Environmental Defence

Current Actions

  • Tell Metrolinx we need more evidence and less politics in transportation planning


    For too long, political games at the riding and ward levels have dominated the implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). As a result, not enough has been done to
    reduce traffic congestion or to provide better options for getting around our cities and towns.

    We need Metrolinx to make decision-making more transparent and accountable. We need more evidence and less politics in public transit choices.

    We need full funding for public transit so that people can get to where they need to go in healthy, convenient ways.

    And, we need to put public transit where it’s most needed to make it a convenient option. With transportation being the largest source of carbon pollution, we need to provide more clean travel options.

    Your message will be sent to:
    Phil Verster, President and CEO at Metrolinx
    CC: Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca
    CC: Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer at Metrolinx

  • Our last chance to fix Canada’s broken pipeline regulator

    We’re entering the home stretch of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the National Energy Board (NEB), Canada’s broken pipeline regulator.

    This is our last chance to revamp Canada’s environmental laws and put in place an energy project review process that works for Canadians, not the oil and gas industry.

    Don’t let the NEB green-light risky, unnecessary oil and gas projects. Tell the federal government to keep its climate promise and fix the NEB.

    Your message will have more impact if you personalize it.

    Your message will be sent to:

    • Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr
    • Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna
    • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc
    • Minister of Transport Marc Garneau
    • Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett
    • Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan
    • Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould
  • DEMANDEZ AU GOUVERNEMENT DE PROTÉGER LA LIBERTÉ D’EXPRESSION DES CANADIENS ET DES CANADIENNES

    UNE NOUVELLE LOI EST NÉCESSAIRE POUR PRÉSERVER LA VOIX DES CITOYENS ET DES CITOYENNES, REPRÉSENTÉE PAR LES ORGANISMES DE BIENFAISANCE QUI DÉFENDENT LEURS REVENDICATIONS

    Les organismes de bienfaisance offrent un service précieux aux Canadiens et aux Canadiennes en défendant leurs droits, en plaidant pour de meilleures politiques de protection de l’environnement, en assurant la santé des familles, en éliminant la pauvreté et plus encore. Ces organismes expriment les préoccupations de la population canadienne.

    Cependant, les règles imposées à ces organismes donnent lieu à des abus en raison de lignes directrices ambiguës et arbitraires. Par le passé, l’ancien gouvernement fédéral a profité de cette ambiguïté pour mener des audits coûteux harcelant les organismes de bienfaisance avec lesquels il était en désaccord. Sans une réforme approfondie de la loi, une telle situation pourrait se produire de nouveau.

    Heureusement, après des consultations avec des Canadiens et Canadiennes, des organismes de bienfaisance et un groupe d’experts, le gouvernement fédéral actuel envisage de réformer la loi désuète régissant les organismes de bienfaisance afin de protéger leur capacité de promotion du changement. Vous avez maintenant l’occasion unique de réclamer une réforme complète du droit régissant les organismes de bienfaisance, afin de protéger votre droit d’être entendu grâce aux organismes de bienfaisance qui défendent vos revendications.

    Envoyez une lettre dès aujourd’hui pour faire part au premier ministre de votre appréciation du rôle que ces organismes jouent dans la société canadienne, ainsi que des changements que vous souhaitez voir apporter au droit qui les régit.


    Agissez dès maintenant! Envoyez une lettre et protégez notre liberté d’expression

    Hon. Justin Trudeau, premier ministre du Canada
    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, ministre du Revenu national
    Hon. Bill Morneau, ministre des Finances
    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, ministre de la Justice et procureure générale du Canada


  • TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CANADIANS’ FREE SPEECH

    A NEW LAW IS NEEDED TO GIVE CITIZENS A VOICE THROUGH CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT

    Charities provide an invaluable service for Canadians by advocating for their rights, for better policies to help protect our environment, ensure the health of our families, eradicate poverty, and more. Charities voice the concerns of Canadians.

    But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous and arbitrary guidelines. In the past, the former federal government used this ambiguity to launch costly and harassing audits of charities whose views the government disagreed with. If the laws aren’t comprehensively reformed, this could happen again.

    Fortunately, after consultation with Canadians, charitable organizations, and an Expert Panel, the current Federal government is considering reforming the outdated charities law to protect the ability of charities to advocate for change. There is now once in a life time opportunity to bring about comprehensive charities law reform, one that protects your right to be heard through the charities you support.

    Send a letter today to tell the Prime Minister you value the role charities play in Canadian society and what specific changes you want to see in the future charities law.



    Take action now! Send a letter and protect our free speech!
    Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
    Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


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    TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CANADIANS’ FREE SPEECH

    A NEW LAW IS NEEDED TO GIVE CITIZENS A VOICE THROUGH CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT

    Charities provide an invaluable service for Canadians by advocating for their rights, for better policies to help protect our environment, ensure the health of our families, eradicate poverty, and more. Charities voice the concerns of Canadians.

    But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous and arbitrary guidelines. In the past, the former federal government used this ambiguity to launch costly and harassing audits of charities whose views the government disagreed with. If the laws aren’t comprehensively reformed, this could happen again.

