2019 Climate Election - Let’s Build On This! What Are The Next Steps?


2019 CLIMATE ELECTION - LET’S BUILD ON THIS! What are the next steps?

Congratulations and thanks to all of you – Whether you volunteered on a campaign, helped a climate champion by phoning or knocking on doors, or just showed up to vote - we’ve won this round!

Two-thirds of all voters voted for climate action, and with a minority government in place the opportunity is there to push for greater ambition and bold programs.

While the election did not bring us everything we might have hoped for – it has brought us a government that we can push to cooperate for the climate.

To make this happen we need to get our voices heard: ClimateFast signed a shared letter with 35 climate groups that was printed in the Hill Times today. (see below).

We urge you also to sign an online petition urging the parties to Cooperate for the Climate:

LeadNow - https://act.leadnow.ca/minority/

And this one from David Suzuki Foundation: https://davidsuzuki.org/action/unite-for-climate-action/

Please share on Twitter and FB and spread the word so we have tens of thousands of signatures in advance of a press conference next week. The time to influence the government’s agenda is now!
 

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PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION NEEDED

This election demonstrated very clearly that our first-past-the-post system does not represent our votes very well at all. The Green Party with 6.5% of the votes won 3 seats whereas the Bloc with 7.7% of the vote has 32 seats.

To express your support for fair voting, sign this one calling for a National Citizen Assembly on Electoral Reform.

https://act.newmode.net/action/fair-vote-canada/cooperate

Please read on below to find out what’s happening in our city, upcoming consultation events with TransformTO, the Eco-Fair, and an introduction to Carbon Conversations.

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11TH ANNUAL ECO-FAIR AT WYCHWOOD BARNS: Sunday November 3, 11 – 4

Between Christie & Wychwood s. of St. Clair. Book your free ticket here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/11th-annual-ecofair-at-the-barns-tickets-77777788459

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 4 – TransformTO COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

6:45 PM – MEMBERS LOUNGE AT CITY HALL

As we recover from the election, and look forward to an uncertain future, I hope that you can spare a thought for what comes next here in Toronto. Let's continue to build on the recent local successes of our grassroots-up movement and build the equitable, net-zero city we want!

Recognizing the significant contribution of TCAN's member groups to Toronto's climate action landscape, the City is holding a special TransformTO consultation session just for us. City staff have just managed to secure a venue large enough, so here are the details.

What: TCAN consultation session - TransformTO Implementation Plan 2021-2023

When: Monday, November 4th, 6:45pm-9pm

Where: City Hall Members' Lounge

Who: open to members of TCAN organizations/groups

Register:  Eventbrite here.

Please note: TransformTO is also offering consultation events on October 24 (North York) and 30 (St. Lawrence Market)
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: North York Memorial Community Hall, Burgundy Room A

Register here 

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Location: St. Lawrence Market Temporary North Market

Register here 

Or complete this online survey before November 11, 2019
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CARBON CONVERSATIONS: Addressing the Climate Elephant – Monday Nov 11, 6 pm

Climate Elephant workshop, which will be on November 11th at Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/addressing-the-climate-elephant-with-friends-and-family-tickets-75611218189  

Tired of family gatherings that end with a tense discussion or eye rolling? Speaking with friends and family about climate change can be one of the most difficult conversations to hold.

Learn how to approach the topic and how to have an effective conversation about climate change and what it means to each of us. This two hour workshop is a safe space to address climate change concerns in our lives and personal relationships.

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SAVE THE DATE: NEXT GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE! FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29

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ClimateFast VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! rsvp volunteer@climatefast.ca

Data entry: next session Wed Oct 30, 6 – 8 pm

Tabling: at Eco-Fair, Sunday Nov 3 11 – 4 pm

Our next ClimateFast planning meeting – Sunday October 27, 7 pm rsvp to lyn@climatefast.ca

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Article Links: Climate Election

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trudeau-sheer-election-carbon-tax-1.5330829  and

https://theenergymix.com/2019/10/22/liberal-minority-trudeau-fights-campaign-with-climate-at-the-centre-and-wins/

World's cities can lead on climate action:

https://theenergymix.com/2019/10/22/miller-worlds-leading-cities-show-how-canada-can-take-action-on-climate/

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Climate Vote videos: Our thanks to volunteers Betty Muir, Paul Stevers, Dianne Saxe, Allie Rougeot, Roxy Cohen, Rachel Parent, Zakirah Allain, Sophia Mathur and Kasha Slavner for a series of short videos encouraging a climate vote on our youtube channel: ClimateFast Action:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClreo1EqWo4r6fcdU7-pUPg. These have been viewed over 1000 times.  A similar video by youth in Peterborough, inspired by our series, was viewed over 500 times.

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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – FOR A CLIMATE SAFE FUTURE!