for Ford and company anyway.
More highways and low-density suburbs covering ever more of what is left of our woodlands, wetlands and food-growing lands. More cuts to conservation and environmental protection programs.
Never mind the billions of dollars of damage and destruction the growing number of storms and floods and droughts and wildfires are costing us.
What a sorry legacy we are leaving younger generations and those to come.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Here is a recent piece from the citizens group Environmental Defense that Niagara At Large posted on the Ford government’s record on climate change and related environmental issues –
Ontario Ford Government’s Record on Climate Change & Environmental Protection has been Deplorable
. “Ontarians need to know that the government has done next to nothing to fight climate change the past four years and instead has made more of an effort to battle those who are taking climate action.” – Keith Brooks, Programs Director of Environmental Defence
A Report from Environmental Defence, a citizens group advocating for our environment
Posted May 19th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
New report reviews Ontario’s poor track record on climate change over the past four years
The report argues that the province is not on track to reach its 2030 emissions reduction target
Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – A report released today from Environmental Defence reviews the Ontario government’s last four years of climate change policy and argues that Ontario is not on track to meet the province’s emissions reduction target, despite recent modelling released from the provincial government.
The report titled Hot Hot Air (and other gases): A Review of the Past Four Years of Ontario’s Climate Change (In)Action, tracks how the current Ontario government took an axe to virtually all of the province’s existing climate policy when it took office, resulting in lost revenue and money wasted in court and legal challenges.
To read the entire Environmental Defense report, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2022/05/19/ontario-ford-governments-record-on-climate-change-environmental-protection-has-been-deplorable/ .
To watch a video of the May 21at, 2022 storm that cut a destructive path across Ontario, click on – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqDht51u1DI
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