    Fortunately, after consultation with Canadians, charitable organizations, and an Expert Panel, the current Federal government is considering reforming the outdated charities law to protect the ability of charities to advocate for change. There is now once in a life time opportunity to bring about comprehensive charities law reform, one that protects your right to be heard through the charities you support.

    Send a letter today to tell the Prime Minister you value the role charities play in Canadian society and what specific changes you want to see in the future charities law.

    Take action now! Send a letter and protect our free speech!
    Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
    Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
    Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


  • Dites à nos élus fédéraux de rejeter le dangereux projet Oléoduc Énergie Est!

    Le gouvernement fédéral a récemment approuvé deux nouveaux projets d’oléoduc pour le transport de pétrole des sables bitumineux, et il continue d’aller de l’avant avec l’examen du projet Énergie Est.

    La proposition de l’oléoduc Énergie Est à grande échelle créerait des risques considérables pour nos collectivités, notre eau potable et nos climats et démesurés par rapport aux avantages. Énergie Est traverserait six provinces de l’Alberta au Nouveau-Brunswick et menacerait directement l’eau potable de plus de 5 millions de Canadiens.

    Énergie Est entraînerait également une augmentation spectaculaire du trafic de pétroliers dans l’emblématique baie de Fundy , risquant ainsi de nuire aux espèces menacées comme la baleine noire de l’Atlantique Nord. Des milliers d’emplois dans les secteurs de la pêche et du tourisme seraient menacés en cas de déversement.

    Les émissions de carbone provenant de l’extraction du pétrole de sables bitumineux pour Énergie Est devraient dépasser le plafond des émissions proposé en Alberta et compromettre les engagements climatiques du Canada pris dans le cadre de la Conférence de Paris.

    Faites entendre votre voix! Dites au gouvernement fédéral de protéger nos communautés, notre eau et notre climat et de rejeter la proposition risquée de l’oléoduc Énergie Est.

    Votre message sera envoyé aux personnes suivantes

    Premier ministre Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca)
    Catherine McKenna, ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique (Catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca)
    Jim Carr, ministre des Ressources naturelles (jim.carr@parl.gc.ca)

  • Tell the NEB to consider carbon pollution in its review of the Energy East pipeline

    The National Energy Board (NEB) is considering assessing the increase in carbon pollution that would be caused by the Energy East pipeline.

    You can help ensure it does!

    For the first time ever, the NEB panel reviewing the proposed Energy East pipeline is allowing the public to comment on the review. In another first, the NEB is proposing to include an assessment of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with Energy East  as one of the issues it will consider when reviewing the proposed pipeline. The Energy East panel is also considering other economic, environmental and social issues that used to be off limits in pipeline reviews.

    For years, we’ve been trying to persuade the NEB to listen to Canadians and pay attention to the massive tar sands expansion and carbon pollution that would be enabled by pipelines like Energy East. Finally, our efforts are paying off. 

    You can make sure that the polluting GHG emissions caused by Energy East is considered by the NEB in its pipeline review. Make your voice heard to the NEB panel now!

    Your message will be sent to:

    Energy East hearing panelists Don Ferguson, Carole Malo and Marc Paquin
    Sheri Young, Secretary of the Board

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    Oh sure! Blame the wizards! Have you ever tried just turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them? Bender, quit destroying the universe! Wow! A superpowers drug you can just rub onto your skin? You'd think it would be something you'd have to freebase.

  • Tell the Canadian government to regulate oil and gas companies so they stop leaking methane

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a strong effect on climate change, and these leaks have significant health effects on nearby communities. The Canadian government must act now to regulate oil and gas companies so they plug all methane leaks and stop intentionally venting methane into the surrounding environment.

    Last year the federal government committed to implement methane regulations in 2018. But after intense lobbying from oil and gas companies, the proposed methane regulations from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna would delay important elements of the regulations until 2023. This is unacceptable. Plugging methane leaks and ending intentionally venting methane are some of the lowest cost reductions for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. These regulations are also the only measure in the Canadian climate framework that is focused on reducing greenhouse gases from Canada’s largest climate polluter—the oil and gas sector. 

    We can’t wait six more years for methane regulations fully kick in. Tell Canada now’s the time to regulate harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

    Your message will be sent to:

    - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    - Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna
    - Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr

  • Tell the City of Toronto that you support clear dry cleaning labels

    Join us in telling the City of Toronto that dry cleaners need to clearly display information about the chemical solvents they use so that consumers can make informed and safer choices. You have until April 13th to submit your comments!

    The majority of dry cleaners in Toronto use the toxic chemical PERC (short for percholorethylene) for dry cleaning. Introduced in dry cleaning in the 1940s, this colourless liquid is an effective solvent for stains, but is also a known carcinogen and linked to respiratory problems like asthma. When items cleaned with PERC are brought into the home, fumes from residue can potentially impact indoor air quality. Of even more concern is the impact cleaning operations can have on workers and nearby residents.

