A City That Is Sustainable - Tackling Climate Change And Protecting Our Environment

The effects of climate change have been evident in Toronto – from widespread flooding caused by heavy rainfall to long heat waves. Climate change threatens the health and safety of our communities resulting in damages to property and infrastructure and injuries and loss of life from severe weather. Taking action on climate change is crucial for building a healthier, prosperous and more equitable Toronto. As Premier Ford has stepped back from our country’s commitments, Toronto must step up and provide leadership.

I have been a leader in championing environmental sustainability by:

  • Founding GreenEast to urge Mayor Tory to fully fund TransformTO, the government’s climate change strategy to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Bold and prompt action is needed for our city to meet this target as the current pace of change is inadequate to achieving our 2050 goal.

  • Introducing private member’s bill C-619, the Climate Change Accountability Act, during my time as MP for Beaches–East York to ensure that the Government of Canada commits to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and assumes responsibilities in avoiding the disastrous effects of climate change.

As your Councillor, I will:

  • Continue to press for full implementation of Transform TO and invest in energy and waste reduction and climate change resiliency measures.

  • Support the prioritization of the city’s Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan to protect our beaches and lakes from the damaging effects of combined sewer overflows and storm water flooding. Many of the city’s beaches were marked as unsafe to swim in the aftermath of storms and heavy rainfall. The protection of water quality is an important issue for this beach ward and waterfront city.

  • Push for the 2019 staff report on single-use plastics to address blue bin contamination and the environmental impacts of plastic pollution including threatening wildlife, harming ecosystems and leaching toxic chemicals.

  • Support Toronto Environmental Alliance’s Zero Waste High Rise Project to support waste reduction efforts in apartment buildings. With the average high-rise building in Toronto recycling and composting only half of the amount of single-family households, this initiative engages residents of high-rise buildings in reducing their carbon footprint and ultimately fight climate change.

  • Continue the work of former Councillor Janet Davis and ensure the completion of the Taylor Creek erosion mitigation projects and Taylor Creek Park Master Plan.

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