Monday, April 23, 2007

Ontario's' Mixed Environmental Record

I saw Premier Dalton McGuinty on the news last night planting trees and talking about the importance of our environment and his commitment to it. In my view his Government has a spotty record. Yes, we can now recycle liquor bottles through the Beer Stores but there are significant ways his Government is giving the opposite message. In eastern Ontario his Government has given the green light to build incinerators without an environmental assessment. This will result in the release of toxins like dioxins and furans in to the atmosphere which are know to cause health problems especially in children. In the north, Premier McGuinty has not keep his promise from the last election to stop clear cutting of the northern boreal forests with out a plan in place. This is putting the last virgin forest and endangered animals like the woodland caribou at risk. As property owners it has come to light that if you make investments in your home to help the environment such as a windmill or solar panels your property taxes can go up nullifying the environmental investment. He has argued against targets to reduce the production of high emissions cars rather than coming up with incentives to have the provinces auto industry build environmental friendly vehicles

A consistent plan to protect our environment is needed for Ontario!

dalton planting trees...
I was there, saw his entourage.
It would be more accurate to say that the volunteers planted the trees and he came out for the photo-op.
We started at 9. He showed up around 12. Our Beaver group left for lunch (10,000 trees provided) as he was going into the site. By the time we had washed up and got in line, McGuinty was already heading out.
For someone so protective of the environment, he sure stopped the development of the Oak Ridges Moraine...
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