    Last year, the City’s Board of Health requested that Toronto’s public health department explores a point of sale program to inform consumers of the solvents used by dry cleaners. We support this initiative and are strongly recommending  a clear and simple ‘clean safe’ sign to be posted in dry cleaning shops, much like restaurants in Toronto have to post a DineSafe sign in the window.

    The City of Toronto is now seeking your opinion! You have until April 13th to tell the City that dry cleaners should display clear information about their use of toxic or harmful chemicals to help consumers make informed choices that would help protect  their health and the environment. Together, we can create demand for an effective point of sale display program for Toronto dry cleaners.

    Send your comments to Toronto Public Health using the form below.

    (Want to know more about this consultation? Visit the City of Toronto’s website to read the discussion document)

  • Last Chance to Protect our Greenbelt from Greedy Developers

    Developers want Ontario to weaken our precious Greenbelt so they can build more of the far-flung sprawl developments that are so lucrative for them. They say there's not enough land available for first-time homeowners. These developers are not telling the truth.

    There are more than 104,000 hectares of land (the size of 1.5 Torontos!) already available within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. That's more than enough space for new homes and smart, modern, transit-friendly communities. The truth is they are hoarding land so that supply is constrained artificially, and the prices skyrocket so they make bigger profits.

    Sign the letter below and urge the Ontario government to stand up to greedy developers. Ontario must protect and grow our Greenbelt and not let sprawl developers pave over the last of Ontario’s prime farmland.

  • Tell Canada to ban atrazine, a harmful pesticide

    The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing to continue to allow the use of atrazine, a harmful pesticide widely used to kill weeds in corn and sorghum farms in Ontario and Quebec. Here are a few reasons why atrazine needs to be banned in Canada:

    ​• This pesticide has been banned in the European Union since 2004.
    • Atrazine contaminates drinking water sourced from surface waters in Quebec and Ontario like the St-Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
    • Atrazine can have a range of impacts on wildlife and humans:
          • The herbicide is known to disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, negatively impacting growth, development and reproduction.
          • Scientists have shown that atrazine in aquatic ecosystems can feminize male frogs and impair frogs' ability to reproduce.
          • Children are more vulnerable to atrazine exposure, due to the role that the endocrine system plays in their development. A study led by a researcher from France suggests that maternal exposure to atrazine may have an effect on the weight and head circumference of newborn infants.

    Help us ban atrazine by sending a letter to the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, urging her to protect Canadians and the environment from atrazine.

  • Tell the Canadian government to stop giving government money to fossil fuel companies

    The Canadian government must act now and stop giving billions in handouts to coal, oil, and natural gas companies to produce and pollute more. These subsidies undermine action on climate change, increase carbon emissions, and send mixed signals to fossil fuel and renewable energy producers and users.

    The federal government has committed to getting rid of these subsidies by 2025, but the timeline is extremely long. Another four years—by 2020—is more than enough time for the government to act.

    These wasteful subsidies should be put to much better use by investing in climate action, healthcare, or other priorities.

    Your message will be sent to:
    - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    - Finance Minister Bill Morneau
    - CC: Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna

  • DITES AU GOUVERNEMENT FÉDÉRAL DE PROTÉGER LA LIBERTÉ D’EXPRESSION DES CANADIEN-NE-S:

    UNE NOUVELLE LÉGISLATION EST NÉCESSAIRE POUR PRÉSERVER LA VOIX DES CITOYEN‑NE‑S PAR L’ENTREMISE DES ORGANISMES DE BIENFAISANCE QUI DÉFENDENT LEURS REVENDICATIONS

    Les organismes de bienfaisance rendent un service inestimable aux Canadien-ne-s en plaidant en leur nom pour de meilleures politiques sur la protection de l’environnement, la santé de nos familles, l’éradication de la pauvreté et plus encore. Les organismes de bienfaisance servent de porte-voix à tous les Canadien-ne-s pour exprimer leurs préoccupations. Toutefois, les règles sur ce que les organismes de bienfaisance peuvent et ne peuvent pas faire laissent libre cours aux abus en raison de lois floues et obsolètes. Cette ambiguïté a mené à des contrôles et audits incessants auprès d’organismes de bienfaisance. Si les lois ne sont pas modifiées, cette tendance pourrait se maintenir.

    De plus, ces lois sont inéquitables : à l’heure actuelle, les entreprises peuvent dépenser librement pour faire du lobbying, de la publicité, ou pour toute autre activité politique. Elles peuvent déduire 100 % de ces dépenses de leurs revenus. En revanche, les organismes de bienfaisance, qui expriment les préoccupations des Canadien-ne-s, sont très restreints dans la forme et la quantité de travail qu’ils peuvent faire en politique publique. Il est temps d’uniformiser les règles du jeu touchant les entreprises avec celles touchant les organismes de bienfaisance qui parlent au nom des Canadien-ne-s. D’autres pays ont modernisé leurs lois relatives aux activités caritatives pour protéger la liberté d’expression. Il est temps que le Canada fasse de même.

