Ontario Provincial Budget has Passed

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2012

The provincial budget was finally passed, and the threat of election has been lightened this week in Ontario. After a week of heated arguments between Premier Dalton McGuinty and Andrea Horwath, amendments to the initial budgets were made, and the revised budget was passed. The revision included the wealth tax on the people who make over $500, 000 a year which was surprisingly supported by the Conservative party.  This tax was supported by 78% of people in a Forum Research poll taken this April.

Hudak, the leader of the Conservatives, aimed to achieve a budget that could boost job growth and cut down at the $10 billion debt that Ontarians have accumulated.  This new budget is relevant to all fields of business in Ontario. Last May, there was a sudden halt in the microFIT process. Now that there is no threat of election anytime soon, the microFIT program is here to stay and should continue to prove itself as a beneficial and “green” movement.

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The OCAA Opposes the Nuclear Movement Planned by Ontario

Posted by Admin on May 23, 2012

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) came out against the movement for nuclear power this past Tuesday. Nuclear energy is responsible for 45% of the increase in energy costs, while the use of solar panels, and other green energy manufacturing procedures accounted for only 6%.  Dalton McGuinty and Tim Hudak both are fighting towards scrapping green energy programs such as the Feed-In Tariff (an Ontario solar program), and plan to invest billions of dollars on new nuclear projects.

McGuinty is planning on spending $33 billion towards these nuclear-related projects, and Hudak is committed to a massive spending program as well.  The OCAA believe that the money would be better spent on renewable energy projects because they do not cost nearly as much and don’t carry the same environmental risk. There is also the concern of the budget. Completely refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors will not cost as little as 33 billion dollars, but the OCAA predicts of the spending of up to $80 billion due to the past trends in budget spending when it comes to nuclear energy.

The Ontario Clean Air Alliance was founded to encourage Ontario leaders to phase out nonrenewable energy sources and is working towards a sole use of renewable energy in Ontario by 2030.

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Dear Hudak, Cut the REAL Cause of the Increase in Energy Costs: Nuclear

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2012

Don Ross recently released an article in response to Tim Hudak’s potential strategy of reducing energy costs by cutting the Feed-In Tariff program. What Hudak’s nuclear-biased plan did not factor in, was that green energy only accounted for 6% of the increase in energy costs, while nuclear was the largest factor, accounting for almost 50% of the increase.

Ross responds to Hudak by stating that to reduce energy costs, the government needs to begin shutting down the inefficient and costly power plants and urges them to develop a better strategy in reducing costs. He specifically suggested doing so through the closing of the Pickering nuclear station.

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Greenpeace calls Tim Hudak a job killer

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2011

“Greenpeace Canada and a local solar panel company unveiled a mock memorial cemetery to signify the death of green energy jobs across Ontario if Conservative leader Tim Hudak is elected premier Oct. 6.

With a banner that proclaimed “Hudak: Don’t nuke green energy” as the backdrop, the mock cemetery featured about 20 headstones, each inscribed in memory of green energy, wind power or solar power.

Hudak has vowed to alter the Green Energy Act and do away with subsidies for wind, solar and other green energy firms. He has also indicated plans to increase spending for nuclear power.

“Scrapping the Green Energy Act is not the right way to go,” said Shawn Patrick Stensil, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace. “These are entrepreneurs that are starting new businesses and creating jobs. We have to do that (subsidies) to stay competitive.”

Supporters say Windsor has benefited from new wind and solar companies opening here and creating about 1,000 manufacturing jobs.”

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Hudak ‘irresponsible’: Unions, green groups

Posted by Admin on September 22, 2011

“Six national unions and several environmental groups are stepping into the Ontario election to protest PC Leader Tim Hudak’s opposition to the Liberals’ green energy legislation. In a joint statement issued Wednesday, they say Hudak would take the province backwards if he kills the Green Energy and Economy Act as he is promising to do if he wins the election.

The legislation, passed in 2009, creates the framework for a new green energy economy. The act allows for the Feed-in Tariff Program that guarantees handsome rates for electricity generated through renewable sources like wind and solar.

The Liberals say their legislation will lead to 50,000 jobs and cleaner air. The Tories argue it’s driving up hydro rates with a few low-paying jobs to show for it.

The coalition of unions and environmental groups — including Canadian Auto Workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and the Climate Action Network — says the Tories are out of line.

“Mr. Hudak’s recent attacks, which appear to be aimed at killing this legislation, are irresponsible,” the coalition says. “The Green Energy and Economy Act is one important step forward in building a fair and sustainable future.”

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Provincial Elections 2011: Green Energy Act

Posted by Admin on July 7, 2011

For people of my generation, computers have always been small and powerful, and not that expensive. Innovation marches on, seemingly faster and faster, and this is a good thing because we need innovation to help meet the challenges that face our generation.

The bad news is that some of our political leaders seem to prefer obsolescence to innovation. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, in particular says that investing in clean energy is too expensive, but doesn’t admit that the alternatives are even more so. Our generation is still paying for billions in cost overruns for nuclear plants that the politicians of our grandparents’ time built.

So our message to Tim Hudak is this: If you really are about change, as you claim to be, then change politics in Ontario by admitting that not everything your opponent did was bad. The Green Energy Act is making Ontario a world leader in clean energy at exactly the time we need this to drive a new economy and move away from fossil fuels.

James Biggar is executive director of Leadnow.ca, a youth-led advocacy organization.

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