    Nous avons maintenant l’occasion d’exhorter le nouveau gouvernement fédéral à respecter sa promesse de créer une nouvelle législation pour protéger votre droit d’être entendu par l’entremise des organismes de bienfaisance qui défendent vos revendications.

    Envoyez la lettre ci-dessous dès aujourd’hui pour dire au gouvernement fédéral que vous souhaitez que les organismes de bienfaisance puissent continuer à jouer leur rôle, en votre nom, dans l’établissement de politiques publiques qui améliorent la vie de tous les citoyen-ne-s.


    Agissez dès maintenant! Envoyez une lettre et protégez notre liberté d’expression

    Monsieur Justin Trudeau, premier ministre du Canada
    Madame Diane Lebouthillier, ministre du Revenu national
    Monsieur Bill Morneau, ministre des Finances
    Madame Rona Ambrose, chef par intérim du Parti Conservateur du Canada, chef de l’Opposition
    Monsieur Rhéal Fortin, chef par intérim du Bloc Québécois
    Madame Elizabeth May, chef du Parti vert du Canada
    Monsieur Thomas J. Mulcair, chef du Nouveau Parti démocratique


  • TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CANADIANS’ FREE SPEECH

    A NEW LAW IS NEEDED TO GIVE CITIZENS A VOICE THROUGH CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT

    Charities provide an invaluable service for Canadians by advocating for better policies to help protect our environment, ensure the health of our families, eradicate poverty, and more. Charities voice the concerns of Canadians. But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous and arbitrary guidelines. This ambiguity led to the launch of harassing and costly audits of charities. If the laws aren’t changed, this could happen again.

    Right now corporations can spend freely on lobbying, advertising and any kind of political activity. They can deduct 100 per cent of those expenses from their income. In contrast, charities that voice Canadians’ concerns are severely restricted in the form and quantity of public policy work they can do. It’s time to level the playing field between corporations and the charities that speak for Canadians. Other countries around the world have modernized their charitable laws to protect free speech. It’s time for Canada to do the same.

    We have a chance now to urge the new federal government to keep its promise of creating a new law to protect your right to be heard through the charities you support.

    The federal government is considering how to change the rules governing charities’ abilities to speak out about social change.  Send a letter today to tell the Prime Minister you value the role charities play in undertaking research, education and securing public policies that improve the lives of all Canadians.

    Take action now! Send a letter and protect our free speech!
    Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
    Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
    Hon. Rona Ambrose, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition
    Hon. Rhéal Fortin, Interim Leader of the Bloc Québécois
    Hon. Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada
    Hon. Thomas J. Mulcair, Leader of the New Democratic Party


  • Fix the undemocratic Ontario Municipal Board now

    The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is broken and in desperate need of repair. It’s time to fix the OMB.

    The OMB is undemocratic and unaccountable. Its decisions frequently ignore provincial planning laws and penalize citizens who want a say in shaping their communities.

    Tell Ontario you want an OMB that enables full citizen participation, protects the environment from unnecessary development and upholds municipal plans for livable communities. Take action to fix the OMB.

  • TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT CANADIANS’ FREE SPEECH

    A NEW LAW IS NEEDED TO GIVE CITIZENS A VOICE THROUGH CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT

    Charities provide an invaluable service for Canadians by advocating for better policies to help protect our environment, ensure the health of our families, eradicate poverty, and more. Charities voice the concerns of Canadians. But the rules around what charities can and cannot do are open to abuse due to ambiguous and arbitrary guidelines. This ambiguity led to the launch of harassing and costly audits of charities. If the laws aren’t changed, this could happen again.

    Right now corporations can spend freely on lobbying, advertising and any kind of political activity. They can deduct 100 per cent of those expenses from their income. In contrast, charities that voice Canadians’ concerns are severely restricted in the form and quantity of public policy work they can do. It’s time to level the playing field between corporations and the charities that speak for Canadians. Other countries around the world have modernized their charitable laws to protect free speech. It’s time for Canada to do the same.

    We have a chance now to urge the new federal government to keep its promise of creating a new law to protect your right to be heard through the charities you support.

    The federal government is considering how to change the rules governing charities’ abilities to speak out about social change.  Send a letter today to tell the Prime Minister you value the role charities play in undertaking research, education and securing public policies that improve the lives of all Canadians.

    Take action now! Send a letter and protect our free speech!
    Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
    Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
    Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance


  • Tell Ontario to commit to 100% renewable energy

    Thanks to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, Ontario is a leader in renewable energy investment, development and employment. Now it’s time for Ontario to take the next step forward and commit to moving the province to 100 % renewable energy.

    Ontario is reviewing its Long-Term Energy Plan, which determines how much wind, water and solar power the province generates. The review is your chance to tell the Ontario government to commit to a 100 % renewable energy future!

    Clean, renewable energy is the surest – and cheapest – pathway to a low-carbon economy. Ontario has a head start – the province produces more energy from solar and wind than any other province in Canada. Now’s the time for Ontario to lock in that lead and commit to transforming our energy system long-term to a 100% clean and sustainable one.

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    Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. 

    File not found. She also liked to shut up! This is the worst kind of discrimination: the kind against me! Now, now. Perfectly symmetrical violence never solved anything.

    Oh sure! Blame the wizards! Have you ever tried just turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them? Bender, quit destroying the universe! Wow! A superpowers drug you can just rub onto your skin? You'd think it would be something you'd have to freebase.

    A sexy mistake.

    I don't know what you did, Fry, but once again, you screwed up! Now all the planets are gonna start cracking wise about our mamas. Is the Space Pope reptilian!? You don't know how to do any of those. Say what?

    1. Good news, everyone! I've taught the toaster to feel love!
    2. Bender?! You stole the atom.
    3. Who am I making this out to?

    You don't know how to do any of those.

    Oh, but you can. But you may have to metaphorically make a deal with the devil. And by "devil", I mean Robot Devil. And by "metaphorically", I mean get your coat. Ow, my spirit! A true inspiration for the children.

    • Who are you, my warranty?!
    • Is today's hectic lifestyle making you tense and impatient?
    • You've killed me! Oh, you've killed me!

    No, just a regular mistake. Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don't own! They're like sex, except I'm having them!

    Then throw her in the laundry room, which will hereafter be referred to as "the brig". Maybe I love you so much I love you no matter who you are pretending to be. Who are you, my warranty?! Tell her she looks thin.

    But I've never been to the moon! Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious. Five hours? Aw, man! Couldn't you just get me the death penalty? A sexy mistake.

    Bender, quit destroying the universe! Stop it, stop it. It's fine. I will 'destroy' you! Then throw her in the laundry room, which will hereafter be referred to as "the brig". Humans dating robots is sick. You people wonder why I'm still single? It's 'cause all the fine robot sisters are dating humans!

  • Tell the Ontario and federal governments to tackle algae in Lake Erie

    Canada and Ontario have jointly released a draft action plan to tackle algae in Lake Erie. But the draft plan is missing timelines, resources, and measureable outcomes. Instead of describing the actions necessary to achieve a healthy lake, the plan just lists activities that are already underway.

    This is unacceptable. Tell Ontario and Canada: we need a plan to keep the lake healthy and clean, for the sake of the people and wildlife that rely on it.

    Lake Erie is a global treasure. It provides drinking water for millions of Canadians and Americans, and supports a multi-billion dollar economy and a truly remarkable ecosystem. But the lake is under threat. Algal blooms in Lake Erie are tainting drinking water, clogging intake pipes, and deterring tourists from visiting shoreline communities.

    We know how to stop the algae: reduce the amount of phosphorus making its way into the lake. Canada and Ontario recently set a target to reduce the amount of phosphorous in Lake Erie, a good first step. But it will take a bold and well funded action plan to ensure the target is met.

    You can help. Ask the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to rewrite the Canada-Ontario Draft Action Plan to ensure it includes:

    1. Clear timelines concerning when programs will roll out, and when we can expect to see the health of the lake improve;
    2. A detailed resourcing plan that outlines what funds are available and what financial resources are required to implement the actions identified in the plan; and,
    3. Incentive programs and in-person support services to help farmers reduce nutrient runoff.

    Your letter will be sent to:
    Hon Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Hon Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    CC:
    Hon Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Hon Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    Hon Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
    Ms. Madhu Malhotra, Manager, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

  • Don't let greedy developers pave over Ontario's Greenbelt!

    The Greenbelt is at risk from some developers who want to pave over Ontario's Greenbelt with low-density cookie-cutter sprawl and highways. Don't let them destroy Ontario's Greenbelt!

    The Greenbelt protects some of the province's most sensitive natural areas and best remaining farmland in Canada. It provides us with local food, access to nature, and is a source of clean drinking water for millions of people in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which includes the GTA.

    Currently, there are over 650 requests to take out land from the Greenbelt. Many developers are calling for even bigger areas to be removed. If Ontario approves these requests, even more developers will ask to remove land from Greenbelt. And before we know it, the Greenbelt will begin to disappear and it won't be long before it's gone.

    Tell Ontario to keep the Greenbelt strong for today and future generations. Demand that Ontario turn down greedy requests from profit-driven developers to take land out of the Greenbelt. Now's the time to save the Greenbelt for good!

  • Tell the federal government to restore and strengthen Canada’s environmental laws

    The federal government is reviewing Canada’s key environmental protection laws, which were gutted several years ago.

    From habitat protection for fish, to environmental assessments for industrial projects, to protecting our waterways from pollution, to the review process for pipelines like Energy East – crucial environmental legislation is in disrepair. It’s time Ottawa restores our broken environmental laws.

    Many of the laws were gutted due to industry requests. The result was an environmental review process that rubber-stamped projects with little regard for environmental consequences. Arbitrary review timelines and a narrowly scoped review process undermined Indigenous rights. Crucial scientific evidence was ignored while Canadians’ voices were shut out.

    The federal government has acknowledged the system is broken. The review is an opportunity to create world-leading environmental laws that protect our water, land, wildlife and climate, respect the rights of Indigenous peoples, and allow Canadians to have a voice.

    Tell the federal government it’s time to restore and strengthen Canada’s environmental laws.

    You message will be sent to:

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    • Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna
    • Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr
    • Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic Leblanc
    • Minister of Transport Marc Garneau
    • Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett
    • Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan

  • Tell the federal government: It’s time for Canada to become a global climate leader

    Canadians have an incredible opportunity before us. The federal government has committed to creating a climate change plan for Canada in consultation with provinces, First Nations, stakeholders, and citizens. An ambitious framework must include firm targets to reduce carbon pollution in line with Canada’s Paris commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and a national plan to meet those targets.

    But now the federal government is backtracking on its climate ambition. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change recently announced that Canada would keep the carbon pollution target set by the previous government. That target is the weakest in the G7 and insufficient to achieve Canada’s Paris commitment.

    Climate leadership requires action across all economic sectors and in all provinces and territories to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets. A comprehensive approach to fighting climate change won’t be easy, but it’s critical for success. Canada must do its fair share to fulfill the UN Paris Agreement.

    The federal government is asking for public input on its climate change framework. This is your chance to help Canada get on track for climate action and make the climate change framework as ambitious as possible.

    Take action! Tell the federal government to make Canada a global climate leader.

    Your message will be sent to:
    • Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna

    CC:
    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada – Climate Policy Office

  • Tell our elected federal officials to reject the risky Energy East pipeline


    The federal government recently approved two new tar sands pipelines, yet it’s still moving ahead with the review of Energy East.

    The massive Energy East pipeline proposal would create tremendous risks for our communities, our drinking water, and our shared climate – outweighing any benefit. Energy East would cross six provinces from Alberta to New Brunswick, and directly threaten the drinking water of over 5 million Canadians.

    Energy East would also lead to a dramatic increase in oil tanker traffic in the iconic Bay of Fundy, risking harm to endangered species like the North Atlantic right whale. Thousands of fisheries and tourism jobs would be on the line in case of a spill.

    Carbon emissions from extracting the tar sands oil for Energy East are expected to exceed the proposed emissions cap in Alberta and risk breaking Canada’s Paris climate commitments.

    Make your voice heard! Tell the federal government to protect our communities, our water, and our climate and reject the risky Energy East pipeline proposal.

    Your message will be sent to:

    • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca)
    • Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna (Catherine.mckenna@parl.gc.ca)
    • Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr (jim.carr@parl.gc.ca)

  • Ask the federal government to ban BPA in food cans

    Bisphenol A (BPA) continues to be widely present in the linings of many food cans in our grocery stores. This means that Canadians are putting their health at risk when they consume canned foods that may be contaminated with hormone-disrupting BPA.

    It is alarming that 95 per cent of Canadians have BPA in their bodies, and research shows that dietary sources of BPA (like canned foods) contribute to significantly to our body burden of BPA.

    Canadians should not be putting their health risk when they eat canned food. BPA is already banned in baby bottles and sippy cups because it is toxic. Ask the federal government to ban the use of BPA in food can linings by signing this petition.

  • Tell Ontario to put a price on plastic pollution

    Plastic pollution has reached every corner of the globe. The Pacific Garbage Patch is well known. What’s less known is that 80 per cent of litter in the Great Lakes region is plastic. This pollution is threatening the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and the source of drinking water for 40 million people. It needs to stop now.

    Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program isn’t doing enough. We have the lowest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling rate of any province. Only half the plastic bottles sold in Ontario are recycled – the rest end up in landfills or the environment. The solution to plastic pollution is simple: put a price on it.

    Ontario is one of the only provinces without a deposit return program for plastic beverage containers, including plastic water bottles. But Ontarians know that deposit programs work – the deposit return program for beer bottles has a return rate of 98 per cent. We can build on this success to capture plastic bottles too!

    Deposit return systems keep plastic out of landfills and the environment. Canadian provinces and territories with a deposit-return program recycle over three quarters of their bottles. In some provinces, like New Brunswick, the deposit program also generates money that goes to an environmental fund.

    Take action to help protect our waters: tell Ontario to introduce a deposit return system to reduce plastic waste and fund efforts that keep our waterways clean.

  • Now’s our chance to fix Canada’s broken energy regulator


    The National Energy Board (NEB), the body that assesses major energy projects like pipelines, is broken

    In recent years, the NEB’s reviews of major energy projects have been tainted by conflicts of interest, ignored Canada’s climate commitments and the Alberta emissions cap, and limited the participation of Canadians and Indigenous peoples.

    The federal government acknowledges that the NEB is broken and promised to fix it.

    The modernization of the NEB is underway with an expert panel gathering input from Canadians concerned about our energy and climate future. This is our chance to get it right and fix the NEB once and for all.

    For starters, we need a stringent climate test that gives regulators the ability to reject energy projects that are out of step with Canada’s climate commitments. Full public participation and a true commitment to Indigenous reconciliation is needed for the NEB to regain public trust. These steps and more are needed to turn the NEB from an industry rubber stamp into the impartial energy regulator Canadians deserve.

    If we get this right, we won’t have to fight wrong-headed pipeline projects anymore. A revamped energy regulator should be able to reject outright energy projects that are out of step with Canada’s climate commitments.

    Tell the federal government to fix Canada’s broken energy regulator.

    Your message will be sent to:

    The NEB Modernization Expert Panel
    cc: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    cc: Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr

  • We need your help to Save Fundy

    We need your help to save one of Canada’s greatest natural wonders.

    The iconic Bay of Fundy, a unique ecological treasure on Canada’s east coast, is at risk from TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline and tanker proposal.

    As part of this risky project, a massive oil tank farm and a tanker export terminal would be constructed in the Saint John harbour, leading to 290 additional super-tankers carrying oil through Fundy annually. Even a small spill could harm wildlife like whales and sea birds, and any harm to the Bay’s ecosystem would threaten the tourism and fishing industries in the region. The Bay’s massive tides, unpredictable weather, and fog would make any spill response extremely difficult.

    Tell the federal and provincial governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to protect the Bay of Fundy.

    Take action to save Fundy now


  • Support Climate Action and Building a Clean Economy in Ontario

    Ontario is moving forward with a cap-and-trade program and a climate action plan designed to cut carbon pollution and build a low-carbon, clean economy.

    The province has committed to achieve carbon reduction targets that require bold action across all government departments and economic sectors. Climate action needs to be effective, fair and inclusive, and position Ontario to capture social and economic benefits, such as cleaner air, improved health outcomes, more livable cities, and new jobs and business opportunities in the clean economy.

    Tell Ontario’s Premier you support bold climate action and building a clean economy.
     


     

  • Stop Highway 413

    Ontario’s Greenbelt aims to protect farmland and forests. But the proposed Highway 413 (also called the GTA West) would cut through the Greenbelt and pave thousands of acres of Class 1 and Class 2 farmland – among the best farmland in Canada.

    The highway would damage forests and natural areas. And it would degrade the Credit River and Humber River watersheds, which flow into Lake Ontario – a source of drinking water for millions.

    Highway 413 would be a transportation mistake. Running parallel to Highway 407, the redundant highway would cost Ontario taxpayers over $4 billion. Highway 413 will not reduce traffic jams. It will be a catalyst for more sprawl, causing more people to be stuck in their cars. And it will contribute to climate change.  

    Instead of spending billions on a mega-highway, Ontario should invest in public transit, which can move more people across the region. For example, one GO train can move 1,670 people. Investing the $4 billion in rapid transit would mean more people getting to their homes, schools and businesses faster. And it would mean local farms, forests and rivers would be protected.

    It’s time to get Ontario moving and a mega-highway isn’t the answer. Take action now to help stop Highway 413.

  • Tell Premier Wynne Ontario should reject Energy East

    From Manitoba to New Brunswick, communities and their drinking water are at risk from the proposed massive Energy East pipeline. If built, Energy East would be the largest export pipeline in North America.

    The risks created by Energy East far outweigh the economic benefits to the province, the Ontario Energy Board found. The pipeline would directly threaten the drinking water of 1 million Ontarians – and 5.6 million Canadians across four provinces. The project would also lead to a dramatic increase in oil tanker traffic in the iconic Bay of Fundy, risking harm to its fragile marine ecosystem and species such as endangered Atlantic Right Whales.

    In Paris, Canada committed along with 195 other countries to protect our future by keeping global warming below a limit of 1.5 degrees. To keep that promise, Canada cannot continue to build major new fossil fuel infrastructure projects like Energy East. 

    Join the growing number of concerned Ontarians: Urge Premier Wynne to tell the regulators that Ontario rejects the Energy East.

  • Tell Ontario to strengthen and grow the Greenbelt and choose smarter growth

    Developers want to roll back proposed protection of Ontario’s Greenbelt so they can keep sprawling over prime farmland and sensitive natural areas – Don’t let them win!

    Growth in southern Ontario is poised for positive change: moving away from destructive and costly sprawl towards livable communities that protect watersheds, farmland and sensitive ecosystems.

    But some in the development industry want to turn back the clock. Sprawl developers want to keep building high property tax, far flung 1950s style sprawl subdivisions and the highways to get there. We need to act now to ensure the government doesn’t cave to pressure from sprawl developers who want to pave over the forests and farmland that clean our air and water, and provide us with local food.

    Now’s the time to make your voice heard!

    Tell Ontario you want to say goodbye to old-style sprawl that has left us with gridlock, municipal debts, degraded water, destroyed forests and farmland at risk. By growing up and in rather than out, we can invest in public transit in urbanized areas and build walkable, sustainable communities that are better for our health, environment and wallets.
     
    Take action today. Tell Ontario that you support the plan to protect the Greenbelt and choose smarter growth.

  • Save Lake Erie: Take the water pledge

    Lake Erie is a global treasure – it provides drinking water for millions of people, and supports a multi-million dollar economy and a truly remarkable ecosystem. The lake is home to nearly 2.7 million Canadians, and countless birds, animals, and fish. And it needs your help.

    Sadly, right now, the lake is under threat. Runoff pollution from urban and agricultural lands is impacting the health of the lake and turning its waters a nasty shade of green. As a result, fish are dying, and at times the water has become unsafe for humans to drink or swim.

    Action is needed to reduce the amount of runoff pollution getting into the lake to protect wildlife and human health.

    As someone who is concerned about the well-being of Lake Erie, will you?

    •    Stand for the protection of Lake Erie and the wetlands surrounding it
    •    Support solutions that result in cleaner waters
    •    Learn more about Lake Erie, and spread the word

    Add your voice to the community of people standing with Lake Erie.

  • Last Chance to Protect our Greenbelt from Greedy Developers

    Developers want Ontario to weaken our precious Greenbelt so they can build more of the far-flung sprawl developments that are so lucrative for them. They say there's not enough land available for first-time homeowners. These developers are not telling the truth.

    There are more than 104,000 hectares of land (the size of 1.5 Torontos!) already available within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. That's more than enough space for new homes and smart, modern, transit-friendly communities. The truth is they are hoarding land so that supply is constrained artificially, and the prices skyrocket so they make bigger profits.

    Sign the letter below and urge the Ontario government to stand up to greedy developers. Ontario must protect and grow our Greenbelt and not let sprawl developers pave over the last of Ontario’s prime farmland.

  • Protect Ontarians Health: Require the Disclosure of Toxic Substances

    On a daily basis, Canadians coast-to-coast are exposed to toxic chemicals at home, in their workplaces and in the greater environment. Many of these chemicals have been linked to serious health concerns such as cancer, hormone-disruption, asthma and infertility.

    Information about toxic substances in common household products or services such as dry cleaning can be hard to find. These harmful ingredients are also not always listed on the label or disclosed to consumers.

    Canadians have the right to know what’s in the products and services that their family uses every day. You can help by asking the Ontario government to require mandatory labeling of products containing carcinogens and improved disclosure to consumers.

  • Time to Ban Triclosan From Household Use

    The chemical triclosan is present in most antibacterial products. But it’s a known endocrine (or hormone) disruptor, which can affect thyroid function – and is even linked to liver cancer.

    Triclosan doesn’t offer any proven health benefit, and the long term effects of chronic low-grade exposure in humans are unknown. Yet, through the proliferation of triclosan in consumer products like soaps, tooth paste and potentially teething toys, Canadians are subject to chronic exposure to this hormone-mimicking chemical. Triclosan is even linked to the growth in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so-called "superbugs".

    The chemical pollutes our waterways and is toxic to the environment, especially to aquatic organisms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently banned banned triclosan from hand and body wash. While the Canadian government plans to list triclosan as toxic under federal law, it has not moved to ban triclosan.

    Canadians should not be washing their hands with a potentially cancer-causing chemical banned from products in the U.S. We urge Health Canada to ban the household use of triclosan.

  • Tell the Ontario and federal governments to tackle algal blooms on the Great Lakes

    Algal blooms on the Great Lakes threaten drinking water, clog intake pipes, and deter tourists from visiting shoreline communities. The worst algal bloom ever recorded on Lake Erie happened in 2015. If the blooms continue to increase in frequency and size, there could be public health impacts, more beach closures, more dead fish washing onto shores, and reduced property values.

    Reducing the amount of phosphorus making its way into the Great Lakes is the key to stopping algal blooms. We need to take immediate action to protect and restore these bodies of water that hold nearly 20 per cent of the world’s available surface freshwater. The phosphorus reduction targets set by the Canadian and U.S. governments in early 2016 were a good first step. But more work needs to be done to ensure these targets are met.

    You can help by asking the Minster of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Chris Ballard, to prioritize action on algal blooms in the following ways:

    • Create incentives to help farmers reduce nutrient runoff
    • Monitor and collect more data to better understand why blooms happen on Lake Erie and how they can most effectively be stopped
    • Commit to and implement action plans to reduce phosphorous loading into the lakes.

  • Ask Canada to Improve Toxic Chemical Regulation

    Every day, Canadians are exposed to many chemicals suspected of having harmful impacts on human health. Our reports show that Canadians are being exposed to a slew of chemicals in consumer products, some of which are linked to endocrine (hormone) disruption and cancer. Health Canada’s most recent data shows that 9 out of 10 Canadians are still exposed to BPA.

    We need to see strong action from the federal government to get toxic chemicals out of products. For too long, harmful chemicals like triclosan and BPA have been allowed in consumer products despite growing scientific evidence demonstrating their harmful effects on human health and the environment. Our main toxics law, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA), hasn’t been updated for almost two decades. The ministers of health and environment will be making a decision whether to act on toxics, and we need your help to let them know that they should not delay strengthening CEPA any longer.

    Please send a letter to the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, asking for stronger protections from toxic chemicals for all.

  • Tell Canada to Take Toxic Ingredients Out of Body Care Products

    Send this letter to The Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health asking to take toxic ingredients out of body care products

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